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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Aspiring Playwrights Contest

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East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.
* All Plays must be submitted to EVCT no later than March 1, 2014.
 (Must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address.)
* Plays must be suitable for children to perform for children.
(Small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance, casts of 15 or more are preferred.)
* Plays must be one hour to one hour and a half in length. (Shorter plays may be submitted but they will not be considered for production by the theatre as one of its season’s productions.)
* Plays and Musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.
* Musicals must include a copy of the music in some form, either
manuscript or recorded.
* No entry fee is required.
* The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized.
Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


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Trustus Theatre Announces its Annual Playwrights’ Festival, a National Contest Culminating in the Professional World Premier of an Original Play.

Now in our 25th year, we’re one of America’s longest-running play festivals. Since 1988, many of our winners have been published and produced off-Broadway, in Hollywood or at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.


THE WINNING PLAY will receive a staged-reading at our 2015 Festival and $250. During the following year, the playwright will develop the script for production as he/she wishes and in consultation with members of the Trustus staff and company. In August, 2015, the play will receive a full production--and the playwright an additional $500, plus travel/lodging for the Festival opening.



Full-length plays only, with no previous professional productions. Academic productions and workshops are okay. We’re looking for innovative comedies and dramas on any topic, raw or polished, profane or polite—but please: no musicals or children’s shows.

One set, minimal production needs preferred.

Cast of eight or fewer preferred, ages 15-60.

One script per author, please.

No re-submissions. Write something new.


****NEW FORMAT****
We are now taking submissions electronically. We do not accept paper submissions sent through the regular mail. All materials should be e-mailed to the literary manager, Sarah Hammond, at shammond@trustus.org.

Step One:

Between December 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014, e-mail shammond@trustus.org a query package containing the following items:

  • An eight to ten page selection from the play. Do not send the full script.
  • A 100-200 word synopsis, development history (if any), and cast breakdown, noting any special casting requirements.
  • A resume or short bio.
  • Name, address, phone number, and title of the play must be included in the body of the e-mail message.
  • Only submissions received between December 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014 will be considered for the festival.

Step Two:

From the applications/synopses, we will identify 25-30 semi-finalists. If your play is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be notified and invited to send a full script. From those scripts, the artistic director will select a winning play by July 2013.

Questions may be directed to shammond@trustus.org.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Theatre Suburbia 2014 Mellerdrama

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Theatre Suburbia, the longest running all volunteer playhouse in Northwest Houston, is looking to produce a new Summer Mellerdramer in 2014.

Our theatre has produced crowd pleasing mellerdrammers each summer for many years. We have worked with published scripts like Little Nell the Orphan Girl by Nelson Goodhue, Deadwood Dick by Tom Taggert, Rascality on the Rig by William S Davis, and Curse of an Aching Heart by Herbert E Swayne as well as unpublished works by Eddie Cope, Paul Hager, Dave Brandl and other local writers.

Theatre Suburbia invites the playwriting community to submit new unpublished scripts for consideration. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014.

To qualify for consideration, the scripts must conform to the following guidelines:

• The script must have a running time between 90 and 120 minutes.
• The script should have 2 acts with one intermission.
• The main characters (villain, hero and heroine) should make their stage entrances within the first 10 pages of the script.
• The script should contain from 8 to 12 characters. Characters must be a minimum of 10 years old. Remember: children can be difficult to cast and this may affect final selection.
• The scripts should contain asides (in mellerdrammer fashion) for the characters. The villain should the most, followed by the hero and heroine, and remaining cast should have a few. The asides help generate the audience responses for the main characters -boos and hisses for the villain, oohs and ahs for the heroine, and of course cheers for the hero.
• This is to be a family type show so absolutely no vulgar, offensive or suggestive language is allowed.
• Set requirements should be simple with a minimum number of locations (house, yard, street scene, etc) because the show is to be performed in the round and the popcorn must be easily cleaned after each performance.
• Any agreed to production can be subject to Royalty, and will be subject to written contractual agreement between Playwright and Theatre Suburbia.
• Author may, at the theatre's discretion, have limited input into the producing of the script. The director and Theatre Suburbia have final authority on the production i.e. casting, set etc.
• The script should be submitted to
Theatre Suburbia, Inc.,
attention Doris Merten,
4106 Way Out West Dr,
Suite N .,
Houston, TX 77092.

No later than March 1, 2014. If the script is to be returned if it not accepted, please enclose a self-address envelope for the return.

• For questions or clarifications a message may be left on Line #4 for Doris, at 713-682-3525 or via e-mail at info@theatresuburbia.org. attn: Doris Merten. We welcome your scripts.

Game Play 2014 at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn

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July 11th – August 3rd, 2014

Game Play returns in July, 2014! 
The Brick Theater is pleased to announce the sixth annual Game Play festival, taking place during July 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s festival will once again feature cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance. We are now accepting for consideration submissions from a variety of artists, including but not limited to: playwrights, game designers, performance artists, musicians, media and visual artists, entertainers of all stripes. 

Applications for performance pieces: Due March 1, 2014. 
To apply, please fill out the following form, and email any supporting materials to gameplay@bricktheater.com. 

Applications for projection/video art:Due May 1, 2014. 
To apply, please fill out the following form, and email any supporting materials to gameplay@bricktheater.com.

For more information email gameplay@bricktheater.com

The Brick is located at 579 Metropolitan Avenue (between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the L & G subway lines (L: Lorimer stop; G: Metropolitan stop).  For more detailed directions & further information, visit http://www.bricktheater.com The Brick and its non-profit company, The Brick Theater, Inc. were founded in September of 2002 by Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner.  Formerly an auto-body shop, a storage space and a yoga center, this brick- walled garage was completely refurbished into a state-of-the-art theater complex, with a large sprung floor and professional lighting and sound package. 

Fly-By-Night Theatre full-length & one-act play submissions

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Fly-By-Night Theatre is always on the lookout for new works. And though we prefer to work with artists local to the North Carolina Triad area, we are happy and willing to work with like-minded artists anywhere.

We exclusively do work that is new and has not been performed before. We especially love challenging and edgy pieces.

We are active collaborators. We are not going to rewrite your piece for you, nor are we after any authorial credit or future production percentages or any of that nonsense – but we are a process-oriented group. Please just understand that going in.

If we agree to work with you on your piece, we will pay you a small stipend. We are really open to any length. Full-length plays (75-120 pages) are your best bet, but we'll look at one-acts as well. We tend to favor plays that are ambitious in form and content over the standard family/relationship squabble, but we'll look at anything.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Send us a brief synopsis (anywhere from a sentence to a page) and the first ten pages in format of your play, each in PDF format.

Send submissions to FlyByNightGreensboroSubmission@gmail.com

Due to the high volume of submissions we have received, submissions are now accepted from February 1st thru April 1st ONLY. Submissions submitted any time other than the specified dates will not be eligible for consideration.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project 2014 free tickets for NYCPlaywrights

Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project 2014 presents
by Jen Silverman
mentored by Lynn Nottage
directed by Mike Donahue

with Ruy Iskandar and Vichet Chum

Alex and Cameron are brothers who, despite their shared career as hustlers, are going in very different directions. While Alex is focused on the demands of the future, Cam is obsessed with a past in which family legend says that his Vietnamese grandfather was the victim of an American soldier’s bullet. 

For NYC Playwrights: complimentary ticket offer for performance on Monday, February 24 at 7pm. 

Tickets must be reserved in advance at slawrence@cherrylanetheatre.org 

Cherry Lane Theatre   38 Commerce Street   More info at cherrylanetheatre.org

When free tickets have all been claimed we will post a notice here.

Helen McCloy Scholarship

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What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2014 or early spring 2015. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.

 What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

 Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed - 2014 McCloy Application Form

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* FIVE COPIES of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* FIVE COPIES of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Mail all materials in one complete package to:

2014 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship Committee,
PO Box 512
 Charlottesville, VA 22902

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2014. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), mail the scholarship committee at the PO box (above) or send an email to:  McCloy.MWA@gmail.com No phone calls, please.

About Helen McCloy Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was a mystery author, editor, publisher, and agent. Creator of psychiatrist sleuth Dr. Basil Willing, McCloy served as president of MWA in 1950, won the Edgar® Award for mystery criticism in 1954, helped to establish MWA’s New England Chapter in 1971, and was named an MWA Grand Master in 1990.


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The Douglass Wallop Fellowship at Washington College is awarded in odd-numbered years to a playwright.

The Fellowship enables drama students at Washington College to work with and learn from successful playwrights like J.T. Rogers and KJ Sanchez, who spend several days on campus.

The Douglass Wallop Fellow spends approximately five days at Washington College, holding individual conferences with drama students. The Fellow also gives a public reading and a craft talk. The Fellowship includes a $2500 stipend, overnight accommodations, and travel.

The Fellowship is named for the American novelist and playwright Douglass Wallop (1920-1985). He was the author of 13 works, the most famous being The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant (1954), which went on to be adapted by Wallop and co-writer George Abbott into the Tony Award-winning musical “Damn Yankees.” Wallop himself graduated from the University of Maryland and for many years lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Applicants should send a cover letter (outlining qualifications and reasons for interest in position) as well as a sample of their work to Assistant Director Lindsay Lusby. Work samples may be a full play or selected scenes from a larger work. It is preferred that writing samples be no more than 20 pages. Application materials must be mailed to:

The Rose O’Neill Literary House
Washington College
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, Maryland 21620

For the spring 2015 Douglass Wallop Fellowship, applications will be accepted if postmarked by March 1, 2014.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The New American Theatre is looking to produce one act plays

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The New American Theatre is looking to produce one act plays which have not been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA (plays with simple staging requirements are favored). Running time must be twenty-five minutes or less.


Award – Full production of the play in Los Angeles at the Odyssey Theatre. Performance of the piece will be under the supervision of Jack Stehlin, utilizing the talents of the acting company of the New American Theatre. All playwrights whose work makes it to the level of semi-finalist will be given first consideration for any full-length work they may have to be included in the New American Theatre Full-Length reading series, which takes place in January and February.

Type of work – One act plays which have not been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA (plays with simple staging requirement s are favored). Running time must be twenty-five minutes or less.

Notification – You will receive email confirmation of the submission of your work at the time of submission. Further notification will only be given to semifinalists.

Fee – None.

Submission requirements – Please submit full script as an e-mail attachment. No contact information should be on the script itself. Body of the email should include title of the work, author’s name, address and contact information. All submissions should go to the New American Theatre Literary Coordinator, Joe Bays at JoeBays55@earthlink.net.

Please put ONE ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line. 

Snail mail submissions are also accepted.
Please send your material to
The New American Theatre
PO Box 586, Culver City, CA 90232,
ATTN one-act competition

There is no limit to the number of plays you may submit.

Deadline Spring – February 28, 2014

The New American Theatre – The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) is a critically acclaimed actor-led theatre company best known for producing classic plays as well as exploring and supporting new and challenging work in the American theatre. The New American Theatre is dedicated to the support and growth of all artists who participate in the collective imagination that is theatre. Named by CBS Los Angeles as one of the top five 99-seat theatre’s in Los Angeles, The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) has also enjoyed critical acclaim, awards and nominations from the Los Angeles Times, LA Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage West, LA Weekly, LA Stage Alliance Ovations, and many others. Please visit our website for more information: http://www.NewAmericanTheatre.com


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Colfax Theater is looking for a play for the 2014 MN Fringe Festival.

Posting is for a play between the times of 45-60 mins
Ages 8-70 Comedy, Dark Comedy, Politically Charged, Drama
3-10 actors in the show, any race, gender, sexual preference...it doesn't matter

What does matter...the writing! The Process! The Cast! and The Team to make it happen!!!!!!

We are  Colfax Theatre, we have been around for about 5 years. During the school year we produce classical children's theatre in south Minneapolis, but the summer is when we delve into more serious thought provoking work.

The last two years we have produced successful productions at the MN Fringe Festival, we are hoping we do it again this year.

2013 we did a dramatic comedy about standardized testing in the school system as a parody to Mamet's classic Glengarry Glen Ross, with 13 year old girls talking like Chicago Business-Man. We posted great numbers in attendance, somewhere between the top 15th most attended show.

2012 we produced a show called Nevermind 1940's Rosie the Riveters living in a society and trying to survive the day...a great dramatic piece. CBS online named us one of the top "Hometown Teams" to see.  And we were the 8th most attended show in the fringe.

So we are taking submissions until March 10th, please keep it to under two plays per person.

I just want to be clear, we are not in the Fringe yet, but we hope to be, and if our number is called during the lottery process, we will produce a show this year in 2014 MN Fringe Festival.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to read every submission.

Jesse Gibbs

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014 Centre Stage New Play Festival

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We are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Centre Stage New Play Festival!

There is NO FEE for submitting a script.

Submissions are open to any playwright or playwright’s representative.

The playwright is not required to have agent representation.

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • The play must be full length
  • No musicals will be accepted
  • The play must not have had a full production (previous readings and workshops are acceptable)
  • The play must not have been published
  • The play is limited to the use of 7 actors. If an actor is required to play multiple parts this doubling must be structurally relevant for the storytelling of the play. The use of an actor to play multiple parts cannot be implemented for the sole purpose of meeting the submissions criteria.


To submit, fill out the online submission application form.

Once completed, email a pdf file of the script to npfsubmissions@centrestage.org. The title of the play must be in the pdf file name and in the subject line of the email.
Finalists will be notified the week of June 24, 2014.


All entries that meet the submission criteria will be read and evaluated by at least two qualified script evaluators. Comments and scores from the evaluators will determine the scripts designated as semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be read, scored and discussed by a select group of evaluators who will determine the three finalists to be presented at the 2014 Centre Stage New Play Festival.

To view the evaluation form used by the script evaluators, click here.

New Play Festival Week:

Three scripts will be selected for readings. Professional directors are recruited to direct each reading. Open auditions are held for casting actors. After the reading is cast, three formal rehearsals are required prior to the staged reading at the Centre Stage New Play Festival.

The readings are staged with minimal technical support. No costumes, props, lighting specials or sound effects will be utilized. Actors are positioned at script stands to deliver the reading of the script.

Play Festival Participant Requirements:

Playwrights whose scripts are selected as finalists MUST ATTEND THE FULL WEEK of Centre Stage New Play Festival activities and presentations. Centre Stage will assist the playwright finalists with travel expenses and will provide hotel accommodations.

