Signature Theatre is committed to the development of new work and has the largest musical theater commissioning programs in the country. Signature Theatre however does not accept unsolicited scripts.


Accepting Play Submissions May 11 – June 15, 2016

This season Signature Theatre continues its commitment to new work with the SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings, an initiative to highlight and support the work of DC-area playwrights. This series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. Signature Theatre is accepting submissions for full-length plays (no musicals) from May 11 – June 15, 2016. Interested playwrights should upload the following materials to the link below:

Please submit full scripts with:

  • A clear cast/character breakdown •
  • Synopsis •
  • Name, address, phone number and email address

Upload Materials

Playwrights whose scripts are selected will have the opportunity to rehearse their plays with professional actors the day of the reading. Joe Calarco will serve as dramaturg for all readings. A full list of the chosen plays will be released early in the fall of 2016.

2016/17 SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings Schedule
Free – No Tickets Required
Ali’s Bar at Signature Theatre

October 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM

November 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM

February 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM

March 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM

June 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM

New Work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by The Reva & David Logan Foundation.