Women Playwrights Series (WPS)

Mikaela Kafka, Program Director


Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Centenary Stage Company’s Women’s Playwright Series and Susan Glaspell Award Contest! I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of Program

director for this Season’s Series. Under the passionate guidance of Catherine Rust, I have been involved on many levels throughout the years. I look forward to the new submissions for this year, 2023! On behalf of Centenary Stage company, I, again, thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you. Theatre is a truly collaborative Art! So, Let’s Do This! Here’s to a great Series!

Mikaela Kafka  | wps@centenarystageco.org

Mikaela Kafka

Since 1992,

CSC’s developmental program (WPS)….

  • has featured and helped to develop the new work of over 60 female playwrights from around the country!

  • has provided a working platform for the under-served voices of women writing the theatre.

  • has produced fifteen World Premieres in as many years.


Plays presented in the developmental WPS program are finalists in the Susan Glaspell Award Competition, and are under consideration for full production in a subsequent season at the Centenary Stage Company, the professional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University. Due to COVID-19, this opportunity may be delayed.


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

“CSC audiences have embraced this series. Theatre is all about collaboration. As part of this series, the playwright has the opportunity to get feedback from the audience during their development process.”


Interested in submitting your full length play for consideration? Click here for guidelines and additional information



Submission Window: Oct. 3 - Nov. 11, 2022

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.


  • Full length plays only

  • No prior AEA production

  • Seven character maximum

  • Cover letter attached

  • One letter of recommendation


Come join us! We are always grateful to our volunteers. From adjudication, to stage direction readers, ushers, they are such an important element. If interested, please reach out telling a little bit about yourself and how you would like to be involved. We will keep you in mind throughout the year.


Direct Submission

Please send digital copy of script to wps@centenarystageco.org


NPX submission

Please tag your script along with additional materials. You may also contact Mikaela Kafka at wps@centenarystageco.org

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The many plays which have successfully transitioned from development to production now include:

  • Whippoorwill by Ruth Kirschner

  • Turning by Darrah Cloud

  • Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett

  • Hitler's Tasters by Michelle Kholos Brooks

  • The Surrogate by Patricia Cotter

  • Start Down by Eleanor Burgess

  • In the Car with Blossom and Len by Joni Fritz

  • The English Bride by Lucile Lichtblau

  • How to Pray (winner of the 2012 PEN USA Award for Drama) by Michelle Carter

  • The Unfortunates by Aoise Stratford

  • You May Go Now by Bekah Brunstetter

  • The Poetry of Pizza by Deborah Brevoort

  • Daphne Does Dim Sum by Eugenie Chan

  • Alice in Ireland by Judy Sheehan

  • Dreamhouse by Darrah Cloud

  • The Tillie Project by Jeanne Murray Walker (commission)

  • Inventing Montana, by Jeanne Murray Walker

  • and many more!

Women Playwrights Series Archive

Recent WPS Readings

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Apartment 3F

by Sarah Vander Schaaff

​A tiny New York apartment is the scene for the collision of humans brought together by a bewildering and frightening circumstance. When a Chinese food delivery man is struck by a car outside Rebecca and Rob’s apartment, it sets off a sequence of events no one could have imagined. How they care for each other and respond in a time of need reveals the best and worst of our natures, with a touch of grace and humor to boot. 

The Buddha's Wife

by Mary Poindexter McLaughlin

Are they so different?  2500 years disappear as the lives of the Princess Yasodhara and PhD Candidate Diane Brewster interweave seamlessly, telling a timeless story of romantic love, of motherhood,  and of dreams-on-hold, revealing the very real world of challenges and choices women face throughout time, alongside revelations of the deeper meaning of love and friendship. 

Off the Map

by Christine Foster

Denny and Claire have retired to the wilds of Central America, where they quickly discover that things are not as they were expecting, neither in their relationship, nor in their new property, where a mysterious Mound is discovered by a pair of archaeologists who arrive on the scene, making a shattering discovery  which will challenge all their beliefs about what is ever truly real and what is imagined.