Frequently Asked Questions

What is a performance license? A performance license grants you permission to perform a theatrical work under copyright.  Whether or not admission is charged, you’re required to obtain a license and pay the creators a royalty fee to perform our scripts in front of an audience.

How do I license a script for production? Submit the form on our Apply for a License page. We will respond promptly with an estimate for the cost of the license based on the nature of your production, number of performances, and ticket price. We will then issue a Licensing Agreement for you to sign and return, along with your payment. There may also be costs for additional rental items, such as PDFs of sheet music for musicals.

Can I read the script beforehand? Yes. We offer free digital copies of perusal scripts upon request. Please fill out the form on the Contact Us page and let us know which script you’d like to read. We will email it to you within two (2) business days. Script excerpts are also available for download on each show’s page.

Do I need to obtain a license to read a script with my students in a classroom? You will need to request a digital copy from the Contact Us page, but you won’t have to obtain a license or pay any royalty fees to read a script with your class.

Once I obtain a license, will materials be shipped to me? All materials provided for production (scripts, sheet music, etc.) will be shared electronically. No hard copies will be shipped to you, which means you won’t have to return anything!

May I submit a play or musical for possible inclusion in the TYA Show Rights catalog? We are currently accepting submissions from individual playwrights, playwriting teams, and theater companies. Only plays that have been professionally produced, or that are scheduled to be professionally produced are eligible for submission. Any team submitting an adaptation must have already acquired the rights to the text they have adapted.

How do I submit my play or musical? In order to submit your piece, please email, with a copy of the script. Stronger submissions will include a 10-15 minute video excerpt of a performance or polished rehearsal of the piece in addition to the script.  Please note that due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can only respond to submissions we are interested in.

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