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

“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.”

About New Play Development at ATP

Alberta Theatre Projects is a national leader in the development and production of new Canadian plays – it is at the heart of what we do, and vital to the role we’ve played in our community for over 45 years.

ATP nurtures playwrights and theatre makers both locally and nationally by creating models for making new work that are shaped by the needs of the project and its creators. Our processes are adaptable, flexible, inventive, and playful, embracing new stories and theatrical forms. The plays on our stage include a wide range of stories and perspectives – they build bridges for emerging voices in Canadian theatre and reflect our community in all of its diversity.

What is a Dramaturg?

Led by curiosity, craft, and collaboration, dramaturgs help new plays grow. They work closely with the playwright to support the development of their script, lead development workshops, and connect artists around new creation.

“Dramaturgs contextualize the world of a play; establish connections among the text, actors, and audience; offer opportunities for playwrights; generate projects and programs; and create conversations about plays in their communities.” – LMDA

For more resources about dramaturgy please visit the website for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)