First Read Chicago 2019: Call for Submissions

First Read, a new play development workshop and readings series, seeks first drafts of plays by trans and non-binary theater artists. Produced by ensemble theater company The Syndicate, First Read launched in NYC in 2018 with readings of three new plays by trans artists. Now, The Syndicate and collaborators aim to bring the success of the first festival to Chicago in 2019. Lead producers Hal Cosentino and Ellenor Riley-Condit will host the next First Read at The Martin- 2515 W. North Avenue- the week of June 10th – June 16th, 2019.
To submit a play, please email a PDF of your script to by March 4th, 2019 with the subject line FIRST READ CHICAGO SUBMISSION. Please include a character breakdown. You will be notified via email either way no later than April 14th, 2019.
To learn more about the artists involved in the 2018 NYC festival, visit