Our Story

Vision, Mission, Value Driven Priorities 

 
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Evergreen proudly offers school curriculum-based musical theatre touring shows and artist-in-residency programs. We also offer custom workshops, presentations, and activities for conferences and organizations nation wide. Beyond that, we also provide commissioned works for zoos, science centres, museums, and corporations. Evergreen Theatre has been on the forefront of “green” programming for over 25 years.

 

Evergreen Theatre was established in 1991.  Its founding members Scott Mair, Tara Ryan, Elinor Holt, Gerald Matthews, Don Enright and Monique Keiran were passionate about creating opportunities for a larger audience to access the excellent interpretative theatre programs they created and performed each summer in Kananaskis Provincial Park. Driven by this desire to expand their audience base, and a deep enthusiasm for science & environmental issues, they formed Evergreen Theatre: a touring educational, environmental, science based, theatre company for young audiences.

 

In the years since its inception, Evergreen has grown and expanded in diverse ways, without ever losing sight of its commitment to young audiences and the fine art of science. While touring shows and residency programs remain flagship endeavors, programming now includes the Big Green Puppet Bus, home school programs, and Drama Camp. 

Staff

Meet the talented team of people that bring all of our amazing programs and spaces to life. 

Sean Fraser

Executive Director

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Move, shake, disrupt, repeat. Dreaming up new and improved ways of doing things. 

Christina Chase Warrier

Program Director

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The power of imagination unleashed. Giving voice to universal human emotions on a profound level.

Michelle Brandenburg

Development 

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Seeing beauty, creating beauty. Creating works that speak to others and inspire new ways of seeing the world.

Board

Valmai Goggin - President

Valmai is a Calgary-based director, education, producer, and Maritimer. She served as Evergreen Theatre's Artistic Producer 2013-2017. She holds a BA English and Drama (Mount Allison University) and an MFA  Directing (University of Calgary). She was the 2014 Graduate-in-Residence at Mount Allison University, and is a founding member of Theatre Transit. Valmai has directed and taught at theatres and schools across Alberta and is currently the Development Associate at Lunchbox Theatre.

Kim McCann - Member

As passionate about people as she is about process, Kim is lifelong Calgarian and a Mount Royal educated HR Professional. With an extensive background in both social work and private aviation, she brings many worlds of experience to her current role with Avanti. In her downtime she enjoys coaching baton twirling and is very active in the baton community; mentoring young coaches, guest coaching in other clubs along with holding past roles within the Alberta Baton Twirling Association. In addition, she also spends time actively volunteering with various organizations, travelling and loves spending time with her friends and family.

Alec Reimer - Member

Alec is a lifelong Calgarian, environmentalist, and appreciator of local arts. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to support the development of arts and our community in Calgary as a board member for Evergreen. He holds a B.Sc. in Biological Science and Environmental Science from the University of Calgary, and has done work in community development, geospatial analysis, and environmental policy.

Teigan Blondin de Boer - Member

Teigan holds a BFA from the University of Calgary. After university Teigan pursued her Arts Career, at Evergreen Theatre and various other theatre companies around Calgary wearing multiple hats. Teigan has always had a love for science, technology and art. She is excited to be apart of the Evergreen Board to support the company as she transitions to a full time costumer in theatre and film. 

Suzanne Exkstadt - Member

Suzanne is a born and raised Calgarian and mother of 3 grown children who has held various positions over the last 30 years, including 13 years with a large non-profit Arts organization in Calgary. She has been a Volunteer Manager, Production Manager, Touring Manager and Marketing & Special Events Manager as well as done contract work and LOTS of volunteering at home and around the world. Most recently her life long love of coffee has led her to become a Starbucks Store Manager where she is enjoying being surrounded by the sight and smell of espresso all day long! Suzanne firmly believes that volunteering has provided her with a rich, meaningful and engaged life that goes well beyond job titles and salaries, and will continue to explore opportunities to be an involved and contributing member of the community.

Kelly Malcolm - Secretary

Kelly Malcolm is a Calgary based theatre actor, instructor, and arts administrator. A graduate from the University of Lethbridge, Kelly has a passion for the art of physical theatre, and is part of the award winning clown duo The Tighty Whities. Kelly has worked along side Evergreen Theatre as an artist in residency, and as an actor in “Invasion of the Pine Beetles” and “The Legend of Four”.

Jamie Matchullis - Member

Jamie is a Calgary based actor, singer and arts enthusiast. She has had the privilege of working with Evergreen theatre in many different capacities as an actor, puppeteer and instructor and is now excited to serve as a board member. Jamie holds a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Playhouse North School of Theatre as well as a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Calgary.

Amy Sawka - Member

Amy Sawka is a theatre practitioner in Calgary and surrounding areas. She is an actor, creator, writer, director and instructor around town. She performed in Evergreen Theatre's hit touring show Goldielocks and the Three Polar Bears and loves Planet Earth.

Nina Warrier - Member

Nina Warrier is a Calgary based science educator, who has taught secondary science in Alberta for 17 yrs.  She is an advocate for STEAM (science,technology.engineering, arts and mathematics) education in both primary and secondary schools.  Her children have participated in Evergreen Theatre programming as well as used the Evergreen Spaces for community art programs. She holds a BSc in Zoology, a BSc in Cellular, Microbial and Molecular Biology and a BEd.  

Join Us! - New Member

We are always looking for creative, innovative and dedicated individuals to join our board. Reach out to our main office at info@evergreentheatre.com if you are interested in joining and growing our organization.

Help Evergreen GROW!

 

Vision

To advance Evergreen Theatre as an innovative arts organization that is recognized as a leader in science based education and community cultivation. 

Mission

To create, facilitate and empower youth by fostering meaningful curriculum-based theatrical programming that explores and inspires; innovation, stewardship and sustainability through the intersection of education, art, science and community.

Value Driven Priorities 

  • Accessible Arts, Culture and Education

  • Bridging and Connecting Community

  • Environmental Stewardship and Social Responsibility

  • Inclusion, Equity and Diversity

  • Truth and Reconciliation 

  • Innovation and Resiliency

  • Authenticity and Transparency

  • Vibrant, Creative Team Culture

Awards & Achievments

 

2022

WINNER

Better Buisness Bureau

Torch Award for Ethics

2018

Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Education - Finalist

2015

Evergreen Community SPACES launches in Mayland Heights

2009

 Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Education - Finalist

2003

Recycling Council of Alberta's 3R's of Excellence Award

1999

Interpretation Canada Gold Award

2022

Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Education - Finalist

2018

Leader Legacy - Creative Placemakers Award - Sean Fraser - Executive Director

2013

Puppet Bus Wins First Place in Okotoks Annual Parade

2006

Reached our one-millionth audience member

2002

NSERC Michael Smith Award of Outstanding Educational Merit

1999

Calgary Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award

2021

Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Education - Finalist

2018

Alberta Business Award of Distinction/Arts and Culture - Winner

2013

Evergreen Theatre Executive Director Finalist in Rosza Foundation Arts Award

2004

Global Woman of Vision Award for Tara Ryan, Artistic Director

2002

 Global, Environment & Outdoor Education Award of Merit

1998

Alberta Emerald Award for Communication, Media & Arts

2019

Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Education - Finalist

2017

Alberta Business Award of Distinction/Arts & Culture - Finalist

2011

Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Education - Finalist

2004

Global, Environment & Outdoor Education Award of Merit

2000

Interpretation Canada Bronze Award

1998

Calgary Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award