D. Michael Dobbin Apprenticeship Program

D. Michael Dobbin Apprenticeship

Interested in a career in theatre? We’ve got the perfect program for you! Our D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice Program is designed to give a newly graduated Grade 12 students the most immersive interdisciplinary experience in professional theatre in Calgary. Apprentices gain knowledge and a network of peers to help take them to the next level in their theatre education.

This is a paid apprenticeship for high school student graduating from grade 12 this year. The apprentice will be employed as full time ATP staff from August through April – including a bi-weekly paycheque. Other perks include tickets to each show in our season and their photo featured on our season artist board and in our playbills, free monthly transit passes, and a $1000 bursary given at the completion of the term. They will also be given the opportunity to work as ushers and/or bartenders for extra pay.

The successful candidate will be provided the opportunity to apply, improve and develop new skills through a series of enhanced practical and job shadowing experiences in the administrative, artistic and production departments at ATP.

Apprentices can expect to work in the following areas:

Stage Management • Marketing & Communications • Resource Development • Play Development •Youth Engagement • Production • Prop Construction • Wardrobe • Design • Technical Theatre   


Participants are selected by the Artistic Associate Youth Engagement on the basis of their submitted material and personal interview. Participants are selected on the basis of competency, demonstrated interest, and assessed potential in professional theatre.

Applicants will be notified of their candidacy and scheduled for an interview. Interviews will take place during the week of March 19-23, 2018.


This program is for graduating high school students. Participant must be graduating high school at the end of the 2017/18 school year. Participants are selected on the basis of competency, demonstrated interest, and assessed potential in professional theatre.

Program Dates: August 2018 – April 2019

The application deadline is March 18, 2018

Hear what former DMDAs have to say about the program!

Lauren Marshall



“I wouldn’t have wanted to spend the past year any other way. ATP has provided me with so much new knowledge about professional theatre, introduced me to so many inspiring people, and filled my days with eye-opening new experiences. I came into this program hoping to gain a greater understanding of everything to do with theatre, and that was definitely accomplished. There is now no doubt in my mind that this is the world that I want to continue to be involved in, and I can’t wait for the next chapter in this exciting journey. Thank you ATP for truly changing my life.”

 – Lauren Marshall, 2016-2017 D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice






Robbie Savage Herington


“I came to Alberta Theatre Projects to develop my understanding of and passion for theatre. I came in expecting to find the path I wanted to go down in the world of theatre & performing arts. The complete opposite has happened. I’ve realised there are many more paths that exist in theatre than I ever could have imagined, and that having a straight path to where you want to be is far from necessary. The skills I have learned this past year are priceless. I will take these valuable experiences with me to post-secondary and beyond. Thank you ATP!”

– Robbie Savage Herington, 2016-2017 D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice





The D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice Program is made possible through the generous support of the Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation



University of Calgary Internship

The University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts offers this program in cooperation with Alberta Theatre Projects and several other professional theatre companies. Under the supervision of a faculty member, one qualified fourth-year Drama student spends a full season at ATP gaining varied practical fieldwork experience.

For more information please contact the University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Taylor Hicks


“This eight-month journey has helped me grow and develop substantially as an artist. I was presented with countless opportunities that I would never have gotten anywhere else, such as being a part of the stage management team for Michael Healey’s 1979, being able to learn the intricacies of running a theatre company from each department’s perspective, and meeting and building relationships with countless Canadian theatre superstars including Jonathan Christenson, John Murrell, Rebecca Northan. Thank you ATP for this diverse and life-changing experience.”

– Taylor Hicks, 2016-2017 University of Calgary Intern