Open Call

The 50th Banff Playwrights Lab

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


Applications are open to Canadians and Permanent Residents only. We welcome artists from all communities who are exploring land-based dramaturgical and creation practices, and encourage applications from artists working with Indigenous languages, incorporating multiple languages, and those working on projects with little or no language to apply. Please note, The Banff Playwrights Lab is conducted in English.

Number of Participants

Ten Canadian writers will be offered a two-week residency at Banff Centre. You may invite a collaborator to attend for up to four days to work with you on your project; this may be a dramaturg, director, digital creator, actor, designer, musician, choreographer, or translator. We encourage writers to consider inviting a non-theatre artist or individual essential to their creation process. Details of your proposed collaborator should be included in your application.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


April 17, 2023 - April 29, 2023


  • CA$65.00 application fee


Individual Studio


Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Critique, Discussion, Group Dinners, Mentors, Readings, Retreat, Visiting Professionals




No languages listed

Program Description

The 50th edition of the Playwrights Lab in 2023 invites applications from playwrights and theatre makers examining issues, topics and stories related to land (sky/water); for example, through Indigenous lenses (sovereignty, history, displacement, ceremony), or in relation to climate, migration, ecology, borders, refugee crises, or environmental justice. The Lab supports writers and plays that tell stories not commonly told on Canadian stages; stories that embrace outrage and wrestle with wild ideas and images; and pursue challenging, multi-disciplinary, provocative approaches to telling stories.

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