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Friday, July 28, 2017

At the Table submission guidelines

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Are you a Playwright or Actor and interested in taking part in an episode of At the Table: A Play Reading Series? Fill out the form and submit your play or resume for consideration. 

We are always looking for new artists to work with, and we aim to bring a new face in on every project we do. We read every submission as we can. If your play is selected for consideration, we will be in touch for more information. We do not have any specific genre or topical requirements for our plays, beyond that their primary language should be English. They can be short, long, small cast, big cast, written for today, or written in pastiche. We are interested in all submissions and look forward to reading yours!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Radio Theater Project Submissions

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The Radio Theatre Project accepts submissions of original scripts where the story depends on dialogue instead of visuals.

The beauty of radio theater is that it’s voices, and it’s storytelling.

Radio plays can be startlingly intimate – the thoughts inside somebody’s head. Or as wide-ranging as the universe, a story way too big for a stage. It’s easy and inexpensive to go to Mars on the radio, or converse with a dragon or your dog – this is theatre your audience builds with you, and each person designs the set and casts the characters in their imagination.

That said, we tend toward new work and only rarely do old-timey scripts. We welcome writers who have radio in mind, and writers willing to reshape scripts that have had a life onstage or screen.

If you’re adapting a work from another medium, remember that audio is a different animal. What got you screams and cheers onstage may need to be rethought if it’s delivered without visuals.

Selected plays are performed for a standing-room only crowd in downtown St. Pete, with professional actors on book and a sound effects artist. Recordings are distributed via podcast and writers receive a stipend of $50 when the script is performed.

Short plays are very welcome. Full-length plays will need to be condensed to one hour with an intermission.

Stage plays can be submitted as-is for consideration, though if selected some adaptation may be necessary.

This is an ongoing opportunity.

  • Plays should have a running time of 50 minutes or less. Brevity is the soul of.
  • Plays longer than 30 minutes will need to be able to be split in two parts with an intermission.
  • Plays that originated as stage, film or prose are fine, but we produce radio theater – works originating in other forms will need to be adapted for radio.
  • The Radio Theatre Project reserves the right to make any edits necessary for length, clarity or FCC regulations. We’ll suggest those to you, if your script is being considered for production.
  • Florida writers and plays with Florida settings and subject matter are always welcome.
Send plays for consideration to Jim Wicker, Literary Manager, at jimwicker.actor@gmail.com.

Please include a cover sheet with title, name of author and contact information.
On the second page, please include a plot summary and brief bio of the author.
Please submit scripts in 12-point type with page numbers in the upper right-hand corner.
Think about sound and sound effects.
The scripts will be broadcast, so FCC language restrictions apply—no seven deadly words, obscenity, overt sex or graphic bodily functions.

Before your script is produced, you will need to put it into radio play format – see guidelines here.

Any action must be made clear by dialogue and sound effects.
Characters should be identified frequently by name, and there can’t be too many characters in the same scene. If characters aren’t part of the conversation, they disappear.
Be judicious in your use of narration and monologue, or avoid them altogether. Dialogue is more engaging.


Tips from the BBC, including sample scripts. They do know all about it.

An excellent article on Writing for Audio Drama by author Robyn Paterson. Many thanks to Radio Theatre Project fan Alexander Balanda for sharing this terrific resource.

Wonderfully detailed guidelines from Independent Radio Drama Productions in the UK.

An introduction to writing NPR-style radio. All the rules about writing and the way listeners listen, apply.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Wicker, RTP Literary Manager at jimwicker.actor@gmail.com.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Narratively submission guidelines

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Most of what we publish comes from freelance submissions and pitches, so if you've got a great, untold, character-driven story, we want to hear from you!

What we're looking for:
-As you may have guessed from our name, we like stories with a narrative; stories where something actually happens.
-That means active, engaging scenes described vividly.
-The human element: Narratively stories always focus on either one incredible character, or a group of incredible characters. If you want to write about a phenomenon, find the person or group of people who embody it. Most of our stories can be described with the phrase "ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
-Something new: check to make sure your story hasn't already been covered, we want to uncover untold stories, not rehash old ones. We love stories that show unique access to people and places often unseen and unheard in traditional outlets.
- We publish pieces from all over the world and are interested in untold human stories, regardless of location.

