Inside Out is a disability theatre company in sunny Calgary, Alberta, committed to championing artists with disabilities and insisting on their place at the cultural table. Creating original works by artists with disabilities and their allies that are infused with humour and debate, Inside Out creations call audiences to go past their first impressions and take in the rich inner lives of our performers.



Most Imaginary Worlds




A vivid interdisciplinary exploration through the living history and cultural significance of Blackfoot Sign Language.

Led by Justin Many Fingers, a multi-Nation team of performing and visual artists are imagining how to evoke Blackfoot sign language on stage. The movement-based performance project will explore Blackfoot culture through the development of language and in the creation process, the artist are uncovering as many Blackfoot signs as possible and integrating them into their storytelling. This project has been undertaken in consultation with several elders and community members in order to piece together as much as possible about Blackfoot sign language: learning signs, understanding their meanings, stories and origins. The performance will also integrate ASL, spoken Blackfoot, and broken English.

Conceived by Justin Many Fingers

Torrie Ironstar - visual artist/Indigenous Deaf consultant; Landon Krentz - theatre artist/American Sign Language/Deaf culture consultant; Zach Running Coyote - performer; Elizabeth Ferguson-Breaker - performer; Sheldon First Rider - lead elder/ Blackfoot language consultant ; Raymond Many Bears - elder; Beverley Hungry Wolf - elder; Col Cseke - producer/story contributor; Cara Eastcott - producer/story contributor; Janice Manchul - American Sign Language interpreter; Bree MacDonald- American Sign Language interpreter.


Through its Good Host Program, Inside Out works with other presenters to improve theatre’s accessibility for audience members and to ensure their equity and dignity in attending performing arts. Inside Out opens up the theatre going experience by facilitating a full spectrum of accessible performances like ASL Interpreted nights, Audio Described plays, and Relaxed Performances. Uniquely, through its work with multiple presenting partners in Calgary, it offers a year-round accessible season for local audiences.

More about: Good Host Program


The Inside Out Theatre team is available to provide consulting services on developing accessibility programs to presenters and to speak about its innovative work.


Companies on the magpie exchange roster have partnered with Inside Out to create accessible performances for some productions. Accessible performance options may be available for these productions on tour. Inquire with