Audiences at the Actors Studio of Newburyport have the opportunity to directly influence the creation of the next great American drama, comedy or musical. The door is open for writers, actors and directors to participate in the dynamic process. If you would like to submit a work for consideration, contact Marc Clopton at or 978.465.1229.


    Writers ! It's time for Much More Holiday Meshugas . Every two years since 2012 The Actors Studio of Newburyport (TASN) has presented collections of original short plays and monologues focused on the winter holidays under the titles: Holiday Meshugas, 2012; More Holiday Meshugas, 2014; and Ongoing Holiday Meshugas, 2016. Our 2018 title will be Much More Holiday Meshugas .
    As we all know, the holidays are a mixed bag emotionally, logistically, and in terms of deep personal belief. Often the holidays arrive in the midst of our typically relentless life patterns, and appear in counterpoint to the issues and expectations of our daily lives. So there's plenty to write about.
    We invite you to write a short play or monologue about any of the Winter Holidays: Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, New Years, Haudeshaunne (Iroquois), or any other traditionally winter celebration. You are free to be poignant, funny, sad, ironic, sentimental, or just purely mental. The plays should be no more than 10 pages with 12-point font, and should have no more than three characters. Monologues should be no longer than four pages double-spaced. The plays will be produced in classic black box style, avoiding the need for realistic sets.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2018. Please submit three printed copies of your script with a separate title page with your personal contact info on it. Please include a brief bio. Make sure the play title is on each page of your script.
Selection Deadline: September 15, 2018. We will announce the plays to be included in our production. Final selection often is a matter of variety and overall length of show.
Production Dates: December 7, 8, & 9, 2018.
Mail Scripts to: The Actors Studio of Newburyport, 50 Water Street Mill #1, Suite # 5, Newburyport MA 01950.
Any questions can be addressed to Marc Clopton at 978-465-1229 or

Writers & Actors Ink— Founded in 2003 by Leslie Powell & Hailey Klein, this group is dedicated to the development of new plays. Once a month, TASN hosts an evening workshop for cold readings of scripts in various stages of development. Writers bring copies of their piece, a maximum of 10 pages (ten minutes) , and enough copies for all participating actors. Actors available that evening take on the roles as a cold reading. The cold reading is then followed by a moderated talk back to provide feedback to the writer. People are encouraged to share what did and did not work for them. Writers may provide questions where they are looking for feedback on specific aspects of their work.
        The limit will be six (6) pieces per session , so we get done at a reasonable hour and so that everyone's piece gets a fair share of attention. Each month fills up fast, so please let us know ASAP if you would like to be part of this month (or a future month). We encourage all writers to show up whether you have something being read or not, as your feedback is greatly valued.
        Actors, this is made possible in large part to your invaluable participation. In order to help us plan for the evening, please let us know ahead of time, if possible, if you will be helping us out that night.
        Writers & Actors interested in participating, please email:
                                     Hailey Klein-
        Thank you for your interest and participation. W&A, INK continues to be a most stimulating and inspiring forum.        Suggested donation $10 accepted at the door         - Hailey and Marc

North Shore Readers Theater Collaborative—Established in 2006, sponsors ten events a year at TASN. On the second Saturday of every month from September to June new plays from local and regional playwrights are presented in a Readers Theatre format before an audience, followed by a moderated talkback. This provides playwright an essential step in play development and local actors and directors the opportunity to work in the Readers Theatre format. A number of plays in the series have won awards and have been produced locally and internationally.

Stage Three Workshop Production Series—A professional theater laboratory experience designed to promote the development of new works. TASN produces works that have gone through the stages of play development described above. A workshop production is a full-scale production in terms of sets, costumes, lighting, and staging. These productions differ from a premier because the work remains eligible for entry into contests and festivals around the world. The director and cast work with the playwright during the rehearsal period, refining and trimming the play. This process helps get the play on its feet in a physical setting to see what works and what doesn’t. A play isn’t complete until it is presented to an audience. Workshop productions are an integral step for the playwright in completing the piece before it makes its actual premier.