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December 09, 2023
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(BPRW) Lifeline Theatre Seeks Writers of Color For 3rd Annual Adaptation Development Workshop

Submission Deadline Sunday, December 17th

(Black PR Wire) CHICAGO – Lifeline Theatre’s 3rd annual adaptation workshop, “Staging Stories” is accepting submissions from writers of color through December 17. Staged Stories offers Lifeline’s expertise in literary adaptation to support playwrights/writers of color (BIPOC) seeking to adapt for the stage. The workshops will culminate in public readings and the potential to be included in future Lifeline seasons.


Submissions should outline the writer’s intent to develop a stage adaptation of a book or other literary work (e.g., short story, article, memoir, tale, poem, etc.). Proposals can be for traditional adaptations or "inspired by" approaches where the literature serves as a jumping off point, but the source material should be in the public domain. Only one proposal per writer will be accepted. Interested individuals are asked to complete the submission form and upload their script by the submission deadline of December 17, 2023. For full info and access to the submission form visit

If chosen, writers will be expected to:

  • Either reside in the Chicago area, or be willing to cover their own expenses to travel to Chicago for the final reading;
  • Be available for up to six developmental/feedback sessions between January and June, 2024;
  • Devote time to write between sessions;
  • Invite like-minded artist friends/colleagues to feedback sessions to provide additional points of view;
  • Be available to attend the final reading, and its rehearsals to provide rewrites.

If chosen, writers will receive:

  • A $500 stipend;
  • A process-oriented, writer-focused, developmental experience;
  • A director and a dramaturg;
  • Regular readings of new or rewritten material with feedback from experienced Lifeline ensemble members and playwright-invited artists;
  • Administrative and casting support;
  • A final reading for an invited audience.


TITLE’s development process will be in service of the playwright and the script. Writers will choose the frequency, level, and style of feedback they want and the facilitators will coach, guide, and facilitate it in action. Support will ideally include a development team consisting of: a dramaturg, Lifeline ensemble members, playwright-invited artists, a workshop coordinator, a director for final sessions, and Lifeline’s Artistic Director as facilitator. The process will culminate in a final reading for an invited audience that will be scheduled for July 2024, exact dates subject to artists’ schedules.


  • December 17th: Application form closes
  • Early-January: Finalists informed
  • Late-January: Finalist interviews
  • Early-February: Workshop playwright(s) announced

Please email with any questions.

Now in its 41st season, Lifeline Theatre continues to explore, interpret, and reimagine books and other literary works to create stories that move us beyond the margins of our own lives. Lifeline Theatre – Big Stories, Up Close.

Lifeline Theatre’s programs are partially supported by Carol Oppenheim + Jerome Lamet Charitable

Fund; a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events;

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; Illinois Arts Council Agency; The Polk Bros. Foundation; Rogers Park Social; The Saints; S&C Electric Company Fund; The Shubert Foundation; and the annual support of businesses and individuals.

Source: Lifeline Theatre