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Sunday, December 16, 2012

InkTank 2012 seeks playwrights of color

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Rising Circle Theater Collective is now accepting submissions for INKtank 2012, our play development lab for playwrights of color.  INKtank has a two-fold mission of providing emerging playwrights of color an artistic home and support system while assisting them in the creation of a more developed draft of a full-length script.  The final drafts of the INKtank plays will be presented at PlayRISE, a culminating festival event where the selected works receive a public reading.  The 2012 Writers Lab seeks to select 3 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work as well of their peers in an artistic community environment with a shared intention of honest feedback and earnest conviviality.  The lab will be facilitated by playwrights Sevan Kaloustian Greene and Melisa Tien.

INKtank’s  lab is a collaborative process where Rising Circle will provide structure and resources while playwrights create what happens week-to-week based on the needs of each writer.

Each playwright must submit by December 31st the following:

  • Materials needed as stated by the INKtank online application form.  Visit www.risingcircle.org to submit.
  • One full length script for consideration (For this year, we are not accepting one-character plays).
  • An artistic statement explaining your personal rewrite goals, and what you feel are the strengths of the script.  
  • Include what you would like to focus on for the piece during the developmental process.  Please include the developmental history of this piece, if it has had readings in the past, or if there are any upcoming readings of your work. Statement should not exceed 500 words.
  • Finalists will be contacted for an interview.
  • Each play must have the following in order to comply with our culminating project vision:
  • First drafts of full-length scripts. (Does not have to be polished.  In fact, scripts should be at a very raw and early stage of development.)
  • 5-actor maximum.  (No exceptions.)
  • Be in line with Rising Circle’s mission statement to expand the scope of storytelling on the American stage by giving voice to unheard stories of people of color.


The structure for the lab and culminating event is greatly determined by participant availability.

  • Mid-February – Lab commencement.  1st half of lab runs Mid-February through Mid-April.
  • 1 month sabbatical.
  • Lab reconvenes in Mid-May through Mid-June.
  • Each session is 3 hours.


  • Every playwright must read the selected scripts prior to the first meeting.  
  • Generation of new/rewritten pages: 5 page min – 20 page max per week. 
  • A midpoint reading of selected scenes with actors. (Playwrights select scenes.  30 minutes per playwright. With 30 minutes discussion after each.)  


  • Public readings of all plays during June. (Final date to be determined during lab process).
  • There will be five hours of rehearsal with director and actors before each reading.
  • All playwrights will receive an honorarium.

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