ATP Student Writers Group

Registration for the 2019/20 ATP Student Writers Group is now Open!

Want to be a playwright? We have the perfect opportunity for you!
The ATP 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 six month program, a select group of students will have the chance to be mentored in playwriting by a professional playwright, guest directors and dramaturgs, as well as visiting playwrights from across Canada. the students are also invited to attend all the productions in our 2019/2020 season, and will receive exclusive invites behind the scenes to rehearsals and other professional theatre events.

WHO: Open to high school students in grades 9-12 and students can participate multiple years in a row to continue honing their skills.

WHEN: Nov 18- May 3 2020.
The group meets Monday evenings from 7pm-9pm.

WHERE: The ATP Boardroom in Arts Commons on the +15 level (access through Stage Door, 220 9th Ave S.E.)

COST: $150 per student. If cost is a barrier, there are bursaries available. Please contact Talore Peterson.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS: Students are eligible to receive High School credit for the completion of the program.

Showcasing the Students Work:

During this course each student will develop an original 10 min play. Their work will receive professional dramaturgical support as well as a full day workshop with Calgary’s finest directors and actors.

Final Showcase:

The new scripts written by our student writers group will receive a staged reading by some of Calgary’s favourite actors in April 2020. During this celebratory evening each students new works will be showcased in a professional public staged reading in the Martha Cohen Theatre.

Jane’s Walk:

In 2020 the Student Writers Group final works will be remounted and featured in a curated presentation during the Jane’s Walk weekend May 2&3, 2020.

Register Now!

Applications will be accepted up until the program start date pending available spots.

 To apply please submit the following materials:

  •  A one page cover letter describing your expectations of the program and why you want to be involved.
  •  Completed Application Form & Payment Details

Mail, Fax or Email your completed application to:

Talore Peterson, ATP Student Writers Group
c/o Alberta Theatre Projects
220 9th Ave SE
Calgary, AB, T2G 5C4

FAX: 403-294-7493


Meet our Student Writers Group Playwright Facilitator:

Camille Pavlenko

Camille is a playwright and actor based in Calgary, Alberta. Her previous work has won and been short-listed for the Ottawa Little Theatre’s Playwriting Competition, Henley Rose Playwriting Competition for Women, Theatre BC’s Playwriting Competition, the RBC Emerging Playwright Award, the Woodward International Playwriting Competition, the Alberta Playwriting Competition, and the Herman Voaden Prize. She is currently shortlisted for the Stage West Comedy Award, part of the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Tom Hendry Awards, for her play Go for Gold, Audrey Pham. Past productions of her plays include The Jackal and Her Reflection (NextFest, Edmonton) Straight On ‘Till Morning (Red Phone Theatre, Calgary) and Permission (Provincial One Act Festival, Lethbridge). Along with composer Kathryn Smith, Camille was selected for the 2018-2019 New Musical Program at Alberta Musical Theatre Company (Alberta Opera), which culminated with the world premiere of their original TYA musical, Baba Yaga. She is the recipient of the Allied Arts Council’s Young Artist Award and is a Betty Mitchell Award nominee.