Banff Center for Arts + Creativity: Indigenous Dramaturgies Exchange 2023

Indigenous Dramaturgies Exchange offers you professional development and space for artistic exchange on a current or upcoming dramaturgy project, with a focus on on-the-land engagement as a way of locating stories.

This program provides reciprocal mentorship and community building. You are encouraged to apply with a mentor or collaborator.

Indigenous dramaturgies; as artistic ceremony, as political resistances, and as community-building, are under studied and under supported. In this program we will discuss and explore your roles in deeper detail, with the support of faculty and with cultural facilitators for on-the-land engagement sessions.

What does the program offer?
One of the primary intentions behind the Indigenous Dramaturgies Exchange is the offer of reciprocal mentorship and community building. Each duo of participants will have access to a Lazlo Funtec studio or a music room. You will also be provided with limited access to wardrobe, props and set supplies based on availability.

You will have time and space to reflect on the ways we can approach and discuss Indigenous dramaturgical processes. We collectively acknowledge the significance in including a wide range of voices, experience, and perspectives, as well as making space to support emerging theatre and performance artists.

This program includes daily check-ins as a group to share in creative processes and showcase your work in order to look to yourselves, your cultural realities, relationships, and teachings as ways that navigate your artistic practice.  

Who should apply?
This program is geared towards Indigenous Dramaturgies and Indigenous Theatre Artists interested in or working on land-based arts practices, and/or innovative dramaturgical processes. 

This opportunity offers professional development for emerging Indigenous artists to focus on a current or upcoming project, and you are encouraged to apply with a creative partner. 

*Financial Aid of up to 100% of tuition fee, meal and accommodation fee is available for this program. All accepted participants will receive the financial aid package. 

Program Dates: May 8 - 26, 2023
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
Learn more and apply online:

Residency Length
18 days - 18 days
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Interdisciplinary Arts
Performance Art
Country of Residence
Only open to artists based in country the program is located
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Fee Details

Application fee: $65 ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous). Application Fees are non-refundable.

*Financial Aid of up to 100% of tuition fee, meal and accommodation fee is available for this program.

All accepted participants will receive the above financial aid package.

NOTE: Fees may be subject to increase in line with 2023 price increases.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Please visit the Fees & Financial Aid section of the program page to learn more about individual program's specific fees and funding availabilities. 

Application Fee
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Application Type
Open application