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Thursday, January 23, 2020

New Light New Voices seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: February 15, 2020

2020-2021 submissions are NOW OPEN.
There is no entry fee. Please follow these submission guidelines:
  • Playwrights must be NYC-based.
  • This contest is restricted to un-produced plays written in the English language.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays. Translations, musicals, adaptations, screenplays, one-act plays, and children's plays are not accepted.
  • Playwrights may submit only one script per year.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced in NYC 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.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission. NLTP will have right of first refusal once script has won.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  •  Plays must be submitted electronically. No hard copies, please.
New Light Theater Project reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Electronic submissions for the New Light New Voices Award must be submitted no later than February 15, 2020. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and a 2-3 sentence description of the play. Your play title with your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography must be submitted in a separate attachment.

Please send the script in PDF format with the title format: PLAY TITLE.pdf

Submit the electronic copy of your manuscript to:
NewLightNew VoicesAward@gmail.com with the subject line “NEW LIGHT NEW VOICES SUBMISSION: (title of your play)”

​Women, transgender and gender nonconforming artists, and artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The winner will receive $1000, developmental support and a 4-week production run in the summer of 2021.

Please note: the award is contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the production agreement.

Festival @ First 11: Call for Scripts

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Theatre@First seeks scripts for an evening of short plays to be performed in Somerville (MA) over two weekends in August 2020. Our reading committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established playwrights that will draw the broadest possible audience while creating a vibrant evening of theatre. Please read this entire announcement carefully to make sure that your submission adheres to our rules and guidelines.

The festival’s theme is "Myths & Legends," which can be interpreted in many different ways at each playwright’s discretion. We are hoping to see a broad and diverse set of submissions in our inbox over the next few months! Please consider this theme in the spirit of folklore, legends, fables, and ancient myths – remember, myths come from all cultures, not just the Greeks! We encourage you to explore other cultures and mythologies in your writing.

The selection committee will be looking to assemble a cohesive but diverse set of eight plays for our production. Each chosen play will have its own director and cast. All casting will be done through general auditions next June. Playwrights will not be considered for our reading committee but are welcome to apply to direct or audition if they so desire.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020. This will be strictly upheld.

Submission Criteria
  • Plays should be 10 minutes long (or less).
  • Cast size should be 2–5 actors. Shows with larger casts and one-actor plays will not be considered.
  • Theatre@First embraces diversity. Writers are encouraged to include roles for actors across a wide spectrum of race, gender expression, religion, age, body type, and ability.
  • No improvisational or straight dance pieces will be considered.
  • New and previously performed plays are welcome.
  • Published plays are permitted, provided you hold the rights to your work.
  • Plays must be royalty-free as payment will not be offered for the purchase of rights. Theatre@First was founded to provide affordable theatre to our community and to offer an artistic venue to community members wishing to volunteer their skills and talents. Playwrights will receive two free tickets to any performance.
  • Our Festival will be performed on a simple stage with minimum prop and set requirements and a repertory lighting plot. Scripts with significant technical demands may be rejected on that basis.
  • Submissions are limited to two per person. Please send each script in a separate email.
  • Scripts will be read blindly by our committee to ensure fair considerations for all playwrights. Please submit a copy of your play without your name on it.

How to Submit Your Play
Two ways to submit:

  • Fill out this Google Form. You will need a Google login, and you can upload your script to the form when you fill it out.
  • Copy-and-paste the following information into an email and send your answers to festival@theatreatfirst.org along with a copy of your script.

Do not include your name or contact information on the script itself. Scripts and playwrights will be tracked by the Festival Director and read anonymously by the selection committee.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

JTC Playwright Festival

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Deadline: February 8, 2020

Julian Theater Company (California) announces the call for entries for the JTC Playwright Festival.

Playwrights are to submit their one act or full-length non-musical play by 02-08-2020 for consideration in JTCs’ judged staged-reading competition. The judges are not directly affiliated with JTC.

The First-Place Play will win $1,000.00. The Second Place Play $500.00.   

The two winners will be given the opportunity to present staged readings of their work on March 7th, with practice before to be announced.

“… from page to stage. We’re very excited to work closely with playwrights; the creative wellsprings of theatre,” – Scott Kinney, Artistic Director at Julian Theater Company.

“The Kinney’s have been putting on live theater for 30 years in Julian, the mountain town that has more apple pies than residents. It’s in their blood, helps define who they are,” – John Wilkens, Writer, SD Union Tribune 12-15-2019

Founded in 2004, Julian Theater Company serves the Julian community and her guests. The company produces musical and nonmusical live stage productions, offers Theater Industry workshops, field trips to regional theaters, and acting and production opportunities in main stage productions to student and non-student members of the greater Julian area.

JTC hopes this first annual Playwright Festival will complement their continuing effort to bring fresh, exciting, and relevant live theater experiences to Julian.

Julian Theater Company is a Partnership of Deborah Kinney and Scott Kinney

Email kinpro52@msn.com for festival submission forms or download here:

https://www.juliantheatercompany.com/forms/

PR contact Deb Kinney

760-765-1688


BBC 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition

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The 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, is open for submission of scripts from around the world. According to the hosts, the competition “offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to use the medium of radio drama to reach an international audience.” The competition opened for entries on the 1st of October, 2019, and closes by midnight (GMT) on the 31st of January, 2020. Two winners will be selected: those with English as a first language category and the English as a second language category.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
  • Writers from anywhere in the world, who live outside the UK, are eligible to apply.
  • Both established and emerging writers are welcome to apply.
  • Writers must be 18 years or older.
How to Apply
  • Send a script of 53 minutes. Note that the script must have up to six central characters.
  • Send a synopsis which outlines your play. The synopsis must be no longer than 400 words.
  • The play must be written substantially or entirely in English.
  • Entries must be submitted in one of the following ways:
  • By post to the following address: International Playwriting Competition 2020, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom
  • Or, by email to the following email address: radioplay@bbc.co.uk
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which can be downloaded here. All required boxes must be completed.

Prizes:

£2500 sterling for the two winners.
A broadcast of the winning play on the BBC World Service.
A trip to London for the winner to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.



The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.

The Weekly Workshop

Here’s how it works: You bring in material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, whatever. We divvy up the parts, read it and give you feedback. You get some ideas. You go back to work. Simple. 

Participating in a group is a great way to stay focused and motivated throughout the process of writing a play. And it sure doesn’t hurt to get some exposure to other writers and see how they approach the particular projects they’re working on. 

We’re a loose group. We have fun. And we love new faces. We have people who are just starting out, trying to get their first production; and people who have had quite a bit of success. And there’s always a nice mix of writers who have been members for years along with new folks. 

The best way to see if TPG is a good fit for you, a place where you’ll feel comfortable and able to thrive — is to sit in on a session and see if you like the vibe.
  • Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm
  • Midtown Manhattan Location
Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com to schedule a visit.

