Playwrights Division

Like its namesake this program was created to provide support to emerging playwrights. The Harold Clurman Lab Theater produces one play each season by the playwright in residence. Resident playwrights receive a modest stipend and have access to studio space, members of the Clurman Lab Theatre Company and student actors for readings and workshops. The author may also see other shows produced as curricular shows or student productions.

Current Playwright-in-Residence

Dennis Staroselsky (2013-2014 resident)

Past Playwrights-in-Residence

Halley Feiffer (2012-2013 resident)
Mia Chung (2012-2013 resident)
Anton Dudley (2011-2012 resident)
Christina Gorman (2010-2011 resident)
Zayd Dohrn (2009-2010 resident)
Peter Nickowitz (2008-2009 resident)

The Harold Clurman Playwrights Division is not currently accepting play submissions. Please check back in early 2015 for information on the next submission period. Thank you for your interest and support.

Applications categories for 2014-2015 season.

This program is not currently accepting submissions. Please note that these guidelines may change for the 2015-2016 period, but are offered here to give writers an idea of the submission categories previously offered.


Seeking new, full-length ensemble plays for young actors (age 16-25). One or more play will be selected for a student production (this is a curricular project for full-time acting students). Plays must be new, unproduced works and require minimal set, props, costumes.


Seeking 10-minute plays that address themes of gender equity and/or global violence against girls and women.

Seeking 10-minute plays that address global warming and/or have an environment, conservation or ecology theme.


This is a collaborative residency that is mutually beneficial to the mission of the studio and the playwright. We are seeking playwrights who:

- are in their early careers
- are unpublished
- have not yet had professional productions other than those using the showcase code
- have a vested interest in working with a community of artists
- are interested in engaging in a discussion about how the studio can support and challenge their work

While this is a merit-based residency search, we are particularly interested in diversity – diverse writers, voices, viewpoints, perspectives. The studio is interested in co-designing a residency with the playwright that will support and challenge their process. The course of the residency is not regimented, but may be described as “playwright’s choice” within the resources and capabilities of the studio. Past participants have chosen some of the following:

1) a series of readings on a play written during the course of the year
2) a series of readings on a variety of plays/pages
3) writing a new work for an ensemble of graduate level actors
4) a showcase production

The resident will engage in a discussion with the Artistic Director and other staff to explore what activities might be most helpful to their process during the year. Residencies typically begin in September and culminate in June. Resident playwrights receive a $1000 stipend and have access to the Studio’s space, members of the Clurman Lab Theatre Company, and student actors for readings and workshops.

Completed applications must include a required application form, a full-length, polished but unpublished play (a full-length play is one that constitutes a full evening of theater; a 90-minute one act play is acceptable); a statement of objectives of no more than a page discussing how you would benefit from a collaborative residency at the studio; and a brief biography emphasizing your history as a playwright. Playwrights must read and agree to the Letter of Agreement before applying. By applying for this residency, playwrights confirm that they have read and agree to the Letter of Agreement.

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