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Call for Submissions (Alberta): RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program

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Call for Submissions (Alberta): RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program



Through the generous support of the RBC Foundation, Alberta Playwrights’ Network is able to continue offering the RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program. The program is designed to provide individual and project development to emerging and mid-career playwrights, through mentorship from our roster of professional playwrights. 

Program Details

  • Applications open January 14, 2019 and close January 28, 2019.
  • Participants must come with a play or a concept for a play they wish to work on throughout the program.
  • Participants will be selected by the Mentorship Committee and APN Staff.
  • There are 10 available spots (5 in Calgary & 5 in Edmonton). Residents from other communities are encouraged to apply as well.

Once selected, participants will be matched with a mentor. Past mentors have included Meg Braem, Marty Chan, Conni Massing, Mieko Ouchi, Gordon Pengilly, Sharon PollockClem Martini, David van Belle, Beth Graham, Karen Hines, Caroline Russell-King, & Collin Doyle.

The program will last from February to July 2019, with a minimum of 8 meetings between mentors and participants in that time. Due to the variety of individual schedules, mentors and participants will decide their own schedule of meetings. There will also be two group meetings and one professional development event in each city. Participants are expected to attend these meetings and events. The program will culminate in a public presentation of excerpts from the plays crafted by the participants.

Interested applicants should make note of the following dates and schedule themselves accordingly:

Introductory meeting: Weekend of February 16 – 17, 2019

Midterm meeting: Weekend of May 11 – 12, 2019

Professional development session: June 22 – 23, 2019

Final presentations: July 27, 2019 OR August 3, 2019

Application Process

Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • A cover letter which includes a brief history of their work as a playwright, and a list of goals and outcomes they wish to attain through the program
  • A brief synopsis of the project they wish to be developed through the process
  • A writing/production resume, if one is available
  • A shortlist of their favourite plays & playwrights

The fee for the program is 300.00. This helps to cover space rental, administrative costs, and other program expenses.

Applications can be mailed to Alberta Playwrights’ Network, #208 – 331 41st

Avenue NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 2N4.  Applications will also be accepted by email at

If you have any further questions or require more information, feel free to email or with the subject line: RBC Mentorship Program 2019.

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