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Friday, October 20, 2023

Spectrum Theatre Ensemble New Playwrights Initiative 2024


Deadline: October 31, 2023

Neurodiverse. NeuroQueer. NeuroBIPOC.
Because of the enormous response/requests from playwrights and theatres across the country, Spectrum Theatre Ensemble’s NEW PLAYWRIGHT’S INITIATIVE is back!!

STE’s is the nation’s leader in developing the plays and careers of Autistic+/Neurodiverse/(Dis)abled writers. Our alumni are award-winning professional writers with readings and productions all across the country. Spectrum Theatre Ensemble is who the theatre industry looks to for Neurodiversity Innovation in the Arts.



We are looking for plays that surprise us. Multiple forms of theatrical performance will be considered, this is about you and celebrating your creative impulses and expression.

Give yourself permission to imagine without restrictions.

Six one-acts will be chosen through a concealed author process by artistic and literary directors at some of America’s most respected and inclusive theaters.

All plays will be fully produced at STE’s Neurodiversity New Play Festival, Summer 2024.

Authors will receive a 200. stipend, a press packet (reviews, press materials, interviews), promotion through our new PR campaigns, and two tickets to the festival for each author.

It is our goal to be able to bring the authors to the festival (travel/housing) to fully participate in the production. We are currently working on funding so, for now, this remains only a possibility.


Seeking one-act plays by Autistic+/Neurodiverse/(Dis)abled writers.

Plays must be no longer than 50 pages.

Dramatists Guild Standard Format preferred, but will accept any stage play format.

Please do not include your name on the title page.

Title your document: author’s name - title of play - date.

Authors must be Autistic+/Neurodivergent/(Dis)abled.

Please include a brief statement (less than one page) describing what theatrical writing means to you.

Submit materials to: newwork@stensemble.org

STE believes in creating an inclusive theatre-making environment. We encourage members of our multiply-marginalized NeuroFamily to apply and tell their stories: Black, Brown, Indigenous/First Peoples, Asian, Pacific Islander, Mixed-Race People of Color (NeuroPOC), LGBTQIA2+, women, AFAB writers.

We will work with our NPI selected playwrights to ensure the development and production process follows the Dramatists Guild Inclusion Rider (at least 50% of artistic/production teams POC, women, AFAB, LGBTQIA2+, (dis)abled folx).

We want to read plays that surprise us. Let your imagination run wild.

Our entire staff have the lived experiences and face the daily challenges of navigating systems and spaces not designed for us. You have to live it to know how to change it.

We are excited to read your plays and promote stories about us, by us!


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