HotCity Theatre

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HotCity Theatre of St. Louis announces a call for submissions of new full-length plays for the eighth annual GreenHouse New Play Festival, to be held in May/June of 2015.

Three plays will be selected for the Festival. These plays will receive a week-long workshop with director, dramaturg and professional actors.  The workshop will culminate in a public reading followed by audience response sessions.   HotCity artistic staff will then select one script for a fully produced world premiere as part of the company‚Äôs 2015 mainstage season. 

To be eligible as a finalist, playwrights must be available to attend the entire festival and workshop week, which begins on the Sunday prior to the festival weekend. All travel and accomodation arrangements are provided by HotCity Theatre.  Festival Finalists will be notified by February 1, 2014. (Please note - after receiving a submission confirmation email, playwrights will not receive further communication unless chosen as a finalist.)

Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:

--received after October 15, 2014 and no later than November 15, 2015
--require a maximum of six actors 
--running time of between 75 and 120 minutes
--never before published
--never before professionally produced, no pending professional productions
--never before submitted to the HotCity Greenhouse New Play Festival

In addition to an attachment of the script (acceptable formats include doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt) you will be asked to provide a brief synopsis of the play, a brief professional biography, an explanation of how you feel the workshop/revision process will benefit this play, a brief description of the play's workshop/reading history, and any special casting/technical requirements that the play presents.


HotCity Theatre produces contemporary, issue-oriented works of theatre that challenge and inspire St. Louis area audiences. HotCity also develops new theatrical works, encourages diversity, and through educational outreach nurtures a life-long passion for theatre.

HotCity is a professional theatre company under a "Small Professional Theatre" contract with the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers housed in a modern, recently renovated black box theatre of 90 seats in Grand Center, the arts district in St. Louis.

Having formed in 2004 through the merger of Hothouse Theatre and City Players, we produce three stage events each year, and boast the biggest professional play development program in the state of Missouri as part of our critically acclaimed GreenHouse Series.

A theatre experience at HotCity is very casual, fun, unpredictable, and extremely high quality due to the dedication of artists in the company, most who work within one of the many prestigious university theatre departments in the region and are attracted to the types of scripts we produce.

HotCity is a home to the patron and artist who wishes to experience a nurturing, well-structured professional environment where collaboration is easy, staff is demanding but flexible, and the end product is well-respected in the community.

HotCity Theatre