To embody our commitment to developing new work by local voices, Stow Players launched The Emerging Playwright Reading Series (EPRS).

EPRS is a play development program, minimally staged with actors carrying scripts, allowing the audience to assist the playwright in fulfilling the play’s full potential.  The Emerging Playwright Reading Series will take place on various evenings throughout Stow Players’ season as schedules allow. The playwright, director and actors will have access to the theater the day prior to the audience presentation to ensure all technical needs can be met.  

Unless otherwise noted, all performances begin at 7:30 pm and take place at:

 Stow Players
Silver Springs Park
Heritage Barn
5238 Young Rd
Stow, Ohio 44224


EPRS is open to playwrights who currently live within 3 hours of Stow, Ohio and are willing to travel to Stow Players for the Staged Reading.

Submissions can be less than full length (~90 minutes). However, if submissions are not full length, they may be combined with other shorter scripts for one evening of staged reading and talk back. This can result in an undetermined delay in the Staged Reading taking place.

Submissions must not have received a full production. Submissions that have received full productions, even if they have undergone significant post-production revisions, will not be considered.



Send an email to with the following information:

  •  NAME:
  • EMAIL:
  • PHONE:
  • BIO: (250 words of less, please. Try to dazzle us.
  • # OF CHARACTERS: (6 or under)
  • SYNOPSIS: (In 250 words or less, tell us about your script)
  • Attach script(s) as a .pdf.  We believe in a blind selection process so only include the title and page numbers on the script itself. No identifying information, please.



How many scripts will be chosen?

 A. That depends on how many scripts are submitted and when the performance space can be made available.

 When can I expect to be notificed if my script is chosen?

 A. Scripts will be read by at least two different people then passed along to our Production Committee for scheduling. We know what it’s like to be kept waiting, so we’ll do our best to shorten our process.

 When will my Reading take place?

 A. Stow Players’ season is from the end of October through the end of March. All staged readings will take place during that time.

 What about Actors and a Director?

 A. If you have a Director and/or Actors in mind, please provide that information when submitting your script. If not, Stow Players will provide them for you. If you choose the latter approach, these choices will be at our discretion and you, the playwright, will have no veto power.