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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

May Short Play Lab:

Production Dates: May 23-24.

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in the May Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. Our Labs are always well-attended, and they can lead to other festivals and events that we produce, such as the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival (visit our website: www.midtownfestival.org for submission opportunities and requirements). The rules for submitting to May's Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:
  • Deadline is May 8. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto! 
  • Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (only means of contact is by email). 
  • Submit scripts in a MS Word document or PDF file. 
  • You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at Theatre II, 2nd floor, 300 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10018. 
  • Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.) 
  • Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight. 
  • We provide a board op, box office, and venue management. 
  • There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door. 
  • Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps. 
  • There will be a tech rehearsal in the daytime on Saturday, May 23. The production dates are Saturday, May 23 - Sunday, May 24 
  • Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun. 
  • We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up. 
THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. We reserve the right to break ties.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.

The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in a Word document or PDF file, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab


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The Village Playwrights is accepting 10 minute plays from Metro NYC playwrights for Re-inventing Family, a staged reading of 8 short plays on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the LGBT Community Center in New York City to celebrate the Gay Pride holiday.


1. Scripts should feature an LGBTQ, non-traditional family

2. Playwrights must be from the metro NYC area

3. Scripts must be 10 minutes or under

4. Deadline for submission is 5 pm, Friday, May 15, 2015

5. Plays will be minimally staged

6. Playwrights may choose to self-produce (cast and rehearse)

To Submit:

Email your 10 minute script as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com

Include your name, address and telephone in the body of the email but not on the script. Your name should not appear on the script. Please write your play title on subject line of email. There is no submission fee.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


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906 Theatre Co. is currently accepting script submissions for a 10-Minute play festival at Public House Theatre. Plays will be produced by 906 Theatre Co. and directed by Chicago-area directors.

We are seeking plays with relatively small casts and little to no tech requirements, that are based on previously established works of art. Works of art that the play pulls inspiration from can be anything from an oil painting to a movie to a pop song.

Pay: Volunteer

Materials to Submit: Please fill out the form at this link http://goo.gl/forms/ea1QBTkDnn and email a .PDF of the script to906submissions@gmail.com. If you are so inclined, you may wish to include a link to your website if you have one, and a brief letter of interest. Emails only, no phone calls please.

Please Note: If you would like to submit more than one play you are more than welcome to, just be sure to email us a .PDF of each script.

Submission Deadline: Please submit your scripts before May 1. Scripts submitted after May 1 will not be considered.

THE FIRST DRAFT at Primary Stages ESPA

Write THE FIRST DRAFT of your next play this summer at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts. You’ll receive concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. Whether its your first play or your hundredth, this class will give you the tools and support you need to complete your a full first draft. 

Tuesdays with Tessa LaNeve (Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming, Primary Stages)
Tuesdays with A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, Upcoming after all the terrible things I do at Milwaukee Rep and Huntington Theaters; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Thursdays with Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. For a full list of classes, including workshops and Online Classes visit http://primarystages.org/ESPA

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

On the Edge: A Festival of New Plays.

Colorado playwrights preferred but not required.

The Edge Theater is proud to announce the call for submissions for On the Edge: A Festival of New Plays.

This is a 3 week long festival where 3 plays will be work-shopped at The Edge over the course of the next year and then produced in a Workshop Presentation in 2016. Plays will be voted on by the audience in attendance and judges from The Edge. One play from the Festival (selected by the audience and Edge judges) will be given a full production in an upcoming Edge season or writer may choose a cash prize instead. 

Scripts are being accepted from now until midnight, April 30, 2015.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:
1. Playwright may only submit ONE full-length script to be reviewed blind by a panel of 3 judges
2. The play must not have ever had a fully mounted production. Prior workshop presentations are okay, but the script must be a new version.
3. Submission must include:
a. Full copy of script (without playwright contact info)
b. Character breakdown (without playwright contact info)
c. Short synopsis of script (300 word limit without playwright contact info)
d. Resume
e. Cover letter addressing why play fits mission statement of The Edge, if accepted what you would
gain from the workshop production, and how you heard about the call for submissions

***Contact info must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on script or any other
documents (submissions will be read blind). All documents should include Title of the Play, no
playwright contact info***

4. Submissions must be emailed (Word or PDF files only) to submissions@theedgetheater.com with the words 2015 ON THE EDGE SUBMISSION in the Subject line. Also, 1 copy of all requested materials must be mailed to Rick Yaconis, ATTN: 2015 On The Edge Submission, 233 S. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80209. Please be sure to submit all info in ONE email with multiple attachments or ONE envelope. Plays submitted without all supporting materials requested will be disqualified.
5. We recommend the playwright reside in the Greater Denver area or be able to travel to the On Your Feet sessions and rehearsals as needed if selected at their own expense. Colorado playwrights preferred.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Visiting Playwright Series

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Visiting Playwright Series
Play Submission
Deadline: April 30th

Rising Sage Theatre is accepting play submissions for our Visiting Playwright Series show (September 5th-19th). This is an opportunity for a playwright to have their original play (not previously produced) be selected, produced by Rising Sage Theatre. Our goal is to provide a platform for creative playwrights to showcase their work for a theatre company known for "pushing the envelope."

1. Deadline for all play submissions is April 30, 2015
2. A review panel will score and rank the top 3 submissions
3. Finalists will be notified and asked to submit the full script
4. Winner will be notified in month of July
5. The winning play will be produced and run from Sept. 5th-19th


1. Play must be originals. No adaptations will be accepted.
2 . Play must be plot-driven (sorry, no gospel plays will be accepted)
3. Only unproduced scripts will be accepted
4. Play should have no more than 5 characters
5. Total running time of play must be between 80-120 minutes (not including intermissions)
6. Play submissions must include

a. Headshot/resume of playwright
b. A 300-word synopsis of play
c. First 10 pages only of script (in pdf)

Email submissions to:

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 2015 Playwriting Competition

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Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 2015 Playwriting Competition. 

The Foundation will accept submissions for its 2015 Playwriting Competition between March 1 and May 31, 2015

Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500. 

Prizewinners will be announced before the end of the year. Production Grants: The foundation also offers grants to not-for-profit production companies to offset expenses in producing theatrical works (plays, musicals, operas, choral works, orchestral works with text) and film or video. All works must be based on, or inspired by, history and must concern LGBT life. No submission fee.

1. Only full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) are eligible for consideration.
2. All works submitted must be original and in English.
3. All must concern LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) life and must be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.

For more submission details visit aabbfoundation.org.

