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Saturday, October 31, 2015

whimperbang is accepting submissions

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whimperbang is accepting visual and literary submissions for its 13th issue, to be published in January 2016.

whimperbang is an online journal of artistic commentary, published three times a year.

Submission Guidelines*

whimperbang invites the submission of serious, directed artistic expressions that reflect
or comment upon today’s world. All literary and visual genres will be considered.

* Simultaneous submissions must be indicated as such in the submission email. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please inform us.

* Unpublished works only.

* New submissions may not be made until you have heard back from us regarding old ones.

* There is no reading/review fee.

* whimperbang cannot offer payment at this time.

* At the time of publication, all rights revert back to the author. If you decide to republish the piece elsewhere, we ask that you cite whimperbang as a place of previous publication.

*Submissions may be submitted via lightning-fast email: whimperbang.journal@gmail.com

*Email “Subject” must read “Submission”. Submissions not sent in this format will be refused.

*Submissions may be made either as attachments, or reside within the body of your email (copy & paste).

* Please include a short biographical paragraph with your submissions, including your name and place of residence, email address (for our records), publications and any other relevant information.

* Poetry submissions: may not exceed 5 poems.

* Prose (fiction, non-fiction) submissions: should not exceed 5,000 words.

* Play submissions: should not exceed 5,000 words.
* Visual submissions: (illustrations, drawings, prints, photographs, sketchbooks, etcetera) may not exceed 5 pieces. If submitted as a series, no more than 10 pieces, please. A minimum of three, and maximum of ten, spreads may be submitted from sketchbooks. Please submit images by PNG, JPG or PDF, not exceeding 4 MB total.

*Header submissions: should be sized to 300 x 76 pixels (PNG or JPG) and contain the word “whimperbang” (they are the site identifiers, top left). Headers may employ any media as long as they fit the above criteria. Chosen headers will be placed in random rotation on the whimperbang site.

Please be advised that whimperbang cannot publish all submissions, and must be very discriminating, as it is run by a small crew of volunteers. Please expect 3-5 months for a reply, depending on our work load.

If you find errors of any kind, please let us know. We have the option of making changes without burning paper.

That just about covers it. We look forward to reviewing your work.


Raymond Prucher
Editor, whimperbang


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Seeking bold and dynamic plays that embrace the Red Theater aesthetic.
The competition winner will receive a staged public reading with the Red Theater Company in Chicago as well as with the collectives in Lincoln, Omaha, and Purchase NYC. The three runners up will also receive a staged reading of an excerpt of their play.


We are looking for rebellious work that asks dangerous questions.


As Red Theater Chicago is serious about producing new works from theatrical playwrights, RTC invokes an 18 month Right of First Refusal to produce the Chicago exclusive production of the winning script as defined by the date of the first public staged reading. Playwrights agree to receive $75 per performance in royalties for the duration of the run. Submission to this competition constitutes agreement with the above fine print, rules, and regulations.

1) As we have a huge number of submissions, any not following the guidelines will sadly be discarded.

2) Email subject lines must be in the format of PLAY TITLE, AUTHOR’S NAME.

3) Please submit your play as a PDF to the following email: redcompetition@redtheater.org

4) The play needs to be at least 60 minutes running time and no longer than 120.

5) The play need NOT be a premiere. This is a change from previous years.

6) Adaptations are accepted as long as the author has complete rights.

7) The play should be written in, or translated into, the English language.

8) We can only accept one submission per playwright.

9) Please ensure your script includes a list of characters and that the pages are numbered.

10) In the interests of impartiality, please do not include your name anywhere on the script (or in the PDF title). Please provide your contact details in the email only.

The 2016 competition opens for submissions on July 1st, 2015.
Deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2015.

Winners and a shortlist will be announced on or before January 31, 2016.

Performances of selected material will occur at The Den Theatre, in March 2016 TBD

All entrants will be contacted, but please note that we cannot give individual feedback to every applicant.

Palm Beach Dramaworkshop

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  • Submission period is from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Work submitted before or after this period will not be considered.
  • All work must be submitted electronically as a PDF file. Hard copies and email will not be accepted. 
  • Please submit only full-length, non-musical works that have not yet been published or produced. We are seeking new plays that are issue-driven and thought-provoking in their approach to understanding the human condition. 
  • You must be 21 years of age and have the right to work in the United States. 
  • Florida playwrights are welcome to submit without representation. Playwrights outside Florida must have agent representation. 
  • The Dramaworkshop is not currently interested in one-person plays, theatre for young audiences, or one-act/short plays.
  • Please submit only one play per playwright.
  • PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE SCRIPT PDF. Plays are blind read by Resident Artists; only admin staff can see names on submission files.
  • Along with your full-length script, please submit: 
  • a. a brief synopsis (2-3 paragraphs) 
  • b. a cast breakdown (including the specific number of actors, double-casting requirements, etc.) 
  • c. a brief bio/resume of the writer (again – only seen by administrative staff, not by readers.)
  • Due to the number of submissions, feedback will not be provided on play submissions. 
  • Please note that after submitting, you may not receive a response from Palm Beach Dramaworks for 6-8 months due to the time needed to read all submissions. Please do not contact the theatre to inquire as to the status of your submission. You will be notified after your play has been read.

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project

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The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project is an initiative designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge the existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.

The partnership between the Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is the creative engine behind hundreds of new American plays that challenge and broaden the public’s understanding of science and technology and their impact in our lives. Plays from the EST/Sloan Project are produced again and again across the country. This begins at EST’s home base in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, for forty years a crucial platform for new and unheard voices in the American theatre. Over the past fifteen years, this reputation has been enhanced by the critically acclaimed productions presented on the theatre’s Mainstage every season under the banner of the EST/Sloan Project.

Beyond New York, the program now has a nationwide reach. It supports development and production of new plays in theatres across the country through a combination of seed grants and production incentives. These initiatives provide an extended life for EST/Sloan plays in subsequent regional productions, and the seed grants provide a broader base of artistic opportunity for communities outside of New York, allowing the program to cast a wider net for new work.

Proposals will be accepted starting September 1st, 2015

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2015
Deadline for regional workshop grants: December 1, 2015

Click here for submission guidelines

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Platform Group seeks playwrights for project

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We're looking for some new blood to add to an existing collaboration!

A few of us have been working on a new play based on interviews with the homeless, and we're looking for a few more playwrights to add to the mix.

  • Interested and experience with collaborative, investigative, and devised work.
  • A comfort level of interacting with and conversing with the homeless of NYC
  • Availability to jump into an existing developing project, meet writing deadlines, spend time at the soup kitchen, and time for other development meetings.
  • An excitement and enthusiasm for this unconventional form and topic!
There is a small stipend and royalty opportunities for this project.

