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Susan Louise O'Connor and Amy Staats in 2014 Play Festival winner Janice Underwater by Tom Matthew Wolfe, directed by Jade King Carroll. Photo by Mike Peters.


Premiere Stages will begin accepting submissions for the 2015 Premiere Stages Play Festival on October 20, 2014. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015.
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Premiere Stages is committed to supporting emerging playwrights by developing and producing new plays. Through our Play Festival script competition, Premiere Stages offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights. We provide playwrights with an encouraging and focused environment in which they can develop their work through discussions, rehearsals, sit-down readings, staged readings, and fully-produced Equity productions.

At Premiere Stages, we pride ourselves on a uniquely accelerated process, in which plays we find particularly promising are developed and fully produced within a year of submission. In many professional theatres the time span between meeting a writer, staging a reading and producing the play can be years. At Premiere Stages, immediately following the Spring Readings, two plays enter an intensive development phase. Playwrights work with a director, dramaturg, and design team to develop the play for a staged workshop or full production only a few months later. When we find a writer we believe in, our play festival process allows Premiere Stages to fully commit the time, talent, and resources necessary to share their work with a broad regional audience.

Premiere Stages' productions offer playwrights the chance to see their work fully realized on stage. We hope, however, that the plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions throughout the country. Because of this, playwrights whose scripts we produce retain the coveted World Premiere brand on their plays. Premiere Stages also strives to facilitate relationships between playwrights and other theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work.


"I will never be able to express my admiration for this organization enough. Premiere Stages is a treasure not only as a hallmark institution on New Jersey's cultural scene but as a major player in the national forum where new plays are shaken-down, pumped up and throttled out of a playwright's head and into life before an audience."
— Kathryn Grant 2010 Play Festival Winner