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  • COVID-19 Update: 3/13/2020
    New Dramatists is electing to pause our facility operations and programs, effective Saturday, March 14 through Monday, April 13. Any and all scheduled projects, readings, and work sessions are cancelled and will be rescheduled when operations resum…
    - 11 Mar 20, 4:31pm -
  • Calling all interns!

    - 14 Feb 20, 4:02pm -
  • Princess Grace Application Window NOW OPEN!

    Princess Grace Application Window NOW OPEN!

    CLICK HERE FOR GUIDELINES AND TO APPLYNew Dramatists is now accepting applications from early-career playwrights for the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting and one-season residency at New Dramatists! The deadline to apply is Monday, March 16 at 5P…
    - 14 Feb 20, 10:33am -
  • CALLING ALL INTERNS!
    New Dramatists is now accepting applications for the Spring 2020 Bernard B. Jacobs Internship Program. The deadline to apply is December 4, 2019. Click here for information and to apply.
    - 12 Nov 19, 12:46pm -
  • Calling All Composers! Composer-Librettist Studio
    The submissions window for the Jan-Feb 2020 Composer-Librettist Studio is now open! Apply before 11/22/19!The New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, presented in collaboration with Nautilus Music-Theater, is designed to provide an opportunity fo…
    - 5 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Nocturnal Commissions Annual Benefit
    Join us on October 21, 2019 for the commissioning challenge of the year! Choose your adventure!Click here for benefit tickets and more information! This whirlwind evening includes complimentary dinner, wine, and a program of short pieces that are c…
    - 9 Oct 19, 4:45pm -
  • 2019-2020 Season Preview
    Plays by New Dramatists writers are coming to a theatre near you! Click here to see a listing of over 375 productions by state.
    - 1 Oct 19, 5:38pm -
  • Welcome 2019-2020 Princess Grace Fellow!
    We are delighted to welcome our 2019-2020 Princess Grace Fellow, Erika Dickerson-Despenza, who won the Award for her play, cullud wattah, which is being produced next spring at the Public Theater. A copy of the play can be found in New Dramatists' li…
    - 1 Sep 19, 12:00am -
  • Announcing the New Dramatists Class of 2026
    New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: Will Arbery, Kevin Artigue, Gracie Gardner, Dipika…
    - 20 May 19, 5:33pm -
  • New Dramatists to Honor Nathan Lane
    70th Anniversary Spring LuncheonTuesday, May 14, 2019Click here for details!This spring, in celebration of our 70th Anniversary, New Dramatists will honor three-time Tony® Award winner, NATHAN LANE. We recognize Mr. Lane's singular presence as a…
    - 13 Feb 19, 5:01pm -

NYCPlaywrights

  • newThe Robert J. Pickering / J.R. Colbeck Award for Playwriting Excellence
    web siteDeadline: December 31, 2020Coldwater, MichiganThis annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over si…
    - 1 hour ago, 14 Aug 20, 12:30am -
  • newThe Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship
    web siteApplication Deadline: September 25, 2020, 5 p.m. EDTNotification: March 2021Award Period: September 7, 2021–May 27, 2022Stipend: $75,000The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the rese…
    - 2 hours ago, 14 Aug 20, 12:00am -
  • Reva Shiner Comedy Award 2021 - 2022
    web siteDeadline: October 31, 2020Bloomington ILNo fee for members of the Dramatists Guild, attach a copy of your DG card to the emailWe are currently accepting submissions for the 2021-22 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. The winner will be announced by Jun…
    - 1 day ago, 13 Aug 20, 12:30am -
  • Stage to Screen seeks full-length plays
    web siteDeadline: December 31, 2020Morgan Hill, CACalling all Playwrights! Do you have a masterpiece of a full-length play completed? Would you love to see it brought to life on both stage and screen?Submit your play to our experienced judges by Dece…
    - 1 day ago, 13 Aug 20, 12:00am -
  • Currently Seeking 10-Minute Plays & Monologues for Smith & Kraus Publications
    web siteDeadline: December 11, 2020 8PM ESTFor The Best Men’s & Women’s Monologues 2021, and Best 10-Minute Plays 2021Edited by Debbie LamedmanOPEN TO ALL WRITERSNO SUBMISSION FEEWebsite for informationFor The Best Men's & Women's Monologues 202…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Aug 20, 12:30am -
  • Spooky Action Theater New Works in Action
    web siteDeadline: August 15, 2020 11:59 PMNew Works in Action (NWIA) aims to host a play development experience that is playwright-centered. All plays are read and evaluated by at least one Spooky Action staff member and an experienced reader. At var…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Aug 20, 12:00am -
  • The Breath Project 2020 Virtual Festival
    web siteDeadline: August 31, 2020 5:00 PSTTo select, curate and archive work from multidisciplinary theater artists of color who are responding to our current moment in history, and to build relationships between artists of color and producers of li…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Aug 20, 12:30am -
  • The Ensemble Playwright Lab Residency
    web siteDeadline: August 24, 2020The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program in which the playwright engages with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work; which will be presented to the public a…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Aug 20, 12:00am -
  • The Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival seeks 10--minute plays by members of the transgender community
    web siteDeadline: September 5, 2020The Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival at Ohio University is now accepting submissions of 10 minute plays to be performed digitally as part of our Trans Awareness week. The Festival will take place over three nig…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Aug 20, 3:59pm -
  • The Playwrights Group

    The Playwrights Group

    Web Site: www.theplaywrightsgroup.comTAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ONLINE OFFERINGSScript ConsultationsHave a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video confere…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Aug 20, 11:23am -

Playscripts Blog

  • Playscripts Receives Top Spots in 2020 EdTA Play Survey
    By Nik Sorocenski EdTA’s annual survey of the plays and musicals most frequently produced in America’s middle and high schools has been announced for the 2019/2020 school year. Playscripts is proud to have 7 of our titles featured on these lists,…
    - 10 days ago, 3 Aug 20, 1:59pm -
  • Free Reads Special Edition: Staff Picks!
    Playscripts is proud of our extensive catalogue that we are able to offer to customers. We receive a number of calls asking for recommendations for plays on the daily. We asked some of our staff to create a super-short list of some of OUR favorite…
    - 43 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:21am -
  • Play Online: Using Theatre in Virtual Classrooms
    We know teaching remotely is a challenge: It is hard to keep students engaged when everything is virtual. Why not try spicing up your lessons with virtual theatre? It’s easy to do with plays that are available as Virtual Classroom Scripts. Virtual…
    - 85 days ago, 21 May 20, 11:38am -
  • Free Reads Special Edition
    While learning environments are transitioning to online, we at Playscripts are committed to keeping theatre education alive. Whether you are looking for the perfect play to read as a class or the ideal monologue to add to your repertoire, Playscrip…
    - 18 Mar 20, 4:04pm -
  • A Message from Playscripts; Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
    To Our Valued Customers, I’m writing to let you know we at Playscripts are here for you in this time of uncertainty. We know many of you are waiting to hear if your schools and venues will close and if your scheduled performances will go on. We ar…
    - 13 Mar 20, 4:15pm -
  • Approved Plays for Live Streaming
    In response to theatres around the country looking for alternatives to cancelling their productions due to COVID-19, we have worked with our playwrights to approve a one-time, non-precedent setting approvals for live streaming our productions. If…
    - 13 Mar 20, 11:13am -
  • 2019 Full-Length Releases
    Missed any of our Full-Length releases in 2019? Find them here all in one place:   
    - 15 Jan 20, 11:51am -
  • 2019 One-Act Releases
    Missed any of our One-Act releases in 2019? Find them here all in one place:
    - 7 Jan 20, 10:29am -
  • AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Tess Barker

    - 16 Dec 19, 3:02pm -
  • Make it a Playscripts Holiday!
    ‘Tis the season… to produce one of Playscripts holiday hits! Here’s a list of both one-acts and full-lengths perfect for just about any audience!   1. A Wicked Christmas Carol by Bobby Keniston Holiday 110-120 Minutes 14f, 10m, 7 either Th…
    - 6 Nov 19, 12:17pm -

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The Office of Letters and Light Blog

  • newWe know that going back to school looks a little different this...

    We know that going back to school looks a little different this...

