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Friday, May 29, 2015


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ATF’s mission is to produce new and contemporary scripts. To fulfill this mission we welcome the opportunity to meet new playwrights and read their work. We seek unproduced scripts exploring contemporary issues, set in the Adirondacks and across the country utilizing seven actors or less.

However, as ATF does not have a literary staff we cannot handle unsolicited scripts unless submitted by an agent. If you do not have an agent, please first submit the following query: a cover letter, a professional resume, a professional letter of recommendation, a brief synopsis of your script, a ten-page dialogue sample, and a self-addressed stamped envelope should you wish your materials to be returned to you.

Due to the large volume of queries we receive, please allow up to six months for submissions to be read and processed. We will contact you if we wish to read the full manuscript. To ensure your work fits, we also ask that you familiarize yourself with our production history prior to sending a submission. Please note ATF does not provide dramaturgical feedback.

Queries may be submitted to:

Adirondack Theatre Festival
PO Box 3203
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Please feel free to inform us of any readings/workshops/productions of a work you think might be appropriate for ATF by emailing us.

Talking Stick FestivalMay Short Play Lab

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Full Circle First Nations Performance is accepting submissions from artists for the2016 Talking Stick Festival. Fill out the information below.

We welcome work of both established and emerging artists from all areas of the performing arts - theatre, dance, drumming, spoken word, music and multi-media in traditional or contemporary form - or maybe even a fusion of both!

The Talking Stick Festival also offers opportunities for artists whose work is in development and who are seeking artistic support/guidance. Artists who are interested in having their work presented in the “Development Series” are encouraged to submit their application with:
  • A cover letter - outlining your interests and telling us a little about yourself and details of your project/application
  • 3 letters of reference.
  • A description of your Project in development (Maximum of 20 minutes performance)

All artists (professional and emerging) can apply in two ways: 1) Fill out the online application form and upload your bio and photos. 2) Mail in your application

Mail in your application To mail your application, include the following in your artist package submission:
  • Cover letter - outline your interests and tell us a little bit about yourself
  • An updated bio on your performances
  • A sample of your work if you have it (CD – if you are singer / DVD if you are a performer / link to your website or YouTube / copy of your script)
  • Any other support materials you feel would help your application
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to have your support material returned to you. Please ensure there is enough postage on your envelope.

Mail to: Full Circle First Nations Performance 2016 TSF Submissions 1577 W Georgia St., Vancouver BC V6G 2V2

No Phone Calls Please


After all submissions are reviewed, shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further discussion. Due to budget restrictions, Full Circle is not always able to provide travel for artists. Therefore, to aid in their application, out-of-town artists are encouraged to pursue travel funding opportunities and include details of this in their applications.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mahattan Rep Premiere Play Development Program

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We have been producing new work here in New York City for 10 years in August. (Over 1000 full length plays and close to 600 short plays.) Putting up a successful play production in NYC is quite a challenge and there are a myriad of factors that either make or break a production.

Our new Premiere Play Development Program is an attempt streamline the process of play production and solve some of the most challenging problems of producing a play in NYC.

There are so many festivals now in town where plays are slapped into theaters with very limited tech, dress and rehearsal time. Often it is twice the play length, or a daytime Tech/Dress for 4 or 5 hours tops where you are stressed out of your mind attempting to perfect your play in this strange theatre while the clock is ticking.

This is the first challenge that our Premiere Play Development Program solves. We offer 3 hours of TECH, and then, on another day, 3 hours of Dress rehearsal time, and before that we offer an additional 8 hours of straight rehearsal in the theatre you will be performing in for a total of 14 hours of theatre time. (And we offer additional rental time in the theatre at a price below most studio space.) More time in the theatre means you won’t be rushed. Your actors will feel at home and comfortable, and you will be able to develop and present your play in a civilized professional manner without having a heart attack from the crazy stress of the “Theatre Festival.” And your play will rock!

The second challenge we help solve is we give you real support. Our Premiere Play Development program is open to only 10 plays to be produced between July 15 and September 4, 2015.) If there are 35 or 100 plays in a 4 week festival how much can you truly be supported? We will be available to help with anything you may need from casting, to hiring a team, to script work, to creative play solutions. This is not a crazy festival.Your play will be part of our Summer season and we will be there to help you along the way with any problems or challenges you may encounter.

Our Premiere Play Development Program is about the work, not about how many plays can be stuffed into a theatre at any given time. It is about making it easy for you to develop your play in the heart of the theatrical world, Times Square, with hours and hours of theatre time, and REAL creative and administrative support to create a great production! You get two performances Prime Time - more if you are selling well.

To submit your 40 - 120 minute new, never been produced before play please email:
  • A brief introduction with detailed information about yourself and your work,
  • the complete draft of your play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs history, (readings, when it was written, etc etc.)
  • your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Monday June 15, 2015

Please put “PREMIERE PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM" in the subject heading.

You will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted into the program. If we fill up all production development positions early on, we will end submissions. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance. We are only accepting 10 plays into this program.

There is no submission fee. Once accepted there is a $300.00 Non-refundable participation fee.


For more information log on to www.manhattanrep.com

And if you have any questions about anything, feel free to write us at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

Walnut Street Theatre submission guidelines

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If you have written a play or musical that you feel is appropriate for the Walnut Street Theatre's Mainstage or Independence Studio on 3, please send the following:

1-2 page synopsis
5-10 page excerpt from the script
a character breakdown
bios for the playwright, composer, lyricist, and any other artistic collaborators
Demo CD with tracks clearly labeled (musicals only)

Submissions should be sent to the attention of the Literary Manager, 
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 
Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Please DO NOT send the full script unsolicited. If, upon reading the synopsis package we find that your show is a good fit for the Walnut, we will request a full script at that time. Responses will only be sent to submissions that include a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard. Please allow up to 6 months for a review and response to your submission.

Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival seeks new work

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The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival is dedicated to supporting writers and composers in the creation of new musical theater works. To advance this mission, the festival will select a new work that is ready to be explored musically and dramatically and bring it to the stage with a professional creative team and cast. The festival will accept submissions of projects at various stages of development. The application deadline is June 1.

 The artistic board will review the submissions and announce their selection in June.

Eligibility Requirements

• Book musicals or other experimental musical theater forms are eligible.

• Original and adapted works will be accepted, providing that the rights to any material not in the public domain have been granted in writing. Please include a copy with the submission.

• Works that have already had a professional production are not eligible.

• Applicants are permitted to submit one work for consideration.

• The cast cannot exceed 10 actors.

• All members of the creative team must be over 18 years old.

Winner Receives

• The opportunity to bring your show to the stage with the professional artists provided by the festival, including the following: director, musical director, additional musicians if necessary (maximum of 2), stage manager, actors

• Transportation from New York City to the Poconos on August 6 and from the Poconos to New York City on August 8.

