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The 2019-2020 Submission Window Is Now Closed
Monday, July 1, 2019 @ 10am EDT - Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 5pm EDT

Applications for the 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle will be accepted online during the submission window. To begin your application, click the button at the bottom of this page, which will be active on July 1. Once the window closes, we will not accept any more applications. New Dramatists staff reviews submissions for completeness in the order they are received, so it is in your best interest to submit well before the deadline.

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All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for residency if they are able to meet the submission requirements, including 2 full-length original plays, a statement of intent, and a biography or resume.

Download and read the 2019-2020 Guidelines for Resident Company and 2019-2020 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.

2019-2020 APPLICATION STEP-BY-STEP

The Online Form

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”.

Tab 1) Eligibility

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

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

Tab 3) Letter of Intent
Enter or Copy-and-Paste a Statement of Intent the equivalent length of up to but no longer than a one-page letter. The Statement of Intent is introduced at the final meeting. At this point in the process, both of your plays have been read by the entire committee, who are tasked with intuiting who you are as a writer through your work. The statement is an opportunity for them to hear directly from you. Questions that are often lingering at this stage include: Why did you choose these plays to submit? How would you benefit from and serve the ND playwright community? Why now? What compels you to write for the theatre?

Tab 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

Tab 5) Play A
Tab 6) Play B

You will be prompted to upload your “A” play and your “B” play on separate tabs. 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 that includes your full name and contact information. Optional: we suggest you include a brief summary of the play in this document to help panelists recall your work, after having read over 100 scripts.

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 documents. Identifying information includes: your name, contact information, production/development histories, awards, your agent, hyperlinks, actors/production team, etc.
-Please include a character list.
-Every script page must be numbered.
-Every script page must include the play’s title.

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.

Submitting the Application

Tab 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 EDT on July 22, 2018.

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.

Downloads

Begin Resident Playwright Application

Admissions Town Hall

July 9, 2019 @ 2pm

On Tuesday, July 9, New Dramatists held an information session to answer questions about our consensus based review process. Emily Morse, John Steber, and Connie Hall, New Dramatists artistic programs staff members, along with Melisa Tien, a resident playwright who has served on the admissions committee, attended the session.
Before You Upload Your Plays, Ask:

□ Have you removed your name & any other identifying information (eg. hyperlinks, watermarks, awards & opportunities, production history, dedications, etc.) from your scripts?

□ Did you include a character list in each script?

□ Is every page in each script numbered?

□ Does every page have the title of the play in the header/footer?

□ Is your play full-length?

□ Have you checked that there are no missing pages or scenes?

□ Are both the plays in PDF format?

A Note to Kleban Applicants

Already applied for the Kleban Prize? CLICK HERE instead to login and begin your application.