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Monday, October 31, 2016

SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre seeks 10-minute plays

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SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre* is back at OTP for 2016 and we're looking for NEW scripts from all over Boston & beyond! This 10 min Play competition is all about fun, inclusion and two nights of fast paced theatre not to be missed. This series we are proud to produce SLAM Boston under the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre Black Box Fellowship. We work with the SLAM Boston model because of it's focus on diversity in an artistic setting and we are seeking work for and by individuals of color, woman & those from the LGTBQ community. Scripts need to be sent with a BLIND copy for our reading team.

We are seeking work for and by individuals of color, woman & those from the LGTBQ community.

If you have submitted to OTP’s SLAM Boston before, please do NOT submit again unless your scripts has been updated, we will consider all plays received in 2015 that were not chosen at that time.

Plays must not go over 10min or longer than 12 pages.

Technical Elements will be limited to lights up / down, scenery must be conveyed by stage cubes or basic table & chairs. Props must fit in 1 grocery bag.


Submit 1 Version with full contact information & 1 Version with NO contact information

Plays must be sent in either a .pdf or word doc

Please include a brief synopsis & your full contact information

Please use the subject line SLAM Dec 2016 Submission

Submissions can be sent via email to submissions@theopentheatre.com

Plays & Information are being accepted on a rolling basis

Call will run from September - November 1, 2016

11th Annual 10 Minute Play Festival

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The Parish Players' first Ten-Minute Play Festival in 2007 was a collection of sharp, funny, and moving plays that said it all in ten minutes (or darn close) and sold out nearly as fast. We are again looking for a perfect combination of original plays for full production on the Parish Players stage in February 2017.

DEADLINE for submissions: In our hands by 11:59 p.m., November 1, 2016.

Email format: to pancho@parishplayers.org
-PDF files only!
-File name: your play's title and your last name, separated by a hyphen.
-Subject line should also be play's title and your last name, separated by a hyphen.


Hardcopy format (3 copies, please) to:
The Parish Players
Ten-Minute Play Festival 2017
Post Office Box 136
Thetford, VT 05074

SCRIPTS: Two submissions only per playwright. We prefer new unproduced plays; however, previously produced plays are also considered. We do not accept adaptations, unless adapted from a work of your own.

Submission conveys permission for us to produce your play at the 2017 Parish Players Ten-Minute Play Festival.

LENGTH: Close to ten minutes when produced.

QUESTIONS: Email pancho@parishplayers.org with the subject line TENS-QUESTION.

The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance 10-Minute Play Festival

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The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our third annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2017. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on August 15, 2016; the submission period closes on October 31, 2016. Nine selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional.

Submission rules:

 Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of August 15 through October 31, 2016. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The list of winning plays will be announced in November.

 We will accept only one play per playwright.

 Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)

 Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30 or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.

 Previously produced plays are not eligible.

 Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.

 Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.

 Nine winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2017.

 There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

How to submit:

Plays must be submitted via email to uhoustonplayfest@gmail.com. There should be no identifiable information in the script. Your email should include all of the following information:
  •  play title 
  •  your name 
  •  your mailing address 
  •  your phone number 
  •  your email address 
For any questions contact: uhplayfestquestions@gmail.com

Sunday, October 30, 2016

T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre's 2017 New Works Project

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Program Director: Jake Turner | Producing Director: Halle Morse

The T. Schreiber Theatre's New Works Project is an opportunity for playwrights to have their work heard and seen in a professional setting. Phase 1 of the submission process takes place October 6-November 1, 2016. Three finalists will be chosen for the project to have their play presented in a three night reading series. One winner will be selected to receive a workshop production run of their show with artistic support from the T. Schreiber production team.

Mission Statement:
The T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre New Works Project is committed to supporting the development of new plays in a safe and nurturing environment-one that serves the playwright and enriches the T. Schreiber community as a whole. TSS provides the playwright access to the expertise of experienced theatre professionals, sophisticated and well trained actors, and a supportive, interactive audience. In the New Works Project, T. Schreiber will develop new theatrical productions through a series of staged readings and collaborative refinement, culminating in a professional workshop production. The goal is to foster and elevate writers’ work to its fullest potential.

