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Sunday, January 31, 2016

MITF: Spring Seeks Children's Plays

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,  

Every small theatre company in the country is aware of the possibilities of children's theatre (meaning, for me, theatre performed by adults for children and their parents). Why? Because children's-theatre audiences are populated by people whose only requirement is that they have children (or be children). If you perform children's theatre and market it properly, you can expect regular audiences of people who otherwise wouldn't think of going to a play.

MITF: Spring is searching for companies who want to try out new material in this genre, either to see it on its feet, test it with a young audience, or develop an audience for themselves. To create a special focus for the genre, we're reserving special slots early on weekend mornings and in the daytime on Thursdays and Fridays (Mondays through Wednesdays are reserved for tech rehearsals). Details are straightforward: 
  • Dates for the Festival are March 7 - March 27, 2016.
  • The Venue for MITF: Spring is The WorkShop's Jewel Box Theatre, 312 W.36th Street, NYC.
  • Submission deadline is February 10, 2016. 
  • Plays must run 30-60 minutes. Better short than long.  The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
  • Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.* 
  • Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
  • All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited. 
  • Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is no overnight storage at the Theatre.
  • No participation fee! 
  • Participants will receive a share of the door, if there is any.
  • Tickets are $20.00
  • Union and Non-Union Shows are accepted. The Festival will make adjustments to Equity shows' share of the profits, if any, to make up for the extra cost of complimentary tickets. 
  • The Festival provides a publicist, TD, box-office manager, and a board op.
  • While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. 
  • There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, and will be scheduled prior to your first show.
  • Performance will take place from 11 am to 2pm weekends. 
  • Each show will receive 3 performances, probably all in the same week.  
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.  
Please send scripts to john.chatterton@gmail.com

John Chatterton 
Executive Producer, MITF: Spring, MITF: Summer, MITF: Fall, Short Play Lab.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

New American Theatre Spring Festival of New One Act Plays

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The New American Theatre is accepting submissions for Spring, 2016 One act play festival. Selected plays will receive full production of the play in Los Angeles, produced by The New American Theatre. Performance of the piece will be under the supervision of Jack Stehlin, utilizing the talents of the acting company of the New American Theatre.

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

Notification: You will receive e-mail confirmation of the submission of your work at the time of submission. Further notification will only be given to semifinalists.

Program: Contest

Subject restrictions: none

Fee: none

Submission number: One submission per email. Multiple submissions are accepted.

Deadline: February 28, 2016
Submission Guidelines: Please submit full script as an e-mail attachment. Contact information should be on separate cover page of script. Body of the e-mail should include title of the work, author’s name, address and contact information.

Please send submissions to: newplays@NewAmericanTheatre.com 

Please put ONE ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Snail-mail submissions are not accepted at this time.

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

Contact: Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin
Managing Director, The New American Theatre:

Manhattan Repertory Theatre - The March Event

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Seeking never produced before ORIGINAL 1 ACT PLAYS (7 minutes to 20 minutes)
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
(2 minutes to 20 minutes in length) for:
and Performance Pieces
(3 minutes to 10 minutes)
and Passionate Poetry Performances
(3 minutes to 10 minutes)

March 2 & 3, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

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

This is an opportunity to bring your NEW short 1 act play, dance piece, performance piece or poetry to life!


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 and a synopsis of the play, or synopsis of the dance piece, or synopsis/script of your performance piece, or copy of your poetry, the running time of the play or dance piece, the set and lighting requirements, the submission's history (workshops, readings if any, when it was written) your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by FEB. 7, 2016 at Midnight.

Please put "THE MARCH 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 FEB. 7, 2016. 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 MARCH EVENT 2016, please drop us a line at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

Or log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN at Primary Stages discount tickets

The Body of an American by Dan O’Brien, directed by Jo Bonney
presented by Primary Stages and Rhoda R. Herrick, in association with Hartford Stage

-Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant
Winner of the 2014 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play and the Inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Award (shared with Tony-winner All The Way). The Body of an American tells the true story of an extraordinary friendship as two men, a war photojournalist and playwright, journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul. Winning rave reviews for its previous productions in London and elsewhere, The Body of an American by Guggenheim Fellow Dan O'Brien is "a play that tightens its grip as it probes where war lives, and discovers we each carry it inside ourselves." (The Guardian) Directed by Obie winner Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home from the Wars..., Lost Girls).

Featuring: Michael Crane (Gloria, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Tony nominee Michael Cumpsty ("Boardwalk Empire," End of the Rainbow).


$35 for performances February 10-14

$45 for performances February 16- March 6

$55 for performances March 8-20

Regular $70, Must purchase by 2/22/2016.

To order tickets, go online to PrimaryStages.org

or call OvationTix at 212.352.3101 or 866.811.4111

or mention this code at the box office at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street)

BOY - Keen Company offers student discounts


By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Linsay Firman

The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row
410 W 42nd St (b/t 9th & 10th)
with Heidi Armbruster, Ted Koch, Paul Niebanck, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Bobby Steggert


Anna Ziegler's Boy explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.

February 23 - April 9, 2016
Tues - Thurs @ 7PM, Fri & Sat @ 8PM
Sat @ 2PM Sun @ 3 PM

Student Tickets:
Previews (February 23 – March 9): $20.00
Post-Opening (March 11 – April 9): $25.00

Full price ticket regularly $62.50

Student tickets are available at the box office any time with student ID.

Theatre Row Box Office Hours

410 W. 42nd St
between 9th/10th Avenue


Comic Shorts One-Act Festival

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Ocean County College (Toms River, NJ) is seeking 10-minute comedies for its second annual Comic Shorts One-Act Festival in April, 2016

Submission guidelines:

Limit one submissions per playwright.

Plays must have a running time of 15 minutes or less.

The simpler your setting is the better. Plays are performed in a black box with limited technical capabilities.

Must be a comedy.

There is no fee for submission or production. There are no royalty payments to authors, all plays are performed for free. If your play is chosen, you will receive a copy of the program, four complimentary tickets to be used any night of the run, and lots or appreciation.

Submit your script in PDF format via email to: gshaffer@ocean.edu

Please use subject line: Comic Shorts

Submissions must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) February 10, 2016

Original Works Publishing - produced plays only

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OWP now only accepts plays that have received eight (8) or more performances in a production run and have been reviewed.

When emailing your submission please include all of the following material you have available.
  • Your play attached as a PDF or Word document, including cover page.
  • Short synopsis and character breakdown.
  • Production history.
  • Select review highlights, quotes, and awards or nominations received.
  • Any posters or logos from the productions.
  • Playwright resume or bio.

Send it all to:


Please list the title of your submission and length (full length, one act, etc.) in the Subject line.

Response Time

OWP receives a large number of exciting new plays, all of which are closely evaluated. Please give us a minimum of three - six months to respond.

Snail Mail Submissions

OWP no longer accepts snail mail submissions. Let's keep it green. Save money on postage, save trees, save printer ink.


OWP does not accept unproduced submissions under any circumstances.

OWP does not publish adaptations, translations, musicals, or works for younger audiences.

Single Ten Minute play submissions are only eligible for the ETENS.

Only submit one play per email unless submitting a collection.

Do not send synopsis or samples of multiple plays asking us to select which plays we would like to consider.

Currently accepting:


New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival Summer 2016

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New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival Summer 2016 (Now in our 5th year)

Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival, to take place in the summer of 2016 in New York City.
We are seeking 30 plays to be performed over three weekends.

Seeking 10 minute plays (no more than 10 pp), preferably with no more than 5 characters from playwrights form the New York City area only. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp).
Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee! Please include name, address, telephone number and email address.

Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Snail mail:
Equity Library Theater Theater Festival
22-73 43rd Street - JC
Astoria NY 11105

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fresh Fruit 2016

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All Out Arts is now accepting submissions for the 14th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary, international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture. The festival will occur July 11-24 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Entries are accepted through March 13, 2016. 

Thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and others, there are no submission fees for early applicants (by Feb 1), and no performance fees are required.

The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through new Theatre, Performance Art, Dance, Video, Film, Graphic Arts, Music & various other forms of artistic expression.

Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows.

The Festival provides AEA-approved performance venues & insurance, marketing & publicity assistance, ticketing services, professional theater staff (logistics manager; a light or sound technician; front of house), repertory lighting plot & sound system, networking events & more!

Early Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2016 (No Submission Fee)
Final Deadline: March 13, 2016 ($15 Late Fee required after Feb 1st)

If you are applying from out-of-town: (25+ miles from New York City), you must include a note about how you intend to Produce your show (& cast, direct, execute a local publicity campaign, etc.) if you are out of town. You may use the “Performance History” section of the form.

Questions? – If you are applying in the Poetry, Dance, or Film categories, – or if you have any other questions about the submission process, please email us at: submissions [at] freshfruitfestival [dot] com.

Process: The application form must be completed entirely on-line, so we recommend that you please download a rough blank copy of the form and notes HERE to prepare your answers in advance. You will be able to upload files as .PDF .RTF .TXT or .DOC files. When you are ready, go to the online application below (You can always update your information or files later via email):


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ESPAfest 2016: Free Writing Workshops, Master Classes, and Performances!

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) is thrilled to announce ESPAfest 2016. Join us a week of FREE writing and acting workshops, master classes, and performances.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. RSVP to attend.

FREE Master Class with Alexander Dinelaris (Academy Award-Winning Writer, Birdman)

FREE Open Dress Rehearsal for Detention #32: What’s Eating Millard Fillmore  
with guest advisor Jackson Gay (Director, These Paper Bullets at Yale Rep)

Solo Train: An Evening of Solo Performances
with host Judy Gold (Actor/Co-Writer, The Judy Show at DR2 Theatre; Actor, Clinton the Musical)
FREE with 2 drink minimum

5pm: FREE Alexander Technique Workshop with Karen Braga (Acting Faculty, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts)
6pm: FREE Mixer
8pm FREE Writing Workshop with Joshua Harmon (Writer, Bad Jews and Significant Other at Roundabout Theater Company)

Detention #32: What’s Eating Millard Fillmore
FREE performance! Written, performed, and directed by ESPA artists

3:00pm: FREE Master Class with Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award-Winning Actor, The King and I)
4:30pm: FREE Dialects Workshop with Jane Guyer Fujita (Acting Faculty, Graduate Acting Program at NYU Tisch)

3pm: FREE Writing Workshop with Tanya Barfield (Writer, Bright Half Life at Women's Project Theatre, “The Americans”)
4pm: FREE Monologue Coaching with Michelle Bossy (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages)

See the full listing of events and RSVP: www.primarystages.org/espa/our-community/espafest

ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers.  For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.


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The William Inge Theater Festival and Conference announces its first annual New Play Lab, offering playwrights the opportunity to interact with and have their work seen by professional writers, directors, and actors from around the country.

In addition, all playwrights will work directly with professionals in hands-on writing and industry workshops. Playwrights will also participate in panel discussions, writing workshops, enjoy lunchtime lectures, and attend evening performances with talkbacks by master playwrights and theater practitioners following.

Past honorees, panelists, and workshop leaders include John Guare, A.R. “Pete” Gurney, David Henry Hwang, Marsha Norman, Arthur Kopit, Terrence McNally, Paula Vogel, Donald Margulies, Shirley Knight, Barbara Dana, and Marshall Mason, among many others.


The William Inge Theater Festival and Conference seeks submissions of new one-act plays by playwrights who wish to participate in our New Play Lab, April 20-23, 2016. In honor of our 35th year, 35 plays will be chosen for the play lab by a panel of “blind” readers.

This year the Play Lab seeks to explore variety in the one-act play format: from structure, style, and storytelling, to the very stories we tell and those who tell them, in honor of William Inge and his exploration of the one act in both style and form, in the latter years of his life.

The chosen scripts will be rehearsed by top regional directors and actors in advance of the Festival, and receive a public reading for Conference attendees and the public. A panel of select theater professionals will serve as respondents to the work, following the reading.

This is a juried symposium, and while we invite all playwrights to submit, the call for scripts is directed primarily at playwrights who are faculty members or graduate students and/or professionals in the field, who seek the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from their most accomplished peers. We strongly encourage submissions from traditionally underrepresented voices.


This year the New Play Lab will accept one-act scripts only.

