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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Rising Circle Theater Collective is accepting applications for INKtank Cycle 9

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Rising Circle Theater Collective is now accepting submissions for INKtank (Cycle 9), an intensive play development lab for playwrights of color.  INKtank is a 12-week lab for 3-4 writers of color who will focus on the rewrites of a new play.  Under the facilitation of INKtank alums, Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness) and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Lilia, Veil'd), INKtank writers will be invested in the revision process of their own work and of their fellow lab writers, with a shared intention of honest feedback and rigorous pursuit of artistic goals.

The final drafts of the INKtank plays will be presented at PlayRISE, a culminating festival event where the selected works receive a public reading.

Applicants must submit the following by Friday, January 12, 2018:

One full-length script that you would like to work on during the lab (Please note: we are not accepting one-character plays or musicals).


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, including past and/or upcoming readings and presentations of the play.

Finalists will be contacted for an interview in early February.  Applicants MUST live in the tri-state area to be considered.

Each play MUST have the following in order to comply with our culminating project vision:

•  In line with Rising Circle's mission statement, plays should give voice to the unheard stories of people of color.

• First drafts of full-length scripts. (We will accept scripts in raw and early stages of development.)

• 5-ACTOR maximum. (No exceptions. If your play has more than 5 characters, the text must support double casting.)

• We strongly encourage submission of plays that have an urgency to speak to the current social, political and cultural times.


•    Lab meets for 12-consecutive Sundays, starting Sunday, February 25, 2017.

•    Each session is 3-4 hours, where pages are read and discussed (one hour per playwright).


• INKtank playwrights are expected to attend all weekly lab meetings, and participate in post-reading discussions by providing constructive feedback for 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 among the group. 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 in PlayRISE.


• A week of public readings of all plays in early June, 2018 (final dates to be determined during INKtank).

• 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.

All submissions must be made via Submittable by Friday, January 12, 2018. For further questions, please contact info@risingcircle.org. Visit www.risingcircle.org to learn more about Rising Circle Theater Collective.

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