Theatre Outré is a professional theatre company based in Lethbridge, Alberta. Founded in 2012 by artistic director Jay Whitehead, Theatre Outré is a leading outlet for alternative queer theatre in Alberta and the producer of the hugely successful Pretty Witty & Gay Cabaret & Festival. It also operates its own venue in Lethbridge, Didi's Playhouse (formerly Club Didi and Bordello).
Theatre Outré has premiered a number of world premiere original works including Liam Monaghan’s How To Leave, UNSEX’d written by Jay Whitehead and Daniel Judes, Castrati - An Electro Drag Opera created by Aaron Collier, Richie Wilcox, Kathy Zaborsky and Jay Whitehead and The Princess Show created by Aaron Collier, Richie Wilcox and Deonie Hudson.
Theatre Outré has also produced queer works by artists including Sky Gilbert, Dave Deveau, Wallace Shawn, Erin Shields, Maev Beatty, Greg MacArthur, Morris Panych and Jordan Tannahill and has co-produced productions with Theatre BSMT, New West Theatre and DaPoPo Theatre.
Theatre Outré is also the recipient of several awards and nominations including Best Actor (Dublin Gay Theatre Festival for My Funny Valentine), Best Actress and best direction (Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Montparnasse) Best original writing (Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, UNSEX’d), Best production values (Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, UNSEX’d and Castrati - An Electro Drag Opera), Best of Fest (Atlantic Fringe Festival, UNSEX’d), The Lethbridge Pride Arts and Culture Award (2013 and 2016) and several Merritt Award nominations (The Princess Show).
We are a professional company that presents theatrical content, subject matter, styles and forms that are alternative to what is currently offered in our community.
Our operations are motivated by the following guiding principles: We provide an uncensored and uncompromising voice to those in our community who are often considered to exist beyond the fringes of social propriety, sexual norms and gendered expectations.
Our season is selected to entertain, enlighten, challenge and provoke. The season will be a combination of new work by local artists, reinterpretations of old works and published plays that fit our definition of outré.
We make a concerted effort to employ artists who choose to live, work and study in the Lethbridge area, and to make their work known to communities outside of Lethbridge through tours and other forms of inter-community outreach.