The spirit of Azimuth is forward moving, looking towards a stronger and more diverse future by investing in the growth of the next generation and supporting innovative ideas from young artists and daring ideas from established ones.
In 2009, Azimuth Theatre began the Emerging Company Showcase as a means of formalizing and defining our ongoing support of independent producers and ad hoc groups creating and presenting new work in Edmonton. Azimuth provides support and mentorship to emerging producers allowing them to keep the art-making at the forefront of their process, which can all too easily be swamped by the demands of first forays into independent production. Each engagement is unique to the needs and goals of the company and the project. We provide resources like rehearsal space, counsel and advice on practical company matters, front of house and box office support, marketing materials, a presentation fee, and/or assistance with performance venue costs.
To submit a project for consideration, please visit our submissions page.
This year, in the spirit of growing ecology, Azimuth is expanding the program with the generous support of Downstage in Calgary to provide an Albertan Emerging Company Showcase. Edmonton-based Cardiac Theatre is producing the premiere of The Listening Room by Calgary Playwright, Michaela Jeffery. This project will bring together a team of independent artists from both Edmonton and Calgary and will perform in both cities with an interim development opportunity, provided by Downstage, to incorporate discoveries made in the first presentation. Azimuth is proud to support Cardiac Theatre’s vision and is thrilled to bring it to fruition via a partnership with Downstage.
Cardiac Theatre is an Edmonton-based collective comprised of producer Jessica Glover and director Harley Morison. Founded by the pair in 2015, their focus is producing intimate theatre in styles not normally seen in Alberta, providing opportunities for the development of young, professional artists, and cultivating young adult audiences.
Since their inception, they have set their sights on producing works in Alberta by contemporary national and international playwrights: Hot Mess by Ella Hickson, Pacamambo by Wajdi Mouawad, Pompeii, L.A. by Declan Greene, and the Sterling-nominated Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes by Jordan Tannahill.
THE LISTENING ROOM by Michaela Jeffery
“You have to fight, or there’s nothing.” – Marcus, The Listening Room
On the fringes of a remote desert society, a group of teenage dissidents search for fragments of earlier civilizations still ricocheting between stars. Using antiquated 21st century radio telescopes, The Listeners risk everything to connect to a past that has faded both from memory and record. On the eve of a trial that would decide their fate, The Listeners must choose to conform, or to strike out and seize the future they want to inherit. This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
Downstage is a Calgary-based company dedicated to producing Canadian theatre that creates meaningful conversation around social issues. Their work provokes vibrant dialogue, both informally and through their nightly post-show discussions. With a focus on new work created by local artists, Downstage offers artistic experiences that are entertaining, inventive, thought-provoking and highly relevant to your everyday life.