Provincial Arts Service Organization (PASO) dedicated to encouraging and promoting the continued development of theatre in Alberta. Incorporated in 1981, Theatre Alberta has evolved since its inception, adapting to numerous changes and challenges, to emerge as one of the largest and most active of the PASOs in Alberta.
The organization has over 1200 members, primarily from Alberta but also from across Canada and from other countries. Its membership consists of professional and community theatre practitioners, drama educators and students, as well as general enthusiasts. Theatre Alberta’s volunteer board of directors and many of its full and part-time staff are active theatre practitioners from all across the province and from varied disciplines within the theatre community.
Theatre Alberta facilitates interaction and communication amongst professional, community, and educational theatre practitioners through its programs and services: Artstrek, a residential summer theatre program for teens; Dramaworks, a summer theatre workshops series for adults; PlayWorks Ink, a fall theatre conference and workshop series produced in association with the Alberta Playwrights’ Network; Workshops by Request, theatre workshops for community theatres; Emerge, an annual audition event for graduating post-secondary actors; and Safe Stages, an occupational health and safety best practices resource.
Theatre Alberta also serves its membership and the community at large with a comprehensive website detailing information about its programs and services, its publications - including All Stages Magazine, Theatre Buzz, Community Theatre Handbook, Theatre Facility Handbook, and library catalogues - and a monthly Playbill calendar listing live theatre events taking place around the province. There is also a section where the community can post information about jobs, auditions, workshops, and other theatre resources. Links to Theatre Alberta’s member organizations and other service and theatre related organizations are also listed.
Theatre Alberta boasts a fully circulating member library with over 16,000 titles consisting of Canadian and international playscripts, musicals, periodicals, reference materials and other resources. The organization encourages and promotes awareness of and dissemination of Albertan and Canadian plays within its membership and the community at large and focuses a large part of its acquisition budget each year on Canadian plays and reference materials.
Theatre Alberta provides information and advocacy to the theatre community on local, provincial, and national fronts and provides direct support to Alberta Playwrights’ Network, Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology Alberta Section, and to the Alberta High School Drama Festival Association. Theatre Alberta is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Edmonton Arts Council, program and membership fees, and donations.
Last updated 2014-10-30