Please send writing samples, references, and letters of interest to:
Shara Ashley Zeiger
Artistic Director
The Platform Group


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Free Tickets: Politikos 2015, the New York Political Theater Festival

Politikos 2015, the New York Political Theater Festival

Sunday, November 8th 2PM
Kraine Theater 85 E. 4th Street New York NY

A limited number of free tickets are available to playwrights for a Sunday matinee of drama, comedy and satire by a terrific group of playwrights.
Please email moonlightproductionsny@gmail.com with your name, the number of tickets (1 or 2) and NYC in the subject line. You will receive an email with instructions on how to claim your ticket(s).

For more information about the program: http://www.politikostheaterfestival.com/

LADIES FIRST seeks theater announcements

The deadline for the first LADIES FIRST newsletter is this Sunday, November 1, 2015.
If you’re a theatre or female playwright who has a reading, production, or workshop coming up this November, remember to submit your event to the LADIES FIRST newsletter.
LADIES FIRST is a monthly newsletter of world premiere productions and readings of plays by female authors.
The goals of LADIES FIRST are to:
A.) Promote woman writers and the theaters that produce their works.
B.) Create a wider network of female playwrights.
C.) Provide a platform for producers, artistic directors, and other theatre-makers to find new works by female authors.
The first LADIES FIRST newsletter will be published this November on the NOplays blog.
What we want from YOU:
Your name, the name of your play, 1-2 sentences about your play, the name of the theatre putting your play up, the where and when, and an image of some sort.
Email the info before November 1st to natalie.noplays@gmail.com to be considered for the November newsletter. Only productions and readings happening in November will be a part of the November newsletter.

Writers Workshop discount: BURN THROUGH YOUR STORY

Sheen Center for Thought & Culture Workshop: BURN THROUGH YOUR STORY. 

About the Workshop:
Every one of us has a story about who we are. This workshop offers you an opportunity to better discover who you are through exploring and listening deeply to your own story. During this 3-hour writing and performance workshop, you will focus on the questions “Where are you from?” and “How does where you are from inform the definition of who you are?” while writing your own stories, exploring your family tree, studying storytelling techniques and learning from Minton’s own work and experience. Minton will then guide you through using your stories to create various poems, pictures and performances.

More Info at: www.sheencenter.org

To Buy Tickets, click on this link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10041379/prm/PLAY60
The workshop is usually $100 but admission is only $60 with the code PLAY60


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A long-distance dramaturgy program for new plays in development. Works must be in the first draft stage or later, but as yet unproduced. We do not accept partial drafts or produced plays for this program, and any such submissions will be rejected. Each script will be paired with a professional dramaturge, who will work with the playwright via email and/or Skype through the completion of a further two drafts of their work.

All playwrights, regardless of experience or province/country of residence, are eligible to apply. Up to three scripts will be chosen for development in 2016. Please note that She Said Yes! is a feminist theatre company, and as such we are interested in developing works that are written by, for or about women, including queer and trans women and women of colour. While we do not stipulate that the playwright must be female, priority will be given to works which develop and enrich the canon of feminist theatre.

Submission deadline is October 31st, 2015, at 5 pm. Submissions must be emailed by this date in order to be considered.

To apply, send a copy of your script in pdf or Word format, along with a cover letter stating your reasons for applying to the program and your history as a playwright to shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com.

We pay a modest honorarium to all participating playwrights and dramaturges.

The Mail-Order Dramaturgy program is an annual project of She Said Yes! Theatre Company.

For more information on She Said Yes! and its work, visit www.shesaidyestheatre.ca, or contact Sara Tilley, Artistic Director of She Said Yes!, at shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com.

This program is presented in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the City of St. John’s.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Greenhouse Submissions

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Science and the Arts are intricately linked, as they both seek to answer the age-old questions of humanity. Many people see science as a debunker of myth, but in actuality science is as magical as imagination. What is more spectacular than the feats of Mother Nature, the beauty of the human body, or the alchemy of a lab? Strange Sun seeks full length plays that explore the interplay of science and art. Plays that explore specific people, theories, concepts, scientific methods of working are all exciting possibilities for submission.

Playwrights should submit a copy of their script IN PDF FORM. Please include a brief synopsis, cast list, workshop history (if any) and a short paragraph on what you would like to get out of an extended developmental process .
Please have your contact information on your script as well as in the body of your email..

Submit to:
In the subject line please write: GREENHOUSE: SCIENCE/ART

Submissions are open from September 1st – November 1st, 2015. Any plays submitted after that time will not be considered.

We will select four plays as part of the Strange Sun Theater Greenhouse On Book Reading Series in April of 2016. Some of those four plays may be chosen for further development with Strange Sun.

Please carefully review the submission guidelines below. Those works which fall outside the guidelines will not be considered.

Due to the large number of plays submitted, we will only be able to contact or provide feedback to those playwrights who are accepted as finalists.

  • Submit your play as a .pdf document
  • Please submit only unproduced plays (though plays with previous readings or development workshops will be considered)
  • We are interested in playwrights who are looking to develop their piece further, and are open to collaborating with directors, actors, and producers in developmental workshops
  • Playwrights from all over the world are invited to submit, provided the plays are in English
  • Only full length plays between 70 and 120 minutes in length
  • Submit only one play per playwright
  • Do not submit a play previously submitted to the Greenhouse
  • If musicals are submitted, please supply a link to demos of the music
  • We are not considering dance pieces, though plays which include a dance component will be considered
  • Plays submitted after midnight on November 1st, 2015 will not be considered
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, we will only be able to contact those playwrights we select
  • We will be contacting our finalists in December/January, and announcing our choices for the Greenhouse ‘On Book Series’ on our website by January 15th, 2015
  • We will hold our first developmental workshop and readings of the plays in April of 2016
  • For further information about the Strange Sun Theater Greenhouse Project, click here
  • Please have your contact information on your script as well as in the body of your email..

Because of the large numbers of scripts we receive, we are not able to give feedback.
Playwrights can only submit one play.



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Urban Stages' EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD is presented to innovative playwrights whose works speak to the whole of society. Special attention is given to plays that touch on social issues. Submissions are accepted throughout the year (there is not a deadline) from around the United States and internationally.

However, special attention is given to those who live in or near New York.


Submit plays to:
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Full-length plays only:
- scripts must be firmly bound
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 7 actors or less (Doubling is okay)

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play.
- A small SASE envelope for response letters. Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

There is no limit to submission. Subject matter and character variations are open.

There is no submission fee.

It usually takes two to six months for us to read and process your script. We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered. BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

There is no deadline for The Emerging Playwright Award.

However, there may be deadlines for plays under special consideration (for example Words by Women, 2-character, etc.). These deadlines will be announced. All submissions are eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.

Bookmark our website to keep up to date on our Mainstage production and traveling plays and workshops!

Monday, October 26, 2015


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An open call for submissions for a new collection of five-minute plays to be published by Smith and Kraus in 2016

Submit your Five-Minute Play here: http://bit.ly/5MinPlay

With the growing popularity of 10-minute plays over the past 20 years, it was only a matter of time (literally) before performers and audiences turned their attentions to even shorter theatrical works. Five-minute play festivals and competitions are popping up around the world. Student actors are forever looking for short works for classroom study, and these little theatrical nuggets provide unique challenges, such as quickly establishing character and emotional arcs.

So, we're gathering up a bunch of them--classic and contemporary examples of "conspicuously short" performance scripts. What's a five-minute play? You'll help us answer that by submitting YOURS for consideration. Playwrights receive $35 per published script. Questions? Contact us at submissions@fiveminuteplays.com.

(Know a good script that fits the criteria? Tell us about it!)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Uptown Works seeks one-act plays

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Uptown Works is excited to announce that they will be offering playwrights the opportunity to workshop One Act plays and present them in staged readings at:

Liberated, 1005 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY.

Sunday December 6th, 6pm
An evening of Staged Readings, directed by Daniela Hart (Former Resident Director at The Flea) and Amanda Black (SDC Foundation Observership Class '15-'16)

Produced by Uptown Works.

There will be opportunity for music and mingling after the readings.

We are currently accepting submissions for One Act plays that read within the 10-20 minute bracket.
There will be six hours of allocated rehearsal time for each script in the two weeks preceding the event. Playwrights will have the opportunity to assist in casting and develop script throughout the process.

Submissions Deadline: November 9th 2015
Selected Plays Announced: November 16th 2015
Submit to: uptownworksproductions@gmail.com

We thoroughly look forward to receiving your plays.
Thank you
Amanda and Daniela

Martini Theatre Company Seeking submissions of new musicals/plays based on or inspired by classic or poetic works

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Martini Theatre Company
"Classics with a Twist"

The Martini Theatre Company is devoted to maintaining the contemporary relevance of poetic work through conceptualization, adaptation and devising.

Seeking submissions of new musicals/plays based on or inspired by classic or poetic works for reading and development opportunities.

Please provide:
-Names and Bios for writers.
-One paragraph summary of show.
-One 10-15 page section of the script.
-Cast Breakdown
-Past production history
-Demos if a musical

If the piece is a good fit for this opportunity we will reach out for more material.
Please email the above materials to martinitheatreco@gmail.com

Saturday, October 24, 2015

MRT November Event

Seeking never produced before original short 1 ACT PLAYS (7 minutes to 20 minutes)
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
(2 minutes to 20 minutes in length) for:

November 18 and 20, 2015
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

We are looking for passionate playwright/producers and choreographers from the Tri-State area who wish to participate and try out a new short play or dance piece in front of a live audience. We are looking for NEW short plays and dance pieces, never produced before, cast, directed, choreographed, off book, put on their feet and manifested for the first time from playwright/producers in the Tri-State area.

This is an opportunity to bring your NEW short 1 act play or dance piece to life! THERE IS NO SECURITY DEPOSIT, NO SUBMISSION FEE, NO PARTICIPATION FEE or any Manhattan Rep based Fees.
(IT'S FREE!!!)


We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production.
And again, there is no fee to participate.

Please know this Event is NON-EQUITY ONLY.
To submit your NEW, never produced before short 1 act play production or dance piece, please email:

  • The complete play or synopsis of the dance piece,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the running time of the play or dance piece,
  • the set and lighting requirements,
  • the play or dance pieces╩╝s history (workshops, readings if any, when it was written)
  • your mailing address,
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

by November 2, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put "THE NOVEMBER EVENT" in the subject heading.

1 act play productions and DANCE performances will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.

(The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.) If we fill up all production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than NOVEMBER 2, 2015. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance. Again, there are no Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees of any kind.

If you have any questions about THE NOVEMBER EVENT, please drop us a line at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

The Monthly Question. November 2015

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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 The Kraine Theater, 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:

November 14th - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
November 16th - announcement of chosen works.
November 23rd - performance night at 8:30pm.

Casting the actors on the spot at 8:30pm, show at 9:30pm. Location: The Kraine Theater, NYC.

  • Scripts must be related to our monthly question. 
  • Our November question is: (Lama’s got inspired by the upcoming holiday and Donald Trump…)
  • What should America be thankful for? 
  • 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 8 pages in standard playwriting formats. (You can submit your 10 pages play but please keep in mind that we might ask you to make a few cuts.) 
  • 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 and more info about Lama follow us https://www.facebook.com/lamatheatercompany

Friday, October 23, 2015

Mastodon Theatre is seeking a full-length play

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Mastodon Theatre is seeking a full-length play to be full produced and performed in April of 2016 at The Barrow Group Theatre.


- Play must be unpublished
- Contemporary setting
- 4-8 characters- three of which must be 20/30-something principle females
- 90-110 minutes in length
- Minimal set requirements
- Local NYC writers are a plus

Please email a PDF of the text along with a plot summary and production history to submissions.mastodon@gmail.com by October 31st. No submissions will be considered after this deadline.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is seeking submissions of original, unproduced plays of any length

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is seeking submissions of original, unproduced plays of any length for the second season of its Paul Enger Play Reading Series, which will be held the second Tuesday of each month starting October 13, 2015 and running through June 2016.

Submitted plays will be screened by a selection jury. If selected, playwrights will be notified by the Series Coordinator and given a scheduled date for the reading of their play. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU ARE UNAVAILABLE ON TUESDAY EVENINGS. Readings will begin at 7 pm and be held in Holy Trinity’s community room. Time permitting, playwrights will also be allowed an optional Q&A session with the audience following the reading for feedback and discussion about their works. Selected playwrights (and their actors) will have access to the space beginning at 4:30 pm the day of their scheduled performance.

Selected playwrights will be responsible for casting the actors for the reading, providing copies of their script for the actors, and complying with the existing rules and regulations of the Actors Equity Association Staged Reading Guidelines (for more on AEA guidelines, please visit their website: https://www.actorsequity.org/docs/codes/Stage_Reading_Guidelines.pdf). Holy Trinity will provide the space and seating with minimal set-up/tear-down of the staging area.


If you would like your play to be considered for the series, please send an email with the subject line “PLAY SUBMISSION” to playreadings@holytrinitynyc.org with the following:

-a copy of your script in .PDF format
-a brief synopsis of your play
-a short bio + headshot
-contact information


Submissions received after that date will not be considered. ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY PLEASE. A running time of 75 min or less is suggested but not mandatory. The selection jury is looking for works of various topics in order to present a diverse collection of plays over the course of the season so as to reflect the inclusive nature of Holy Trinity Church.

