Battle for the Limelight


To launch each new theatre season Northern Light Theatre hosts the Battle for the Limelight- a city-wide fundraiser in which arts groups collect pledges and compete in a scavenger hunt to win gold (and bragging rights for the rest of the year).  By staging a battle, Northern Light Theatre hopes to win the war on arts fundraising by giving every theatre group the chance to raise pledges without having to mount their own campaign.  No matter who walks away with the trophies- every theatre company wins.

The second annual Battle for the Limelight was held on Saturday, August 29, 2015. 

Twenty five teams of four players (that’s 100 participants!) each gathered at End of Steel Park where they were soon flabbergasted to find that the race would not take place in Old Strathcona (as it had last year) but instead the entire race was to take place on 124th Street, High Street and the Glenora/ Westmount communities.  Once contestants had bussed across the river, the mad dash was on with challenges that included folding a stranger’s laundry, drinking spicy barbeque sauce, dressing up as Marilyn Monroe, trading paper clips, and taking photos of local landmarks.

Congrats to all of the teams! We are so delighted that all 100 participants competed this crazy challenge and partied with us! What a way to kick off the 2015-2016 theatre season!

A full scale event with many moving parts, people and locations, NLT needs a lot of sponsors, donors, funders, volunteers and supplies to make Battle for the Limelight happen every year.  Northern Light Theatre accepts donations for Battle year-round. 


Theatre Alberta had so much fun participating in the first year of Northern Light Theatre’s Battle for the Limelight that we entered two teams in 2015!...
NLT has really exemplified our community’s best features in the design and execution of Battle for the Limelight – the event has nationally reinforced why Edmonton is the greatest city in Canada to be a theatre artist and a theatre patron.
Keri Mitchell, Executive Director Theatre Alberta

Thank you for allowing us to be part of Battle for the Limelight 2015.  We would love to be a part this year again as it promoted our growing business through social media and exposed us to a whole new audience as the event trended throughout Canada!  We were able to develop our own creative challenge (dress up as one of our characters and log yourself at the store on social media) that was fun for the competition but also added valuable cross promotion, free advertising and exposure of our location and what we offer in our boutique.  It was such a fun way to be part of the business and theatre community in Edmonton.  What a success for all involved!
Traci Transkowski – Redemption Boutique Inc. 10709-124st

On behalf of Teatro’s ensemble and board, I’m writing to extend our thanks to Northern Light Theatre for the wonderful thing you’ve created in Battle for the Limelight.  This event has been beneficial to our city’s community of theatre artists in myrad ways.  Not only does it bring us all together in a spirit of fun and shared creativity, while collectedly raising our public profiles it also provides us with an invaluable fundraising opportunity.
Stewart Lemoine – Artistic Associate/Resident Playwright Teatro la Quindicina

The Battle for the Limelight made us sweaty, short of breath, and left us with spicy lips.  The race was pretty exciting too.  Thanks for all your work putting together this unique, community-building event.  What a great way to get out in the sun with all our colleagues and raise money for another great season of theatre in Edmonton.  We look forward to next year!
Matt Schuurman – Artistic Director Rapid Fire Theatre

Presenting the hosts of BATTLE FOR THE LIMELIGHT! 


Northern Light Theatre not only organizes the race and hosts the party, but we also compete in the Battle.

Representing:  Northern Light theatre
Players:  Trevor Schmidt, Lora Brovold, Cat Walsh, Rina Pelletier

Help us to support our 40th Season and make community-wide events like this possible by pledging for Trevor’s Battle Team.



Representing:  Accidental Humour Co.
Players:  Kim Stadelmann, Willie Banfiled, Cliff Kelly and Alex Mackie

Accidental Humour Co.

Accidental Humour Co is a collective of artists, actors, writers and dreamers based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Together they create hilarious, exciting and innovative theatre shows that blend live-action antics with high-octane video projection.

To pledge TEAM AS SEEN ON STAGE and learn more about Accidental Humour C. visit


Representing:  Azimuth Theatre
Players:  Kristi Hansen, Aaron Macri, Tessa Stamp and Cole Humeny

Azimuth Theatre

A producer and presenter of original performance & an avid supporter of local independent creators, Azimuth prides itself on being ‘Edmonton’s theatre company’.

To pledge TEAM SWEET AZ or learn more about Azimuth Theatre, visit


Representing:  Blackout Sketch Comedy
Players:  Sharon Uppal, Jenn Havens and Jason Halbauer

Blackout Sketch Comedy

Inspired by the notorious writing styles of The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Groundings, Blackout is a brand new Improv-based sketch comedy group comprised of writers working around the clock to present hilarity in a 60 minute show.

Pledge TEAM BLACK MAGIC and find out more about Blackout Sketch Comedy at


Representing:  Common Ground Arts Society
Players:  Patrick Lundeen, Lianna Makuch, Nicolas Mayne and Joel Taras

Common Ground Arts Society

The Common Ground Arts Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and advocacy of emerging Edmonton artists. Common Ground Arts Society produces Edmonton’s Found Festival- a multi- disciplinary found space arts festival in July.

