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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Imagined Theatres seeks submissions

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Imagined Theatres is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal and archive, dedicated to imagining what might be possible and impossible in the theatre.

We publish scripts, scores, stories, manifestoes, and essays, in prose and in verse. These texts are paired with a critical response, or “gloss,” extending the argument or view of each imagined theatre in new directions.

Imagined Theatres supports creative criticism, meaning creative work that acts critically and criticism that acts creatively. The journal releases issues annually, with thematic issues comprised of entries solicited from guest editors, and un-themed issues devoted to user submissions.

Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for our first open call issue. The deadline for submissions to issue #03 will be March 1st, 2019.

Prospective authors are encouraged to explore the website, as well as the book Imagined Theatres, for a sense of possible approaches, bearing in mind that these are merely suggestions. We emphasize the written word, but are open to submissions that take advantage of the digital form in interesting ways.

Submissions should include 1-2 pieces. We encourage the publication of shorter work, though there is not prescribed word limit. While the themed issues pair each theatre with a response (or “gloss”), open submissions do not need to include glosses. Of course, you are welcome to submit both a theatre and its gloss if you would like. You are also welcome to submit independent glosses that respond to previously published texts; in this instance, please let us know which text you are referencing.

We accept submissions via email at submissions@imaginedtheatres.com. All submissions should include contact information, a brief contributor’s bio, and the word “submission” in the title of the email.

Please send your work as an attachment in one of the following formats:

  • Word document (.doc) files
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf) files
  • Text (.txt) files
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf) files
  • JPEG, TIFF, PNG for image files
  • There are no submission fees, publication fees, or page charges for this journal. All work must be original; copyrighted images or media will not be published.

For more information, please write info@imaginedtheatres.com.

Fade to Black seeks short plays by African Americans

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SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED TO APRIL 1, 2019.
  • No fee is required.
  • No restriction of theme or genre.
  • Three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.
  • Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

TO QUALIFY:
  • You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.
  • Playwright must publically and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.  
  • Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).
  • Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure). 
  • Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.     
  • Play must not be a musical.    
  • Play must not be written for children or youth. 
  • Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.    
  • Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons. 
  • Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.
  • Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.  
  • Play should be "stand-alone", separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.
  • Author must be at least 18 years of age.  
  • Play must be submitted in a PDF format. 
DEFINITIONS:

"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.  

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.

FAQ

Q. My plays were performed for at no charge to the audience and I did not get paid. Are they eligible for submission? 
A: We diligently research all plays submitted to ensure compliance. Whether payment was received or not, if the performance is not considered as a "reading", it is ineligible for submission. All plays selected have been certified as world premiering new works.

Q: Am I required to attend the festival to have my play produced? 
A: No. You are not required to attend. Fade To Black will cover the full cost of producing, marketing and professionally filming your play.

Q: Will you pay for my travel to Houston, room, board, food, and transportation if I am a selected playwright? 
A: The experience of the Fade To Black Play Festivals is amazing! We encourage you to attend and meet the vast community of artists that will bring your play to life, but we are not able to cover cost outside of the $100.00 honorarium each winning playwright will receive at this time.

Q: Could you expound on "bare-stage"?
A: We have a relatively small area for prop/set piece storage. We must set and strike the stage within 30-60 seconds for each play so your play should be free of the need for excessive props, furniture and major appliances (i.e. stove, refrigerator).  Your play should be very easy to mount.

Q: My play takes place in several different locations, cuts across various chronological timeframes, has lavish special effects and involves a large number of extras. 
A: This may be seen as film disguised as a play. Ideally, your play should be set in one location and if absolutely necessary, one additional "implied location". It should have no more than 5-7 characters. Most things can be adapted for stage performance, but if your piece is really a film, it will not be accepted. You must adapt screenplays into a format that will perform well on stage.

Q: I have the appearance of children written into my play. Will this be OK?
A: No. Your play must not contain characters or extras under the age of 17.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre THE 10-10 NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL

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CVLT began the biennial 10-10 Festival in 2009, putting out the call for short plays to be performed at its River Street Playhouse, the smaller venue adjacent to the main theater building. Ten plays would be chosen, each lasting roughly ten minutes. The first 10-10 that July was a resounding success, receiving submissions from all over Northeast Ohio and beyond. Following years’ events were equally popular.

Now The 10-10 is back for its sixth edition!

SUBMIT YOUR PLAY

  • Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2019
  • Limit of One Play may be submitted by each playwright.
  • Submission must be original.
  • Submission must be un-produced in the State of Ohio.  Plays that have had a staged reading will be accepted.
  • Maximum length 10 minutes.
  • Comedies or dramas are accepted, however we are unable to consider musicals.
  • No more than 6 actors.
  • Minimal technical, scenic, costume and prop requirements.

Summer Shorts 2019

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Throughline Artists is currently accepting submissions for the 13th season of SUMMER SHORTS, an annual festival of new American short plays, to be held this summer at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan.

Playwrights in the tri-state area are encouraged to submit previously unproduced one-act plays between 20 – 30 minutes in length. Six plays will be selected for production in July/August. Playwrights will be notified of selection by May 1st.

Please read our submission guidelines carefully. Plays that do not adhere to these rules will not be considered.

Guidelines:

·      Plays cannot have been previously produced in New York or published (previous workshops and/or staged readings are acceptable)

·      Plays should be between 20 and 30 minutes in length (we are not interested in 10-minute plays)

·      Plays should not require more than four actors

·      Plays must include a cover page with the playwright’s contact info (email, phone and address)

·      Playwrights are expected to attend rehearsals. For that reason we limit submission to writers living in the tri-state area.

