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Monday, March 12, 2018

Playwrights Week at The Lark


Deadline: March 30, 2018 (11:59pm EST)

Playwrights’ Week, The Lark’s Open Access Program, seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives. This submissions program allows The Lark to serve a wide range of playwrights through a multistage selection process with an emphasis on inclusion and advocacy.  

Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical work by writers with clear artistic goals who are open to a collaborative development process.

Writers selected for Playwrights’ Week are provided with ten hours of rehearsal and a public staged reading to address self-defined developmental goals for their plays, as well as opportunities to engage with fellow participants in a peer-based community of support and conversation.

A complete submission is composed of two parts:

  • A completed application form.
  • A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed as we are committed to an anonymous initial review.

Download the application form here:

 Playwrights' Week 2018 Application Form (.doc) (550.0 KB)

 Playwrights' Week 2018 Application Form (.pdf) (135.0 KB)

Please EMAIL your script and completed application as two separate attachments in the same email to: submissions@larktheatre.org

Please review the following SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Submit ONE completed application and ONE full-length play.
No more than ONE play per playwright will be considered.
List only the play title on the cover page.  No personal information.
Submit only Word or PDF files as attachments.


  • Playwrights’ Week 2018 will take place between October and November 2018.
  • Each applicant should expect a confirmation of application receipt by April 2018 and a final response by September 2018.
  • While there is no official minimum number of pages for submitted full-length plays, we do not accept 10-minute plays or musicals. 
  • Previously produced plays ARE eligible for consideration.
  • Plays previously submitted to this program are accepted, but we strongly encourage the submission of new work.
  • Writers living outside of the United States can apply if the script was originally written in English.
  • Due to the volume of submissions to this program, we will be unable to accept revised drafts of scripts during the selection process.
  • Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.
  • If you have any other questions, please email submissions@larktheatre.org. 

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