2023 Call for Play Submissions

Sin Muros: A Borderless Teatro Festival

Stages continues to celebrate Latinx/Latine voices and stories reflecting the diversity of local Texas communities with the 6th installment of Sin Muros: A Borderless Teatro Festival. The festival weekend will be filled with public events for audiences and local theatre-makers, including readings, workshops, and networking opportunities.

Four scripts will be selected to be workshopped over a one-week period, resulting in public readings/showings. Readings will be produced under AEA Staged Reading 29 Hour contract, allowing twenty-nine hours of rehearsal and performance combined.

Each script will be assigned a director and actors. Playwrights will be in the rehearsal room and may rewrite as little or as much as they prefer. An honorarium, travel, and lodging will be provided by the festival to selected playwrights.

There is no fee to submit.


Works by Latinx playwrights, either Texas born, raised, or based in Texas will be considered. Submissions in both English and Spanish will be accepted. Submissions are limited to one play per playwright. Selection will be based upon:

  • Excellence in the writing craft of the play
  • Originality in the voice of the play
  • Potential impact for the artist, field and/or audience.

Only new full-length pieces that have not yet received a full-production or been reviewed will be considered. Solo shows are eligible for consideration. Playwrights must be available for the week of May 22nd – May 28th, 2023.

Sin Muros: A Borderless Teatro Festival is committed to gender equity/parity.

  • Submissions are due by November 20th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winners will be notified by the end of December, 2022.
  • A press release will announce the winners in January, 2023.
  • The Sin Muros Festival will be held the week of May 22nd – May 28th, 2023.

If you have any questions or concerns about the submission process, schedule conflicts, or other queries, please contact our Artistic & Community Engagement Administrator, Elizabeth Keel, at ekeel@stageshouston.com.



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For more than a decade Stages has made a strong investment in nurturing emerging artists and craftspeople who have now become field leaders and working professionals. Stages’ learning opportunities include student matinees, performance and production mentorship programs, and conservatory-style training for middle and high school students. Stages engages our larger community through a host of partnerships and programs including community conversations, festivals, ticket donations, reduced-price programs, sensory-friendly and ASL interpreted performances, and offerings outside our permanent home.