Vertigo Theatre has entertained audiences for 42 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 the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series.
Our artistic mandate allows exposure to a broad demographic an our diverse audience includes all walks of life.
Our work hasn’t gone unnoticed. The 2017/2018 theatre season saw our highest grossing audience in Vertigo’s history. We took home 4 Betty Mitchell Awards at the 2018 award ceremony. Our 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 and Vertigo Theatre productions have been nominated for over 100 awards in design, directing, acting, production, choreography, fight direction and and musical direction.
We build strong partnerships through our various student and professional outreach initiatives that are designed specifically to help meet your community investment objectives.
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.
Vertigo Theatre Society Board of Directors
The Catalyst Group
Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer
The Ranchmen's Club
Doug Cinnamon Dialogue
Sally Elliott Consultant
Jessica Hulsman Scotiabank
Garry Holbrook Nesle Corp
Pembina Pipeline Corp.
Russ Sabo WestJet
Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers Ltd
Josh Traptow Calgary Heritage Authority
Head of Wardrobe
Clockwork Creative Communications & Design
TICKET OFFICE ASSISTANTS
Gord McFarlane (403) 260 4756
About Vertigo Theatre
We are the only professional theatre committed to producing a full season of plays in the mystery genre. Vertigo Theatre was built in 2003. We house The Playhouse and The Studio, two different performance venues which are used for a variety of arts organizations. Each season, over 80,000 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 NINE DRAGONS, and UNDERCOVER.
Our seasons feature a mix of murder mystery and mayhem. We have classics such as SHERLOCK HOLMES and new Canadian works such as THE LONELY DINER. Our loyal audience is growing! Currently we welcome over 4,700 subscribers to Vertigo Theatre.
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. We have personnel in artistic/production, marketing, fund development, administration and customer service.
History of Vertigo Theatre
Vertigo Theatre was founded in 1976 as Pleiades Theatre. You might remember some of our productions in the old Science Centre. In 1997, we were incorporated as a charitable society. (Charitable Number: 88394 1825 RT0001). In 2003, we expanded our mandate to include programming for theatre for young audiences and opened up our home with other arts organizations. 2003 was also the year that we moved to the Calgary Tower Centre and changed our name to Vertigo Theatre. The move has encouraged meteoric growth. Our revenues have doubled and audiences have grown by 33%.
Today we continue to produce plays in the mystery genre and work in partnership with The Shakespeare Company, The High Performance Rodeo and Storybook Theatre.
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.