Call for Plays
Women Playwrights Series

Deadline for open submissions: TBA
Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent and PW Center Submissions: TBA
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 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

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

Each year CSC selects one play from the festival to go on to full production as part of the Susan Glaspell contest. Due to the challenges of COVID, that opportunity may be delayed until theatres have fully recovered. Plays selected for this process receive 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 info, 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.