Call for Playwright Festival!

A Reading of a developing work featuring BIPOC characters selected from submissions from playwrights who identify as BIPOC.  Presented in June 2022.

A playwright festival where a single selected work will be presented as a live reading followed by a talk-back with the artists. The playwright will have some control in collaboration with the producing company over the selection of a director.

The director will have full control over the rehearsal schedule with a minimum requirement of 9 rehearsal hours to be completed before tech rehearsals begin. Performers will be selected from the company and the general public. Auditions will be held. Technicians will be provided by The Wayward Artist Theater Company.

Readings of the selected pieces will be presented as a series over the course of a weekend in June.

Schedule of Important Dates

December 10th, 2021-January 15th, 2022: Accept Play Submissions For Reads & Presents

March 12th, 2022: Announcement of Selected Works

March 15th-April 1st, 2022: Director Submissions

April 4th-6th, 2022: Director Interviews

April 8th, 2022: Director Selection

April 26th-29th, 2022: Actor Auditions

May 3rd, 2022: Final Casting

May 29th, 2022: Mandatory Company Meeting for all in-person, participating Artists

May 31- June 3rd, 2022: Tech Rehearsal 

June 4th, 2022: Performance 


  • The Playwright must identify as BIPOC

  • The playwright’s work must include at least 3 and no more than 8 actors

  • 50% or more of the characters must identify as BIPOC

  • The play must be complete or near-complete on submission

  • Artist must provide own housing and transportation or be able to join virtually

  • Artist is available for the dates listed above 

  • The script must be unpublished

  • We are not accepting musicals or plays with music

Submission Guidelines

  • Please follow the submit button above to submit the following:

    • Name and contact information

    • Brief Summary of the history of the play (previous readings or productions)

    • Confirm the play is unpublished and financially unattached

    • Whether you would like to be considered for a reading, full production, or both

    • Confirm estimated run time between 70 and 150 minutes. 

    • A Brief Summary (1 page or less)

    • Character Breakdown

    • Setting Breakdown

The Wayward Artist

The company will provide the following:

  • $200 honorarium to the playwright

  • Venue 

  • Director

  • Stage Manager

  • Lighting Designer

  • Audio

  • Videographer

  • Marketing

  • Box Office Management