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Calgary Clown Festival Submission Deadline Extension

The Pumphouse Theatre and Calgary Clown Society are happy to announce that the Calgary Clown Festival will move forward in October as planned. Submissions will be extended until April 10, 2020!

Please see the letter below from Chris Gamble:

Hello, my fellow Clowns,

I would like to thank everyone for the tremendous efforts you are putting forward to practice social distancing and keep our planet safe for everyone. I applaud all those clowns that are finding ways to spread positivity and love. In these hard times, it is important to share the gift of laughter. If you are doing something in your community or broadcasting your work via the internet we would love to hear about it and share it on our social platforms. 

I am happy to announce that at this point the Calgary Clown Festival will move ahead as planned. I have faith that the actions taken by our government, hard-working first responders and everyone practicing proper social distancing will make it possible for us to resume our regular lives by Autumn. That being said as the festival is many months away and I am not able to plan for every eventuality that might occur from now until the festival in October things might change. Rest assured that I will keep you apprised of any new developments at the festival as they arise. 

In the meantime stay safe and stay home. I look forward to being with you all again in body and spirit.

Clown Power!

Chris Gamble 

Director – Calgary Clown Festival



Temporary Closure

Dear Patrons of the Pumphouse Theatres,

We at the Pumphouse Theatres have been monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) escalation very closely.

Although we are fortunate enough to be able to build in preventative measures like extra cleaning and social distancing with the addition of the state of emergency enacted by the City of Calgary last night we have chosen to close temporarily until at least March 31, 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make everyone aware of any changes that may impact events or activities past this date.

If you have a child in any of our spring camps & classes or have purchased tickets to the One Act Play Festival, we will be in contact with you directly to discuss your options.

You can help prevent the spread of all viruses, including coronavirus, and other infectious illnesses with just a few simple hygiene habits.

Wash your hands frequently: This is the single most effective way of preventing the spread of disease. Use hand sanitizer, when you can’t wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Catch your germs: Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze by using the inside of your elbow or your shoulder.

Avoid touching your face: In between handwashing, keep your hands away from your eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

Feeling Sick: If you are experiencing, fever, cough, difficulty breathing or other flu like symptoms, stay home and away from others and contact your healthcare provider. If you have questions or concerns about your health contact Health Link 811.

Choose alternative greetings to handshakes and high fives: try a “Foot Five” where you tap feet.

For updates and current information on Coronavirus COVID-19 please visit www.albertahealthservices.ca. Or https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/cema/Pages/Response-to-Coronavirus.aspx For updates on the Pumphouse Theatres please visit our social media www.facebook.com/PumphouseYYC or our website www.pumphousetheatre.ca


Statement on COVID-19

Dear Patrons of the Pumphouse Theatres,

We at the Pumphouse Theatres are taking monitoring the situation about coronavirus (COVID-19) very closely and are taking extra precautions at this time. Extra attention is being given to our regular cleaning regime and common surfaces are being sanitized with a hospital-grade solution at a more frequent rate.

Currently, the risk of in Alberta is still assessed as low and there are no current plans to make changes to the activities at the facility. The majority of events currently scheduled at the Pumphouse in the next 30 days will be gatherings of under 100 patrons. This meets the current recommended standards of low-risk public gatherings.

At this time, we ask that any patrons exhibiting signs of illness stay home. The health and safety of patrons and staff is always a top priority at the Pumphouse Theatres.

For updates and current information on Coronavirus COVID-19 please visit www.albertahealthservices.ca. For updates on the Pumphouse Theatres please visit our social media www.facebook.com/PumphouseYYC or our website www.pumphousetheatre.ca


Summer Drama Day Camp 2020 Instructor

The Pumphouse Theatre is now accepting applications for four (4) full-time drama instructor positions for our annual Summer Drama Day Camp. One of these positions will be designated as a Lead Instructor.