    We know that going back to school looks a little different this year. If you’re a teacher trying to create a plan that can pivot between online and in-person education, or a parent who is looking for resources to help round out your distance learni…
    - 12 hours ago, 13 Aug 20, 1:13pm -
  • 10 Book Recommendations for Quarantine

    10 Book Recommendations for Quarantine

    Looking for some books to help pass the time while you’re stuck inside? Young Writer’s Program participant Mahreema J. has you covered! Here are ten novels to read while you shelter in place:Ok, so I’ll be honest. I LOVE it when my friends an…
    - 7 days ago, 7 Aug 20, 1:00pm -
  • How Changing Your Environment Can Help Your Novel

    How Changing Your Environment Can Help Your Novel

    Do you have a routine to your writing that’s feeling a bit stale? Sometimes all we need for a boost of writing inspiration is a change of scenery! Young Writers Program participant Brianna is with us today to share with us how switching up our ro…
    - 8 days ago, 5 Aug 20, 2:30pm -
  • Pulling Back the NaNoWriMo Curtain

    Pulling Back the NaNoWriMo Curtain

    There comes a point when we have to wish our amazing, talented interns good-bye as they move on to share their awesomeness with the rest of the world. Here’s a sneak peek behind the curtain at NaNoWriMo HQ from the fantastic Jubilee Nelson, our 202…
    - 10 days ago, 3 Aug 20, 3:39pm -
  • 5 Tips for Practicing Self-Care and Adapting to the New Normal

    5 Tips for Practicing Self-Care and Adapting to the New Normal

    Whether you consider yourself an outgoing person or someone who’d rather recharge in the quiet of your room, we could all benefit from some self care while we shelter in place. Here today with suggestions for self care for both introverts and extr…
    - 13 days ago, 31 Jul 20, 2:38pm -
  • “Endings are important, but just because you might be nearing...

    “Endings are important, but just because you might be nearing...

    “Endings are important, but just because you might be nearing the end of this draft doesn’t mean your work is done! Writing is all about rewriting, so push to get to this, the first of many endings. Then congratulate yourself and refresh your bra…
    - 15 days ago, 30 Jul 20, 1:00pm -
  • 10 Tips for Writing With a Busy Schedule

    10 Tips for Writing With a Busy Schedule

    Whether it’s school, work, or family that’s got you strapped for time, fear not! Long time Wrimo Josalyn McAllister is here today to share her advice to help you find time to finish your novel on even the tightest of schedules.I first heard abo…
    - 15 days ago, 29 Jul 20, 3:04pm -
  • "Dialogue can make or break a novel. If your dialogue isn’t convincing, it can affect..."
    “Dialogue can make or break a novel. If your dialogue isn’t convincing, it can affect everything from the strength of your characters’ relationships to the suspension of disbelief needed for your plot or world to work. Best way to write realist…
    - 16 days ago, 28 Jul 20, 2:52pm -
  • Bullet Journaling for Organized Writing

    Bullet Journaling for Organized Writing

    Tracking your writing doesn’t have to just be limited to a word count! Creating a plan or schedule for your writing sessions can be game changer for productivity. Young Writers Program participant Mahreema J. suggests using a bullet journal to keep…
    - 17 days ago, 27 Jul 20, 3:04pm -
  • 3 Tips to Help You Reach Your Writing Goal

    3 Tips to Help You Reach Your Writing Goal

    If you’ve been having difficulty finding time to write or creating a writing routine, you’re not alone. Don’t be too hard on yourself! Wrimo Jessica Harden is with us today to share 3 tips to help ease us into our writing goals:Half the battl…
    - 21 days ago, 24 Jul 20, 1:01pm -

The Unknown Playwright Speaks

  • Presidential Candidate Visits Illuminati HQ

    Presidential Candidate Visits Illuminati HQ


    - 3 Jul 15, 1:53pm -
  • Report from the Campaign Trail -- Uke Jackson for President

    Report from the Campaign Trail -- Uke Jackson for President

    Uke Jackson on the campaign trail to the White House at Marando Farms in Fort Lauderdale. “Give us back our goats! Washington got my goat, how about you?” continues to resound as the campaign theme and Free Beer is still the most popular campai…
    - 15 May 15, 5:41pm -
  • War on Thirst -- FREE BEER! Uke Jackon for President

    War on Thirst -- FREE BEER! Uke Jackon for President

    This video explains why I don't hve to explain how I will pay for all the free beer once I am President of the United States. Thank you for your support. God bless America! I approve this message:
    - 11 May 15, 4:13pm -
  • Uke Jackson for President 2016 -- Free Beer

