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Full production of the play in Los Angeles produced by The New American Theatre. Performance of the piece will be under the supervision of Jack Stehlin, utilizing the talents of the acting company of the New American Theatre. All playwrights whose work makes it to the level of semi-finalist will be given first consideration for any full-length work they may have to be included in the New American Theatre Full-Length reading series, which takes place in January and February.

Type of work

One act plays which have not been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA (plays with simple staging requirement s are favored). Running time must be twenty-five minutes or less.



Notification will only be given to semifinalists and winners.



Subject restrictions

No subject restrictions



Number of copies

One submission per email. Multiple submissions are accepted.

Submission requirements

Please submit full script as an e-mail attachment. Contact information should be on the cover page of script. Body of the e-mail should include title of the work, author’s name, address and contact information.

Please put ONE ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Snail-mail submissions are not accepted at this time.


We will be announcing the 2017 festival deadlines shortly. Stay tuned!

The New American Theatre

The New American Theatre is a critically-acclaimed actor-led theatre company best known for producing classic plays as well as exploring and supporting new and challenging work in the American theatre. The New American Theatre is dedicated to the support and growth of all artists who participate in the collective imagination that is theatre.

Named by CBS Los Angeles as one of the top five 99-seat theatre’s in Los Angeles, The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) has also enjoyed critical acclaim, awards and nominations from the Los Angeles Times, LA Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage West, LA Weekly, LA Stage Alliance Ovations, and many others. Please visit our website for more information:

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Review: Best of the Circus Theatricals Festival of One Act Plays 2010

"this hourlong evening of short two- or three-character one-acts introduces the work of a quartet of spectacular new playwrights, each heralding a promising career at a time when new voices are sorely needed."

..."This short and sweet festival not only provides a slate of worthy vehicles created by a group of writers from whom hopefully we'll all hear a lot more, but it also offers an event clearly able to display the unique talents of a dynamic ensemble of highly committed artists. " Read the entire review...



Full Length Submissions

Full Length Submissions – Full length submissions accepted by referral or request only. Any unsolicited submissions will be discarded without being read.


Ongoing Opportunities

We welcome playwright/members. Please go to membership page to read about it.



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