Theatre Yes fearlessly engages Edmonton audiences via innovative theatre performances sourced from down the block, across the country and around the world. We respond to timely local, national, and international cultural conversations with programming that invites Edmontonians to become a part of significant social dialogues. We enrich Edmonton artists and audiences by producing diverse and challenging artistic events that surprise and empower, honoring of art and the artist as forces that challenge and focus our community towards exploring complexities of modern life. When Edmontonians attend a Theatre Yes event they encounter contemporary stories told passionately by professional artists, executed with polish and sophistication.
Theatre Yes is small and vital company. It enables it to fill an important niche in Edmonton by offering daring programming that is unique in the city. As a small-scale company Theatre Yes is not bound the financial obligations of subscribers or a building. Consequently, it is agile enough to take the bold artistic risks that attract new demographics to the theatre. Theatre Yes's intrepid, original, offerings add singular zest to Edmonton’s diverse menu of theatrical fare.
The work is project driven, enabling it to provide the distinct theatrical large scale enterprises Theatre Yes has become know for.
Theatre Yes is run by part-time Artistic Director and company founder Heather Inglis with the assistance two artistic associates Brian Bast and Melissa Thingelstad.
Heather Inglis is the founder and leader of the company. She is an award winning theatre director, producer and dramaturg with a national reputation for developing and directing innovative new Canadian works. Her fearless approach to offering risky theatrical experiences is the foundation of the company’s reputation locally and nationally. Theatre designer Brian Bast has been a long-time company collaborator and a driving force in the ambitious, polished, imaginative aesthetics Theatre Yes is known for. The strong working relationship between Mr. Bast and Ms. Inglis has been the foundation of much of Theatre Yes’s most effective work. Melissa Thingelstad is a multi-disciplinary, performer/ creator with strong arts administration and communication skills whose work dovetails with the values and aesthetics of the company. Ms. Thingelstad brings a performer-centered perspective to our program planning. The artistic associates provide support and collaborative input into the vision and planning of the company and assist (as available) with ongoing administrative and production tasks.
Notable accomplishments for Theatre Yes include the creation of the NATIONAL ELEVATOR PROJECT 16 plays written for and performed in working elevators (Elizabeth Sterling Award for Outstanding Innovation in Theatre); The Canadian Premier of Cat Walsh's play THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS, Jennifer Tremblay’s THE LIST in English which transformed the 370-seat Westbury Theatre into an intimate 40 seat venue; the first Canadian production of David Mamet’s incendiary play RACE at Catalyst Theatre; WHITE LINOLEUM a ground breaking performance installation selected to be part of Latitude 53’s event IN/STALL/ED which featured six actors who took shifts performing in an exhibit that explored the boundaries we placed around our moments of despair over 6 hours; the first Canadian staging of Mark Ravenhill’s SHOOT /GET TREASURE/ REPEAT accessed via a walking tour this production took audiences to secret locations to see four short plays (4-Elizabeth Sterling Haynes nominations, featured in a Canadian Geographic photo essay about Edmonton’s Fringe Festival); MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE (4-Elizabeth Sterling Haynes nominations); Neil Labute’s THE MERCY SEAT (Elizabeth Sterling Haynes nomination Outstanding Independent Production).
Theatre Yes was invited to perform THE NATIONAL ELEVATOR PROJECT at the prestigious Magnetic North Festival (Canada’s National Theatre Festival) in Halifax Nova Scotia. Heather Inglis received a 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Emerging Arts Award for her body of work, which is primarily focused through the work of Theatre Yes. In June of 2014 Theatre Yes received a Special Elizabeth Sterling Award for Outstanding Innovation in Theatre in Edmonton.
Theatre Yes is funded by three levels of government.