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Challenge ideas. Inspire creativity. Find the inestimable beauty of life through art.

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To be a premiere theatrical outlet downriver.

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Intelligent and thought-provoking stories.

3rd Annual Detroit New Works Festival

is scheduled for June 22-23, 2019 at the Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit

Submissions are no longer being accepted for this year's festival

The Detroit New Works Festival aims to showcase playwrights, promote new plays and musicals which focus on the subjects of equality and diversity, mental health, and/or social issues, and encourage community in the theatrical process.


Through the DNWF, Outvisible Theatre Company produces five staged readings of new plays, holds post-show discussions for play development, and one show will be given the opportunity be produced as a World Premiere the following season.

Festival Guidelines

  • Full-length or one-act plays and musicals accepted (no song cycles or adaptations), 60 minutes in length or longer

  • Must address one of the following: equality and diversity, mental health, and/or social issues

  • Must have never been produced prior to June 22, 2019

  • Must have the ability to be produced with minimal set, costume, and prop requirements in accordance with Outvisible’s commitment to imaginative and minimalistic theatre

  • Must be able to be produced with eight actors or less

  • Musicals must be able to be played with only one pianist (production winner may be able to add additional instrumental scoring)

  • Must be able to attend festival June 22-23, 2019 in the Detroit area (travel costs will be defrayed through $10 entry fee)

  • In order the win the DNWF, the work must not be scheduled for future production

Submission Guidelines for all works

  • Playwright/creative team gives Outvisible permission to publicize play in print, electronically, or on any other media; playwright/creative team are also expected to participate in publicizing their reading should their play be selected as a finalist

  • If published, Outvisible must be able to produce a (free to the public) staged reading of work without paying royalty or licensing fees

  • If chosen as a finalist, playwright/creative team is welcome to attend casting and/or rehearsals for their staged reading, but Outvisible cannot offset any cost incurred

  • If chosen as the winner of the DNWF and playwright/creative team accepts the prize package of their work being developed for a World Premiere produced with Outvisible, playwright/creative team has the right to be present at casting, rehearsals, and performances and is welcomed throughout the creative process, throughout which the artistic integrity of their work will be upheld; Outvisible will provide a travel stipend to playwright/creative team to attend the opening of the World Premiere

  • If chosen as a finalist and playwright/creative team accepts the prize package of their work being developed and produced as a World Premiere with Outvisible, working relationship between both parties are expected to remain amiable and open to feedback

  • Playwright/creative team retain creative license and all copyrights to their work and, if chosen as the winner, will receive a production contract – vastly similar to a Dramatist Guild world premiere contract – amenable to both Outvisible and playwright

  • Playwright/creative team agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Outvisible Theatre Company, its parent company, Center Stage Studios, and any of Center Stage Studio’s affiliates from any liability that may occur relating to your performance for the festival in general as well as in any subsequent future development and/or production of work

Submission Guidelines specific to musicals

Musicals must be submitted with the following:

  • Piano/vocal score which is able to be played solely by one pianist

  • Recording of all songs (including any instrumental interludes, overtures, etc) in digital format: songs uploaded to a shared Google Drive (shared with adriane@artsdetroit.org) preferred, but will consider most digital submissions (please make sure they are presented in order in which they would be performed in the show)

  • If selected as a finalist, creative team must provide digital reference tracks for all songs for cast vocals



Outvisible will accept entries until 11:59pm EST on November 15, 2018. Please read submission guidelines carefully as entries which do not meet guidelines will not be considered.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Script concept and structure

  • Feasibility of production in a small, black box space with no more than 8 actors and limited set/props

  • Likelihood of being produced successfully to appeal to Outvisible's audience

  • Overall quality of work submitted


10 semi-finalists will be chosen.



If selected as one of 10 semifinalists, entrants will be notified on or before January 1, 2019.

  • A panel of readers from around the community will further assess works with the same evaluative criteria in mind as round one

  • Readers will provide brief comments on scripts which will be passed on to playwrights

  • Reading panel to be announced shortly


Five finalists will be selected through this round.



If selected as one of five finalists, entrants will be notified on or before February 1, 2019.

If you submit a drama or comedy, this means:

  • We will assemble a cast and read your show; three shows will be read June 22 and two will be read June 23

  • For musicals, an accompanist will be present to play live

  • One-two rehearsals will be scheduled with the cast reading your script, which you are welcome to attend; travel to rehearsal(s) is not provided

  • A 30 minute talkback will occur after the reading to aid in your script's development

  • Playwright is welcome to be involved in the casting process and/or submit specific requirements for casting and selection of creative team

  • Finalists living more than 50 miles from Detroit will receive one night hotel accommodation in a Detroit-area hotel and a $250 travel reimbursement stipend at the close of the festival.


One winner will be chosen on June 23, 2019.



One winner will be chosen and announced on June 23, 2019 on the last day of the Festival.

Winner will be chosen based on:

  • Production most likely to be successfully staged at Outvisible

  • Potential of script for production

  • Audience feedback and reception

  • Ability for Outvisible to be granted World Premiere rights

  • Potential for a working relationship between Outvisible staff and playwright/writing team


The winner will receive:

  • The opportunity to continue workshopping their script over the next year with Outvisible

  • Continued feedback on work revisions

  • A fully staged World Premiere production of their play, produced by Outvisible

  • A $500 stipend within 30 days of closing night plus paid travel expenses to opening night

  • Talkbacks held in production previews as well as, potentially, during the run unless playwright prohibits this

About the venue

The Marlene Boll Theatre is located inside of the Boll Family YMCA:

1401 Broadway

Detroit, MI 48226

Photos from the 2018 DNWF

The playwrights with the DNWF festival producer/Outvisible Artistic Director, Adriane Galea

The cast and director of GIFTED AND TALENTED with playwright, Sonya Sobieski

The cast and director of THE GROWING STONE with playwright, Peter Snoad

The cast and director of NETTLED with playwright, Kristian O'Hare

The cast and director of WOKE with playwright, Avery Sharpe

The cast and director of RIPPED with playwright, Rachel Bublitz