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Saturday, April 20, 2019

HBMG Foundation Playwrights Retreat

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WHO CAN APPLY?

You have to be at least 20 years of age and envision yourself as a playwright. We don't teach you to write. Rather, we provide a safe environment in which to write and commune with fellow artists. You have nothing to prove to us.

Nitty Gritty: we do not allow for late arrivals or early departures in fairness to other applicants who can stay the entire week. You must provide your transportation (drive yourself to Creede, or fly via Boutique Air into Alamosa, CO's airport where we'll pick you up). We provide housing, but not food. If you can get yourself here and get yourself fed (there's a grocery store across from your housing and great local restaurants), we’ll provide the gorgeous scenery, accommodations, and a few tourist treats! Write, network and recharge.

This is not a competition; we want artists to create.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

This is the easy part. We don't read scripts. We are interested in you. Complete the form and tell us about you... your background and what you want to accomplish while on retreat. Include both professional and personal descriptions.

Please note whether you are applying as a playwright, artistic director, dramaturg, director, or as a team. You are welcome to apply as a team if you are working specifically with an actor, director, composer, or dramaturg on a piece in progress. Give us details of what you will be working on during the retreat and your weeks of availability December 2019-February 2020.

Deadline for applications is September 1, 2019. 

There is no application fee; do not submit a writing sample.

WHEN CAN I COME?

HBMG Foundation invites you for one week in the timeframe of December 29, 2019 - February 2020. We’ll provide accommodations, a script reading, and tourism activities.

You may elect to have your work read aloud by professional actors in a private salon setting. All readings are cold. This is done intentionally to focus on your text, not the actors' performances. After the reading, your work will receive feedback from actors, staff, and other retreat participants. You may request a private dramaturgy session. We do not expect your work to be completed. In some cases, you may only have a few scenes in development. The cold reading may be at the beginning of the week so you can do rewrites, or near the end of your stay so you can hear what you’ve accomplished

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THEATRE503 SCRIPT SUBMISSION AND PROGRAMMING POLICY

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We are interested in reading scripts from any writer who is yet to have a full-length play that has been professionally produced for four weeks or more in a subsidised/commercial  London venue and/or a major regional or international venue. We apply this criteria to all script submissions: Unsolicited, Playwriting Award, Rapid Write Response and the 503Five.

Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 - 2021 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

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APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 1

National Black Theatre (NBT), the nation’s first revenue-generating Black arts complex, was founded in 1968 by the late visionary artist and entrepreneur Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. Since its inception, NBT has been at the forefront of a broader movement of engaging the arts for social change, economic growth and transformation in innovative ways that build community. NBT is a leading institution engaged in intentional creative place- making by leveraging the power of theater arts with Black culture and creativity. Throughout its rich history, NBT has maintained a strong commitment to creating a space in which new and underrepresented voices can be brought to the forefront to provide unique and diverse perspectives on the myriad critical issues of equity and social justice that affect our nation today. During the last 50 years, NBT has produced over 300 original works, toured globally & launched international extensions, like the National Black Theatre of Sweden.

I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency, Launched in 2012, is the only program in the country that is dedicated to Black playwrights, whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field, with a commitment to production. Coined as a dream MFA program this residency also seeks to unleash the soul of a playwright on the page so that they can develop, hone and explore new ways of artistic expression in a safe, supported and transformative environment. Alongside NBT’s Artistic Director, the selected playwright (s) will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season.
With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

RESIDENCY COMPONENTS:
The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY recognizes up to two Black playwrights annually. The chosen playwright(s) work must demonstrate exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field.
The selected playwright will receive:

A min stipend of $5000 [pending funding]
Administrative support: Access to office space, and black and white printing
Artistic support: Dramaturgy, in-house readings, two 29-hour workshop
A workshop production in the 2020-2021 season for six public performances
Two Complimentary tickets to National Black Theatre productions that season, as well as additional services and opportunities that NBT has to offer.

ELIGIBILITY, CONDITIONS, & REQUIREMENTS:
• Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

 2019 - 2021 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

• Applicants for the residency may not have had more than two plays produced by professional theaters at the time of application or during the residency. These are defined as productions for which the author and primary artists (actors, directors, and creative collaborators) were compensated and received at least three public performances. Ten-minute or one-act plays and university, college, secondary school, amateur, and Equity showcase/waiver productions are not considered full productions. 


• TheIAMSOUL-PLAYWRIGHTRESIDENCYisavailabletoBlackplaywrights,21yearsofageorolder, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. 

• Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs for playwriting are not eligible. 

• The resident playwright commits to spending the 18-month residency period by actively participating in the National Black Theatre community.
• The resident playwright commits to completing one full-length work, which will receive a workshop production at the National Black Theatre in the 2020-2021 season. 

• The residency period begins September 1, 2019 and ends March 31, 2021. All residency requirements must be met during that time.
• Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or Symposium open for the community to participate in.
• TheselectedplaywrightisrequiredtoserveontheSelectionCommitteeforthe20210-2022IAMSOUL-

PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY.
• Applicantshavetocommittobeingpresentandactivelyparticipatingduringtherehearsalprocessofall workshop opportunities.

• Playwrights may not receive more than one residency at NBT through this program.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Applications are screened for eligibility by the National Black Theatre and evaluated by a selection committee of professional theater artists within the field who select the five to seven finalists. From that group the committee selects finalists that National Black Theatre’s Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director will evaluate. The selected finalists receive a scheduled interview. Selection is based on artistic potential, commitment and originality. The selection process is guided by the National

Black Theatre’s mission statement:

Core Mission:
1. To produce transformational theater that helps to shift the inaccuracy around African Americans' cultural identity by telling authentic stories of Black lifestyle;
2. To use theater arts as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower & inform the national conscience around current social issues impacting our communities;

 2019 - 2021 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY
3. To provide a safe space for artists of color to articulate the complexity, beauty & artistic excellence intrinsic in how we experience the world in the domain of acting, directing, producing, designing, play writing and entrepreneurial autonomy.

