Ohio Playwrights Circle

Reading Series


The Ohio Playwrights Circle is hosting an evening of New Play Readings on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7pm. Admission is free and the readings of the 10 minute plays will take place at the educational facilities of The Human Race Theatre Company; Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center 116 N. Jefferson Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402.

Readers for OPC Classes and Readings

This series of 10-minute plays are written by local playwrights that are part of the Playwrighting class sponsored by the Ohio Playwrights Circle and hosted by The Human Race Theatre Company.  Local actors and directors are joining in to bring the new plays to life.

Shortly after the readings and a brief intermission, the Ohio Playwrights Circle will sponsor the first in a series of Conversations in Storytelling.  The guest for this public interview is Geoffrey Cobb Nelson.  Geoff is a director, actor, playwright, teacher who was the founding Artistic Director of the Contemporary American Theater Company, (CATCO).  CATCO is a professional theatre company in Columbus, Ohio.  We expect to have an evening of great fun and learning as we hear the new plays and share an evening with a gifted artist, Geoff Nelson.

Geoffrey Cobb Nelson

This activity is sponsored by the Ohio Playwrights Circle, (a project of the American ArtWorks Foundation), is hosted by The Human Race Theatre Company, and made possible by the Marsha Hanna Fund for the Development of New Plays.

For additional information contact: ohioplaywrightscircle@gmail.com


New Work Reading Series.

The Ohio Playwrights Circle is calling for new scripts from playwrights from across Ohio for the New Works Reading Series.

The New Works Reading Series will hold its first public reading on May 23, 2012 at 7pm Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center in Dayton, Ohio.   The primary focus of this experience is to give the playwright an opportunity to hear their work read out loud, an important part of the development of new plays.  Readings may be cold or they may be prepared.  This will depend on the situation with a given writer and their script.  Future readings will take place one each month.  For questions email us at: ohioplaywrightscircle@gmail.com

Our Guidelines:


  • Any Ohio Playwright may participate.  Writers may be beginners or may have extensive credits.  All are encouraged to participate.  Writers must be over 18 years of age or have written permission from a parent / guardian.  Inevitably the subject matter at some new play readings involves adult language and subject matter.
  •  If you are a non-Ohio playwright please contact the OPC Director for a spot as a guest.  There may sometime be room in the schedule and who knows …. maybe you’ll move here.
  •  Plays may be one act or full length, drama, comedy, farce, etc.
  •  We will be reading play scripts not Screenplays.  If you want to have your screenplay heard, contact the OPC Director and we can see what’s possible.  It will be an exception.  But we all need a little adventure now and then.
  •  The reading sessions will hopefully occur once each month depending on space.
  •  During the year we will give preference to Ohio Members of the Dramatist Guild, (The Professional Association of Playwrights.)
  •  Writers should submit their script prior to the scheduled reading date for programming.  This is important so that those of us listening along with the playwrights are not subject to a whole evening of wrist-slashing drama, non-stop farce, or why I can’t get a date.  We will try to mix it up and balance a laugh or two with the blood-letting.
  •  Each script must be submitted in a traditional stage script format.  A sample format can be downloaded from our FB page as a PDF.  Each script should have a brief, (no more than one page), synopsis of the play included with the submission.
  • You may submit the script by sending a copy as a PDF to: ohioplaywrightscircle@gmail.com.


  • Actors over the age of 18 are welcome to participate as readers in this series.  If under the age of 18, a written release from a parent or guardian is required.  Inevitably the subject matter at new play readings involves adult language and subject matter.
  •  You may be asked to read a script cold or you may participate in a prepared reading with a director and the playwright.
  •  Casting sessions will happen before the evening’s reading or after the Talk-back session, depending on the needs of the situation.
  •  Be adventurous, this can be a great place to meet new actors, directors and writers.
  • Contact the OPC Director for current information on opportunities.  Email at ohioplaywrightscircle@gmail.com.   Please make sure to give us all of your contact information, address, phone etc.


  • Directors are encouraged to participate and to help guide a cast for a prepared reading.  Not every playwright will want a prepared reading.  They may want to see what they can learn from a cold reading.  There certainly are advantages.
  • However, there are also great advantages to a prepared reading and to a staged reading.  Where we have a playwright who wants a prepared reading, we strongly encourage them to work with a director who may help them learn even more about their work.  Matching up directors and scripts will be an informal process.
  • Contact the OPC Director for current information on opportunities.  Email us at ohioplaywrightscircle@gmail.com


For questions email us at: ohioplaywrightscircle@gmail.com

Also check:    http://humanracetheatre.org/opc.php


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