Launchpad Residency

An incubator program for New York City-based early career playwrights from historically underrepresented communities, offering holistic support, including two commissions, a workshop production and a full production over three years.

Pictured: Melis Aker (Inaugural Launchpad Resident) and Iyvon E (Signature Director of Artistic Programs)


The submission window for the next Judith Champion Musical Theater Launchpad Residency is now CLOSED.


We are currently reviewing all submissions for the Judith Champion Musical Theater Launchpad Residency. Thank you to all who took the time to apply. We will be in touch after we have reviewed all submissions.


The Launchpad Resident will provide one playwright with holistic artistic support over the course of three years, which includes:

  • One $15,000 commission
  • A full production in the 99-seat Ford Studio
  • A workshop production in the 99-seat Ford Studio
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Developmental readings (toward production)
  • Theatergoing stipend of $1,000/year
  • One week-long writing retreat outside of NYC
  • Access to private workspace at Signature
  • Guided mentorship by a Spotlight Resident or Premiere Resident Signature playwright


3.23.23 – Following the acclaimed side-by-side runs of (Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise and Sarah Ruhl’s Letters from Max, a ritual), Signature Theatre presented Launchpad Playwright Melis Aker’s Indigo Dreams. Signature Theatre Artistic Director Paige Evans says of the playwright, actor, and musician—who is from Turkey— “Melis makes work filled with vividly drawn characters and worlds that she knows well but that American audiences may not necessarily be as familiar with.”



Have questions about our Launchpad Residency? Email our Artistic Team.