Pledge TEAM FOUND and find out more about Common Ground Arts Society at


Representing: Concrete Theatre
Players:  Mary- Ellen Perley, James Hamilton

Concrete Theatre

Concrete Theatre is an award winning professional theatre company committed to creating, developing and producing artistically excellent and culturally diverse Theatre for Young Audiences that explores issues relevant to the lives of young people and their families.

Pledge TEAM CONCRETE BLOX and find out more about Concrete Theatre at


Representing:  Edmonton Opera

Edmonton Opera

Edmonton Opera is dedicated to producing great performances that bring the powerful emotions of opera to our community. Our purpose and vision is to present opera that moves and inspires our audiences — individuals, corporate organizations and the three levels of government, all who are partners and sponsors in our community. We are committed to offering high-quality education programs, so we can bring opera to the classrooms, homes and lives of Edmontonians, and contribute to the versatile culture and arts scene in our city.

Since 1963, Edmonton Opera has given voice to opera in the community and throughout northern Alberta. We have been a home to many great singers, directors and musicians.

To pledge TEAM EDMONTON OPERA or learn more about the company visit


Representing:  Freewill Shakespeare Company
Players:  Judlie Haddow, Brittney Hubley, and Kate Kozakiewicz


Representing:  Freewill Shakespeare Company
Players: Jennifer Tempest, Evan Cherot, Jenelle Hargas, and Qendresa Beka


Representing:  Freewill Shakespeare Company
Players:  Erin Will, Patrick Chan

Freewill Shakespeare Company

The Free Will Players are a not-for-profit theatre company that formed in 1989. The company endeavors to create professional, contemporary, innovative productions of the works of William Shakespeare that are accessible to all audiences, regardless of age, ability, education, or income levels, while also developing new audiences and mentoring theatre professionals of the future.

Pledge any of the three teams representing Freewill Shakespeare Company visit:


Representing:  Ginger & Rosemary Theatre Productions
Players:  Giorgia Severini, Bill Roberts

Pledge TEAM GINGER SNAP by e-mailing Artistic Director Giorgia Severini at


Representing:  Grindstone Theatre
Players:  Byron Martin, Brianne Jang

Grindstone Theatre

Grindstone Theatre was formed in the fall of 2011 by Artistic Director, Byron Martin, to create new late night content at the Varscona Theatre. Grindstone’s flagship show, The 11 O’clock Number! The Improvised Musical, debuted January 11th, 2012 and ran every second week for its first season. After a well received initial season and following an Edmonton Fringe Festival run, the improvised musical began its second season turning to a weekly format. The show has now toured to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and the New York Musical Improv Festival as well as a sold out run at the 2014 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Currently in its third season, The 11 O’clock Number! continues to attract attention for its unique form of musical comedy entertainment.

Pledge TEAM THE STONES and find out more about Grindstone Theatre and The 11 O’Clock Number at


Representing:  L’Uni Théâtre

L’Uni Théâtre

Alberta’s only professional francophone theatre company, creates and promotes French theatre. L’UniThéâtre saw the day in 1992 from a merge of the Théâtre Français d’Edmonton (founded in 1968) and la Boîte à Popicos (1977). L'UniThéâtre is therefore strong of a 45 year history of French language theatre serving Edmonton and the entire province through a large variety of theatre programs. L’UniThéâtre promotes the arts through professional, educational and community theatre as well as theatre for young audience, in the French language.

Pledge TEAM L’UNI and find out more about L’Uni Théâtre at


Representing:  Moplip Theatre
Players:  Skye Hyndman, Philip Geller, Patrick Horan, and James Wincott

Moplip Theatre

Moplip Theatre is an Edmonton-based creative force founded by Philip Geller and Skye Hyndman in the summer of 2013. They have been fretfully creating original work ever since, collaborating with young and emerging artists from many disciplines. Philip Geller is a decided theatre artist in the BFA acting program at the University of Alberta. Skye Hyndman is an active spoken word poet, playwright, and student of mathematics. Together, they are making great things small in condensed plays and capturing moments with poetry and humour.

Pledge TEAM MOPLIP and find out more about Moplip Theatre at


Representing:  Promise Productions
Players:  Mari Chartier, Al Gadowsky, Lana Michelle Hughes and Elena Porter

Promise Productions

Promise Productions is a Sterling Award winning independent company producing engaging, enchanting, enthralling theatre for young audiences. Since its beginnings in 2006, Promise has founded the Snow Globe Festival of Children's Theatre and produced eighteen world premieres of plays presented under stage lights, in school gymnasiums, and beneath a bridge in the Edmonton River Valley.