·      Submit plays in PDF or Word format to: submissions@throughlineartists.org

·      Deadline for submission is February 28th, 2019. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

MRT Seeking fully produced 10 - 60 minute 1 act plays

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Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by Late March/April/Early May, 2019 )
10 - 60 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
SPRING PLAY CELEBRATION
March 28 - May 4, 2019
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. NYC


Each 10 - 60 minute play will be given:
A short tech rehearsal,
A full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating,
A minimum of THREE performances, and
A technician to run your sound and lights

To submit your 10-60 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com

by March 25, 2019.

Please put “SPRING PLAY CELEBRATION” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a day or so, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before MARCH 25, 2019,
if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $85 participation fee.

For more information, please log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Unleavened Plays Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Congregation Beth Elohim (www.cbebk.org) – a spiritual, cultural, and intellectual hub for Reform Jewish life in Brooklyn, NY – is excited to announce its first annual Unleavened Plays Festival.

The Festival is seeking six 10-minute plays, each reflecting the underlying theme of “PLAGUE(S).” The plays will be performed as an evening of staged readings at CBE on Sunday, April 15, 2019 -- the weekend before Passover begins, as people around the world begin to think about the Jewish people’s efforts to escape Egypt and head out into the desert toward freedom.

Don’t be put off by the potential darkness in our theme! We are looking for comedies, dramas and anything in between that build on the theme in a creative and dynamic direction. The plays needn’t be about Passover in any explicit way. Rather,we are hoping for plays that offer interesting characters, engaging stories, and exciting food for thought.

There’s no fee for submission, and previously produced plays are acceptable.

The six selected plays will be presented by professional actors and directors.  

Deadline for submission is March 17, 2019. Plays chosen will be announced by the end of March.

Guidelines:

1.    Plays should respond to our theme, but feel full of imagination in how they engage with the theme. Do not feel the need to be literal or write specifically about Passover. Instead, aim to surprise and delight us.

2.    Plays should feel Jewish in some basic way, but they do not have to be about exclusively Jewish characters or events. And plays should definitely avoid Jewish stereotypes.

3.    The running time should be right around 10 minutes, and scripts may be no longer than 10 pages (not counting the title page & cast page).

4.    Casts should be limited to 5 actors or less (though doubling is acceptable).

5.    No special lighting or sound effects will be possible, so please avoid them along with complicated set-ups.

6.    All submissions should be sent as PDFs in standard play format.

7.    Playwrights may submit only one script.

8.    Please use this format:

Title page: Title, author's name, address, phone number, and email address

Second page: Cast with description of characters and setting.

Third page: This should be the first page of the script itself. Please include title and page numbers on every page.

Send Entries to:
Congregation Beth Elohim Theater Projects at cbetheater@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Women's Theatre Festival Occupy the Stage

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WTF Occupy the Stage
July 12-14, 2019
Raleigh, NC

The Women's Theatre Festival is seeking short and long-form plays written by women and non-binary folx for a staged-reading marathon. We accept unproduced and already produced work. Subject matter can be anything, (it does not have to match our season theme) but play must be able to be cast with at least 50% women and/or non-binary folx and 50% people of color.

 Occupy the Stage is a series of staged readings where all works are written by women and non-binary folx. We accept both short and long form plays from of a variety of genres. We insist on only two requirements; that the piece be castable with at least 50% women or non-binary people and at least 50% people of color.  Please select only one play to submit per year.
Plays will be performed July 12-14 2019

The cut-off date for submission will be March 1st.

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4th Annual One Act Playwright Jamboree

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NOTE: If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions.   

We are currently seeking submissions from playwrights for our 4th Annual One Act Playwright Jamboree at our new state-of-the-art black box facility in Pompton Lakes, NJ.

Please visit the link to our One Act Jamboree website link to review the details of this exciting opportunity for playwrights. If selected for participation by our review panel, their plays will receive a fully staged production with our experienced directors and creative teams during our One Act showcase which runs an entire four show weekend. The winning playwright, voted upon by our loyal audiences, receives a $500 cash reward. OPEN TO PLAYWRIGHTS IN NYC, US, and INTERNATIONAL.

https://www.rhinotheatre.com/oneactjamboree

We are also happy to link your wonderful company to our own website to help spread the word of your business, as well.

Thank you for your consideration and let us know if you have any other questions regarding this opportunity.

COPY OF INFORMATION SPECIFICS:

2019 Fourth Annual One-Act Playwright Jamboree

Submission Deadline:  March 1, 2019

Auditions:  April  2019 - exact dates will be posted in March 2019.

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less)

Entries will be judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality.

Please send manuscripts and enclose your $20 reading fee (checks made payable to Rhino Theatre Group, LLC) to:

NOTE: If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions.   

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attention:  One Act Jamboree

 You may also email your manuscripts to joann@rhinotheatre.com and then pay your $20 reading fee online. Use the buttons below to submit your manuscript and to pay the reading fee (manuscripts will not be considered until fee is remitted). If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions.

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the Rhino One Act Jamboree, which will be held in August 23 - 25, 2019 at Rhino Studio 237.

The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers, ticket takers and tech crew.

2019 Fourth Annual One-Act Playwright Jamboree Terms and Conditions

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (run time of 20 minutes or less)

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

·       Plot

·       Character Development

·       Dialogue

·       Overall writing quality

Submissions deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

Playwrights are limited to three (3) submissions.

How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or email in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).

·       Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format

           (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):

·       A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.

·       Plays should contain 12 or fewer actors.

·       One person plays are accepted.

·       No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.

·       Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.

 (2) A cover letter with the following information:

·       The name of your play

·       Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone

         number)

·       A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)

·       A brief biography

(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to: Rhino Theatre Group, LLC.  Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.

The submission package must be sent to:
Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attn:  One-Act Jamboree

Additional Information:

·       Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2019.

·       If you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (business-size - 4" x 9 ½"), you

         will receive your play evaluation forms from our readers at the conclusion of the

        judging process.

·       Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.

·       The entry fee is non-refundable.

If your play is chosen, a $50 participation fee will be required prior to auditions for your play.  