Three plays will be chosen as finalists to receive staged readings, performed by T. Schreiber actors. One play will be chosen as the New Works Project winner to receive a workshop production with a 2-week run. NWP Program Director Jake Turner will work with playwright to further develop the winning play and will serve as Director for the workshop production. Audience feedback is solicited and the production staff of T. Schreiber will work directly with the playwright to refine the play. There will be no cash prize provided for the selected play.

The New Works Project is committed to script development and successful production of new works. Winning playwrights are expected to participate fully in the development process: working directly with the director and T. Schreiber staff during staged readings; interacting with audiences post-readings; and participating in the workshop production. While T. Schreiber cannot provide transportation or housing to playwrights submitting works from outside the NYC area, every effort will be made to help selected playwrights find local accommodations.

Want to submit your full-length play to the New Works Project? Please read through all of the guidelines thoroughly. Submissions which do not follow all of the guidelines below will not be considered!


Submission is a two-phase process.

Phase I
Submission period for the 2017 New Works Project is October 6-November 1, 2016. 
  • Submit a two page maximum treatment of the play including title, character breakdown (please include age range and gender), and brief story synopsis. 
  • Also include 5 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. 
  • Playwrights should also include a one page bio and resume including contact information. 
Send treatment, sample dialogue, and resume to: 2016newworks@tschreiber.org with "New Works Project: Phase I" in the subject line*

*Unsolicited full manuscripts will not be read. Submissions sent before our after submission period will not be read.

All abstracts and dialogue samples will be read. From these, selected manuscripts will be solicited for Phase II.

Phase II
If selected for Phase II, manuscripts should be sent within 1 week of notification. Manuscripts should be properly formatted and have the playwright’s name, contact address and phone number on the front page. PDF's and MS Word file formats preferred. All manuscripts selected for Phase II will be read and reviewed by the selection committee. Again, no unsolicited manuscripts.

Phase I submission period: October 6-November 1, 2016
Playwrights chosen for Phase II notified by: December 1, 2016
3 Finalists chosen by: February 1, 2017
3 nights of finalist readings: May 1-May 3, 2017
New Works Project winner chosen: May 5, 2017
New Works Project Workshop Production Run: July 12-22, 2017

Fine Print:
  • Submission must be full-length in any genre.
  • Plays must not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission.
  • Playwrights with past production experience are especially encouraged to submit new work.
  • Productions should be developed for the stage, not other media: e.g. screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays.
  • One script per author.
  • Character age range: 16 and up
  • There is NO submission fee for the New Works Project.
  • Do not send more than the materials requested below. No incomplete submissions will be accepted.
  • Please NO PHONE inquiries.

The Commission Theatre Company is seeking submissions of new and in-progress plays

The Commission Theatre Company is seeking submissions of new and in-progress plays to be developed as part of the company's new works initiative. All styles, forms, and genres of work are encouraged.

Playwrights can submit writing samples to commissiontheatre@gmail.com. Please include "Your name" and "Playwright Submission" in the subject heading.

Blackboard Plays RedVolution Community Night seeks short plays

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The RedVolution Community evening is simple: Playwrights submit short plays (up to 30 minutes) for this themed evening. Unlike most community nights, submissions, will only be accepted September 1 – October 31st. Selections will be made and the final plays will be announced by the end of November to get ready for the December 12th Curated Community Evening.

Please fill out the form.  Upload your SHORT play. 

For this community night, we are defining short as 30 minutes or less.

Thank You for your interest in Blackboard Plays' curated RedVolution Community Night.
Blackboard is devoted to the stories of Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora.

This community night is accepting SHORT plays 30 minutes or less dealing with HIV/AIDS in the Black community.

Submissions will be accepted September 1 - October 31, 2016.

Selections will be made by the end of November.

The curated community night will take place Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Please answer the questions below, upload your play and the donate the optional submission fee.

We will contact you regarding your submission in November.


This file should contain:
1) Your Bio
2) Play Synopsis
3) Title Page w/ Character Breakdown
4) Your short play

Any questions: info@blackboardplays.com

We will contact you in November.

