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Arena Stage at
the Mead Center
for American Theater

1101 Sixth Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

SALES OFFICE: 202-488-3300
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday
except national holidays, noon-8 p.m.

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Script Submission

We are no longer accepting script submissions. Arena Stage is working hard to develop more effective and impactful ways of supporting the nation’s playwrights than reading hundreds of plays each year that we have no means of supporting.

In 2010 we put five playwrights on staff and made commitments to develop and produce their work over the next three years. We also launched the American Voices New Play Institute to study and advance the infrastructure for playwrights and new plays. We are working through a set of commissioned projects that we also have committed to producing.

We recognize the importance of being current with new work and writers not currently served by these approaches, so we have committed Arena’s Artistic Development Team to being present at the major new play festivals and reading series around the country. Arena artistic staff also regularly serve on funding panels, reviewing hundreds of new play proposals each year. And we remain in close communication with the nation’s play development centers. We understand this is imperfect and in important ways is disappointing to writers hoping to send us their plays. We will keep moving toward the best way to meet our responsibilities.

Thank you for your interest.

Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in Arena Stage.

Auditions for our productions are typically by invitation only. Arena Stage casts both Equity and non-Equity actors for our productions and in our developmental workshops and readings.

If you would like to be considered for our upcoming season or for a particular project, please submit your picture and résumé by mail only to:

Arena Stage
1101 Sixth St., SW
Washington, DC 20024

We review every photo and résumé that we receive, and we contact actors individually to schedule auditions based on their experience and training. Please feel free to invite us to any performances you may have in the area as well, so we can see your work on stage.

2016/17 Auditions Announcement

General Auditions

There are several ways to audition for our theater without an invitation. For Equity performers, we attend the Washington/Baltimore AEA Liaison auditions and hold Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs) in D.C. and either New York, Chicago or Los Angeles each year. Please contact Actors’ Equity for more information about EPAs or visit

For non-Equity performers, we send representatives to theatreWashington. Non-Equity auditions are usually held in December. Please visit this Facebook page for more information or contact to make an appointment.

When holding auditions in D.C., we prefer to see actors based in the Washington Metro Area and not have people travel here for them. If you are an out-of-town actor who will be in the area, please include the dates you will be in town in your submission, and we will review your materials and contact you to schedule an audition if possible.

No calls please.


Donated to George Mason University in fall of 2000, the Arena Stage Collection contains materials which span the more than 50 years of the theater's history including production notebooks, photographs, playbills, scrapbooks,and handwritten correspondence. The total volume of the collection is 260 cubic feet or 440 linear feet.

For more information on viewing the archives, call (703) 993-2220 or visit

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