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JAW New Play Festival

JAW New Play Festival

JAW will return July 28-30, 2023!

JAW Open Submission Program

As part of creating greater opportunities for access, one JAW play each year will be selected from our open submission program. We will be accepting plays for JAW 2023 on October 6, 2022, at noon (Pacific time).

PLEASE NOTE: We want to offer as much care and attention to the submissions as possible, so we can accept only the first 50 applications. We expect to reach this limit very quickly, so please return to this page promptly at the time posted above to submit your application and script!

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Are you a playwright based in Portland, Oregon? If so, you don't have to use this open submission window. Instead, submit your script now, or at any time for future consideration. Please visit this page to submit your work.

About JAW

The JAW New Play Festival is Portland Center Stage’s week-long assembling of artists and audiences to create new plays! Each July, artistic teams, including playwrights, directors, and actors, come together to rehearse — and a lot of times rewrite! — a new play. The final piece of the process happens during the weekend, when we share “music stand readings” with audiences so the playwrights can hear their work, often for the very first time!

Why We JAW:

  • Develop energizing work
    • We are committed to developing dope plays!
  • Champion exciting voices
    • We are invested in playwright-driven artistic growth, giving opportunities to fresh, engaging, powerful theatrical voices.
  • Connect with our communities 
    • We believe that audiences are active participants in the creation of new work. The audience is the final collaborator an artistic team needs to bring a play to life.

In addition to new play readings, Portland Center Stage presents Press Play events during the JAW festival weekend. To welcome people into the space, we offer pre-show performances and workshops, featuring dynamic local artists. These events include an ever-changing lineup of dance exhibitions of all genres, live music, visual art, choreographed movement showcases, interactive installations, and artist labs. All JAW events are free to the public and help introduce new audiences and community members to the breadth of talent in our city, and beyond.

JAW History

Since 1999, JAW has created a space for 92 playwrights to develop 95 plays. Most have gone on to receive professional productions across the country, including many world premieres at PCS.

Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).

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JAW Sponsors

Teen Playwrights Sponsors

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Season Supporting Sponsors

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