Call for Submissions - People’s Theatre Project Playwright Unit 2024

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2024

Calling all vibrant voices from the Latiné, Black, Queer, and/or immigrant playwrights to share your powerful narratives! 

People’s Theatre Project (PTP) Playwright Unit 2024 invites established playwrights to submit a work-in-progress. Three playwrights will be chosen to develop One Act plays each under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Marco Antonio Rodriguez. The culminating plays will be showcased at PTP’s One Act Reading Festival in December 2024.

About PTP

Over the last 15 years, People’s Theatre Project has been creating theatre with and for the immigrant community to create a more just and equitable world and doing this through Productions, Education, and Advocacy. Over the last 5 years, we have specifically been producing plays created by and about the immigrant experience in NYC. The Playwright Unit is an integral part of PTP’s mission to support Latiné, Black, Queer, and immigrant playwrights in promoting innovative theatrical works. During the next artistic season, PTP will present a Staged Reading Festival featuring three original one act plays in December 2024. 


  • Ongoing Support to Develop Your Play: Develop your work-in-progress into a one act in bi-weekly workshops led by award-winning playwright Marco Antonio Rodriguez.
  • Actor Readings and Feedback: Have actors read your latest writing during workshops and receive supportive feedback.
  • Insight on the business of show business and resources to access: Gain show business insights and resources from well-recognized industry members to advance your career.
  • Director and Actors for Staging: Have your one act play directed and staged by professionals.
  • Showcase your work: Present your play at People’s Theatre Project One Act Reading Festival.
  • Shared Dinner: Enjoy meals provided during each in-person workshop.
  • $1,000 Stipend for your participation.

PTP will receive

The right of first refusal to produce the selected plays within a specific time period. 


  • Latiné, Black, Queer, and/or immigrant playwrights.
  • Established playwrights who have had at least one professional production.
  • Local NYC and its surrounding areas. If not living in the NYC metropolitan area, you must be willing to travel to NYC for bi-weekly in-person sessions.
  • Must be available to attend in-person workshops and Reading Festival.


  • Developmental Workshops
    • Wed, Aug 28, 6-8pm
    • Wed, Sep 4, 6-8pm
    • Wed, Sep 18, 6-8pm
    • Wed, Oct 2, 6-8pm
    • Wed, Oct 16, 6-8pm
    • Wed, Oct 30, 6-8pm
    • Wed, Nov 13, 6-8pm
    • Wed, Nov 20, 6-8pm

           Location: PTP Office, 700 W 192nd St Suite 2, New York, NY 10040

  • One Act Reading Festival
  • Dec 2- Dec 8
  • Each play will have a one day rehearsal that culminates in a public staged reading.
  • Venue: TBA
  • Reflection meeting 
  • Wed, Dec 11, 6-8pm. Online


  • July 15, 2024: Submissions Close, or when 100 submissions are received
  • Aug 5, 2024: Finalists invited to online interviews
  • Aug 16, 2024: Participants Selected


For any questions regarding People’s Theatre Project Playwright Unit 2024, please email [email protected].



  • A resume 
  • A brief artist statement (250 words max):  Tell us who you are as a writer.
  • A 10-page excerpt of an in-progress play 
    • The excerpt can be any part of the play but be sure context is clear. Make sure it shows off who you are as a playwright.
    • The play is unpublished and unproduced but still in progress.
    • Cast Size: Maximum 6 actors.
    • The play is written primarily in English.
    • We are not accepting musicals or adaptations at this time.
    • You will develop this play into a one act  (65-80 pages) for PTP’s One Act Reading Festival.
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