the right to believe,
FREEDOM to practice, worship and have Faith in --
WHATever you choose
                    FREE from inequity, FREE from persecution, and FREE from Judgement.


  • The deadline date : April 1st, 2020

  • How to submit: Please send in MS Word format to: or through the website. In an Intro few lines, PLEASE tell us HOW you feel your play addresses the subject matter. 

  • The length of plays/musicals wanted: 10-minutes (approx 10 pages)

  • OR  Devised piece Proposal ( 2-5 pages) must include: Director/choreographer’s names and bios,  and/or any possible collaborators, sheet music or music file, or video file/website links IF the piece is predominantly movement based AND an estimated work rehearsal schedule. (Must live or be able to commute to NYC and have accessibility to rehearsal space to be eligible for Devised option) 

  • The type of opportunity being offered:   Semi-finalists will be selected to have their scripts performed in a series of Staged Readings in the Spring, directed and acted by professionals in NYC, that includes post reading discussions and receptions in the Theater District area. At least one Devised piece will be developed to be performed in each Staged Reading IF selected. The Final 8 chosen for the Full Off-Broadway Showcase Production in the Fall will receive a royalty payment, enhanced billing on the website, Playbill and social media promotions and additional press opportunities. 

  • Requirements: Plays must fit the theme and Guidelines of the Festival and mission of The Alternative Theater Company. Plays must not have been previously produced and/or published.

  • Title and Theme:  BelieveAbility : religious freedom, equality and the fight to pursue ANY faith of choice. 

  • Guidelines:  2-5 characters, relevant to contemporary society, addresses the subject matter within the first three pages, does not have an elaborate set. In an Intro letter, PLEASE tell us HOW you feel your play addresses the subject matter! More weight  will given to plays that have a qualified, available director attached. Should you wish to propose a directorial partnership, please include their bio, contact information and a brief paragraph from them regarding their vision of your play. 

  • Limit to number of play submissions: 2

  • Submitters will be notified on receipt of their submission by auto-response only.

  • First Semi-finalists will be announced on the website and social media by April 2nd, 2020, and contacted personally prior to that date. 

  • There are NO participation fees expected of the Playwright at ANY time.



The Alternative Theater Company  encourages diversity, risk taking, freedom of

expression and challenging the boundaries of normative linear structure.

 Websites:, -- Click the “News” or “Casting” Buttons for updates.

Casting inquiries can be sent to with a headshot and resume. Please only those with theatrical experience apply.



Some of our top priorities in consideration for selection


-Action (does the play "show" not "tell")

-Empathetic Characters (are any of them likable? Do we care?)

-Originality (is the story or perspective unique in such a way that it leaves you thinking?)

-Diversity (various perspectives from underrepresented demographics)

-Conflict (It is through Adversity that the important battles are won and great theater is born!)

Do not be afraid of comedy even though this is a serious subject! Humor can be the lifeboat in a storm!


c/o The Artist Co-op 

The Alternative Theater Company

500 West 52nd St. #3W 

New York NY 10019


Celine Havard