New Works Lab

With the New Works Laboratory, the audience, performers, and writer all take part in the play development process. The writer creates the script, the actors translate the page to the stage, and audience members exchange immediate and uncensored reaction to the play, providing all with insight into further development of the product. Playwrights with a unique vision, innovative subject matter, and diverse perspectives are thus given a voice which otherwise might never be afforded to them in the contemporary world of performing arts.

New Works Laboratory is seeking short, 10-20 minute plays from playwrights of all ages, genders, races, and sexual orientations. Playwrights need not be local. Three to four of these short pieces will be selected for full production in a festival, followed by a talkback with audience, cast, playwright, and director.

Festival dates: August 29 - 31, 2019

One submission per playwright per year will be considered.

Play Submissions

Submissions for the current New Works Laboratory begin January 1, 2019 and run through April 30, 2019. You may email your submission to

Submission Guidelines

Director Interest

If you are interested in directing for the New Works Laboratory please send an email with a cover letter and resume between January 1, 2019 and May 31, 2019 to