Sacramento Voices – New Works Play Festival

STC wants to tell your story.

In response to the need for greater integration and diversity in live theatre throughout the community, STC proudly announces our ‘Sacramento Voices – New Works Play Festival‘ competition.

We are seeking submissions from new and experienced writers that deal with issues such as diversity, culture and integration.

We have created this program to help nurture regional writers, and offer an outlet for writers to tell the stories we haven’t yet heard.

This one-act play reading festival begins with a call for original, diverse and unheard voices from the Sacramento Region. For instance, two years ago STC produced the world premiere play –When We Were Colored, A Mother’s Story – written by a local woman telling the story about her family’s life growing up in Sacramento during the ’40s and ’50s. The play looked at both the positive and challenging times her family experienced, and left audiences with an uplifting message. Perhaps your ancestors worked on the railroad, participated in the gold rush, helped build one of the small surrounding towns, or faced challenges in a more modern time. We want you to tell that story!

STC has been a vibrant part of the Sacramento Regional Community for over 75 years, integrating professional live theatre with theatre arts education in order to build an empathetic, inspired and inclusive community that strengthens, supports and unites our region today, and into the future.

And for the past several years, we’ve been producing original works by local writers. But we decided to go bigger.

For our Sacramento Voices – New Works Play Festival, we’ll select up to 8 finalists, and ultimately, one play will be commissioned to move forward and be developed into a full length play with a World Premiere production at the Sacramento Theatre Company.

*All finalists will receive a stipend.

DEADLINE for Synopsis & Writing Sample: November 1, 2020 at 5pm.

Please note – the play does not need to be written or complete by the submission deadline of November 1, 2020 and there is no entry fee.

All scripts will be read live, by professional actors, either in a live environment at STC (safety issues allowing) or virtually.

TO BE CONSIDERED for one of the finalist slots,  please download the Requirements/Rules pdf, then following the submission guidelines, EMAIL your story synopsis and writing sample to: by November 1, 2020 at 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Finalists will be selected based upon their story synopsis and writing sample.


TIMELINE – (subject to change)

Nov. 1, 2020 – Deadline for Writing Proposals

Nov. 15 – Finalists Announced

Jan. 1, 2021 – First Drafts Due

Jan. 15,  – Feedback provided to writers for second draft rewrites

Feb. 15 – Final Draft Deadline

Feb. 15 – 21 Final Casting Announced/Start Rehearsals

Mar. 1-2 Rehearsal Read-thrus

Mar. 3 – Kick-off Reception w/writers, cast, sponsors, donors, & guests

Mar. 4-7 – Performances (Cabaret stage)

Mar. 15 – Announcement of Commissioned Script for further development


All finalists will receive a stipend, and the commissioned playwright will receive an additional stipend. No additional stipend will be paid for plays with more than one writer. Stipends will be provided to writers after March 1, 2021

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We look forward to hearing your stories!