University of Calgary

Community Partnerships

Professional Theatre Internship Courses

The Professional Theatre Internship courses (Drama 591 & 593) have been developed as a response to the needs of undergraduate and graduate students who are in training to develop careers as theatre professionals. They endeavour to bridge the gap between the theory and practice which most graduates of formal training institutions usually face.

Qualified students may be placed in internship positions with various local professional companies such as Alberta Theatre Projects, Quest Theatre, Vertigo Theatre and Theatre Junction. Interns have been accepted in the areas of Theatre Management, Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Stage Management, Production Management, Design and Playwriting. In addition, students uncertain as to their specific career goal have been accepted as General Interns.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants for the internship course are expected to have either completed their BFA Drama degree programme requirements or be in a position to complete the requirements concurrently with registration in only Drama 591 and Drama 593. Interns are selected on the basis of their reliability, talent, experience, and (in the case of acting interns) their casting potential in regard to the theatre company’s proposed season of plays. Interested students with at least a fourth-year standing apply for admission to the course in February.

For details on the Professional Theatre Internship courses, please contact the Internship Course Supervisor at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. 403-220-5313.


Wagonstage Children’s Theatre          

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Wagonstage Children’s Theatre is a joint program of The City of Calgary Recreation and the University of Calgary’s Division of Drama. The partnership began in 1971 and has continued every summer since, working together to create and sustain a vibrant, healthy, safe and caring community for all Calgarians. Wagonstage is an enduring and respected example of civic programming partnered with a post-secondary educational experience. The Wagonstage plays are written and directed by theatre professionals, designed and acted by graduate and undergraduate Drama students, with production and touring support from Drama and City of Calgary Recreation. Wagonstage performs in parks, playgrounds, day camps and public plazas presenting over 50 performances during a summer season. Every year the Wagonstage team strives to produce quality Children’s Theatre that is entertaining, informative and interactive.

Free Public Shows:

This year’s presentation is titled High Water Heroes – The Calgary Flood Story. The play includes tales of the near hippo escape at the Calgary Zoo, the Calgary Stampede race to rebuild, and strangers helping strangers rebuild their homes.

Click here to see the performance schedule!

Interested in booking Wagonstage for your event?

Wagonstage can be booked to perform at day camps, picnics, summer parties and other events. The traveling troupe of four actors will require a place to set up their performance tent, which is 10 ft wide, 8 ft deep and 7 ft high. An outdoor location is preferable, but in the event of inclement weather, Wagonstage can perform indoors. The booking fee is $125. To book, please contact


Employment Opportunity: Wagonstage Children’s Theatre has been touring the parks in Calgary for 40 years providing great theatre for the community and summer jobs for Drama students. Wagonstage Auditions are held in late February. 3 Actors and 1 Actor/Stage Manager Position are available. Employment Period: June - mid August. This is a 6-day/week - 10 week contract Pay Scale: Non-union but commensurate with Actor's Equity wages.

Rehearsals: Scheduled in June around Dr. 362 class times and may include some evening and weekend rehearsals. Opening performance: July 1, Canada Day, Prince’s Island Park

For details contact: Clem Martini  (403) 220-3847


Drama 362: Theatre For Young Audiences

                       Spring Intensive with the 

            Calgary International Children’s Festival


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Since 1991, the Department of Drama and the Calgary International Children’s Festival (CICF) have nutured a unique Community Partnership. The CICF is the second largest performing arts festival of its kind in Canada with approximately 50,000 patrons attending Festival events on a yearly basis. CICF presents critically acclaimed professional theatre, music and dance for young audiences.

Drama 362: Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) is a 6-week Spring Session performance course aligned with the Calgary International Children’s Festival. Intensive involvement in the Festival is required, including performing on site, attending performances and participating in three workshops with professional artists performing at the Festival, as well as attending the Festival Colloque. After the Festival, the class will focus on creating a piece of Theatre For Young Audiences that will tour the community.

Don’t miss out on a unique opportunity to:

  • perform at an International Festival!
  • see amazing theatre from all over the world!
  • study with professionals!
  • create, perform & tour original work!
  • get a full course credit!

For details contact: Clem Martini  (403) 220-3847


Sexxxy”: The Orientation Project

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Sexxxy: a compelling performance to increase awareness and understanding of sensitive and difficult issues and identify the related on-campus resources.

Sexxxy is a play that reveals the experiences of a group of first year students as they encounter university life . The script was developed by and for students at the University of Calgary where it has become the highlight of the student orientation program, U of C 101. The play explores the challenges faced by many students including learning problems, racism, homophobia, substance abuse, sexual harassment, date rape and campus safety. The power of the play lies in its realistic and at the same time, entertaining portrayal of these uncomfortable issues. The stories effectively capture the audience’s attention, raise students’ awareness of the very real problems they or their friends could run into and alert them to the available on-campus resources. The play is performed every September during the UofC:101 Orientation Program and seen by over 4000 incoming students.

Employment Opportunity: “Sexxxy” has been participating in the University of Calgary’s Orientation 101 program for over 10 years providing great theatre for the university community and summer jobs for Drama students. “Sexxxy” Auditions are held in late March. Positions for a director, stage manager, design/technical and 4 Actors are available. Employment Period: August/Sept. This is a 5-day/week - 4 week contract. Pay Scale: Non-union but commensurate with Actor's Equity wages. Rehearsals: Scheduled in August and may include some evening and weekend rehearsals. Opening performance: Tuesday – Friday of Block Week in September.

For details contact: Dawn McCaugherty (403) 220-6027