New Play Development

Play Development at the Shaw Festival

Since 2000, the Shaw Festival’s mandate includes plays written by contemporary writers set in the period of Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries (1856 – 1950). The goals of our play development program are to develop and produce new plays that can sit alongside our classical plays, and to develop new adaptations and translations that will tell classic stories in a contemporary way. Throughout the season, established and developing playwrights are in residence at The Shaw, and readings and workshops take place throughout the year.

Submission Guidelines

The Shaw Festival is no longer accepting unsolicited script submissions.

We welcome submissions or recommendations from playwrights, play development organizations, literary agents and theatre colleagues with whom we have an existing professional relationship. All other submissions will be recycled or returned if an SASE is included.

You may also submit new plays to us, if you are a resident of Ontario, by applying to the Theatre Creators Reserve Program.

Contact: Joanna Falck, Literary Manager playdev@shawfest.com