New Play Development

Alberta Theatre Projects is a national leader in the development and production of new Canadian plays – it is at the heart of what we do, and vital to the role we’ve played in Canada’s artistic community for over 45 years.

Alberta Theatre Projects nurtures 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. Our processes are adaptable, flexible, inventive, and playful, embracing new voices and forms. The plays on our stage include a wide range of stories and perspectives – they build bridges for emerging voices in Canadian theatre and reflect our community in all of its diversity.


We commission, develop and premiere new plays every season. We offer mentorship and camaraderie in our Playwrights Unit, and foster new voices through Student Writers Group and Emerging Artists programs. We welcome you to participate in our new play development activities through Job Shadowing and Apprenticeships.

We prefer not to receive unsolicited scripts as we are unable to read them in a timely manner and cannot offer feedback. Instead, please introduce yourself and let us know what you are working on, or invite us to a reading or production of your play.