MSG Lab Submissions

Are you an Asian-Canadian writer? Got an idea for a play? Submit to our 2020 MSG Lab!

The MSG Lab is vAct’s annual new play development program, in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre.

Facilitating the creation and development of new theatrical work by emerging and mid-career Asian Canadian artists, this program is our commitment to the next generation of Asian Canadian theatre-makers. The MSG Lab showcases stories from Asian Canadian points of view, and develops new Asian Canadian work to a professional level for future production opportunities. The MSG Lab consists of two parts – MSG Lab 1 and MSG Lab 2.

In MSG Lab 1 each writer will have a personally designed process that will take them from where their script is from the beginning to where it needs to be before sharing with the public. Selected applicants will receive development support, including: a $500 stipend, dramaturgy, workshops, and a public presentation. In consultation with the dramaturg, each writer will have the opportunity to design a personalized writing process that best serves their creative needs.

After each writer has presented their work at a public presentation vAct will choose one of the writers for the MSG Lab 2 section of the program. The selected applicant will receive further dramaturgy and development support including another workshop and public presentation.


Call for Submissions

Applications to the 2019-2020 MSG Lab 1 are now closed.


MSG Lab 1 Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59PM

MSG Lab 1 Results Announced: Friday, May 31, 2019

MSG Lab 1 Workshops & Presentations: December 2019 to January 2020

MSG Lab 2 Pick Announced: February 2020

MSG Lab 2 Workshop & Presentation: May 2020


Submission Checklist:

  1. A cover letter (2 pages maximum) discussing the rational behind your proposed project, for example: What is your project about? What is your vision for this project? Why this particular project now? Why the MSG Lab? What are your needs and expectations of this process?
  2. Curriculum vitae of the applicant;
  3. A brief writing plan of the entire project, including development history (if applicable);
  4. A current draft, a collection of scenes, or a detailed sketch of the proposed project, with numbered pages;
  5. A title page with your name and contact information;
  6. Submit your files in PDF format;

Email your completed application package to by May 1, 2019 (we only accept email applications)

Submissions are read by a panel of curatorial staff and guest artists.

Shortlisted candidates may be contacted for a follow-up interview.

Decisions will be made by end of May.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or your eligibility, please contact We look forward to receiving your submissions!