• Housing at East Stroudsburg University during your time with the festival. Please note: you are responsible for your own lodging and transportation for the New York City rehearsals

• A $1,000 honorarium for each member of the creative team


August 3 to August 5 – Rehearsals in New York City

August 6 – Travel to East Stroudsburg, PA (Pocono Mountains)

August 7 – Performance at 7:30pm

August 8 – Depart from East Stroudsburg, PA

Selection Process

• Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2015

• Four works will be chosen as finalists

• Members of the festival’s Artistic Board will choose the winner

• The winner will be announced in June 2015

Submission Guidelines

Click to submit your application. You will be required to provide the following:

1. Biography and resume for each creative team member (upload PDF files)

2. Synopsis including character breakdown and instrumentation

3. Song list

4. Script with lyrics or a full libretto (upload PDF file)

5. Sheet music for a minimum of 5 songs (upload PDF files)

6. Music recordings (upload MP3 file) – Please submit 20 minutes of recorded music including the 5 songs for which sheet music is submitted. Studio demos are not necessary. Piano/vocal recordings are sufficient. Clearly label the MP3 files with the name of the name and number of the song. Number them in sequence.

7. Background and future goals of the work - Submit a description of the piece including the origin of the idea, inspiration for writing, and past readings or developmental processes. In addition, please include a description of what you hope to gain from the experience with The Musical Theater Developmental Lab.

8. Rights statement – (upload PDF) Please provide proof of fully secured rights if the proposed show is an adaptation of an existing work that is not in the public domain.

Questions? Contact info@buckhillskytopfest.org

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Discount tickets: CONSENT

The Black Box Theatre
at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
111 West 46th Street

Limited Engagement from June 2nd through June 28th

A new play about sex, power and intimacy in the 21st century, CONSENT follows Ron Sullivan, living the American dream. A natural athlete and former NFL football player, Ron achieved early success as an award winning architect. But recently he's made some changes. Ron came out as gay, separated from his high school sweetheart, and moved into a Soho loft. Now a chance encounter with Kurt, a sexy Yale law student, seduces him into the murky waters of consent. Neither man, nor the two most important women in Ron’s life, will ever be the same.

CONSENT, a new play written and directed by David Rhodes (Rites of Privacy; The Road to Skye), stars Catherine Curtin (“Orange Is The New Black”; The Lady of Dubuque; Love, Janis), Michael Goldstein (Belgrade Trilogy), Angela Pierce (“You Don’t Know Jack”; “Unburden”) and Mark McCullough Thomas (Our Lady of 121st Street; “Guiding Light”).

$35 tickets (Regularly $60)


ONLINE: Click Here and use code UWANT2
PHONE: Call 866-811-4111 and mention code UWANT2
IN PERSON: Please bring a print out of this offer to the Box Office one hour prior to performance. Please note: there are no guarantees that tickets will be available at that time so purchasing ahead is strongly recommended.

RESTRICTIONS: Seating with offer is General Admission. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice and is subject to availability. Not valid in combination with other discounts or promotions; blackout dates and additional restrictions may apply. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Normal service charges apply to all phone and Internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Maximum of 8 tickets total with offer. Offer expires June 14th.

May be inappropriate for under 18 years of age

This is not a production of the Roundabout Theatre Company

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Discount tickets - CLINTON - THE MUSICAL

New World Stages / Stage 4
340 West 50th Street

An Unimpeachable 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)

New York Times Critics’ Pick!
“UNIMPEACHABLY AMUSING! Smartly silly, hilariously impudent and sneakily compassionate.”
-The New York Times

“Wildly fun! A boisterous 92-minute satirical musical that hits American politics right on its semi-bulbous nose.”
- Entertainment Weekly

“A deliciously ribald over-the-top production!”
-Daily Beast

“A buzzy new Off-Broadway musical full of tongue-in-cheek ditties worthy of “Avenue Q.”

“A silly, fun night out featuring a truly sensational cast of Broadway all-stars!”
-Perez Hilton

“An uproarious musical romp! Fast-paced and full of surprises.”

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

* Blackout dates may apply. Schedule and cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. All prices include a $2.00 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.

The All Stories Theater Company seeks English-language plays from authors who are not US citizens

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The All Stories Theater Company seeks English-language plays from authors who are not US citizens. Authors may reside anywhere, including the US and may incorporate other languages in their work, too, if translation is included.

Content, length, etc, is up to author.  Preference will be given to stories which reveal something of a place outside the US and which are also at the same time awesome.

$25 for honorarium for authors we select. 

Send plays in .doc or .pdf formatted attachment to allstoriestheatercompany@gmail.com by June 15th  with “Play Submission”  in subject heading.

Located outside of Boston, The All Stories Theater Company is an independent association of freelance artists dedicated to sharing a diverse array of first-rate stories – including, perhaps, yours! - with our audiences.

Free tickets/Discount tickets - ACCIDENTAL PERVERT

NYCPlaywrights is offering a voucher for a pair of free tickets to see this show on a first-come, first-serve basis - see details in this week's NYCPlaywrights Saturday email blast.

Even if you don't get the free tickets you can still take advantage of the discount codes - see below. 

An enlightening and hilarious play by Andrew Goffman
Now in its Seventh Year!

“Funny but Poignant and Sweet!” – Examiner.com
“A Wild Roller Coaster Ride!” – BroadwayWorld.com
“Hilarious!” – TheaterMania
“Go See The Show!" – Michael Musto, Village Voice

“ACCIDENTAL PERVERT” is the true accounting of one boy’s odyssey to manhood via a childhood dominated by pornography – an addiction accumulated after the boy happens upon his father’s collection of XXX-Rated video tapes in a bedroom closet, just to the right of his golf clubs, above the cowboy boots, behind the sweatshirts, all the way up in the top left hand corner. Andrew Goffman takes his audience on a hilarious and self-deprecating journey into a world of video vixens, X-Rated fantasies, and really DIRTY movies with no redeeming value whatsoever. He found the tapes at 11 years-of-age. The addiction controlled him until he was 26. THE YEAR HE MET HIS WIFE.

$ 29 tickets (reg $49)
General Admission


ONLINE: Click Here and use code RRM29
PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code RRM29
IN PERSON: Bring this offer to the theatre box office.

The 13th Street Repertory
50 West 13th Street, NYC

RESTRICTIONS: Offer may be revoked at anytime and is subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions; blackout dates and restrictions may apply. Maximum of 8 tickets total with offer.

Free tickets/Discount tickets: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

NYCPlaywrights is offering a voucher for a pair of free tickets to see this show on a first-come, first-serve basis - see details in this week's NYCPlaywrights Saturday email blast.

Even if you don't get the free tickets you can still take advantage of the discount codes - see below. 

Masterworks Theater Company
47th Street Theater- 304 West 47th Street 
(between 8th and 9th Avenues)
June 5th through June 28th

90 Minutes of Musical Mayhem
Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

Masterworks Theater Company's Inaugural Season continues with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. June is the perfect time for some summer loving in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Set in a modern day playground, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Tamilla Woodard, riffs on the culture of uber celebrity where one couple, Oberon and Tatiana are more like the Kanye and Kim of the fairy world. As they fight their immense celebrity, power creates a hysterical ripple effect in the mortal world. Magic, mixed messages, misunderstandings lead lovers awry and will leave the audience questioning which wedding we'll attend before the story ends! Shakespeare has never been as fun and accessible as in this exhilarating new production. William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is preceded in May by Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.

