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Wisconsin Playwrights and Scripts

Wisconsin playwrights and theater companies running script competitions are welcome to send information to be included on this page to webmaster@madstage.com.

This site is provided as a free service. We'd very much appreciate a link to our site from yours and mention in your programs and mailings! If you find it useful and would like to help make it even an even more effective tool for promoting theater, dance and comedy in Wisconsin, contributions will be applied toward development and maintenance expenses and publicity for the site.

Calls for Submissions

Submissions Open for CapitalQ Theatre Festival

StageQ is excited to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the inaugural production of our CapitalQ Theatre Festival. The festival is accepting original, one-act plays now through December 15, 2021 through the submissions section of our website.

CapitalQ Theatre Festival is the latest evolution of our perennial favorite, "Queer Shorts." StageQ said farewell to "Queer Shorts" after 14 years back in June of 2019. Originally scheduled to run in spring of 2020 but cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CapitalQ Festival will finally launch in June of 2022.

Intended to be a more sustainable model than "Queer Shorts," the festival will also allow StageQ to focus on new play development and help up-and-coming queer playwrights workshop and edit their plays before being produced in the Festival thereby becoming more than just a collage of short plays, but a program that can encourage and foster growing queer artists.

CapitalQ Theatre Festival will run for a single weekend in June as part of StageQ's Pride Month celebration. For these three days, StageQ will take over both stages at the Bartell Theatre and perform 1-act plays all day long. The Festival also hopes to include theatre masterclasses that are free to the public in areas such as writing, directing, acting, stage managing, and technical theatre. It's an exciting new chapter in StageQ history and the start of a new pride tradition.

Writers looking to submit can go to the submissions section of our website to learn more about the requirements. Questions may be submitted to our Festival co-Chair, amber@stageq.com.

 

Call for submission: Forward Theater and Wisconsin Wrights

Forward Theater and Wisconsin Wrights will begin accepting submissions for Forward Theater's 2022 Wisconsin Wrights New Play Development Project on September 1, 2021. Up to three selected playwrights will be given the opportunity to develop their plays with professional directors, and actors, culminating in a public reading during Forward Theater’s 2021-2022 season. The deadline for submissions for Wisconsin Wrights is October 31, 2021 with the selection process taking place from November 2021 through March 2022. Finalists will be announced in April 2022.

For more details, visit https://www.forwardtheater.com/event/wisconsinwrights

 

Over Our Head Players Soliciting Playwriting Contest Scripts

Over Our Head Players is accepting original, unpublished 10-minute or shorter comedies for the “2021 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival” through November 1, 2021, at SNOWDANCE, Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403.  

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2022. Due to COVID-19, the exact dates and format are subject to change. Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the five-week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on a date to be determined. Cash award of $500.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $200.00 awarded to second place and $100 for third place. 

Complete rules are at www.overourheadplayers.org/snowdance-rules.html.  Direct questions to the box office, 262-632-6802 or snowdance318@gmail.com.  Scripts will not be returned; playwrights are not expected to participate in the production process.

 

Call For Submissions: New Full-Length Plays

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre workshops two new plays annually through the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series. To that end, we accept new scripts for consideration on a rolling basis.

ELIGIBILITY: Priority for consideration lies with Wisconsin artists. Playwrights should only submit work if they are current Wisconsin residents, have a link to Wisconsin in their own history, and/or consider Wisconsin-specific subject matter in their play.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Please send a query letter and the first ten pages of your script. Electronic or paper submissions are accepted. Email Marcella Kearns or send hard copy to the following address: Marcella Kearns, Lead Educator/Literary Manager, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202. See email address and additional information at www.chamber-theatre.com/performance/play-reading.aspx.

