Alberta Theatre Projects Announces Playwrights Unit to Support Creation of New Canadian Plays
For Immediate Release
CALGARY, September 2, 2020 – Executive & Artistic Director Darcy Evans announced this morning that Alberta Theatre Projects is launching the 2020-21 Playwrights Unit, continuing the organization’s longstanding commitment to the development of new Canadian plays.
Throughout its history, Alberta Theatre Projects has nurtured playwrights and theatre makers both locally and nationally by creating models for making new work that are shaped by the needs of the project and its creators. The Playwrights Unit builds upon this and will include a wide range of stories and perspectives. Artists participating in the Playwrights Unit will create contemporary stories that reflect what is happening in today’s world.
“Our audiences tell us that they are excited by provocative, edgy plays that examine the act of intersectionality and provide a visceral theatre-going experience,” explains Darcy Evans. “We hope to develop plays that explore an onstage collision of diverging modern ideas, points of view, class, gender, and cultural perspectives.”
The Playwrights Unit allows both emerging and established artists to have the support of a major theatre company and a cohort of mentors, while gaining access to resources to create new works. The Unit is designed to nurture artists, bringing together new perspectives and approaches to creation. Through this process, Alberta Theatre Projects acts as both an advocate and a home for playwrights, providing flexible and responsive dramaturgical support to feed the creation and production of new theatrical work.
Facilitated by Trevor Rueger, who is also the Executive Director of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network, the Alberta Theatre Projects Playwrights Unit participants include Mark Crawford, Dale Lee Kwong, Matthew MacKenzie, Jason Maghanoy, Natalie Meisner, Camille Pavlenko, Andrea Scott, and Makambe K. Simamba.
Participants will meet regularly through the season to explore different topics in the craft of playwriting, fostering the sharing of work, and building comradery amongst a diverse group of artists. The Playwrights Unit provides on-going dramaturgical support throughout the creation process.
The Playwrights Unit culminates in May 2021 with public readings of excerpts of these new plays, where audiences can experience these works before they hit stages around the country.
For more information on the artists participating in the playwrights unit, please visit https://albertatheatreprojects.com/playwrightsunit
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Alberta Theatre Projects creates world-class contemporary theatre in Calgary from its home in the Martha Cohen Theatre. The company is a national leader in new play development. Programming is selected from the finest Canadian and international plays driven by the collision of diverging ideas, points of view, class, gender, or cultural perspectives. Alberta Theatre Projects’ productions radically explore the organization’s space, blurring the line between the audience and the artist through multiple seating configurations each season.