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Submission Guidelines

The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program for NYC-based playwrights to engage with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble of actors, musicians, dancers, designers, and dramaturgs to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work. This experimental process of creation and development is designed to welcome the playwright into the rehearsal room through active participation in devised and improvisational explorations. The goals and outcomes of each residency are mutually determined by both LOM and the playwright.

Playwrights are chosen using an anonymous submission process. Each entrant is asked to create an alias so as to mask their identity. Entrants are also required to omit all mentions of names of previous collaborators and the titles of their previous work. The anonymized submissions are then read by a panel consisting of Lynde Rosario (Literary Manager of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Lea Marie Heller (Resident LOM Dramaturg), LOM Co-Artistic Directors Nolan Kennedy and Scarlet Maressa Rivera, and Guest Dramaturg, Myjoycia Cezar. Finalists are scheduled for interviews to determine the participants in this year’s Ensemble Playwright Lab.
This season, LOM will be exploring the theme of action.

This season, for the first time ever, LOM will proudly offer a $500 honorarium to each playwright chosen for a residency.

There will be two residencies: Fall (Oct.-Nov.) and Winter (Feb-March). Each residency will consist of 7 consecutive sessions to develop a work with the LOM ensemble. At the end of each residency, there will be 2 public Zoom showings and a facilitated post-showing talkback with the audience, playwright, and cast.

All meetings, rehearsals, and showings will take place on Zoom. Therefore, playwrights should have a strong interest in working on pieces within this format.

LOM is striving to amplify more BIPoC and LGBTQA+ voices. Playwrights from these communities are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: This is an annonymous submission process.
Do not mention your real name, the names of companies or artists you've worked with, or titles of plays you've written in your submission. Doing so will get you disqualified!

If you have any questions, please email: to contact a non-adjudicating member of the team.


The EPL is open to playwrights...

-who currently live or have lived in NYC in the past 12 months,
who are able to attend all required sessions on Zoom
-at any stage of their career
-wishing to work on a previously written piece OR wanting to create something new with the LOM ensemble
-age 21 or older

If you have submitted to the EPL in the past, please feel free to submit again!

What we are looking for:
The purpose of the Ensemble Playwright Lab is to build a relationship between a playwright and the LOM ensemble, and to explore/allow for/create new ways of collaboration. This program is intended for artists who identify as playwrights and want to improve their craft as well as their work. Yes, there will be public presentations at the end of the residency. However, what gets presented will be based on the interest and goals of the playwright. Letter of Marque’s mission is to spread ensemble culture, through responsive, inclusive, and accessible theater, and to engage individuals in collective success and meaningful dialogue.

What Does It Cost the Playwright:
There is no monetary charge or fee to participate in the Ensemble Playwrights Lab. We ask for their time, dedication, talent, and energy!

Important Dates
Submissions Open: Friday, July 24th, 2020
Submissions Close: Monday, August 24th, 2020
Interviews: September 8th - September 18th, 2020
Finalists Notified: September 25th, 2020

Fall 2020 Section Dates
***Playwrights must be available for all the dates!***
​October 12, 2020, (Indigenous Peoples Day) Mon 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, October 19, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, October 26, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 2, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 9, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 16, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Thursday, November 19, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm & 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #1)
Friday, November 20, 2020 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #2 & talkback)
Monday, November 23,2020 1:30pm-4:30pm (wrap session)

Winter 2021 Section Dates
***Playwrights must be available for all the dates!***
Monday, February 1, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, February 8, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, February 15, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, February 22, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, March 1, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, March 8, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Thursday, March 11, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm & 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #1)
Friday, March 12, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm & 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #2 & talkback)
Monday, March 15, 2021 1:30pm-4:30pm (wrap session)

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