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The Trouts at Edinburgh Fringe!

Brace yourself Scotland! The Old Trouts are coming back across the pond to set up camp in the lovely city of Edinburgh! August 1 - 26.

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Audition Notice - Call for Puppeteers: May 2019

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop is now holding general auditions in hopes of finding performers for a truly mighty slate of upcoming projects.  We are looking for people who have a way with puppets, but who might also have other skills, such as acrobatics, aerialism, dance, clowning, or acting. 

The first of the upcoming projects is Ghost Opera which we are producing in partnership with Calgary Opera, and which will premiere in residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; we need people from roughly April 1st to June 9th, 2019.  We are also looking for people to join our touring ensemble, which will be performing in potentially several different shows in rep on a semi-sporadic basis around Canada, the U.S., and Europe for the next few years.

For more information, and how to apply, click here.

Deadline: Sunday June 22, 2018



Ghost Opera - Coming May 2019



With the generous support of

  • The Canada Council New Chapter Program
  • Calgary Opera
  • The Banff Centre
  • Opera America and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
  • Roberta Stephen Composition Award



Jabberwocky - Europe Tour 2018

Thanks Canada. We had a wonderful run to see friends, old and new, in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary. But, for as much as we love you (and we really do love you), we've had enough winter. So we're going to take a vacation, sort of.

If you want us, you can find us here this summer:

May 19 - 20, Teatro Alhambra: Granada, Spain

May 22: Teatro Canovas, Malaga, Spain

June 16 - 19, Theatre de la Renaissance, Lyon, France

Les Nuits de Fourvière

Watch the Video Trailer

Created by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Friends:

Featuring: Nicolas Di Gaetano, Teddy Ivanov, Pityu Kenderes, Sebastian Kroon
Stage Manager:
Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie
Costume Designer
: Jen Gareau
Lighting Designer
: Terry Middleton
Sound Designer:
Jonathan Lewis

“...inspired ... timely ... a fantastical visual world ... as bleak as it is funny."

The Globe & Mail

“... truly masterful ... mind-boggling ... entertaining on so many levels."

Louis B. Hobson, The Calgary Herald

"... a darkly comic pastiche of the primeval ..."

Lori Montgomery, the YYScene

"... a wild, imaginary world ... fresh, wholly original."

The Georgia Straight, Vancouver

" ... the show is a marvel ... truly enchanting ..."

Vancouver Arts Review

“...unimaginable creativity and talent ... downright beautiful."

Vue Magazine, Edmonton

“...a marvellous theatrical adventure, fantastical and ingenious and somehow close to home, that leaves us breathless at every turn ..."

Liz Nicholls, 12th Night.ca

“...a wonderfully entertaining evening of theatre"

Colin MacLean, Gigcity.ca

More about Jabberwocky ...


Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry (CAMP)

With all this pupptery-goodness going on, are you feeling motivated to embark on your own puppeteering lifestyle? If so, check out what our Old Trout brethren have to offer in the ways of learning, training and exploring the art of mask and puppetry.

Start by visiting the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry website. Headed up by Old Trout Pete Balkwill, CAMP has workshops and events happening throughout the year.

Here's a video link to their recent summer intensive: Iinisikimm - an AFA 25th Commemorative Art Project and Canada Council New Chapter initiative.

The 2018 Banff Puppet Intensive is already full, but you can see their Public Showing on January 17, 2018 in Banff.

And if you prefer the East Coast in August, then we suggest joining Old Trout Pete and former Trout Dave Lane at the:

New England Puppet Intensive
July 24 - August 10, 2018
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)



The Old Trout Designing Things Division

Imagine if Shakespeare asked the Old Trouts to design one of his shows.

Well, we did. Perhaps you remember a couple years ago that we designed Twelfth Night at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa?  This is that very same production, come west for people who live in Calgary to see it, thanks to our friends at Theatre Calgary are presenting Twelfth Night, "as imagined by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop" as part of their 50th Anniversary Season - which, by the way, is is also a pretty big deal.

Based on a miraculously preserved Baroque ‘Wonder Theatre’ we saw in a castle in the Czech Republic, the design features all the flabbergasting technological marvels of cutting edge theatre from the 18th century.  And only a couple puppets.  Mostly it’s actual flesh and blood human beings on stage, so if you fear puppets, now is your chance to take in a Trout show, finally. We can't say for sure if the Bard would approve. We'll leave that up to you.



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The Old Trouts are teaming up with Calgary Opera and the Banff Centre to present our brand-new puppet opera.

Inspired by an Ancient Greek ghost story, it features a libretto by Giller Prize-winning author André Alexis, and music by celebrated composer Veronika Krausas – a bone-chilling tale about flying dogs, real estate, and crossing the River Styx.





Music by Veronika Krausas

Libretto by Andre Alexis

Direction & Design by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

The old house for sale on the outskirts of the city is strangely cheap, but then again, the previous owners have all gone mad, and there are dark rumours about something that lives in the well.

One day a stranger arrives who wants to buy it; he says he ‘s not afraid of ghosts, and even seems oddly determined to meet the spirit that claims the house as her own…




Our Trout Family

We smashed our 2017 goal of $10,000 to smithereens, raising $11,336!


Many thanks to the following "Trouts" for their support in 2017-18.

Rainbow Trouts ($500+)

Grant Burns


Johanne Daoust

Greg Francis & Jennifer Koshan

Lara King

Doug McKeag

Marilyn Palmer



Bull Trouts ($250 - $499)

James Gottselig

Duval Lang

Chris Manderson


Speckled Trouts ($100 - $249)

Leanne Duke

Robert Ohlson

Ruth Kroon

Alli Marshall

Kelly Swart-Davis & Loran Davis

Anne Underwood



Brook Trouts ($50 - $99)

Davo Brawn

Gerry Burger-Martindale

Sean Carter

Andea deJong

Michi Galvin

Nikki Loach

Leroy Parker

Steve Pearce

Ewa Piorko

Becky Scott

Adriana Van Der Heijden

Brigitte Von Rothemburg



Little Trouts (up to $49)

Amber Anderson

Allison Bernardin

James Bradbury

Marilyn Field

Amanda Froehler

Barb Geiger

Tyler Goudie

Elizabeth Hodgkins

Paul Kent

Chelsea King

Elvyra Krausas

Kye Kocher

Maria Meijer

Judi Meyer

Jesse Meyers

Jiehan Qu

Irene Rasetti

Pat Rozitis

Joshua Stretch

Heinz K. Unger

Teague Urquhart

Lynn Wilton

Iris Wong

Shelley Youngblut

James Zaback


We welcome anyone who would like to help us in 2018.


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Come and visit

If you live in Calgary, Alberta or nearby or heck - even if you're just passing through - drop by our studio - Fort Trout - anytime.

(We could probably use some help to put things away and give the place a sweep.)

Please call ahead to ensure that someone is actually there:


Find us here:

#106, 4632 1 Street S.E.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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