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Friday, January 17, 2020

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

Submit via Submittable

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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located in Chicago

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.
Violet Surprise Facebook page:

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.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

TASN Short Play Festival 2020

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Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Actors Studio of Newburyport, MA is dedicated to New Play Development and will be holding its third annual Short Play Festival for two weekends, and six performances, in October, 2020.

The Submission window opens on January 1, 2020 and closes on March 1, 2020, or until
250 plays have been received, whichever occurs first.

Our judges will participate in multiple rounds of reading and after 24 semi-finalists are chosen, we will hold an All-Day Selection Sunday, putting all 24 semi-finalists on their feet. The eight winners will be announced in August 2020, with he top-scoring play receiving the coveted Clopton Prize.

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

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

Submitting is a two-step process.

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

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

TASN is an award-winning 50 seat black box in historic Newburyport, Massachusetts. This Festival will be sponsored by our Weekend Writers Workshop who collectively have been produced at more than 200 venues around the country.

This Short Play Festival is brought to you by playwrights, for playwrights, and will be directed
and directed and performed by our amazing TASN talent. Good luck and see you at the show!
Like us on facebook or go to www.newburyportacting.org for more information.

New Village Arts submission guidelines

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Hello Playwrights! We would love to read your play. Before submitting, please be sure to review the New Village Arts Mission Statement, current season and production history to determine if your work will fit with NVA.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Playwright contact information including phone number and email address
  • A full description/synopsis – including all major plot points and the climax of the play (ideally 1 page or less)
  • Any relevant production history
  • Character descriptions/casting requirements
  • First 10 pages of script (if mailing, please make sure this is unbound)
  • Musicals: CD or MP3 Files of music/songs (please do not send sheet music)

Please submit your packet via email (preferred) to newplays@newvillagearts.org or via US Mail (or alternate service) to:

New Village Arts
c/o AJ Knox
2787 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Submissions that do not follow the requirements above will not be accepted. We will contact you upon receipt of your materials, and will follow up as soon as possible via email.

Heartland Theatre Company 2020 10-Minute Play Competition

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DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS FEBRUARY 1, 2020. 

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2020 as part of our 19th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE CAMPOUT.

The competition is open to all playwrights who wish to submit a play. Eight plays will be selected and performed from among all the submissions

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE RULES:

1. Your play must fit the theme – THE CAMPOUT– or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word or PDF.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title and page numbers appear on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges. If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Criteria.
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.
18. MAKE IT GOOD!

All entrants must complete and submit the HEARTLAND THEATRE 10-MINUTE PLAY ENTRY FORM.

You must attach your script in MS Word format (preferred) or PDF when you send the entry form.

If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org

Finalists will be notified approximately March 10. Winners will be announced approximately March 31.

2020 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES:

June 4,5,6 | 11,12,13,14 | 18,19,20 | 25,26,27 – 2020

Two performances June 27

Saturday, January 11, 2020

ANT FEST 2020

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Deadline: 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

We’re now accepting submissions for our twelfth annual ANT Fest, a festival of All New Talent showcasing new work from New York’s most adventurous emerging artists. ANT Fest 2020 will run through the month of June.

Every June, Ars Nova throws open our doors to the next wave of pioneering, hybrid theater-makers and fills our stage with their most dynamic ideas. We’re on the prowl for artists with diverse viewpoints and impressive skills, who see the future of live entertainment and want the chance to try out their ideas on stage. As an artist-driven festival, ANT Fest brings together an eclectic network of creators who feed our artistic community all year long.

We’re interested in unique, innovative projects that span traditional genre boxes (theater, comedy, music, burlesque, drag, variety arts or anything else you can think of) in an exciting way to tell a story, make us laugh, or showcase musicians with a vibrant new sound. This is the place to pitch that crazy show you’ve been dying for an excuse to make! We’re waiting for you.

TO APPLY:
Please fill out the online application form and submit it along with:

  • A short description of your evening (one page max)
  • An Artist Statement that describes what makes your key creator(s) tick and why you want to make this show (one page max)
  • Samples of your key creator(s) work
  • Bios or resumes for key creator(s)
  • A range of unique submissions will each be given a night to perform in Ars Nova’s intimate Off-Broadway theater and the opportunity to be a part of artist-driven events throughout the festival. Artists of color and all theater-makers with wide-ranging viewpoints are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Artists chosen for the festival will be notified by the end of March. Please download the ANT Fest Logistics page here for important logistics and details.

Vulcan Theatre Company submission guidelines

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We are always accepting scripts on a rolling basis. To have your short play considered for future Forge Nights or Forge Night: Reading Series events, please email scripts to vulcantheatre@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines:
Must be 20 pages or less
Must include a short synopsis and character breakdown
Must require minimal set and technical elements

Science Fiction Theatre Festival 2020

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Deadline: Saturday 1st of February 2020

THE PLEASANCE THEATRE - Downstairs
19th - 23rd May 2020 London,UK
 7pm, 3:30pm
Submissions for Horatio Productions' Science Fiction Festival 2020 are open!

Submissions open:

We're looking for groundbreaking short science fiction plays, for writers coming from all walks of life, for daring and innovative creators, for new ideas, revolutionary dreams, crazy stories, for the bold, the daring, and the unique. These are the details:
  • Length: Up to 15 minutes per play.
  • Cast: Up to 4 performers.
  • Set restrictions: The stage will be shared with several other companies; time for setting up will be minimal, so don't submit anything that involves complicated set design, or too many props.
  • Submission limit: Writers can submit as many plays as they want. We will do our best to read all the material sent, and to get back to every applicant in due time.
  • International entries are welcome. You do not have to be based in the UK, but the play must be in English language.
  • Deadline: Saturday 1st of February 2020. Plays sent after this date won't be considered for the festival. 

Selection process:

Once the deadline is closed, we'll read all of the plays submitted. Yes, all of them. From beginning to end. We'll select between 16 and 20 plays, and get back to every writer who has applied. Unfortunately, we won't be able to provide feedback for all but, if you specifically ask for it, we would try our best to get back to you. Sometimes, if necessary, we will ask writers for edits, but only if there is something that we really need changed in order to program the play. Edits are generally related to length, or number of characters.

What happens next:

The selected plays will be paired with directors and cast, and will be given one or two slots during the festival. This means that, as a writer, once you have submitted your play, and done any necessary edits, your work is done (unless you want to get involved in a different capacity as well). Once the festival is over, we will share any profit between all participants. We have an open books policy.

This project is currently on a profit share basis. We are applying for funding but are not able to confirm if it will come through until a later date.

​How to apply:
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1) Fill in this form:

2) Send your script to: scifitheatre@gmail.com

We are aiming to program up to 20 short plays during the festival. Depending on the quality of the material received, and the length of the plays selected, that number could change.

We look forward to reading your science fiction plays!

The Village Playwrights seeks 10-minute plays for Love Is Queer

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Love Is Queer, staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Valentine's Day on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 7 to 9 pm at St. Johns Church, 81 Christopher, NYC.
Requirements:

  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes (no more than 10 pages in standard format. 
  • Plays must should be about romance from an LGBTQ perspective.
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand 
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.
  • Deadline for submissions is January 17, 2020, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

To Submit: send your play as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com
your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
only put the name of your script on the subject line

Friday, January 10, 2020

Second Annual Playwrights’ CageMatch

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Deadline for CageMatch submissions sent via e-mail is.March 1, 2020; 
post-mark deadline, if mailed, is February 24, 2020.

Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California, is accepting submissions for our second Annual Playwrights’ CageMatch. Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition.

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious. Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. THT staff and community will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors which Town Hall provides.  On March 23, 2020, the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at Town Hall Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: AMONG THE TREES.  The setting is a clearing among the trees, in a forest or woodland area, anywhere in the universe; there may be a doorway, portal or entranceway or two, and maybe even a window. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We are also seeking scripts demonstrating gender parity. A lovers’ encounter or post-apocalyptic tale, perhaps?  We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you!

Yes, you may submit more than one play.

 There is no restriction on plays that have been previously produced and/or published but they need to fit the theme and setting.

Playwrights will be notified by email whether they are chosen as one of the five performed playwrights.

Admission to the performance is $5 (free to our subscribers), and a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to cagematch@townhalltheatre.com or mailed to:

Town Hall Theatre, ATTN: Susan E. Evans, Artistic Director, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA  94549

PLEASE INCLUDE A MAILING ADDRESS  ON YOUR SUBMISSION.

