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2023 – 2024 Submissions are now open


The submissions application is now open to apply for the 2023-2024 Artist Residencies and The Experts Theater Company (ETC).

We have created one online form for all submissions.

CreateTheater Experts Theater Company


In 2020 CreateTheater created a resident company, The Experts Theater Company (ETC), to work intensely with a smaller group of writers to develop their scripts and guide them through to production. It has become the “Artistic Home” for many writers who receive classes, workshops, presentation and pitching opportunities, and partially-subsidized readings as part of their membership. Our members include Grammy-nominated composers, Off-Broadway playwrights, Tony-award winning producers, artistic directors, and other theatre industry people inside New York City and regionally.

The New Works Festivalis a collaborative series produced by CreateTheater, in association withPrism Stage Company, with CreateTheater ETC members whose shows are ready for their first developmental production in NYC.

ETC is not the place for beginning writers, but if you’re looking to take your work and your network to the next level consider joining us. Our doors are only open once a year, as we value community and dedication to the work. Monthly membership comes with placement in writing groups, producing coaching groups and admittance to all classes and workshops.

See more detailed benefits and more information about the company here. 

Click here to read more about ETC’s submission process.



Serious writers and musical theater teams only, looking to forward their professional work. We’re looking for full-length plays and musicals with strong characters and diversity of style and storytelling.

Deadline: September 15, 2023

Click here for the online application form

Selections will be announced in early September 2023.

What if I don't need three years to develop my show?

No problem! We can “fast-track” your show if we feel it’s ready for a production.

What is my commitment to CreateTheater if a producer or theater wants to option my show?

Great news! As developmental collaborators we would like to participate in the future life of your show, but there is nothing contractual that binds you to us.

Does being in ETC improve my chances of getting a residency?

Yes and no. Yes in that ETC will help you focus and develop your work more than you may if you were “going it alone”; but no, in that we show no extra preference in selecting ETC members over non-members for the residencies. The quality of the work must stand for itself, as we only read from “blind” submissions.

However, only ETC members can participate in the New Works Festival, the First 15 Minutes Musical Festival or the New  Works Cabaret Festival.