The goal of Masterworks Theater Company is to present accessible, professional productions of theatrical and literary heavyweights that are widely produced and studied in educational settings at affordable ticket prices to help ignite the audience for live theater for the next generation. A major part of our mission is casting culturally diverse; we strive to amplify the universality of these masterworks by reflecting the face of a new America.

Special Offer:
$29 Orchestra Tickets Through June 10th
$35 Orchestra Tickets from June 12th through June 28th


ONLINE: Visit TicketCentral.com and use code INSIDE

PHONE: Call 212-279-4200 and mention code INSIDE

IN PERSON: Bring a print out of the offer to Ticket Central Box Office - 416 W 42nd Street (Between 9th and 10th), New York, NY, Noon to 8pm 7 days a week.

ALL Balcony Seats, ALL Performances $19 without a code!

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 3PM and 8PM, Sundays at 3PM. No performance on Wednesday, June 17th. Added 11AM Matinee on Thursday, June 18th.

Restrictions: Not valid June 11th. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.

Unspoken Theatre Company submission guidelines

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Unspoken Theatre Company has an open submission policy for playwrights. Submissions will be considered for production, development, and/or dramaturgical support. Please send only one submission at a time. Due to the volume of submissions, there may be a delay in our response, but we will respond with an email acknowledging that we have received your submission.

We favour work that
- Incorporates classical, traditional, mythological, or archetypal characters, themes, or allusions.
- Features classical or traditional forms, styles, and techniques.
- Is an adaptation of a classical, traditional, or mythological story or play.

We are interested in work that is aware of theatrical history and is interested in looking at the past to create new work in the present.

Stylistically, we have tended to favour work with elements of non-realism or stylistic hybridity. We have tended to prefer literary and poetic work.We have tended to look for plays with a magical, fantastical, or symbolic element.

If you would like more information, or to submit, please email us at unspokentheatrecompany@gmail.com

Center of the World Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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7th Annual Community Readers Theatre August 14-16, 2015
$500 Grant Award!

Welcome to the 7th Annual Amateur Playwrighting Contest. 10-Minute Plays with an Environmental Humanities theme based upon our local history.

Submissions are accepted from October 1, 2014 to May 30, 2015. Use your gifts to help us develop a storytelling videography of our local area as part of our Cal Humanities Grant Project.

Script submission donation: There is a suggested minimal donation of $10.00 which can be paid by check to Center of the World Festival, Inc.

Send donation with submitted scripts. 

Or you may donate online at this link: Events, Tickets, Donations

These donations are used to pay for the advertising expenses associated with conducting this Festival. No donation is expected from under-age minor amateur playwrights nor adult hardship cases.

The play must be original and unpublished and unproduced in any type of setting or venue.

The play must be complete in and of itself and not be an incomplete fragment (such as a monologue, etc.) taken from a longer play nor an adaptation of another person's material already published. However, edited (shorten versions) of your own work may be accepted, if source is identified and available for comparison. Adaptations of public domain material, published before year 1900, may be considered if source is identified.

The play must be appropriate for readers’ theatre presentation (no elaborate sets or stage directions). Please read the section on Readers Theatre for more information. We do not conduct, nor send, written evaluations of scripts to playwrights. Play theme must adhere to Social issue topics, such as ecology, justice, peace, equality, crime prevention, freedom of speech, etc. See Theme Rules for more details.

The Festival is for a General Audience base. DO NOT SUBMIT "Mature Audience Only" material. Please consider general audience for appropriate language in your script dialogue.

The plays are limited to 10-minute scripts, which are about ten pages long. Some flexibility: no shorter than 8 minutes and no longer than 12 minutes.

The Play Submission Form must be used as the cover page. The next page shall be the Play Title Sheet, which includes the title of the play, the playwright's name, the list of characters, and setting. Playwright Agreement also must be signed and sent with your script.

You acknowledge that this is a competition for playwrights who self-identify as amateurs, in various meanings of that word, but excludes playwrights who identify themselves as professionals.

Play must be typewritten (or Word Processed) on 8.5" by 11" paper. Pages should be secured only with a removable binder clip (no staples). Please number each page of the play. The play must be typed in standard play format, using one side of each page only.

You may submit three plays for consideration. However, only one play per author will be chosen as a finalist. A separate submission donation is requested for each different play.
Two entry ways:

1) E-mail transmission to: Director@CenterOfTheWorldFestival.org.

You may submit the play in Word Doc or ".pdf" format by e-mail, accompanied by a ".pdf" of your signed Playwright's Agreement, and ".pdf" of Play Submission Form and Play Title Sheet. In the event that your signature is delivered by e-mail delivery, such signature shall create a valid and binding obligation with the same force and effect as if such ".pdf" signature page were an original of your signature.

2) "Hard-copy" paper "snail-mail" submitted applications with Play Submission Form, Play Title Sheet, and Playwright's Agreement. Send to:

The Center of the World Festival
P.O. Box 1929
Frazier Park, CA 93225-1929

If you wish to be notified that script was received, please enclose self-addressed, stamped envelope. Do not send manuscripts by certified mail, or signature required.

Please retain your original and send us only one (1) printed copy. COWFEST will keep this copy in its private archives to validate non-profit mission fulfillment. You give permission for sufficient copies to be made by Festival staff to fulfill the preliminary reading, Festival production, and other requirements for cast, staff, and directors. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL COPY!

You may wish to copyright your material. Check writers' guides for more information, or visit www.copyright.gov

Deadline for play submission is May 30, 2015. All submissions will be judged by reader/actors of a non-professional community reader’s theatre in Pine Mountain Club, California.

Finalists will be announced by June 30, 2015. All playwrights will be notified of the results. For further information, read section on Selection Process.

Should your play be selected as a finalist, you are giving the non-exclusive right to the Center of the World Festival to produce and perform the play in readers theatre format from August 14 through August 16, 2015. We encourage the playwright (or a proxy) to be in attendance at this Festival production.

Playwrights will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. Playwrights will receive sole credit for writing their play.

No changes will be made to the script without permission of the playwright. The director shall be the sole person to give cast and crew notes of production; however, playwrights may give any notes regarding the play production to the director.

After the play is accepted as a finalist, the play may not be withdrawn for any reason. If you are concerned about the quality of production by an amateur readers theatre, please do not submit for this Festival.

The play chosen for grant award will be determined by the spectator audience of the Festival.

At this time, we are not accepting phone calls. If you would like to talk to someone personally about the Festival, please send a letter with your submission, explaining your questions. Or contact us by e-mail at the link on this website. Please provide a phone number, e-mail or fax number, and the best times to reach you by phone. We will contact you as soon as possible.


Monday, May 25, 2015

And Then She Said a Funny Thing

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Ever been told that women aren't as funny as men? Yes, us too. In fact, we got so sick of hearing it that we decided to answer back.

And Then She Said a Funny Thing... is a brand new comedy podcast featuring bitesize funnies written by women. Our pilot episode, recorded at Omnibus Clapham in September 2014, was a resounding win and following the success of our Kickstarter Campaign plans are now underway for Episode 2!

