Membership

Membership Benefits

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Protect your work.

  • Business advice and review of unsigned contracts.

    The Business Affairs Department of the Guild is available to answer member questions by phone, email, or (when necessary) in-person consultation. The Guild’s lawyers will examine your contracts and provide you with detailed information as to how its terms compare to current industry standards. The Guild also has an extensive and growing collection of sample agreements and articles on various topics related to the business of theatre, all of which are available to members upon request.

  • Access to sample contracts and industry standards.

    We offer a variety of model contracts to address a variety of member needs, depending upon where you are in your writing process. Our contracts range from commission, underlying rights and licensing agreements to collaboration agreements between writers to Showcase and Small Theatre agreements. Most of our contracts are available as emailable PDF files however our Approved Production Contract for Plays and our Approved Production Contract for Musicals must be purchased in printed form only.

  • The eligibility to vote for the Guild’s governing council.

    The Guild is governed by a board of directors (Council) elected from its membership. These writers, in various stages of their theatrical careers, meet monthly to decide policy for the Guild. The Council is currently led by Doug Wright, Lisa Kron, Lynn Nottage and Julia Jordan. Our full list of Council members is listed here.

Promote Yourself.

  • A listing in our online Member Directory.

    Make sure anyone can see you are a member of The Guild. Every member at every level is displayed in our searchable Member Directory on our website. The listing will include your name, location and your creative roles.

  • A DG Profile on our website.

    Launching October 2017. Only available to those at the Member level or to Student Members and Estate Members.

    Visually let everyone know you are a member of The Dramatists Guild of America with an online profile on our website. Your DG Profile includes your bio, your picture, a list of works (including synopses) and the ability to upload PDFs and/or mp3s of work samples for public download.

  • Discounted membership to NPX (New Play Exchange)

    Only available to those at the Member level or to Student Members and Estate Members.

    Through a partnership with the National New Play Network, we are now able to offer members a 30% discount on Writer subscriptions to the New Play Exchange (NPX). With 14,000+ plays (and counting) by more than 3,800 writers, the NPX has become the world’s largest database of scripts by living writers and the definitive place for thousands of artistic directors, literary managers, dramaturgs, directors, and actors to find new work and connect with new artists. It’s an indispensable resource for the entire new play sector, and an incredibly useful way for dramatists to share their work.

Learn from masters.

  • Discounting pricing at The Dramatist Guild Institute for Dramatic Writing.

    • Our curriculum of classes, both on in-person and on-line classes with master teachers, combines our DG Academy (playwriting seminars) and DG Conservatory (musical theatre writing seminars) for a variety of extended educational classes (anything from a long weekend to something more rigorous that’s 8-10 weeks in duration).
    • Hone your creative skills and engage in a community focused on professional development, with courses ranging from play structure to comprehensive writing workshops.
    • All of our classes are taught by prominent educators and master teachers, such as Kirsten Childs, Tina Howe, and Austin Pendleton.
    • Current course listings and more information can be found at the DGI website.
    • Members receive access for class registration for prior students and free access to pop-up special events and programming.
  • Free access to "In the Room" series of podcasts.

    An unparalleled archival collection of some of American theatre’s greatest masters talking about their craft. Featuring Edward Albee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lynn Nottage, Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, and more.

Receive The Dramatist.

  • A free subscription to our bi-monthly magazine.

    The Dramatist is the official journal of the Guild. It is written by members for members. It’s content is generated and/or curated by the editor, staff, and the Publications Committee. It is also the only national magazine dedicated to the business and craft of writing for theatre. The only publication of its kind to serve playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists across the country.

    • All members receive seven issues of The Dramatist, including our special edition Season In Review.
    • Access to our ever-expanding online archive of past issues.
    • Access to additional online content and extended articles.
  • Discounted rates for display ads.
    • One free classified ad in The Dramatist per calendar year (40 words or fewer. Editors may edit advertisements for style or content).
    • Guild members receive 10% off any single display ad and 25% off any display ad to promote their self-produced shows. (This offer does not apply to non-members or institutions. No other discounts apply.)

Submit your work like a PRO.

Save Money.

Save Money on Tickets.

  • Free tickets via Playwrights Welcome.

    Developed for the Dramatists Guild of America Members, Playwrights Welcome is a national ticketing initiative created by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. This program was made out of a desire to support the artistic health of our industry’s writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theater.

    Playwrights Welcome is designed to offer available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. These available tickets are ones that would otherwise go unsold; we firmly believe that no theater should give away a ticket that could otherwise be sold.

    To learn more about how your theater can get involved, or how you as a playwright can take advantage of this Dramatists Guild benefit go to Playwrights Welcome.

  • Discounted membership to Theatre Mania Gold Club (NYC).

     

    Dramatists Guild members enjoy a 40% discount: $59.00 (vs. reg. price $99.) See as many offered shows as you like, with a friend or loved one. Most tickets in the Gold Club are complimentary. Members are only charged a $4.50 ticket processing fee per ticket.

  • Discounted membership to Sold Out Crowd (LA).

    Sold Out Crowd provides members with complimentary tickets to shows all over Los Angeles for just a $4 processing fee per ticket. They fill seats for theatrical performances (big and small) concerts, lectures, opera and more!