We put playwrights at the center. 
We produce first and second productions of new plays by living writers, in processes designed to support both the playwright and the play. We are most interested in projects where the writer(s) and other generative artists are present and involved throughout the process, and where we feel we can make a meaningful contribution to the project’s development and future life. 

We are the home of new plays in Boston.
We have a deep investment in Boston and Boston-adjacent artists, especially alumni and current students of Boston University’s graduate Playwriting Program, whose plays will be found in each and every BPT season. We look for projects that center vital questions in the lives of those who live, work, and play in our region. We look for ways to amplify voices in our communities that have been historically silenced or ignored. 

We produce work that is uniquely suited to our spaces and resources.
We have two wonderful, scrappy black box theater spaces that are a perfect home for some plays, but not for all plays. We can be most successful in producing text-focused, technically simple projects that benefit from rigorous dramaturgy and the resources of a university—most significantly, access to academic subject matter experts and to excellent young actors in a BFA training program. We only commit to projects that we feel we are uniquely suited to produce at a high level given our spaces, resources, and values.

We believe that playwrights are necessary.
We live in a time of great uncertainty and great possibility. We seek to develop and produce plays that deepen our collective understanding as we reflect on our past, take on the challenges of our present moment, and plan for our future.


If you feel your work is in alignment with these values and would be uniquely at home at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, we would love to hear from you in the following ways:

  • Submit your work to the Boston Theater Marathon! The submission window is approximately October 15-November 15 each fall.
  • If you are an alum of the graduate Playwriting Program, apply for a Jack Welch Developmental Residency. Deadline: February 15, 2023
  • If you are a playwright in the greater Boston area who is in need of space to meet with your writing group, hold a table read of your work, or for another developmental purpose, we can help!
  • Check this space! We’re taking some time to move through a leadership transition right now; we’ll share more during the 2023-2024 season on how we’d like to get to know you and your work.