Script Consultations

If you’re not in the NYC area or if you can’t make it to the workshop but 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, phone or video conference. 

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
Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 



2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree

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Submission Deadline:  March 6, 2020

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less) maximum 2 plays per writer.

Our one-act jamboree is open to writers of all ages, stages, and locations around the world!
We are ESPECIALLY seeking new one-act plays that one might consider ground-breaking or boundary-pushing  and that invite audiences to think deeper or feel more deeply about issues and topics in the play. We also encourage female and minority playwrights to submit their plays for consideration. However, our readings are blind, meaning the members of our panel are not made aware of the age, race, gender, nationality, and/or religion of the playwright during the reading and selection process of plays. We do not discriminate in our play selection based on age, race, gender, nationality, or religion and all plays submitted are ultimately judged for plot, character development, dialogue, and overall quality.

Please send manuscripts, cover letter (see "How to Submit" below)
AND enclosed $20 reading fee***
** (waived for members of professional playwright organization, such as Dramatist Guild.
See below for more information and submission requirements for proof of membership)
(checks made payable to Rhino Theatre Group, LLC) to:

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

You may also email your manuscripts and cover letter (see below for more info)  to joann@rhinotheatre.com  and then pay your $20 reading fee online.

Use the buttons below to submit your manuscript and to pay the reading fee (manuscripts will not be considered until fee is remitted).

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).


Make sure the subject is: One Act Submission

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the 5th Annual Rhino One Act Jamboree, which will be held on August 21 - 23, 2020 at Rhino Studio 237.

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

2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree Terms and Conditions

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

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Plot
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue    
  • Overall writing quality 

Submissions deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

Playwrights are limited to two (2) submissions.

How to Submit:

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

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or email in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).
 Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):
A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.
Plays should contain 15 or fewer actors.
One person plays are accepted.
No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.
Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.

 (2) A cover letter with the following information:
The name of your play
Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone number)
A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)
A brief biography

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

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

Alternatively, the submission packet may b e-mailed to:
joann@rhinotheatre.com

Additional Information:

Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 6, 2020.
Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.
The entry fee is non-refundable.

If your play is chosen, a $50 participation fee will be required prior to auditions your play production.  As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation.  However, Artistic Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.

Prizes:
At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $250 cash prize based on audience vote.

EAST VILLAGE CHRONICLES, VOLUME 15 Call for New One-Act Play Scripts

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Now entering our 28th season, Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse is currently accepting submissions for its 15th presentation of East Village Chronicles, a festival of previously un-produced, one-act plays inspired by the diverse population, culture and history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Playwrights of all races, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, backgrounds, and political views are encouraged to submit.

There is an honorarium of $100 for each script accepted for production.

THEME
Only plays pertaining specifically – though not necessarily exclusively – to the East Village and/or Lower East Side of Manhattan will be considered. Particular consideration will be given to plays that relate this season’s comprehensive theme of Dissent to this subject matter. Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how a play about the East Village and/or Lower East Side includes Dissent is up to the playwright.

DEADLINE
To be considered, scripts must be received by January 31, 2020.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

If at all possible, scripts should be sent by email to Producer Sidney Fortner, at EVC15@metropolitanplayhouse.org.

Emailed scripts must be in PDF format.

Alternatively, printed scripts may be mailed to:

Metropolitan Playhouse
East Village Chronicles
220 East Fourth Street
New York, NY 10009

SCRIPT FORMAT REQUIREMENTS

Include the playwright’s name, contact information, and a brief, one-paragraph plot summary on the title coversheet of the script. Additionally, scripts need page numbers.

TECHNICAL GUIDELINES
We are seeking new plays of no less than 10, no more than 30 minutes in length that can be played by five or fewer actors. Each play will be presented as part of a program of one-acts and consequently should not require elaborate set or properties.

PRODUCTION SPECIFICS

Performance dates (subject to change): June 2-14, 2020. Rehearsals are estimated to begin approximately four weeks previous to opening. Each play will receive eight performances.

Plays will receive at least one informal reading shortly after selection, in order to give the playwright an early opportunity to hear their new work and respond to any questions raised by actors and any Metropolitan artistic staff who may be in attendance.

Rehearsals and performances will take place on Metropolitan Playhouse’s threequarter thrust stage in our intimate, 51-seat theater located at 220 East Fourth Street, second floor, between Avenues A and B, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

A director with significant one-act experience will be selected to direct all festival
plays. Playwrights are welcome at rehearsals, and playwright-director discussion is
encouraged.

Festival plays will be performed by a core company of actors cast specifically for the festival. While playwright input is highly desired, because we are forming a company, final casting decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Producer Sidney Fortner by either email or phone. If emailing, please include a reliable phone number.

Phone: 212-995-8410
Email: EVC15@metropolitanplayhouse.org

Monday, January 20, 2020

Theatre Three 24th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 10
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.)
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2020.

Each season, THE FESTIVAL receives approximately 400 submissions. To date, THE FESTIVAL has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world. THE FESTIVAL has produced 120 world premieres by 84 different playwrights. THE FESTIVAL presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) Any stage play format is acceptable. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

If playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for nine performances in April 2021 at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. Playwrights will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Plays should be submitted to THE 24th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512

FUNHOUSE VI a Play Anthology

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SUBMISSION FEE IS WAVED FOR THE FOLLOWING:

1) If you identify as a part of any historically or presently marginalized group,
2) If you cannot pay the fee for any reason and still want to submit, please let us know at funhouseanthology@gmail.com and we can work something out.
3) If you are a member of the Dramatists Guild

Submissions Open: NOW–JAN 31, 2020

Submission Deadline: JAN 31, 2020 at 11:59PM PST

Performance: JUNE 18–20, 2020

Theatre Off Jackson, Seattle, WA
Produced in Association with Shunpike and Theatre Off Jackson
Created by Brian Toews

WHAT IS FUNHOUSE?
Funhouse is a collection of irreverent and experimental original content for the stage. Each show is comprised of a series of short plays that, when viewed together, give audiences an experience similar to that of walking through a funhouse. As soon as you think you know what’s coming next, the room starts spinning and the floor falls out from under you. Comedy can be followed by drama; sci-fi can be followed by a musical. Our shows serve as a rotating platform for diverse up-and-coming playwrights, directors, actors, and designers. Funhouse is a place for the stories that would not conventionally be told by traditional theatre, by people who would not be conventionally found in traditional theatre. The creators of Funhouse want artists to take bold risks in their storytelling.

HOW DO I FUNHOUSE?
Submissions of original 10-minute plays will be accepted  until January 31, 2020; late submissions will not be accepted. Writers will be notified of our selections in March 2020. The selected plays will be given a full production within the capabilities and budget of the producers. A $100 honorarium will be given to all selected playwrights.