Due to time constraints, we can only allocate 30 minutes reading time for each selected work.  Playwrights are encouraged to submit one-acts that can be presented within the time slot.

Playwrights may submit one script, and one script only.

Plays that have received an Equity production, plays for young audiences, and musicals cannot be submitted.


Submissions must be received no later than midnight, February 4, 2016.

Notification to playwrights on the status of their play begins on February 5. All selections will be finalized by February 20; two months before the 35th Inge Festival commences.

Playwrights selected for Play Lab must be present for the public reading of their play at the Festival.

Playwrights must commit to the play lab within two weeks of notification, and submit a $75 non-refundable registration deposit to secure their selection at that time. Accepted playwrights must register and pay the remainder of their $175 registration balance by March 25, 2016.

Please Note: Play Lab fees include the entire four day Festival; all evening events, performances, master classes, lunchtime lectures, panels, workshops, the tribute, and the gala.

All participants assigned to a given project need to have the final script in hand prior to the start of the conference. 



SUBMIT SCRIPT and your accompanying SEPARATE DOCUMENT as attachments to your email message to: playsubmissions@ingecenter.org Note: No hard copy submissions are permitted. All scripts must be submitted in PDF format; all other formats will be disqualified. Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address. A draft date and/or draft number is encouraged. Give your script file the name: 2016WITF + TITLE (i.e., 2016WITF Bus Stop.pdf)

IN A SEPARATE DOCUMENT, please write the title of the play, your name and contact information, include a concise bio, a short synopsis of the play, and a summary of how you think your play might benefit from a play lab reading and panel response. Please give this accompanying document the name: 2016LAB + TITLE (i.e. 2016LAB Bus Stop.doc). Note: this document must be in Word (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) format, to enable us to copy your bio and synopsis into our Play Lab program.


The deadline is midnight, February 4, 2016. No submissions will be accepted after that date.

As hosts of playwrights in residence and their resulting developmental workshops for the past 15 years, we approach new play development with both rigor and sensitivity. We are seeking playwrights who are as passionate about this process as we are, who hope to further their work by a response from their peers.

Playwrights are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements. Accommodations are not provided. The playwright may be asked to give a playwriting workshop to high school or college students during the festival, for an honorarium.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE PLAYWRIGHT? Playwrights will be asked to discuss the play with their creative team prior to the festival, as available. The playwright is required to be present for the reading of their play and participate in the response by the panel immediately following.

WHAT KINDS OF PLAYS CAN I SUBMIT? Plays must be one-acts. Musicals and plays for young audiences cannot be accepted this year. Submissions may have had a previous reading, workshop, or non-Equity production; as a rule, though, the play lab is intended to develop relatively new works.


For any and all questions, please address your email to: info@ingecenter.org

Carlton E. Spitzer Excellence in Writing Award

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Next contest is in progress, please submit by January 31, 2016. Winner chosen every year.

Contest Details
  • Winner will be notified in June/July 2016. Winner will receive cash award of not less than $500 and a plaque presented at the premier performance of her or his play in 2016.
  • Winner will permit HGGT to perform play without payment of fee with full credit to playwright in all promotional and printed materials.
  • HGGT assures entrants their work will not be copied or used in any way other than described herein. HGGT reserves the right to not choose a winning play.
  • Each submission must be an original play not yet performed.
  • Each must be consistent with the mission of HGGT: To raise public awareness of disability and discrimination of all types in society through dramatizations of real life and fictional experiences.
  • Each must include written permission of all living persons portrayed.
  • Each must include playwright’s name, address, telephone, and email address.
  • Each must be sent in Word or similar format.
Please submit each entry to :motivational.theatre@gmail.com” by January 31, 2016.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Minnesota Shorts 10-minute plays

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We are preparing for another season, getting ready to start accepting submissions on Jan. 1st. There are some changes this year -- we have partnered with Merely Players, who will handle all directing and casting.

Playwrights can simply send in their scripts to mnshorts@yahoo.com, our judges will narrow them down to 10 national and 10 state finalists, and the Merely Players board will select the 7 winners from each stack. 

The Best of the Fest award will be given out each night, giving playwrights an opportunity to win $100 for their work. Scripts must have name, postal address, email and phone contact on the title sheet.

