D. Michael Dobbin Apprenticeship Program

Applications for the 2020-2021 DMDA will begin in January 2020.

D. Michael Dobbin Apprenticeship

Interested in a career in theatre? We’ve got the perfect program for you! Our D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice Program is designed to give a newly graduated Grade 12 students the most immersive interdisciplinary experience in professional theatre in Calgary. Apprentices gain knowledge and a network of peers to help take them to the next level in their theatre education.

This is a paid apprenticeship for high school student graduating from grade 12 this year. The apprentice will be employed as full time ATP staff from August through April – including a modest bi-weekly honorarium. Other perks include tickets to each show in our season and their photo featured on our season artist board and in our playbills, free monthly transit passes, and a $1000 bursary given at the completion of the term. They will also be given the opportunity to work as ushers and/or bartenders for extra pay.

The successful candidate will be provided the opportunity to apply, improve and develop new skills through a series of enhanced practical and job shadowing experiences in the administrative, artistic and production departments at ATP.

Apprentices can expect to work in the following areas:

Stage Management • Marketing & Communications • Resource Development • Play Development •Youth Engagement • Production • Prop Construction • Wardrobe • Design • Technical Theatre   


Participants are selected by the Artistic Associate Youth Engagement on the basis of their submitted material and personal interview. Participants are selected on the basis of competency, demonstrated interest, and assessed potential in professional theatre.

Applicants will be notified of their candidacy and scheduled for an interview. Interviews for the 2019-20 season D. Michael Dobbin Apprenticeship will take place in March 2019.

A successful candidate will be selected by April 1, 2019.


This program is for graduating high school students. Participant must be graduating high school at the end of the 2018/19 school year. Participants are selected on the basis of competency, demonstrated interest, and assessed potential in professional theatre.

Program Dates: Sept  – April

The Application form and supporting materials can be sent to:

Talore Peterson, Artistic Associate Community and Youth Engagement
Alberta Theatre Projects
220 9 Ave SE, T2G5C4
Calgary AB

Fax: 403-294-7493

Email: tpeterson@atplive.com

Hear what former DMDAs have to say about the program!

Sydney Hunt

“Alberta Theatre Projects has very generously given me a full seasons worth of training and mentorship through the D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice Program. I have worked to develop relationships with theatre legends and emerging artists alike, all the while discovering what being an artist means to me. I have been given endless opportunities to learn new skills and been shown how to effectively apply my existing talents in the works place. More than anything, this year has given me the confidence to pursue my passions, and has shown me that it is entirely feasible to create a future and life for myself in the arts. For that, and so much more I am incredibly grateful for ATP.”

-Sydney Hunt, 2017-2018 D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice

Lauren Marshall

“I wouldn’t have wanted to spend the past year any other way. ATP has provided me with so much new knowledge about professional theatre, introduced me to so many inspiring people, and filled my days with eye-opening new experiences. I came into this program hoping to gain a greater understanding of everything to do with theatre, and that was definitely accomplished. There is now no doubt in my mind that this is the world that I want to continue to be involved in, and I can’t wait for the next chapter in this exciting journey. Thank you ATP for truly changing my life.”

– Lauren Marshall, 2016-2017 D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice


Robbie Savage Herington

“I came to Alberta Theatre Projects to develop my understanding of and passion for theatre. I came in expecting to find the path I wanted to go down in the world of theatre & performing arts. The complete opposite has happened. I’ve realised there are many more paths that exist in theatre than I ever could have imagined, and that having a straight path to where you want to be is far from necessary. The skills I have learned this past year are priceless. I will take these valuable experiences with me to post-secondary and beyond. Thank you ATP!”

– Robbie Savage Herington, 2016-2017 D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice