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The Ingram New Works Project was launched by Nashville Repertory Theatre in 2009 thanks to the generous support of Martha Ingram. With the mission to support the creation of new works for the theatre, Nashville Rep created a project that includes the New Works Lab.

The Ingram New Works Lab is intended to be an artistic home for early career playwrights to share and develop new work, hone craft, receive support, and springboard themselves into the next phase of their writing career.

Nashville Rep seeks committed playwrights for residency in the 2017-2018 Ingram New Works Lab. Submission deadline is July 24, 2017.


The Ingram New Works Lab is an artistic home for playwrights and a fertile environment for the creation of great new plays. During monthly Lab meetings in Nashville, playwrights share and develop a new work and receive transformative support and project guidance from dedicated staff.

In addition to the monthly meetings, each playwright will participate in Playwrights Week January 13-19, 2018, developing their play under the guidance of the 2017/18 Ingram New Works Fellow.

During their 2017/18 residency, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a new play that will be presented in a staged reading featured at the Ingram New Works Festival in May 9-19, 2018.

The Ingram New Works Lab is a generative residency in which selected playwrights will create a new work for the theatre. Nashville Rep will serve and support selected playwrights as they work to develop their play from the idea stage to a muscular full draft. Nashville Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:
A season-long playwright-led script lab that meets once a month in Nashville
A supportive environment to foster and support the playwright’s process
Access to professional actors
Workshop sessions involving professional directors, designers, and dramaturgs
Access to professional marketing and audience development resources
A week-long development lab with the Ingram New Works Fellow
A staged reading presented as part of the Ingram New Works Festival
Housing during residency dates in Nashville
Travel reimbursement for each trip to Nashville
A small stipend to defray additional expenses


The New Works Lab will meet once a month to provide playwrights-in-residence with a supportive but disciplined environment to workshop their scripts. Every playwright will have the opportunity to hear multiple drafts of their script read aloud by actors and receive feedback from their fellow playwrights. The lab will provide the opportunity for playwrights to shape, mold, and develop as many drafts as they feel necessary before festival rehearsals begin.

Lab Meeting dates: October 20-21, 2017; November 17-18, 2017; December 15-16, 2017; February 16-17, 2018; March 16-17, 2018; April TBA


Playwrights-in-residence will participate in a week-long New Works Lab with the recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship, a nationally recognized playwright. Lab playwrights should be prepared to clear their schedule for the entirety of the week.

Playwrights Week: January 13-19, 2018

Work in the Lab will be focused on goals established by the Lab Playwrights. However, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a new play that will be presented in a staged reading at the New Works Festival. Please note the following criteria for New Works festival plays being developed in the lab:
Full-length plays (prefer 80-120 mins. running time)
Plays that utilize no more than 8 actors
Plays that have not previously been produced by any professional company

Ingram New Works Festival dates: May 9-19, 2018.


Nashville Rep will award up to three residencies in the New Works Lab. Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to developing a new play from its earliest stages to a full draft, participating in monthly Lab meetings, participation in the New Works symposium week, rehearsals for the New Works Festival, and assisting with the New Works Festival in May 2018 as auxiliary artistic staff.

All playwrights who accept a residency must commit to be available for all lab, playwrights week, rehearsal and festival dates:

October 20-21, 2017; November 17-18, 2017; December 15-16, 2017; January 13-19, 2018; February 16-17, 2018; March 16-17, 2018; April TBA; May 9-19, 2018

Should a playwright-in-residence miss multiple commitments, they may be asked to forgo their place in the New Works Lab.

All applications must include the following material:
  • A letter stating your objectives for working on a new play in the Ingram New Works Lab at Nashville Rep. You must include a description of your proposed play.
  • One Page Bio with history as a playwright.
  • A play that best represents your writing skill. Full-length is preferred, but a substantial one-act play (minimum of one hour running time) will be acceptable for this application. Author and contact information must appear on the title page. Please do not submit musicals, screenplays, TV scripts, or children’s theatre.


Please use the online form for your submission. Upload your letter of intent, one page bio, and play in PDF format. Your application must include all three files. You will receive a confirmation email shortly to verify your submission. Submission deadline is July 24, 2017.

Additional questions can be sent to Nate Eppler, Ingram New Works Lab Director, at nate@nashvillerep.org.

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the Ingram New Works Project ar LAB FAQ

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