Audition Notice

on Thursday, 24 May 2018. Posted in Latest News

Call for submissions - Edmonton & Calgary

Edmonton: June 7, 2018
Calgary: June 13, 2018


Catalyst Theatre is holding general auditions for the company’s upcoming work THE INVISIBLE – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare which will be presented in its first year at Keyano Theatre (Fort McMurray) and Vertigo Theatre (Calgary) in the spring of 2019.

We are looking for female, female identifying, or non-binary actors, comfortable in femme attire, who are strong singers and movers. We encourage submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds regardless of race, colour, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.


19 March – 9 June 2019


Monday, 11 June 2018
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
TIMES: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Individual Auditions)
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Group Movement Call)
LOCATION: The Club at The Citadel Theatre 9829 101A Avenue NW

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 Wednesday, 20 June 2018
TIMES: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Individual Auditions)
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Group Movement Call)
LOCATION: The Studio at Vertigo Theatre 115 9 Ave SE, #161



Europe, 1939. In the face of the Nazi threat, Canadian millionaire William Stephenson convinces Churchill and Roosevelt to fight the Nazis using unconventional or “guerilla” war tactics.  Stephenson assembles an elite team of spies to work covertly behind enemy lines. Included amongst his recruits: a dedicated group of young women, unofficial soldiers in the war against fascism. THE INVISIBLE – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare is their story, a “spy noir musical” that seeks to answer the question: “What are you ready to die for?” from the perspective of five young women who were ready to fight to the death for the world they wanted to live in.



“The Leader”
One female, female identifying, or non-binary person. Age: 40-55. A senior intelligence officer working for the Allies during WWII.  An Eastern European aristocrat and heiress, forced by the war to emigrate. Well-connected and used to having status but neither spoiled nor afraid of hard work. Enigmatic and secretive – plays her cards close, which serves her in her work as a senior intelligence officer. Highly intelligent and capable, organized and meticulous, discreet and immensely loyal. A cool pragmatist on the outside but underneath, a caring person of deep feelings and beliefs.

“The Spies”
Multiple female, female identifying, or non-binary people. Age: 20-35. Single women recruited by the Allies to work as secret agents during WWII. Young women with deep convictions and a desire to change the world. Fiercely committed but not without doubt, brave but not without fear. Determined and ready to fight for what they believe. Loyal and dedicated to their colleagues. From a range of educational backgrounds, social classes and ethnicities, but each with a keen mind and a passionate heart.


  • Submit a current resume and headshot by email to Lana Hughes: indicating your interest in attending the auditions. No phone calls please.
  • Please save your head shot and resumes as FirstName.LastName.
  • Be clear if you are auditioning in Edmonton or Calgary.
  • If you have previously worked on a Catalyst production, you will not need to arrange an audition but we do invite you to affirm your interest in being considered for one of the upcoming projects.
  • We thank everyone for their interest, however only those selected for an audition will be contacted. We are also not able to respond to inquiries about the status of your submission package.


  • Please prepare one monologue (classical or contemporary) and one song (any style) – each under two minutes.
  • We will provide a pianist for accompaniment – please provide sheet music. While we strongly encourage you to use the accompanist we provide, there will also be an MP3/CD player available. Please DO NOT plan to sing a cappella.
  • Please wear clothes and footwear that you are comfortable moving in during the movement call.
  • Fluency in a second language is an asset. If this applies to you, please come prepared to share a short piece (it need not be memorized) in any language(s) you speak in addition to English.
  • The ability to play a musical instrument(s) at performance level is also an asset. If this applies to you, please come prepared to play a small selection on one or two (maximum) instruments.
  • Experience with new play development is an asset. Please highlight any such experience on your resumé.

Catalyst Theatre engages, under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actors Equity Association.

Edmonton: June 7, 2018
Calgary: June 13, 2018

More Awards For Vigilante

on Thursday, 14 December 2017. Posted in Latest News

For Immediate Release

Internationally acclaimed CATALYST THEATRE, resident company in The Citadel’s Maclab Theatre, received the CAPITAL CRITICS AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION in Ottawa on Monday evening for its production of VIGILANTE.

VIGILANTE, which premiered at THE CITADEL THEATRE during the 14/15 season, is a riveting rock musical that tells the shocking story of Johannah Donnelly and her six dangerous yet devoted sons. Written, composed and directed by Catalyst’s Artistic Director Jonathan Christenson, VIGILANTE ran at the NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE in the 897-seat Babs Asper theatre in April.