To learn more about Promise Productions and plague TEAM PROMISE visit


Representing:  Shadow Theatre
Players:  John Hudson, Judy Wilson

Shadow Theatre

To produce contemporary theatre for an adult audience, that inspires and entertains while keeping story of paramount importance.

Shadow Theatre is a thriving, respected and well funded theatre whose home is a modern, fully equipped Varscona Theatre.
We choose the finest plays from around the world which will move our audience's hearts and open their minds.

Pledge TEAM SHADOW and find out more about Shadow Theatre visit


Representing Rapid Fire Theatre

Rapid Fire Theatre

Rapid Fire Theatre is proud to be Edmonton's premiere destination for improvised comedy! In 2015 RFT was honored with three awards from The Mayor's Celebration for the Arts, including The ATB Financial Ambassador for the Arts award. We have also been named Edmonton's Best Theatre Company by VUE Weekly readers.

To pledge TEAM RAPID FIRE or learn more about Rapid fire theatre, visit


Representing:  Teatro La Quindicina
Players:  Mat Busby, Shannon Blanchet, Jenny McKillop, and Jim McKillop

Teatro La Quindicina

Teatro La Quindicina is a not-for-profit professional theatre which has been operating in Edmonton since 1982. Since incorporating in 1988, we have kept our focus on the presentation of new plays created specifically around the talents of an ensemble of dedicated Edmonton-based performers. We have been presenting live theatre at the Varscona since 1992.

Pledge TEAM ARE YOU MAD? and find out more about Teatro La Quindicina visit


Representing: Theatre Alberta
Players:  Aaron Talbot, Jake Tkaczyk, Patrick Beagan, Silverius Materi


Representing:  Theatre Alberta
Players:  Morgan Norwish, Keri Mitchell, Dennie Hamaluik, Rebecca Barrington

Theatre Alberta

Theatre Alberta is a non-profit society and registered Canadian charity dedicated to the growth and development of the Alberta theatre community. Join more than 1,000 individuals and organizations that champion theatre arts in our province – become a Theatre Alberta member today!

To pledge for either of the two teams representing THEATRE ALBERTA or to find out more, visit


Representing:  Theatre Network
Players:  Harley Morison, Taylor Chadwick

Theatre Network

“The hottest little theatre in town." -Edmonton Journal

Pledge TEAM THE HOT ROXYS and find out more about Theatre Network visit


Representing:  Thou Art Here Theatre
Players:  Joel Crichton, Janine Hodder, Kris Joseph and Ben Stevens

Thou Art Here Theatre

Thou Art Here creates site-sympathetic productions of Shakespeare’s works or adaptations of his works.

To pledge TEAM THOU ART HERE and learn more about Thou Art Here Theatre visit


Representing:  Toy Guns Dance Theatre
Players:  Richelle Thoreson, Jake Hastey, Justin Kautz and Rachel Gleiberman

Toy Guns Dance Theatre

From our inception Toy Guns has been challenging the relationship between art and it’s audience. “I don’t know anything about dance but I loved it”. This sentiment has followed us through a multitude of projects from art installation to outdoor productions to summer Fringe tours to film work.

Pledge TEAM TOY GUNS and find out more at


Representing: Citadel Theatre Robbins Academy
Players: Kristen Finlay, Shirley Tran, Peni Christopher, Pat Bradley

Citadel Theatre Robbins Academy

The Citadel Theatre is one of North America’s largest not-for-profit theatres. It is a complex of five performance spaces in downtown Edmonton. The Theatre’s core programming in the 2015/16 season features nine plays. The Citadel also features an outreach performance series each year known as Beyond the Stage, designed to encourage people who have not encountered much live theatre to come into the Citadel and experience various forms of entertainment beyond conventional theatre offerings. A registered charitable organization, the Citadel also operates a year-round theatre school known as the Robbins Academy.

To pledge TEAM BOOM! THERE IT IS! and learn more about Citadel Theatre visit


Representing:  Varscona Theatre Alliance Society
Players:  Jason Hardwick, Jenna Dykes-Busby, Garrett Ross and Nicole Thibault

Varscona Theatre Alliance Society

The Varscona Theatre is located in the heart of Old Strathcona, 10329 – 83 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We are home to eight professional resident companies as well as many independent professional and fringe theatres.  2015 brings new renovations and rebuilding as well update our home for the future!

To pledge TEAM VARSCONA and learn more about renovations to the Varscona Theatre visit

(ADD for donations to #Rebuild Varscona, please include your full name and address and note that the donation is for the Battle for the Limelight fundraiser.)


Representing:  Northern Light Theatre
Players:  Jennifer Cyr, Alex Petrosky, Drew Malcom

Northern Light Theatre

Hailed as  “one of Edmonton theatre’s most consistently surprising little companies,” and known for producing provocative, unique and innovative work, Northern Light Theatre hosts the Battle for the Limelight fundraiser and is about to open their 40th Anniversary Season for 2015-2016.

To pledge TEAM WE BREAK FOR BEER click here







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