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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab

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The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab was founded in 1998 to explore and develop the work of a new generation of theater artists and to foster new collaborations between writers and directors in the beginning stages of the creative process. Writers and directors must apply separately. At the start of the cycle, each writer and director invited to join the Lab are matched with one another.
Writer applicants should please submit a resume and a dramatic writing sample, preferably a full-length play. This play should not be the play you wish to work on in the Lab, as Lab writers will work on brand new play. In the late summer, writer finalists will be asked to interview and also to propose an idea for a new play.

Director applicants should please submit a resume, as well as written responses to the following two questions (Each response should be limited to 250 words): 1. Tell us about your current artistic obsession (to clarify, we’d like to hear about an obsession related to the making of your own work, rather than another artist’s work). 2. Tell us about your worst experience directing a play. In the late summer, director finalists will be asked in for an interview and also to provide some form of visual representation of their work.

Participation includes attendance at all Lab meetings and readings during the 2012/13 cycle. The Lab meets approximately every other week in the fall and winter to discuss the plays. In the spring, each play is given a public reading at Soho Rep, directed by the director matched with the play. There is typically one reading per week for five or six consecutive weeks.

Eligibility Writers and directors must be able to attend all Lab meetings and readings at Soho Rep in New York City during the 2012/13 cycle. They may not be full-time students at the start of the Lab in October 2012. Past participants of the Lab are eligible to apply, but Soho Rep has a policy of favoring new applicants. (While we value some degree of continuity, we wish to place emphasis on providing this opportunity for new members and expanding the circle of artists who might profit from this program.)

Applications must be submitted electronically to us by 5pm EST on May 14, 2012, and you should expect to receive a response from us no later than September 14, 2012. If you have not heard from us by then, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your interest in the Writer/Director Lab program. If you have further questions please email us at writerdirector@sohorep.org.

For more application information see the Soho Rep web site.

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