Optional Reading and Submission Fee: $5.00

Please note that this is not a mandatory fee
. Our main goal is to read your play and feature your work, but as we are a fiscally sponsored project, every donation helps us with creating the best experience to showcase your work. Whether you give or not does not affect our decision regarding your play.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email: info@blackboardplays.com

Best of Luck!

EST/Sloan Project commissions

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Proposals will be accepted starting September 1st, 2016.
Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2016
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2015

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
Anthropology and Archaeology

Computer Science
Software Development, Computer Development
Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
Space Research

Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior


Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored and include in the description of the story how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece. Focus on plot and character development, and, as it ideally will in the finished play, how the science comes out through plot and character.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.


Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:
A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

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

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.


We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):

Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.
Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Cape Cod Theater Project 2017

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Playwrights may send us one play per season for consideration. The proposed play must still be in development and cannot be receiving a professional production prior to August 2017.

To apply, please email a PDF of the script to capecodlit@gmail.com. Please label the document using your first and last name as well as the play’s title. For example: janesmithplaytitle.pdf

In addition, please include in your email a short biography and a brief artistic statement on how you propose to use your development time at CCTP. The bio and statement of intentions should be one page combined, sent as a PDF or Microsoft Word Doc and labeled with your first and last name. For example: janesmithbio.doc

As of November 1, 2011, we no longer review hard copies of scripts sent by mail.

Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2016 through Nov. 1, 2016.

The CCTP staff regrets that we cannot provide feedback on any submitted materials.

We look forward to reading your work.

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project's Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2017-18 Season. The deadline is October 31, 2016.
  1. "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  2. Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  3. Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  4. Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 
  5. It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
  6. We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  7. The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
  8. Send to: Reva Shiner Comedy Award Bloomington Playwrights Project 107 W. 9th Street Bloomington, IN 47404
  9. Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2016, and received no later than November 10, 2016. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
  10. For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

    Friday, October 28, 2016

    Discount tickets: RENT CONTROL

    Written Evan Zes
    Directed by Lou Moreno

    Huron Club at Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, New York City, NY 10013

    The Breakout Hit of Fringe Encore Series 2016 has extended through November 12th.

    When Evan falls backwards into one of the few remaining rent-controlled apartments in NYC, he finds a way to make money and pursue his dream, turning the apartment into a lucrative Airbnb scheme – that is until his moneymaking scheme backfires threatening to ruin his life. RENT CONTROL has had audience howling with laughter and at the same time on the edge of their seats. Watch Evan Zes portray nearly 30 characters as they close in on him and threaten to ruin his life in this cautionary tale of greed and redemption.


    "…cheerfully profane, blithely fatalistic…"
    Marc Miller, NY Theatre Guide

    "…the surprise thriller of the festival."
    Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania

    "…a dangerously hilarious actor/writer with a clear ability to capture the audience."
    Rachel Lepore, Theatre is Easy

    Special Offer:
    $18 (reg. $25)

    ONLINE: Visit www.evanzesrentcontrol.com/tickets/ and use code RENT

    Restrictions: Online Service Fees will be applied at checkout. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.

    The Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF)

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    PPF annually presents seven new plays—readings, workshops and productions—during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theatres nationwide. Participation is by invitation only for projects submitted according to the procedures outlined below. The ​20th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival will take place April 2​1-2​3, 201​7.

     Read more about PPF.


    Playwrights without representation may send a query letter, brief synopsis, complete list of characters and 10-page excerpt to:

    Literary Department
    South Coast Repertory
    P. O. Box 2197
    Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2197

    After review, we will contact you if we wish to read the entire script. Unsolicited full-length scripts will not be reviewed.

    Please Note: We do not accept materials submitted electronically.

    Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that—for this purpose—lawyers and law firms do not qualify as "professional representation.

    SCR accepts submissions for full-length plays, musicals, translations and adaptations and works for young audiences (approximately fourth-grade level). Unproduced plays are considered for possible inclusion in the NewSCRipts reading series, the Pacific Playwrights Festival and for production on SCR stages.


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    Winterfest Festival 2017
    BEST PLAY $2,500
    BEST SHORT PLAY $1,500
    BEST: ACTRESS $500, ACTOR $500,
    DIRECTOR $500, Singer $500
    SET DESIGNER $200.