Professional feedback:

After the staged reading of their script, playwright finalists will receive feedback from qualified writers, academics and/or industry professionals. Participating audience members will complete score and comment sheets.

All comments and scores will be considered and a New Play Festival Winner will be declared on the final night of the Festival. The winning playwright will receive a monetary prize to encourage further development of their play and craft.

The dates of the 2014 Centre Stage New Play Festival are pending and will likely be announced in the New Year with the unveiling of our 2014-2015 season.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the New Play Festival Director, Melanie Ann Wiliford, at melanie.wiliford@centrestage.org.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Indie Boots Theatre Festival seeks short plays

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Indie Boots Theatre Festival - Deadline: February 22, 2014

Indie Boots is currently accepting short play submissions. All plays must use the word "Olivia" in the title of the piece. Plays under 10 minutes, comedies and plays featuring underrepresented characters (women, LGBTQ characters, etc) are highly encouraged. 

The finalists will be performed this spring in Chicago, IL as part of Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2014: The Olivia Plays. An audience award will be presented. No entry fee / free to submit. No monetary compensation. Plays should require 2-10 actors. Once submitted, scripts may not be withdrawn. Writers may submit more than one script. Deadline: February 22, 2014. 

Simple online submission form and more information at www.indieboots.org.


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Call for submissions! Do you have an unfinished play? An uncompleted work? Something you have despaired of every finishing? Send it to us! Cabal wants your original, undistributed, royalty free short plays or concepts of short plays that run up to 10 minutes in length.

We will take them, love them, nourish them and then hand them off to be completed live, on stage by our team of improv actors for our Unfinished showcase, coming soon. Please send your submission in PDF format to unfinished@cabalproductions.org! We'll select the best of the best (and the worst of the worst) and finally give them the happy ending that they've had coming! Submission deadline is February 28th, 2014.


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This is open to anyone aged 16-30 (by 28th February 2014). Writers will need to submit a 30 minute original play that has not been performed before and is for no more than four actors.

The winning four plays will be performed in April 2014 by a cast of professional actors and each writer will gain the opportunity to work with an experienced writer and director to develop and bring their play to life. Finally writers will also receive a profit share. This is a unique opportunity and is completely free to be a part of.

If you have a piece you think would be perfect then please email it for consideration to info.grintheatre@gmail.com with the name of the project in the title.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Over Here Theatre Company is seeking submissions of ten to fifteen minute plays for ObamAmerica

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Over Here Theatre Company is seeking submissions of ten to fifteen minute plays for ObamAmerica, a festival of new writing to be produced at Theatre 503 in London in the spring of 2014.

The festival, which will run 27 May to 7 June, is about life under the Obama administration, looking at all aspects from political to personal. Barack Obama is a powerful and charismatic figure, one whose election promised great change and provided hope for a difference to American society and the world at large after eight years under George W Bush.  Did Obama fulfil those dreams of the American people or has he offered more of the same?  Has foreign policy changed?  Race relations? How have President and Mrs Obama affected the way society sees African Americans?  Is he really on the side of the poor or caught up in the machinations of Capitol Hill? What about his controversial use of drones and the assassination of Osama Bin Laden? Not to mention: Edward Snowden, Bradley (Chelsea) Manning, Hilary Clinton, the Occupy movement, George Zimmerman, Syria and ObamaCare.

ObamAmerica will explore a wide variety of viewpoints and issues through thought provoking and entertaining short plays.

Over Here is accepting submissions from both new and more seasoned playwrights. Playwrights need not be American but should have an ear for the uniqueness of American speech patterns and a good knowledge of the United States. Although this is not a paid opportunity, selected plays will receive a full production.

Submissions should be sent in PDF or Word Documents to overherescripts@btinternet.com.

Deadline is 15 February 2014. 

Please note- we are looking for new plays that fit the specific theme and directly reflect on Obama’s presidency.
For more info: http://www.overheretheatre.co.uk/

Theatre503 became the smallest theatre to be awarded an Olivier award in 2010, when The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, an American writer, won Best New Play.
This seminal production which transferred to the West End, eventually led to a Broadway production starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett.
For more info about Theatre503: http://theatre503.com/

Over Here Theatre Company was founded in 2001 by expat North American actors, writers and directors to perform new American writing in London. They produced a series of political comedy sketch shows, Channel 53, as well as the plays American Dream and Gringo by artistic director Lydia Parker at the Union Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio. Over Here continues in its mission to produce quality work about American life for British audiences. Productions will alternate between new North American writing and older, rediscovered American work.  As there is a strong community of expat Americans theatre practitioners in the UK, the theatre company will employ them whenever possible to lend authenticity and experience to the productions.

Stone Soup Shakespeare seeks 10-minute plays

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Green Shows traditionally were the prelude to the evening’s main performance and included several of the performers from that evening in any number of entertaining activities.

Green Shows can be: musical or a variety act, a summary of the play, a small skit or scene being “tried out” to a fresh audience, a scene honoring a specific date or audience member or a sharing of any sort.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Shakespeare in the Parks” Green Shows are scenes written and performed by summer students (all high school age).  Ashland Shakespeare Festival’s Green Shows are primarily local musicians performing a free show for the public in the downtown area to encourage and promote the Festival’s evening events. St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s Green Shows are largely summaries of the evening’s performance to help guide audiences into understanding what they are about to see.

The Competition
We are looking for 10-minute (ish) plays that are inspired by a line, a scene, a character or the entire story of As You Like It. We encourage writers to think of the various styles of Green Shows that exist at present, but most importantly we want it to be new work.

We are looking for something inspired by Shakespeare, but beyond that is open to interpretation.

Play submissions are due by February 15, 2014. The winning play will be announced April 1, 2014.

Any questions you have about the competition can be sent to greensubmit@stonesoupshakespeare.com.

Submission form available online.

World War I: The Legacy Project seeks submissions

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The Process Series at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Institute for Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the World War I: The Legacy Project, seeks submissions of new performance work that explores any aspect of the First World War or its legacy, including the impact of the war outside of Europe. We are especially interested in untold or little known stories.

We solicit full-length performance work in any discipline, genre or medium, from established and emerging American and finternational artists. Projects may be in any stage of development, provided that they can be showcased in 2014- 2015 season.

Projects of any genre are eligible, from theater to dance, from music to mixed media. Artist(s) will be flown in to develop, workshop and present their new work in the Process Series 2014-15 season. The work will be performed twice for the public. Expenses associated with performing the work in Chapel Hill will be provided, as well as a stipend for the artist(s).

Submit your application using the online form.

The deadline to apply is  February 15, 2014.

Any questions may be directed to Joseph L. Megel (megel@unc.edu), Artist in Residence at the Department of Communications, UNC-Chapel Hill, and artistic director of the Process Series.

The Marilyn Hall Awards for Youth Theater

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Rules for the Play Competition for Youth Theatre

1. The Marilyn Hall Awards consist of two (2) monetary prizes for plays suitable for grades 6-8 (middle school) or for plays suitable for grades 9-12 (high school). The two prizes will be awarded on the merits of the play scripts, which includes its suitability for the intended audience. The plays should be approximately 45 to 75 minutes in length. There is no production connected to any of the prizes, though a staged reading is optional at the discretion of the BHTG.

