Our History: 

In the early 1940s a very talented and highly dedicated teacher taught drama in Room 14 at Western Canada High School. Her name was Betty Mitchell and her methods were avant-garde at the time. Her pupils were so inspired to continue in theatre after leaving high school that Miss Mitchell constituted an amateur theatre company. This was the birth of Workshop 14. From 1959 through 1965 Workshop 14 thrived. It later amalgamated with the Musicians and Actors Club, housed in the old Isis Movie House, across the railway tracks on First Street S.W., and became Mac 14.

By the end of the 1960's Theatre Calgary emerged from Mac 14 and it was felt that a community theatre arm should continue in the footsteps of what had been a noble element in Calgary's theatre scene. Workshop Theatre was formed and mounted its first season in 1969-1970.

Workshop Theatre is Calgary's longest running community theatre organization. This volunteer-operated organization performs four main stage productions during the year, all at Pumphouse Theatre. Workshop Theatre produces some of the best community theatre in Calgary with past and present hits from New York, London and Canadian stages, as well as new works by local playwrights using non-equity performers and backstage crews from the Calgary area.

Workshop Theatre is committed to providing local theatre enthusiasts an opportunity to develop and master their performance and stagecraft skills.

Mission Statement:

Workshop Theatre will achieve its vision and goals by creating an experience that is guaranteed to be supportive, progressive and passionate about theatre.

Vision and Goals:

Workshop Theatre is an integral part of Calgary community theatre that is dedicated to excellence, collaboration and passion for the arts.
  • We want to be recognized as a leader in Calgary community theatre.  We will strive for production excellence and always challenge our audience.
  • We want to be accessible to all types of theatre enthusiasts by offering an affordable, entertaining and enriching experience.
  • We want to support passion for community theatre by offering learning opportunities, honouring and respecting volunteers and providing a platform for local talent to succeed.
  • We want to develop and maintain a sense of community by being open, inclusive and collaborative on stage and with our audience.  We want to acknowledge and respect the rich history of community theatre in Calgary.


Workshop Theatre values its rich rich history while it moves forward with Excellence, Quality, Passion and Respect.

47 Years and counting!

Calendar to what's happening at the Workshop rehearsal space

Board Meetings

2016-2017 Season

Board meetings take place the second Sunday of each month.

Time 7:30
Location: Workshop Theatre rehearsal space

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Due to conflicts these are sometimes rescheduled.

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