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.

Are there any restrictions as to the type of play you will accept?

Plays with more than 9 characters will not be accepted. All other plays are accepted as long as they are written by a woman or someone who identifies as a woman. No musicals or plays with music that do not already have tracks built for production will be accepted. Our forte is not either genre, but straight plays are!

How will my play be workshopped?

All submissions will be narrowed down to a selection of 3 or 4 finalists which will receive approximately 25 hours of rehearsal in preparation for a Workshop Presentation of the play to run 2-3 times during the festival. All plays will receive an equal number of performances.

What is a Workshop Presentation?

A Workshop Presentation includes the play produced with basic lights, sounds, props, and set pieces. There will be approximately 25 hours of rehearsals and each play will have its own director and dramaturg. Actors will be on book and costumed in black. There will also be a moderated talkback about the play with the audience following each session led by the play’s dramaturg.

What is a Concert Reading?

Should Athena Project select a play for a concert reading, we commit up to 10 hours of rehearsal for all concert reading productions. A director, dramaturg, and cast will be assigned to each play, which will be performed in front of an audience.

What is a Table Reading?

Should Athena Project select a play for a table reading, we commit to presenting a public table cold-read with a director, dramaturg, and cast assigned to each play.

Why is it recommended that I reside in the Denver area?

One of the hopes of the festival is to select one of the Finalist plays written by a female playwright and fully produce it in 2019. This involves developing a relationship with the playwright throughout rehearsal and time for potential re-writes based on the discoveries made in process. It is important for the playwright to commit to attending as many rehearsals as possible, as well as at least one weekend of performances to hear audience feedback to further the development of the play. However, please know that we 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 may still submit, but must plan to travel to rehearsals and performance at all required times at her own expense.

Is my play eligible if it has been produced before?

Plays that have been fully mounted before are not eligible. We are looking for new plays that are in earlier stages of development; that have not had full design elements applied. It 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 may dictate. We are not excluding things that have been previously developed in another reading or workshop or university, but are primarily looking for something that Athena Project and the playwright can further develop together for production.

If I am selected, will I receive compensation?

There is no monetary prize for this Festival; however, there is a small stipend for the workshop productions. If one play is selected for a World Premiere full production in September of 2019, appropriate royalties will be paid at that time.

What is the time frame of the Workshop Presentations?

Script submissions are accepted from March 3rd until midnight on April 15th, 2018 unless closed early due to overwhelming response. Three or four Finalists will be notified by September, directors and dramaturgs will be selected in October, casting will be in November-December, and rehearsals will begin in February. The Festival runs approximately March-April 2019. Specific performance times will be scheduled as the Festival 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 expect 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 Presentations take place between our first and last workshop/reading, and 3) a right of first refusal for the selected play and runner up following the final Workshop Presentation. Details to be negotiated in good faith upon being a Finalist.

What will be expected of finalist playwrights?

Though we are happy to receive all eligible scripts, we are looking for someone who is also interested in accompanying Athena Project on this journey. 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 unproduced plays?

No, but this submission process is only for unproduced plays. 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:

  • Women of minority origin are encouraged to submit
  • Playwrights with all levels of experience encouraged to submit
  • While play submissions must be written by a woman (or women), directors, designers, and all other festival participants are open to everyone
  • We will accept one act or full length plays, no shorts, 10 minute plays, or musicals will be accepted at this time
  • 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.