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The Official Holiday Gift Guide for Theater Makers

We’ve been looking forward to the gift guide this year because there are so many useful and thoughtful things to get the Theater Maker in your life (yourself, included!). 

1. Final Draft

Final Draft is the industry standard for screenwriters but did you know that it’s perfect for theater makers too? With the new updates in Final Draft 11, you can now collaborate with your writing and producing partners with ease in real time, insert images into your script, eliminate distractions and get down to business using the new night mode, and more!  This is a must have for any theater makers in 2021. 

Click here to learn more.

 2. Dramatist Guild Membership

Theatre writers at all career levels, both produced and unproduced, amateur and professional, are eligible for membership. Whether you’ve written a 10-minute play or a full-length musical, the Guild is here for you. Give the gift of community this holiday season with a membership to the Dramatist Guild.  

Click here to learn more.

3. Play Submissions Helper

Looking for a comprehensive list of places to submit your play or musical? Our friends at Play Submission Helper are here for you! And this holiday season they’re offering a special deal to all you Theater Makers! Save $5 on your first month of membership using the code PRODPERS. 

Sign up here.

4. Grammarly

Give the gift of super clean copy with a grammar checker like Grammarly. It will keep the writer in your life (or YOU) from making embarrassing grammar mistakes before submitting your work at a fraction of the price of a real-person editor.

Click here to learn more.

5. Laptop Stand

If this year has taught us anything it’s that our postures are probably not great from all the computer time! Hours of writing and rewriting and zoom readings and zoom meetings can take a toll on the body. Laptop stands raise your device up to your specific eye level which reduces strain and offers a more relaxed posture while typing. 

Check out these top-rated stands on Amazon: Rain Design, Nulaxy, and Roost.

6. Gift Certificate for Printing

This may seem like a mundane gift, but don’t underestimate how often your Theater Maker friends have to print scripts and writing samples. A gift certificate for a printing service will surely be appreciated by any Theater Maker.

Try Staples or Office Depot/OfficeMax.

7. A Grant Writing Course

This is a gift that will keep paying off for the TheaterMakers in your life. Consider getting them a grant writing course from Candid or Udemy

This book by Gigi Rosenberg is another great option.

8. Story Cubes

A fun addition to any writer’s desk, and a fun way to combat writer’s block, these story cubes, which you roll to display random images that can help inspire your story, make a great stocking stuffer for any writer. 

Add these story cubes to your Amazon shopping cart today. 

9. A Coffee Shop At Home

With coffee shops closed for indoor dining, a lot of writers have had to sacrifice what was once their unofficial office. Try getting a gift card or some coffee beans from their favorite local spot (so you’re also supporting a local business!), and throw in a Moleskine to round out the experience.

10. Noise Cancelling Headphones

For the TheaterMaker quarantined in a crowded household, a pair of noise cancelling headphones will be a life saver. 

Try these headphones from Bose.

P. S. If you’re looking for other Broadway-themed gifts, check out this Holiday Gift Guide.

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