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PROGRAMS WOMEN'S WORK
a unique process of developing scripts to production quality
ABOUT WOMEN'S WORK: Since its creation in 1994, NPTC Women’s Work Project has had the goal of not only helping to develop specific plays, but to support residents’ growth as accomplished and skilled playwrights—to give writers added tools in the practice of their craft and to strengthen their individual voices. Our focus has always been on bringing scripts to production quality.
The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Six members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme. Playwrights receive monthly feedback on their play from the LAB’s group of director/dramaturgs. In a process unique to NPTC, feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on. The process creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy. Scripts are then produced in our annual Women's Work Short Play Festival.
Playwrights who have completed the short play LAB may be invited to submit a proposal for a full-length work and continue with the LAB in the fall. This may be a new play, or a script already in progress. They, too, follow a schedule for presenting longer completed works and rough drafts. In this way, the LAB retains NPTC’s desire to develop full length scripts by women writers while still allowing for continuous creativity. These plays are presented as readings for invited or for public audiences at various stages of development. “Bare bones” productions of full-length scripts are presented as part of NPTC's season when it becomes clear that they will benefit from a full rehearsal process. When resources permit, full productions are scheduled.
Artistic Director Melody Brooks oversees both Women's Work LABs manages the Full-length LAB; Celia Braxton, Ph.D. is Senior Dramaturg for the Full-length LAB. Jenny Greeman, Artistic Associate, assumes the management of the Short Play LAB for 2019. A team of director/dramaturgs commit to the long-term development process as active collaborators with the writers in both labs.
For more information about the Women's Work LAB, contact New Perspectives Theatre Company at 212-630-9945; firstname.lastname@example.org