New Play Programs

Launched in 1985, SCR's Collaboration Laboratory—known as Colab—is an integrated play-development program that employs diverse strategies to aid playwrights in creating new work including:

Playwright Commissions
Commissions are SCR's most effective means of supporting and developing long-term relationships with writers. Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg, Brooklyn Boy by Donald Margulies, Golden Child by David Henry Hwang​, The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed and A Doll's House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath were all successful products of SCR commissions. ​

NewSCRipts is a staged reading series that allows playwrights the chance to hear their developing plays read and to receive audience feedback. Playwright participation is by invitation only for projects submitted according to the procedures outlined below. Read more about NewSCRipts.

The Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF)
PPF annually presents seven new plays—readings, workshops and productions—during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theatres nationwide. Participation is by invitation only for projects submitted according to the procedures outlined below. The ​2​2nd annual Pacific Playwrights Festival will take place April 2​6-2​​8, 201​9. Read more about PPF.

Submission Procedures

SCR accepts submissions for full-length plays, musicals, translations and adaptations and works for young audiences (approximately fourth-grade level). All unproduced plays are considered for possible inclusion in the NewSCRipts reading series, the Pacific Playwrights Festival and for production on SCR stages. 

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that—for this purpose—lawyers and law firms do not qualify as "professional representation."

Playwrights without representation may send a cover letter, brief synopsis, complete list of characters and 10-page excerpt to Materials may be sent as either PDFs or Word documents. After review, we will contact you if we wish to read the entire script. Unsolicited full-length scripts will not be reviewed. is for script submissions only; please use SCR’s contact page for any submission-related questions.

Please note that SCR's submission window for unrepresented writers will close on June 1, 2019, and will reopen in the fall. We remain committed to reading every script submitted and this shift will allow us to continue to treat all submissions with the care and attention they deserve. We thank you for your understanding.
A Doll's House NewSCRipt Reading
​Rob Nagle, Carmela Corbett, Mia Barron and Lynn Milgrim in ​rehearsal for ​a 201​6 NewSCRipts reading of ​A Doll's House, Part 2 by ​Lucas Hnath.
Writers with current commissions are:

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa • Luis Alfaro • Joshua Allen • Adam Bock • Bekah Brunstetter • Julia Cho • Mia Chung • Steve Connell • Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig • Julia Doolittle • Olivia Dufault • Evelina Fernandez • Lindsey Ferrentino • Selina Fillinger • Amy Freed • Michael Golamco • Isaac Gomez • Dipika Guha • Lauren Gunderson • Adam Gwon • Jennifer Haley • Sean Hartley • Beth Henley • Ike Holter • Chisa Hutchinson • Naomi Iizuka • David Jacobi • Marc Bamuthi Joseph • Rajiv Joseph • Claire Kiechel • Dan LeFranc • Kimber Lee • Mike Lew • Matthew Lopez • Alex Lubischer • Martyna Majok • Laura Marks • John Maclay • Caroline V. McGraw • Dan Messé • Molly Smith Metzler • Michael Mitnick • Dominique Morisseau • Jessica Moss • Qui Nguyen • Ana Nogueira • Jonathan Payne • Brendan Pelsue • Max Posner • Kemp Powers • Melissa Ross • Brett Ryback • Tanya Saracho • Heidi Schreck • Jenny Schwartz • Madhuri Shekar • Jen Silverman • Charise Castro Smith • Octavio Solis • Susan Soon-He Stanton • Stephanie Timm • Sarah Treem • Mfoniso Udofia • Craig Wright • Lauren Yee • Karen Zacarías

Photo: Bill Geisslinger, Lynn Milgrim and Shannon Cochran in ​SCR's 2017 world premiere of A Doll's House, Part 2 by ​Lucas Hnath. Photo by Debora Robinson.