History and Milestones

In 2015, Theatre Yes produced the World Premiere of Cat Walsh’s play  THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS which was nominated for 3 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards Outstanding New Play, (Cat Walsh) Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor (Julien Arnold) and Outstanding Set Design (Nick Blais).

In June 2014, Theatre Yes was invited to perform THE NATIONAL ELEVATOR PROJECT at the Magnetic North Festival (Canada’s National Theatre Festival) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. That same summer received a 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Emerging Arts Award for her body of work, which is primarily focused in the work of Theatre Yes. In June of 2014, Theatre Yes received an Elizabeth Sterling Hynes Award for Outstanding Innovation in Theatre for the creation and production of THE NATIONAL ELEVATOR PROJECT. THE NATIONAL ELEVATOR PROJECT has been featured as the cover story on All Stages Magazine – Theatre Alberta’s provincial publication in the fall of 2014.

Since 2016, Theatre Yes has received 11 Canada Council project grants since 2006, affirming the quality and importance of Theatre Yes’s work in a national context and the companies unique contributions both to Edmonton and to the ecology of Canadian Theatre.

Notable accomplishments for Theatre Yes include the creation of the NATIONAL ELEVATOR PROJECT 16 plays written for and performed in working elevators (Elizabeth Sterling Award for Outstanding Innovation in Theatre); Jennifer Tremblay’s THE LIST in English which transformed the 370-seat Westbury Theatre into an intimate 40 seat venue; the first Canadian production of David Mamet’s incendiary play RACE at Catalyst Theatre; WHITE LINOLEUM a ground breaking performance installation selected to be part of Latitude 53’s event IN/STALL/ED which featured six actors who took shifts performing in an exhibit that explored the boundaries we placed around our moments of despair over 6 hours; the first Canadian staging of Mark Ravenhill’s SHOOT /GET TREASURE/ REPEAT accessed via a walking tour this production took audiences to secret locations to see four short plays (4-Elizabeth Sterling Haynes nominations, featured in a Canadian Geographic photo essay about Edmonton’s Fringe Festival).

Production History


ANXIETY – a cross-Canada collaboration, Produced and Directed by Heather Inglis


Bone Cage by Catherine Banks, Directed by Heather Inglis

The Laws of Thermodynamics by Cat Walsh Directed by Heather Inglis – Presented with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre


The National Elevator Project (Part 2) by Peter Boychuk, Brad Fraser, Alexandra Haber, Jordi Mand, Rob Maclean/ Melissa Mullen, Donia Mounsef, Eric Rose/David van Belle, Melissa Thingelstad. Directed by Piet Defreye, Dave Horak, Heather Inglis, Brooke Leifso, Melissa Thingelstad


The National Elevator Project (Part 1) by Catherine Banks, Rick Chafe, Jason Chinn, Meg Cole , Kendra Fanconi , Ryan Griffith, Greg Mac Arthur, Kenneth T. Williams. Directed by Heather Inglis

Cryptographs — Performance Installation Artists: Theatre Yes, Brian Bast, Beth Graham, Heather Inglis, Melissa Thingelstad – Commissioned by the Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Edmonton.


The List by Jennifer Tremblay, Translated by Shelly Tepperman, Directed by Heather Inglis- Presented by Fringe Theatre Adventures in Association with Theatre of the New Heart @ Westbury Theatre. Sterling Award Nomination for Outstanding Set Design

 New Words, New Hearts (Reading Series, featuring new plays by Edmonton women co-produced by Theatre of the New Heart), Her Story Annette Loiselle, Nadien Chu, Directed by Tracy Carroll, The Miracle? Dana Rayment, Directed by Heather Inglis, The Laws of Thermodynamics by Cat Walsh, Directed by Heather Inglis

Race by David Mamet, Directed by Heather Inglis


Stripped Down 3 (Reading Series) Afterimage (CANADA) by Robert Chafe, Directed by Mieko Ouchi, Scarborough (ENGLAND) by Fiona Evans, Directed by Ian Leung, The Toxic Bus Incident (CANADA) by Greg MacArthur, Directed by Heather Inglis

 White Linoleum — Performance Installation. Artists:  Heather Inglis and Brian Bast. Performed at “In/stall/ed”, a public art exhibition produced by Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture.


Shoot/ Get Treasure/ Repeat by Mark Ravenhill, Directed by Heather Inglis

Sterling Award Nominations for: Outstanding Fringe Production, Outstanding Fringe Director Heather Inglis, Outstanding Fringe Performance by an Actress Lora Brovold, and Outstanding Fringe Performance by an Actress Laura Raboud. Presented at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival

Stripped Down 2 (Reading Series) Shoot/ Get Treasure/ Repeat (ENGLAND) by Mark Ravenhill, Directed by Kevin Sutley, Bone Cage (CANADA) by Catherine Banks, Directed by Amy DeFelice, Boom (USA) by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Directed by Heather Inglis


Stripped Down (Reading Series),Belle Moral: A Natural History (CANADA) by Ann-Marie MacDonald,
 Directed by Geoffrey Brumlik, The Wonderful World of Dissocia (SCOTLAND) by Anthony Neilson,
 Directed by Marianne Copithorne, Rabbit Hole (USA) by David Lindsay-Abaire,
Directed by Andrea Boyd, Velocity (CANADA) by Daniel MacDonald ,
Directed by Heather Inglis


My Name is Rachel Corrie, taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie Edited by Katherine Viner and Alan Rickman, Directed by Heather Inglis, Sterling Award Nominations for: Outstanding Independent Production Theatre Yes, Outstanding Director Heather Inglis, Outstanding Performance by an Actress Lora Brovold, Outstanding Set Design Brian Bast.


365 Days / 365 Plays by Susan Lori Parks, Directed by Heather Inglis and Marie Nychka, Produced in association with The Works Festival of Art & Design

The Enchantment by Sandy Paddick, Music by Dale Laduceur, Directed by Heather Inglis, Produced in association with Workshop West Theatre and Azimuth Theatre


Get Away by Greg MacArthur, Directed by Heather Inglis, Presented by The InterFear Festival

 The Mercy Seat by Neil Labute, Directed by Heather Inglis, Sterling Award nominee for Outstanding Independent Production Theatre Yes.    


The Making of Warriors by Sharon Pollock, Directed by Heather Inglis


Halfway House, Directed by Heather Inglis (Workshop performance towards the work which evolved into The Enchantment)

 The Quickie Play Cabaret, Directed by Joyce Miller An Evening of Ten Minute Plays by local and international playwrights


Treatment by Trevor Schmidt, Directed by Heather Inglis Co-produced with the Unconscious Collective Sterling Award nominee for Outstanding New Play