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Local Playwrights, Polish Those Scripts For DTC’s Playwrights’ Workshop 9

Aspiring playwrights in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex have until Sunday to apply to work with an award-winning dramatist for two months.

Kevin Moriarty, artistic director of Dallas Theater Center and Will Power, DTC’s current playwright-in-residence are accepting applications for the Dallas Playwright’s Workshop.

Will Power is the playwright-in-residence at Dallas Theater Center. He's pictured here at Stagger Lee rehearsal earlier this year.

Will Power is the playwright-in-residence at Dallas Theater Center. He’s pictured here at z’Stagger Lee” rehearsal earlier this year.

In its third year, the workshop caters to “emerging and mid-career professional playwrights,” who have written at least one play and show a “unique and compelling voice,” according to a press release.

“There are not many spaces entirely dedicated to honing the craft of playwriting, let alone committed to developing local playwrights,” past participant Janielle Kastner said in a press release.

“Having a safe yet challenging environment like Dallas Playwrights’ Workshop has led to my growth as a writer and fostered compelling new work from each member of the group.”

Participants will work on a three-scene project over the course of 10 weekly sessions with Power and their peers at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

Playwrights will develop the scene project from concept to stage every Monday starting Oct. 12 until Dec. 14. The workshop will end with a closed reading of everyone’s final products.

Here’s what interested writers need to apply:

  • Submit a completed application
  • A full-length play (one or two acts)
  • A 10-page excerpt from the same play
  • A one-page summary saying why they want to participate, their writing goals and areas they wish to develop

Applications are due via email to by Oct. 4.


Most recently, Power wrote “Stagger Lee,” an original play exclusively for Dallas Theater Center as playwright-in-residence.

See more on that production from start to finish in Art&Seek’s series, Stagger Lee: Making A Musical.

Power is also on the faculty at The Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence with the Dallas Theater Center.