Stück Labor Basel is a programme initiated by Theater Basel in 2008 to promote new Swiss drama. Originally founded as a series of workshop days for the creation of four new theatre texts, it was changed into an author-in-residence model for three young Swiss playwrights in 2011. The playwrights are given the possibility of working for a whole season at a renowned theatre in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. In close collaboration with theatre practitioners at one of these institutions, the young dramatists each create a new theatre text that is then premiered at the end of the season. Stück Labor coordinates the requirements of the project partners, fosters networking and the exchange of information, and supports the writers through coaching and workshops.
Eligible to apply are Swiss playwrights whose life and work are centred in Switzerland, who already have experience as a writer, but have not had more than three pieces premiered to date. The call for applications is aimed at authors from all linguistic regions of Switzerland, including texts in dialect. The partner theatres involved are responsible for making the selection.
[Photo: «Retten, was zu retten ist» © Simon Hallström]