Criterion new writing programme open for submissions

CRITERION New Writing is a ground-breaking education program offered by The Criterion Theatre Trust – a series of script development workshops taking place on stage at the Cri. It is free to apply and take part. The first set of workshops will begin in September 2014.

For a new playwright, the stages of professional theatres seem incredibly distant. For new actors, the environment is exciting – but also daunting.The stage of the Criterion Theatre in the heart of the West End is the perfect arena in which to break down those barriers and create new opportunities for new creative voices. Yours could be one of those voices …

How does a playwright learn to write for a West End stage? How does an actor prepare for the challenge of performing in a magnificent ‘traditional’ theatre? Join the CRITERION New Writing program and find out.

Further details: The workshops are led by Greg Mosse, an immensely experienced writer, teacher, editor and script consultant.There are six workshops this autumn. In workshops 1, 2 and 3, the guiding philosophy will be to help the playwright to get the most out of the dramatic situation they are writing about – and their talent. In workshops 4, 5 and 6, actors will be invited on stage to speak the brand-new lines.The playwrights will actually see and hear their scripts come to life.

If you would like to share this exceptional experience, you need to be free to attend
all six workshops. They will take place on stage at the Criterion Theatre, between 12h00 and 14h30, on:

Tuesday 9th September
Tuesday 16th September
Tuesday 7th October
Tuesday 21st October
Tuesday 4th November
Tuesday 18th November

Travel expenses of up to £20 per session are available on presentation of receipts.

How to apply: applications to take part should be sent to Greg Mosse at and should include:

A full CV, including two referees
A short statement of 200-250 words explaining why you would like to take part

Deadline: none posted

Source: Criterion email circular

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