We want your sketches, rants, poems and funny words in any form to feature in our live shows. Selected pieces will be performed by our ludicrously talented cast and released onto the airwaves for all to enjoy.

We'll accept words on any topic and in any style, and all writers are given full credit for their material. The only rules are that pieces must be:
  • Comic Writing 
  • Suitable for audio performance and recording 
  • Written by a woman (or women) 
  • 90 Seconds long or less

Submissions for our next recording on 17th July at Omnibus are OPEN!

Please send to: funnythingpieces@gmail.com





Writers in Residence 2016 submission opens

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2nd March - 29th May 2015

The Writer in Residence programme for 2016 is funded by the generous support of Joanna Munro. Thanks to Joanna, Gladstone’s Library can continue to offer residencies that enrich the community of writers and readers that we have here at the Library.



Currently in its fourth year, Gladstone’s Library’s competitive Writer-in-Residence programme provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values.

By liberal values, we do not mean views aligned with any particular political ideology.

We mean a commitment to freedom and social justice, tolerance and respect of difference, open-mindedness coupled with intellectual curiosity, generosity of spirit and a willingness to learn from others.

Founded by Gladstone in 1894, the Library is committed to maintaining his legacy of engagement with social, moral and ethical questions by helping people reflect more deeply on the questions that concern them.

It does not claim to provide any of the answers but it does offer a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment together with unparalleled resources for creative study including renowned collections of historical, cultural, theological and political materials: 33,000 books come from Gladstone’s own library and many contain annotations made by Gladstone himself.

Through reflection and writing during their stay, Writers-in-Residence help us redefine liberal values for the twenty-first century.

Their engagement might be critical, supportive or merely observant.

Gladstone was a polymath with interests ranging widely across religion, history, social justice and politics from Classical times to what was then contemporary culture.

The scope of these four residencies is equally wide and we welcome fiction and non-fiction writers.

Gladstone read on average five books a week so you can be sure that the Library has something to offer you.

The connections he made between the various disciplines he delved into helped shape his particular form of liberalism.

Gladstone's Library is unique – it is the only residential library in the United Kingdom.

It provides a meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions.

All are welcome at the Library regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.

The Writer-in-Residence is expected to be at ease with this inclusive ethos.

Four places will be awarded.

The dates of the tenures are February, May, September and November 2016.

Each residency includes:
  • Accommodation in an en-suite room for a period of four consecutive weeks;
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner); morning coffee and afternoon tea (telephone calls or alcoholic drinks are not included);
  • Travel expenses to and from the Library at the start and end of the residency (HMRC mileage allowance or standard bus/train fares within the UK);
  • An honorarium of £100.00 per week.

Each winning author must:
  • Attend the official London prizewinning ceremony on Monday 12th October 2015;
  • Participate, where possible, in any other publicity events held before or after their residency;
  • Respond to media/press enquiries as appropriate and by prior agreement with the library’s warden, Peter Francis;
  • Submit two blog posts to the Gladstone’s Library website;
  • Lead a creative writing workshop to not more than twenty participants;
  • Give an evening talk about any aspect of their writing and/or creative life;
  • Abide by the normal terms and conditions for guests staying at Gladstone’s Library.

Terms and Conditions:
  1. Entrants must submit a one page CV/biography, a copy of the book they would like the judges to consider, a 250 word statement about their take on (re)defining ‘liberal values’ and 250 words on the work that they plan to do at the Library as well as their idea for an evening event and day workshop. Submissions should be sent to Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research, Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF. Submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world but please note that travel expenses are only covered within the UK and Ireland. 
  2. Prose fiction and non-fiction, poetry, screenplays and drama are all eligible for submission. Submitted texts must have been published in the last three years. We accept manuscript submissions accompanied by evidence of a contract and publishing schedule. Academic monographs are not eligible for Writer-in-Residence and should be submitted to the Library’s scholarship programme. As well as standard publication routes, we accept e-published texts. We do not accept self-published authors of any kind. No correspondence can be entered into. Entry is free and limited to one entry per author. You cannot enter under a pseudonym. Winners will be notified by the end of September and invited to a launch event at the National Liberal Club on Monday 12th October. Winners agree to take part in publicity activity and abide by Library rules during tenure.
  3. Situated just six miles from Chester, Gladstone’s Library is Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library and the national memorial to William Ewart Gladstone. It is home to a unique collection of more than 250,000 printed items and offers a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment together with resources for creative study including renowned collections of theological, historical, cultural and political materials. For more information about the Library, please visit the Library’s website:www.gladstoneslibrary.org

Sunday, May 24, 2015

YouthPLAYS seeks plays and musicals

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YouthPLAYS seeks exciting, entertaining and challenging plays and musicals for young actors and/or audiences for publication! Founded by playwrights Jonathan Dorf and Ed Shockley, we currently represent over 150 authors and publish scripts for teen and pre-teen actors, as well as works for professional theatre for young audiences performed by adults. Our mission is to showcase material that has at least some significant teen or younger characters and/or that is of strong youth interest.

Of particular interest are one-act plays for high/middle school festivals and competition (30-35 minutes maximum, comedies very welcome), adaptations and parodies of well-known titles, plays that address teen issues in innovative and theatrical ways (episodic and vignette-style structures welcome), multicultural (and especially bilingual) plays and short plays for teen/pre-teen performers for classroom and competitive use—but we are open to any well written scripts that are appropriate for our market. For shows geared toward young performers, large (or very large) or flexible casts and a preponderance of female roles are a major plus. We recommend visiting our website and getting better acquainted with us before submitting. Scripts should be submitted directly through the site at http://youthplays.com/submit_play.php.

MONSTERS ON STAGE A Call for Monologues and Short Plays

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Monsters on stage provide a unique dramatic perspective on what it means to be human in the 21st century, either through relationship, revelation, contrast or cataclysm. The thematic possibilities are endless: transformation, identity, in- or exclusion, survival, love, terror and more. We’re looking for pieces that dig deep into the human need - conscious and unconscious, psychological and neurological - for monsters across time and cultures.

As Prospero says of Caliban in The Tempest: “This thing of Darkness I acknowledge mine.”

Publication: An anthology of monologues, short plays and essays will be published. Authors whose writings are selected for this anthology will receive a publication contract.

Production: In addition to publication, several monologues and short plays will be selected for production at Transylvania University (perfect, right?) in the fall of 2015. Opportunities for prosthetic makeup for characters are encouraged. Playwrights whose works are selected will receive a production contract.

Playwrights at any level of their studies or careers are invited to submit original 3-to-5 minute monologues and short plays as Word documents to mdixon@transy.edu.

For further information:

Contact Michael Bigelow Dixon, Assistant Professor, Theater,
Transylvania University, 300 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40502; mdixon@transy.edu

Submissions will be accepted until June 1, 2015.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

2015 Met Life Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition

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Online submissions now being accepted for FULL LENGTH LATINO STAGE PLAYS  (In Spanish or English or both!)

Time stamped Deadline:  Monday, June 1, 2015.  (Time stamped)

MISSION:  Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition! It has been our privilege to promote and develop original works that relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition and encourage bright new talent by providing this forum.  