What we're NOT looking for:
-Think pieces or op-eds. While your story should engage with big, interesting ideas, it should do so through scenes and narrative.
-Diary entries. We love solid first-person narratives, but, just like our reported pieces, they need to bring something new, exciting, maybe even shocking to the table. Anecdotes from your life, no matter how heartbreaking/hilarious/odd, aren't enough to make a good memoir piece, they need to illuminate some bigger idea, to teach the reader something about what it's like to be you, and what it's like to be human.
-Anything written in a second-person or letter format
-Stories about your time in the Peace Corps or your experience using Tinder. Memoir pieces should be extraordinary stories only you can tell, not your take on a common story.
-Profiles of your friends or colleagues. Reported stories should not focus on anyone with whom you have a personal or business relationship.
-Stories about alien abductions, demonic possessions, or ghosts. Your story should be fact-check proof.
-Fiction or poetry. No matter how great it is. We only publish non-fiction stories.

Themes: In addition to current, rotating themes (which can be found on the category submission pages), here are a few themes/series for which we’re always looking for stories:

Ordinary Obituaries: Some of the best narrative journalism out there shows up in the obit section of publications like the New York Times. But why should only the rich and famous have their full life stories told? This series is all stories of recently deceased ordinary people--those who perhaps had a two-line obit in a local paper--but whose lives deserve a full-length treatment. (Past examples include: A Gitmo Defense Attorney Who Refused to Toe the Line and The Man Who Elevated the Art World.)

Humans Behind the Headlines: Stories that go behind the scenes and below the surface of big, current news stories. These can be national stories or local stories with a universal appeal, but since this is still Narratively, they need to be brand new, untold, and human-driven. (Past examples include: Faces of Ferguson, Inside ISIS: The Making of a Radical, and That Time the Internet Sent a SWAT Team to My Mom’s House.)

The Naked Truth: Revelations about sex, sexuality or gender that expose a larger truth about all of us. Profile or memoir. (Past examples include: Sexless in the City, When a Father’s Son Becomes His Daughter, and I’m a Straight Man and He’s My New Sugar Daddy.)

Secret Lives: The people who make things happen behind the scenes. We want detailed accounts of the jobs you never think about. These pieces are quirky, informative, unexpected. They can be profile or memoir. (Past examples include: Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner, Secret Life of a Telemarketing Peon, Secret Life of a Ghost Hunter.)

We will also always consider a good story idea regardless of theme. So don't wait around until you see a theme that fits, pitch away!

Saturday, July 15, 2017


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For over 35 years, Pulitzer Prize winning THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has nurtured hundreds of playwrights through its EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAM. In June, 2006, we launched NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD, a play reading series designed to serve our audiences and writers even better. Curated by Michael Scott-Price, TNC Literary Manager, NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD will provide a hearing for worthy plays in earlier stages of Development. Audiences will get the opportunity to provide feedback, and artists will gain valuable insight from audience response.

If you would like your work to be considered, please send a ten-page sample of the script, brief synopsis, bio and subject line: “New City, New Blood submission” to us via email tncdreamup@gmail.com

Friday, July 14, 2017

Theatrefolk submission guidelines

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Have you written something suitable for student performance? Theatrefolk is seeking original creative scripts for publication. We are looking for full lengths and one acts at least twenty minutes long. With the exception of classical adaptations, the majority of the characters in the script must be youths.

Submission Timeline

Play submissions are accepted year-round. Our normal response time is approximately 6 weeks.
Preferred Scripts

We prefer plays with:
Flexible casting (e.g. doubling, gender flexible)
More females than males
Competition-length one-acts

The only formatting requirement is that the play be easy to read and understand.
Please Don't Send
Ten minute plays
Single-character pieces
Scene collections
Ready to Submit?

Before submitting a play to any publisher, please read this blog post I wrote on the topic.
Include a brief synopsis along with production history & reviews (if available).
Scripts may be submitted via email only to submissions@theatrefolk.com

Friday, June 30, 2017

Lakes Area Radio Theatre submission guidelines

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Lakes Area Radio Theatre accepts script submissions from writers. Your original radio plays can be in any genre. To submit a script, review the following guidelines. Scripts that don’t comply with the guidelines may be returned. Upon clicking accept, you will be able to upload your file.

Script Submission Guidelines

Format – Your script must be in a radio play format which differs from stage plays and screenplays. There are no stage directions, visual cues or lighting directions. The scripts should include easily discernible audio cues such as dialogue, sound effects (sfx), and music cues. Number the pages and number the lines starting over with 1 on each page for the lines.

Content – We ask that content be suitable for all ages and family friendly. If you include innuendo and/or adult humor, please keep in mind some “children’s shows” which appealed to adults as well: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fractured Fairytales, and the like. We broadcast our shows on a growing network of radio stations.

