It all starts with the writer. It is their contribution that excites, inspires, and helps us to experience the world in new ways. And we are all aware that attending theatre is an integral part of how writers learn their craft and grow as artists. Playwrights Welcome is a program created to support and inspire these writers, while also encouraging theaters nationwide to do the same.
The goal is simple: to provide free access to theatre for playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists around the country. Playwrights Welcome offers available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. These are tickets that would otherwise go unsold; we believe that no theater should give away a ticket that could be sold.
Developed for the Dramatists Guild of America members, Playwrights Welcome is a free national ticketing initiative created and administered by Samuel French (A Concord Theatricals Company), along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts, and Rodgers and Hammerstein.
This program was created from a desire to support the artistic health of our industry’s writers, and by extension, the vibrancy of the American theatre.
Any tickets that would otherwise go unsold are eligible. If you’re interested in seeing a show at one of the theatres, simply show up at their box office before curtain and ask if they have any Playwrights Welcome tickets available. If they do, you will need to present your Dramatists Guild membership card, as well as your ID.
Check if your local theater offers Playwrights Welcome. New theaters are being added on a regular basis, so be sure to check back every so often.
Call the box office to confirm their Playwrights Welcome policies. Every box office works differently, and some theaters may have specific reservation processes
for Playwrights Welcome tickets. Call ahead to confirm these ticketing policies.
Pick up your tickets. If Playwrights Welcome tickets are available, you will need to present your Dramatists Guild membership card, as well as your id when you arrive at the theater. Then, enjoy! If you do not have your member card, request a Member Verification letter here.
Promote Playwrights Welcome in your community. Spread the word about Playwrights Welcome to your fellow playwrights and local theaters. Your
Dramatists Guild representatives are also great resources.