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Saturday, August 8, 2015

My Voice Is My Power

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The Black Theatre Troupe is celebrating black women playwrights in our My Voice Is My Power series, beginning in October 2015 and concluding in February 2016 at the Helen Mason Performing Arts Center.

Submission Guidelines & Information

Deadline: August 15, 2015 at 5 p.m., (MST)
Scripts must be original works for the stage that have not been published or produced. Works should not be adaptations or obvious first drafts. Musicals will not be accepted in this round. However plays with original music will be accepted on a limited basis providing the submission is accompanied by a high quality recording. Works that have had workshop analysis and evaluation are eligible.

Only submissions by female playwrights of color will be accepted. The strongest finalists will be works that illuminate issues that concern or impact women of color.

This project is open to ALL female playwrights of color. However, submissions from playwrights in our preferred region of of the Southwest – Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah – are strongly encouraged.


Playwrights may submit up to two ten-minute plays no longer than 10 pages (not including the synopsis, title and character pages), and two one-act plays between 20 and 45 minutes in length.


Playwrights may submit only one full-length play between 90 and 180 minutes long.


Scripts must use the 12-point size in Arial, Courier New, or Times New Roman fonts.


A separate page/document must include the following information on the submission:

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Genre (comedy, drama, or play with music)
Character list
A synopsis of the work (no more than 500 words)
A brief development history of the play (no more than 500 words)


The playwrights email submission package must include the following attachments in a Microsoft Word or PDF document (PDF form available).
Playwright’s name
Playwright’s complete Address
Preferred email address
Preferred telephone number
Title of play and category (comedy, drama, or play with music)
PDF or Word copy of the script

Email the above information/attachments to: Info@blacktheatretroupe.org.

The subject line of the email submission must include: last name with title of play and celebration submission. If submitting more than one script, please submit each in a separate email with the exact same information. Incomplete submission packages will not be accepted. All personal identifying information must be on a separate page from the script.

Deadline: August 15, 2015 at 5 p.m., (MST)

Plays will be read, adjudicated, and scored by a panel of producers and directors from several organizations in our target region. Those receiving the highest scores be included in our reading series October 29 – November 1, 2015 at The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center (home of the Black Theatre Troupe in Downtown Phoenix, AZ).

New works for our Staged Reading Series, February 25 – 28, 2016 will be selected from the winning group of works in our October/November Reading Series. These staged readings will be directed and performed by regional professionals and will allow the playwright to continue to work on and develop her play between the initial fall reading and the start of rehearsals for the February Staged Reading Series.

Thank You,

Larissa Brewington
Literary Manager and Project Coordinator
My Voice is My Power Series

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