Breakthrough Writers: In Residence

Traverse Theatre Company

Submissions open 12 Jan - 14 Mar 22

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Breakthrough Writers is a duo of new, interconnected creative development initiatives to take new creative voices from having no writing experience through a series of mentoring, coaching and dramaturgical sessions, to having their first full length play reading at the Traverse – and whatever else may come beyond…

A reset of the Traverse’s much loved and lauded Open Submissions initiative, Breakthrough Writers: In Residence has been developed to identify the most exciting voices writing in the UK & Ireland, right now. Open to anyone over the age of 18 currently living in the UK and Ireland, it encourages the submission of anonymised, full-length stage scripts from writers at any stage of their career.

Six writers will then be selected to receive six months of bespoke mentoring and dramaturgical development from the Traverse Artistic Team, including Artistic Director Gareth Nicholls, Literary Manager Eleanor White and a range of Associate Artists, to each develop a full-length play - culminating in readings of each, in their entirety, in early November 2022.

Submissions are open from 12 January - 14 March.

Residencies will take place from May-October, with public readings in November.

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Breakthrough Writers is generously supported by the Idlewild Trust.


  • Mentorship, coaching and dramaturgical support fromThe Traverse Artistic Team


Your donation will help us to discover and develop creativity in those who tell stories we all want - and need - to hear.
  • A gift of £100 could pay for an actor to bring the script alive during a script development session and to hear how the words translate from page to stage.
  • A gift of £50 could cover a one-on-one dramaturgy session, providing developing writers with bespoke feedback.
  • A gift of £15 could cover our monthly Zoom subscription, allowing us to host live online creative writing workshops, reaching participants from across the UK.