The Mary Scruggs Works by Women Festival

ScruggsFest Kick Off!


Announcing this year's ScruggsFest: April 4, 2020!

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The goal of ScruggsFest is to encourage and grow female-identifying writers at the Second City Training Center. We call on you to submit your sketches to ScruggsFest to get the opportunity to see your work performed or workshopped by professionals.

Mary Scruggs was head of the Writing Program from 2001–2011. Mary was a generous and hilarious force that mentored so many women here at The Second City. At a time when women were competing against one another, Mary made it clear that we should lift each other up.

Jay Steigmann, current Head of the Writing Program, put it this way: “Mary pulled me into a meeting one day and said, ‘Jay, I’ve decided that your purpose here is to elevate female voices and be a mentor to women.’ I took that challenge very seriously. It’s not every day someone gives your life meaning.”

When is ScruggsFest?

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Join us for a day of free workshops, networking events, and panels. Cap off the night with shows in the de Maat and Skybox celebrating works by women.

Important Submission Dates:

FREE Sketch Writing Workshop with Jay Steigmann: Friday, Feb 7th 6PM-8PM

Submission Date: Monday, Feb 24

Announcement of winners: Monday, March 9

What to submit:

Sketches - no more than 4 pages

Monologues - no more than 1 page

Original Comedic Songs 

Blackouts - no more than 10 blackouts

How to submit:

Submit your scene via email:

Subject line should include the title of your submission.

Your email should include: Your submission in PDF. Your contact information. The name of the last class you took at the Second City Training Center.