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Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival Submissions

Garry Marshall Theatre (GMT) is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual New Works Festival to be held virtually September 24-26, 2021.

The 2021 GMT New Works Festival will present five finalist playwrights in livestream virtual readings. Each script will be paired with Los Angeles actors and directors collaborating with the playwrights in their development process. GMT producer, Joseph Leo Bwarie, welcomes back festival producers Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx and Kimberly Arnold.

Garry Marshall Theatre’s mission is to present innovative performances, offer educational opportunities, and champion connection through storytelling.

With this in mind, GMT New Works Festival will focus on new work that is uniquely theatrical. Festival producers are interested in diverse new work that reflects an original concept or theme, and characters whose language expresses their individual worldview.

GMT 2021 New Works Festival will use a ‘blinded’ submission and review process to select the five finalists. GMT is accepting full-length plays that reflect a complete evening of theatre, with requiring no more than six actors (doubling is permitted if clearly indicated in the script). Eligible plays should not have received a past professional production. Script submissions require a $20 fee that supports the festival submission and review process. Finalist playwrights will receive a small honorarium.

Last year’s five finalists brought together more than 50 actors, directors, stage managers, producers and playwrights to collaborate in the development process of five new works.

The 2020 finalists were: “From out Beyond My Shame” by Shawn Christopher Lovell Nabors, “O-Dogg: An Angeleno Take on Othello” by Alex Alpharaoh, “Crabs in a Bucket” by Bernardo Cubria, “Twenty-Two” by Erin Considine, and “Thoughts and Prayers” by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich.


Submissions Accepted: March 15, 2021 – April 19, 2021

Virtual Festival Dates:

GMT’s New Works Festival
September 24, 25, 26, 2021

Submission Info>>

Submission Fee


About Garry Marshall Theatre 

Garry Marshall Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating community. Our mission is to present innovative performances, offer educational opportunities, and champion connection and conversation through diverse storytelling and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Burbank and Toluca Lake’s media district, the critically acclaimed and Ovation Award-winning theatre was founded in 1997 as the Falcon Theatre by Hollywood legend Garry Marshall. Reestablished as the nonprofit Garry Marshall Theatre in 2017, the theatre strives to promote diverse artists and offer experiences that inspire community.

Lisa Bianconi
Author: Lisa Bianconi