Handsome Alice is devoted to unleashing diverse voices through the development, creation, and production of theatre works that are inclusive, curious, and rebellious.
A performance hive where big ideas meet creation.
- Ensure artistic excellence and integrity through artistic risk, freedom of expression, and creative collaborations.
- Embrace diverse ideas, art forms, and communities.
- Evoke imaginative alliances between artists and community.
- Embody best business practices and responsible board governance.
Calgary is home to an amazing array of diverse female and non-binary theatre makers and through independent projects and unique collaborations with community partners such as The Shakespeare Company, Calgary Sexual Health Centre and Mount Royal University, Handsome Alice creates programs and productions that work to support and promote local artists, women’s theatre and engage local community.
The Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Annual Theatre Production Survey reported that out of 812 productions during the 2013/14 season, 63 percent were written by men while only 22 percent were written by women. Similarly, Equity in Theatre reports that, “As artistic directors, directors, and playwrights, women in Canada’s professional theatre industry have not yet surpassed the 35% employment marker.” This is despite the majority of theatre attendees in Canada being women, over half of all theatre students identifying as female and of course, the theatre world is not immune to gender wage gaps.
But women’s theatre is important. It provides platforms for reflection, connection, education and expression, prompts discussion and inspires action. Theatre historically creates a space outside of our normal worlds to explore and examine themes and issues perhaps not readily communicated or considered in the public realm.
Please consider supporting Handsome Alice and the work we do that has a direct impact for artists, partners and audiences in the Calgary community.