Guiding Principles:

HOME: The commitment to creating a destination dedicated to Black artists where they have a sense of being and belonging. For people of African descent, having an artistic home helps heal the wounds of historical displacement and forced migration that Black people have suffered in America ever since the establishment of slavery. “Welcome To Your Home Away From Home” -Dr. Teer

BRAVE AND SACRED: The establishment of a brave and sacred space connected to indigenous practices to welcome Black artists, activists, and NGOs within the field to exercise creative autonomy in taking risks to connect, support, train, and incubate artists.

BLACK LIBERATION: The unapologetic and intersectional love, celebration, preservation, cultivation, illumination, generation, and transcontinental connectivity of the African Diaspora.

HUMAN TRANSFORMATION: The act of creating and elevating the belief and practice that exposure to an intentional environment that celebrates and reveals the truth of the Black cultural experience and aligns it with our shared humanity promotes the purpose of liberation from systematic oppression for all people.

INTEGRITY: The incontestable practice of remaining mission-centered and engaging with others from an authentic space of honesty, love, and respect.

TO APPLY:
Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT’S RESIDENCY, send an email to submit@nationalblacktheatre.org as a single PDF document, containing the following elements, arranged in this sequence:

1. AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format: NAME
COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS HOME PHONE, OTHER PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
PLAY TITLE
PLAY SYNOPSIS

If you are represented by an agent at that time of applying please make us aware and let us know who that agency is.

2. A WRITING SAMPLE: One full-length play that is at least 50 pages in length and has been written only by the applicant (no co-written submissions will be accepted). Please identify 20 pages that you would like for the panelists to read. Please note that the panelists are only required to read these pages. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting. The submitted play should not have the playwrights name attached to it as the committee reads the plays as a blind submission.

3. Answer these following questions:
a. What inspires you and your work? [250 word max]
b. How important is collaboration within your process? [250 word max]
c. Why are you interested in doing this residency now? Incorporate three goals you wish to obtain
after going through a process like this. [500 word max]

4. A PLAYWRITING RESUME [listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.]

5. If Playwright is chosen as a finalist they will be asked to submit a one page single spaced proposal outlining ideas, story and/or subject matter they would want to focus their residency on creating. This must be a NEW play.

Name the application packet file with your last name followed by soulapp [Example: application packet sent by Jane Smith = Smithsoulapp.pdf)

Email your application packet by May 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm. No late applications will be accepted.
Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via email.

DEADLINE & IMPORTANT DATES:

Applications must be received by: Finalists will be notified on: Recipient(s) will be notified on: Residency term:
May 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm
June 5, 2019
July 10, 2019
September 1, 2019 - March 31, 2021

QUESTIONS:
Contact:
Program Coordinator : Belynda Hardin submit@nationalblacktheatre.org
CC: Kayla@nationalblacktheatre.org


Ox-Bow Writers Residency

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Deadline May 1, 2019

Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists and writers. Each fall approximately 35 artists and 6 writers participate in the residency creating a community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. Three studios are dedicated specifically to writers. The fall is also an ideal time to propose group or collaborative work. Please complete the application below. If you have any questions, contact us at 1.800.318.3019.

Please note, the fall residency is open to all artists not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Christopher Hewitt Awards 2019: Call for Submissions

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a&u magazine is currently accepting entries for the seventh annual Christopher Hewitt Award. Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 1, 2019

Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Noah Stetzer
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Joy Gaines-Friedler
Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.
How to Submit: Email  Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle by clicking here. Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.

Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.

We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.
Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

JetFest 2020

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Fee will be waived (with hard copy submissions only) for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends).

Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Jewish Ensemble Theatre.” Contact the theatre should you wish to pay by credit card.

For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and will be used to offset printing costs.  The fee may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.

ELIGIBILITY

JET encourages all playwrights over 18 to submit their work. JET's programming generally reflects issues of social conscience and human rights both in drama and comedy. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us at 248-788-2900.

Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been produced prior to the festival in 2020. Cast size of 10 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

ENTRIES ACCEPTED
Submissions will be accepted January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
(checked by postmark or time stamp).

SCRIPTS
Submit a copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like acknowledgement of receipt please attach a self addressed stamped postcard.

CONSENT
The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs.

The finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when the script is published

AWARDS
Each of the four finalists will receive a $250 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.

SELECTION PROCESS
Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are read by the entire committee who then select the finalists.

NOTIFICATION
Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2019.

SUBMIT TO
Mail:   JETheatre
            JETFest
    P. O. Box 252717
            West Bloomfield, MI  48325.

Email:
C.Bremer@jettheatre.org

QUESTIONS
Contact:
Christopher Bremer, Executive Director
248.788.2900

INDEMNIFICATION
The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

20th Anniversary Winneshiek Players Children's Theater seeks plays

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We are looking for adaptations of children's books in the public domain, for our children's theater stage.

We will select two plays from the submissions and each winner will receive $100 for the rights to perform on our stage.

THE RULES

  • Must be speaking parts for 17 - 20 children
  • Books MUST be from the Public Domain
  • Appropriate for ages 9-13, G-Rated, No Violence, NO Gore, NO SExuality
  • Up to 25 pages - no more


Deadline: June 1 2019 - no exceptions!
Email info@winneshiekplayers.org
Put "CT BOOK ADAPTATIONS in email subject line


Ten-MInute Musicals Project

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Annual Competition Guidelines

Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in fifteen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Ukraine.
Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.

SUBMISSIONS SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material.

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned. (Submissions from outside the USA should enclose four INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE COUPONS to cover postage. These can be obtained at your post office.)

CONCERNING THE ABOVE, PLEASE NOTE:  NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS -- HARD COPIES ONLY

DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.

