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Artstrek 2022

Artstrek Is Getting Real!

It’s 2022 and Theatre Alberta is delighted to be back at Red Deer Polytechnic—for Artstrek!

Registration for Artstrek 2022 opens on April 1st at 10 a.m. Check back for any updates and information on Artstrek. The dates for this summer’s programming are as follows:

  • 12* – 15 year olds | Exploration I | July 17 – 22, 2022
  • 16 – 18 year olds | Exploration II | July 24 – 30, 2022

*12 year olds must have completed Grade 7 to attend Artstrek

The universe of theatre is yours to explore this summer at Red Deer Polytechnic’s state-of-the-art performing arts facilities. Work with a team of talented instructors, create alongside other young artists, and discover the tools theatre professionals use to shape stories on stage. Acting, voice, movement, directing, design, sound/music, creation, and collaboration are all part of the mix that includes stage time along with studio instruction. At Artstrek, our focus is on the learning, exploration, and process of theatre that breathes life into the rehearsal of lines and blocking of scenes. After a year away and a year online, we are excited to welcome students back IRL with Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Editionas the play of study. And with the support of the Canadian Red Cross, Artstrek will have COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and KN95 face masks available for all students and staff to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone involved!

For over 60 years, Artstrek has been welcoming any and all Alberta teens passionate about theatre and enthusiastic about learning.


Students will stay at Red Deer Polytechnic and all activities take place on campus. Situated on the edge of Red Deer just off the Queen Elizabeth II, Red Deer Polytechnic is midway between Edmonton and Calgary, 90 minutes by car from either city. Bus travel is available through busing services.

The Red Deer Polytechnic campus is accessible, comfortable, and safe, featuring superior theatre facilities for Artstrek’s exclusive use.

The polytechnic is surrounded by large, open lawns and is well removed from the city’s center. Students stay in four 7-bedroom suites attached to or near the main building; each student has their own bedroom and a bathroom shared with three others.

To read more about Red Deer Polytechnic, click here.

A Day at Artstrek

After a hearty breakfast and a vigorous vocal and physical warm-up, students attend classes in acting, voice, movement, directing, sound/music, design, creation and collaboration. Classes run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. Meals are served in the cafeteria in an area designated for our students and Artstrek supervisors coordinate fun evening activities.


We are thrilled to share that BioWare is supporting us this year as the 2022 Artstrek Script Sponsor!

Taking inspiration from the spirit of gaming in this year’s play of study — Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition — we are grateful to partner with an Alberta-founded company that has made incredible strides in the gaming industry over the years. BioWare’s expert storytelling and compelling games, just like this year’s Artstrek play, remind us that we can become the heroes of our stories!

BioWare develops high-quality console, PC, and online role-playing games focused on rich stories, unforgettable characters, and vast worlds to discover. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the world’s most critically acclaimed titles, including Baldur’s Gate™Neverwinter Nights™Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic™Jade Empire™Mass Effect™, and Dragon Age™. BioWare operates in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), and Austin (Texas, United States). In 2008, BioWare was acquired by Electronic Arts, a leading global interactive entertainment publisher.

Welcome, Artstrek Students!

A great deal has changed since Artstrek students last enjoyed the state-of-the-art performing arts facilities on our campus. Our institution was Red Deer College then, and we have proudly evolved into Red Deer Polytechnic now. As Red Deer Polytechnic, we can build on the strengths of our history, and one of our essential strengths comes from partnerships.

The long partnership we have enjoyed with Theatre Alberta has allowed countless youth and teens to enjoy and learn about the arts. Participants have filled our creative spaces with life and energy as they collaborate with practicing artists and educators, learning how to appreciate and immerse themselves in the creativity of theatre.

All students have been welcomed as they learn and grow together. This is possible because of the dedication of the Artstrek team, and we are proud to have been the home of this creativity and learning for more than 20 years.

At Red Deer Polytechnic, we believe – strongly – in providing diverse, engaging and creative opportunities for students and community members. Whether this is through programming offered across our institution or through partnerships and activities on our campuses, we know
that opportunities to engage in the arts strengthen our communities.

On behalf of all of us at Red Deer Polytechnic, welcome to all of the Artstrek 2022 students! We open our doors to you, and we are excited to be part of your journey as you learn and grow in the arts.

Jim Brinkhurst
Interim President
Red Deer Polytechnic

Message from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), I am pleased to welcome you to Artstrek 2022. We are delighted that the program will once again be offered in-person for the first time since the pandemic started. 

The AFA is proud to play a role in supporting an arts community that inspires creativity and innovation that is embraced by all Albertans. Alberta is full of amazing talent, as you will experience first-hand as you learn from a variety of professional artists and educators from across Alberta. The experience can help further your career in acting, directing, stagecraft and choreography. Artstrek brings you an opportunity like no other – a welcoming place to collaborate, to spark your creativity and be immersed in different aspects of theatre. 

You are the next generation of brilliant artists and art lovers. As you refine your talents during Artstrek and return back to your local communities, I look forward to seeing where your path will take you.

I hope you have a wonderful experience at Artstrek 2022!

Mary Rozsa de Coquet

Chair, Board of Directors

Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)


Message from Honourable Ron Orr
Minister of Culture

On behalf of the Government of Alberta, I am pleased to welcome everyone to Artstrek 2022. I know that the curtain going up once again on this amazing program will bring joy to many students.

Theatre and creativity go hand in hand. Theatre puts to life new ideas, stories, personalities, and worlds. Theatre can take us to the past, help us understand the present, and present endless possibilities for the future.

Theatre and its dramatic arts are also skills that need nurturing at a young age so that they can flourish in adulthood. That is what makes Artstrek so valuable—it helps young Albertans find their voices and enables them to become the storytellers that animate and entertain our lives.

Thank you to Theatre Alberta for over 60 years of inspiring talented artists of all ages and fostering creativity and leadership in Alberta’s youth.

Ron Orr

Artstrek 2022 Funders, Supporters, and Sponsors

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