Playwright Residencies


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.

To apply for the 2018-2019 Residency, please send a PDF with a brief bio and artist statement (no longer than one page), along with a project proposal or current draft (or pages) of the work you’d like to develop to by September 1, 2018.