As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation.  However, Artistic Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.

Prizes:

At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $500 cash prize based on audience vote.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Appalachian Festival of Plays & Playwrights

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Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama) OR the plays must be set in the Appalachian region.

Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.

Full length plays are preferred.

To submit your play electronically:

Send a PDF of the script along with contact info and a brief synopsis of the play to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

To submit your play by mail:

Please submit the full script in a three-brad folder or unbound, along with your contact info (please include email and phone) and a brief synopsis of the play. Plays will not be returned. Mail to:

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
c/o Barter Theatre
PO Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, March 31, 2019

For more information, contact:
Nicholas Piper, Director
Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212
276-619-3316

The playwrights of the selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing so that they may attend their reading.

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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

North Park Playwright Festival 2019

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1.  Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people.  Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival.  We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival.  We don't have space for large casts.

2.  We request new work.   A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places.  Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3.  We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4.  Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival.  It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense.  The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5.  Most subject matter is OK.  We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6.  We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater.  Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director.  We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email.  Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive.  Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form.  There is no charge to enter.

7.  Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2019.  Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs.  We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8.  Send only one script.  Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play).  We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
www.northparkvaudeville.com

Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Youth Theatre Competition

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The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild annually sponsors the Competition for Youth Theatre to discover new theatrical works and to encourage established or emerging writers to create quality works for youth theatre. The Play Competition for Youth Theatre represents grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 and offers two prizes:

FIRST PRIZE: $1,200
SECOND PRIZE: $600

Entries must be accompanied by the application form and in accordance with the submission policies and procedures. We accept scripts from January 15th to February 28th for this competition. No scripts will be accepted after these dates and all scripts received after the deadline cannot qualify and will not be returned.

Rules for the Play Competition for Youth Theatre

1. The Michael J. Libow Awards consist of two (2) monetary prizes for plays suitable for grades 6-8 (middle school) or for plays suitable for grades 9-12 (high school). The two prizes will be awarded on the merits of the play scripts, which includes its suitability for the intended audience. The plays should be approximately 45 to 75 minutes in length. There is no production connected to any of the prizes, though a staged reading is optional at the discretion of the BHTG.

2. Authors must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents. Co-Authorships are permissible.

3. The plays must be written in Standard American English. Slang, jargon, and regional dialects, etc., may be used only to establish necessary characterization.

4. Authors may enter up to two (2) scripts in the Play Competition for Youth Theatre.

5. Entries must be unpublished, theatrical works written for the living stage and suitable for the grades designated. Play scripts may have had one (1) non-professional or educational theatre production. But the play may not have been produced on a professional level for which authors, actors or staff were paid.

6. Entries may be original plays, adaptations and/or translations. Authors of adaptations and/or translations of works that are under current copyright must provide (upon request) proof of permission from the copyright holder(s) or their legal agents to use such works.

7. Plays shorter than approximately 45 minutes are not eligible; musicals are not eligible; and plays entered in previous BHTG Competitions are not eligible. (Please note: plays with music, i.e. plays with an occasional interpolated song, are eligible: works that are designated as musicals are not.)

8. Submissions received with postmarks BEFORE January 15th or AFTER the last day of February of the contest year will not be accepted, read or returned. Authors will be notified of ineligible submission and the reasons why.

9. Submissions in noncompliance of these Rules and the Submission Procedures will be ineligible.

10. BHTG has the right to accept or reject any entry without explanation, and will not correspond with, or discuss with, any person the results of the competition, or the acceptance or rejection of any entry.

11. The competition judges' decisions are final in all respects.

12. BHTG has the following rights which it may exercise at its sole discretion:

a. To declare any entry ineligible if prior to Competition's close (June 1) the entry is in violation of rule #6. Authors must notify the BHTG of any change in status.

b. To reproduce as many copies of an entry as are necessary for distribution among the judges.

c. To use the author's name and title of any entry receiving an award for publicity about this Playwright Award and the results of the competition.

d. To present one script-in-hand, rehearsed readings of an award winning entry to an invited, nonpaying audience. No royalty payment will be due to the entry's author for these readings.

13. Each award winner will, at all times, in connection with publications, production, publicity, advertisements, etc. about the award winning entry, designate that the play is an "Award Winner of The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Youth Theatre Competition."

14. Each entry will be free from copyright restrictions relating to this Award, and the author will hold the BHTG, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims and violations.

15. The BHTG is not a producing organization. No production is connected with the competition nor any prize awarded.

16. Sorry, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Youth Theatre Competition does not sponsor scholarships, fellowships, educational grants, or loans to students or private individuals. Nor does the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild as an organization.


Submission Procedures

1. Each entry must be accompanied by an individual, completed application/entry form. Application forms may be duplicated as necessary. Application forms and Competition rules and Submission Procedures may be obtained by sending #10 business-sized SASE to the address below.

2. Each author must personally sign the application. Entries must be legible and signature clearly the name of the writer(s). The author(s) must sign the entry form. Proxy or agent signatures are not accepted and will lead to disqualification.

3. Bind your entry securely and include a title page with the name of the play, whether it is an "original" or an adaptation/translation from another work, and, if desired, copyright or registration information and date (instead of the author's name, please use "by the author.") On the second page list all characters, time, place, number of acts and scenes, and any other pertinent information such as whether the scripts make use of special effects, e.g., puppetry. Scripts must be bound. A clip holding pages together unfortunately doesn't constitute being "bound". (This is insisted upon for the protection of the script and benefit of the writer. Loose scripts may have pages become misplaced or lost. The competition is not responsible for loss or damage to entries or parts thereof.)

4. Do not show your name, address or any identifying information on any page of your entry. Attach with a removable paper clip, a sheet containing the title of your entry, your name, address, phone number and any other information.

