LINKS FOR PLAYWRIGHTS
Welcome to StageSource's resource page specifically for Playwrights!
This is a work in progress and will be updated periodically with new links to submissions, as well as more general resources and advice articles on how to make your way as a playwright.
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Links to Submission Opportunities
American Association of Community Theatre
A wide range of submission opportunities from all over the country and including all genres. Updated regularly.
Burry Man Writers Center
This Australian-founded, worldwide community of writers has a substantial list of international markets and submission opportunities for contests, as well as links to theatres around the world which consistently produce new works.
En Avant Playwrights
This playwright-run online community features postings for a huge range of opportunities, from 10-minute festivals to grants for musical theatre, as well as chat forums and advice areas. Updated as info becomes available.
Gary Garrison's THE LOOP
Created and run by Gary Garrison, Executive Director of Creative Affairs at the Dramatists Guild of America, this twice-monthly FREE newsletter offers one of the most wide-ranging lists of opportunities for playwrights. Every other issue also features advice articles, announcements, and a space for member-writers to announce their latest productions and achievements to a national audience of playwrights and producers. And it's FREE.
Insights for Playwrights
This membership-based service ($35 annually) delivers a monthly e-newsletter with 16 pages of submission opportunities, another of the most comprehensive lists available. Home page offers a sample listing to provide an idea of what you'll get as a member.
A New York City-based collaborative who produce weekly readings, this group also lists submission opportunities on their homepage. Not the most comprehensive, this list sometimes also includes announcements without playwright focus, but is updated regularly with a wide range of opportunities.
The Playwrights' Center
This Minneapolis-based company delivers classes, workshops, and readings to their members as well as one of the most comprehensive listings of submissions available online.
Links to Boston-area Playwriting Groups and Resources
Boston Playwrights' Network
Online community focused on discussion and networking for Boston dramatists. Features discussion areas and a regular e-newsletter of updates as well as a page of other valuable links, both local and national.
Boston Playwrights' Theatre
The home of BU's Graduate Playwriting Program, BPT offers a number of other opportunities to local playwrights, including the Boston Theater Marathon and offering their space rent-free to productions of new plays.
New Opera & Musical Theater Initiative (NOMTI)
Advanced Writers Lab
The Advanced Writers Lab is a peer feedback group open to experienced bookwriters, composers and lyricists working actively on a musical theater project. Our mission is to support each other in creating high-quality new works.
This Boston-based cooperative holds twice-monthly meetings, each of which feature readings and discussions of work by member-playwrights. The company also produces an annual festival of new plays and offers other great opportunities to their members. New folk welcome!
The Dramatists Sourcebook at StageSource
Published by Theatre Communications Group (TCG) this is simply the best print resource guide for today's working playwright. With listings of every submission opportunity in the U.S. (cross-referenced and indexed by genre and special interests), lists and advice for grants and residency programs, and tips from none other than Tony Kushner, The Sourcebook is the one-stop-shop for everything you ever wanted to know about getting your play out there. StageSource has the 23rd and 24th editions (the two most recent) in our library -- available during office hours for any members to peruse. Or you can buy it here.
Links to Advice Articles and other Great Sources of Info for Playwrights
Final Draft Resources
Several dozen articles covering writing basics and script development.
Everything you need to know about formatting your script for submission.
The Playwriting Seminars
The source of our "Submitting Your Script" link, this main page connects you to articles on a huge range of topics, from tips on plot development to producing your play independently.
The following are online community forums which are playwright-centric. Each have chat rooms and posting boards for discussions, script exchanges, and submission opportunities. As with any free online community, how valuable these forums are really depends on what you're hoping to get from them. These two sites in particular seemed to have enough range and intelligence to be worth including:
Yahoo Plays and Playwrights
Submitting Your Script
Details the entire process of script submission, including drafting a letter of inquiry, writing a strong synopsis, and how best to follow-up with your potential producers.
Know of something we're missing? If you have a suggestion for a link or resource for playwrights, send your suggestion to StageSource.