We Are Now Taking MSG Lab Submissions for 2022-23

Are you an Asian Canadian writer and creator? Would you like to get your play off the page and on a stage? Submit to our 2022-2023 MSG Lab, vAct’s annual new work development program! 

Deadline to apply April 1, 2022 11:59pm PST

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 perspectives and develops new works for future production opportunities. The MSG Lab runs from May 2022 – January 2023, inclusive of a playwriting workshop, Block V in May – June 2022. 

***NEW IN 2022**** 

Are you a playwright that writes on your feet in a studio? Creating a hybrid work? Or creating devised work? Then MSG Lab is also for you! This year we are piloting a new stream for creators who do not work in traditional modes of playwriting. This is an opportunity for experimental writers to explore and design their own writing/creation process. The process can be in-studio creation, online/hybrid, or other processes that stimulate your work. This work does not necessarily have to produce a traditional “script”. However, an online or in-person showing will be required. 

During the MSG Lab, each writer will have a personally designed process that will propel the current script/proposal to a more fully realized version for an informal public presentation. Selected applicants will receive development support including: a $2000 stipend per project, with additional fees for workshops, and 60 hours of dramaturgical support (inclusive of workshops and a public presentation). In consultation with the dramaturg, each writer will have the opportunity to design a personalized writing/creation process that best serves their creative needs.


Call for Submissions

Now taking in 2022-2023  MSG 1 – deadline to apply is April 1, 2022 at 11:59pm PST.


MSG Lab Application Deadline: April 1, 2022 at 11:59PM PST

MSG Lab Adjudication of plays 

MSG Lab Playwrights Announced: April 29, 2022

Block V workshop: May – June 2022 (This will be scheduled according to playwrights’ availabilities)

Script development with dramaturg: July, 2022 – January, 2023

MSG Lab Workshops & Presentations: January 2023

Submission Checklist:

  1. Ensure that you can make the time commitments found on the timeline.
  2. A cover letter (2 pages maximum) discussing the rationale 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?
  3. Curriculum vitae of the applicant (2 page maximum);
  4. A brief writing plan of the entire project, including development history, if applicable (1 page maximum);
  5. A current draft, a collection of scenes, or a detailed sketch of the proposed project, with numbered pages;
  6. Assemble cover letter, CV, work plan in ONE PDF file. SEND YOUR DRAFT IN A SEPARATE PDF. If you would like to submit your application via video please upload 5 minutes max with the same information requested above. 

Submissions are read by a panel of curatorial staff led by vAct Resident Dramaturg June Fukumura and guest adjudicators.

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

Decisions will be made by April 29, 2022.

We are looking for engagements with a broad spectrum of Asian playwrights (including but not limited to Pan-Asia Pacific, South Asia, Western Asia and the Middle East, Pacific Islanders, and Asian Canadians of mixed ethnic/cultural backgrounds).

If you have any questions regarding the application process, access needs/accommodations, or your eligibility, please contact, June Fukumura at june@vact.ca. We look forward to receiving your submissions!