5. To preserve anonymity, all entries will be identified by numbers for judging. All identifying marks will be removed.

6. Submissions will not be returned. This includes either eligible or ineligible submissions. Enclose with your submission a #10 business-sized SASE for our response.

7. You may enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your entry. Competition winners to be announced on this web site in June.

8. The BHTG is not responsible for loss or damage to entries.

9. No script will be accepted by fax or e-mail. No electronic submissions or correspondence.

10. No entry is returned.

Address All Inquiries and Submissions To:
Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
Play Competition for Youth Theatre
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 90213


Monday, February 18, 2019

Studio Players 6th Annual Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Studio Players, Kentucky’s Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, has produced 5 solid, exciting years of engaging, thought-provoking and sometimes hilarious theater, in the form of our 10-minute play festival.  

That said, we are  proud to announce our 6th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in July 2019. 

We are looking for 7 strong, entertaining plays to feature so, once again, we are holding a competition. This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright.  

 The judges will be members of the Studio Players theater community: board members, directors and patrons.

The rules are simple and are as follows:
  1. 
Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.
  2. The play must be a 10 minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long).

  3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page, with: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10 page script.

  4. To be considered, each script must be received by March 10th.

  5. The contest is open to the first 300 entries received.

  6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts, including a video recording of the production with possible publication on youtube.

That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theater community. 

Each play will be a fully realized, staged production; each performance showing all winning scripts.  The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $250 in prize money.


All entries should be sent to: sweftdart@yahoo.com with "10-min play fest" in the header.


22th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals

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Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until March 15, 2019 for the 22th Annual  Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

ABSOLUTELY NO email entries will be ACCEPTED for consideration

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages.

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts should be securely bound or stapled in the upper left hand corner.

ALL scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Can we stress that enough?

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of the script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make SURE all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by March 15, 2019 (the Ides of March)

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest St.
Houston, Texas 77063-4004
Attn: TSW-FOO

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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​

Helen McCloy Scholarship 2019

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What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills. Applicants should not have received monetary compensation for novels, short stories, non-fiction, screenplays or play scripts in the crime-writing genre.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2019 or early spring 2020. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.  To be eligible, the chosen writing program must require the applicant to produce writing and to have writing critiqued. Writing conferences featuring only panels and agent conferences are not eligible.

 What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

 Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed – 2019 McCloy Application Form

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* One copy of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* One copy of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Email all materials in one complete submission package to: McCloy.MWA@gmail.com
Put “submission” in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2019. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), e-mail the scholarship committee at:   McCloy.MWA@gmail.com

About Helen McCloy Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was a mystery author, editor, publisher, and agent. Creator of psychiatrist sleuth Dr. Basil Willing, McCloy served as president of MWA in 1950, won the Edgar® Award for mystery criticism in 1954, helped to establish MWA’s New England Chapter in 1971, and was named an MWA Grand Master in 1990.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Little Fish Theatre seeks plays for International Beer Day

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Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, CA, is looking for two to three short plays (12 minutes or less) to stage for a one-night-only event on International Beer Day, Sunday April 7th. The theater would like to award each play selected with a $25 royalty for the playwright.

The content of each script submitted must have to do with beer in some way, shape, or form. The plays will be performed in between rounds of beer tasting and discussion - palate cleansers, if you will. Beer. Play. Repeat. There is no maximum number of submissions per playwright.

Scripts and questions may be submitted to wildbilsky@gmail.com.

Please use the phrase "Beer Play" in the subject line. 

Please submit your script no later than Sunday, February 17th, 2019.

We look forward to reading your submissions, and giving the chosen ones an eager Los Angeles audience!

https://www.littlefishtheatre.org/pond/beer/
https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleFishTheatre/

Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival 2019

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The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival will take place August 1 -August 5 2019.

PLAYWRIGHT APPLICATION

Please e-mail the site's form, a digital version of your play, a brief introduction letter, and a resume with two references to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org by March 15th. Playwrights chosen for a staged reading will receive at least one performed staged reading of the play along with response and feedback from industry professionals.

PRESENTED WORK APPLICATION

Please e-mail this form, a digital version of your play, a brief introduction letter, and a resume with two references to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org by March 15th.

Shawnee Original Playwrights Series seeks one-act and full-length plays

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***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***

Playwrights are encouraged to submit their original works!

Each year, Worthington Players will produce and perform the original work(s) of a playwright(s), chosen by our Executive Committee from among submissions received in our open contest and read before a live audience.

Beginning with the 2017 season, works  produced previously at any theatrical venue are no longer eligible for consideration.

Original Play Submission Requirements

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 productions. Plays will be read over the summer of 2019 and the winners will be produced in 2020.

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2019.   

Short Plays Should Include:
  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # #  or END to assure that all the pages are included

Full Length Plays Should Include:
  • The Full Play  
  • A 30 Minute selection. This a something that could be presented as a representation of your work to our voting committee.
  • Stage directions
  • Synopsis
  • Anything additional you would like the audience to be aware of
  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # #  or END to assure that all the pages are included

Submissions must be accompanied by a submission fee and the Shawnee Playwrights Series Form.

Submission Fees are as follows
$25 for Full Length
$15 for One Act/Short Play

***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***

Click Here For Submission Form

Paper submissions may be mailed to:
Shawnee Original Playwrights Series
The Shawnee Playhouse
PO Box 159
Shawnee on Delaware,  PA  18356

Shawnee places no limits on the genre, style, or length of plays submitted.
Production of Winning Play

Responsibility for final production of the play lies solely with Worthington Players.  The director will be chosen by the Executive staff of the Shawnee Playhouse.   No monetary prize or compensation is paid.

Each year, Worthington Players produces original submitted works of local and surrounding area playwrights.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Relative Theatrics seeks full-length plays

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SUPPORTING NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT IN THE LARAMIE COMMUNITY WITH A SERIES OF STAGED READINGS OF NEW WORKS

We will accept submissions PDF format only. They may be sent to relativetheatrics@gmail.com.

