Three Ways To Submit Full-Length Plays To Urban Stages
New York, NY 10018
THREE WAYS TO SUBMIT FULL-LENGTH PLAYS TO URBAN STAGES.
(We consider all subject matters, but feel free to check out what we have produced recently here: http://urbanstages.org/past-productions/)
1. EMAIL SMALL CAST PLAYS
We are testing out a new way to fast-track small cast plays through our development program for possible production.
DEADLINE: JULY 22, 2019. 11:59pm.
HOW TO SUBMIT?
If your FULL-LENGTH play requires THREE (3) ACTORS or less (doubling accepted), you can submit your play via email: [email protected]
– Send play as .pdf attachment (with title page including contact info + a character breakdown page)
– Include brief synopsis and brief bio (or resume) within email.
*Only small cast plays will be accepted via email. All other play submissions still require you to mail in your play.
2. WORDS BY WOMEN
Only a small fraction of new plays produced every year are written by women. To encourage the development and production of plays by female-identified writers, we put out a special call for our Words by Women Reading Series periodically. These plays are given special attention and considered more immediately by our Literary Committee.
DEADLINE: AUGUST 19, 2019.
HOW TO SUBMIT?
Plays must be written by women-identified playwrights. While not mandatory, we encourage casts with a majority of women and plays exploring social issues facing women today.
To enter, follow instructions below and write WORDS BY WOMEN on the envelope you submit your play in.
3. EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD
Out of hundreds of submissions a year, we select 15-20 plays for staged readings. 1 to 3 of these plays go on to further workshopping and, out of this group, 1 to 2 are selected for a full Off-Broadway production. 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.
DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED YEAR-ROUND.
To enter, follow instructions below.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAILING IN PLAYS (WORDS BY WOMEN & EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD)
Full-length plays only:
– Bind plays in 3-ring binders, in presentation folders, with brass fasteners, with paperclips, etc (spiral binding is discouraged)
– No changes or revisions accepted after submission
– No double-sided pages.
– 5 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.
*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.
No limit to the number of submissions, but we do ask you not to submit the same play twice.
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 about the status of your play.
Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered (an SASE envelope for international submissions is unnecessary. You will be emailed)
BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.
We recommend not spending extra money to send your play express, overnight or via other expensive services. We accept plays year-round and for special deadlines, we accept plays postmarked on the deadline date. For special deadlines, late plays are just entered among our general year-round submissions.
June 26, 2019 – August 20, 2019
Paid Via Contract When Selected For Production
HOW TO APPLY
APPLY BY POSTAL SERVICE
555 8th Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018
APPLY BY EMAIL
Send e-mail to 0000016b-9558-de28-a17b-95f916470000…
*NOTE: Do not copy/paste the above email address as it is encoded with SPAM protection. Just click it to initiate an email from your preferred email client.