A stimulating and collaborative space to write, complete with an array of international guest artists.
The Banff Playwrights Lab was created by playwrights Tom Hendry and George Ryga in the early 1970s. Celebrating its 45th season in 2018, the Lab has sustained its founding principles of focusing on playwrights and developing new works away from the pressures of a producing theatre.
Each year the Lab welcomes Canadian playwrights and their collaborators, providing each writer with a residency tailored to their specific needs with the goal of nurturing, challenging, and inspiring the next phase of their work. Each Lab features international writer/dramaturg teams, an acting company, and partnerships with organizations from across Canada and beyond.
The 2019 Lab will feature several new initiatives to expand the range of projects and enhance accessibility.
Attending the Banff Playwrights Lab was an invaluable experience, not just to develop my play Model Minority, but also to be immersed in a creative environment with a group of immensely talented artists where we can exchange ideas and learn from one another. The Playwrights Lab was a magical experience that I will cherish through my career.