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If you would like to be considered for our New Play Festival Committee, please submit your request to glenda.manwaring@centrestage.org.

Centre Stage's annual New Play Festival  features the works of three or four finalists selected from submissions of playwrights.  These plays will be presented in staged readings that begin each evening at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Each performance will be followed by an in-depth discussion of the work, led by the Festival Chairman and a guest playwright-in-residence.  On the last evening of the Festival, Centre Stage will present the latest work in development by the playwright-in-residence, followed by a discussion of that work with the playwright.

Submission guidelines

  • There is no submission fee for the New Play Festival.
  • The submission deadline for the 2013 NPF is March 1, 2013. Scripts received after that date will be considered for the following year. Three or Four finalists will be selected on July 1, 2013 and their names will be posted to this page at that time.
  • Must be a full-length play without a prior full production.
  • Send brief synopsis together with a bound complete manuscript. Please include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play's title page.
  • The play must be at least one hour and thirty minutes in length, and no longer than two hours.
  • Dramas, comedies and farces are all welcome. No musicals or plays for young people, please.
  • Cast size limited to 7.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to become familiar with our thrust space and submit plays that are suited to our physical space. A 360 degree view of the theatre is available here.
  • Providing playwrights with the highest quality actors is a priority. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.
  • Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for Centre Stage are strongly encouraged to contact information@centrestage.org before submitting.
  • All plays that are not selected for the festival will be recycled. Please do not include any type of return postage. Please check our website July 1 for announcement of current year's finalists.
  • All serious submissions are read by at least two readers. Please be advised that the following are not considered serious submissions:
  • Screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays
  • Obvious first drafts 
  • Plays with typos and spelling errors
  • Plays that are not formatted according to industry standards
  • Plays with excessive profanity or violence will receive limited consideration.
Notification: We appreciate you offering our theatre the opportunity to consider your work. Our New Works Coordinator screens submissions for eligibility and for content as they are received. The final selections will be made in July 1 and the finalists' names will be posted to this page at that time.


Send manuscripts to:

Centre Stage - South Carolina
c/o New Play Festival
PO Box 8451
Greenville, SC 29604-8451

1 – A synopsis of the story including stylistic and thematic content and a completed bound script.

2 – The complete casting requirements (limited to seven actors)

3 – The development history of the play (if any)

4 – A brief bio (please be assured that past professional experience is not required)

You will receive a confirmation response by early April.

E-mails received after March 1 will be considered for next year’s festival.

Semifinalists will be contacted by the early June.

Finalists will be contacted and posted to our website in early July.

Playwrights accepted into the festival will receive travel and lodging as well as one-on-one time with the playwright in residence. Each play will receive at least three rehearsals with a professional director and actors. The play selected for the production will be produced according to a standard Dramatist Guild contract. Playwright selected for the production will receive travel and lodging for the opening week of the production.

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