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Saturday, December 30, 2023

McNally New Works Incubator


Deadline: January 15, 2024 11:59 EST
Or until 500 applications have been received


As a continuation of Terrence McNally’s singular legacy of mentorship, and his commitment to fostering bold new voices in the American theater, the initiative is designed to support ambitious early-career playwrights by giving them time and space to develop their work, professional mentorship with veteran playwrights, and access to the community of artists and work being developed at Rattlestick Theater and Tom Kirdahy Productions. If you would like to learn more details about the Terrence McNally New Works Incubator, its offerings, and it's structure, please review the program's website here.

Applications close January 15th, 2024 at 11:59pm EST OR when 500 applications have been received.
Only complete applications will be considered. Please review the Application Materials Checklist before submitting your application below to ensure you have not missed any steps. All materials must be submitted in PDF format.

Each application is thoughtfully reviewed by a broad reader pool of industry professionals. Semi-finalists and finalists are selected through two rounds of consideration.

Semi-finalists will be notified of their status and asked to reconfirm demographic information. Finalists are notified and granted an interview with a selection panel, including representatives from Rattlestick Theater and Tom Kirdahy Productions. In addition to the interview, applicant’s Playwright Reference will be contacted by the review panel.

In consultation with the Playwrights Advisory Panel (Names TBD), three playwrights will be awarded the Fellowship in the Spring of 2024.

Important to note:
  • Applicants may only apply once per cycle, with one play. Applicants who apply multiple times will be completely disqualified. 
  • We will only accept a maximum of 500 submissions for the 2024 Fellowship cycle. 
  • The selection process is open to artists of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, races, ethnicities, and national origins.


You: Are the sole author of your play (co-created material is not accepted, and will be disqualified).
Will not be a full time student during this Incubator Cycle in 2024/2025. (You are eligible if you graduate in May 2024)
Must be committed to growing your participation in the New York City playwriting ecosystem. This is a competitive opportunity that is designed to further your networks specifically in the New York City theater industry. To that end, you must live in New York City for the full duration of your fellowship. (Housing and transportation are not provided.)
Must be available to commit significant time to develop your play for a 4-week period sometime during 2024. (Specific dates to be determined in consultation with selected fellows.)
Must be actively pursuing a career in theater, as evidenced by past productions at regional theaters, past productions off-off-Broadway, a history of self-producing, and/or graduate studies.
Must not have had more than one significant off-Broadway premiere.

Your Play:
  • Is complete.
  • Is a full-length play, not a one-act.
  • Is written only by you.
  • Is not a musical.
  • Has not been previously produced.

Most Important to Note:
  • The incubator is designed for early-career playwrights, which is a term that can apply to a person of any age and with any background, lived experience, or professional history; there is no one path to becoming a playwright. 
  • We are looking for plays that are complete and would benefit from a development process involving professional-level actors and a director. The play does not need to be production-ready, but must be in a further stage than a first draft.
Questions? Contact us at tmincubator@rattlestick.org. No phone calls please.

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