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The act of submitting creative work for a dramatist is as necessary as finishing it. But the process of finding the right submission opportunity can feel overwhelming. This is why, for more than 20 years, the Dramatists Guild has compiled a submissions and opportunities database, and published a full directory of theatres, agents, festivals, contests, workshops, retreats, and other submission opportunities to help make the life of the dramatist an easier one.

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  • The 10 Minute Taste at the 4208 Group is a modern take on dinner theater. Instead of sitting through a full-length musical, or Shakespearean classic, five 10-minute plays are presented while guests dine in a contemporary establishment. At The 4208 Group we focus on shining a light on women artists of color. We also work with organizations that showcase and/or empower women artists of color. We are a company that works to cultivate the growth and development of women artists of color.
  • Located in the historic U street corridor of Washington, D.C., Spooky Action Theater (SAT) is a dynamic, young theater company that has been recharging the audience's imaginative, intuitive, emotional core by linking artists & audience in a collaborative enterprise. We designed and built a versatile performance space that accommodates multiple seating and staging configurations. Movable walls and audience risers enable us to approach each production with a fresh perspective.
  • Located in the historic U street corridor of Washington, D.C., Spooky Action Theater (SAT) is a dynamic, young theater company that has been recharging the audience's imaginative, intuitive, emotional core by linking artists & audience in a collaborative enterprise. We designed and built a versatile performance space that accommodates multiple seating and staging configurations. Movable walls and audience risers enable us to approach each production with a fresh perspective.
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    Each year five leading US-based artists are selected and provided funds to spend three to five months in Japan. This residency program allows artists to research and experience both the traditional and contemporary artistic milieu of Japan. Artists are free to live anywhere in the country to pursue activities of greatest relevance to their creative process.
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, a national leader in the creation of innovative theatre, is launching a transformative fellowship program in partnership and with a lead gift from the Miranda Family Fund, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s family philanthropic fund. This ambitious new program is designed to provide talented candidates from historically excluded communities, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, with the resources and training necessary to build their careers as arts administrators or theatre technicians. Each fellowship is structured as a paid year-long department-specific...
  • Ford’s Theatre celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and explores the American experience through theatre and education. During the Civil War, Ford’s Theatre was one of Washington’s top entertainment venues, giving Washingtonians a much-needed break from the realities of war. President Lincoln, who loved theatre, opera and Shakespeare, visited Ford’s Theatre on at least 10 formal occasions.
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company creates, preserves and promotes classic theatre—ambitious, enduring plays with universal themes—for all audiences.
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that works in the field of historic preservation in the United States.
  • The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Playwriting Program (NPP) offers three (3) programs for student-written work: ten-minute plays, one act plays, and full-length plays. See below for specific guidelines and awards for each program, but please make note of these overall guidelines for ALL manuscripts: All plays must be blind submissions, which means that the playwright’s name and any identifying information (including school information) must be removed from the manuscript in its entirety. This includes the title page, and all headers and footers throughout the text...
  • Pen Points writers' workshop evolved into Pin Points Theatre in 1980. It can be best described as a community theater company that travels internationally; creating its plays and workshops in impoverished D.C. communities then presenting them to schools, businesses, government agencies and theaters throughout D.C., the United States, and so far, in Asia (Guam, Korea, Japan, and Singapore), Canada, and Germany.
  • WNO’s acclaimed commissioning program for contemporary American opera enters its tenth exciting season, showcasing three new one-act operas by talented composer-librettist teams. This season, American Opera Initiative (AOI) mentorship is led by newly appointed AOI Artistic Advisor and librettist Kelley Rourke, librettist and filmmaker Kimberly Reed, composer Carlos Simon, and WNO Principal Conductor Evan Rogister, who will lead a chamber orchestra of WNO Orchestra members. The concert staging will be directed by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.