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Monday, August 8, 2022

DGF’s Fellows program 2022 - 2023


Deadline: August 24, 2022 at 11:29 PM ET

The ideas of today’s writers become the groundbreaking shows of the future. DGF’s Fellows program helps create that future by propelling the most promising creative talents to their full potential.

The Fellows program is a year-long New York City-based intensive for professional dramatists who are looking to develop their existing work in the next level of their careers. The Fellows is a free program, hosted by the Dramatists Guild Foundation, to eliminate historical barriers of entry for many emerging dramatists. This cohort of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists will work together under the guidance and leadership of Award-winning dramatists to develop their current work in pursuit of further development and production.

Fellows who are selected will receive:
  • A $5,000 Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation Scholarship
  • One-on-one mentoring from accomplished professionals in the field who help them hone their process, find their unique voice, and revise and edit an existing work ready for development
  • Access to career resources
  • Connections to partner with national arts organizations
  • The opportunity to participate in a presentation of their work for top theater professionals

The deadline to apply is August 24th at 11:59pm ET.

The program was founded in 2000 by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Janet Neipris, and Susan Miller. They believed it was vital to put playwrights and musical theater writers in the same room, to learn from each other’s different perspectives, to see how collaboration creates magic, and to foster community.

The success of the program has been proven by the careers of various dramatists and collaborations, including launching the careers of more than 200 writers. With alumni that include recipients of Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, Larson Awards, Kleban Awards, and Fred Ebb Awards, the DGF Fellows program is an opportunity to grow in community and professionally.

DGF Fellows is supported through the generosity of the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation.

Commission for NEW PLAY featuring Master of Fine Arts students at Big 10 University.


Deadline: August 15, 2022


The Michigan State University Department of Theatre seeks to commission a playwright to write a new full-length play, scheduled for a fully-realized production in Spring 2024. The play will feature the work of current Master of Fine Arts Acting and Design students. We are seeking a new play with at least eight great roles that highlight the diversity of our MFA Actors. Meet them here: https://theatre.msu.edu/commission/ 

We imagine a collaborative process where the playwright and MFAs discuss themes, issues, and stories that collectively interest them. 

We seek an early-career or graduate student playwright (preferred, but not essential) interested in writing a play specifically for this group to culminate in public performances. As part of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, we encourage applications from playwrights from the Global Majority*.

Rough Timeline and Expectations of Playwright:

Monthly virtual conversations with MFAs from September 2022 through May 2023

Script ready for a week-long onsite workshop in August 2023.

Developmental public and virtual readings will be part of the process.

Final script delivered by December 2023

Performances are scheduled for March 2024

Dates and deadlines are tentative.

The chosen playwright will receive a $4000 fee to create a new play and participate in all the above-listed events over a year and a half. Funding will also be allocated for travel and housing for on-site developmental workshops and rehearsals.

To apply, please upload the following items here by August 15, 2022.

A completed full-length play.

A statement related to your work and themes within it related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

An artist’s statement: One to two-page statement of your artistic mission, which introduces you, your process, and your body of work to us. Please also state what interests you about this project.

A resume

Interviews of final candidates will be conducted in late August/early September 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact roznows5@msu.edu

Sunday, August 7, 2022

2022 White Mouse Call for Full-Length Plays


Deadline: August 12 at 11:59pm


White Mouse Theatre Productions is a student theatre company dedicated to social change. We are affiliated with Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. We are excited to put out a call for full-length plays written by women/queer/BIPOC playwrights to produce this fall (2022).

Plays submitted should relate to social change. We ask for scripts no longer than 120 pages (please number the pages).

The selected play will be produced on the FSU campus this fall (of 2022). At this time, we cannot offer compensation to playwrights but will provide video recordings and production and rehearsal photos. If it is possible, we would also love to facilitate a connection between the playwright and director so the playwright can be involved in the process.

Suggestions for a play that is more likely to be selected:

 The cast is small
 The topic of the play is related to social change
 The tech requirements are minimal
 The majority of the characters are women-identifying
 The majority of the characters are college aged

Please limit 1 submission per person.

The deadline for submissions is August 12th at 11:59pm

Any questions? Send us an email!

2023 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival


Deadline: November 1, 2022

Over Our Head Players is accepting submissions for the "2023 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival," now through November 1, 2022. "Snowdance®" entry is open to original 10 minute or shorter comedies for the stage. 

Winning entries will be performed together by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble in the winter of 2023. Concluding each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites will earn cash prizes for the playwright. Entries may be sent to SNOWDANCE, c/o Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403. Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com. Once again, we request that scripts have a maximum of three characters, and entries less than 10 minutes are actively encouraged.

Rules for the Snowdance Comedy Competition, which is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction, are relatively simple. In summary, competition is open to unpublished, 10 minute or shorter comedies. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2022. The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list and a one-to-three sentence synopsis of the play. Plays can have a cast of one to four characters; plays should be easily staged, avoiding elaborate set requirements. Submit one typed manuscript in standard format, securely bound. Complete rules are posted on the Rules page. Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith via the box office, at 262-632-6802, or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com. Scripts will not be returned.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Native Voices: Short Plays Festival 2023


Deadline: August 23, 2022

*Please note that Native Voices only accepts submissions written for the stage or theatre by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations artists.

DEADLINE: August 23, 2022
13th Annual Short Play Festival
Don’t Mess with Auntie!

They’re fierce. They’re funny. Their frybread!!

Our communities shape us - our identities, our values, our taste in food. And, in our Native communities, the list of those who rear us extends far beyond that westernized “nuclear family.” This year, Native Voices invites you to tell a story inspired by an Auntie (or, many Aunties…let’s be honest)!

Don’t Mess with Auntie. We know it, we live by it, and goodness, do we have stories about it! Native Voices’ 2023 Short Play Festival is calling all Auntie stories. Laugh, cry, and learn your lessons as we assemble at the Autry for our 13th Annual Short Play Festival. Please keep your plays under 10 minutes. (Or you’ll have Auntie to answer to!!)

Plays selected to participate in the 13th Annual Short Play Festival will also be entered to win the Thomas Studi Gadugi Audience Prize of $500 and the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award of $1,000.

Scripts longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome!

Remy Bumppo seeks translations of foreign-language plays and/or new versions of existing plays


No deadline listed

Remy Bumppo seeks translations of foreign-language plays and/or new versions of existing plays, fictions, histories, memoirs, or other source materials. 

We encourage writers who believe a text needs a fresh voice or particular cultural, political, or social points of view in order to deliver a story to a modern audience. We are especially interested in plays that relate to Remy Bumppo’s mission of producing works driven by vivid theatrical language. 

Scripts will receive due consideration, not just for future development, but also for public readings and possible future production.

Please submit a full copy of your script electronically to Artistic@RemyBumppo.org. We will contact you if we find that your work is a good fit for our programming.

Black Swamp Players: Telling Stories Playwriting Contest


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Deadline: December 31, 2022 5PM

Bowling Green Ohio

This year’s Telling Stories Playwriting Contest deadline is December 31 at 5 PM. The winning play will receive a full-scale production during our 2023-2024 season.

The competition is open to any one-act or full length play that has not received a full-scale production (staged readings don’t count). The play must have a run time of 30 minutes to two hours. Plays in any genre will be considered.

The winning script will receive a full-scale production during the Players’ 2023-2024  season.

PDF of the script along with a cover letter should be sent to president@blackswampplayers.org.

Friday, August 5, 2022


 Few Spots left in December 2022




Submit to be among the plays and musicals in a Festival/Competition that is WOWING New Yorkers.


to submit, go to:


Introducing NYC’s fastest growing competition. Now accepting submissions only from playwrights who live no farther than 30 miles from Manhattan.

We offer up to $7,500 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the best play or musical.

Can you find another festival that gives away this much money in prizes? Our winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not simply some “popularity contest” based on whoever brings in the largest audience.  Sometimes the most “non-glitzy” smallest budget productions with the fewest audience members win first prize, simply because it was excellent. We love sincere, heart-felt performances, and honest writing. 

Prize categories include: 





2 BEST ACTOR $500 each 

2 BEST ACTRESS $500 each 





Here’s a chance to have your Play or Musical live on a New York City in Manhattan Stage! 

Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length. The New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 18 seasons - 10 continuous years of activity. Read below to find out why!

Why is New York Theater Festival a mecca for new and original plays?


We offer:
  • A quality venue.
75  seats. A stage the size of your average 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan (30’x22’) with plenty of backstage space, room in the wings, a huge dressing room complete with mirrors and plenty of storage
  • Need set/prop pieces? No problem.
What other festival offers you the use of 85 set props/furniture in their storage for free? Not only do we invite you to use our items, we also offer free storage for all your hand props for the duration of your run.  It’s no fun double parking your truck outside of theaters for every performance, only to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s annoying lugging all your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway throughout the length of your run.  Don’t sweat it.  We have space- and that’s not easy to come by in NYC! Check out our props:

  • Easy to use technology.

Where else will you get a lighting plot of 65 lights, complete with LED lights that can create a flush in a full range of deep colors for your scenes. You are also free to use our projector that projects a back stage image of 21×12′. Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use even for those that had not previous experience. You do not need to be a tech person to use them. 

  • If MUSIC is the food of love, play on!

Need music? We also have a good upright piano you can use

  • We offer long techs.
Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?  
For a Full-Length (60-90 minute) we give 4  hours for your tech.
For a One-Act (30-45 minute) we give you 2 hours, For a Short (5-20 minute) we give you 60 minutes.   
What can you accomplish with short tech rehearsals, or none at all offered somewhere else? Absolutely nothing (say it again!) We don’t want to risk your show looking miserable during your run because you did not have enough time to prepare. We want you to feel confident with how it will look. That’s why we offer a generous amount of tech time. (After all, time is money!)
  • What’s more important than advertising your show?
Many festival websites do not advertise your show. Many that do, will have mundane descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out our pages with previous productions and you will see immediate the difference. Large posters and detailed information. 
You can share the link of the post that we create for you without embarrassment and send it to your family, friends, colleagues, and community.  All cast and crew from all productions are granted free tickets to see all of the other shows in the festival!
Check out our posts:
  • Prime performance hours
We give you only ideal prime time slots, 30 minutes of ample set-up time before performances, and since the festival runs for 2 months, each production has time to breathe.
  • No seasonal volunteers
One of our principle team members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times, and performances. You will always see a familiar face!  Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success. Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours from the festival’s team. You will never have to wait days for a response. Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch.

  • Award ceremony
An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to the Oscars!

Submit your play to NYC theatre’s best kept secret TODAY.

Brave New Works 2022 Reading Series


Deadline: August 15, 2022
Only the first 100 plays submitted will be guaranteed consideration

Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2022 Reading Series. This season, we are especially looking to feature LGBTQIA+ stories.

The submission deadline for the Brave New Works 2022 Reading Series is August 15th, 2021. Due to our small staff, only the first 100 plays submitted will be guaranteed consideration and only finalists will be contacted. Finalists will be notified of their status by September 15th, 2021, andfinal selections will be made by October 30th, 2021.

Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2022 (if we are unable to have in-person readings due to COVID19, they will be done virtually). 

Playwrights must be local to the Tri-state area, ideally within a 90-minute commute to Brooklyn, NY as your attendance is requested. Brooklyn-based playwrights will be given first consideration. Chosen playwrights will receive a $350 stipend.

To be considered, plays must meet the following criteria:

No previously produced plays, although previous staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors.

The play must be completed at the time of submission – unfinished or partial drafts cannot be accepted at this time. Plays may still be in development, but they must be audience-ready at the time of submission. If the play is heavily revised AFTER being submitted, it MUST be resubmitted before the end of the submission period.

Plays must be able to be read by no more than 7 actors and someone on stage directions. If double and triple casting is possible please advise. We are interested in plays that feature diverse casts.

We are unable to accept new musical submissions at this time, given the limited technical nature of this reading series.

To submit, please attach a 10-page script sample AND your full script to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org. The 10-page script sample can include 10 pages of consecutive or non-consecutive content from your script (please clearly label jumps if you choose to submit non-consecutive content). 

Both the 10-page sample and full script must be submitted in PDFformat with numbered pages. In a separate document or in the body of your email please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, where you found this call for submissions, and any relevant website link(s). Submissions are limited to one play per playwright per season. Multiple play submissions by the same playwright for the same season will not be considered.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities: Those that have been disproportionately affected by over-policing and police violence, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, Asian, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, differently-abled, and womxn playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit and will be prioritized.

Brave New World Repertory Theatre, a Brooklyn-based company, reaches under-served audiences to promote a love of theatre, with re-imagined classics and brave new works that reflect our diverse community. BNW’s free-to-low-cost programs range from intimate readings to large outdoor productions, and cast unique and historic Brooklyn venues in a leading role. We seek to tell stories that celebrate life and explore social justice; stories that make us laugh, feel deeply, and find common ground.

For more information, please visit: www.bravenewworldrep.org



Deadline: December 15, 2022

Eden Theater Company allows for emerging playwrights to develop a new play with ETC artists. The playwright collaborates with Eden’s Artistic collective to better hone the structure, characters and arcs in their playwriting. We hope that the work developed provides an empathetic vantage into different experiences, and states of spiritual being.

We are calling for playwrights to submit an application to participate in our lab series, and are especially seeking New York City playwrights who feel their voice is marginalized, by their age, gender, race, ethnicity or beliefs.

This year long collaboration will culminate in a staged development workshop of the playwright’s work developed during the lab. We hope to cultivate a longer standing relationship between the playwright and Eden Theater Company.


Submissions should be sent to etcplaylab@gmail.com and include the following:

1. A cover letter with clear contact information (name, cell phone, and email)
2. A short bio and writing/theater resume, including any website, and/or social media tags
3. A ten (10) page playwriting sample from a formatted full-length play with a summary/description of the full-length play. This sample should be in a pdf, and represent work that is the best reflection of your writing style and voice at this point in time, and/or would like to develop.

DEADLINE for submissions is December 15, 2022

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Experimental Theater Writing Workshop – Fall 2022

Seeking female or female-identifying experimental writers for the Fall Experimental Theater Writing Workshop. This is a series of ten Zoom classes/workshops held every Tuesday evening from 09/06 - 11/09. Classes will consist of discussions of homework material; prompt assignments; and readings of work generated in class. The last class will consist of final presentations.

Literary movements and theories allow us to see the social response of theatre to the world.  While these movements and theories enlighten us to historical artistic responses, they can also seem like arcane academic subjects to the writer.  Questions we may ask are: can some of these concepts unearth new dramatic possibilities for the writer?  Can theories or techniques of the past be relevant in today’s socio-political landscape?  If we are seeking new ways to express ourselves as dramatists and theatre makers, we might continue our search for other techniques that allow us to expand our toolkit and create unique experiences for our audiences.

The goals of this course are: 1) to gain additional theater writing techniques which expand the writer’s current theatrical repertoire; 2) to investigate writing techniques as a representation of a writer’s response to the world; and 3) to strengthen a connection between theatre and various other theories and movements. 




  • Only 1 submission per playwright
  • 1 experimental writing sample. Each sample is up to 10 pages only. 
  • Title page on sample should contain:
    • title
    • name
    • contact info
  • Second page should contain:
    • Character breakdown
    • setting
    • time
  • file name of sample play should read: titleOfPlay_lastname_exp.pdf

Writers will be selected based on the nature of the work submitted and availability. By experimental, we mean work that challenges the conventional elements of theater. If selected, the fee is $350. 

Apply here: https://forms.gle/13rhg9Hwnysbqstw9

Deadline: August 26th, 2022 5 pm.

Web: 3ws dot suzannewillett dot com

FB: @etww19nyc

Druid New Writing Script Submissions 2022


Deadline: August 31, 2022


The New Writing script submission window for 2022 is now open. The deadline is Wednesday 31 August 2022.

Playwrights who submit a script during the submission window will have their work read. Scripts received outside of this time will not be considered. Scripts sent via email, post or other means will not be accepted.

The company accepts plays in the English language. For the purposes of clarity: Druid accepts translations of original plays into English which meet our criteria.

How It Works

For the open submission process, a reading panel assists the Artistic Director in assessing your play and ensures that a range of perspectives are brought to bear on each submission.

While Druid gives consideration to all plays submitted within the allotted period, we are not in a position to give a detailed a response to each submission.

The open submission process takes place alongside commissions, workshops, mentoring, public readings and other playwright development initiatives as part of Druid’s commitment to bring new work into production.

Submit only one script per submission window. Once submitted a new draft cannot be resubmitted.
  • Submit original work only.
  • Submit only those plays that have not had a full professional or amateur
  • production. In this light, plays emerging from student productions or from a
  • reading/workshop will be accepted.
  • Writers whose work has previously been produced by amateur theatre companies
  • are asked to submit only those plays that are not currently intended for a future
  • production.
  • Druid is not in a position to accept historical/biographical plays. For example, the company is more likely to produce a contemporary, more traditionally-structured play that has a connection to Ireland than an experimental opera about a historical figure with no connection to Ireland.
  • Druid is not in a position to accept radio scripts, TV scripts or screenplays. Submitted plays must be written for the stage.
  • Druid is not in a position to accept musicals or plays for children.
  • Plays should be fully completed and have a running time of at least 40 minutes.
  • Please ensure that you are familiar with Druid’s work before submitting your
  • script. You are expected to submit your script to Druid only if you believe it would be of interest to the company.
The aim of the New Writing process in Druid is to find new writers and voices that can be nourished rather than a finished polished piece of work. Druid looks forward to collaborating, guiding and nurturing writers, building a relationship with those voices who will grace our stages for years to come.
  • Scripts should be typed on A4 with pages numbered
  • Please ensure you check the spelling in your script thoroughly
  • Font size should not be lower than 12pt
  • Stage directions must be in italics
  • Please submit your file in PDF format
Your name and contact details should not appear anywhere on the script

Failing to remove your name or contact details from a script will render it ineligible

Due to the large volume of scripts received annually, Druid cannot provide detailed feedback on each script received.

Scripts will only be accepted via our online form between Wednesday 20th July 2022 and Wednesday 31st August 2022.

Yale Drama Series Rules and Submission Guidelines 2023 Playwriting Competition


Deadline: August 15, 2022

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2023 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, Jeremy O. Harris. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a celebratory event. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
  1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
  2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted.
  3. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
  4. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
  5. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  6. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  7. Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  9. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.
Electronic Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2023 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2022, and no later than August 15, 2022.  The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript and submission file name. 

The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. 

Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

Hardcopy Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2023 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2022, and no later than August 15, 2022.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; and, a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on the title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

Contact Us
For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Clay & Water 2023 - Fifth Annual Playwrights' Retreat and New Play Reading Series


Deadline: August 31, 2022 5PM EDT


Clamour Theatre Company is accepting applications starting 8/1/2022 for Clay & Water 2023, our Fifth Annual Playwrights' Retreat and New Play Reading Series.

Clay County, Florida is still lagging behind in vaccinations and, as best we can tell given the lack of data, cases of COVID are once again on the rise. Fortunately, they mostly seem to be mild, but we cannot yet be sure whether the Retreat will be in-person or virtual. Thus, the dates are still not finalized, and we understand that some applicants, if selected, may not be able to attend once the final dates and format are chosen. We suggest you go ahead and apply, and we'll all figure it out when the time comes.

The application form includes a section where you can tell us whether you are applying for an In-Person version of the Retreat only, a Virtual version only, or either.

And we THANK YOU for your understanding as try to maintain a safe way forward for everyone involved.

Application Window: 9am (Eastern time) August 1, 2022 until 5 pm (Eastern time) August 31, 2022

Five playwrights will be selected to participate on dates TBD in the 1st Quarter of 2023.

All the details and the application guidelines can be found here: https://www.clamourtheatre.org/events/2023-2/clay-water-2023-applications/

Notification by year-end 2022.


* Note: For the virtual Retreat, you do not have to be available all day, every day during that time period. See Requirements and Guidelines below for more information about the schedule and details about each version of the Retreat.



We provide accommodations, a no-pressure developmental reading of your work-in-progress, and a chance to see some of the points of interest of the surrounding area to five selected playwrights.


Clay County, Florida

The actual location will be TBD in Clay County, Florida.  Previous in-person Retreats were held in Green Cove Springs. Green Cove is a town in northeast Florida first settled in the mid-1800s, best known for its natural sulfur springs and its location on the St. Johns River, a bit south of Jacksonville. The location for the 2023 Retreat, if held in person, will be in the Orange Park/Fleming Island/Green Cove Springs/Penney Farms area and is yet to be confirmed.


EXPECT TO PAY YOUR OWN WAY HERE. Fly into Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) where we’ll pick you up, or drive yourself to the accommodations we will book for you in Clay County. (There’s also an Amtrak station in Jacksonville, if needed.)


Accommodations will be fully covered by Clamour at a location still to be confirmed. We will have that information for you by the time we invite the selected playwrights so that they can take it into account when deciding to accept the invitation.


Each playwright will get a developmental reading of a single work-in-progress.

We will provide local actors for readings.

The reading will be open to the public at no charge. If possible, we will schedule a private Zoom rehearsal the week before the Retreat, but the public readings will be fully understood to be minimally-rehearsed, cold readings for development and NOT performance.

There will be a moderated audience feedback session after your public reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)


We ask you to be available for two informal meet-and-greet Q&A sessions with local students to answer questions about the craft and business of playwriting. These will be held during the school day within the four weekdays in the span of the Retreat. Transportation to and from the school(s) will be provided.

Networking Opportunities

There will be a Welcome Dinner on arrival day and since all playwrights will have accommodations at the same location, there will be ample opportunities to get to know your fellow writers and to share experiences and tips, and socialize with each other.


Dramaturgs are NOT part of the in-person Retreat experience. They are provided as part of the virtual Retreat experience, because those writers are not getting the time away from the distractions of their ordinary lives, the in-person interaction with their fellow writers, and the exposure to a new area with new experiences, people, and sights to see.



Selected playwrights will participate from their own homes. The virtual version of the Retreat will be slightly longer (@ 2 weeks) to enable writers to continue to work at their survival jobs, if necessary, while still providing the developmental readings and plenty of opportunities to interact with each other.

Location (virtual)

No travel required.

The entire Retreat will take place on Zoom.


No travel required.  Retreat is all on Zoom.


Your very own bed.  You’re not traveling, so you won’t need a hotel room.


Each playwright will get 2 one-on-one meetings with a dramaturg and 2 developmental readings (one private, one public) of a single work-in-progress.

We will provide actors for readings.  Local actors will be given preference whenever possible. We will cast the net wider, if necessary.

The first reading will include you, actors, your dramaturg, and Clamour staff.

The second reading will be open to the public at no charge. It will be fully understood to be an unrehearsed, cold reading for development and NOT performance.

There will be a moderated audience feedback session after your public reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)


We do ask you to be available for two informal meet-and-greet Q&A sessions with local students to answer questions about the craft and business of playwriting. These will be held during the school day within the two week span of the Retreat, so you must be able to take an hour or so out of your daily schedule twice during the Retreat. NOTE:  We are in the Eastern Time Zone. If you are located on the West Coast and the class to which we are invited is a morning class, we will (regretfully) ask you to get up pretty early.

Networking Opportunities

There will be several informal group check-ins throughout the Retreat providing opportunities to get to know your fellow writers and dramaturgs, share experiences and tips, and socialize with each other. We start the Retreat with a Welcome Dinner (via Zoom) and will provide a small meal stipend in lieu of being able to host you at a Board member’s home or a local restaurant.


Each selected writer will be matched with a dramaturg. The dramaturg’s role in the context of this retreat is to provide the playwright with critical feedback, notes, and suggestions on the script. They are here to assist you in shaping your play into the next stage of development, and they can be a set of fresh eyes throughout the process. The dramaturg can also assist with research pertaining to the play’s themes, time period, and support material, if applicable. In addition, the dramaturg is someone who can act as an audience member and really get the feel for the show as a spectator, providing key insight to the play’s strength’s and weaknesses.


Please read and follow these guidelines and application material carefully. Plays that do not adhere to the guidelines in terms of length, format, cast size, etc. will not be considered.

Requirements & Schedule


In order to apply, you must:

  • Have a completed draft (both in-person & virtual applications)
– Draft of a full-length, unproduced non-musical play (60-120 pages) in a standard play script format (either the Modern Format or Traditional Format on the Dramatists Guild website: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats would be acceptable) in a 12-point standard font (Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Courier are all fine).  The play should require 2 to 4 actors to perform. (Plays that have had previous developmental readings are acceptable.) 
– No monologues, please.
– The submitted script should have a character breakdown page immediately following the title page.
–You may have more than 4 characters as long as all characters can be played by a maximum of 4 actors and you specifically explain any double-casting options.
– We understand that, in revising, you may discover a need for an additional character, and we can be somewhat flexible for the final reading, but we urge you not to hope to circumvent this actor cap by cutting an army out of the submitted draft with a view to adding them later.  We want to provide a stipend to each of our actors. Please help us make that a realistic goal.
– Content: We are located in one of the most conservative areas of a conservative state. Please take that into consideration when you are choosing a play to submit. (If you are applying for the virtual version only of the retreat, the definition of “appropriate” content is a little looser, but please remember we are hoping to return to an in-person event in 2023.)

  • Be willing and able to work with a dramaturg (virtual applications only)
– If you do not think your draft is able to be improved and/or are not willing to seriously consider rewrites, this is not the Retreat for you.
Be able to spend significant time during the allotted period working on your script on your own (evenings/weekends are fine for the virtual Retreat; in-person Retreat work time is yours to determine outside of the Meet & Greets and the readings).

  • Be available for these activities: (virtual applications only)
Opening Night & First Weekend (Friday – Sunday)
– Friday, the first evening of the Retreat – Welcome meeting on Zoom
– Saturday or Sunday – a one-on-one Zoom meeting with your dramaturg
Week 1 (Monday – Sunday)
– Monday evening – group check-in
– Tuesday – Sunday – a private reading of your play (you, actors, dramaturg, and Clamour staff) at some point during this time to be followed by another one-on-one meeting with your dramaturg
– Also, at a time TBD this week and next – approximately 1 hour at a time during a normal school day twice to attend a Zoom Q&A session with our local students. (Please note: We have to schedule these Q&A sessions in consultation with the teachers. We will try to have one this week and one the following week, but the final dates are TBD, and we hope you can be flexible as we figure that out.)
– Friday evening – group cocktail hour
– Sunday afternoon – group check-in
Week 2 (Monday – Sunday)
– Tuesday evening – group check-in
– Wednesday evening – group cocktail hour
– Thursday – Sunday – Public readings (1 Thursday evening, 1 Friday evening, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday)
– Sunday evening – Wrap-Up group meeting
What to Submit

Applications must be made through our online application form which will ask you to complete the following:
  1.  Select whether you are applying for the In-Person Retreat Only, the Virtual Retreat Only, or Either.
  2. Name, email, cell phone # in the fields provided.
  3. Select whether you are US-Based or Non-US-Based so the form will show you the appropriate address fields.
    1. Complete the address fields. Note that the Non-US-Based address field is more free-form due to variations among international address, but we do need your street address, city, province, country, and postal code if your are not a US-Based playwright.
  4.  Title of the play you are submitting
  5. Select Tone of Play (Comedy, Drama, Serio-Comic)
  6. Brief synopsis of the play
  7. Brief description of what you think is/are the next step(s) in your revisions.
  8. Enter the number of actors needed and a numeric breakdown of male, female, neutral/non-binary/any gender actors needed.
  9. Enter the same breakdown for number of characters (these numbers may match the number of actors or may be different if double-casting can be done.)
  10. Describe any possible double-casting. Please be as specific as you can.
  11. Introduce yourself professionally (productions, workshops, readings, publications, education, any other theatre disciplines in which you participate).
  12. Introduce yourself personally (hobbies, non-theatre interests, where you from, survival job, etc.)
  13. Upload your 60-120 page script in standard play format in a 12-point font.  PDF ONLY!

Note that Clamour Theatre Company will make the final determination on which version of the Retreat we will host in 2023 based on writers’ interest and on the state of vaccinations and infections in our area and how that could affect the safety of our writers, our actors, our audiences, and our staff.

When to Submit

The application window is from

9:00 am Eastern time August 1, 2022 to midnight Eastern time August 31, 2022.

Applications received before or after those dates and times will NOT be considered.

Questions may be sent at any time.

Where to Submit

Is there a fee?
There is no fee to submit to either version of the Retreat.

Playwrights participating in an In-Person Retreat are responsible for their own transportation to the area and for their own food.  Any admission fees for optional sight-seeing trips during the In-Person Retreat are also the responsibility of individual writers.  Accommodation costs are covered by Clamour Theatre Company.

Playwrights participating in a Virtual Retreat have no costs, unless participation in a student meet & greet has an impact on that particular writer’s “day job.”

Can I apply again?

If you applied to a previous retreat and were not accepted at that time, by all means, please apply again.  We’re looking for the right combination of people, so many factors go into selection. You should never feel that not being chosen in any given year is a reflection on your writing.

If you were accepted and attended a previous retreat, as much as we would love to see you again, we’d like to keep meeting new people.  We will probably not be able to invite you back again at this time.

When will I be notified?

Good question!

We hope to make our selections of plays and playwrights by the end of October/early November.  Final decision on which format Clay & Water 2023 will take is something we are less able to predict since it will be determined by forces outside our control.

We can tell you that you will be notified either way.  We acknowledge receipt of all submissions, so if you get that acknowledgement, and you have not heard from us with an acceptance or regrets, it means that the decisions have not yet been made.   We understand this means you may accept another offer in the meantime.  It’s not an ideal notification policy, but these are less than ideal times. We thank you for your patience and your flexibility.

Anything else?

Normally, we request that you do not apply if you cannot arrange to attend the sessions outlined.  However, in this time of uncertainty, we recognize that final dates and format may mean that an applicant could be selected but unable to attend when the details are finalized.

Once those details ARE finalized, we ask you not to accept if you cannot commit to the full Retreat time period and activities. We also ask all selected playwrights to make every effort to attend the public readings of their colleagues.

Clamour Theatre Company is committed to diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual preference, and experience.

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2022. Turquoise edition»


Deadline: December 1, 2022

The «Neem» award was created to support and identify underground dramatic waters.

Organizers: Jenya Stashkov, Performance-troupe «Vibrating body»

Nominations: Awarded one prize in the nomination «A play that no one will ever agree to stage»

The author of the play-winner will receive a cash prize: 20£.

The best plays will be staged in the format of reading, sketching, performance or something else by Performance-troupe «Vibrating body» in ia random place on our planet.

Requirements for the submitted works:
  • Formal requirements are absent.
  • There are no linguistic and geographical limits.
Plays should be sent to: pos.vostok@gmail.com

Terms for the reception of plays: July 13, 2022 – December 1, 2022
Summing up: December 2022 – January 2023.

All information on the prize will be published on the website: https://vibratingbody.jimdofree.com/projects/neem-2022-turquoise-edition-1/

All the rights to plays remain with the authors.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Athena Project’s Read & Rant: A Plays In Progress Series


Deadline: August 31, 2022 11:59 PM MDT

Athena Project’s new Read & Rant program seeks to combine the original form’s sharing of theatrical work with the wider public with the new play development aspects of Plays In Progress while also fostering collaboration between playwrights and dramaturgs. We are initiating these changes to Read & Rant with the goal to create digital opportunities for early and mid-career playwrights, uplift women* writers and dramaturgs overall, and highlight underrepresentation for women* in these positions.

Submissions are now accepted August 1-31 for the October session of Read & Rant (scheduled for the 3rd Monday of the month). A total of five plays will be selected via lottery. Two of these plays will be featured in our October Read & Rant and will receive a moderated Zoom discussion led by a dramaturg as well as initial feedback from the public. The remaining three will still have an opportunity to receive short feedback from a dramaturg via a medium of their preference (written, audio recording, short video, or live phone call).

Submission Guidelines
  • Playwright must be a woman* and may submit only one full-length script each month. 
  • Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.
  • Only previously unproduced plays are eligible. 
  • Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised prior to submission to Read & Rant so the playwright receives the most benefit from this opportunity. (Presently, we cannot accept musicals.)
Submission must include:
  1. Summary of the play only
  2. What you hope to personally experience by participating in Read & Rant and working with a dramaturg
  3. Resume in PDF format
  4. Completion of the short Google Form Application
*At Athena Project, we believe that “women” means many things and can be a complicated term. We recognize that the term “women” does not automatically include all aspects of the gender spectrum. We want to create a safer space for the expression and growth for all women, non-binary, and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

TEDxAsburyPark ’s 1act.1idea is accepting submissions of short plays


Deadline: September 30, 2022


TEDxAsburyPark ’s 1act.1idea is accepting submissions of short plays (8- 18 minutes run time) with a big idea worth sharing. 

We seek original work that focuses our hearts and minds on any of these themes: Collaboration, Determination, Democracy, Diversity, and/or "All Together Now". 

We seek well-developed characters that entertain and enlighten us. Our preferences are for small casts and minimal sets.

We encourage playwrights to participate with us as we together explore these themes.

About 40 accepted plays will be produced in a Zoom reading with professional actors, with discussion.
About 6 plays will be produced live on stage in the spring of 2023, and may be recorded and edited as either a TED talk or as a 1act.1idea production.

Within 45 days of submission, we strive to get back to you. Be patient with us as we expect over 1000 submissions. We appreciate your creativity, imagination, and original ideas and characters.

Submit to play project https://tedxasburypark.submittable.com/submit

Website is 1act1idea,com and tedxasbury.com

One play per writer please- any questions

Monday, August 1, 2022

The Playwrights Group ~ take advantage of our online offerings!

Take advantage of our online offerings!

Script Consultations


Have a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email and/or video conference. See website for rates. 


Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.


Weekly Zoom Workshop


Get feedback on a finished script or one you’re just getting started on. We read everything from a one page scene to a full length. Plays, musicals, film scripts — whatever it is you’re working on. This is a great way to keep yourself focused and to connect with other playwrights across the country. 


We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST.  And starting in September, we’ll be adding a group that will meet Tuesdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST. Check out our website for more details and rates — and arrange to sit in on a session and see for yourself.


Online One-on-One Courses


If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:


       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks


Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 


Please visit our website for further Info and Rates: 



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