RBC Emerging Artist Mentorship Program

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RBC Emerging Artist Mentorship Program

Through the generous support of the RBC Foundation, Alberta Playwrights’ Network is pleased to announce the 2024 RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program. The program is designed to provide individual and project development to emerging and mid-career playwrights, through mentorship from our roster of professional playwrights.

The Program
  • Applications for the program will be accepted until Friday, February 16, 2024 (11:59 pm MT).
  • Participants must come with a play, or an idea for a play they wish to work on through the mentorship.
  • Participants will be selected by the Mentorship Committee and APN Staff.

There are 10 available spots. The mentors are from Calgary and Edmonton, however, we can offer the service online and so we encourage applications from anywhere in the province.

Past mentors have included Meg Braem, Marty Chan, Conni Massing, Mieko Ouchi, Gordon Pengilly, Sharon Pollock, Clem Martini, David van Belle, Kim McCaw and Collin Doyle.

Once selected, participants will be matched with a mentor. There will be an event in March where participants will have an opportunity to meet their mentor in person, as well as meeting the other participants in the program.

The program will last from March to August of 2024. There will be a minimum of 8 meetings throughout the mentorship. Due to the variety of individual schedules, mentors and participants will decide on their own schedule of meetings. There will also be two group meetings and at least one professional development. Participants will be expected to attend these meetings and events. The program culminates in a public presentation of excerpts from the plays worked on through the process.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • A cover letter that includes a synopsis of their history as a playwright, and a list of goals and outcomes they wish to attain through the program.
  • A brief synopsis of the project they wish to be developed through the process.
  • A writing/production resume (if you have one).
  • A shortlist of your favourite plays & playwrights.

Applications can be e-mailed to rbcmentorship@albertaplaywrights.com.

Course fee: $300 (this is to cover space rentals, administration and other program expenses)
*** We do make every attempt to make our programming accessible and are willing to make accommodations.

If you have any further questions or require more information, please do not hesitate to email trevor@albertaplaywrights.com or jenn@albertaplaywrights.com, with the subject line: RBC Mentorship Program.

Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2024, 11:59 pm MT

Visit: https://www.albertaplaywrights.com/rbc-mentorship.

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