Baltimore Center Stage: New Play Inquiries

New Play Inquiries

art for the 2019/20 Season

Mirlande Jean-Gilles is a mother of two, a visual artist and writer. Her award winning fiction and poetry have been published in various literary journals and anthologies. Mirlande’s vibrant, multimedia collages have been exhibited at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, University of Baltimore, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Kenkeleba Gallery and Corridor Gallery in New York. She was selected to be a “Bearden 100” in collaboration with The Romare Bearden Foundation. Her artwork appears on the covers of various books, including “Strut” by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie and “Two Moons” by Kyrstal Allen.  She was one of the women featured in the documentary “Imagine a Future”. She is the recipient of the Maryland State Council for the Arts-Individual Artist Award for works on paper. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her family.

The artwork you see here represents each of our plays this season and is more than just the typical show poster—each is a commissioned work of art by Baltimore-based, award-winning collage artist Mirlande Jean-Gilles. Drawing inspiration from the scripts, Jean-Gilles used her signature style to create these original pieces. Our collaboration is a celebration of how artists can inspire each other, creating new forms and expressions that speak to all of us.

The collection of season art  has been installed in To Bean or Not to Bean TM, Baltimore Center Stage’s new, open-to-the-community coffee bar and visitors are welcome to come by during operating hours to explore these stunning original works.

You can see more of her work on line at the Baker Artist Portfolio site.


To our friends and colleagues in the community of playwrights:

To serve our local community of artists and best honor our designation as the State Theater of Maryland—and because of the practical limits imposed by considerations such as programming slots and volume of plays under commission—we will only be able to consider new-play inquiries from Maryland-based writers. 

If you are an un-agented playwright from outside the state, we sympathize and realize how difficult it can be to get new scripts considered. There are, in and around Baltimore and Washington, numerous theaters and developmental bodies dedicated to producing new work who would welcome the chance to hear from you. We encourage you to seek them out, and to that end here’s a small sampling of some groups just here in Baltimore that we believe would be receptive to new work:

  • Rep Stage
  • Glass Mind Theatre
  • EMP Collective
  • Baltimore Playwrights Festival
  • Single Carrot Theatre
  • Cohesion Theatre Company
  • Interrobang Theatre Company
  • Acme Corporation

If you are a Maryland playwright contacting us about a script, please use the following guidelines:

How to be Invited to Submit a Play

If you are interested in having your play considered, please send an inquiry according to the following guidelines. It is not necessary (or helpful) to bind or cover your material, and email inquiries are encouraged.

  • Send a brief letter of inquiry and introduction to Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202; or send your inquiry via email to
  • Include a brief (1 page or less) synopsis of your piece(s) and a cast breakdown (indicating the total number of actors required).
  • Include a script excerpt of up to 10 sequential pages (these don't need to be the opening pages, but if not please provide some basic context).
  • You must provide a SASE/P or an e-mail address if you wish a response, including acknowledgment of receipt; if you want your materials returned, please note this and be sure to include sufficient postage to send them back.
  • For musicals, please include a CD recording of songs/music.
  • You may include a brief bio or resume, or reviews from workshops, readings, or past productions if you like, but these are optional.

Please note that, while we try to get to all submissions promptly, it may take some time for us to evaluate your materials and respond; but so long as you have provided us with the means to reply we will do so if we would like to see a full copy of your work.

Remember: You may ONLY submit an entire script by explicit invitation, or through a literary agent. We regret that we will not be able to read or return any script received without prior invitation.