Submissions will be accepted until May 1, 2015.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wanted: 8 minute plays about Showbiz

Wanted: 8 minute plays about Showbiz ( comedy,we hope) for SHOWBIZ SHORTS at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Entry Deadline. 16th May 2015. No fee.

Unpublished. Unproduced. We will pick the 10 best and perform them during the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival. on Sun 21st June 4 pm. and/or Sat 27th June 1 pm. So , if you have any war stories about showbiz, remember all those humiliations you suffered in showbiz? now is your chance to rant and rave.

Questions? 323.806.8770 ..john...scribblerusa ( at ) yahoo.com  Writers will be contacted for permission to perform their play.

Copyright your play. Please mail scripts to :

Scribbler Theatre " showbiz shorts "
p o Box 291460 Los Angeles Ca 90029.
We prefare snail mail, but, if you're a modern writer,well, ok,

email script to: scribblerusa ( at ) yahoo.com

Please state showbiz,your name and play title, in subject.

Include contact info INSIDE email. Please include brief bio.

Showbiz Shorts. Short plays 5 to 8 minutes long.

Directed by John Fingal O’Donnell.

Produced by Dallas Bancroft.

Sun. 21st June 2015. Asylum Theatre. 4:00 pm.

Sat. 27th June 2015. Asylum Theatre. 1:00 pm.

We specialize in 10 minute plays and screenplays.

Please add your email if you want announcements.

Thank you.

performances at THEATRE ASYLUM

6320 Santa Monica Blvd ( near Vine St. ).
Hollywood, CA 90038

2015 Rockford New Play Festival

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The 2015 Rockford New Play Festival selection committee is seeking new ten minute plays. 4 – 6 scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival and presented in an evening of staged readings in Rockford, Illinois during the weekend of August 22 & 23, 2015.

Now in its second year, the Rockford New Play Festival hopes to present scripts of local writers alongside the work of writers from around the nation and beyond. Last year’s festival featured writers from Rockford, Chicago, New York and Georgia.

Submissions will be accepted through May 15th, 2015.

  • Plays of all genres and styles are welcome. We would love to see the play that speaks to where your mind and heart are right now. We encourage you to be bold, passionate, humorous and, most importantly, yourself.
  • Submission Deadline: Friday May 15, 2015. (11:59 PM, PST)
  • Length: The body of the script must be no more than ten (10) pages long. This does not include title page and character breakdown/setting page.
  • Format: Please submit your script as a PDF file in Standard Play Format:
  • Font: 12pt Times New Roman (or similar) typeface
  • Title Page: play title + playwright’s name + contact info
  • Character Breakdown/Setting Page
  • Page Numbering: Pages are numbered in the upper right hand corner starting with the number “1” on the first page of dialogue/action
  • Margins: 1 inch (top, bottom, left, right)
  • Character Names: Capitalized
  • Dialogue: Begins on the line below the character name
  • Stage Directions: Start at or near the center of the page
  • Only one play may be submitted per writer.
  • Plays submitted to The Rockford New Play Festival in previous years will not be considered.
  • Plays must be submitted electronically through the online form below. Email or USPS submissions will not be accepted.
  • Language: Plays must be written for English speaking audiences.
Plays that do not follow the guidelines will be ineligible.
click here to submit your play

Have questions? Please email us at rocknewplayfest@gmail.com. Please note that we cannot accept play submissions via email.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

3rd Annual Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival at Eureka College

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Scripts are now being accepted for the Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival to be presented November 20-21 by Eureka College and the Peoria Live Theatre League. All Illinois High School students are eligible to enter. All scripts must be new unproduced works. Six scripts will be selected as winners and produced by Eureka College.

Submission deadline: Must be e-mailed or postmarked by July 1, 2015
Evaluation period: Now through July 4, 2015
Authors notified: July 5, 2015
Selections announced: By September 15, 2015
Performance dates: November 20-21 (2 evenings)

Notification of scripts received will be made by July 5, 2015
Notification of script chosen will be made by September 15, 2015
The six selected plays will be staged in November 2015 at Pritchard Theatre in Eureka College

There is no fee to enter this competition

Eureka College will produce six scripts written by Illinois High School students. The six plays will be selected from all entries in the following categories:
Class of 2015: 1 script
Class of 2016: 1 script
Class of 2017: 1 script
Class of 2018: 1 script
At-Large: 2 scripts

In the event that no scripts from a class are submitted, another at-large script will be chosen. All student scripts are eligible for selection in the student’s class rank and the At-Large openings.

We are dedicated to producing original works, and if we have the resources to produce more than six plays, we will select more than two At-Large scripts.
Submission Guidelines:
  • You must be a high school student in Illinois.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished 10-minute plays.
  • There is no limit to number of plays that an individual may submit.
  • Production requirements should be feasible. Since the winning plays will be produced, no play considered technically un-producible will be considered.
  • Recommended maximum number of characters per play is four.
  • Running time is to be 10 minutes or less, which may mean 6-10 pages depending upon the density of dialogue. Authors are responsible for submitting work that is within the 10 minute running time limit. Cuts will be requested of the playwright for any selected play which runs over the limit regardless of the number of pages in the script.
  • Mailed scripts must be typed/word-processed, numbered, and stapled.
  • Scripts cannot be returned. Eureka College and the Peoria Live Theatre League assume no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
  • We are unable at this time to provide feedback to playwrights regarding their work.
Submission Process


Mail 2 copies of each script to:
Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival
c/o Marty Lynch
Eureka College
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530-1500
Email: martyl@eureka.edu

Send a digital copy of the script to martyl@eureka.edu. In the subject line, write Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival.

Please note

The selection of directors, actors and designers for the selected plays is at the sole discretion of Eureka College. An author may participate in the process if participation is requested by the producing companies or the director selected for the project. Entry of a script into this festival grants to Eureka College the right to produce the entered play only for this specific event in November 2015 and authors retain all rights to their work for future production or publication. Authors, if their play is selected for production, grant to Eureka College and the Peoria Live Theatre League the right to use their name, biographical information and photo for purposes of publicity and marketing during the period Aug 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Questions can be directed to martyl@eureka.edu

Athena Theatre Guidelines for Playwright Submissions

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Athena Theatre is extending an invitation to NYCPlaywrights to submit their full length plays, which meet our guidelines. Please indicate in your response that you saw this on the NYCPlaywrights site or Saturday email blast.

