In order to join Dramatists Guild, you need to prove that you are a writer for the theatre. You can join at 2 member levels: Member or Associate. The Member level is for those who have produced or published their work with a reputable licensing house. The Associate level is for those who have completed a script or score, or have performed a staged reading of their work.
Regardless of level, you must present the appropriate, supporting materials. Please note that a theatrical resume or CV is not allowed to be submitted as your sole supporting material. The burden of proof is on you, and it is not the responsibility of the guild to research your writing or production history. When applying for a membership, you may submit the following:
For Those Applying for the Member Level ($130):
Eligible applicants have had a production performed in front of a paying audience or a script published by a recognizable/known publishing/licensing house. Please submit a program, poster, a review link or a link to the published work. A clear photo of the published work is acceptable.
For Those Applying for the Associate Member Level ($90):
Eligible applicants have written a completed script. Please submit the completed script with your name on the cover page or a program from a reading or workshop. A program is preferred.
For Those Applying for a Student Discount (50% OFF):
We have no student members, only student discounts. Active students need to meet the above requirements for their respective level, submit proof of active student status, and submit the appropriate member level supporting materials. Students also need to provide a graduation date when filling out the application. Students can apply for any level they choose and receive a 50% discount on dues for the duration of their education.
Accepted File Formats for Supporting Materials:
You may submit .doc, .pdf, .jpeg, or .tiff files. Do not submit proprietary file formats such as Final Draft.
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