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SUBMITTING
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Aesthetic Guide
Funhouse Family Influences
Funhouse VI Vignettes

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY VIGNETTES?
The Vignettes in Funhouse are short (1–3-page) scripts that act as absurdist transitional pieces between the submissions (what you’re sending to us). While there is always a connected thread for the Vignettes as a whole, your scripts and stories do not need to be the same tone as the Vignettes. Submitted scripts should not attempt to place themselves in the “same world” as the Vignettes, although thematic alignment is fine.

WHERE?
Submit scripts online
Submissions must be received before midnight on January 31, 2020 to be considered; late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

SUBMISSION FEE (with No-Fee Options)
There is a $5 submission fee for each script. Follow the link to our click-and-pledge page to pay before submitting your scripts, unless you qualify to have the fee waived (see below). If you do not select the correct payment amount for how many scripts you are submitting, none of your submissions will be considered.

NO-FEE OPTIONS
IF YOU ARE CHOOSING A NO-FEE OPTION, YOU MUST INDICATE WHY ON THE COVER PAGE OF EACH SUBMITTED SCRIPT. IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE PAYMENT, AND YOU HAVE NOT INDICATED A WAIVER ON THE COVER PAGE OF YOUR SCRIPT(S), YOUR SUBMISSION(S) WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

1) If you identify as a part of any historically or presently marginalized group, we are able to waive your submission fee. You may skip the payment step and move directly to “Submit.” Please indicate why you qualify to have the fee waived on the cover page of each submitted script.
2) If you cannot pay the fee for any reason and still want to submit, please let us know at funhouseanthology@gmail.com and we can work something out.
3) If you are a member of the Dramatists Guild, we are able to waive your submission fee. You may skip the payment step and move directly to “Submit.” Please include your card number on the cover page of each submitted script.

SUBMISSION FEE INTENTION
We require a low-cost submission fee in order to supplement our operating budget, while still making submission accessible to all. We aim to create a sustainable, recurring production, and charging a small submission fee helps us reach that goal.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION
We believe that theatre should reflect the community it serves. As such, we encourage people of all experiences, backgrounds, and identities to submit their work. This includes people of any race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, or religion. If you identify as part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate that you would like the fee to be waived during the submission process, as stated above.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1) Submission must be an original, unproduced 5–10-minute play at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

2) A limit of THREE plays may be submitted by each playwright.

3) Maximum length: 10 pages, not including title pages. Plays should run in the 5–10 minute range. Longer submissions will not be considered. Plays fewer than 10 pages are strongly encouraged.

4) There are no genre restrictions. Scripts may be comedy, drama, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, parody, and/or musical.

5) This is a show for mature audiences (18+). We encourage subversive and/or experimental work.

6) Plays must be submitted with numbered pages and include, on the title page, the following contact and bio information:

Playwright’s first and last name
Mailing address
Phone number
E-mail address
A brief biography (100 words or less).

7) If you identify as a part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate why the fee is being waived on the cover page of each submitted script.

8) All scripts must be in English.

9) Microsoft Word or PDF files ONLY. No other formats will be accepted.

10) Selections will be made by Funhouse VI directors; inclusion is solely at their discretion. All decisions are final.

11) All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts.

12) Notification of final decisions will be made via email by March 2020.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Young Playwrights Festival 2020

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DEADLINE: March 15, 2020

View or Download Submission Rules (PDF, 16KB)

Submit your play via Submittable.com

DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be submitted online, e-mailed or postmarked by MARCH 15, 2020.

FEES: There are no fees for submitting your work to the Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2020; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement.

CONTENT: Original plays or musicals on any subject and any length.

LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.
FORMAT: All plays must have numbered script pages.

COVER SHEET: Along with play script(s), submissions must include a Cover
Sheet with: Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth (with year),
Age, School Name (if applicable), E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number,
Mailing Address.

NO RETURNS: Scripts will not be returned so please do not send originals.

NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in April 2020.

PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed by professional actors at LA City College Theatre in June 2020.

SUBMIT ONLINE: Browse to theblank.submittable.com, create an account and follow the instructions to submit your play(s) and cover sheet.

SUBMIT BY E-MAIL: Send play(s) and cover sheet as PDF with play title in
subject line to: ypfsubmissions@theblank.com

SUBMIT BY MAIL: Send unbound play(s) and cover sheet to:
Young Playwrights Festival
c/o The Blank Theatre
PO Box 1094
Los Angeles, CA 90078

Cone Man Running Call for 5-minute plays/monologues

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Cone Man Running Productions is announcing open submissions for the fifth iteration of our series ‘Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run.’ The series will perform at Cone Man Running’s space at Spring Street Studios in Houston, Texas. The show will run from May 28-June 13, 2019.

Michael Weems will serve as Artistic Director.

We will be again staging this one-of-a-kind theatre festival. Each evening, twenty (20) plays will be performed off book by a core ensemble of actors. Eight (8) of those plays will be set for each evening, six (6) will be drawn at random by audience members and the last six (6) will be voted on by the audience (based on title, the blurb you provide, and word of mouth). Every night will be a different experience!

Requirements:

• Submissions will be accepted from Sunday December 1st, 2019 – Friday January 31st, 2020 at midnight.

• This festival is open to writers from any corner of the globe. English language plays only.

• Five-minute plays or monologues - comedies or dramatic work. No scenes or parts of other plays. We’re looking for compact plays/monologues with a start, middle, and end.

• For plays, no less than 3 pages and no more than 4 pages (12 pt font and 1” margins), for monologues, no more than 1.5 full pages (12 pt font and 1” margins). There are no exceptions to this rule.

• Please include a short blurb (one to two sentences) describing your play.

• No works that have been published by a licensed publisher. Academic or anthology publications for which you hold the copyright are okay. If your play is optioned for publication prior to the production dates, please contact us as this will make your play ineligible for our festival.

• Previous productions okay if not staged within Houston, Texas.  Previously submitted work is okay to submit, as long as it was not staged in one of our previous Five Minute Mile series.

• Minimal set and properties. Presume having no more than a few chairs and a table, very limited properties, and include no lighting cues other than ‘lights up/down’.

• No musicals, screenplays, adaptations, or theater for young audiences.

• Maximum of five (5) submissions per playwright - however no more than two (2) pieces by a playwright will be potentially staged. If you have co-authored a work, this counts as one of your five submissions for each writer.

• Please submit all files in only: MS word or pdf.  Please do not send Drop Box or other cloud based links.  Email submissions only.

• Please note, all plays will be photographed and recorded for archival and marketing purposes. In submitting your work, you acknowledge and allow for your show to be recorded and photographed.

• Please do not include any identifying information on your script – in your cover letter/email please list your name, phone number, email address, physical address and your play’s title and blurb.

• We will not provide any feedback on scripts.

