FRESH PRINTS Student Writers Group

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 playwright Neil Fleming, guest directors and dramaturgs, as well as visiting playwrights from across Canada. Members treated as ATP season artists and are also invited behind the scenes to rehearsals and other professional theatre events.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Participants take part in an all-day workshop in the spring of 2017, where their scripts are dramaturged and directed by theatre professionals.

FRESH PRINTS Staged Reading: On March 10, 2018 the finalized FRESH PRINTS scripts written by our student writers group will receive a public staged reading by some of Calgary’s favourite actors at Lunchbox Theatre at 7pm. Admission is by donation at the door.

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 16, 2017 – March 12, 2018.
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: $100 per student. If cost is a barrier, there are bursaries available. Please speak to our Youth Engagement Manager for more information.

Application due by October 02, 2017
Program spots will be allotted on a first-come first-served basis. Spaces are limited so sign up as soon as possible!

Neil Fleming
FRESH PRINTS Student Writers Group – Playwright Facilitator

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 second year with the ATP – Student Writers Group, Neil has also taught playwriting at Mount Royal University, Red Deer College, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Often described as quirky, comic, charming, and/or absurd, his plays include: Outside, Anomaly, Security, Last Christmas, He Said She Said, and The After Party (Lunchbox Theatre); John Doe/Jack Rabbit (Ground Zero/FireBelly Theatre); 6-Car Pile-Up, Corpsing and The Last Days of Fort Whoop-up (Radio Nights); A Man of the North, Lumps, Shakespeare’s Bachelor, Shakespeare’s Next Top Diva (Mount Royal University) and Honesty, Gnomes, and The Princess and the Peabrain (Two Sheds Theatre Troupe). Neil is the current Board President of the Alberta Playwrights Network, and a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.