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Calling All Playwrights!!

Theatre Arlington Executive Producer, Steven D. Morris has announced a Playwriting Contest as a part of the theater’s 50th anniversary celebrations. We are highlighting new work for our Pinnacle Bank Play-Reading Club this year. Morris is thrilled to be able to give a voice to aspiring writers in the community.

Theatre Arlington is looking for a wide range of selections that represent the entire community. Underrepresented voices and BIPOC authors are strongly encouraged to submit their works. 


Plays will be accepted from March 23 through May 23, 2023. Any subject matter is welcome but extremely graphic material will not be considered. This year’s winning play will be announced on July 27th and a staged reading will be presented at the theater’s Pinnacle Bank Play-Reading Club on September 22 & 23 of this year. The play will be directed and performed by theater professionals and the playwright will be invited to participate in a talkback after the performance. 


Submission guidelines are not complicated: the new works should have standard play formatting with a cast size of 6 or less characters, approximately 1 or 2 acts and 90 minutes in total length. 


Playwrights may send a paper copy of their script to: Steven D. Morris Theatre Arlington 305 W. Main Street Arlington, TX 76010 Printable PDFs of the script may also be emailed to All submissions must be postmarked or email date-stamped by May 23, 2023. Theatre Arlington is looking forward to recognizing local artists and hearing their stories!


For more information about Theatre Arlington’s NEW Playwriting Contest: contact


ABOUT THEATRE ARLINGTON: Located in the center of Arlington's Cultural Arts District, Theatre Arlington is one of the largest semi-professional, non-profit theaters in the Southwest with roots that date back to 1973 and a gypsy theater group known as The Potluck Players. Forty-eight years later, the staff and board of directors are still as dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in North Texas by presenting superior, diverse, artistic experiences through performance, production and education as they were during their humble beginnings.


In addition to a regular season featuring seven productions, an all-youth musical and a club series, the theater runs a year-round theater school including spring break and summer camps, and partners with the Arlington ISD and local community organizations to provide free and low-cost art enrichment programs for area children and teens. The theater is also proud to perform under an Actors’ Equity Small Professional Theatre contract. Theatre Arlington has become a key player in enriching the city’s cultural environment.