Carrollwood Players Theatre Kidspeak 5.0

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Deadline: 11:59 pm on March 1, 2020

Carrollwood Players Theatre seeks submissions of original short plays by playwrights aged 12 and under for Kidspeak 5.0!

Join us as we celebrate 5 years of inspiring young, local playwrights to reach for the stars! Explore the imaginations of our writers as an adult cast performs a staged reading of short plays submitted by kid playwrights. Audiences of all ages love the results, so come escape into a world of wonderment and endless possibility.

We are now accepting submissions of plays!

Kidspeak is a great opportunity for young aspiring playwrights to have the chance to see their original short play performed by a cast of adult actors!

Rules:

Playwright must be 12 years of age or younger at time of submission.

Play must be 100% ORIGINAL material, written by the submitting young playwright.

Play submission must be in PDF format, typed and double-spaced.

Play should be approximately ten to twelve minutes in performance length.

Play can be in any genre (drama, comedy, science fiction, etc)

Play should contain between 2 and 8 characters, written in dialogue format.

Submissions are due no later than 11:59 pm on March 1, 2020.

Playwright and parent/guardian grant permission for Carrollwood Players, Inc. to present play without royalty or compensation.

Approximately seven to ten short plays will be selected for performance by a cast of adult actors at Carrollwood Players Theatre on April 17, 18, and 19, 2020.

Each playwright of a play selected for presentation will receive 1 complimentary ticket to attend a performance.

Not all submitted plays will be selected.

Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to personally acknowledge receipt of your submission.

Selected playwrights will be contacted by March 10, 2020.

Playwrights whose work is not selected will not be contacted.

Please visit https://tinyurl.com/kidspeakplays to submit a play!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

A Call to Conscience Interactive Theater for Social Change seeking one-act plays

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Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020.

A Call to Conscience Interactive Theater for Social Change – seeking plays with a unique voice focusing on social justice issues affecting marginalized communities for its “Plays for Social Justice: A Night of One-Acts” June, 2020.

Plays must be a one-act with a maximum run time of 30 minutes, 4 actors or fewer, minimal set requirements and be producible on a black box stage in an intimate theatre.

Plays must be unpublished or have limited production history.  

Manuscripts must be typed and in standard script format.

Title page should include name and full contact information.  

Submit via e-mail to fannie.c2c@gmail.com  synopsis, letter of inquiry, bio or resume, 10 page sample of the play, character breakdown, number of actors required, and setting requirements.

If you cannot submit electronically, send via snail mail to
C2C, P.O. Box 78156,
St. Louis, MO.
63178-8156.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, January 17, 2020.

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Sip and Play; A Series of Readings for Aspiring Artists in NYC

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Deadline: February 1, 2019

Mariah Sade Ralph & Love City Arts (New York City) is now accepting submissions for Sip and Play; A Series of Readings for Aspiring Artists in NYC. (Open to All)

Ten (10) short plays will be selected in Phase 1 of the Project and performed in two groups of five (5) over the course of two reading sessions in NYC (Winter 2019 - 2020). We will also consider five (5) full length plays for future reading sessions.

Since 2017, Love City Arts has served as an Arts Encouragement Platform dedicated 100% to Encouraging, Empowering and Equipping artists, creatives + all of humanity in NYC and beyond. Love City Arts has celebrated artists of all backgrounds and stages of development. Beginning this year, Sip and Play will serve as an opportunity for artists to chill, engage and enjoy their artistry through the art of play performance. The plays submitted are read blind by a committee and chosen for their alignment with Love City Arts’s mission and guidelines, as well as their unique perspective. All interested playwrights are encouraged to participate (remotely or in-person).

Plays must follow the guidelines listed below:

