Rosebud Theatre, located in the hamlet of Rosebud, Alberta, Canada, is the only professional rural theatre in Alberta. It produces four Opera House shows and two Studio Stage shows a year, attracting over 35,000 people per year to the hamlet of about 100 people.
Although about half of the patrons come from Calgary, the closest major centre, the other half come from throughout the province. Patrons regularly will drive from three hours away (Edmonton and Medicine Hat) to attend.
Rosebud Theatre is associated with Rosebud School of the Arts and regularly uses students on stage along with staff actors and guest artists.
The theatre began as a fundraiser for the school in 1983. The plays were typically written in-house and focussed on local stories and characters. In 1991, the first royalty play, An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley, was produced. This coincided with a major renovation to the Opera House. This point began a steady growth from a community theatre to a respected professional theatre.
In 2002, Rosebud Theatre hired its first official Artistic Director, Morris Ertman.
Rosebud Theatre has produce many works by Vancouver playwright, Lucia Frangione, who got her start in Rosebud, including the premiere (and a rewrite) of Chickens, Cariboo Magi, and Holy Mo.