Founded in 2012, the DC Queer Theatre Festival is dedicated to unleashing and celebrating the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and area.By featuring new plays with themes relevant to the DC area and local artists with roots in the community, the DC Queer Theatre Festival combines quality theatre with activism and charity. The 2012 and 2013 DC Queer Theatre Festivals partnered with The DC Center for the LGBT Community, raising money for and awareness of the essential services The DC Center provides to the LGBTQ communities in Washington, DC.  

Our mission is to unleash and celebrate the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and community.

The DC Queer Theatre Festival will present a series of new play readings in the November 2022.

The DC Queer Theatre Festival is looking for unproduced and unpublished one-act plays no longer than 90 minutes in length. The plays should have themes relating to the LGBTQIA2S+ communities.

We are particularly interested in stories dealing with HIV/AIDS, healthcare, caregiving, and the COVID-19 pandemic and are prioritizing working with playwrights new to the DC Queer Theatre Festival.

There is a small stipend for this project. Participating playwrights will have the opportunity to work with professional directors, actors, and dramaturgs who will help with the development of the plays over three to five rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m., August 15, 2022.

Click here to submit your play!