Pioneer Drama Service Celebrates 50 Years
When middle school director Jan Corteville needed a script for a production, she reached out to Pioneer Drama Service. Seeking a script that was sweet, upbeat, wholesome, easy to stage — and also affordable — Pioneer Drama helped her select the perfect show for her large group. That was 20 years ago, and she’s been calling us ever since. Why?
- Choose from 900+ play and musical scripts. For half a century, we’ve been hand-picking manuscripts through a rigorous selection process to make sure you can find just the right show for your cast, crew and community.
- Trust our integrity. We’re proud to offer wholesome scripts appropriate for community and children’s theatres, youth theatres, church groups and school productions.
- Stay within budget — and keep it reasonable. Most of our affordable scripts offer flexible casts, simple sets, straightforward costuming and
trouble-free props and stage effects.
- Turn to us as a resource. Over the years, we’ve also developed a broad, high-quality selection of theatrical texts and how-to DVDs to build your professional library.
- Receive more than just scripts. You need to focus on your most important role — supporting your performers. From selection to licensing to promotional materials, our highly trained staff is here to help.
ABOUT OUR COMPANY
Family-owned and operated, Pioneer Drama Service expanded from humble beginnings as Shubert Fendrich’s hobby to one of the largest play publishing and licensing companies in the United States. Located in Denver, Colorado, Shubert’s son Steven and Steven’s wife Debra, both teachers by training, manage the expanded family business with the help of a large, dedicated and experienced staff. With their strong background in education, Steven and Debra deeply care about meeting the needs of teachers and their students and have developed Pioneer Drama Service into a leading play publisher for schools and community and children’s theatres.
Pioneer Drama’s values permeate every aspect of
the business, creating long-term partnerships
with teachers, directors and playwrights.
Constantly growing for fifty years, Pioneer Drama Service is an international business with thousands of customers throughout the United States, Canada and the world, with representatives in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa and the Netherlands. We are proud to represent the works of more than 300 playwrights. And our reputation among writers mirrors what customers worldwide think of us: we’re friendly and easily accessible, responsive to their requests and honorable in all our business dealings.
It’s no wonder that directors like Jan come back to Pioneer Drama year after year. It’s also not surprising that hundreds of playwrights submit manuscripts to us every year in hopes of being published. Pioneer Drama’s values permeate every aspect of the business, creating long-term partnerships with teachers, directors and playwrights.
We share your passion. Like you, we believe theatre transforms lives and builds community.
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Learn more about how one man’s passion created the Pioneer Drama Service you know today.