Creators Unit

Ages 16-24

Collectively create and perform a devised piece for the Festival with the guidance of a mentor.

Design Lab

Ages 16 – 30

Hands-on experience and mentorship in lighting, sound or video design.

Directors Lab

Ages 16 – 30

Direct a 30 minute workshop production with the support of a mentor.

Festival Creative Producers + Administrators

Ages 21 – 25

Hands-on training in arts administration, producing, event-planning, and leadership.

Indigenous Arts Program

Ages 16 – 30

Create an original piece with the support of a mentor and peers and receive a public reading. Have the option to return for a second year to fully stage your piece.

Playwrights Unit

Ages 16 – 21

Write a 30 minute script with the support of a mentor and peers and receive a public reading.


Ages 16 – 24

Stage your original show with the support of a professional artist mentor.


In addition to being part of one of these programs, everyone gathers for four Training Day masterclasses led by professional artists, with workshop topics ranging from physical theatre, to pitching your show, to decolonizing arts practice. These days are a chance for participants to meet and work with one another (and find future collaborators!).

Training Day Facilitator

Makambe K Simamba is a Dora Award-winning playwright and actor for her solo work, Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (b current performing arts). She recently co-directed inVISIBLE (Too) at the University of Lethbridge. Selected acting credits include: Winners and Losers (Chromatic Theatre), A Chitenge Story (Handsome Alice), GIANT (Ghost River Theatre), Bea (Sage Theatre), SIA (Pyretic Productions), inVISIBLE (Handsome Alice), Burn Your Maps (Cinelou Films), Grand Army (Netflix), and Young Drunk Punk (CityTV). Makambe is a national award-winning playwright whose work includes: Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers, A Chitenge Story, Makambe Speaks, MUD and The Drum Major Instinct. She is the 2020/21 Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence at the Tarragon Theatre, as well as the cohost of the Blackstage Pass podcast at Cahoots Theatre. Makambe is a proud Zambian whose intention is to be of service through her ability to tell stories.