*Banner photo of "In the Wake" by Tim Nguyen, Citrus Photography


There are no audition announcements at this time.

call for creator submissions: The Alberta Queer Calendar Project

Downstage is excited to support and participate in

The Alberta Queer Calendar Project.

“In 2020, Cardiac Theatre in partnership with What It Is Productions will present The Alberta Queer Calendar Project: a full-year, January to December endeavour that will see the commission of 12 new plays by queer Albertan writers – one for each month of the year.

Project Sponsors: Downstage, The Nextfest Arts Co., SkirtsAfire Festival, Theatre Outré (and more to come!) – The fabulous organizations sponsoring this project, who will “host” one of the calendar months and its corresponding writer.

Every month a team of artists will assemble to workshop, rehearse, and record each new work in the form of a radioplay, so plays may be accessed from anywhere. Our mission: to cultivate work from a cross-section of diverse, queer, Albertan talent and broadcast it to the world.”

Check out Cardiac Theatre’s CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.

Volunteer Opportunities 

There are a number of opportunities to support Downstage as a volunteer, from helping out as an usher for one of our productions, to steering the organization on our Board of Directors. You can check out our Board Application Form here and see a list of who's on our board on the About page. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email Artistic Director Clare Preuss (clare at downstage.ca) to discuss the right position for you. 

Ongoing Submissions

If you have a finished script that you would like considered for production or presentation, you can email a succinct synopsis and character breakdown to Artistic Director Clare Preuss (clare at downstage.ca). Please be sure your work fits within our mandate of producing Canadian work that engages with social issues. We'll contact you if we're interested in reading a complete script. If you have a piece in development, take a look at the Simon Mallett New Work Program to see if it's a fit.

We are happy to receive submissions from actors, stage managers, directors, designers and other artists who are interested in working with us. To be added to our artist database, please send an email to Artistic Director Clare Preuss (clare at downstage.ca) with your resume. Actors, please also include a headshot. Designers, please include an electronic portfolio or examples of your work.