Vertigo Theatre has entertained audiences for over 40 years with high quality programming, evolving into a truly unique organization.
Vertigo Theatre is located at the base of the Calgary Tower in the heart of downtown Calgary, and is home to the organization, its two performance venues and its two performance series, BD&P Mystery Theatre and Y Stage Theatre Series.
Our dual artistic mandate allows exposure to a broad demographic. Our diverse audience includes all walks of life from children and young families to urban professionals and seniors.
And our work hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2010 we received two Betty Mitchell Awards including Best Production of a Play for Evelyn Strange. Also in 2014 we received three Betty Mitchell Awards for our production of Travels with My Aunt, including Best Director, Simon Mallett. Executive Director, Rose Brow was the recipient of the 2014 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management. Our profile has also grown and changed within Calgary’s Artistic community. Since the inception of the Betty Mitchell Awards in 1998, Pleiades Theatre & Vertigo Theatre have been nominated for over 100 awards collectively in Design, Directing, Acting, Production, Choreography & Fight Direction, and Musical Direction. We have taken home 23 Betty Mitchell Awards in nearly every category we have been nominated for.
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Vertigo Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (P.A.C.T.) and engages artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
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About Vertigo Theatre
The beautiful Vertigo Theatre, built in 2003, houses The Playhouse and The Studio theatres, and provides a performance home for a variety of arts organizations. Each season, over 70,000 people pass through our doors.
BD&P Mystery Theatre
BD&P Mystery Theatre produces and presents five shows based in the mystery genre. Since our very first production in 1978 – Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP – we have continued to expand our boundaries, including presenting World Premieres like FAREWELL, MY LOVELY, CALAMITY TOWN, and THE BIG SLEEP
Our seasons include everything from the classic SHERLOCK HOLMES to the contemporary work such as TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT. Our loyal audience is also growing, we currently welcome over 4,700 subscribers who are joined each season by 25,000 single and group tickets.
Y Stage Theatre Series
Y Stage Theatre Series presents four productions for young audiences either produced by Vertigo Theatre or on tour from across the country and beyond.
This family focused series attracts over 10,000 eager young people with family performances on weekends and school performances on weekdays. Y Stage Theatre Series productions are highly entertaining while also being socially relevant and thought provoking, providing a springboard for discussion on the themes and topics of the shows.
“We took our 5 year old granddaughter to see “Where the Wild Things Are” for her 5th birthday. All three of us had a blast! What an imaginative presentation – kudos to the cast and crew. Thank you Nathan (Pronyshyn) for bringing shows like this to Calgary – we are lucky to enjoy the fruits of your talent and work” – Valerie Swanson
“This performance was special in particular because it was my daughters first time to a theatre. We are glad that you have a children’s theatre series so that kids can have this type of experience and arts culture.” – Sophia Gin
“You have created a theatre experience for families that is inviting and fun, but also exposes these families to professional theatre that is as enjoyable for the parents as it is for the children. The shows you bring to the city challenge audiences as they entertain” – Lori Beattie
Vertigo Theatre Society
Vertigo Theatre Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a full time professional staff led by our Artistic Director and Executive Director, as well as personnel in artistic/production, marketing, fund development, administration and customer service
History of Vertigo Theatre Society
Vertigo Theatre was founded in 1976 as Pleaides Theatre. It was incorporated as a charitable society in 1997 (Charitable Number: 88394 1825 RT0001). In 2003, the mandate was expanded from solely producing mystery-based plays to include theatre for young audience programming as well as to share our home with other arts organizations. In 2003, the society opened the $6.8 million Vertigo Theatre at the Calgary Tower Centre and in 2004, changed its name to Vertigo Theatre Society. Since the move to Vertigo Theatre, the growth of the organization has been meteoric. Revenues have doubled, audiences for the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series have grown by 33% and audiences for Y Stage Theatre Series have almost tripled.
Artistic Director - Craig Hall
Craig Hall is the Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre. Prior to joining Vertigo in the summer of 2012, Craig was the Artistic Producer of Rumble Productions in Vancouver (2006-2012). Craig has worked across Canada as a director, designer and producer for companies such as The Shaw Festival, The Arts Club Theatre, Greenthumb Theatre, Pi Theatre, Theatre Replacement, The Electric Company, Studio 58, Theatre SKAM, Radix Theatre and Nightswimming. Craig has received numerous awards for his work, including four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. Craig is a graduate of Studio 58.
Y Stage Theatre Series Producer - Nathan Pronyshyn
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