Theatre for Young Audiences, based in Calgary Alberta, and founded by Duval Lang and Rick McNair in 1984. Since then, it has toured over 100 productions, reaching 1.4 million young people. These include: Shoes of Sand by Suzanne Lebeau, trans. John Van Burek (2010); The Secret Life of an Octopus by Clem Martini (2006); I Met a Bully on the Hill by Martha Brooks and Maureen Hunter (Citadel Theatre 2005, Sterling Award).
Inspired by the late Michael Green, in 2018, Quest Theatre toured We Are All Treaty People, created by the Artists of Making Treaty 7 in a co-production with Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists tell the story of the shared history of Canada through a play for grades 4-6, a light and shadow show for grades 1-3, a song for Kindergarten and a Round Dance for all.
In 1992, the Company began an Artists in School Residency program, and has conducted over 475 residencies.
Quest Theatre operates a theatre school, summer drama camps and an annual youth art show.
The company supports emerging artists and playwrights and regularly commissions and develops new plays, including works by Vern Thiessen, Sharon Pollock; and Glenda Stirling, among others. It also collaborates with other theatres, such as Puente Theatre to produce relevant works.
As of 2008, the artistic director is Nikki Loach.
Last updated 2021-08-23