ATP Student Writers Group

Want to be a playwright? We have the perfect opportunity for you!

The Alberta Theatre Projects’ Student Writers Group is a unique opportunity for high school students to explore the craft of playwriting with professional playwrights and guest artists from across Canada. During this course (November 2021 through May 2022), students meet weekly with our playwright mentor to cultivate their playwriting skills, have conversations with guest artists (which include members of our Playwrights Unit and current season artists), and build social connections with their peers. The students in the ATP Student Writers Group will be entitled to invitations to all of our performance in the 2021-22 season.

The program culminates in each of the students developing an original 10-minute play. Toward the completion of the program each student will be paired with professional director/dramaturg. They will participate in a dramaturgical mentorship session, followed by a workshop led by their director/dramaturg and some of Calgary’s finest actors. This process concludes in an annual online showcase of the students’ work in a professional online public staged reading produced by ATP and performed by some of Calgary’s beloved artists.

Registration for the 2021-22 Season is now closed. Stay tuned for next year’s registration!

WHO: Open to high school students ages 15-18. Students can participate multiple years in a row to continue honing their skills.

WHEN: The program runs from November 1, 2021 – May 16, 2022, Monday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm
(No meetings on Nov 29, Dec 20, Dec 27, Jan 3, Feb 21, Mar 21, and Apr 18)
The Student Writers Group Showcase of work will take place on Saturday, May 14 via Zoom.

WHERE: This program will be delivered online through Zoom.

COST: $165 per student.
If cost is a barrier, there are bursaries available. Please contact Vicki Trask at or 403-294-7475 ext. 1098 to request a bursary.


Registration for the 2021-22 Season is now closed. Stay tuned for next year’s registration!

Applications will be accepted up until October 15, 2021. Space is limited so apply today!
Program admission is allotted on a first-come first-served basis. Capacity for the Student Writers Group is 14 students.

To apply, please hit the button below to fill out an Application Form (which includes a 500 Word Cover Letter).


Contact: Youth Engagement & Artist Liaison Vicki Trask at or 403-294-7475 ext. 1098

The Alberta Theatre Projects Student Writers Group is generously supported by RBC Emerging Artist Project and The Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation.