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 (October 2022 through May 2023), students meet weekly with our playwright mentor to cultivate their playwriting skills, have conversations with guest artists (which can 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 2022-23 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 directors/dramaturgs. 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.

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

WHEN: October 31, 2022 – May 15, 2023, Monday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm
(No meetings on Nov 28, Dec 19, Dec 26, Jan 2, Feb 20, Mar 27, or Apr 10)

WHERE: This program will be held at the ATP Office (220 9 Ave SE).*

COST: $165 per student.
If cost is a barrier, there are bursaries available. Please contact Vicki Trask at or 587-441-9637 to learn more.

*Alberta Theatre Projects requires mask-wearing and proof of vaccination from all long-term guests. That proof will be requested at the first class.


Applications will be accepted up until October 16, 2022 at 11:59pm. Space is limited so apply today! Program admission is allotted on a first-come first-served basis. Capacity for the Student Writers Group is 12 students.

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


Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Youth Engagement & Artist Liaison Vicki Trask at or 587-441-9637

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