Four new plays.
Four live readings.
One winner.

ON STAGE | New Play-Reading Festival

11th Annual New Play-Reading Festival 2021-2022

Festival Information & Submission Guidelines

The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is committed to expanding the canon of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) through our New Play-Reading Festival. This program provides a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished and unproduced work presented before a family audience by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors. Four finalists will be selected and one script will be presented as a fully mounted production in the Growing Stage’s 2022-2023 season.

2022 Festival Timeline:

Round 1: March 4th – 6th, 2022

  • Staged Play Reading
  • Post-Reading Talkback with Audience, Performers and Playwright (if present)
  • Printed Feedback provided by audience and artistic team
  • Private Video Recording of Reading (for playwright only)


Round 2 FINALISTS SHOWCASE: Saturday, April 23, 2022

  • Each finalist will present 20 minutes of selected scenes.
  • Written critique will be provided by our educational and artistic teams to each finalist.
  • Winner will be chosen.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Plays should be intended for young audiences through high school age.
  • Minimum performance length of approximately 45 minutes.
  • Musicals are eligible.  Accepted submissions must include a sample recording of the music and lyrics.  Please do not send a written score.
  • BIPOC plays and playwrights are encouraged.
  • Adaptations must include proof that permission has been granted from the author to adapt their work.
  • All scripts must be unpublished and not committed to publication.
  • No supporting materials accepted.
  • Two scripts maximum submission.

How to Apply

STEP 1:

To apply for our festival, please email: newplays@growingstage.com and provide the following details in the body of an email:

  • Play title
  • Brief synopsis
  • Approximate running time
  • Cast breakdown
  • Intended audience. (i.e. Elementary, Middle School, High School, Family)
  • Script aligns with The Growing Stage mission. (View Mission)
  • Development History (i.e. previous reading, production, etc.)

Note: Please do not submit your full script with initial inquiry.

Submission Deadline: Midnight, December 31, 2021


STEP 2:

If your initial submission is accepted for our festival, a full script will be requested. When submitting your full script, please follow these guidelines:

Playwright’s name must not be visible anywhere on the script. Please include your name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission cover letter.

Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to The Growing Stage.

If you have any questions about the submission guidelines or festival, please contact Danny Campos, Festival Director at newplays@growingstage.com.

Growing Stage New Play-Reading Festival

SUBMISSIONS ARE Now Open!

For More Information, contact: newplays@growingstage.com or call (973) 347-4946

ALL ABOUT

The Growing Stage New Play-Reading Festival

Recent Press

Our New Play-Reading Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary this season and features four brand new plays for young audiences, chosen from the over 100 submitted works annually. Each piece is carefully read by a select committee comprised of directors, performing and teaching artists, educators and young people. The four finalists are provided two readings during the season, read by professional and community artists in a casual setting. Following each reading a discussion of the work with our professional team and the playwright. Lastly, one of the four plays will be selected to become a fully mounted production next season.

Growing Stage New Play-Reading Festival
Growing Stage New Play-Reading Festival

Past Winners:

With Two Wings (2012)

Secret Life Of Hubie Hartzel (2013)

And Then Came Tango (2014)

The Book of D (2015)

Box of Stories (2016)

Boy Sees Flying Saucer (2017)

John Henry (2018)

Bunnyboy (2019)

Boogie (2020)

“I knew my children would have a great experience. Watching my daughter dance in her chair and listening to my son ask questions throughout the show, reinforced my belief that this is a hidden gem in New Jersey.”
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Ticketing System

  • Main Stage Performances are normally Saturdays at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Friday performances are on a limited basis at 7:30pm.
  • Studio Series Performances: Thursday/Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Local Flavor Coupons and Groupons cannot be redeemed online.  You must call the Box Office to reserve and redeem. Box Office is open daily Monday thru Friday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Please call at least 24 hours prior to redeem.
  • Seating begins 30 minutes prior to each performance. If you select Will Call as your ticket delivery method, your tickets will be available for pick up starting an hour prior to the performance.
  • Seating is general admission except for season ticket holders and groups of 10 or more.
  • Sales are final and no refunds will be given unless the performance is cancelled. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Box Office and we will do our best to accommodate you at a different performance based on availability.
  • Concessions will be available for sale before the performance and during intermission. Outside food and drink is not allowed.
  • Parking is available in the bank parking lot next to the theatre (when the bank is closed), the park lot behind the bank lot, and on the surrounding streets. If needed, overflow parking is available at the Methodist Church down the street.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at 973-347-4946 or boxoffice@growingstage.com and we will be happy to assist you.

    Group Sales (10 or more) are available by calling the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.

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