The mission of the Paul Enger Play Reading series is to honor the memory of Paul Enger, a beloved member of Holy Trinity and a prolific writer, and provide a venue for upcoming playwrights to have their plays read and workshopped in order to nurture artists in a manner reflective of Holy Trinity’s core values.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Eden Prairie Players Now Accepting One Act Submissions for 2016

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Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of unpublished one act plays for its 2016 Collection of One Acts to be produced in September of 2016.

Please read the submission guidelines, then go to the One Acts Submission Form.

Submission Guidelines
  • We allow only one submission per playwright.
  • We are seeking unpublished one-act plays: dramas, comedies, etc. (previously-produced or stage readings OK)
  • Length 30 minutes or under (we typically select most in the 10-25 minute range)
  • The play must be submitted as a PDF file through our submission form. 
  • Submit through the online submission form:
  • Playwright contact information - name, email, address, phone.
  • Name of play.
  • Approximate duration.
  • List of characters / descriptions: age, gender, race, etc. (please list allowable variations) 
  • Short synopsis of the play, including a description of recommended set pieces and props
  • After the form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 
  • Plays will be reviewed on a first come-first served basis. We limit consideration to an arbitrary number of plays, so submissions will be closed after we reach that limit.


Selected plays will be paid a royalty of $15 per performance (we usually have 5-7 performances).
No compensation for selection process: By submitting your play(s) for consideration, you give Eden Prairie Players permission to make copies as needed for the selection process. You also give permission for your play to be performed without payment at an unrehearsed table readings as part of the selection process.

To begin the submission process, go to the One Acts Submission Form.

Free reading: 3C

On Monday, October 26, The Arts Integrity Initiative at The New School College of Performing Arts, School of Drama is honored to present the first public reading of David Adjmi's 3C, following the play's landmark copyright victory in April of 2015. Directed by Jackson Gay, this is the first public performance of 3C following the important legal decision. After its premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in June 2012, the play was unable to be performed or published due to a claim of copyright interference which lasted for nearly three years. The Guild and the DLDF were both involved in the legal proceedings that led to Adjmi's vindication in court.

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who first spoke out to rally support for Adjmi and the play, will host the evening. The event will include a panel discussion about 3C's legal odyssey and the underlying implications for creative freedom and artists' rights. Panelists will include playwright and Guild member David Adjmi, attorney Bruce Johnson of David Wright Tremaine and Ralph Sevush, Executive Director of Business Affairs for the Guild; Arts Integrity Initiative director Howard Sherman moderates.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Please click on the link below for more information and to make reservations.


2016 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

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2016 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

Produced by the Over Our Head Players
At Racine’s Sixth Street Theatre

Official Rules, Application, and Script information

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2016. These selections will round out a complete performance. Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the five week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on February 28, 2016. Cash award of $300.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $100.00 awards going to both 2nd and 3rd place.

* Through November 1st - Call for scripts.

* November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.

* January 29 – February, 2016 - Run of festival performances.

* February 28, 2016 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of “Best in Snow.”

To enter a script, please follow these steps.

#1- Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. One entry per playwright.

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

#3- Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2015.

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

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

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

#7 –Submit one (1) copy of your script.

#8 - Send scripts to: SNOWDANCE

C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

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

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

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Free theater: EDUCATION

EDUCATION is Brian Dykstra’s edgy, thought-provoking new play about two young people who fight for their right to express themselves in a society hostile to any change in the status quo.

​D​irected by Margraett Perry, with Matthew Boston, Bruce Faulk, Xavier Pacheco, Elizabeth Meadows Rouse, and Cotton Wright.  Friday November 6th at 7pm. The Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St. (between 2nd Ave. and Bowery.)

Reservations recommended:   http://www.horsetrade.info/event/1af9d0be7990ea69a782fcae947c76d8

Ryga welcomes submissions

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Ryga welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poetry, prose and short plays that coincide with our editorial mission and follow these guidelines:

  • Poetry should be single-spaced. Prose and plays should be double-spaced.
  • A standard, readable font should be used, in 12-point type.
  • Each page should be numbered and include the author’s name and the title of the piece.
  • Prose and play manuscripts should include a word count.

Submissions by mail should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for response and/or return of the manuscript. They should also include a brief cover letter with your contact information and a brief bio. Do not staple the manuscript.

Submissions by email should include the text pasted into the body of the email AND attached as a Word file or a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file.

Our response time will vary according to the volume of submissions. Please don’t contact us about the status of your submission unless you haven’t heard from us for three months.

If your work is accepted, Ryga buys First North American serial rights and non-exclusive WWW rights. Payment is $100.

Submissions should be made to:

Sean Johnston, Editor, Ryga
Okanagan College
1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC Canada
V1Y 4X8

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Discount tickets: LADY

The Araca Project presents

A new play by Sofya Weitz
Directed by Will Arbery

LADY is about the most prolific serial killer in history and explores about the lengths we go to for beauty, sex and power. Read interviews with the playwright here and here

Starring Lola Kelly, Sasha Diamond*, Eli Gelb*, and Jack Plowe
Lights by Oona Curley
Set by Kimie Nishikawa
Sound by Kevin Novinsky
Costumes by Spencer John Olson
Stage managed by Tom Nieboer

October 28 - October 31 @ 8 pm, October 31 & November 1 @ 2 pm
The American Theater of Actors
314 W 54th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

We're excited to offer NYCPlaywrights members discounted $13 tickets when they use the offer code "FBLADY.

* These Actors appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. 

Equity approved showcase.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings

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With its roots in the McCarthy Era Blacklisiting, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has provided a home in Southern California for professional Shakespeare and the classics in its scenic, outdoor amphitheatre in rustic Topanga Canyon for over 40 years. Theatricum is also committed to furthering new works and new voices in theatre through Botanicum Seedlings.

The submission window is September 1 – November 1 annually. We will close this window after the first 200 submissions are received. These works will be considered for development and production during the following year.

Opportunities through Botanicum Seedlings include Playreadings, Play Festivals, private GreenReads (for a fresh look at early drafts) and Playwrights Workshops through Theatricum’s Academy, culminating in developmental GreenReads. Since its creation in 2002, the program has supported well over 100 new plays.

The goals of Botanicum Seedlings are:

 to maintain focus on the needs of the playwright in regard to a play’s growth;

 to foster relationships with emerging playwrights around the globe;

 to act as an advocate whenever appropriate in recommending plays to other companies;

 to establish Theatricum Botanicum as a guiding force in the development of original material; and

 to provide a nurturing environment in which Theatricum company members can expand and stretch in new directions as actors as well as directors, writers and dramaturgs.

For consideration, please keep in mind that Theatricum encourages provocative, political and socially relevant material, and prefers works that are uniquely theatrical and character-driven. Although the company is classically based, Seedlings is by no means traditional in its sensibilities and is not looking for classical translations or adaptations unless they are highly original. Nor are we interested in scripts which might be better suited to film or television. In addition, Botanicum Seedlings is committed to gender parity, with a goal of 50% or more women playwrights and directors involved in its public readings.

