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February 20 - 21, 2021

Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse Announces Spring 2021
Submission Call for Pittsburgh PlayLab

Coronavirus pandemic has become inspiration for original work

Pittsburgh PlayLab, a New Play Reading Series, premiered this fall with a successful showcase of two original works. We look forward to producing this series in Spring 2021. Hosted virtually, the series will feature readings of original plays not previously produced by local, regional and national playwrights. Two (2) plays will be selected, assigned a professional director and cast with students attending Point Park’s renowned Conservatory of Performing Arts.  Each play will rehearse 1-2 weeks and will culminate in a virtual public reading/discussion.

“In what continues to be an extremely challenging time, those of us in the arts are looking for ways to stay positive, hopeful and excited to share with our audiences,” said Steven Breese, Artistic Director and Dean of the Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA).

“While the Playhouse has a long history of premiering new works, Pittsburgh PlayLab Reading Series is a first for us. It’s also a natural extension of our broader play development initiative and programmatic mission to bring new and renewed works to our stages,” said Breese.  He points out the sold-out world premiere production of The Old Man and the Sea and the planned premiere of Pump Up the Volume, a new musical based on the 1990 film, a production in collaboration with RWS Entertainment Group. 

According to Breese, the global pandemic began occurring as the series was being planned. “We wanted to recognize the ongoing impact of the pandemic on our lives and will be actively seeking at least one new play to interpret this time in a meaningful way,” he said.  The pandemic is only one element of this new initiative; playwrights are encouraged to submit any original work.

Suggested criteria include:

  • Multi-ethnic casts
  • Strong female protagonists
  • Diverse ideas
  • Contemporary social & political issues

Submissions will be accepted November 6, 2020 – January 1, 2021.  
Authors may only submit one play each year.
To be considered all submissions must follow the prescribed process and include:

  • Professional resume
  • Character page (list of characters and one-sentence description of each)
  • Play synopsis, not to exceed one page
  • 10-page dialogue sample (professional format required)

All submissions must conform to these guidelines to be considered. Electronic submissions only are accepted and may be sent to   

Selected plays are expected to be announced by January 3, 2021.  For more information, visit