Plays that do not meet these requirements will not be considered. Playwrights may be Latino or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with Latino audiences and accurately depict the Hispanic experience. 
  • No screenplays, one act plays, musicals, adaptations or translations will be accepted. 
  • New and un-produced plays preferred. 
  • Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable. 
  • All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 1 hr., 30 min) and can be written in Spanish and/or English. 
  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico. 
  • Previously submitted scripts are accepted unless they have already placed in the top 10. 
  •  Each script will be read by two qualified independent judges selected by Repertorio Español, on a blind submission. 
  • Winners will be announced six to seven months after the deadline. o Each participant will be notified of the results by e-mail. 

We request that participants do not contact the office to inquire about the competition’s results. 

Round 1: Finalists will receive a staged reading at Repertorio to further develop the script. 

Round 2: -Grand Prize Winner: $3,000 and a full production at Repertorio Español 

-2nd Place: $2,000 -3rd Place: $1,000 Grand Prize Winner must be available for Awards Ceremony

Follow instructions below to participate. 

Send the following information within the body of the e-mail: 
  • Your full name 
  • Your cell phone number 
  • Your mailing address (street address, city, state, zipcode) 
  • How did you hear about the competition? 
  • 4-6 line synopsis 
  • 4 -6 line description of how your play relates to the Latino / Hispanic American community 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted. 

Send the following as an attachment: 

One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script -- in one document with numbered pages and a title page that lists the title and year the play was written ONLY. (PDF, Microsoft Word, Plain or Rich Text Formats Accepted) 

Please OMIT your name from the script 

Do not send other biographical information or reviews Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted. 

By submitting your play to the competition, Repertorio Español shall have a right to produce the play for a period of two years. Such production shall be done in accordance with an agreement acceptable to both the playwright and Repertorio Español. 

If the playwright receives an offer within the two year period from a third party to produce the play, the company has the right to decide to produce the play on terms no less favorable than offered. 

Please direct any questions regarding this competition/application to nuestrasvoces@repertorio.org.

Friday, May 22, 2015

BMI Librettists Workshop

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The Workshop’s goal is to develop the skills unique to musical theatre bookwriters through round-table presentations and critiques of its members’s ongoing musical theatre scriptwriting projects. Current and past musicals are analyzed and discussed – the successes as well as the failures. Librettists are encouraged to team with BMI Workshop composers and lyricists for actual collaboration on new musicals. The Workshop is moderated by veteran Broadway and Off-Broadway literary manager Nancy Golladay.

Accomplished writers in all genres are invited to submit excerpts from works published, produced or in progress. Samples from any medium, dialogue or narrative, are allowed; but at least 10 pages of the material must be in dramatic script form. Submissions must also include at least one sample of comedy writing, and theatrical scenes in this genre are preferred to stand-up or sketch comedy. The Workshop meets Monday evenings in New York City from September through May. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly. The Workshop does not charge membership or application fees.

The application form can be downloaded here. Electronic submissions are preferred, though information for applying via snail-mail can also be found on the application. Application materials such as bios and script samples can be sent as .pdf or .doc files to librettistworkshop@bmi.com. Writers should be sure that your first initial and last name appear on each page of your support materials.

The 2015 application deadline for the Librettist Workshop is June 1.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BMI Musical Theatre Workshop

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Composers and Lyricists

Each September a first-year group is formed. Applications are accepted until the August 1 deadline. All submissions are screened prior to auditions, which are normally scheduled the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after Labor Day.

 Please send completed applications to:

Patrick Cook
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007-0030

With your application, which you can download, please submit the following:

Composer: Three (3) contrasting compositions on CD - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Composer/Lyricist: Three (3) contrasting songs on CD - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Please provide a short introductory set-up for each song or lyric.

At the auditions, composers must be prepared to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists are expected to have copies available and to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics.

During the first year, composer and lyricists are paired off (writers may write both words and music) and are asked to create appropriate songs based on specific scenes from various plays, short stories and novels. The writers perform their assignments, and various approaches to the common assignments are discussed by members of the Workshop and the moderator. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style. In addition, the writers study the requirements of the libretto, and analyze and discuss current and past musicals. The First Year culminates in the creation of a 10-minute musical.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, participants present excerpts from their musicals in progress, and the Workshop Committee determines which writers from that group will be invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.

The Workshops meet one afternoon a week for two hours, under the guidance of distinguished writers and directors. There are no restrictions on membership and no fees.

12 Peers Theater is accepting play submissions

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12 Peers Theater is accepting play submissions for a 2015 – 2016 New Play Podcast Series from April 10th – June 15th, 2015.

12 Peers Theater is accepting unsolicited submissions of new full-length plays to be recorded and released monthly on a podcast about and featuring new plays. In an effort to maximize exposure for playwrights and assist them in securing full productions, 12 Peers Theater will record and release readings of new plays to be aired on our 12 Peers Podcast throughout late 2015 and 2016.

We understand that there are many forms of theatrical storytelling, but here are a few guidelines that will help you determine if your play is right for us. We will not consider plays that have had a full production elsewhere. We will only accept full-length plays, no one-acts, collections of one-acts, or musicals. Due to recording limitations, plays should be able to be performed with no more than 6 actors (doubling permitted) As a company we are drawn to plays with themes of social and cultural identity, plays that are politically, socially, and ethically relevant, and plays with mythic themes. We are also drawn to plays with a clear sense of dramatic action, an excellent use of language, and a creative use of theatrical resources.

If you would like to submit please send your play, a brief synopsis, and a biography to Matt Henderson, 12 Peers Theater’s Literary Manager, at mhenderson@12peerstheater.org by June 15th, 2015.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blue Monday Review

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Blue Monday Review is a triannual publication that draws inspiration from the works of Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut crafted great stories that celebrated truth and beauty while maintaining a sardonic wit that makes our hearts swell with bitterness and joy. If your work can stir up even a sliver of that feeling, we want to see it. We publish prose, poetry, visual art, and anything in between that highlights the peculiar while also being literarily excellent. Visit www.bluemondayreview.com/#!guidelines/c1enr for details! 

We also run the Storytime Challenge, a monthly audio/video contest. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays and/or a puppet show

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays and/or a puppet show for its 2015 Limelight: Go Green" environmental awareness festival in NYC.

Plays should be between 10-15 minutes in length and have no more than four characters. 

Plays should strongly appeal to those who are in the 5 – 12 age group. 

We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. 

Multiple submissions are accepted. Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with vulgar language will not be accepted. 

Please include synopsis and contact information. 

Plays will be accepted through June 15, 2015.

NYMF Student Leadership Program

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Submit your original song to be featured in the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

The NYMF Student Leadership Program (SLP) Presents: BEYOND WORDS, a concert of original, student-written musical theatre. BEYOND WORDS celebrates the intangible power of musical theatre to express what words alone cannot say. When speaking will no longer suffice, we are moved to sing, and the inhibitions of the real world fade away. BEYOND WORDS is a transcending showcase of original musical theatre, where music gives life to what can only be expressed through the freedom of song.

