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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Radcliffe Institute Fellowship 2020

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Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives.

Our online application for the 2020–2021 fellowship year is now available.

The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 12, 2019.

The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is October 3, 2019.

The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. We seek diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. Although our fellows come from many different backgrounds, they are united by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

THE HENLEY ROSE PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION FOR WOMEN 2019

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NOTE: this is a no-fee opportunity for members of the Dramatists Guild who submit a hard copy of their play via snail mail.

The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women was founded by Yellow Rose Productions, with permission of Beth Henley, to encourage and recognize the new works of female playwrights. The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women aims to give voice to the stories of this generation and to bring into the spotlight important works that have been crafted.

The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women seeks to honor both the writings of Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley and those of future winners of the Henley Rose Award.

INFORMATION
Submissions are welcome from July 1st until August 31st and will be read by a committee of writers, theatre artists, and producers.

The first 200 submissions to be received between July 1st until August 31st will be considered.

A small group of finalists will be announced in February of 2019. From that list, 3 winners will be selected and will be invited to attend the staged reading of their play, which will take place in Knoxville, TN in Summer of 2020.

The First, Second, and Third Place winners will also be announced by the end of March 2020, and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award.

Please note, we are unable to provide feedback on scripts that are submitted.

GUIDELINES

 Submissions must be completed full-length or one-act plays. No one-acts, please.
 Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female playwright.
 Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged.
 Submissions are due by August 31st, 2019 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.
 One script may be submitted per applicant.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS

Completed Registration (Click Here for Registration)
Script
Payment: $20 submission fee. Submission fees will go to create a cash prize for the winner of the Henley Rose Award. ($20 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a scan or photo copy of your current membership card with your script for verification.)

All applicants may choose to submit scripts and/or payment via snail mail (checks made payable to Yellow Rose Productions):
Henley Rose Playwright Competition
1321 Raleigh Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

All applicants may choose to submit materials via e-mail for an additional $8.00 printing fee.
E-mail submission materials may be sent to henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

At the completion of your registration form you will receive a an e-mail confirmation with additional  instructions.If you are choosing to submit electronically, please attach your script as a response to this email confirmation. If you are planning to submit via snail mail, please respond to the confirmation e-mail to let us know when your script is on its way.

If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within a few minutes of submitting your application, please check your SPAM folder and make sure to add henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com to your contacts to be sure we are able to reach you!

Please note that your submission is not complete until all submission materials (application, script, and payment – if required) have been received. Submissions via snail mail must be postmarked no later than August 31st, 2019. Should the submission cap be reached before August 31st, 2019, the application will no longer accept new submissions and an announcement will be made. Any accidental payments made past the 250 script cap are fully refundable.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

Friday, August 16, 2019

HERE WE GO Festival

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HERE WE GO is a site-specific live-performance festival in NYC, and we are seeking submissions for our Winter 2019 Festival!

HERE WE GO is a bi-annual site-specific performance festival. The festival’s goal is to present authentic, multidisciplinary and original content, as well as build a networking platform for emerging artists. Each iteration is built around a specific location. Creative teams will be encouraged to stage the pieces in a manner that interacts with the environment in an innovative way. We present work that incorporates multiple artistic disciplines which may include text, movement and music.

This Winter’s festival will be held during the first week of December in Brooklyn, New York. The festival will have two performances in one evening. Each performance will include all plays presented consecutively.

TO SUBMIT:
We are seeking plays and live performance pieces that are 8-20 minutes long.
Please include in your submission whether or not you have other artists (directors, actors etc.) already attached to the project.

FOR PLAYS: Please send the entire play in PDF form along with your resume to herewegosubmissions@gmail.com.

FOR OTHER LIVE PERFORMANCE PIECES: Please send us a video of a selection from the piece, or from a similar project that was created/facilitated by you, along with a description of the piece that you are submitting. If the piece includes text, you may send that as well. Submit these materials along with anything else that you think will help us to understand the piece you are creating, and your resume to herewegosubmissions@gmail.com.

Please note that we will not accept submissions that include copyrighted music or text that you do not own the rights to.

Please send your submission along with your resume by no later than September 9th, 2019 to: herewegosubmissions@gmail.com. (please send submissions only to this address).

QUESTIONS? - For more information about HERE WE GO and our history, visit https://www.herewegofestival.com/ or email us at herewegofestival@gmail.com
(please do not send submissions to this address).

Enigmatic Society Productions seeks full-length LGBTQIA+ scripts

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Enigmatic Society Productions is accepting full-length scripts with LGBTQIA+ themes for our 2020-2021 season. Chosen playwrights will receive a full-length production with a standard Dramatist Guild of America playwriting contract (Not a membership, but the playwright will earn a percentage of each ticket sold).

Enigmatic Society Productions is an LGBT theater company that is focused on the development of new LGBT-themed scripts and re-imaging classic plays and musicals.

Deadline is December 1st, 2019. No submission fee. Open to all playwrights.