  
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Wisconsin-based Playwrights

Mike Birkley

Ludmilla Bollow

Steven Brown

Catherine Capellaro and Andrew Rohn

Bob Curry

Danielle Dresden

George Farah

Jeffrey James Ircink

Holly Walter Kerby

Gary Kriesel

Jessica Lanius

Anthony Lamarr

Michael Lucchesi

  • Email: lucckyschran@yahoo.com
  • The Two Rivers - a 90 minute, two act play with five characters, Aaron 50-ish, Kyle 25-ish, A.J. 23-ish, Lilith 50-ish and Eden 18-ish. This is the Young family, and they could be any race or nationality. The play, which takes place in a living room of a fixer-upper vacation home, deals with Kyle returning home (AWOL from the Marines) to deal with what he views as “unfinished business." Challenging themes are dealt with including incest, cutting, alcoholism, and homelessness.

Deb Meyer

Stephen F. Murray

Rick Ponzio

Playwrights Ink

Playwrights Ink is a non-profit association of theater artists dedicated to the development of playwrights and their work. Our members include area playwrights, actors, directors, and theater enthusiasts.

Mary K. Ryan

Wisconsin theatre director and playwright based in Milwaukee.

Script Resource Sites

Script publishers.

  • Beat by Beat Press - A new publishing company providing community theaters with new, high-quality musicals for young performers.
  • Broadway Play Publishing - BPP specializes in full-length, contemporary, American plays. BPP also publishes dramatic adaptations of classic plays and literature, and a few period pieces.
  • Children's Theatre Plays.com - Stageplays for children, young audiences and families. Theatre producers, directors, drama coaches and teachers will find scripts for productions of every size, scope and budget.
  • Classic Acts - A collection of plays for children 10-14. The plays are adaptations of classical literature or best lived children's stories, such as Midsummer Night's Dream, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein, Cinderella, Cyrano de Bergerac, Don Quixote and more. Creative, fun and a great way to interest children in classic theatre and literature. Low prices. No fees. Downloadable!
  • Classics On Stage! - A collection of professionally proven, audience tested children's theatre plays by double Shubert Fellowship award winning playwright, Michele L Vacca. Inspired by the classics of world literature, the scripts are excellent for university, school, professional and community productions.
  • Dramatists Play Service, Inc. - Representing the American Theatre by publishing and licensing the work of new and established playwrights.
  • Eldridge Plays & Musicals - offers hundreds of full-length plays, one-acts, melodramas, holiday and religious plays, children's theatre plays and musicals of all kinds.
  • HaveScripts.com - Online publishing company with an emphasis on middle school and high school plays for both the stage and the classroom. We have some competition one-acts and many books and scripts ideal for readers theater in the classroom.
  • Heuer Publishing - One of the oldest publishers serving the education and community theater markets.
  • Insight for Playwrights - a monthly marketing newsletter that provides dramatic writers with up-to-date submission information.
  • Musicline Publications - Has available musicals, pantomimes and Christmas shows for all ages.
  • New Theatre Publications - a script publishing company that is owned and managed by writers.
  • Original Works - Original Works Publishing is a Los Angeles based play publisher dedicated entirely to bold and original work. Our goal is to bring the new breed of theatre to the forefront.
  • Samuel French, Inc. - Samuel French's Catalogue lists not only plays but monologues, audition material, classroom guides, classic works and the latest plays from the professional theater.
  • Stageplays.com - Virtually every play and musical currently published in the English language.
  • TheaterWords - offers royalty free plays and scenes for students and educators. There are also several pieces for all-women casts.
  • Venice Mootney Scripts - scripts, rights and background for previous Venice Mootney productions.
  • YouthPLAYS - a publisher of hundreds of plays and musicals for young actors and audiences, with material suitable for teen and preteen performers, as well as community theatres, colleges and professional theatres for young audiences.

 

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How you can help support MadStage! Radio theater page Submit show information to MadStage Information about performance venues Wisconsin playwrights and scripts page Theater humor page Win Free Tickets! Thanks to all those who've contributed to MadStage in the past year! About MadStage Theater and dance classes, workshops, teachers and schools Performance links Performance-related job and volunteer opportunities, plus internship listings Dance Groups featured on MadStage Theater groups featured on MadStage Performance Calendar Home