    Winterfest Festival runs from January 2 to March 12, 2017
    All genres are welcome, including MUSICALS.


    Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival.) Submissions may close before December, 2015, if we reach the maximum number of plays.

    Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing.

    If your play/musical is accepted in our festival there is a payment of $250 to participate if your play is 50 to 90 minutes long and $150 if your play is between 30 and 50 minutes long. Short plays between 5 and 20 minutes pay $75. If you wish to participate as an Equity show case you will be contacted by the festival and sent a different sets of guidelines.

    Submission Accepted from Everywhere in the US. Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.


    Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long and 5 to 20 minutes in the Short Play category
    How to Submit your work to WinterfestIn order to submit a play please send the following via email:
    • A 100 word synopsis of the play
    • Character breakdown
    • Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact
    • Your bio
    • All genres of shows are welcome to submit to our festivals
    • Shows that have already been staged can also participate as long as the run was BEFORE 2016 and will participate in Winterfest with AN ENTIRELY NEW CAST AND CREW
    • Production’s history of the play submitted and lenght of your play
    • Please tell us where did your hear about the festival

    Thursday, October 27, 2016


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    Call for Plays
    Actors Theatre of Louisville
    National Ten-Minute Play Contest
    Deadline: November 1, 2016

    About the National Ten-Minute Play Contest

    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 February—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.

    More information here.

    • 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).

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

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    The Richard Rodgers Awards 2017

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    Administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

    These awards, created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater, subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners are selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


    1. The term "musical theater" is understood to include musicals, plays with songs, thematic revues, or any comparable work. The submission of innovative and experimental work is encouraged. The work submitted must be of significant length to fill an evening, and it may consist of a group of smaller, related pieces.

    2. The jury will consider only completed works. Care should be taken to submit the work in its best possible form as it may not be submitted again, in another year, even if substantially revised.

    3. Only one submission by a collaborative group or a sole creator will be accepted. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

    4. Works by members of the Academy and previous winners of the production awards are not eligible for consideration. Former winners of Richard Rodgers awards for staged readings or studio productions may submit new works.

    5. An applicant whose works in the musical theater have received professional or amateur productions in New York City or out of town is eligible unless, in the judgment of the jury, the applicant has already achieved significant recognition in the field of musical theater through the work submitted or through any previous work. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the jury, applicants who have achieved recognition in fields outside the musical theater may be eligible. Works which have been produced by professional theater companies before a paying audience are eligible only if such productions received no more than 21 performances by a for- profit company or 50 performances by a nonprofit company.


    1. The name(s) of the author(s) must be blocked out on each of the items submitted, with the exception of the application form. Write only the title of the work on the script, plot summary, CD.

    2. Entry must include four items:

    a) Script with lyrics, preferably with no binders or metal clips. Do not send score, videos, or visuals.

    b) Half-page synopsis of the action, and a list of characters.

    c) CD must contain at least 45 minutes of music, including a minimum of eight songs, recorded in chronological order. Orchestrations are not necessary; piano and vocals are sufficient. Songs must be in sequence on the CD and each song clearly keyed into the script.

    d) Please include a separate track sheet of recorded songs with page numbers indicating where they appear in the script, and specify the total number of minutes recorded.

    e) Application form signed by all collaborators in a sealed envelope with the title of the work on the outside. Applicants submitting work which has already been produced must give full information concerning these productions, including programs. A work is not eligible if one of the collaborators is deceased.

    3. If the submitted work (or a portion thereof) is an adaptation of material which is not in the public domain, candidates must submit licenses, permissions, or authorizations necessary to permit the work to be produced in conformity with applicable copyright laws. The music must be original.

    4. Materials will be returned if a self-addressed, stamped mailer is enclosed. Addresses must be valid for at least six months. The Academy will take all due care of materials, but it cannot be held responsible for their safe return.

    5. Applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by March 2017. C. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    1. All rights to the material submitted shall remain the property of the author(s); the Academy will not retain any control over, or rights in, the work after the award production.

    2. The decisions of the jury will be final as to eligibility and all other matters.


    Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival 2017

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    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 2017. 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 March 5, 2017. Cash award of $500.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $200.00 awards to second place and $100 for third place.

    Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
    November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
    February 3 – March 5, 2017 - Run of festival performances.
    March 5, 2017 (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.
    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 2016.
    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.

    Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition

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    Fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild.

    Cash awards of $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented.
    Winning plays will be produced by Tree City Playhouse.

    To enter please send the following items to the address below:

    1. Completed entry form
    2. Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less
    3. Play synopsis including character descriptions
    4. Three copies of the script
    5. $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card

     (checks should be made out to SCAC)

    Mail to: Keith Ramsdell 
    Tree City Playhouse  
    10-Minute Play Competition
    5632 North Main Street 
    Sylvania, OH 43560

    Competition Rules:

    1. The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright, but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.

    2. Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 15 minutes. Full-length plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this competition are ineligible.

    3. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been previously published or submitted to this playwriting competition.

    4. While all reasonable care will be taken, Tree City Playhouse and SCAC do not assume any responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

    5. There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

    6. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language sensitive to the “family-friendly” value of Tree City Playhouse. The decisions of the judges are final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

    7. Tree City Playhouse will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its 2017 Festival of 10-Minute Plays. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production. All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

    8. The deadline for entries is a postmark of November 1, 2016. Late scripts will not be accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted.

    Formatting Instructions:

    1. To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.

    2. All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.

    3. The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.

    More Information:

    Please contact Keith Ramsdell at keith@sylvaniaarts.org with any questions you may have.

    You may also visit us on the web at www.sylvaniaarts.org/treecityplayhouse

    Monday, October 24, 2016

    Tenth Annual Original One-Act Festival

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    Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays shall be selected for production in the spring (March/April/May) of 2017. Of those six selected, one shall win the Grand Prize $150 and one shall win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers. Of the remaining four, one shall will an Audience Favorite Prize $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

    Guidelines for submission:

    All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less.
    Submissions must be received by email between August 1, 2016 and November 1, 2016
    Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.
    Additional information and guidelines:
    • All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format. Please email sdponeactfestival@gmail.com
    • All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation.
    • Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.
    • Scripts should include:
    • A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e-mail address
    • A cast of characters with descriptions
    • A brief synopsis
    • Numbered pages
    • Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.
    • Playwrights will be notified by February 15, 2017, if their play has been selected for production.
    • Plays selected for production will be listed on our website, www.stagedoorproductions.org
    • All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
    • Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
    • Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.
    • Only stage plays will be considered. Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.
    • All submissions must be original and unpublished.
    • Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.
    • Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.
    • Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.
    • Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    Theatre Southwest 12th Annual Readers Theatre

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    Theatre Southwest is NOW accepting short plays for its 12th Annual Reader's Theatre Matinee! This year the TSW-RTM will happen on Sunday, Nov. 20th, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. and our new event producers Brian Heaton and Scott McWhirter will be accepting 5-10 minute scripts from NOW until November 7th, 2016 (postmarked by). Selected plays will be read and voted on by the audience in attendance and the Audience Favorite will receive a $100 prize!
    Guidelines for this this year's event are as follows:
    • Scripts will be accepted via snail-mail only (no emails, no PDF's).
    • Scripts entered cannot be returned.
    • Limit of 2 entries per playwright.
    • There is NO ENTRY FEE.
    • ALL scripts should be numbered with title, list of characters, brief synopsis of play and playwright's contact info on title page.
    • ALL scripts should be stapled in the upper left hand corner.
    • No Monologues or one man/woman plays will be accepted.

    ALL genres of plays will be accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter content.

    ALL plays should be able to be read within 5 to 10 minutes, no longer, no exceptions. If using standard play format a good gauge would be if the play's text is 4 to 11 pages long (excluding title page).

    Please make sure the play you are submitting is conducive to Reader's Theatre, simple stage directions, story mostly expressed through dialogue, not action.