Submission Rules and Process:

  • Scripts must be in standard playscript format
  • Scripts submitted must be in PDF format
  • Cover page to include play synopsis, character breakdown, playwright's bio and production history
  • playwrights may submit more than one play
  • Scripts must be received by December 1st, 2019
  • Scripts must be LGBTQIA+ themed
  • Selected playwrights will be notified February 1st, 2020 and contracts will be sent out March 1st, 2020 - via email

Company: Enigmatic Society Productions
Instagram: enigmaticsocietyproductions

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Adirondack Theatre Festival

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ATF produces new scripts of the highest caliber throughout each season. To help fulfill this mission, we welcome the opportunity to read submissions from skilled playwrights who feel their work would be a good fit at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

**Please note our new policy. Submissions are now accepted from Aug. 15-Oct. 1 only. This new policy is to help us manage the large volume of submissions we receive and ensure that your play is heavily considered during the fall season selection period.

If you are interested in submitting your play to be considered for future seasons at ATF, please send the following via email to Literary@ATFestival.org:

  • Full PDF version of the script (Word also accepted)
  • Brief (3-5 sentence) synopsis of the play
  • Production history—including any readings, workshop or full productions the play has received thus far
  • Professional playwright resume or bio

Please note: all submissions MUST be sent electronically.

Unpublished full-length plays and musicals only.

Plays submitted via email can be sent either by the playwright or by a literary agent on the playwright’s behalf. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, please allow a few weeks for a response acknowledging receipt of your script. ATF does not provide dramaturgical feedback.

Jonathan Larson Grants 2020

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Deadline:  Friday, October 4th at 11:59PM EST.

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre artists. Composers, lyricists, and librettists who work in musical theatre are the focus of the grants. ATW is committed to serving artists who are creating new, fully producible works for the theatre, and advancing the art form. The grants do not honor a specific piece or project.
Grant awards are based on merit, and are intended for those artists with a demonstrated commitment and dedication to a career in musical theatre. Further, the grants are not intended to be scholarships, and artists applying for grants should be working professionally in the field.
Applications are accepted in the following areas:

  • Individuals may apply as lyricists, composers, librettists, or any combination of the three.
  • Collaborative teams may apply together as composer, lyricist, and/or librettist, or any combination of the three.
  • Collaborators who work together regularly are strongly encouraged to apply as a team. If your collaborative team has more than three individuals, please contact the ATW offices.
  • United States citizenship is not a requirement to receive the grant, but you must be eligible to work in the U.S. and reside/work here on at least a part-time basis and submitted work should be predominately in English.
  • Artists may apply only once per grant cycle.  You may not apply as part of a team and as an individual applicant.
  • Prior Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients are not eligible.

(Applications that do not adhere to these general criteria will not be considered)

Required Materials – Applicants must submit the following through our online portal to be considered.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Completed Application Forms, including:

General Information
Artistic Statement— on the form provided, describe your achievements and goals for your career as a creative artist or collaborative team (one per application). Please do not make specific monetary requests as part of the application.
Creative Curriculum Vitae—productions/workshops/readings, educational history, and including list of awards (one for each applicant or each member of a team, please submit multiple CVs in one, combined .pdf or .doc file).

SAMPLES OF WORK

Comprehensive Work Sample List—a list of all the song and libretto selections with authorship information. Work samples are only required in accordance with your application focus.  For instance, if you are applying as a composer only, please only submit music, and dramatic context for the song.  Do not submit a book or lyrics for adjudication.  The same would be true if you were applying as a lyricist or book writer, only submit samples for the area or areas for which you wish to be considered.Once you have completed the Work Sample list, you will have the opportunity to upload your material.
Libretto—Please submit one-act only of a musical book (or if your work does not have a traditional act-break, an excerpt of 60 pages or less). .pdf format is preferred. You may start your libretto with a 1-page synopsis of the show in its entirety.
Audio Files/Song Selections—upload selected songs (accepted formats include MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) and FLAC). Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.
Dramatic Context/ Lyric Sheets—describe the dramatic context and provide the lyrics for each song selection
Applicants may provide a letter of support/recommendation from theatre artists or educators.

About Selecting Work Samples:
Regardless, if you work creatively in all three disciplines (music, lyrics, and book) or you are applying as a collaborative team, you should submit combined work samples that represent the full range of your work.  For example, Jonathan Larson might have submitted one application that included three song selections from Rent, two song selections from Tick, Tick…Boom!, and the book of Act II from Rent.  Please do not submit a recording of an entire act or production.  Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre writers. We are aware that artists work in multiple disciplines; and while it is not necessary that you only work in musical theatre, selections of representative work submitted for the grant must be for musical theatre.  Applications submitting oratorios, operas, symphonic scores, or film scores will not be considered.

Adapted Works: Should you choose to submit selections from work which is adapted from an existing work, you must provide proof of rights for that adaptation as part of your application.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Write Your Next First Draft this Fall at Primary Stages ESPA

Whether you're writing your first play or your hundredth, it's not always easy to set the creative wheels in motion. This 8-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft.

Faculty and Start Dates
September 22: Section A with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
September 24: Section B with Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
September 25: Section C with Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)
October 2: Section D with Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
October 7: Section E with Melisa Annis (Writer, Director, and Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level looking to start the first draft of your new play.
  • Are starting out in the world of playwriting or want to write your first play.
  • Want concrete deadlines and constructive feedback to encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
In this class you will:
  • Bring in new pages to hear them read aloud in class.
  • Strengthen your writing skills with exercises and assignments from your instructor. 
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid start on—or even complete!—a first draft of a full-length play.
  • Be ready for our Completing Your Draft class!
Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. 

