How much are the scripts?

If you are already a Drama Notebook member, everything in the Script Library is included in your subscription.

For non-members, scripts on Drama Notebook are between $1 and $10 each depending
on the length of the piece. Purchase $10 in script credits here.

*No royalties.
No per-script fees.
No video fees.
No other hidden fees.

Scripts Library How it Works Royalties

*No royalties are due when the script is used in an educational or casual setting and no admission is charged. If admission is charged, or donations are taken at the performance(s), you must contact the playwright and inquire about potential royalties.

How does it work?

1. Set up a quick and easy account on Drama Notebook and choose a purchase option that works for you.

10 Script Credits-$10
Each credit is worth $1. Download 10 $1 scripts, or 1 $10 script, etc.
Good for 30 days. No recurring charges.
Purchase another 10 credits if you need more scripts.

Yearly Subscription $89.95-Best Value
Enjoy up to 250 downloads from the Script Library AND the entire
Notebook Lesson Library. Choose this option if you are teaching drama and directing plays at the same time, or if you wish to build your own script collection for use in your current and future classes!

2. After registering, you are free to download any title in the Script Library and print it out immediately. You may make as many copies as you need for your production without additional cost. Drama Notebook Register


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. Some playwrights hope to gain exposure and to get production credits. Some authors have written scripts for their own students and wish to share them with other teachers.

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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 12,500 drama teachers in 100 countries have subscribed to Drama Notebook since its inception in 2010. Read our reviews.

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