Be Part of the PlayLab Class of 2015

Through a year-long series of monthly meetings, the Pipeline PlayLab serves as a workshop for playwrights to build new plays with constructive feedback and readings with fellow writers, directors, and the artistic staff of Pipeline, culminating in a festival of readings at the end of the season.

In our first year of the PlayLab we developed and produced seven readings of brand new shows. Next season, we’ll meet with playwrights once a month, every second Sunday, from October to July. Playwrights commit to attending all meetings, one performance of each Pipeline mainstage, as well as readings of one another’s plays throughout the season.

How Will it Work?

In addition to our monthly meetings of the Lab, each playwright will be given a deadline (based on his/her own goals) to have a complete draft of the show, at which point playwrights will be paired with a director & producer to work with through the second half of the season. These creative teams will work together to develop the show with closed-door readings and dramaturgical work, culminating in producing a reading as part of Pipeline’s PlayLab Series at the end of our season (June 20-27, 2015).


Applications for the PlayLab are now open! To participate please send the following as a single .pdf file by Monday September 1, 2014:

  • Your Resume
  • Your Bio
  • A brief cover letter about your proposed play, how it fits Pipeline’s mission (see below), and what you’d want to tackle with a season of dramaturgical support
  • The play you’re submitting (if you have a draft; if not, send us a different full-length writing sample along with a paragraph synopsis or whatever you currently have of your proposed project)

Send these all to [email protected] with the subject line: 2015 PlayLab Submission by September 1! (Be sure to name your file in the following format: [LASTNAME_Playlab2015])

The Class of 2014 Says:

“Pipeline’s Playlab provides writers with a gift that is often (sadly) elusive in a city so large — a community in which to work that is simultaneously stress-free and driven, comfortable yet focused. Feedback from the company members involved and from the other writers in the group was instrumental in making Optimism, Or what it is today, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for a thing. Apply apply apply. Apply. Apply. These people are some smart cookies.” – A.P. Andrews, Optimism, Or

“The capable artistic staff of the Pipeline PlayLab are truly passionate about new plays and the people who write them. Their feedback and support – along with the inspiring work of my amazing PlayLab colleagues – allowed my work to grow in ways I never could have anticipated. I’ll carry this experience with me forever.” – Jessica Fleitman, Show of Hands

“Pipeline’s PlayLab is a terrific incubator for new work. They provided me and my fellow playwrights with an environment where I felt safe to share raw pages, but also gave me the challenges and support I needed to craft a brand new play. Pipeline has an ear for unique voices, and brought together such an exciting group of emerging playwrights that I was always thrilled to show up to meetings and hear what was going to be read. I wish could write everything this way.” – Scott McCarrey, The Mystery of Fucking

Our Mission:

Pipeline makes theater of the imagination. Our company thrives on adventure and believes no story is worth telling without a little risk. We love our villains as much as our heroes, especially in those puzzling moments when we can’t quite tell them apart. Above all, we aim to leave you with stories that stick somewhere in your heart, your brain, or your guts.

Important Dates:

Meeting Dates: Sunday October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14th, July 12

Reading Dates: Saturday July 20-27, Times TBD.


Ask our artistic team: Colby ([email protected]), Jessika ([email protected])

All playwrights will be notified by September 30, 2014.