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Call for Plays
Women Playwrights Series

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.

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. 

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


  • Full length plays only

  • No prior AEA production

  • Seven character maximum

  • Cover letter attached

  • One letter of recommendation

Deadline for open submissions: Oct. 18 - Nov. 18, 2023


Direct Submission

Please send digital copy of script to


NPX submission

Please tag your script along with additional materials.

  • Ruth Kirschner

  • 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: Mikaela Kafka, WPS Advisor: 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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