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

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The Growing Stage Theatre New Play-Reading Festival Submission 2019

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Submissions OPEN till Oct. 1st.

This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced TYA scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.

The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate rounds during our season.  After each reading, there is a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright, if present. After 2nd Round of play readings, one of the four scripts are then selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2020-2021 season!

Plays should be intended for young audiences through high school age and have a minimum performance length of approximately 45 minutes.

Scripts may be previously workshopped, but must be unpublished and not committed to publication.
Supporting materials (resumes, photos, reviews, etc.) should not accompany submissions.

Playwright may submit up to two scripts.

We do ask that scripts be submitted via email as a PDF to Danny Campos, New Play-Reading Festival Director at newplays@growingstage.com

The playwright’s name must not be visible anywhere on the script.  Please include the playwright’s name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission.

If you choose to send a manuscript via mail please note that the script cannot be returned.  Playwrights should include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for confirmation of receipt of their scripts.

Musicals are eligible.  Submissions must include a sample recording of the music and lyrics.  Please do not send a written score.

Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to The Growing Stage.
If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.
Mailed submissions should be sent to:

Danny Campos
The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey
PO Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

newplays@growingstage.com

Snowdance 2020

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OOHP accepting submissions now through November 1st 2019

Over Our Head Players is accepting submissions for the "2020 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival," now through November 1. "Snowdance®" entry is open to original 10 minute or shorter comedies for the stage. 

Winning entries will be performed together in one theatre presentation by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble at Sixth Street Theatre for five weeks beginning January 31, 2020. The entire Snowdance production will be presented 24 times during the run. At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites will earn cash prizes for the playwright. 

Entries may be sent to 

SNOWDANCE, 
c/o Sixth Street Theatre, 
318 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403. 

Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com.

Rules for the Snowdance Comedy Competition, which is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction, are relatively simple. In summary, competition is open to unpublished, 10 minute or shorter comedies free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2019. 

The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be included on the title page and only the title page. 

The title page should also include a cast list and a one- to three- sentence synopsis of the play. 

Plays can have a cast of one to five characters; plays should be easily staged, avoiding elaborate set requirements. 

Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
January 31 – March 1, 2020 - Run of festival performances.
March 1, 2020 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of "Best in Snow."

To enter a script, please follow these steps:
Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.

Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.

Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2019.

Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2" x 11" paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)

Plays can have a cast of 1 to 5 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a 'COMEDY FESTIVAL'.

The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.

Submit one (1) copy of your script.
Send scripts to:
SNOWDANCE
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at 262-632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com

Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Last Frontier Theatre Conference 2020 Play Lab

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Submissions for the 2020 Play Lab are now being accepted.

The submission deadline is October 21. 

Writers who have participated in the Conference before and Alaskan authors have a later deadline, November 25.

The  Conference will take place June 14-21, 2020, in Valdez, Alaska.

Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.

Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to further submit their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the Last Frontier Fringe.

Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website, www.theatreconference.org using the on-line form on the Play Lab link. Guidelines:


  • One submission per author.
  • Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
  • They can be of any genre except musical.
  • The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable. Authors should be interested in receiving feedback and developing their submission.


If you have any questions about eligibility, contact the Coordinator at dlmoore@alaska.edu.

The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award

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The Ziegfeld Club, one of the first New York City performing arts charities to benefit women is thrilled to announce that they will offer the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for the Fifth consecutive year in a row. 
 
A prestigious grant in the amount of $10,000, The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award aims to celebrate an emerging female composer or composer/lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing and clearly demonstrates how the grant money & mentorship will further her artistic career.
The application process will remain open from July 29 through August 23, 2019.

The recipient of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals chosen by the Ziegfeld Club and will be presented at a private reception in New York City in November 2018.

Interested applicants can submit all application materials (see list below) via email to submissions@theziegfeldclubinc.com.

The following application materials are required for consideration:

Demo recordings of 3 contrasting songs from at least two separate original works of musical theater. Professional recordings are appreciated but not necessary. Piano-and-vocals are sufficient. The songs should be sent as individual MP3 files, and labeled with both the candidate’s name and the songs’ titles (Last Name, First Name- Title). Applicants retain all copyright of their work. Please do not submit live recordings.

Dramatic context and lyric sheets. Please include piano/vocal music, or scores if available.
An Artistic Statement of one page or less (no more than 500 words) describing your work in musical theater, and how the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will aid you in your artistic and professional goals. 
A current Resume that lists your experience and production history as a musical theater composer. Applicants will be considered eligible as emerging artists if, in the judgment of the committee, they have not already received substantial recognition in American musical theater.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition

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No fee for those with  current Dramatist Guild membership card

 Rules

Cash awards of $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented.
Winning plays will be produced by Tree City Playhouse.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:
1. Completed entry form
2. Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less
3. Play synopsis including character descriptions
4. Three copies of the script
5. $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card
 (checks should be made out to SCAC)  

Mail to: Keith Ramsdell 
Tree City Playhouse  
10-Minute Play Competition
5725 Main Street 
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:

1. The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per
playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright,
but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.

2. Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 12 minutes. Full-length
plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this
competition are ineligible.

3. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been
previously published or submitted to this playwriting competition.

4. While all reasonable care will be taken, Tree City Playhouse and SCAC do not assume any
responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

5. There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

6. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference  
will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language
sensitive to the “family-friendly” value of Tree City Playhouse. The decisions of the judges are
final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

7. Tree City Playhouse will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its 2019 Festival of
10-Minute Plays. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title
of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for
archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production.
All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

8. The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 15, 2019. Late scripts will not be
accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted.

Formatting Instructions:
  1. To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.
  2. All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.
  3. The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.
More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell at keith@sylvaniaarts.org with any questions you may have.

You may also visit us on the web at www.sylvaniaarts.org/treecityplayhouse

Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition Entry Form Online

Los Angeles Queer New Works Festival

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We are currently accepting submissions for next year's Los Angeles Queer New Works Festival.

A production for The Commons is just as powerful as it is entertaining. It's brave, breathtaking, and thought-provoking. It's honest. It's vulnerable. It's boldly authentic and unapologetic in the space it takes up. And it showcases the unique and powerful stories that come from every corner of our community.

We are especially interested in:

  • Fearless new plays and one acts
  • Socially relevant contemporary musicals
  • Ensemble driven pieces
  • Daring solo works
  • Unproduced screenplays
  • Pilots and Web Series centering LGBTQ+ Characters ​​

As a general rule, we do not produce:

  • Children's theater
  • Musicals without original scores
  • Literally any story that revolves around a cis/het/white man


WHEN WE NEED IT
Submission Deadline: September 1, 2019

HOW TO GIVE IT TO US
We are tirelessly dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and impact on our environment. For this reason, we only accept electronic submissions. To submit your work, fill out the form at the link below.

SUBMISSION FORM ONLINE

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Edgemar Center for the Arts seeks one-acts & full-lengths

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Edgemar Center for the Arts is still currently seeking play submissions for our 2020 season. We are accepting any one act and full length plays.

We are also hosting a one act festival as well this year and next year.

Please send all materials, including synopsis, bio of author, full work, etc. to edgemarliterary@gmail.com.

You may submit as many works as you wish.

We will be producing selected work here in our theatre in Santa Monica, CA.

Our deadline is December 31st, 2019 for the 2020 season, but are always accepting submissions for the future seasons.

To learn more about Edgemar Center for the Arts please check out our website! http://www.edgemarcenter.org

The 41st Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference Playwriting Symposium seeks 10-minute plays

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Playwriting Symposium—Call for Ten-Minute Plays

Click this link for a downloadable PDF of the CFP:  MATC Playwriting 2020 10M CFPlays
The Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference seeks submissions of new, unproduced ten-minute plays by playwrights who wish to participate in the Dramatists Play Lab.

All submissions must be received by OCTOBER 1, 2019.

For our 2020 conference in Chicago, MATC invites proposals for presentations, discussions, workshops, and scripts around the theme of “Character.” How do we define character and how do we impart that in our classrooms, our process, our research? How can character illuminate or revise our understanding of theatre history? How can out practices resist representation or illuminate the complexity and intersectionality of identities? What characters have we chosen to remember and which have we chosen to forget? In what ways have the characteristics of our theatre practices inscribed themselves upon the bodies of theatre practitioners? How do current perspectives and representations challenge the character of past practices? We invite proposals that analyze, challenge, and interact with the sense of character. Join us in Chicago to explore the many characters who build the character of our discipline. We encourage playwrights to consider the all-conference theme as a springboard to generate plays that problematize traditional stories and structures; although submissions not directly related to the conference theme will be considered as well.

The Playwriting Symposium invites proposals of 10-minute scripts around the theme of “Character.” This is a juried event, and while we invite all playwrights to submit, the call for scripts is directed primarily at academic playwrights who are faculty members or graduate students and/or professionals in the field who seek the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from a respondent and peers. First-time conference attendees are welcome to submit!

Chicago is a popular conference site for MATC, so we are particularly eager for help in spreading the word to playwrights in both academic and professional theatres within the reach of the conference location.

Each selected play will have an assigned team of a director, dramaturg, actors, and possibly a scenographer. All participants assigned to a given project will have the final script in hand prior to the start of the conference, and a preliminary conversation (via email, video conference, conference call, etc.) is expected. Each play will receive 75 minutes of rehearsal at the conference, and will be presented as a staged reading in a conference room during a Playwriting Symposium session.
A small number of additional plays will be selected for cold readings as a part of our annual Fringe Festival.
All selected playwrights must register for the conference and are expected to attend rehearsals for their play and participate in a post-reading discussion. Alas, there is no funding from the conference for travel or lodging costs.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Scripts must be typewritten using Samuel French or similar guidelines with a Times New Roman 12-point font.