2. Authors must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents. Co-Authorships are permissible.

3. The plays must be written in Standard American English. Slang, jargon, and regional dialects, etc., may be used only to establish necessary characterization.

4. Authors may enter up to two (2) scripts in the Play Competition for Youth Theatre.

5. Entries must be unpublished, theatrical works written for the living stage and suitable for the grades designated. Play scripts may have had one (1) non-professional or educational theatre production. But the play may not have been produced on a professional level for which authors, actors or staff were paid.

6. Entries may be original plays, adaptations and/or translations. Authors of adaptations and/or translations of works that are under current copyright must provide (upon request) proof of permission from the copyright holder(s) or their legal agents to use such works.

7. Plays shorter than approximately 45 minutes are not eligible; musicals are not eligible; and plays entered in previous BHTG Competitions are not eligible. (Please note: plays with music, i.e. plays with an occasional interpolated song, are eligible: works that are designated as musicals are not.)

8. Submissions received with postmarks BEFORE January 15th or AFTER the last day of February of the contest year will not be accepted, read or returned. Authors will be notified of ineligible submission and the reasons why.

9. Submissions in noncompliance of these Rules and the Submission Procedures will be ineligible.

10. BHTG has the right to accept or reject any entry without explanation, and will not correspond with, or discuss with, any person the results of the competition, or the acceptance or rejection of any entry.

11. The competition judges' decisions are final in all respects.

12. BHTG has the following rights which it may exercise at its sole discretion:

a. To declare any entry ineligible if prior to Competition's close (June 1) the entry is in violation of rule #6. Authors must notify the BHTG of any change in status.
b. To reproduce as many copies of an entry as are necessary for distribution among the judges.
c. To use the author's name and title of any entry receiving an award for publicity about this Playwright Award and the results of the competition.
d. To present one script-in-hand, rehearsed readings of an award winning entry to an invited, nonpaying audience. No royalty payment will be due to the entry's author for these readings.

13. Each award winner will, at all times, in connection with publications, production, publicity, advertisements, etc. about the award winning entry, designate that the play is an "Award Winner of The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Youth Theatre Competition."

14. Each entry will be free from copyright restrictions relating to this Award, and the author will hold the BHTG, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims and violations.

15. The BHTG is not a producing organization. No production is connected with the competition nor any prize awarded.

16. Sorry, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Youth Theatre Competition does not sponsor scholarships, fellowships, educational grants, or loans to students or private individuals. Nor does the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild as an organization.

Submission Procedures

1. Each entry must be accompanied by an individual, completed application/entry form. Application forms may be duplicated as necessary. Application forms and Competition rules and Submission Procedures may be obtained by sending #10 business-sized SASE to the address below.

2. Each author must personally sign the application. Entries must be legible and signature clearly the name of the writer(s). The author(s) must sign the entry form. Proxy or agent signatures are not accepted and will lead to disqualification.

3. Bind your entry securely and include a title page with the name of the play, whether it is an "original" or an adaptation/translation from another work, and, if desired, copyright or registration information and date (instead of the author's name, please use "by the author.") On the second page list all characters, time, place, number of acts and scenes, and any other pertinent information such as whether the scripts make use of special effects, e.g., puppetry. Scripts must be bound. A clip holding pages together unfortunately doesn't constitute being "bound". (This is insisted upon for the protection of the script and benefit of the writer. Loose scripts may have pages become misplaced or lost. The competition is not responsible for loss or damage to entries or parts thereof.)

4. Do not show your name, address or any identifying information on any page of your entry. Attach with a removable paper clip, a sheet containing the title of your entry, your name, address, phone number and any other information.

5. To preserve anonymity, all entries will be identified by numbers for judging. All identifying marks will be removed.

6. Submissions will not be returned. This includes either eligible or ineligible submissions. Enclose with your submission a #10 business-sized SASE for our response.

7. You may enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your entry. Competition winners to be announced on this web site in June.

8. The BHTG is not responsible for loss or damage to entries.

9. No script will be accepted by fax or e-mail. No electronic submissions or correspondence.

10. No entry is returned.


Address All Inquiries and Submissions To:
Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
Play Competition for Youth Theatre
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 90213

Pigs Do Fly Productions is seeking 10-minute contemporary comedies for vibrant, healthy people over 50

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Pigs Do Fly Productions is seeking 10-minute contemporary comedies for vibrant, healthy people over 50 for a production in Ft. Lauderdale, FL spring of 2014.  The setting is limited to the use of a table and three chairs. Maximum cast of three people (50 or older). Preference given to scripts with women protagonists.  No monologues.

Submit via email to: 

New Early Deadline.

Submissions must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) February 15, 2014

-Must be a comedy for vibrant, healthy people over 50.
-Straight, gay and bi comedies sought.
-Limited to two submissions per playwright.
-Playwrights may be from anywhere, but scripts must be in English.
-Plays must be in standard play format with numbered pages.
-email your scripts as a pdf document 
-the subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.
-No fee. 
-No payment to writers as this is a volunteer event.
-Questions?  Contact Ellen at PigsDoFlyFL@yahoo.com

Independent Lens: Playwright

12 Peers Theater New Play Festival 2014

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We are currently accepting new plays for our 2014 Summer New Play Festival.  If you would like to submit a script for consideration, please:

1. Send a script in .pdf or .doc format

2. Send a synopsis of the script and character breakdown

3. Send a brief biography of the playwright or current resume

4. Send all relevant contact information.

You can send this information to mhenderson@12peerstheater.org by March 1st, 2014.

Special Call for Scripts, Fall/Winter 2013–2014

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The American Indian Boarding School

Native Voices at the Autry is America’s premier Equity theatre company dedicated to the development and production of new works by Native American, Alaska Native, Pacific Island, and First Nations playwrights.

We are currently seeking scripts that specifically address the American Indian boarding school system and surrounding issues. A part of American history not found in the average textbook, Indian boarding schools were first instituted in the late nineteenth century and operated well into the twentieth century. They were established as a means of assimilating Native American children into the Anglicized, Christian belief system. Many have described the boarding schools as a system of cultural genocide, especially in light of reported abuses that took place in the schools.

Scripts may address the Indian boarding school from either contemporary or historical perspectives. They may focus on the experience of students, families, the boarding school itself, or on related issues stemming from the boarding school system. We invite engagement with topics such as the continued imprint of the boarding school on Native American families and cultural memory; the ongoing effort to preserve Native languages and religious practices in a post–boarding-school era; or parallels between the failures of the Indian boarding school system and the problems that plague our school systems today. Other ideas might include stories of success brought on by access to education; the World War II Code Talkers or other Indian leaders or activists who came from the boarding school system; or the struggle to reconcile assimilation with the pressing need for cultural preservation.

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

Full-Length Plays (60+ pages)
Submissions due February 15, 2014

Where to Send Submissions
We now only accept electronic submissions (in PDF or Word format):
To submit, fill out our online form and upload your materials here.

For questions or more information, e-mail nvliteraryassociate@gmail.com.
Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by February 15, 2014, will be read and evaluated. Select scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for workshops and readings. Playwrights will be notified in May 2014.

Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Contest 2014

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Submission Guidelines

The Women & Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites submissions from female playwrights for the annual
Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award.

The Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award recognizes plays & performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective & contain significant opportunities for female performers.  Like the Jane Chambers Award for professional playwrights, this annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, & The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.