Please include in the body of the email submission:
-Playwright bio (including current home base)
-Short synopsis of the play
-Approximate run time
-Cast size (must not exceed 5 actors; however, fewer is preferable)
-Confirmation of ability to attend the festival
-A short statement expressing why you feel your play is a good fit for Relative Theatrics

We are looking for full-length plays with an estimated run time from 80 to 120 minutes, a small cast, and a single or flexible set that speak to the mission of Relative Theatrics.

Selected plays will receive a staged reading with qualified actors to assist in the development process and a $50 honorarium. Additionally, plays will be paired with a Wyoming singer-songwriter to write and perform original music inspired by the play.

The playwright must be able to attend the festival in May.

Submission period: February 4 - March 3, 2019

Playwrights Voiced occurs in Laramie May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, & 25th, 2019 in the LPCC Gryphon Theatre.

The Barn Theater Montville NJ seeks one-act plays

DO NOT SEND - THEY HAVE REACHED THEIR SCRIPT LIMIT.

We are looking for original one act plays for our upcoming Solstice Showcase One Act Festival: June 14th - 16th. The event showcases new works of aspiring writers from the NJ/NY area and beyond as well directors and designers.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Turn to Flesh COCKTAILS & CLASSICS

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Short plays (1-10 minutes), parodies or homages of classical styles, or well-known pieces of art and literature, featuring vibrant roles for women.

Submissions open JANUARY 1, 2019 and close FEBRUARY 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

Please keep in mind that any plays sent to us outside of our submission window, or outside our play guidelines, will not be read.  (We are not accepting full-length plays at this time.)

Send submissions in PDF to turntoflesh@gmail.com, with subject line "[Cocktails and Classics 2019] Submission: Play Title, Author Name" as well as a brief cover letter.

Announcements regarding future submission dates are made via our Facebook page and other social media.

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/

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Take Ten Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays for its 7th annual Take Ten Festival, April 8th - 14th at the Workshop Theater Company’s Jewelbox Theater.

Winner will receive a cash prize and a workshop of a longer production produced by Between Us Productions. Tech rehearsals are daytime on Monday April 8th & 9th. You will receive 2 performances in the evening April 9th - 12th with possible performances on the 13th & 14th (maximum of 4). Between Us Productions will provide performance space, 45 mins to 1 Hour of tech time, a board op, and general festival marketing.

There is no fee to submit, but there is a $150 fee to participate.

Please note, this is a self-producing festival.

Between Us will provide what is listed above and is happy to connect you with directors and provide guidance. Please submit by email by Sunday, February, 17th.

Playwrights’ Revolution 2019



Please note: SUBMISSIONS FOR 2019 ARE CLOSED; WE HAVE ACCEPTED 350 SUBMISSIONS AS OF JANUARY 16, 2019.

Every summer Capital Stage presents professional staged readings of new works through our new works festival PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. We seek submissions for new plays from December 1 – February 28.

Playwrights and Agents wishing to submit work should refer to our submission deadlines and criteria below.

Please note: Only submissions that follow the steps below will be accepted.

As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.

Qualifications

Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, etc. Musicals, translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process

Capital Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. The first 350 play excerpts submitted during the first round are reviewed. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, Capital Stage invites 4 to 6 playwrights to have their work included in PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION.

Preference will be given to those plays that are aligned with Capital Stage’s mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to our community.

How to Apply

Step 1. Complete the online submission form to provide Capital Stage with information about the playwright and the play.

Step 2. Email your script sample to literarymanager@capstage.org. In order to be accepted, your script sample must be submitted as a single PDF file that meets the following requirements.

File name must be “Author Last Name_Title of Play”
The first page(s) of the file must include: Title of play, character breakdown and descriptions, synopsis of the play
The following pages must be a 10-page sample of the play
DO NOT include the full name of the author on any pages
Please note: Agents submitting on behalf of a playwright may submit full-length manuscripts following these same instructions.

Some recommendations from our literary manager: Make sure that your synopsis sets the reader up to understand what is going on in your sample. Remember that the reader only has this synopsis and the ten pages that you provide to get to know your work, and that is difficult to do if they are confused about the plot. Also, make sure you are submitting the best ten pages of your work! The sample does not need to be the first ten pages of the play; you should select whichever 10-page section you think presents the best argument for why we should want to read the whole thing.

2019 Deadline: Submissions will be accepted only from December 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit. Only the first 350 submissions will be accepted.

Thank you for your interest!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Kaiser’s Room seeks musical theatre writer(s)

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Kaiser’s Room seeks musical theatre writer(s) to help create our next inclusive, multi-sensory, musical for individuals of all abilities.

Kaiser’s Room intends to create a new show in the Spring/Summer of 2019 utilizing community stakeholders, parents/caregivers, professionals in the cognitive/developmental disability field, and multidisciplinary artists as collaborators to create a show that provides a safe and supportive environment for imagination, connection, and of course fun.

To be considered please submit the following materials:

1) Resumé

2) Cover letter outlining your interest in this particular type of work

3) Writing Sample (no more than 20 pages) AND/OR Links to up to 3 music samples

*If submitting as a writing team please submit #’s 1& 2 for both collaborators.

Kaiser’s Room is a not-for-profit service organization that provides the opportunity for imagination and connection through theatre and dance for students of all ages and abilities. We support the artist community by providing employment that not only is fiscally profitable but feeds the soul. Kaiser's Room cultivates an environment of YES in all programs and interactions by providing safe, supportive, and fun environments for students and artists alike.

East Valley Children’s Theatre (EVCT) is searching for aspiring playwrights

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East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.