Scripts may not exceed ten minutes in length. We will NOT accept plays with longer run times. Please time your plays prior to submission. A general page estimate for a 10-minute play includes approximately 8-9 pages, although this is clearly not an exact science. Scripts with fast-paced dialogue are often much shorter in time than plays with extensive monologues.
Due to the nature of the conference, please limit your script to a maximum of four actors.
Submitted scripts should bear only the title of the play and NOT the name and address of the author. To ensure blind review, include a separate cover page document with the title of the play, name of the author, address, phone number, email, and university/college, theatre affiliation.
Playwrights may submit only one (1) 10-minute play script to the conference. Playwrights who submit multiple plays will not be considered. Plays that have been produced or have received workshops prior to the submission date are not eligible for the Symposium. Please note that playwrights may also submit one (1) full-length or one-act play to the Plays-in-Progress initiative under a separate CFP.
If you are also interested in (or know someone else who is interested in) acting or directing, or serving as a dramaturg, or scenographer, please apply (or have them apply) under separate cover. There is a separate CFP for those roles.
No individual may submit to more than two symposia. This limit is put in place to avoid scheduling conflicts and to provide more individuals the opportunity to present. Please note, however, that all positions listed in this call (as well as the calls for ten minute plays and Plays-in-Progress) are one symposium.

Please submit plays and cover pages via the online form available here: https://forms.gle/sy9YugAD5kVSZdLe9
Questions can be directed to Justin Maxwell at playwriting@matc.us
Acceptances will be acknowledged by December 2019 or earlier.

Roaring Epiphany Production Company seeks plays

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The Roaring Epiphany Production Company is currently taking submissions for original one-acts that weird, wacky, spooky, sci-fi, fantasy and horror to be produced and performed by REPC members.

Ideally looking for playwrights with a collaborative spirit to work closely with their director, producer and actors to make their piece come to life.

Please send your submission to EpiphanyCasting@gmail.com

Deadline September 1, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residency Program: 2020 Round

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons at Emerson College, established the National Playwright Residency Program (NPRP) in 2013.  The program provides three years of salary, benefits, and a flexible research and development fund for a diverse group of American playwrights at selected theaters around the country.  More than a standard residency, we conceived this initiative as an intervention into the traditional relationships between artists and institutions, as a way of reimagining what institutions might look like when an artist’s voice is at their cores.  NPRP has four primary goals:


  • Advance the state of playwrights in the American theater by providing them with space, time, and resources, and greater access to the institutions in which they work;
  • Influence the working environment of theaters by embedding playwrights in them;
  • Generate public value through the interaction of playwrights with local artistic and civic communities;
  • Document and disseminate the findings to help benefit the field.

Residencies will be selected through an open application process.  Theaters and playwrights must apply jointly by submitting statements of intent from the playwright and artistic director; a scope of work; and other specified materials to demonstrate eligibility, potential to achieve the goals of the program, and desire to participate in a growing network to advance artist-centered practices in the theater field.

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The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship

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Application Deadline: September 27, 2019, 5 p.m. EDT
Notification: March 2020
Award Period: September 8, 2020–May 28, 2021
Stipend: $75,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for .Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. Visual artists whose projects require extensive use of Library collections are also encouraged to apply. The Center aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level-within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows' published work.

Successful candidates for this Fellowship will need to work primarily at the Schwarzman Building rather than at other divisions of the Library. Applications from those working not in English are welcome; however, the applicant must be conversant in English, and the application materials must be in English.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the Fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Some Fellows may have a few prior commitments but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center's Director or Deputy Director. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted for academic projects to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.

Completed applications and supporting materials—research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample—must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on September 27, 2019.

New York Public Library staff members are not able to make corrections or additions once applications are submitted.

The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows.

Friday, August 9, 2019

THE LOTUS LEE FOUNDATION 2019 SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

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The Lotus Lee Foundation is currently seeking submissions for short plays under 30 minutes in our newest international theatrical initiative, the 2019 Lotus Lee Foundation Short Play Festival.

The winning entry will receive a world premiere production in China in 2020.

The Lotus Lee Foundation has recently presented critically-acclaimed theatrical adaptations of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM and THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM: THE DARK FOREST, based upon the novels of international best-selling author Liu Cixin, to sold-out success in both Shanghai and Beijing and a number of major cities in China, utilizing a plethora of innovative artists from around the world to collectively create technologically superior experiences beyond anything witnessed in world theatre until now. Our next hot property could be yours!

The Lotus Lee Foundation employs artists from all corners of the globe, featuring directors, designers and production staff famed for their innovative contributions to productions on Broadway, London's West End, Las Vegas and world theatre. Our most recent offering was THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM: THE DARK FOREST which was presented in Shanghai and Beijing earlier this year to critical acclaim and sold-out audiences, with further productions coming soon.

Submissions will be accepted from August 1 until October 1, with a first place winner announced on November 1.

The winner receives a $500 prize; 2nd Prize receives $200 and 3rd Prize $100, with an exclusive option to produce their shows in China in the near future.

Anything is possible! Give us your very best! Think big... and dream bigger!

Players Theatre - BOO short play festival

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Submit your short play or musical for one of our festivals

Submissions now open for: Boo! October 2019

DATES & LOCATIONS:
October 10-27, 2019
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY  10012 – 3rd floor

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),
5 plays featured each week.

ELIGIBILITY:
Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.
THEME:   “Boo!”
Scare us or force us to laugh till we die – horror plays and musicals including a great spoof
All plays submitted must be centered on and revolve around this theme.

