FRESH PRINTS Student Writers Group

Registration is now open for the FRESH PRINTS Student Writers Group 2018/19!

Want to be a playwright? FRESH PRINTS is the perfect opportunity for you!
The FRESH PRINTS Student Writers Group at Alberta Theatre Projects is a unique opportunity for high school students to explore the craft of playwriting with professional playwrights and guest artists from across Canada.

WHAT YOU’LL COVER: During this six month program, students will have the chance to be mentored in playwriting by professional playwrights Michaela Jeffery and Neil Fleming, guest directors and dramaturgs, as well as visiting playwrights from across Canada. Our writers are also invited behind the scenes to rehearsals and other professional theatre events.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 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.

FRESH PRINTS Staged Reading: The finalized scripts written by our student writers group will receive a professional public staged reading by some of Calgary’s favourite actors.

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: October 8, 2018 – March 18, 2019.
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.

How to Apply:

Download FRESH PRINTS Registration From 2018-2019

Mail or Email your completed form with payment to:

Talore Peterson, FRESH PRINTS
c/o Alberta Theatre Projects
220 9th Ave SE
Calgary, AB, T2G 5C4

FAX: 403-294-7493

Registration Deadline: October 09, 2018.

Program spots will be allotted on a first-come first-served basis. Spaces are limited so sign up as soon as possible.

Meet our FRESH PRINTS Student Writers Group Playwright Mentors!

Neil Fleming

Neil is an award-winning playwright, designer, and screenwriter based in Calgary who has been mentoring young writers for over a decade. Now in his fifth year with Fresh Prints, Neil has also taught playwriting at Central Memorial High School, Calgary High School Drama Festival, Mount Royal University, and Red Deer College. Neil works as a writer-producer at Joe Media doing a wide variety of creative thinking and writing. His days might include: video concept creation, video project proposals, television and web series pitches, website copy, commercial creative copy, voice-over scripting, poetry, television or web series scripts, and short films. Neil has won 4 AMPIA awards for screenwriting including two for the television series “Fixing Dinner” and one for his short film “Tug”. Neil sits on the board of the Alberta Playwrights Network, and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.


Michaela Jeffery

Graduate – The National Theatre School of Canada (2016). The Listening Room (finalist, Project Playwright 2017 – Sanguine Theatre, NYC), Cardiac Theatre, The Azimuth Theatre & Downstage Performance Society – February 2018. Always (The Cultch Emerging Artist Festival – Vancouver, 2017), Hardscrabble Road, GODHEAD, (Shortlist, Headwaters New Play Festival – Creede, Colorado; The Sunset Theatre, Wells, BC), Sundogs (Holding Hollow Productions; Edmonton International Fringe Festival).  Finalist for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s RBC Emerging Playwright Award (2016) and winner of the 2015 ATP Enbridge Playwrights Award.