North Carolina Playwrights Lab

Celebrating the development of original plays by NC playwrights

The Sips & Scripts New Works Festival 2021 made a huge footprint in arts communities statewide for honoring North Carolina playwrights and providing rewarding opportunities for their incredible works. Partnering once again, CATG and Sips & Scripts are thrilled to build on last year’s achievements, and present the next incarnation of our commitment to NC playwrights and the development of their work with the creation of NORTH CAROLINA PLAYWRIGHTS LAB. We are so excited to take the next step in nurturing the developmental process of the next stage classic being created right here in our home state!

The 2022 North Carolina Playwrights Lab will develop 2 original plays, written by NC playwrights, over 2 weeks with 2 staged-reading presentations for a public audience. Chosen selections will have gone through a 2-step reading 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 4 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:

  • 2 staged readings for the public in a local venue
  • Basic technical capabilities with a sound designer, light designer, and stage manager
  • Rehearsal facilities will be provided for a 2 week in-person rehearsal process
  • Each piece will be assigned a seasoned director and dramaturg, as well as a qualified cast
  • Four guest panelists, locally and out-of-state, will provide moderated critique, along with playing a key role in the script editing process

Performance Dates:

Saturday, September 17 – First Presentation of Piece 1

Saturday, September 24 – First Presentation of Piece 2

Sunday, September 25 – Second Presentation of Piece 1

Sunday, October 1 – Second Presentation of Piece 2


Please stay tuned for more details about when submissions will be open in the spring!

Click for 2021 Festival Playbill