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Original Works Series

The Original Works Series program creates opportunities for new and emerging playwrights to showcase their work. It has grown exponentially over the years, highlighting the need for opportunities for playwrights. Each year, eight selected scripts are selected to receive a live reading. Those live readings are performed by North Texas theater groups and presented by Arts Fort Worth. From those selected scripts, a panel of theater professionals select one submission to become a fully staged production presented Arts Fort Worth in partnership with other North Texas theater groups, producing more opportunities for theater technicians, performers, and directors. 

2024 Original Works Series Readings

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Past Original Works Series
2020       2021       2022       2023      2024  

Original Works Series FAQs

Who can apply?

Anyone who has a script can apply! Well, any script that is not planned for production at the time of submission. We also accept scripts with multiple authors. Submit your script here. 

How do scripts get selected? 

All submitted scripts are read by professionals and scored on a rubric. The eight highest rated scripts are selected for a round of readings. From those eight readings, one script is selected for a full production.  

When is the deadline?

Arts Fort Worth accepts scripts through December 1, 2023. We only accept scripts through the Submittable platform. Mailed or emailed scripts will not be accepted.

I wrote a musical based on a novel. Can I submit it? 
Adaptations of previously published material will not be accepted. Arts Fort Worth is not accepting musicals at this time.

What if my script get selected?  

The selected script will be fully produced in the spring of 2025. The author will receive a $500 royalty and is encouraged take part in the rehearsal and development of the new work production process. 

I have another question...

Email us here and we'll do our best to help you "write" away.

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2020 Selected Production

New and Improving

Written by Janae Hatchett

Directed by Sara Herrera

2020 Selected Readings

2021 Selected Production


Written by Natalie Guapp
Directed by Araceli Radillo 

2021 Selected Readings

2022 Selected Production

The Texas Book of Beasts

Written by Jeff Irvin
Directed by Staci Ingram

2022 Selected Readings

2023 Selected Production

"Love or Best Offer" by Phil Olsen

Presented by

Resolute Theatre Project 

Directed by Kristal Seid and

Amy Cave

For the past 60 years, Arts Fort Worth has helped launch and level-up performers, theater technicians, directors, producers and theater groups across North Texas. With your support, Arts Fort Worth can better promote, nurture, and support the arts in Fort Worth!


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