About The Series
At the core of the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Literary Series is the belief that theater has the transformative power to challenge the status quo, connect disparate worlds of thought, and, ultimately, change the world. Thus, we are invested in the development of work that shifts the conversation around representation in the theater and are dedicated to providing a platform for those voices traditionally underrepresented on the American Stage.
CTH’s Literary Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation and the Axe-Houghton Foundation.
CTH asserts that a “Future Classic” promotes courageous and open-minded examination of controversial and critical topics that are at the heart of society. Designed for the emerging professional playwright, Future Classics offers participating writers the opportunity to showcase their new completed works and receive dramaturgical feedback. Participants work with CTH’s resident dramaturge, a professional director and a dedicated group of actors to showcase a new full-length play.
Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
- Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced.
- Playwrights may submit up only to fifteen (15) pages only for Playwrights’ Playground, or up to one full play for Future Classics.
- Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
- Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.
- Playwrights should also include a brief author’s bio and/or resume.
- Playwrights may also submit a play synopsis (250 words).
No phone calls please.
- Actors can volunteer to be cast in a Playwrights’ Playground reading by arriving thirty minutes early and signing up with our reading coordinator.
- Future Classics readings are cast in advanced.
Samuels Teaching Studio,
Samuel B. & David Rose Building,
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 7th floor,
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. His work has been developed and produced at various regional theaters and festivals across the country including The Fire This Time Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center , Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, Milwaukee Rep, Company One, and InterAct Theatre Company. Recent commissions include, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and SHE A GEM for The Kennedy Center. He is the recipient of the Holland New Voices Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award, and an ASCAP Cole Porter Prize. Josh is a former 2014 Jerome Fellow and the first national recipient of the 2015 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwrights’ Center. Josh has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre in London; Sundance at UCross; and served as Co-Artistic Director at The Yale Cabaret for its 50th season. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Member of The Dramatist Guild.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Miranda Haymon is a Princess Grace Award/Honoraria-winning writer, director and deviser of performance originally from Boston. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Roundabout Theatre Company; previously as the 2017/18 Directing Fellow, currently the Artistic Development Associate. Miranda is Resident Director at The Tank, a New Georges Affiliate Artist, member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, the Wingspace Mentorship Program, a Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, and a former Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage. Miranda is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she double majored in German Studies and Theater and was awarded the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize in Directing.