Theatre Prospero is a professional company based in Edmonton, Alberta which tours around the province of Alberta. All of their work is based in poetry, classics, rich language and/or myth. Theatre Prospero provides innovative classical, Shakespearean and language rich theatre to young audiences throughout Alberta while also offering high calibre training and performance opportunities to children and young adults.
Theatre Prospero has been incorporating students into our professional classical and poetry based theatre since 1996. From 1998 to the present we have gone to schools doing 1-15 day artist-in-residence programs that have incorporated thousands of students at hundreds of schools across Alberta. Although our primary programming for and with young people is Shakespeare, we have also produced Greek plays, adaptations of Charles Dickens’ and Dylan Thomas’ works, as well as a modern play by Ted Hughes.
In addition to our mandate of working with and performing for young people, we have developed the new Canadian productions of Maggie Now Parts 1-4, and Blood Opera: The Raven Tango Poems at the Fringe, Canoe and Serca Festivals. We have started two new theatre festivals in Edmonton. In 2009 we premiered the launch of the Serca Festival of Irish Theatre, which has since become its own independent company.
In 2011 we launched the first annual Thousand Faces Festival of Mythic Art, which is dedicated to presenting mythic works from around the world.
- Artistic Director: Mark Henderson
- Associate Artistic Director: Elizabeth Hobbs
- Business Manager: Eva Pang
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- The Bacchae
- Romeo and Juliet
- The Frogs
- The Coming of the Kings
- A Child’s Christmas in Wales
- King Lear
- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Maggie Now Parts 1 and 2
- The Taming of the Shrew
- Blood Opera: The Raven Tango Poems
- The Tempest
- The Second Shepherd’s Play