The Current


The Current is our  developmental reading series for unproduced plays by Chicago playwrights. Three to five selected plays will receive a developmental workshop and public staged reading as part of The Passage Theatre’s second season. A director and dramaturg will work with the playwright and a cast of actors to revise and present the play, and a post-show discussion with the audience will provide additional feedback to the playwright for further development.

We are looking for work that is...


THEATRICAL. If your script could be a movie, it's not for us.

ENSEMBLE-ORIENTED. Complex, meaty roles for many actors, not just a single lead.

THOUGHT-PROVOKING. We want audiences to leave our theatre transformed, with a new perspective that propels them to move through their lives more deliberately.

Submission Guidelines

To submit your one-act or full-length play for consideration, email the following to with “The Current – [Name of Play] – [Name of Playwright]” in the subject line:

  • 10 page excerpt

  • Brief synopsis and developmental history of the play

  • Artistic resume or biography


Submission must be received by 11:59pm on Sunday, July 21. A playwright may submit no more than two plays. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only playwrights living in the Greater Chicago Area are eligible. 

Full scripts will be requested from certain applicants, and then the selected playwrights will be notified by the end of August.



If you have any questions, email Literary Manager Will Quam at