The concert will be performed on July 18th and 19th as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival lineup. Open to undergraduate and graduate students of the class of 2014 or later. To submit a song (or songs), please submit this form by FRIDAY, MAY 29th: tinyurl.com/nymfsubmit2015

Please submit both a recording of the song and sheet music. Recordings can be audio or video. If your materials are not available by link, please e-mail them as an attachment in addition to filling out the form to slp@NYMF.org. If you would like to submit multiple songs, please fill out one form per song.

Feel free to reach out to slp@NYMF.org if you have any questions.

Monday, May 18, 2015

NEXT ACT! Play Submissons

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Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Fourth Annual NEXT ACT! New Play Summit.

Accepting full length plays only.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.
Comedy and Drama welcome!

Now in its fourth year, the weekend long NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 4 is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. The festival directly reflects the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” NEXT ACT! takes place October 31 - November 2, 2015 and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

As in years past, the theatre is devoted to finding a play that can be produced in an upcoming season. Evidence of this devotion can be found in theREP’s 2014 production of THE GOD GAME by Suzanne Bradbeer, the 2015 production of HOW WATER BEHAVES by Sherry Kramer, and next season’s production of NAKED INFLUENCE by Suzanne Bradbeer, all of which started at NEXT ACT!.


-Plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed.

-No more than 7 characters. Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.

-Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT! will not be considered for this years’ Summit.

-Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Monday June 1, 2015


-Playwrights should submit a short one-paragraph synopsis that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; character descriptions and the first 10 pages (only) of their play, along with a photo/resume and bio.

-Email your submission to Margaret E. Hall, assistant to the artistic director, at nextact@capitalrep.org with 2015 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

-A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.

-Electronic submissions preferred.


-Playwrights selected for the Summit will be notified by the end of August.

-Three plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 3-day Summit, which takes place October 31 – November 2, 2015.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question

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The Monthly Question. June 2015

We are now accepting submissions for Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question! The Monthly Question is a reading series of new and bold writing (short plays/ Monologues/ poems/ Songs) around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at Dixon Place Lounge, NYC.

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven company that continually raises questions and fearlessly searches for artistic exploration.

Important dates:

June 1st - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
June 3rd - announcement of chosen works.
June 9th - performance night at 9:30pm.

Casting on the spot at 9pm, show at 9:30pm. Location: Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St, NYC.


Scripts must be related to our monthly question.

It’s summer time; everyone’s getting rid of their clothes…so… our June question is:

Why monogamy? Is monogamy desirable? Is monogamy sustainable?

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!

When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing.

Short plays are limited to 10 pages or less (we find 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.

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 and the name of your play at our website: http://www.lamatheatercompany.com/

Any Questions about Lama's monthly question? Please email us lamatheatercompany@gmail.com and we’ll help you out!

For updates check our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lamatheatercompany?ref=br_tf

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Crazytownblog, the voice of Bohemia, is looking for new voices

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Crazytownblog, the voice of Bohemia, is looking for new voices to express their opinions about life, love, culture, art, politics, philosophy, music, theatre, and anything else that you can possibly think of for their weekly blog.

We are currently looking for writers that can make a 12 week Summer commitment writing one post a week. Blogs can be about anything, but writers are highly encouraged to share their new work.

Writing a novel?

Write it on crazytownblog! Write a serialized version in weekly installments. 

Or maybe you can take the #52songs challenge and post a brand new song or poem each week.

Are you producing a show? Talk about the many steps involved in creating your new work from page to production, or just write about things that matter to you.

You'll be joining a small community of other up-and-coming artists in New York that has included Ryan Scott Oliver (Jasper In Deadland), Gregory Jacobs Roseman (Save The Date), Julia Meinwald (Pregnancy Pact), David Davila (Manuel Vs the Statue of Liberty), Leah Bonnema (Huff Post's Top Ten Commedians), Alex Brightman (Make Me Bad), Kimberly Lew (Other People's Children), Owen Panetierre (Vestments of the Gods), Isaac Oliver (Intimacy Idiot), Brett Ryback (Murder for Two), as well as photographers, directors, actors, singers, dancers, non-fiction writers, and pop-culture commentators.

What are you waiting for?

Share your thoughts with an audience of people who care about new work in New York City.

Send a bio, picture (for the website), and a 250-500 word sample blog to crazytownblog@gmail.com by May 29, 2015. If you have an idea for an on-going series or a serialized play or novel, please send a proposal of that as well.


Friday, May 15, 2015


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The Ophelia Theatre Group is requesting submissions for their first annual OPHELIA’S NEW PLAY FESTIVAL in Astoria, NY. In an effort to bring more art to our incredible community, we are launching this competition for one acts shows. 6 Plays will be selected to be performed three times in late September/early October, followed by a gala in which a winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.

The winner gets a workshop production of his choosing the following year.

This is a great opportunity for playwrights to work with driven peers and get their names out there! 

Submission Guidelines:

*25 to 60 minute plays. 

*If your play is picked, you are responsible for the production of the play. We will help with marketing, and if we can, rehearsal space.

*This is not only for New York residents, if you are able to produce the show in NYC, SUBMIT!

*Include name, email, phone number, and title on the cover page.

*Play must be received on or before June 15, 2015 to Opheliasnewwork@gmail.com

*Limited to one submission per playwright.

The shows will be chosen by a group of readers, with the selected 6 finalists to be announced July 1st. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BoxFest Detroit annual festival

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BoxFest Detroit is an annual festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors!

Please submit your plays (5 - 55 minutes in length) by June 1st, 2015 to Kelly at kelly@boxfestdetroit.com.

For more information, visit our website at: www.boxfestdetroit.com

For questions regarding submissions, please contact Kelly at kelly@boxfestdetroit.com

STAGEStheatre seeks plays

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Submission Guidelines
The submission deadline for 2016 is June 1, 2015


We are getting an early start on our 2016 season! Please read the details below carefully for new changes for our season submission guidelines.

What is STAGEStheatre all about? 

STAGEStheatre has been in business for over 20 years, and is an entity that is consistently evolving to provide actors, directors, writers, designers, and artists with a creative environment that offers an eclectic and challenging variety of theatrical opportunities at all “stages” of the process. 

STAGEStheatre presents every form of theatrical literature, from the classics to world premieres. STAGEStheatre endeavors to merge each literary work with the highest production values and the most passionate performances possible.

Our season begins in January and runs all year to the end of December.

We will only consider show proposals submitted through these ways:
eMailed to: submissions@stagesoc.org
Or mailed to:
STAGEStheatre, attention: submissions
400 East Commonwealth Ave, Suite #4
Fullerton CA 92832

If you are local – you can always drop off your submission as well.

If you are a Director without a show to Direct:
If you are looking to direct at STAGEstheatre, and don’t have a particular script you are attached to, please send us your resume, any information you would like to include (what interests you), and we will set up an interview as soon as possible. Please email us at:submissions@stagesoc.org

If you are a Director with a show to Direct:
We are looking for shows that you are passionate about, excited to direct, and that you think are a good fit for STAGEStheatre to produce. Please read the details below carefully for our submission guidelines.

