Barrington Stage Company’s Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award

Submissions are CLOSED.

After the success of the inaugural Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award in 2018, we are proud to announce the second round of the Burman New Play Award in 2020. Barrington Stage seeks an original, emerging new voice in the American Theatre. The winning playwright will receive $25,000, a staged reading and a possible full production. Two additional $5,000 awards will be given to playwrights who will each receive a staged reading at Barrington Stage.

The 2018 Grand Prize winner was Stacey Rose for her play America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro; and the additional awards were given to Brent Askari for his play American Underground and Christina Quintana for her play Citizen Scientist. Both Rose’s and Askari’s plays received world premiere productions at BSC in 2019.

Submissions opened on January 2, 2020 and closed April 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (EST). There is no fee for entry.


The play…

    • must be a new full length play that has not been produced professionally
    • must be available for its official world premiere production
    • must be unpublished and not yet licensed
    • must be free and not attached to any producers
    • must be able to be performed with 8 actors or less
    • must be wholly original and not an adaptation or translation of an existing foreign language play
    • must be a play that has not already been sent to Barrington Stage Company for consideration

The playwright…

    • must be a U.S. resident
    • can only submit one play
    • cannot be an immediate family member of a BSC staff or board member


  • A brief letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer or literary agent must accompany the script. Each endorsing organization/person/agent can only endorse one play. The endorsement must be uploaded via the application below and can be either a pdf on official company letterhead or a pdf of an official email from the organization.
  • A PDF of the script that does not include the author’s name, agent info, developmental/award history or year written anywhere within the script; please number all pages.
  • 150 word bio of the writer
  • 150 word synopsis of the play (that does not contain the writer’s name)
  • 150 word developmental history of the play, if any
  • Any special needs of the play (live animals, on-stage pool, three children, etc.)


All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found at the bottom of this page.  

You are able to save your work on the application and return to it at a later date. If you have any questions about the award or the application, please email Megan Nussle, Burman Award Project Coordinator, at All questions regarding the award should go to and not sent to any other BSC employees.


Grand Prize (1 recipient)

  • $25,000
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • a possible full production at Barrington Stage Company
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading and production

Runner Up Prize (2 recipients)

  • $5,000 each
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading


Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by committee assembled by BSC. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by the New Play Award Committee, composed of distinguished artists in Fall 2020. Winners will be announced in late 2020.


Barrington Stage will ask for the right of first refusal for a world premiere of all award recipients that will expire 90 days after Barrington Stage presents the staged reading of the play.

We want to thank Bonnie and Terry Burman for recognizing the importance
of discovering and supporting vital new voices in the American Theatre.

Past Winners


BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd presents the award check to inaugural Grand Prize Winner Stacey Rose