Open Call

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity - Playwrights Lab 2024

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


- Successful applicants will be eligible for a full tuition scholarship, accommodation, meal plan and travel allowance. - Applications are open to Canadians and Permanent Residents only. Under the Jay Treaty in North America, Indigenous candidates are also encouraged to apply. - We do accept plays that are commissioned by other theatres or producers; however, you must obtain written permission from the commissioning organization stating that they support your application. - The Lab is unable to accept applications for projects that have been declined in previous years or from playwrights who have attended in the last 2 years. - Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date. *Please visit our website for full eligibility criteria.

Number of Participants

Ten Canadian writers will be offered a two-week funded residency at Banff Centre. Accepted playwrights may invite a collaborator to attend for up to four days to work on a project.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


April 15, 2024 - April 27, 2024


  • CA$65.00 application fee


Co-Working, Desk Space, Individual Studio, Library, Shared Studio, Stage


Hotel, Private Bathroom, Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Courses, Retreat, Round Tables, Visiting Professionals, Workshops


Fiction, Literature, Nonfiction, Performance Art, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Theatre



Program Description

The upcoming 51st edition of the Playwrights Lab encourages applications from established and emerging playwrights that are telling compelling stories and exploring new creative landscapes in this time of both deep challenges and great opportunities for the theatre world. We invite artists developing new works for both adults and young audiences – especially artists that are new to the Lab – to join us in a dynamic conversation about storytelling and contemporary performance as we push Canadian theatre into the future. The Lab is seeking artists who are examining theatrical conventions, taking risks, and asking questions about our society; artists who demand that theatre have social and political impact, and who are writing plays that seek to challenge and change our world.

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