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. Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee, 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. ​To date, SCR has commissioned more than 200 playwrights who have delivered more than 300 new works.

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​3rd annual Pacific Playwrights Festival will take place April 2​​4-2​​​6, 20​20. Read more about PPF.

Submission Procedures

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts to the literary department at any time. (For this purpose, lawyers and/or law firms do not qualify as "professional representation.") Please note that SCR is unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts from unrepresented playwrights.

Nick Waaland, Daniel Chung, Kyle T. Hester, Aaron Blakely, Larry Powell and Linda Gehringer in ​rehearsal for ​a 201​​9 NewSCRipts reading of ​​The Canadians by ​Adam Bock.
Writers with current commissions are:

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa • Luis Alfaro • Joshua Allen • Adam Bock • Bekah Brunstetter • Julia Cho • Mia Chung • Steve Connell • Kate Cortesi • Olivia Dufault • Evelina Fernandez • Lindsey Ferrentino • Selina Fillinger • Amy Freed • Michael Golamco • Isaac Gomez • Richard Greenberg • 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 • Caroline V. McGraw • Dan Messé • Molly Smith Metzler • Michael Mitnick • Dominique Morisseau • Jessica Moss • Ana Nogueira • Lily Padilla • Jonathan Payne • Brendan Pelsue • Max Posner • Kemp Powers • Tanya Saracho • Heidi Schreck • Jenny Schwartz • Madhuri Shekar • Jen Silverman • Charise Castro Smith • Octavio Solis • Jonathan Spector • Susan Soon-He Stanton • Stephanie Timm • Sanaz Toossi • Sarah Treem • Mfoniso Udofia &bull 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.