The Ethel Woolson Lab is an annual, competitive workshop series named in honor of supporter Gayle Austin’s mother, who has been a generous benefactor of WTP both then and now. 

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 25-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. All readings take place in the Alliance theatre 3rd Floor Black Box.

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Rehearsal for Daryl Lisa Fazio’s EWL of MEDICA, from left to right: Amber Bradshaw, Tisha Whitaker, Mia Kristin Smith, Jacob McGee and Chad Martin.

Full-Length Play Submissions for Season 2019 of the Ethel Woolson Lab are due OCTOBER 30th. 

The EWL is Working Title Playwrights MOST in-depth and competitive development opportunity, named after a generous supporter of WTP. Because the EWL is an intensive process, we ask that the playwright take time off to spend the week dedicated to the script. WTP is proud to announce the we have included a stipend of $350 for the recipient playwright beginning in 2019, marking the 10-year anniversary of the Ethel Woolson Lab.

The submissions will be vetted by a panel of professional theatre artists whose names will be posted when the recipients of the 2019 Season are announced.

Past Panelists: Margaret Baldwin, Johnny Drago, Daryl Lisa Fazio, Edith Freni, Cassie Gonzales, Patricia Henritze, Celise Kalke, Addae Moon, Nichole Palmietto, Theroun D’Arcy Patterson, Jill Patrick, Mia Kristin Smith, Rebekah Suellau, Michael Winn (and more).

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

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 re-writes. To assist with this time off, WTP has just included a stipend of $350 for the recipient playwright.

If there are questions about the criteria, please email Amber at managing@workingtitleplaywrights.com. Playwrights who have been a recipient of the lab this year may not apply for the 2019 season. You will be eligible to apply again for the 2020 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:

  • 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?)
  • Please submit FULL-LENGTH scripts in BLIND copy 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.

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2018 Recipients

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2017 Recipients

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 2016 Recipients

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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

Pictured in banner: Amber Bradshaw, Tisha Whitaker, Mia Kristin Smith, Jacob McGee and Chad Martin rehearsing for an Ethel Woolson Lab reading of Daryl Lisa Fazio’s MEDICA. Photo credit: Danyale Taylor.