• From the submissions, 50-75 plays will be shortlisted as semi-finalists and will be read by our committee. We plan to announce the selected final thirty-two (32) plays by Sunday March 1st, 2020. The selected plays will be listed on our Facebook page and webpage (both listed below) on this date.

• No submission fee.

• Cone Man Running reserves the right to decline scripts for any reason we see fit and any submissions that do not meet all guidelines will be ineligible and immediately deleted without response.

• If one of your plays are selected and you are able to attend, you will be provided with two complimentary tickets to the show. As a volunteer organization, we will be unable to provide any royalty or compensation/funding towards transportation or lodging, if you choose to attend. Your show will be guaranteed a minimum of two performances. If the playwright can attend, we will work with them to assure their play is one of the set plays performed that evening.

• Please submit all the requested materials to conemanrunning5mm@gmail.com

www.conemanrunning.com
www.facebook.com/ConeManRunningProductions

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Nextfest 2020

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The Nextfest Arts Company invites interested emerging artists to submit for Nextfest 2020.  Nextfest is a multi-disciplinary emerging arts festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada running June 4- 14, 2020. For more information on the festival, please visit www.nextfest.ca.

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
If accepted as part of the festival, projects and scripts will be presented at one of the following three levels:
  • Reading – dramaturgy and mentorship offered to playwright, actors read script for audience, talk back after performance
  • Progress Showing – dramaturgy and mentorship offered to playwright/production, play produced with limited tech for audience, talk back after performance, or
  • Full Production – dramaturgy and mentorship offered to playwright/production, play produced will full tech and multiple performances

To submit a MainStage Project please fill out the following form:

PITCH A PROJECT
Project Submission
Due : January 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

This submission form is to be used for projects which would be considered for the main stages but do not use traditional theatre scripts – ie: Sketch Groups, Improv Groups, Cabarets, Comedy, Performance Art, Poetry, etc.

Once you have filled out this form, please send the following as a WORD DOCUMENT or PDF FORMAT ONLY to Ellen Chorley, Festival Director at ellen@nextfest.ca with the subject line NEXTFEST 2020 PROJECT SUBMISSION:

Any documents related to your project
CVs of yourself and any other artist involved
A short bio of the lead project artist
To submit a script please fill out the following form:

SUBMIT A SCRIPT
Script Submission
Due: January 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Fill out this submission form and submit a script to be considered for a staged reading, progress showing presentation or full production.

Please send the complete script for consideration in either a Word Document or PDF file to ellen@nextfest.ca (other formats will not be accepted.)

Once you have filled out this form, please send the following to Ellen Chorley, Festival Director at ellen@nextfest.ca with the subject line NEXTFEST 2020 SCRIPT SUBMISSION:

Please send the complete script for consideration in either a Word Document or PDF file to ellen@nextfest.ca Other formats such as Pages or Google Docs will not be accepted.
CVs of the playwright(s) and any other artist involved
A short bio of the playwright(s)

8th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival

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Mine 4 God Productions is accepting plays for the 8th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) held in downtown Columbus, Ohio from November 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020 midnight. 

US citizens 18 years or older are eligible to submit up to two original works.

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  • Submit in MS Word format to columbusbtf@aol.com 
  • The length of plays wanted are One Act Plays (30 minutes)
  • Full-Length Plays (60 to 90 minutes)
  • Monologues (5 to 10 minutes) with a theme based on inclusion.
  • Plays submitted must be from the original playwright or have legal rights from the original playwright to submit and/or produce.  Plays that have been previously produced or published are eligible.
The playwright will have the opportunity to self-produce their one act plays and/or monologues or have M4GP provide the actors and director to present it at the festival.  The playwright is responsible to self-produce (cast/director, etc.) their full-length play if selected.

We will also select one act plays to present as readings that we will produce.

  • Submitters will be notified through email by March 30, 2020 (earlier if possible.)
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a larger work or work-in-progress.  
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read. The document should contain no identifying information about the author in any way on any page except the one title page, which will not be revealed until the plays are selected.
  • Plays should run no less than 30 minutes, or more than 90 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.
  • Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/ technical support for a 175-seat black box theater with a 36’ wide and 24’ deep, equipped with an ETC Express 24/48 light board, Mackie 1202, 12 Channel mic/line and a monitor system to the booth.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay) and the story line must involve people of color with 50% of the characters/actors being a person of color. Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.  The CBTF is a family friendly event.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned and playscripts will be deleted from our server after use. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, Mine 4 God Productions shall be named as “first produced” if first production of original works.
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted July 10-12, 2020 at The Columbus Performing Arts Center with at least three performances for the One Act plays selected (30 minutes) and two performances for the full-length plays (60 to 90 minutes) selected.
  • Playwrights who have plays selected (One-Act 30 minute) to be performed by CBTF actors are encouraged to attend at least one rehearsal and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.
  • Playwrights are requested to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance if available to attend.

 For direct submissions, please email the MS Word format files to: columbusbtf@aol.com with CBTF 2020 PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject heading. 

Elephant Ears Reading Series

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The Elephant Ears Reading Series is an initiative at Elephant Room Productions to provide a process-oriented program for playwrights.  One of the hardest parts of being a playwright is often the lack of availability for readings and collaboration early on in the writing process.  With Elephant Ears, we aim to get shows read out loud in a private setting early so that playwrights can use their time more efficiently while crafting their new work.  Any playwright is welcome to submit their shows to us.  After receiving your submission, we will be in touch to discuss the vision of the show so far.  One of the project heads will bring in a collection of actors to read the show, record the reading, then ask the actors the questions below.
  • Characters - Their arcs, their motives - Does it all make sense?
  • Events of the piece - Cohesive?
  • Length of the piece - Could it be longer or shorter?
  • Produce-able - could you imagine producing this place? Who could? Who's the audience?
  • Why did they write this piece? What do they hope we get out of this?
  • What questions are you left with after reading/discussing this piece?
The recording of the reading and feedback with then be sent to the playwright.

These readings are going on once a month in both Philadelphia and New York City; that's two readings a month giving playwrights plenty of opportunities to have their plays read.

Please feel free to reach out to us at Submissions@ElephantRoomProductions.com for more details.

Liberation Theater Company Writing Residency Program 2020-21

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Deadline 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 

Writing Residency Program 2020-21
For our fourth year we are proud to announce The Writing Residency Program 2020 - 2021 (supported by NYSCA and A.R.T. NY); furthering our commitment to the development of new Black playwrights for the American theatre.

The writing Residency Program will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play.

Beginning in May 2020, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during a table reading as their play begins to take shape.

Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can.

The Residency will conclude in February 2021 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive a $500 honorarium.

Eligibility:
To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be
a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2020 – February 2021).
b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code.

Application Submission Procedure:
To be considered for the 2020 - 2021 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email: info@liberationtheatrecompany.org.

