New Play Programs

Launched in 1985, SCR's Collaboration Laboratory—known as Colab—is an integrated play-development program that employs diverse strategies to aid playwrights in creating new work including:

Playwright Commissions
Commissions are SCR's most effective means of supporting and developing long-term relationships with writers. Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg, Brooklyn Boy by Donald Margulies, Golden Child by David Henry Hwang​, The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed and A Doll's House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath were all successful products of SCR commissions. ​

NewSCRipts is a staged reading series that allows playwrights the chance to hear their developing plays read and to receive audience feedback. Playwright participation is by invitation only for projects submitted according to the procedures outlined below. Read more about NewSCRipts.

The Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF)
PPF annually presents seven new plays—readings, workshops and productions—during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theatres nationwide. Participation is by invitation only for projects submitted according to the procedures outlined below. The ​2​1st annual Pacific Playwrights Festival will take place April 20-22, 2018. Read more about PPF.

Submission Procedures

Playwrights without representation may send a query letter, brief synopsis, complete list of characters and 10-page excerpt to:

Literary Department 
South Coast Repertory
P. O. Box 2197
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2197

After review, we will contact you if we wish to read the entire script. Unsolicited full-length scripts will not be reviewed.

Please Note: We do not accept materials submitted electronically.

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that—for this purpose—lawyers and law firms do not qualify as "professional representation."

SCR accepts submissions for full-length plays, musicals, translations and adaptations and works for young audiences (approximately fourth-grade level). Unproduced plays are considered for possible inclusion in the NewSCRipts reading series, the Pacific Playwrights Festival and for production on SCR stages. Submissions are accepted year-round; there is no submission deadline for any opportunity.

A Doll's House NewSCRipt Reading
​Rob Nagle, Carmela Corbett, Mia Barron and Lynn Milgrim in ​rehearsal for ​a 201​6 NewSCRipts reading of ​A Doll's House, Part 2 by ​Lucas Hnath.
Writers with current commissions are:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa • Luis Alfaro • Joshua Allen • Sofia Alvarez • Adam Bock • Rachel Bonds • Julia Cho • Mia Chung • Culture Clash • Steve Connell • Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig • Julia Doolittle • Olivia Dufault • Evelina Fernandez • Lindsey Ferrentino • Amy Freed • Michael Golamco • Lauren Gunderson • Adam Gwon • Jennifer Haley • Sean Hartley • Beth Henley • Ike Holter • Naomi Iizuka • Indian Ink • Marc Bamuthi Joseph • Rajiv Joseph • Claire Kiechel • Dan LeFranc • Kimber Lee • Mike Lew • Matthew Lopez • Alex Lubischer • Martyna Majok • Laura Marks • John Maclay • Dan Messé • Molly Smith Metzler • Dominique Morisseau • Qui Nguyen • Ana Nogueira • Jonathan Payne • Brendan Pelsue • Max Posner • Kemp Powers • Adam Rapp • Theresa Rebeck • Melissa Ross • Brett Ryback • Tanya Saracho • Heidi Schreck • Jenny Schwartz • Madhuri Shekar • Jen Silverman • Charise Castro Smith • Octavio Solis • Susan Soon-He Stanton • Daniel Tierney • Stephanie Timm • Beau Willimon • Craig Wright • Lauren Yee • Karen Zacarías

Photo: Bill Geisslinger, Lynn Milgrim and Shannon Cochran in ​SCR's 2017 world premiere of A Doll's House, Part 2 by ​Lucas Hnath. Photo by Debora Robinson.