Director of New Play Development
Queens Theatre is the only performing arts center in the borough that actively seeks out and develops new works. Through its two New Play Development programs—New American Voices, which develops works that represent the rich cultural diversity of New York City, and Plays A Mother Would Love, which looks for mainstream musicals, comedies and dramas—Queens Theatre has hosted staged readings, workshops and full productions of more than 75 new plays, including Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, which went to receive its Broadway premiere in 2011 in a production that starred Robin Williams.
For a list of past readings and showcase productions at Queens Theatre, click here.
The Immigrant Voices Project, now called “NEW AMERICAN VOICES”
In an effort to be more inclusive, and not limit the program to immigrant writers or immigrant-themed material, Queens Theatre has changed the name of its New Play Development Program from The Immigrant Voices Project to New American Voices (NAV). New American Voices offers playwrights the opportunity to develop their work through play Readings, Showcases and Full Productions at Queens Theatre (QT). Each season, QT selects between four and eight new plays for Play Readings, and two plays for Showcases or Full Productions. Integral to QT’s mission, NAV reflects the experiences of the communities who comprise the borough's populations, offering QT audiences a chance to hear vibrant new voices and perspectives.
Unlike many New York City play development programs, which present Play Readings and Showcases to industry professionals, New American Voices’ audiences are a diverse and dedicated group of theatergoers who cross racial, ethnic, economic, and generational lines. Playwrights receive honest feedback from these passionate “non-professionals” during post-show talkbacks, which provide QT audiences with an opportunity to participate directly in the process of play development.
New American Voices Submission Policies
A year-round initiative, NAV has an open submission policy. We accepts submissions of new plays by all writers, with any cast size, giving preference to work by emerging minority writers and “underrepresented” voices. We are particularly interested in original, provocative plays which respond to contemporary issues from various cultural perspectives.
Depending on the developmental needs of the script, each selected NAV play receives either a Reading, a Showcase Production, or a Full Production. NAV’s artistic leadership works with each playwright to nurture these plays through the development process.
QT is committed to providing opportunities for all writers, regardless of age, ethnicity, 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 fit squarely into the parameters outlined above.
- Please do not send unsolicited scripts.
- Email a letter of inquiry, synopsis, cast breakdown, resume and production history to Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development at email@example.com
- No children's shows or one acts, please.
- Response to inquiry email: 3 months
- Response to requested scripts: 6 months