The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF form no later than 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name.

1. Completed Online Application Form

2. Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points:  
  • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life.
  • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals.
  • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program. 
  • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this. 
  • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.
  • Anything else you think may be relevant.
 3. A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright

 4. The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample

 5. Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)​​

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

Friday, January 17, 2020

ARTISTS IN PARTNERSHIP SEEKS 10-30 MINUTE PLAYS FOR FESTIVAL

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Deadline: February 17th 2020

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE MAY 29-31, 2020 FESTIVAL IS NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020.
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE TIME STAMPED BY THAT DATE FOR CONSIDERATION.

SUBMISSION:

There is NO FEE to submit your play to be considered for inclusion in this Festival. Playwrights may submit up to two (2) plays, providing a separate application accompanies each submission.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Innovative concepts;
  •  Entertainment value;
  •  Depth of characterization;
  •  Quality of narrative and dialogue;
  •  Dynamic vs. Static staging.

Additional weighting will be considered for plays that reflect the following:

  • Playwrights who reside in Long Beach or the other barrier island communities (Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout);
  •  Playwrights who reside in the other areas on Long Island;
  •  To help provide opportunities for diversity and inclusion in the arts, plays written by, directed by or that include characters/themes/casts with women, people of color, LGBTQ+ and/or the developmentally disabled;
  •  Plays that are topical and have community impact;
  •  Plays that are self-produced and have a clearly stated vision for presentation

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

1. A digital copy of your script in PDF format must be emailed to lbshortplayfestsubmissions@gmail.com (hard copy or CD submissions via mail or hand-delivery will not be accepted);

2.  Script pages must be numbered;

3.  On the cover of your script, please include
  a)   Play Title;
  b)   Playwright’s Name;
  c)   Playwright’s Contact information [Address, Telephone Number & Email].

4. On the second page of your script, please Include a character breakdown;

5.  Include the Setting where your play occurs and the Time it takes place (to be used in the program);

6. Provide a statement that the play submitted is original and unpublished.

7.  Provide a short biography of the playwright to be used for Festival promotion (if selected);

8.  If self-producing, provide
   a)    Name, contact information and resume/CV for the director attached to the play submitted;
   b)   Vision statement for how the play submitted will be staged (should be succinct with one-page maximum length).

SELECTION / PARTICIPATION / CONSIDERATIONS:

Submitted plays will be reviewed by a selection panel chosen by AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer, whom will all also have input. Playwrights will be notified on or about March 16th, 2020 if their play has or has not been selected for inclusion in the Festival.

Playwrights must submit A PARTICIPATION FEE of $100.00 per accepted script to help defray some of the production expenses along with the Release Agreement by no later than March 23rd, 2020 (tickets sold by the playwright will earn reimbursement of the fee in whole or in part post-production). Playwrights will receive one (1) complimentary ticket to each performance.

The Long Beach Short Play Festival will be hosted by AIP at a facility operated by the city in a space that seats 125 patrons (Magnolia Senior/Community Center, 650 Magnolia Blvd., Long Beach, NY 11561). So, please consider the language, situations and themes used in any script submitted. AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer reserve final say on all decisions regarding selection, content, staging and running time presented.

All submissions must be original and unpublished (but we are not requiring premieres). All production and publication rights will remain the property of the playwright. No royalties or other monetary compensations will be paid to anyone for these performances. Other than reviewing these plays for selection, no critical analysis or feedback will be provided.

Ease of production is a prerequisite for all plays considered for this Festival. The stage is 24’ wide, 13’ deep and 9’ high with masking to provide wing space on stages left and stage right. A simple set footprint and minimalist production requirements (e.g., costuming, props, lighting, sound) are non-negotiable. There will be a basic lighting/sound plot that all plays in the Festival will use. Given the current amplification capabilities, musical plays cannot be considered for this year’s Festival.

Plays submitted for the Festival must run between 10 to 30 minutes at the absolute maximum (if unsure, a minute per page guideline should be used as a guide for estimating). Plays can be comedies or dramas (or in between), as well as monologues. The Festival will present 2-3 performances of each play selected, and the dates, times and order of presentation will be assigned at the sole discretion of AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer.

Playwrights can submit their play(s) for production by AIP or they can self-produce it(them). If the latter, please note that the performance space will only be available for one (1) cue-to-cue tech/dress rehearsal on a weeknight immediately preceding Festival Weekend and the Festival Artistic Director must have access to see a full run-through by no later than May 17th, 2020. All rehearsals will be scheduled in the order that the plays will be presented on Festival weekend to properly work through the set changes between them (each play’s cast is expected to assist after they perform). Each program may consist of as many as six (6) plays. A subset of plays may be selected by AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer based on audience feedback for a subsequent performance at the Long Beach Public Library within a week or two following the Festival. Both the AIP and the City of Long Beach will require standard waiver forms on file for the cast and crew of each play presented.

Rebound Productions seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: midnight on Monday 20th January 2020

Are you a budding Playwright? Would you like to have your work performed on a London stage? Rebound Productions are looking for a total of five 10 to 15 minute, 2-3 character fictional stage plays to be performed this year at a London theatre.

Their first production ‘Flights of Fancy’’ was a success, selling out two 3-day runs in 2019.

This is an opportunity for new and emerging playwrights to have their work produced by a new and exciting company.

Chosen by Rebound Productions and a panel of our collaborators, the plays will be judged on:

  • Originality
  • Plot
  • Storytelling
  • Writing technique
  • Enjoyment

Although not exclusive, they are keen to receive submissions from BAME and female writers, which include strong female characters as well as characters that can be performed in any accents and ethnicities.

They are looking for exciting, innovative and envelope pushing work. You don’t need any previous writing experience. You can enter on your own or as a group, but you can only enter once.

Please send your play to reboundprods@gmail.com with ‘Play Submission’ in the subject line, and a brief explanation of why your play should be chosen. Winners will be notified in February (date TBC).


Live & In Color seeks plays & musicals for 2020

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Deadline: March 1st, 2020

Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical or play. The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast.

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

The winning play submission will have a one-week development period this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a reading for an invited audience.

To Apply
Submit the required materials via email to Director of New Works, Dennis Corsi, at dennis@theatreincolor.org.

Submissions due March 1st, 2020.

Submission Requirements

MUSICALS

The musical must be able to be performed with no more than 8 actors, although preference will be given to smaller casts.

All submissions should include:

Single page synopsis

Single page character breakdown

Demo of score (2-3 songs)

Sample of dialogue (5-10 pages)

Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

PLAYS

The play must be able to be performed with no more than 5 actors.

