2019 Fall Drama Classes

Playful Drama

Ages 6-8

Monday, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
September 23 – December 2, 2019
(No class on October 14)
Fee $125 ($100 Discounted)

This course is a great introduction to the drama basics and covers a variety of topics including storytelling, character, sharing, movement, and theatre games. This is a wonderful way to help your child explore their imagination, learn new skills, and have fun! No experience required!

Creation in Motion

Ages 9-12
Monday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 23 – December 2, 2019
(No class on October 14)
Fee $250 ($225 Discounted)

Explore storytelling and harness imagination through physicality.  Creation in Motion will encourage creative expression through movement, choreography, mime, balance, staging, and mask.  Students will learn about teamwork, gain self-confidence, and be physically active, all within a safe and engaging environment. No previous experience is required!

Theatre Arts Exploration

Ages 9 – 12
Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
September 28 – December 7, 2019
(No class on October 12)
Class Fee: $250 ($225 Discounted)

This course is an all-inclusive exploration of the theatre arts. Students will be encouraged to discover a variety of dramatic techniques such as character creation, improvisation, movement, Shakespeare, scene study, and more! Have a blast creating and performing an original final presentation for friends and family. No previous experience required!

Improv for Teens!

Ages 13-17
Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
September 28 – December 7, 2019
(No class on October 12)
Class Fee: $325 ($300 Discounted)

Improv is a great way to have fun and explore while bolstering creativity, adaptability, teamwork, and confidence. This course includes lessons in theatre sports, character development, storytelling, and many favourite improvisation games. Be inspired to think outside the box, learn something new, and have fun! No previous experience is required!

Playwriting for Teens!

Ages 13-17

Sundays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
September 22 – December 1, 2019
(No class on October 13)
Class Fee: $325 ($300 Discounted)

This course is designed to give young performers a deeper understanding into the written world of theatre. Through examining classic and contemporary text, students will be guided to explore the craft of playwriting and dramaturgy and learn what it means to tell an effective story. Students will be able to have the opportunity to write their own monologues and short ten minute plays.

Cancellation is permitted (less a $25 administration fee) provided notice is given a minimum of 10 business days prior to the first day of camp.

No refund will be given with less than 10 business days notice, without a doctor’s note.

Discounts apply to those registering before August 15th or those registering multiple participants from the same family.

If you have any questions, please email Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director at


Call for Submission: An Ode to Music Art Exhibit


The Pumphouse Theatre is a vibrant facility with historical significance supporting and presenting all art forms; and creating opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration serving all Calgarians. The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery – previously known as Pumphouse Theatre Art Gallery – provides accessible wall display space for Calgary and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work, free from commission.


Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Artist resides in Alberta and must be available for installation.
  • Art must fit the theme of Music and is open to all visual art formats
  • Artwork must be delivered ready to hang (wall-space only)

Installation Requirements:

All art should be equipped with picture hanging wire or appropriately placed D or Triangle ring hanger. Frames less than 9/16” depth with no attachment can typically be accommodated.

To apply, please send the following information via email or mail:

  • Gallery Submission Form
  • Artist Biography (250 words max)
  • Artwork: Photos, maximum of 5, do not send original works.

Attn: Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW
Calgary, AB T3C 3P5
403-263-0079 ext. 100


Submission Deadline: Friday, August 17th, 2018 4 pm
Installation: September 9-12th 2018
Gallery Close: December 15th 2018


Renaming the Lobby Art Gallery to The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery

The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery

This past March, we at the Pumphouse Theatre were deeply saddened by the loss of musician, teacher, and friend Quenten Doolittle. Quenten was the beloved husband of sixty-seven years to our theatre founder, Joyce Doolittle, and passed away on March 9, 2018, at the age of 92 years.

Quenten was born in Elmira, New York on May 21, 1925, and was the fifth of seven children. He served in Europe in the U.S. Army in the Second World War. He studied music at Ithaca College, earned a master’s degree from Indiana University, and earned his Doctorate in Music with a major in violin from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 1960, Quenten became the second appointment in the new University of Alberta at Calgary’s Department of Music. Quenten played with the Calgary Philharmonic for many years and was principal violist for seven of those years. While still at the University of Calgary, Quenten, along with the artist John Snow, founded New Works Calgary, an organization with the mandate to perform contemporary classical music, especially the work of local and western Canadian composers. Quenten composed over fifty works, including orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo works, and four chamber operas including Boiler Room Suite, performed in Banff, Toronto, Cardiff, Wales and London, England, and Charlie the Chicken performed in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He composed and chose the music for the scores of plays Joyce directed for the university department of drama, and many other theatrical collaborations ranging from musical theatre to music and sound scores for plays and film. Even into his 90s, Quenten loved athletic pursuits and artistic ones. He was a strong swimmer and throughout the winter skied weekly in the mountains. He also developed a passion for art; most recently showcasing an exhibition at the Pumphouse Theatre in partnership with United Living.

We were so blessed to have had Quenten as part of our lives. His contribution to Canadian arts and culture was incredible and will be forever remembered. In honour of him and his legacy, we are happy to announce the renaming of our Lobby Art Gallery to be the Quenten Doolittle Memorial Art Gallery beginning with our first exhibit of 2018 to be a reflection of his great passion – music. We hope that this will be a fitting tribute to a man who inspired us, and will continue to inspire the artist to come.

2018 One-Act Play Festival

One-Act Play Festival 2018

The Pumphouse Theatre has presented the Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival with the Alberta Drama Festival Association for over 30 years and we are excited to do so again! The Festival will be held March 22nd – 24th, 2018 in the Victor Mitchell Theatre. Each night will be a collection of 2-3 one-act plays, varying in genre and style.

One play will be chosen by a professional adjudicator to represent Calgary at the Provincial One-Act Festival, which this year will be held in Fort McMurray. Each of those chosen plays receives travelling expenses or a grant to assist in funding their participation in the Provincial Festival by the Alberta Drama Festival Association. This year our adjudicator is Shari Wattling!

$12 Senior / Students
$15 Adults
Festival Passes $35

For more information:

call 403.263.0079 ext 100



by Sienna Holden
presented by Theatre SHHH!
“Does one moment determine the course of a life?”

GROUP BIO:Theatre SHHH! was created to produce Sienna Holdens final project, “Songs for a New World” during her final year of acting school at Rosebud School of the Arts.


Caitlyn O’Connor Molly
Bill Daugherty Sean
Sienna Holden Sarah / Playwright
Conrad Belau Director / Set Designer
Naomi Esau Stage Manager
Bradley Graham Technician
Tyler Peacock Accompanist

ADVISORY: Strong Language


Room Eight Zero Seven*

by Geoff Bamber
presented by A.W.A Productions
“When Joanna checks into a hotel after an awful day traveling, she just wants to rest, so she is not at all pleased when Lennox walks in. However, that is nothing to her reaction at the appearance of his guest…”

A.W.A Productions have come together to perform for this festival. Featuring the acting talents of Lisette Allan and Kurt Archer, directed by Randolph West, and lit by Trevor Somers. All participants have been involved with the Calgary theatre community for several years.


Lisette Allan Joanna
Kurt Archer Lennox
Randolph West Director
Trevor Somers Light and Sound Board Operator

ADVISORY: Mild Language and Sexuality

*Room Eight Zero Seven is presented by special arrangement by Lazy Bee Scripts



by The Reckless Daughter Creative Collective
presented by Reckless Daughter Creative

“Yugen (Japanese) — An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and powerful for words.”

Reckless Daughter Creative is a Calgary based collaborative group, originally created by Madeleine Taylor-Gregg and Ashley Humphries, to represent the emerging female artists and their stories.


Ashley Humphries Actor
Cassandra Watson Actor
Danielle Martens Actor
Madeleine Taylor-Gregg Director
Kate Pallesen Sound Designer
Tristan Levacque Lighter Designer

ADVISORY: Strong Language and Nudity


Night Call*

by Archie Wilson
presented by Gang of Three
“A menacing Russian-led invasion into the home of a mild-mannered man with a taste for single malt whiskey.”

The Gang of Three is an ad hoc performance troupe based in Calgary. Two of the actors are teachers, the third actor is from Belarus, and the director is insane.


Jon Martin Matthew
Jury Rodionov Sokolov
Charlotte Nixon Lisa
Randolph West Director
Trevor Somers Light and Sound Board Operator

ADVISORY: Mild Language and Sexuality

*Night Call is presented by special arrangement by Lazy Bee Scripts



Transformance: A Transgender Love Story with Songs

by T J Jablonski
presented by play between your thighs Productions
“Like gender, love is not always what it seems; a story of transformation.”
An adventurous coupling of bold new LGBTQ+ groups and the newest theatrical production company


Matthew Oliver van Diepen Mack
Ryan Dickinson Angelica
Amelia Newbert Director
TJ Jablonski Playwright / Musician
James Demers Producer
Jason Kowalchuk Costume / Sound / Light / Stage Manager

ADVISORY: Strong Language



by Michael Dean Dargie and Jennifer Maclean
presented by Dropbear & Panda
“How do you connect with someone you’re meant to be with if you are destined to never be together?”

Dropbear (Michael) & Panda (Jennifer) tend to “do what they want” because they believe life should be full of art and adventure. Over the past two years, Dropbear & Panda have been producing and creating short films, music videos, corporate videos and CDs. Buoyed by occasionally misplaced confidence and an insatiable urge to create, they thought, “how hard could writing, directing, and performing our own original play be?” Jennifer is a serious actor in community theatre around Calgary and Michael is a regular on stage at Loose Moose Theatre doing decidedly un-serious improv. Together they form Dropbear & Panda.


Jennifer Maclean Laura / Playwright / Director
Michael Dean Dargie Greg / Playwright / Director
Chad Blain Sound / Light / Stage Manager

ADVISORY: Strong Language

Awards Ceremony

Saturday, March 24
in the Victor Mitchell Theatre following the final


Outstanding Performance, Male Actor

Sponsored by Alberta Theatre Projects, Lunchbox Theatre and University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts

Outstanding Performance, Female Actor

Sponsored by Alberta Theatre Projects, Lunchbox Theatre and University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts

Outstanding Technical Merit

Sponsored by Arch Technical Inc.

Outstanding Director

Sponsored by Lunchbox Theatre and Theatre Calgary

Outstanding Original Script

Sponsored by Alberta Playwrights’ Network

Outstanding Production

Sponsored by The Pumphouse Theatre

A huge thanks to our Sponsors!



Job Opportunity for Summer Instructors and Counselors

We are pleased to announce the competition for the summer camp positions!

Job Descriptions:

Instructors      Counselors 

The deadline is May 4th.

Due to the structure of the Canada Summer Jobs funding program received by the Pumphouse Theatre, applicants currently enrolled as post-secondary students and continuing their education in the fall of 2018 will have an advantage.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director at or by phone at 403-263-0079 x 100.