The Shop program invites ESPA's early-career artists to observe rehearsals, readings, workshops, tech, and other opportunities at Primary Stages and partnering theater companies in New York City during our Fall and Spring semesters. The focus of the program is to provide our students with an inside look at how professional play development processes work—an important education that requires a firsthand experience. Through the introductions made in the Shop program, our students have been invited into exclusive literary groups, cast in industry readings, and hired as assistants on full productions. Participation is limited to currently enrolled students, and lasts for one semester.
Past partnering companies have included Primary Stages, The Lark Play Development Center, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Second Stage Theatre, the Vineyard, and Women's Project.
Information about the Shop Application for Spring 2016 will be distributed in January. Participation is limited to students enrolled in the ESPA Spring semester.