The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2017 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.
Now in its 25th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period, over a period of a approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the public as part of the Series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.
Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing are available for one playwright each season.
The 2017 Susan Glaspell Contest:
One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.
Guidelines for WPS Susan Glaspell Contest:
Submit full - length play, with no prior AEA production.
(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contract, if applicable)
Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.
Note: we are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.
Call CSC for more details (908 979-0900)
Deadline for Open Submissions: November 2, 2016
Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent Submissions, and PW Center: January 15, 2017
Send Submissions to:
Attn: Catherine Rust, Prog. Dir
Centenary Stage Co. WPS
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
*NEW: Playwrights with work on the NPX may contact program director Catherine Rust (firstname.lastname@example.org), with name of play to be downloaded for consideration.
Past alumni of the CSC WPS include:
CSC is an SPT Equity Theatre located 50 miles west of NYC in Hackettstown, NJ; Artistic Director: Carl Wallnau. WPS Program Director: Catherine Rust.
*The Women Playwrights Series at CSC is made possible through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and CSC members and sponsors.