Garry Marshall Theatre’s 5th Annual New Works Festival Submissions Open March 1

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Garry Marshall Theatre (GMT) opens its submission process for the nonprofit’s 5th Annual New Works Festival. Submissions for GMT’s NWF 2022 open March 1, 2022, and will close on April 5, 2022 or when the 350 script cap is reached – whichever is sooner. As in previous New Works Festivals held by Garry Marshall Theatre, the 5th Annual New Works Festival is interested in new work that is uniquely theatrical. Such work should reflect an original concept or theme, and include characters whose language expresses their individual worldview.

The 2022 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. Virtual presentations of the five finalists selected this year will be held in a Festival weekend on September 23-25, 2022.

Playwrights should visit for submission guidelines and all requirements for participation.

GMT’s 2022 New Works Festival will employ a ‘blinded’ submission and review process to select its five finalists. Scripts that move into the semi-final round will be reviewed by the selection committee who will have access to all information regarding the submitted play.

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 presentation process. Finalist playwrights will receive a small honorarium.

The 2021 Virtual New Works Festival included Sapience by Diana Burbano, directed by Fran de Leon; Best Little Youth Theatre in Lexington by Jordan Beswick, directed by Mary Jo DuPrey; Affinity Lunch Minutes by Nick Malakhow, directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis-Bellamy; Pangea by Scott Sickles, directed by Rob Nagle; and Memories of Overdevelopment by Caridad Svich (Developed in Future Labs at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL), directed by Michael John Garcés.

Garry Marshall Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing innovative performances, educational opportunities, and storytelling activities for all ages, year-round. Located in the heart of Burbank and Toluca Lake’s media district, the critically acclaimed and Ovation Award-winning 130-seat 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 continues to cultivate new artists and experiences that spark ideas and build community.


Submissions Open for 2022 New Works Festival
Submissions Accepted: March 1, 2022 – April 5, 2022, or when 350 scripts have
been submitted (whichever is sooner)

GMT’s 5 th Annual New Works Festival
September 23, 24, 25, 2022



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