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How to apply

The Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab invites artists to apply with projects that would benefit from a residency at Berkeley Rep for 1–4 weeks.

Berkeley Rep will provide transportation and housing for out-of-town residents, rehearsal space, basic technical support, and a modest stipend. Applicants must be available for residency between Jul 17–Aug 13, 2023. Previous applicants may reapply. We do accept applications from international artists.

Projects may be anywhere along their development path: from an idea without anything on paper yet, to a complete draft of a text. Whether you are a writer simply needing a room in which to write or an ensemble wanting intensive rehearsal time, we encourage you to apply. Artists from other disciplines interested in creating theatre pieces are also very welcome. If your project is ready for a small audience, we are happy to provide that, but there is no requirement for any kind of culminating event. Past participants have held events open to the public, no final presentation at all, small closed readings, and everything in between.

This is a developmental residency. There is not an opportunity within the lab for full production. If you are applying for an adaptation, please have the underlying rights already secured. Projects with a current draft of a script are invited to include an excerpt of up to 20 pages with the initial application. A work sample is not required if not applicable to where you are in your process.


To apply

  • Look at our frequently asked questions before writing your application.
  • Complete the application form.
    • We suggest you download and complete the application as a Word document and then cut/paste your answers into the application form. Please note: the online form does not allow you to save the application midway through and you must hit the “submit” button at the bottom to finalize the form submission process.
    • For your application to be considered complete, we ask that you submit PDFs of your résumé and the résumés of any key collaborators separately (the online form will prompt you to do this). Please title these “First Name Surname Project Title.pdf.”
  • All applications and corresponding résumés are due by 11:59pm PT on Feb 24, 2023.
  • Applicants will be notified of further consideration by May 1, 2023.

Please note

  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • Please do not submit any materials beyond those required in the application.
  • Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Please do not call or email Berkeley Repertory Theatre to check the status of your application.


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Questions? Please peruse our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question is not answered there, email us at

Special thanks

The Ground Floor is supported by Louise Gund and Frances Hellman & Warren Breslau, with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tournesol Project, and Bank of America.


What artists say about the Summer Residency Lab

Ground Floor was deeply transformative to our play. The workshop helped us feel empowered to break free of some of our (self-imposed) structural rigidity. Thanks for finding the money and the space and the energy to make it happen. Thanks to our time in Berkeley, our ensemble relationship is deeper and more filled with loving trust.

Sharon Greene, Summer Lab 2018

The Ground Floor is a rare program. It is a residency that allows their artists to pivot and potentially redefine how they will work on a project. There are not many programs that have both the infrastructural flexibility and the deep understanding of artistic process to shift that rapidly.

Mfoniso Udofia, Summer Lab 2017

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