Collider Festival 2020
Citadel Theatre’s Annual Festival of New Work for Large Stages


Collider Festival 2020

Citadel Theatre’s Annual Festival of New Work for Large Stages


★ Collider 2020 has been postponed until further notice in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope the Festival will continue as planned, updates will come as more information becomes known.



COLLIDER is a celebration of collisions between artists and art forms that create the spark of exhilarating new large-scale productions. World Premieres, workshops, readings of works in development, panel discussions, talks, social events, and more!

How do I attend Collider?

So many ways! Attend readings, panels, keynotes, and parties with admission by donation, no ticket or RSVP required! You can also sign up for workshops with amazing artists and register for a sneak peek experience. Explore this page for everything Collider has to offer.
★ For more details about Staged Readings & New Works, CLICK HERE
★ For more details about Panel Discussions, CLICK HERE
Want to get in on some awesome social events with other artists? CLICK HERE to sign up for the Collider mailing list! Plus, you'll receive a Collider-exclusive deal on the World Premiere of The Garneau Block!



The Renaissance of New Work in the Canadian Playhouse
By Michael Rubinoff, Tony Award-nominated producer of Come From Away

An examination of the present renaissance of new Canadian musicals on stages at home and around the world. How leadership, stable support, failure and success has propelled an industry. 

Date: Friday March 27, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Venue: Rice Theatre

ASL Interpretation provided. Keynote speech is free, donations to the 2021 Collider Festival will be collected.


Price: $65+Fees/GST $45+Fees/GST until March 9!
CLICK HERE to register for a Collider Workshop

1. Organizations Fostering Creativity
With Michael Rubinoff (Come From Away)

How the entire organization can support creativity, innovation and risk to reap the benefits of developing new work.

Date: Friday March 27, 2020
Time: 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Venue: Boardroom (Third Floor, Citadel Theatre - Capacity: 10)

ASL interpretation will be provided.

2. Playwriting Through Adaptation 
With Erin Shields (Jane Eyre, Paradise Lost)

Through guided exercises in identifying, owning and reimagining plot structure, character and image participants will learn the process of adapting a script from a diverse array of source materials.

Date: Friday March 27, 2020
Time: 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Venue: Bentley Salon (Third Floor, Citadel Theatre - Capacity: 10)


The brilliant team behind Prison Dancer (Romeo Candido and Carmen de Jesus) will provide a first look at the 3D set design and the holographic interactive elements of their multi-platform musical based on the phenomenon of the dancing prisoners of Cebu, Philippines. They will also provide a synopsis glimpse at the script, currently in development with the Citadel Theatre.

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Venue: Zeidler Hall, Citadel Theatre

Supported by the National Creation Fund from the National Arts Centre


• Citadel Theatre’s accessible entrance is on the south side of building (off Shoctor Alley and 99 Street).
• All venues have accessible seating available.
The Rice Theatre is located on the lower floor of Citadel Theatre, and is accessible by stairs and elevator.
Zeidler Hall is located on the main floor of Citadel Theatre.
The Bentley Salon is located on the third floor of Citadel Theatre, and is accessible by stairs and elevator.
• The main floor washrooms have wheelchair accessible stalls, and a gender-inclusive accessible washroom is available on the third floor.
• For the comfort and safety of all guests, please refrain from using scented products such as perfumes, cologne, and strongly scented hair or body products before attending these events.
We want you in the room. The Citadel Theatre is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment; if there are barriers (language, disability, or any other consideration) about the events preventing you from attending, please let us know and we will work with you to overcome them. Email or call 780.428.2110 to connect with our staff!
We wish to acknowledge that the land on which we will gather is Treaty No. 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground and home of the First Nations, including both the Treaty Signatories - Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stony, and Cree-Iroquois - as well as other Indigenous peoples, such as the Blackfoot and Métis, who occupied this land. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create, and perform on this territory.

Collider Festival is proudly supported by the Edmonton Arts Council's Connections and Exchanges Program