Deadline: Ongoing submissions
Special Interests: African-American
Accepts Submissions of: Musicals / Plays / Young Audience material / Edgy material / Radio/Film/TV material



The Playwrights’ Lab. consists of a group of playwrights who meet for three hours a week, on Monday nights, to listen to actors read scenes from their plays. After the readings, there is a constructive discussion about how well the work is serving the objective of the playwright. These are not cold readings, Pulse provides the actors for the scenes, and gets scripts to the actors, so that they can read the scripts before the workshop meets.

The group is currently under the leadership of nationally and internationally produced award winning playwright Lezley Steele.

All playwrights in the group are expected to participate in discussion about all the works being read, not just their own.

The group is never larger than ten playwrights. The Lab. is a four-month (consecutive) session. At the end of the four months, if the work is ready, it will receive a public reading. Pulse casts the play and provides the director. Playwrights are welcome to continue working on their play until it is deemed ready for a public reading.

This is not a beginning level class. The Playwright must have a work in progress, and be willing to continue working on the script; this is not a workshop for people who consider that their work is already completed.

The fee is $100. per month, payable, in advance or on the last session of each month (for the next month). Playwrights are admitted into the group based upon their writing skills and enthusiasm for the process.

Comments from NMI Staff:

Develops work of each playwright in 4-month workshop.  Group (limit 10) meets 3 hours/week to read scenes with discussion afterward.  Presents two showcases of 3 works/year.  Some plays selected for further development.  Group is under the leadership of Award winning playwright Lezley Steele.  Fees $100/month.

CONTACT NAME: Brian Richardson
        Pulse Ensemble Theatre’s Playwrights’ Lab
        Brian Richardson
        248 W. 35th St., 15th Floor
        250 Greenwich Street
        New York, New York 10001
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