Deadline: October 4
A unique process of developing scripts to production quality.
Since its creation in 1994, NPTC Women’s Work Project has had the goal of not only helping to develop specific plays, but to support residents’ growth as accomplished and skilled playwrights—to give writers added tools in the practice of their craft and to strengthen their individual voices. Our focus has always been on bringing scripts to production quality. NOTE: All LABs are currently be conducted virtually. If circumstances require that we continue in that format into 2021, we may amend our procedures.
Short Play Lab
The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Six members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme.
Playwrights receive monthly feedback on their play from the LAB’s group of director/dramaturgs. In a process unique to NPTC, feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on. NPTC’s approach creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy. Scripts are then produced in our annual Women’s Work Short Play Festival.
Note: Playwrights may not solicit outside feedback during the development process.
Application Guidelines For Short Play Lab
Playwrights should apply by midnight, October 4, 2020 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- a full resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.) and website URL if applicable
- a 10-15 page writing sample from a playscript
- a personal statement explaining your understanding of the purpose of the LAB and why you wish to be a member, including goals for your own growth and development if selected.
- Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).
(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.)