New Jersey's foremost supporter of new play development

Premiere Stages Play Festival 2022 submissions are now closed. Check back in the summer of 2022!

Premiere’s flagship new play program is a regional competition that develops up to five exciting new plays each year. One play is later fully produced and another is workshopped to further hone the script. The Festival has supported the work of artists like Dominique Morisseau, Keith Josef Adkins, Rogelio Martinez, Vincent Delaney, Tammy Ryan, and many more.

Submissions for Play Festival 2023



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The submission window is now closed for the 2021/22 Liberty Live Commission. Thank you!

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Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award

The Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards, created in 2014 with generous support by Premiere Stages supporters W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher, recognize the work of one Kean student and one Kean alumnus each year.

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Playwrights Welcome

Playwrights Welcome is a new program to provide free access to theatre for Dramatists Guild of America Members, developed by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers, and Hammerstein. We are proud to take part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights free of charge. To receive a ticket through Playwrights Welcome, please email the box office 24-48 hours before the performance at Writers must present their Dramatists Guild membership card when requesting a ticket.

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