Welcome to Rapid Fire Theatre! We have recently moved! We are conveniently located in Old Strathcona in the Backstage Theatre, on the north side of the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 ave).
Once you have your tickets, here’s what you can expect and some tips to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Improv should be accessible and welcoming to everybody. That’s why we strive to ensure that Rapid Fire Theatre is a safe space for our audience, volunteers, staff and players. You can read our anti-harassment policy here.
Our theatre is accessible for audience members who use wheelchairs. Please inform our Box Office of your specific needs when booking your tickets, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.
There are two gender inclusive washrooms available in the backstage theatre with wheelchair-accessible stalls and a baby-changing table.
Getting to Rapid Fire Theatre
Most of our shows and workshops take place in the Backstage Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns. The ATB Financial Arts Barns are located in Old Strathcona in Edmonton at 10330 84 ave. There are plenty of ways to get here.
The closest LRT stations are University and Health Sciences/Jubilee. The Backstage Theatre is about a 30 minute walk from these stations. There are also several major bus routes that connect with these two stations that can get you closer.
There are a lot of major bus routes that will take you near the ATB Financial Arts Barns, including the 4, 7 and 94. Plan your trip using the ETS Trip Planner.
The 83rd avenue bike lane passes by the south side of the ATB Financial Arts Barns. There is also a new bike path, adjacent to the high level street car tracks that takes you right to our front door on the north side of the building.
If driving is your style, there is a ton of convenient surface parking options available in the area. Across Gateway Boulevard from the Backstage Theatre is the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market parking lot, with ample paid parking.
The Backstage Theatre is in the Communauto parking zone, with many convenient places to park your rideshare.
Fringe Theatre maintains increased sanitization procedures around the building, including regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces (door handles, Point-of-Sale machines, bathrooms, etc.), disinfectant misting (daily and between audiences), and mandatory mask use within the building at all times.
The Backstage Theatre has a separate HVAC system from the rest of the ATB Financial Arts Barns, meaning there is no shared airflow with other events in the building.
We work closely with Fringe theatre to ensure hazard mitigation for artists, audience, and staff.
Capacity is limited, so we recommend you purchase tickets in advance. If there are remaining tables, tickets will be available at the door.
Before You Arrive
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms that are unrelated to a preexisting condition (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills, painful swallowing, runny nose, nasal congestion, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained loss of appetite, loss of sense of taste or smell, muscle/joint aches, headache, conjunctivitis/pink eye), have travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you must stay home;
Alberta Health Services offers this handy COVID-19 Daily Health Checklist. If you answer yes to any of those questions, you are legally required to isolate. If you are unable to attend the event, fear not! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you get everything sorted!
Once you’ve arrived at the theatre, it’s time to get you to your seat for some laughs.
The Backstage Theatre doors will open 30-minutes before the performance start time unless otherwise communicated (be sure to check your ticket confirmation email before arriving at the venue!). Once you present your e-ticket, our volunteers and front of house staff will be happy to guide you to your table.
Upon entering the building, everyone must wear a mask or face covering. If you forget yours, don’t despair! We have disposable non-medical masks available by donation. If you are attending a show, you may remove your mask while you are seated at your table. If you are attending a workshop, you are required to keep your mask on at all times. Please sanitize your hands upon entering the building. Sanitization stations will be available at the entrance and in the washrooms.
Getting Settled and Ordering Food & Drinks
Once the show starts, the doors will close. Due to COVID-19 our shows are shorter in length which means there will be no intermission. You can order drinks and food (by the Fringe Grounds Cafe) from our bar via your smartphone, without having to get out of your seat! We will bring your order to you at your table. Once the show begins, bar service is closed.
Due to our limited capacity, we have tables spread out throughout the theatre where you and your company can sit and enjoy the show. While you’re enjoying the show, our staff will sanitize the lobby and washrooms.
Enjoying the Show
Please keep your mask on at all times while in the building. Do not remove your mask during the performance. We love to hear you laugh, even if we can’t see your smiling faces. You will have the opportunity to provide suggestions to inspire the improv before the show starts via your phone. Due to COVID-19, we ask that you refrain from shouting your moist suggestions during the show.
Exiting the Theatre
At the end of the show, please remain in your seat and wait for instructions from our staff. We will be asking guests to leave in smaller groups so as to not congest the entrance.