Scripts should be submitted in a pdf format and be no longer than 10 pages. 

National submissions (ONE script only) are open Jan. 1 to Feb. 1, 2016. 

State submissions (up to two scripts) are open Jan. 1 to March 1, 2016.

Door is a Jar Magazine seeks submissions

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Door is a Jar Magazine is looking for well-crafted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and artwork for the Spring issue of its bi-annual online publication. Please read over these submission guidelines carefully before submitting any work. Contributors can submit to multiple categories; however, only submit once to each category per submission period. The submission period for the Spring issue opens September 1, 2015 and will close April 1, 2016.
Our publication steers away from academic writing and publishes short, conversational works that use familiar language. Our magazine features new artists and writers and works that are accessible for all readers. Please look at our current and archived issues before submitting your work. Works that are confusing, abstract, or unnecessarily fancy will not be considered. Our entry guards stand firm against academic jigsaw puzzles. 

We only accept new, unpublished work. If you have posted something to your website or social media, this counts as being published.
Email your submissions to doorisajarmagazine@gmail.com with the category you are submitting to and your last name in the subject line. Within the email please include your full name, contact info, and a fun 5-sentence bio. (We're not as interested in how many degrees you have, or how widely you've been published. Instead, we want to hear about the real you. We want to know about the little things that spur you along.)
We accept simultaneous submissions; however, please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. We reserve first initial publishing rights and then all rights revert back to the author. We do not pay contributors at this time. 

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

Saturday, January 23, 2016

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016: Call for Entries

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2016

Join the 25th International Playwriting Competition – brought to you by the BBC World Service & British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and co-produced by The Open University!

– The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK.
– The submitted scripts must be written in English and must not have been published/broadcast.
* Professional writers/playwrights are strongly encouraged to participate.

In order to enter you need to send:
• A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters.
• A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words.
A completed form attached to your play and synopsis.

There are three prizes:
– English as a First Language Winner: £2200 sterling and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
– English as a Second Language Winner: £2200 sterling and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
– The Georgi Markov Prize (for the writer of the script identified by the judges as, whilst not deemed ready for broadcast in its current form, showing most promise): A standard return flight to London, with 2 weeks accommodation – a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. No cash alternative.

For more information and application form please visit the organizer’s website.

*NOTE: Hanoi Grapevine merely announces the open calls and cannot help in the application process. For further inquiries, please direct to the organizers.

Trans Theater Festival

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The Brick is overjoyed to announce a trans theater festival to celebrate the stories, art, histories, and experiences of trans artists. Recognizing trans artists as an invaluable part of our arts community, both currently and historically, this festival is part of an ongoing commitment to elevating their work. For this and many other reasons, The Brick is proud to present a theater and arts festival curated by and featuring the work of Trans Artists.

Announcing The Trans Theater Festival

‪June 5th, 2016 to July 2, 2016‬

Sought: primarily plays, but also dance pieces, films and other performance works that are festival-friendly and ready to present in a repertory format created in part or in whole by trans artists.

Visual art and video installations will also be considered.

The festival hopes to be an all-inclusive showcase of trans artists' work. Pieces are selected for their artistry and sensitivity towards the subject matter. Educational submissions are also highly encouraged (lectures, talkbacks, panels, documentary work, etc.).

No application fee. Box office will be split with accepted shows 70/30 (in favor of the theater) 4 weeks after the close of the festival.

A press rep will be engaged by The Brick to help publicize the festival and the works and artists within. Brick festivals have been known to attract excellent press coverage in previews, interviews, reviews and more.

There will also be a broad educational outreach element of the festival with free events and community engagement.

Deadline: ‪January 30, 2016Acceptance announcements: February 6, 2016

To apply, please fill out the following form, and email any supporting materials to trans@bricktheater.com.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

THE FIRST DRAFT at Primary Stages ESPA

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

Sundays with Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Thursdays with Lisa Ramirez (Writer, To the Bone at Cherry Lane Theatre)

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

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail

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The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its sixteenth year.

It performs at the end of August, on each of the Arundel Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – this year, for example, in a community hall, a restaurant, a football club and Arundel Jailhouse. An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2015 Theatre Trail plays. The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond.

