The Ivoryton Playhouse – Second Annual Women Playwrights’ Initiative

The Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce our second annual Women Playwrights’ Initiative.

Thanks to all participants, our inauguralInitiative was a resounding success. We once again seek submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiativedevelopsnew one-act plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Initiative provides a safe, nurturing environment for play development, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. It will culminate in a staged reading festival in February/March 2018, Passion, Power, Prose: Women Playwrights’ Initiative featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.

Ten-minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.


GREAT NEWS! Deadline extended to August 15 to accommodate summer vacation plans! 


We will be accepting completed One Act manuscripts by email only until August 15, 2017.

The week of rehearsal culminating in staged readings on Friday and Saturday nights will be in February/March 2018. Writers whose works are chosen will be invited to Ivoryton for a week to work with directors and actors on their play. They will also receive a small stipend.

Interested playwrights should email a completed manscript, (for musicals include a script and CD), bio, and resume, including your telephone number and email address.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative also seeks resumes from directors, and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

Play submissions and resumes from directors/readers should be emailed to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse:



Laura Copland IP Director of Play Development, Actress Maggie McGlone Jennings, Margo Lasher, Actor Michael Hotkowski, Director Sash Bratt.