Launched in 2009, 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 January 30, 2021.
Our next lab will be the final virtual lab of 2021. Iphigenia In Quarantine by Liz Dooley is a virtual theatrical experience coming to us on July 8th! Following Iphigenia in Quarantine will be our first lab in 2021 at the Alliance Theatre, Maybe Politics Are Over by Sloka Krishnan in September.
Up to four plays by WTP member playwrights are selected each year to participate in the Ethel Woolson Lab. 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 and the playwright. This includes a dramaturg, a director, a stage manager and a cast of actors.
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.
The Ethel Woolson Lab selection process involves 5-7 panelists (reading blind) with Managing Artistic Director Amber Bradshaw. The recipient playwrights are selected by the panel.
Past Panelists for the EWL include industry professionals and previous recipients of the lab: Justin Anderson, Carlyn Aquiline, Freddie Ashley, Margaret Baldwin, Joanie Drago, Sonhara Eastman, Daryl Lisa Fazio, Edith Freni, Patricia Henritze, Quinn Xavier Hernandez, Justin Kalin, Celise Kalke, Hank Kimmel, Enoch King, Sloka Krishnan, Damien Lockhart, Emily McClain, Addae Afura Moon, Nichole Palmietto, Natasha Patel, Theroun D’Arcy Patterson, Mia Kristin Smith, Rebekah Suellau, Malcolm Tariq.
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.
2021 deadline: January 30, 2021.
- 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 of $350 for the recipient playwright.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Send your submission by email to managing@workingtitleplaywrights in pdf
with the subject: “WTP Ethel Woolson Lab Submission.LAST NAME-TITLE”
Attach the following documents:
1. BLIND* Statement of Purpose – please answer the following questions:
- What is your Intention for development? What are your development goals?
- Why do you think the lab will be useful to you at this point in your process?
- What have you tried? Has this play been workshopped, reviewed or dramaturged yet? If so, with whom and what was the process?
- Where are you stuck? How can we best serve you in this process?
2. BLIND full-length script. If your script is not complete, submit fifty pages of dialogue with a detailed outline including character breakdowns.
3. Title Page with the title of the play, your name, address and contact information.
*Blind indicates that your name is not on the script and your identity remains unknown to panelists.
Please note: Playwrights who have been a recipient of the lab this year may not apply for the 2021. You will be eligible to apply again for the 2022.
For questions about the criteria and information, please email Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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