  • All plays must be submitted to East Valley Children’s Theatre no later than March 1, 2019.
  • Playwrights must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and email address
  • Plays must be suitable for children to perform and for an audience of children. (Plays with small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance; casts of 15 or more are preferred)
  • Plays must be 60-90 minutes in length. Shorter plays may be submitted but will not be considered for a seasonal theatrical production.
  • Plays and musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.
  • Musicals must include a copy of the music in either manuscript or audio recording format.
  • Playwrights are not required to pay an entry fee.

* The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized.

• Winner will be announced in April 2019.

Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Shellscrape Theatre Co. seeks full-length plays

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Shellscrape Theatre Co. is a fiscally sponsored non-profit company that produces adapted and original work. Based in NYC, we seek to generate radical and deconstructed performances that encourage a revitalized sense of identity.

We are seeking new full length play submissions and proposals for original work for our 2019 - 2020 mainstage season. For our third season, we are focusing on narratives that explore the absolute extremities of human experience. This encompasses stories from many unconventional walks of life and is broad enough to include even the wildest pieces. Please be advised that we are especially interested in female identifying, non-binary, gender nonconforming, playwrights of color, and LGBTQ+ artists.

Email shellscrapetheatre@gmail.com to submit and include in the subject line, "Play Submission". Our deadline for submissions is March 1st, 2019. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and for more information about our company, visit us at: https://shellscrapetheatrecompany.com/

New Wave Theater Collective "Spring Break" seeks ten minute plays

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We are seeking submissions from writers for our upcoming mixed-media short play festival "Spring Break," taking place at Medicine Show Theater on Friday, March 15th at 7pm. This short play fest is a collaboration with artist Peter Anthony Stults.

THE PROMPT:
Writers will be provided with 4 illustrations by Peter Anthony Stults. They can select any one of the illustrations that speaks to them, and write a 10 minute short play inspired by the image. There are no content or style restrictions--the world is your oyster!

Please email newwavetheatercollective@gmail.com to express your interest in submitting, and we will provide the illustrations!

Submission deadline is Sunday, February 24th at 11pm

Please submit your materials to newwavetheatercollective@gmail.com.

We will be selecting SIX PIECES to showcase. Your piece will be cast and assigned to one of our directors. Rehearsals will be throughout the first two weeks of March.

14th Annual One Act Play Festival (OAPF)

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Presented by Artists’ Exchange
July 11-27, 2019

Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays; ideal length 10-15 minutes with 20-minute maximum. Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays maximum.

Seeking Short Plays: Comedic, absurd, dramatic, satirical, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome for review. Works for actors of all ages (children thru seniors) and abilities are strongly encouraged. Selected plays will be performed at Theatre 82 in Cranston, Rhode Island from July 11-27, 2019

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Friday, April 12, 2019. Any plays received or postmarked past April 12th will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The One Act Play Festival (OAPF) Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance by the end of May. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the festival for the public’s entertainment and benefit with no performance/royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales and submission fees will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the OAPF for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the playbill and festival webpage, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

To Submit: Please send all plays to Artists’ Exchange by physical mail or email and include your contact information and play title(s). Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Contact Festival Artistic Director Jessica Chace with any questions or communications at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

By Mail:
Attention: One Act Play Festival Submission
Artists’ Exchange
50 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI  02910

By Email: In Subject line, please write “One Act Play Festival Submission: [Your Name]” and send to Jessica Chace at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

Contact Information:
Jessica Chace, Artistic Director OAPF
jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org
www.artists-exchange.org 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition 2019

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The UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of previously unproduced, unpublished scripts highlighting the African-American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Adaptations from books and other forms are not allowed.

Click here to download a PDF of the contest flyer 

Prize:

A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright.

A staged reading of the winning script on May 12th, 2019, in the Wagner New Play Festival attended by national theatre professionals.

Travel and housing cost to and from UC San Diego to be present for the performance.

Adjudication:

Finalists and the eventual winners will be selected by a team comprised of the faculty and staff of UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance and invited judges from other theatre facilities, the professional theatre, local media or the UCSD student body.

The decision of the team of adjudicators is final. The UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance reserves the right to select no winner.

Guidelines:

Scripts must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Plays which have staged readings are acceptable.

Scripts must be 50 pages or longer, typed. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically.

Deadline for entry Friday, April 13th, 2019. 

The winner will be announced by April 27th, 2019.

Please include with your submission your contact details (name, college email, address, and phone number), play title, number of characters, institutional affiliation, and a one-page story summary.

Submissions:

All scripts must be submitted by email to playwritingcompetition@ucsd.edu.

TASN Short Play Festival 2019

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The Actors Studio of Newburyport, MA is dedicated to new play development and will be holding its second annual Short Play Festival for two weekends, and six performances, in October, 2019. The Submission window opens on January 1, 2019 and closes on March 1, 2019, or until three hundred plays have been received, whichever occurs first.

Our judges will participate in multiple rounds of reading, scoring, and debating and after 24 semi-finalists are chosen, we will hold an all-day Selection Sunday, putting all 24 semi-finalists on their feet. The eight winners will be announced in June 2019, with he top-scoring play receiving the coveted Clopton Prize.

Length: 5-15 minutes. Send us your best. There is no theme and no restrictions on content.
Workshops, readings, and one or two previous productions are okay.

Limit: One play per playwright. There is no fee to submit though we ask for an optional $5.00 donation per submission. TASN is non-profit and your tax deductible donation will be used to help defray the cost of producing this Festival which is dedicated to the development of New Work.

Submitting is a two-step process.

First, snail-mail your title page, contact info, and your optional donation (made payable) to The Actors Studio of Newburyport, The Tannery, Mill #1, Suite 5, Newburyport, MA, 01950.

Second, email a PDF of your blind script to TASNShortPlayFest @gmail.com . (PDF’s only)
No identifying information on your script please as we want to ensure anonymity during the
judging process. Only after selecting the finalists will the identity of the winners be revealed.

