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Dates and details for Year 4 will be announced at least nine months prior to the application window.

NOTE: The following information reflects the application process for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries Year 3 and is intended for reference purposes only.

Before applying, confirm that your play meets our qualifications:

  • The play must be written for a cast of 10-12 actors.
  • The play must be able to be performed with minimal sets.
  • The play must be able to be performed with universal (shared) lighting.
  • The play must be able to be performed with any and all music and sound effects created in real time, unplugged, and by members of the acting troupe.
  • The play must be 2(ish) hours long.
  • The play must be inspired by or in conversation with All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, or Twelfth Night.
  • The play must have not yet had a professional production and preferably would remain unproduced through July 1, 2021.  (Questions about this?  Shoot us an e-mail).

Prepare your Application:

To smoothly navigate the process, we encourage you to prepare your materials before beginning the application.  To that end:

  • Remove your name and any contact information from the script.  Remove any agent or representation’s name and contact information from the script.
  • Include a Character Breakdown at the start of the script.  The breakdown must include age and gender and may include any other information you’d like us to know. If your play contains more than 12 characters, please be sure to include information about actor doubling.
  • Title the document with the title of your play.
  • Save your script as a PDF or Word document.

Prepare the application form:

In addition to contact information and basic information about the play, you will also be asked for answers to the following questions.  (Please note: each question has a 4,000 character limit – including spaces):

  • Playwright bio.
  • How does your play respond to Shakespeare’s play?
  • In what ways does your play engage with Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions?
  • Optional: Play History: If your play has had any development or production history, please briefly tell us about it.

Have questions about the application process?  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us.