Summer Playwrights Festival 12 Submission Info

Submissions start January 2021







The Road Theatre Company

Taylor Gilbert & Sam Anderson, Artistic Directors

The Twelfth Annual

Submission Information for The Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights’ Festival 2021 (SPF12)

The Road Theatre Company’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival has been held every summer since its inception in 2010. 2020 marks our 11th anniversary, and SPF11 will take place from Thursday through Sunday, starting from July 30th to August 16, 2020. SPF mounts 20-40 staged readings of new plays in 12 exciting days. The festival is now the largest staged reading festival in the nation, with playwrights from across the country and around the world participating. Each reading is followed by a talkback with the playwright, director, and cast. Although we receive hundreds of submissions for our festival, new and established playwrights are encouraged to submit.

The Road Theatre Company is dedicated to producing new plays. From Founding Festival Director Scott Alan Smith:

“The Road Theatre has produced 24 plays from the Summer Playwrights Festival on our main stages including our current season selection, The Spanish Prayer Book by Angela J. Davis (SPF8), and last season’s The Rescued by Julie Marie Myatt (SPF8) and Death House by Jason Karasev (SPF8). We are very proud to bring these new plays straight from the festival to our audiences.”

Past playwrights have included D.L. Coburn, Lisa Loomer, Sharr White, Marisa Wegrzyn, Craig Wright, Wendy Macleod, Lucy Thurber, Mo Gaffney, Keith Huff, Brett Neveu, Scooter Pietsch, Craig Pospisil, Julie Marie Myatt, and Martyna Majok. Guest artists have included Bryan Cranston, Laurie Metcalf, Jason Alexander, Zachary Quinto, Ann Cusack, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Tilly, Perry King, Rondi Reed, Tom Irwin, Nancy Travis, Gregory Harrison, Gale Harold, Robert Pine, Michael O’Neill, Harold Gould, Jon Polito, James Eckhouse, Lila Crawford, Zoe Perry, and many, many others.

Submission Information:
-Each submission is read and evaluated by our artistic staff with recommendations made to the festival producers, who evaluate the plays and narrow the field to the final 20-40. Each play receives a minimum of two reads. The SPF12 staff regrets that we do not provide feedback on any submitted materials.
-Plays of any length or genre are eligible; however, to be included in SPF12, the work must remain unproduced on the west coast and unpublished through August 16, 2021.
-Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
-No agent is required.
-ONLY electronic copy applications are accepted. No hard copies, please.

Play Format Guidelines:
-All scripts must be in a PDF file format. Name your file with the title of the play first. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
-Please put your direct contact information on your play (your name and email address).
-Plays must be paginated and include a list of characters.
-Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.

Submission Window:
-We will accept submissions for SPF12 between January -April 2021. We cannot accept any plays past this deadline, so please plan accordingly.
-Plays of all lengths (ten-minute, one-act, full-length, and solo performance) are eligible for submission during this time
-Official SPF12 selections will be made on June, 2021.

-$15 for scripts over 30 pages (full length) and $10 for scripts under 30 pages (short form).
-The fee can be submitted via this link. Upon payment, you will receive an automatic reply to your email inbox with script submission instructions.

Thank you for supporting new plays and The Road Theatre Company for SPF12! Check out this short feature on SPF9 below!