Sundance Institute > Theatre Lab for US & MENA Playwrights, Directors, Composers & Librettists (Morocco)

The annual Theatre Lab, traditionally held in Utah each summer, is returning to Fellah Hotel in partnership with Dar al-Ma'mûn, an artist residency outside of Marrakech, Morocco. Projects will be selected from both US and MENA theatre artists.

Plays about all topics and in any genre are encouraged to apply.The Theatre Program has increasingly engaged a broad spectrum of both US-based and artists from the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region who work in diverse styles and express a wide range of content. We seek participants who yearn to reflect on their work, and those who are eager to embrace a community of world artists, and committed to the idea of the “Global Artist Citizen.” The Theatre Labs serve as “the space between” the conception of a work and its eventual production - providing artists time for reflection, rehearsal, experimentation and mentoring within the context of an intimate peer-level artistic community. The Lab is not a production Lab, but offers a rare opportunity to focus on unfinished new work needing time and space in which to experiment, re-write, re-conceive and take artistic risks.

The organisers will select up to eight projects for the 2018 Theatre Lab (50% from the US and 50% from the MENA region). Sundance will provide the same level of support and development that has traditionally been offered in Utah (an acting company, a “day-on, day-off” rehearsal schedule, and rigorous dramaturgical support), as well as underwrite all related expenses (including transportation costs, accommodations, meals, stipends and support personnel).

Artists from the United States and from the Middle East & North Africa are encouraged to apply. Theatre-makers creating in English and Arabic are encouraged to apply, but MENA artists creating in other languages will be considered. Submitted work cannot have been previously produced, but may have received prior workshops or readings. Commissioned work is eligible for submission; however, playwrights must obtain written permission from their commissioning organization prior to applying.

What Sundance Institute Provides

  • Roundtrip Economy Airfare

  • Airport Transfers

  • Private Accommodation

  • Three meals/day

  • $500 USD/week stipend = $1500 USD total

  • Inclusive of parties & receptions

  • Financial support to secure travel visas (if needed)

Deadline: 1 November 2017

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