    Approximately 8-12 plays will be selected to be given a performance level read, and the playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

    ALL entries should be mailed to:

    Theatre Southwest
    8944-A Clarkcrest
    Houston, TX 77063

    To learn more about Theatre Southwest's Special Events go to the below link:


    Note: At present the section on How to submit a play to the TSW-RTM has not been updated from last year's (2015) guidelines, so please refer to the guidlelines listed HERE when submitting.

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Residency - Writers Omi at Ledig House

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    Since its founding in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries. We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process.

    Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals. Click here for a list of former guest speakers.

    German publisher, Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, for whom the program is named, was noted for his passionate commitment to quality in literature. His list of authors included Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Yukio Mishima, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon.

    Writers Omi has hosted hundreds of writers and translators from roughly 50 countries around the world. The colony's strong international emphasis reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is part of Ledig's enduring legacy.

    Each applicant is required to provide 4 (four) separate items in total:

    1. A cover letter, which provides the following details: country of birth, country of residency, the language in which you write, your preferred residency dates. Additionally, please let us know how you heard about Writers Omi at Ledig House, why you want to come to Writers Omi and what you expect to get from the experience.

    *Important Note*: If you are eligible for one of our sponsored residencies, such as the Amazon.com Translation Fellowships or the residency set aside for a Whiting Award winner please indicate so in your cover letter. For a full list of sponsored residencies, please see the "Sponsorships & Endowments" tab on our webpage.

    2. A brief (2 pages, maximum) statement about your work history, referencing publications, performances and writing credits. This can be submitted in CV format.

    3. A writing sample, no more than 50 pages. (Please be sure to indicate if the writing is published or unpublished; if it is published please provide details.)

    4. A one page description of the work to be undertaken while at Writers Omi.

    Your writing sample does NOT have to be an English translation; please submit your writing sample in your mother tongue. All other documentation must be submitted in English.

    Your cover letter should be provided in the designated Cover Letter field. Items 2-4 should each be provided as separately uploaded files.

    In addition to these requirements, every applicant must arrange to have a letter of recommendation submitted separately. The letter can be provided by a fellow writer, teacher, editor, literary agent, or any informed individual who can speak to your character and work.

    Please use the Reference Letter field in your online application to send a request for a letter to the individual who will provide your recommendation. Once that individual receives this prompt he or she will be able to upload a letter separately to your application file.

    To be considered for a 2017 residency, your application (including separate letter of recommendation) must be received electronically by the end of the day, October 20, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EDT).

We look forward to receiving your application.

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Discount tickets: ONE FLEA SPARE

    Playhouse Creatures presents
    One Flea Spare
    written by Naomi Wallace
    directed by Caitlin McLeod



    This 20th Year Anniversary Production of One Flea Spare will be directed by Caitlin McLeod and marks the play's first appearance in New York City since it's Public Theatre production in 1996. One Flea Spare is set in plague-ravaged 17th-century London, where a wealthy couple is preparing to flee their home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl appear sneaking into their boarded up house. Now, quarantined together for 28 days, the only thing these strangers fear more than the Plague is each other. Definitions of morality are up for grabs and survival takes many forms in this dark, fiercely intense and humorous play. 

    New Plays for Young Audiences seeks full-length play scripts

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    New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts for young audiences (ages 4-21) for our 20th season, June 2017. The final date that submissions for 2017 will be accepted is October 31, 2016.

    Submission Guidelines:
    In your email submission, please include your name, the name of the play, and where we can contact you.

    Also include in your submission your goals for the week of development – questions about the script you hope to answer, characters you want to further develop, story areas you want to look closer at, etc. Scripts received without goals are automatically disqualified, as this is an important part of our process.

    If you are submitting an adaptation, we ask that you include proof that the original author has agreed to you adapting their work.
    Finally, also rank, from most to least preferred, the development week that works best for you. Please also note any scheduling conflicts you have during that 3 week period. We cannot guarantee a preferred slot, but this information will help facilitate the scheduling process once scripts are selected. The 2017 series is slated to run June 4-25: June 4-11, June 11-18, and June 18-25.

    Please note that we only accept previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts. If your script has had a fully produced production, we cannot accept it. We accept musical submissions, but do not generally develop a musical every season. If you are uncertain if your script meets this requirement or believe there is cause for an exemption, feel free to contact us (David Montgomery or Teresa Fisher).

