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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Women's Project Theater Lab Application


Deadline: April 1, 2022 at 11:59 EDT

WP Theater is looking for early career Women+ playwrights, directors, and producers who crave an artistic home, professional support, and the resources to launch them into the next phase of their careers to join the WP Lab.

The Lab provides up to fifteen artists with community, a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership skill-building, free rehearsal space and, most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.

If you have specific questions, please email wplab[at]wptheater.org after reading the Frequently Asked Questions section below. No phone calls, or emailed applications please.

*When we say Women+ we mean: cis women, trans, non-binary, or gender-nonconforming people and all gender identities which have been systematically oppressed throughout history in the theater and beyond.

  • Must be a Woman+ artist living within 90 minutes of WP Theater via car or rail.
  • Must be able to attend evening meetings at WP Theater up to two times each month from September 2022 to May 2023, and September 2023 to May 2024, as well as other events throughout the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons, such as previews, performances, retreats, and other special events at WP.
  • Must be available for the 2024 Pipeline Festival (March-May 2024).
  • Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment. Lab meetings will be a mix of in-person and virtual as needed to keep everyone safe.
  • Must have received COVID-19 vaccinations (including eligible boosters).
  • Must be aged 21 or over.
  • Must be available for either an in-person or virtual interview.

  • Receive a stipend of $2,500 each year of Lab participation.
  • Participate in a semi-monthly lab meeting led by WP Artistic Staff and Lab Liaisons.
  • Participate in a semi-monthly meeting of the five artists in their concentration led by a mentor in their field.
  • Participate in events and conversations led by established artists and leaders in the field.
  • Receive complimentary tickets to WP shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events.
  • Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the artistic staff.
  • Participate in The Pipeline Festival, a festival of five new plays, written, directed and produced by the WP Lab, to be presented during the second year of the residency.
  • Receive access to WP’s rehearsal space at no cost, when space is not in use.

For further clarification of Requirements for Eligibility, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

All applicants must submit the following:
  • Current resume
  • One page statement that describes your artistic vision and/or approach to creative producing and the specific process behind it.
  • One short essay answer detailing why this residency is useful to you at this moment in your career.
  • One short essay answer describing what you need to move your career forward.
  • A list of 3 professional references, including title/affiliation, phone and email.
  • Playwrights:
  • In a separate PDF, the full length script most representative of your work and that you believe to be ready for production.
  • The draft should not have your name or any other identifiers.
  • The play must be at least 60 pages long, and must be a completed draft, though it need not be a final draft.

All materials will be reviewed by a panel of theater professionals. Finalists will be notified about interviews in late spring of 2022. Interviews will be a mix of in-person and virtual. The 2022-2024 Lab will begin in September 2022 and conclude in May of 2024, with a summer break in between the two years.

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