Photo courtesy of The Ink Project

The New Voices Program is a new playwriting program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The goal of the New Voices Program is to create and ultimately produce more works about the experiences and culture of our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community by providing meaningful access and opportunities.

About The Ink Project

The New Voices Program is facilitated by The Ink Project. The Ink Project is a social justice arts organization that aims to bring equity to performance-oriented writing platforms through a mission of elevating unheard voices. The Ink Project’s established experience and connections within this work will help build a strong foundation for participants to continue creating well beyond the length of the program.


Rimsha Afzal
Founder, Artistic Director of The Ink Project

Rimsha Afzal (she, her, hers) is an actor, playwright, and poet. After a hiatus of not performing due to a lack of artistic opportunity for women of color in her area, she transformed her frustration into the birth of The Ink Project. Through this organization, she curated a writing and development seminar for underrepresented writers and launched a global virtual spoken word & poetry collective titled, “Dear 2020.” She has written a collection of poems under the quintette realm of mental health, nature, culture & identity, self-compassion, and humanity. She stands behind artists who aim to empower and elevate our society by reflecting truthful narratives of marginalized groups. She holds a Master of Arts from Duke University.


Karyn Raynor
Managing Director of The Ink Project

Karyn Raynor (she, her, hers) is a theatre artist, writer, and playwright. She has written two full-length plays, one of which she is currently submitting to festivals around the country for review and staging. Playwriting is her passion, as she loves telling stories through dialogue, especially stories that would otherwise never be heard. She has been with The Ink Project since its inception, and it is her mission to share her love of writing and her experience with others so that more stories may be told by those who will discover the power of their voices through this medium.

About the Program

The New Voices Program aims to promote diversity and equity within the Triangle theatre community by hosting a virtual writing and development seminar. The seminar will be geared toward BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ identifying artists and playwrights with a culminating event during the spring of 2021, in which the cohorts’ work will be presented.

The program will be taught and facilitated by experienced writers of color and LGBTQIA+ writers and will include several sessions on understanding the art of creative writing, consulting and coaching during the writing process, and a reading series to showcase and workshop each of the original works. 

The theme for the 2020-2021 seminar is “Pursuing Humanity.” The seminar portion will take place between November 2020 and May 2021, consisting of five guest speakers and five sessions with The Ink Project.

The program will be limited to between 6-12 participants, which will be selected via the application process below. There is no cost to apply or participate. Each of the chosen participants will be compensated $100 upon the successful completion of the program.

How to Apply

Applications are closed for 2021. Check back soon for information on how to apply for the 2022 cohort!

Meet the 2020-21 Cohort

Click here to meet our talented participants for the New Voices Program 2020-21!

Watch the live video from the culminating event here on our Facebook page!


Questions? Please email theinkprojectnc@nullgmail.com or call 919-624-3776.


Special thanks to our program sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.