    We welcome scripts of any cast size, but are limited to 10 actors due to the size of our stage. If your script requires more than 10 actors, include doubling suggestions with your submission.

    To submit your new previously unpublished and unproduced play for young audiences for consideration in our 2017 series, send your script between June 27 and October 31, 2016, to Artistic Director, David Montgomery. We reply to all submissions within 7 days of receiving them.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Gary Garrison Playwriting Festival - 2016 Guidelines

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    1. All play submissions are due no later than October 21, 2016.

    2. Please send 2 files including your play. (The selection committee will read the versions without a byline.)
    a. With byline
    b. Without byline

    3. You may submit only ONE 10 Minute Play.
    a. Your play must have 5 or less speaking/non-speaking roles

    4. This year's festival will have a theme. Please ensure your play aligns with the theme of the festival.

    THEME: This is My Life

    5. Your play must be in play format making it easy for the readers.
    a. 12 point or greater font
    b. Courier New, Times New Roman or Arial

    6. Submit plays keeping in mind minimalist setting and lighting.

    7. The play must be unpublished at the time of submission.

    8. Submitting your play grants The Gary Garrison Playwriting Festival the right to produce your play in our annual festival. Studio 33 will have the right to photograph and/or video it for archival purposes.

    9. Please include your play’s suggested rating based on language, nudity, violence, drug and alcohol use. We reserve the right to alter ratings.

    10. Playwrights must be open to discussion with directors and potential re-writes. You MAY NOT direct your own show.

    11. The first 50 submissions will be accepted by email and read by our readers.
    a. Send 2 emails to: studio33theatre@yahoo.com
    a. Subject: Name of Play - with Byline
    b. Subject: Name of Play - without Byline

    Theatrical Botanicum Seedlings


    According to this web page:

    ATTN Playwrights: We have reached our limit and no longer accepting submissions for 2017 opportunities.


    Play Submission Guidelines

    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 finding new works and furthering 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 also production.

    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:
    1.  to maintain focus on the needs of the playwright in regard to a play’s growth;
    2.  to foster relationships with emerging playwrights around the globe;
    3.  to act as an advocate whenever appropriate in recommending plays to other companies;
    4.  to establish Theatricum Botanicum as a guiding force in the development of original material; and
    5. 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
    Seedlings Program Director

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    Manhattan Repertory Theatre Fall 10 Minute Play Series

    Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Mid November)
    10 minute (or under) 1 act plays
    for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
    Fall 10 Minute Play Series.

    November 16, 17, 18, at the new Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
    at 17-19 West 45th St.

    Each 10 minute or less play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances.

    To submit your 10 minute or less play production please email:
    • The complete script of the 10 minute or less play as a .pdf, 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:
    manhattanrep@yahoo.com by October 31, 2016.

    Please put “Fall 10 Minute Play Series” in the subject heading.
    We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, 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 October 31, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

    There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

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

    Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.

    For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com/

    Eden Prairie Players Accepting Submissions of One Act Plays for 2017

    PLEASE NOTE: they are no longer accepting submissions - the following appears instead of a submission form.

    Submissions have closed
    Collection of One Acts 2017
    Eden Prairie Players
    We have reached the maximum number of submissions for this production. We are unable to accept more submissions at this time.

    Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of unpublished one act plays for its 2017 Collection of One Acts to be produced in September of 2017.

    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 if specified, etc. (please list allowable deviations) 
    • Short synopsis of the play, including a description of recommended set pieces and props
    • Has it been performed before? Where?
    • 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 $25 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.


    Q: Are works by international playwrights accepted?

    A: Yes

    Q: How are plays selected?

    A: We provide access to each play for one or more authorized reviewers to read and rate as part of the selection process. Plays are narrowed down to a smaller subset of candidate plays. From this subset, plays are read at a public table reading and selected by our advisory committee.

    Q: What format should I use for the play?

    A: We only accept play files in PDF format.

    Q: How can I convert my play to PDF?

