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Job (Calgary): New Play Mentorship Program – Alberta Theatre Projects

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Job (Calgary): New Play Mentorship Program – Alberta Theatre Projects



Introducing Alberta Theatre Projects New Play Mentorship Program!

Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP) invites applications from all artists curious to learn more about the creation and production of new Canadian plays to a unique mentorship program that shares ATP’s distinct dramaturgical process. Experience firsthand how a new play grows from an idea into an ATP production. With activities taking place through the 2017-2018 Season (September – April), this opportunity will be driven by the curiosity and schedule of you, the artist.

If you are passionate about Canadian theatre and performing arts in Calgary, we would like to hear from you. This program is designed for artists over the age of 18. Experience in theatre and/or literary arts are an asset, though not required for you to be considered. All activities will be delivered in English, both written and verbal. The New Play Mentorship Program takes place at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, where you will work closely with Laurel Green, Director of Artistic Programming and Talore Peterson, Artistic Associate Youth Engagement.

You will participate in the following activities as part of the ATP New Play Mentorship Program:

  • Attend the first day of rehearsal for To the Light by Evelyne de la Chenelière translated by John Murrell – a world premiere translation commissioned by ATP (Friday, September 22, 2017)
  • Observe the To the Light creative team in a ½ day of rehearsal as the play moves and changes
    See a preview performance of To the Light and attend a talkback. (October 17 – 19, 2017)
  • Act as script coordinator for a new play workshop by a member of the ATP playwrights Unit (workshops range in time from one day to one week, depending on the project)
  • Listen to a staged reading of work by the ATP Playwrights Unit at Word Play, in association with Wordfest (April 20, 2018)
  • Develop a relationship with ATP Dramaturgs and learn more about the importance of this role in the development of new plays while working with professional playwrights.

All ATP New Play Mentorship Program Participants will receive:

  • Tickets to all Opening Night performances in our 2017-2018 Season.
  • A complimentary membership with the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
  • $500 honorarium

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A description of your interest in new Canadian plays and our work at Alberta Theatre Projects (max 2 pages) Please share with us what you are curious to learn more about and what involvement in new play -development means to you as an artist.
  • Your availability and schedule – in any detail you know it – for the 2017-2018 Season
  • A resume that describes any experiences you feel have prepared you for this mentorship program (Please make sure your resume includes your full name and contact details (address, phone number, email).)


All materials should be sent to:

Talore Peterson
Artistic Associate Youth Engagement

Candidates shortlisted for this mentorship program will be contacted for a brief interview, and the final selection of three artists will be shared with all those who apply.

This mentorship opportunity is available and open to all artists in our community. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, gender identities, and mental and physical abilities to apply. If you are interested in applying to this program but have a question about your access to participation, please get in touch.

What is a Dramaturg?

Led by curiosity, craft, and collaboration, dramaturgs help new plays grow. They work closely with the playwright to support the development of their script, lead development workshops, and connect artists around new creation.

“Dramaturgs contextualize the world of a play; establish connections among the text, actors, and audience; offer opportunities for playwrights; generate projects and programs; and create conversations about plays in their communities.” – LMDA

For more resources about dramaturgy please visit the website for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)

Alberta Theatre Projects

Our aim is a world where hearts and minds are opened by the life-changing experience of theatre. We create community by producing relevant, high-quality contemporary theatre; by playing a leadership role in the development and creation of new Canadian plays; and by bringing audience and artists together in an exchange around our work. Visit for details of our 2017/2018 Season and more information about our company.


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