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About Us

Pyretic Productions is a theatre company dedicated to presenting new and powerful plays. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary theatre, the company seeks to challenge audiences in both form and content. Recognized for its relevant social and political works, the company’s mission is to raise awareness and inspire dialogue through compelling and progressive theatre.

The company was founded by Matthew MaKenzie and Patrick Lundeen, who are both graduates of the National Theatre School of Canada (2009). After their second year of training, upon returning to their hometown of Edmonton in the summer of 2008, Matthew and Patrick began their partnership in theatre and produced their first play together titled ‘The Particulars’ at the Edmonton Fringe Festival under the name Pyretic Productions. The play was held over as one of the top picks of the Fringe Festival. Following graduation they worked on separate ventures.

In 2013 Matthew secured a spot in the Fringe Theatre Adventures Performance Series, and reconnected with Patrick back in Edmonton. Impressed by her ability to produce and promote her projects, the two invited Lianna Makuch to join the company for the project as an additional Artistic Producer. The three artists have now co-produced numerous professional works: including Sia (2014); Bears (2015); The Particulars (2015); The Other (2016); and the workshop of Blood of our Soil (2017).

Company members Patrick Lundeen, Lianna Makuch, and Matthew MaKenzie in Slovyansk, Ukraine.

 

The company has been nominated for several Sterling Awards and their production of Bears received the Sterling Awards for Outstanding Choreography, and Sound Design. In 2015, they were accepted to the United Solo Festival Off Broadway in New York and presented their production of The Particulars as part of the festival.

In March of 2018, with recurring Pyretic artistic partners Nicholas Mayne, and Alida Kendell, the company will be premiering Lianna Makuch’s heart-rending and haunting new play Blood of Our Soil. The project is being presented in partnership with the St. John’s Institute in the Westbury Theatre at the Fringe Theatre Adventures in Edmonton.