Bright lights, colourful characters and unexpected adventures await.

In an abandoned fire hall, nestled off Whyte Avenue, it began. The year was 1982, and a few theatrical entrepreneurs had found a bit of money to spend on a summer event.

Young playwrights took a chance. They borrowed a word from Edinburgh and called this festival The Fringe. For 10 days in August, Edmonton had its own scrappy version of Broadway.

The Fringe movement grew in those early years, and out of that renovated fire hall—the Varscona Theatre. To this day, the venue remains one of North America’s most important arts incubators: a site for imagination, experimentation and entrepreneurial energy, all year round.

As an artist-run space, the Varscona is home to eight theatre companies, which employ some of the best stage professionals in Canada. From twisted comedies thick with wit, to riveting dramas replete with character, each performance serves up a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience.


Live theatre that’s a riot of fun!

Thrilling productions opening hearts and minds

Bright Young Things, and The Plain Janes bring you a delightful 3-play series

Bright Young Things, and
The Plain Janes bring you a delightful 3-play series

An Edmonton institution, Monday nights at 7:30

Team Varscona

Mat Busby - Operations

Coralie Cairns - Accounts

Kendra Connor - Community Engagement

Davina Stewart - Communications and Theatre Rentals

Board of Directors

President: Jim McKillop

Vice-president: Norman St. Arnaud

Secretary: Judy Unwin

Treasurer: Stacey Boychuk Cooper

Chris Bolivar, Heather Klimchuk, John Hudson, Stewart Lemoine, Allan Partridge and Shawn Ohler


The Varscona Theatre strives to be a safe work environment where artists are free to create without harassment of any kind. We adhere to all the guidelines set out in the Equity Respectful Work Place Policy which can be found at:

We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with Appendix A, page 10 of the Respectful Work Place Policy, regarding Definitions and Concepts, with an emphasis on the following, NOTING THAT THESE DEFINITIONS APPLY BOTH ONSTAGE AND OFF:



Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:

• reprisal or threat of reprisal for the rejection of a sexual solicitation or advance, where the reprisal is made by a person in a position to grant,confer, or deny a benefit or advancement;

• unwelcome remarks, jokes, innuendo or taunting about a person’s body, attire, gender or sexual orientation;

• unwanted touching or any unwanted or inappropriate physical contact; such as touching, kissing, patting, hugging or pinching;

• unwelcome enquiries or comments about a person’s sex life or sexual preference;

• leering, whistling or other suggestive or insulting sounds;

• making sexual or romantic solicitations or advances to a co-worker after it has been made clear by the co-worker that such solicitations and advances are unwelcome;

• inappropriate comments about clothing, physical characteristics or activities;

• posting or display of materials, articles or graffiti etc.(including social media/online) that is sexually oriented;

• requests or demands for sexual favours, which include or strongly imply promises of rewards for complying and/or threats of punishment for refusal.



Harassment means engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome. Harassment may include, but is not limited to:

• physically intimidating behaviour and/or threats;

• use of profanity (swearing), vulgarity;

• ridiculing, taunting, belittling or humiliating another person;

• derogatory name-calling;

• inappropriate or insulting remarks, gestures, jokes, innuendo or taunting;

• unwanted questions or comments about a person’s private life;

• posting or display of materials, articles or graffiti etc. (including social media/online), which may cause humiliation, offence or embarrassment.

• Bullying is a distinct form of personal harassment and may include some of the following:

• loud, abusive behaviour;

• unjustified criticism;

• shunning behaviours (including withholding information, ganging up, deliberate isolation from colleagues or exclusion from joint activities);

• repeated delegation of demeaning tasks.


If you feel that you are being harassed in any manner please contact a member of The Varscona Theatre’s board of directors:

John Hudson -

Coralie Cairns -

Davina Stewart -

Jeff Haslam -

Stewart Lemoine -

If you are not comfortable speaking with any individual member of the Varscona team, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton is aware of and attuned to Edmonton’s theatre community. Help is available on their crisis line 24 hours a day at (780) 423-4121.

You may also reach out anonymously by writing us HERE