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Tuesday, April 4, 2023



Deadline: May 1, 2023
or until we reach our cap of 100 submissions.

The mission of The Hudson Valley Theatre Festival (HVTF) is to celebrate and support new theatrical works by providing opportunity and accessibility to established and emerging local, national, and international playwrights. HVTF will also promote tourism to the Hudson Valley area by attracting visitors for this annual event and supporting local businesses in the process. Under The New Deal Creative Arts Center, HVTF is an inclusive program that welcomes playwrights, theater artists, volunteers, audience members, and affiliates of all ages, races, genders, sexualities, abilities and backgrounds.


Submissions for new plays will be accepted April 2, 2023 – May 1, 2023 with the following guidelines:
  • This festival is open to local, national, and international playwrights.
  • A 2024 Hudson Valley Theatre Festival application must be completed in full online.
  • Only unpublished plays will be accepted – we are not accepting any musicals at this time.
  • Running time of the piece should not exceed 2 hours.
  • Only one play submission per playwright.
  • There are no cast size restrictions for this festival.
  • The play must be written in English.
  • The submitted work should be intended as a stage play (not a radio play or a play meant for a virtual platform)
  • We ardently support diversity and inclusion.
  • All plays will be under jury review by a hand-selected and diverse reading panel made up of theatre professionals.
  • There is no fee to submit your play to the Hudson Valley Theatre Festival.
  • Scripts must be PDF format. (Dramatists Guild Formatting Guidelines)
  • Play’s cover sheet should include author’s information (name, address, telephone, email). 
  • Inquiries can be sent to hvtf@newdealarts.org
Selected plays will receive either a reading or staged reading of their work which will be decided by the Production Committee of the 2024 Hudson Valley Theatre Festival. Reading panelists will recommend plays to be selected for the festival with members of the Production Committee.
There is a cap of 100 submissions. A total of twelve (12) plays will be selected for the reading festival.

TIMELINE:Submission deadline: May 1, 2023
Submission Period: April 2, 2023-May 1, 2023
Unpublished work will be accepted until we reach our cap of 100 submissions.
Selection Process: June-October 2023 (each play will be read a minimum of 5 times).
Notification of Selections: November 2023.

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