Sep. 11, 2023

Hiring – Interim Managing Director

September 11, 2023
INTERIM MANAGING DIRECTOR, CATALYST THEATRE This is a 10-month full-time employment contract. Term: 1 November 2023 – 31 August 2024 Salary: $45,000 – $50,000/year (based on experience & prorated to 10 months) Holidays: 4 weeks (prorated to 10 months) Benefits include a health coverage plan and a parking allowance. JOB DESCRIPTION Working in close consultation with the Artistic Director, the ...
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Jun. 10, 2022

Confluence 2022/23

June 10, 2022
Catalyst Theatre is pleased to announce the third cycle of CONFLUENCE – a creative fellowship for an IBPOC artist based in Edmonton or surrounding areas.The fellowship offers money, space and time as well as the opportunity to be in an ongoing conversation with the creative and administrative team at Catalyst who bring nearly three decades of professional experience in creating, ...
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Apr. 22, 2022

Soundtrack Fundraiser!

April 22, 2022
We’re making soundtracks for Vigilante and The Invisible! ...
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Oct. 01, 2021

AGM Date & Searching For Board Members!

October 1, 2021
Interested in working with Catalyst? Find out how! Plus don’t miss our Annual General Meeting! ...
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May. 12, 2021


May 12, 2021
Catalyst Theatre is pleased to announce the second cycle of CONFLUENCE – a ten-month creative fellowship (September through June) for an IBPOC artist based in Edmonton or surrounding areas. The fellowship offers money, space and time as well as the opportunity to be in an ongoing conversation with the creative and administrative team at Catalyst who bring nearly three decades of professional experience in creating, producing and touring original work. CONFLUENCE is designed to make space for IBPOC artists to develop a specific creative project using the models that work best for them with the wholehearted support of Catalyst’s artistic and administrative team. ...
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Oct. 22, 2020

We’re Looking For Board Members

October 22, 2020
Interested in contributing to the vibrant Edmonton theatre community? Despite the difficulties surrounding COVID-19, Catalyst has been working on many new initiatives for the 2020 and 2021 seasons and we are looking for dedicated, theatre-loving people to join our board. Board commitments include sitting on and attending committee meetings in addition to general board meetings (a minimum of six per year).  The Catalyst board supports the ...
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Oct. 01, 2020


October 1, 2020
The 35//50 Initiative has invited Catalyst Theatre and other professional arts organizations across Alberta to commit to a set of organizational beliefs and policies, rooted in anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices. We are grateful for the invitation and wholeheartedly commit to working with the members of The 35//50 Initiative and our arts sector colleagues to create a professional landscape that more ...
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Mar. 13, 2020

4 Play – Cancelled due to COVID-19

March 13, 2020
With yesterday’s announcement by the Chief Medical Officer of Health that all events of 250 people or more should be cancelled, and in an effort to protect our audiences and artists, the board and staff of Catalyst Theatre have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s edition of Over the Edge With 4 Play. Over the past few days, ...
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Oct. 12, 2017


October 12, 2017
  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. “SPECTACULAR” The Globe and Mail ...
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Jul. 11, 2017

Catalyst Welcomes Acting Managing Producer, Brenda O’Donnell

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 ...
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Jul. 11, 2017

Farewell to Managing Producer, Eva Cairns

July 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.                                         ...
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Apr. 18, 2017

April News!

April 18, 2017
“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 ...
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Jul. 19, 2016

New Office Construction Underway!

July 19, 2016
Construction on our new office space has begun on the north side of the Maclab Theatre lobby! But that’s not all! Also underway as part of our $1.2 million project is an upgrade to the lobby itself and a facelift for the Maclab Theatre. Get ready for a clean, elegant and modern feel for this beautiful theatre. We can’t say ...
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Apr. 12, 2016


April 12, 2016
Catalyst Theatre announces its 2016 – 2017 season, featuring the launch of its newest work, Fortune Falls, a forty-five performance / three-city tour of the company’s powerful rock musical Vigilante, and partnerships with five outstanding theatres across the country. FORTUNE FALLS PREMIERE Catalyst’s newest creation, Fortune Falls, will premiere in Calgary produced by Alberta Theatre Projects. In the New Year ...
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Sep. 16, 2015

A Message from Artistic Director, Jonathan Christenson

September 16, 2015
On August 31st, Catalyst said its final farewell to the theatre we began creating on Gateway Boulevard nineteen years ago. At that time there was no theatre there at all – only a neglected, graffiti-covered, shack-of-a-retired-railway-storehouse with chipped and broken asbestos tile falling from its sides and garbage piled in heaps all around it.  There was no “Big Miller Park”, ...
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Sep. 28, 2023

The Play’s The Thing!

October 7 & 8, 2023

Catalyst is pleased to be one of the companies involved in Theatre Yes’s presentation of The Play’s The Thing!

The Play’s The Thing is a unique production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in which each of the play’s 20 scenes is created in secret and performed by a different Edmonton stage company. No one knows in advance what the full production will be.


Apr. 22, 2022


It’s been a long time coming for soundtracks for our smash-hit shows: The Invisible and Vigilante.

PAST Events

Apr. 06, 2023

Nevermore – In Concert (Edmonton)

April 28 & 29

Edmonton, before leaving on tour we wanted to bring you a special event! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to get up close to Catalyst’s smash hit multi-award winning musical, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, for an intimate and stripped down concert version. Experience this bizarrely beautiful production’s haunting score and witty poetic storytelling in a whole new way.

Live streaming, April 29, at 7:30PM!

This intimate event will let you feel the tell-tale heart of this production like never before.

Seating is limited so get your tickets now!

Oct. 22, 2020

Here There Be Night

Past Event

A Walk at Night: Your cell phone, 8 stories, 8 locations.⁠

We are honoured to be included in Workshop West Playwright Theatre’s Here There Be Night, an intimate theatrical adventure about possibilities hidden all around us and finding treasure in unexpected places.

Produced by Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre in Partnership with Catalyst Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Theatre Network, and Theatre Yes.⁠