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Dramatists Guild of America

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Dramatists Guild of America
Established1919; 100 years ago (1919)
TypeProfessional organization
Headquarters1501 Broadway
New York City
Key people
Doug Wright, president
SubsidiariesDramatists Play Service

The Dramatists Guild of America is a professional organization for playwrights, composers, and lyricists working in the U.S. theatre market.[1]

Membership as an Associate Member is open to any person having written at least one stage play. Active Members are playwrights who have had at least one play produced in front of a paying audience or have had their work published by a major theatrical publisher. Student membership is also available for those enrolled in dramatic writing courses.[2]

The Dramatists Guild works to negotiate better contracts for playwrights in professional markets and offers recommendations for contracts in other markets. The Business Affairs division assists playwrights by reviewing contracts for productions and maintains a set of contracts for Guild members to use when licensing their work.[3]

The Dramatist is a bimonthly journal produced by the Dramatists Guild, which includes articles, interviews, and other information pertinent to playwrights.[4]


The organization had its beginnings in 1912, when the Authors League of America was formed by some 350 book and magazine authors, as well as dramatists. In 1919, the Dramatists Guild of America was spun off from the League.[5] Consequently In 1921, the League renamed itself as the Authors Guild to serve for novelists and nonfiction book/magazine authors[6] whereas the Dramatists Guild for writers of radio and stage drama.


  1. ^ "Dramatists Guild Information". Website. The Dramatists Guild of America. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Dramatists Guild Membership FAQ". Webpage. The Dramatists Guild of America. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Business Affairs Assistance at DGA". Website. The Dramatists Guild of America. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  4. ^ "The Dramatist". Magazine. The Dramatists Guild of America.
  5. ^ "Mission and History". The Dramatists Guild of America. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  6. ^ "Who we are". The Authors Guild. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
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