Downstage is dedicated to producing Canadian theatre that creates conversation around social issues. Our work provokes vibrant dialogue between Calgarians both informally and through our nightly post-performance discussions.
Every season, we produce a run of a World Premiere, a run of a Canadian script, and a work-in-development presentation as part of our new Fieldwork series.
The scripts we've produced in the past have tackled topics as diverse as voluntourism, homelessness, genocide and NIMBYism, while the work of the resident Downstage Creation Ensemble has explored questions of geo-engineering (In the Wake), the role of debt in the economic collapse (Bust) and the relationship between oil & gas and agriculture in Alberta (Good Fences).
We're proud to be a Resident Company of Arts Commons, and have received critical acclaim, the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award, the inaugural EPCOR CENTRE Founders Award (now Arts Commons Founders Award), and 14 Betty Mitchell Award nominations, winning three times - most recently Outstanding New Play for In The Wake.
In addition to our productions, we partner with the Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary for the annual Uprising Playwriting Competition, are the producers of the ever-popular 10-Minute Play Festival within One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo and curate two theatre spaces in the city, Motel and Birds & Stone ensuring that these venues are affordable and accessible options for smaller companies and emerging artists.
For our eleventh season, we've put together a lineup that promises to be entertaining, inventive, thought-provoking and relevant to the everyday lives of Calgarians. We hope you'll join us and add your voice to the conversation!