MSG Theatre Lab Now Open for 2022

MSG Theatre Lab VACT

MSG Theatre Lab from Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Are you an Asian Canadian writer and creator? Would you like to get your play off the page and on a stage? Submit to our 2022-2023 MSG Lab, vAct’s annual new work development program!

Deadline to apply April 1, 2022 11:59pm PST

Facilitating the creation and development of new theatrical work by emerging and mid-career Asian Canadian artists, this program is our commitment to the next generation of Asian Canadian theatre-makers. The MSG Lab showcases stories from Asian Canadian perspectives and develops new works for future production opportunities. The MSG Lab runs from May 2022 – January 2023, inclusive of a playwriting workshop, Block V in May – June 2022.

***NEW IN 2022****

Are you a playwright that writes on your feet in a studio? Creating a hybrid work? Or creating devised work? Then MSG Lab is also for you! This year we are piloting a new stream for creators who do not work in traditional modes of playwriting. This is an opportunity for experimental writers to explore and design their own writing/creation process. The process can be in-studio creation, online/hybrid, or other processes that stimulate your work. This work does not necessarily have to produce a traditional “script”. However, an online or in-person showing will be required.

During the MSG Lab, each writer will have a personally designed process that will propel the current script/proposal to a more fully realized version for an informal public presentation. Selected applicants will receive development support including: a $2000 stipend per project, with additional fees for workshops, and 60 hours of dramaturgical support (inclusive of workshops and a public presentation). In consultation with the dramaturg, each writer will have the opportunity to design a personalized writing/creation process that best serves their creative needs.


  • MSG Lab 1 Application Deadline: April 1, 2022 at 11:59PM PST
  • MSG Lab 1 Adjudication of plays
  • MSG Lab 1 Playwrights Announced: April 29, 2022
  • Block V workshop: May – June 2022 (This will be scheduled according to playwrights’ availabilities)
    Script development with dramaturg: July, 2022 – January, 2023
  • MSG Lab 1 Workshops & Presentations: January 2023

Deadline to apply April 1, 2022 

11:59pm PST 


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