May 22, 2017

Seeking Submissions for the First Midwest Dramatists Conference

The Midwest Dramatists Center ('MDC”) is pleased to announce the first Midwest Dramatists Conference, to take place September 28-30, 2017. MDC is a Kansas City, Missouri-based organization and we invite play submissions from playwrights across the country.

Industry professionals from New York City, including Morgan Allen with New Dramatists, Gerald VanHeerden with the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and producer and theatre administrator George Simon, will attend play readings held during the conference and conduct 50-minute workshops for the playwrights whose plays have been selected for the conference. 

We are currently seeking 10-minute plays with no limitations on theme. The plays must have no more than four characters and be unpublished, but previous productions or readings are acceptable. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2017, and selected playwrights will be notified by August 15. Up to 55 playwrights will be selected. There is no submission fee, the conference will provide actors and directors, and the number of submissions will be capped at 500. Only one submission per playwright is allowed.

For selected playwrights, conference registration is $200, and playwrights whose plays are chosen are required to attend to have their plays read. Conference registration includes opening night reception, continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, a Gala dinner held Saturday night, Saturday morning breakout sessions, as well as feedback on their plays by the adjudicators and the MDC literary manager during the readings. More details about the conference will be announced at

Please send scripts to as a blind submission (no name or other identifying information) and include a brief biography and any production history in a separate document.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S Strang Line Road. There is a special hotel discount for artists visiting from out of town. Please contact us if you need accommodations or help with transportation.

May 2, 2017

David Hanson's "Check Mate" Reading May 8

David Hanson's Check Mate is a new immersive and interactive piece that follows a brilliant young scientist who is hauled back to a warehouse - the site of his greatest achievement - to travel between the multiple realities beyond our own. It's something he vowed never to do again, but a powerful businessman believes ultimate power is beyond the portal. The game of wits between these two wills not only leave the lives of those around them hanging in the balance, but the entire world as each seeks to find a final Check Mate.

7:00pm Monday, May 8th at the Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania. Free and open to the public.

April 11, 2017

Playwright News - April 2017

  • Michelle Tyrene Johnson won the Olathe Civic Theatre Association New Works Competition
  • Vicki Vodrey's The Frowning Ladies of Shady Pines will be presented on April 29 and April 30 by Actor's Choice at the Leawood Stage Company, Leawood, Kansas
  • Michelle Tyrene Johnson's The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip had a staged reading at the National Black Theatre Company in New York on March 21 under the direction of Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins. The Green Book Wine Club will have two workshop productions in New York in July.