    Uke Jackson for President 2016 -- Free Beer

    Wow! It's been awhile. New books out and so forth. But most importantly, I'm running for President. Like the other candidates, I am making promises. The main promise is Free Beer (wine option available).Here's a link to the campaign videos on my YouT…
    - 2 May 15, 1:14pm -
  • KARL MARX’S BRASSIERES

    KARL MARX’S BRASSIERES

    It was 1983 and I was a guest of the West German Cultural Academy (Akademie der Kunst) in Berlin. It was the first time I visited there; and the first time I saw The Wall it almost brought me to tears that I could be p[art of a race of beings who cou…
    - 9 Nov 14, 4:34pm -
  • Coming in June -- Tom Buck and The Screaming Stink

    Coming in June -- Tom Buck and The Screaming Stink

    Story of the Month for June / July coming soon.
    - 29 May 14, 1:26am -
  • OBIE AWARDS WINNERS 2014

    OBIE AWARDS WINNERS 2014

    THE 59th ANNUAL VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED2014New York, NY – The 59th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater, were given out at a ceremony last night at Webste…
    - 20 May 14, 4:28pm -
  • Untitled

     THE 59th ANNUAL VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS CEREMONY ANNOUNCE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT & ENTERTAIMENT FOR MAY 19TH CEREMONYESTELLE PARSONS Will Receive theLifetime Achievement Obie Special Performance from the Smash Hit Off-Broadway Musical Direct From T…
    - 13 May 14, 2:27pm -
  • Invasive Species -- May 2014 Story of the Month

    Invasive Species -- May 2014 Story of the Month

    This month's Story of the Month is free. It is dedicated to gardeners everywhere.Invasive Speciesby Uke Jackson A quilx consumes a whole lunjaba fruit and spits out thirty two seeds in rapid succession. At that moment a slight rip occurs in the fabri…
    - 28 Apr 14, 11:00am -
  • The Obies Are Coming ! 2014 Edition

    The Obies Are Coming ! 2014 Edition

    THE 59th ANNUAL VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS CEREMONY ANNOUNCED Tickets Go On Sale April 9thThe OBIE Awards Ceremony Will Be Co-Hosted By: Tamara Tunie & Hamish LinklaterThe OBIE Awards Will Be Presented By:Betsy Aidem Harvey Fierstein Lena HallAndy…
    - 2 Apr 14, 9:32am -
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  • An Update from Our Artistic Directors
    The now-expired Equity 99-Seat Plan enabled Boston Court to grow and develop in ways that would never have been possible if that plan had not existed. Many of our careers were built in 99-seat houses, and we wear that badge … Continue reading →
    - 3 Feb 17, 12:34pm -
  • Announcing Boston Court’s New Executive Director

    Announcing Boston Court’s New Executive Director

    BOSTON COURT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER NAMES KYLE CLAUSEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR January 25, 2017 – Following an extensive nationwide search, Boston Court Performing Arts Center Board Chair Sarah Lyding announced today that Mr. Kyle Clausen will join the…
    - 25 Jan 17, 4:28pm -
  • The Golden Dragon: Production photos

    The Golden Dragon: Production photos

    Photo credit: Ed Krieger
    - 20 May 16, 6:36pm -
  • The Golden Dragon: Review Rundown

    The Golden Dragon: Review Rundown

    CRITIC’S CHOICE “Michetti’s production, incorporating Sara Ryung Clement’s abstract set design of metal scaffolding, projects onto the harsh narrative backdrop a Mary Zimmerman-esque whimsicality. The gushing blood from the young man’s toot…
    - 20 May 16, 6:32pm -
  • Colony Collapse: Production photos

    Colony Collapse: Production photos

    Photo credit: Ed Krieger
    - 3 Mar 16, 5:53pm -
  • Review rundown: Colony Collapse

    Review rundown: Colony Collapse

    CRITIC’S CHOICE “In Kubzansky’s hands, the complex storytelling finds the seamlessness, emotional resonance and magic that are characteristic of her work at Boston Court, where she is co-artistic director, and elsewhere. Set designer Susan Gra…
    - 3 Mar 16, 5:18pm -
  • Seven Spots on the Sun: video preview
    Seven Spots on the Sun, by Martin Zimmerman from Boston Court on Vimeo.
    - 16 Oct 15, 8:29pm -
  • Review Rundown: Seven Spots on the Sun

