The Ethel Woolson Lab is an annual, competitive workshop series named in honor of a generous benefactor of WTP. The 2021 deadline for the lab is yet to be announced.

For our 2020 season, the lab will be 20 hours, in 3-4 rehearsals culminating in a virtual reading for the public. Two of our four recipients have chosen to postpone their labs till they can be done live.

Launched in 2009 by Jill Patrick (Managing Artistic Director of WTP from 2006-2016), up to three plays by WTP member playwrights are selected each year to participate in the EWL. Each recipient is given a 29-hour developmental workshop, culminating in a rehearsed, staged reading for the public. Each selected playwright is partnered with a support team of artists designed for the needs of the play.

The EWL is Working Title Playwrights most in-depth development opportunity. Because the lab is an intensive process, WTP asks that the playwright take time off to spend the week dedicated to the script. Beginning in 2019, WTP has included a stipend for the recipient playwright, marking the 10-year anniversary of the lab.

Past Panelists: Carlyn Aquiline, Freddie Ashley, Margaret Baldwin, Johnny Drago, Sonhara Eastman, Daryl Lisa Fazio, Edith Freni, Cassie Gonzales, Patricia Henritze, Quinn Xavier Hernandez, Justin Kalin, Celise Kalke, Enoch King, Sloka Krishnan, Damien Lockhart, Addae Afura Moon, Nichole Palmietto, Ibi Owolabi, Theroun D’Arcy Patterson, Mia Kristin Smith, Rebekah Suellau, Malcolm Tariq and Michael Winn.

WTP Playwright Malcolm Tariq speaks with dramaturg, Dr. Angela Farr Schiller and director, Cynthia Barker during rehearsal for the 2018 EWL lab YESTERDAY: TODAY. Photo credit: Danyale Taylor.

Submission Criteria:

  • The playwright is a member of Working Title Playwrights.
  • The playwright is actively engaged in the revision process and open to collaborative feedback and exploration. The EWL is a development opportunity, not a showcase for a finished product.
  • The playwright has the ability to take off work the week of the lab to focus entirely on re-writes. To assist with this time off, WTP has included a stipend for the recipient playwright.

If there are questions about the criteria, please email Amber at Playwrights who have been a recipient of the lab this year may not apply for the 2021 season. You will be eligible to apply again for the 2022 season.

Working Title Playwrights thanks the Alliance Theatre for their support of this program. All lab rehearsals and readings take place on the 3rd Floor.

PLEASE SUBMIT BLIND to managing@workingtitleplaywrights in PDF with the subject: “WTP Ethel Woolson Lab Submission.LAST NAME-TITLE” 

Attach the following documents:

  • BLIND Artist Statement (for example: goals for script development, how far along is your script, how may a dramaturg help you with this project, have you had experience working with one? Do have particular needs in regards to this project?)
  • BLIND FULL-LENGTH scripts with a separate title page indicating playwright name and contact information. If your script is not complete, submit 50 pages of dialogue with a detailed outline including character breakdowns.

Please note: this is a development opportunity, not a showcase for a finished product. 


2020 recipients

2019 Recipients

2018 Recipients


2017 Recipients


 2016 Recipients


2015 Recipients

  • Keester by Pamela Turner
  • In the Garden by Amina S. McIntyre
  • The Nightingale Rose or The Bitch of Balaclava by Patricia Henritze

2014 Recipients

  • The Cannibals by Theroun D’Arcy Patterson
  • Hush Now by Penny Micklebury
  • Empty Rooms by Annie Harrison Elliott

2013 Recipients

  • Death and Interior Decoration by Hilary Rogers King
  • The Golden Glow Tea Room by Robin Burke
  • Legacy by Barbara and Carlton Molette
  • The Liar’s Child by Sharon Mathis

2012 Recipients

  • Orbital Debris by Vynnie Meli
  • Breathe Like a Bandage by Neeley Gossett

2011 Recipients

  • American Dismantle by Theroun D’Arcy Patterson
  • The Jew Catcher by David L. Fisher

2010 Recipients

  • Anthony + Cleopatra UNDONE by Patricia Henritze
  • Evelyn in Purgatory by Topher Payne

2009 Recipients

  • The Birdwatcher by Johnny Drago
  • Ladies in Waiting by Sherry Camp Paulsen
  • Divided Among Themselves by Henry W. Kimmel