Climate Change Theatre Action

Thu December 9 - Fri December 10, 2021
Climate Change Theatre Action

Downstage Presents
Climate Change Theatre Action
Engineered Air Theatre
Thursday, December 9, 2021 - Friday, December 10, 2021
Doors: 6:00 PM Event: 7:30 PM

What might an equitable, sustainable, decarbonized, and just society look like? Join Downstage and Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation for an evening of short plays by international playwrights, commissioned by Climate Change Theatre Action, as part of this global theatre series. Stay for a lively, facilitated panel discussion centered on the ever-evolving topic of climate change.

Climate Change Theatre Action will feature both newcomer and established local theatre creators as well a panel of community leaders who are actively engaged in important climate action. In the lobby, we will host local immigrant artisans who will sell their work and keep 100% of the profits. Enjoy a night of theatre, conversation and stock up on holiday gifts from exciting local makers. 

Starting September 20, 2021, to ensure the health and safety of all patrons, staff, and artists, Arts Commons and the Resident Companies will require audience members 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated and to show proof of vaccination. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical exemption or sincerely held religious belief must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before attending any in-person, indoor event at Arts Commons.

Entry will be denied for those who are not fully vaccinated or cannot provide the required documentation at the time of their event, and will be redirected to the box office; ticket refund or exchange policies will be determined by the producing or presenting company.

This policy joins our existing health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, including mandatory mask-wearing at all times (when not eating or drinking) and parameters to encourage social distancing and frequent hand sanitization.

Resident Companies of Arts Commons include Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Commons Presents, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and Theatre Calgary.

The venues at Arts Commons include Big Secret Theatre, Engineered Air Theatre, Jack Singer Concert Hall, Martha Cohen Theatre, Max Bell Theatre, and Motel Theatre.

Read the full policy here.

For more information visit the Health & Safety page here.

Ideal for: Performances, presentations, lectures, weddings
Capacity: 185 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Cocktail reception  80 - dinner
Stage: Stage measures 11’ deep x 34’ wide 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: customizable theatre lighting, standard room set-up, private lobby, event planning support 

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Completed in 1994 the Engineered Air Theatre carries on the tradition of having a theatre located in its exact location for over 100 years, even incorporating rescued decorative elements from the old Empress Theatre into both its theatre and lobby design. In the summer of 2016, the Engineered Air had a face lift with the comfier chairs and updated décor.