This competition is open to both graduate & undergraduate students; entrants do not have to be registered in a theatre or drama program to submit. The Jane Chambers Award for emergent playwrights encourages diversity of style & content. All forms of drama are accepted, including solo performance work.  Excerpts from the winning play will be read at the annual Women and Theatre Program pre-conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, California, 2010 prior to the American Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE). A professional playwright will offer feedback in a post-reading discussion with the audience.

Student winner will receive a $150 cash prize & a year's membership in Women & Theatre.

To enter, please send three copies of a typed script, application form, resume, and a brief description of the piece.

Deadline is March 1, 2014

Please, only one submission per applicant and no email submissions.

Mail submission to:
Carrie Winship
1806 Parklawn Drive
Columbia, MO 65202

Script Submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution

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Capital Stage presents professional area premieres of new and recent plays.  We are currently seeking bold, innovative new works that inspire thought and dialogue.
Script submissions are accepted as follows:

Playwrights wishing to submit work should refer to our Playwrights’ Revolution submission deadlines and criteria below

Agents may send full-length manuscripts via email to: literarymanager@capstage.org
Literary Manager
Capital Stage
2220 J Street #8
Sacramento, CA 95816
Playwright's Revolution 2014

As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the Playwrights’ Revolution. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.


Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children's plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process

Capital Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All play excerpts submitted during the first round, averaging 200 submissions, are reviewed. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, Capital Stage invites four to five playwrights to have their work included in Playwrights’ Revolution.

Please note that only full-length plays will be considered. Preference will be given to those plays that are aligned with Capital Stage’s mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to our community.

How to Apply

Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration for Playwrights’ Revolution 2014 should send the following to Capital Stage, Attn: Literary Management, 2215 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816:

  • Your contact information;
  • A concise paragraph stating your previous playwriting credits;
  • Title of the play;
  • Character breakdown and description;
  • Time and place of the play;
  • Synopsis; and
  • A ten page sample of the play.

2014 Deadlines
Capital Stage is accepting submissions from January 1, 2014 through March 1, 2014. Requests for full manuscripts will be made by April 15, 2014. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit.

Thank you for your interest!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Eastbound Theatre seeks short one-act plays

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Eastbound Theatre seeks short one-act plays for its annual summer festival in July. Five plays will be chosen for performance, and audiences will vote to determine the winner of the Summer Audience Award.

Eastbound is a community theatre operating as part of the Milford Arts Council. Eastbound Summer has been free to the public since its inception in 2001.


Deadline is February 28, 2014. 

Email submissions should be directed to ebtmac@gmail.com. Attachments can be doc, rtf or pdf files.

Hard copy submissions can be sent to:
Eastbound Summer 2014
Milford Arts Council
40 Railroad Avenue South
Milford, CT 06460

There is no submission fee.

Playwrights may submit more than one play.

Playwrights will maintain all rights to their material.

Submissions must be unpublished, original one-act plays of 10-15 pages in length, inspired by the theme “One for the Road”. 

Please submit your script and a cover letter explaining how the theme inspired your work.

We prefer submissions to be completely new plays, written specifically for this event. However, no script will be rejected unless it fails to meet the indicated guideline of 10-15 pages in length.

Playwrights will be notified via email unless otherwise requested.

Eastbound will stage four performances the final weekend of July.
Additional performances may be requested, but will not be performed without the permission of the playwright.

At this time, there is no compensation for performance.

Visit Eastbound and the Milford Arts Council at www.milfordarts.org.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Interim Writers seeks playwrights

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Interim Writers Accomplice seeks to unite and support its member playwrights by incubating works in progress, encouraging writers during the creative process, providing a sounding board for ideas, and advocating for them in the theatre community. Members have the opportunity to contribute to and shape programming, hear their work out loud, and build lasting professional relationship with fellow playwrights and future collaborators.   With these endeavors, IW will advance efforts to establish Boston as a leading contributor to the national new play scene and be an accomplice to area playwrights.

How to Apply

IW is looking to bring in new playwrights into the Accomplice with residency beginning as soon as April 2014!

Send application materials in PDF format to IW’s Operations Manager submissions@interimwriters.com

A finished play you consider to be your best work, preferably one full-length play.  If you have submitted to the accomplice in the past, please send a different play than your first application.

Resume or CV

A 1 page letter of interest stating what you hope to get out of the group, what you can contribute, and an artistic statement about who you are as a writer, or what motivates you to write.

Finalists will be asked to meet the IW team for an interview

The collective will meet twice monthly on Monday nights from 6:30p-10p. Selected playwrights must attend at least 75% of the meetings. If you are unwilling or unable to make this commitment, please do not apply.

Deadline March 1st 11:59pm

After the first 30 submissions we will be closing our submission window. This will insure a detailed look at each application.

Selection Process and Commitment

When selecting members, Interim Writers seeks playwrights who possess practical experience, training, or acumen for the craft of playwriting.  Members will have basic knowledge of dramatic structures, a willingness to hone their craft, and a desire to contribute to the group by edifying and challenging each other artistically. This fellowship will last for at least one year and meet twice a month on Monday evenings. Questions? Email submissions@interimwriters.com or visit us at www.interimrwriters.com

Monday, February 10, 2014

See the cast/creators of MURDER FOR TWO at Barnes & Noble NYC tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 11th at 4:30pm, the cast and creative team of Off-Broadway’s Murder For Two will be performing and signing CDs at the Upper East Side Barnes & Noble at 150 East 86th Street (at Lexington Ave) in New York City. (MAP)

For more information see the MURDER FOR TWO web site.

Guess will sign MURDER FOR TWO (Original Cast Recording). No other CDs or memorabilia, please. Priority seating with CD purchase.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

4th Annual Vittum Prize

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  1. Deadline: February 14, 2014 (Valentine's Day)
  2. Type of Work: ten-minute, one-acts, full-length plays, children’s plays or musicals.
  3. Eligibility: This is one of the few contests in America open to everyone! We do not discriminate by age, education, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious views, region of the country, previously published or produced, unpublished or unproduced or anything else you can think of. America is a free country and we encourage other contests to end their practices of selectivity and discrimination. The only thing that should matter to anyone is the play!
  4. Subject Restrictions: Bring it on – your play is the thing! Restage the battle of Actium, bring us to a different universe, enchant us with a full length monologue (think: Shirley Valentine), fill the stage with clutter and props and monkeys swinging from vines . . . or leave it bare. This contest is about nothing more than you—what you write—how you write—and what journey you want us to take.
  5. Fee: $ 0
  6. Notification: we will ONLY notify the top ten and hone down that list until the final day. We do not give feed back or criticism. If you haven’t heard from us by March 17th, please don’t ask. Our palate is clutter enough!
  7. Number of Copies: 1 in Microsoft Word or PDF. If we cannot open it, we will notify you; we also notify you when we receive your work!
  8. Other Requirements: Only one entry per playwright, no exceptions! Put your name and contact information, including email, on the cover page, and feel free to put your name in the header next to your page number if we pay attention to your name for more than 10 seconds, your play probably hasn’t excited us—and that’s what we’re looking for: good writing.  Email your one play (that’s with an underline and in boldface, in case you missed our one restriction!) as an attachment to century21theatre@yahoo.com and include your name and contact information on the cover page along with a brief synopsis. We do not need your CV or lengthy emails, although we may ask more about you if you are a finalist.
  9. What we’re looking for: Move us, excite us, make us laugh or make us cry. Let us enjoy the journey. Let us feel your soul.
  10. Award: $50 cash prize.
  11. This is merely a cash prize for what we deem to be the most moving play we read. We are unable to continue producing plays!
  12. The award winner will be notified on St. Patrick's Day 2014.

