About Our Application Process

    PlayPenn is now accepting applications for its 2018 new play development Conference.  We are pleased to request your full length, unproduced script for consideration. Currently, we are not considering musicals, plays for young audiences or one-person plays.  If you were a 2017 Conference playwright we ask for a one-year hiatus from applying. Application materials will be accepted between September 1 and September 30, 2017. Your application must be uploaded and complete by September 30, 2017 or it cannot be considered. Please review the guidelines carefully and completely before completing your application.

    The Application is free, completely digital, and open to any full-length play that has not had professional production. At this time, PlayPenn does not develop musicals. Guidelines will be distributed across the profession through online digests, Facebook, other playwright service organizations, and through our mailing list.

    Access the application and full list of guidelines here.
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    About the 2018 Annual Conference

    The 2018 conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 10-29, 2018 at The Drake Theatre. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg and Philadelphia-based, professional actors over a 20-day period that allows for 29 hours of rehearsal and staged reading time along with ample time to reflect and write. The work will begin with a three-day roundtable (July 10-12) that will help in laying the collaborative groundwork for the development time ahead. The conference includes two public staged readings that are intended as a part of the process, giving playwrights an opportunity to measure the efficacy of the work accomplished and provide an opportunity to gauge the work ahead.  PlayPenn will provide travel for casting, travel to and from the conference, housing, per diem and a stipend.

    Applicants should be aware that we are a development conference rather than a festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development.  To that end, we focus on the needs of the text. The public Conference readings are intended to present a glimpse into how the text lives off the page rather than how the play might be augmented or staged in production.

    Read more about PlayPenn’s Annual Conference

    "I wish all new play festivals would use PlayPenn as the model: a focus on the work not the product, incredible artistic support, and plays selected on their merit instead of the length of the author’s resume. For me, the result of my time at Play Penn was a script that was ready for it’s first production at Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh. The production received amazing reviews, and will go on to full productions at Two River Theater in NJ and Rivendell Ensemble in Chicago this coming Spring. I also left with a slew of new wonderful colleagues whose help and opinions continue to be a part of my professional process and whom I also count among my friends. "

    -Stefanie Zadravec, Playwright
    Applications now open for the 2018 Conference!