Writers are invited to submit plays for next year’s Trail from September 2015.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects.

All entries should be submitted to Drip Action Theatre Trail 2016

c/o Arundel Festival
Town Hall
Maltravers Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AP

Entries must be received by 31st January 2016. There is no reading fee.

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail).

Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2016.

Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee.

For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's 10 Minute Play Contest

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Seeking fully produced, (Cast, directed and ready to be performed in February)
10 minute (or under) 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
10 Minute play Contest
$200 cash prize for best 10 minute play!

February 15, 16, 17, 19, and Finals on February 25 and 27 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

Each 10 minute or less play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with 8 other plays, a minimum of two performances and an additional 4 more performances if your play goes on to the Finals on February 25 and 27

Only 18 plays will participate in this 10 minute play contest!

To submit your 10 minute or less play production please email:

The complete script of the 10 minute or less play,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by January 22, 2015.

Please put “10 Minute Play Contest” in the subject heading. We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.

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

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before January 22, 2015, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.


Each 10 minute play will be given a MINIMUM of 2 performances, with 4 more performances if the play moves on to the finals on February 25 and 27.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Voting will be done by audience ballot with graduated voting of each of the audience members 3 favorite plays. There is NO raising of the hands, or a "Panel of Experts" like at some other play contests across the country. The voting is solely crowd-sourced which we like and fair to all for the most friends don't necessarily win - usually the best play wins.

Once accepted, there will be a $20 commitment fee.

All 10 minute plays cannot be produced between your acceptance to the contest and your performance dates if you wish to participate.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Puzzle Theatre Festival

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Monday, June 20 - Sunday, June 26, 2016

Brian Hampton, Producer Marya Spring Cordes, Artistic Director

The Puzzle is in its 6th Year, and we’re looking for 10-minute Plays and One-Acts!
If you would like to submit a 10-minute play or One-Act play (limit one play per playwright),

Please complete this application (printed clearly or typed) and send it with your play to:

The Puzzle Theatre Festival Marble Collegiate Church 1 West 29th Street New York, NY 10001

Submissions must be postmarked by January 31, 2016 

NOTE: Submissions will be recycled and not returned.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Suncor Stage One Festival

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Submissions for 2015/2016

Each year, with the generous support of Suncor, Lunchbox Theatre is able to workshop scripts through the Suncor Stage One Festival. All chosen playwrights receive dramaturgical support, a workshop with a professional director and actors and either a closed or public reading, depending on the stage development.

Lunchbox Theatre is currently inviting playwrights to submit one-act plays for consideration. All plays must eventually run approximately 50 minutes. Submissions are not limited to comedies and musicals but content should be suitable for Lunchbox Theatre audiences – excessive use of foul language or nudity may limit the possibility of production.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone is allowed to apply.

All applications should include:

• Playwright’s resume
• History of any development the script has received thus far
• Premise of the play
• Plot outline for the basic structure of the play
• Minimum of 15 pages of script for the piece being submitted

2015-2016 Deadline: January 29, 2016
Please submit applications in hard copy form to:

Suncor Stage One Submissions
Lunchbox Theatre
160 115 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0P5

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Artistic Producer, Mark Bellamy at mark.bellamy@lunchboxtheatre.com.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Call for Submissions – 10 By 10 in the Triangle

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Plays Accepted between January 4 – January 31 2016

Ten 10-Minute plays showcased on The ArtsCenter’s Main-Stage Theater
In performances July 8-24 2016

Submission Request:

10 By 10, ArtsCenter Stage is interested in presenting thought-provoking plays.
Submitted plays may be humorous or serious or any where in between.

The Submissions:
Email new, original 10-minute plays with minimal set requirements to 10by10submissions{at}artscenterlive{dot}org.

