“The Ingram Charitable Fund is thrilled to make this opportunity available in support of new works for the theatre. I am confident that this collaboration will not only have positive contributions to the Nashville theatre community, but also the American theatre landscape as a whole."

- Martha Ingram


The Ingram New Works Project is a nationally recognized new play development program that cultivates and amplifies new voices for the stage. Since 2009, the Ingram New Works Project has supported the development of over 60 new plays for the stage. Lab Playwrights develop new works for the stage alongside the Ingram New Works Fellow in a yearlong residency culminating in the annual Ingram New Works Festival. We are the playwright’s home away from home, powered by Nashville’s authentic and radical hospitality.

The Ingram New Works Project was created by Nashville Rep with the support of co-founder Martha R. Ingram to provide an opportunity for theatre artists to develop new theatre works in Nashville. Every year, Ingram Lab Playwrights develop new works for the stage alongside the Ingram New Works Fellow. Past fellows include Christopher Durang (Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, Beyond Therapy),  David Auburn (ProofThe Columnist), Stephen Dietz (Lonely PlanetRancho Mirage), Theresa Rebeck (Bad DatesFever), and Doug Wright (I am My Own WifePosterity, War Paint).

Throughout the year, the Rep holds monthly Ingram New Works Lab meetings where playwrights receive transformative support and radical hospitality as they share and develop a new work from the idea stage to a complete draft. Each Lab is a generative residency and artistic home-away-from-home in which selected playwrights will work on their new creation for the theatre. In addition to the monthly Lab meetings, each playwright will participate in Playwrights Week January 12-19, 2018, developing their play under the guidance of the 2018/19 Ingram New Works Fellow, Sarah Ruhl. By the completion of their 2018-2019 residency, each playwright will have created a new play that will be presented in a staged reading featured at the Ingram New Works Festival May 8-18, 2018.

Nashville Rep will award up to four residencies in the New Works Lab. Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to developing a new play from its earliest stages to a full draft. The Ingram Works Lab does not develop plays that have already received substantial developmental support or production. Lab playwrights commit to all dates including participation in monthly Lab meetings, participation in the New Works symposium week, rehearsals for the New Works Festival, and participation in the New Works Festival as a featured playwright.

Nashville Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence: A season-long playwright-led script lab that meets once a month in Nashville, Travel and Housing for all Lab meetings in Nashville, playwright-centered developmental support, access to professional actors, access to professional marketing and audience development resources, a week-long development lab with the Ingram New Works Fellow, and a staged reading presented as part of the Ingram New Works Festival. Submissions for the Ingram New Works Project are currently closed.

We are searching for actors to participate in the Ingram New Works Labs and Festival! Our playwrights and plays are phenomenal, and we would love for you to be a part of this year’s project. To apply, visit this page!