*Banner photo of Tyrell Crews carrying an orchid in "Benefit" by Diane & Mike Photography. 

Become a Downstage supporter!

Downstage is a small professional theatre company and registered charity known for being resilient, ambitious and impactful. Our work is funded through a combination of ticket sales, granting programs, and the support of generous individual donors, foundations and businesses. If you're excited by our work bringing new Canadian plays to the stage that engage with challenging topics, or increasing access to all Calgarians through our innovative approaches, please consider making a donation. 

A secure, easy way to donate online. You can even make a monthly donation!

If you prefer to mail in a donation by cheque or credit card. 

ATBCares will match your donation by 15% and pay all the processing fees! Here's the hitch: their donation form makes all donor info anonymous, so if you would like thanks or donor benefits, please email danielle@downstage.ca letting her know the date and amount of your gift. 

Have an old vehicle you're ready to give away? Donate a Car Canada will provide free towing and look after the details of recycling or selling your vehicle. They make a financial contribution to Downstage and we send you a tax receipt!

Why give

Downstage creates award-winning theatrical works that spark meaningful conversations between Calgarians about issues that matter to them. We are passionate about creating opportunities for social bridging - helping people to form connections to others who are different from them in some way - and have introduced a number of initiatives to make theatre more accessible for a diverse range of Calgarians. 

Over the last thirteen years, we've built a robust little theatre company, with three part-time staff who are also working artists, and strong leaders in our volunteer Board of Directors. We produce Canadian scripts, premiere original creations, workshop new plays by local artists, and curate an affordable theatrical venue - all on a minimal budget where every gift helps us to increase our impact in our community

Please contact Managing Director Danielle Whyte at (403) 294-7459 or by email (danielle at downstage.ca) to discuss how your donation could make an impact.

Money raised will be directed to the play of your choice, including artist fees, script workshops, and/or sets and costumes in support of our charitable purpose, or to a specific project to increase access to a play. We are happy to provide prospective donors with copies of our financial statements as well as answer any questions you may have. Our legal name is "The Downstage Performance Society". We are incorporated as a society in Alberta and our charitable registration number is #856625835RR0001.

Donor Benefits

All donations above $25 receive a tax receipt for the full amount of the donation and acknowledgment on our website and in all show programs for one year.

DONATIONS OF $100 & above

also receive a subscription to our behind-the-scenes newsletter with two to three exclusive updates each season.


DONATIONS OF $250 & Above

also receive a special invitation to attend a rehearsal or a non-public reading.


also receive a production photo, signed by our artists.


also receive an invitation to a special event with our artists.

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*Photo of the cast of "Crime Does Not Pay" by Tim Nguyen, Citrus Photography

Philip Adams, Loretta Biasutti & Bob VanMastrigt, Gerry Burger-Martindale, Heather Campbell, Cardiac Theatre, Heather Close & Eric Campbell, Rob & Nancy Close, Cobb's Corn Maze, Karen & Griffin Cork, Joanne Cuthbertson & Charlie Fischer, Maryam Dashti, Eryn Dewald-Kelly, Virginia Dobson & Dale Huntingford, Joel Douglas, Kate Easton, Katherine Holm, Chris and Sky Hunt, Marlene Jackson, Emily Joyce, Salimah Kassam, Jana Lait, Brenda Lang, Mervin Leach, Marie Lychak, Jonathan & Laura Lytton, Simon Mallett, Joseph Mercado, Janet Monteith, Leslie Newton, Danny Nguyen, Mike and Marg Perlette, Brent Pickerl, Teresa Posyniak and Clarence Hookenson, Esmahan Razavi, Enola & Ron Schmitz, Lara Schmitz, Elizabeth Stepkowski-Tarhan, Ashley Towns, Grace Waschuk, Bob and Wendy Whyte, Robb Whyte, Everett Wilson, Anonymous Donors, and a gift in honour of Kate Easton and John Santos 2018/09/22.

We update our donor list regularly. If you made a donation during the last twelve months but don't appear on this list, please contact Danielle Whyte (danielle at downstage.ca) and we'll correct that right away!