SEND TO:

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
Michael Koppy, Producer
P.O. Box 461194
West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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2019 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is accepting entries.

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates engaging storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story. Adaptations of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.
  • Please keep the script “family friendly” as determined by meeting the following conventions:
1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc. This will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context. 
2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not. 
3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing intimate details.
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven. Having something happen is far more engaging than having characters talk about it.
  • Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes.
  • Entry deadline May 28th 2019.

Winners will be announced on June 21st 2019

International Human Rights Art Festival and Wild Project Theater seek short productions

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New York City's International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF.ORG) and Wild Project Theater issue a call for proposals for a short play festival (10-20 minutes) on Tuesday evening, December 10, as part of the third annual International Human Rights Art Festival, December 9-15 at the Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street, East Village, NY.

We are looking for self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern.  We are especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement; work inspired by the open-heart of the artist, and not their anger, disgust or disapproval.

Selected plays will receive a tech rehearsal, full tech support, PR and marketing as part of the festival and a prime spot in this year's event  There is no fee to apply, and a production stipend of $50 per selected play will be paid.

Please send a description of the work, links, resume and any other information which might be of help in our decision to humanrightsartfestival@gmail.com.

Deadline is June 1, 2019. 

The International Human Rights Art Festival has produced more than 80 events featuring more than 300 artists since its inception in March 2017, at Dixon Place (NY).  It has been covered in more than 30 media outlets (including the New York Times, NBC, Fox5, AM-NY, Metro-NY, Huffington Post and many others); has worked with politicians and performers such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman John Lewis, Kathleen Turner, Barbra Streisand and many more and WNYC is its media partner.  The Wild Project has been the starting point of plays that have gone on to Off-Broadway and Broadway productions; has had their productions reviewed numerous times in the New York Times and dozens of other outlets, and has offered a nurturing, beautiful theater which brings together local, downtown artists and national and international performers and events.


BMI Theatre Workshop

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Deadlines
Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2019.
Librettists: June 1, 2019.

Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2019.

Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.

Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.

Auditions
Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.

Program upon Acceptance
The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.

Schedule
The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.

Fees
There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Gallery Players 23rd Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 23rd Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2020. Each play selected will be given a black box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: POST MARKED BY July 31, 2019.

Submission guidelines:
• Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier
• Length may be from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. No monologues. No period
costume pieces.
• You may submit as many plays as you wish.
• Pages must be numbered
• A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is
required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
• Submit a copy of your resume
• Playwrights cannot direct their own work
• Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215.

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.
We do not accept email submissions.
We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to
protect the copyright.

ROCKFORD NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2019

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Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019

The West Side Show Room is seeking submissions of new ten minute plays written specifically for the Rockford New Play Festival.

Six scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival. Each play will be presented in a staged reading in Rockford, Illinois on September 20th and 21st, 2019 at 7pm CST.

The September 20th staged reading will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Each of the six playwrights will receive a $200 commission for their play. As such, The Rockford New Play Festival expects your play to be written for our festival, in response to this year’s theme: “Over . . . The Edge”

We are interested in plays that explore society's artificial boundaries: the effect they have on the people of both sides— and those who risk everything to cross over.

Submit a new play that is bold, passionate, and which expresses your individuality.

SUBMISSION RULES

There is no entry fee. Please follow these rules:

New Play: We expect your play to be written in direct response to this year’s theme: “Over . . . The Edge.” Plays written prior to Feb 15, 2019, will not be accepted. (To be clear: we want you to take your time and write a new play for us— we don’t want you to submit a play you’ve already written.)

One play per playwright

One Playwright per play

Language: Plays must be written for English speaking audiences.

Format: Plays must be primarily dialogue and action. Original or copyright-free songs are okay, but cannot comprise more than 1 page of text total. No Musicals.

Originality: Submissions must be original and playwrights must be the copyright holder. Translations, adaptations, or excerpts of longer works will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Plays which have been professionally produced or published, or which are under consideration for production or publication, are not eligible. Plays which have been presented, or will be presented in other festivals prior to September 20, 2019, are not eligible.

File Format: Plays must be submitted in PDF format.

File Name: [Your Full Name] [Play Title].PDF (e.g. Paula Hendrickson Near Mint.PDF)

Plays must have the following sections:

Title Page [Play Title, Playwright Name and Contact Info]

Character / Setting / Time Page: List characters in order of appearance with a short description

Play Body: 10 Pages or less. Plays longer than 10 pages (not including Title and Character/Setting/Time pages) will not be read.

Time: Plays should last approximately 10 minutes or less when read aloud at a normal cadence. Plays dense in single-spaced text or description will not be read.

Plays must be in Dramatists Guild Modern Play Format. [Click Here for Sample ]

Margins: Top: 1”, Bottom: 1”, Left: 1.5”,  Right: 1”

Font: 12 point Times New Roman.

Character Names: CAPITALIZED, first letter of name centered on page

Dialogue: Begins on the line below the character name, single spaced

Stage Directions: start at center of page, single spaced. No (parentheses) or italics

Page Numbering: Upper right corner. Page 1 is first page of Play Body

Headshot/Bio/Statement. Selected playwrights must agree to submit a high resolution headshot photo, a brief professional biography, and a playwright’s statement about your play. If you are unable to provide these items, we reserve the right to remove your play from the selection list.

Facebook Live Video. Selected playwrights must agree to grant The Rockford New Play Festival permission to broadcast the staged reading of their play on Facebook Live. This video will remain available for people to watch after the live broadcast.

Double-check these rules before making your submission. Any submission not following these rules will not be accepted.

Plays will be accepted until May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm CST, or until we reach 500 submissions, whichever comes first. Playwrights will be notified about the status of their submission no later than July 15th, 2019.

Have questions?  Please email us at newplayfest@thewssr.org. Please note that we cannot accept play submissions via email.

