Submissions Closed!

Williams Street Rep is no longer accepting submissions for its 2019-2020 new play Reading Series.

Thank you to all who have submitted their work for WSRep’s Reading Series!
Our new season is now underway!

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on submissions for our 2020-2021 Season! 


Artist-driven. Risk-taking. Boundary-pushing. New work.

WSRep’s Reading Series is dedicated to showcasing new scripts, giving the audience an artist’s perspective of the play on-the-page. Our goal is to offer a public forum (free of charge), bringing audiences & theatre artists together to share & discuss a wide range of exciting new work. Each reading is followed by a talk-back and discussion.

About WSRep

At its foundation, WSRep is dedicated to its mission of producing diverse and emotionally charged stories that deepen the cultural richness of the community and region. Since opening, WSRep has presented more than 50 productions featuring a wide range of appeal, from holiday favorites to international debuts and Chicago premieres.

WSRep is an AEA company operating under a Chicago Area Theatres Agreement (CAT) Tier N contract.

WSRep is committed to producing diverse work that promotes opportunity and collaboration. Thank you for your interest!

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FAQs about READING Series.

  • What materials do you require during submission?
    • Provide a brief letter of introduction/cover letter, 2 digital PDF copies of your script (one with playwright’s information included and one with all personal info omitted), and a brief bio (150 words or less). Please, do not submit your script unless submissions are open. 
  • Why do you request one script with playwright’s name and personal info omitted?
    • Our selection process is blind. Only the script with your name omitted will be shared with our reading committee.
  •  What can I expect if my script is selected?
    • We will contact you if your script has been selected for READING Series. Please to do not contact us after submission unless we request additional information.
    • Because time is limited, READING Series is not a development workshop. It is an opportunity for playwrights’ work to be heard and questions to be asked as preparation for the next stage in their process.  
    • Playwrights selected for the season will be e-introduced to the director for their reading. The director is responsible for casting.   
    • We ask that all selected playwrights submit the questions they have for their play to the director for the purpose of the talkback as well as a pic (or headshot if you have one) for marketing purposes. 
  • Where do the readings take place?
  • Is there marketing support?
    • Our marketing department supports every reading with materials and a strong online presence.
  • What are the fees?
    • There are no fees or ticket prices associated with Reading Series. There is no fee for submitting.
  • Who participates?
    • We’ve worked with area and Chicago actors and directors and playwrights from all over the country. 
  • What is the history of Reading Series?
    • WSRep Reading Series started in 2015 as a way to explore new voices and to provide our patrons with opportunities to engage in new work for the theatre. 
  • Are there other ways to participate in Reading Series?
    • We are always looking for actors and directors.  We also welcome anyone and everyone to attend the readings and participate in the talkback sessions afterward. Being in the room and being present for the talkback is a great way to participate. Theatre needs an audience, and new theatre needs an engaged and active audience.
  • Is Reading Series just for Playwrights?
    • Primarily. However, in the past, we have had fiction and non-fiction writers present their work in a dramatized fashion.