New Play-Reading Festival Submission

2019 Play Submission Information:
Submissions EXTENDED to Nov. 1st!
This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced TYA scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.  The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate rounds during our season.  After each reading, there is a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright, if present.  After 2nd Round of play readings, one of the four scripts are then selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2020-2021 season!
Guidelines for Submissions accepted beginning June 1st:
  1. Plays should be intended for young audiences through high school age and have a minimum performance length of approximately 45 minutes.
  2. Scripts may be previously workshopped, but must be unpublished and not committed to publication.
  3. Supporting materials (resumes, photos, reviews, etc.) should not accompany submissions.
  4. Playwright may submit up to two scripts.
  5. We do ask that scripts be submitted via email as a PDF to Danny Campos, New Play-Reading Festival Director at
  6. The playwright’s name must not be visible anywhere on the script.  Please include the playwright’s name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission.
  7. If you choose to send a manuscript via mail please note that the script cannot be returned.  Playwrights should include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for confirmation of receipt of their scripts.
  8. Musicals are eligible.  Submissions must include a sample recording of the music and lyrics.  Please do not send a written score.
  9. Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to The Growing Stage.
  10. If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.

Mailed submissions should be sent to:

Danny Campos

The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey

PO Box 36

Netcong, NJ 07857


Past Playwright Participants:

“As a writer there is no better laboratory where real constructive dramaturgy can exist than a staged reading with a engaged audience. A play text needs life in the final stages to know where it needs to go. The Growing Stage’s New Play Reading Festival is an invaluable initiative to the development of new work.  My personal experience with the staff and artists at The Growing Stage during this process was always positive, constructive and I truly felt I was dealing with a people that believed in the work with genuine enthusiasm and wanted to see it succeed. As a writer, I could not have asked for better.” –Mike Czuba – BOY SEES FLYING SAUCER

“The New Play Reading Festival at The Growing Stage was a valuable tool and experience in my growth as a playwright.  Steve and Nikole encouraged me and supported me all the way through.  Although I did not get chosen, my play ALI’S BEES is better for the experience and will now be produced in Los Angeles, CA next year.” –Bruce Olav Solheim, Ph.D. – ALI’S BEES

“Working with The Growing Stage was such a gift. Engaging with talented artists and a passionate community audience during this Festival was invaluable. I loved the process! From my first phone meeting with my director, to attending the final reading in NJ, I felt challenged and nurtured as an artist.   I’m so pleased that The Growing Stage Theatre will be producing AND THEN CAME TANGO’s World Premiere.  I couldn’t imagine a better way to launch this new play.” –Emily Freeman – AND THEN CAME TANGO

“In terms of feedback about the series: the “reactionaires” are so helpful. It was great to be able to sit down and sort through lots of thoughts, see where similar ones popped up, gauge a real audience response, and be able to go back to it anytime I wanted. And the opportunity to have the shows read twice is really terrific. It was so helpful to get a chance to do something with the feedback. So often, we just get feedback and never get follow up on whether our changes worked or improved anything. This process feels very writer-centric (and not all reading series do). It speaks highly of how much your company cares about the play itself. I’m so grateful. Thank you!!” –Cody Daigle-Orians – THE BOOK OF D