The Citadel Theatre is recognized and respected as a national centre of excellence in
production, creative development, and audience engagement
– the artistic and cultural heart of our community.
The Citadel Theatre houses five performing spaces and offers 9 plays and a professional theatre program, as well as our brand new Beyond the Stage series.
A registered charitable organization, the Citadel also operates a year-round theatre school.
- The Citadel Theatre was founded in 1965 in the old Salvation Army Citadel.
- The new building, the current Citadel Theatre, opened in 1976.
- In 2005/2006, the Citadel celebrated its 40th anniversary.
- The Citadel Theatre complex houses the Shoctor and Maclab Theatres, The Club (the newly-renovated Rice Theatre), as well as Zeidler Hall, Lee Pavilion and the Tucker Amphitheatre.
- Over 115,000 people attended shows at the Citadel last season.
- The Citadel is a registered not-for-profit organization.
- The Citadel Theatre currently has approximately 600 donors.
- The Citadel receives funding through grants, sponsorships and donations, as well as generating approximately 45% of total revenue through ticket sales.
- The Citadel is a flagship theatre in Edmonton and in Canada, currently ranked among the top 3 regional theatres in Canada.
- There is more theatre in Edmonton than in NYC per capita.
- The theatre season runs from September to May, with performances Tuesday to Sunday.
- Over 100 organizations utilize the Citadel for events, totaling over 20,000 people accessing our facility annually in addition to those patrons attending our season of plays
- The Citadel is a professional theatre company, with full-time staff of approximately 40 people. The Citadel engages actors who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Production and Stage Door personnel are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees.
- Every year, the cast of A Christmas Carol collects food and donations from audience members for the Edmonton Food Bank. Over the years, Citadel audiences have donated over $500,000.
- Each season, the Citadel donates several hundred tickets to non-profit organizations for use in fundraising activities or for clients and volunteers to attend the theatre.
- The Robbins Academy is Canada’s most comprehensive program for creative development in Professional Theatre.
- The Robbins Academy encompasses 4 programs under one umbrella:
- The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program is a rigorous advanced training program for established and emerging theatre professionals.
- Young Companies offers advanced training and mentorship in Acting, Musical Theatre, Playwriting, and Theatre Production for 16-21 year olds.
- The Eldon and Anne Foote Theatre School is the oldest and largest theatre school in Edmonton, providing year-round classes for all ages and experience levels since for almost 50 years.
- Play Development provides playwrights with the opportunity to collaborate with some of Canada’s most celibrated writers..