Premiere Stages will begin accepting submissions for the 2014 Premiere Stages Play Festival from October 21, 2013. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014.
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Premiere Stages is committed to supporting emerging playwrights by developing and producing new plays. Through our Play Festival script competition, Premiere Stages offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights. We provide playwrights with an encouraging and focused environment in which they can develop their work through discussions, rehearsals, sit-down readings, staged readings, and fully-produced Equity productions.
At Premiere Stages, we pride ourselves on a uniquely accelerated process, in which plays we find particularly promising are developed and fully produced within a year of submission. In many professional theatres the time span between meeting a writer, staging a reading and producing the play can be years. At Premiere Stages, immediately following the Spring Readings, two plays enter an intensive development phase. Playwrights work with a director, dramaturg, and design team to develop the play for a staged workshop or full production only a few months later. When we find a writer we believe in, our play festival process allows Premiere Stages to fully commit the time, talent, and resources necessary to share their work with a broad regional audience.
Premiere Stages' productions offer playwrights the chance to see their work fully realized on stage. We hope, however, that the plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions throughout the country. Because of this, playwrights whose scripts we produce retain the coveted World Premiere brand on their plays. Premiere Stages also strives to facilitate relationships between playwrights and other theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work.
● Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
● Plays submitted must be unpublished and must be works that have not been previously
produced (readings, workshops, showcases are okay).
● Plays must be written by playwrights who were born or reside in the greater
metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania).
● We seek to support a diverse group of writers and are especially interested in scripts
that explore or address contemporary issues. We encourage writers to view our
production history for a better understanding of the type of scripts that resonate with
● Musical Submissions and solo-shows will not be considered at this time.
● If you would like the script/synopsis returned, please include a SASE.
● DEADLINE for postmark of scripts/synopses is January 15, 2014.
● Playwrights must have schedule availability in the summer/early fall of 2014.
Plays and synopses will be evaluated by a panel of arts professionals. The panel will submit their
recommendations to the producing artistic director and resident dramaturg.
Playwrights (non-agent submissions)
Playwrights submitting without an agent must include:
● A brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page).
● A character breakdown.
● A history of the play’s development (if any).
● The playwright’s professional bio.
● A script sample from the play (no more than 10 pages).