SUBMISSION FORM

Sunday, April 14, 2019

2020 Page 73 Development Programs Application

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DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2019

Page 73 has two play development programs available to early-career playwrights through this application. Playwrights may apply for either or both programs as they see fit and are eligible (see below).

1. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship

The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship provides a year of comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has not received a professional production in New York City (please see eligibility requirements below). Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to this writer as they develop one or more new plays of their choosing. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellow receives an unrestricted award of $10,000 and a development budget, managed by Page 73 and the Fellow over the course of the Fellowship year, up to an additional $10,000.
The Fellow is encouraged to think creatively about using Fellowship resources to meet concrete goals that might not otherwise be possible. These goals may include, but are not limited to, development of one or more new plays, assistance in building relationships within the New York City theater community, research, and/or travel. Please note that funds from the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship do not cover full-scale productions, nor does Page 73 commit to producing the work of the Fellow. The Fellowship incorporates at least one public presentation by the Fellow. Page 73 also helps the Fellow identify and connect with collaborators, including directors, designers, actors and dramaturgs, for Fellowship projects.

The Fellow is associated with Page 73 for the calendar year, from January 1 to December 31. After being selected, they work with Page 73’s staff to develop a plan for the year and establish a timeline for the development work to be done on the new play or plays. The Fellow may also be invited to participate in the Page 73 Summer Residency and, if eligible, Interstate 73 (described below) during the Fellowship year.

If the Fellow is not a New York City resident, they must be prepared to travel to New York during the Fellowship year in order to fully engage in the opportunities that the Fellowship provides.

Past Page 73 Playwriting Fellows are Kirsten Greenidge, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jason Grote, Krista Knight, Tommy Smith, Heidi Schreck, Eliza Clark, Janine Nabers, Max Posner, Caroline V. McGraw, Clare Barron, Nick Gandiello, Hansol Jung, John J. Caswell, Jr., and C. A. Johnson. The current Fellow is Sanaz Toossi.

2. Interstate 73

Interstate 73 is Page 73’s yearlong writers group. Consisting of six to eight playwrights and led by Page 73’s Producing Artistic Director and Artistic Associate, Interstate 73 meets twice monthly on weeknight evenings at our office in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Each playwright receives a stipend for participating. Participants bring in pages that are read aloud and discussed by the group. Each participating playwright is also given an opportunity for a reading of a completed work, which can be public or private, depending on the playwright’s interests and needs. Page 73's staff works with each playwright to craft the reading to be as useful as possible for the writer.
Interstate 73 begins each year in January, and meetings run through December; sessions are typically suspended for a period in the summer. Please consult the eligibility requirements below. Page 73 selects participants from individuals we meet through this application process as well as from individuals who have become known to the company through other means.

Note: While Page 73's staff may, from time to time, offer a spot in Interstate 73 to a playwright who meets the eligibility requirements but has not completed an application for the program, anyone who wishes to be considered for the 2020 Fellowship must submit this application.

Applicants for both programs:

1. The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation;

2. The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays;

3. The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal;

4. The applicant must have never received a production of his/her work in New York City that was larger than an Actors' Equity Showcase Code presentation;

5. The applicant must not be enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate program at the time of participation.
The following materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on April 15, 2019 to be considered for the 2020 development programs.

A. Completed Online Application Form (Below) *NOTE: Please have all your PDF documents ready to upload. The work on this form cannot be saved.

B. Letter of Intent (uploaded as a PDF)

1,000 word limit. Please address all of the following questions.

1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us briefly about your work. What interests you? What do you hope to accomplish through your writing?

2. What do you consider to be your greatest artistic challenge at this point in your career?

3. What do you consider to be your greatest professional challenge at this point in your career?

4. Being specific, how do you feel Page 73's program(s) will help you address the challenges you describe in questions 2 and 3?

C. A 10-page sample from a full script (uploaded as a PDF). No title page is necessary; you will list the title of the work in the Online Application Form. We are very open to receiving samples that do not come from the beginning of your play. If you feel your sample requires a brief contextual introduction, feel free to include that on the first page.

D. The full script from which you selected your 10-page sample (uploaded as a PDF)

E. Playwriting Resume (uploaded as a PDF). Note: We do not wish to receive a bio in place of or in addition to a resume.

F. Name and Contact Information of a professional reference.
Interstate 73 applicants:

Attendance at all Interstate 73 sessions is extremely important; please do not apply for Interstate 73 if you will be unable to attend group meetings in New York City on a regular basis. Playwrights' stipends are tied to attendance. Priority is given to writers who are not involved in a similarly structured institutional writing group and who will be present in the New York City area for the calendar year.

We understand this application occurs well in advance of 2019 and appreciate that schedules and institutional affiliations change. If you are not sure about your involvement in other writers groups or your location for 2019, you are welcome to apply for Interstate 73 and update us accordingly regarding your eligibility.

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Seeking 10-minute plays to commemorate Stonewall

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Seeking 10-minute plays (or shorter) to be curated for an evening of short works to commemorate Stonewall.

There is no limit to the number of submissions each playwright can send.

If it's a scene from a play, it has to be edited so it can stand alone and be a play.

PLEASE NOTE: Just because a work has LGBTQ characters, it does not mean it's appropriate for this call.

***The work must directly relate to the community struggles and fight for civil rights prior to and up to June 1969, or have a direct correlation to Stonewall, not just a mention.***

Please do not send marriage equality plays set in in the past decade and please don't try to change the dates or pronouns to force an existing play into this context unless you're going to do actual revision. I will be able to tell.

To further assist in weeding out inappropriate entries, please include a three-sentence synopsis in the body of your email.

Deadline May 1, 2019

If you want to write to a specific moment, that would be awesome. I already have one about Frank Kameny's firing, but any other pivotal moments are fair game. I'd love to run them in a timeline up to the big event.

The show will run Buffalo United Artists in June for six performances over three weekends.

Pay is $30.