Jan Alexandra Smith, who plays the fierce Donnelly matriarch, also received the Capital Critics Award for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress. The National Arts Centre engagement of Vigilante was the final stop of a three-city tour that included a sold-out run at the 900-seat GRAND THEATRE in London, ON, and at PERSEPHONE THEATRE in Saskatoon, where it was nominated for 11 SATAwards, winning for Best Production, Best Performance in a Leading Role (Jan Alexandra Smith) and Best Set Design (Jonathan Christenson).

Upcoming from Catalyst at The Citadel Theatre is their presentation of the hit new musical ONEGIN, that’s been taking the country by storm. The Vancouver Arts Club production runs in the MACLAB THEATRE from January 17-28.


on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Posted in Latest News

For Immediate Release


We are thrilled to be announcing a new programming initiative, “Catalyst Presents”, launching with the hit indie-rock musical Onegin!

Onegin (ON • YEG IN) is the indie-rock musical that’s taking the country by storm. Catalyst Theatre presents this multi-award-winning Vancouver Arts Club production on the Maclab Stage from January 17th to 28th, 2018.

The Globe and Mail

Onegin wowed Vancouver audiences in 2016, winning an unprecedented 10 Jessie Awards. This thrilling new adaptation of Pushkin’s timeless poem and Tchaikovsky’s renowned opera, brings a thoroughly modern sensibility to a romantic Russian classic. Its high-energy musical score tells a sweeping tale of infatuation, unrequited love, and intrigue. Catalyst Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Christenson saw Onegin at its phenomenally successful Arts Club premiere in May 2016.

“I remember watching the show for the first time. In one of the songs Onegin sang: ‘Amuse me, surprise me, shake me … try and wake me’ and at the performance I saw the entire was doing just that for the audience! This show is raucous, irreverent and highly theatrical – a hysterical yet touching re-imagining of a literary classic that will blow your mind!”

Onegin tells the story of Eugene Onegin, a wealthy Russian playboy who, bored with seducing women in Moscow, sees a chance for a change when he inherits a country estate. He soon becomes fast friends with Vladimir, his new neighbour, who introduces Onegin to the love his life, Olga. Olga’s sister, Tatyana, falls madly in love with Onegin, but Onegin sets his sites instead on Olga, rejecting Tatyana. In a jealous rage, Vladimir challenges Onegin to a duel, and what ensues changes everyone’s lives forever.

“I was immediately struck by the similarities between what Amiel and Veda were doing and what we’re doing at Catalyst, namely re-imagining what a musical can be,” Christenson says. “It ignited my interest in bringing work like this to Edmonton. It’s the perfect show to launch our new initiative “Catalyst Presents” which in the coming years will see Catalyst bring exceptional new productions by some of Canada’s most exciting and ground-breaking companies to Edmonton audiences.”

The Vancouver Sun

To launch “Catalyst Presents” we’re offering Radical Ticket Pricing!


Lana at  (780) 431-1750

Vigilante Takes Home Three SATAwards!

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Posted in Latest News

September 19, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Vigilante won three SATAwards. These awards recognize and celebrate professional theatre artists and organizations in Saskatoon and surrounding area.

Vigilante was nominated for 9 awards and took home the prize for:
-Outstanding Production
-Outstanding Leading Performance – Jan Alexandra Smith
-Outstanding Set Design – Jonathan Christenson.

Big thanks to everyone involved in the SATAwards, and to our presenters at Persephone Theatre.

More info about the wards here.

Catalyst Welcomes Acting Managing Producer, Brenda O’Donnell

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Latest News

For Immediate Release - July 11, 2017

Catalyst Theatre’s board of directors announces that Brenda O’Donnell will assume the position of Acting Managing Producer, effective July 11th, 2017.  Ms. O’Donnell was previously the Executive Director of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta and is a senior arts administrator with extensive experience working for many of Edmonton’s theatre companies. Ms. O’Donnell will work closely with Mr. Christenson, the board, and the staff of Catalyst Theatre, to assist during the search for a new Managing Producer.


4 Play 2019, will be on May 31st! 

Join us for our wacky, crazy, over the top fundraising event – Over the Edge With 4 Play. Some of Edmonton’s most incredible theatre artist gather to participate in the craziest fundraiser in town!


4 brand new Canadian plays made in just 12 hours.
Join 4 playwrights, 4 directors, 4 actors and 4 designers as they set the stage on fire during our infamous fundraising extravaganza!