Script Consultation Services

The NJ Play Lab offers one-on-one script consultations and other dramaturgical services. 

There are no residency requirements for Script Consultation Services. They are available to playwrights residing anywhere in the United States. 

Please address all inquiries to info@njplaylab.org

Our Services:


Responsive Consultation

Senior Dramaturg $100
Associate Dramaturg $50

This is most recommended either for an early draft of a play when the playwright is unsure about the direction in which to proceed, or for a play that has been through substantial development, and the playwright either is stuck on a few elements of the script, or wants a general assessment before submitting it to theatres and producers.

How It Works

  • The playwright provides the dramaturg with a list of questions and/or challenges in regard to the current draft of the play.
  • The dramaturg reads the script with these questions and/or challenges in mind.
  • The dramaturg and playwright engage in a one-hour session by phone or in-person.

In-Depth Consultation

Senior Dramaturg $200
Associate Dramaturg $100

This is most recommended either for plays that are somewhere in the middle of their development process when the writer is in need of both some guiding feedback and a sounding board, or for playwrights who have not had a great deal of formal playwriting training and may need to become more familiar with the language and process of dramaturgy.

How It Works

  • The dramaturg does a preliminary read of the script.
  • The dramaturg and playwright engage in a one-hour session by phone or in-person. Questions, concepts, and ideas emerge that will inform the next review of the script.
  • The dramaturg does a more in-depth, targeted read.
  • The dramaturg and playwright engage in a 2nd one-hour session, addressing the questions, concepts, and ideas from the first session.

Facilitated Play Reading

Senior Dramaturg $400 (Plus $25/Actor)
Associate Dramaturg $300 (Plus $25/Actor)*

A Facilitated Reading is recommended for a play that has been through a number of drafts and undergone some organized developmental processes (a class, a playwriting group, a workshop, other readings, etc…), and now the playwright needs to hear the play read aloud to best assess what is clear and what is unclear in the play, and how best to move ahead toward the final stages of its development. 

How It Works

  • The dramaturg does a preliminary read of the script.
  • The dramaturg and playwright engage in a one-hour session by phone or in-person to discuss the major intentions of the play, and to jointly assess what questions still need to be answered and what elements of the play need to be further explored.  At this time, the dramaturg may offer the playwright some additional feedback based on the dramaturg’s own assessment of the play.
  • Both the dramaturg and the playwright do a more in-depth, targeted read, based on this conversation.
  • The dramaturg and playwright engage in a 2nd one-hour session, addressing how the questions and new ideas informed their most recent read of the play. Collaboratively, they compile a list of questions to be answered or illuminated by the play reading. At this time, the dramaturg and the playwright also assess if revisions should be done prior to the reading of the play by actors. If it is decided that there will be revisions, a timeline and plan is put in place. (It is possible that the dramaturg and the playwright will engage in another short meeting or email exchange around those revisions prior to the reading).
  • The dramaturg (in consultation with the writer) casts and schedules a private reading of the play by professional actors.  
  • The reading will be followed by a facilitated group feedback session. The actors and one or two guests (invited by the playwright or additional NJPL staff) act as responders. The dramaturg facilitates the discussion.
  • The process culminates with a final one-hour session by phone or in-person for the dramaturg and the playwright to digest, discuss and assess what was learned in the reading and what the next steps should be in the development of the play.

*Fees listed are for virtual readings. For live readings, there will be an additional cost of $80 to cover space rental.

Other Services

Fees negotiable.

Please contact info@njplaylab.org with inquiries regarding:

  • Production Dramaturgy
  • Long-Term Script Dramaturgy
  • Play/Production Research
  • Audience Engagement Programming
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