The purpose of this play reading series is to develop new works which explore a new voice, expresses storytelling in an unconventional way, challenges both the artists as well as the audience to think outside of the box. The play may explore views on religion, race, gender, politics, social change, hunger, blindness or disability of any kind. Please note we are only considering full length, contemporary staged plays at this time with a cast of two – six characters, unit set, genre/theme which is of the style of our past productions. The play should be relevant to the current time. Please submit action driven plays which do not include overt exposition and audience address. From the play reading series, a play will be picked to develop into a staged reading. The staged readings will be performed on a quarterly basis. Please check back to view our staged reading schedule.

When submitting please include all of the following:

-a brief cover letter stating how you think your play fits our mission statement as well as the how it relates to our past productions.
-Subject line: [play title] play reading submission
-a one page summary
-character breakdown
-first ten pages in PDF format.

We will contact you within one month if we are interested in doing a play reading of your play. The play reading series was developed to explore original work.

E-mail to: Veronique@AthenaTheatre.com


Friday, April 24, 2015

Studio Players 2nd Annual 10-Minute Play Festival,

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Studio Players, Kentucky’s Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, is proud to announce their 2nd Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in August 2015. The response last year was so positive, we are adding a second week of performances. We are looking for 7 strong, entertaining plays to feature so, once again, we are holding a competition. This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. The judges will be members of the Studio Players theater community: board members, directors and patrons. The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.
2. The play must be a 10 minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long).
3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page, with: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10 page script.
4. To be considered, each script must be received by May 10th.
5. The contest is open to the first 150 entries received.
6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts.

That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theater community. Each play will be a fully realized, staged production; each performance showing all winning scripts. The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $150 in prize money.

All entries should be sent to: sweftdart@yahoo.com with "10-min play fest" in the header.

Fourth Annual Playwrights CageMatch

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The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward is accepting submissions for its Fourth Annual Playwrights CageMatch. Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition.

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

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. DMT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors. On June 15, 2015, the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: ON THE BOARDWALK. The setting is a carnival or amusement park with a boardwalk in any beach-town. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you! Atlantic City, Coney Island, Venice Beach or somewhere else on the planet … or beyond? Anything can happen at the carnival.

Admission to the performance is free, but a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Deadline for CageMatch submissions sent via e-mail is May 15, 2015; post-mark deadline, if mailed, is May 10, 2015.

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

Douglas Morrisson Theatre ATTN: Susan E. Evans c/o H.A.R.D., 1099 E St., Hayward, CA 94541

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Broadway Rose Theater Company submission guidelines

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We are seeking original musicals to workshop or produce. As a member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre, we have the opportunity to preview original material when it workshops in New York. We welcome submissions from writers and composers. To submit material, please send a CD or mp3 files of a few songs, a synopsis of the show, and a scene from the show. Materials will not be sent back to you.

Send materials to:

Sharon Maroney
Producing Artistic Director
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
P.O. Box 231004
Tigard, OR 97281

Or email Sharon at Sharon@broadwayrose.org.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 16th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in November 2015. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2016/2017 season by the Season Planning Committee.

We are proud to announce that for the 16th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. Authors located outside the United States that might be interested in submitting their plays via email should contact us at jim@chameleontheatre.org. If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of a CD of the music.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show’s title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories.

Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

One to three winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

One to two winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combinations. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and CDs for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2015 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
16th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Summer Playwriting Classes at ESPA!

Summer 2015 classes at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) are now open for enrollment! We're thrilled to announce this semester’s lineup of opportunities in our writing, acting, and directing departments. Some of the fantastic writing offerings include:

Mondays with Brooke Berman (Writer, Hunting and Gathering at Primary Stages) 
Tuesdays with Tessa LaNeve (Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming, Primary Stages)
Tuesdays with A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, Upcoming after all the terrible things I do at Milwaukee Rep and Huntington Theaters; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Thursdays with Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Wednesdays with Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Wanamaker’s Pursuit at Arden Theater Co.) 
Thursdays with Josh Hecht (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)

Wednesdays with Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)

Workshop: Saturday, July 25 with Leslye Headland (Bachelorette at Second Stage Theatre and on film with Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson)

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. For a full list of classes, including workshops and Online Classes visit http://primarystages.org/ESPA. Classes begin in June. Start and end dates vary. 

ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition: http://primarystages.org/espa/payment-plans. ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

The Bellagio Center Resident Fellows Program

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The Bellagio Center Resident Fellows Program offers academics, artists, and writers a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Bellagio community generates new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world and creates art that inspires reflection, understanding, and imagination.

Who Should Apply?

Residencies are open to university or think-thank based academics in all disciplines, literary artists, visual artists, and non-profit practitioners.

We have a strong interest in applications that align with the Foundation’s core issue areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. The Foundations seeks to promote a broad, stimulating mix of disciplines and fields within the Bellagio Community.

The Center accepts applications from individuals as well as applications from collaborative teams of up to four people working on the same project. Residencies are typically four weeks in length.

Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit revised versions. Applicants may apply up to a total of three times. However, those who have held residencies (or spouses who accompanied residents for more than one week) must wait five years before reapplying. There is a lifetime limit of two residencies.

News & Events

The competition opens on March 1, 2015 with a deadline of May 1, 2015 for a possible residency between February 8, 2016 to August 8, 2016.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Salute Your Shorts: A Night of One-Acts

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H.E.A.T. Theatre Co Presents Salute Your Shorts: A Night of One-Acts

Do you have a short piece that embodies the H.E.A.T. mission statement?We are seeking to produce a total of four short plays to be included in a night of one-act performances in late fall 2015.

We are now accepting all short-play submissions for Salute Your Shorts: A Night of One-Acts.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 1st, 2015

Send a PDF or word document with the following information, along with a PDF of your script, to Ankita Mishra, our Literary Manager - heatsubmissions@gmail.com - please indicate you are submitting a one-act in your email.
  • Name 
  • Address
  • Email
  • Approximate length of piece
  • Description of artistic background
  • In 150 words or less, please explain how your piece aligns with H.E.A.T. Theatre Company’s mission statement:
H.E.A.T. Theatre Company is a collective of artists who pledge to unpack contemporary perceptions of "otherness". That is to say: the quality of existing as a body that is both alienated from, and integral to, the social norm. Our investigation of the term is two-fold: first, as the noun, "an other," and second, as the verb, "to other". We do not wish to claim these identities as our own. Rather, it is through tenacious research and collaboration that we will create and interpret new works, while acknowledging the multiplicity of otherness as a fundamental component to the world in which we live. By telling these stories we hope to start conversations that spark reaction and action; that foster knowledge and empathy. Join us.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


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We’re looking for smart, creative, research-savvy, and collaborative artists from diverse theatrical disciplines to join our R&D Team to help build our next show based on verbatim interviews.


