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 a residency tailored to their specific needs with the goal of nurturing, challenging, and inspiring the next phase of their work. Each Lab features several international writer/dramaturg teams, an acting company, and partnerships with international artists and organizations.
The Banff Playwrights Lab was game changing for me: surrounded by stunning nature, inspiring colleagues from across the nation, and staff that led the Lab with such grace and care. There was such freedom, time, and space to dream big and get lost in my work, trusting that the mountains will be there when I wake.