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  • Theatre | Chromatic Theatre | Calgary

    Deadline July 16 - Apply Here! Quick Links Learn More Learn More Kisapmata Learn More Learn More Learn More Sign Up Applications due July 16 More info here Learn More Playwrights Unit Contact Us! First Name Last Name Email Comments SUBMIT Thanks for submitting! "To develop and support diverse voices that contribute to an artistic landscape reflecting the spectrum of diversity we see across our country"

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  • Stats - WIP | Chromatic Theatre

    Why Statistics? Get to Know Us This is a paragraph about your business. Let your visitors know who you are, what you do and what your website is all about. Double click on the text box to edit the text and add all the information you want to share. Blog Posts Report Report Report Report How to Read the Graphs We have broken Theatre companies down into two groups. ​ >10 Productions between 2018 and 2023 <10 Productions between 2018 and 2023 For each graph we have the number of racialized artists against the total number of artists Report 2023/24 Year by Year Season by Season 2022/23 2021/22 2020/21 Pre 2020 2023 - 2024 Overview <10 Productions >10 Productions Blog Post Raw Data 2022 - 2023 Overview <10 Productions >10 Productions Blog Post Raw Data 2021 - 2022 Overview <10 Productions >10 Productions Blog Post Raw Data 2020 - 2021 Overview <10 Productions >10 Productions Blog Post Raw Data 2018 - 2020 Overview <10 Productions >10 Productions Blog Post Raw Data

  • Static | Chromatic Theatre

    Static By Ashley King January 30 - February 18, 2024 ​ The Tagalog word “kisapmata” means “blink of an eye.” It’s also the title of a punk banger by Filipino band, Rivermaya. Inspired by this song, this new Canadian play tells the love story of two Filipino women—one living here in Canada and the other, born and raised in the Philippines. Through intimate vignettes, we see the longing, the diving in, and eventually, the letting go. Buy Tickets We are proud to present the world premiere of this unique queer love story by Calgary playwright Bianca Miranda at Chromatic, with direction by Gina Puntil, co-produced by Lunchbox Theatre and presented as part of One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo. Kisapmata has been in development since 2021, when it was part of our IBPOC Playwrights Unit, and it was featured in both the Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work and Stage Two at Lunchbox Theatre in 2022. Playwright Bianca Miranda also recently premiered The F-Word, co-written and performed with Keshia Cheesman, in a Downstage Production at Alberta Theatre Projects, which was nominated for "Outstanding New Play" at the Betty Mitchell Awards. Directed by Gina Puntil Co-Production with Lunchbox Theatre and presented by One Yellow Rabbit as part of the 38th Annual High Performance Rodeo . ​ Poster Artwork by Maezy Reign CAST AND CREW Michelle Diaz • A Isabella Pedersen • B ​ Gina Puntil • Director Kodie Rollan • Assistant Director & Dramaturg Thomas Geddes • Video & Projection Design Cassie Holmes • Set & Costume Design Gladzy Kei • Grapic Designer Kp Smith • Lx Design Sallie Mae Salcedo • Sound Design Jennifer Yeung • Stage Manager Rebecca Orion • Apprentice Stage Manager Bianca Miranda • Playwright Buy Tickets SHOWTIMES Tuesday Jan 30 – 12pm (Preview) Wednesday Jan 31 – 12pm (Preview) Thursday Feb 1 – 12pm (Opening) Friday Feb 2 – 12pm & 7pm Saturday Feb 3 – 12pm & 4pm (4pm Is Brown Out Night) Sunday Feb 4 – 1:30pm (Relaxed & Audio Described, Super Mask Friendly) Tuesday Feb 6 – 12pm Wednesday Feb 7 – 7pm Thursday Feb 8 – 12pm (Talk Back) Friday Feb 9 – 12pm & 7pm (7pm is Celebrating Pride) Saturday Feb 10 – 12pm & 7pm Sunday Feb 11 – 1:30pm Tuesday Feb 13 – 12pm Wednesday Feb 14 – 7pm Thursday Feb 15 – 12pm (Talk Back) Friday Feb 16 – 12pm & 7pm (7pm is Date Night) Saturday Feb 17 – 12pm & 7pm Sunday Feb 18 – 1:30pm (Closing) Brown Out Night This production's Brown Out Night is an afternoon performance and reception celebrating the Filipino/a/x community, lives, and love stories. We are specifically inviting those who identify as being part of the Filipino community and other racialized (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) communities to make up our audience, for this show. With that in mind, we will not be turning away anyone who purchases a ticket for this performance. We do ask that if you do not identify as Filipino or identify as being part of a racialized group, please ask yourself why you would like to attend, and what you will add to the space. ​ LEARN MORE HERE Relaxed & Audio Described We are partnering again with Inside Out Theatre with their Good Host program to provide a Relaxed and Audio Described performance of Kisapmata on Sunday, February 4th 15th at 1:30PM to make this performance more accessible. Talk Back After the show's performance, most (usually all) of the actors return to the stage to answer your questions and provide insight into the play you have just experienced. Buy Tickets LOCATION & DETAILS qwerty Buy Tickets

