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Call for Submissions (Alberta): Canadian High Schools at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Canadian High Schools at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Deadline to submit to Theatre Alberta: January 20th, 2012

Beaumont Composite High School cast of Suddenly Shakespeare
Beaumont Composite High School cast of "Suddenly Shakespeare"

In the last few years, The American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF), which works in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, opened its program up to Canadian high schools. Local, regional and national theatre organizations as well as post-secondary theatre programs nominate top high school theatre programs to the AHSTF, which then invites selected schools to apply for potential participation in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Each nominated school invited to apply goes through an extensive application process before being considered to perform as part of the festival. Selected schools will have more than a year to plan and fundraise for this opportunity – which can be very costly. Several high schools from Alberta have previously participated in the program. The AHSTF does not allow schools to participate in consecutive years. If you would like Theatre Alberta to consider nominating a high school drama program to the AHSTF, let us know.

Please include:

  • Your name and contact info (if we need to follow up)
  • The name and contact info of the school including the name of the drama teacher whose program you’re forwarding for consideration
  • Your reasons for recommending the program (most important!)

Email the information to Julie at

You can learn more about the AHSTFA and the nomination criteria and process at

Some Alberta schools that have participated in this program and attended the Edinburgh Fringe in the past include: 
Lord Beaverbrook High School (Calgary)
Ecole Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School (Beaumont) (pre-festival) (post festival)
M.E. Lazerte and Ross Sheppard (Edmonton)
Notre Dame High School  (Red Deer)
Strathcona High School  (Edmonton)

Theatre Alberta does not necessarily endorse the organizations and/or individuals submitting Classified listings on our site. It is the responsibility of each patron using the Theatre Alberta Classifieds to research the integrity of the organizations who submit listings to which they are applying/responding and to verify specific information, especially pertaining to the job/audition listings and youth listings.

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