Send submissions and questions to buasubmissions@gmail.com. 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

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The 52nd John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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Entry Deadline: April 15, 2019

Winners Announcement: October, 2019

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to: gassner-award@netconline.org

The John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award Competition fosters new playwrights and scripts through this important competition established by Molly Gassner, wife of theatre historian John Gassner. The Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903-1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board. A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention and awards ceremony.

RULES OF ENTRY
•The competition is open to all playwrights. Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered.

Plays submitted to the competition
must not have been published as of April 15, 2019
must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2019
must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15 2019

The play must be submitted, along with:
A statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of April 15, 2019, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2019.

A list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
• Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.  Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2019. Only winners will be notified. Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:
gassner-award@netconline.org

The 4th Annual A Light in Dark Places seeks plays

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The 4th annual A Light in Dark Places: A Collection of Plays for Hope in accordance with National Suicide Prevention Week seeks short plays.

Selected plays will receive a six-performance run and a $50 prize.

Performances will be the weekends of Sept. 6th-8th & Sept. 13th-15th at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles in Hollywood.

ALIDP is a nonprofit that uses the arts to bring understanding, resources and hope to those affected by suicide. The plays are to explore the theme of Suicide Prevention with a focus on areas such as the experience of living with mental health conditions, healthy conversations about mental health, suicide loss survivors, and resources for those in need.

Please see the accompanying.pdf produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which will provide some guidance on how these issues may best be safely addressed.

Up to six plays will be selected from the submissions.

Selections will be announced no later than May 15th, directors will then be assigned, and casting will commence in August. A four-week rehearsal period is expected.

To apply, playwrights must submit an original 5 to 15 page, double-spaced script (previously produced scripts, excluding readings, are not eligible) via email to: submit@alightindarkplaces.org.

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM, Sunday April 14th, 2019.

For further information on A Light in Dark Places, please visit www.alightindarkplaces.org.

For further information on the subject of Suicide Prevention, please visit: www.afsp.org.

For further information about Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, please visit:
http:/www.stellaadler.la

https://afsp.org/creating-light-dark-places/

USC Bedrosian Center/Red Nation Celebration Institute seeks full length plays

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USC Bedrosian Center/Red Nation Celebration Institute is accepting submissions of full length plays written by American Indian/Indigenous authors.

Winners from outside of Los Angeles will receive travel and accommodations to USC in November 2019 to workshop their script with professional actors, director, and dramaturge.

This call for submission supports our mission to give opportunities for Native American and non-Native students to learn, collaborate, study, and amplify the stories of Indigenous peoples. We are offering a call for original scripts from Indigenous playwrights.

The selected play will be featured in the opening ceremonies of the 24th Annual Red National International Film Festival at the USC Bedrosian Center in November 2019. Travel and accommodation will be provided to playwrights outside of the Los Angeles area.

Plays with a message are preferred, though there is no preference of genre. There is no fee to enter a submission, only one submission per person.

Application requirements & instructions:
All materials for application are due July 1, 2019

Email submissions to RNCIMedia@gmail.com

The applicant must identify as American Indian or Indigenous and be over 18.
The front page of the script must list:
title of play
author’s full name
author’s date of birth
author’s home address
author’s email address
author’s phone number

8TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL

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Second weekend in October, 2019

The Warner International Playwrights Festival (Torrington CT) recognizes the work of emerging and established playwrights from across the country and around the globe.  The Festival gives playwrights a forum for production of their one-act plays that engage and entertain audiences through exploration of the human experience and the human spirit.

CALL FOR SCRIPTS

Please read submission policy carefully:

  • We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around.  Plays should be emailed to:  warnersubmissions@gmail.com 
  • Submitted plays should be one-act plays of no less than 12 and no more than 30 pages long, not including your cover page.
  • Submissions will be limited to the first 150 scripts received.
  • Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English. 
  • Previously produced scripts are accepted. 
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/e-mail.
  • In the body of the email include: 
  • Script Name
  • Playwright Name
  • Playwright Email
  • Playwright Telephone Number
  • Playwright postal mailing address. 
  • Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.
  • Only one submission per playwright will be accepted.   Scripts will not be returned.
  • If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the readers’ selection on/about August 1.
  • Selected scripts will receive minimal-set (table, 4 chairs, 2 cubes), minimal-tech production (lights up, lights down, 2 sound cues) production.  Please be sure your play will adhere to these parameters for production.
  • Selected playwrights receive two free tickets to the festival.
  • Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means.  Accommodation recommendations are available. 
  • To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pm Eastern Standard Time on June 1; late entries will not be read.
  • For additional information, contact warnersubmissions@gmail.com​

Friday, April 12, 2019

Embassy of Foreign Artists Residency 2019

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Application period is between the 8th of April and the 8th of May every year.

The Republic and Canton of Geneva, in partnership with Laps association, founded the Embassy of Foreign Artists – residency for foreign artists in 2012. With the participation of foreign creators, local artists and cultural institutions in Geneva, this project aims to create an interactive network that will encourage the development of new approaches and reflections.

EoFA residency programme is a site for cross-disciplinary research and creativity in Geneva. Our spaces foster all stages of the creative process, from initial experimentation and reflection to the showcasing of finalized work. The conception and production are important stages and we offer the public the possibility to follow them and to engage with the artists in order to better understand their practices.

We place a particular focus on the quality of our projects and we consider our activities as tools for emancipation and alternatives to globalized culture. Our role is to offer support and a space for innovative and critical practices that engage with these fields and form a part of the reflection of our society.

Residency offer

Our house has four bedrooms as well as several common spaces: bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, and a living room.  The EoFA suites can accommodate three residents at a time for a period of three or six months.  The fourth suite is reserved for local associations and institutions as accommodation for their visiting artists for periods of at least one month. The stay provides:
– A private room as well as a working space and access to common areas shared with other residents.
– A residency of three or six months (the desired length of stay must be specified on the Application Questionnaire).
– A grant of 1200.- Swiss francs per month for the length of the stay.