We create smart, original, and unpredictable theatre. We produce investigative works based on real-life stories, often engaging with the people whose stories we tell. We experiment with new theatrical languages and forms in pursuit of visually inventive and lyrically rich works. To learn more, visit: www.LifeJacketTheatre.org


The R&D Team will conduct multiples avenues of creative investigative research (interviews, found text analysis, community engagement, excavation of other archival artifacts, or other experimental methods of inquiry) to explore the many facets and perspectives of our new show. The team will transform their research into a rich and multifaceted tapestry of diverse theatrical moments (e.g., monologues, duologues, songs, dance/movement pieces, and visual art), leading to a blend of stage performance, text, video, sound and architecture.


May 2015: Topic Selection Meetings (2 half days)
June 2015: Field Research Training (1 full day)
July 2015: Work-in-Progress Showings (1 full day)
August 2015: Work-in-Progress Showings (1 full day)
September 2015: Work-in-Progress Showings (1 full day), Script Finalization (2 full days), Rehearsals & Performances (7 full days)

*Also, Team Members will spend a great deal of time conducting research and crafting moments on their own.


We are looking for fierce artists who are savvy communicators, forward thinking, and fluent in one or more performative disciplines (text, movement, and/or song). Qualified candidates will be skillful at in-depth field research, using research findings to produce innovative theatrical works, and working and thinking independently and collaboratively.


Please email the following to info@LifeJacketTheatre.org: (1) your resume; (2) 2-5 show ideas that you might pitch to the rest of the R&D Team; (3) 1-3 video links of work samples posted on www.youtube.com or www.vimeo.com. Desired length for each video is 2-10 MIN (please note a starting point if a video exceeds this timeframe). We prefer to see a few complete in-depth scenes of your work versus press reel or snippets of your portfolio.

The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship

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About the Program

The Writing Fellows Program is at the heart of what we do—helping writers be writers. Four early-career playwrights will receive nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing setting for writers to share and refine their work. Individual meetings with the Realm’s Artistic Director, Associate Producer, and Writing Fellows Dramaturg support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director and cast over the course of two workshops to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the individual Writing Fellows. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional workshops are designed to shed light on the often opaque business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The Writing Fellows season culminates in a public reading of each fellowship play as part of our INK’D Festival of New Plays.

What We're Looking For

Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, plays that embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling.

Writing Fellows Receive...

$2,500 Award
A monthly Writers Group
Internal workshop
Professional Development Opportunities
A public reading in our INK'D Festival
Access to all our resources: borrow our wi-fi, camp out in our conference room, use our stickies
The occasional hug

Program Criteria

• Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and workshops in New York City on a twice-monthly basis from September 2015 through May 2016.

• Playwrights should identify as early-career. Those who have completed an MFA program are eligible, but not those who will be enrolled during the residency.

• Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts at a stage of development that would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and reading process. Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with The Playwrights Realm.

• Plays that have already been through a similar development process, or have had a production outside of an academic environment, are not eligible.

• We are not looking for solo performance projects at this time.

Writing Fellows Application Components

• Completed application form. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD.

• Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions

• Full draft of the play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in PDF format.

• A list of three references with contact information, or a signed letter of recommendation from a teacher or theater professional (optional).

To apply, send the above materials to: writingfellows@playwrightsrealm.org

The script must be submitted in PDF format with your name and the play title on a cover page

All applications must be submitted electronically before May 10th, 2015, 11:59PM EST.
Finalists for the program will be interviewed in late summer and final selections will be announced in September.

Hit & Run IX call for 10-minute plays

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, WA is pleased to announce its call for comedic scripts for Hit & Run IX, a staged reading of short plays in November.

*What? 10-minute plays (12 page maximum)

*One script only. It must be a comedy.

*Please don’t send scripts submitted in previous years.

*Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.

*Standard play format preferred.

*There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more family-friendly fare.

*Deadline: May 1, 2015

Notification: September

Submission procedure:

1. Send the full script with a title page with your contact information, a synopsis and character breakdown, and a short bio. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).

2. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to sandrah@spokanestageleft.org. The subject line should include your name and the title of the play.

Fee? None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.

Questions? Contact Hit & Run coordinator Sandra Hosking at sandrah@spokanestageleft.org.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Monthly Question reading series

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Submission guidelines

April 30th- playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
May 3rd -announcement of chosen works.
May 13th - performance night at 7:30pm. Location: Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St, New York, NY.


Scripts must be related to our monthly question.
Our May question is:
What do you want to be when you grow up?
(What did you want to be when you grew up? 
What did your mother want you to be when you grew up?
What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations!

Short plays are limited to 10 pages or less (sometimes less is better) in standard playwriting formats.

Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages.

Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes.

One submission per artist.

Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF.

Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.

Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions.

E-mail your script/song/poem to: lamatheatercompany@gmail.com

The subject line should include the title of the play.

Please fill your contact info, name of your play and 4-6 line synopsis HERE.

Friday, April 17, 2015

15th and FINAL SKETCHBOOK Festival

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Attention Writers, Devisers, Directors, Actors and Theatre Companies:

Collaboraction Theatre Company of Chicago is seeking submissions of world premiere theatre pieces of 7 minutes or less for its 15th and FINAL SKETCHBOOK Festival.

Collaboraction encourages both plays and devised work and are interested in proposals that explore form and unconventional staging. 

There is no theme, but please note Collaboraction's mission to "explore critical social issues."

The Festival will be two weeks in Nov. 2015 in Chicago at a TBD location and will return to its classic format of 16 short plays, visual art and music. 

The SKETCHBOOK Festival has become the "premiere short play festival in the Midwest" for its combination of provocative new work, immersive staging and multi-disciplinary environment and will gather a community of artists and audience for its' grand Finale!

Submissions are due by 11:59pm on April 30th.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


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FINAL APPLICATION DUE MAY 1, 2015 at 11:59pm 

The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY is available to Black playwrights, 21 years of age or older, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

• Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are not eligible.

• The resident playwright commits to spending the 18-month residency period in New York City actively participating in the National Black Theatre community.

• The resident playwright commits to completing one full-length work, which will receive a workshop production at the National Black Theatre in the 2016-2017 season.

 • The residency period begins September 1, 2015 and ends March 31, 2017. All residency requirements must be met during that time.

• Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or Symposium open for the community to participate in.

• The selected playwright is required to serve on the Selection Committee for the 2016- 2017 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY.

• Playwrights may not receive more than one residency at NBT through this program. SELECTION Applications are screened for eligibility by the National Black Theatre and evaluated by a selection committee of professional theater artists; The National Black Theatre’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Theatre Arts Program will evaluate the finalist applications and will schedule interviews with all finalist. Selection is based on commitment, proven talent and artistic potential. The selection process is guided by the National Black Theatre’s mission statement.