Submissions may also be considered for production as part of Theatricum Botanicum’s Summer Repertory Season. Please note that the theatre very rarely includes new works in its season; both of our performance spaces are outdoor amphitheatres in a natural setting.

From September 1 – November 1, we accept the first 200 electronic submissions of 10-15 page dialogue samples from full length plays (sorry, no queries for one-acts or short plays) accompanied by playwright’s bio and play history as MS Doc or PDF attachments sent to seedlings@theatricum.com. (Only one play per year, please!) If electronic submission is not possible, send complete plays, musicals and accompanying materials to Botanicum Seedlings c/o Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, P.O. Box 1222 Topanga, CA 90290. All materials will be recycled unless special arrangements are made beyond including an SASE. (Note: receiving hard copies may significantly add to our response time.)

Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of all submissions and queries. Please know that while we read and review all materials we receive, we are not able to personally follow up with every submission.

For more information on Seedlings writing workshops, private dramaturgy and other Theatricum events and programs, visit www.theatricum.com or contact seedlings@theatricum.com. The business office can be reached at (310) 455-2322. Thank you in advance for your submission, and for your patience if our response is delayed.

Jennie Webb Kimberly Shelby-Syszko Seedlings Program Director Seedlings Literary Manager

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Playwrights Horizons free symposium


Moderated by Hir author Taylor Mac.
Featuring an exciting panel to be announced soon.
The Symposium Series was inaugurated to explore the work we produce in a broader cultural context. Supplementing our regularly-programmed series of post-performance discussions-which provide opportunities for our audiences to engage with our playwrights-Symposium events allow writers to lead a big-picture conversation with a panel of unique experts to address topics surrounding their plays.
This season, we continue the tradition in the hope of extending the conversations elicited by our productions beyond the stage and into the community.
General admission tickets to this event are FREE with your reservation, so reserve your seat NOW!


We're live streaming! Watch a live video feed of the entire panel via HowlRound TV at 4:30 PM EST.

Old Library Theatre (OLT) 5th Annual One Act Play Festival

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Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company Old Library Theatre (OLT) invites submissions for its 5th Annual One Act Play Festival. Nominated for the NJACT Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play four years running, this festival showcases original one act plays on our main stage!

This year’s festival will kick off our 49th season with three performances January 22-24, 2016. Auditions will be held in November 2015.

Submission criteria is as follows:

  • All plays must be complete, one act works, running 15-30 minutes, with six or fewer characters.
  • No musicals, please.
  • Our season’s theme is “Ambition,” so we are looking for one act plays that speak to this theme in some way.
  • Plays will be mounted with no budget, though they will be fully staged with necessary sound and lighting.

Please e-mail submissions or questions to info@oldlibrarytheatre.net by October 20, 2015. Playwrights who did not have their plays produced in this year’s festival will receive priority in selection.

All performances take place at George Frey Center for Performing Arts at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

Old Library Theatre (OLT), Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company, is a community theatre organization, located in Bergen County, NJ, committed to producing quality productions at an affordable price. Old Library Theatre was started in 1967 in Fair Lawn by a handful of dreamers who wanted to make the joy of theatre performance available to everyone. The original theatre was on River Road, and several years ago moved to the George Frey Center for Performing Arts—a state-of-the-art 170-seat theater—in the Fair Lawn Community Center. Our mission is to provide quality entertainment in Bergen County, showcasing talented performers of all ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and stages of development.

For additional information about Old Library Theatre, visit oldlibrarytheatre.net.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Austin Latino New Play Festival

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The Austin Latino New Play Festival, produced annually by Teatro Vivo, brings together playwrights and audience members for staged readings of new works and rich conversation, each running just one night or afteroon. After each reading, the playwright and dramaturg participate in moderated talkback sessions with the audience.

What is the process for Austin Latino New Play Festival (ALNPF)? The ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original work. The festival format brings together the playwright to work with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience. The rehearsal process for each staged reading is approximately one week. New for the 2016 season is a reading opportunity mid process (Jan 4-5, 2015) that allows playwrights an opportunity to revise before the formal reading in February.

Teatro Mission Statement: Inspired by the power of theater to educate and entertain, Teatro Vivo produces and promotes Latino theater that provides a window into the Latino community and makes theater accessible to all audiences, especially those underserved in the arts.

ALNPF Script Guidelines:

* The script is in line with the Teatro Vivo mission statement.
* The script is a work by a Latino(a) playwright and/or focused on the lives of Latino(a)s.
* The script is an original work.
* The script utilizes both the English and Spanish language.
* Scripts cannot have been produced or scheduled for full production before or during 2016.

*** NEW*** Additionally, the 2016 festival will select one theater for young audiences to be performed the afternoon of February 27, 2016.

Selected Playwrights will ...

*be available and willing to collaborate with the dramaturg and the director selected by Teatro Vivo in the months of January/February 2016.

*be available in person or via Skype to attend the reading of their play mid process Jan 4-5. The playwright is expected to attend the February festival reading Feb 25-27, and participate in a facilitated talk back with the audience immediately after the reading of their script. Playwrights are encouraged to attend all three festival readings.

Submission Information:

*Playwrights will submit their scripts in a pdf file via email by Sunday November 1, 2015, by midnight, with the submission information requested below. Playwright information, including name, should not extend beyond the cover page of the script.

*Teatro Vivo will select scripts to be read in the play festival.

*No payment, fee, stipend, actual or implied will be paid to the playwrights. Selected playwrights incur their own travel expenses. Housing with Teatro Vivo company members may be available.

*Plays will be announced on or before midnight Friday, November 20, 2015.

In addition to script, please submit (in a separate MSWord doc): A brief biographical sketch and playwright background, email address, phone number, and home address. Include a brief response to two questions in 200 words or less: What areas of your script are you still eager to explore and develop? What are your goals for this play festival process?

Submit to both: AustinLNPF@gmail.com CC:joannreyes@yahoo.com More info at www.teatrovivo.org

Thursday, October 15, 2015


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Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage. We consider all submissions for the Heideman Award—a $1,000 cash prize given out each January—as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

An annual event that takes place in January, the A/I Tens consist of a bill of 8-10 world premiere ten-minute plays, fully produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and performed by our Apprentice Company of young actors.