All submissions should include:

Single page synopsis

Single page character breakdown

Script sample (10-20 pages)

Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Fifth Annual Women in Theater Festival

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Deadline: February 29, 2020

Seeking full-length pays

Submit in PDF format via Google Form at http://tiny.cc/tfnriz

Project Y Theatre is opening an application for their 5th Annual Women in Theatre Festival, which will take place June 2020 at The Gural Theatre, NYC.

Project Y is seeking productions of plays that are written by a female identifying playwright and that feature more than 50% female-identifying characters. An ideal play for the Festival is either:

  • A one person show, ready for a crowd
  • A new/developing work multi-character project that would be able to take advantage of a night in the space. 
  • A festival-ready show

Chosen productions will get a performance slot in A.R.T. New York’s Gural Theatre as part of the Women in Theatre Festival. This opportunity is ideal for director/playwright who want a no-risk opportunity to see and hear their work out loud in front of an audience, festival-ready shows, or one-person performances.

The Women in Theatre Festival seeks to broaden the opportunities for women in the entertainment industry by producing new work by women with more than 50% female representation of all artists involved.  www.witfestival.projectytheatre.org.

Project Y supplies the space, but you would need to supply everything else, including all production costs, professional stipends, etc.  Productions can be equity or non-equity, but it is up to you to apply to equity for the appropriate permission.

Playwrights should note that the Women in Theatre Festival is NYC based - there will be no housing provided by Project Y and productions must invite their own audience, although the production will be included on all Project Y advertising and outreach.

Project Y operates on a split box office agreement with festival artists.  We guarantee an audience capacity of at least sixty-five seats. Project Y will keep income from the first 15 full price tickets sold;  after that, all sales will be split 70% to artist/30% to Project Y. Tickets are normally set at an average of $20-$25 general admission, so that we can also set up discount codes to help push tickets.

There will be minimal tech time (90 minutes) and tech capabilities (rep plot lighting) for each show.  There can be no moving of lights or changing/adding to the plot during the festival. In other words, shows should be made with the “festival” aspect in mind. Running time of shows can be from 30 min through a full length production.  Project Y will supply a stage manager to help call the show, and a board operator for lights and sound.

Project Y will handle all box office and front of house staffing. Project Y will sell concessions before each show and during intermission when applicable.

To apply for the Women in Theatre Festival, playwright should send a script sample (a dramatic beat of no more than 20 pages) and/or a video clip of work (5 minutes), a resume, and a statement of intent via Google Form, at http://tiny.cc/tfnriz. To report problems with the form or to ask questions, please email info@projectytheatre. Applications not received via the Google Form will not be considered.

Deadline for submissions is Feb 29th, 2020.
Playwrights will be notified of their application status on March 28th, 2020.

For more information about previous festivals and about Project Y Theatre, please visit their website at https://www.projectytheatre.org/.

Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship 2020

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Deadline: February 2, 2020

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The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship Program awards four early-career playwrights with nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work. One-on-one meetings with The Realm’s artistic staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultants, and actors over the course of two readings to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the individual group of Writing Fellows. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features a public reading of each Fellow’s play.

Writing Fellows Receive

$3,000 Award

Internal reading

Public reading

Professional development activities

Access to Realm office resources

An occasional hug

What We’re Looking For

Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, that embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!

As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds.

Program Criteria

Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and readings in New York City approximately twice monthly from September 2020 through early June 2021.

Playwrights should identify as early-career.

Submitted script must be a full-length play, at a stage of development that would benefit from a nine-month developmental process.

Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with The Playwrights Realm.

Those enrolled in an academic program during the span of the fellowship are not eligible.

Plays which have had a production outside of an academic environment are not eligible.

Plays committed to another similar development process during the same period as the Writing Fellowship are not eligible.

Writing Fellows Application Components

Online application (short-answer questions)

Theatrical résumé

A complete draft of the play you wish to develop, with your name and play title on a cover page (PDF format)

Optional professional reference or letter of recommendation

Follow up questions may be sent at a later date (See detailed information on questions here)

New Victory LabWorks 2020

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Deadline: February 5, 2020

Submission Form

New Victory LabWorks is committed to fostering an inclusive program where every artist feels welcome. We encourage creators who are diverse in identity, perspective, ability and experience to apply. We believe it is important for young audience members from all communities to see themselves represented on stage with stories that are relevant to their lives.

2020 – 21 New Victory LabWorks Artist Applications

Applications are now open for the 2020-21 New Victory LabWorks program. Applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Join us for a LabWorks Info Session and Networking Event on January 15 from 5-6pm to learn more about application requirements, meet with New Victory staff members and former and current LabWorks Artists, and ask questions. The Info Session will also be live streamed on the New Victory Facebook and Instagram pages. RSVP to attend the in-person or digital info session.

Program Requirements
  • Artist(s) must be NYC-based and available to participate between August 2020 and July 2021.
  • Artist(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Artist(s) must apply with a concept for a specific project. The project must be intended for family audiences (artist does not need prior experience in creating work suitable for families).
  • Proposed project must be in development, but may be at any point during development, including initial concept.
  • Artist(s) must have secured the rights to use or incorporate any pre-existing material (if applicable) as part of the proposed project.
  • Artist(s) must be able to attend rehearsals in Manhattan. Rehearsal hours are typically Monday through Saturday, within the hours of 10am to 6pm.
  • Artist(s) must be interested in actively participating in all aspects of the New Victory LabWorks program, including professional development, monthly meetings with the 2020-21 LabWorks cohort, peer-based exchange and peer and/or audience feedback.

For further information on New Victory LabWorks, please read our FAQs.

Instructions and Application
If you are interested in reviewing the application questions and required materials before applying, please refer to this document.

Please complete the application and include support materials via a Dropbox link. If you have physical materials to submit, please let us know by emailing LabWorks@NewVictory.org.
Once all applications are reviewed, a select group of applicants will be contacted to participate in an interview with members of the New Victory Artistic Programming staff. All applicants will receive notification of final decisions. No phone calls, please.
Applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Y.E.S. Festival 2020 seeks plays

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts is calling for submissions for the 20th anniversary of our award-winning Year End Series Festival of New Plays - THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 8-18, 2021.

Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 15 until June 1, 2020.

Two plays will be selected for performance in the festival.

The selected playwrights will each receive a cash prize of $400 and an expense-paid (travel and accommodations) visit to NKU to see their plays in production. Selected plays will receive a full production.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

  • Full-length plays and musicals are eligible. The author must fully own all rights.
  • No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.
  • Adaptations will only be considered if the adapted work is in the public domain.
  • Submissions may not have had a previous professional or university production.
  • In deciding what to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Submissions with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.
  • Scripts must be standard sized and legibly typed. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.
  • Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.
  • For musicals, please also include libretto, a list of characters with vocal ranges, demo CD and samples of the score.
TO SUBMIT

Use the online form or print out and mail an entry form.


