Criterion New Writing programme open to applications

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 workshops are led by Greg Mosse.

About the programme:  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 London’s 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.

The workshops are led by Greg Mosse, an immensely experienced writer, teacher, editor and script consultant. There are six workshops in each sequence. In workshops 1, 2 and 3, Greg will help each playwright to develop their individual understanding of narrative structure so that they get the most out of the dramatic situation they are writing about.  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.

How to apply:  CRITERION New Writing applications for Spring and Summer 2015 will open in the New Year, on Monday 2nd February 2015

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.

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

Deadline:  None posted, but best to apply early, sessions book quickly!

Source:  Criterion New Writing Programme email list

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