Information For Playwrights
HOW DO I SUBMIT A PLAY TO THE NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK?
As a membership and advocacy organization, NNPN itself does not read or evaluate scripts. Instead, playwrights are encouraged to research the guidelines of each NNPN member company below to determine which will most welcome your submission. Once you've decided which NNPN company is the best match for your work, please send that company a brief, concise, letter of inquiry - or follow the specific submission guidelines set forth by the individual company.
NNPN's Literary Committee works on behalf of noteworthy plays found through this process. Made up of at least one literary representative from each NNPN member, the Literary Committee meets monthly online and annually in-person to pitch plays, discuss plays in development, and endorse promising playwrights. Additionally, Artistic Directors of member theatres meet twice annually to pitch plays of considerable interest and discuss issues critical to the New Play field.
I'VE GOT ONE PRODUCTION COMING UP: HOW DO I TURN IT INTO A ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE?
Congratulations! If you have a world premiere of your script coming up, talk with the producer about whether the theater would consider sharing world premiere credit. If so, you might have the makings of a Rolling World Premiere, either through NNPN or on your own. While NNPN Rolling World Premieres usually come with modest grants, Rolling World Premieres are now happening all over the country (without additional funds or NNPN involvement) as a way of attracting attention to a play, creating hype in multiple markets, and advancing the playwright's work and career.
If you have a connection to a Core Member of NNPN, and your premiere is coming up no sooner than six months in the future, give them a call! You can ask them to submit your play for inclusion in our Continued Life Alerts, which are quarterly member-only updates featuring upcoming world premieres available to roll. Alert listings require the support of an NNPN Core Member, and not all worthy projects can be listed in the alert.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY?
Playwrights cannot apply directly for Playwright Residencies, but they can start the process by contacting an NNPN Core Member.
NNPN"s Core Member companies are invited to apply each spring for Residencies that commence in the coming fall. If you are a playwright interested in the program, consult our listing of member theaters and determine which of them might be a good fit for you. Feel free to approach that theater, and let them know of your interest. You can also ask the NNPN staff to make an introduction for you.
To be eligible, playwrights must have graduated from a qualified MFA program within 18 months of the start of the Residency.
A NOTE ABOUT NNPN AND WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY
Although NNPN's national office is located at member theater Woolly Mammoth, we do not accept scripts or submissions on Woolly's behalf. You can see their submission guidelines here.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NNPN'S LITERARY AND NEW PLAY ACTIVITIES?
Please contact the NNPN staff, or the Chair of NNPN's Literary Managers Committee, Patrick Flick. Please remember: neither NNPN staff nor the Network's Literary Chair accept submissions of scripts, synopses, or sample dialogue.
Links to NNPN Member Submission Guidelines:
- Actor's Express Theatre Company
- Actor's Theatre of Charlotte
- Borderlands Theater (Contact Them)
- Curious Theatre Company
- Florida Studio Theatre
- Fountain Theatre
- Horizon Theatre Company
- InterAct Theatre Company
- Kitchen Dog Theater
- Magic Theatre
- Mixed Blood Theater
- New Jersey Repertory Company
- New Repertory Theatre
- New Theatre
- Orlando Shakespeare Theatre - PLAYFEST
- Performance Network
- Phoenix Theatre (Contact Them)
- Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey
- PROP Thtr (Contact Them)
- Riverside Theatre
- Salt Lake Acting Company
- Southern Rep
- Unicorn Theatre