The Vittum Award was established to honor the Vittum family, French Huguenots who emigrated to New Hampshire in the 1660s.

Nomad's Theatre Company seeks short scripts

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Variations XIV Scripts Due February 12th
Our quarterly Variations festival gathers short scripts (~15 minutes/pages max) written with a shared theme, prop, and required line. For Winter, these are:

Theme: Videogames
Prop: Lipstick
Line: ”that’s why I never told you”

Any common file format is fine. Send scripts to nomadstheatre@gmail.com.

The show itself will be produced the week leading up to the March 1st performance.

Scripts themselves are due February 12th.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

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BENEFIT CHALLENGE SERIES: An evening of 10-minute plays

YOU fill in the blanks!

Dear Playwright,

You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to Abingdon Theatre Company’s  [BLANK] v. [BLANK] PLAYS Benefit Challenge. This effort engages artists who support a theatre dedicated to new plays.

Celebrating our upcoming Off-Broadway production of HELLMAN v. McCARTHY by Brian Richard Mori, we are seeking short plays utilizing the theme of oppositional conflict and adversarial parties.  Use your imagination!  Do you want to write a court case?  Great! We’re looking forward to reading it.  You can also think outside the box: CAT v. DOG, METS v. YANKEES,  SPOON v. FORK.  Opposition is the key in this challenge.

Our [BLANK] v. [BLANK] Benefit Series challenges your creativity to write a short drama or comedy within these parameters:

  • Two characters must have opposing views; the higher the stakes, the better. 
  • One character must prevail by the end of the play.
  • Include a character who is age 35 or under.
  • The play is set indoors.  The set is a personal living area (excluding bathrooms, kitchen or bedroom). A courtroom or office area can be replicated.  Set pieces include a table, bench-like seating, 2 chairs and a stool.  If a photo of the set model is not included below, you can request a photo by emailing: mail@abingdontheatre.org.

We strongly encourage original play submissions that are developed for this presentation.

Using your skills and imagination, write an original play that will be presented as a staged reading on the set of Abingdon’s next production, HELLMAN v. McCARTHY by Brian Richard Mori and directed by Jan Buttram. We are seeking plays written in any style that reveal a fresh plot, sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes, maximum. Plays are due at midnight on February 21.  SERIES A performs on Tuesday, March 31 @ 7pm, and SERIES B performs on April 7 @ 7pm. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. Please read carefully!


  1. Abingdon presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager, rehearsal space and the theatre (the 98-seat June Havoc Theatre at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC).
  2. ALL participants are donating their time and talent, and HELPING TO RECRUIT AN AUDIENCE. Our goal is to fill every seat in the 98-seat house!  There is no fee or cost to the playwright.  There is a ‘pay-what-you-will donation’ for audience members to attend the staged readings.
  3. Each playwright and director will be able to attend the staged reading of their script in designated seating.
  4. Every play gets one performance only. A reception will follow the presentation in the June Havoc Lobby.
  5. Playwrights MUST attend the staged reading. Please specify your availability for SERIES A (3/31), and/or SERIES B (4/7). If you are available for either date, let us know that, too!
  6. We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible.  The schedule will be determined later.

Please make sure you follow all submission requirements.


  1. Your play must present adversarial parties in oppositional conflict, which is decided by the end of the play. Your play must be set in a personal living space.  A courtroom or office playing area is also available.  Set pieces include a table, bench-like seating, 2 chairs and a stool.  DO NOT set your play in a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen. If a photo of the set model is not included below, you can request a photo by emailing: mail@abingdontheatre.org.
  2. Write for a cast of 2-3 actors.  Your cast must include a role for an actor age 35 or under.
  3. We prefer scripts that can be staged without relying on stage directions. If stage directions are necessary, please keep them to a minimum.
  4. Your script will be presented as a staged reading in accordance with AEA guidelines. Keep production values to a minimum. Costumes are at the discretion of the director and the willing cooperation of the actors. No hand props can be used.
  5. Plays should be in standard script format: 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides, and character names on a separate line. Be sure to number all pages.
  6. Submit scripts in MS-Word - preferred - or PDF format.
  7. Scripts longer than 10 pages – title and character breakdown pages are not counted – will NOT be considered.  Regardless of the number of pages, the running time MUST be no more than 10 minutes!
  8. You may only submit one script for consideration.
  9. The deadline for script submission is midnight, February 21. Up to 16 scripts will be chosen.


  1. Email your scripts to Bara Swain at Bswain@abingdontheatre.org 
  2. Write in the subject line: BLANK v. BLANK PLAYS / Your Name
  3. In the body of the email, send your complete contact information and a one-line summary of your play as well as your availability (Series A and/or Series B).
  4. You will be contacted regarding your script’s status by March 7.

If you have any questions, contact Bara Swain or Kim T. Sharp, Co-Producers. For more information on Abingdon Theatre Company, see our website at www.abingdontheatre.org. We look forward to hearing from you!


Bara Swain
Kim T. Sharp
Abingdon’s Benefit Challenge Series

Little Black Dress INC seeks 10-minute plays and monologues by women

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Little Black Dress INK is creating production opportunities for female playwrights through its Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Project; a short-play festival dedicated to producing peer-selected works by women. In addition to contributing to the selection of plays, participating playwrights are able to review and revise their work via online-streaming of play readings, and are encouraged to blog about the process along the way.

Submissions are now being accepted for awesome female playwrights for consideration in this year's festival. The festival utilizes a peer-review process for evaluating submissions, so please make sure to read the following guidelines carefully before submitting:

  • This years festival theme is Planting the Seed. Playwrights are invited to submit short plays and/or monologues written on this theme. In the past we have had great success with short scenelets as well (short plays comprising of a couple scenes, which we can sprinkle throughout the show
  • LBDI strongly suggests you do not submit plays or monologues longer than ten minutes. Keep in mind that in all instances, shorter truly is better.  Plays running longer than ten minutes stand very little chance of making it into the festival, as we strive to produce as many playwrights as possible.
  • Little Black Dress INK utilizes a peer review process for evaluating plays.  By submitting to this fest, you agree to participate in this unique opportunity to help select plays for production.
  • Once our submission window is closed, you will receive a selection of plays to read and score using the LBDI online eval form. You MUST read and submit your evaluations by the required date in order for your play to remain in consideration.
  • Submitted works will be read by participating playwrights and LBDI artistic personnel.  By submitting to the festival, you agree to share your work for the review in this process.
Submission materials must be emailed to LBDI by February 15th, 2014 and should include:
  • The following information in the body of your email:
  • Your name
  • The title of your play
  • Your contact information *It is very important that you use a reliable email address as all correspondence will be done via email!
  • A PDF of your script – please do NOT include your name anywhere on the script!
  • Email materials to submissions@LittleBlackDressINK.org

Top scoring plays will receive a staged reading in either Santa Barbara, Ithaca, or LA.  The final eight to ten plays will then move on to full production in Prescott, AZ this Fall.

