Set up and managed by the Australian Script Centre in collaboration with PlayWriting Australia, Currency Press and Playlab Press, AustralianPlays.org offers the combined catalogues of Australia's leading theatrical publishers together in one place.
The company began in 1971 as a play publishing service but its scope has broadened. Currency is Australia's only specialist performing arts publisher and its oldest independent publisher still active. Our list includes plays and screenplays, professional handbooks, biographies, cultural histories, critical studies and reference works. During the 1990s we began to publish a range of music books including a collection of contemporary Australian print music.
Doollee is an online database of playwrights and theatre plays. As an ongoing project they aim to list every play written or produced in English since 1956, the year John Osborne's seminal play Look Back in Anger was first performed at the Royal Court in London. As a general rule of thumb, if you are a playwright who has had at least one play published or produced in English since 1956 then you are eligible for inclusion on the site
Publishing fine plays since 1885, Dramatic Publishing is committed to developing and serving the artists, educators and writers who comprise the world of theatre. They offer musicals, full-length and one-act plays and high-quality theatrical books suitable for high-school theater, children’s theater, professional theater and community theater. Their catalog includes plays for every cast size, skill level and audience and includes drama, comedy and tragedy, classic, modern and timeless.
Dramaturgia Mexicana is an organization that seeks to link the dramatists of Mexico with those interested in reading, translating and researching about the works produced in the country. Dramaturgiamexicana.com is the instrument through which they can download the works of authors who have registered and contact them. The website is in Spanish, French, and English
Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. For more information, please click here for their website.
New Theatre Publications is the trading name of the publishing house that is owned by members of the Co-operative. This exciting project was launched by writers Paul Beard and Ian Hornby in October 1997. Over 800 published stage plays are featured on this site, a small percentage written for young audiences. Copies can be downloaded free of charge, strictly for evaluation only.
Playmarket is New Zealand's only playwrights' agency & script advisory service. Their focus is the development and representation of New Zealand playwrights and their plays.
PLAYOGRAPHYIreland comprises two comprehensive online searchable databases: Irish Playography (all new professionally produced Irish plays written in English since the formation of the Abbey, Ireland's National Theatre, in 1904) and Playography na Gaeilge (all new plays written and produced in the Irish language since 1901).
Plays for Young Audiences (PYA) is a partnership venture between The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis (CTC) and Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), the two leading theatres for young people in the nation. In 2004, CTC and SCT created PYA to provide a centralized clearinghouse of scripts written for young audiences to professional theatres, amateur/community theaters and schools.
This is a directory of scripts written by members of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC).
Synopses of scripts, both published and unpublished, development and production histories and contact information are provided.
Playwrights Canada Press, the Canadian drama publisher, was created in 1984 as an imprint of the Playwrights Union of Canada, the professional association of Canadian playwrights, now called the Playwrights Guild of Canada. In 2000 the Press was separately incorporated from the Guild.
The Proyecto 34ºS online library showcases African and Latin-American drama selected through the Theatre in Translation / Teatro en Traducción (TT) project. Take your time and browse through an eclectic collection of plays from these two continents (currently works from South Africa and Argentina are available), download those you wish to read in English or in Spanish, and enjoy stepping into the other worlds created by the talented, courageous, sensitive and funny writers featured here.
In 2010 Junkets Publisher put out a call for short plays suitable for performance or rehearsed reading in high schools, i.e. for students aged 13 - 19. 57 plays were submitted. The standard was so high that compilers Robin Malan and Colleen Moroukian decided that there was material easily good enough for two volumes.
Rob K Baum: The Opening
Margaret Clough: Ghosts in the Supermarket
M Cassiem D'arcy: Samson, the Storyteller
Ashraf Johaardien: Miracle
Pter Krummeck: The Future is Now
The Australian Script Centre has been selectively collecting, promoting and distributing contemporary Australian plays in manuscript form since 1979. It is recognised by the Australia Council for the Arts as a Key Organisation providing essential infrastructure services to the theatre sector. The Centre’s work supports playwrights in particular by filling the gap left by the very small number of Australian plays that achieve commercial publication.
During the Convention for the Polish Theatre for Children and Young People organized by the Children's Art Centre in Poznan in March 2005, artists, researchers, organizers of cultural activities and politicians took part in a multi-faceted discussion on the condition of the Polish theatre for young audiences. This inspiring debate was driven by a conviction that access to new theatre plays must be made easier.
Theaterstückverlag is a publishing house for theatre plays and agency in Munich, Germany. Formed in 1993, it specializes in German and European scripts for young audiences, and provides translations that enable high quality plays to overcome language barriers. They also represent many prominent American, UK, Australian, Canadian and Italian writers in the German-speaking market.
A database of scripts from the United Kingdom, from the UK national center of ASSITEJ. The database includes full copies of the scripts in PDF format, avaialble for download, along with contact information for the playwrights.
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