Requirements for applicants


Candidates must respond to the following criteria:

– The open call is addressed to all professional artists coming from following artistic fields: performing arts, visual arts and applied arts (fine arts, dance, theatre, music, literature, comics, cinema, etc.). Cultural practitioners, active in the research of contemporary cultural practices, such as curators, play writers, set designer or from other fields and applied disciplines (architecture, design) are also invited to apply.
– Be in possession of a wide range of creations, publications and performances at a professional level.
– Not be currently registered in a basic artistic training course.
– Not be living in Geneva/Geneva region.
– Speak English.
– Be above the age of 28 years in the year of the residency.
– Accept and agree to pay costs related to their travel and artistic production.


Selection process

A jury will select Grant beneficiaries. Candidates will be informed of the jury’s decision by beginning of July 2019. It is not possible to appeal the jury’s decision. 
Allocation of the grant and residency are dependent on the obtainment by the candidate of a residence permit for Switzerland and proof of insurance covering medical assistance and accidents in Swiss territory during the period of stay in Geneva.

Green Stories seeks stage plays on building a sustainable society

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This competition is free to enter. There will be prizes and routes to production.

We are looking for Stage Plays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. If you’d prefer to create your story in a different format, click here. We will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.

Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories by clicking here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story (found in the menu on the homepage. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.

The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, could be set in a society that replaces ownership with borrowing and the heroine goes to a clothes library to pick up a posh dress and borrow jewellery for her big date; or the hero in a crime drama could use a carbon credit card and hear the news in the background reporting on the wellbeing index instead of GDP; or the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste.

Our short story competition (deadline April 2018) has resulted in an anthology of the 20 best stories called ‘Resurrection Trust’  which will be published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.

Stage Play Guidelines

Deadline: 30th June 2019

Length: min 1 hour 15 minutes max 2 hours (typically 60-80 pages)

Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission.

Staging of winning play: Live Your Values production company have said they will read all top-rated scripts with a view to putting on a production in 2020 with a community based theatre group.

Full Guidelines

Plays

  • The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
  • Green Stories competitions aim to increase positive views of the future. All plays must contain ideas that solve the environmental, social or economic challenges our world faces today; or be in a world that has moved past environmental damage and extreme economic inequality.
  • Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of 70  – 120 minutes. (full length)
  • By entering the competition, the writer affirms that their entry is original, and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.
  • The authors name and contact details must be removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
  • The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 200 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
  • The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.
  • Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer.


The closing date for all entries is 30th June 2019.

Judging/Prizes

  • Live Your Values Ltd will consider all scripts for production in a community theatre with volunteer performers.
  • If a winning script is produced by the Live Your Values Ltd, the prize money will replace royalties for a three-night run.
  • Judges will consider:
  • Entertainment – is the audience’s attention captured and held?
  • Characters – distinctive characters people can identify with, so they care what happens to them.
  • Message – a clear idea for the future that the audience is likely to understand.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Florida Theatrical Association announces the 2019 New Musical Discovery Series.

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Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select one work that will each receive a staged reading, and one final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

The deadline to submit musicals for consideration is 5/20/19 . 

Playwrights must be available September 13-20, 2019.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must include: A cover letter A history of the musical’s development A synopsis Full script A CD or flash drive with at least six songs from the production (can be a very basic recording) *Please note that materials will not be returned.

Electronic Submission can also be emailed to kennyhoward@floridatheatrical.org.

Mailing Address
FTA
100 S. Eola Drive, Ste. 200
Orlando, FL 32801

The 22nd Annual Aurand Harris Memorial Playwrighting Award

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A CONTEST FOR NEW FULL-LENGTH PLAYS for YOUNG AUDIENCES
ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2019 
WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: OCTOBER 2019

This award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.

A panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board will administer this award. A staged reading of the prize-winning scripts will be held along with the Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards ceremony.

RULES OF ENTRY

  • The contest is open to all playwrights and is for new full-length plays for young audiences. No musicals nor plays targeted at adult audiences
  • All plays will be submitted online to harris-award@netconline.org
  • Plays submitted to the contest must not have been
  •  previously published
  • submitted to NETC’s Gassner Playwriting Contest
  • previously produced by a professional or Equity company.
  • Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.
  • Plays submitted to this contest may have been submitted to another playwriting contest, and may have previously won a prize or an award in another contest. However, such plays must not have been published or professionally produced and must not be under option for publication or professional production.
  • Playwrights may submit only one play to the contest in one year.

The play must be submitted, along with:

  • a statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of May 1, 2019, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of May 1, 2019.
  • a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
  • ALL manuscripts and enclosures must be emailed to: harris-award@netconline.org
  • Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.
  • Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Dark Unicorn Productions submissions guidelines

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Following a very exciting planning meeting at Dark Unicorn Towers yesterday, we hope it won’t be too long before we can make an announcement of our next production. It will be a revival of a major play but until we’ve sorted out some logistics we can’t say more than that!

However, we don’t want to restrict ourselves just to revivals, so we are also now accepting, on a rolling basis, new stage scripts from writers globally.

Our only requirements for new work are that it is a work for live performance, that the cast contains no more than five people, that it is at least 60 minutes long and that it conforms to our desire to create challenging, thought-provoking but above all entertaining theatre for the world we live in. We don’t want to be too prescriptive beyond that as we want to be as broad and progressive a company as possible and give an outlet to as diverse a set of contemporary voices as we can.

So, if you have a script you want considered, just email it to us at darkunicornsubmissions@gmail.com.

We will read everything but we sadly lack the capacity to provide a feedback service. Therefore we will only be in touch with authors whose work we are keen to discuss progressing.

Hope to hear from some of you soon!

Eleanor and Paddy (Co-Founders)

VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST

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VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is a short play festival that reimagines the possibilities for well-known, well-loved female-identifying characters to be in queer relationships, and for those relationships to be parodied positively and within the world of the original fandom.

