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Community Theatre Summit

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Program Information


If you operate a community theatre in Alberta, this is a must-attend opportunity to network and grow together with other companies. 

Community theatres play a vital role in towns and cities across Alberta, but they are often limited in resources and isolated from each other. At this summit, be inspired and learn best practices for the business side of producing community theatre through keynote presentations, panels, and group networking opportunities.

What does the program offer?

Participants will get to hear from Dr. Robin Whittaker, Associate Professor of Drama at St. Thomas University and Artistic Producer of Theatre St. Thomas. Dr. Whittaker, who joins us as keynote speaker, has practiced, researched, and taught drama, theatre, and performance studies across Canada.

The summit will also feature breakout sessions with additional speakers and facilitators. Topics may include season planning, adjudication, funding, marketing, data management, succession planning, equity and diversity, governance, and volunteer management. 

All participants will attend keynote sessions and a facilitated group networking session. Participants will attend two to three breakout sessions per day based on their field of interest.

Who should apply?

The Community Theatre Summit is intended for producers, artistic directors, general managers, and board members. All are welcome to register, however Albertan community theatre companies will be offered admission priority. Please contact Theatre Alberta directly for questions around eligibility. 

This master class is presented by Theatre Alberta, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Calgary’s Alliance of Community Theatres (Calgary-ACTS) as part of Theatre Alberta’s Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series.

Please note: Additional faculty and speakers are being added. Please visit the Theatre Alberta website for updates.


What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Full Flex Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

Packages include the Full Flex meal plan, which includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee Only
Single Room Package
Shared Room Package

Room choices are subject to availability.

A non-refundable registration fee of $135 will be charged upon registration. Banff Centre reserves the right to cancel a program up to seven days prior to program start date if there is insufficient enrolment. If the program is cancelled, all registrants will receive a full refund of any program fees paid. Banff Centre is not liable for any personal/travel expenses incurred. 

Current Theatre Alberta members who are residents of Alberta can apply for financial assistance to cover 25% to 75% of the tuition fee, to apply please visit: or contact

How to Apply


Please complete the questionnaire in SlideRoom as step two of the registration process.


Please see the “Who should apply?” section. There are no restrictions on who can apply to this program. Albertan community theatre organizations are encouraged to bring two to four participants and contact Theatre Alberta directly for more information. 

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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