Playwright Residencies


Road Less Traveled Productions’ (RLTP) 2019 Regional Playwright Residency has been awarded to Derek Roland for development of his work Waist Deep. The residency will begin January 1st and culminate in a staged reading of his work at the end of 2019. As Regional Playwright Resident, Mr. Roland will have opportunities to work with actors, directors, and designers to develop his work in progress in consultation with the RLTP Literary Department.

Mr. Roland is a writer, director, choreographer, performer, and arts educator originally from Rochester, NY, as well as a graduate of Niagara University’s Theatre Department (BFA in Theatre Studies). He is a long-standing company member of 3-time Drama Desk nominated Parallel Exit Theatre Company, and has worked Off-Broadway, on multiple national and international tours, and in New York at City Center, Town Hall, and New Victory. He recently completed the MSc Playwriting Program at the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded the William Hunter Sharpe Memorial Scholarship for playwriting. His plays include The Exhibit; Waist Deep; Peace and Quiet; as well as various other works in progress. His original rock musical Pie Eaterwas a Next Link selection for the NYMF 2016, and he wrote and composed an original piece in collaboration with Kate Garcia (Hamilton) for the International Human Rights Festival in 2017.


Since 2003, RLTP has supported the development of new plays by writers from Western New York. RLTP continues its commitment to new play and playwright development with its Regional Residency program.

A Regional Residency provides one year of developmental support for works-in-progress by playwrights in the Western New York region. Our region extends as far south as Jamestown and as far east as Rochester, and equal distance to the North and West. We welcome and encourage playwrights from Southern Ontario (including Toronto) as well! For playwrights who fall outside of this region, we unfortunately are not able to offer you development support for a Regional Residency at this time.

For the 2018-2019 season, RLTP will be able to provide developmental support for one (1) regional playwright’s work in progress. A “work in progress” can be a play in various stages of completion; we leave it to the playwright to determine what project would most benefit from developmental support. This could mean a script that needs re-working, a partial script, or even a concept that’s in its nascent stage. However, the work in progress should not have yet had a production, and should be something that they are willing to commit to working on throughout the year.

Residency support will include a $1,000 playwright stipend distributed in installments throughout the year. Specific goals will be determined with the New Play Coordinator and pursued through monthly sessions that could include cold readings of new pages, design or directing consultations, blocking rehearsals, and/or dramaturgical sessions. The Residency will culminate in a staged reading at the end of the term.