  • Scripts should be submitted between September 1-November 1 (postmark dates).
  • Characters in submitted plays should be in the age range 18-28.
  • Each script must be no more than ten pages long. (We start counting pages after the title page and character list, if applicable.) Title page must include the playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Each manuscript must be typed and individually bound or stapled.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script—send us your best!
  • Previously submitted plays, plays that have received an Equity production, musicals, children’s shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not be returned nor receive a response. Plays that have received Equity waiver showcase productions are eligible. Playwrights must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.
  • We are unable to accept electronic submissions. Please mail submissions to: National Ten-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202-4218.
  • Submissions are limited to the first 500 scripts we receive each year. If your play is received after we’ve hit the 500-script mark, you will be notified. Entries will be acknowledged by postcard in December. Playwrights will be notified of their finalist or non-finalist status the following summer. No scripts will be returned.
  • The volume of scripts submitted hampers our ability to comment individually on each work, so we do not offer criticism.
  • All ten-minute plays will be considered for the Heideman Award ($1000)*, as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

*The Heideman Award was established in 1979. Made possible by the late Ted Heideman, a Louisvillian, the $1,000 cash prize is bestowed annually upon the winner of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest (1990 – present).

The submission window for the 2015 National Ten-Minute Play Contest has now closed.

We will accept submissions for the 2016 National Ten-Minute Play Contest from September 1 – November 1, 2015 (postmark dates).


National Ten-Minute Play Contest
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4218

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Secret Theatre in LIC is looking for submissions for the NEW VOICES PROJECT

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I am the new Project Director for the New Voices project. Right now I am planning on putting up the work in February, the month of love, romance, and connection. Once we chose the right script I plan producing a staged reading and if it goes well I will do a short run. It can be Edgy, dark, twisted, Dramatic or a Romantic Comedy. The script must comply with the rules below.

· 70 to 90 pages
· No more then 4-5 actors
· No actor under the age of 18
· No elaborate stage set
· No complicated lighting
· Must fit the Theme ( Love romance connection missed or otherwise) Maybe be very edgy
· Must be un-produced
· The writer must be from the NYC area and live in NYC now.

· The writer must agree to sign a contract and assist with social Media and ticket sales and be available for meetings etc.

DEADLINE IS OCT 30 2105 at Midnight.
How to apply; Send your scripts to
ROSE DESENA, NVP Project Director - nvp@secrettheatre.com

Send a short cover letter with short synopsis of the play, a list of actor’s ages and the approximate run time or page numbers.

 In the mail subject please put NVP.

You will get a short confirmation note and a response as to whether we accept or reject.

Good luck!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Playwrights' Week 2016

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Submissions Now Open for Playwrights' Week 2016!

As our Open Access Program, Playwrights’ Week serves as the central entry point for play submissions at The Lark and encourages the development of new voices. The Lark is committed to providing access to all playwrights and is proud to seek out plays that reveal underrepresented and vital perspectives. All playwrights will receive consideration without regard to demographics, professional experience, geographic location or history with the organization.

Playwrights' Week 2016 Submissions Guidelines:
  • Submit ONE completed application and ONE full-length play.
  • No more than ONE play per playwright will be considered. 
  • List only the play title on the cover page. No personal information. 
  • Submit only Word or PDF files as attachments
A complete submission is composed of two parts:
A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed. We are committed to a blind reading policy and it is important that each writer remains anonymous for the initial review.
A completed application form, available for download below
Playwrights Week 2016 Application PDF (140.9 KB)
Playwrights Week 2016 Application .doc (180.5 KB)

DEADLINE: October 20, 2015

Please EMAIL your script and completed application as two separate attachments in the same email to: submissions@larktheatre.org

Other Important Information:
Each applicant should expect a confirmation of application receipt by November 2015 and a final response by July 2016.

  • While there is no official minimum number of pages for submitted full-length plays, we do not accept 10-minute plays or musicals. 
  • Previously produced plays are eligible for consideration.
  • Plays previously submitted to this program are accepted, but we strongly encourage the submission of new work.
  • Writers living outside of the United States can apply if the script was originally written in English.
  • Due to the volume of submissions to this program, we will be unable to accept revised drafts of scripts during the selection process.
  • Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email submissions@larktheatre.org.
What Lark Provides
  • Ten hours of rehearsal time with a creative team (including director and actors) to address self-identified development goals
  • A public staged reading at The Lark
  • A peer-based community of support and conversation for the week

The Evaluation Process
Submitted plays are evaluated based on the following Lark Support Criteria:

  • Plays which are ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical
  • Plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives
  • Playwrights with clear goals about their writing who are open to a development process

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hobo Robo 8: Hobos With Their Eyes All A-Glow

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Hobo Junction Productions of Chicago is seeking ten-minute comedies for their 8th Annual Hobo Robo Competition, a three-night festival of short plays that revolve around the holiday season. This year’s festival is titled, “Hobo Robo 8: Hobos With Their Eyes All A-Glow.”

Every year, Hobo Junction selects a new theme that all submitted plays must adhere to – this year's theme is, as the title suggests, the holidays. Be it a satire of Black Friday consumerism, a parody of a famous Christmas film, or a farce set around a Thanksgiving table, the play must deal in some way with this celebratory season. Oh, and it should be hilarious.

This marks the company’s first partnership with Stage 773 after selling out performances the past two years at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Performances are December 14-16. Audience members vote on their favorite every night, and a winning play is declared at the end of the final night. The winning playwright will receive $100 prize money.

  • Playwrights may submit up to two scripts each. None of the plays submitted should have been previously produced in Chicago or published. Staged readings and workshops are acceptable. Please adhere to a strict 10-page limit. We begin counting after the page that includes the character breakdown.
  • Please leave all contact information off of the title page of your script - we want to make certain that our directors are able to read the semi-finalists blind before selecting their favorite to move to the finals (the festival) with.
  • Electronic submissions only. Please e-mail all materials to hoborobo8@gmail.com, with the subject line “Hobo Robo 8 (title of the play).”
  • Documents in PDF and DOC formats accepted.
  • Submission deadline is October 31, 2015, at midnight. Selected plays will be announced no later than November 15.
  • There is NO submission fee, so submit! What do you have to lose? (Answer: Nada.)
  • Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each year, we will be unable to comment on individual scripts. We look forward to reading your work!

NYTW Fellowships

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For 20 years, NYTW has honed an inclusive fellowship program for emerging theatre makers with a multiplicity of perspectives. These fellowships have taken many forms, supporting playwrights, directors, designers and administrators.

In its current iteration, the 2050 Fellowship is a yearlong residency for emerging playwrights and directors. The 2050 Fellowship provides a space for experimentation, artistic and administrative support, and mentorship. The 2050 Fellows are emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world.

What is a 2050 Fellow?

The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States.

This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – technologically, environmentally, demographically and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future.

How do we define diversity? Whose stories aren’t being told? What lies ahead for our world?

In response to these questions, NYTW’s longstanding Fellowship program continually to evolve to support the diversity of voices and aesthetics that will make up this new minority majority.

The 2050 Fellows are emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world.

With the 2050 Fellowship, NYTW is re-affirming our responsibility to nurture artists who reflect this multiplicity of perspectives, challenge the dominant paradigm, and give voice to those whose experiences are not often heard.

