Be Part of the PlayLab Class of 2018

Now entering it’s fifth season, through a year-long series of monthly meetings, the PlayLab serves as a developmental process for playwrights to build new plays with constructive feedback from fellow writers, directors, and the artistic staff of Pipeline.

Each PlayLab playwright will develop a one-act play and a full-length play over the course of our 9th season (July 2017-June 2018).

Plays developed through our PlayLab have gone on to receive awards from the Kennedy Center, have been included on the Kilroys List, and have been produced at theaters across the country.


“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…I wish I could write everything this way.” – SCOTT MCCARREY, Class of 2014

Who Should Apply?

In line with our vision, we are looking for artists who are excited to collaborate with Pipeline and fellow playwrights in developing plays that create imaginative new worlds and use bold and inventive methods to transport audiences. We like big dreamers, working on something brand new that they haven’t quite figured out yet. Special efforts will be made to recruit a diverse group in terms of ethnicity, gender, educational and professional background, etc.

Our vision: we believe that an unbridled imagination is a force of magic with the power to provoke a more courageous and compassionate world.

Got questions about our mission and vision and if your work aligns with ours? We suggest you first familiarize yourself with our production history (specifically work produced from 2012 onward) as well as the work being developed in this year’s PlayLab. Still have questions? Contact our Director of Artistic Development, Tom Costello.

“Pipeline’s Playlab has provided me with the supportive, joyful, hilarious, brilliant space I need in order to create. I gain access to great minds every time I walk into our meetings. And there is laughter. And there is dedication. We are WORKING.” – SALTY BRINE, Class of 2015

What to Expect

PlayLab playwrights meet once a month to review pages of their projects with one another through cold readings and dramaturgical discussion. We strive to build a strong sense of community within our PlayLab, so each month the meeting travels to a different PlayLab or Pipeline artistic team member’s home. Often the host provides food, even drinks, for the group. PlayLab playwrights should be excited to work within a collaborative group atmosphere, and enjoy providing one another with constructive feedback. PlayLab playwrights will participate in the following programs:

  • Monthly Meetings (July 2017 – June 2018)
  • PlayLab Kick Off Event (August 2017)
  • Matchstick Series (November 2017)
  • Mid-Year Event (January 2018)
  • Annual Retreat (May 2018)
  • Bonfire Series (June 2018)

“Pipeline has taken care of me, listened to me, and inspired me in ways that I did not dare expect. I’ve found true friends and artistic collaborators and every meeting we had was not quite long enough.” – CLAIRE KIECHEL, Class of 2015