2016 Southampton Theatre Conference Workshops & Development Lab

Playwriting Workshops

Intensive 5-day workshops focused on the craft of playwriting. Workshop size is limited to 12.

Lucas Hnath - July 6-10

Form to Form

This is a playwriting course about adapting source material. These sources might be from the larger, outside world or they could be work we've created in other forms that we might be interested in adapting for the stage. Either way, it's all an excuse to practice and refine our understanding of the principles of theatrical and dramatic form.

Stephen Adly Guirgis - July 13-17

 As part of the workshop experience, the Conference will provide actors to sit in on each session to read selections of the participant’s work.

Script Development Lab
July 6-17

Take your play to the next level! In addition to or instead of the workshop, join our 11-day Script Development Lab. Arrive on July 6, stay through July 17. You'll begin with a closed reading, with a resident director and a mentor assigned to your piece. Immediately after the reading, you and the mentor meet one-on-one for notes.  You'll spend the next few days re-writing and rehearsing for a second reading, this one open to the Southampton Writers Conference community. Both readings will be cast from a company of professional actors-in-residence.

Playwrights can choose to participate in the Workshop sessions alone, the Development Lab alone, or the Lab plus one or both of the workshops. Additionally, writers are invited and encouraged to attend lectures and special events sponsored by the annual Southampton Writers Conference, one of America’s pre-eminent literary gatherings. 

2016 Lab mentors include:

William Carden, Artistic Director, Ensemble Studio Theatre

Abigail Katz, Director of New Play Development, Atlantic Theatre Company



Residencies and Listener's Passes

Residency (July 6 to 17)

Wish you had a place to get away from the distractions of your everyday life and finally finish that script?  Now you do.  Spend 11 days in the seclusion of your own room hammering away at your laptop. When you need a break, some inspiration, or some conversation with other writers, the Southampton Theatre Conference is there for the taking.  

To make the most of your time with us, you are required to reserve a single dorm room.  Room cost is not included.         

Listener's Pass (July 6 to 17)

Love theatre but not writing?  Get access all the play readings, events and receptions.  Plus access to all that the Southampton Writers Conference has to offer and you don't have to pick up a single pen (though you'll probably want to). Listener's Pass attendees do not get access to workshops or closed play readings.

For Workshop Costs & to Apply See Application & Guidelines

Faculty is subject to change.