The Trustus Playwrights’ Festival began at Trustus Theatre in 1988. This festival accepts submissions nationally from playwrights seeking to develop their script for a full main stage production at Trustus Theatre. Past winners include David Lindsay-Abaire, Jon Tuttle, Deborah Breevort, Stephen Belber, Andrea Lepcico, and Sarah Hammond (to name a few).
Trustus Theatre selects one new play annually as the winner of the Trustus Playwrights’ Festival. Submissions should be non-musical plays that have small casts (6 actors or less) and modest design needs (no fly systems or pyrotechnics please). The festival is welcoming to experimental works. Plays that have received workshops or professional readings are welcome, but the festival is looking for scripts that have not been professionally produced yet.
Winning playwrights will be involved in the production process over the course of the following year, and they will be provided with travel and lodging during the tenure of their stay opening week. Winning scripts will be produced in August 2019.
The runner-up will also receive a public reading at Trustus.
SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED JANUARY 22 – MARCH 31, 2018
MAY 1, 2018 – FINALISTS’ FULL SCRIPTS REQUESTED
MAY 31, 2018 – WINNER AND RUNNER-UP ANNOUNCED