TASN is an award-winning 50 seat black box in historic Newburyport, Massachusetts. This Festival will be sponsored by our Weekend Writers Workshop who collectively have been produced at The Playwrights Platform Summer Festival (15 times), The Boston Theater Marathon (13) The Firehouse’s New Works Festival (10), The Players Ring, Portsmouth (5), Theater Artists Workshop, Norwalk (4), North Park Vaudeville (2), The Fusion Theater’s The Seven, The NYC 15 Minute Festival, the Vortex Theater, Durango Arts Center, Silver Springs Summer Festival, The Player’s Club, NYC, The LIC Secret Theater, and the list goes on…

Bottom line: This Short Play Festival is brought to you by playwrights, for playwrights, and will
be directed and performed by our amazing TASN talent. Good luck and see you at the show!

Like us on facebook or go to www.newburyportacting.org for more information.

Sprout Works Harvest Festival seeks short plays

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Sprout Works is seeking submissions for our inaugural short play series, THE HARVEST FESTIVAL

With this night of fully staged new works we strive to elevate playwrights, cultivate collaborative spirit, and join good plays with good people.

Sprout Works is a theatrical production company based in NYC geared toward the creation of new works, community growth, and providing professional opportunities to early career artists.

We are particularly interested in works by female identifying and gender nonconforming individuals, playwrights of color, and queer artists.

GUIDELINES
Manuscripts cannot exceed 18 pages and must be unpublished works.  Short plays are preferred, but excerpts from longer plays may be considered.  Current versions of plays cannot have been previously staged.  Extensive set or props may need to be pared down for the purposes of this production.  We strongly value the privilege and process of development and want to give playwrights the opportunity to work with directors in the rehearsal room, therefore preference will be given to NYC based writers.

HOW TO SUBMIT
Email submissions@sprout-works.com and include the subject line:
[Title of Your Play] - Harvest Festival Submission

Please include your bio, resume (if applicable), a short play synopsis, and any of the play's reading or previous production history.

SELECTED PLAYS
We will put care in reading all submissions and will contact all playwrights by the first week of March, 2019.  If your play is not selected, it may be considered for future development at a later date.

DEADLINE
Plays must be submitted no later than February 14th at 11:59pm.

IMPORTANT DATES
First Read-Through: Friday March 8th*
Dress Rehearsal: Friday March 29th*
Performance: Saturday March 30th

*Dates subject to change

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.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Acadiana Repertory Theatre seeks full-length plays

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The Acadiana Repertory Theatre, celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2020, is committed to serve playwrights as a place where they feel they can develop work with a company that has a desire to help in the growth of both the playwright and the play. We strive to create a safe, creative, open environment for our playwrights and, using our own experience, along with the experiences of some of our friends from across the country, we seek to help playwrights create and develop shows that have the best chance of a long life of production. Through developmental readings, developmental productions, and soon, the possibilities of residences, we hope to help, through working with the amazing playwrights we come in contact with, the voices of new American playwrights be heard.

We are now accepting submissions for our 2019 Season, which kicks off in in early February. We accept submissions of full length plays and musicals. In order to be eligible for consideration, submissions:
-Should be no longer than 90 minutes (we occasionally make exceptions)
-Should be full length.
-Should be actor/story forward
-Have minimal technical and set requirements
-Have a cast no larger than 10
-Should have limited to no production history and should not be published. We are looking specifically for work that you are looking to further develop and are looking for playwrights who want to be involved in the process.
-include a cast list and a synopsis

Scripts should be submitted in PDF format to submissions@acadianarep.org

The window for submissions will close on March 15th. 

Playwrights will be notified that their submission has been received as well as if their show has been selected as a finalist or not passed through.

Please note: There are no submission fees nor is there a fee to be a part of the season. Playwrights will be responsible for travel expenses should they choose to join us for any part of the process.

To find out more information about us, submissions, or our past work, visit www.acadianarep.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's MID WINTER MADNESS PERFORMANCE EVENT

To celebrate the magic of PERFORMANCE and to get everyone out of their apartments before cabin fever sets in,  we are holding our First Community Performance Event of 2019,

Manhattan Rep's Mid Winter Madness Performance Event!

Seeking fully produced:

  • Short Plays (6 - 15 minutes), 
  • Dance Pieces (3 - 15 minutes) 
  • Songs (2 songs up to 10 minutes), 
  • Stand up Comedy (up to 10 Minutes), 
  • Passionate Poetry Readings (up to 10 Minutes), 
  • and Music Acts (up to a 15 minute set)

for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's

MID WINTER MADNESS PERFORMANCE EVENT

February 21 - 24 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. NYC

  • Each short play, dance piece, singer, comedian, poet, music act get at least two performances if they wish.  
  • There will be a short tech, and a dress rehearsal. 
  • We will run the sound and lights and the logistics. 
  • You simply bring your art to Manhattan Rep and bring it to life!!!  
  • Submit and we will send you your dates and times for your performances and more info.


THERE IS NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE.

WE SUPPLY A TECHNICIAN TO RUN THE SOUND AND LIGHTS

And we handle ticketing, posters and more.

To submit:

Your short play:

Forward us the play, running time, brief synopsis. Production history if any.

Your dance piece:

Running time, a brief synopsis or song used. Production history if any.

Song:

Name of Song and running time!  (For the show we will need a backing track or live music.)

Poetry:

Send us your poetry.

Stand up:

Send us a link or eamil an audio file of your work.

Music Act:

Forward us a link or email an audio file of your work

Email it to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com

by February 16, 2019

Please put “MID WINTER MADNESS” in the subject heading.

We will contact you ASAP as to your acceptance.

There is no submission fee.  NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE.

10-15 MIN PLAYWRITING COMPETITION - “SYNTROPY: THE SPIRIT OF LOVE"

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Have you ever felt something calling you forward: a purpose towards which you are striving, something you were meant to achieve or become? Did you know that the same principles of physics that describe causality have a second solution, one that describes how the present is influenced by future purposes just as it is influenced by past causes?

