ATP welcomes six CDN playwrights to a collaborative new play development program!
In celebration of Alberta Theatre Projects’ 45th anniversary season, the company is pleased to announce the creation of a new program designed to nurture and promote the talents of skilled Canadian writers: The ATP Playwrights Unit. This cross-Canada initiative brings together some of the country’s most passionate and daring playwrights at Alberta Theatre Projects to hone conceptual ideas or scripts for new works of theatre into full-fledged plays ready for production. Each creator will develop a new play over the course of the season with creative support from Alberta Theatre Projects’ artistic staff and fellow members of the program. The program formally kicks off September 26 with an inaugural group of six playwrights, including 4 Calgarians.
Lead by Alberta Theatre Projects’ Artistic Associate Laurel Green and Artistic Director Vanessa Porteous, the Playwrights Unit will provide artistic support, consultative resources, opportunities to workshop new material, and connections with artists involved in the ongoing work being presented by ATP at the Martha Cohen Theatre.
The 16/17 program will culminate in a series of free public readings showcasing the artists’ work in April 2017. Full details about the events will be available at www.atplive.com.
The six artists selected to participate for the launch of this program are Ken Cameron (Calgary), Anna Chatterton (Hamilton, Ontario), Michaela Jeffery (Calgary), Arun Lakra (Calgary), Stephen Massicotte (New York City, New York), and Makambe K. Simamba (Calgary).