Launchpad Residency

Launchpad Residency

An Incubator for New York City-based early-career playwrights, offering holistic support, including two commissions, a workshop production and a full production over three years

Signature's LaunchPad Residency moves boldly and thoughtfully into the future to support talented early-career playwrights through commissions, productions, mentorship, health benefits, office space, developmental support, community building, and ongoing production opportunities. The LaunchPad Residency rounds out Signature Theatre's overall support of bodies of work by exceptional playwrights at all stages of their careers.

The LaunchPad Residency will provide one playwright the following holistic slate of opportunities, over a period of approximately three years:

  • Two $15,000 commissions
  • One full production in the 99-seat Ford Studio
  • One workshop production in the 99-seat Ford Studio
  • Guided mentorship by a Residency 1 or Residency 5 Signature playwright
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Developmental readings (toward production)
  • Theatergoing stipend of $1000/year
  • One week-long writing retreat outside of NYC
  • Access to private workspace at Signature

Currently, there is no formal application process for LaunchPad as playwrights will be considered for the residency based on their individual artistic merit and development. LaunchPad is intended to advance an early-career playwright’s voice, their body of work and their professional development.

If you are a NYC-based early-career playwright interested in being considered for this residency, you are invited to send 1-3 (max 3) of your full-length plays to Director of Artistic Programs, Iyvon E. at

No submissions will be considered if sent after October 31st. Please note that due to the incredibly high interest in LaunchPad, individual email responses may not be responded to.

If you have additional questions about this residency program, please email Iyvon E.


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