Who wrote these plays for kids and teens?
Janea Dahl, the author/creator of Drama Notebook wrote nearly 90 of them.
All other plays have been contributed by actors, classroom teachers, teaching artists, and professional playwrights.
Janea Dahl and Drama Notebook contributor, Patrice DeHart, read each submission and then decide whether it is a good fit for Drama Notebook. If a script is accepted, the author is paid a license fee for use by teachers on Drama Notebook and the play is professionally formatted.
Thousands of dollars and countless hours have gone into creating this collection.
Why are they so inexpensive?
The participating playwrights are sharing their work on Drama Notebook to benefit teachers who cannot afford to pay royalties for performances in informal settings. This is why it is very important to write to the playwrights and acknowledge their hard work!
Have you written a script that you’d like to share?
Are there really NO royalties?
If you do not charge admission or collect donations for your show, there are no royalties due. If you do charge admission or collect donations, you’ll need to contact the playwright and inquire about potential royalties. In most cases, the playwright will still not charge a royalty, and if they do, it will be a much smaller royalty than traditional play publishers charge.
NOTE: In lieu of royalties, if you perform one of our plays in front of an audience, you must post a link to the Drama Notebook script section on your classroom or theatre organization website. When noted in the script, you must also promote the playwright’s web page. As an alternative, if you do not have a website, you must post a link on social media, or send photos of your production that we may share on social media.
Are any of the plays available for commercial use?
Yes. Most of the plays may be licensed for commercial use such as children’s theatre shows, film, television, advertising, etc. Contact the playwright directly (contact information is inside of every script) to inquire about arrangements/fees.
Why can’t I read a perusal copy?
We invest a huge amount of time and money into publishing each script, and then we offer them at almost-free prices. Adding perusal copies would add another expense and allow people to steal material from the site. (Yes, sadly, some people try to do that.)
We do our best to write a thorough description of each play and we provide the first page or so. We will offer refunds if the script in the event that the script is mistakenly misrepresented on the site.
Can I edit a play to suit the needs of my group?
Not without permission! All plays on Drama Notebook are original scripts and copyright protected. If you wish to make any changes to the script(s), you MUST contact the playwright directly and discuss your plans.
Who uses Drama Notebook?
Over 14,500 drama teachers in 100 countries have subscribed to Drama Notebook since its inception in 2010. Read our reviews.
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