Premiere Play Festival

New Jersey's foremost supporter
of new play development
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Submissions are now closed for the 2024 Play Festival

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 the Play Festival 2024 close




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Liberty Live Commission

Premiere Stages commissions New Jersey playwrights to write plays about important events in New Jersey history.


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 program created to provide free access to theatre for theatre writers around the country. Developed for the Dramatists Guild of America members, the national ticketing initiative was created by Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals company, along with input from other publishing and licensing houses. For more information on this national program, please click here.

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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