This is Theatre Network

We produce contemporary theatre with an emphasis on Canadian playwrights and stories out of our home, The Roxy Theatre, that we own and operate in Edmonton, Alberta.

Theatre Network is dedicated to producing and facilitating the development of work that is challenging and engaging, unafraid to question our conceptions of the world we live in, and provides an unexpected and exciting experience. Theatre Network tells Canadian stories by Canadian artists. Our continuing commitment is towards risk, especially where it involves content and the energy that is borne from that kind of risk. Not all of our work is controversial, but we have chosen to welcome controversy, rather than fear it.

“A place for the audience to utterly succumb to the power of story.” – Liane Faulder, Edmonton Journal

Theatre Network is a non-profit, charitable organization (CRA registered no. 119214302 RR0001). We operate within the jurisdiction of the Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) and are a member of The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT and the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC).

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through The Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council, and the Province of Alberta through The Alberta Foundation for the Arts. 

  • To provide Edmonton audiences with the best of contemporary theatre from around the world with an emphasis on Canadian Theatre.
  • To foster the development, production and dissemination of new Canadian Theatre Writing with an emphasis on Western Canada.
  • To create opportunity for the development of local artists, administrators, theatre workers, and audiences with an emphasis on the playwright.
Vision Statement

To provide Edmonton audiences with the best in contemporary theatre and foster the development and production of Canadian stories. To create an artist’s home, with a sense of community, where people feel valued, are elevated and have a safe space to develop and grow.

We acknowledge and honour that the Roxy Theatre and our city is located on Treaty 6 land, which is traditional territory of the Nêhiyawak and a traditional home to the Niitsitapi, Nakota, Dene, and Anishinaabe, as well as an important trading centre and home to the Métis people of Alberta. We also recognize and are honoured to be Treaty people; therefore, we seek to uphold the spirit and intent of Treaty and strive to live in good relations based upon the Treaty principles of Peace, Friendship, and Respect.


Theatre Network Mainstage

Theatre Network’s Mainstage is our bread and butter, the core of what we do, representing the productions that we create and present ourselves from season to season. This series features the best of professional contemporary theatre with a focus on artists, playwrights and stories from western Canada. In this series you can count on work that is challenging, engaging, entertaining, and unafraid to question our conceptions of the world we live in. Included is Theatre Network’s annual presentation of Nextfest.

New Play Development

Theatre Network is proud to be a place of research & development for some of Canada’s top playwrights. Theatre Network supports and invests in new work through two distinct programs. The Morris Foundation/Theatre Network Fund for Commission of Plays focuses on new theatrical work that explores mental health and addictions issues. Theatre Network Commission of Indigenous plays supports the work of Indigenous writers in our community.

TN Summer Academy

Our unique program for high school students creates a conservatory training-style program at The Roxy Theatre for 3 weeks each summer. Through workshop-style classes led by local professionals, students will write and create their own brand-new production to premiere at The Roxy each August.

Visual Art Programs

The Roxy plays home to the Miller Art Gallery – three floors of visual arts exhibition space. Featured here is work curated through the Peck Visual Arts Program as well as permanent pieces that are a part of the Murray Permanent Collection for Theatre Network. Visit for detailed exhibition info.

The Phoenix Series

The Phoenix Series represents work that Theatre Network hosts at The Roxy from other companies, indie theatre collectives, and artists from here in Edmonton. Theatre Network provides support to these groups, but the work is entirely their own. This series features programming across disciplines, from theatre to dance to sketch comedy, music, and more.

The Roxy Theatre

Theatre Network owns and operates The Roxy. Built 2019-2021, the facility opened in 2022 as a purpose-built live theatre and multidisciplinary arts venue. Inside is the 200-seat Nancy Power Theatre, the 80-seat Lorne Cardinal Theatre, the Miller Gallery, administrative offices, rooftop patio, and backstage spaces. The Roxy is built into the bustling area of 124 Street, where a variety of local businesses meet residential neighbourhoods west of the downtown core.


