Black Box New Play Festival

January 25 – February 4, 2024

Thurs – Sat @ 7:30pm
Sun @ 3pm

Gallery has a history of supporting emerging playwrights, fostering play development, and producing world premieres. Now in its 27th year, our playwright-focused festival aims to polish and perfect a collection of new plays and offer a home where playwrights can deepen their stagecraft and hold a mirror up to our time.

Submission Guidelines 2024

Gallery Players is seeking plays for its 27th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January & February 2024. Each play selected will be given a black box production with non-Equity actors. Playwrights must be available, if not in person, via Zoom or some other virtual venue for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

NOTE the received by date. Mail your submissions accordingly.

Submission guidelines:

  • Plays must be un-produced (readings are OK); must be the play’s world premiere
  • Length of play: 30-60 minutes. We will also accept full-length plays. We are looking for plays with at least 4-6 characters or more. No monologues. No period costume pieces.
  • You may submit no more than two (2) plays
  • Pages must be numbered
  • A cover page with title of the play and playwright’s contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
  • Playwrights cannot direct their own work

Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:
Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept email submissions.

We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

All questions related to the Black Box New Play Festival should be sent to


Black Box New Play Festival

“Words can’t express what I feel right now. What a special two nights I just had. Sitting with friends and strangers and watching 2 hours of my work in a theater full of love and support for my writing. This whole process has been not only fun but important because I learned so much from seeing OCEAN PLANET staged and realized. What a special memory. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me and producing this weekend of my plays.” – Brett Epstein, playwright