With the Searchlight Sessions, Shakespeare is dead, Het nieuwstedelijk and Theater Bellevue aim to spot unknown talent. Take the stage to talk about your work and submit a scene to be read during the Scratch Nights.

Are you a beginning playwright and would you like to pitch your new text to a professional audience of dramatists, directors and companies? Do you have a burning question or are you wrestling with a writing problem that you would like to present to your fellow professionals? Then seek the light in one of the Searchlight sessions on Shakespeare is dead. An ideal platform to make contact, build a network and get feedback. Apply with a short motivation and bio and also send a scene.

Besides feedback on your work during the Searchlight sessions, you can also see the actors and readers of De Leesclub and Luca Drama at work on your text during one of the four Scratch Nights at the festival.

Deadline: Sunday 6 February, 23:59
Mail max. 1 page with motivation and bio + a scene of max. 12 pages to


Searchlight Sessions