** Note **
1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office
2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required
Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 20 pages
Submissions open: June 18, 2019
Submissions close: August 22, 2019 at 11p
Play selection announced on; September 01, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019

THE NYC WOMEN'S FUND FOR MEDIA, MUSIC AND THEATRE

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The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to administer this Fund, which this year adds music as a category.

The program will provide:

Finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects
Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos
Production funds for live theatre
In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or female protagonist(s) or lead musical role.

Grants will be given in the following categories (amounts listed are the maximum potential grant):

Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - $50,000
Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000
Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - $20,000
Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - 50,000
Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000
Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - $20,000
Music: Classical/Experimental/Jazz/New Music - $20,000
Music General - $20,000
Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000
In 2019, finishing funds in the combined amount of $1.5 million were awarded to 63 film, TV, theatre, and digital media projects made by creatives who identify as women.

This is the second round of a $5 million, three-year program made possible through the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre will be available for one additional award cycle opening in Summer 2020 (for 2021).

Applications for the 2020 cycle will be available on Wednesday, July 10 and will close on Tuesday, October 1 at 11:59 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2020. View NYC Women's Fund FAQs here, and click below to view guidelines for each project category.

Film Project Guidelines
Music Project Guidelines
Theatre Project Guidelines

Anyone can apply and be awarded a grant regardless of actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, partnership status, marital status, disability (including use of a service animal), race, color, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, military status, or any other class protected by City, State, or Federal law.

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If you are also a poet, essayist, short story writer or novelist you might want to check out BYLINES.org for no-fee opportunities. For example, today at BYLINES:

Utopia seeks science fiction
We accept any short story science fiction piece set in a future that might inspire us. Things don't need to be perfect! We still like drama, but optimism in at least some regard is necessary. We're not too picky, what we really want is to be surprised. So send in your best piece and we'll consider it. Wow us with your characters, your settings, your story. Hard science fiction is always a bonus. We welcome solicited and unsolicited submissions. We will pay $2 for each accepted short poem or $10 for each accepted long poem upon publicationWe will pay $15 for a non-fiction piece upon publication. Please keep non-fiction articles under 5,000 words.

#ShePERSISTED: a festival of staged readings (Bloomington - Normal IL)

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New Plays Needed by  Womxn, Femme, and Non-Binary Playwrights for #ShePERSISTED: a festival of staged readings presented by Coalescence Theatre Project

Coalescence Theatre Project is accepting submission of new plays by Womxn, Femme, and Non-Binary playwrights for the 2020 #ShePERSISTED festival.

The company, based in Bloomington-Normal, IL, will select four plays to be presented in staged readings open to the public on January 25th and 26th, along with discussions about the work. Plays should be at least 75 minutes in length.

All submissions made by October 1, 2019 will be given full consideration. 

Submit plays to coalescencetheatre@gmail.com. Please include your name, pronouns, and best contact information on your script, as well as in the email. Selections are made based on merit, and in consideration of forming quartet of plays that, together, bring notable focus or useful contrast within the series. Thank you for sharing your work for consideration.

#ShePERSISTED Curators, Rachel Hettrick (she, her, hers) and Ann Haugo (she, her, hers)
Coalescence Executive Artistic Director, Don Shandrow (he, him, his)

The Coalescence Theatre Project is a nationally recognized and award-winning theatre that exists to incite our community to thoughtful action. Our logo, an abstract representation of the genetic tree of life, reminds us that we all come from one common Ancestor.

We focus on unheard stories and offer a place where the silent and the underrepresented have a voice. Coalescence Theatre Project aspires to be a home where play, discovery, and learning are celebrated and our audience reflects the diversity of the community we serve. Our mission is equity and inclusion in the exploration of identity and our place in a global community.

The Experimental Theatre Writing Workshop seeks writers

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The Experimental Theatre Writing Workshop (ETWW) is issuing a call for writers who would like a place to develop experimental theatrical pieces.

The Workshop offers a chance for playwrights to explore non-traditional theatre making.  The work must challenge theatrical conventions in some manner.  This can include dialogue, structure, staging, character and/or character development, format or any other manner of pushing at normative theatrical boundaries.

To apply, please fill out this form.

Deadline for submissions is September 1.

We will be meeting three times this fall -- September 10; October 8 and November 12.  Depending on submissions, invited participants will join us for one, two or all three sessions.  During each meeting, playwrights will receive a 30-minute slot to have-read 15 minutes of text, then have 15 minutes of feedback.  Actors will be provided.  There is no fee to apply or participate.  Meetings will be from 7-10 pm at A.R.T.-NY, 520 8th Ave., 3rd Floor.

The ETWW is being convened by Suzanne Willett (Playwright and Founder of Silver Glass Productions) and Tom Block (Playwright and Founding Producer of the International Human Rights Art Festival).

For further information, please email: etww19@gmail.com

Women's Writes Festival (UK)

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The first Women's Writes Festival will take place at The Arcola Theatre on Sunday 29th September!
If you're interested in getting involved as a Playwright then read on....

Women’s Writes PLAYWRIGHT information

About Women’s Writes

Women’s Writes is a festival of new writing showcasing female
voices. The aim of the evening is to promote female identifying playwrights and stories with female driven narrative.

