The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project is an initiative designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge the existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.

The partnership between the Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is the creative engine behind hundreds of new American plays that challenge and broaden the public’s understanding of science and technology and their impact in our lives. Plays from the EST/Sloan Project are produced again and again across the country. This begins at EST’s home base in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, for forty years a crucial platform for new and unheard voices in the American theatre. Over the past fifteen years, this reputation has been enhanced by the critically acclaimed productions presented on the theatre’s Mainstage every season under the banner of the EST/Sloan Project.

Beyond New York, the program now has a nationwide reach. It supports development and production of new plays in theatres across the country through a combination of seed grants and production incentives. These initiatives provide an extended life for EST/Sloan plays in subsequent regional productions, and the seed grants provide a broader base of artistic opportunity for communities outside of New York, allowing the program to cast a wider net for new work.

Application deadline for the 2015-2016 Season will be WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015.
EST/Youngblood is currently accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2015-2016 season. Applications are open to New York City resident playwrights under 30 years old. Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings and retreats. There is no set term of membership, and members often stay through the season that includes their 30th birthday. If you have any questions, please contact youngblood@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

2014

Playwright Commissionees

  • Cesar Alvarez
  • Chiara Atik
  • Sinead Daly
  • Sean Devine
  • Jessica Dickey
  • Cory Finley
  • Arlene Hutton*
  • Andrea Lepcio
  • Patrick Link
  • Daniel Reitz*
  • Erica Saleh*
  • Matt Schatz*
  • Emily Schwend
  • Kim Sherman & Margaret Vandenburg
  • Deborah Yarchun
  • Anna Ziegler*

Partner Theatres

  • Cleveland Play House
  • Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY)
  • Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Huntington Theatre (Boston, MA)
  • Hartford Stage
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • South Coast Rep (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • 2G (NYC)
  • Swine Palace Theatre (Baton Rouge, LA)

2013

Playwright Commissionees

  • Michael Barakiva
  • Clare Barron
  • Carla Ching
  • Eric Dufault
  • Justin Fleming
  • Lucas Hnath*
  • David Jenkins
  • Deborah Zoe Laufer
  • Ken Lin
  • Tala Manassah & Mona Mansour
  • Julie McKee
  • Cassandra Medley
  • Matt Olmos
  • Willie Orbison
  • Lynn Rosen
  • August Schulenburg
  • David Valdes Greenwood
  • Bridget Wimberly

Partner Theatres

  • Red Fern Theater (NYC)
  • HERE Arts Center (NYC)
  • People's Light and Theater (Malvern, PA)
  • Boulder Ensemble Theatre
  • American Opera Projects (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO)
  • NACL Theatre (Highland Lake, NY)
  • TACIT, Caltech Theater Arts (Pasadena, CA)

2012

Playwright Commissionees

  • France-Luca Benson*
  • Alex Borinsky
  • Naveen Choudhury
  • Meghan Deans
  • Leigh Fondakowki
  • J. Holtham*
  • Lindsey Hope-Pearlman
  • Lucas Kavner
  • Daniel Reitz*
  • Tom Rowan*
  • Cori Thomas*
  • Emily Chadick Weiss

Partner Theatres

  • Exit Pursued By A Bear
  • Seattle Rep

2011

Playwright Commissionees

  • Hilary Bettis*
  • Bekah Brunstetter
  • Carla Ching
  • Justin Fleming
  • Joe Gilford*
  • Holli Harms*
  • Kenneth Lin
  • Patrick Link
  • Jennifer Maisel
  • Kara Manning
  • Eric March, Jeff Beinstock & Patrick Link
  • Rogelio Martinez
  • Anna Moench & Rob Rusli
  • Ben Rosenthal
  • Deborah Zoe Laufer
  • Keith Reddin*
  • Jacquelyn Reingold*
  • Lloyd Suh*
  • Vern Thiessen*

Partner Theatres

  • MIT - Underground Railroad & Central Square Theater

2010

Playwright Commissionees

  • Robert Askins*
  • Laura Maria Censabella*
  • Carla Ching
  • Laura Jacqmin
  • Jon Kern
  • Jon Marans
  • Megan Mostyn-Brown
  • Kim Sherman
  • Cori Thomas*
  • John Walch
  • Anna Ziegler*

Partner Theatres

  • American Opera Project
  • ART - HERE Arts Center
  • The Civilians
  • Fool's Fury (San Francisco)
  • Luna Stage
  • New Theatre of Coral Gables
  • Sinking Ship Productions

2009

Playwright Commissionees

  • Frank Basloe
  • Adrienne Campbell-Holt & Emily Conbere
  • Jihan Crowther & Matt Schatz
  • Kevin Confoy* & Christine Farrell*
  • David Ford
  • Dorothy Fortenberry
  • Amy Fox*
  • Adam Gwon & Justin Werner
  • Lucas Hnath
  • Emily Levine
  • Leah Maddrie
  • Rehana Mizra
  • Anna Moench
  • Rebecca Nesvet
  • Shaun Raviv
  • Lynn Rosen*
  • Jane Wheeler*

Partner Theatres

  • The Playwrights Center (Minneapolis)
  • The Cleveland Playhouse
  • Delaware Theatre Company

