EST/Sloan Project

Graeme Gillis, Program Director

Linsay Firman, Associate Director

The Ensemble Studio Theatre/The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project is an initiative designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge the existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.

The partnership between the Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is the creative engine behind over 200 commissioned new American plays that challenge and broaden the public’s understanding of science and technology and their impact in our lives. Plays from the EST/Sloan Project are produced again and again across the country. This begins at EST’s home base in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, for over 40 years a crucial platform for new and unheard voices in the American theatre. 

Beyond New York, the program now has a nationwide reach. It supports development and production of new plays in over 60 theatres across the country through a combination of seed grants and production incentives. These initiatives provide an extended life for EST/Sloan plays in subsequent regional productions, and the seed grants provide a broader base of artistic opportunity for communities outside of New York, allowing the program to cast a wider net for new work.  Over the last 18 years, the EST/Sloan Project's reputation has been enhanced by the critically acclaimed productions presented on the theatre’s Mainstage every season under the banner of the EST/Sloan Project, including Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, which later went on to complete a successful run on London's West End starring Nicole Kidman, as well as productions like Isaac’s Eye by Lucas Hnath, End Days and Informed Consent by Deb Laufer, Lenin’s Embalmers by Vern Thiessen, and Relativity by Cassandra Medley. 

Proposals will be accepted starting September 1st, 2016

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2016

Deadline for regional workshop grants: December 1, 2016

Click here for submission guidelines