Pittsburgh New Works Festival

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Country and Region United StatesPennsylvania
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Festival Contact Information

Pittsburgh New Works Festival
P. O. Box 42419
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA
Phone: (01) 412-881-6888
Email: info@pittsburghnewworks.org

Festival Description

Pittsburgh New Works Festival is dedicated to fostering the development of original one-act plays. each Each September PNWF is an annual event where 12 new one-act plays are produced by different theater companies during the four weeks of the festival. Three new one-acts are performed each weekend.

The Festival features performances Thursdays through Sundays. There are also staged readings, one-act plays that have never been produced form the program of the festival. Playwrights interested in submitting their new work should visit the website for additional information at http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org

Festival Dates September 5 - 29, 2013
Festival Links http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org

Festival Events:

Call for plays 2013:
    $500 Award for Best Playwright
    • The Pittsburgh New Works Festival (PNWF) is now accepting one-act plays that have never before been produced. Twelve one-act plays will
be selected to be performed as mainstage productions for the festival’s 23rd season, which begins in September; an additional six will be selected for staged readings, to be performed the last two Sundays of August. 

Each of the 12 playwrights whose plays are selected for mainstage production will receive a $50 honorarium.

 The playwright who receives the most votes for Outstanding Contribution by a Playwright in the balloting for the Donna Awards will receive $500, to be awarded at the Gala in October.  All
playwrights will receive brief comments from at least two readers (samples can be found on the PNWF website).
    • For more information or to submit, please visit http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org/play-submission/.
    • For any additional questions, please contact PNWF at info@pittsburghnewworks.org or call 412-944-2NEW (2639).


    • To be considered for inclusion in the festival, playwrights must
submit ON OR BEFORE the deadline of April 6, 2013.
    • All submissions must be made through the online submission form.
    • There is a $15 submission fee that will be collected at time of
submission, payable online via PayPal (and all major credit cards
    • All scripts must be uploaded in pdf format.
Please be sure that your name does not appear anywhere on the
submitted script.  The judging is done anonymously.
    • Plays previously submitted to the Festival may be resubmitted; plays
reworked based on commentary received in previous years are
particularly encouraged.
  • Additional criteria for play submission include
    • No more than 40 minutes long
    • Limited number of scenes and simple scene changes
    • No more than eight characters
    • No musicals
    • Simple sets, costumes and props
    • Plays may have been “read,” but never produced (workshops and readings
are acceptable)
    • Playwrights are limited to one submission each year
    • Selection of plays for the festival will take place in mid-June. 


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Articles and Reviews:
  • A Class Act: Pittsburgh New Works Festival returns to raise curtain on new plays, by Caitlin Price (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 23, 2007)


Practical Info:

  • Father Ryan Arts Center
    420 Chartiers Avenue (Route 51)
    McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
  • About the new venue
    The Father Ryan Arts Center provides a clean, bright, venue for the Festival with its 125-seat Baverso Theatre, which features new technical equipment for lighting and sound. The attractive, pleasant building sits amid a thriving business district, with restaurants, banks, and a shopping mall. There is ample free parking nearby, and the location is served by several Port Authority bus lines. Says Festival Director Mindy Rossi-Stabler. “Not only is it a beautiful theatre, it also has a spacious lobby where we can hold the after-theatre parties we call Mingles. And it will be a great spot for auditions in late July.” In its multi-level, state-of the-art facility, the Father Ryan Arts Center provides outstanding resources in all facets of artistic education, enrichment and entertainment serving residents throughout the region. Among its events this summer are a weekly farmers market, Peace Camp, Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania Fit & Fun, and Sto-Rox Library’s weekly “Catch the Music Bug” program of storytelling and performances. The Father Ryan Arts Center is fully accessible to persons with disabilities.


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