2016 Alberta playwriting competition

produced in association with Theatre Alberta.

The shortlist of plays for the Grand Prize of the 50th Annual Alberta Playwriting Competition were announced on Monday, June 27 at the Sterling Awards in Edmonton.

And they are (in alphabetical order by playwright)

Cleave by Elena Belyea (Edmonton)

Irma Voth by Chris Craddock (Edmonton)

Benefit by Matthew MacKenzie (Edmonton)

Matara by Conni Massing (Edmonton)

The recipient of the Grand Prize will be announced on August 22 at the Betty Mitchell Awards in Calgary.

Keep your eyes on our website as the shortlisted plays will be available for reading in the coming weeks.


For the month of June CanadaHelps is running The Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Every dollar donated to our organization through their organization qualifies APN to win $10,000. 
Your support in 2015 helped us:

  • provide dramaturgical assistance to 28 plays and playwrights through ACT ONE.
  • provide 11 playwrights & 15 plays workshops through WORDSHED.
  • expose audiences to 13 new Alberta plays through SCRIPT SALON.
  • produce the 49th Annual Alberta Playwriting Competition
  • host a workshop on Writing Musical Theatre w. Joe Slabe.
  • provide mentorship and career development to 8 emerging playwrights.
  • provide prizes for Outstanding New Play to the Alberta Drama Festival Association.
  • develop a host of Alberta voices, writing Alberta stories.

At APN we understand the financial challenges we are all facing and there are those who are in greater need than us. But you can be assured that every dollar donated to APN will be utilized to continue to provide you with the high-quality programming you have come to expect. 

Thank you Phyllis Heltay, Jain Kurany & Val Lieske for your generous donations!!!



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Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all those affected by these devastating wildfires. 
While the immediate danger has passed, it will be many years before the community is back on its feet. To assist the community, Alberta Playwrights' Network has made a donation of $1 per member of our organization on behalf of you all.
If you wish to donate please donate through the Red Cross of Canada.


ATB Financial will match your donation by 15%.

It is apn's 30th Birthday this year and in celebration of this our members and supporters donated to APN. 


We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who have donated so far:


 Alan MacFadyen              Aldona Jaworska
 Allen Rollin
 Annette Loiselle
 Barbara Wiebe
 Barbara Wilson
 Barrett Hileman
 Beth Graham
 Blaine Newton
 Brian D Edwards
 Caroline Russell-King
 Catherine Vielguth
 Celina Baharally
 Chad Nobert
 Chantal Perron
 Cheryl Foggo &              Clem Martini
 Christina Chase-Warrier
 Christopher Hunt
 Christopher Loach
 Cody Porter
 Colby Cseke
 Conni Massing
 Dale Turri
 Dana Rayment
 David Lerigny
 David Maki

 David Simms
 David Sklar                Deborah Ferguson  & Douglas Rix                Doug McKeag
 Duane Martin
 Eva Cairns
 Grant Linneberg
 Greg Parry
 Griffin Cork
 Hal Kerbes
 Hayden Trenholm
 Haysam Kadri
 Heather Kennedy
 Helen Young
 Jain Kurany
 James Graham
 James Hutchison
 James Wade
 Janelle Cooper
 Jason Chinn
 Jennifer Sumner
 Jeremy Mason
 John Mellec
 Jonathan Brower
 Joseph Slabe
 Kara Sturk


Karen Ball     Karie Johnston
Kathryn Kerbes
Kathryn Osterberg
Kelly McClung     Ken Cameron     Keri Mitchell
Kevin Rothery
Kim McCaw
Kira Bradley
Kristen Finlay
Lana Hughes
Linda Wood Edwards
Maire Muncaster
Mark Greene
Marty Chan
Mavis Clark
Melody Scott
Michael Connolly
Michael Czuba
Michele McCoy
Nathan Huisman
Neil Fleming Nicole Moeller
Nikki Loach
Pamela Lang


 Paul Sacco                      Phyllis Heltay                Robert White
 Roberta Mauer Phillips
 Sandra Ens
 Sharon Cavanagh
 Sharon Pollock              Simon Mallett
 Stephen Hunt                Susan de St Jorre
 Susan Wright
 Tanya Ryga                      Tracy Carroll
 Trevor Rueger
 Trina Davies
 Ursula Jordaan
 Val Lieske
 Valerie Planche
 Valmai Goggin
 Vicki Stroich
 Wendy Froberg
 Wilf Vielguth              William Fleming

Our fundraising goal for our 30th birthday year is $30,000.

30 dollars at a time, to celebrate 30 years of helping Alberta writers get Alberta stories onto Alberta stages and around the world.

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