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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

2024 Latinx New Play Festival


Deadline: January 15, 2024 by 12:59 PST


Festival Dates: October 4-6, 2024
Rehearsal Dates: September 30-3, 2024
Location: La Jolla Playhouse Play Development Center (PDC)

2024 Latinx New Play Festival Overview

The Latinx New Play Festival and La Jolla Playhouse are excited to open submissions to the 2024 Latinx New Play Festival, a weekend of new play readings by Latinx playwrights to be held in person at the La Jolla Playhouse. The festival will showcase four new Latinx plays by Latinx playwrights. The 2024 Latinx New Play Festival seeks to expand the presence of Latinx stories and artists on the American stage that spotlight the broad range of today’s Latinx experience. The festival will invite artistic directors, literary managers, and producers to attend a hybrid in-person and online weekend of readings showcasing the work of Latinx actors, directors, and designers. Past selections include work by Diana Burbano, Francisco Mendoza, C. Quintana, and Benjamin Benne.

Festival Details

Four scripts will be selected to be rehearsed and workshopped in person in La Jolla California October 2024, resulting in a live public reading at the festival weekend October 4-6, 2024. Combined rehearsal and performance will not exceed 29 hours. Each selected script will be assigned a Latinx or BIPOC director, dramaturg, stage manager, and actors (unless otherwise indicated by the script).


Festival submissions are open to self-identifying Latinx/e playwrights living in the United States. We welcome scripts in English and Spanish.

Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced, and not currently under option at the time of submission. University productions, workshop productions, readings, or other non-professional workshops/productions will not disqualify a script.

At this time, only full length, non-musicals, with cast size of 6 or less will be considered. Plays with music will be considered as resources allow (cast-size less than 6 and under, piano only). Solo pieces will also be considered. Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee of festival producers, festival readers, and La Jolla Playhouse Artistic staff will make recommendations and final selections. Selection will be based upon:

● Artistic merit including quality, impact, purpose, and aesthetics of the play

● Alignment with the La Jolla Playhouse mission of advancing theatre as an art form and as a vital social, moral and political platform by providing unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow.

● Feasibility of a full production in mainstage seasons

Submission Procedure

All applicants must complete the following two steps:

● Complete this Google form with

○ Playwright name, email address, and phone number
○ A one paragraph synopsis of the script
○ Number of actors required
○ Any prior development work for this play
○ Playwright biography (100 word limit)
○ Character breakdown
○ Playscript

All entries must be submitted by: Monday January 15th 2024 by 12:59 PST.

Hard copies will not be accepted. PDF documents are strongly recommended to avoid formatting discrepancies.

Selected playwrights will be notified via email by April 4, 2024.

Have questions?

● Email Maria Patrice Amon at: LatinxNewPlayFestival@gmail.com

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