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Pittsburgh Public Theater Announces the 2022/2023 New Play Contest

Accepting Submissions through December 16 

 Pittsburgh Public Theater has announced its third annual New Play Contest. The competition is open to writers based in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. The winning playwright will receive a $500 honorarium, and a staged reading in The Public’s PlayTime series in the summer of 2023. Submission guidelines and form can be found online at ppt.org/playcontest. All submissions received by 11:59 EST on Friday, December 16, will be given consideration.  

As a true public theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater provides a platform and, more importantly, a home for regional artists to amplify their voices. The New Play Contest is one of the ways The Public strives to meet this goal. In its infancy, it has yielded notable results, including last season’s winner Lisa Langford being featured in the 30th anniversary Ashland New Plays Festival.

Brian Pope, Casting and Literary Director at Pittsburgh Public Theater, spearheads the program and has been instrumental in its evolution over the past three years. “All the classic plays we know and love, from Hamlet to A Raisin in the Sun, were once new. There was a time when no one had read or seen them, but when they premiered, their impact was indelible. They challenged the form and introduced audiences to incredible artists, says Pope. “I believe in the potential of all new plays to change the game in their own unique ways, and it’s an honor to set the stage for that thrilling blend of innovation and collaboration with this contest.”

Script submissions will be accepted beginning Tuesday, November 15, 2022. To enter, playwrights should visit ppt.org/playcontest for a list of requirements and the the online submission form due by Friday, December 16, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST. Late submissions or multiple submissions will not be considered.

Playwrights of all cultural, racial, and gender identities and abilities are encouraged to submit. 



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