THE 2018 LIGHTBULB READING SERIES -Submissions now open!

The Lightbulb Reading Series is a residency hosted by G45 at the IRT Theater located in the West Village of New York City.

Whereas in the past the residency has only been one week, this year we are excited to announce we are expanding the Lightbulb Reading Series to two weeks! This years dates are July 17 - July 30, 2018.

And we are even more excited to announce that we are now taking submissions for pieces from writers!

Below you can find the rules and guidelines and questionnaire for submissions DUE MAY 2nd. We so look forward to reading your works!

For more context and info on what the Lightbulb Reading Series is go to the bottom of the page. 

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If you didn’t know…

Every summer for IRT G45 selects a number of new works through a submission based system. We then develop these works over the course of one week through intensive workshopping and collaboration between the writer and a director and cast comprised of our ensemble and friends. At the end of the week the workshops culminate in a one night only reading open to the public.

In our two previous incarnations of the series in 2016 and 2017 we developed and presented nine new works by six brilliant young playwrights. These works were diverse in content, style and form, and the format of the residency changed every year.  We had plays come back for a second year of development, produced multiple works by one artist over the course of the two residencies, and presented a trio of short thematically connected pieces by one playwright in one year. 

This summer things are changing again. 

In years past we have primarily taken full length pieces and focused on four artists, but this year we are opening up  the submission process to pieces of different forms, sizes, and status of development. We are also trying to bring in more collaborators- aiming to select eight to twelve artist’s work. Our workshopping style will mostly remain the same, but we will curate the format of the public readings around the works we receive and the artists who created them.