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The following 10 theaters and playwriting contests are looking specifically for plays by female playwrights, or featuring strong women characters.


Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location
23 Miles South Full Length, One Act Plays that focus on female or other marginalized people as main characters and a primarily female cast. Year Round Homewood, Illinois
Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre Full Length Original plays by African American and African Diaspora playwrights. Female identified playwrights strongly encouraged to submit. Year Round Chicago
M. T. Pockets Theatre Company Full Length New works that promote women and minorities in the arts. Year Round Morgantown, West Virginia
New Georges Full Length Women playwrights at least partly based in NYC. Weird-ish, unusual, structurally innovative plays or plays that relate to the audience in a nontraditional way. Year Round NYC
Nora’s Playhouse:
The Nora Salon NYC
Any length Women playwrights in the NYC area. The play must centrally feature women’s stories and perspectives. Finished pieces and works-in-progress ok. Year Round NYC
Nora’s Playhouse:
Nora’s Salon South
Any length Women playwrights in the Southeastern US. The play must centrally feature women’s stories and perspectives. Finished pieces and works-in-progress ok. Year Round Montgomery, Alabama
Party Claw Productions Short, One Act, Full Length Plays written by women, folks of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Year Round NYC
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Any length Plays that feature women in primary roles and take on issues that profoundly affect women’s lives. No musicals or very short plays. Year Round Chicago
The Pulp Stage Any length Science fiction, fantasy or suspense. Extra points for scripts with more roles for women! Year Round Portland, Oregon
Athena Project:
Plays In Progress Series
Full Length Playwright must be a woman. Only previously unproduced plays are eligible. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted. 4/15/21 Denver, Colorado

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