· Directors should submit 3-4 show options to help us shape the best season possible. This provides us flexibility, while still appealing to your needs. One submission limits options, and might mean we don’t get to work with you because the one show wasn’t available or wasn’t a good fit for the overall season.

· Please submit a full copy of the script you are interested in directing, with a brief synopsis of the storyline. Please note we are unable to return scripts.

· Let us know what your vision is for the production, and why you think this would be a good show for STAGEStheatre to produce. 

Provide production details, including set, lights, sound, costumes and any other major requirements to fulfill your vision for the shows you are submitting.

· If you are interested in a directing a Musical, please include information about your production team (Musical Director, Musicians, Choreographer).

· Always remember to include your resume, and contact information so we reach you.

If you are a Playwright:
  • Incomplete or unfinished scripts will not be considered. 
  • For completed original scripts: Please submit your show with a director attached to the project. Submissions with a director will take precedence, and may not be considered otherwise. 
  • Please provide your resume, and contact information so we can always get back to you
  • Please send us a perusal copy of your script, a brief description of the plot, and character breakdown. If the original piece is a musical, please include a CD of the score.
  • Has the piece been performed elsewhere? If so, a selection of reviews and/or production photos would be appreciated.

If you are a Designer (Sets, Lights, Sound, Costumes, and Properties):
Looking to get involved? Just not getting enough opportunities where you are?
Please submit your resume along with references. Include what types of productions you are most interested in designing (Comedies? Dramas? Musicals?) and when you are available in the year.

The deadline for submissions for our 2016 season is June 1st, 2015.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TV Writing Classes in NYC from Anywhere

Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), part of Primary Stages, an award-winning Off-Broadway theater company in NYC nurturing playwrights since 1984.  ESPA offers online classes as an extension of our time-tested writing curriculum. Our online classes help you create or polish a draft of your new play or screenplay through weekly assignments and written lectures, providing the necessary structure and deadlines to those outside the tri-state area or with unpredictable schedules. 

Instructor: Jason Grote (Writer, “Mad Men”, “Hannibal”, “Smash”)
Begins June 20, Lectures via Citrix* Saturdays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm EST
This online class is for playwrights who want the tools to transition from stage to screen. By the end of the semester, you’ll be well on your way to a submission-worthy pilot and have the means to create powerful, distinctive, and commercially-viable television.

*Television Writing will be taught via live lectures on an interactive Citrix platform. In the virtual classroom, each participant can opt to use their webcam so that you’re not only hearing your instructor and classmates but seeing them too, making it feel similar to being in one of the studios at ESPA. 

Flexible payment plans available. 

Philadelphia Women's Theater Festival

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Announcing the 2015 Festival
July 30th – August 2nd

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF) is dedicated to creating opportunities for women in theatre.

Playwrights e-mail this form, a digital version of your play, a brief introduction letter, and a resume with two references to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org by May 15th

Playwrights chosen for a staged reading will receive at least one performed staged reading of the play along with response and feedback from industry professionals. Playwrights chosen for a fully mounted production will receive a full rehearsal process, feedback, and at least 2-3 public performances of the play.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


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Adirondack Plays is a publishing company with a mission: Connect theater groups with new plays relevant for the 21st century. Adirondack Plays publishes anthologies of new plays so that artistic directors can easily find plays for their particular needs.

We are publishing six anthologies this fall and are searching for new plays of any length that fit in the anthology topic areas. Considered plays can be unproduced of have a long production history; full-length, one-act or shorter; dramas or comedy – but not musicals. Plays submitted by May 15, 2015 will receive full consideration.

Adirondack Plays will pay royalties to the authors based on sales of the anthology. Playwrights retain all the rights with the plays for productions and for future publication.

Adirondack Plays does not publish single editions of plays, all submitted plays must fit into one of the following anthologies:

· Mostly Female - Community Theater throughout the country have the same problem -- more actresses than actors. While most plays have more male than female characters. This anthology will have plays -- both full-length and one-acts -- which have more roles for women (or non-gender specific roles).

· Social Justice - Plays with a cause. The Social Justice anthology will feature plays concerning race, feminism, poverty, wealth inequality, immigration or other issues of social justice.

· LGBTQ - The LGBTQ Anthology will focus on the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning individuals in the 21st century. All types of plays are welcome including romantic comedies, serious drama and everything in between. The only requirement is that non-heterosexuals are the main characters.

· Black Box - Black box plays have very basic technical arrangements, such as limited sets, simple lighting effects, and an intimate focus on the story, writing, and performances rather than technical elements. Plays for Fringe festivals and other experimental theater are encouraged.

· High School One Acts - One act plays are popular for high schools to get more drama students the opportunity to perform. One act plays are also often used in competitions. For this anthology, we are looking one act plays that are appropriate for high schools, meaning no sex and minimal violence. Note: characters are not limited to high school age.

· For Churches - Church theaters are in need of high-quality plays. Adirondack Plays for Churches will focus on plays with messages of love, forgiveness and generosity. Plays do not have to be specifically Christian, but should not contain vulgar language or sexual innuendo. In addition to full-length and one-acts, shorter plays that can be incorporated into worship services will also be accepted.

For more information or to submit a play for consideration please visit http://plays.adirondack-inc.com

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Stillwater Theatre Company invites submission of new one-act and full-length plays

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Stillwater Theatre Company, a non-profit professional company based at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, invites submission of new one-act and full-length plays to be considered for staged readings and potential full production.

As part of a private women’s college, Stillwater has a need for works with strong women’s roles, small casts, and simple technical production requirements. However, this does not mean that we want to exclude men from our productions, or discourage the submission of works that that would involve an equal number of men and women in the cast. Play submissions are accepted January 1st—June 1st each year with a final decision to be made by August 1st. Due to the small size of our staff and the sheer number of scripts we receive, we are only able to accept one script at a time from the same author.

Stillwater produces one full-length play per year. We will workshop the play in a staged reading with our students in the Fall and produce the revised play the following Spring.

Submission Requirements:
  • Plays must be submitted between January 1st and June 1st.
  • All submissions will be read, reviewed, and evaluated by the Stillwater Board, with final play selection at the discretion of the Artistic Director.
  • Finalists will be notified via Email if their play is selected.
  • Final play will be selected August 1st and the Playwright must be available for workshops and a staged reading in the Fall and a final production in the Spring.
  • Playwrights must be open and willing to participate in script re-writes and changes.
  • Submissions should include Title page and Character description page

Submissions could be made in electronic form and sent to playsubmissions@stillwatertheatre.com or conventional form and sent to:
Steven Roten
Artistic Director
Stillwater Theatre
3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27606
For more information on Stillwater Theatre and its mission of nurturing new works in an educational setting, take a look around this website, or contact Steven directly at 919.760.8757.

Secession 2015: Play Submissions

Go to web site to see all the paintings
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Due May 22
Email all Submissions to: submissions@exquisiteCorpseCompany.com

The world of the Vienna Secession will be brought to life in an immersive artscape of visual and performance experiences. The plays will tell the stories behind the paintings, inside the minds and lives of the artists and the worlds they portray.

Look at the paintings, see which ones interest you.

Clicking on a painting will take you to a page with further information on the artist and the painting.

Choose a painting and write your play.

