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New Jersey's foremost supporter of new play development!


Premiere Stages Play Festival

2021 Premiere Play Festival submissions open September, 2020.  


Premiere’s flagship new play program is a regional competition that develops four exciting new plays each year. One play is later fully produced and another is workshopped to further hone the script. The Festival has supported the work of artists like Dominique Morisseau, Keith Josef Adkins, Rogelio Martinez, Vincent Delaney, Tammy Ryan, and many more.


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Healing Voices 2019

The Senior Endeavor Awards


Premiere Stages is pleased to announce a new initiative specifically for New Jersey writers - The Premiere Senior Endeavor Awards - a playwriting competition that focuses on stories related to confronting the challenges of


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Brick City Reading at NJPAC



Premiere Stages commissions New Jersey playwrights through two initiatives: the Liberty Live Commission and the NJPAC Stage Exchange.


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At Liberty Hall (2014)

Bauer Boucher
Playwriting Award


Created through the generosity of staunch Premiere Stages supporters W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher, the Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award recognizes the achievement of Kean University student and alumni playwrights.


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Playwrights Welcome


Playwrights Welcome is a new program to provide free access to theatre for Dramatists Guild of America Members, developed by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. We are proud to take part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights  free of charge. To receive a ticket through Playwrights Welcome, please call the box office 24-48 hours before the performance at 908-737-7469. Writers must present their Dramatists Guild membership card when requesting a ticket.


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