We are now open for submissions for the 2019-2020 503Five Writers’ Residency.

The 503Five is an 18 month residency that offers writers the opportunity to find their creative home at Theatre503, developing work and experiencing being at the heart of a new writing theatre. This scheme is designed for writers who have already developed their craft to a high standard but are not yet professionally produced.

We define “professionally produced” as a full-length play that has been professionally produced for four weeks or more in a subsidised/commercial  London venue and/or a major regional or international venue.

The residency will offer writers a seed commission of £2,000 a series of masterclass workshops, peer to peer support, industry connections, R&D processes, dramaturgical support, and opportunities to have work staged.

Please be aware that although this opportunity is open nationally, 503 is London based and will require all writers to regularly be at Theatre503.

Deadline for applications is 12 midnight on Sunday 24th March 2019


  • Please fill out this Application Form
  • Go to  Submit a Script 
  • Select 503Five in the ‘Type of Submission’ drop down menu and complete all the relevant sections.
  • Attach
    • The completed form
    • An idea for the full length play you would like to write for us during your tenure.
    • A sample of your work – this should be 10 pages which you feel shows your writing at its best.
  • Complete as much of equal opportunities form as you would like

Some expenses will be available for travel and the precise nature of this can be discussed at interview.

The 503Five alumni are Mahad Ali, Brad Birch, Jon Brittain, Chloe Todd Fordham, Ella Greenhill, Christopher Hogg, Charlene James, Yasmin Joseph, Gemma Langford, Richard Marsh, Brian Mullin, Rex Obano, Neasa O’Callaghan, Vinay Patel, Lou Ramsden, Nimer Rashed, Beth Steel, Chris Urch, Ross Willis, Aisha Zia.

The 503Five is kindly supported by The Carne Trust and The Orseis Trust