Submit a Play
Applications Now Open!
Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019 (11:59pm EST)
Playwrights’ Week is an annual, intensive, seven-day festival designed to foster a peer-based community among a cohort of writers with new work in development. Selected via a year-long Open Submissions process, we provide approximately five playwrights with crucial creative resources in a nurturing and rigorous laboratory setting, which includes a series of group conversations around the work. Each new play receives twelve hours of rehearsal in advance of a public staged reading, focused on the writer’s self-stated developmental goals.
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.
- Playwrights’ Week 2019 will take place between October and November 2019.
- Each applicant should expect a confirmation of application receipt in April 2019 and a final response in September 2019.
- 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 U.S. 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 scripts during the selection process.
- Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.
Email any other questions to: email@example.com.
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:
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 .doc or PDF files as attachments.
Please EMAIL your script and completed application as two separate attachments in the same email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to reading your script!
Applications Now Open!
Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019
The Lark is accepting applications for the New Voices Fellowship program, supported by The Jerome Foundation.
The New Voices Fellowship supports playwrights of color, age 30 or under, who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and form relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $15,000, plus an Opportunity Fund of $3,000 for the purposes of travel, research, autonomous workshops, or other work-related expenses, along with access to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support.
In the 2019-20 cycle, The Lark will award two Fellowships.
Applications will be accepted from February 13, 2019 to April 15, 2019. Selected fellows will be notified in June 2019.
The 2019 Fellowship period begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020.
The New Voices Fellowship program is a critical component in The Lark’s acclaimed portfolio of fellowships. The portfolio is designed to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights—at various places in their careers—who represent, collectively, a contemporary national vision. The Lark believes that targeted support to early-career playwrights from underrepresented backgrounds is essential to a culture of equity, access, and inclusion, and a national theater that represents the vibrancy of our collective cultural voices. New Voices Fellows will be in residence at The Lark as part of a community of artists at various career levels from across the country and around the world, gathered to explore and illuminate the most important issues of our time.
- Work with Lark staff to identify individual artistic goals for the fellowship year, toward generating and developing new plays through a series of Lark programs appropriate to those goals;
- Meet, collaborate, engage and work with a community of other professionals in the field, including playwrights, directors, actors, agents, producers, and other industry leaders as appropriate;
- Participate in and/or observe a variety of Lark’s play development processes, whether on or offsite, including retreats, workshops, readings, etc.;
- Receive support for the advancement and advocacy of work generated during the fellowship year, along with continued access to Lark development programs beyond the fellowship period.
Fellows will receive:
- $15,000 fellowship stipend
- $3,000 opportunity fund
Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 for 2019 and 2020 and be responsible for their own taxes. Both stipends are taxable.
Fellowship applicants must:
- Be legal residents of New York City;
- Identify as playwrights of color, age 30 or under at the time of application;
- Not be enrolled in a college, conservatory or advanced training program during the fellowship period;
- Demonstrate financial need;
- Make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in The Lark’s community would promote transformative artistic and professional growth.
Please submit the following in .doc or PDF form to email@example.com:
- A cover sheet, including your name, address, date of birth, phone number, and email address;
- A current artistic resume, along with one personal or professional reference (listing the referee’s title or institutional affiliation, along with their phone number and email address). Referrer may be an artistic collaborator, professor, or educator familiar with you and your work;
- A one-page Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals; (3) a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals;
- A one-page Description of Financial Need, describing current income, expenses, and any outstanding financial commitments (such as student loans or other debt), including a statement on how the fellowship stipend might be used and why it would be transformative;
- A ten (10) page sample of recent work that best represents you as a playwright (Sample may be an excerpt or self-contained 10-minute play). Finalists will be asked to submit a recent full-length play as additional support material.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
Finalists will be notified in May. Selected fellows will be announced in June.
Jerome New York Fellowship
The Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship provides substantial artistic and financial support to an emerging writer of extraordinary promise and vision through an intensive two-year residency that provides resources and guidance to generate and develop a significant body of work. Fellows receive $40,000 over their two year residency, as well as a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for the purposes of travel, research, or independent workshops.
Applications for the Jerome New York Fellowship are now closed.
Apothetae and Lark Fellowship
Now in its pilot year, the Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship program, supported by the Time Warner Foundation, includes a two-year residency for a Disabled Writer, a cash award of $40,000, plus a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for project-related expenses, and control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund, to be allocated to a producing theater in support of a full production of one of the Fellow’s plays. The Fellowship also includes access to a wide range of Lark and Apothetae resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support.
Applications for the Apothetae and Lark Fellowship are now closed.
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Our tool box of initiatives includes Fellowships, residency programs that offer writers significant artistic resources and financial support; Global Exchange initiatives, ongoing reciprocal opportunities for playwrights; and other Programs that include onsite workshops, writers groups and career intensives for playwrights.