Announcing our newest residency program, an Incubator for New York City-based early-career playwrights from underrepresented communities, offering holistic support, including two commissions, a workshop production and a full production over three years. 

Our 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. This residency rounds out Signature's overall support of bodies of work by exceptional playwrights at all stages of their careers. The Launchpad Resident will be provide one playwright holistic artistic support over the course of three years, which includes:
  • Two $15,000 commission
  • One full production in the 99-seat Ford Studio
  • One workshop production in the 99-seat Ford Studio
  • 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
  • Guided mentorship by a Residency 1 or Residency 5 Signature playwright

LaunchPad is intended to advance an early-career playwright's voice, their body of work and their professional development. 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. 

The submission window for the inaugural LaunchPad program is now closed and no new submissions will be considered. Please do not send your plays for consideration of the LaunchPad Residency. The submissions window for the next Residency is currently TBD and will be determined and announced at a later date.

If you have any additional questions about LaunchPad, email Iyvon E. (Director of Artistic Programs): iyvon@signaturetheatre.org

One production in the Spring of 22.23 from the inaugural Launchpad Resident to be announced.
Ford Foundation Studio Theatre