Student Resources

NOTE: None of these lists are comprehensive.
These are simply some key resources to get you started!

Annual New South Young Playwrights Contest and Festival
Applications are generally due in February/March for a May/June festival.

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 3
The 2020 festival will be in Madison, Wisconsin, January 7-12.

AACT Listing of Playwriting Contests and Other Opportunities
AACT is the American Association of Community Theatre.

NYCPlaywrights provides playwright submission opportunities; discounts; free shows and other theatre items for New York City and the world.

New Play Exchange
a streamlined script discovery and recommendation engine 

(Visit MadStage for more complete local information.)

The Bartell
home to six community theatre companies

Broom Street Theater
an experimental community theatre

Children’s Theatre of Madison
one of Madison’s professional theatre companies–focuses on theatre for children and families

Forward Theater Company
one of Madison’s professional theatre companies–focuses on contemporary plays

Playwrights Ink
a writing (and reading!) group for Madison playwrights 

Stage Q
a community theatre company focusing on queer theatre, building community and encouraging positive social change

Theatre Lila
one of Madison’s professional theatre companies–focuses on collaborative and original work

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas

American Theatre Magazine
The nation’s only general-circulation magazine devoted to theatre, focusing on America’s wide-ranging network of professional, not-for-profit theatres

The Dramatists Guild
the professional organization of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists

a knowledge commons by and for the theatre community

National New Play Network
an alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays

news, features, performance listings for Broadway, Off-Broadway, London and Regional theatre

Playwrights’ Center
a champion of new plays and playwrights in Minneapolis–productions, resources, networking, fellowships and more

list of graduate programs in playwriting (complied by the Playwrights’ Center)

Freedom, Inc. 
a non-profit engaging low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County, WI and working to end violence against people of color, women, those that non-traditionally gender identify, youth, and our elders, to promote a healthy lifestyle

a community organization of white people working to achieve racial justice and equity in Dane County, Wisconsin

Justified Anger
a movement to unite leadership, vision, policy, and strategy to identify the gaps in services and areas of need, and then plan and implement a long-term strategy to improve the lives of minorities in Madison, resources available, and the damaged image of the state as unfriendly for minorities–JA regularly offers courses for the public in African-American history.

UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center


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