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Friday, February 11, 2022

Long Wharf Theatre Literary Program & New Work Development

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Long Wharf Theatre has a proud and rich history of forming meaningful relationships with artists, supporting the development of their work, and moving their projects towards production.

We are particularly interested in incubating new pieces that center BIPOC voices, push form, and feature innovative dramaturgy. We are also eager to support projects that originate with artists other than playwrights, such as designers, directors, dramaturgs, and activists. Many of these works have become part of the modern American canon with more than thirty Long Wharf Theatre productions transferred to Broadway or Off-Broadway runs.

We are revitalizing our commitment to playwrights at all stages in their careers, and are now welcoming scripts from unrepresented playwrights as well as agents.

The following are examples of ways we have supported and continue to support new work development. These offerings are flexible, as we are committed to tailoring the process to suit the needs of each artist. We strive to be nimbly responsive to our artists’ goals.

Submit A Play For Consideration

Email scripts to:

The body of the email must include:
Author’s Name
Type of material (one-act, musical, adaptation, etc.)
Synopsis of the play (500 words or less)

Please Note: We are only accepting scripts by electronic submission at this time.

The attachment of the email must include:

A script excerpt no more than twenty pages and music sound files, if applicable.

Type of Materials:
Full-length, One act, 10-minute scripts, musicals, adaptations, translations, virtual/Zoom plays.

Special Interests:
Plays by BIPOC writers, plays centering cultural narratives, stories of joy and resilience, multi-disciplinary work, and theatrical innovation.

Submission Period:

Response Time:
4–6 months

If the response time has been exceeded, we invite follow-up emails.

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