June 2008 - August 2008: Issue 27

Resources: Writing for Performance

Resources for Playwrights

Compiled by Paul Kahn
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The Dramatists Sourcebook
(published by the Theatre Communications Group)

A comprehensive listing of Script Opportunities, including production, prizes, publications and development; Career Opportunities, including agents, fellowships and grants, emergency funds, state arts agencies, colonies and residencies, and membership and service organizations; and Resources, including useful publications, online resources, and a submission calendar


Web Sites

The Loop

A weekly online posting for playwrights that lists production opportunities, submission guidelines, residencies, contests and seminars. It also features profiles of playwrights and theatres around the country, investigative articles on issues that every playwright is concerned with, advice from fellow playwrights, rants and raves on trends in the industry and feature articles that examine some area of writing new plays or forging a career in the theatre.

Playwriting Opportunities for the E-merging Writer

Lists competitions, retreats, workshops, theater links, and a year-round submission calendar for playwrights

The Playwrights Forum

Sponsored by the Internet Theatre Bookshop, the Playwrights' Forum offers advice on the art and craft of playwriting, lists contests, production and publication opportunities, and publishes interviews with theater professionals.

The Play Cafe

Offers information on the writing process, playwrights' opportunities and ways to advertise plays.



Black Theatre Network
7226 Virginia Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111

The Black Theatre Network is a national network of professional artists, scholars and community groups that provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and intimidation regarding black theater activity.

Dramatists Guild of America
1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10036

The Dramatists Guild of America is the only professional association governed by and established to advance the rights of playwrights, composers and lyricists.

International Women's Writing Guild
Box 810, Gracie Station
ew York, NY 10028

The International Women's Writing Guild is a network of international women writers. Playwrights, television and film writers, songwriters, producers and other women involved in the performing arts are included in its membership.

National New Play Network

An alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays for the American theatre. Playwrights can submit plays directly to the NNPN at a specified time each year and they can check out the policies and interests of its member theatres and can then submit scripts to the theatres whose interests match their plays.

New Dramatists
424 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-757-6960
Fax: 212-265-4738

The nation's oldest non-profit center for the development of playwrights. It is a national membership organization that cultivates the work of its resident playwrights through a free, seven-year program of play readings, workshops, educational and career support. New Dramatists is dedicated to finding gifted playwrights and giving them the time, the space, and the tools to develop their craft, so that they can fulfill their potential and make lasting contributions to the theatre.

The Playwrights' Center
2301 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN 55406

The Playwrights' Center is a service organization for playwrights. Its programs include developmental services and fellowships.