About New Plays for Young Audiences
New Plays for Young Audiences is a play development series devoted to the work of the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) playwright and the development of TYA plays while also providing NYU students the opportunity to study and experience the process first-hand. Housed in the historic Provincetown Playhouse and supported by NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theatre, NPYA was founded in 1998 by Lowell and Nancy Swortzell as a supportive space to nurture and evaluate new TYA scripts.
Keeping with the goals of the Program in Educational Theatre, our series offers both students and theatre professionals the opportunity to test new ideas and methods within the field of TYA.
In conjunction with the series, the Program in Educational Theatre runs a graduate course, Theatre Practices: Problems in Play Production, the Development of New Plays, which studies theories and methods of play development utilizing the series as a laboratory. Students in the class both observe rehearsals and interact with the playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs over the course of the series. Also this summer during the same period as the series, the Program in Educational Theatre is running a course, Introduction to Theatre for Young Audiences, which explores the approaches and challenges in writing theatrical works for children. Students will study both classic and current texts.
For some background on how the season is chosen, HowlRound has published "From Soup to Nuts: Choosing a TYA Play Development Season" written by our producer.
Call for scripts
Beginning June 27, 2016, New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts for young audiences (ages 4-21) for our 20th season, June 2017. The final date that submissions for 2017 will be accepted is October 31, 2016.
- In your email submission, please include your name, the name of the play, and where we can contact you.
- Also include in your submission your goals for the week of development – questions about the script you hope to answer, characters you want to further develop, story areas you want to look closer at, etc. Scripts received without goals are automatically disqualified, as this is an important part of our process.
- If you are submitting an adaptation, we ask that you include proof that the original author has agreed to you adapting their work.
- Finally, also rank, from most to least preferred, the development week that works best for you. Please also note any scheduling conflicts you have during that 3 week period. We cannot guarantee a preferred slot, but this information will help facilitate the scheduling process once scripts are selected. The 2017 series is slated to run June 4-25: June 4-11, June 11-18, and June 18-25.
Please note that we only accept previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts. If your script has had a fully produced production, we cannot accept it. We accept musical submissions, but do not generally develop a musical every season. If you are uncertain if your script meets this requirement or believe there is cause for an exemption, feel free to contact us (David Montgomery or Teresa Fisher).
We welcome scripts of any cast size, but are limited to 10 actors due to the size of our stage. If your script requires more than 10 actors, include doubling suggestions with your submission.
To submit your new previously unpublished and unproduced play for young audiences for consideration in our 2017 series, send your script between June 27 and October 31, 2016, to Artistic Director, David Montgomery. We reply to all submissions within 7 days of receiving them.
Auditions for New Plays for Young Audiences's 2017 series will be held in April or May for non-equity actors. Sign up will be online. You will be asked to prepare a one minute monologue and bring a headshot or similar picture. You will need to know your June schedule, including any potential conflicts. Each week's script rehearses 6-10pm Sunday through Friday and on Saturday afternoon or evening. Readings are on Saturday afternoon or evening and on Sunday in the afternoon. Actors can be cast in one, two, or all three weeks, depending on availability and script needs. Students taking the Theatre Practices course can audition for the series, but will be cast in no more than one script. This is an educational experience; no financial compensation is available to actors. We can only accept AEA actors who are current NYU students. All others must be non-Equity.