The LAB is back!

for the 2019-2021
Soho Rep. Writer/Director LAB

William Burke & Jackie Sibblies Drury, Co-Chairs

 The LAB is an engine for creating lasting artistic relationships and giving the artists the means and resources to make a tangible piece of theater. The LAB supports the development of four projects created by collaborative teams over 18 months, culminating in work-in-progress presentations at Soho Rep. The artistic teams will emerge from the LAB confident in the work they have made and with a substantive piece of theater that can have a future life.

What the LAB is looking for:

We are seeking collaborative teams of two theater artists who will work together to create a text-based live performance event.

We seek to prove the hypothesis that theater can be made in all types of ways.  Therefore, the artists in each collaborative team can come from a variety of artistic specializations, but they must identify as the lead artists on the project, and they must be able to work together toward a in-process presentation of performance work at the culmination of the 18-month LAB process. Historically, these teams have involved one “writer” and one “director,” but we do not require a background in either discipline, and welcome fluidity in artistic roles.

We are excited by language, by bold theatricality and by challenges to form.


Applicants who are full time students (undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree granting organizations), or in any graduate program will not be considered.

Applicants must be based in the greater New York City area and be able to attend twice monthly meetings and presentations in person for the duration of the 18-month program.

Because LAB participants will be working on the same piece for 18 months, this should be a piece that is not being developed in conjunction with any other organization or any other primary collaborators outside the LAB.

Applicants must have an interest in theater-making, collaboration, and relationship-building with other artists.

Applicants may only apply with one project per cycle. Applicants who apply with multiple projects will not be considered.

Past Writer Director lab participants are not eligible for this round of the LAB.

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.


  1. Project proposal (1)
    Please describe your proposed LAB project. 4800 characters max.
    Please try to answer some of the following:

    • What will the project look/sound/feel like?
    • How far along is the project?
    • Is this a new collaboration?
    • Detail the role each collaborator will take to make the piece happen.
    • What drew you to each other?
    • What are the core values/elements of your collaboration?
  2. Artist Bios (2)
    Please provide a bio for each artist, 600 characters per person max.
  3. Work Samples (2)
    Please provide two work samples – one from each artist.
    Because the projects we are interested in accepting to the lab are early in their development, we do not expect work samples to be of the proposed project, but rather samples of each lead artist’s previous work.
    One sample must be a full length play, with 10 pages specified as a shorter reading sample, from anywhere in the script.
    One sample must be visual, up to 5 minutes of video OR up to 10 images.
  4. Artist Statements (2)
    Please provide an artist statement of each collaborator’s work that helps to provide context for each work sample. 1500 characters per person max.

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

Applications must be submitted electronically to us by 5:00PM (EST) on Monday, July 8, 2019, and you should expect to receive a response from us whether you have been accepted to the LAB or not, sometime around the first two weeks of September. Thank you for your interest in the Writer/Director Lab program. If you have further questions please email us at


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