Call for Playwrights for SPF13

Call for play submissions for the Road Theatre’s 13th annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF13).
Call for play submissions for the Road Theatre’s 13th annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF13).

Call for play submissions for the Road Theatre’s 13th annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF13).

It’s a new year! And maybe a new you! Or maybe… you just need a little motivation to finish your great idea, or have one you’d like to share with the world…

The Road Theatre Company and Founder/Artistic Director Taylor Gilbert, together with Artistic Director Sam Anderson, remain committed to their mission to produce and develop new work for the stage. The play submission process for the Road Theatre’s 13th annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF13) is now open for new material to be considered.


The 13th annual Summer Playwrights Festival will take place from Thursday through Sunday, starting from July 7 to 24, 2022, and is now open for submissions. 

Annually, the festival mounts 20-40 staged readings of new plays in 12 exciting days. 

The festival is now the largest staged reading festival in the nation, with playwrights from across the country and around the world participating. 

Each reading is followed by a talkback with the playwright, director, and Although they receive hundreds of submissions for their festival, new and established playwrights are encouraged to submit. Next summer’s festival will return to in-person readings at The Road on Magnolia in the NoHo Arts District.

“SPF 13 is open and eagerly awaiting submissions for our very next Summer Playwrights Festival,” says Founding Artistic Director, Taylor Gilbert. “SPF 12 was such a successful event that expanded our reach during these unprecedented times. It is our intention to gather together in person to experience live readings next summer”!

Past playwrights have included Steve Yockey, William Mastrosimone, Harrison David Rivers, Jami Brandli, Lisa B. Thompson, Franky D. Gonzalez, D.L. Coburn, Lisa Loomer, Sharr White, Marisa Wegrzyn, Craig Wright, Wendy Macleod, Lucy Thurber, Mo Gaffney, Keith Huff, Brett Neveu, Scooter Pietsch, Craig Pospisil, Julie Marie Myatt, and Martyna Majok. Guest artists have included Bryan Cranston, Laurie Metcalf, Jason Alexander, Zachary Quinto, Ann Cusack, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Tilly, Perry King, Rondi Reed, Tom Irwin, Nancy Travis, Gregory Harrison, Gale Harold, Robert Pine, Michael O’Neill, Harold Gould, Jon Polito, James Eckhouse, Lila Crawford, Zoe Perry, and many, many others.


-Each submission is read and evaluated by our artistic staff with recommendations made to the festival producers, who evaluate the plays and narrow the field to the final 20-40 scripts.
-Each play receives a minimum of two reading evaluations. The SPF 13 staff regrets that we do not provide feedback on any submitted materials.
-Plays of any length or genre are eligible; however, to be included in SPF 13, the work must remain unproduced on the west coast and unpublished through August 8, 2022.
-Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
-No agent is required.
-ONLY electronic copy applications are accepted. No hard copies, please.


-All scripts must be in a PDF file format. Name your file with the title of the play first. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
-Please put your direct contact information on your play (your name and email address).
-Plays must be paginated and include a list of characters.
-Please include a synopsis of your play on the submission form.


-We will accept submissions for SPF 13 between 12:01 am on December 1, 2021, through 11:59 pm on March 1, 2022. We cannot accept any plays past this deadline, so please plan accordingly.
-Plays of all lengths (ten-minute, one-act, full-length, and solo performance) are eligible for submission during this time.
-Official SPF 13 selections will be announced on May 1, 2022.


-$20 for scripts over 30 pages (full length) and $15 for scripts under 30 pages (short form).
-The fee can be submitted via this link below. Upon payment, you will receive two emails in your inbox. The first will be a receipt of payment and the second will include details with script submission instructions.