For additional information please contact:

Michael King, Co-Project Director
mking@nku.edu • (859) 572-5647

Corrie Danieley, Co-Project Director
danieleyc1@nku.edu • (859) 572-5451

The 2020 KIT International Playwright 10-minute play series

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10-minute comic play by female and female identifying playwrights

LANGUAGES ADMITTED: Italian, English, Spanish, Turkish, French, Portuguese, Polish and Greek.

Deadline: February 10, 2020.

Inaugurated in 2019, Kairos Italy Theater, the Italian theater company in NY, the series is dedicated each year to a specific anniversary in the arts or in society. In 2020, It celebrates the 100th birthday of Franca Valeri, legendary Italian playwright and actress, the first one in Italy to make a name for herself by writing and doing comedy.  Therefore, in 2020, the series is dedicated to Women in Comedy: female playwrights writing comedy.

Between twelve and fifteen 10-minute plays are selected by an international jury and presented as readings in New York on April 6, 2020.

The non English plays admitted to the reading are translated into English by professional translators.

The audience and the committee vote the best three to five 10-minute plays on April 6, 2020.

The best three to five plays receive a semi-staged presentation during the Opening Night of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY on April 27, 2020.

Cast and directors are provided by KIT in collaboration with the series partners.

The selected 10 minute plays have one more showing in November 2020 during the main celebration of Franca Valeri’s work, at the Tank theater.

To apply:                                  

  • The play should be written by a female playwright.
  • Languages admitted: Italian, English, Spanish, Turkish, French, Portuguese, Polish and Greek.
  • Fill out the form at https://forms.gle/ZuAGP9zLwUeoBqu67
  • Send to info@kitheater.com the 10 minutes play in pdf format or in word.
  • In the subject line of the email state you country as for example: ITALY – SUBMISSION 10 MINUTE PLAY KIT
  • The selected playwrights MUST agree that KIT has the right to present the play in its English translation (provided by KIT and by KIT’s partners when applicable) in form of a reading and in form of a staged presentation.
  • Send everything by the deadline: February 10 2020.
The playwrights of the 10-minute plays going further will receive communication by March 20, 2020. The readings of the twelve 10-minute plays will take place on April 6th, 2020 at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU in Manhattan.

The series is presented in collaboration with Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU, KIT Italia (Italy), TARTE (Turkish American Repertory Theater and entertainment), Group BR. and more to be announced.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Violet Surprise: Lavender Menaces seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: February 13, 2020

Sapphics save the day! 
Lesbian Visibility Day, that is.
VIOLET SURPRISE: LAVENDER MENACES is a short play festival that showcases Sapphic superheroines.
Whether you transform existing heroines into queeroines or create original sheroes who think girls are super, we invite you to submit stories that champion lesbian characters who are powerful and magical, formidable and visible, capable and -- if you so desire -- cape-able. Your play may be as realistic or fantastic as you wish, and set in the place and time period of your choice, but it must feature gutsy gay gals.
VIOLET SURPRISE: LAVENDER MENACES is curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, and will be presented in Chicago April 10-12, 2020.
Guidelines
  • Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as female, trans, or non-binary.
  • Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 4 characters.
  • Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration. 
Send your scripts in PDF format to allisonfradkin@aol.com with "Violet Surprise" in the subject line. Questions may also be directed to that address.
The deadline for submissions is February 13, 2020.
Playwrights will be notified of our selections by February 28.
About Violet Surprise: Founded in 2019, Violet Surprise is a queer feminist theatre company whose mission is to present new works that vibrantly and valiantly validate the identities and experiences of queer women.
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JETFest 2021

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Deadline: April 30th, 2020

$15 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived (with hard copy submissions  for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends).

ELIGIBILITY

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

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

ENTRIES ACCEPTED

Submissions will be accepted January 1, 2020 - April 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM. (checked by postmark or time stamp).

SCRIPTS

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

 Email: Attache a PDF file of your script, and a second PDF file that includes character list/descriptions, scene breakdown, brief synopsis, playwright bio, and contact information. Email to: C.Bremer@jettheatre.org by 11:59 pm, April 30, 2020.

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

CONSENT

The playwright gives the JET Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs. Finalists must acknowledge JET if/when the script is published

AWARDS

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

SELECTION PROCESS

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

NOTIFICATION

Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2020.


SUBMIT TO

Mail:

JET Theatre
JETFest
1124 E. West Maple Road
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Email:

C.Bremer@jettheatre.org


QUESTIONS?

248.788.2900


INDEMNIFICATION

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

The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize will award $3,000 and a stage reading to a promising emerging woman, trans, or non-binary playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.

The Prize is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and venture capitalist Patty Abramson. Plays must not have been produced, but a future professional production (outside of the DC metro region) may be scheduled.

For the purposes of this award, “Jewish” plays are plays in which Jewish identity, history, or culture plays a critical role: if you took it out, the play would change meaningfully.

The play may not have received a full professional production, though one may be scheduled at the time of submission. Readings and workshops are allowed.
  • The playwright must be a citizen or resident of the United States.
  • Plays must be full-length plays.
  • One-act plays and plays for children are not eligible.
  • Musicals are not eligible for the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize.
  • Translations are not eligible.
  • Adaptations are eligible provided they diverge substantially from the source material.'
Eligible playwrights must not have had more than two productions at LORT or off-Broadway theaters (multiple productions of the same play will be counted) but may have been produced at other professional theaters. Submitted plays will be read by a committee of Theater J staff and collaborators. A winner will be announced in the fall of 2020.

You will receive an email confirmation that your script was received within ten days of submitting. All playwrights will receive a form letter with notification prior to award announcements in fall of 2020.

For the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize ($3,000), we ask that you come to DC (travel and accommodations to be paid for by Theater J) and accept the award in person at Theater J, and simultaneously participate in a professional reading of the play. In accepting the Prize, we require that you agree to acknowledge the prize in future publications of the script. The winning play will be considered under exclusive option by Theater J for full production in the DC metropolitan region for the next two seasons.

 Playwrights may submit one sample of ten consecutive pages, a one-page synopsis, and a bio or resume. Please only send 10 pages; do not send a full script with a note telling us where your favorite 10 pages are. All documents must have your name, contact information, and the title of the script on them. If your script is advanced to the second phase of the Prize adjudication, you will receive an email asking for a full script. We accept electronic files only (either Adobe Reader (.pdf) file formats or Microsoft Word (.doc)).

Playwrights may submit plays directly to Theater J at LitOffice@theaterj.org

More info in the FAQs

The International Carlo Annoni Prize is for theatre plays on gay themes and on diversity in love

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We dedicate the Carlo Annoni Prize 2019 to all those who in Italy and in the world fight for having recognized the right to love and against discrimination due to sexual orientation.