Whether you're down with OTP (One True Pairing) or you have an entire fleet of 'ships, we invite you to create a Sapphic spoof of the characters' signature sizzle that celebrates and elevates the perfection of their connection.

Write the subtext you see and the maintext you want to see. Inspiration – and subtext – can be found anywhere and everywhere: from Anne of Green Gables to The Baby-sitters Club to A League of Their Own. It's particularly present on TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Call the Midwife, Designing Women, A Different World, Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls, The Golden Girls, Grace and Frankie, I Love Lucy, Laverne & Shirley, Living Single, Once Upon a Time, SVU, That's So Raven, Xena: Warrior Princess.

The possibilities are limitless, which is why submissions are open to romantic pairings of female-identifying characters in any fandom in any medium and in any genre. Whether your leading ladies come out of science fiction and fantasy, Disney or Shakespeare, classic literature (love Jo in Little Women?) or classic sitcoms (love Jo on The Facts of Life?), we request only that your writing be in 'ship shape and in playscript format, and that the material be kept PG. Onstage intimacy is acceptable (what's femslash without a first kiss?), but we want the show to be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, and will be presented in Chicago August 9-11, 2019.

Guidelines

Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as female, trans, or non-binary.

Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 4 characters.

Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.

Send your scripts in PDF format to allisonfradkin@aol.com with "Violet Surprise" in the subject line. Questions may also be directed to that address.

The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2019.

Playwrights will be notified of our selections by June 22.

Web site: https://www.otherworldtheatre.org/

Plays In Progress Series seeks full-length plays

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Athena Project, located in Denver, Colorado, is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIPS). This Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in one of three models: concert or table readings and our workshops.

Rehearsals and presentation will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2020. Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and basic design elements during presentations. Scripts are accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2019.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:
  • Playwright must be a woman and may submit only ONE full-length script. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.
  • Previously un-produced plays only. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity.
  • Submission must include:
  • a. BLIND script in PDF format – PAGE ONE of PDF script MUST have TITLE, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN & SYNOPSIS of script, 200 word limit (This file will contain NO playwright contact info*)
  • b. Cover letter addressing: 1) what the playwright would like to accomplish working with a director, dramaturg and cast and 2) how she heard about the call for submissions
  • c. Resume 
  • Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.
  • We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed, and for at least one performance at her own expense. We will select 3-6 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected. Travel stipends are offered.
  • Contact us via LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectArts.org if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

*Contact information must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on the script, the first page of which will be its title, a character breakdown and a short synopsis (submissions will be read blind).

Timeline:
  • Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2019**
  • Three – six finalists will be selected by September 2019
  • Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by October 2019
  • Casting will be between November-December 2019
  • Rehearsals will begin in February 2020
  • Plays In Progress Series will open approximately March or April 2020

**Athena Project reserves the right to close submissions before April 15, 2019.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

KC Melting Pot Theatre is now accepting short plays

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KC Melting Pot Theatre is now accepting short plays (10-15 pages) for their inaugural New Works Development Festival. Six selected scripts will be assigned a director, professional cast and receive a week of rehearsals culminating in a short play festival at the end of the week.

One chosen play from the finalist will then receive a development opportunity to make their short play a full-length show and have a workshop production during 2020-2021.

The development process. At this time we are only accepting plays from African American / Black playwrights at this time.

Theme/topic can by anything however we are not accepting any musicals, children's stories or one-character plays.

1. One script per playwright

2. Please submit blind copies of your script (no identifying information on the script). Include playwright name and contact info in body of email.

3. Scripts should be in pdf or word document and written in standard play format. 12pt font in Times New Roman or New Courier.

4. Minimal tech and set requirements.

5. Playwrights will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

6. Submissions will be cut off after 100 entries.

7. Email your script to newplays@kcmeltingpot.com. Please include ONLY the script. No bios, resumes, synopses or headshots. 

Parnip Ship seeks plays

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Deadline: April 21st, 2019
THE PARSNIP SHIP IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW PLAYS AND NEW VOICES...
and for Season Five, we are specifically looking for plays exclusively written by
female-identifying playwrights*.

As we believe there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort among us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors!

Submission form online

Before you send in your play for consideration, please either attend a live episode recording or take a listen to one of our episodes and read our FAQs on submissions. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email submissions@theparsnipship.com

*Cis-, Trans-, Non-Binary Femme Folx and Women of Color are encouraged to apply if they identify

The Alternative Theater Company seeks 10-minute plays

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The deadline date : April 21st, 2019

How to submit and the mailing address:
MS Word Thealternativetheatercompany@gmail.com or through the website

The length of plays wanted: 10-minutes.

Semi-finalists are selected to for a series of Staged Readings in the Spring, directed and acted by professionals in NYC. The Final 8 chosen for the Full Off-Broadway Showcase Production in the Fall will receive a percentage of net profits.

There are no restrictions to eligibility, however plays must fit the guidelines of Festival and mission of theater Company.-- Primarily: Mental Health Issues, 2-5 characters, relevant to contemporary society.

There are no limits to number of play submissions.

Plays must not have been previously produced and/or published.

Submitters will be notified on receipt of their submission by autoresponse only.

First Semi-finalists will be announced on the website and social media by May 1st, 2019, and contacted personally prior to that date.

There are NO participation fees expected of the Playwright at any time.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects

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If you are submitting to:

1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *

2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.

3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Round’s On Us: What's The Big Idea? Festival
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)
MYTH Theme- May 1, 2019 
FATE Theme - July 8th, 2019
 *REALITY Theme - this is for the FEATURED = Wild Card
                                       

MYTH
What is myth?
What does it mean to you?
Do we need them?
Do they help or hurt?
Bounce off of this word.  Have fun.  Flights of fancy are strongly encouraged!  Don’t limit yourself:  looking at myths from different cultures is fine, but don’t feel that you have to write a play based on a specific.  Although you can if you really feel you want to.

