ESPA Drills is an annual new play development program providing staged readings to ESPA playwrights. Each June, four plays are selected from dozens of submissions for development at Primary Stages. They are then cast and presented before an audience of industry peers on an Off-Broadway stage later that summer. ESPA Drills provides an exclusive opportunity for students to receive professional attention through the resources and support of Primary Stages.
This year’s four Drills writers attended a 4-day retreat led by Tessa LaNeve in Dorset, Vermont, where they stayed at the home of Theresa Rebeck. With generous support by Ms. Rebeck and the Dorset Theater Festival, the retreat ran from July 31 – August 3, 2014.
Applications for ESPA Drills 2015 will be available during the Spring 2015 semester. All writing students of ESPA, past and present, are invited to apply.
This 3-day intensive gives playwrights the tools they need to create a successful career. Tackle the realities, obstacles, and opportunities for playwrights, and determine the building blocks for successful career planning.