The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Tue. Oct 15 - Sat. Nov 2, 2013
Around the World in 80 Days
Wed. Nov 20 - Sun. Dec 29, 2013
You Will Remember Me
Wed. Mar 5 - Sun. Apr 6, 2014
Legend Has It
Thu. Mar 6 - Sat. Apr 5, 2014
Fri. Mar 7 - Sat. Apr 5, 2014
Same Same But Different
Tue. Mar 18 - Sun. Apr 6, 2014
"Let it work on you. Let it spread out. Let it wrap its arms around you, let it embrace you..." - Mark Rothko in Red by John Logan
Our aim at ATP is to make life more beautiful by creating and producing great contemporary theatre from Canada and beyond. Our work is about what's now, what's new, what's next. In the welcoming oval of the Martha Cohen Theatre, right here in Calgary, we stretch as deep as life, as wide as the world.
I think plays ask questions - questions that maybe we ourselves can’t quite articulate, or haven’t yet dared ask. Sometimes, a great theatrical experience can awaken parts of ourselves we have forgotten existed. Some days, the world can make us feel like a number, a one-dimensional consuming unit. The noise of the world we live in can seem overwhelming – no room to breathe, or think, or feel. But a terrific night in the theatre can help us breathe again. Suddenly, we feel fully and truly alive. It’s so nourishing, in the midst of modern life.
In our 2012/2013 season, you’ll see a dazzling range of people, stories, styles, moods and cultures. We’ll tell some universally appealing tales, share some laughs and tears, and we’ll go on some daring theatrical adventures too. We’ve also planned a few exciting collaborations, theatre that crosses boundaries and brings us together.
Ultimately, at ATP, we do theatre about being alive right now. For me, nothing is more exciting to experience, nor more vital for a theatre company to do than that.
So, welcome. Come on in, sit down with us, and join the conversation!
See you at the theatre,
Vanessa Porteous has been Artistic Director at Alberta Theatre Projects since 2009. Among her other duties, Vanessa has directed The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, and the world premieres of Heartbreaker by Morwyn Brebner and Greg MacArthur's Tyland, as part of ATP's Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays. Vanessa was invited to the Arts Club in Vancouver to recreate her production of The Penelopiad in the fall of 2011. Upcoming productions at ATP include the world premiere of What To Expect by Joan Macleod and Red by John Logan.
From 1998 to 2006 Vanessa was a senior member of the Artistic Team at Alberta Theatre Projects during which time she oversaw the world premieres of over 30 new Canadian plays as part of the annual playRites Festival, and contributed to programming, visioning, and strategic planning for the company. Favourite directing work at Alberta Theatre Projects over the years includes The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (2009 & 2011), Why Freud Fainted by David Rhymer (2007), and Pinocchio, by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (2004), and productions of The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien (2008 & 2005) and Proof by David Auburn (2002).