  • The submission deadline is February 1, 2019.
  • Submissions are only accepted via email and must be in .pdf format. Submissions must accompany google form.
  • Complete a Google Form with contact and play information to receive an email address link to submit your play. Google Form is at  https://forms.gle/iR4rDGbh3dxqv2QE7.
  • Play Submission is FREE but no more than 2 submissions will be accepted. 
  • Plays will require no more than 8 actors.
  • Short Plays will run no more than 10 - 15 minutes. Full length and/or one-acts will run no more than 30 minutes - 1.5 hours. 
  • Plays will have a minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements.
  • Plays must include a title sheet with Title, Playwright, cast of characters (with a brief description), and setting. (The title sheet will be removed for the reading committee so that submissions are blind.)  
  • Plays fall into whatever category the playwright deems appropriate. 
  • Preference will be given to NYC/NJ/CT based playwrights. However, all playwrights globally will be considered.
  • Plays align with Love City Arts’ mission: “Love City Arts seeks to create a community in digital and shared physical space. They believe in artistic, contemplative, and healing spaces. Their goal is to equip, empower and encourage artists from all walks of life.”  This means altruistic playwrights and/or a focus on diverse characters. 
  • The aesthetic of Love City Arts is to highlight the beauty and growth of the artistic community. Please submit your plays with this in mind.

Timeline for submissions:

Semi-finalists will be notified via email by the end of January 2020. All other applicants will be notified around the same time and will be invited to participate in the “Sip and Play” events with hopes of future engagement.

Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for Reading/Production in Winter 2020 will be notified via email by the end of Febuary 2020.

All inquiries related to this post may be submitted to info@lovecityarts.org.

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)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program is accepting applications now


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

The program is a rigorous, very affordable two-year playwriting program and located in the heart of NYC.  We are looking for writers eager to develop their voices, solidify their craft, and challenge assumptions of what theater is and will become.

Students study with award-winning playwrights, working theater professionals, and esteemed guest artists. The program offers workshop opportunities and free or affordable tickets to a wide range of NYC productions. Teaching Assistantships and tuition waivers are available.

Current and recent faculty include: Adam Bock, Oliver Butler, Lisa D'Amour, Karen Hartman, Tina Satter, Maria Striar, and Anne Washburn. Visiting artists for Fall 2019 include: Clare Barron, Peter Brook, and Lauren Yee.

Ain't I a Woman Playfest

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

Looking forward to another great festival.❤️ Submissions NOW open for Season 3 of Ain't I a Woman Playfest 2020!!

We are looking for original, unproduced 10-min plays from WOC playwrights. Deadline to submit is January 31, 2020.

You can email your submissions to aintiwomanfest@gmail.com

The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts

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Submissions are now OPEN for the 2020 Main-Stage Festival

The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 6 through 19 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

Categories: Full length plays; One-Act Plays; Choreographed Dance pieces; Thematic new Solo Shows, comedic or Dramas; Musicals; Opera; Cabaret; Unimaginable . . . ? – Any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no application fees or participation fees required, and all productions earn a box office share.

We provide:

ADA and AEA approved performance venues
AEA approved venue insurance
Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
Deadline:  Monday, February 10th.

Click on the APPLY button below to go to the full Application Form. Please download a study copy so you can later complete the form in one online session (required). Note: Your planned production cannot have been produced before in the 15 months preceding the July Festival. If you are producing an Out-Of-Town show (25 miles from New York City) be prepared to submit local contracts, and accept one of our co-production plans.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Electric City Playhouse Murder Mystery Writing Contest

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Deadline: March 1, 2020

Electric City Playhouse (ECP) in Anderson South Carolina is accepting submissions for a playwriting contest.

Based on the popularity of the local work featured in “Life’s Stages” and audience demand for murder mysteries and holiday shows, ECP is combining multiple concepts into one for its very first Holiday Murder Mystery Writing Contest!

ECP is seeking full length, original plays. No one-acts or scenes, please. Eligible scripts may have had a reading or been workshopped, but may not have been fully produced or received any awards. The winning script will be produced as an ECP Plus show.

As the winning script will be staged between Thanksgiving and Christmas (exact dates TBD), a holiday theme, characters, or setting is required for the murder mystery. The holiday of choice is open to the writer’s preference (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more, or a combination of holidays).

Submissions need to be typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, pages numbered, and the script(s) fully proofread. All submissions must include a cover sheet with the show title and the writer’s name, address, email, and telephone number. Scripts will not be returned. ECP reserves the right to request any needed modifications to the winning script.

Writers may submit up to three scripts.

Preferred method of script submission is by email to ecpplaywriting@gmail.com.

Hard copies may also be dropped off at ECP, 514 N. Murray Avenue, Anderson, SC 29625 during regular office hours. Please call 864-224-4248 to verify hours.

The submission deadline is March 1, 2020.

The winner will be notified by April 30, 2020.

