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Call for Applications


Masrah Ensemble Playwright Residency Program

Deadline: December 27, 2013

The theatre company and nonprofit organization Masrah Ensemble invites playwrights who write in Arabic to submit applications to a playwright residency program to take place in Beirut, Lebanon in spring 2014.

The residency provides a unique and unprecedented opportunity to develop a new play while benefitting from the feedback of a community of writers as well as from insights gleaned from diverse audiences during informal readings, staged for a multiplicity of audiences throughout Beirut.

The expectation is neither to complete a finished play nor to begin writing a new one but rather to engage rigorously in a research, development, and workshop process that challenges playwrights to invest in the experiment of cultivating a work-in-progress through a collaborative, consultative, and community-driven process.

The two-month program covers round-trip economy airfare, accommodation in a shared apartment, and visa expenses; provides the selected playwright with a modest stipend for the duration of the residency; and offers a platform and structure to benefit from the constructive criticism and feedback of peer-mentors and audiences.

The program is designed for theatre practitioners with a demonstrated interest in playwriting. Masrah Ensemble seeks to collaborate with risk-taking playwrights whose work has either been published or produced on a local or regional level.

Please visit masrahensemble.org to review and download the guidelines, application, and frequently asked questions. Please submit your application to


Applications must be received by Friday 27 December 2013. Applications that are incomplete or that are received after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of artists engaged or familiar with Arab theatre. Masrah Ensemble will announce the finalists and the playwright-in-residence by end January 2014.

With the support of Hivos (The Netherlands)