Tennessee Playwrights Studio

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Welcome to Tennessee Playwrights Studio!

We're looking for strong, brave, fierce voices from Tennessee. Bring a point of view, a handful of characters and a kick-ass narrative, and we'll get along just fine. No one can deny that we live in a pivotal moment in this country's history. When historians look back at the early 21st century, they'll examine our art, our music, our STORIES. Let us help you tell yours on stage.

Who can participate?

The Studio exclusively serves writers who reside or work in Tennessee. Participants must commit to attending a lab one Sunday per month in Nashville between February-November of 2020.  Although you'll be working on your own full-length script, the process involves mutual feedback and support in a small group setting; absences cannot be tolerated.

2020 will be a pivotal year in American history, one that likely will shape our state and nation for years to come. Given that, we're looking for proposals that reflect these high political and cultural stakes. Please consider this as you prepare your application, as it may greatly increase your chances of being selected for our 2020 cohort.

Do I need to have a full manuscript of my play in hand before I begin?

Absolutely not! In fact, we require that you propose a brand-new, full-length script that you will develop over the course of the lab. You'll receive feedback all along the way, and actors will be available to perform your fresh material. 

For 2020, all Fellows must commit to completing a rough first draft by July. The remaining meetings will focus on the vital process of rewriting and refining your script. In late fall, playwrights will receive public readings of their work at a venue in Nashville.

What documents will be in my application?

You'll submit up to 20 pages of a prior script OR (if you're new to writing for the stage) up to 5,000 words in another genre.  We also ask for a 250-word biography and a 500-word synopsis/statement of purpose regarding the new play you propose to write in our lab. We expect the process to be highly competitive, so please take the time to compose your documents accordingly.

Applications open on Nov. 15, 2019, and close on Dec. 20, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST. We will consider only the first 40 applications. Notifications will be made by Jan. 15, 2020. The first lab meeting is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2020, in Nashville. Other monthly dates will be determined prior to acceptance.

The application and the program are free of charge. Transportation and lodging in Nashville are not included. Participants should have access to a laptop computer, tablet or other Internet-accessible device to use during workshops. 

Tennessee Playwrights Studio is committed to inclusion and a safe, harassment-free work environment.

Want to know more?

Come to Nashville and attend our 2019 Reading Festival to see the kinds of plays we're helping to develop. For details, click here.

Tennessee Playwrights Studio