PlayWorks fosters young California playwrights through play development and a staged reading process guided by professional playwrights and directors. Playwrights will need to cooperate with directors and be open to changes. Collaborative works are acceptable. Playwrights will be notified in February if selected. Staged readings may be presented on the Main Stage.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are selected for PlayWorks you cannot participate in play marathon, opening or closing number, assistant director/choreographer opportunities, or tech staff. You will need to make a choice.

PlayWorks Script Submission

Check your form submissions here!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Maximum Reading Time: 20 Minutes

  • Playwrights must submit a copy of the play electronically.
  • Plays must have a cover page with: the title of the play, author’s name, address, phone number with area code, and e-mail address, high school name and troupe number, Troupe Director’s name, phone number, and e-mail, and the read-through time.
  • Include a page of character description behind the cover page.
  • All material, language, and situations must comply with the California Thespians Policy for Appropriate Material. Think “G” rating.
  • Plays must be typed, double-spaced, with the character’s name centered, stage directions in parentheses and centered, and dialogue directly beneath each character’s name in standard manuscript format. Please attach to an e-mail as a word document or pdf.
  • Scripts should be 10-20 pages, excluding the title page.
IF SELECTED:
  • Revision based on written recommendations may be requested.
  • Playwrights may NOT audition for Opening/Closing Number but may participate in Individual Events.
  • Playwrights must be available for pre-production meetings with the director before the festival.

 

PlayWorks Auditions

PlayWorks provides another on-site audition and performance opportunity for Thespians. Auditions for the staged reading of the PlayWorks script(s) are held on Friday afternoon and consist of cold readings from the script(s).

To audition, please bring three copies of the PlayWorks Audition Form with a small photo attached to each for the casting committee. Sign up to audition at the PlayWorks location. Actors may be asked to return at a later time. If cast, students must participate in Play Development Workshops and rehearsals on Friday and Saturday.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are selected for PlayWorks you cannot participate in play marathon, opening or closing number, assistant director/choreographer opportunities, or tech staff. You will need to make a choice.

PlayWorks Audition Form

 

QUESTIONS:

PlayWorks questions may be directed to Emily Stamets at emily.stamets@cathespians.org