FATE
Are we slaves to Fate?
Does it really exist?
What is it?
Can we change our Fate?
Is Fate more than something we created? How do we know? Are we meant to know?

Feature Play = Wild Card

REALITY
What is reality?
Yeah, we’re going there.
Does reality need Realism?
Is reality a place where artists shop for supplies or can reality itself be art?

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: Myth and your name.

NOTE: accepted plays are produced (including casting) by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company.
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Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com

Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Parish Players THE TENS FESTIVAL 2019

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The Parish Players in Thetford, Vermont seeks 10-minute plays
  • Types of Plays: Comedies or Dramas must be no more than 10 minutes in length. 
  • Setting: Interior Living Room  
  • Deadline for Submission: May 1, 2019
  • Notification of Selection: July 1, 2019
  • Performance Dates: November 7, 8, 9 and 10 (matinee), and 14, 15, 16 and 17 (matinee)
Producers: Toni Egger, Alison Marchione and Linda Neubelt

How to submit:

Format: PDF ONLY!

Titles: Name your PDF file with the title of the play, a hyphen, and your own last name: Hamlet-Shakespeare, for example, only this play would be too long...

Email Subject Line:  Make the title the subject line of your email.

Send Scripts to: Pancho@ParishPlayers.org no later than 12:01AM EDT, May 1, 2019

Please Note: No more than one script per playwright. We prefer new, unproduced plays; however previously produced and already published original plays will be considered.  We will also give preference to "local" (New England) playwrights. We will have only one set this year: the living room. Make sure your play works in this setting.

Questions: Please email Pancho@ParishPlayers.org with the subject line: TENS QUESTION.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Bechdel Group Fall 2019 Workshop Series

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Submissions for the Fall 2019 Workshop Series are currently open.
Submissions will close May 31, 2019.

Please read the description of what we do and what we are looking for carefully.
  • We do not produce work. 
  • We do not work with scripts that are 'finished.'
  • We do not work with playwrights who do not read submission guidelines.
We accept new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts - anything in progress.  Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet 'complete'.  We typically feature 20 - 35 pages (roughly a half hour) of a script.

Our aim is provide an informal, festive, safe space to hear your work and get feedback from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and theater lovers.

We are happy to accept submissions that are being shopped elsewhere, but we ask that you contact us if your script is selected for another workshop, a staged reading, or production.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we regret that we cannot give each submission individual feedback.

Your submission MUST:
  • Be in progress. Our aim is to provide a space that will help you develop your work. If your script or screenplay is 'finished', has had full productions, or is about to be produced, we are not the right organization for you. We are happy to consider work that has had prior workshops or informal/staged readings, if you still consider your script in development.
  • Pass the Bechdel Test. You must have at least two female-identifying characters, with names, who have a full scene/conversation that is not about their romantic relationships.
  • We are constantly discussing the Bechdel Test and the way it serves (or fails to serve) our mission. We know that as a 'test', there are flaws and gaps. We are indeed interested in scripts that push boundaries and raise discussion points - however, this is our baseline. Please do not send us two-handers with one male and one female character or scripts with only one female character. Please do not send all male scripts.
  • Support our mission of fostering strong, complex, dynamic roles for women.
What we want:
  • Complex, layered female characters.
  • Thoughtful consideration of your needs in terms of script development - we look at the questions you're asking about your work carefully.
What we do not want:
  • Scripts that just manage to pass the Bechdel Test. If your main female character goes 60 pages without interacting with anyone but men, chances are good we will not be interested. If your qualifying scene does not forward your plot, chances are good we will not be interested.
Have you read all this? Are you feeling confident about The Bechdel Group as a good fit for you?
Well, then, click here to submit.

Contact
Questions? Not sure if your script qualifies? Clarifications? Email us at bechdelgroup@gmail.com

Curtis Theatre Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival

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The Curtis Theatre announces a call for submissions to the inaugural Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival. This year's theme, “That’s What She Said”, aims to provide a platform for the female voice. Staged readings will run August 30 – September 1, 2019.

Page to Stage will feature one-act and full-length plays. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2019.

Submissions are open to all playwrights with an emphasis on Southern California based artists. Writers interested in submitting plays should send finished scripts to PagetoStage2019@gmail.com with “Festival Play Submission” and the play title in the subject line. Included in the e-mail should be the playwright’s name, contact information, and a two-sentence synopsis of the play. There is no submission fee.

The purpose of the Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival is to nurture new plays and new playwrights by working with local burgeoning writers and to showcase their works for audiences in our community. Selected plays will be presented as staged readings on the Curtis Theatre stage as part of the 2019/2020 Season. The Curtis Theatre will also use the festival to find and develop material for future seasons. Authors whose manuscripts are selected will receive an honorarium, a written critique from a professional dramaturge, a DVD of the staged reading, and participation in a post-show audience discussion.

The 2019 festival is produced in partnership with Project La Femme. Project La Femme is committed to creating art that challenges dialogue while promoting and amplifying artists who produce socially engaging art projects. Their mission is to create and explore images and definitions of women through diversity, inclusiveness, and honesty.

Pre-submission writers' workshops will be offered in the evenings on February 21 and April 4, 2019. Actors' auditions are scheduled for August 5 & 6, 2019. Anyone interested in directing, designing, or volunteering for the festival, please contact Heather Enriquez by April 15 at HeatherG@cityofbrea.net. More information will be available on the Curtis Theatre Facebook page or by joining the Curtis Creative Collective Facebook group.

The mission of the City of Brea’s Curtis Theatre is to entertain, inspire, and connect our diverse community through exceptional performing arts programs, premium facilities, and professional staff. All readings, rehearsals, and workshops will be at the Curtis Theatre, located in the Brea Civic and Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle in Brea.

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