Your favourite Calgarians auditioned for the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Watch the video here.

Investing in emerging artists means investing in the future of live theatre. We bring new voices to the stage through commissions, readings and training programs like Shakespeare By the Bow.

Shakespeare By the Bow

Shakespeare By the Bow

Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow gives all Calgarians an opportunity to enjoy live theatre in this gorgeous natural setting throughout the summer. Since 2012, this innovative gives recent graduates from Alberta post-secondary theatre programs real life experience working with leading Canadian artistic, creative and production teams to bring a play to life.

The program also features a team of mentors and coaches providing instruction in classical text, voice, speech, and other theatre skills and techniques. Many of our Shakespeare by the Bow alumni have also moved on to perform in our main stage productions including Iceland, A Christmas Carol, Bad Jews, and more.

The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Photo by Trudie Lee.

Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award

Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award

This annual award of $2,500, is designed to recognize Calgary and area actors in the early stages of their careers. Created in 2007, the award honours the distinguished 40+ year career of Calgary actor, Stephen Hair, which includes over 60 appearances on the Theatre Calgary stage, plus 25 consecutive years as Ebenezer Scrooge in the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

The recipient of this award must have demonstrated a commitment to the pursuit of a professional career as an actor. 

The funds may be used as the artist wishes. The life of an actor comes with many challenges, one of which is monetary. From new headshots to paying the rent, this financial award is the recipient’s to use as they best see fit.

The award is determined by a jury which includes Stephen Hair based on the artist’s body of work and their presence in the community. There is no formal application process.

This Year’s Winners

Our 2019 winner will be announced later this year. We are thrilled to now announce the 2017 recipient is Natasha Strickey and the 2018 recipient is Marshall Vielle!

Previous recipients:

2007 – Justin Michael Carriere
2008 – Alexander Arsenault
2009 – Julie Mortensen
2010 – Geoffrey Simon Brown
2011 – Allison Lynch
2012 – Byron Allen
2013 – Geneviève Paré
2014 – Lennette Randall
2015 – Brett Dahl
2016 - Jesse Lynn Northan (Anderson)
2017 - Natasha Strickey
2018 - Marshall Vielle Natay'ao'tako

Natasha Strickey, 2017 recipient.
Marshall Vielle Natay'ao'tako, 2018 recipient.

Broadway Dreams – Sing. Dance. Act

Broadway Dreams – Sing. Dance, Act

After a highly successful launch last summer, Theatre Calgary's version of Broadway Dreams returned in August 2019. 

This week-long, triple threat (singing, dancing and acting) intensive, led by teaching faculty from Broadway, included 62 students who were left inspired and empowered. On the final day of training, the students were given the opportunity to showcase their skills in a live performance for more than 300 audience members. 

Please check back for 2020 Broadway Dreams dates. 

What Sets Broadway Dreams Apart from Other Training Programs? 

Read more in this story from Playbill.

Broadway Dreams classes (2019).

TC Outloud

TC Outloud

TC OUT LOUD is a free new works reading series that gives local writers the chance to hear their words read, local actors the opportunity to practice their cold-reading skills; and the community to come together. 

Each TC OUT LOUD evening features three excerpts, read aloud, alongside a new work from an established playwright. These pieces of theatre can be any genre or format, sad or funny, or anything in between! These are low-key evenings celebrating new works and Calgary’s fantastic community of artists.

This season (2019-2020), Theatre Calgary will host two TC OUT LOUD events: 

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17th, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.

All events are in the Theatre Calgary rehearsal hall and there is a cash-only bar onsite.

Writers: Deadlines will be close to the event dates, so watch this space for updates.

Actors: If you are interested in being considered for TC OUT LOUD and we are not familiar with your work, please submit a headshot and resume below. 

*Please note that all artists must be available from 6:30 p.m. onwards. All artists are compensated as per CTA and PGC guidelines.


For more information on TC Out Loud, please email us.