New Works Play Festival

Garry Marshall Theatre


We employ a blind submission process to avoid unintentional bias on the part of our team of qualified readers. Scripts that move into the semi-final round will be reviewed by the selection committee who will have access to all information regarding the submitted play.

A $20 submission fee supports the producing of the 2022 GMT New Works Festival. GMT’s NWF will present the five finalist playwrights in livestream virtual readings in a festival weekend Sept 23-25, 2022. Each of the five selected scripts will be paired with Los Angeles actors and directors for an 8-12 hour rehearsal process culminating in five virtual, concert-style readings. Additionally, finalist playwrights are invited to engage with the director prior to this period of exploration with actors. A moderated Q & A with our audience, playwright, director and producers will follow each virtual presentation. This element has proven to be effective for past finalists – a forum to dialogue with an audience at this stage in the play’s development.

A small honorarium will be awarded to the five selected finalists.

GMT Producer, Joseph Leo Bwarie
Festival Producer, Kimberly Arnold
Festival Producer, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx

Script Submission Guidelines
PLEASE READ ALL of the guidelines and prepare your PDF accordingly BEFORE submitting your play.
GMT’s New Works Festival will accept all plays that meet the following requirements:

1. Full-length drama or comedy.

GMT’s NWF’s focus is on the language and dialogue of a play.

2. Previously unproduced work.

All scripts submitted to GMT’s NWF must be unproduced. Workshops or readings do not count as productions. However, any staging by a theatre (including non-Equity, regional, or community theatre) where actors are off-book and admission is charged does count as a production.

3. Maximum of SIX actors.

Doubling is permitted, provided a doubling plan is included with the cast list.

4. Submitting author is sole owner of script copyright. All playwrights submitting must be 18 years or older.

5. Legibly typed.

6. Please do not indicate name of playwright on any page - including title page.

7. Submitted as a single PDF.

PDFs should be one continuous file only. No hard copies will be accepted. PDF files are made with Adobe Acrobat Reader. For a free download and automatic installation of the newest version, go to

Formatting Requirements

Page 1 - Cover page with ONLY PLAY TITLE and the following disclaimer:

This script is copyright protected and may not be reproduced, distributed, or disseminated without the prior written permission of the author.

Page 2 - Cast list that includes each character’s name, age, and brief character description.

All pages should be numbered.


Please DO NOT include playwright name on the cover page or any of the following pages.

GMT NWF is not accepting the following scripts:

• Film or TV

• Children’s Theatre

• Musicals

The Fine Print

2022 submissions are limited to one script per author per year. Once a script has been submitted and enters the review process, we are not able to accept revisions. Revisions to the five final scripts are welcome as part of the development process. A limited number of scholarships waiving the $20 submission fee will be awarded in order of qualified requests received. To request, please contact [email protected] for information on how to apply. Please note that GMT NWF does not provide feedback on unselected scripts. There are no refunds.

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