Alberta Theatre Projects


220 9th Avenue SECalgaryAlbertaT2G 5C4Canada View Map


$7 Million



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(403) 294-7475


(403) 294-7493


Since it was founded in 1972, Alberta Theatre Projects has been recognized as a national leader in the creation and production of new Canadian plays. In its first four years, ATP commissioned and produced 30 new plays, including the work of Paddy Campbell, W.O. Mitchell, Sharon Pollock and John Murrell, whose seminal Canadian play Waiting For the Parade premiered at ATP in 1977. That commitment to producing new Canadian plays remained in the next decade, even as ATP broadened its mandate to include plays from an international repertoire. In 1988, to coincide with the Canada Olympic Arts Festival, ATP inaugurated an annual Festival of New Canadian Plays, known as playRites, which for 28 seasons premiered between four and six new Canadian plays a year in a repertory format with a shared design team and a shared company of actors. Over 115 plays were premiered during the Festival's history, including Brad Fraser's Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love , Sally Clark's Moo, Michael O'Brien's Mad Boy Chronicle and Eugene Stickland's Some Assembly Required and A Guide To Mourning. The Festival launched the work of such Canadian playwriting stars as Joan MacLeod, Linda Colleen Murphy, Wendy Lill, Sky Gilbert, Guillermo Verdecchia, Michel Marc Bouchard, Stephen Massicotte, Mieko Ouchi, Carole Fréchette, François Archambault, and many others. Those plays have gone on to over 200 subsequent productions across the globe, and uncountable awards and publications. Starting in the 14/15 season, ATP evolved. We now undertake to premiere two or three new plays every year as part of our regular season, as part of our program, Enbridge New Canadian Plays. Our current format permits us to tailor our efforts even more specifically to the needs of each play. We give them the attention and resources required to make them sing. There is no way to calculate the impact the new plays premiered at ATP have had on Canadians, when the lights go down and the actors speak the playwright's words into the listening hush of the auditorium. ATP has given breath and life to the Canadian theatrical voice, and now that voice resonates around the world for all to hear. As we have since 1972, we remain passionately committed to new Canadian work. That is at the heart of who we are, of what we do, and why we do it.

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