All remaining ADMISSIONS performances have been cancelled. Click here for our COVID-19 update.

A Note to Our Community from Stafford Arima

Theatre Calgary Season Update

With the health and wellness of our patrons, employees, artists, and volunteers our top priority, Theatre Calgary has cancelled all remaining performances of our current show Admissions (scheduled through April 4), and postponed Million Dollar Quartet, (scheduled April 21 through May 24) until further notice.

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TC Mentors

Our mentorship program gives emerging and experienced artists paid on-the-job training and the valuable experience of working with a professional theatre company. 

Please note our TC Mentors’ production-based mentorships have taken the place of our Assistant Stream. If you are interested in being an Assistant Director or Assistant Lighting Designer, etc. we ask that you now apply for this program.

We consider a TC Mentors’ placement a learning opportunity and not a job, but mentees are paid an honorarium. The amount is dependent on the position and its level of commitment. 
The 2019-20 season was our second official year of the program with 10 mentees (although we did do a trial run the year before that), so we are still learning and making adjustments. That said, we plan to offer the program again next season with applications opening up once we have a more clear idea of the state of things surrounding COVID-19. Please keep an eye on the website for any updates.
When applications open, we will list possible areas of mentorship (both production-based and administrative) and then also allow applicants to tell us if there is an area other than those mentioned that they would like to work in. Some positions are not possible, simply  because of our 'A' house status and the union rules we must abide by. For example, we will likely never have a Stage Management Mentee, because Equity has an apprenticeship system built into its model already. The application will request a CV as well as the contact info for two references, and requires the applicant to answer some questions, namely focusing on why this mentorship/why them/why now.
Mentees are selected based on availability/interest of mentors, what shows/projects we are offering that season, as well as what is most needed for TC right now, with consideration of the inequities that exist currently in Calgary's/Canada's theatre ecology. For instance, there are very few female identified music directors, so this past season we made sure to give the one opportunity for mentoring in Music Direction to a woman.
If you have any further questions, please email Jenna Turk, Artistic Associate. 

2019-20 TC Mentees





Conrad Belau

Directing Mark Bellamy Noises Off

Quinn Lazenby 

Directing Jenna Turk Iceland

Ian Heerensperger

Sound Design Bronwyn Bowlby & Allison Lynch A Christmas Carol

Jacob Wolstencroft

Directing Lonny Price &
Matt Cowart
The Louder We Get

Brianna Kolybaba

Costume Design Cory Sincennes The Louder We Get

Joe Slabe

Music Direction Joshua Zecher-Ross The Louder We Get

David Sklar

Directing Jamie Dunsdon Admissions

Robyn Ord

Directing Dean Paul Gibson Million Dollar Quartet

Jordan Wieben

Costume Design Deitra Kalyn Million Dollar Quartet

Mary Elizabeth Chisholm

Company Management Susan McNair Reid   

Maddy Quinn

Production Management Alex Currie  


Past TC Mentors Participants

2018-19 Mentorships





Imajyn Cardinal Set & Project Design Andy Moro Honour Beat
Andrew Cooper Directing Stafford Arima Mary and Max
Julie Tomaino Directing Stafford Arima Billy Elliot
Jay Northcott Directing Micheline Chevrier The Scarlet Letter
Alexa Elser Voice and Dialect Coaching Jane MacFarlane  
Kyle Schulte Company Management Susan McNair Reid  
Alixandra Cowman Sound Design Allison Lynch The Scarlet Letter
Sarah Wheeldon Music Direction Anna Ebbesen Mary and Max


2017-18 Mentorships





Thomas Alderson Directing Stafford Arima The Secret Garden
Skylar Desjardins Set Design Cameron Porteous The Humans
Lisa Floyd Lighting Design Bonnie Beecher The Secret Garden
Kathryn Smith Set and Costume Design Cory Sincennes The Secret Garden
Sarah Uwadiae Lighting Design Kimberly Purtell The Humans