Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

New Plays, New Voices, New Talents

CPI was formed in November 1996 and exists to serve the local Cincinnati community of playwrights, directors and actors who wish to pursue the art and craft of playwriting. CPI’s goal is to enhance the cultural awareness of the community by offering new, original work by local playwrights in both an entertaining and educational setting. We present low cost staged readings to the general public for playwrights to receive valuable feedback on their work and for audiences to be part of the creative process with the playwright. 

Aronoff Resident Company

CPI has been a resident company of the Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts since its inception as a 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in July, 2001. All staged reading performances take place in the Fifth Third Theater unless capacity attendance requires us to move our performances to the larger Jarson-Kaplan Theater.

DEADLINE for submission: May 31, 2024

CALL FOR Submissions For NEW Works 2024/2025

We accept submissions of One Act, Full Length and short plays (10 minutes in length) that together make a performance of 90 minutes of work to present as a cold or staged reading.

Play formatting and designated page counts based on play length are outlined by clicking the Submission Guidelines button. In order to be accepted for submission for our season of “new works” plays must be unpublished and not stage produced elsewhere, although cold or staged readings of a play in development is acceptable.

Membership in CPI is required prior to submission and can be done electronically on the “Members” button at the top of the homepage. Playwrights living outside the Cincinnati designated market are eligible for cold readings only. Playwrights are encouraged to attend our free monthly playwriting workshops to prepare their work for submission.

Submissions that receive a cold reading receive valuable feedback from other playwrights and audiences at a local venue where attendance is free. Plays that are selected for a staged reading are performed at the Aronoff during our designated season and receive live audience feedback after the performance.

Submissions are now being accepted for our third iteration of the wildly popular “Lovefest” ten-minute play festival where we will select 8 short plays for an evening of staged readings on Tuesday, February 11th which will again support the work of the American Heart Association fundraiser as part  of our 2024/2025 season! Only 2 ten-minute plays per playwright can be submitted for this event. Send your blind copy script(s) with Lovefest 3 in the subject line by June 30, 2024 to Arnie Shayne as outlined on our submissions tab by clicking the box here:

November 2023 staged reading Can't Stop What's Coming by Barry Cobb

November 2023 staged reading Boy Meets Girl by Bertha Davis

November 2023 staged reading Lovestruck/Forever Soulmates by Susan and Doug Decatur

Contact Us

P.O. Box 40
Terrace Park, OH 45174-0040