Cover art of The Before and After Issue: Two chickens - one facing left, the other facing right - each with an egg behind them
Marketing 201: Beyond Submitting
A photo collage of Jacqueline Goldfinger,  Adam Szymkowicz, Diana Burbano and Donna Hoke
Jacqueline Goldfinger, Adam Szymkowicz, Diana Burbano and Donna Hoke

DONNA HOKE: I have spent a lot of time educating, promoting, and advocating about submitting work, so much so that I think the word is out. There are submission platforms everywhere, there’s sharing, and the submission seminar that I recorded with Stephen Kaplan is up on the Dramatists Guild website. I think the record high numbers that we’re seeing in submissions means that playwrights have gotten this message and they’re responding to those open calls.

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Diana Burbano
Diana Burbano

was named as part of the Los  Angeles Times’ La Vanguardia. She is a Colombian immigrant, a playwright, an Equity actor, and a teaching artist. Diana has been awarded the Advance Gender Equity in the Arts Grant 2022, the Bay Area Rella Lossy Award, the Long Beach Arts Council Professional Artist Grant 2019, 2020, and was a 2021 Jane Chambers Awardee for excellence in Feminist Playwriting. She currently represents Southern California on the Dramatists Guild council.


curates Page By Page (, a resource for theatre-makers. She won the Yale Drama Prize, the Smith Prize, and others. Her work has been developed and/or produced at theatres including: National Theatre/London, Wilma Theatre, Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Florida Studio Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, and Seattle Public.


plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and in twelve other countries. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, and Original Works Publishing. He studied playwriting at Juilliard and Columbia and has interviewed over 1000 playwrights on his blog.