Residency Project / WORDlab

In-depth Classroom Partnerships
The Residency Project is 24 sessions, 12 per semester, co-facilitated by a teaching artist and classroom teacher. Students attend Broadway and Off Broadway productions each semester to use as inspirational models. Each student works to develop a original piece. A selection of student work is presented in an Off Broadway venue or on-site at the school by professional actors at the end of the program. 

Number of participating students: 700
Number of participating schools: 10

How can my school participate?

The Residency Project is offered at no cost to middle and high schools within the tri-state area. 
Interested classroom teachers should send an email or call (212) 912-9770, ext. 331.


In 2012, the program grew to include WORDlab. WORDlab is a year-long after school playwriting workshop with students from every borough. The ensemble meets weekly to continue writing and workshopping their original plays with NYC playwrights and professional actors. Their work is showcased each June.

Read Original works by TDF WORDlab Students here.

Summer Playwriting Intensive

Open to graduates from the Residency Project, this two week-long summer playwriting intensive takes place in July. Scholarship recipients build on the skills learned in their school's Residency Project program by becoming part of an ensemble of selected student playwrights from the five boroughs. The intensive is facilitated by a professional playwright and teaching artist. The ensemble attends two Broadway or Off Broadway productions and meets with invited guest artists.