THE 2016-2018 WP LAB!
“The Lab is a force to be reckoned with. It’s like a cross between a creative think tank, a stimulating lecture series, a new works development lab, and a ridiculously fun artists’ retreat happening smack in the middle of NYC.”–Mia Rovegno, Director
“The WP Lab was an amazing experience for me. To have my ideas and creativity fostered in a group of talented women playwrights, producers, and directors was empowering. Not only has the Lab helped me to feel clearer about my voice as a playwright, it has inspired my confidence as a woman with something important to offer our greater theatre continuum. I am extremely thankful to WP for continuing to nurture my art.” -Dominique Morisseau, Playwright
“To look at the list of people who’ve been through the WP Lab is to look at a Who’s Who of American Theater.” -Sarah Krohn, Director
THE APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED as of November 8, 2015 11:59PM
WP Theater is looking for 15 female-identified 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 2016-2018 WP Lab.
Lab provides up to fifteen artists with community, a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, free rehearsal space and, most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY:
- Must be a female-identified artist living within 90 minutes of Women’s Project Theater via car or rail.
- Must be able to attend evening meetings at Women’s Project Theater twice each month for the duration of the two years, as well as other events throughout the year, such as master classes, retreats, observerships and other special events at WP.
- Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment.
- Must be available for an in-person interview.
THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS WILL:
- Receive a stipend
- Participate in a monthly lab meeting led by Women’s Project Theater’s Artistic Staff
- Participate in a bimonthly meeting of the five artists in their concentration led by a mentor in their field.
- Participate in master classes led by established artists.
- 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.
For further clarification of Requirements for Eligibility, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.
- All applicants must submit a PDF document containing:
- Current resume
- One page statement that describes your artistic vision and the specific process behind it and why this residency would be useful for you in this moment of your career.
- A list of 3 professional references, including title/affiliation, phone and email
- 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.
- Directors & Producers:
- A list of upcoming productions, workshops, readings and other projects with dates, venues, and your role.
- You may also include a link to your website, or other online resources.
- Additional materials should not exceed 3 pages and may include reviews (no excerpts) and photos
- Hard copy applications will not be accepted.
All materials will be reviewed by a panel of theater professionals. Finalists will be notified by early May and asked to interview in June 2016. The 2016-2018 Lab will begin in September 2016.
For further clarification of materials required for application, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Section below.
SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:
Subject Line: WP Lab Application Submission
- Hard copy applications will not be accepted
- If you have specific questions, please email email@example.com after reading the Frequently Asked Questions section below. No phone calls please.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kind of conflicts would make me ineligible?
We accept that every artist will wind up missing one or two meetings, but if you know now that you will be away for more than three weeks in total in during the lab dates, you should not apply. Applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment and we will only accept applicants who can take full advantage of the program.
I’m not available for an in-person interview—may I still apply?
If you are unavailable for an in-person interview or have a limited conflict in regards to attending biweekly meetings, please make note of such conflicts in your application. We will try to accommodate such situations on a case-by-case basis.
When will the monthly meetings be held?
We will work with the artists selected to find a time that works for the group, so you need not worry about this question at the application stage.
If I am selected for the group and then my eligibility status changes, would I be automatically suspended from the program?
No, we will handle this situation on a case-by-case basis. Please do not let such a concern keep you from applying.
What kind of resume should I submit?
Your resume should list all readings, workshops or productions. Your resume should also include any other relevant theater experience. We would be glad to see a resume detailing your education or other work experience, though this is not required. Please feel free to submit multiple resumes if you think that this would be helpful as we consider your application. As long as you have a resume that details your theatrical experience, you need not tailor a resume to this application process alone.
If I can’t decide between two plays or have an additional writing sample that I am very proud of, may I include more than one play with my application?
No, we only read one play per applicant, so please only submit one writing sample.
May I send in music along with the book of my musical?
Please do, and give credit to the composer and lyricist.
Is there an age limit? Are you looking for young writers?
No, there is no age limit and we would be glad to admit a talented artist of any age into the program?
Will you let me know that you received my application?
Yes, we will email you once we have processed your application.
May I follow-up with you about my application status?
Yes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I have had some contact with a WP staff member, would it be better to contact them directly with my question rather than write to email@example.com?
No, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, but feel free to mention any contact with a WP staff member in your email.
Thank you for your interest in the WP Lab—we look forward to your application!
Time Warner Foundation, Inc. provides leadership support of Lab artists and new play development at Women’s Project Theater.
*Current WP Lab, 2014-2016