Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab call for submissions

All Atlanta area artists are invited to submit a project as a lead artist to Round 6 of the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab. In the Lab three projects will be given $10,000 in development support culminating in a public showcase of the artists and their work in the Fall of 2020. The Reiser Lab seeks to foster the growth of generative artists of all varieties through work on collaborative projects. To that end the Alliance Theatre provides an artistic home, space to work, artistic counsel, financial resources, and a showcase opportunity.

The Lab is available for generative lead artists of any practice –actor, director, designer, writer, composer, choreographer or musician (and these are just examples) – to develop a collaborative. Artists who are not playwrights are strongly encouraged to be lead artists! It is the goal of the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab to celebrate the breadth and vision of Atlanta-based artists, to encourage collaboration among Atlanta’s artistic community, and to seed projects that will promote artistic growth and create projects ready to be produced here in Atlanta. Please note that the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab is devoted to taking projects and artists to the next level of development, and not a showcase for completed work.

Each application will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • How can the ideas and goals of this project be achieved?
  • Do the artists involved make sense as a team?
  • What is the quality of the work sample?
  • What is the strength of the application?
  • Is the described product producible?

The projects will be judged by a panel of judges comprised of Susan Booth, Jennings Hertz Jr. Artistic Director; an Atlanta area Artistic Director; an artist or Artistic Director NOT currently Atlanta based; a current or alum Lab participant; and a member of the philanthropic community.



Submission due date: Friday, December 14, 2018

Applicant reception: February 2019 (invitation emailed upon receipt of application)

Notification of applicants: April 2019
Project development:  May 2019–September 2020
Project showcase: September 2020


Please submit one electronic copy and five hard copies (three-hole punched) of all application materials and work samples, unless work samples only exist in an electronic format. Please do not bind materials except with binder clips or inside three-ring binders. If dropping off applications in person, please give them to the concierge on the ground floor of the Woodruff Arts Center or place them in the dropbox outside the "old" Education suite on the third floor of the Woodruff Arts Center.

Applications can be downloaded here in PDF format.

Once completed, submit to:
Atlanta Artists Lab
Attention: Donya K. Washington
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309


  • Each application will be evaluated using the following criteria:
    • How can the ideas and goals of this project be achieved?
    • Do the artists involved make sense as a team?
    • What is the quality of the work sample?
    • What is the strength of the application?
    • Is the described product producible?
  • Each project must include participation by three Atlanta-based artists. One of those artists must be designated the lead artist. Artists can serve on projects in a variety of capacities including actors, playwrights, designers, directors, dramaturgs, producers, composers, musicians or stage managers.
  • Artists working outside the categories listed are encouraged to apply. Multidisciplinary artists are encouraged to apply although we ask that the tie to theatre be explained in the project description application.
  • Musical projects are encouraged to apply!
  • Atlanta-based is defined as having an address no more than 30 miles from the Woodruff Arts Center at 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta GA 30309.
  • Full time employees of the Alliance Theatre, the Woodruff Arts Center and its divisions are ineligible for the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab.
  • Projects may be previously produced or classic work, although the unique view/approach for any project should be articulated.
  • Projects do not have to be text based, and if text based the text does not need to be finished at time of application.
  • Projects may be new works created by writers, musicians, ensembles, directors, or other means of devising work.
  • In addition to the project description, every project should include a work sample, which could be a script but could also be examples of pictures or video clips. Critical writing about work or reviews especially for directors, designers and actors could be included as a work sample. Artists other than playwrights are encouraged to submit whatever samples will best introduce their work to the panel and creativity is encouraged.
  • Please pick a no more than 10-page work sample that gives a sense of artistry and vision of the piece to be read by the judges.
  • If your sample is electronical or digital, please make sure it lasts no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Please include an electronic copy of a full script if it exists. This will be available to judges upon request after evaluation of the ten-page sample.
  • Please do not submit materials that need to be returned to you.
  • Project budgets should be used to develop projects and artists as artists’ see fit. For example, the budget may be used to help one artist develop the work; or project budgets may fund more deeply produced workshops with all three artists working together the whole time.
  • Travel for research or mentorship may be included in the overall project budget, but a travel component is not necessary.
  • The submitted budget is a starting place for project growth and projects may evolve or change their project budgets during the development phase. The $10,000 award does not need to cover the total costs of a project if other funds are available.
  • Alliance artistic staff members can answer questions about project budgets.
  • Projects about Atlanta will not be prioritized over other projects.
  • Participants in the Fourth Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab are ineligible to apply again until Round 6. Participation is defined by having been listed as one of the three artists on a selected application.
  • Please note that applicants who applied in rounds 1-4 are strongly encouraged to apply again. Please note that each year’s panel has 4 out of 5 new members and that panels interpret the judging criteria with some flexibility year over year.
  • Please think about and articulate the growth trajectory of your work. The Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab is committed to artist and work development, and is not designed as only a Performance Showcase.

Budget guidelines

  • Showcase: The Alliance will pay for one day of actor fees as well as completely covering stage management and personnel for running lights and sound as needed for the final showcase. These showcase costs do not need to be included in the project budget.
  • The Alliance will provide free space as available for workshop and development work of all three projects. Projects may use other rehearsal space as desired and/or needed.
  • The Alliance Theatre will provide dramaturgical and casting support for each project.
  • High production values are not a criteria considered by the judges.

Please direct questions to Donya K. Washington, Associate Producer at the Alliance Theatre, via email at

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