Resignation of Scott McTavish

As some of you may already be aware there are some big changes happening at the Pumphouse. Please see below a letter from our Board President Karen Almadi:

It is with mixed feelings and emotions that we announce the resignation of our CEO Scott McTavish effective as of the 31st of August 2018. Scott is moving on to pursue an exciting new career as the Operations Manager for the Northern and Southern Jubilee Auditoriums. It’s always sad to lose a professional, dedicated, and passionate person like Scott and this move is undeniably a gain for his future organization.

 Since joining the Pumphouse in 2001, Scott’s contributions have been essential to our success over the years. He’s been a valuable, collaborative leader well respected and appreciated by the Pumphouse board, staff, stakeholders and patrons alike. His colleagues recognize him for his courtesy, insight, and commitment to the success and advancement of Calgary’s, and Alberta’s, cultural community. Including being recently honoured, by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, with the 2018 Ian Anderson Committee Chair of the Year Award for his exceptional leadership and commitment as Chair of the Chamber’s Municipal Direction Committee. His enthusiasm, work and passion including extended hours of devotion to the Pumphouse are greatly honoured. We will miss Scott’s charm, professionalism, empathy and strength. We acknowledge Scott’s efforts and thank him for his unconditional commitment and dedication throughout the years.

 Filling Scott’s shoes will not be an easy task. That said, there is no-one more talented and able to step into the newly created management role of Production and Operations Manager than Sabrina Mueller (currently our Technical Director). Sabrina has worked alongside Scott for the past nine years and shares the same vision, respect and appreciation of our stakeholders as he did. We look forward to Sabrina’s future success in her new role with us.

 On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff

 Karen Almadi, President.

To help in easing the quick transition Scott will be taking a seat on the board until our AGM in December.

If there are any questions or concerns that you would like addressed I can be reached at my new email address

One-Act Play Festival Submissions

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! Registration for 12 spots will open on a first-come, first serve basis beginning September 26th, 2018 at 12 pm.  The Festival will be held March 20th – 23rd, 2018 in the Victor Mitchell Theatre.

One play is chosen by a professional adjudicator to represent Calgary at the Provincial One-Act Festival, which this year will be held in High River. Winning plays from each region will receive travelling expenses or a grant to assist in funding their participation in the Provincial Festival by the Alberta Drama Festival Association.

Registration Requirements:

  • All registrations must be submitted no earlier than noon on September 26th, 2018 with a completed registration form and a $60 non-refundable registration fee.
  • The performing group is responsible for royalty payments. A letter confirming permission from the publisher or playwright must be included.
  • A clean copy of the script must be delivered by the January 31st deadline. Photocopies will only be accepted for an original script. Outlines for collective creations will be accepted, but may not be eligible for Outstanding Original Script. Improvised shows are not eligible.
  • Make cheques payable to the Pumphouse Theatres Society.
  • Participants who are members of CAEA, ACTRA, or IATSE are not eligible to participate in their professional vocation.
  • Plays must be one act in length. Performances between 10 and 60 minutes. No excerpts.
  • Each group is responsible for supplying its own technicians for stage management and light and sound operation. We can provide training to operators.
  • Each show must be set up in 10 minutes and struck in 5 minutes.
  • Casts shall be predominantly adult and from CALGARY.
  • All performances and participants must adhere to the ADFA Rules and Guidelines. More information can be found on the ADFA website.


Awards & prizes are presented for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Performances, Outstanding Technical Merit, and Outstanding Original Script!

Registration for the Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival starts Wednesday September 26th, 2018 @ Noon

Registration will close when all slots are filled or by January 31st, 2019.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

For more information including One-Act Play Festival rules and regulations, please feel free to email us at

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.