New Play Development

We don’t just produce plays, we develop new works. The Unicorn is a proud founding member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), an alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays for the American theatre. Since 1998, NNPN has fostered the work of dozens of new voices in the American theatre and its unique network has created a longevity most plays never find.  In addition to new plays we have helped develop with the NNPN, the Unicorn has commissioned many new works with the help of funders like the National Endowment for the Arts.


About NNPN

Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported over 200 productions nationwide through its innovative NNPN Rolling World Premiere program; granted more than a million dollars to its Member theaters, their staffs, and affiliated artists; and provided hundreds of playwrights and other theater-makers with developmental workshops, commissions, and paid residencies. Now, after eighteen seasons, hundreds of thousands of audience members around the world have seen plays that were created and honed with support from NNPN.

Learn more about the NNPN at

Play Submissions

Unicorn Theatre utilizes the New Play Exchange to read and evaluate new works. If you don’t yet have a NPX profile, you can sign up here.

We receive hundreds of plays each season and we do our best to read and respond to every single one. So that we can best serve and respond to the works we receive, we will no longer accept unsolicited plays outside of the In-Progress New Play Reading Series.


The In-Progress New Play Reading Series

To be considered for the In-Progress New Play Reading Series, scripts must be submitted though NNPN’s New Play Exchange (NPX). Only submissions made though NPX will be considered – no hard copy or email submissions, please.


The submission window for this year’s Reading Series is now closed. The next opportunity will open in April, 2019. If you’re on NPX and your play fits what we’re looking for, you’ll receive a notification with instructions once the opportunity is available. Simply tag your play and it’ll be off to us for consideration!





What’s the Unicorn looking for?

Unicorn Theatre prides itself on producing bold new plays that grapple with today's issues including (but not limited to) women, the LGBTQIA community, diverse and minority populations. We look for works that are issue-oriented and socially significant. We are interested in plays with contemporary themes that speak to diverse audiences. We do not typically produce a large number of musicals or theatre for young audiences.

Only full-length plays (not 10 minute plays, not short one acts) that have not been professionally produced will be considered. Samples are not eligible for consideration through NPX.

Be sure to check out our mission and vision statements before submitting. The best way to get a sense of what works we look for is by reading up on our production history.


Why NPX?

NNPN started NPX to flip the script on the way new plays get shared and discovered. As a Founding Core Member of NNPN, we believe NPX plays an important role in connecting us with exciting new works from both familiar and unfamiliar voices.

NPX is a cloud-based script database, enhanced with a robust search-and-filter mechanism, crowd-sourced recommendations of plays, and personal script and coverage information storage, plus the connectivity of a social networking site.

Read more about NPX here!

If you have questions about submitting your play to us through NPX, please contact