You asked, we listened: we’re opening a new Festival branch in Dallas-Fort Worth!

Building on the success of our Summer Theater Festivals in New York City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, SheDFW will bring our mission and vision to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Texas artists have always made up a large portion of our nationwide script submissions, so we’re bringing the Festival to you! We can’t wait to see what women, trans, & non-binary voices of Texas bring to the stage in Fall 2024. 

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Fort Worth-based producer Sarah Powell, who will take on the Executive Producer role of SheDFW, in partnership with Associate Producer Rebecca Lowrey, the newly appointed CEO of MusicalWriters.com. Under their leadership, SheDFW promises to be an electric addition to the SheNYC Arts family. 

The introduction of SheDFW follows the proud legacy of SheLA and SheATL, underlining SheNYC Arts as the beacon for gender-marginalized talents in the theater world. 

Graphic reads: Introducing our new reading series, Dallas Debuts! With a blue image of the state of Texas.

apply to be a part of


This spring, we’ll be kicking things off in Dallas-Fort Worth with a table read series of new plays by local writers. Here’s what we’re looking for: 

  • Local (DFW based) writers who are women, non-binary or trans
  • Scripts that are 90 min or less & 6 or fewer actors
  • Must have not had any public readings (table reads are ok)

Email your script to dfw@shenycarts.org

Help Launch the SheDFW Festival

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Get Involved

Want to be involved in the inaugural SheDFW Theater Festival? We’d love to hear from you! We hope to make this a truly community event, so encourage DFW-based artists, arts adminstrators, and organizations to reach out by signing up below, or emailing DFW@shenycarts.org.

About the SheDFW Theater Festival 

What’s the festival timeline?

We plan to accept script submissions in January/February 2024. The Festival will take place in September 2024, exact dates TBD. Check back in January for more details! 

What is a theater festival? 

The typical theater festival is an opportunity for playwrights to self-produce their work in full onstage, for a paying audience. Festivals have multiple shows which all share resources (like the theater itself, front-of-house staff and supplies, and technical equipment), making the process far less expensive for everyone than producing your show in full on your own. If you’ve done readings already and feel like you’re ready to take the next step of seeing your piece fully staged, a festival is probably the right fit for you!

How is sheDFW different?

We pride ourselves on providing more for less. As a non-profit, we’re able to charge no participation fee, and you get the full SheDFW staff on your team to help produce your show with you!

We take care of most of the logistics, so you can focus on  the creative parts of producing your show. ​

What kind of shows we accept:

  • Full-lengths only (running time between 1 and 2 hours)
  • Plays, musicals, or adaptations
  • The writing team must be at least 50% marginalized genders (cis women, trans men and women, and non-binary people)

What kind of shows we do not accept:

  • Short plays or short musicals (less than one hour)
  • Pieces that are adapted from works that are not public domain or that you can’t prove you have the rights to produce

More details coming soon!

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