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The History of Cow Patti Theatre Company

How We Ended Up In The Alberta Entertainment Industry

On a cold November day in 1996 while forking hay to the cows, ‘Head Cow’ AnnaMarie Lea, pregnant with her son James, fell face first into a pile of fresh Cow Patties, hence the Cow Patti Theatre Company was born. Twenty-four years later as we move into our 25th Season, Cow Patti has travelled and produced across this great nation, taking shows to many cities, small towns and rural communities. The very first show was staged at The Westling Hall on Milton Road just outside of Clive Alberta. During those first years of Comedy Dinner Theatre, Cow Patti started their Benefit Program with the first recipient being the Lacombe Hospital. This important part of CPTC’s mandate and tradition that has grown and brought value and and awareness to over 75 different non-profit groups throughout Canada and has raised over a half a million dollars. Besides producing Mainstage Dinner Theatre, Cow Patti also started to work with the youth of Canada, introducing live theatre to them at the Elementary, Junior and High School levels and through CPTC Youth Theatre Camps. Twenty-five years later, we still are and will continue to work with young actors through our schools and our Youth Theatre Programs. Starting in 2004, we created mentorships and apprenticeship programs with high school graduates moving into the arena of theatre as actors, stage management and set design.

The Cow Patti Theatre Company was molded after AnnaMarie's first theatre company The Yellowknife Theatre Company, Yellowknife NWT-where she produced and had many of the same programs implemented in Yellowknife: Benefits, Youth Theatre Programs, Mainstage shows and children's tours throughout Canada’s north.

Moving from the High Artic to Western Canada over to Eastern Canada and back again to the Canadian prairies, her theatre wheel has been reinvented many times, on many different platforms, including theatres, community halls, conference centres, golf courses, cruiseships and 737s’s! The joy, value, hard work and incredible support of all the Canadian people we have worked with or performed for have made us a small Canadian success story. A story that will have another chapter.

The Cow Patti Theatre Company and Artistic Director AnnaMarie Lea has received awards and recognition including W.E. Business Professional of the Year, The Alberta Education Award for Excellence with Children, The Vancouver Fringe Festival Show Merit and the Alberta Community Living Ingenious Vision Award. Since 1991 we have been given value and support by many corporate sponsors.

The Mandate of C.P.T.C

is to provide professional entertainment in rural Canada. Using the tool of professional theatre we strive to enhance the community in areas of; economic development, fundraising benefits, educating children through theatre & providing professional opportunities for Canadian Artists

Our "Herd" of Volunteers

We have an ever-growing “Herd” of talented and dedicated volunteers who work very hard to make your Cow Patti experience entertaining, safe and comfortable. We applaud their contribution to our theatre and community! Call the “Head Cow”, Anna Marie Lea, at 403.304.6329 if you would like to become a part of our Volunteer Herd.

Home Away From Home

The Cow Patti Theatre Company is always looking for short term billets for our out-of-town actors to participate in the finest Alberta Entertainment. Remuneration will be provided. If you have a place for some of our cast to “bed down,” please contact us​ with your information.