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Theatre Calgary is a national stage that stimulates, provokes, and delights with ambitious programming created to ignite local, national, and international engagement.


Theatre Calgary traces its origins to the 1960s grassroots movement for local professional theatre. The company formed from the city’s two most prominent amateur theatre groups: Workshop 14 and the Musicians’ and Actors’ Club. Workshop 14 had been founded in 1944 by students of local theatre pioneer Betty Mitchell and took its name from Mitchell’s drama classroom at Western Canada High School. The Musicians’ and Actors’ Club (fondly known as MAC) began as a social club in 1963, with meetings held the basement bar of the derelict Isis movie house on 1st St SW, but members soon took to staging short plays and musical revues in the upstairs hall. Under the leadership of Kenneth Dyba, the two groups merged in 1966 as MAC 14. Then, on July 1st, 1968, MAC 14 became Theatre Calgary, the city’s first fully professional theatre company. Christopher Newton, who would later lead the Shaw Festival for more than two decades, was appointed Theatre Calgary’s first artistic director.

Current Season (2015-2016)

The Tempest (June 23-August 23 2015)

The Shoplifters (September 1-27 2015)

The Crucible (October 13-November 8 2015)

A Christmas Carol (November 26-December 24 2015)

Spin (January 7-10 2016)

The Little Prince-The Musical (January 19-February 28 2016)

Bad Jews (March 15-April 10 2016)

In The Light In The Piazza (April 26-May 22 2016)

Past Productions

2014/2015 The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Bow) One Man, Two Guvnors (Canadian Premiere) Liberation Days (World Premiere) A Christmas Carol Chelsea Hotel The Philadelphia Story King Lear Dear Johnny Deere

2013/2014 Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Park) Kim's Convenience The Great Gatsby A Christmas Carol BOOM! Major Barbara The Mountaintop (Canadian Premiere) Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins

2012/2013 A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare in the Park) Next To Normal Pride and Prejudice A Christmas Carol Metamorphosis The Kite Runner (Canadian Premiere) God of Carnage Anne of Green Gables - The Musical

2011/2012 Tosca Cafe To Kill a Mockingbird A Christmas Carol TheatreFront's Ubuntu: The Cape Town Project Enron (Canadian Premiere) Shirley Valentine Cats

2010/2011 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Lost – A Memoir (World Premiere) A Christmas Carol Soulpepper Theatre's Billy Bishop Goes To War The Drowsy Chaperone Much Ado About Nothing Mom's The Word: For Crying Out Loud!

2009/2010 Jake and the Kid 7 Stories A Christmas Carol Electric Company Theatre and Virtual Stage's production of No Exit Beyond Eden (World Premiere) Betrayal The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

2008/2009 A Raisin in the Sun Skydive A Christmas Carol Catalyst Theatre's production of Frankenstein Doubt, A Parable An Ideal Husband Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

2007/2008 Timothy Findley's The Wars (World Premiere) Vigil A Christmas Carol Our Town Enchanted April Disney's Beauty and the Beast

2006/2007 Of Mice and Men Glorious! A Christmas Carol The Retreat From Moscow The Cripple of Inishmaan The Overcoat

2005/2006 The Miracle Worker Wingfield's Inferno A Christmas Carol Saint Joan Trying Guys & Dolls

Ian Prinsloo, Artistic Director 2004/2005 Of the Fields, Lately Sherlock Holmes A Christmas Carol Macbeth West Side Story Humble Boy

2003/2004 Hay Fever The Diary of Anne Frank A Christmas Carol Fire Crimes of the Heart Counsellor-At-Law

2002/2003 A Streetcar Named Desire Dracula A Christmas Carol Evita The Philadelphia Story Copenhagen

2001/2002 Cabaret Romeo and Juliet A Christmas Carol True West Death of a Salesman Wingfield on Ice

2000/2001 Rough Crossing Cat On A Hot Tin Roof A Christmas Carol Camelot Dangerous Corner The Sisters Rosensweig

1999/2000 Wingfield Unbound The Glass Menagerie A Christmas Carol Gaslight A Fitting Confusion Holiday Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill

1998/99 Private Lives All My Sons A Christmas Carol The Fox Candida The Fantasticks

1997/98 The Cocktail Hour An Inspector Calls A Christmas Carol A Delicate Balance Memoir Song and Dance

James Brewer, Acting Artistic Director 1996/97 Tons of Money A Christmas Carol Stephen and Mister Wilde Piaf The Heiress

Brian Rintoul, Artistic Director 1995/96 Waiting for the Parade The Importance of Being Earnest A Christmas Carol Cyrano de Bergerac Atlantis Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: A Love Story Little Shop of Horrors

1994/95 Forever Plaid Charley's Aunt A Christmas Carol Transit of Venus Waiting for Godot If We Are Women Into the Woods Summer Season: Forever Plaid

1993/94 Dancing at Lughnasa Tru A Christmas Carol Henceforward Hamlet Wrong for Each Other Anne of Green Gables - The Musical

1992/93 Much Ado About Nothing The Kite A Christmas Carol La Bete Arsenic and Old Lace Wingfield's Folly Evita

1991/92 A Midsummer Night's Dream The Sum of Us Wingfield's Progress A Christmas Carol Les Liasons Dangereuses The Motor Trade Fences Gypsy

Martin Kinch, Artistic Director 1990/91 Tartuffe Amigo's Blue Guitar A Christmas Carol Letters from Wingfield Farm My Children, My Africa The Woman in Black Amadeus

1989/90 Blithe Spirit Toronto, Mississippi A Christmas Carol Driving Miss Daisy Bordertown Cafe Summer and Smoke

1988/89 Broadway Bound Terra Nova The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon The Glass Menagerie The Innocents Fire

1987/88 Pal Joey Summer Walsh You Never Can Tell Making Brownies Like We Used To The Real Thing Beauty and the Beast

1986/87 Mainstage: Brighton Beach Memoirs The Play's the Thing Salt-Water Moon And When I Wake Golden Girls Second Stage: The Normal Heart Souvenirs True West

1985/86 Mainstage: Twelfth Night* K2 Alice On Stage Uncle Vanya Criminals in Love Country Hearts Special Project: Intimate Admiration

  • Twelfth Night was the first production in the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts. Premiered on Friday, September 20, 1985.

