Alberta High School Drama Festival Association


Dear Alberta High School Drama Festival Association community:

We have had to make the decision to cancel this year's AHSDFA Provincial Showcase.  Likewise, all Zone Festivals have also been cancelled.  We know this is a heartbreaking time for our students and colleagues, but we must all do our share to help end this pandemic.

In the meantime, we are planning ahead for next year's festival when we will celebrate our 50th anniversary: May 6-8, 2021 at Red Deer College.  If you would like to be part of the planning committee, please let us know.  We are looking forward to creating a spectacular celebration festival next year.

Take good care,

Nashira Dernesch
AHSDFA President

About us

The Provincial Festival is a One Act Play Festival that celebrates the great theatre that is happening from around province, in our High Schools - Public, Catholic, Private, and Charter. 


In April, schools from around the province participate in their respective ZONE festivals (their local areas), then the representative play(s) bring their production to Red Deer College to showcase their work on the Provincial Festival stage.


The Provincial Festival is NOT a competition, it is a celebration of outstanding work from all over Alberta; however, schools are recognized and awarded for their outstanding efforts.


To promote interest, involvement, and development in all phases of drama and theatre for students and teachers in Alberta high schools through the
sponsorship of annual drama festivals.

It is to be understood that all involvement in AHSDFA sponsored festivals - Zones and Provincial - is for the betterment and development of students and that all involvement will be underscored with integrity, flexibility, and co-operation.

How to participate in your local Zones Festival

Contact your Zone representative to find out how your school can participate in ZONES or contact Nashira Dernesch, President. 

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How to participate in the PROVINCIAL FESTIVAL at Red Deer College


You won your local ZONE festival and are coming to participate in the festival as the Representative Play from your Zones.


Attend with your students as audience and festival participants - just not performing on the stage. There are opportunities for you to participate in our industry standard workshops, please check with organizers if we have room first.


Attend as an audience member to enjoy the finest High School One Act performances in the province and see the incredible talent our province is developing.

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