Dramatists Play Service

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Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Parent companyBroadway Licensing
FounderDramatists Guild of America and the Society for Authors' Representatives
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesActing Editions
Official websitewww.dramatists.com

Dramatists Play Service (also known as The Play Service) is a theatrical-publishing and licensing house, established in 1936 by members of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Society for Authors' Representatives.[1] DPS publishes English-language acting editions of plays and handles the licensing for professional and nonprofessional English-language productions of these plays in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world.

DPS is based in New York City, with foreign affiliates in London, Australia, South Africa, India, Asia, and South America that serve DPS' interests in their respective regions. The DPS catalogue consists of over 3,300 titles from over 1,300 authors.

DPS authors include Eugene O'Neill, George S. Kaufman, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Horton Foote, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Terrence McNally, Beth Henley, Alfred Uhry, Wendy Wasserstein, Christopher Durang, Paula Vogel, Donald Margulies, Richard Greenberg, John Patrick Shanley, Doug Wright, Tracy Letts, and Frederick Knott[citation needed].

Broadway Licensing, a musical licensing company, acquired Dramatists Play Service in 2021.[2]


  1. ^ The Society of Authors' Representatives (founded in 1928) and the Independent Literary Agents Association (founded in 1977) merged in 1991 to become the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR)
  2. ^ Culwell-Block, Logan (2021-03-23). "Broadway Licensing Acquires Dramatists Play Service". Playbill. Retrieved 2021-09-12.

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