Playwright Submissions

New Play Development Series
Guidelines for Playwright Submissions:

The purpose of The Athena Theatre New Play Development Series is to discover and develop new works that express storytelling in an unconventional way that challenge both the artist as well as the audience to think outside of the box. There is no restriction on content: plays may explore religion, race, gender, politics, social change, hunger, disabilities or any aspect of the human condition.

Please note that at this time we are only considering full length, contemporary plays with a limited cast of characters and a unit set. We prefer plays that are thematically relevant to current times. We seek action-driven pieces that do not rely on overt exposition. We encourage works that welcome open ethnicity casting.

The play reading series consists of a private table read with actors who have not been rehearsed. There is no audience outside of the playwright and any guests he/she may invite. Following the reading, there is a discussion amongst the participants and the playwright about elements of the piece that resonated with them and questions that may have arisen. A copy of the principal comments is sent to the playwright following the reading.

From the play reading series, we will select to develop select pieces into a staged reading, a workshop production and/or potentially a full production. Please check back to view our staged reading and production schedule. Only works yet to have an official NYC or World Premiere should be submitted.

Please submit all information with your application. We will contact you within one month if we are interested in doing a table reading of your play. The Athena Theatre New Play Development Series was established to explore and encourage the advancement of original work for the stage.

E-mail to:

-Subject line: [play title] play reading submission

Please include the following in ONE SINGLE PDF.

-a brief cover letter stating how you think your play fits our mission statement as well as the how it relates to our past productions

-one-two sentence blurb about the play

-a one page summary

-character breakdown (Please include age, gender, ethnicity and any defining characteristics)

-your full-length play

-submission fee confirmation ($10)

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