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The Lark is currently accepting applications for The Middle Eastern American Writers Lab. All other applications to The Lark's programs are currently closed. To be notified when our submission opportunities open again, sign up for The Lark's mailing list!

Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at The Lark

Deadline: February 7, 2020

The Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at The Lark is now accepting submissions for its 2020 cohort! The Lab is a New York City-based home for writers of Middle Eastern descent, that creates a safe space for playwrights, television writers, and screenwriters to share their work, support one another, and discuss the past, present, and future of Middle Eastern storytelling on American stages and screens.


This Lab is open only to playwrights of Middle Eastern descent. As the Lab meets in NYC, those submitting should be able to make those monthly meetings in person.

To Apply:
Please fill out The Middle Eastern American Writers' Lab Application Form by February 7, 2020.
You will be asked to submit a 20-page sample from a full-length play and one-page personal statement responding to the following prompts: 
  1. Why do you want to be a member of the Middle Eastern American Writers Group at The Lark? and;
  2. In what ways do you feel you will contribute to this writers' group?
The selection process for this program is curated by Program Directors Kareem Fahmy and Mona Mansour.
For any questions regarding the application process, email

Playwrights' Week

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.

Applications currently closed.

New Voices Fellowship

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. Each cycle supports two playwrights.

Applications currently closed.

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 currently 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 currently closed.


Our Initiatives

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.

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