In 2015, the ICRL Press published a book by Ulisse Di Corpo and Antonella Vaninni that describes the phenomenon of syntropy, the complementary principle to entropy. We at the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) regard this book, “Syntropy: The Spirit of Love,” as a vital resource for raising awareness of the phenomenon, and are seeking to expand our efforts into the performing arts.

We invite you to submit a script to the inaugural run of the “ICRL Playwriting Competition.” For this event, we are soliciting one-act scripts that can help raise awareness of the principle of syntropy, and its role in human experience. Of the submissions, three scripts will be selected for monetary awards of $50 (third place), $100 (second place), and $200 (first place). Depending on quality and suitability, the first place winner may be contracted to write a full-length play on the subject.

Also, if there are a sufficient number of quality submissions that are well-aligned with the message of “Syntropy: The Spirit of Love,” ICRL will select (approximately) five additional winners to create a one-acts production to be performed at a theater in the greater Baltimore region.

Competition Rules:

  • Scripts will be assessed based primarily on their ability to raise awareness of the principle of syntropy as described in Di Corpo’s and Vaninni’s book. This means the script should: a) clearly relate to and illustrate this topic; and b) do so in a way that will capture and retain an audience’s attention and interest.   Additional information about the book can be found here.
  • Plays should be approximately 10-15 minutes in duration.
  • Aside from the above-mentioned focus on syntropy, there are no limitations on genre or style.
  • Each playwright may submit up to two scripts.
  • There is no entry fee to submit scripts.
  • While there aren’t strict formatting requirements, scripts that are difficult to read will be viewed less favorably (i.e. don’t hurt your chances by making your work difficult to follow).
  • Submissions will be judged blind, so scripts must not contain the playwright’s name or other identifying information.
  •  Scripts are to be submitted electronically to submissions@icrl.org no later than 11:59 pm (east coast, GMT-5) on March 30, 2019. In the submission email, please include the playwright’s name, mailing address, email address, and the title of the script(s) being submitted.
  • We are aiming to announce the winners of the competition in early July, although the specific timetable will depend on the number of submissions received.
  • First, second, and third place awards of $50, $100, and $200 are guaranteed. The contracting of a full-length script from the first-place winner, as well as the determination of whether to produce a one-acts show with a Baltimore theater, is at the discretion of ICRL based on suitability of the submitted scripts.

TheatreWorks 10 Minute Play Festival

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TheatreWorks is accepting submissions for our First Annual 10 Minute Play Festival, "Tales from the Brookside." Submissions MUST be sent via this form NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 14th, 2019. Only submissions sent this way will be accepted. The festival will be held at TheatreWorks New Milford (5 Brookside Avenue, New Milford, CT 06776) June 4 through 8, 2019.

  • A total of twenty 10 minute plays will be selected by our panel of judges from among those submitted.
  • TW Playwrights Workshop, held each Wednesday at 7:00pm at the theatre, is available to help further development of your play. Our doors are open to everyone.
  • The twenty selected plays will be presented once on one of the first three performance dates (Tues. June 4th, Wed. 5th or Thurs. 6th at 8:00 pm).
  • Two plays from each night will move into the semi-finals on Friday June 7th at 8:00pm. Four plays will be chosen from the semi-final performances for the finals on Saturday June 8th at 8:00pm.
  • CASH PRIZES will be awarded to the winners in each category (more to follow as we approach the event)

Rules

Playwrights (or their representatives) are responsible for the production of their plays-including casting, rehearsals, props, etc. TheatreWorks New Milford will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound equipment and the production staff.

Submissions MUST be received NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 14th, 2019 an typed in standard play-script format, and be no more than ten (10) pages in a font size no smaller than 12-point.  Only plays with running times of ten (10) minutes or less will be eligible for prizes. Plays that run beyond 10 minutes may be subject to disqualification.

Submissions MUST include playwright contact info on the title page. Judging is based on audience/panel of judges combination.

Selectees will be notified BY MARCH 15th, 2019.

Early submissions may receive early notification.

A maximum of two submissions per playwright will be accepted.

Please note: There will be a mandatory pre-production meeting for ALL playwrights and/or their representatives in mid-May 2019. Exact date to be announced when selections are final and playwrights have been notified.

SUBMISSION FORM

Friday, February 8, 2019

The MAP Fund grants

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The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining — and ultimately co-creating — a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP awards $1 million annually to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant.

MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. Funded projects address these concerns through the processes of creating and distributing live performance to the public, and/or through the content and themes of the work itself. MAP is committed to intersectional anti-racism, and does not support cultural appropriation or oppressive project language, structures, or content.

The program pursues its mission by annually welcoming applications for new live performance projects. Each year, MAP hires a different cohort of peer reviewers who recommend the projects they believe most align with MAP’s goals through a rigorous, facilitated review process.

 MAP will accept online proposals through ​11:59 p.m. EST on February 15, 2019​. Late
proposals will not be not accepted for any reason.

THE 10-10 NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL

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CVLT began the biennial 10-10 Festival in 2009, putting out the call for short plays to be performed at its River Street Playhouse, the smaller venue adjacent to the main theater building. Ten plays would be chosen, each lasting roughly ten minutes. The first 10-10 that July was a resounding success, receiving submissions from all over Northeast Ohio and beyond. Following years’ events were equally popular.

SUBMIT YOUR PLAY

  • Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2019
  • Limit of One Play may be submitted by each playwright.
  • Submission must be original.
  • Submission must be un-produced in the State of Ohio.  Plays that have had a staged reading will be accepted.
  • Maximum length 10 minutes.
  • Comedies or dramas are accepted, however we are unable to consider musicals.
  • No more than 6 characters.
  • Minimal technical, scenic, costume and prop requirements.


ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

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