What to submit

We’re looking for plays about complex, intricate female characters who don’t stick to any of those boring archetypal forms. Women who are intelligent, courageous, fallible and complex. Your piece will be female driven narrative, although characters of all genders are welcomed.
You can submit either a 10 minute extract from a larger piece of work or a 10 minute short play.

**Submission Deadline; 24th of August! **

Please keep in mind that there will be no set or props provided, so keep things simple. Best to stick to the bare minimum of props, or to things the directors/actors can easily source themselves. It’s best also to stick to casts of fewer than three/four.

There will be a basic tech set up for minimal sound and lighting but each play will only have a short slot to tech their play - so don’t give them anything too fancy to deal with. Stick to basic lighting and sound.

How to submit

Send your 10 minute play or 10 minute extract over to; womenswritesfest@gmail.com along with
a brief (less than 100 word) synopsis and a little bit of information about you!

What happens next?

If your short is included in Women’s Writes then it will be paired with a director and cast to rehearse.

Where is it?

The first Women’s Writes Festival will take place at The Arcola Theatre on Sunday the 29th of September. The day will consist of two performances. The first show will begin at 5pm and the second show will begin at 8pm.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Overcoming Writer’s Block Workshop NEXT WEEKEND at Primary Stages ESPA

Whether you're in the middle of a play, making revisions on a completed draft, or starting something brand new, sometimes it's unavoidable – you just get stuck. In this 2-day workshop, figure out ways to banish writer's block and regain your momentum.

Instructor: Melissa Ross (Writer, Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)
Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18
1:00pm – 6:00pm both days

This workshop might be for you if:
  • You're a playwright of any level that wants tools to combat writer’s block.
  • You’re new to writing and want to figure out ways to put your ideas on the page.

In this workshop you will:
  • Normalize writer’s block, talking about why it happens and how to escape the trap of overthinking.
  • Immerse yourself in writing exercises on the first day to access new ideas and get yourself out of your own head.
  • On day 2, take those ideas and write – creating new work or making forward motion on a piece you have with a new point of view.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have tools and exercises to generate ideas and combat writer’s block when it happens.
  • Be ready to work on your First Draft with us in the Fall!
Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. 

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Ten-Minute Musicals Project

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Annual Competition Guidelines

Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in fifteen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Ukraine.
Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.

SUBMISSIONS SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material.

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned. (Submissions from outside the USA should enclose four INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE COUPONS to cover postage. These can be obtained at your post office.)

CONCERNING THE ABOVE, PLEASE NOTE:  NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS -- HARD COPIES ONLY

DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.

SEND TO:

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
Michael Koppy, Producer
P.O. Box 461194
West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

NoMads Art Collective in Chicago seeks playwrights for 10-minute play laboratory

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NoMads Art Collective in Chicago is seeking playwrights for our inaugural 10-minute play laboratory: Sparks.

This year’s theme is "taboo." What conversations make people uncomfortable? What kinds of theatre push beyond the limited “fourth wall" mentality? What have you always wanted to explore in your work that might seem socially unacceptable? We are interested in plays that experiment with taboo in either content or form (or both!).

DETAILS

Through the selection of plays and directors, the NoMads team will match up directors and playwrights. Directors will be in charge of producing the piece with minimal set pieces and technical elements.

The lab is open to playwrights from all over, but playwrights should plan on attending all three (3) performances (10/21-10/23)

Playwrights should note that plays with more than 5 characters cannot be accepted at this time.

We will only accept one 10-minute play per playwright at this time.

Sparks runs from October 21st - 23rd, 2019 at The Frontier.

Submissions for Sparks close August 31 at 11:59PM. 

THERE ARE NO FEES.

For consideration, fill out this Google Form to submit your piece (in a PDF).

For questions, please feel free to email NoMads at contactus@nomadsartcollective.org or visit our website www.nomadsartcollective.org.

Playwrights on Park reading series seeks plays

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We are currently accepting submissions for the 2019-2020 season of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT.

PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work.

Playwrights selected as part of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series will have a day of rehearsal, followed by a reading of their play and a talkback with the audience.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Sept 3.

Submit plays to newworks@playhousetheatregroup.org

IMPORTANT INFO:

Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford for the day of the reading and the audience discussion that follows.

There will be a rehearsal the day of the reading in which attendance by the playwright is optional, but strongly encouraged.

Transportation may be provided from NYC or New England locations by the Playhouse. Readings will be on select Sunday nights throughout the season.

Playreading dates will be October 6 and November 10, 2019, and January 26, March 1, May 3, July 12, 2020 at 7pm. We will choose SIX readings for the 2019/2020 season. Final selections will be made by October 15 at the latest.

Submission Guidelines:
▪ Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format). Plays must be submitted electronically
▪ Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators
▪ Playwrights may self submit or go through a literary agent.
▪ Connecticut-based and NYC playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit
▪ NO FEE CHARGED

Submit plays to newworks@playhousetheatregroup.org

Sasha Br├Ątt, Director of New Works
Sean Harris, Artistic Director
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Brave New World Repertory Theatre Call for New Play Submissions

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Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2020 Reading Series

Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2020.

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

In 2020 we will give priority to plays that address women’s rights and/or environmental challenges. The chosen playwrights will receive a small stipend.

To be considered, plays must meet the following criteria:

1) Plays must be unproduced, although previous staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors.