  • Reading Rainbow | Chromatic Theatre

    The Reading Rainbow Reading Rainbow: Support Us Chromatic Theatre’s “Reading Rainbow” is a play reading series exclusively for artists of colour. The purpose is to bring BIPOC folx in Calgary’s community together to share space, one afternoon at a time. We will sit together and read a play (generally by a culturally diverse artist), then chat about the play, and get to know one another. It’s an exercise in getting familiar with the canon of culturally diverse works in Canada, and in building community. ​ This is a drop in group – there is no obligation to attend every session. We are generously hosted by Mike Tan Photography, but have currently adjusted to meet digitally due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. ​ We meet quarterly to read good plays, hang with good people, and enjoy good food together. ​ Sign Up for The Reading Rainbow below! *we ask that only members of the BIPOC community sign up Sign Up Here!

  • Playwrights Lab 2015 | Chromatic Theatre

    Greater Forest Lawn Playwrights Lab 2015 ​ Featuring: Female Robbery by Jessica Del Fierro Dramaturgy by Caroline Russell-King ​ Timmy, Tommy & the Haunted Hotel by Ali DeRegt and Kathryn Smith Dramaturgy by Alyssa Bradac ​ Blind Pass by Hayley Feigs Dramaturgy by Zachary Moull Absurdable Universe by Kyle Hinton Dramaturgy by Neil Fleming ​ Parched by Jennifer Roberts Dramaturgy by Jenna Rodgers Technology Trade-off by Phyllis Wheaton Dramaturgy by Trevor Rueger ​ Featuring talented performers from across the city: Josh Bertwistle, Michelle Brandenburg, Alex Cherovsky, Filsan Dualeh, Devon Dubnyk, Chelsea Dwarika, Deborah Ferguson, Rodrigo Flores, Natalie Gauthier, Mike Griffin, Alan Johnson, Duane Jones, Alvan Le, Kelly Malcolm, Andrew Merrigan, Dan Perry, Ryan Reese, Holleay Rohm, Lara Schmitz, Makambe Simamba, Ayla Stephen, Liam Volke, Alicia Ward, Justine Westby, Sarah Wheeldon, and Greg Wilson ​ The Greater Forest Lawn Playwrights Lab is a development opportunity supported by CADA for emerging playwrights representing the plethora of diverse communities that exist in Calgary. The Lab will be a safe creative space for writers to explore their ideas and grow their talent – in full colour. The Lab will be led by Jenna Rodgers, a local Director/Dramaturg, who will work with a group of up to five emerging playwrights, each developing their first draft of a play. “Emerging” refers to individual career status, and playwrights of any age are welcome to apply. Playwrights will not be restricted to writing about issues of diversity, but will be encouraged to use their work to explore issues that challenge them. This program will take place over the course of six months, spanning Oct 2014 – March 2015. ​ Selected playwrights will meet twice monthly for the program’s duration. Meetings will take place in Forest Lawn, and will be tailored to support the group of artists that have been assembled. In the final month of the Lab, playwrights will be paired with a mentor in a professional director/dramaturg. You will be given 12 hours of professional development time and a cast of non-equity actors. The GFL Playwrights Lab will culminate with a public presentation to showcase the Playwrights’ work to their friends, family, and the greater Calgary arts community. ​ ​ ​ Back to Past Projects Listen Now! Digital Program

  • Kodie Rollan | Chromatic Theatre

    Kodie Rollan Artistic Director Kodie Rollan is Philippine-born, Scarborough-raised, Calgary-based playwright, actor, and producer. Kodie holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in Arts Leadership from Queen’s University. As an actor, Kodie is passionate about exploring how an Asian body can transform a story. He is excited and humbled by every opportunity that champions representation on stage. As a playwright, he is drawn to telling stories that examine the socio-political environment of our world. His select acting credits include: Working It Out (Workplays Alberta), The Wedding Singer (Front Row Centre Players), BARE: A Pop Opera (The Honest Collective), and Spamalot (Front Row Centre Players). His writing credits include: The Watchdog Society (Downstage Theatre’s Simon Mallett New Works Program), Ya Burnt! (2019 IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists), Free from Phobia (2018 Body in Space: An Art Party), Funny Man (2018 IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists), Handle with Care (2017 Kingston Juvenis Festival). Contact

