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2017 Calgary Region
One-Act Play Festival

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submissions-oapf-posterThe 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 will open for 12 spots on a first-come, first-serve basis on November 16, 2016.  The Festival will be held March 22nd – 25th, 2017 in the Victor Mitchell Theatre.

One play is chosen by a professional adjudicator to represent Calgary at the Provincial One Act Festival. Each of those chosen plays receives traveling expenses or a grant to assist in funding their participation in the Provincial Festival.

Registration Requirements:

  • All registrations must be submitted in person 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 included. Photocopies will only be accepted for an original script.
  • 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.

Awards & prizes presented for: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Female/Male Actor, Outstanding Technical Merit, and Outstanding Original Script!

Registration will close when all slots are filled or by January 30th, 2017.

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

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2017 Winter Classes


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Playful Drama
Ages 5-7

@ The Bridgeland / Riverside Community Centre
Thursdays 5:00pm-6:00pm; January 19 – March 23, 2017
Fee $100 ($80 Discounted)

No experience required! This course is an introduction to drama basics, and covers a variety of topics including: character, sharing, movement, theatre games, and introductory vocal/scene work. This is a wonderful way to help your child explore their imagination, learn new skills, and have fun!

Creation in Motion
Ages 8-12
@ The Bridgeland / Riverside Community Centre
Wednesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm; January 18 – March 22, 2017
Fee $225 ($200 Discounted)

Explore storytelling and imagination through the physical art of theatre. This course will teach students how to move their bodies creatively, work together as a team, and to gain self-confidence, all within a safe and engaging environment. Class lessons include mime, mask, and musical theatre. No previous experience is required.

Theatre Arts Exploration
Ages 8 – 12

@ The Pumphouse Theatre
Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm; January 14 – March 18, 2017
Class Fee: $225 ($200 Discounted)

This course is an exploration of the theatre arts for any experience level and includes: scene study, designing, constructing, and performing.  Students will have fun exploring theatre arts and learn a lot as they work with adapted Shakespeare plays and perform for parents at the final class.

Improv for Teens!
Ages 13-17
@ The Bridgeland / Riverside Community Centre
Thursdays 6:00pm-8:00pm; January 19 – March 23, 2017
Fee $300 ($275 Discounted)

Improv is a great way to have fun and explore while bolstering creativity, adaptability, team work, and confidence. Class lessons include theatresports, character development, story-telling, and many favourite improvisation games. No previous experience is required, just arrive ready to learn, explore and have fun!

Creation in Motion for Teens
Ages 13-17
@ The Bridgeland / Riverside Community Centre
Mondays 6:00pm-8:00pm; January 16 – March 20, 2017
Fee $300 ($275 Discounted)

Explore storytelling and imagination through the physical art of theatre. This course will teach students how to move their bodies creatively, work together as a team, and to gain self-confidence, all within a safe and engaging environment. Class lessons include mime, mask, shadow, and musical theatre. No previous experience is required.

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A $20 discount applies to Playful Drama registrations received on or before December 14, 2016. A $25 discount applies to all other class registrations received on or before December 14, 2016 or for multiple registrations from the same family.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation is permitted (less a $25 administration fee) provided notice is given a minimum of 10 business days prior to the first day of class. No refund will be given with less than 10 business days notice, without a doctor’s note.

If you have any questions, please call us at 403-263-0079 ext 100 or email

FanArt Exhibit

Submissions are open for the PTS FanArt 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 PTS Art Gallery provides accessible wall display space for Calgary and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work. Submissions are now open for the FanArt Exhibit September 15 to December 10th, 2016. This exhibit will overlap and complement our presentation of the ONE-MAN STAR WARS TRILOGY and ONE-MAN LORD OF THE RINGS by Charles Ross, October 18-29th, 2016.


Submissions must meet the following requirements:
• Artist resides in Alberta and must be available for installation.
• Artwork must be related to the “Lord of the Rings” or “Star Wars” franchises.
• Artwork must be delivered ready to hang (wall-space available only).

To apply, please send the following information via email or mail:
• PTS Art Gallery Submission Form: Pumphouse FanArt Exhibition Submission Package
• Artist Biography (250 words max)
• Artwork: Photos, maximum of 5, do not send original works.

Submission Deadline: Aug 25th
Installation: Sept 11-14
Gallery Opening: Sept 15
Gallery Close: Dec 10

Applications or queries are sent to:
Pumphouse Theatre Art Gallery Submissions
Attn: Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW Calgary, AB T3C 3P5 403-263-0079 ext. 100

Selection Process: Art pieces are selected by a committee of no less than 4 people and are a mix of artists and administrators. Selection criteria is based on: suitability to the theme, artist’s technique, elicited emotional response, creativity & innovation, and suitability for the Pumphouse Theatre art gallery space and its patrons (ages 8-80 representing various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds).

Pumphouse FanArt Exhibition Submission Package

Tickets Onsale July 18th!


The force is strong with this one… 

The Pumphouse Theatre is thrilled to present TWO international smash hits this fall: Charles Ross’s One Man Star Wars Trilogy and One Man Lord of the RingsPlaying in repertory from October 18 – 29, 2016 in Calgary’s historic Pumphouse Theatre, Canadian actor and uber geek, Charles Ross, brings his solo madcap creations to the stage in a pair of mind-bending whirlwind shows. Ross is a one-man epic storytelling machine. Watch as he retells each classic trilogy – all the characters, music, ships and battles – in just one act! If your kid’s name is Chewbacca or Frodo, then these shows are no-brainers.

Ticket Information

On sale start: 10am Monday July 18th
Or by phone 403-263-0079 ext. 100.

Regular Adult: $45.00
Regular Student: $35.00

ADULT VIP: $65.00
Get the VIP experience with premium seating, swag, and a meet-and-greet with Charles – the man, the myth, the legend.

Save $10-$20 when you book a double-show combo
Adult Combo: $70.00 ($35.00 per show)
Student Combo: $60.00 ($30.00 each)

Family Discount: $30.00 each. (Matinees Only. Tickets are $30 each when you purchase 4 or more.)


Both shows directed by TJ Dawe with lighting design by Mike Schaldmose.

One-Man Star Wars Trilogy is performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All Star Wars elements are property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. The Lord of the Rings and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks

Pumphouse Theatre Welcomes New Programming Director

Pumphouse Theatres Society is pleased to announce Kelly Malcolm is joining us as Programming Director, starting in August.   Kelly Malcolm brings with her experience not only as a clown, but working in theatre for (and with) young people, and as Artistic Associate with Handsome Alice Theatre.

She will be taking over from Kelly Reay who is moving onto his new position of Associate Producer of the High Performance Rodeo with One Yellow Rabbit.  We want to extend a huge thank you to Kelly Reay for his contributions to the Pumphouse Theatre: he did a great job overseeing the Education Programs, the Lobby Art Gallery, producing the One-Act Play Festival, and is a great person to work with. Though we are sad to lose one Kelly, we are happy to gain another (and happy that the email address stays the same)!

The “Kelli” can be reached at