Plays by trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) writers are a rarity in American theater. As transgender stories are co-opted, commercialized, and misrepresented by cisgender writers, Trans Lab fellowship supports the creation of a critical mass of TGNC plays by TGNC writers.
In 2018, four teams of trans and gender nonconforming playwrights came together in NYC to create four new plays through the Trans Lab Fellowship, which is supported by WP Theater and the Public Theater.
In addition to the Six Trans Lab Fellows, the lab supported emerging TGNC directors to counter the underrepresentation of these artists in the theater industry.
Trans Lab's programming included professional development sessions for fellows, and the year-long program will culminate in a series of readings of works developed in the lab.
Trans Lab has not yet opened submissions for the 2020 cohort of fellows. This coming round artists may apply in multiple disciplines as a writer, performer, director, deviser or composer. Each of the six fellows will create a new work over the course of the year-long fellowship. To learn more about the application process follow this link.