Play submissions for women playwrights, or that are seeking strong female characters

The following 22 theaters and playwriting contests are looking specifically for plays by female playwrights, or featuring strong women characters.

Theater Name / Festival Name

URL

Length Accepted

Genre(s) Accepted

Submission Deadline

Location

Chameleon Theatre Company

link

Full Length

Accepts new work by women,   especially plays dealing with issues such as gender, sexuality, feminism,   ageism and violence.

Year Round

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Full Circle Theater Company

link

10-20 Minutes

Prefers plays with women roles

Year round

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Point of You

link

15-Minute Max

Accepting comedy or drama, by   female playwrights preferred. Must have a concept of “right vs.   wrong”

Year Round

New York City, New York

Stillwater Theatre

link

Full Length & One Acts

Prefers work with strong women’s   roles, accepts works that involve an equal number of men and women

Year Round

Raleigh, North Carolina

Strand Theater Company

link

Full Length

Seeks innovative full length plays   that break conventional theater standards and put a focus on the lives of   women.

Year Round

Baltimore, Maryland

Theatre Company

link

Full Length

Accepts work from women   playwrights only. Accepts any genre except musicals and childrens plays

Year Round

Denver, Colorado

This Woman’s Work Theatre Co.

link

Full Length & One Acts

Accepts plays with contemporary   storylines and pieces featuring strong roles for women from female playwright   only. All themes and genres accepted except for musicals and childrens play.

Year Round

New York City, New York

Women Theatre Alliance

link

Full Length

Primary consideration will be   given to female playwrights and playwrights whose ideas suggest an interest   in developing roles for women and in exploring issues that affect women.

Year Round

Chicago, Illinois

Women Theatre Project

link

Full Length

Accepts full-length comedies by   female playwrights

Year Round

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jewish Women’s Theatre: EVENING 1

link

One Acts

Play must have an element of   Jewish resonance and feature women or a woman’s point of view. Plays must   also adhere to the seasons theme “THE ART OF FORGIVENESS”

12/1/12

Santa Monica, California

Jewish Women’s Theatre: EVENING 2

link

One Acts

Play must have an element of   Jewish resonance and feature women or a woman’s point of view. Plays must   also adhere to the seasons theme “GOD PLANS, AND WOMAN LAUGHS”

2/1/13

Santa Monica, California

Horizon Theatre Company

link

Full Length

Interested in plays by women and   African-Americans. Focuses on new plays by writers who live or have roots in   the South

3/1/13

Atlanta, Georgia

Women’s Theatre Festival of   Memphis

link

Full Length

Performances must be centered on   women, directed by a woman or written by a woman

3/31/13

Memphis, Tennessee

Artemisia Theatre: 2013 Fall   Festival of Staged Readings

link

Full Length

Play must be about woment and   challenge the audience’s perciption about women. Must have 1 female leading   character

4/1/13

Chicago, Illinois

Jewish Women’s Theatre: EVENING 3

link

One Acts

Play must have an element of   Jewish resonance and feature women or a woman’s point of view. Plays must   also adhere to the seasons theme “OH, MOTHER!”

4/1/13

Santa Monica, California

Live Girls! Theater

link

10-Minute Play

For Women Playwrights Only

January 2013 (Estimated)

Seattle, Washington

EstroGenius

link

20 Minutes Max

Looking for new short plays by   female writers or submissions by male writers that explore complex female   characters and perspectives

February 2013 (Est.)

New York City, New York

Rising Sun Performance Company

link

10-25 Minutes

Plays that take place in a Hotel   or Motel Room.  Especially looking for   plays with strong female characters.

February 2013 (Est.)

New York City, New York

Stone Soup Theatre

link

10 – Minute Play

Seeks Solo Work written and   directed by women

March 2013 (Est.)

Seattle, Washington

BolderLife Festival

link

10-Minute Play

Plays related to the topic of   Bolderlife with tasteful humor and a light approach. Diversity and roles for   women are encouraged

May 2013 (Est.)

Boulder, Colorado

New Paltz New Play Festival for 2013

link

5-30 Minutes

Theme and subject matter should   focus on women and features female characters

August 2013 (Est.)

New Paltz, New York

Independent Actors Theatre: Short   Women’s Play Festival

link

10 – Minute Play

Seeking short plays by women   playwrights. Plays of all styles and genres are welcomed

September 2013 (Est.)

Columbia, Missouri

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