“It's all about the play. Skylight's focus is on bringing the writer's vision to the stage and our programs are built to achieve that. We believe in the power of the artist to transform lives, and in the theatre it all starts with the writer's words.” – Gary Grossman, Artistic Director
Skylight’s professional playwrights-in-residence laboratory is key to our mission to nurture and promote new works that speak to today's audience. Membership is by invitation with participants focusing on creating a brand new work from scratch each year. The session culminates in LAb Works, a public festival of selected new plays by the members.
Skylab is the brainchild of Skylight’s Producing Artistic Director, Gary Grossman, and the award-winning playwright and screenwriter Shem Bitterman. The Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominated playwright, Lee Blessing became director of the Skylab in 2018.
"The intent of Skylab is to provide a space both physical and psychological to encourage and support the creation of new plays. Skylight is dedicated to the development of new work by writers of proven talent." – Lee Blessing Skylab Director
Membership is limited to a handful of writers and is by invitation only.
When: Applications are now closed. Next submission period will be in Spring 2021.
How: Application is by peer nomination. Applicants need to have a body of work; preferably two produced plays. Deadline and Application form will be posted the first quarter of 2021.
* Deadlines and requirements are subject to change without notice, so please check the website for the most up-to-date information
Lee Blessing's plays include:
"A Walk in the Woods" (Broadway and London's West End), "Going to St. Ives" (Outer Critic's Circle Award, Best Play, Obie for Ensemble Performance), "Thief River" (Drama Desk nomination, Best Play), "Cobb" (Drama Desk award, Best Ensemble), "Chesapeake", "Eleemosynary", "Down the Road" "Courting Harry" and "For the Loyal."
The 1992-93 Signature Theatre Season featured four of his plays:
"Fortinbras", "Lake Street Extension", "Two Rooms" and the world premiere of "Patient A".
Recent world and regional premieres include:
"A Body of Water" at the Guthrie and Old Globe Theatre; "Great Falls" at the Humana Festival of Actors Theatre of Louisville; "Lonesome Hollow", and "Whores", both at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; "A View of the Mountains" at New Jersey Repertory Company; "The Winning Streak" at the George Street Playhouse; and "When We Go Upon the Sea" at Interact Theatre and 59E59 Theatre in New York.
Other plays include: "Minneapolis/St. Paul", "Independence", "Riches", "Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music" and a loose trilogy on race in America, "Black Sheep", "Flag Day" and "Perilous Night".
Additional awards include: the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association Award (twice), the L.A. Drama Critics Award, the Great American Play Award, the Humanitas Award and the George and Elisabeth Marton Award, along with nominations for Tony and Olivier Awards and designation as Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
For the list of the 2018-2019 Skylab resident writers, use link toward the top of the page. The 2019-2021 resident writers will be posted shortly.
Skylight Theatre Company's Artistic Development Program including Skylab is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.