Sharon Pollock, Artistic Director 1984/85 Mainstage: A Streetcar Named Desire A Christmas Carol Cold Storage Whodunnit Quartermaine's Terms Filthy Rich Second Stage: Cloud 9 Forever Yours Marie-Lou

Rick McNair, Artistic Director 1983/84 What the Butler Saw A Christmas Carol Old Times I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road Doc The Dining Room

1982/83 Mass Appeal A Moon for the Misbegotten Rexy! Whiskey Six Let's Get A Divorce Talley's Folly Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens

1981/82 Mainstage: Mrs. Warren's Profession Blood Relations The Sea Horse For Those in Peril on the Sea Farther West On Golden Pond The Elephant Man Midnight Series: Cold Comfort President Wilson in Paris The Immigrant Bullshot Crummond

1980/81 Mainstage: Jitters Betrayal Automatic Pilot The Tempest Happy End The Kite Maggie and Pierre Midnight Series: Solange/The Beard Joggers Unseen Years of Sorrow, Years of Shame Yanks 3 - Detroit 0, Top of the Seventh

1979/80 Mainstage: Eight to the Bar Of Mice and Men Thark The Words of My Roaring Mirandolina Birds Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon Midnight Series: Sexual Perversity in Chicago White Whore and the Bit Player Rainbow Rock and more Blitzkrieg Perfect Relationships Out at Sea The Man with the Flower In His Mouth Spider Rabbit

1978/79 Mainstage: Same Time Next Year The Mary Shelley Play Mandragola One Night Stand Under Milkwood The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon Second Stage: Midtown Acres Antigone Paper Wheat The Miners Forty Niners

Harold G. Baldridge, Artistic Director 1977/78 Mainstage: That Championship Season Sleuth The Condemned of Altona The Playboy of the Western World Streamers The Importance of Being Earnest Second Stage: Hosanna Boiler Room Suite Travesties

1976/77 The Sunshine Boys The Glass Menagerie Time and Time Again Hedda Gabler Festival Equus A Thousand Clowns

1975/76 Tonight at Calgary Theatre Hall My Fat Friend Back to Beulah Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (alternating nights) Chemin de Fer Absurd Person Singular

1974/75 6 RMS Riv VU The Rivals Threepenny Opera A Flea in Her Ear Who Killed Santa Claus? Sudden Death Overtime Relatively Speaking

1973/74 How the Other Half Loves Walsh Oh, What A Lovely War Jacques Brel (Revival) The Fantasticks Play It Again, Sam The Seagull Prisoner of Second Avenue

1972/73 Butterflies Are Free The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds Jacques Brel Wait Until Dark The Devil's Disciple Leaving Home Bus Stop

Clark Rogers, Artistic Director 1971/72 Plaza Suite The Rainmaker The Guardsman The Hostage Romeo and Juliet The House on Chestnut Street Arms and the Man

Christopher Newton, Artistic Director 1970/71 The Entertainer The Birthday Party Dracula Trip The Taming of the Shrew The Father The Knack

1969/70 Star Spangled Girl Loot Great Expectations You Two Stay Here, The Rest of You Come with Me The Importance of Being Earnest Long Day's Journey Into Night Bell, Book and Candle

1968/69 The Odd Couple The Alchemist Gaslight Irma La Douce Private Lives The Three Desks Black Comedy & White Liars

July 1, 1968 MAC 14 becomes Theatre Calgary. First play - The Odd Couple. Christopher Newton becomes the first Artistic Director.

1967/68 Wild Rose Luv The Glass Menagerie Charley's Aunt Dial "M" For Murder The Killing of Sister George Barefoot in the Park

MAC and Workshop 14 (MAC 14) 1966/67 Under the Yum Yum Tree The Firebugs The Caretaker Major Barbara Breath of Spring The Miracle Worker You Can't Take It With You A Streetcar Named Desire

1966 MAC merged with Workshop 14 to become MAC 14. Under the direction of Kenneth Dyba they staged plays in an old tractor warehouse that was later turned into the QR Centre.

1965/66 A Thousand Clowns The Feiffer Revue Cat On a Hot Tin Roof Present Laughter A View From the Bridge The Private Ear and Public Eye Of Mice and Men Mary, Mary The Knack The Hostage

Musicians and Actors Club (MAC) 1964/65 Light Up the Sky A Taste of Honey Two For the Seesaw Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's hung you in the closet and I'm so sad The American Dream The Sandbox In White America Luther

Artistic Team

Dennis Garnhum (Artistic Director)

Colleen A. Smith (Executive Director)

Lesley MacMillan (Producer,Executive)

Susan McNair Reid (Company Manager)

Zachary Moull (Artistic Associate)

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