TO APPLY: Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY email to submit@nationalblacktheatre.org a single document in PDF, containing the following elements, arranged in this sequence:

1. AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format: NAME COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS HOME PHONE, OTHER PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS PLAY TITLE PLAY SYNOPSIS If you are represented by an agent please make us aware and let us know who that agency is

2. A WRITING SAMPLE: One full-length play that is at least 50 pages in length and has been written only by the applicant (no co-written submissions will be accepted). Please identify 20 pages that you would like for the panelist to read.. These pages will be read first by the panelist. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting.

3. A PLAYWRITING RESUME [listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.]

4. If Playwright is chosen as a finalist they will be asked to submit a one page single spaced proposal outlining ideas, story and/or subject matter they would want to focus their residency on creating. This must be a new play.

Name the application packet file with your last name [Example: application packet sent by Jane Smith = Smith.pdf) o [lastname].pdf [for PDF files]

Email your application packet by May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

No late applications will be accepted. Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via email.

DEADLINE & IMPORTANT DATES Applications must be received by: May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm Finalists will be notified on: June 15, 2015 Recipient will be notified on: July 10, 2015 The residency year is: September 1, 2015 - March 31, 2017 QUESTIONS

Contact: NBT Literary Team submit@nationalblacktheatre.org cc: comfort@nationalblacktheatre.org 4

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

8x10 Play Festival

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The Adobe Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico is celebrating its 55th year of producing quality entertainment in the greater Albuquerque area. That’s over five hundred plays, many of them never before produced.

To celebrate this milestone, The Adobe is launching its first 8x10 Play Festival July 16, 2015 through July 19, 2015, where eight never before seen works will be chosen and given full productions in our ninety-nine seat theatre.

The theme for our inaugural 8x10 Play Festival is LOVE. All submitted plays should deal with this theme, but the word LOVE must never be used in your dialogue.

The Rules

The submissions should be no longer than ten (10) minutes in length when read or performed, with a maximum of ten (10) pages. Plays MUST BE submitted in Word or PDF format. Entrants may send a maximum of two (2) plays.

The Title page should contain the NAME OF THE PLAY only. A separate Contact page should contain the name of the play and the playwright’s contact information, which must include: the playwright’s name, mailing address, phones(s), and e-mail address; the title of the play. These pages do not count against the ten (10) page script maximum.

Plays should be typed in acceptable play format.

Cast maximum is four (4). Directors and cast members will be chosen by The Adobe from members of the Albuquerque theater community.

Settings for the plays should be simple; nothing shall be constructed, hand props and set pieces may be used. Special lighting and sound and other technical needs shall be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Plays which have received fully mounted productions are not eligible. Plays which have been given public readings are permissible.

How To Enter

The deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015. Winners will be notified on or about June 1, 2015.

ALL entries must be e-mailed, as attachments, in Word or .pdf format, to 8x10@adobetheater.org, with 8x10 Play Festival in the subject line. Hard copies or mailed plays will not be considered or returned.

By submitting an entry, you are affirming that you are the sole creator of the play, and entitled to confer performance rights. If you are chosen as a finalist, you agree to grant performance rights, royalty-free, to The Adobe for the four (4) performances dates. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places that will be determined by the Artistic Committee of The Adobe, using the following criteria: Artist Merit, Originality, Craftsmanship, Commercial Viability and Story Telling. There will also be an Audience Prize, voted upon by the Festival attendees throughout the four-day Festival.
Please address all questions to 8x10 Play Festival at 8x10@adobetheater.org.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Molotov Theatre Group Call for New Scripts for 2015/2016 Season

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The Molotov Theatre Group, Washington DC’s premier horror- and suspense-based theatre company, is issuing a call for new scripts for its 2015/2016 season.

In order to be considered, all plays must:
  • Be in the horror genre. We particularly favor plays in the style of Grand Guignol (see below). We would accept a series of vignettes or a cabaret, again in the style of Grand Guignol.
  • Have a run time between 60 and 90 minutes, no intermission.
  • Require a cast of no more than seven actors. No doubling, unless the submission is a series of vignettes.
  • Be able to be performed with a unit set.

SUBMISSIONS: Playwrights should submit a PDF of their script to scripts@molotovtheatre.org along with an author bio, character breakdown, and brief synopsis. Submission deadline is April 15, 2015. Only one script, or collection of vignettes, per playwright.

Selected playwrights will be extended a contract in accordance with the Dramatist Guild guidelines, including a percentage of box office sales.

Grand Guignol

It is highly recommended that prospective playwrights visit the Molotov Theatre Group web site (www.molotovtheatre.org) to read “About Grand Guignol” and “The Molotov Manifesto” before submitting.

About Molotov Theatre Group

Founded in 2007, the501(c)3 non-profit Molotov Theatre Group is DC’s premiere horror- and suspense related theatre company, dedicated to education, preservation and exploration in the aesthetic of the Grand Guignol, or French Theater of Horror. Molotov Theatre Group applies the Grand Guignol ideals to contemporary and classic works. They also produce English translations of original Grand Guignol scripts to preserve and draw attention to this important, and essentially forgotten genre.

For more information on Molotov Theatre Group

Visit our Web Page: http://molotovtheatre.org
Like us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/molotovtheatre
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/molotovtheatre

The Players Theatre Short Play Festival - NYC

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The Players Theatre Short Play Festival
June 4 - 21
Submission Deadline: April 15 at 5p


Visit our website: www.shortplaynyc.com



June 04 – June 21, 2015

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.


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: “NYC – Only in New York”

New York City is like no other place in the world! We are seeking plays that get to the heart of the Big Apple and explore what makes this town tick. Unique New York – it’s more than a tongue twister – it is a way of life!

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians 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 15 pages

Submissions open: March 03, 2015
Submissions close: April 15, 2015
Play selection announced on; April 27, 2015


Submissions invited for the “8 in 48” Idaho Short Play Festival

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The “8 in 48 Idaho” Short Play Festival, produced by Treasure Valley Children’s Theater, seeks new works written and produced for young audiences. Submissions are accepted from February 15, 2015 to May 15, 2015. A screening panel of theater professionals from across the nation will select the eight winning ten-minute plays. Selected playwrights will be notified by June 15, 2015.

All submissions must be previously unproduced, 10 minutes or less in length, and suitable for young audiences. No more than two submissions per playwright. Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted. Winning selections will be mounted during the “8 in 48” Festival on September 26, 2015 in Meridian, Idaho.

