Broadway Licensing has inked an exclusive, five-year "first look" agreement with playwright Don Zolidis.
As part of the deal, Zolidis will partner exclusively with Broadway Licensing on the development of new plays for the educational market, with the licensing company retaining first right of consideration and acquisition for all works developed under the agreement. The partnership will also see Zolidis working to develop young writers, leading workshops, speaking on educational theatre panels, and creating a "how to" guide for aspiring playwrights.
The deal also includes Zolidis' Container of Sharks and Zoodate joining the Broadway Licensing catalog as part of its Playscripts division.
Though one may not have seen Zolidis' name on a Broadway marquee, he is regularly among the most-produced playwrights and U.S. high schools. The Top 10 list of most produced plays, musicals, and short plays for 2020-2021 included six of Zolidis' works. With more than 125 plays published, Zolidis' works have been performed more than 30,000 times. His work has also been seen at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Victory Theatre Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre, and more. Among his most popular titles are 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and Game of Tiaras. Zolidis has been honored with the Princess Grace Award, two Edgerton New Play awards, and multiple grants from the National Education Association.
"I'm thrilled to be cementing my relationship with Playscripts and Broadway Licensing, who have been champions and partners in my work for nearly 20 years,” says Zolidis. “It's been wonderful to be a part of their exceptional growth, and I look forward to continuing to create exceptional work for young people in the future."