The prize for the winners is 1,000 euros for plays in Italian and 1,000 euros for plays in English.
Special Mentions:

– A special mention will be given to a play that puts at the center the condition of asylum seekers who leave their country each year because they are victims of persecutions concerning sexual orientation.
– A special mention will be given to a theatrical short of a maximum duration of 10 minutes
– A special mention will be given to LGBTQ+ themed comic plays.
– A special mention will be given to a video of maximum 10 minutes on relationship life.

Plays and videos must be sent by the 30th of April 2020 to this address: info@premiocarloannoni.eu

NO PARTICIPATION FEE IS REQUIRED.
Plays already represented will also be taken into consideration.
The award ceremony will take place in September 2020.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Cold Comfort Theater (Belfast Maine) seeks plays for staged reading

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Deadline February 7, 2020

Submit your work for consideration to be performed before a live audience in Belfast Maine.

  • Plays must be unpublished work.
  • No play should have been previously performed.
  • Must not exceed 30 minutes in length.


Plays should be emailed in blind PDF format with contact info in body of the email to ColdComfortTheater@gmail.com

One submission per playwright.

Preference will be given to works with six actors or less.

Playwrights whose work is selected will pay a $50 non-refundable fee to Cold Comfort Theater to cover production costs. Cold Comfort will provide posters and programs and social/print publicity.

Cold Comfort will receive ticket monies and any gate donations.

The plays will be performed as staged readings at UMaine's Hutchinson Center, Rte 3 in Belfast in May.

A talk-back, Q&A session with the audience will occur after the show for playwrights and directors.

For more information call 207-930-7244  

University of Alaska Famous Fifteen

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Deadline: January 17, 2020

Theatre UAF’s Student Drama Association is pleased to announce a call for scripts to be considered for Famous for Fifteen. FFF is an event for playwrights and screenwriters to have their work read on stage in front of an audience. Submissions must be original scripts that are 15 minutes in length or shorter (approximately 15-20 pages), and must be submitted in either digital format or hard copy.

FFF’s format gives the writer a chance to experience a workshop designed to help them further develop their writing skills. It’s also a great opportunity for new playwrights to experience what it’s like to have their piece seen on stage.  

Scripts are due by January 17th; early submissions are appreciated.

Submit at bcbowling@alaska.edu

More information: Brittany Bowling, Coordinator, bcbowling@alaska.edu

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

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August 10 - September 6, Theatre One at Theatre Row

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59PM EST on Sunday, March 1, 2020. 

After paying the $25 Reader Fee, PLEASE submit your script immediately. Any script received AFTER 11:59 PM on the deadline date will be returned.


 This fee does not apply to members of the Dramatists Guild with proof of active membership.

All submissions must be made through www.broadwayboundfestival.com/submit. Late applications, applications mailed via the postal serve, e-mailed or faxed will not be accepted – no exceptions will be made.

FINALIST INTERVIEWS: End of March, 2020. Finalists will be interviewed by the Festival General Manager, via telephone/FaceTime/Skype.

PARTICIPANT INVITATION: Final acceptance offers will be made on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

CONTRACTS AND PARTICIPATION FEE DUE: 12PM (Noon) EST on Sunday, April 5, 2020. If invited to participate, your contract and non-refundable participation fee is due no later than 12PM (Noon) EST. If you miss this deadline, your spot will be offered to another finalist.

- No musicals or performance art pieces will be accepted.

- Performances must run 60-90 minutes, with no intermission. Scripts submitted may not run under 45 pages or over 80 pages in length.

- Scripts should follow standard format. Improperly formatted scripts will be automatically returned. If you have any concerns over script formatting, please visit the following links:
http://broadwayeducators.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Sample_Format_Page.pdf

- Only 20 plays will be accepted into the 2020 festival. You may submit up to two scripts per season. Only one script will be selected per playwright.

- Only unproduced works are eligible to participate in BBTF 2020. Shows that have had readings or been workshopped ARE eligible. Shows that have sold tickets to performances ARE NOT eligible.

- All participants are fully responsible for producing their own plays. This includes covering the costs of production (e.g. rehearsal space, transportation fees, salaries, marketing, etc.) and operation.

- BBTF will not accept applications filed by anyone other than the playwright themselves (barring legitimate medical reasons explained on the application).

- Playwrights submitting to BBTF are expected to play an active role in the production of their script, such is the spirit of the experience. Productions that have been found to have been handed off to an independent contractor will be subject to cancellation.

- Applicants may not act in or direct their own shows. This includes solo shows. We expect the energy of our participants to be solely focused on the BBTF playwriting/producing experience.

- BBTF participants may not stage any other productions of the accepted play (in part, or in its entirety) in the tri-state area during or up to 12 weeks prior to or post the BBTF opening and closing dates, August 10 - September 6, 2020. This includes productions that decide to participate and later withdraw from BBTF 2020 prior to the festival's commencement.

- International playwrights are welcome to submit to BBTF using the same blind submission process as any other applicant. We strongly suggest international applicants enlist a NYC-based co-producer to help with the marketing, housing, and financing that go hand in hand with producing in NYC.

- Playwrights who receive a “conditional acceptance” are expected to take a second look at their play through the lens of our critique and perform the necessary rewrites to meet the BBTF standard for staging.

- By submitting an Application and choosing to participate in the Festival, applicant acknowledges and agrees that if applicant if selected as a Participant, applicant will not disclose to any person or third party the fact that applicant was selected until notified by BBTF that such disclosure is permitted.

- Applicants understand that BBTF is a professional environment and we hold our participants to a professional standard from commencement. We expect open communication during the rehearsal process so that by your performance dates, you can confidently present a quality finished production, completely off-book, and in adherence to to BBTF festival rules.

Critiques, Fees and Further Production
BBTF takes pride that:
- A blind submission process allows for the selection of the highest caliber of writing. This means that all selections are based on the merits of the submission and does not allow the process not be lead (whether consciously or unconsciously) by the expectations inspired by the author's institutional affiliation, reputation (or lack thereof), gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, abilities, age, sexual preference or orientation.
- All submissions are read in full by the Festival Director and at least one other professional playwright.
- Upon completion of the decision-making process, BBTF will email you a critique of your script, which should help you understand the reason your play was or was not selected to participate in the festival. Our critiques provide professional feedback of your work.
- We are most proud of the support we at BBTF give our playwrights. If your play is selected to participate in BBTF we promise to never put our stamp on it should it go on to be successful post festival. BBTF neither requires any acknowledgment of its festival in future productions, nor does it take a percentage of any future revenues or require the distribution of producer points, nor will it instigate negotiations for credit should any participating production be approached with financial interest during or after the festival.

- There is a one-time, non-refundable $1000 total participation fee, which includes everything stated in the contract.
- The BBTF participation fee covers three full performances in The Lion Theater in Theatre Row as well as all the tools we feel playwrights need to effectively and affordably produce and market their plays, including regular information packets, workshops, and a private Facebook forum.

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