Submission inquiries should be directed to Valerie Baugh at vabaugh@msn.com. A call for directors, designers, and actors will go out May 1, 2015. For more information and Festival updates, go to http://www.8in48idaho.org.

Send all submissions to: 8in48idaho@gmail.com

Subject line: 8 in 48 submission

Sunday, April 12, 2015

March Forth Summer Reading Salon

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March Forth Productions
Description: Announcing the Second Annual March Forth Summer Salon!

We here at March Forth love good stories, and without writers… well we don’t have many good stories, now do we? That is why this summer we are once again providing writers with a chance to have their work read and shared informally in an environment that will promote collaboration, thoughtful feedback and the building of our artistic community.

Following the huge success of our inaugural season, we are proud to announce our second season of Summer Reading Salons. Each Monday in July we will gather writers, actors, directors and dramaturgs to read a new play along with the playwright. We'll have a glass or two of wine, discuss what we’ve just experienced, and address any questions or concerns the playwright might have. This is a perfect opportunity for early-career writers or seasoned veterans looking for a supportive arena to try out their newest venture!

Summer Salon Guidelines -
- Full Length, original plays only (no musicals)
- Play must be complete at the time of submission. Revisions to submitted scripts are allowed, however incomplete texts will not be considered.
- Playwright must be able to attend the Salon (July 6th, 13th, 20th or 27th)
- All submissions materials must be provided in PDF format
- Multiple submissions accepted, however only one slot will be awarded per playwright
- Preference will be given to plays that stretch the bounds of theatrical storytelling

To be considered for our Summer Salon, please send a resume, synopsis, character breakdown and ten-page sample of the play you wish to submit toMarchForthSubmissions@gmail.com by May 4th. Please note in the body of your email which Salon date(s) you are available for.

Writers whose work is selected for further review will be asked to submit their full script no later than May 18th. Final selections will be made by June 1st.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


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Seeking fully produced one act plays  (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for

June 10 - July 1, 2015

at Manhattan Rep, 303 W.42nd St.
$1000 PRIZE for BEST PLAY!!!

(And an additional 4 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - June 30 and July 1, 2015.)
To submit your one act play production please email:

The complete play,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by FRIDAY May 1, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put “Summer One Act Competition” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before May 1, 2015, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 4 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

For more information log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Summer One Act Play Competition 2015 Guidelines


46 seat theatre space for at least 4 performances - 3 more if you move on to finals etc

A technician to run your sound and lights

1 Tech rehearsal in the theatre with our technician

1 Full Dress rehearsal with all of the teams in your performance series in the theatre

Our stock furniture for your show

Web flyers with all the information about your show and the shows in your performance series for you to email to all.

Web site support.

Theatre production consultation

Reservation Service, House management and Box Office


An 8 dimmer lighting board with 16 instruments

A 4 speaker surround sound system

A 5 CD changer with support for IPOD, IPHONE, IPAD, PHONE etc and Laptop

Clean, organized dressing room



Casting the production

Directing the production

Outside rehearsal space (if you need it.)

Program design and 300 copies of their program

All other miscellaneous production costs – costumes, props, etc.

Inviting friends and family.


All participants must be NON-UNION

There is NO PAY (unless you win the $1000 cash prize.)

Please do not submit MUSICALS unless staged with pre-recorded music.

(We have no room for an orchestra.)

All Productions must run between 7 minutes and 20 minutes with simple sets which can be easily struck.


NO SMOKING in the play!

No LIGHTING OF ANYTHING! (Candles, cigarettes, etc.)

No projections.

No FURNITURE is to be brought into the theatre for any reason.

We supply more than enough stock furniture for any show.

All props and costumes must be brought in and out of the theatre each night for, regretfully, we do not have space to store for all the plays participating.

RADD Theatre Co is looking for playwrights

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RADD Theatre Co is launching a series of workshops in the coming year, and is looking for playwrights to participate. The readings will be based out of the PS Bookstore in Dumbo.

The goal is to bring together artists once a month to watch and respond to new work. RADD will coordinate space, cast, and audience - all the writer has to do is show up. Depending on length, two or three playwrights will work a month.

The playwright working will also have a short meeting with RADD before the workshop to suss out how they like their feedback. We’ve learned that some people like to know everything everyone thinks, while other people might want to just hear their words aloud and then go back to writing. Whatever is your preference, we will make it happen.

Depending on what you want, we can also schedule a rehearsal before the reading, where you can talk with the actors about the piece. Again, the goal is to provide a space where you feel you can actually work, whatever that looks like to you.

To apply, please send in a pdf of the script you would like to be workshopped. If it is still in development, a 5-10 page sample will work great. 

Submissions due April 22nd. The first reading will be May 3rd.

No application fee.

To learn more about RADD check out our website:


Friday, April 10, 2015

The Secret Theater’s Flying Solo 2 Festival

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Festival Dates: May 27th - May 31st, 2015

Call for Submissions

for one person performances where nightly audiences vote for their favorite festival participant.

No fee to submit or produce. All we require is a payment of $30-$50 for technical staff, depending on the length of your show. We will be supplying all the basic production elements needed to support a new work in development – a stage, a small crew, box office and lobby staff, minimal sets and lights

$200 Cash Prize for Best Show
Free tech rehearsal with experienced stage tech.
Each accepted show is guaranteed 1 or more performances
The final selected shows are eligible for publishing on a non-exclusive basis.

Currently Seeking:
Original solo shows written and performed by men
Original solo shows written and performed by women

Please Include:
The full show
A synopsis of the show and promotional photo
The show’s running time
Short biography of yourself
The show’s production history (If it has been produced before and if so, where)

Submission deadline: ROLLING

Please email submissions to: submissions@secrettheatre.com

Selected shows will be presented May 27th to May 31st at The Secret Theater.

The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City, NYC 11101

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Night of New Works Script Submissions

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Something Marvelous, a Chicago festival of magical realism, seeks new 3 - 10 minute short plays inspired by Paul Bond’s painting The Releasing of Sorrows.

Take inspiration from the imagery or what the “releasing of sorrows” may mean to you. To fit the genre of magical realism, we seek plays that feature a non-realistic event within a realistic world. We want to encourage playwrights to let their imaginations soar and would love to present staging challenges to our actors and directors and explore what we can do with this amazing genre. (Haunting is a very common convention, so we are seeking fresh ideas!) 

 Selected works will be fully staged and presented in Chicago, IL in early June 2015.

To submit: Email scripts to Literary Manager Sarah Mayhan at festival@somethingmarvelous.org.