For more information, visit www.LittleBlackDressINK.org

2014 Flying Muskrat Theater Company playwright contest - students only

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Submit a play to the 2014 FMTC playwright contest, and you could see it produced in August! Be a part of bringing your original work to life on stage! We are accepting One-Act plays anywhere from 9-100 pages, and are taking submissions until February 15th.

Last year, our winning playwright received 5- star write ups from the D.C. area press- so get those plays in, and see what lies ahead for you!

Guidelines & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Must be between 9-100 pages in length, and in One Act (no intermission).
  • Must be an original piece (not performed with any other institution, and your own work)
  • Community appropriate
  • Written by a current student (6th-undergrad) 
  • Minimal spelling and grammar errors
  • Follows (or very close to following) the correct format (see below).
  • Must have a cover sheet attached with the playwright's name and the title of the play. A character description sheet must be included, as well as a brief "story of the play."
  • No more than two submissions per playwright
  • Include contact info (name, cell phone number, email) so we can contact you if you win!
  • You must submit by February 15 at 11:59 pm. No exceptions. 

The rubric we'll be judging on is here- as is a link to our official rules.
And here's an example of a play in the preferred format- a scene from an original piece we produced in 2012.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit my play?
You can click the above 'Submit your play!" button, or email contest@flyingmuskrats.org. 
If selected, when would my play be performed? When would rehearsals/ auditions be? Would i get to be a part of that process?
 Yes! You would. That's one of the great things about this contest- the playwright is involved throughout the production if they're selected. The plays would be performed on August 7,8, and 9, and the production process would start in Mid-March.
Can i submit my play to other contests?
Certainly. Our only stipulation is that FMTC must be the first place the work you submit is performed. 
Is there a cash prize?
No, but we feel that seeing you work performed for a live audience is worth much more than a cash prize ever would be. 
How many plays are selected? How are they selected?
We'll select anywhere from 1-6 winners, depending on quality and quantity of submissions, and length of winning plays. Two full-lengths would be too many, but four ten minute one acts would be much too short. We have a panel reading through all plays, and they will provide each playwright with feedback in writing, regardless of selection for performance. 
Can my submission be a musical?
Yes! Remember, however, FMTC is on a tight budget. Nothing too extravagant without some serious concessions by the playwright will be able to be performed. 
Do my cover sheet, character description sheet, and 'Story of the play' count on my 9-100 page limit?
No. We're looking for 9-100 pages of dialogue. 

You’re invited to be a part of “The Apron Strings Project”

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Submissions open through February 14th.

Meet Valentina… and Rose.   Just two of the charming and inspiring aprons at the very heart of The Apron Strings Project; a theatrical celebration of women told through the creative contributions of writers, musicians, actors and other artists.

Inspired by a truly historical apron collection, the Apron Strings Project will be a collaborative production based on the stories of people who wore or may have worn them.   Set to take the stage this spring at Riverhead, New York’s historic Vail Levitt Music Hall, the production will benefit both the Vail Leavitt and “The Retreat” a local women’s shelter and support organization.  

Begin by taking a look at our beautiful apron collection- just click on “The Aprons” up on the menu bar-  and then pick the one(s) that most inspires you.   You may be moved to write a monologue or create a short scene, to craft a song or perhaps just a melody evoked by one or all of the collection.  Visual artists are also welcome to contribute their inspirations for possible inclusion in the program, the production or to be displayed onsite during the run of the show.  

And when you’re ready, go to “The Submission Form” to send us your creation.


January 1, 2014:  We begin accepting your submissions for consideration in the production

February 14, 2014:  Closing date for submissions

March 14, 2014:   Winning submissions will be announced

March 21 and 22, 2014:  Open Casting Call for all roles

May 2-4, 2014  Opening weekend at Vail Levitt Music Hall

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Beatrice Terry Fellowship

The Drama League and Tony® Award winning-director and Drama League Alumnus, Michael Mayer are thrilled to announce the establishment of the new Drama League Beatrice Terry Fellowship, named in honor of the late director Beatrice Terry, an alumna of The Drama League Directors Project.

The new Fellowship, the first of its kind in the nation, will fund the development of a new work by an emerging female writer-director, culminating in a writing residency, living stipend and a professional reading of the new work at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.  Following the establishment of the Terry Fellowship this spring, members of The Drama League staff and an all-star advisory board will select the first recipient later this year.  Currently, the Terry Fellowship Advisory Board includes actors Jonathan Groff, David Hyde Pierce, Philip Lehl, Judith Light and Annie Potts; directors Lear deBessonet and Michael Mayer; New Georges Artistic Director Susan Bernfield; Dana Harrel, producing director of La Jolla Playhouse; Lisa McNulty, Artistic Line Producer at Manhattan Theatre Club; and playwright Gretchen M. Michelfeld, who is also the widow of Beatrice Terry.

PlayFest (Fall, 2014) is seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition

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PlayFest (Fall, 2014) is seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in our fascinating and complicated contemporary world. We are interested in plays exploring important, challenging, and crucial social issues that affect our lives today. Topics can range from today’s international headlines to tonight's interpersonal issues in the bedroom. Both comedies and dramas are welcome.

The PlayFest weekend of staged readings is a direct pipeline to our Signature Series our fully produced mainstage series. We prefer plays that require six actors or less, but will certainly make exceptions for exceptional work. One man or one woman shows are welcome. We want strong, dynamic, compelling stories told with an original voice and a potent theatricality.

In order to qualify for PlayFest a play must:

  1. NOT have received more than two professional AEA productions 
  2. NOT have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production 
  3. NOT have received Orlando production in current form 
  4. NOT be published for general distribution with the rights held by the Publisher

We will select seven new works to be presented as readings. Playwrights will receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. We will provide directors, actors, assistant directors, stage direction readers and stage managers. In addition to possible consideration for our Signature Series, some plays may go on to be fully produced at the University of Central Florida as part of our partnership with UCF.

At this time we are not looking for full scripts. We are asking for a simpler initial submission:

Submissions must include:
Cover letter
A one-page synopsis
Ten pages of dialogue from the play (any ten pages)
A character breakdown (with potential doubling)
Your mailing address, email address and direct phone number on the cover letter

Please do not send full scripts until requested to do so.

Mail submissions via regular mail to:
Mark Routhier,
Director of New Play Development
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 East Rollins St. Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32803

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Initial submission deadline for PlayFest 2014 is March 1, 2014.

If you wish to be notified of receipt of your submission, please include a SAS POSTCARD with the name of your play written on it. Otherwise you will only hear from us if we would like to see a full script.

Saturday Night One-Acts seeks THE SISTER PLAYS

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The Saturday Night One-Acts (Lee Solomon, Producer) is seeking scripts for the first in its series of themed festivals, THE SISTER PLAYS. Accepted plays will be performed on a rotating basis on Saturday nights at 8 in New York City in March and possibly continuing after. There is no fee to playwrights. We prefer brand new scripts written in response to this ad, but previously written/produced scripts are fine as long as they are unpublished, have no fees or royalties attached, and meet all our parameters.

Script Parameters:

  • Any length up to 20 minutes
  • Must be able to be produced on a simple set with tables/chairs/blocks and no complex set, costume, or prop requirements
  • Characters must be 2 females, age range 20s/30s, who are sisters.

