StoryBook Theatre is Canada's largest volunteer-driven Theatres for Young Audiences and families. In our almost 45 years of serving Calgary, we have fostered the love and passion for theatre arts in over one million people. Each season we bring together some of the industries brightest emerging talents both on and off the stage to create some incredibly accessible theatre for the whole family.
We bring stories to life in a way that encourages children and their families to dream about who they are and may become, to explore the story from different perspectives, to think using inductive reasoning, and to connect to other people and ideas.
StoryBook celebrates the power of theatre to inspire children and their families to dream, explore, think and connect through high-calibre accessible theatre school programming and productions.
StoryBook Theatre seeks to provide a vital performing arts organization known for its commitment to accessible and diverse family theatre programming.
We are committed to providing a safe environment to enhance the combined creative abilities and talents of our artists and educators.
We are committed to the rating of all our shows with acceptable age appropriateness offering a variety of shows and programs for the entire family, from 3 to 103 throughout each season.
We are committed to the inclusion of amateur and emerging actors an opportunity to volunteer and learn alongside working theatre professionals enabling them to grow as performers and therefore offer our audiences both quality and affordable theatrical experience.
We are committed to all our programs being taught by theatre professionals and will place a strong emphasis on skills and the importance of being a positive and valued contributor to our community.
We are committed to telling more stories that reflect everyone in our community.
We are committed to including more representation of diverse individuals on and off stage. This includes cast, crew, staff, and volunteers. As a first step, we will be seeking to expand the diversity of our Board of Directors as we recruit new board members.
We are committed to stronger outreach and the establishment of an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility Committee as part of our Board of Directors. This will help ensure access to our existing programming is extended to more marginalized individuals including, but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and persons with disabilities.
We are committed to actively seeking and producing work written by our marginalized community including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and persons with disabilities.
We are committed to the diverse and appropriate casting of the actors and volunteers we engage to tell our stories both off and on stage.
We are committed to ensuring we have the appropriate support and outreach in the telling of all our stories authentically and respectfully.
We are committed to making our programming more accessible to our marginalized community including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, persons with disabilities and especially to those who are disadvantaged economically. We will maintain this through our ticket donations, school pricing, theatre school subsidies, bursaries and the Ellie Tims project.
We are committed to the active measuring of statistics and communication of our efforts starting immediately. Visit our STATISTICS page to see our current and upcoming efforts towards our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
We are committed to being open, curious, and reflective about our role in fighting systemic racism, exclusion, discrimination, and hate. We will listen and engage in the hard conversations about our organization so StoryBook Theatre can be that place where all artists and audiences feel welcome, safe, valued and celebrated.