  • Plays that have had no prior productions or limited prior productions are preferred
  • Musical submissions with little or no accompaniment are accepted
  • Plays that have been published are not accepted
  • Monologues are not accepted
  • Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays in standard format in Word or PDF
  • Send a separate email for each play submitted. Do not zip the files
Read more Submission Guidelines under Email Submissions below
These guidelines must be adhered to for qualification

Be advised:
  • We cast an acting troupe of 10 actors – 5 Women and 5 men
  • Not all ten actors are in every play; they are cast in multiple plays
  • Plays can have a cast of 2, 3, 4 or 5-6 at most
  • Age range of actors is from early 20s – 50s+ (2 20 somethings, 2 50s+ somethings, and everyone else in between)
  • Very dark or profanity heavy plays tend not to be produced for our audience
Email Submissions
1) The subject line MUST be 10 By 10 Submission followed by the title of your play
(Example subject line: 10 By 10 Submission Fighting Mr. Right)

2) The body of the email MUST contain the following contact information:
  • Title of the play
  • Playwright’s contact information including
  • Full name
  • Full mailing address
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email address
3) Attach the play to the email in word or pdf.
  • The title of play on the attached document must match the title of the play in the subject line
  • Example subject line: 10 By 10 Submission Fighting Mr. Right
  • Example attached play: Fighting Mr. Right

4) IMPORTANT: Contact information
  • These are blind submissions
  • No contact information can be on the scripts submitted
  • Do not attach contact information
  • Contact information must ONLY be included in the body of the email
  • Contact information on the script will lead to the automatic disqualification of that play
  • All plays go through several round of readings and these are blind readings so, again, no identifying contact information can be found on any script submitted.
You will be sent an automated response thanking you for your submission. If you do not receive that automated response check the submissions email 10by10submissions{at}artscenterlive{dot}org or contact Jeri Lynn Schulke at jlschulke@artscenterlive.org. Do not send submissions to this email.

Submission Dates:
January 4, 2016-January 31, 2016 (deadline at 10:00PM EST)
Plays will not be accepted before January 4, 2016.

Submission Deadline:
Submissions must be received by 10:00PM EST on January 31, 2016.
Plays will not be accepted after this date and time.

  • We will notify the semi-final playwrights by email and post those titles on our website
  • We will notify the 10 final playwrights by email and post those titles on our website
  • We cannot contact individual playwrights outside of the semi-finalist and the finalist lists
  • We will announce the final 10 productions by May 30, 2016


The Navigators Theater Company is looking for Sci-Fi plays for the 2nd Annual LIFT-OFF NEW PLAY SERIES.

Looking for Ten-Minute Plays, One-Acts, and Full-Lengths. All plays must have Sci-Fi elements as a major part of the story. Ten-Minute plays and One-Acts will have production elements. Full-lengths will have a reading.

The submission fee will be waived for members of the Dramatist Guild.

Submissions are due by MARCH 16TH, 2016

The 2nd Annual Lift-Off New Play Series will be held in NEW YORK CITY in JUNE, 2016. Professional Directors will be announced in April, 2016.

Please click the link below to submit then send your play to NavigatorsTheater@gmail.com with your DG CARD IMAGE ATTACHED, and the following subject line:

Lastname – SubmissionType
Smith - Ten-Minute
Rodriguez - Full-Length


Thank you and we look forward to reading your plays!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Take an NYC writing class from anywhere!

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) offers classes online open to writers in New York, New Mexico, New Zealand, and everywhere in between. The following classes are available online starting in February:
This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines and constructive feedback that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. You can expect to leave the class with a working first draft and a refined set of skills for writing—and finishing—your next play.
Instructors: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement) and Jen Silverman (Writer, The Moors at Yale Rep)

This class will begin by establishing individualized writing goals to conquer over ten weeks. Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and online lectures will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with individualized feedback.
Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

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.
Instructor: Jason Grote (Screenwriter, "Mad Men", "Hannibal", "Smash")

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

On the Air Radio Players Scriptwriting Contest for Radio Drama

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We are looking for scripts written in the style of old-time radio, with plenty of sound effects for our talented Foley artists to play with! In addition to sound effects, we favor scripts with a variety of voices and good roles for females. We also feature a special category for best fake commercial. Give it a shot with a one-minute pitch of a made-up product. All scripts and commercials must be family-friendly for an audience of all ages.

Scripts should be between 15 and 25 minutes in length, each author may submit up to three scripts. The scripts should be able to be performed with an ensemble of six to twelve people.

