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Point Park University’s award-winning Pittsburgh Playhouse announces a play reading series to premiere in its 2020-21 season.

Hosted in the Rauh Theatre, the new series will feature readings of original plays and musicals not previously produced by local, regional and national playwrights. Six plays will be selected, assigned a professional director and cast with Conservatory of Performing Arts students. Each play will rehearse one to two weeks and will culminate in a public reading/discussion. 

The pandemic is only one element of this new initiative; playwrights are encouraged to submit any original work.

Suggested criteria 

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


Submissions will be accepted June 1 through July 1, 2020. 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)
  • Musicals only: 5-minute music sample (MP3 or MP4 format)

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 September 1, 2020. For more information, visit

Point Park University is encouraging students to stay connected through #PghPlayhouseArtShare and #PointParkTogetherApart.

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