Plays In Progress FAQ

What is Athena Project’s Mission Statement?

Athena Project’s mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women and girls’ artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process.

What types of plays will you accept?

Plays with fewer than 10 actors will be accepted. Ideally, we look for scripts that are theatrically and economically feasible for a small to medium sized theatre company. All other plays are accepted as long as they are written by women. Plays that have been previously developed in other readings, workshops, or at universities are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity. Plays with music that have tracks built for production will be accepted. No musicals are accepted at this time.

Is my play eligible if it has been produced before?

Plays that have been fully mounted are not eligible. Athena Project is primarily looking for scripts that the playwright wants to further develop for eventual full production. We are looking for new plays in earlier stages of development; that have not had full design elements applied. The script should be at a point where the writer is done writing and wants to “hear” it, but is willing to still work on it as rehearsals might dictate.

How will my play be workshopped?

All submissions will be narrowed down to a selection of 3 to 6 finalists and offered one of three models. The workshop production model includes approximately 2-5 hours of video conference time with the dramaturg, director, and playwright and 25 hours of rehearsals including techs. There will be initial meetings with the design team (approximately 2 hrs). The concert reading model includes approximately 2-5 hours of video conference time with the dramaturg, director, and playwright and 10 hours of rehearsals including techs. There will be an initial meeting with the design team (approximately 1 hr). The table reading model includes approximately 2-5 hours of video conference time with the dramaturg, director, and playwright and 1.5 hours of read-through/rehearsal before performance. Each model will have a dramaturg moderated talkback with the audience following each performance.

Do I need to reside in the Denver area?

It is important for the playwright to commit to attending as many rehearsals as possible, as well as the weekend of performance to hear audience feedback to further the development of the play. We also utilize Skype for our out-of-town playwrights as much as possible to include them at minimal cost with regards to travel/housing. If a playwright lives outside the Denver area, she should still submit, but should plan to travel to rehearsals and performances at her own expense.

If I am selected, will I receive compensation?

Yes, there is a small stipend for the three models to cover travel costs. We attempt to help with housing and local transport but this is ultimately the playwright’s expense.

What is the time frame of the PIP Series?

Script submissions are accepted from March 1st until midnight on April 15th, 2019 unless closed early due to overwhelming response. Three to six finalists will be notified by September, 2019. Directors and dramaturgs will be selected in October, casting will be in November-December, and rehearsals will begin in February, 2020. The PIP Series runs approximately March-April 2020. Specific performance times will be scheduled as the PIP Series gets closer.

Why was my submission rejected?

In addition to the script, we ask that you include all of the requested information found in our submission guidelines. We receive a lot of submissions, so please read the information carefully to avoid being disqualified.

What about copyright?

The text of the play will remain at all times the property/copyright of the playwright. Athena Project will require 1) listing in all future publications and programs, 2) that no other public presentations take place between our first and last workshop/reading. Details to be negotiated in good faith upon being selected as a finalist.

What will be expected of finalist playwrights?

Finalists will be very interested in accompanying Athena Project on the journey to expand the canon of women playwrights. We look forward to developing a relationship with both the play and the playwright. We are eager to share a fantastic new play to as broad a global audience as possible.

Does Athena Project accept only un-produced plays?

No, but this submission process is only for unproduced plays. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity. Athena Project does accept “second” production scripts that have not had prior productions in the Denver-area. Please contact to inquire about consideration of a “second” production script.

Other Info:

  • At Athena Project, we believe that “women” means many things and can be a complicated term. We recognize that the term “women” does not automatically include all aspects of the gender spectrum that we would like to submit. We want to create a safer space for the expression and growth for all women, trans and gender nonconforming individuals.
  • Playwrights with all levels of experience encouraged to submit
  • We will accept only full length plays defined as at least 60 pages in standard playscript format
  • We strive to hire women as directors, dramaturgs, designers, and all other PIP Series participants
  • There are no fees to submit

PLEASE NOTE: Athena Project reserves to the right to refuse production to any play deemed not ready for the Workshop Presentation performance timeframe or where the relationship with the playwright is no longer in good faith.