Drama camp activities include the exploration of acting, improvisation, creative movement, voice, sound, storytelling, and playwriting. The goal of the program is to develop the social interaction and life skills of the young participants through the creative utilization of theatrical techniques.  The instructors also facilitate their students in developing a production, which is performed for friends and family on the final day of camp. Pumphouse Theatre believes in drama education that encourages creativity, freedom, and a healthy sense of play in our youth.

The Drama Instructors will work under the guidance of the Programming Director to assist in program development and be responsible for the overall execution and creation of the curriculum. Instructors will also work closely in a leadership relationship with Camp Counselors.

The successful applicants will:

  • Possess the ability to supervise and instruct young people between the ages of 5 – 15 and have had previous experience in this area.
  • Have a solid understanding of the creative theatre process and have experience and/or education in this area
  • Have had at least one term or semester of a Drama/Theatre class and/or Education class
  • Display strong communicative and interpersonal skills
  • Be committed to the creative development and the theatrical education of the participants
  • Experience with ESL and Disabilities is an asset  
  • Some experience with the creative use/construction of props, costumes and sets is an asset.
  • Know how to have fun!

Due to the structure of the Canadian Summer Jobs grants received by the Pumphouse Theatre, applicants must be currently enrolled as post-secondary students and are continuing their education in the Fall of 2020. Pumphouse Theatre is committed to building a culturally diverse environment and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and abilities to apply.

The time commitment is approximately 40 hours per week, for ten weeks, beginning June 22 and continuing through August 28, 2020 (Monday to Friday). Compensation will range from $18-$20 based on experience. For camp descriptions, please visit the Drama Class section of our website at www.pumphousetheatre.ca.

Please respond with a cover letter and resume to Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, by mail, fax or e-mail by May 1, 2020.  No phone calls, please. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview, which will be held between May 11 and May 15, 2020.

Thank you in advance to all applicants. We look forward to meeting with you!

Kelly Malcolm

Programming Director

Pumphouse Theatre

2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW T3C 3P5

kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca

Fax: 403.237.5357


Summer Drama Day Camp 2020 Counsellors


The Pumphouse Theatre is now accepting applications for four (4) full-time counselor positions for our annual Summer Drama Day Camp.

Drama camp activities include the exploration of acting, improvisation, creative movement, voice, sound, storytelling, and playwriting. The goal of the program is to develop the social interaction and life skills of the young participants through the creative utilization of theatrical techniques.  Students are facilitated in developing a production, which is performed for friends and family on the final day of camp. Pumphouse Theatre believes in drama education that encourages creativity, freedom, and a healthy sense of play in our youth.

The Counselors will work under the guidance of the Program Coordinator and Drama Instructors to assist in the overall execution of the curriculum.

Potential candidates must be available from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Monday to Friday, and are required to work during final performances.  

The successful applicants will: 

  • Possesses the ability to supervise young people between the ages of 8 – 14 and have had previous experience in this area.
  • Have an understanding of or be willing to learn the creative theatre process 
  • Display strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be committed to the creative development and the theatrical education of the participants
  • Some experience with the creative use and construction of props, costumes and sets is an asset.
  • Know how to have fun!

Due to the structure of the Canadian Summer Jobs grants received by the Pumphouse Theatre, applicants who are currently enrolled as students (High School or Post-Secondary) and are continuing their education in the Fall of 2020 will have an advantage. Pumphouse Theatre is committed to building a culturally diverse environment and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and abilities to apply

The time commitment is approximately 40 hours per week, for nine weeks, beginning June 29 and continuing through to August 28, 2020 (Monday to Friday).  Compensation will range from $15-$17 based on experience. For camp descriptions, please visit the Drama Class section of our website at www.pumphousetheatre.ca

Please respond with a cover letter and resume to Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, by mail, fax or e-mail by May 1, 2020.  No phone calls, please. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview, which will be held between May 11 and May 15, 2020. 

Thank you in advance for all who apply. We look forward to meeting with you. 

Kelly Malcolm

Programming Director

2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW T3C 3P5

kelly@pumphousetheatre.caFax: 403.237.5357