Wisconsin Wrights

The Wisconsin Wrights New Play Development Project offers an incredible opportunity to Wisconsin playwrights as it focuses on the development of new works through residencies, intensive workshops, and public readings.

At a glance

What: Residencies and Playwriting Intensives that foster the development of new works by Wisconsin playwrights

When: Residencies—spring of every odd numbered year (next Residency May 2015);
Playwriting Intensives—spring/summer of every even numbered year

Where: UW–Madison campus and surrounding areas

For additional information: Contact Sarah Marty at smarty@dcs.wisc.edu or (608) 263-2790


Created in Fall 2006 through a partnership between the UW–Madison Continuing Studies in Theatre, UW–Madison University Theatre/Department of Theatre and Drama, Madison Repertory Theatre, and Edenfred/Terry Family Foundation, Wisconsin Wrights fosters the development of new works by Wisconsin playwrights.

Joining us as a producing partner in Fall 2007 was Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and in 2009 was Forward Theater Company. The first 3 Wisconsin Wrights Residencies were generously supported by the UW–Madison Anonymous Fund, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, the Madison Arts Commission, and Edenfred/Terry Family Foundation.

Residencies and intensives

In odd-numbered years, Wisconsin Wrights offers a 1-week Residency to 3 Wisconsin Playwrights. The 3 playwrights who are selected for a Residency will participate in an extensive 1-week workshop with a director, cast, and dramaturg for each play. The week culminates with each play receiving a full public reading.
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In even-numbered years, Wisconsin Wrights will offer a 4-day Playwriting Intensive focused on the craft of writing, with daily feedback, reading sessions with actors, and individual tutorials. Limited to 15 participants, the Playwriting Intensive is a wonderful opportunity to expand your craft while working on a new play. The next Playwriting Intensive is scheduled for the summer of 2014.
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For more information

Contact Sarah Marty, Program Area Director, theatre, arts management, and dance