2019 Yale Playwrights Script Competition Deadline

Event time: 
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 4:00pm
Theater Studies See map
220 York Street
New Haven, CT
Event description: 

Competition open to all Yale College studentsAll Yale College students are invited to submit a one-act and/or full-length script(s) in progress for consideration for the 2019 Yale Playwrights Festival, to be held February 8-9 in a series of public readings in the Off-Broadway Theater.

We are looking for unpublished, previously unproduced works in progress. Your script can be any length. But it should be far enough along to benefit from the mentorship of working writers in and out of Yale and then from a rehearsed reading in front of an audience.  (But not so far along it’s ready for production, in which case please produce it.)

Normally, four to six festival scripts are selected by a panel of Yale faculty readers from those submitted. The author of each script is then assigned two mentors, one inside Yale, one outside Yale, professional writers who work with the student writer in the six or so weeks before the festival. The focus of YPF is process. Each writer continues to work on the script before it’s scheduled for presentation in YPF19.  

Recent years’ YPF mentors include Clare Barron ’08, Liliana Blain-Cruz MFA ‘12, Amy Boratko, Daniel Egan, John Guare MFA ‘63, Bobby Lopez ‘97, Tarell McCraney MFA ‘07, Conor McPherson, Deb Margolin, Donald Margulies, Elise Morrison, Itamar Moses ‘99, Jonathan Payne, Joseph Roach, Colette Robert ’03, Edwin Sánchez MFA ‘94, Charles Smith, Margaret Spillane, Andrea Thome, Alice Tuan, Mac Wellman, Lauren Yee ‘07, and Anna Ziegler ’01.

You may submit more than one script. A hard copy is required. Be sure that the pages are stapled together and your name is on the title page. The type size of the dialogue should be at least 10 points, preferably 12. Leave your script(s) with May Brantley in the Theater Studies office, 220 York, Room 102.

The 2019 Yale Playwrights Festival is sponsored by the Marina Keegan Fund and Yale Theater Studies.  


November 26, 4 pm: Scripts due to May Brantley, Theater Studies, 220 York Street

Mid-December:  Festival writers notified

Mid-December to February:  Writers work on scripts

February 8-9: 2019 Yale Playwrights Festival