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 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 ten hours of rehearsal in advance of a public staged reading, focused on the writer’s self-stated developmental goals.
Now in its 25th year, Playwrights’ Week is designed as a discovery festival. Its Open Submissions policy is designed to promote the discovery of new and unheard voices, and its developmental process is designed to foster a sense of discovery for writers, their collaborators, and our audiences.
The Selection Process
Submissions are open to writers based anywhere in the world with scripts-in-progress. Plays submitted through this program are evaluated by a team of readers from the Lark community.
Playwrights' Week is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Axe-Houghton Foundation.