The following materials must be submitted by 5PM on Monday, October 19th. Incomplete or improperly formatted applications will not be accepted. Review the following requirements carefully.
A completed online form, available here, that includes the following:

-Contact/Personal information

-Names and contact information for two references (Recommendation letters are NOT required at this stage; however, they will be requested if you are invited to submit a full application.)
In a Single PDF to be uploaded into the form with your name as the subject:

-An artist statement that, in a total of 750 words or less, responds to the following questions:

What kind of work are you interested in making? Why?

What about a fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop specifically appeals to you as an artist?

-A resume listing credits and accomplishments

NYTW will accept up to six 2050 Fellows per season. These fellowships will entail a one year commitment from June to June. Playwrights and directors are eligible to apply.

NYTW’s 2050 Fellowships consists of five basic components:
Monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet with each other and artists from the NYTW community to discuss craft, aesthetics, and artistic development
Access to rehearsal space and two opportunities to share works-in-progress with the NYTW Artistic staff and entire fellowship cohort
Mentorship from the NYTW Artistic staff and contemporary theatre artists
An invitation to participate in the artistic life of the theatre by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW functions
A three-day weekend retreat at the start and end of the fellowship

2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support fellowship projects, see work, research and travel.

Schreiber's Shorts: TRANSITIONS

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T. Schreiber Theatre is currently accepting submissions for its yearly Schreiber’s Shorts play festival. We are accepting new works (max 10 minutes) that explore the idea of TRANSITIONS. We encourage creative interpretations of the idea, both dramatic and comedic. We invite playwrights to submit pieces ranging from, but not limited to: political, personal, historical, and religious experiences.

Plays should be in English and submissions from playwrights outside of the U.S. are strongly encouraged.

Sets and costumes should be minimal. Rehearsal furniture only (nothing that requires specially built pieces). Props should be those items typically found in an acting studio props closet.

We encourage submissions that make creative use of sound and lighting. Live sound (including Foley sound effects) is/are encouraged, as well as any pre-recorded sounds or music you imagine being part of your play. We have a wide variety of lighting instruments available (so specials and practicals are okay), although we do not have moving lights or a follow spot.

DEADLINE for submissions is Friday, October 23, 2015.

Plays will be produced at the Gloria Maddox Theatre at T. Schreiber Studios in January 2016.


By submitting an entry, you are affirming you are the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights. You further affirm that, if your play is chosen, you will grant performance rights, royalty-free, to the T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre for up to twelve performances during its Schreiber's Shorts: Transitions: January 2016. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

There is no fee for submission.

Please send all scripts in PDF or Word format to: theatre@tschreiber.org with the subject “Schreiber’s Shorts” and the name of your play.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions

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The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions for its 14th annual season to be held Downtown, New York City Spring 2016

DUTF, produced by Creative Ammo Inc., was founded in 2001 with the purpose to build a repertoire of new American theatre that echoes the true spirit of urban life and speaks to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. That purpose has been realized many times over, as more than 100 writers have created and refined their work for the stage and thousands of inspired audience members have applauded their performances. DUTF gives writers from America's burgeoning multicultural landscape the opportunity to share their stories that interpret our history and our times. It is a place where writers can create and refine their work for the stage.

For more info about DUTF, visit:  www.dutfnyc.com

DUTF will accept 15 theatrical works (plays, musicals and solo works) comprised of full-length productions (60-90 minutes) and shorts (under 45 minutes). Each work is performed only once during the festival. Three of the works will receive $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a monetary production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs.

To submit for DUTF 2016, please forward the following to dutfcoord@gmail.com.

(1) Playwright's bio with contact info - name, address, phone # and email (2) Photo of playwright
(3) Synopsis of theatrical work
(4) Complete script of theatrical work
(5) Estimated running time of work
(6) Actor/director/crew bios, if available
(7) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)


The Brick's Oven

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The Brick is now accepting submissions for its new play reading series, The Oven. Each month, The Brick will pair a playwright with a director, dramaturg, and team of actors to work in depth on their script over the course of one week. At the end of each development period, The Brick will present a public reading at its space in Williamsburg. Plays must be full-length, between 45 minutes and 2 hours in length, unproduced and original. Only one submission per playwright. Preference will be given to plays that embrace The Brick’s mission and aesthetic. 

There are no geographic limitations on who can submit, but please note that all rehearsals will take place in New York, and playwrights are responsible for their own expenses. Plays that have had readings or workshops in NYC during the past six months will be ineligible. 

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and PDF or Word file of the play to oven (at) bricktheater.com.

FutureFest 2016

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Fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild
It’s our 26th year for Dayton Playhouse’s one-of-a kind New Works Play Festival. We look forward to seeing your work!FutureFest will be held: July 2016

FEES: $20 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Dayton Playhouse”. Contact the FutureFest Director should you wish to pay by credit card. For those submitting digitally – the $20 can be mailed separately or processed by contacting the FutureFest Director, you can also click the link below.

ELIGIBILITY: Entry must be an original work, full length with a minimum run time of 75 minutes (NO musicals, plays with music or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FutureFest 2016. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

ENTRIES ACCEPTED: Submissions will be accepted August 1 through October 31, 2015 (postmark).

SCRIPTS: May be submitted via US mail or electronically.

Mail: Submit a blind copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (address, phone #, e-mail address) and resume. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. Submit via Media Mail. If you would like confirmation that we received your script, include a SASP (no envelopes). Eliminated scripts will not be returned. Script evaluations will not be provided.

CONSENT: Playwright gives the Dayton Playhouse permission to photocopy scripts for reading/ production purposes. Semi-finalists will need to provide a PDF of their script.

Should your script be selected and produced as one of the 6 finalists, you must be available to attend the weekend festival and participate in all events.
Finalists must acknowledge the Dayton Playhouse if/when script is published.The winning playwright awards the Dayton Playhouse the option to produce the winning play as part of its main stage season royalty free.
AWARDS: A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright; runners-up each receive $100. The Dayton Playhouse provides the 6 finalists travel (within the continental U.S.) to Dayton, OH, and housing for FutureFest weekend (July 16-19, 2015).
SELECTION PROCESS: Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 3 reads/evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the 12 semi-finalists. A second committee selects the 6 finalists. During FutureFest weekend, the plays are staged and publicly adjudicated by a panel of 5 theatre professionals (New York based and regional). Following the final production of the weekend, the adjudicators vote and select the winner.
NOTIFICATION: Finalists will be posted on the Dayton Playhouse website (www.daytonplayhouse.org) in May 2016.
SUBMIT TO: Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, P.O. Box 3017, Dayton OH 45401-3017
or email to futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com
QUESTIONS: Contact: FutureFest Program Director

INDEMNIFICATION: The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Dayton Playhouse, Inc. its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest 2015

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NOTE: Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from paying this entry fee by using the discount code Guild 2015 when applying.