Length – Lakes Area Radio Theatre has a 30 minute broadcast space to fill every other week. Plays can be 29-31 minutes in length. Script lengths are in the range of 5000 +/- words.
We will accept scripts for single shows
We will accept scripts that would run for 2 installments
We will accept a series of shorter plays which fill 30 minutes

Fame Not Fortune – We pay a royalty fee of $30 per half hour of entertainment. This is based on input from radio script playwrights from around the USA as well as a BBC radio script writer.

Royalty Agreement – If we accept and use your script, we will send you a writer’s agreement. This agreement will grant us the right to produce the script; it will grant us the right to reproduce as many copies of the script as needed to produce the script; it will grant us the broadcasting and rebroadcasting rights to the taped production (radio and podcasts); the writer retains all rights to their original and/or adapted work.

Return Policy – We may not take the opportunity to use your script. There could be a number of reasons for this such as its length, content not deemed suitable for our audience, or just that we believe it needs more work. We will try to give feedback so that writers can edit and resubmit their work.

Please send script submission questions to:
Kent Garlinghouse, Script Director
Lakes Area Radio Theatre
2214 Geneva Road NE
Alexandria, MN 56308

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Classic Theater Harlem Reading Series submission guidelines

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Selected playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please.
Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced.
Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only.
Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.


CTH asserts that a “Future Classic” is a play of social significance that has the potential to stand the test of time. It tackles large-scale economic, political, or cultural issues. A Future Classic promotes courageous and open-minded examination of controversial and critical topics that are at the heart of society.

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please.

Plays may not have been previously produced.
Playwrights may submit only one full-length play.
Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.
Playwrights should also include a brief author’s bio and/or resume.
Playwrights may also submit a play synopsis (250 words).

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Next Gen musicals for young audiences submission guide

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    Next Gen are always interested in new, exciting material for the schools and youth theatre market.

    Please note, however, that we have submissions guidelines for those interested in being considered for publication. We require as follows -
    Show Synopsis and brief CV of the individual (s) submitting their work.
    If we do request material from you, please submit typed scripts and computer generated (i.e. not hand-written) scores for musicals, along with a CD.
    Any supporting material (Reviews, videos, photos etc.) will be considered when making a final assessment of your work.

    Due to the large amount of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot at this time return submitted materials - therefore please always submit copies of your work, not originals.

    In the first instance, please e-mail Matt Wright at matt@nextgenpublications.com with a Show Synopsis and CV.

    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    StageCoach submission guidelines

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    At StageCoach Theatre Company, we are looking for original scripts for murder mystery dinner theatre performances.

    Scripts should be written for 5-6 actors and include both men and women.
    Total duration of the show including dinner and question-and-answer period from the audience should be approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. This is roughly 45 pages.
    Show should have little or no set or technical requirements since shows will be performed in open rooms and restaurants.
    Murderless mysteries are fine, too. They can be aimed at adults or at older children (10+).
    All of our murder mysteries are PG13. Children’s mysteries should be PG rated.

    We are also looking for original scripts for our Theatre for Young Audiences. These can be new stories or clever adaptations of traditional favorites.
    Scripts should be written for 5-15 actors and include both men and women. Children age 12+ may be included in the cast but the show should be primarily adults acting for a young audience.
    Show should be approximately 1 hour with no intermission.
    Show should include some audience interaction from the children.
    Show should have simple set requirements which can be easily transported.
    Rating should be G or PG. Primary target audience would be 4-11 years old.

    For additional information and guidelines, please contact us.

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Geva Theatre Open Submission Window

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    The following guidelines apply to submissions for our Festival of New Theatre, Plays in Progress and general production consideration.

    Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation.

    To best accommodate our schedule of new play activities, we have an Open Submissions Window, during which playwrights who are not working with an agent may send a submission inquiry. The dates of this year’s window are January 1 to April 30, 2017.
    Before submitting a play for consideration, please look at our production history and at the lists of new plays we have commissioned or produced, as an indication of the kind of work we are likely to produce.

    Please do not send us the first draft of a play. Due to the number of scripts we receive, we can only read any play one time, so make sure you are sending us your best work. Plays for consideration in our play development series must not have had more than one production at another theatre.

    To have your play considered, submit the following:
    • A cover letter introducing yourself, with your full contact information.
    • Your creative resume and a development or production history of this play. If the play has had other developmental readings or productions, they must be included here.
    • A description of this play, no more than ½ page. This need not be a summary of the plot – we welcome a description of the play’s world, characters and conflict, and your reasons for writing it.
    • A complete list of characters.
    • A ten-page dialogue sample. Pages do not need to come from the beginning of your text but must be sequential.

