Writer Director Lab

The Application period for the 24/25 Cohort of the Writer/Director Lab is closed.

All applicants will be notified of their application status on or before June 3. Please note, we are a small staff and this is a big process! This timeline is subject to change, and we will do our best to communicate updates as known. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

Feel free to reach out to lab@sohorep.org if you have any questions. This inbox is monitored semi-regularly, so please be patient as you await response.

Instigated in 1998, the Writer Director Lab* is an engine for the generation of new theatrical projects. The program—a beacon in the city for formally inventive work—supports four collaborative teams as they develop their projects over 12 months. The Lab culminates in work-in-progress presentations that are free and open to the public. 

Through the Lab, we aim to encourage bold, transformative theater artists to develop their voices and their collaborations in a supported space free from market-based expectations. We hope that artistic teams will emerge from the Lab confident in the work they have made, with a first draft of a substantive piece of theater and that the process will have enhanced and enriched the collaboration between the two artists.

*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 an in-process presentation of a performance work at the culmination of the 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.