Call for Plays
Women Playwrights Series

Deadline for open submissions: November 2, 2019

Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent and PW Center Submissions: January 15, 2020

Playwrights with work on NPX may contact program director Catherine Rust (, with name of play to be downloaded for consideration.

NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

The Centenary Stage Company, a professional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2019 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 27th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and under-served voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period of approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the general public as part of the series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing is available for one playwright each season.

The Susan Glaspell Contest

One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Glaspell Contest submission

Submit full-length play, with no prior AEA production

(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contact infor, if applicable.)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.

NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Send submissions to:

Attn: Catherine Rust, WPS Program Director

Centenary Stage Company

400 Jefferson Street

Hackettstown, NJ 07840

  • Patricia Cotter

  • Joni Fritz 

  • Aoise Stratford

  • Bekah Brunstetter

  • Michelle Carter (PenUSA Award for Drama)

  • Eugenie Chan

  • Merri Biechler

  • Caridad Svitch

  • Neena Beber

  • Heather McCutchen

  • Deborah Brevoort

  • Michelle Kholos Brooks

  • Eleanor Burgess

  • Wendy Hammond

  • Christina De Lancie

  • Darrah Cloud

  • Allison Moore

  • Colin Denby Swanson

  • Judy Sheehan

  • Jeanne Murray Walker (PEW fellow)

  • Dominique Cieri

  • and more.

Centenary Stage Company is a professional theatre company operating under an AEA SPT contract and located 50 miles west of NYC. Artistic Director: Carl Wallnau. WPS Program Director: Catherine Rust.

The Women Playwrights Series at Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and CSC members and sponsors.


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