    After reviewing your query, we will let you know whether or not we wish to read the entire script. Agents submitting plays should expect a response within 6-12 months.

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Kitchen Theatre Company Play Submission Guidelines

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    Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC) primarily finds new plays through submissions by agents and recommendations by directors who have worked at the KTC. However, unsolicited plays are accepted on a rolling basis. Keep in mind that unsolicited plays may take up to ten months to be read.

    KTC is committed to contributing to the field of American theater by producing new plays. KTC seeks plays that complement our mission of creating bold, intimate, and engaging theater. Playwrights will be contacted once KTC has received their play and again only if their play is selected for production. Due to the high volume of play submissions that the theatre receives, KTC is unable to contact every playwright when their play is not selected to be produced. Please do not e-mail or call the theatre with inquiries about a submission.

    Submission Guidelines
    KTC is highly unlikely to produce a play with more than 5 characters and more likely to produce a play with 4 or fewer characters. Plays with more than 6 characters will not be considered.

    For more specific information about what kind of work KTC produces, visit our production history.

    KTC does not accept one act plays unless they are full-length in run time (seventy-five to ninety minutes).

    KTC does accept musicals on the condition that they meet the above character count and run time rules. Submit with 3 recorded songs and a complete piano score with lyrics.

    Plays from international playwrights are accepted and encouraged. However, the plays must be written in English or have been translated into English.

    Please submit only one play to KTC within an 18-month period.

    To submit a play for consideration, download and complete the application and send it along with the first ten pages of the play (cover page and character outline is not included in this ten page count) and a FULL BUT CONCISE synopsis in PDF format (no Word documents) to submissions@kitchentheatre.org. Please do not mail submissions. KTC is a green theater and likes to go as paperless as possible.

    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    And Toto Too Submission Guidelines

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    We are now accepting submissions for our 2018 season.

    • Woman playwright
    • Full length or long one acts
    • Play may not have had fully produced performances in Colorado, readings are fine
    • 7 or less characters (do not double up your characters to make it fit)
    • Finished plays only
    • Minimal settings (our theatre space seats only 56 and won't handle multiple sets)

    Electronic only (if you send a hard copy it will be returned to sender unopened)
    First 10 pages

    Production History


    If these guidelines are not followed your script will not be read. We will contact you only if we are interested in seeing a full script. We do not give feedback on why your play was not accepted. Thank you for submitting we look forward to reading your work.

    Send to submissions@andtototoo.org

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    Playwrights Realm submission guidelines

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    If you wrote a play and you’re dying to have us read it, then you’re in luck. We love reading new plays that have not yet had a professional production in NYC. We’ve gone paperless – it’s the 21st century, people – so please don’t send hard copies. Email a ten-page sample with an introductory email (or as they used to call it a cover letter) to literary@playwrightsrealm.org.

    Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Mixed Blood Submission Guidelines

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    Mixed Blood welcomes submissions of contemporary plays that pursue and realize the company’s mission and aesthetic. Mixed Blood uses theatre to address pluralism, usually manifest in race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, affectional orientation, and political worldview. Predictably unpredictable, the theatre particularly invites polyglot plays, scripts from the global stage, and work that advances the art form. We prefer e-submissions. If you think you play might be a good fit for us, please send a query letter, your bio or resume, a brief synopsis, and a 10-page sample of your play to the Mixed Blood Literary Manager. literary@mixedblood.com

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award Submission Guidelines

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    No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted.

    It begins with submitting your play and being selected for step 1 of our process - a staged reading. Out of hundreds of submissions a year, we select 15-20 plays for readings. From these, we select 1-3 plays annually to go on to our workshopping phase. Our workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From our workshops, we select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award).

    Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage.

    Submit plays to:
    Urban Stages
    555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
    New York, NY 10018

    Email submissions will not be accepted.

    Full-length plays only:
    - scripts must be firmly bound
    - No changes or revisions accepted after submission
    - No double-sided pages.
    - 7 actors or less (unless otherwise noted)…doubling is fine

    With your submission, please include:
    - Biography and/or author’s history of the play
    - Character breakdown
    - Brief synopsis of the play.
    - A small SASE envelope for a response letter.
    *Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.

    Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed or produced elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

    There is no limit to submissions.
    Subject matter and character variations are open.
    There is no submission fee.

    It usually takes up to six months for us to read and process your script.
    We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

    Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered.
    BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Yale Repertory Theatre submission guidelines

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    Yale Repertory Theatre accepts submissions of full-length plays, musicals, translations, and adaptations. All submissions are considered for productions at Yale Rep and for development opportunities with the Binger Center for New Theatre.

