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 2019.  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.

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. You will also have ample time for revisions and new drafts. At the end of the process, 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, 2018, and close on Dec. 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. CST. We will consider only the first 60 applications. Notifications will be made by Jan. 15, 2019. Two playwrights (who will join our two rising Fellows from 2018) and two alternates will be chosen. The first lab meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2019, 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 2018 Reading Festival to see the kinds of plays we're helping to develop. For a full schedule, click here.

Tennessee Playwrights Studio