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Script Resources

This page lists play publishers and leasing agents serving the North American educational theatre market.

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Classic and contemporary plays
Smaller and specialty publishing houses
Anthologies and reading editions

Classic and contemporary plays

Broadway Play Publishing Inc.
56 East 81st Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 772-8334
fax: (212) 772-8358
Broadway Play Publishing specializes in full-length, contemporary American plays, published individually and in anthologies.

Dramatic Publishing Company
311 Washington Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
(800) 448-7469
fax: (800) 334-5302
Dramatic Publishing has an extensive collection of plays for young audiences, including new works recently developed in major professional children’s theatres around the United States. Their catalogue of works for professional, stock, and amateur markets also includes full-length plays, one-acts, translations, adaptations, and musicals.

Dramatists Play Service
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-8960
fax: (212) 213-1539
Dramatists’ extensive catalogue features full-length plays and musicals, including many contemporary works produced in New York City and by professional regional theatre companies.

Samuel French, Inc.
45 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 206-8990
fax: (212) 206-1429
French is a major publisher of acting editions of scripts, including full-length plays, one-acts, solo works, musicals, and plays for young audiences. In addition to classic and contemporary Broadway, Off Broadway, and West End plays, their catalogue contains many scripts never produced in New York, including light comedies and mysteries.

Playscripts, Inc.
325 W. 38th Street, Suite 305
New York, NY 10018
(866) 639-7529
A publisher of new plays, Playscripts includes several former Thespian Playworks finalists in their catalogue. They sell books and lease performance rights, and offer free online script samples.


Music Theatre International
421 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 541-4684
fax: (212) 397-4684
MTI’s catalogue features classic and contemporary Broadway musicals. Its holdings include the “Broadway Youth Collection” of author-approved packages that are abridged for elementary, middle, and secondary school performance. They also license full productions, revues, and concert versions of musicals and offer various production resources.

Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library
229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(800) 400-8160
fax: (212) 268-1245
R&H includes classic Broadway musicals, from the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus a few other new shows. They also offer fairy-tale musicals for young audiences and revues.

Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
560 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 688-9191
fax: (212) 688-3232
Tams-Witmark licenses Broadway musicals, from Gershwin and Porter classics to contemporary hits. Rental often includes choice of orchestration and stage manager’s guide.

Theatrical Rights Worldwide
1359 Broadway, Suite 914
New York, NY 10018
(866) 378-9758
fax: (212) 643-1322
Licenses productions for musicals from Broadway and Off-Broadway, plus shows from regional theatres and elsewhere. Also provides authorized performance materials for rehearsal and performance.

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Smaller and specialty publishing houses

Anchorage Press Plays
P.O. Box 2901
Louisville, KY 40201
(502) 583-2288
fax: (502) 583-2281
Anchorage Press is generally regarded as the premiere publisher of plays for young audiences in the United States, representing Suzan Zeder and Aurand Harris, among others. Catalogue includes dramatic versions of folk tales and fables, world classics, and stories of search and growth.

Baker’s Plays
P.O. Box 699222
Quincy, MA 02269
(617) 745-0805
fax: (617) 745-9891
Baker’s Plays publishes a large collection of plays appropriate for young actors and audiences, in addition to its holiday, religious, and adult offerings.

Brooklyn Publishers
1841 Cord Street
Odessa, Texas 79762
toll-free: (888) 473-8521
(432) 550-5532
fax: (432) 368-0340
Brooklyn Publishers publishes full-length and one-act plays as well as monologues, skits, duets, children’s plays, radio plays, religious plays, acting books and workbooks, and plays for Halloween and Christmas for young adults and high school and college students. They specialize in contest material that is utilized by forensic groups.

I.E. Clark
P.O. Box 246
Schulenburg, TX 78956
(979) 743-3232
fax: (979) 743-4765
I.E. Clark offers many scripts for secondary school production, including one-acts, full-length plays, musicals, and sketches. Plays tend to be didactic works or adaptations of well-known fairy tales and fables.

Contemporary Drama Service
885 Elkton Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(800) 937-5297
customer service: (719) 594-4422
fax: (888) 594-4436
Specializes in musicals, plays, monologues, and sketches for secondary school, community theatre, and church performances. Owned by theatre arts book publisher Meriwether Publishing Ltd.

Crystal Theatre Publishing
12 June Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
(203) 847-4850
Crystal Theatre Publishing is the publishing arm of Crystal Theatre, a children’s and community theatre group in Norwalk, Connecticut. Creates original plays and musicals for youth and community theatre groups.

Drama Source
1588 E. 361 N.
St. Anthony, ID 83445
(208) 624-4726
Drama Source specializes in G-rated, family-friendly plays and musicals.

