Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab

William Burke & Jackie Sibblies Drury, Co-Chairs

The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab was founded in 1998 to explore and develop the work of a new generation of theater artists and to foster new collaborations between writers and directors in the beginning stages of the creative process. Now, the Lab remains focused on this collaboration, inviting writer/director teams, of various backgrounds and experience, to apply with new and ambitious projects.

Participation includes attendance at all Lab meetings and performances during the 2017/19 cycle. The Lab meets twice monthly from November 2017 to April 2018 to develop and workshop pieces, and from October 2018 – May 2019 to continue play development, culminating in public showings at Soho Rep.

Additionally, in the fall of 2017, writer/director teams will be invited to introduce their work to the Soho Rep community through one-off events as part of Writer/Director Open Studios. Open Studios was created as an informal platform to allow Lab participants to introduce themselves artistically, through whatever methods they choose, to their fellow Lab members and, if desired, the broader public.

Eligibility: Writers and directors must be able to attend all Lab meetings and showings at Soho Rep in New York City during the 2017/19 cycle. They may not be full-time students at the start of the Lab in fall 2017. Past participants of the Lab are not eligible to apply. Only applications from writer/director teams will be accepted, and projects with a limited development history will be given priority.

Writers: We are looking for writers or artists who can produce and develop text-based scripts.  People from all artistic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Directors: We are looking for directors or artists who can create live performances stemming from text-based scripts. A demonstrated ability to fill a directorial role is preferred, but people from all artistic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Lab welcomes applications from all artists, regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to participation requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.

Application: Writers and Directors will apply together as teams to submit the following:

  1. Individual Resumes (labeled: First Name_Last Name_Resume).
    Proposal: a 250-word description of the project, the impulse behind the project, why you are excited to work on this together and what your goals during the Lab would be. Plays/projects should be at the earliest stage of development.
    Collaborative History: brief 2-3 sentences on projects you have worked on in the past, or if this is a new collaboration, what brings you together.
    A 10-page writing sample from the writer’s past work.
    A PDF of the full-length play that the 10-page sample is from.
    Directors should write a short description (up to 500 words) of a production you would dream of doing. This can be a classic play, a new play, or something that hasn’t been created yet. This is not a pitch and does not need to be a “Soho Rep. play” at all. Hopefully it is a fun exercise through which you can share your artistic interests.
    References for each writer and director (name, phone number, and email).

To apply: CLICK HERE, and fill out the Google Form. All documents should be PDFs.

Applications must be submitted electronically to us by 5pm EST on July 17, 2017, and you should expect to receive a response from us no later than September 5, 2017. If you have not heard from us by then, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your interest in the Writer/Director Lab program. If you have further questions please email us at

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