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

Sam Byron (2014-2015 resident)

Past Playwrights-in-Residence

Dennis Staroselsky (2013-2014 resident)
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 2015-2016 season.

This program is currently seeking ten-minute plays. Please note that the studio’s search for a playwright-in-residence will launch in 2015 and that guidelines be updated from previous years.


Now seeking 10-minute plays that address one of the following themes:

  • Global Gender Violence: from street harassment and slutwalk protests to Boko Haram kidnappings and bus rapes
  • Environmental crisis: “food shortages, mass extinctions and flooding are likely without immediate action”. Click here to read the New York Times article quoted.
  • School to prison pipeline


  • Seeking and new, unproduced works
  • Scripts should be a maximum of 10 pages
  • No excerpts from a longer work please
  • No adaptations please
  • All submissions should be blind. Your name should not appear in the title, on the cover page or anywhere within the manuscript. This ensures that the committee of readers do not know the name of author of the plays they are reading and can consider artistic merit alone.
  • Please do not include synopsis/summary, developmental history or your representative’s information on the cover page or in the manuscript.
  • Completed submissions must be received by Monday, March 16, 2015 (Extended from March 2).
  • Please consider sending your script as a PDF which helps to streamline our process.

Please note: We are especially interested in plays that broach the subject matter with an interesting use of dramatic writing. In the last round, we received many “slice of life” plays and wanted to point out that the manuscripts that use metaphor and drama in unique ways often had a better chance of advancing through the rounds of consideration.


  • Please fill out a submission form by clicking here.
  • Please e-mail your play to The subject line should read “Ten-Minute Plays GENDER VIOLENCE” OR “Ten-Minute Plays ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS” OR “Ten-Minute Plays SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE”
  • Completed submissions must be received by Monday, March 16, 2015.

Please note: Your submission will only be complete if you follow both of the steps above.

Please note #2: Paper applications will not be accepted; all applications must be sent via e-mail to


  • All plays will be read by a committee composed of alumni and upperclassmen in the first round. Plays that advance to the second round will be read by theater professionals and staff.
  • Selected plays will receive readings in a June 2015 event that is free and open to the public.
  • Playwrights will be notified of results by May 15, 2015.

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