A play is meant to be seen and performed: not read. Your goal is to get productions and the way to get a production is to write a better play. Spend time on the craft. Tell interesting stories. Create dynamic characters. Put in twists and turns and make us laugh and cry. Make your play better and the better your play the better its chances of being produced.
But how do I write a better play?
First, and most important, make the time to write. Write every day. If you want to be a writer – write.
Second, read plays. Read old plays and new plays popular plays and obscure plays.
Third, see plays. Read the play before or after you see the performance. Compare the play on the page with the play on the stage.
Fourth, study playwriting. Join a playwriting group. Playwriting groups provide resources and workshops and networking opportunities. Take classes. Read books. Study playwriting and acting and directing and set design, costume design, sound design, and lighting design. Work with a dramaturge and learn from other writers. Perfect your process.
Fifth, send your work into the world and see how the world responds.
Work on your craft and develop your skills and write a better play and you will better your chances of getting a production.
I currently belong to four playwriting/theatre organizations. Feel free to check them out.
“Developing Alberta playwrights at all stages for all stages…”
The Alberta Playwrights’ Network exists to nurture Alberta playwrights and provide support for the development of their plays. APN promotes Alberta playwrights and plays to the theatre community, while building and fostering a network of playwrights through education, advocacy and outreach.
Theatre Alberta is dedicated to the growth and development of the Alberta theatre community and all its constituencies. We are committed to achieving this mandate by providing the highest quality services, support, programming, information and advocacy. We work to engage and foster meaningful relationships and partnerships between the professional, emerging, amateur and educational theatre communities.
Playwrights Guild of Canada is a registered national arts service association mandated to advance the creative rights and interests of professional Canadian playwrights, promote Canadian plays nationally and internationally, and foster an active, evolving community of writers for the stage.
The Playwrights’ Center champions playwrights and new plays to build upon a living theater that demands new and innovative works.
The Playwrights’ Center focuses on both supporting playwrights and promoting new plays to production at theaters across the country. The Center has helped launch the careers of numerous nationally recognized artists, notably August Wilson, Lee Blessing, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jordan Harrison, Carlyle Brown, Craig Lucas, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, and Kira Obolensky. Work developed through Center programs has been seen nationwide on such stages as the Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Guthrie, Goodman, and many others.