New playwright program at Marion Art Center

Jan 30, 2022

MARION _ The Marion Art Center Theater has introduced the Playwrights Incubator, a program for first-time playwrights to see their work realized on the stage. 

Finding theaters to produce new or unpublished plays can be an obstacle for any new playwright, the program organizers said. The program provides resources for emerging artists to workshop and launch new plays through a structured program. 

Selected playwrights will work with experienced mentors to fine-tune their plays over the course of several months. Regular writing evaluations, quarterly readings that include a feedback-response process, and lessons in casting appropriate actors will culminate in a staged performance in front of a select audience. This live audience will provide critical feedback to the playwright with a thorough evaluation.

Any new writer who has not yet been published is invited to submit a script for consideration. There is no cost to participate in this program. Selected applicants are required to sign an agreement with the MAC Theater, outlining expectations and a commitment to the program. 

Interested parties can learn more and apply to the program online at Round one submissions are due by March 1. E-mail any questions to

The MAC Theater Playwrights Incubator was co-founded by Kate Fishman and Anabel Costa. Kicking off the first season are mentors John Heavey and Mark Howland. Both Heavey and Howland are directors, playwrights and Tabor Academy faculty and have been in involved in the MAC Theater program for several years.