Applying for Performance Rights
If you know the title and author, and are certain that DPS handles
the rights, you may use our Nonprofessional
online applications. If you are uncertain whether your theatre
is professional or nonprofessional, see the FAQs
page for more information on this topic.
If your application is immediately approved, you will receive
a license by email. If your application requires review,
you will receive a license by regular mail within approximately
For individuals and student organizations, full payment of license
fees, including for the use of any incidental music, is due two
weeks from the date of the license. Failure to pay within
two weeks from the date of the license subjects your approval
and your production to cancellation.
For all other applicants, full payment of license fees, including
for the use of any incidental music, is due two weeks prior to
the first performance. Failure to pay a minimum of two weeks prior
to the first performance subjects your approval and your production
If you have received a license, you may pay the fees
due online using a credit card via our License
Fees page. You may also send payment by check, money order
or cashiers check. We accept payment in U.S. funds only. Please
do not send cash.
If you have any trouble with the online applications or prefer
to apply for rights offline, you may download a PDF
Nonprofessional Application that can be filled out on your
computer or by hand and printed and faxed to us at 212-213-1539
or mailed to:
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Nonprofessional Licensing Dept.
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
PDF files require the freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader.
If not already installed on your computer, Acrobat Reader is available
by clicking on the link below.
All DPS plays are protected under International, Federal
and Common Law Copyright. Any unauthorized performance or
use of these plays may constitute an infringement of the copyright
and a violation of the law with potentially serious legal
consequences for the infringer.
No play may be produced unless written application is made
to and written authorization received from Dramatists Play
Service, Inc. All performance rights are granted by written
contract only. There is no such thing as “verbal approval.”
Please apply for performance rights well in advance of your
planned production dates to ensure the play’s availability.
We recommend that you apply three to four months in advance
of production. Do not make extensive production plans before
receiving written confirmation that rights are available to
License fees listed on our website and in our catalogue are
not an indication of release for production. Listed fees are
for nonprofessional theatres with fewer than 300 seats and
are subject to change without notice. Theatres with 300 seats
or more will be charged higher licensing fees than those published
on our website and in our catalogue. Fees will be based on
the seating capacity, ticket price and other factors. Quotes
will be provided upon application.
For most applicants, licensing fees must be paid no less
than two weeks prior to the first performance. For individuals
and student organizations, fees must be paid within two weeks
of receipt of a license. Payment may be made by credit card,
check, money order or cashier’s check.
Final authorization for production is granted only
upon receipt of payment. Authorization, when granted,
is subject to the following conditions: (a) The play must
be presented only as published in the Dramatists Play Service,
Inc. authorized acting edition, without any changes, additions,
alterations or deletions to the text and title; (b) these
restrictions shall include, without limitation, not altering,
updating or amending the time, locales or settings of the
play in any way; (c) the gender of the characters may not
be changed or altered in any way, e.g., by costume or physical
change; (d) the play must be performed with women playing
the roles intended for women and men playing the roles intended
for men, unless the author has specified flexible casting
possibilities; (e) proper authorship, and other credits required
by contract, must be given in all programs and advertisements;
(f) any special conditions included in the authorization or
contract must be met; (g) the title page in all programs must
include the following: “[TITLE] is presented by special
arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.”
and (h) Dramatists Play Service reserves the right to withdraw
a production at any time.