    Review Rundown: Seven Spots on the Sun


    - 16 Oct 15, 8:28pm -
  • SHIV: Review Rundown

    SHIV: Review Rundown

    CRITIC’S CHOICE Riffing on a modern-day incarnation of the goddess Shiva, this subtly crafted portrait of a Hindu immigrant girl’s coming-of-age in her new American homeland shapes seemingly unrelated narrative fragments into a poetic, often humo…
    - 20 Jul 15, 8:31pm -
  • SHIV: Production photography

    SHIV: Production photography

    Photo credit: Ed Krieger
    - 8 Jul 15, 8:39pm -

Working Title Playwright Blog

  • Working Title Playwrights Student Mentorship Program
    Working Title Playwrights is pleased to revive our blog and to welcome the 12 students selected for the Working Title Playwrights Atlanta Student Mentorship Program, funded through a grant from the Rhame Family Foundation. The program provides struct…
    - 25 Sep 16, 3:36pm -
  • March/April Update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    March/April Update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    2015 promises to be a banner year of new play development in Atlanta.  We are seeing new plays and emerging playwrights being nurtured throughout the city, not only within WTP, but across our community by such theatres as small as … Continue readi…
    - 24 Feb 15, 11:07am -
  • Director Elisa Carlson on THE NIGHTINGALE ROSE or BITCH OF BALACLAVA

    Director Elisa Carlson on THE NIGHTINGALE ROSE or BITCH OF BALACLAVA

      I met Patricia when I served as Working Title’s dramaturg for a workshop of her fascinating collaboration with Shawna Tucker, ANTHONY + CLEOPATRA Remix.  As sometimes happens when artists are brought together, I felt an immediate kinship with P…
    - 24 Feb 15, 11:02am -
  • What’s in a name, right? by Patricia Henritze

    What’s in a name, right? by Patricia Henritze

    A number of years ago I started writing a piece inspired by Florence Nightingale. It started as a twenty-minute monologue, and over the next few years it began to emerge as a play.  As the work took shape I would … Continue reading →
    - 24 Feb 15, 10:57am -
  • January/February update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    January/February update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    2014 is behind us now, and what a year it was! WTP members celebrated more awards, productions, and publications than ever before in our history. WTP’s board of directors diligently worked at accomplishing all the goals set by feedback from … Con…
    - 9 Jan 15, 1:01pm -
  • Erik Ehn Workshop

    Erik Ehn Workshop

    Erik Ehn, the head of the playwriting department at Brown University, will be leading a day-long seminar on March 21st. The topic: “Writing Suddenly and Abundantly — a process without blocks from inception to editing.”  This promises to be one…
    - 9 Jan 15, 12:58pm -
  • Resident Dramaturg Neeley Gossett on THE CANNIBALS- An Ethel Woolson Lab

    Resident Dramaturg Neeley Gossett on THE CANNIBALS- An Ethel Woolson Lab

      We only have one TV in my house, so every Sunday night, my husband and I learn to share. He religiously watches The Walking Dead, and although I am ashamed to admit it, I am addicted to The Real … Continue reading →
    - 25 Nov 14, 1:21pm -
  • Playwright Theroun D’arcy Patterson on THE CANNIBALS

    Playwright Theroun D’arcy Patterson on THE CANNIBALS

    The Cannibals began as I was thinking about the future as it relates to America, and what it might look like if current global tensions played out to their possible conclusions.  What if our enemies align themselves against us for … Continue readi…
    - 25 Nov 14, 1:15pm -
  • December Update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    December Update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    I’ve been sitting on pins and needles waiting for some big and bigger news to arrive in my mailbox to share with everyone, only to have to sit a bit longer. During this time, I have been polishing a couple … Continue reading →
    - 25 Nov 14, 1:01pm -
  • Upcoming November Dramatist Guild Event: Friday Night Footlights
    November Dramatists Guild Event Free and Open to the Public DG Friday Night Footlights Atlanta-Style Friday, November 14, 2014 Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory 999 Brady Avenue NW – Atlanta, GA 30318 Parking on street or valet in parking lot Plan…
    - 28 Oct 14, 11:02am -
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