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Urban Stages Theater
259 West 30th Street (bet 7th and 8th Avenues)
For tickets, call Ovationtix, 1.866.811.4111

Urban Stages Adm. Office:
555 8th Avenue, #1800


Submit plays to:
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Full-length plays only:
- scripts must be firmly bound
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 7 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.
  *Whole 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.

There is no limit to submissions, but we do ask 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.
Due to the recent overwhelming increase in submissions, it may take us up to a year

We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered.
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. 


No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted.

It begins with submitting your play and being selected for step 1 of our process - a staged reading. Out of hundreds of submissions a year, we select 15-20 plays for readings. From these, we select 1-3 plays annually to go on to our workshopping phase. Our workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From our workshops, we select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award).

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.

Former Winners:
Trezana Beverley - Mabel Madness (2016)
Oren Safdie - UnSeamly (2015)
Jim Brochu - CHARACTER MAN (2014)
Greg Kalleres – HONKY (2013)
Monica Bauer – MY OCCASION OF SIN (2012)
Joe Iconis – REWRITE (2009)
Stanton Wood – Various (2008)
Gino Dilorio – APOSTASY (2007)
Eisa Davis – BULRUSHER (2006)
Chungmi Kim – COMFORT WOMEN (2004)
John Picardi – THE SWEEPERS (2002)
Rob Santana – THE QUEEN BEE’S LAST STAND (2001)


Due: No longer accepting submissions

Only a small fraction of new plays produced every year are written by women. To encourage the development and production of plays by women, 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.

To enter, follow instructions above and write WORDS BY WOMEN on the envelope you send your play in.

Plays must be written by female playwrights. While not mandatory, we encourage casts with a majority of women and plays exploring social issues facing women today.  

*Words by Women submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.

Due: No longer accepting submissions

We are a small theater and while we do take on projects with large casts, we are more likely to produce plays that expertly utilize small casts. We are looking for plays with four (4) characters or less – doubling is fine. Plays entered under this category are given special attention and considered more immediately by our Literary Committee.

To enter, follow instructions above and write SMALL CAST PLAYS on the envelope you send your play in.

*These submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.