Black Arts Development Program
The Black Arts Development (BAD) Program is centered around cultivating an environment in which our community of Black artists can tell their stories, and allow the African, Caribbean and Black Diaspora culture to thrive and flourish in the theatre sector. Through storytelling and gathering, Black writers and actors will share their lived experiences that would catalyze new works that speak from the African, Caribbean and Black perspective in Calgary. Our ultimate goal is to acclimate and nurture the African Diaspora cache of creative artists.
Why Apply For This
The BAD Program was created and designed with Black artists in mind by providing emerging artists the tools and practical knowledge to take the next step in their artistic journey. The BAD Program has teamed up with award winning professional faculty members for a 6 weeks script writing and actors workshops. The benefits for this FREE program includes:
Access to professional script writers and actors that will help guide new Black artist
Successful applicants will be paid for the 6 weeks development program
Network with other artist on the same path
Small class learning
Practical and applied skills
Introduction to theatre arts organizations in Calgary
Collaborative opportunities with other artists and organizations
Enhance your professional art career
Who Can Apply?
Application Requirements & Eligibility
The BAD Program will focus on creating spaces for African, Caribbean, and Black community members by supporting 40 professional (20 script writing & 20 acting participants) and emerging artists to learn, grow, and demonstrate their craft in script writing and acting. No prior acting or script writing experience is required however we are only accepting serious students who are passionate about learning and growing as a professional artist. The first cohort of script writers and Actors are 18-30 years of age. The second cohort of script writers and actors are 30 plus years.
The BAD Program is for the African, Caribbean, and Black community members
No prior acting or script writing experience required
The first cohort is for ages 18-30 years old
The second cohort is for ages 30 years and above
A $100.00 commitment fee will be required from successful candidates at the beginning of the workshop. This will be refunded upon successful completion of the workshop
An additional $500 will be awarded to all candidates upon successful completion of program
Registration for the First Cohort is Open Now. Registration for the Second Cohort will open June 2021.
FIRST COHORT (Registration Open)
Application Opens | April 5, 2021
Application Closes For Script Writers | May 17, 2021
Application Closes For Actors | May 31, 2021
Letter Of Admission For Successful Applicants For Script Writing Workshop | May 24, 2021
Letter Of Admission For Successful Applicants For Actors Workshop | June 7, 2021
SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOP BEGINS | June 5, 2021
Script Writing Workshop Ends | July 10, 2021
ACTORS WORKSHOP BEGINS | June 19, 2021
Actors Workshop Ends | July 24, 2021