Deadline: May 10, 2015

For more information: visit our website at http://www.somethingmarvelous.org/work-with-us/

Nick Darke Award

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The deadline for submissions is Monday 14 April 2014
Following Nick Darke’s death the Nick Darke Award was conceived by his wife, the artist and film maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family.

Writers are asked to submit work on an environmental theme in recognition of Nick’s lifelong commitment to this issue. The word environmental may however be broadly interpreted (see www.falmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward for previous winners’ work).

The award is presented each year to a writer for work that pursues an environmental theme within one of the following three disciplines: — Stage play — Screenplay (feature film or short film) — Radio play 

Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. As this award is intended to contribute financially to the life of a writer, the award is in one of these disciplines. With the opportunity to win £6,000 and open to all writers, this competition provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

In the first instance applicants should outline the form of their idea (theatre, radio play, feature film, short film), pitch it in 25 words or less and then outline the story idea in 750 words, suggesting character, plot and structure.

They should also submit 20 pages which are representative of their work; this can be from an existing or new piece of work.

The submissions will be read by a group of readers who will produce a long list for the Longlist Committee. The Longlist Committee will reduce the submissions to a final shortlist of eight for the judges. The winner is announced in October.

The awarded is solely funded by Falmouth University through the Falmouth Graduate School, which offers postgraduate courses (MA and MFA) and research degrees (MPhil and PhD) and supports the wider environment for research and advanced scholarship at the University. www.falmouth.ac.uk/graduate-school

Submission form in PDF format.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One Acts and Snacks Submissions

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Now accepting one act submissions for upcoming One Acts and Snacks events!

Plays must be between 10 – 25 minutes in length
Maximum of four characters
You must be able to attend the reading in Brooklyn.
Preference given to plays that have never been produced or performed, or are in active rewrites.
Please submit plays in PDF format, include title, name, contact info and synopsis on the title page.


One Acts and Snacks will cast your play using our pool of interested actors and actresses. Please let us know if you have someone you would like to read a specific part in your play.

Please note that readers may not exactly fit your character descriptions, but we will work with a talented pool of actors who will bring your words to life in the most authentic way possible.

Privacy and rights:

You retain all rights for any play submitted or performed. We do not permit audience audio or video recording or photography of the reading. Photos may be taken by Casa de Beverley for later promotional use with the consent of the individuals in the room.

Play selection:

If selected you will be contacted via email. You must be available to attend the reading.


Please email submissions to katie@casadebeverley.com. Please attach the script in PDF form with:
  • A synopsis of the play 
  • The character breakdown 
  • The play’s running time 
  • The playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where) 
  • Playwright's contact information

    Emerging Playwrights Contest

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    The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation (DVRF) and OHenry Productions are pleased to announce the first annual Emerging Playwrights Contest. The play contest is intended to identify and encourage talented playwrights who have not yet achieved commercial success and whose work accordingly deserves a wider audience. Over time, we believe this new play contest will serve the broader educational purpose of bringing new and challenging work to the attention of the public.
    The Prize

    A winning piece will be selected by representatives of DVRF and OHenry Productions and will receive a staged reading in New York City. Consideration will thereafter be given towards further development of the work.

    There is no entry fee. To submit your work, please see the instructions below.

    Submission Guidelines
    (1) We are seeking full-length plays only. While there is no strict minimum or maximum page limit, our suggestion is that submissions be no shorter than 30 pages.
    (2) Submissions must be written in English, and must not have had a previous fully staged production. No play that is currently under option is eligible to win. Submissions that have been previously developed or which formerly were under option must be accompanied by a brief summary of the play’s developmental history.
    (3) No musicals or dance pieces will be considered at this time.
    (4) Only one submission per playwright/writing team.
    (5) To ensure an impartial selection process, we ask that the playwright’s name only be included on the cover page.
    (6) The play must be original or based on material which the author has previously been afforded the rights to. Please only submit your own work.
    (7) Playwrights must be citizens or residents of the United States.
    (8) The winning script will receive a reading in NYC during the Spring/Summer of 2015. The author is responsible for his or her travel arrangements. These dates are subject to change as necessary.
    (9) In order to give each submission the attention it deserves, and ensure a timely selection process we can only guarantee eligibility to the play contest for the first 200 scripts we receive. Should your script be received after we have hit the 200 cap, you will be notified and placed on a waitlist. We will review submissions from the waitlist if time allows, and you will be notified if your script is taken off the waitlist.

    Instructions for Submission to the Play Contest

    All submissions must be made electronically. Submissions should be PDFs and in standard stage play format. Please include a title page with the playwright’s name, address, phone number and email. Submissions should also include a brief synopsis, and character descriptions. Submissions must be received by 11:59pm on Friday April 10th, 2015 to be eligible for the 2015 play contest. Scripts can be submitted through this form. Submissions may also be emailed todvrfohenry@dvrf.org. Please make the subject of your email “2015 Contest Submission.”

    Click here for a full list of Contest Rules (the “fine print”)

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    Ticket discount/ticket give-away for SHE CALLS ME FIREFLY

    A pair of tickets will be given away to one member of the NYCPlaywrights mailing list this Saturday, April 11 - details on how to claim the tickets will be in the weekly email blast. The tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can sign up for the mailing list here.

    Details on getting the tickets at a special NYCPlaywrights discount rate are below.

    Freddie's Place...aka New Perspectives Studio
    458 West 37th Street (at 10th Avenue)

    New Perspectives Theatre Company and VH Theatrical Development Foundation are taking the phrase "drinks and a show" to a whole new level with Teresa Lotz's new play, She Calls Me Firefly.

    It's Nickel Beer Night at Freddie's Place. As you enter, you will instantly be transported from the New York City streets to a Kentucky dive bar. Ken has come here to drown his sorrows, but no amount of alcohol can wash away the secrets of his past. Ken meets Freddie, a mysterious bartender, who watches Ken’s past unravel drink by drink. The ever-present memory of Ken’s mother Veronica impedes his ability to find joy and peace in his life. She Calls Me Firefly lures the audience into Ken’s world, allowing them to join him on a journey of self-awareness.

    Don’t miss this exciting new American play by Teresa Lotz. Come pull up a stool, grab a drink (the first is on the house), listen to the band and find yourself immersed in the world of She Calls Me Firefly.

    Special Offer:

    $15 (reg. $18) – Ticket includes one free beverage*
    plus live music before and after the show!

    1- ONLINE: Visit Eventbrite and use code RedRising15
    2- PHONE: Call 212.630.9945 and mention code RedRising15

    *Each ticket comes with ONE SCMF Drink Coaster which you can exchange for ONE complimentary beer, wine, cider or soda. You must be over 21 to exchange for Alcoholic Beverage. Additional blackout dates may apply. Schedule and cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. facility fee. Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. No exchanges or refunds. All sales final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Limit 10 tickets per order. Offer may be revoked at any time. ADULT CONTENT, admission for 16 years and up.