  • PLU application | Chromatic Theatre

    Playwrights Unit 2023/24 Chromatic Theatre is looking for writers/ creators who identify as being part of Indigenous and Black communities, as well as communities of colour, for our fifth annual Playwrights Unit. At Chromatic Theatre we are dedicated to developing and supporting work by and for the wide breadth of cultural diversity that exists in our province. We are excited for the fifth iteration of our Playwrights Unit that will bring together IBPOC playwrights/creators from Mohkins’tsis (Calgary) and surrounding areas, with the aim of strengthening our community, and investing in new Canadian plays. We are looking for racialized playwrights/ creators of all levels of experience. Deadline: September 12, 2023 Please send applications to info@chromatictheatre.ca. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Artistic Director, Kodie Rollan, at kodie@chromatictheatre.ca As a part of the Chromatic Theatre Playwrights Unit, you will: Attend one digital group meet and greet in October 2023 Attend a total of eight group workshops between November 2023 - May 2024 Receive up to five one-on-one dramaturgical sessions with Artistic Director, Kodie Rollan Receive a workshop of your script with an ensemble of actors between May 27th - June 9th, 2024 Receive a public, in-person reading of your script, performed by an ensemble of professional actors, culminating on the weekend of June 8th - 9th, 2023. Artistic Directors from the Calgary community will be invited to this showcase. Build community with other racialized writers Receive a one-on-one meeting with an artistic mentor of your choice Receive an honorarium of $1000. Applications must include: A statement of interest, up to two-pages in length, describing the following: Why would you like to participate in this writer’s residency program and what you hope to achieve What makes you a fit to work with Chromatic Theatre A description of the writing project you will be working on as part of our playwrights unit. Your CV A writing sample that is a maximum of 20 pages. We also welcome writing samples from other mediums (essays, short stories, poetry, etc.). ​ Please note that applicants do not need to apply with a complete draft of a play. You can apply even if you have an idea of a play/ live theatre creation in mind!

  • Maezy Reign | Chromatic Theatre

    Maezy Reign Markerting and Communications Maezy Reign (they/she) is a biracial multidisciplinary artist, born and raised in Calgary. They work as a playwright, lighting designer and occasional actor. They are determined to create art that has the representation she never saw growing up, like mentally ill, gender diverse, queer, and racialized main characters. ​ Both my parents are theatre artists and entrepreneurs so I've been raised in a very artsy family. Maezy is a mixed-race black artist. Maezy's paternal grandmother grew up in St. Vincent in the Caribbean and immigrated to Canada in the 70's. Performance and Creative Credits include; Gaslight (Vertigo), The F Word (Downstage and ATP) Shark Bite (Lunchbox Theatre), Hay Coloured Houses (Paprika Festival), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Alchemy Festival), Hang In There (Chromatic PLU), This isn’t home (fear the festival), Psychotic Bitch (Ignite Festival), Revolution or Slumber (WCHS with HPR), Donut Diaries (Ignite Festival) Contact

  • Auditions | Chromatic Theatre

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  • Jordan Baylon | Chromatic Theatre

    Jordan Baylon General Director Jordan (they/she/he) is a second generation PilipinX artist, critic and community worker imagining justice and abundance for equity-deserving peoples within the spaces of all our relations, personal, communal and societal. With a decade of experience serving in the non-profit arts sector in Mohkinstsis (Calgary), Jordan advocates a collective, grassroots approach to dismantling and rebuilding organizational structures, processes and ideologies with values of anti-racism and social justice. Jordan is a proud associate of CommunityWise’s Anti-Racist Organizational Change program, and co-authoried RE-Tool, a handbook on equity-driven grantmaking as part of Equity in the Panel Room working group. As an artist, Jordan’s work gnaws at the intersection of queer identity, race, colonialism, food, ritual and the deep dark places that represent our possibilities for pleasure and liberation. Contact

  • Winners and Losers | Chromatic Theatre

    Winners and Losers by James Long and Marcus Youssef Adapted by Valerie Planche, Makambe K. Simamba and Jenna Rodgers Presented in association with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre and Arts Commons Presents ​ Winners and Losers is one part game, one part conversation that leans into our universally flawed human logic, and the desire to win at all costs. Valerie Planche and Makambe K. Simamba, two powerhouse performers at different stages of life and careers, debate whether people, places or things – Robin Williams, camping, Meghan Markle, private schools – are winners or losers. This exploration of female friendships leads us down a spiralling path of staunch sisterhood and deep-seated difference. As the discussion gets personal, how far is too far when confronting deep-seated beliefs? ​ Based on the Governor General Award-nominated text by Marcus Youssef and James Long, this homegrown adaptation – re-written and re-cast with an all-female team – premiered to rave reviews at Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival! ​ “The elemental nature of this show (there is no set, just a simple folding table and two chairs) requires big, engaging performances. Planche and Simamba deliver, making this remount a clear winner.” – Now Magazine ​ “Retained both the humor and all the edge of the original.” – Mooney on Theatre ​ “Lively and revealing work” – Mooney on Theatre “The affection between Planche and Simamba is palpable, and the play is gripping when it’s emotionally bare” – Globe and Mail Back to Past Projects

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