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.

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 New Voices Program is presented in partnership with 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.

As a community theatre, RLT has a responsibility to not only tell stories that are reflective of our community, but also to celebrate and amplify stories directly from the folks that call our theatre “home.” We can’t wait to learn and create with you!

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 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 now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Meet the 2020-21 Cohort!

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


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.