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.


on Tuesday, 5 September 2017. Posted in Latest News

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Midnight (M.S.T.) Friday, October 6th, 2017.



Catalyst Theatre seeks an enterprising and forward-thinking theatre professional for the leadership position of Managing Director. Reporting to Catalyst Theatre’s board of directors, and working in close consultation with the Artistic Director, the Managing Director is responsible for managing the company’s finances and accountable for ensuring that all the operational aspects of fundraising, marketing, outreach and development align with the artistic vision, contribute to the strategic plan, and serve the company’s creation and touring mandate.


Working with the Artistic Director in a responsive and collaborative model, the Managing Director will:

• create, implement and monitor annual budgets and cash flow statements – including production and touring budgets
• maintain and monitor internal accounting controls and ensure appropriate business processes are in place
• prepare reports and financial statements for the board
• oversee the annual audit process
• identify and prepare all government and foundation grants
• report to all regulatory and funding bodies as required
• plan and implement fundraising strategies
• cultivate local, national and international development, commissioning, producing and presenting partnerships
• develop local, national and international markets for the company
• ensure all contracts are negotiated and executed in compliance with collective agreements and board policies
• hire and supervise administrative staff
• develop and administer operational plans
• oversee the implementation of marketing and communications strategies and project-specific marketing and publicity campaigns

This is a full time, permanent position with a competitive salary and benefits package.




The successful candidate must demonstrate:
• At least five years of progressively responsible leadership experience in a professional theatre setting, ideally with a creation and touring company
• An in-depth knowledge of standard operating procedures for accounting, financial reporting and budgeting
• A comprehensive and current knowledge of professional, not-for-profit theatre practice in Canada
• A comprehensive and current knowledge of the national and international arts touring ecology
• An ability to interact effectively with a wide range of individuals including funders, sponsors, donors, professional colleagues, artists and patrons
• Excellence in writing, planning, research, communications, and project management
• An ability to build national and international relationships and networks that can leverage opportunities that will serve and enhance Catalyst Theatre’s creation and touring mandate

The ideal applicant will be:
• Self-motivated and forward-thinking
• A dedicated team player who sets the bar high for themselves and those with whom they work
• A self-assured professional who enjoys a collaborative approach to leadership
• An independent thinker with strong analytical and conceptual skills
• A lover of life, people, theatre and imagination
• Resilient and fundamentally optimistic
They will have an adventurous spirit, thrive on risk, embrace the unknown and enjoy rising to a challenge.



Catalyst Theatre is committed to creating original Canadian work that explores new possibilities for the theatrical art form and the process by which it is created, to exposing the work locally, nationally and internationally, and to supporting artists and cultivating audiences that represent the diverse world in which we live.
Our artistic practice is both director-driven and rooted in creative collaboration. Each of our productions is created in-house, from the ground up, and is built to tour. Under the leadership of director/writer/composer Jonathan Christenson, our core creative teams have been innovators in evolving the musical theatre form, creating bold, ambitious and highly theatrical productions that have been recognized with more than 100 local, national and international awards and nominations at nearly 85 theatres across Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and the United States, including in London’s West End and New York’s Broadway district.
For nearly two decades, Catalyst has played a leading role in the development of a successful creation and touring model for Anglophone Canadian theatre and has broken new ground in building presenting partnerships between small and large organizations nationally and internationally, placing the company at the forefront of an increasingly vibrant creation and touring culture and a burgeoning ‘new Canadian musical’ ecology.
In 2015, Catalyst relocated to the Citadel’s 705-seat Maclab Theatre, after raising $1.2 million to renovate its auditorium and lobby and create an adjacent suite of contemporary offices.



Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV with a list of 3 professional references to:
Submissions should be addressed to: Janine Andrews, Chair of the Search Committee
We accept electronic submissions only.
Deadline: Midnight (M.S.T.) Friday, October 6th, 2017.

While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.


Catalyst Theatre hires based on merit and invites applications from all qualified candidates who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada and possess a Canadian Social Insurance Number.

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.

Farewell to Managing Producer, Eva Cairns

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Latest News

For Immediate Release - June 11, 2017

It is with mixed emotion that Catalyst Theatre’s board of directors announces that Eva Cairns will be stepping down as Managing Producer effective July 15, 2017 to assume a position as a Program Officer with the Canada Council in Ottawa.

                                                                       B&W Eva

“Eva has worked tirelessly to support Catalyst’s creation and touring mandate over the past decade. We’re deeply grateful for her commitment to our core artists and her enduring support of the company’s work. She’ll be greatly missed by all of us at Catalyst and by Edmonton’s theatre community. We wish her all the very best as she transitions into her new role in Ottawa and look forward to an exciting new chapter in the life of Catalyst Theatre.”
Janine Andrews, Chair

Eva has been with Catalyst since 2006. During her tenure as Managing Producer, she supported the company’s Artistic Director Jonathan Christenson, Resident Designer Bretta Gerecke, and all the members of Catalyst’s talented artistic teams in the creation of such acclaimed original productions as Frankenstein , Nevermore – The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Hunchback, The Soul Collector, Vigilante & Fortune Falls, and helped us share our work with audiences around the world, including engagements in London’s West End, New York’s Broadway district, and at theatres and festivals in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Edmonton and other cities across Canada.

“It’s been an honour to partner with Eva in leading Catalyst through ten years of unprecedented growth – an extraordinary journey full of thrilling highs and some challenging lows, and I can’t imagine having done it with anyone else. I’ll miss her keen intelligence, her uncompromisingly high standards, and her infectious laugh. I’m so excited for her as she embarks on this next great adventure in Ottawa and I wish her all the happiness she so deserves!”

                  Jonathan Christenson, Artistic Director

Catalyst Theatre’s board of directors will launch a national search for a new Managing Producer in the coming weeks.

For further information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Janine Andrews at | 780.953.5325

Jonathan Christenson at | 780.431.1750.


April News!

on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. Posted in Latest News

“It started wit’ just one little spark….”

It’s hard to believe that our epic Vigilante tour is almost finished. A little known piece of dark Canadian history was the fuel that ignited this fiery show. It began at Keyano Theatre in Fort McMurray in 2013, and now, almost four years later, it will close at the National Arts Centre after a three week run. During this tour we’ve shared the production with approximately 22,000 audience members over 43 performances, and we’ve loved every minute of it!

“… a riveting production that is one of those rare theatrical gems — by any measure an artistic achievement — fuelled by a great story, passion and talent audiences seldom get to experience.”
-London Free Press

As the tour wraps up, we’ve been reflecting on how we need you, our supporters and champions to help us with our most important fundraiser of the year, Over the Edge With 4 Play. We hope, if you’ve seen the show abroad or in Edmonton, that you’ll keep the work in mind and help us to continue to create new bold productions.

We hope to see you at 4 Play, and wish you a happy sunny spring!
The Catalyst Family


APRIL 6, 2018

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!