Makings of a Voice by Dana Wylie was our 2021 MainStage play that was slated to play live in the Westbury Theatre this past March. Due to Covid restrictions, we had to pare it down to a one-woman show and offer it online only. Now, we are thrilled to finally present the play live with Dana and 3 musicians as we co-present with The Arden Theatre October 15 & 16. Tickets are available now. We highly suggest attending on October 16th if you can, as that will also be our Silent Auction Fundraiser in the lobby and we’ve already had lots of amazing donations roll in!

October 15 & 16 @ 7:30pm

Tickets are $40, plus applicable fees, and available here!

50% seating capacity to accommodate physical distancing. Masks are required at all times, including while seated in the theatre. The Arden Theatre is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program. To enter, you will need to show one of the following:
  • Proof of vaccination 
    • partial vaccination (one dose) accepted September 20 to October 25 if received 2 weeks before time of service 
    • full vaccination (two doses) required after October 25 
  • Proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (to access a privately-paid PCR or Rapid Test, please contact your nearest pharmacy or private medical lab. As per the Government of Alberta, tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories are ineligible for the program) 
  • Documentation of a medical exemption  
  • AND Valid ID for patrons 18 and older


  • Sensory Kits (Sign out at the Box Office upon arrival)
    • Sanitized kits including fidgets, earphones/noise cancelling headphones, and sunglasses
  • Audio Assist System (Sign out at the Box Office upon arrival)
  • Latecomers allowed
  • Babes in arms allowed (Please book through Box Office)

About the Play

Makings of a Voice is a theatrical song cycle about discovering our individual identity within generational narratives. A personal  journey situated somewhere between the past and the present, between motherhood and daughterhood, between music and monologue, this intimate piece follows a messy trajectory into the heart of one woman’s story and provides a compelling argument for why our stories need to be told.

Written and performed by Dana Wylie
Directed by Vanessa Sabourin
Production Design by Whittyn Jason
Dramaturgy by Ellen Havard
Stage Management by Beth Grieve
Production Management by Chris Hicks
Infection Mitigation by Vanessa Wilson & Candice Fiorentino
Special thanks to Caitlin North and Vicky Rogers at the Arden Theatre


Dana Wylie
Writer | Performer

Vanessa Sabourin


Ellen Havard


Whittyn Jason

Set, Props & Costume Design

Beth Grieve

Stage Manager

Brooke Leifso

Accessibility Consultant

Kirsten Elliott


Christine Hanson


Billie Zizi


Staged reading filmed live at Backstage Theatre during the Expanse Festival, part of the Chinook Series, in Edmonton, Alberta. *Warning: Contains adult language*

Dana Wylie’s costume provided by

On its journey, this project has been supported by