Galileo Prize

  • Mike Daisey

2008

Playwright Commissionees

  • Shirley Lauro*
  • Sharyn Rothstein
  • Matt Schatz
  • Jay Scheib
  • Tommy Smith
  • Lloyd Suh*
  • Vern Thiessen

Partner Theatres

  • The Playwrights Center (Minneapolis)
  • PS 122
  • Living Image Arts (NY)
  • Moving Dock Theatre (Chicago)
  • Center Theater Group (Los Angeles)
  • Theatre at Boston Court (Pasadena, CA)

Galileo Prize

  • Tina Howe*

2007

Playwright Commissionees

  • Kara Lee Corthron
  • Michael Lew
  • Kim Merrill
  • Paul Mullin*
  • Rey Pamatmat
  • Lisa Rothe
  • Cristina Vidal
  • David Zellnik*

Partner Theatres

  • The Empty Space Theatre (Seattle)
  • The Playwrights Center (Minneapolis)
  • The Music Research Institute (Greensboro, NC)
  • New York Musical Theatre Festival

Galileo Prize

  • Romulus Linney*

2006

Playwright Commissionees

  • Robert Askins
  • Amy Fox*
  • Alex Timbers
  • Kate Moira Ryan
  • Robert Brophy
  • Lisa Schlessinger
  • Jon Klein
  • Samara Kanegis
  • Ann Marie Healy*
  • Jason Grote
  • Alec Duffy
  • Gwydion Suilebhan
  • Matt Schatz
  • Joyce van Dyke

Partner Theatres

  • Alliance Theatre (Atlanta)
  • A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle)
  • The Black Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
  • Epic Theatre Center (NY)
  • The Playwrights Center (Minneapolis)
  • Stillpoint Productions (NY)
  • Swine Palace Theatre (Baton Rouge)

2005

Playwright Commissionees

  • Tom & Julia Coash
  • Lear DeBessonet & Deborah Stein
  • Alex Lewin
  • Ellen Lewis
  • Larry Loebell
  • Judith Montague
  • RAW Impressions
  • Sung Rno
  • Adriano Shaplin
  • Jeffrey Stanley
  • Dominic Taylor
  • David Valdes-Greenwood
  • David Zellnik*

Partner Theatres

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • The Great American History Theatre (St. Paul)
  • The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis)
  • Magic Theatre (San Francisco)
  • New York Stage & Film
  • The Playwrights Center (Minneapolis)
  • Royal Shakespeare Company (London)
  • Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago)

2004

Playwright Commissionees

  • Andy Bragen
  • Amy Herzog
  • Michael Hollinger
  • David L. Morgan, Geoffrey Gordon & Jennifer L. Morgan
  • Stan Peal
  • Jacquelyn Reingold*
  • RAW Impressions
  • Allison Weiss

2003

Playwright Commissionees

  • Carlo Adinolfi*
  • Deborah Brevoort
  • Sheila Callaghan
  • Mojie Crigler
  • David Vades Greenwood
  • Christina Ham
  • Israel Horovitz
  • Susan Kim*
  • Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj
  • Paul Mullin*
  • Don Nigro
  • Carey Perloff
  • Jacquelyn Reingold*
  • Sarah Ruhl

Partner Theatres

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • The Cleveland Play House
  • The Guthrie Theater
  • The Magic Theatre
  • The Victory Gardens Theater

2002

Playwright Commissionees

  • Cheryl L. Davis
  • Cassandra Medley*
  • Chiori Miyagawa
  • Lynn Rosen*
  • Jane Shepard
  • Jeremy Soule
  • Joe Sutton

2001

Playwright Commissionees

  • Richard Colton
  • Drama of Works
  • Annie Elias
  • Arthur Giron*
  • Michael Holinger
  • Ellen Lewis
  • Paul Mullin
  • Brian Nelson
  • David Sinaiko
  • Crystal Skillman*
  • Amy Spencer
  • Caridad Svich
  • Staci Swedeen
  • Bridgette Wimberly
  • William Yellow Robe, Jr.*

2000

Playwright Commissionees

  • Peter Basch*
  • Bob Clyman
  • Brian Greene
  • Sandra Kaufmann
  • Quincy Long
  • Cassandra Medley
  • Rita Nachtman
  • Dan O’ Brien
  • Jeff Reich*
  • Jacquelyn Reingold*
  • Jamie Richards*
  • Elyse Singer
  • Matthew Wells

* denotes EST Member

Proposals will be accepted starting September 1st, 2016.
Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2016
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2015

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Commission Awards

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.

Submission Guidelines

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

Hard sciences include the following areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology

Technology includes:

  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research

Areas not considered for commissions include:

  • Science Fiction
  • Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
  • Psychology and Human Behavior

How to Apply

New Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

  1. A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored, the source of inspiration behind the idea, and how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece.
  2. A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

Rewrite Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:

  1. A draft of the script.
  2. A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
  3. A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2015
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2015

Regional Development Commissions

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

  1. A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
  2. A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
  3. A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
  4. An estimated budget for the project.

Delivering Your Submission

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):
sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org


Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-4982


Please contact us with any questions.
Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff