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Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Nextfest Arts Company calls for Theatre (both Scripts and Project Pitches), Digital Projects and General Submissions

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Deadline: January 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm MST

The Nextfest Arts Company is delighted to post our submission calls for Theatre (both Scripts and Project Pitches), Digital Projects and General Submissions!

Are you an emerging artist looking to produce a project at Nextfest 2022 (June 2-12, 2022)? Then see below for our submission calls.

Questions, concerns, queries about submitting? Have an idea, but not sure how to write about it? Submitting a script and need some guidance? Hit Ellen up to chat! Contact Ellen Chorley at ellen@nextfest.ca

Below are the submission forms for Theatre script and projects at Nextfest 2021.

Please read the following before submitting your project or script.

The Nextfest Arts Company defines emerging artists as:
any artist within the first ten years of their career
an artist who is NOT represented by any organization or union (ACTRA, EQUITY, IATSE, PGC, DGC, ADC, etc.)
an artist who is NOT represented by an agent or agency

Before submitting:
  • Please be sure that the artist(s) submitting is an emerging artist within the first ten years of their career, that is NOT represented by an agent or professional organization (like Equity, Actra, etc.).
  • Please be sure that the artists submitting is NOT a high school student (we have a special submission call for high school students that will be released soon).
  • Please be sure to fill out the form attached to the correct links below.
  • Please be sure that artist sends any other important documents with your pitch, script, or digital project to Ellen Chorley (Festival Director, Theatre Curator) in either a WORD DOC or PDF format to ellen@nextfest.ca
  • Please be sure that you and your team will be available to present your project in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada during Nextfest 2022 (June 2-12, 2022).
PITCH A PROJECT

General Theatre Project Submission
Due: January 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm MST.

This submission is for emerging artists submitting a project pitch that does not use a traditional script for Nextfest – ie: Sketch Groups, Improv Groups, Cabarets, Comedy, Performance Art, Poetry, etc.

To submit a script please fill out this form: Theatre Mainstage – Pitch A Project Submission Form

Please provide any other related written documents in WORD DOCUMENT or PDF
FORMAT ONLY to ELLEN CHORLEY, Festival Director ellen@nextfest.ca with the subject line NEXTFEST 2021 PROJECT SUBMISSION.

This may include…
Any documents related to your project
CVs of yourself and any other artist involved
A short bio of the lead project artist

SUBMIT A SCRIPT

Theatre Script Submission
Due: January 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm MST.

This submission is for emerging playwrights submitting a written script for Nextfest. Please fill out the submission form below and submit a script to be considered for a staged reading, progress showing a presentation, or full production.

To submit a MainStage Project please fill out the following form: Theatre Mainstage – Submit a Script Submission Form.

Please provide any other related written documents in WORD DOCUMENT or PDF
FORMAT ONLY to ELLEN CHORLEY, Festival Director ellen@nextfest.ca with the subject line NEXTFEST 2021 PROJECT SUBMISSION.

This may include…
Any documents related to your project
CVs of yourself and any other artist involved
A short bio of the lead project artist
DIGITAL PROJECTS

Nextfest Digital Art
Due: January 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm MST.

This submission is for emerging artists submitting an online project or event for Nextfest. This could be in any discipline ie. dance, theatre, music, etc.

To submit a Digital Project please fill out the following form: Digital Online Event Application Form

Submissions are now open for CapitalQ Theatre Festival

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Deadline: December 15, 2021


StageQ's mission is to celebrate and advance theatre written by and about LGBTQ+ peoples.

We are looking for One-act plays, 15-60 minutes in length, at all levels of development from playwrights of all levels of experience. Chosen plays will be performed as part of our one-act festival that will run during Pride Month 2022. 

This weekend-long festival in June will be filled with one-act plays submitted from local and national playwrights, along with various theater-focused workshops. This weekend will be a celebration of original queer stories told by up-and-coming queer playwrights. We thank you so much for your interest in being part of this new Pride Month tradition!

We are interested in plays at all levels of development from playwrights of all levels of experience. What we are looking for is an exciting story surrounding the queer experience that begs to be performed on stage. Our goal is to aid playwrights in presenting the story they are excited to tell on stage, with whatever resources they find valuable. We are defining a one-act play as a play between 15 and 60 minutes long that takes place over one act.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Submissions are now open for the Theatre Southwest - Readers' Theatre Matinee

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Deadline: January 5, 2022 by 11:59 PM

General guidelines are listed below and are subject to change.

Approximately 8-12 selected plays will be read and voted on by the attending audience. One $100 prize will be awarded to the play voted on as audience favorite.

General guidelines

Limit of two entries per playwright of an original work that has not been published or produced.

Monologues and one person plays are not accepted.

All genres are accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter).

All plays should be 5 to 10 minutes long, no exceptions. (If using standard play format a good gauge is 4-11 pages, excluding title page).

Plays should be conducive to Readers' Theatre with simple stage directions and a story expressed mostly through dialogue, not action.

Submission guidelines

Scripts are accepted via U.S. mail or email. If using U.S. mail entry must be postmarked by Jan. 5, 2022. If emailed sent by 11:59 p.m. on the same date (1/5/22). Scripts will not be returned.

Scripts should have a title page that includes the play title and playwright's contact information, as well as a list of characters and a brief synopsis of the play. Script pages should be numbered.

ALL mailed in scripts should be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.

There is NO ENTRY FEE.

Playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

Mail entries to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063
Attn: TSW-RTM

Or Email to:
mimiholloway@gmail.com

VI INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING CONTEST - TYA

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Deadline: December 20, 2021

The contest aims to encourage writers in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young people. The competition is open to all writers worldwide - there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants

The heart of this competition is the participation of playwrights worldwide, regardless of nationality, age, gender or language.

1. The competition is open to all writers worldwide and there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants.

a) We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer. Hereafter, ‘writer’ or ‘playwright’ means either a single writer or a group of writers in a collective work.

b) The participation of an underage writer must be authorised by the legal guardian.

2. The competition is restricted to plays for young audiences.

a) We do not accept plays for children or adult audiences.

b) We do not accept musicals.

3. Writers are asked to submit a play for either:

a) Category A (the play must cater for a performance time of no less than 60 min. and no more than two hours).

b) Category B (the play must cater for a performance time of no less than 30 min and no more than one hour).

b) Category C (the play must cater for a performance time of no less than 10 min and no more than 30 min).

4. The play can be written in any official language of the world.

5. The play must be a new and original piece of work. The play must not have been published in any form or awarded previously.

a) The copyright of the play must be owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable Editorial DALYA to use the work as contemplated by these contest rules.

b) Performed plays can be submitted.

6. There is no fee to enter and no hidden costs for the entrants.

7. €12000 in prizes to be won:

a) Category A (4800€)

A cash prize of 2400€ for the writer, translation to another European language, publication and public reading, plus economic aid for performances and public readings of the play within two years after its publication.

b) Category B (3200€)

A cash prize of 1000€ for the writer, translation to another European language, publication and public reading, plus economic aid for the performances and public readings of the play within two years after its publication.

c) Category C (2000€)

A cash prize of 400€ for the writer, translation to another European language, publication and public reading, plus economic aid for the performances and public readings of the play within two years after its publication.

d) Shortlist (2000€)

The shortlisted plays will automatically be considered for publication in Editorial DALYA.

e) Awards cannot be shared or reduced, and the prize must be granted at least in one category.

f) The Jury may award Honourable Mentions without cash prizes to any play of the contest.

 

8. The competition opens on Wednesday 1 September 2021, with the deadline for entry being on Monday 20 December 2021.

a) We do accept up to three plays per writers.

b) Each entry must contain just one play.

9. The play may be submitted via links provided on ytpwc.edalya.com or on Editorial DALYA web page: www.edalya.com. (→Premios →Premio Teatro Joven).

a) The document must contain a front page stating:

1) The title of the play

2) The contest category (A or B or C)

3) Contact e-mail.

c) The writer's name must be deleted from the entry and document to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

10. An updated list of the plays submitted to the competition will be published on the website of Editorial DALYA.

a) The Jury can change the category at his sole discretion.

b) The organization will send a notification to the writer to confirm that the entry has been accepted.

c) Writers whose plays are not listed or have not received the acceptance of the entry should notify the organization this by email.

d) The entries with no contact email or this is incorrect will be discarded in the finalists selection.


11. Shortlist. The evaluators will assess each play in accordance with the following criteria:

a) Quality of dramatic text and audience appeal (characters, dialogue, story development, style, rhythm…)

b) Promotion of tolerant coexistence among young people, and crafting discussions and problem-solving around their conflict issues

c) Factors that ease the production: cast, set, technical requirements...

12. A short list of 3-6 plays per category will be selected before Tuesday, 15 February 2022.

a) The writers of these plays will be notified by email after selection.

b) The awarded writer must re-submit the play, including personal details (name, headshot, address, nationality...) and CV in the front page.

c) Include the authorisation of the legal guardian, if applicable.

13. Starting Tuesday, 1 Mars 2022, the winner selection process will begin.

14. Winners. The evaluators will assess the shortlisted plays in accordance with the following criteria:

a) Topic (dramatic meaning, originality and adaptation of the topic to drama...)

b) Universality (issues of common interest, engagement, audience devotion…)

c) Number of previous performances (better: none).

15. The Jury will select the winners before Tuesday, 27 Mars 2022.

a) The writers of these plays will be notified by e-mail after selection.

b) The Jury’s verdict will be announced through the website of Editorial DALYA (www.edalya.com), its social network and the media.

c) The Jury’s verdict is final.

16. Payments, publications and economic aids.

a) Non-winner runners-up must send a letter asking their plays to be considered for publication.

b) The cash prize money will be remitted in 2022.

c) To be published, plays must be submitted translated to an official European language, if the writer hadn’t done before. 

d) The economic aids for performances will be announced when the next competition is published.

17. The awarded participants commit making mention of the award in their future publications or performances of the play.

18. Awarded entrants commit themselves to sign a Publisher-Writer agreement with the customary terms of Editorial DALYA, described at: https://www.edalya.com/?Itemid=1755. 

a) Editorial DALYA can publish these plays in any of the official languages of Europe.

b) Plays will be published in the book series of theatre, named “Antonio Mesa Ruiz”

c) Editorial DALYA commits itself to publish an awarded play in ten months plus the periods of force majeure.

d) If it is not formalized, for any reason, the content of the contest rules will be considered as the agreement as regard as the publication of the awarded plays.

19. By entering the Prize, the awarded entrants grant non-exclusive permission to Editorial DALYA, its sponsors and any members of the media to use their résumés and extracts from their plays in publicity and reporting.

20. Entrants are bound to inform the organisation about the awards or publication of their plays before the announcement of the Jury’s verdict. 

21. By entering into the competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by the contest rules. No communication or correspondence will be entered into regarding the non-awarded plays. 

22. By entering into the competition, entrants warrant their plays will not infringe any copyright or intellectual property rights, it does not violate any personal privacy regulations, and it does not violate the rights of any person or entity.

23. The competition is subject to applicable laws and regulations about tax rates.

24. Entrants accept the terms of privacy policy described at: https://www.edalya.com/?Itemid=1699.

25. The competition and its rules will be governed by Spanish law.

 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Drip Action Theatre Trail 2022 seeks one-act plays

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Deadline: January 31, 2022

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects and a maximum of five performers. We do not insist on premieres.

All entries should be submitted to:

Drip Action Theatre Trail 2022
The Arundel Festival
c/o The Town Hall
Maltravers Street
Arundel
West Sussex
BN18 9AP

Entries must be received by 31st January 2022. There is no reading fee.

To encourage more writers from overseas we are allowing plays from outside the UK to be submitted by email - info@dripaction.co.uk

One play only per entrant, in hard copy if sent from within the UK

Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2020.

Each successful playwright will receive a £200 writer’s fee.

For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk

Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College

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Deadline: February 1, 2022

The arts have always had strong creative connections to the sciences, including computational science. Acting as gadfly for the good, provocateur and satirist when the sciences overreach, but also far-seeing prophets of scientific potential. The arts are among the areas that computational sciences has transformed, not only through its impact on modes of production of artwork, but also as a formative influence on its themes and motivations, notably in the fields of speculative fiction as well as the dramatic arts. To that end, the Neukom Institute is proud to announce this prize for creative work in the arts.

Full-length plays and other full length works for theater addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?”


Submissions must include
  • An anonymized (blinded) copy of the piece
  • Playwright resume/bio
  • Production history of the piece
  • 1 page statement of purpose that answers the following questions:
  • A. How does your piece address the theme of exploring humanity in our computerized, digital world?
  • B. What are your goals for this piece in its current form?
  • C. The winning piece will receive two readings: one at VoxFest at Dartmouth College in July 2022, and the second at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT, during the 2022/2023 season. How would you use this two-part development process to achieve these goals?

Questions? Email Emma Orme at vox@voxtheater.org

Playwrights can submit using this form.
Deadline for play or piece submission, February 1, 2022.

Information: Daniel.N.Rockmore@Dartmouth.edu

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

10TH COLUMBUS BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL seeks one-act plays and monologues

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Deadline: January 21, 2022

SUBMIT USING SUBMISSION TEMPLATE

Mine 4 God Productions (M4GP) is now accepting creative works that say something in words that speak truth and heals souls when spoken out loud.

The 2022 theme for our 10thAnnual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) is “Speaking Truth That Heals.”

We are accepting monologues and one-act plays that have diversity, inclusion, and equity of Black and Brown characters for our 10th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) that will be held July 8th-10th2022, at The Columbus Performing Arts Center and July 16th-17th 2022, at The Abbey Theatre of Dublin, Ohio. Submission dates are December 1, 2021, to January 31, 2022.

The entries need to meet the following criteria:

ONE-ACT PLAYS

1) No more than 4 characters (6 characters can play double-role.)

2) No derogatory, hate based, sexually explicit work will be reviewed or accepted.

3) Have minimal set/light requirements.

4) If required, play can be rehearsed/performed effectively by virtual means.

5) 15 to 30 minutes long.

6) Blocking of the play can be rearranged by the Director to meet social distance guidelines of State and theatre venue.


MONOLOGUES

1) 5 to 10 minutes long.

2) No derogatory, hate based, sexually explicit work will be reviewed or accepted.


Go to our www.mine4godproductions.com web site to complete the 2022 CBTF Entry Form and information on how to submit your original creative works before the deadline of January 31, 2022.

34th Annual (2022) Festival of New Musicals

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Deadline: December 20, 2021

We are accepting submissions for the 34th Annual (2022) Festival of New Musicals!

Online Info Session: Join NAMT’s New Works Director for an online info session about the application process. He’ll walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

The first webinar is on Monday, November 22 at 12:00 PM ET // 9:00 AM PT. (Click here to register.)

The second webinar is on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00 PM ET // 3:00 PM PT. (Click here to register.) 

2022 FESTIVAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS, PROCESS AND APPLICATION

New this year, we are no longer requiring an endorsement to apply for the Festival!

All writers are eligible to submit an application free of charge. Please review below for full details on the application process.

Please note: NAMT does not accept submissions outside of this process. Please follow the instructions below to submit a musical for the Festival. Materials received outside of the Festival submission process will not be returned.

STEP 1: Is Your Show Eligible?
STEP 6: If You're Selected

You can view a recording of this year’s online information session walking through the application process and providing tips for a successful submission below. This video is not intended as a substitute for reading this entire page.

Now in its 34th year, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to be a catalyst for nurturing musical theatre development and production. Every year, we feature eight musicals in 45-minute presentations for an audience of over 700 industry professionals. We look for new musicals at all stages of development from the broadest possible range of voices.

In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writers, so that our shows can extend their development trajectory. The long-term goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire and advance the musical theatre art form.

Our 34th Annual Festival of New Musicals will take place on October 20 and 21, 2022.

The objectives of the Festival are to:
  • Showcase quality new musicals with a wide range of subject matter, style and concept
  • Nurture composers, lyricists and book writers of all identities and backgrounds
  • Stimulate networking opportunities for NAMT Members and theatre professionals
  • Provide a forum to spark new collaborations and ventures
  • Encourage future productions of new musicals
We never take any royalties from our writers or ask them to pay for their participation in the Festival. The Festival is funded solely through sponsorships, grants and donations contributed by government agencies, foundations, organizations and individuals.

Step 1: Is Your Show Eligible?

  • The musical must…
  • Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions.
  • Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show.
  • Have full underlying rights clearances for any pre-existing material used (music, source material, etc.) in the script.
  • Be ready for readings, workshops and/or productions at the time of submission and available for performance in October 2022 at the Festival.
  • The musical cannot…
  • Already be licensed through a professional licensing house.
  • Have been produced on Broadway. [Shows that have had readings, workshops and/or productions (including regional or Off-Broadway) are still eligible.]
  • Have already been submitted to the Festival three times. Each show can only be submitted three times for review by the committee.
  • Have been presented as one of our main presentations at a Festival (excludes shows presented as part of our complementary programming including concerts and showcases).

In addition, the writers must be available for the Festival and all rehearsals.

Still have questions? Check out the Eligibility FAQ.

Step 2: Compile Your Information

Please note the following deadlines for the 34th Annual Festival of New Musicals:
December 20, 2021: Early Deadline for All Submissions
January 10, 2022: Late Deadline for All Submissions (late fees apply)

Shows submitted by the early deadline require no fee for submission. Shows submitted after the early deadline will be charged a late fee, which must be paid by credit card on the submission portal.

Gather Your Information

You will need information on the writers, agents, production/development history and more. This document outlines everything you will need to fill out the application, but you should read this entire page before prepping your materials as there is vital information throughout and our process may change from year to year.

As a reminder, as of this year, we are no longer requiring an endorsement to apply for the Festival!

You may save and return to your application without having to complete it all in one sitting.

Still have questions?
Step 3: Fill Out the Online Application: Work Samples

You will be asked to upload a PDF of the script and a PDF of a 20-page excerpt when you fill out the online application. All script submissions must adhere to the following or your application could be rejected:


The full script and excerpt must include:
  • Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)
  • Brief synopsis (1/2 page or less)
  • Character breakdown (1 page or less)
  • Track listings for the demo included
  • Unattributed author’s note, if applicable (1/2 page or less)
  • e.g. a note about script vs. demo lyrics, or special instructions or how to read internal script notation
  • Numbered pages
  • Demo track numbers must be included in the script where each track is to be played when reading (see page 4 of the sample script; please note, formatting does not need to be copied exactly).
  • The complete script (all scenes, songs and lyrics are on the page)

The full script and excerpt cannot include:
  • Writer information
  • Agent information
  • Production history
  • Previous cast information
  • Award information

20-Page Excerpt Guidelines

In round one of Festival evaluations, our Festival Screening Subcommittee only reads 20 pages of each script–writers are given the opportunity to choose the 20 pages that they feel best showcases your work. These excerpts must:
Include the introductory pages required in the full script before your selected 20 pages, adhering to the guidelines above.
Be directly pulled from the script without any alterations. Please do not splice together different sections or reformat in any way.
In the application, you will have an opportunity to provide a 50 word introduction to the cut for the subcommittee. Use this intro wisely!
We recommend that you submit the first 20 pages of your script **unless you have a show that is not structured like a traditional book musical.**


Submissions that do not adhere to these script guidelines will be subject to immediate rejection.

View a sample script to get a sense of our suggested layout of the first few pages and examples of how to embed track numbers that correspond to your demo. You DO NOT need to match the exact formatting of this script in order to submit to the Festival.
Demo Track Guidelines

You will be asked to upload individual tracks (up to 20) to the application matching the sequence of the script. You will also be asked to upload a .zip file of the entire demo. These two versions are for the ease of use of the committee. If you have more than 20 tracks, please upload the first 20 and we will pull the rest from the .zip file. Your show does not need 20 tracks to apply; you may have fewer. When possible, please take your name and your performers’ names off of any tracks, including in metadata.

The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the breadth and depth of the score and lyrics. We recommend including at least 50% of the songs in the musical (not including reprises and recitatives).

The demo should be a recording of good quality with a clear piano (or appropriate instrumentation) and clear vocals. We also recommend that the singers on the recording be the appropriate vocal types for their respective roles.


Step 4: Fill Out the Online Application: Supporting Materials

Proof of Rights
If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured. Alternatively, please submit a copy of your contract with all financial information redacted. In order to be eligible for the Festival, we must see:
Length of agreement and standards for renewals/extensions (the length of the agreement or option to extend should extend past the Festival by at least 18 months)
Definition of all parties involved
An indication of whether this will be the sole theatrical version permitted of the piece

Clauses indicating who has artistic control over the piece and what approvals are needed at what stages

Still have questions? Check out the Supporting Materials FAQ.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Native Voices: 12th Annual Short Play Festival

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Deadline: January 10, 2022

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

**Please also note our new submission deadlines! We have reformatted our season so that the Short Play Festival will be performed in March, the Playwrights Retreat and Festival will remain in June, and our main production will rehearse in September with performances in October.
Short Plays

TRICKSTER : Coyotes, Rabbits, and Ravens, Oh My!

Many Native stories involve a Trickster, a cunning, crafty, clever, mischief-making being who often teaches humankind how to be while embodying what not to be. A Trickster is the ultimate disrupter. They can be charming, witty, funny, harsh, critical, but they have a truth to share with us if we only listen. And if we don’t listen? Well, they will find a way whether we like it or not.

We promise: this isn't a trick! For our 2022 Short Play Festival, we invite you to tell a story inspired by a Trickster. These plays can be funny, sad, triumphant, or anything in between. The only rule: they must be 10 minutes long. They also must incorporate the theme "Trickster" (see? I tricked you! I said there was one rule but there's actually two!)

Plays chosen to participate in the 12th Annual Short Play Festival will also be entered to win the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting award – a $1,000 cash prize!!

Scripts longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

19th Annual Mainstage Fresh Fruit Festival

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

All Out Arts is accepting submissions for the 19th Annual Mainstage portion of the Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary, international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture. 

The festival will occur over two weeks in early May at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Entries are accepted through January 24, 2022. Thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and others, there are no submission fees for early applicants (by Jan. 1), and no performance fees are required.

The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through new Theatre, Performance Art, Dance, Video, Film, Graphic Arts, Music & various other forms of artistic expression.

Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows.

The Festival provides AEA-approved performance venues & insurance, marketing & publicity assistance, ticketing services, professional theater staff (logistics manager; a light or sound technician; front of house), repertory lighting plot & sound system, networking events, box-office shares, & more!

Early Submission Deadline: Fri Dec. 31, 2021 (No Submission Fee)
Final Deadline: Mon Jan. 24, 2021 ($25 Reading Fee required after December 31st)

If you are applying from out-of-town: (25+ miles from New York City), you must include a note about how you intend to produce your show (& cast, direct, execute a local publicity campaign, etc.) if you are out of town. You may use the “Performance History” section of the form. All shows must be locally produced.

Questions? – If you are applying in the Poetry, Dance, or Film categories, – or if you have any other questions about the submission process, please email a letter of interest: submissions [at] freshfruitfestival [dot] com. For short questions use our Contact Form. A full listing and download site for ALL festival hints, rules, tech notes, etc. will be published here soon.

Process: The application form must be completed entirely on-line, so we recommend that you please download and print a practice blank copy of the form HERE to prepare your answers in advance. On the real application below most spaces will expand as you type, and you will be able to upload files as .PDF .RTF .TXT or .DOC files, or simply provide tested links. When you are ready, go to the online application below (You can always update your information or files later via email):

> THE ONLINE 2022 APPLICATION <

Monday, November 29, 2021

Have Scripts Blue Moon Plays 2022

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Deadline: January 31, 2022

We Are Particularly Seeking Plays With Casts That Reflect The Growing And Varied American Landscape, As Well As Characters With Different Skin Colors, Gender Identifications, And Mental And Physical Abilities.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Play Submission Windows – November To January

To Submit A Play To Be Considered For Publication, Please Follow The Instructions Below.

Please do not submit complete manuscripts. Use the submission form supplied below, during the submission period.

Submit only one play at a time.

We suggest you prepare all the elements in advance so that you can copy and paste them into the form. There is a risk that the form will “time out” if you take too long to complete it, by typing manually.

The form may take 10-20 minutes to complete.

So that we can determine if your play is a good fit for our inventory, please provide the following information on the form below:
  • Submit only plays that have had at least one production.
  • A 300 – 500-word synopsis (NOTE: a synopsis is not a plot summary. It should tell us the premise of your play, what it is about, and how it tries to achieve that.)
  • A 300-word plot summary
  • Cast/character count, M/F, Maximum and Minimum cast required.
  • A sample of dialogue (Doc or PDF, about 10 pages)
  • Author Biography
  • List of any productions and/or staged readings by theaters
  • Include production dates, venue name and address, acting company
  • List of awards, commendations, reviews, feedback or comments on the script.
We will respond to queries within 8 weeks. If you are submitting to other publishers, please let us know if the rights to your play become unavailable.

Play Submission Query Form

The Robert J. Pickering / J.R. Colbeck Award for Playwriting Excellence

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Deadline: December 31, 2021
Coldwater, Michigan

This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. In 2020, the award was renamed to also honor longtime BCCT member and Pickering director, J.R. Colbeck. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

Production:

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program

 The Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program is accepting applications through January 15th! 

Please visit https://www.huntertheatre.net/mfa for more information.





Sunday, November 28, 2021

Visual Muze storytelling residency and retreat.

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Deadline: January 1, 2022

APPLICATION

This program is located in the historic district of Nolan Park and housed at the exhibition space (NP/10) of the West Harlem Art Fund.

Visual Muze is a unique storytelling residency and retreat. It provides visual artists, performance artists, multi-media designers, and writers the opportunity to explore narrative forms within collaborative projects, works in progress, guest lectures, and crafts. Prompts will be provided. Participants can choose to work independently or in teams to create original works in print, film, public performance, or digitally for a culminating exhibition. Process, creative strategy, and inspiration will be emphasize

Visual Muze Artist Residency is directed by Curator Savona Bailey McClain.

2022 applications are now being accepted. Click 2022 Visual Muze Residency Application. Deadline is January 1, 2022.

Responses
“The opportunity to be an artist-in-residence on Governor’s Island was a great and nurturing experience for me this past summer during the Epidemic. The natural setting, on an island surrounded by water, standing barefoot amidst the great old trees in Nolan Park inspired me to create a dance/storytelling work drawing from ancient Jewish mysticism.” — Yehuda Hyman/Dancer Choreographer

“Governors Island is an oasis away from the city, an incredible sanctuary to dance and focus on the work without distractions or anxiety from the ongoing pandemic. Highly recommended for rejuvenation and inspiration!” — Katharine Pettit Creative — KPC
Visual Muze Artist Residency is a registered member of the Artist Communities Alliance.


Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) is an international association of artist residencies. ACA supports the people who power the field – administrators, artists, culture bearers, creatives, volunteers, neighbors and community – of artist residencies, organizations and programs that provide time, space and resources for artists to advance their creative practice. Artist residencies and artists are at the center of our work.

Rockford New Words 2022 is seeking new 10 minute works

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Deadline: December 1, 2021

10 new works will be chosen and presented in a staged performance Feb 4th & 5th, 2021. Writers can choose to perform their own works (Live or on Zoom), or have them presented by professional performers. Writers each receive $200.

THEME: WORDS ON WOMAN

In the words of Audre Lorde, “…the strength of women lies in recognizing differences between us as creative, and in standing to those distortions which we inherited without blame, but which are now ours to alter."

“Woman” has multiple facets including gender identity, social construct, and lived experience. This year we are asking writers to look beyond boundaries to express their experience with the word “woman.”


RULES
  • New Words: written after OCT 25, 2021
  • Theme: Words On Woman
  • One Written Work per writer
  • Language: English
  • Writer Location: Anywhere!
  • Originality: no translations, adaptations, or excerpts of other works
  • Copyright: you must own it
  • Eligibility: no previously published or produced works
  • Length: 10 pages or less
  • Time: 10 minutes or less
  • Format: Any

HOW TO SUBMIT
Fill out the online application and upload a copy of your work here: wssr.org/submit

Words will be accepted until Dec 1, 2021 at 5:00pm CST. We will let you know the status of your submission by January 15, 2022.

Have questions? words@wssr.org

Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2022

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

Sundog Theatre in NYC is seeking one-act plays for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2022”

Sundog Theatre’s 20th annual presentation of new and original,
one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.
Since it is our 20th anniversary, the themes are “celebration” or “anniversary”.

Writing Guidelines:

–Original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

–10-25 minutes in length and set on the Staten Island Ferry.

–Set in contemporary time period. Strong priority will be given to plays with 2 characters, however, 3-character plays will be considered. No special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, and no special sound or lighting.

–Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and language since we cater to a broad audience.

–No musicals, long monologues, poetry, rants, or verse.

–Humor, if appropriate, is welcome.

Submission Guidelines:

—Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts), and the name of the play on each page to Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2022”, PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.

–Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, 70-word bio, and full author resume.

–Plays must be in our hands from now until no later than December 31, 2021. Latest postmark we will accept is December 24.

–Please do not submit plays electronically.

–Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org. Susan Fenley, Producer

>>5 – 6 plays will be chosen; writers will receive $100 each and be produced in our series of five March 2022 performances in Staten Island.<<

Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog’s website early in 2022.

The Growing Stage 11th Annual New Play-Reading Festival 2021-2022

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Deadline: December 31, 2021 Midnight EST

The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is committed to expanding the canon of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) through our New Play-Reading Festival. This program provides a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished and unproduced work presented before a family audience by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors. Four finalists will be selected and one script will be presented as a fully mounted production in the Growing Stage’s 2022-2023 season.

2022 Festival Timeline:

Round 1: March 4th – 6th, 2022
Staged Play Reading
Post-Reading Talkback with Audience, Performers and Playwright (if present)
Printed Feedback provided by audience and artistic team
Private Video Recording of Reading (for playwright only)


Round 2 FINALISTS SHOWCASE: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Each finalist will present 20 minutes of selected scenes.
Written critique will be provided by our educational and artistic teams to each finalist.
Winner will be chosen.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Plays should be intended for young audiences through high school age.
  • Minimum performance length of approximately 45 minutes.
  • Musicals are eligible. Accepted submissions must include a sample recording of the music and lyrics. Please do not send a written score.
  • BIPOC plays and playwrights are encouraged.
  • Adaptations must include proof that permission has been granted from the author to adapt their work.
  • All scripts must be unpublished and not committed to publication.
  • No supporting materials accepted.
  • Two scripts maximum submission.
How to Apply

STEP 1:

To apply for our festival, please email: newplays@growingstage.com and provide the following details in the body of an email:
  • Play title
  • Brief synopsis
  • Approximate running time
  • Cast breakdown
  • Intended audience. (i.e. Elementary, Middle School, High School, Family)
  • Script aligns with The Growing Stage mission. (Insert link)
  • Development History (i.e. previous reading, production, etc.)
Note: Please do not submit your full script with initial inquiry.

Submission Deadline: Midnight, December 31, 2021

STEP 2:

If your initial submission is accepted for our festival, a full script will be requested. When submitting your full script, please follow these guidelines:

Playwright’s name must not be visible anywhere on the script. 

Please include your name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission cover letter.

Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to The Growing Stage.

If you have any questions about the submission guidelines or festival, please contact Danny Campos, Festival Director at newplays@growingstage.com.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

For More Information, contact: newplays@growingstage.com or call (973) 347-4946

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Live & In Color is looking for new musicals

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Deadline: March 1, 2022

Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical.

The selected musical submission will have a two-week workshop in the fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience.

To Apply
To submit your musical, you can fill out this form. The deadline is March 1, 2022.
We are not currently accepting submissions for plays. Please check back later.

For any questions email Dennis Corsi at dennis@liveandincolor.org

Submission Requirements
  • The musical must be able to be performed with 4 actors or less.
  • All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Demo of score (2-3 songs)
  • Sample of dialogue (~10 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)
  • The playwright may submit more than one musical.
  • Properties with prior full productions not accepted
  • Finalists will be notified via email in the spring. 

Friday, November 26, 2021

NEW VENTURE PLAY FESTIVAL 2022 - 10-minute plays

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Deadline: December 1, 2021 5PM

SUBMISSION FORM

Submissions that do not meet the guidelines below will not be accepted to make room for others.

One submission per writer, please. Make sure everyone has a chance.

Winners will be announced March 30, 2022.

WHAT?
To celebrate the vitality of classical themes in new work, PAC invites playwrights to submit for consideration for our second annual - and first in-person - New Ventures Play Festival.

The theme for the plays is The Illusion of Time

5 plays of no more than 10 minutes each will be selected for a staged reading during our festival taking place on June 13th and 20th at the Proscenium Theatre at the Drake.

TO GET STARTED
For inspiration, take a walk through our website! Read through our mission, look at our past production and reading history, and even take a look at the adaptations and scripts we have worked on over the years.

Past PAC productions: https://www.philartistscollective.org/past-productions.html
PAC adaptations/script library: https://www.philartistscollective.org/script-library.html

Create a 10-minute play that responds, resonates or retorts the themes, characters, and/or essence of the work you discover. Use The Illusion of Time as your guide. It may lead to a new verse form or a new language altogether, or it may be a direct rebuttal of the themes you encounter. We are looking for creativity and honesty.

THE DETAILS
  • Based on the theme of The Illusion of Time, please submit a play that:
  • Is in response to, in conversation with, or inspired by classical work and ties into “The Illusion of Time”
  • Is a finished piece with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Is no more than 10 minutes in length
  • An original, never published or previously produced new work

SELECTION CRITERIA
  • Each of the 5 chosen plays will be selected based on:
  • Clearly demonstrated excellence;
  • Relevance to the mission of PAC;
  • Incorporation of theme; and
  • Creative use of language/classical themes/conversation with the classics as outlined in the TO GET STARTED section above.
  • DEADLINE
  • Submissions will be accepted until 5pm EST on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. 

No exceptions or phone calls, please.

IF I GET SELECTED…?
  • Selected playwrights will receive the following:
  • Two staged readings of their script during the New Ventures Festival on June 13th and June 20th, 2022 by a core group of professional Philadelphia-based actors
  • A dedicated dramaturg and director
  • A commission fee of $100
  • Final script approval and will be consulted on choices for shared ensemble cast
  • Submission to National New Play Exchange
  • The love and admiration of actors, peers, and audiences

MORE DETAILS
  • Each script must be no longer than 10 pages (excluding title page and character list)
  • ​Font no smaller than 11 point please
  • When read aloud, play should not exceed 10 minutes
  • Please submit in PDF format. Name the file as the exact title of your play.
  • Please do not ask for comments on your submission
  • Please submit only through the submission form​

The Players Theatre Improv Residency

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Deadline: December 1, 2021

SUBMISSION FORM

The Players Theatre is dedicated to creating space for those to create. Improv is an art form like no other which sparks ideas and generates a unique unity between audience and performer. We want you here! Submit your proposal for The Players Theatre Improv Residency.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Carlow Little Theater International Playwriting Competition 2022

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Deadline: December 20, 2021 at midnight

SUBMISSION FORM

Carlow, Ireland

The competition is open to all writers over 18 years old, both members and non-members, local and international. The play submitted must be in English and be an original work of the entrant that has not yet been published, nor performed on stage previously, nor received any awards previously. No entry fee is required.

The script length / duration of the play should not exceed 20 minutes.

Scripts are to be sent electronically to Carlow Little Theatre Society, by emailing them tocarlowlittletheatre@gmail.com with the subject header of ‘2021/22 Playwriting Competition’, along with fully completed entry form attached to the email. 

Note that the entrant’s name should appear only on the entry form and not on the scripts.

DEADLINE: the deadline for entry is midnight of Monday 20th December 2021.

The 3 finalist plays selected for rehearsed readings will be announced on Friday 4th February 2022, with the entrants also contacted directly.

Two independent adjudicators will judge the final three scripts prior to the rehearsed readings. The rehearsed readings of the three finalist plays are then planned to be streamed on Saturday 19th February 2022. Online voting will begin as this stream finishes and this online vote will remain open until 23:59 on Monday 21st February 2022. The online votes will count for 34% of the final total with the remaining 66% split between the two adjudicators. 

The overall outright winner of the competition will be announced on Tuesday 22nd February 2022, with a monetary prize of €500 for 1st place, €300 for 2nd place and €200 for third place kindly sponsored by local marketing and call centre company, Maven TM.

Playwrights are asked to read the guidelines below before submitting their play for consideration:
  • Each play should have a running time of up to 20 minutes. As a guide, use the format: 1 page equals approximately 1 minute of performance time.
  • Script formats are not strict and can take a variety of forms. However, it must be clearly formatted and the recommended format is 12pt, double-spaced, Times New Roman.
  • Plays should be sent as doc (Word) or PDF, via email only. We do not accept hard copy.
  • Each script should be numbered, with the title of the play at the top of each page.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear on the script.
  • All entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The script should not have been published, performed previously or be scheduled for performance or have received any awards previously.
  • The play should not be an excerpt from a longer work.
  • We do not accept adaptations.
  • Closing date for entries is midnight (GMT), Monday 20th December 2021.
  • Entries are to be sent by email to carlowlittletheatre@gmail.com with the Subject Header of ‘2021/22 Playwriting Competition’.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by the fully completed entry form. The entry form can be downloaded directly from HERE.
  • Entry to the competition provides Carlow Little Theatre Society with permission and rights to perform all received plays in a rehearsed reading. A recording of the rehearsed readings will then be streamed online and will remain on Carlow Little Theatre Society's social media for a period of no more than seven days thereafter.
  • Selected finalist writers are asked, but not required, to be available for communications with the director assigned to their play, either via electronic communication, phone or in person meetings. The director retains the final artistic control over each plays' production but all efforts will be made to engage with the writers wishes where possible.
  • Alterations to the scripts (only with the expressed consent of the writer), will be permitted during rehearsals up to seven days prior to the streaming of the rehearsed reading. After this point, a final script will be sent to the independent adjudicators.
  • The online votes will account for 34% of the final total. The remaining 66% will be split between two independent judges, who will adjudicate on the scripts only and not the rehearsed readings.

Playwrights Center Core Writer Program 2022 - 25

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Deadline: January 20, 2022

The Core Writer Program is a three-year appointment designed to support a diverse group of playwrights who demonstrate a sustained body of work, commitment, and attributes of artistic merit. 

The program is available to committed professional playwrights nationally and offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career. Playwrights who have benefited from the Core Writer Program include: Christina Anderson, Trista Baldwin, Lee Blessing, George Brant, Carlyle Brown, Kristoffer Diaz, Larissa FastHorse, Marcus Gardley, Marvin Gonzalez deLeon, Idris Goodwin, Jeffrey Hatcher, Sherry Kramer, Carson Kreitzer, Martyna Majok, Melanie Marnich, Qui Nguyen, Kira Obolensky, Jen Silverman, Susan Soon He Stanton, Alice Tuan, and Rhiana Yazzie. 

The Core Writer program annually gives 25-35 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. All Core Writers receive play development workshops with the Center, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. All writers are paid for their workshop time, and Core 

Writers who are not local are provided travel and housing to Playwrights’ Center for their workshops. Core Writers are eligible to be included in our formal season of public readings: the PlayLabs festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series. Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters. 

Each term is three years; Core Writers may reapply for additional terms. Applicants must reside in and have the legal right to work in the U.S. It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. 

However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career. Students enrolled in a full-time educational program are not eligible. The Core Writer term will be July 1, 2022-June 30, 2025.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Strides Collective seeks members

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Deadline: December 1, 2021 11:59 EST

THE STRIDES COLLECTIVE is a theatre company originally established in Philadelphia and operated with help from individuals across the Mid-Atlantic area. Founded by Artistic Director Jonathan Edmondson in early 2020, The Strides Collective produces works of theatre by queer artists, about queer stories, and for all audiences with the goal of normalizing the conversation about queer identity, creating a safe haven for emerging artists to tell their stories and giving them the ability to express themselves freely without fear of judgment. We produce original works both in person and online that innovate on the ideas of what it means to create theatre and to diversify the stories often not heard about queer experiences.

The Strides Collective is currently composed of 12 volunteer Collective Members who perform administrative and artistic duties for the company. We are looking for new individuals to join us as Collective Members for the upcoming 2022 Season, committing to approximately 2-4 hours of work per week. While meetings are conducted remotely, we highly encourage applicants who reside in the Greater Philadelphia Area to apply.

Transparency is one of our core values; as such, we want to state upfront that all Collective members are currently volunteers. We deeply value our members' time and passion; as a Collective, we all assist each other to create a safe and healthy working environment. We recognize that the requirements of this opportunity may not be a fit for everyone. Our hope is to provide at least a $100 stipend before the end of 2022, and as we continue to grow, we look to create more stable financial compensation. If you have any questions, please email us at TheStridesCollective@gmail.com.

The Strides Collective provides equal opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, disability, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups in the theatre industry are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by Wednesday, December 1st at 11:59pm EST. Click on each of the position titles below to learn more about the role and responsibility. To apply, please fill out this Application form or use the button below. We look forward to reading about you and your desire to work with our Collective!

Love Swell Productions Seeks Adoption Stories for Adoption Awareness Theater Project

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Deadline: November 30, 2021

Are you a writer whose life has been touched by adoption? We want your story for a new theater event that will highlight personal stories about adoption from diverse perspectives, with all viewpoints welcomed and encouraged.

This show will be professionally directed and performed in January 2022 in San Diego, CA. Writers agree that accepted pieces may become part of composite scenes that will feature multiple voices for maximum emotional impact and range. We commit to you that your submission will be treated with respect and compassion. If edits are necessary for flow and clarity, we will share these with you in advance. The intention is to create an annual adoption-themed theatrical experience; if your submission is not selected, it may be considered for a future production, with your permission. Thank you for entrusting us with your story.

This event is executive produced by Lauren Bergquist and Samantha Goldstein, founders of Love Swell Productions and two San Diego-based writers and veteran theater professionals, who are each respectively part of adoptive families.

Submission Details:

- Submission deadline: November 30, 2021

- No submission fee

- Guidelines can accommodate brief autobiographical theatrical works, such as a monologue, scene or short play. Writer may submit more than one submission for consideration.

- Please submit your piece via email to adoptiontheatreproject@gmail.com in MS Word or PDF format, with the subject line “Adoption Awareness Theater Project.” Include your name, title of piece, preferred contact information and short bio (150 words maximum).

- We will confirm receipt of your submission, and notify you in December 2021 whether or not your piece has been selected for this production.

- Please note: Accepted pieces may become part of composite scenes that will feature multiple voices for maximum emotional impact and range. If edits are necessary for flow and clarity, we will share these with you in advance.

- Any questions? Please email adoptiontheatreproject@gmail.com

- Web site: https://www.facebook.com/adoptiontheatreproject

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Scripts Wanted For Podcast

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Seeking scripts that suit an audio-only, dialogue-driven format for a new podcast, The Script Workshop Podcast.

https://anchor.fm/the-script-workshop-podcast

These will be simple, no-frills recordings. Just the dialogue, no sound effects or anything. Playwrights will get full credit of course and copyright info will be included. No money is involved unfortunately. We may do multiple episodes of the same script with different casts.

Seeking scripts of all lengths but must be only two characters, one male and one female.

Please email to thescriptworkshoppodcast@gmail.com and please include in body of email that you give permission for us to use it for the podcast as described. You will of course be notified if we use it and sent the link to the episode when it's done.

The Caribbean Writer seeks one-act plays on the theme: Disruption, Disguise and Illuminations

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

The Caribbean Writer (TCW) has issued a call for submissions for Volume 36 under the 2021 theme: Disruption, Disguise and Illuminations. As history meets our day to day experiences, epiphanies unfold; and as we self-interrogate the disruption motifs in many of these illuminations, the roots of prevailing disruptions emerge, complicated by disguise. Submissions exploring this theme in its widest permutations are invited.

Contributors may submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one act plays which explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora. 

The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Prospective authors should submit all creative works: drama, fiction and poetry manuscripts, through the online portal ONLY at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/online-submission

Submit Word files only (no PDFs) . Note that TCW no longer accepts hardcopy submissions.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Individuals may submit poems (3 maximum), short stories and personal essays on general topics as well as on the theme. The maximum length (for short stories and personal essays) is 3500 words. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. The term “previously published” covers print and electronic publication —including on social media platforms, and self-published items. The Caribbean Writer does not accept simultaneous submissions (items being considered for publication elsewhere). The prospective author should provide contact information including mailing address, phone number, any professional affiliations, brief biographical information (no more than 100 words and such as appears under the “Contributors” section of the journal). In the event that the author’s contact information changes, all updates should be made by the author by logging into the online account.

Before submitting, submitter should carefully edit and proofread the manuscript, adhering to publication-ready details, as well as standards of proofreading such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting and consistent language, along with the elimination of typographical errors, and with focus on the overall quality of the work.

The Caribbean Writer is a refereed journal. There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal. All submissions undergo an initial blind review by the editor. Creative works, such as fiction, poetry and drama, after editorial review, are advanced by the editor to the double-blind peer review process. In this process, both the reviewers’ and authors’ identities are concealed from the reviewers and vice versa throughout the review process.

Artists interested in having their artwork considered for use by TCW should submit electronic files in vertical format as PNG or JPEG files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. The journal also accepts black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.). The journal does not accept graphic poetry or narratives.

SUBMISSION WINDOW

Submissions are accepted from January 10 to December 31 each year and are considered for the journal that will be published the following year. (In other words, volume 36 will be published in 2022 and entries submitted between January 10 and December 31 of 2021 will be considered for volume 36. The deadline for submissions each year is December 31. Submit Word files at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/online-submission/


Literary Prizes

All submissions are eligible for the following prizes:
  • The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize of $400 awarded to a writer for best short fiction. Donated by the St. Croix Avis Newspaper
  • The Daily News Prize of $500 awarded to a resident of the US Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands.
  • The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize of $500 awarded to a new or emerging writer. Donated by Marvin’s widow, Dasil Williams, in honor of her late husband who served as the editor of The Caribbean Writer from 2003 – 2008.
  • The Cecile deJongh Literary Prize of $500 awarded to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean. Donated by former Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. in honor of Cecile de Jongh’s abiding commitment to literacy in the territory, especially among the young people of the Virgin Islands..
  • The Vincent Cooper Literary Prize of $300 awarded to a Caribbean author for exemplary writing in Caribbean Nation Language (Kamau Brathwaite). Donated by Professor Vincent Cooper, PhD.
For more information, contact The Caribbean Writer at thecaribbeanwriter@uvi.edu

Monday, November 22, 2021

Creative Circuit Studio “In the Moment: One Act Series

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Deadline: January 3, 2022 - midnight

Creative Circuit Studios is gearing up for Volume three of the “In the Moment: One Act Series”. We want to feature talented playwrights from all walks of life.

All works must be submitted in WORD or PDF format to Submit@CreativeCircuitStudios.com by MIDNIGHT JANUARY 3, 2022.

Playwrights must submit the following information:

(In the subject line of your email please type your name and the name of your play.)

- Your contact information (Name, telephone number, age)

- Play synopsis

- Cast breakdown

- List of previous productions/publishings or any pertinent information if applicable. (Please do not include readings)

- A copy of your script

Please attach your script in WORD or in PDF format

(One acts are not TV shows. Works should focus on the script (writing) and the acting. Your one act should be no longer than 30 minutes. Plays with extensive technical requirements will be considered but those with fewer demands will receive stronger consideration.)

*** WRITERS WILL RETAIN FULL RIGHTS AND CREDIT FOR ALL OF THE WORK SUBMITTED AND PRODUCED. THIS IS A NON-PAYING EVENT. CREATIVE CIRCUIT STUDIOS ALSO CONDUCTS TABLE READINGS AS A TOOL FOR WRITERS TO HEAR THEIR WORK OUT LOUD AND CONTINUE THEIR ARTISTIC JOURNEY! ***

Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts for young audiences.

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts (a maximum of 15 minutes) that are geared toward young audiences. 

Priority will be placed on scripts that are ethnically and culturally diverse, and written by writers of color and/or LGBTQ writers. 

This is open to playwrights in any geographic area, though writers in the greater Chicago area will receive priority. NO FEE.

Playwrights will receive $25 per selected script.

Selected plays will be produced summer of 2022 as part of the third annual Make/Believe festival of theatre for children under our Nightlight banner. (Learn more about the 2020 festival here and the 2021 festival here.) This for live, outdoor performances.

Please pay close attention to the script requirements. Scripts that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered.

Requirements

A maximum of 3 actors per script. 

There are no restrictions, however, on the number of characters. 

Please note, that while some directors have chosen to use child actors in past pieces, the intent of this festival is to perform for children, not with children.

Plays must have no technical demands, as this will be outside and there is no lighting or backstage area and minimal sound cues will be available.

Must fit our mission.

Geared toward children 10 and under. Please, NO scripts about high school students.

All props, set pieces and costumes must be easily made at home by actors (and children watching who want to stage their own productions at home).

Pieces can be previously produced, but cannot have a production running concurrently with Make/Believe.

Electronic submissions only, please. Submit cover letter with full contact information, short bio, brief synopsis of script including development and production history (if applicable) and full script to Maria Burnham at scripts@ghostlightensemble.com. Please use the following format in the email’s subject line: Nightlight Script Submission: [play name] - [playwright name]

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2021.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

One Moment In Time: A One-Minute Play Festival

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Deadline: November 30, 2021 11:59PM EST 
or when 100 submissions have been made

Festival date: Saturday, February 12th, 2022

We are seeking scripts for our one-minute play festival!

This special event will take place live on stage and be simulcast via a streaming service to audiences worldwide from Charlton, MA.

In one night, approximately 60 sixty-second plays will be performed as a rehearsed staged reading by a group of actors...and we want your work to be part of the program!

  • Plays must be no longer than 60 seconds when performed.
  • To be considered, submissions are due by November 30th at 11:59PM EST or when 100 submissions have been made (whichever comes first).
  • Playwrights may submit up to FIVE scripts, but they must all be included as one file.
  • All plays must be in PDF form.
  • All subject matter/language will be considered, but keep in mind this is a staged reading.
  • There is no financial compensation for accepted work.
  • You will be contacted in early December if your play is accepted.

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists 2021

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Deadline: November 30, 2021

APPLY HERE

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2021 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

While the pandemic put a pause on in-person lab productions for, our award recipients of the past two consecutive years will finally take the stage in our spring 2022 Dare to Be Different Festival.

It was our honor to nominate our 2020 winner, Cheeyang Ng for the 2021 Princess Grace Award, which he won. Ng and colleague, Eric Sorrels, received the 2020 award for their musical MĀYĀ: the story of a struggling poet in need of an awakening, not unlike India herself.

Submissions will open in September 20, 2021 and will close in November 30, 2021. All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found HERE. Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced spring 2022.
Amas Musical Theatre will not ask for any fees for entry or for any fiduciary involvement

from the playwright/librettists at any point of the process.

Submission Requirements:

The musical must:

Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)

Have no more than seven actors (actors may play multiple roles, if so please include a suggested breakdown of role distribution)

Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions

Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show (at least five songs)

Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)

Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.

What to submit

All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.

Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project

History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)

Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)

Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)

Proof of rights (if applicable)

Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox link)

PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available


Guidelines for Materials

All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.

PROOF OF RIGHTS

If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.

FULL SCRIPT

The full script must include:

Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)

Character breakdown (maximum one page)

The complete script with page numbers

For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.
Demo Tracks

The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.

Demo tracks should:

Include at least one song from the first 25 pages

Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment

Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles

Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs

For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Empire Theatre Company presents The Incubator Series

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

SEEKING PLAYWRIGHTS The Empire Theatre Company presents The Incubator Series - March 31- April 3, 2022. 

Co-produced with the Sam A. Johnson Fund for Arts and Humanities at the historic Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks, ND Seeking seven 10-minute plays by playwrights who identify as women residing anywhere in the world, written in English, along with seven monologues written by teenage girls in Grand Forks, ND or East Grand Forks, MN. 

Topic: 

We are interested in what is on your mind. However, the play must not exceed 10-minutes performing time. Please follow standard play format* and read your play aloud and time it. Due to the nature of the series, 11 minutes is 1 minute too long. 

Considerations: Casts of no more than five, 2-4 is preferred. Sets will be representational, and directors will have access to a table, chairs, and cubes. 

No complicated costume or lighting requirements. 

Series will be presented in Studio E – the black box theatre at the historic Empire Arts Center. There are two entrances: One on stage right and left of the space. 

Compensation: Each writer of a play will be paid $50 for performance rights

Each monologue writer will be paid $25. 

Submission Guidelines: Deadline is Dec. 31, 2021. 

Please limit your submission to one play/monologue. 

This include teenagers who are eligible to submit either a monologue or a 10-minute play. 

Please email a blind copy of play/monologue. Submit two pdf documents attached in a single email: 

Document #1: Title page with play/monologue title and playwright’s contact info. 

Document #2 – Play/monologue without the playwright’s name anywhere in the script. Include just the title at the top of the first page. 

Monologue writers: Teen girls must be in middle school or high school at the time of submission. Must attend school in Grand Forks, ND or East Grand Forks, MN. Please include your school on the title page. 

Email to Kathleen Coudle-King, Managing Artistic Director, Empire Theatre Company: kathleenetc@empireartscenter.com. 

Response: Playwrights will be notified by February 1st if their work is accepted for The Incubator Series. The Incubator Series is made possible by the Sam A. Johnson Fund for Arts and Humanities and a grant from the Women’s Fund, through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region. 

Questions? Email kathleenetc@empireartscenter.com 


**ALSO SEEKING DIRECTORS. STIPEND PROVIDED. EMAIL letter of interest and/or directing resume to etc@empireartscenter.com .

365 Women A Year: a playwriting project

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

CLAIMS ARE OPEN FOR 2021!

Welcome 2021 playwrights! We are entering our eighth year of writing pieces about 365 historical women a year! We would love to have you write with us! All of the information on how to participate is below. Because there was so much out of our control in 2020, you are able to write about any women you want, even if we’ve already covered them. (Usually, we don’t take duplicates)

Below you will find:

-Directions to Participate

-FAQs

-A list of women who have not yet been covered. 
This year you are able to write about women we have covered as well.


DIRECTIONS TO PARTICIPATE:

FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about. We definitely need more pieces about women from 1700s and prior and pieces on women who lived in Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the claim form.

2021 CLAIM FORM

SECOND STEP: You will receive a confirmation email. You are not officially writing about anyone until you have received this confirmation email from 365womenayear@gmail.com. It can take a few weeks to get a confirmation email depending on the volume of claims we receive.

THIRD STEP: Happy writing. If at any point throughout the year, you get a hankering to write about someone else, simply fill out a new claim form.

Plays can be any length, any number of characters, any language, any genre (musicals included), and the playwriting format you are most comfortable with. PLEASE INCLUDE A LIST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the play. It is okay if more historical women end up in your piece than you claimed. When choosing someone very different than you, do your research and be thoughtful about what you are asking future actors to perform.

FOURTH STEP: Submitting your piece. Please follow the directions, as your piece will not be officially submitted otherwise.

You will email your piece to 365womenayear@gmail.com. Follow the directions below:

(1) In the subject line you will put: 2021/Name of historical woman/Play Title/Page Number/Your Name. (If you have many historical women in your piece, simply write “MANY WOMEN” in place of the name of the historical women in the subject line.)

(2) Include YOUR 100 word playwriting bio in the BODY of the email. (If you have already written with us and do NOT need your bio updated then do not include your bio.)

(3) Write out your historical/play info to be searchable on the website in the following format:

***Each historical woman needs to be listed separately, include ANY existing woman who appears in your piece, even if you didn’t specifically claim them.****

Alphabetical:

Alexandra David-Neel- “Adventuress Adventurous”(10 pages)/Playwright: Deborah Magid (2021)

Key Words/Occupation:

Alexandra David-Neel (Writer, Explorer, Singer)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

Century they were Born: (If you can’t find exact dates just put the century)

Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

By Play Info: (just written out once with all the women in history listed after “inspired by”)

“Adventuress Adventurous” by: Deborah Magid (3 characters/10 pages) Inspired by: Alexandra David-Néel (2021)

New: We want the women to be searchable by country of birth and their background so it is easier when people are putting together festivals. Example below:

Country of birth: France Race/Ethnicity/Heritage: White, Belgian-French

(4) Attach your play as a PDF and submit!

You can always email us if you have any questions. Please understand, that your bio won’t be listed on the web site until your play is turned in and processed.

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

*You can write about as many women as you want and they can all be in the same piece, or separate pieces. It is okay if the piece is simply about the historical woman or women, but they don’t appear.

*Any length welcome from 2 pages-full length. Any number of characters. Any language. Any genre. Musicals included.

*Plays are due Dec 31st of 2021

* You are always allowed to revise your piece. When you do, email it again with REVISION/Play title/Playwright/Year in the subject line and the revised piece attached as a PDF.

*Women MUST have existed. *They can be living or dead. *Our plays are loosely based on these historical figures. *History may have forgotten their name but we know they existed and they need to be covered. This happened often to those enslaved where we have no recording of their actual name and women from ancient times.

*If you are writing a piece about a woman who is from a different culture/ethnicity/race/religion than you, please do your research and be mindful and respectful. Be thoughtful of what you are asking your future actors to do and say. It is never a good look for a white playwright to have a piece full of racial slurs. It’s just not necessary. Research, collaboration, and respect are key.

*Yes, we plan to do this every year.

*You retain ALL rights to your pieces and may submit them anytime and anywhere you want to. When one of your 365 pieces gets produced, we will put it on the web site and tweet about it! Nothing will be done with your play without your discretion. If a theatre wants to produce your piece, we will contact you. While the play info is searchable, interested parties cannot read your piece unless you give permission. When publishing opportunities arise, it is up to you whether or not you would like your piece to be included.

*We have had festivals all over the world and appeared in The Dramatist. We have playwrights from all over the world participating.

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