New Play Mentorship Program

Alberta Theatre Projects’ New Play Mentorship Program educates artists curious to learn more about the creation and production of new Canadian plays in a unique mentorship program that shares ATP’s distinct dramaturgical process. These artists experience firsthand how a new play grows from an idea into an ATP production.

Introducing the 2017/2018 New Play Mentorship Participants:


Katherine Holm

Katherine Holm is a Calgary-based theatre artist and spoken word poet known for her iconoclastic style. She has performed her work everywhere from bookstores to street corners. A current drama graduate student at the University of Calgary, her thesis project is a study of artistic responses to urban landscapes.

“A successful dramaturg can help the playwright get to the soul of their ideas. To do so, the dramaturg must adapt, respond, empower, shed light, and above all question.”

 Kodie Rollan

Kodie Rollan is passionate about telling stories that examine the socio-political environment of our world. Typically a comedic writer, Kodie has since transitioned to explore alternative modes of storytelling (including but not limited to dance and poetry.) A recent graduate from Queen’s University, Kodie’s writing credits include, Isolation Was Welcome (The Dan Studio Series), Handle with Care (Kingston Juvenis Festival), Funny Man (The Dan Studio Series), and Nuclear (the Dan Studio Series). Playwriting aside, Kodie is also an aspiring dramaturg, sound designer, and musician.

“I feel that this program gives me a close connection to the legacy of ATP, but also gives me hope for what voices will be represented in the future. As an artist of colour, what is so deeply meaningful to me about ATP’s dedication to New Play Development is the opportunity it gives to diverse voices and stories.”

David Sklar

David Sklar is an actor/playwright who currently divides his time between Montreal and Calgary. He is a graduate of theatre from Dawson College and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He also holds a B.F.A. in playwriting from Concordia University. He has toured with the Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet as well as playing Banquo in Humber River Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Crazy Love, his first play has been published in an anthology entitled, Out on a Limb. He is currently in a fourth extension of the Dora Award nominated and META Award winner, Jabber, by Marcus Youssef, which has toured across Canada and the U.S. He was artist-in-residence at the Jerusalem Theatre Company, Shakespeare-in-the-Rough, and assistant directed the Canadian Badland’s Passion Play. He was last seen (for the briefest of seconds) in X-Men: Apocalypse.

“I am curious to participate in the process from page to stage and to witness how dramaturgy aids in creating a vision of the playwright’s words to come to life. As a writer myself, I know the mechanics required in maneuvering one’s work to make it impactful on an audience but I want to further explore how a dramaturg can enhance a writer’s process.”

Sepidar Yeganeh Farid

Sepidar is an aspiring Calgary-based actress graduated from St. Mary’s University with a major in Psychology and minor in drama. Born in Iran, and raised in a variety of communities, she is always passionate about the mixture of different cultures coming into play in different aspects of society, especially the arts. Her passion for theatre goes hand in hand with her interest in academics. The success in her undergrad thesis research ‘More Drama: Less Worries’ has inspired her to continue her education in the field of psychology to one day address the hole in Canadian research about the relationship between theatre and psychology. Currently, her life is divided between these two passions; by day, she works as a youth support worker at Aspen and by night, is an artist in the collective project inVISISBLE at Handsome Alice Theatre, exploring the stories and experiences of women. She is also an avid musician and artist in the Persian Community of Calgary.

“Canadian plays are a big part of our culture and since Canada is a place abounding with so many cultures, I think it is important to be an advocate and promoter of representing this diversity in theatre because all these stories from all these cultures are very valuable and they need to be heard. My goal is to bridge a relationship between Canadian theatre – that is sometimes perceived as more of a western culture event – and the ethnic populations in our communities.”

Learn more about New Play Development at ATP HERE.