The Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards

Recognizing the work of Kean's playwrights.
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The Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards, established in 2014 by Premiere Stages supporters W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher, recognize the work of one Kean student and one Kean alumnus each year. The Bauer Boucher Awards support Kean University writers with enhanced visibility, dramaturgical feedback, a cash award, and the opportunity to hear their plays read out loud by an ensemble of professional actors.

Premiere Stages accepts submissions for the Bauer Boucher each fall from any writers who are currently attending or have graduated from Kean University, and the Award-winning play is selected in January. After the submission window closes in December, the submissions are read by Premiere Stages staff and a select panel of playwrights, theatre professionals, and educators. One current student will receive a $1000 award and one alumnus will receive a $2000 award; both will receive one-day developmental readings of their new plays with professional casts and directors. Additional playwrights may be selected as finalists and awarded $100.

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Submission Guidelines

Available in PDF
  • Submissions are accepted November 13, 2023, through 11:59 p.m. on December 11, 2023.
  • Playwrights must be current students in good academic standing or graduates of Kean University.
  • Plays must be unpublished and have never received a professional production.
  • Previous winning plays and finalist plays are ineligible.  
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see schedule).
  • Students and alumni may submit the full text of an existing play. Scripts that are in progress must contain at least 25 pages and attach a scene breakdown for the unwritten scenes.
  • All plays must be submitted as a PDF via email to Hard copies will not be accepted.

All submissions should include:

  • A brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page).
  • Character breakdown.
  • The playwright’s bio or resume.
  • The applicant’s year of graduation from Kean University.
  • Script (or at least 25 pages of the script that is currently written & scene breakdown of the full play).

Questions or concerns

For any questions regarding the submission guidelines or process, please email us at

Nov 12, 2023

Submissions open

Dec 11, 2023

Submissions close

Early Jan 2024

Finalists interviews

Mid Jan 2024

Winner and finalists selected

Late Jan 2024

Winners receive professional readings; date and locations TBA

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