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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rising Circle Theatre Collective is now accepting applications for INKtank 2014

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Rising  Circle Theater  Collective  is  now  accepting  submissions  for  INKtank  2014 our  play  development lab for playwrights  of color.  INKtank has a two­fold 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 full­length 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 2014  INKtank  Lab seeks to select 3­4 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 2014 lab cycle will be facilitated by Deepa Purohit (Flight, Grace) and Migdalia Cruz (Fur, Miriam's Flower). INKtank’s lab is a collaborative process where Rising Circle will provide structure and resources while playwrights create what happens week­to­week based on the needs of each writer.



Applicants must submit the following by November 15, 2013:
§ One full­-length script that you would like to work on during the lab (Please note: we are not accepting one ­character plays at this time.)
§ Resume
§ A one ­page artistic statement explaining your personal rewrite goals, what you feel are the strengths of the script, and 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.
§ Finalists will be contacted for an interview in mid­ December.

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. If your play has more than 5 characters, the text must support double casting.)
§  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.

  • The lab will begin in mid­Jan and run through early May.
  • Lab meets for 12­consecutive weeks, unless otherwise  specified by the Facilitators.
  • Each session is 3­4 hours (Pages are read and
  • discussed. One hour per playwright).


  • INKtank playwrights are expected to attend all weekly lab meetings, and participate in post­reading discussions by providing constructive feedback for your fellow playwrights.
  • Each playwright must read the selected scripts prior to the first meeting.
  • Each playwright is responsible for generating new pages weekly (5 page min, 20 page max)
  • Each playwright is expected to participate in 2 midpoint readings. The first midpoint reading consists of reading solely the first act after the first few meetings. After 6 weeks, there will be a second midpoint reading of the rough draft of entire script with actors.Playwrights will continue to refine their drafts for another 6 weeks, culminating PlayRISE.



  • A week of public readings of all plays in early­mid May (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.
  • Playwrights are expected to attend each reading to support their fellow lab members, and participate in any panel events that are scheduled during PlayRISE (please see the “What We Do” section of our website for past PlayRISE events).

All submissions must be sent by e­mail only to monet@risingcircle.org by November 15, 2013.

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