Austin Latinx New Play Festival

AUSTIN, Texas – Teatro Vivo is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2020 Austin Latinx New Play Festival (ALNPF), presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, to run May 14 to May 16, 2020. Playwrights are invited to submit original scripts that speak to the diverse Latinx experience. Plays can be in English, Spanish, Nahuatl, Coahuiltecan, bilingual or multilingual.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 15, 2019 by 11:59 PM CST. Plays will then be read and scored by a diverse panel of readers. Four scripts will be selected for presentation at the festival, including one play by a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, and one play for young audiences. Selected plays will be announced in December. 

Eligible plays must be original, full-length works with a minimum 50-minute run time and a max of 10 roles. Additionally, plays must align with the Teatro Vivo mission statement, be focused on Latinx lives, and must not have been produced before the ALNPF or already scheduled for production during 2019-2020. Preference will be given to plays that utilize more than one language.

Now in its eighth year, the ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original work. The festival brings each playwright together with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience. Additionally, the selected works will receive a preliminary reading in January to give playwrights an opportunity to revise their work before rehearsals begin in May.

Playwrights of the selected pieces will collaborate with a dramaturg and director hired by Teatro Vivo. Playwrights must be available to attend the preliminary reading of their play in January, the public reading in May, and participate in a facilitated talk back with the audience immediately following the public reading. The Austin Latinx New Play Festival will take place at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

Submissions can be sent to

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


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