Apply for Residency


The submissions window for the 2017-2018 New Dramatists admissions cycle is now closed. Please check this website in June, 2018 for updated guidelines.


The Online Form

Download and read the 2017-2018 Guidelines for Resident Company and 2017-2018 Application Information documents at the bottom of this page BEFORE beginning your application. Each year, in an effort to be responsive to recommendations from the selection panel and evolution in the theatre field, New Dramatists staff reviews and makes changes to our admissions process. Please read all materials carefully.

Click the “Begin Application” button at the bottom of this page. You will be prompted to set up an account. There are 7 tabs to complete, and you may save your work and return to the online form at any time until you click “Submit Your Application”.

1) Eligibility

You will be asked to verify your citizenship or permanent work status from the USCIS.

2) Name & Address
Enter your contact information in the form.

3) Letter of Intent
Enter or copy-and-paste the equivalent of a one page letter in the form field. You will be asked to respond to the following prompt: The selection panel is tasked with intuiting information about who you are as a playwright through the plays you have submitted. Please use this space to provide context for your materials, such as: What compels you to write for the theatre? Why did you select these plays to represent your body of work? Where are you in your trajectory as a playwright? What do you see as the benefits of developing your work in the company of other playwrights?

4) Playwright/Artistic Bio, Resume or CV
You have the options to upload, enter, or copy-and-paste a professional biography or resume.

Guidelines for Scripts

5) Play A
6) Play B

You will be prompted to upload your “A” play and your “B” play on separate pages. All “A” plays are read. As applicants advance through the process, their “B” plays are read.

Upload a Stand-Alone Title Page for each play with your full name and contact information.

Upload “Blind Copies” of Two Original Full-Length Works (Plays and/or Libretti-i.e., books of musicals). Each submission must be a single work that constitutes a full evening of theatre. For example, a 90-minute play without an intermission is a full-length work.

-Please do not put any identifying information in the script. Identifying information includes: your name, contact information, theatres that have workshopped or produced your plays, your agent, special thanks, actors/production crew involved, etc.

-Every script page must be numbered.

-Every script page must include the play’s title.

-Scripts must be in PDF file format. In response to recommendations from panelists in recent years, we will no longer accept any other file format.

Please Do Not Submit:

-Short one-act plays or 10-minute plays, whether collected or alone.
-Recommendation letters.
-Translations of previously published material.
-Screenplays and/or teleplays.
-Plays in hard copy or published formats.
-Special thanks page.

Submitting the Application

7) Submit Application
Read and agree to our privacy policy. Click “Submit Your Application”. After you complete this step, you will no longer be able to make changes to your application. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Your application is submitted by the deadline if you receive this confirmation email by 5pm EST on July 31, 2017.

Supplemental Music Samples-OPTIONAL: You may submit music samples to accompany a libretto in order to showcase the style and tone of the larger work. Please do not submit music in place of the book, and please note past admissions committees have often found libretti less competitive than plays. Once you submit your completed application, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the new form. You may submit up to five tracks (mp3 or m4a accepted). Please be prepared to upload all files in one session.

Notification Status notifications are sent on a rolling basis: the first round of letters goes out in January/February, the second round of letters goes out in
March/April, and the final round of letters goes out in May.


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