Season 9 

Examining Isolation


In a world filled with media distractions and consumer demands are we moving away from the day to day need to connect as humans? Are we losing our sense of humanity and our ability to empathize with the people around us?

The creative team at Urban Stories Theatre are busy working on some exciting projects for Season 9! This season our focus will be Examining Isolation. All of our productions will have a “What does isolation look like to you?” theme. We are looking forward to seeing what you have to offer!


The Play Off Series

The Play Off Series is for new playwrights to help them take their stories to the next level. This is a chance to: a) see your play on stage, b) get feedback from invited judges, and c) get a chance to win a dramaturg workshop with UST.

The Play Off Series is open to all Playwrights living in Calgary and surrounding areas. A committee will be set up to oversee submissions and two plays will be chosen for performance. Plays should be between 30-40 minutes, have a small cast (3 to 4 characters) and a simple set.


The deadline to submit is MAY 15, 2020.


Just Acts Play Festival

The Just Acts Play Festival is an annual event held in February of each year. UST chooses a theme for the year and then invites local playwrights to submit short plays based on that theme. The plays must be under 20 minutes in length. A committee then chooses 3 to 5 plays to be part of the festival based on what will offer the most variety.

Our theme for season 9 is Examining Isolation. The deadline to submit is September 15, 2020

Urban Stories Actors Lab

This four week workshop is for actors to explore their craft. This is a place to work, play, learn and share. (Summer dates TBA, $50 for 4 weeks)

Helen Young, Artistic Director of Urban Stories Theatre and Knox Theatre Collective, will act as facilitator each night. Feedback on prepared material will be provided if requested.

The night will include a combination of:

  • Theatre games and warm ups.

  • Uta Hagen and other exercises

  • Work that the actors have prepared (scenes and monologues)

  • Audition practice on cold read material


Actors must commit to 4 sessions (approx 12 hours) at a time. Maximum 12 actors.

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