North Carolina Playwrights Lab

Development of original plays by NC playwrights

The North Carolina Playwrights Lab is a premiere, professional new works development program for playwrights residing in this beautiful state. NCPL provides a robust set of tools and space for playwrights to dig deep and develop their plays in hopes of taking the next step in the journey to full production.

The 2024 North Carolina Playwrights Lab will develop 2 full-length, original plays, written by NC playwrights, over 3 weeks with 2 staged-reading presentations of each play for public audiences. Selected pieces will be chosen through a multi-step reading and scoring process by a seasoned reading committee. At the heart of this experience is the opportunity for playwrights to receive moderated feedback sessions with a panel of 3 local and national industry professionals after each presentation of their work. These sessions are intended to inspire brave edits in the week between presentations and beyond!

Selected pieces will receive the following:

  • Rehearsal facilities will be provided for a 2 week, in-person, rehearsal process, equipped with printers to implement live edits – we love new pages!
  • Each piece will be assigned a professional creative team including a seasoned director, dramaturg, stage manager, as well as a qualified cast
  • 2 staged readings for the public in a local venue
  • Basic technical capabilities with a sound designer and lighting designer
  • 3 panelists, locally and out-of-state, will provide moderated critique after each presentation, along with playing a key role in the script editing process
  • Playwright Compensation – $500, PLUS HOUSING if outside the greater Triangle area

    The 2024 North Carolina Playwrights Lab will be held from July 22nd – August 10th

Performance Location/Dates:

TR Studio Theatre, 3027 Barrow Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27616


The 2024 Submission Window is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted! We can’t wait to dig in!


Playwright must be from NC and have a valid, current address

Blind submissions only.  Please remove any identification, contact information, and credits from your script.

Selected playwrights from the previous year may not submit – must wait 1 cycle before submitting again

Playwright teams may not exceed 2 individuals – stipend is by piece and will be split among both individuals; both playwrights must have a current, valid NC address

Only 1 piece by a playwright will be accepted – multiple submissions are not allowed

Play must be written in correct format – *example:

“First Drafts” will not be accepted – piece must be mature in development

Minimum page count of 70 pages – plays under the minimum page count are ineligible

Play must not have been produced as a full production prior to the July 1, 2024

Musicals are ineligible

Screenplays are ineligible

Late submissions will not be accepted

Submission Fee – $15 



Meet our 2024 GUEST PANELIST

Aaron Posner

Aaron Posner is a theatre director, playwright, teacher, former Artistic Director of two major regional theatres, and a tenured Professor at American University. He was the founding Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre, and ran Two River Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. He has directed nearly 200 productions at major regional theaters across the country, including American Players Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare, The Folger, Ford’s Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Round House, Seattle Rep, Signature Theatre, South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre, and many more. As a playwright, his re-imaging of Chekhov’s The Seagull, entitled Stupid Fucking Bird, was one of the ten most produced plays in the US in 2015 and has had more than 250 productions worldwide. His other widely produced and published plays include JQALife SucksNo Sisters, District Merchants, The Chosen, My Name Is Asher Lev, and more. He has won 20 regional theatre awards, including Helen Hayes Awards, Barrymore Awards, The Outer Circle Critics Award, and the John Gassner Prize. He lives near Washington D.C. with his wife, actress Erin Weaver, and his amazing daughter, Maisie.

Be On The Selections Committee

Are you an avid reader of plays? If so, are you interested in having your voice heard in the NCPL Selections Process? We are looking for seasoned theater advocates of all disciplines to join our team! The NCPL Selections Committee is a volunteer reader group who would be reading and evaluating anywhere from 2 to 7 plays over the course of 7 weeks. You only take on what you feel comfortable with! Apply Today!

Apply Here

Please send along any questions to our Selections Process Manager, Chanda Branch, at