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Playwrights Incubator

Playwrights Incubator

The MAC Theater introduces the Playwrights Incubator, a program for first-time playwrights to see their work realized on the stage!

Finding theaters to produce new or unpublished plays can be an obstacle for any new playwright. The MAC Theater Playwrights Incubator provides resources for emerging artists to workshop and launch new plays through a structured program. Selected playwrights will work with experienced mentors to fine-tune their plays over the course of several months. Regular writing evaluations, quarterly readings that include a feedback-response process, and lessons in casting appropriate actors will culminate in a staged performance in front of a live audience. This select audience will provide critical feedback to the playwright with a thorough evaluation.

Any new writer who has not yet been published or had a play produced is invited to submit her or his script or outline for consideration. There is no cost to participate in this program. Selected applicants are required to sign an agreement with the MAC Theater, outlining expectations and a commitment to the program. Playwrights must be available on site for quarterly readings and all aspects of the production process including auditions, rehearsals, tech work and performances.

Applications are due by March 1, 2022.


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Playwrights Incubator Cofounders

Anabel Costa, a cofounder of the incubator, is a freelance writer and an avid friend of the theater. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2021 where she studied playwriting and journalism, and is currently working on her first novel. She is excited to help launch the MAC Theater Playwrights Incubator!

Kate Fishman, a cofounder of the incubator, has been active in community theater for twenty years as a director, actor and administrator in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. She has chaired the MAC Theater committee for the last four years. As an integral part of the MAC’s theatrical programming, she and the committee have increased community outreach, performance education and business collaboration.


Playwrights Incubator Mentors

John Heavey has directed plays and musicals at the high school level for the past 45 years. For the past 27 years, John has been one of the drama directors at Tabor Academy where he has also been an English teacher and dorm parent. John has acted in numerous community theater productions at the Vokes Players in Wayland, MA. In the past four years at the MAC, John has appeared as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, the minister in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and various roles in Be My Baby. In 2021, John staged a dramatic reading of LZ Bravo: Letters Home from Vietnam (a show he designed) in May at the bandstand in Marion. In August, John directed Cedar Beach, one of two MAC shows to appear last summer at Bicentennial Park.

Mark Howland taught English, theater, and Latin classes at the high school level for nearly forty years. As Chair of the Drama Department at Tabor Academy, he also directed many plays and musicals. In his last dozen years of teaching and directing, Mark wrote seven plays, all of which were performed at Tabor and one of which was also performed at the MAC in the summer of 2021. In addition to writing short stories, Mark is currently adapting another play for possible production at the MAC.

The MAC Theater celebrates diversity and seeks people of all backgrounds regardless of age, race, creed, or national origin. All are welcome!