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Protect your work.
Business advice and review of unsigned contracts.
The Business Affairs Department of the Guild is available to answer member questions by phone, email, or (when necessary) in-person consultation. The Guild’s lawyers will examine your contracts and provide you with detailed information as to how its terms compare to current industry standards. The Guild also has an extensive and growing collection of sample agreements and articles on various topics related to the business of theatre, all of which are available to members upon request.
Access to sample contracts and industry standards.
We offer a variety of model contracts to address a variety of member needs, depending upon where you are in your writing process. Our contracts range from commission, underlying rights and licensing agreements to collaboration agreements between writers to Showcase and Small Theatre agreements. Most of our contracts are available as emailable PDF files however our Approved Production Contract for Plays and our Approved Production Contract for Musicals must be purchased in printed form only.
The eligibility to vote for the Guild’s governing council.
The Guild is governed by a board of directors (Council) elected from its membership. These writers, in various stages of their theatrical careers, meet monthly to decide policy for the Guild. The Council is currently led by Doug Wright, Lisa Kron, Lynn Nottage and Julia Jordan. Our full list of Council members is listed here.
A listing in our online Member Directory Listing.
Make sure anyone can see you are a member of The Guild. Every member at every level is displayed in our searchable Member Directory on our website. The listing will include your name, location and your creative roles.
A profile on our website.
Launching September 2017. Only available to those at the Member level or to Student Members and Estate Members.
Visually let everyone know you are a member of The Dramatists Guild of America with an online profile on our website. Online Member Profile. Profile includes your bio, your picture, a list of works (including synopses) and the ability to upload PDFs and/or mp3s of work samples for public download.
Learn from masters.
Discounting pricing at The Dramatist Guild Institute for Dramatic Writing.
- Our curriculum of classes, both on in-person and on-line classes with master teachers, combines our DG Academy (playwriting seminars) and DG Conservatory (musical theatre writing seminars) for a variety of extended educational classes (anything from a long weekend to something more rigorous that’s 8-10 weeks in duration).
- Hone your creative skills and engage in a community focused on professional development, with courses ranging from play structure to comprehensive writing workshops.
- All of our classes are taught by prominent educators and master teachers, such as Kirsten Childs, Tina Howe, and Austin Pendleton.
- Current course listings and more information can be found at the DGI website.
- Members receive access for class registration for prior students and free access to pop-up special events and programming.
Free access to "In the Room" series of podcasts.
An unparalleled archival collection of some of American theatre’s greatest masters talking about their craft. Featuring Edward Albee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lynn Nottage, Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, and more.
Receive The Dramatist.
A free subscription to our bi-monthly magazine.
The Dramatist is the official journal of the Guild. It is written by members for members. It’s content is generated and/or curated by the editor, staff, and the Publications Committee. It is also the only national magazine dedicated to the business and craft of writing for theatre. The only publication of its kind to serve playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists across the country.
- All members receive seven issues of The Dramatist, including our special edition Season In Review.
- Access to our ever-expanding online archive of past issues.
- Access to additional online content and extended articles.
Discounted rates for display ads.
- One free classified ad in The Dramatist per calendar year (40 words or fewer. Editors may edit advertisements for style or content).
- Guild members receive 10% off any single display ad and 25% off any display ad to promote their self-produced shows. (This offer does not apply to non-members or institutions. No other discounts apply.)
Submit your work like a PRO.
Advance access to the annual print-on-demand DG Resource Directory.
- The Dramatists Guild Resource Directory is the only annual professional reference guide for working playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists. It is the official reference for the Dramatists Guild and contains listings of theatres, playwriting opportunities, writer resources, programs in playwriting, and more.
- A members only discount available during first release.
- Regular Price: $25.00. Order your copy today at lulu.com
Waived fees for select submission opportunities.
Each year more and more submission opportunities waive their fees for Guild members. As long as you can prove you’re an active member, the fee gets waived!
Free online version of the Resource Directory.
A free non-printable but fully-searchable PDF version of the Resource Directory is available online to all members.
Online submission calendar.
Keep track of deadlines with our new online submissions calendar. It can be found here.
Discount at The Drama Book Shop in New York City.
Present your DG member card to receive a 10% discount at The Drama Book Shop.
Discount at The Samuel French Theatre and Film Bookshop in Hollywood.
Present your DG member card to receive a 10% discount at The Samuel French Theatre and Film Bookshop.
Discounted pricing on Final Draft writing software.
DG members save over 30% on Final Draft 10, the preferred software for most industry professionals. It helps you format your scripts, map out your plots, collaborate in real time with fellow Final Draft users, and more.
Discounted hotel rates available through HotelStorm.
The Dramatists Guild of America is excited to announce a new partnership with HotelStorm to bring exclusive hotel discounts to our members. When you use HotelStorm, you’ll find savings of 10-55% over other online travel agencies. HotelStorm offers thousands of hotels worldwide, 24/7 concierge, and the best hotel prices.
Discounted rental rates for the Mary Rodgers Room in New York City.
A newly renovated multipurpose space that seats 40-50 people and is on the same floor as the Guild offices in the heart of Times Square. Perfect for rehearsals, workshops, readings, podcast recordings etc.
For more information on Mary Rodgers, please click here.
Free year of Samuel French's play reading platform, Abbott.
Abbott is Samuel French’s new platform for play reading. Through Abbott, you can explore the largest digital collection of plays and musicals in the world on your mobile device, tablet or computer…anytime, anywhere. For more information on Abbott visit here.
Save Money on Tickets.
Complimentary tickets via Playwrights Welcome.
Developed for the Dramatists Guild of America Members, Playwrights Welcome is a national ticketing initiative created by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. This program was made out of a desire to support the artistic health of our industry’s writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theater.
Playwrights Welcome is designed to offer available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. These available tickets are ones that would otherwise go unsold; we firmly believe that no theater should give away a ticket that could otherwise be sold.
To learn more about how your theater can get involved, or how you as a playwright can take advantage of this Dramatists Guild benefit go to Playwrights Welcome.
Discounted membership to Theatre Mania Gold Club (NYC).
Dramatists Guild members enjoy a 40% discount: $59.00 (vs. reg. price $99.) See as many offered shows as you like, with a friend or loved one. Most tickets in the Gold Club are complimentary. Members are only charged a $4.50 ticket processing fee per ticket.
Discounted membership to Sold Out Crowd (LA).
Sold Out Crowd provides members with complimentary tickets to shows all over Los Angeles for just a $4 processing fee per ticket. They fill seats for theatrical performances (big and small) concerts, lectures, opera and more!
Work with our Partners.
Access to Fractured Atlas.
As a member of The Dramatists Guild, you can join Fractured Atlas as an Associate Member free of charge!
Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Their programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering vital support to the artists who produce it.
As an Associate Member of Fractured Atlas you have access to the following services:
Liability Insurance- High quality, low-cost coverage for: annual general liability, studio rental, events, film production and equipment, public art installations, independent theatre designers and technicians, teaching artists, craft artists, directors and officers (which can also include employment practices insurance), errors and omissions, volunteer accidents, and worker’s comp.
Healthcare- All the information about the plans can be found on their website, where you can directly sign up for the plan that suits your needs.
Online Courses- Developed by industry professionals that can help with fundraising, marketing, budgeting, producing strategies, and other D.I.Y aspects of the arts and creative industries.
Calendar of Events- Members can post news and event listings to their online, national calendar of events.
Special Offers Discount- Their discounts to both businesses and arts organization have been specifically negotiated for our members.