Artistic & Executive Director
Bradley Moss

Bradley is an Edmonton-based award-winning director. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Directing form the University of Alberta. As an artist, he is drawn to plays with heart and he has a track record of being recognized for his inventive theatricality.

Bradley’s work with Theatre Network is a continual exploration of artistic risk. The stories he is most interested in showcasing on the Roxy stage are daring in either or both content and form, unafraid to question the status quo, and provide surprising and engaging experiences for audiences. He has a long history in supporting and developing Indigenous writing for the stage as well as promoting the work of LGBTQ artists.

Under Bradley’s leadership, Theatre Network survived the devastating loss of the Roxy Theatre by fire, secured a temporary venue for six seasons, embarked on a $12M Capital Campaign and rebuilt and opened a new Roxy Theatre in its original location.

Bradley created the multidisciplinary emerging artist festival Nextfest for Theatre Network. Nextfest has grown year-by-year and now gathers more than 700 artists annually to celebrate the art of their generation.

Under Bradley’s artistic direction, Theatre Network has won more than 50 Sterling Awards and has been recognized with over 200 nominations.

President & Chair of the Board
Jared Tabler

Jared is a passionate supporter of the arts and a strong believer in building community and giving back. As the CEO of MCQUEEN, he provides leadership and strategic direction to its four divisions: McQueen Creative, focusing on marketing and communications; McQueen Advisory, providing strategic management consulting; McQueen Search, a professional and executive recruitment practice and McQueen Agency which develops and manages the careers of visual artists.

As the President and Chairman of the Board for Theatre Network, Jared played an integral role in rebuilding the Roxy. His leadership throughout the capital campaign and rebuild ensured Theatre Network met its goal and is positioned for future growth and success.

In addition to his Board duties, Jared is also the Curator of the Peck Visual Arts program at the Miller Art Gallery. A role he is particularly proud of, having built the program from the ground up. Notable exhibitions include Jason Carter, Chris Cran and a retrospective of Agnes Martin’s work.

Theatre Network’s award-winning productions have been recognized across the country. We are the recipients of many Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Play for four consecutive years 2017-2020. We are known as a home for world premieres from some of Canada’s top playwrights. Four of our premiered plays have gone on to be nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. The Roxy Theatre is the recipient of the 2023 Edmonton Urban Design Award of Excellence & the People’s Choice Award.  

Company History

The original objective was to produce plays “about Alberta for Albertans”. From its inception to 1997 Theatre Network fully devoted its resources to the development of Canadian Playwrights and dissemination of new Canadian work.

Theatre Network (1975) Society was founded in 1975 as a co-operative headed by Artistic Director Mark Manson, with Jonathan Barker, Jeurgen Beerwald, Theresa Bryson, Shay Garner, Dennis Robinson, Tanya Ryga, & Gerry Zelinski.

In 1990, Theatre Network found a new home in The Roxy Theatre on 124th Street, a donation by then board member Nancy Power. Theatre Network converted the historic cinema into a live performance space. 

In 1997, Theatre Network and The Phoenix Theatre amalgamated into a new Theatre Network. A new direction was taken based upon the unique roles both theatre companies had played in Edmonton’s theatre ecology. Theatre Network now fulfills the dual commitment of the development of writers who create from our own community, as well as producing the most exciting voices from around the world. 

Theatre Network founded Nextfest, our emerging artist festival, in 1998 as a space for Edmonton’s young artists to work, hone their craft, be paid, and work alongside their peers. Theatre Network continues to present Nextfest in June of each year as part of our Mainstage Season.


The original 1938 Roxy Theatre burned down the night of January 13, 2015.

Following the devastating loss of the original Roxy Theatre, Theatre Network relocated to the temporary Roxy on Gateway at 8529 Gateway Blvd and operated there from 2015-2021. During this time, the company kicked off the rebuild project as well as a large Capital Campaign effort. With the support of all three levels of government, the fundraising efforts of the board of directors, and the generosity of Theatre Network’s supporters and community members, the broke ground on the city-changing $12M rebuild in 2019. The Roxy Theatre was designed by Group2 Architecture & Interior Design and built by Chandos Construction. The Roxy opened on April 14, 2022.