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SCRIPT Submissions

Updated April 2024

Goodman Theatre reads script submissions on a year-round, rolling basis. If you’d like for us to read and consider your work, please read the below information carefully for submission guidelines.

All unproduced play submissions will be read with both developmental and production opportunities in mind.

Playwrights with Agents
Please have your theatrical literary agent submit your play directly to Goodman’s literary office at

Chicago-Based Playwrights without Agents
In an effort to meet a wider breadth of local writers, especially early-career writers, Goodman accepts script excerpts from unrepresented Chicagoland writers. Please submit the following to

  • A 10-page dialogue sample from a full-length work. Choose the 10 pages that you feel best represent your work. (This may be the first 10 pages but does not need to be.)
  • A 1-page synopsis of the play
  • A professional resume

Please do not send full scripts. Our staff will solicit selected full scripts after reading the dialogue samples. Please allow several months for a response..

Non-Local Playwrights without Agents
Because of the size of our staff and the volume of scripts we receive each year, Goodman does not accept script submissions from writers outside the Chicagoland area who do not currently have an agent.