Playwrights Festival

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This is sponsored by Museum of Jersey City History, The Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, and is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2022 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; New Jersey Historical Commission.



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Applications are now available for Speranza's

2nd Annual Women's Playwrights Circle

  • BIPOC, trans, cis and gender fluid women and those who identify on the spectrum of woman, and who reside in New Jersey, NYC, NY, CT or PA are welcome and encouraged to apply

  • Every effort will be made to create as diverse a group of writers (based on race, gender identity, class, ability, background, education, etc) as possible. Please be sure to be particularly specific about all the ways in which you identify, to help us with this very important goal.

  • Participation consists of attending up to 36 mandatory weekly (mostly) meetings (over the course of the year) to share pages, receive feedback and to develop their work.

  • This playwrights group will meet on Zoom. 


  • The summer session will focus on readings of full-lengths that may/may not be open to the public, depending on the determination of the playwright and the program's director. 


  • After this year's 36-session year, participants will step down to make room for new cohort for the September 2023 to August 2024 season.  ​​



  • The deadline to apply is July 1, 2022 (or after 100 applications have been received)

  • The first 100 applications will be considered for a spot in this year's Circle.

  • Out of those who apply, 8-10 playwrights will be chosen to participate. 


  • There is no fee to apply and no fee to participate.


  • Successful Applications will be contacted by August 15th.

Any questions about the Circle or about this application process should be directed to Pandora Scooter, Founder/Director at pandorascooter@gmail.com.

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Speranza is thrilled to be working on this project with playwright and teacher, Pandora Scooter,

the Founder/Director of the Women's Playwright's Circle.

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Pandora Scooter is an award-winning biracial (Japanese/Jewish), queer, middle-aged, Gen X playwright, script analyst, instructor, performer, spoken word artist and activist.  She has worked in the literary departments of Arena Stage, the Goodman Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Delaware Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse and New York Theatre Workshop as a script reader, literary associate and dramaturg.  In 1999, she and Rosemary McLaughlin founded The Hallie Flanagan Women's Play Reading Series at Wings Theatre Company, which ran for three years.   A life long script analyst, Pandora has created a practical guide to script analysis called The Bunseki Method and has written a text book on the subject of the same name.