Carey Perloff is the artistic director of American Conservatory Theater.
Carey Perloff is the artistic director of American Conservatory Theater.
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American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco will partner with New York's Ma-Yi Theater Company to kick off the inaugural New Strands Residency, giving emerging and established American playwrights the opportunity to create and develop new works in residence at A.C.T.'s state-of-the-art Strand Theater.

Each year, A.C.T. will partner with a nationally recognized new-work incubator to select three playwrights, who will spend a week in San Francisco. Over the course of their residency, the playwrights will participate in a reading of their work, develop and workshop their plays-in-progress with directors and a shared ensemble of actors, and sit on various panel discussions. The New Strands Residency culminates with a free public presentation of their work during A.C.T.'s annual New Strands Festival, now in its second year, taking place May 19-21, 2017.

Based in New York City, Ma-Yi Theater Company is one of the country's leading incubators of new work shaping the national discourse about what it means to be Asian-American today. Submissions from Ma-Yi Theater Company Writers Lab ("The Labbies") are now being accepted. Each playwright is welcome to submit up to two plays for consideration. Only one play per playwright will be accepted, and recipients will be selected in February.