Plays We Want
Geva Theatre Center accepts submissions of full-length plays, translations and adaptations for production on our stages and for the Festival of New Theatre and Plays in Progress series. Currently, we are not accepting unsolicited submissions for these opportunities from unrepresented writers. Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation.
All writers from (currently living or having lived in) the Rochester area, regardless of professional representation, are welcome to submit work for our annual Regional Writers Showcase or Young Writers Showcase. More information and submission requirements for these programs can be found on their respective tabs on this page.
We are looking for bold, theatrical voices and are passionate about supporting the craft of both emerging and established writers in service of our commitment to developing new work for the American theatre.
The purpose and power of the theatrical event has always been to come together in the theatre and discover a new understanding of ourselves. By developing and producing work that explores and celebrates the human experience, we engage in a dialogue about what it means to be human, what it means to be an American and what it means to be a global citizen, in the 21st century.
We try to stay open to a diversity of aesthetic, topic and approach, but plays that we are interested in frequently share some of the following characteristics:
- Strength and depth of writing which would indicate that this is not the first draft of the play
- Strong, interesting characters that offer actors something to explore, and rich relationships between the characters onstage
- A compelling narrative which presents a new story, or a new take on a familiar tale
- Smart, compelling use of language
- Action which befits a story told onstage, rather than on film or in print
Before submitting a play for consideration, you may wish to consider the list of new plays we have commissioned or produced, as an indication of the kind of work we are likely to produce.
Where to Submit
We prefer to receive scripts electronically at our agents’ submissions page on the Submittable platform.
For writers without representation looking for submission opportunities, we recommend the blog Play Submissions Helper, which keeps an updated list of new play deadlines.
Plays by Rochester-area writers, selected in cooperation with Writers & Books, are presented in a reading format on two Monday nights each spring. Each play is followed by a discussion with the playwright. One work from the spring Showcase will be selected to receive further rehearsal and development in the fall Festival of New Theatre. Since the launching of this program 15 years ago, other area theatres have followed our lead and created their own Rochester writers workshops and showcases.
Playwrights nurtured through this program have included David Andreatta, Jessie Atkin, Maria Brandt, Grisell Buides, Bill Capossere, Emily Cornish, Craig DeLancey, Truc Doan, Mark R. Jabaut, Peg Kortz DeBaise, Aaron Fenster, Jeffrey W. Jones, Gabriel Michaloski, James Graves, Jay D. Hannigan, Carolyn E. Kourofsky, Karl Obine, Andrew Passafiume, Paul Root, Spencer Sisson, Nancy Preston Stark, Lucas Syed, Peter Tonery and Byron Wilmot.
2 Pages/2 Voices
A Community-based Playwriting Competition Hosted by Writers & Books
Every year, Writers & Books and Geva Theatre Center partner to present 2 Pages/2 Voices, an evening of short plays written by area writers and read by local actors. This year, due to the pandemic, 2 Pages/2 Voices will be presented as a live zoom performance. Writers of all levels of experience are invited to submit short plays to this competition. Several plays will be selected. All current residents of the 6-county Greater Rochester area are eligible to enter.
Performance: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, on zoom
How to Enter
Friday, May 28, 2021
Play Submission Guidelines
Ready to submit? Send your script(s) and separate cover sheet(s) to:
Please direct questions or concerns to
Alexa Scott-Flaherty at email@example.com.
Writers & Books is one of the oldest and largest community-based literary centers in the nation and the only one of it’s kind in the eight-county Greater Rochester, NY, area. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1981, Writers & Books moved to its three-story home at 740 University Avenue in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts in 1985. The organization promotes reading and writing as lifelong enrichment, engaging youth and adults through workshops; summer camps; readings; presentations; and Ampersand Books, an in-house independent bookshop. Writers & Books also owns and operates Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, sited on 24 acres in Naples, NY. www.wab.org
PlayWrite Night brings together Rochester’s local playwrights in order to promote play literacy, theater accessibility and community. Writers are invited to one performance of each of Geva’s professional productions and participate in an hour long post-performance workshop to discuss the play from a writer’s perspective and do a hands-on writing exercise. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the program is currently on hold. If you’re interested in participating in the future, please email Assistant Literary Director Francisca Da Silveira at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a list.