Aaron Coates

Instructor & Director


Aaron is a director, writer, actor, and the Associate Artistic Director of Cowtown Opera.  He studied acting at Mount Royal University and at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris.

Directing credits include: Ticket to Love, The Bat, Figaro’s Wedding, NYC Meets YYC, Prison Divas, Archibaldo, The Bachelor, La Bohème, The Phantom of the Opera Sing-Along, The Sound of Music Sing-Along (Cowtown Opera); Nemorino and the Magic Potion, Cinderella, The Magic Flute, The Scorpions’ Sting, Hansel and Gretel, Hannaraptor (Calgary Opera); The After Party, The Way of All Fish (Lunchbox Theatre); Dying City (Pangloss), The Old Neighborhood (Rogues Theatre), Iraq and Back (Ghost River Theatre), and The End of the Rope (Vertigo Theatre).

Aaron spent nine seasons as Co-Artistic Producer of Dirty Laundry, Calgary’s live improvised soap opera, where he directed over 150 episodes. He is also an instructor at Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio.

Awards & Fun Facts

Aaron has written numerous plays including Pratfall, The End of the Rope (shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Drama), The Pants, Down to the Ground, The Frozen Limit and collaborated with UK-based Aitherios Theatre on their production of Tin Soldier, a new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story, which premiered in the Courtyard Theatre in London, England.
Fun Facts
Aaron co-founded Trepan Theatre and has co-written and performed in their productions of La Mexicaine de Perforation, The Cat Lady Show, Matadora, and SHE.