Deadline: October 31, 2015

The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest seeks to develop the highest quality work with LGBT characters or themes. We seek material that is innovative and groundbreaking, and that deals with LGBT history, or issues of importance to the community. While we do appreciate the traditional well made play with LGBT themes, we like hearing fresh stories told in new ways. and we hope to begin relationships with writers looking to engage in that work.

As you explore our website, you will see on our production history that we have already produced world premieres of material that has been developed in the contest. And we have produced Chicago premieres of work done elsewhere, along with historical LGBT pieces. http://pridefilmsand09-plays.com/pfp-production-history-and-awards/

And while there is an entry fee to apply, Dramatists Guild Members are exempted from that fee. You will be able to enter the Dramatists Guild Discount Code (Guild2015) on the page which asks for credit card information.


We recommend NOT SUBMITTING PLAYS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED IN PREVIOUS YEARS unless they have been re-written.

Awards & Prizes

The contest generally has a semi-final round, and a final round of up to five finalists. The finalists receive $400 cash prize and a chance to work with the artists of Pride Films and Plays to develop their work in rehearsals in Chicago. The finalists work is presented in 'enhanced staged readings' performed at the Center on Halsted, and featuring members of the PFP Artistic Ensemble along with guest artists. 

Rules & Terms

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The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The entry period for The Great Gay Play Contest (the "Contest"), sponsored by Pride Film and Plays (the “Sponsor”), an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, begins September 1, 2015 at 12:01 am. Central Time (CT) and ends October 31, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. CT (the “Entry Period”; October 31, 2015 will be referred to as the “Deadline Date”). Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the Contest. Void where prohibited by law.


The Contest is open to individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in the state/country/province in which they reside on the date of entry who are legal residents of, and physically residing in, one of the fifty (50) United States (excluding Puerto Rico, United States territories, possessions, and protectorates, and foreign based United States military installations) or one of the following countries (see web site).


All plays and musicals entered into the Contest must be original. Plays or musicals adapted from pre-existing material will not be accepted, unless the author of the Play is also the owner of the material from which the Play is adapted or has the rights to said material. Plays must be written in standard play format, in English and can be no more than 120 8 ½” x 11” pages in length and in PDF format.

The title of your PDF should be the exact title of your play – or your play title with GGPC – but should not include your name or any other words in the title. Do not put any information on or in the play that would identify you and/or your co-author(s) including, without limitation, your name, your co-author’s name(s), your contact information or your co-author’s contact information.

Entrants will be judged only on the play accompanying their entries. Entrants will not be allowed to rewrite or correct their plays once submitted. Do not submit anything with your play including artwork. Any additional material accompanying the play will be discarded.

Scripts that have no production history will be accepted. We will also consider scripts that have been supported with staged readings or workshops as well as scripts that at the time of entry have had one community theater, educational theater, or one non-Equity production (which ran for no more than 25 performances). Plays which have received Equity productions are not eligible.

Plays which do not meet the above requirements will be disqualified.

Be sure to retain a copy of your play because Sponsor will not return the play you submit for the Contest.


You can enter the Contest via the Internet only.

There is a fee to enter the Contest (the “Fee”). Members of the Dramatists Guild and the PFP Writers Network are exempt from that fee. Entries must be paid with Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover. The amount of the Fee is based on the date of entry as follows:

Date of Entry Fee

September 1 to September 30, 2015 US $30.00
October 1 to October 31, 2015 US $45.00

Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from paying this entry fee by using the discount code Guild2015 when applying. The discount will be asked for on the page asking for Credit Card information. You will be asked to provide your DG number by PFP Staff when judging for the festival begins.

To enter, log on to www.filmfreeway.com, find the information on our Contest page, and follow the appropriate links to register. Register for the Contest by including your name, your mailing address, your primary phone number (with area code/country code), your cell phone number or alternate phone number (if any) (with area code/country code), your birth date and your e-mail address. You will attach your script to the Film Freeway entry, and need not send it any other way. Music for musicals (in mp3 files) should be emailed to PrideMusical@gmail.com. Entry can only be made electronically – no snail mail applications will be accepted under any circumstances.

AUTHORS MAY SUBMIT MAY THAN ONE SCRIPT INTO THE CONCEPT. However, each script must be made as a separate entry. And DG members can only claim the DG exemption for the first script they submit.

Entries submitted or received after the Deadline Date will be disqualified.

Playwright's Festival

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Original Play Submissions (full length plays and musicals) for the 26th Annual Playwright's Festival

Play Submission Deadline: Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Play submissions should be sent by e-mail to William Mittler and Tim Espinosa wmittler@fullcoll.edu. CC: fcplaywrightsfest@gmail.com

Musicals should include dropbox links with scores or tracks.

Actor Auditions: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Bronwyn Dodson Theatre)

The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full-length musical theatre works of any genre for its 26th Annual Playwright's Festival to be held January 4-22, 2016 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre, Fullerton CA. Accepted scripts are workshopped and given a staged reading/performance.

Company members in the Festival have the unique opportunity to participate in the script development process from several angles. Performers have the chance to be the first to bring life to a written character, as well as learn the skills of efficient preparation for script-in-hand reading and the flexibility necessary for working with a fluid and changing script. Company members watch the process unfold and see how various choices impact the direction of a play, learning various critical tools to help understand why and how a piece of theater has its effect. By the time of the rehearsed readings, members of the company will be able to respond to the scripts both as performers and as colleagues of the playwrights.

The Festival is looking for directors, actors, dramaturges, and administrative staff to participate in Playwright Festival workshops and staged readings. There are also positions available for assistant dramaturges: students who want to focus on the playmaking and revision process. Assistant dramaturges will learn critical tools and methods for useful and positive interaction with playwrights in the middle of a sensitive and often-fragile revision process. This will be valuable for those interested in writing themselves, as well as for those studying critical theory.
Script Deadline: Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 5:00pm

Artistic Director: Tim Espinosa
Dramaturge: William Mittler
Please contact William Mittler for more information

Thursday, October 8, 2015

11TH InspiraTO Playwriting Contest

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Full details (no fee, open to all):


Please read the full details below before applying.

1.This year's creative challenge: Shift. The play must show that a "shift" has taken place or is about to take place in the play.

shift: Move from one place to another, especially over a small distance. Change positions. Adjust. Correct. Lift. Land, people, buildings, structures or objects repositioned. Distruption. Swerve. Pivot.

Show us.

Leave your comfort zone.

2. The play must be a ten-minute play. The contest is open to anyone without geographic or age restrictions. You must submit online. Please fill out the submission form below and submit your play by December 1, 2015. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.

The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We accept any style except musicals.

The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced in InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 12, 2016 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging. Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 15, 2016.

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 2 - June 12, 2016. Between ten to eighteen, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 11th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in the June 2016. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

3. The submission must be a play. A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.

Get inspired. See your story come to life!

Must submit plays online at http://www.theatreinspirato.ca/participate/play

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