STAGE TO SCREEN initiative

Stage to Screen gives plays previously produced in our annual Summer Shorts festival a life beyond the stage.

Over the past 11 seasons, Throughline Artists’ annual SUMMER SHORTS festival of new American short plays has gathered over 75 unique dramatic works by some of the country’s top talent. Including Neil LaBute, Christopher Durang, Tina Howe, Warren Leight, Alexander Dinelaris, Graham Moore, Alan Zweibel and the late William Inge.

Live theater only allows for a finite group of people to experience these great stories.  By adapting our plays to film, a wider audience can experience them.

Our unique process of using live theater to developed content for the camera allows for a full rehearsal process and a public performance period. As a result the script is honed, actors deepen their understanding of character and the story is enriched for audiences as only the stage can provide.

By offering funding through production grants, development and marketing support, it is our hope that production companies around the country will bring many of our short plays to the big and small screen.  The demand for ‘small screen’ content is growing. Cable channels, streaming services, websites, and even airlines are actively seeking out short form content.  We hope Stage to Screen can help fill those needs.

Learn about our first three films made with Playwright & Filmmaker Neil LaBute.


Think one of our plays would make a great short film? Please send us one-page, stating the project of interest and vision for the short film. Your proposal must be for a previous or current SUMMER SHORTS play. Please attach a rough budget for all anticipated production costs. Proposals may be submitted electronically in PDF format to INFO@THROUGHLINEARTISTS.ORG

Throughline Artists Inc may provide production companies with production and/or post production grants, and marketing support.