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.

**** CALL TO ALL WRITERS - TASN Short Play Festival 2019 ****

    The Actors Studio of Newburyport, MA is dedicated to new play development and will be holding its second annual Short Play Festival for two weekends, and six performances, in October, 2019. The Submission window opens on January 1, 2019 and closes on March 1, 2019, or until three hundred plays have been received, whichever occurs first.
    Our judges will participate in multiple rounds of reading, scoring, and debating and after 24 semi-finalists are chosen, we will hold an all-day Selection Sunday, putting all 24 semi-finalists on their feet. The eight winners will be announced in June 2019, with the top-scoring play receiving the coveted Clopton Prize.

Length: 5-15 minutes. Send us your best. There is no theme and no restrictions on content. Workshops, readings, and one or two previous productions are okay.
Limit: One play per playwright. There is no fee to submit though we request a $5.00 donation per submission. TASN is non-profit and your tax deductible donation will be used to help defray the cost of producing this Festival which is dedicated to the development of New Work.
            Submitting is a two-step process.
**First**, snail-mail your title page, contact info, and your optional donation (made payable) to The Actors Studio of Newburyport, The Tannery, Mill #1, Suite 5, Newburyport, MA, 01950.
**Second**, email a PDF of your blind script to . (PDF's only)
    No identifying information on your script please as we want to ensure anonymity during the judging process. Only after selecting the finalists will the identity of the winners be revealed.

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2019 (or until 300 submissions have been received).
Selection Deadline: June, 2019. (stay tuned for specific date)
Production Dates: October, 2019. (stay tuned for specific dates)

    TASN is an award-winning 50 seat black box in historic Newburyport, Massachusetts. This Festival will be sponsored by our Weekend Writers Workshop who collectively have been produced at The Playwrights Platform Summer Festival (15 times), The Boston Theater Marathon (13) The Firehouse's New Works Festival (10), The Players Ring, Portsmouth (5), Theater Artists Workshop, Norwalk (4), North Park Vaudeville (2), The Fusion Theater's The Seven, The NYC 15 Minute Festival, the Vortex Theater, Durango Arts Center, Silver Springs Summer Festival, The Player's Club, NYC, The LIC Secret Theater, and the list goes on…
    Bottom line: This Short Play Festival is brought to you by playwrights, for playwrights, and will be directed and performed by our amazing TASN talent. Good luck and see you at the show!

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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.