Evergreen Theatre was established in 1991. Founding members Scott Mair, Tara Ryan, Elinor Holt, Gerald Matthews, Don Enright and Monique Keiran were passionate about creating opportunities for a larger audience to access the excellent interpretative theatre programs they created and performed each summer in Kananaskis Provincial Park. Driven by this desire to expand their audience base, and a deep enthusiasm for science & environmental issues, they formed Evergreen Theatre; a touring educational, environmental, science based, theatre company for young audiences.
In the years since its inception, Evergreen has grown and expanded in diverse ways, without ever losing sight of its commitment to young audiences and the fine art of science. While touring shows and residency programs remain flagship endeavours, programming now includes the Big Green Puppet Bus, home school programs, puppet camp, and festive special events. In an effort to provide accessible and affordable space to artists and the larger community, we operated the Evergreen Community Studios on the Currie Barracks from 2007-15. In 2014, we undertook the purchase and renovation of Calgary’s newest arts facility, and our new home. In 2016 we officially take up residence in the Evergreen Community Spaces, a 24,000 sq ft studio facility in Mayland Heights.
Evergreen proudly offers curriculum-based musical theatre touring shows and artist-in-residency programs for schools, as well as custom workshops, presentations, and activities for conferences and organizations nation wide. Beyond that, we also provide commissioned works for zoos, science centres, museums, and corporations. Evergreen Theatre has been on the forefront of “green” programming for nearly 25 years – here’s to the next 25!
In the end we will conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught.