Monday, September 19, 2016

Playwright Submissions for The New Colony

Call for Playwrights

The New Colony is looking for more playwrights to join our ranks.  As a laboratory for new work, we are so proud of the artists who have brought us their stories to help develop and share with Chicago audiences. Since our founding in 2008, each play in The New Colony’s season has been either A.) a world premiere written by a TNC ensemble member and/or B.) a world premiere written for TNC’s ensemble. We pride ourselves on our unique process for developing new work, giving playwrights access to intensive workshops before they have even begun writing their script.  You can read more about The New Colony’s method for developing new plays here: Our Mission and Our Method.

(Evan Linder and Jeffrey Freelon in Byhalia, Mississippi)

More than ever before, The New Colony enters our 9th Season recognizing the unique opportunity our process allows to playwrights, both emerging and established, who truly want to reflect the world we live in right now. Through our Writers Room and Associate Company Intensive, The New Colony continues to seek out the stories that are not being told and give them a place to be developed. For emerging playwrights, this could mean the story that you have wanted to tell your entire life that might spring to life through a workshop team assembled by The New Colony. For established playwrights, it could be the ambitious play you wish you were writing instead of the four character single-set family drama you think will sell.

(Mary Hollis Inboden, Sarah Gitenstein and Michael Peters in The Warriors)

What Are We Looking For?
1. Playwrights who want an ensemble to write for.
2. New stories that are not being told and that speak to who we are right now.

(Elise Mayfield, Lizzie Schwarzrock and Daeshawna Cook in Plastic Revolution)

What to Include in Your Submission
1. A cover letter telling us why your voice is unique, why your story is now and why your play needs The New Colony’s process.
2. A summary (3 pages maximum) of the play you would most like to develop at The New Colony. (PDF)
3. A 10-page sample of a previous play. (PDF, No Complete Scripts)
4. Your resume or CV that includes contact information, website, etc. (PDF)

Simply send your submission to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
We currently are able to send responses to submissions within 30 days.

We look forward to meeting the future playwrights of The New Colony!
Let’s make some plays.

The New Colony
New Art. New Artists. New Audiences.


(Thea Lux, Caitlin Chuckta, Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns and Kate Carson-Groner in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche)