Artstrek 60th Anniversary Virtual Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Zoom on July 24 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Artstrek! Host, Karen Johnson-Diamond, and multiple Artstrek Alumni shared their experiences with the program and the impact Artstrek has had on them. We hope you found it as fun and inspiring as we did. For those who couldn’t be there, we recorded it for you! Grab a milky, milk and enjoy!


We may not have been able to gather together for Artstrek this summer, but that hasn’t stopped us from making a new Artstrek Tshirt! This year’s shirt honours 60 years of the program by listing all locations and ‘plays of study’ through the years. Check it out and order yours now!


Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek is an overnight summer theatre school for teens that offers exceptional instruction from professional artists and educators in a welcoming, collaborative environment. Students at Artstrek develop a deep appreciation of theatre and strengthen their skills through the study of five core subjects: Acting, Voice & Singing, Movement & Dance, Devising, and Design. At Artstrek, the emphasis is on learning and creative exploration, and every student receives an equal opportunity to participate and contribute. Students become part of the Artstrek community, and the knowledge and relationships they acquire will last a lifetime.


Red Deer College’s state-of-the-art performing arts facilities have been Artstrek’s home for more than 20 years. Theatre Alberta works closely with RDC staff to ensure that participants have a safe, comfortable experience for the duration of the Artstrek program. Students share apartment-style suites that have four separate bedrooms, each with their own locking door, and a shared common area and washroom. 

Participants, instructors, and supervisors eat meals together in the Red Deer College Cafeteria. The RDC Cafeteria staff plans and prepares meals in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide and works diligently to accommodate any specific dietary needs (i.e. allergies, vegan and celiac diets, etc.). Menus for the program are reviewed and approved by Theatre Alberta in advance.

Instruction and Supervison

Theatre Alberta recruits leading theatre educators and professionals from accross the province to teach at Artstrek. Instructors are selected each year based on their area of expertise and how their skill set supports the specific play being studied. We strive to assemble a strong, representative roster of instructors each year.


“Our instructors become our mentors, passing on words of wisdom that will resonate with us for years to come, guiding our tentative steps into the future. Our future. And the future of our world.” ~ Artstrek Student


Artstrek supervisors are responsible for students during free time and ensure that students get to their classes on time each morning and get to sleep each night. Supervisors will also lead students in fun and engaging activities each evening. The supervisory team is made up of Artstrek alumni who have been away from the program for at least one year and are 20 to 25 years of age.