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. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Scholarship opportunity - Annual Comedy Writing Intensive for Women

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Deadline: February 1, 2020

Submission via Submittable (free account required)

A two and a half day intensive for funny feminist writers. You know who you are. You make people laugh with your short stories, essays, articles, poems. But something stops you from finishing your work and submitting it. You are a bit fearful of your humor because there is a certain power in it. Yep, you possess power in a man’s world and that’s, well, that’s revolutionary. This intensive is for you – women who know they write funny but for whatever reason have put those funny pages to the side. It is time to step it up, gals. There’s an election right around the corner!

This intensive is for just 10 writers. From Thursday evening to Sunday morning we will discuss the fundamentals of writing humor and find ways to strengthen the humor in our  work. You will bring to the intensive a short piece to work on and at the end of the weekend you will have an essay, ten minute play, vignette, memoir or fake news article to submit to major media outlets.

COST: $850.00. Includes opening night reception, two dinners and two days of intensive workshop of up to 10 pages of work.

There is a SCHOLARSHIP of $300 towards registration fee awarded for up to three writers available. 

For women and women identifying writers only.

DATES: March 19 – 22 2020

LOCATION: The Southampton Inn - 91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968. The Comedy Writing Intensive for Women has has secured a discounted group rate of $125 per room, per night (including breakfast) at the Southampton Inn (single occupancy). For more information click here.  Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered for the intensive.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION:
1) Submissions are accepted in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays and screenplays.
2) Submit 5 to 10 pages of your best comedy writing. (This is not what you might work on at the conference).
3) All submissions must be double spaced and all pages must be numbered.
4) Put your name on the submission at the top of page 1.
5) Save your submission for upload in a wpd, .doc, .docx, or .pdf as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE

NOTE: Because of the size of the venue, no guests will be allowed to accompany writers invited to the CWIW. Decisions will be made via email by February 1, 2020.

I look forward to reading your submission.
Donna Kaz
Kaz Conference Writing Workshop Director 

Seeking the best weird 10-minute plays

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Deadline: January 10, 2020
Only the first 100 will be accepted

I'm excited to explore the best WEIRD plays of 2019!

All the plays included need at least one professional production (i.e. you were paid a licensing fee, royalties, got a cut of the house, an honorarium or a prize/award for this play from the producing theatre) in 2019.

Please only submit one 10-min. play per writer. Thanks!

— Rachael, editor in chief, Weird Plays 2019.

Please fill out the online submission form, and add your script into the Google Drive Folder, linked in section two.

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company Calls for Submissions

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Deadlines

The Best of Times -- Due February 5th, 2020
The Worst of Times -- Due May 12th, 2020
The Future - Due August 1st, 2020

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

If you are submitting to:
Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *info below

The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min)
NOTE: We appreciate your interest. But due to the amount of submissions we have been receiving we will not be accepting FULL LENGTH and/or TV - STYLE scripts at this time. Until further notice. Thank you!

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

This Rounds On Us:
RETROSPECT: "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, The Future"
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)

The Best of Times -- Due February 5th, 2020
The Worst of Times -- Due May 12th, 2020
The Future - Due August 1st, 2020

RETROSPECT: The Best of Times
We have some success stories in history of the world. Explore one of them. Was it a success at the time or only in retrospect? Were they good for all or only some? Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.

RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times
We have some epic fails in our past. Explore one of them. Was this a failure to all or just some? Could it have been prevented?   Should it have been prevented?  Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.

PROSPECT: The Future
Every era has a “future” style. A future outlook based on the present. What does “future” look like now? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? We look at The Jetsons or Back To The Future and say “where is my flying car?” What do we expect now that we know that flying cars aren’t (yet?) a thing? Speculate. Have fun!

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

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

Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

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

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

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
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The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2020 Writers’ Competition

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The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its nineteenth year.

It performs at the end of August, on each of the Arundel Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – for example, in a community hall, a restaurant, a football club or Arundel Jailhouse.  An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2018 Theatre Trail plays.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond.

Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2020 Trail from November 2019.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects.

All entries should be submitted to Drip Action Theatre Trail 2020

c/o Arundel Festival
Town Hall
Maltravers Street
Arundel
West Sussex
BN18 9AP

Entries must be received by 31st January 2020. There is no reading fee.

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail).

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 £150 writer’s fee.

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

Saturday, January 4, 2020

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.

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