The International Centre for Women Playwrights connects, inspires, and empowers women playwrights to achieve equity on the world stages.
ICWP publishes anthologies of plays, monologues, and scenes by members and non-members.
The volume "Scenes From A Diverse World " offers college drama teachers, educators and students a rich source of scripts on unusual topics that will challenge and delight.
The volume is a 600+ page international collection of 73 scenes from plays about diversity – stories of under-represented cultural minorities.
It contains extracts for two or three characters, authored by female playwrights from many countries including Australia, Canada, Croatia, India, Italy, Indonesia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, UK and USA.
50/50 Applause Award
From 2012 - 2018 ICWP honoured theatres around the world who used their budgets fairly to represent the work of female playwrights on their stages at least 50% of the time.
The 62 recipients of the 2018 awards are found throughout Australia, Canada, Finland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United States, and Wales.
View the 50/50 Applause Awards 2018 videowhich showcases photos from over twenty theaters and production photos from a selection of their female authored plays.
ICWP maintains a searchable database of scripts written by women for stage, screen, TV, radio & musicals. As of 1 Jan 2019, there are over 900 plays listed.
Artistic Directors, Producers, actors, and students can find information about exciting original plays in this extensive database.
Contributions help us keep our database alive, and freely available to all women playwrights around the world.
Women playwrights and scriptwriters worldwide are invited to list their works free of charge. We encourage writers to register with ICWP as a member, but it's not required.
Why Join ICWP?
"I am an emerging playwright. I joined ICWP five years ago as I wrote my first play while nursing and raising my two young children. I was, and continue to be, a lone writer, with only my dramatic associations to guide me. Important things I have learned, among other things on this site, are: how women playwrights are still vastly underrepresented in theater, how others submit, how plays are produced, submission etiquette, the distinction b/w a guild and a union, what my rights are as a writer, and most importantly, that a group of people dedicated to one purpose is an invaluable resource to a woman writing alone."
- Stephanie Rae
2019 FUNDRAISING campaign
Donations to the Development Fund will go towards playwriting class registration fees, underwriting a development workshop, subsidize travel to productions or the cost of a residency