Moss Hart application

56th Annual Moss Hart Memorial Award


The annual Moss Hart Memorial Award has a two-fold purpose: to honor the memory of Moss Hart, dramatist and director, for his wit and sensitivity, for his unconquerable enthusiasm for life and for his work in the theatre; and to recognize and encourage outstanding theatrical productions throughout New England of play scripts that present affirmative views of human courage and dignity, that have strong literary and artistic merit, and which in their productions, exemplify fresh, imaginative, creative treatment within the intent of the playwright. The New England Theatre Conference, in making the 
annual Moss Hart Memorial Award, seeks to encourage artistic growth and the highest standards of excellence in theatre. 
The Moss Hart Memorial Award is presented at The New England Theatre Conference Annual Convention to a theatre group whose production most completely fulfills the stated purpose. In order to provide recognition within each theatre division -- professional, community, college, secondary school, and Youth -- up to five divisional awards may be presented each year in addition to the Moss Hart Trophy. Engraved plaques will be presented to the divisional Recognition recipients, and one of them will also be selected as the recipient of the Award Trophy, which it will retain for one year.

Any group member of the New England Theatre Conference, Inc. is eligible to apply for the Awards. Membership application is available at our website:

Full-length plays only, produced between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018 may be entered.

Application Process

  1. Submit 1 copy of the completed application. Application is located on the back of this form. Photocopies ARE allowed. 
  2. The application must be accompanied by an application fee of $25. 
  3. Have two copies of the play script available. Reviewers may contact you for a copy. 
  4. Support materials are required and must be submitted within four weeks after the final performance. All submissions must be limited to the following: 5-10 mounted (not matted or framed) photos, 3-5 newspaper reviews or letters of support, one program and one poster or other promotional piece. Please mount these materials in a light weight 9” x 12” notebook or portfolio. Send all materials to: NETC at the address below. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for their return.

All application materials must be submitted to NETC, no later than four weeks prior to the date of the first performance. NETC cannot guarantee acceptance of late applications. Support materials should be submitted within four weeks after the final performance.

Review Process 
One to three reviewers will be assigned to attend each production. Please have two complimentary tickets available for each reviewer. After viewing the production, each reviewer will prepare a written critique, which is forwarded to the Moss Hart Award Committee.

At the annual Selection Meeting, the Moss Hart Award Committee may select one Recognition recipient as well as Honorable Mention for each NETC membership division following a review of all entries through the written critiques, supporting materials, and discussions. Award recipients will be notified as soon as selection is made, so that representatives may be present at the NETC Annual Convention in October to accept the Awards.

Submit this application at least four weeks prior to the first production date, along with remittance of the application fee (made payable to “New England Theatre Conference”). Send scripts only if requested.