We are looking for new work by Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora that tell stories of the Black experience.

Since 2008, Blackboard has supported the development of new work by Black Playwrights at various stages in their career through our feature readings and community nights.  We have been fortunate to find physical homes at organizations that believed in our work.

Our in-person readings have been paused since March 2020 due to Covid-19 and Social Distancing practices, but we have found new ways to support Black artists through Zoom Readings.  We are actively gearing up for another season on Zoom because your work still needs to be heard and developed.

Stay tuned for Submissions info regarding the Next Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival!


Submissions are currently open for the 4th Annual Obsidian Theatre Festival!

LEARN about all our Submission Opportunities here!


Pay Optional $5 Reading Fee Here (Blackboard Plays Submission ONLY)

Our main goal is to read your play and feature your work, but as we are a fiscally sponsored project, every donation helps us with creating the best experience to showcase your work.  Whether you give or not does not affect our decision regarding your play.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email:

Best of Luck!