Concrete Theatre

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Concrete Theatre is an award winning professional theatre company committed to creating, developing and producing artistically excellent and culturally diverse Theatre for Young Audiences that explores issues relevant to the lives of young people and their families.

History

  • Concrete Theatre started in 1987 and was officially registered in 1989 as a Not-For-Profit Society. We began as a collectively run, Popular Theatre company operating on a project-to-project basis. Between 1990 and 1996, Concrete Theatre began partnering with social service agencies, working in schools doing participatory theatre projects.
  • In 1998, we moved towards working exclusively as a professional Theatre for Young Audiences company. Our regular season consists of three touring productions: one for Elementary schools, one for Junior and Senior Highs, and our ongoing project for grade nine students which has just finished its 16th and final tour, Are We There Yet? by Jane Heather.
  • In January of 2005, we were part of a Research Alliance that received a grant from the prestigious SSHRC CURA program for just under a million dollars to expand and explore this groundbreaking play and workshop series exploring teen sexuality.
  • Annually since 2002, we have also produced the Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids, commissioning three playwrights each year to develop new, short, culturally diverse TYA scripts that can grow into full-length productions for Concrete. The full-length scripts that have come out of Sprouts since 2002 have included Carnival Magic by Pat Darbasie, A Promise To The Sun by Tololwa Mollel, Nami Namersson, The Viking Who Liked To Name Things, book and lyrics by Trevor Anderson, music by Bryce Kulak, Apples and Oranges by Chris Bullough, The Early Bloomer by Jana O’Connor, Paper Song by Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull, Songs My Mother Never Sung Me by Dave Clarke, The Antyssey by Joel Crichton and Richard Lee Hsi and The Tofu Wars by Mieko Ouchi.
  • We also have a very active new play development program. Current scripts we have in development include Songs My Mother Never Sung Me by Dave Clarke, CTL ALT DEL by Jana O'Connor and a new play about drinking by Collin Doyle.
  • We also have a growing national touring schedule. Our productions of Bello, The Bully Project, Apples and Oranges, Paper Song, Routes, Lig & Bittle, The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, The Shape Of A Girl, Offensive Fouls, Smokescreen and Are We There Yet? have been presented at theatres across the country from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to Saskatoon.
  • Concrete Theatre is a not-for-profit society and a registered charity (no. 89738 7478 RR0001), and operates as a member of PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) hiring artists under the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA). The organization operates with a Board of Directors drawn from the community, an Artistic Director, an Artistic Associate, a General Manager and a Booking Coordinator. Concrete Theatre employs professional artists on a contract basis.

Artistic Team

  • Mieko Ouchi - Artistic Director
  • Caroline Howarth - Artistic Associate
  • Mary-Ellen Perley - General Manager
  • Patrick Beagan - Booking Coordinator

Awards

  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Artistic Achievement for Young Audiences for Vern Thiessen & Brian Dooley (Script/Translation) Bello (2017)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Under Cover (2016)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for The Antyssey (2015)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Artistic Achievement for Young Audiences for Joel Crichton/Richard Lee Hsi (Book/Score) The Antyssey (2015)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for I Am For You (2014)
  • Dora Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Routes (2011)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Routes (2010)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Jeremy Fisher (2007)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Nami Nammerson, the Viking Who Liked To Name Things (2006)
  • Mayor's Evening for the Arts - Syncrude Award for Innovative Artistic Direction - Concrete Theatre (2005)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Shape of a Girl (2003)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Lig & Bittle (2002)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Naomi's Road (2001)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Are We There Yet? (2000)

Nominations

  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Consent (2018)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Artistic Achievement for Young Audiences for Mieko Ouchi (Director/Playwright) Consent (2018)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Artistic Achievement for Young Audiences for Richard Lee Hsi (Actor) Consent (2018)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Bello (2017)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Apples and Oranges (2014)
  • Dora Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Paper Song (2014)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Artistic Achievement for Young Audiences for David Fraser (Design) Rice: Stories With A Slant (2001)
  • Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award - Writers Guild of Alberta for Rice: Stories With A Slant (2001)


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