Athena Project–located in Denver, Colorado–is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIP Series). This Series will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2018, as part of a larger arts festival celebrating the voices of female artists. Three to four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and workshop level production during the Festival. One play from the PIP Series 2018 will be awarded a full production in March of 2019 based on a combination of a panel of judges and audience vote. Scripts are being accepted from March 3-April 15, 2017.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

  1. Playwright must be female or identify as female and may only submit ONE full-length script.
  1. The play must not have ever had a fully mounted production. Prior workshop presentations are accepted, but the script must be a new version since the time of the workshop.
  1. Submission must include:
    1. Full copy of script (without playwright contact info*)
    2. Character breakdown (without playwright contact info*)
    3. Short synopsis of script (300 word limit, without playwright contact info*)
    4. Resume
    5. Cover letter addressing what the playwright would like to accomplish with the workshop presentation and how she heard about the call for submissions

*Contact info must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on the script or any other documents (submissions will be read blind). All documents should include the Title of the Play, but no playwright contact information.

  1. Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.
  1. We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed if selected, and for at least one workshop production performance at their own expense. We will select 3-4 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected.
  1.  Please contact us via if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is our mission statement?

Athena Project’s mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women and girls’ artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process.

Are there any restrictions as to the type of play you will accept?

Plays with more than 9 characters will not be accepted. All other plays are accepted as long as they are written by a woman or someone who identifies as a woman. No musicals or plays with music that do not already have tracks built for production will be accepted. Our forte is not either genre, but straight plays are! You may resubmit a play to Athena Project if it is has not been previously  selected as a PIP Finalist.

How will my play be work-shopped?

All submissions will be narrowed down to a selection of 3 or 4 finalists which will receive approximately 25 hours of rehearsal in preparation for a Workshop Presentation of their play to run 2-3 times during the festival. All plays will receive equal performances.

What is a Workshop Presentation?

A Workshop Presentation includes the play produced with basic lights, sounds, props, and set pieces. There will be approximately 25 hours of rehearsals and each play will have its own director and dramaturg. Actors will be on book and costumed in all black. There will also be a moderated talkback about the play with the audience following each session led by the play’s dramaturg.

Why is it recommended that I reside in the Denver area?

The goal of the festival is to select one of the Finalist plays written by a female playwright and produce it in 2019. This involves developing a relationship with the playwright throughout rehearsal and time for potential re-writes based on the discoveries made in process. It is important for the playwright to commit to attending as many rehearsals as possible, as well as at least one weekend of performances to hear audience feedback to further the development of the play. However, please know that we utilize Skype for our out of town playwrights as much as possible to include them at minimal cost with regards to travel/housing.

If a playwright lives outside the Denver area, she may still submit, but must plan to travel to rehearsals and performance at all required times at their own expense.

Is my play eligible if it has been produced before?

Plays that have been fully mounted before are not eligible. We are looking for new plays that are in earlier stages of development; that have not had full design elements applied. It should be at a point where the writer is done writing and wants to “hear” it, but is willing to still work on it as rehearsals may dictate. We are not excluding things that have been previously developed in another reading or workshop or university, but are primarily looking for something that Athena Project and the playwright can further develop together for production.

If I am selected, will I receive compensation?

There is no monetary prize for this Festival; however, there is a small stipend for the workshop productions. The final award is one play will be selected for a World Premiere full production in March of 2019 and appropriate royalties will be paid at that time.

What is the time frame of the Workshop Presentations?

Script submissions are accepted from March 3rd until midnight on April 15th, 2017. Three or four Finalists will be notified by September, directors and dramaturgs will be selected in November, casting will be in December-January, and rehearsals will begin in February. The Festival runs approximately March-April 2018. Specific performance times will be scheduled as the Festival gets closer.

Why was my submission rejected?

In addition to the script, we ask that you include all of the requested information found in our submission guidelines. We expect a lot of submissions, so please read the information carefully to avoid being disqualified.

What about copyright?

The text of the play will remain at all times the property/copyright of the playwright. Athena Project will require 1) listing in all future publications and programs, 2) that no other Presentations take place between our first and last workshop/reading, and 3) a right of first refusal for the selected play and runner up following the final Workshop Presentation. Details to be negotiated in good faith upon being a Finalist.

What will be expected of the Finalist playwrights?

Though we are happy to receive all eligible scripts, we are looking for someone who is also interested in accompanying Athena Project on this journey. We look forward to developing a relationship with both the play and the playwright. We are eager to share a fantastic new play to as broad a global audience as possible.

Other Info:

* Women of minority origin are encouraged to submit

* Playwrights with all levels of experience encouraged to submit

* While play submissions must be written by a woman (or women), directors, designers, and all other festival participants are open to everyone

* We will accept one act or full length plays, no shorts, 10 minute plays, or musicals will be accepted at this time. We hope to include these types of performances as the festival grows.

* There are no fees to submit.

PLEASE NOTE: Athena Project reserves to the right to refuse production to any play deemed not ready for the Workshop Presentation performance timeframe or where the relationship with the playwright is no longer in good faith.


  • Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2017
  • Three or four finalists will be selected by September 2017
  • Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by November 2017
  • Casting will be between December-January 2017/18
  • Rehearsals will begin in February 2018
  • Plays In Progress Series (part of Athena Project’s Arts Festival) opens approximately March 2018


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