    Ticket discount/ticket give-away for CLINTON: THE MUSICAL

    A pair of tickets will be given away to one member of the NYCPlaywrights mailing list this Saturday, April 11 - details on how to claim the tickets will be in the weekly email blast. The tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can sign up for the mailing list here.

    Details on getting the tickets at a special NYCPlaywrights discount rate are below.


    New World Stages / Stage 4340 West 50th Street
    An Unimpeachable Early Offer:
    Get Tickets for $39!

    Starring Kerry Butler (as Hillary Rodham Clinton), Tom Galantich (as WJ Clinton),  Duke Lafoon (as Billy Clinton) and Judy Gold (as Eleanor Roosevelt)

    “Ribald and entertaining! Clinton The Musical is every bit as outrageous as you might think.”

    - The National Review

    It’s 1992. Scrunchies are in and mullets are out. “Baywatch” is a hit and Time Magazine’s Man of the Year is Bill Clinton. He’s optimistic, charismatic, and he’s bringing saxy back! Clinton the Musical is a sensational and satirical look at the 42nd President who upholds the ideals of Lady Liberty while simultaneously charming the pantsuit off her. With Hillary by his side, he’s bringing new life to the party- So cast your vote for the President of all political satires: Clinton the Musical!

    Special Offer:
    $39* (reg. $75-$95)
    1- ONLINE: Visit TelechargeOffers.com and use code CTRED49
    2- PHONE: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code CTRED49
    3- IN PERSON: Print this discount or display this page from your device and bring to: New World Stages - 340 West 50th Street

    Sunday, April 5, 2015

    Open Bar Theatricals fellowship

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    Providing emerging artists with space, technical, and financial support in which to fine tune new works and artistic ventures Three artists will be selected for this upcoming season receiving

    • Access to rehearsal/work space for one month 
    • An open reading following the one month process  
    • Artistic guidance and feedback One project per month from May, June and July 2015 From the 3 readings, one will be chosen to produce a fully staged workshop 
    • 5 week rehearsal period 
    • Pending equipment/tools/props will be provided 
    • Rehearsal starting August 2015 To submit please attach a resume, a sample of the proposed work and one page cover letter outlining the following: 

    -Contact Info
    -Description of proposed project
    -Artistic goals for this project
    -Has this work been published/performed before ?
    -Space/requirement/budget needs -Scheduling conflicts/preferences 

    *Please note that the fellowship is not limited to just playwrights but is open to creators in all performance-based art forms. Send all submissions to OpenBarTheatricals@Gmail.com (Subject: Fellowship 2015)

    Submission deadline – April 20th, 2015

    Saturday, April 4, 2015

    Door is a Jar seeks submissions for fall issue

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    Door is a Jar is looking for well-crafted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and artwork for the first issue of its bi-annual online publication. 

    Please read over the submission guidelines carefully before submitting any work. Each writer or artist can submit to multiple categories; however, only submit once to each category per submission period. The submission period for the fall issue opens March 15, 2015 and will close July 1, 2015. 

    We only accept new work that hasn't been previously published. 

    mail your submissions to doorisajarmagazine@gmail.com with the category you are submitting to and your last name in the subject line. 

    Within the email please include your full name, contact info, and a fun 5-sentence bio. 

    We accept simultaneous submissions; however, please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. We reserve first initial publishing rights and then all rights revert back to the author.

    Drama: Following the Standard American Format, submit up to 2 short plays as a Word or Pages document. Each play should not exceed two pages in length.

    Mixed Blood submission guidelines

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    Mixed Blood welcomes submissions of contemporary plays that pursue and realize the company’s mission and aesthetic. Mixed Blood uses theatre to address pluralism, usually manifest in race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, affectional orientation, and political worldview. Predictably unpredictable, the theatre particularly invites polyglot plays, scripts from the global stage, and work that advances the art form. 

    We prefer e-submissions. If you think you play might be a good fit for us, please send a query letter, your bio or resume, a brief synopsis, and a 10-page sample of your play to the Mixed Blood Literary Manager.

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    5th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam

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    Things to know before you register:

    If you sign up, show up!

    The event takes place rain or shine.
    Your Sonnet

    Sonnet #s are assigned randomly and you will be given your # within a few days of registration.
    Memorizing your sonnet is not mandatory but if you'd like to do that, feel free.
    There will be paper copies of the sonnets at the event in case you need it but you can certainly bring your own printout or book.
    Video and Release
    Since we are videotaping the event, all Readers will need to agree to the release form. Details to follow.
    Check in
    Please be there on Friday 24th April Noon to sign in. Slam starts promptly at 1pm.
    Once you check in with a Sonnet Helper, you will be given a Name tag with your Sonnet #.
    After the check in, you can leave the area, just make sure you return at least 15 minutes before your Sonnet # to get in the lineup.
    Please wear your name tag so you can meet other Sonneteers who are near you in the lineup.
    Mic Protocol
    One mic stand will be shorter and one mic will be taller - PLEASE go to the mic that fits your height. 
    Do not try to adjust the mic height.
    Do not yell into the mic - you are amplified, everyone will hear you. Just stand a few inches from the mic and speak normally.
    Ten Readers at a time will be on deck in the back of the bandshell (there will be chairs) so please be aware who is reading before you so there is no dead air between Readers.
    At the mic: ONLY Say your NAME, Sonnet #, speak your Sonnet then exit - it is a SLAM so please no pitching, no promoting - just you & your Sonnet.
    Dress Code
    Wear whatever you want! Fancy, funky, Casual or Elizabethan are all welcome.

    Undiscovered Countries call for submissions

    Undiscovered Countries is an ongoing festival of new and developing live art, performing every other month, and we're looking for submissions for our May show!  

    Undiscovered Countries has now presented 27 consecutive monthly or bimonthly showings at various New York bar venues, including Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn Fireproof, and Quinn’s NYC.  Over eighty emerging artists have worked with Undiscovered Countries to produce their in-development works, which have gone on to productions at Dixon Place, Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory, and the PIT. 

    - Submissions should be no longer than 20 minutes of running time. 
    - We're accepting any live medium-- short plays, solo work, music acts, movement pieces, or any other live performative work you can dream up.
    - Proposals should include run time, number of expected performers, and a working script or description of what you plan to do onstage
    - Submissions are due April 4 to undiscoveredcountriesfestival@gmail.com

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