Here's what you win:
See and hear your script performed - scheduled for June 2016; recorded show will be made available for streaming and download from our web site
Cash Prizes (first place: $50; Second place $30; Third place: $20; Best commercial: $10)

Deadline is February 1, 2016

Contest Rules
  • If your script is chosen, we reserve the right to edit for time and format.
  • The script should be between 15 minutes and 25 minutes in length.
  • It must be an original script, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Adaptations of short stories, novels, radio plays, films, or any other published work will not be considered. Scripts containing licensed characters will not be considered.
  • It must be appropriate in language and themes for a family audience (think PG-13 or lower). Scripts containing profanity, ethnic slurs, and/or sexual content will not be considered.
  • There are no limits on sound effects or settings, but keep in mind that your script should be able to be performed with an ensemble of 6 to 12 people, and the sound will be created by a table full of gadgets, gizmos and the vocal talent of our sound effects wizards. We use an electronic keyboard for musical intros and outros, but we do not use pre-recorded sound effects in general or licensed musical recordings in our shows.
  • Up to three scripts may be submitted by one author.
  • All scripts must be postmarked by or before February 1, 2016 or send by email by or before that date. Winners will be notified by April 1, 2016.
  • Scripts will be judged anonymously by the Board of Directors of the On the Air Radio Players.

How to Submit a Script

OTARP accepts electronic and hard copy submissions. All scripts should be typed using a standard radio script formatting (see next page for example) and numbered. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript except the first title page.

Please include TWO title pages: the first one will include the title, your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page will have the title only.

Scripts will not be returned, so save a copy for yourself!

Where to Send Your Scripts

Send by mail to:
County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks
Attn: OTARP Radio Scriptwriting Contest
P.O. Box 907755
Henrico, VA 23273

Or send by e-mail to per22@co.henrico.va.us with the subject line:
OTARP Scriptwriting Contest

Judges’ decisions are final. Judges reserve the right not to award all prizes if no suitable script is chosen. If your script is chosen, we reserve the right to edit for time and format. The County of Henrico does not assume responsibility for loss, damage or return of scripts.

Questions? Email us at info@OTARP.com

spectrum: lgbt new play festival

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In just its second season, Funky Little Theater Company is proud to announce the inaugural (hopefully annual) playwriting festival, [spectrum: lgbt new play festival][spectrum: lgbt new play festival] will be produced Thursday through Saturday nights from March 4-March 19, 2016. Each play selected will be fully produced and will be considered a world premiere at Funky Little Theater Company in Colorado Springs, CO.

Funky is looking for talented and creative playwrights from all around the country to participate in this festival. Plays should be one-acts focusing on issues surrounding, embracing or showcasing individuals of the LGBT community.

There is no submission fee for our inaugural [spectrum: lgbt new play festival].

Guidelines for submissions:
  • A selected committee and Funky company members will be reading and evaluating each submission. There will be three rounds of elimination before selection.

  • Playwrights should be 16 years or older as of submission deadline.

  • Your play must be unpublished and not previously professionally produced. Previously submitted plays will not be accepted and will not be returned or receive a response.

  • Each script should be one act, ideally one set and no more than five actors. Keep in mind this is going to be produced in 50-seat black box theatre.

  • Ideal length is 10 minutes but submissions should not exceed 15 minutes in length.

  • All scripts should be typed and organized in a professional script format (page numbers, title page, correct spacing, etc) and as a Word Document or PDF. The title page should be the only identifier for the playwright. The following page should include a synopsis, character breakdown, and setting.

  • Include your name, mailing address, contact number, and the play title in the body of the email and attach the script to the email, but please remove any identifying information from headers, footers and elsewhere.

  • Email your play by Friday, January 29, 2016 at midnight MST to: chris@funkylittletheater.org

  • Selected playwrights will be notified via email no later than February, 4, 2016 at midnight MST.

  • No more than three (3) submissions per playwright are accepted.

  • Lodging and travel expenses are not available at this time.

  • One play will be selected as “Festival Favorite” based on audience votes and a panel of judges. Winning submission will receive a $100 prize.

Happy writing and thanks for your timr and consideration, Funky Little Theater Company.  

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