    Playwrights must submit their work either through established agents or by first sending a letter of inquiry, accompanied by a brief synopsis, cast breakdown, a ten-page dialogue sample, and a résumé. The Literary Office will review these materials and contact playwrights regarding Yale Rep's interest in reading a full manuscript.

    Submissions are accepted year-round. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be reviewed.

    Yale Rep prefers electronic submissions. You may send files (as either .doc, .docx, or .pdf) to literary.office@yale.edu.

    Materials may also be sent to the address below. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to have your materials returned.

    P.O. Box 208244
    New Haven, CT 06520

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Panglossian Playwrights submission guidelines

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    Panglossian is seeking new full-length plays for our new global/local developmental reading series, Plays in Progress.

    We work with writers across the globe to develop work locally here in Williamsburg.

    Selected playwrights will discuss their goals for the script with our staff, attend one or two discussion/rehearsals, and participate in a public reading, which will be streamed online. Writers who are not local may participate virtually over Skype.

    What are we looking for?

    Playwrights at different stages in their careers who share our sense of daring and passion, and a desire to develop their work in a collaborative, supportive setting.

    Plays that show muscular language and strong theatricality and that say something universal in a unique way. While we are open to any genre, we would love to receive more comedic full-lengths and smart plays for young audiences.

    How can you submit? It’s easy!

    You can still submit a synopsis, bio, script, and statement of artistic goals to:

    Literary Team
    Panglossian Productions

    Deadline: Rolling

    Friday, December 16, 2016

    Horse Trade Submission Guidelines

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    We are always seeking new full-length scripts that have never had a full production produced in New York City. Please send a cover letter, resume and a .pdf or .doc file of your script to submissions@horsetrade.info. You may submit multiple scripts, though we encourage you to submit your best pieces first and foremost. Please note we accept all new scripts on a rolling basis, we can not guarentee a timely response. We are alway working to better our new material intake rate, but contrary to popular opinion, theater is not dead and we have a lot to look thru.

    We are also looking for new Monthly programming ideas. We currently have over a dozen monthly shows. See our front page listings under House Shows, for the kind of monthly shows currently running. If you have an idea for something that might work please email office@horseTRADE.info.

    We are always looking to diversify our programming, so if you see a kind of show, a target audience, a performer pool, a POV or anything else that is under represented in our existing shows or season, then quite simply, it will make us more interested.

    Sunday, September 11, 2016

    Park Square Theatre submission guidelines

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    Park Square Theatre welcomes script submissions for consideration in upcoming seasons. Before submitting, please carefully consider whether the script fits our mission and recent production history. We are particularly interested in submissions by women and writers of color. We are also always looking for good “cross-over” pieces that can play to both a general adult audience and offer rich content for school matinees.

    Submission Process

    Please include a one-page treatment and a 10-page excerpt from the script (full scripts are preferred.) If the submission is a musical, a CD or digital file can accompany the script.

    The treatment should include:
    • A brief synopsis of the plot line
    • Cast size
    • Any special production requirements
    • A brief note explaining why you believe the play fits Park Square Theatre’s mission

    Electronic submissions are preferred.
    Email materials to newplays@parksquaretheatre.org.

    Or, send via regular mail to:
    Park Square Theatre
    Attn: New Play Development
    408 St. Peter Street, Suite 110
    Saint Paul, MN 55102

    Scripts that intrigue us will be routed through our group of 30 community playreaders and will be evaluated by at least three reviewers.

    Much as we’d love to, we cannot respond to every submission. If we have questions or would like to proceed with your script, we will contact you when the time is right. Please do not contact us to inquire about the status of your script.
    New play ideas

    We often commission new work based on ideas from a variety of sources, often literature. If you are a playwright or community member with a story you believe should be told on our stage, please submit a short paragraph description along with any relevant research.

    Email ideas and information to newplays@parksquaretheatre.org.

    Friday, August 26, 2016

    Dionysian seeks short plays

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    The Dionysian is constantly looking for new and upcoming playwrights while also presenting established playwrights. Any content is fair-game, as we would like to present a range of styles and themes, whether it be two lines of dialogue or a stream of consciousness monologue. We want to showcase your work.

    If you:
    Have a completed short play ranging from 1-10 pages

    Please send a PDF copy, along with a short bio (not to be published alongside the play), and a quick blurb about the piece to:


    The deadline for Issue 001 is Aug 31st. Anything received after that date will be considered for the following Issue.

    Please remember Copyright and Performance Rights always remain with the writer and our publication is used only to highlight the Playwright. That being said please ensure that you, the Playwright, has full ownership of the material before submitting.

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