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RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program

Through the generous support of the RBC Foundation, Alberta Playwrights’ Network is able to continue offering the RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program, designed to provide individual and project development to emerging and mid-career playwrights, through mentorship from our roster of professional playwrights. 


Program Details 
Selected participants must come with either a play or a concept for a play they wish to work on throughout the program. There are 10 available spots. Though the mentors will be based out of either Calgary or Edmonton, residents from all communities within Alberta are encouraged to apply. 

Once selected, participants will be matched with a mentor. Past mentors have included Meg Braem, Marty Chan, Conni Massing, Mieko Ouchi, Gordon Pengilly, Sharon Pollock, Clem Martini, David van Belle, Beth Graham, Karen Hines, Caroline Russell-King, & Collin Doyle. 

The program will run from March 2021 to August 2021, with a minimum of 8 meetings between mentors and participants in that time. Due to the variety of individual schedules, mentors and participants will decide their own schedule of meetings. There will also be two group meetings and one professional development event in each city. Participants are expected to attend these meetings and events.

The program will culminate in either a public reading of excerpts of the mentees’ work, or the publication of an online anthology. The fee for the program is 300.00, which helps to cover space rental, administrative costs, and other program expenses.
 Application Process
Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief history of their work as a playwright, as well as a list of goals and outcomes they wish to work towards through the program
  • A brief synopsis of the project they wish to be developed through the process
  • A writing/production resume, if one is available
  • A shortlist of their favourite plays & playwrights

Application packages can be emailed to [email protected]. You can also mail you application to the following address:

Alberta Playwrights’ Network#2 – 1709 8th Avenue NE 
Calgary, AB
T2E 0S9
 If you have any further questions or require more information, feel free to email Executive Director Trevor Rueger ([email protected]) or Artistic Associate Bevin Dooley ([email protected]) with the subject line: RBC Mentorship Program 2021.

Deadline for submission of applications is March 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm MST