Southampton Theatre Conference

Workshops & Development Lab

Playwriting Workshops

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

Emily Mann - July 12-16

Through a series of assignments, the workshop exercises, strengthens and frees the playwrights' craft and imagination.  Writers write every day.   Actors attend each class so playwrights hear their work and the work of their colleagues.

Lucas Hnath - July 19-23

 Process Practicum

 This workshop will consider the process of writing a play. We will examine strategies for taking control of the writing process -- for seizing theatrically and dramatically potent ideas, for growing those ideas, and refining them. Students will generate new material in class and workshop that material with an eye towards devising their own practical approach to developing a play.

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 12-23

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 12, stay through July 23. 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. 

2017 Lab mentors include:

William Carden, Artistic Director, Ensemble Studio Theatre

Graeme Gillis, Youngbloods, Ensemble Studio Theatre

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

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Residencies and Listener's Passes

Residency (July 12 to 23)

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.        

For Workshop Costs & to Apply See Application & Guidelines

Faculty is subject to change.