Outside of these parameters, plays can be anything, and they can be comedic and/or dramatic.

If you wish to submit, please email Lee Solomon, producer, at leesolomon1026@gmail.com, stating intent to submit, as soon as possible, and please send the script by February 15 (or sooner if possible). Scripts will continue to be accepted after that on an ongoing basis, but submissions later than 2/15 may be delayed in consideration until a later festival. All accepted scripts may also be incorporated into the general pool of rotating scripts for the Saturday Night One-Acts. Playwrights will of course be notified if accepted.

Bath Fringe seeks writers 18 - 30

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The Bath Fringe Festival's 20:20 Vision explores the current mindset of ‘Generation Y’ through comissioning new 10 minute plays by young writers aged between 18 – 30. Utilising the vast space of The Old Theatre Royal Bath, plays will be set  site-specifically throughout the venue, taking the audeince on an exciting journey. The festival will take place over 8 performances during the last week of the Bath Fringe and 10 new plays are required. New writers are especially welcome to apply.
 Plays/ writers must fulfil the following criteria:
How to submit: email twentytwentyvision@yahoo.co.uk with:
Deadline: Monday 10 February 2014 (successful writers will be expected to submit a 1st draft by 31 March.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kanjy Offers a Free Online Portfolio and Community for Playwrights—Share, Connect, Be Heard

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What is Kanjy?

Kanjy is an online community for writers. Through Kanjy, writers connect with other writers and industry professionals by showcasing their work through secure, digital portfolios.

With a free account, you can:

  • Fill out a professional profile
  • Build a portfolio of scripts
  • Explore current submission opportunities, and 
  • Connect with other writers and industry professionals 

… all in one place.

Through a searchable database, synopses and 10-page previews of uploaded scripts are shared securely with the Kanjy community and the greater world. When a theatre or another writer wishes to read your full script, they must request and receive your permission to view it. And you can browse, search for, and read your colleagues’ work.

Kanjy also allow writers and industry professionals to follow, message and collaborate with each other. On Kanjy, you can find a list of current submission opportunities from across the industry. And soon, you’ll be able to submit scripts directly from your portfolio to listed opportunities available through the secure platform. And as you upload revisions, your submitted drafts will update too.

Membership to Kanjy is free for writers, allowing you to create online portfolios, share scripts and connect with other writers and industry professionals. And in the future, low-cost premium options will be available too. Kanjy’s robust, patented technology keeps scripts secure on our platform; Scripts cannot be downloaded, copied or printed, and writers maintain all rights to their work.

Why Kanjy?
First and foremost, Kanjy is a home for writers. We believe that storytellers create a vital lens through which we see our world, and we are dedicated to fostering connection, collaboration, opportunity and discovery in the communities that help make these stories heard.   

Who We Are
In January 2013, Kanjy was formed collaboratively by Reach4Entertainment, a collection of some of the world’s largest arts advertising and merchandising agencies, and the Lark Play Development Center, a New York City-based, non-profit developmental lab for playwrights. The Kanjy platform is in private beta testing as we prepare to unveil new features and options this spring.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Grants available to Latino artists

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Launched in 2005 by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures with major support from the Ford Foundation, the NALAC Fund for the Arts provides a variety of grants to assist US-based Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth.

The NFA is a national grant program open to US-based Latino working artists, ensembles and Latino arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts. To date, the NFA has awarded over one million dollars to a diverse range of artists and organizations representing every discipline and region of the country. Applying to the NFA is a benefit of NALAC Membership.
Complete applications must be submitted online by February 6, 2014, 11:59pm Central Time.

For more information see the web site at http://www.nalac.org/programs/nalac-grants/nalac-fund-for-the-arts-nfa

Sunday, February 2, 2014

ANT Festival 2014

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We’re now accepting submissions for our seventh annual ANT Fest, a month-long festival of all new talent showcasing fresh material from New York’s most exciting emerging artists (for the 2013 lineup, click here). ANT Fest 2014 runs from June 2 to 28.

Ars Nova is on the prowl for talented artists who see the future of live entertainment and want the chance to show off their skills. We’re interested in edgy, offbeat, charged performances that tell a story, make us laugh, showcase musicians with a vibrant new sound, or blur the boundaries between theater, music and comedy. If it can be performed live on stage, we’re interested!

Think you’ve got the skills?

ANT Fest show submissions:
Please fill out the online application form and submit it along with a description of your evening (one page max), samples of your work, and bios and/or resumes for team members.

Please download the ANT Fest Logistics page here for important logistics and details.

A range of unique submissions will each be given a spot to perform in Ars Nova’s intimate 99-seat theater and the opportunity to be a part of artist-driven parties and events throughout the festival.

Applications must be submitted by Sunday, February 2. Artists chosen for the festival will be notified by Monday, March 31.

Please email artistic@arsnovanyc.com with any questions.

Pause & Play 10-minute plays

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Pause & Play is a theatrical event that is made up of original short plays, written by different writers all dealing with the same theme or subject.The pieces are then interwoven to form one cohesive presentation. Each play is rehearsed individually and then the producers put the pieces together a few days before the performance.

We are looking for ten minute plays with two to three characters.We have minimum props and scenery, so please keep that in mind.

Who are they and what do they do? Do happy people know that they are happy? Or is it just something outsiders perceive? If so, which one counts?

More than a specific genre, we are looking for a clear point of view so that each piece will have its own distinctive voice.

You are also more than welcome to submit a few different pieces, should that appeal to you. We will handle casting, but please let us know if you have any recommendations.

Play(s) due by: February 7
Plays chosen by: February 10
Rehearsals: Actors & the Director will determine rehearsal times.Writers are welcome to join rehearsal if they would like.
Put-Together Day (tech):TBD
Performance: Sunday, March 2 at the Barrow Group.

Send Submissions to: poetactsinc@gmail.com

Please ask! For more information about our previous Pause & Play event, visit our website: www.thepoetacts.com/programs.

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Mount Carmel Theatre Company (MCTC) seeks 10-minute plays

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Mount Carmel Theatre Company (MCTC), located in Williamsburg Brooklyn, is a company that is dedicated to collaborating with emerging young artists. They are currently seeking submissions for their 2014 New Works Festival, which takes place on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Scripts must be New Works, 10 minutes in length with subject matter that is in good taste. All scripts should be emailed as a PDF attachment. Within the body of the email, you must state: (1) The Title, (2) Author, (3) How many characters there are/their genders and (4) a brief synopsis of the play.

All writers are responsible for putting together a production team for their play. The production team includes a Director, a Stage Manager (if desired) and Actors. MCTC will provide lights and sound for every play, however the production teams must provide their own costumes. Each production team must submit an email one week before tech rehearsals detailing what kind of tech they require (a basic idea for lighting/any sound or music that plays).

All collaborators must be between the ages of 18-35.

Once all submissions are chosen, the writers will be invited to a meet and greet with MCTC. Each individual production team is responsible for creating a schedule and rehearsing on their own. MCTC can offer it’s space for rehearsal, based on availability. Each production team will be given two nights of tech (one night for an hour of rehearsal on the stage and the second night for cueing/running with lights and sound).


The deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 2nd. 

No submissions will be accepted after that date. Please email all work to mctheatrecompany@gmail.com.

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