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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 season is canceled. However, we will maintain a social media presence as we continue to encourage TYA new play development. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we celebrate our past, explore the present, and look to the future!
We will return in June 2021 for our 23rd season with three new plays and a graduate course in play development. Public rehearsed readings are performed each weekend of the series. Our work honors the history of the Provincetown Playhouse where the early plays of Eugene O’Neill, Susan Glaspell, and Edna St. Vincent Millay were first presented. However, this series changes focus by devoting its efforts to development of new works for children, youth, and family audiences written by both NYU students and noted authors in New York City, the US, and abroad.
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.
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.
All rehearsed readings are in the Provincetown Playhouse. Tickets are FREE. There are no advance reservations. Tickets will be available at the theatre’s box office beginning an hour before each reading.
Auditions for New Plays for Young Audience's 2021 series will be held in April 2021 (dates to be announced in February 2021) for non-equity actors. For questions, contact Teresa at email@example.com. There is no financial compensation for this learning opportunity, but we do provide a 7-day unlimited Metrocard to actors.
Call for scripts
Beginning July 1, 2021, New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts for young audiences for our 24th season, June 2022. The final date that submissions for 2022 will be accepted is October 31, 2021. Please note that, due to the cancelation of the 2020 season and the moving of the 2020 scripts to 2021, we are not accepting submissions in 2020 for the 2021 season.
- 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.
- Also include in your submission how you see your script fitting into the TYA field as we are dedicated to nurturing and encouraging the continued development of TYA. If your script is not specifically intended for a young audience (any range that falls between ages 5 and 18 such as 5-9, 11-15, etc.) or otherwise appropriate for youth and family audiences, we encourage you to seek out a more appropriate venue.
- 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. We cannot guarantee a preferred slot, but this information will help facilitate the scheduling process once scripts are selected. The 2022 series is slated to run in three one-week segments: June 5-12, 12-19, and 19-26.
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 2022 series, send your script between July 1 and October 31, 2021, to Producer/Production Manager, Teresa Fisher. We reply to all submissions within seven days of receiving them.