New Works Project

T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre's 2017 New Works Project

Program Director: Jake Turner  |  Producing Director: Halle Morse

The T. Schreiber Theatre's New Works Project is an opportunity for playwrights to have their work heard and seen in a professional setting. Phase 1 of the submission process takes place October 6-November 1, 2016.  Three finalists will be chosen for the project to have their play presented in a three night reading series. One winner will be selected to receive a workshop production run of their show with artistic support from the T. Schreiber production team.  

Mission Statement:
The T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre New Works Project is committed to supporting the development of new plays in a safe and nurturing environment-one that serves the playwright and enriches the T. Schreiber community as a whole. TSS provides the playwright access to the expertise of experienced theatre professionals, sophisticated and well trained actors, and a supportive, interactive audience. In the New Works Project, T. Schreiber will develop new theatrical productions through a series of staged readings and collaborative refinement, culminating in a professional workshop production. The goal is to foster and elevate writers’ work to its fullest potential.

Three plays will be chosen as finalists to receive staged readings, performed by T. Schreiber actors. One play will be chosen as the New Works Project winner to receive a workshop production with a 2-week run. NWP Program Director Jake Turner will work with playwright to further develop the winning play and will serve as Director for the workshop production. Audience feedback is solicited and the production staff of T. Schreiber will work directly with the playwright to refine the play. There will be no cash prize provided for the selected play. 

The New Works Project is committed to script development and successful production of new works. Winning playwrights are expected to participate fully in the development process: working directly with the director and T. Schreiber staff during staged readings; interacting with audiences post-readings; and participating in the workshop production. While T. Schreiber cannot provide transportation or housing to playwrights submitting works from outside the NYC area, every effort will be made to help selected playwrights find local accommodations.

Want to submit your full-length play to the New Works Project?

GUIDELINES:

Submission is a two-phase process.

Phase I
Submission period for the 2017 New Works Project is October 6-November 1, 2016. Submit a two page maximum treatment of the play including title, character breakdown (please include age range and gender), and brief story synopsis. Also include 5 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. Playwrights should also include a one page bio and resume including contact information. 

Send treatment, sample dialogue, and resume to: newworksproject@tschreiber.org with "New Works Project: Phase I" in the subject line*
*Unsolicited full manuscripts will not be read. Submissions sent before our after submission period will not be read. 

All abstracts and dialogue samples will be read. From these, selected manuscripts will be solicited for Phase II.

Phase II
If selected for Phase II, manuscripts should be sent within 1 week of notification. Manuscripts should be properly formatted and have the playwright’s name, contact address and phone number on the front page. PDF's and MS Word file formats preferred. All manuscripts selected for Phase II will be read and reviewed by the selection committee. Again, no unsolicited manuscripts. 

Timeline:

  • Phase I submission period: October 6-November 1, 2016
  • Playwrights chosen for Phase II notified by: December 1, 2016 
  • 3 Finalists chosen by: February 1, 2017
  • 3 nights of finalist readings: May 1-May 3, 2017
  • New Works Project winner chosen: May 5, 2017
  • New Works Project Workshop Production Run: July 12-22, 2017

Fine Print:

  • Submission must be full-length in any genre.
  • Plays must not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission.
  • Playwrights with past production experience are especially encouraged to submit new work.
  • Productions should be developed for the stage, not other media: e.g. screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays.
  • One script per author.
  • Character age range: 16 and up
  • There is NO submission fee for the New Works Project.
  • Do not send more than the materials requested below. No incomplete submissions will be accepted.
  • Please NO PHONE inquiries.

New Works Project News:

-NATURAL LIFE was nominated for 5(five) 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Premier Production of a Play!

-2015 New Works Project Winner HYSTERICAL by Jim Geoghan received a 2 week run in July 2016 which extended!!

-2013 New Works Project Winner received a workshop production in T. Schreiber Theatre's 2014-2015 season. NATURAL LIFE by Eduardo Lopez directed by Jake Turner ran for two weeks in Fall 2015.

-2012 New Works Project Winner receives successful production at PREMIERE STAGES!
THE BEAUTIFUL DARK by Eric Gernand's premiere production wins praise from the New York Times only one year after it went through our development process. We are sure that many factors went into its success, but we are very proud to have been a part of that journey! Click HERE to read the review.