Eldridge Publishing
P.O. Box 14367
Tallahassee, FL 32317
(800) HI-STAGE (800-447-8243)
fax: (800) 453-5179
Specializes in scripts for community theatres and the school market.
Online catalog of new plays sponsored by The Tidewater Dramatists Guild, which is a playwrights cooperative. Scripts for special groups, such as retirees, single gender, and the disabled.

Heuer Publishing Company LLC
211 First Avenue S.E., Suite 200
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(800) 950-7529
(319) 368-8008
fax: (319) 368-8011
Licenses productions of short and full-length plays, ten-minute plays, and musicals from accomplished playwrights and composers; the catalog includes an extensive list of works appropriate for school and community theatres.

Lazy Bee Scripts
2 Wood Road
SO40 7BD
United Kingdom
(011 44) 023-8029-3120
Scripts for full-length and one-acts, sketches, a few musicals, and lots of English pantomimes for schools and children’s theatre groups. Complete scripts can be read on the website. Based in the United Kingdom, but they deliver world-wide.

Limelight Scripts
152 Southey Hill
S5 8BN
United Kingdom
(011 42) 017338
Scripts for British pantomime plays and musicals, plus an online in-depth explanation of the history of pantomime. They also publish new plays, pantomimes, musicals, and one-acts. Based in the United Kingdom, they deliver world-wide.

Mysteries by Moushey, Inc.
P.O. Box 3593
Kent, OH 44240
(330) 678-3893
fax: (330) 434-9376
Mysteries by Moushey offers interactive mystery scripts and production packages. Plot summaries are available online, and most scripts are considered appropriate for high school audiences, with adaptation by the playwright possible upon request.

New Plays Incorporated
P.O. Box 5074
Charlottesville, VA 22905
(804) 979-2777
fax: (804) 984-2230
New Plays is a small but reputable publisher devoted primarily to plays for young audiences. Many are based on familiar fairy tales, but their scripts are generally more innovative and better constructed than other published adaptations of the same source material.

Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.
P.O. Box 4267
Englewood, CO 80155
(303) 779-4035 or (800) 333-7262
fax: (303) 779-4315
Pioneer Drama Service offers new plays, musicals, melodramas, participation plays, and holiday scripts, as well as text and production resources, for school groups and other theatres.

West View
Crewkerne Road
Axminster, Devon
EX13 5SX United Kingdom
phone: (011) 44 01297 32905
Royalty-free school plays and pantomimes written by drama teachers and children, ranging from modified Shakespeare, traditional stories, mini pantomimes, Christmas and nativity plays, and plays that can be used in both the classroom as a curriculum aid and for performance.

Seltaeb Music Pty. Ltd.
P.O. Box 1078
NSW 2228
Sydney, Australia
(011 61) 418 229 241
fax: (011 61) 2 9589 3272
Australian-based publisher of plays and musicals. Their most popular show is the musical Class of 77, which is ideal for high school productions.

PO Box 1064
Crystal Beach, Ontario L0S 1B0
(866) 245-9138
fax: (877) 245-9138
Theatrefolk offers a broad range of plays and collections specifically written for high school study and performance. A free catalog and sample pages are available on the website.

USA Plays for Kids
Drury University
900 North Benton Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-7430
fax: (417) 873-7250
A literacy and creativity project of Drury University, USA Plays for Kids provides information from playwrights who focus on K-12 scripts. Scripts are not available directly through the service, but descriptions of the plays include publisher name and, in some cases, website link.
7125 De Longpre Avenue #209
Los Angeles CA 90046
A coalition of professional dramatists dedicated to making diverse plays and works available to schools, theatres, and institutions that serve young audiences. Synopses of plays available on website.

Anthologies and reading editions

Plays Magazine
P.O. Box 600160
Newton, MA 02460
(617) 630-9100 or (800) 630-5755
This sixty-four-year-old magazine offers eight to ten plays in each issue. Each issue includes plays for students in every grade level. Current subscribers may use plays royalty-free. The subscription rate is $33 per year (seven issues per year, October through May).

Smith and Kraus
4 Lower Mill Road
North Stratford, NH 03590
orders: (800) 895-4331
customer service: (603) 669-7032
catalogue requests: c/o IDS, 300 Bedford Street, Building B, Suite 213, Manchester, NH 03101
fax: (603) 795-4427
Smith and Kraus publishes anthologies of plays that premiered at the Seattle Children’s Theatre and in the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, plus other collections for secondary schools. They also have many anthologies of monologues and scenes. They don’t handle licensing, but their books contain contact information for rights.

Theatre Communications Group, Inc.
355 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 697-5230
fax: (212) 983-4847
TCG publishes scripts appropriate for regional theatres, some in thematic anthologies. Their catalogue includes British and Canadian play publishers, too. TCG doesn’t handle licensing, but books contain contact information for rights.