Local Theater Company discovers and develops world premiere plays through Local Lab, which offers playwrights and audiences the chance to participate in conversations that help move new plays toward full productions. Each year, at least one play from Local Lab is selected to receive a fully-produced production at Local Theater Company.

Local Lab plays have also gone on to be produced all across the country.

The submission period to send new plays for consideration in Local Lab will open on June 1, 2019.

What do we accept?

Your play must be un-produced and full-length. We are now pleased to accept small-cast musicals.

When is the submission deadline?

Local Theater Company will begin accepting plays for consideration for our next Local Lab on June 1, 2019. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm mountain time on August 15, 2019.

Who may submit?

If you are a resident of a western state (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming), you can submit without an invitation. If you are a literary agent or manager, you may also submit up to three (3) new American plays or small-cast musicals. Please do NOT submit new drafts of previously submitted plays.

Is there an entry fee?

No. This is a program for playwrights and an opportunity for our community to participate in the play creation process.

How many per playwright scripts can I submit?

Just one per playwright. Pick your best.

Who do I send the script to?

Send scripts to LabSubmissions@localtheaterco.org with a subject line: "Local Lab 2020 - New Play Submission."

Then what happens?

Three plays will be selected for a professionally staged reading (with the writer's participation) at Local Lab in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. These three plays will be considered for a full production, too. Past Local Lab plays have gone on to have full productions at Local Theater Company, critically-acclaimed shows Off-Broadway in New York City, and around the country at some of the most respected regional theaters.

Do you have a story to tell but have never written a play?

At Local, we celebrate Colorado storytellers and their stories. Beginning in Fall 2019, we will hold open office hours, every Tuesday from 11:30-12:30 pm MST. If you have a story that you'd like to develop with us, this is the time to ask questions, seek feedback, and be in conversation with our team. Email LabSubmissions@localtheaterco.org for for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

I had a wonderful time in Boulder. It was valuable to hear recent rewrites of the play aloud for the first time, and it was especially helpful to work with Rachel on the play prior to the Lab and get her insights.
— Meridith Friedman, Playwright
I loved seeing how involved and engaged the community was and how the company has built such a strong base of support and interest in challenging theater. Super inspiring!
— Jiehae Park, Playwright