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.

Women Playwrights - Glass Ceilings The Actors Studio of Newburyport (TASN) is putting out the call to female writers who have written or wish to write a short play.

TASN is inviting women to submit an original work (10-20 minutes in length) for a March 2017 production, to help celebrate Women's History Month. The focus will be on glass ceilings; where are they and how have you experienced them? Or how does your imagination envision them and their presence in modern life? You will note that our submission date is six days after the 2016 Presidential Election. Not by accident. We expect that the challenges, accomplishments, disappointments and successes presented in these short plays will engage, entertain, inspire, amuse and take us on a journey through the feminine perspective. We welcome drama, comedy, satire and stories you may wish to tell. The dramatic pieces, while written by women, may indeed include men.

If selected, your play will be included in the production titled: Glass Ceilings
An experienced female director will direct each play in the program.
          Pieces should be 10-20 minutes in length.
          Submission Deadline: November 14, 2016
          Selection Date: December 15, 2016
          Performance Dates: March 24 - April 2, 2017

Please submit three hard copies of your play with a separate letter that contains your name, the title of the play, and contact info to:
          The Actors Studio of Newburyport
          50 Water Street, The Tannery Mill #1, Suite #5
          Newburyport MA 01950
For more info: Call Marc at 978-1229 or e-mail

Writers and Directors - Announcing Holiday Meshugas 2016 TASN will present our third bi-annual Holiday Meshugas production the second weekend in December on the 9th, 10th, & 11th. We are accepting submissions of short plays or monologues for this production. The theme is winter holidays, so the pieces can focus on Thanksgiving, Solstice, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Christmas, Yule, New Years Eve, or the whole season of holidays. The idea is to peek beneath the shiny surface of the holiday sheen and see what people really experience at this time of year. We will be looking for directors for these pieces. If you are interested in directing, please contact Marc Clopton.
          Pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes.
          Submission Deadline:
June 15, 2016
          Material can be sent in PDF form to
          For more info: Call Marc at 978-1229 or e-mail

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.