New Play Development
New American Voices (NAV), Queens Theatre's renowned new play development program, is dedicated to supporting writers who represent the rich cultural diversity of the evolving populations of the borough of Queens, New York City and the United States. Since its inception in 2002, approximately one hundred new works have received Play Readings, Showcases and Full Productions on Queens Theatre's three stages (click here for a full list). Audiences have the unique opportunity to participate directly in the development process through post-show discussions with the playwrights, directors and actors.
Unlike many New York City play development programs, which present Play Readings to industry insiders, New American Voices’ audiences are a diverse and dedicated group of theatergoers who cross ethnic, economic, and generational lines. Many writers whose early drafts or premiere productions of their work were presented through NAV have gone on to prominent careers in theatre, including Kristoffer Diaz, Qui Nguyen, Heather Raffo, Rajiv Joseph, Saviana Stanescu, Caridad Svich, Cori Thomas, Thomas Bradshaw, Lloyd Suh, Yusef El Guindi and Lauren Yee.
All readings are free of charge, but reservations are strongly encouraged.
New American Voices Submission Policies
The 2017 Submissions Window is June 1 to September 30.
Queens Theatre is committed to providing opportunities for all writers, regardless of age or experience. We do not require that a writer has representation, or that scripts are submitted through an agent. However, we only accept submission of plays which respond directly to our Mission Statement, below. Additionally, each year, the type of plays we are looking for is subject to change..
During the 2017 Submission Window, Queens Theatre is looking for new work by Middle Eastern and African writers only.
New American Voices Mission Statement: NAV accepts submissions of unpublished plays, giving preference to unproduced work by emerging minority writers and underrepresented voices. We are particularly interested in plays which reflect contemporary issues from various perspectives including race, culture, language, disability, nationality and gender. We accept full-length plays only, at least 70 minutes. No children's shows, and please, one play per writer during each submission window. We are not considering musical submissions at this time.
Depending on the playwrights’ goals, and the developmental needs of the script, each selected NAV play receives a Reading, a Showcase Production, or a Full Production.
Email a letter of inquiry, synopsis, cast breakdown, resume and production history to Director of New Play Development Rob Urbinati Development at email@example.com. In the subject line, be sure to include the following: “NAV Submission,” and the title of the play. Please do not send unsolicited scripts. Allow one year for response. Page samples may be requested following an email inquiry.