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

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

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

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, POC, Muslim, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and womxn playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit and will be prioritized.

To submit, please send an electronic copy of your script in PDF format with numbered pages to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org.

In a separate document or in the body of your email please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, where you found this call for submissions, and any relevant website link(s). Submissions are limited to one play per playwright per season. Multiple play submissions by the same playwright for the same season will not be considered.

The submission deadline for the Brave New Works 2020 Reading Series is August 15th, 2019. 

Plays submitted after August 15th, 2019 are not guaranteed consideration for this season. Semi-finalists will be notified by October 15th 2019, and final selections will be made by November 1st, 2019. Due to our small staff, only selected playwrights will be contacted.

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

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

Monday, August 5, 2019

International Thomas Wolfe Playwrighting Competition

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To celebrate 100 years of playmaking at UNC-Chapel Hill, PlayMakers Repertory Company is soliciting unproduced scripts that speak to the rich legacy of one of North Carolina’s most famous writers: Thomas Wolfe. The prize is named after the novelist whom William Faulkner called “the greatest talent of his generation.”  Wolfe’s writings reflect a largeness of spirit and an expansive vision of life, while anchored in what, where, and whom he knew.

The prize will be awarded to a writer who captures Wolfe’s mix of highly original, poetic language with personal stories rooted in geographic place. Plays that deal with Wolfe’s life and/or adaptations of his fiction are encouraged. Preference will be given to plays that synthesize all the above criteria in bold and exciting ways.

Submission period opens June 1, 2019 and closes September 1, 2019.

Winner will receive a $7,500 cash prize and development support from PlayMakers.

THE DETAILS

  • There is no entry fee.
  • The contest is restricted to plays written in English. International submissions are accepted.
  • Submissions must be original full-length plays written in English. Translations, children’s plays, musicals, and adaptations are not accepted.
  • Plays must not infringe upon the copyright of any other work, or violate any other rights (including but not limited to rights of privacy and publicity) of any other person, firm, corporation or other entity, or defame any person, firm or corporation.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • Plays should not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production at the time of submission.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible.
  • Plays must be typed, must include page-numbers and in professional play formatting.
  • PlayMakers reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason.


ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS
Electronic submissions are strongly urged. Electronic submission will provide you with confirmation of a successful submission. All submissions will close at 12 midnight Sept 1, 2019.

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

The manuscript itself must be in PDF format and must include a title page that shows the play’s title, a 2–3 sentence synopsis of the play, and a brief explanation of how it aligns with Wolfe’s writing. A list of characters with relevant character descriptions is also required. If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript.

Submit online using this form.

SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL

If you are submitting a hard copy of the play you must begin with a title page that contains the play’s title along with your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if you have one); and a second title page with no identifying information that contains only: the title of the play, a 2–3 sentence keynote description of the play, and a brief explanation of how it aligns with Wolfe’s writing.

A list of characters with relevant character descriptions is also required. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Send hard copy of script to:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art
120 Country Club Road CB 3235
Chapel Hill NC 27599-3235

Please do not send the only copy of your play. Plays cannot be returned after the competition.

REVA SHINER COMEDY AWARD 2019

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Season.

Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.

Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Reva Shiner Comedy Award.


  • "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  • Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  • Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:


It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.

Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Sunday, August 4, 2019

2020 OnStage! American Theater Festival in Rome

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2020 OnStage! American Theater Festival in Rome, Italy Announces
Call for Submissions for Full Productions for its second edition

Submission deadline is September 1st, 2019

KIT Italia, The International Theatre and KIT - Kairos ItalyTheater have announced the second edition of OnStage!festival, the Festival of American Theater in Rome, Italy. The festival will run in November 2020, featuring a selection of the best American independent theateron stage in the Italian capital as well as in Milan and Naples. Submissions are now open for its main “Shows” category. The deadline is September 1st, 2019.

OnStage! follows in the successful footsteps of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, and mirrors it across the ocean.

OnStage! festival will host fully staged productions of American shows – in English with Italian supertitles – readings of plays by US-based playwrights in translation, and the OnStage! Playwriting Award.

The calendar will also include special events, panels, lectures and master classes to foster the festival’s overall mission of creating a cultural bridge and a meeting point between artists in the United States and Italy.

The festival's first edition in 2019 was a resounding audience and critical success, featuring five shows as well as multiple readings and special events, a partnership with New York's Cherry Lane Theater's Mentor Project, and was extensively highlighted in the Italian press. It ran for 1 week in January 2019, and is having a "reloaded" session in November in Rome, Milan and Naples. The OnStage! award-winning play was published and is currently touring Italy as a semi-staged production.

Submissions are now open for the “Shows” category. This is the main festival category, which will showcase fully staged productions that have been previously mounted in the United States for at least one professional production, but never in Italy. Full productions of any and all theatrical genres may apply – including new plays, musicals, adaptations, revivals, devised and experimental work.

Participants will be self-producing. There are no submission fees and no participation fees.

The submission deadline for this category is September 1st, 2019.

Submissions for both categories are open to all artists who live and work in the United States, and whose work is primarily in English.


For more information visit: www.onstagefestival.it 
or email info@onstagefestival.it

To submit your show visit: http://onstagefestival.it/2018/02/11/call-for-submission/

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