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Theatre Calgary’s executive director Colleen Smith, left, board chairwoman Margo Randles and artistic director Stafford Arima in the newly renovated Max Bell Theatre.
(Supplied by Wil Andruschak, Postmedia Content Works)

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Theatre Calgary might be in its 50th season, but the company is all about the  future with a big, bold,  audacious outlook.

With a new artistic director, new board chairwoman and relatively new executive director, fresh perspectives and innovative ideas are not in short supply.

“I have the wonderful  responsibility of shepherding a new beginning, and I think Theatre Calgary gives our city an opportunity to express itself creatively to the world,” says artistic  director Stafford Arima.

The theatre company is going to continue to strive to make theatre accessible, reaching deep to plug  future theatre-lovers into the dramatic arts.

“We want to keep the theatre relevant to Calgary right here and right now, while also being champions of the arts and all it has to offer in making a city great,” says Colleen Smith, executive  director of Theatre Calgary.

During this current  season, programming is celebrating the people,  artists and city that have made Theatre Calgary southern Alberta’s largest and longest-running theatre company.

“We want to be civic leaders and a benefit to our city and a contributor to its reputation and its future, and that means evolving with the city and with the times,” says Margo Randles, board chairwoman.

This is one of the reasons accessibility has been and will continue to be a significant priority in Theatre Calgary’s 50th season and beyond.

It is partnering with  Inside Out Theatre’s good host program to present an American Sign Language-interpreted performance and a relaxed performance of  A Christmas Carol.

Theatre Calgary is also partnering with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship to provide 1,000 tickets to new Canadians in Calgary this season, and has also created the first high school in residence at Theatre Calgary, partnering with Western Canada High School.

“We’re very proud of our history, including our  success and financial  sustainability, but we don’t intend to maintain the status quo over the next 50 years,” adds Randles.

This feature was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.

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