“The Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival has restored my faith that even in a time of reduced budget for the arts in this country, there is still a place nurturing new voices.”

– Laura Maria Censabella (Playwright of Paradise, featured in the Fourth Annual New Works Festival)

Gulfshore Playhouse announces a call for submissions beginning on November 1st, 2017 for their Sixth Annual New Works Festival to take place in August of 2018. The New Works Festival will bring together playwrights and a team of professional actors and directors for a week-long festival. The festival focuses on developing each selected play throughout the week and culminates in a staged reading for an audience.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1st, Gulfshore Playhouse will accept the first 150 submissions from playwrights and agents. Those interested should submit digital copies of plays that have not had a full production to submissions@gulfshoreplayhouse.org. Submissions sent prior to 9 a.m. on November 1st will not be considered. At this time, Gulfshore Playhouse is not accepting musical submissions and asks that all submitted plays are full-length.

The New Works Festival finalists are chosen through a blind submission process. Submissions should be sent with two files: a cover page with name and contact information and the script with no playwright information. All submissions should be in PDF format. Scripts not sent in the requested format will not be considered until they are re-submitted in the correct format.

Semifinalists for the Sixth Annual New Works Festival will be announced in the summer of 2018. Semifinalists will be contacted regarding their availability and willingness to participate in the festival which will factor into the selection of the finalists. The finalists will be announced shortly thereafter in the summer of 2018. Each finalist will receive a $500 honorarium as well as airfare and lodging for the duration of the festival.


If you have questions please contact Audrey Zielenbach (azielenbach@gulfshoreplayhouse.org).

The New Works Festival plays will be selected by a corps of volunteer readers from a pool of 150 blind submissions. The event allows playwrights to transition from writing, to adding actors and an audience, to understanding how the play works in a performance setting. Each staged reading will conclude with a Q&A session with the playwright.

The New Works Festival: Gulfshore Playhouse hosts an annual New Works Festival which consists of developmental workshops and public readings of the scripts selected. There is an open call for submissions in the fall of each season and the submission period remains open until 150 scripts are received. The festival takes place in September of each year. In order to be eligible for the New Works Festival, the play cannot have had a full production and at this time, we are unable to accept musical submissions. Keep an eye out in the fall for our formal call for submissions which will include details on when submissions open. Please note that any play submitted prior to the date and time submissions open will not be considered for the New Works Festival.

Script Submissions: Gulfshore Playhouse currently has an open submission policy for artists seeking to submit scripts for production consideration. Gulfshore Playhouse guarantees that submitted scripts will be read by a member of the Artistic staff however due to the volume of submitted scripts, we are unable to give individual feedback. You will hear back from a member of the artistic staff only if we are interested in pursuing the script for possible production. Please submit your script to azielenbach@gulfshoreplayhouse.org.

The 2017-18 Season is supported by:

Season Angels: Jane and Steve Akin
Season Benefactors: 
Patty and Jay Baker
Season Ambassadors: Linda & Bob Harden, Dottie and John Remondi
Corporate Partners: Cohen and Grigsby Law Firm
Executive Producers: Christine and Terrance Flynn, Valerie and Nizar Ghoussaini, Rosemary  and Don Gunther, Christine Paddock