OT New Artists

OT New Artists

“The Orange Tree has it all: a hugely rich theatrical history, filled with more important names than you could list, and a thrillingly adventurous approach to programming new work. Having my play staged in Paul Miller's first season there will always be a career highlight for me.” Alistair McDowall

The Orange Tree aims to challenge, move and amaze with a bold and continually evolving mix of new and re-discovered plays in our unique in-the-round space. We’d like to change lives by telling remarkable stories from a wide variety of times and places, filtered through the singular imagination of our writers and the remarkable close-up presence of our actors.

We have presented new plays by writers in formative moments of their careers, and provoked radical re-evaluations of others by revisiting earlier work. New plays by Alice Birch, Alistair McDowall and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and have sat alongside early plays by Doris Lessing, Bernard Shaw and Robert Holman, amongst many others.


OT New Artists

We are committed to discovering and nurturing the next generation of theatre artists through the OT New Artists programme, including our Writers Collective, and readings and workshops where possible.

Orange Tree Writers Collective: open for applications

As part of our commitment to discovering and nurturing extraordinary playwrights of the future, applications for the theatre’s Writers Collective will be open from 10am on 2nd January 2018, to 12 noon on Monday 15th January.

The Collective is an opportunity for a group of establishing writers to share skills, techniques and obsessions, and to fire up conversations and collaborations. It is run by the Orange Tree’s Literary Associate Guy Jones, alongside masterclasses from practitioners making work at the theatre. Writers are invited to use the group to develop a new piece of work with the dramaturgical support of the theatre and Writers Collective peers. Meetings will take place on Monday evenings from February until July.

We are looking for original and provocative writers of any age who have had at least one play professionally produced.

What to submit/How to apply: 

Interested writers should write to [email protected] enclosing:

  • A covering letter (no more than one page) outlining your reasons for applying
  • A sample of your work (one full-length play you feel best represents you as a writer)
  • A 200 word-outline of an as yet unfinished play you might want to develop during your time on the Collective
  • Your writing CV

If you are a writer who has applied to the Collective in the past you are welcome to apply again.

We actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

There is no fee for Collective participants, but a small bursary is available to cover agreed expenses incurred.

If you are concerned you may not meet the criteria, you are welcome to phone or email Guy for an informal conversation about the opportunity: [email protected] or 020 8940 0141. 

With many thanks to The Idlewild Trust and The Garrick Charitable Trust for their generous support of this project.


Unsolicited Script Submissions

The Literary Department is run by a small part-time team, and as a result we are not in a position to accept unsolicited submissions of work throughout the year. If you would like to invite us to see your work you can email [email protected]

Photo: Cassie Clare in rehearsals for An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (European premiere at the Orange Tree in 2017 before transferring to the National Theatre). Photo by The Other Richard.