New Works Festival

Garry Marshall Theatre is interested in new work that is uniquely theatrical, authentically voiced, and has a strong point of view. The New Works Festival presents five new plays in staged readings to help the development process of the playwright.

NOTICE: We are EXTENDING our current production! Due to the overwhelming success of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL, we need to move the dates of our NEW WORKS FESTIVAL.

The festival readings will now take place on JULY 14, 15 & 16. Final selections will be announced soon. Thanks for being a part of the future, here at Garry Marshall Theatre!

Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival Submissions 

NEW Dates of the Festival: July 14, 15 & 16


How to submit:

  • Playwrights will fill out the Google Form Here:

  • Pay the $20 submission fee in the link below.

What We’re Looking For:

Garry Marshall Theatre is interested in new work that is uniquely theatrical, authentically voiced, and has a strong point of view. We are most interested in the play that you are the most passionate about working on right now.

Submissions Should Be:

  • Full length plays that stand alone as an evening of theater with an 80-minute minimum running time. Garry Marshall Theatre presents concert readings, so the emphasis is on language; stage business should not be considered as part of the play’s running time.

  • Complete drafts - not incomplete drafts or treatments.

  • Plays that have never had a professional AEA production and have never been published; readings and workshops are fine.

  • Maximum of six actors; doubling is permitted. Please include a doubling plan with your cast list if this is the case.

  • The playwright is the sole owner of script copyright.

Submissions Should NOT Be:

  • Film or TV Scripts

  • Translations

  • Children’s Theatre

  • Musicals

Formatting Requirements:

  • Legibly typed in 12-point font in standard play format with 1” margins, character names centered above dialogue.

  • Submit as a single PDF; no hard copies are accepted.

  • This is a BLIND submission process. Please remove author’s name and contact information from the script.

  • Include cast list at the beginning of the script.

What to Expect:

Garry Marshall Theatre will select FIVE new plays for concert readings and talk backs. Plays will be paired with professional Los Angeles-based directors, actors, and stage managers and receive at least 10 hours of rehearsal time. Playwrights are encouraged to submit rewrites during this time, if they desire.

Talk backs with the playwright and director will be moderated by professional artists in our community, with an eye toward further development of the play. Playwrights will also receive one-on-one meetings with the artistic directors of the Garry Marshall Theatre to talk about their play.

All finalists will be considered for possible future development and production at the theatre.

Where does the submission fee go?

The submission fee partially supports the submission and review process, including the support of readers and administrators. The fee does not subsidize the administrative costs of the festival, or any other programs at the Garry Marshall Theatre.

Fine Print:

  • Submissions are limited to one author per year.

  • Selected playwrights will be notified after March 15, 2019.

  • Selected playwrights will receive a $100 honorarium.

  • Playwrights are responsible for the cost, arrangements, and housing to travel to Los Angeles for the festival.

  • Garry Marshall Theatre does not ask for any rights to these plays at this time.

  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age.