Lab Applications

The submission period is now closed.  The deadline to apply to the 2014-2016 WP Lab was November 4, 2013.  We will be notifying finalists about the next round of interviews in April, 2014.  All applicants will be notified of their status by late June, 2014.  If you have questions, please contact

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ABOUT THE WP Lab Application Process

The WP Lab targets playwrights, directors, and producers who have created a foundation for themselves in the world of theater, but crave an artistic home, professional support, and the resources to launch them into the next phase of their careers.

Through an open application process, Women’s Project Theater will select 15 playwrights, directors, and producers to join the WP Lab for a period of two years.

The participating artists will:


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.

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

Applicants must submit the following:

If your contact information or eligibility status changes between the application deadline and your notification, you must update Women’s Project Theater by emailing

For further clarification of materials required for application, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Section below.

Please mail or deliver materials to:

WP Lab Application Committee
Women’s Project Theater
55 West End Avenue
New York , NY 10023

If you mail your application: please do not bind or staple your script; a binder clip will suffice. We encourage you to save paper by printing your play on recycled paper and double-siding your script. Your application materials will not be returned.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 4, 2013. Materials must be postmarked by November 4th, 2013.


Women’s Project Theater will select the strongest candidates based on the overall strength of the applicant’s play submission, artistic statement, and interview.

WP will look for candidates from diverse backgrounds who show tremendous artistic promise and talent, as well as responsible and dedicated individuals who are serious about a career in the theater. WP is especially interested in artists who have not begun their career via the traditional channels.


Application Deadline: November 4, 2013
Finalist interviews: Early June, 2014
Notification: Mid-Late June, 2014
Program start date: September, 2014
Program end date: May, 2016

All applicants will be notified of their status by email by the end of June. Applicants without email addresses will be notified by mail. Please do not call or email to ask your status. Please know that if we would like to interview you, we will contact you, so you need not call or email to inquire.

If you have specific questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it after reading the Frequently Asked Questions section below. No phone calls please.


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.

When will the monthly meetings be held? We will work with the artists selected to find a time that works for every member of 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 the plays you worked on whether as 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.

I have revised my play so much since I submitted it last year that it can hardly be considered the same play; may I submit it? Unfortunately, you cannot. We require that you submit a new play.

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 if it is not you.

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, will receive an email once your payment is processed.  If you have not received email confirmation from us by November 30, please email

If I don’t hear from you by July 2014, may I follow-up with you about my application status? Yes, please email

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  No, please write to, but feel free to mention any contact with a WP staff member in your email.

Thank you for your interest in the WP Lab.



Time Warner Foundation, Inc. provides leadership support of Lab artists and new play development at Women’s Project Theater.

*Current WP Lab, 2014-2016