Your play should be no more than 15 minutes.

Your play should incorporate some of the biography of the artist and explore what it means for the piece to come alive. Who are the women that haunt these works? What story does the work tell? What other characters would appear?

Playwrights are not limited to one painting. Write for as many or as few paintings as moves you.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Abingdon Theatre Company’s THE LAST RESORT PLAYS Benefit Challenge

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Abingdon Theatre Company
An evening of short plays
NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

Dear Playwright,

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

Our LAST RESORT PLAYS challenges your creativity to write an original play that will be presented as a staged reading on the set of Abingdon’s next production MALLORCA by Sheldon Bull and directed by Donald Brenner. 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 May 13, 2015. SERIES A performs on Tuesday, June 9 @ 6:30pm & 8:30pm, and SERIES B performs on June 16 @ 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. Please read carefully!


The play must be set in the living room of a modest island villa. There is a small balcony, which overlooks the ocean.

One character must make a last effort to resolve, salvage or confront a situation, or escape an irreconcilable problem.

Write for a cast of 2-3 actors. At least one character must be mid-30s in age or YOUNGER.

We prefer scripts that can be staged without relying on stage directions. If stage directions are necessary, please keep them to a minimum.

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.

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.

Submit scripts in MS-Word - preferred - or PDF format.

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!

You may only submit one script for consideration.

Playwrights must attend both performances of the staged readings. Please specify your availability for SERIES A (6/9), and/or SERIES B (6/16). If you are available for both dates, let us know that, too!

We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible. The schedule will be determined later.

The deadline for script submission is midnight, May 13.

We strongly encourage original scripts developed for this presentation.


Abingdon presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager, rehearsal space and the theatre (the 56-seat Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC).

ALL participants are donating their time and talent, and HELPING TO RECRUIT AN AUDIENCE. Our goal is to fill every seat! 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.

Each playwright and director will attend the staged readings of their script in designated seating.

Every play gets two performances on the same evening.

Please make sure you follow all submission requirements.


Email your scripts to LastResortPlays@abingdontheatre.org. You will receive an auto-generated reply; if you don’t, you have used the WRONG email address.

Write in the subject line: LAST RESORT PLAYS / Your Name

In the body of the email send:

Your complete contact information;

A one-line summary of the action of your play; and

Your availability (Series A and/or Series B).

You will be contacted regarding your script’s status by May 20.

If you have any questions, use the email address above. 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

The Rewrite at Primary Stages ESPA

Writing is the easy part. Rewriting can be downright impossible. Luckily, Rogelio Martinez and Josh Hecht are at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) to help.

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class will begin by establishing individualized writing goals to conquer over eight weeks. Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers. You will leave this class with a stronger version of your play, and with the tools you need to transform any first draft into a polished, compelling work that's ready to submit.


Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA)

Wednesdays with Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Wanamaker’s Pursuit at Arden Theater Co.)

Thursdays with Josh Hecht (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)

Classes begin in June. Payment plans available.

FWD Theatre Project is now welcoming submissions of full-length musicals

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FWD Theatre Project is now welcoming submissions of full-length musicals for their 2015/2016 staged reading season in Chicago. Up to five original works will be chosen for Discovery, Development, and Delivery as part of FWD’s mission to advance new musicals and the theatre community by producing staged readings and educational opportunities. Selected projects will be given a 25-hour Equity contract workshop plus a public staged reading by leading Chicago actors and directors. Each show will also be previewed in a high-profile industry concert produced in October, 2015 (date and location to be announced.)

Selected writers/teams will receive a $200 honorarium plus housing for their scheduled reading. Only completed projects will be considered and finalists will be asked to submit the full libretto, score, and complete recorded demos. Must be unpublished with no prior class-A production and requires proof of underlying rights if the work is based on copyrighted material.

Submissions will be accepted through June 15, and there is no application fee. Electronic submissions only – all requested files should be placed in a single folder (Dropbox or similar data posting site), and the submissions form (below) should be completed and submitted on fwdtheatre.org.

Please include these specific materials and submit only what is requested:
  • 100 word synopsis
  • Cast breakdown
  • Short writer/s bio/s
  • First 30 pages of libretto (must start on page 1 and include title and credits page)
  • 6 mp3 demos: must include the show’s first 2 songs
  • Any songs not in the first 30 script pages should include a description, placement in the show, and function
  • Development history plus attached parties (director, actors, producer/s, current contracts) if applicable
Non-adherence to guidelines may disqualify submission. Finalists will be contacted by mid July at which time the full book, score, and complete demos will be requested and a short interview with FWD artistic leadership scheduled. Winners will be notified early August.

Email questions to info@fwdtheatre.org

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Rewrite at Primary Stages ESPA

Writing is the easy part. Rewriting can be downright impossible. Luckily, Rogelio Martinez and Josh Hecht are at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) to help.

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class will begin by establishing individualized writing goals to conquer over eight weeks. Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers. You will leave this class with a stronger version of your play, and with the tools you need to transform any first draft into a polished, compelling work that's ready to submit.


Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA)

Wednesdays with Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Wanamaker’s Pursuit at Arden Theater Co.)

Thursdays with Josh Hecht (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)

Classes begin in June. Payment plans available.

Kevin Spacey Foundation Grants

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KSF Artists of Choice are open to US and UK based artists who are forging a career in the arts with an exciting, innovative idea for: a play, a musical, a dance piece, a choir, a band or a short film. KSF Artists of Choice will receive a grant of up to £10,000 or $10,000 if based in the USA as well as mentoring from a high level industry professional and year round support from KSF.

We are now OPEN to receive applications from May 01 – May 29, 2015. You can apply via the button below.

Before you apply we ask you to carefully read the FAQ’s

Shortlisted applicants for KSF Artists of Choice will be invited to present their project idea to a panel of industry professionals on the following dates:
  • UK-based artists | London, Week of 8 June
  • US-based artists | New York City, Week of 15 June

We are unable to see shortlisted applicants outside of this timeframe or location. If you are a US or UK based artist who works outside of London or New York, we may be able to provide travel bursaries, which we will address should you be shortlisted.

The KSF Grants will be allocated in July 2015. Successful applicants will receive mentoring from an industry professional as part of the KSF Grant, which will be available to them until December 2015.

(This opportunity is open to permanent UK and US residents only at present although KSF is exploring how it might fund projects outside of the UK and US in the future.)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Loser Play Festival

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Life might not be a competition, but these characters found a way to lose anyway. The Loser Play Festival 2015: A series of short plays celebrating total failures.

- Your play must not be longer than 15 minutes, and no shorter than 5 minutes.
- No adaptations or musicals.
- Your play must address the theme: “Losers.”

Send all submissions to pilgrimfathersco@gmail.com by MAY 15, 2015 and notified of acceptance by JUNE 15, 2015. Winning plays will be produced August 2015 at THE ACTORS THEATRE WORKSHOP in New York City. Playwrights are encouraged to attend.

A NOTE ABOUT MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: While certainly not encouraged, multiple submissions are fine. This said, many people have been submitting 5+ plays each. This is not acceptable. If you are going to submit more than one play, please do not submit more than two.

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