Script Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for PPTCO's Theater Festival in Black and White


 Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for the Theatre Festival in Black and White

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company presents the Theatre Festival in Black and White for the 12th year. The Theatre Festival in Black and White, also affectionately known as the Black and White Fest, has made its mark in Pittsburgh by creating an environment where theatre artists cross the racial line and come together for entertainment and great theatre.

We are now accepting scripts of one-act plays for our festival. The criteria for script submissions are listed below:

  • Playwright must have spent a minimum of two years living in Pittsburgh.
  • Playwrights must submit their own scripts.
  • The script submitted may not exceed twenty-five pages and must be performed in thirty minutes or less.
  • The script cannot have more than four characters.
  • The script should not be heavily involved with props or set pieces. The play is a part of a festival and will have to be able to switch out quickly.
  • Scripts should tell a complete story.
  • All script submissions have to be mailed in.
  • Submissions must be submitted with:
    • Page numbers
    • A synopsis must be submitted with each submission.
    • The playwrights’ name should not appear on the script itself.
    • A separate cover page with the title of the play, the playwrights’ name and contact information (email address and phone number)
    • A current color photograph of the playwright must be submitted.
  • Script submissions should be mailed to

    Falling Rock
    Attn: Pittsburgh Playwrights Black and White Fest
    3515 Iowa Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  • Script submissions postmarked after April 20th, 2016 will not be accepted.
  • If you are submitting more than one script the 1st is free, the second is $25. Each submission must be separate and follow the guidelines.

 A panel will review all scripts; you will be notified if your script is being produced or not. If you have any questions, please email Eric A. Smith.


Upcoming productions

Our 2015-2016 Season

Miss Julie, Clarissa and John

By Mark Clayton Southers
Directed by Monteze Freeland
March 12-27 2016

Inspired by August Strindberg’s groundbreaking 1888 naturalistic drama Miss Julie, Mark Clayton Southers relocates the action from Sweden to a Reconstruction-era Virginia plantation. The dangerous attraction between the landowner’s daughter and his top servant takes on new shades as its taboo nature expands from crossing boundaries of social class to also encompass racial lines. The situation is heightened further by Southers’ extensive development of the third onstage character from Strindberg’s play, who in this searing version becomes central to the conflict through her identity as the mulatto daughter of a slave woman. The result in our world premiere production is an intense struggle that illuminates cultural dynamics of two key moments in U.S. history: then and now.

Featuring Chrystal Bates, Kevin Brown, and Tami Dixon


Theatre Festival in Black and White

The Theatre Festival in Black and White

June 2016

Our signature one-act theatre festival returns for its twelfth year with another selection of entertaining short plays. We've scheduled it in conjunction with the Three Rivers Arts Festival, so you can come downtown and catch both. If you're a playwright, check out our script submission announcement.

Our new partner Construction Junction!

Construction Junction logoWelcome to our new partner Construction Junction!

Construction Junction generously supplies our theatre with a variety of building and construction materials.

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