    A: There are several ways to convert your play to PDF:
    Most modern word processors have a Save as PDF or Export to PDF command.
    If you use Mac OS X, and your application doesn’t have one of these commands, you can save any file to PDF using the Print command and the PDF button in the Print dialog. This feature is built into the operating system and works with any application that has a Print command.
    Google Docs is a free service from Google at docs.google.com. This service has many useful features for writers, including online storage (through the integrated Google Drive service), sharing, and collaborative editing of documents. It also allows you to upload files from Word or other applications to convert them to Google Docs. And Google Docs has a Download as PDF feature.

    Q. What about language in my play?

    A: While we bill these productions as intended for mature audiences due to subject matter and language, we strongly consider what our audience's reaction to each piece will be.

    Q: How long has Eden Prairie Players produced unpublished one-acts?

    A: 2010 was the first year that EPP produced unpublished works as part of our Collection of One Acts, and it was immediately successful. The response from our audience was overwhelmingly positive. We now like to include a mix of published and unpublished works. In 2012, all of the plays we selected were unpublished when they were submitted to us, although some were published before we presented them. We hope to carry that enthusiasm forward each year by continuing to introduce our audience to fresh new works written by exciting playwrights. Thank you for your hard work, we are honored that you are considering EPP for your submission!

    2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference

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    Play submissions are now being accepted for the Play Lab at the 2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference. There are two submission deadlines this year. October 20 is the general date.
    Past participants and Alaskan writers may submit as late as November 21. The 25th annual Conference will take place June 11-17, 2017, in Valdez, Alaska.

    Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.
    Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to present their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival.

    Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website, www.theatreconference.org using the on-line form on the Play Lab link.

    • One submission per author.
    • Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
    • They can be of any genre except musical.
    • The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable. Authors should be interested in receiving feedback and developing their submission.

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    Manhattan Repertory Theatre's FALL PLAY SPECTACULAR

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    At our brand new 52 seat theatre on 45th St. November 8 - December 21, 2016

    You receive 100% of the ticket sales!

    Seeking fully produced plays 30 minutes to 90 minutes.

    So we have been trying to find a better way for producers to put up their full length shows and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work.

    So from November 8 - December December 21, we offering our Fall Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

    For only a $500 fee:

    you get a 2 hour tech/dress in the theatre (Nights and weekends), and TWO performances, and YOU GET ALL OF THE TICKET SALES!

    So if you have a free space to rehearse, a good team, and friends and family that can fill the house, you can actually make money putting up your play. (And more performances are available for additional fees.)

    You also received free ticketing service, a webpage for your show, a venue manager, reduced rate rehearsal rental space in the theatre if you want, and a beautiful, clean, new theatre on West 45th St to present your work.

    We are only accepting 12 plays for this event so if you are interested, submit today for space is very limited.

    To submit your 30 - 90 minute play, please forward:
    • the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file, 
    • a synopsis of the play, 
    • the running time of the play,
    • the set and lighting requirements, 
    • your mailing address, 
    • and a creative team leader contact email address to:

    by October 24, 2016
    Please put "Fall Play Spectacular" in the subject heading.

    Other than added performances or reduced rate theatre rehearsal rental, there are no additional Manhattan Rep based fees.

    Windy City Playhouse is accepting submissions for its Monday evening play reading series

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    Windy City Playhouse is accepting submissions for its Monday evening play reading series. All submissions must be full-length comedies aligned with the theater’s mission of presenting contemporary, relevant, approachable plays accessible to audiences of all kinds.

    Deadline: October 30, 2016
    Only 10 pages from a full-length comedy may be submitted;
    Playwrights must be able to travel to Chicago for reading

    Please submit a PDF with the following information:
    • A one-paragraph synopsis of the play 
    • A one-paragraph statement explaining how the play fits into the theatre’s mission. 
    • The playwright’s bio 
    • Production history 
    • A one-line description of each character 
    • Playwright’s contact information 
    • A 10-page scene from the script– do not send the entire play. 
    • Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines cannot be considered. 
    • Readings will take place on Monday nights. 
    • Readings can be rehearsed at Windy City Playhouse for five hours on each of the two days prior to and on the day of the reading. 
    • Playwrights have the option of selecting a director or working with Windy City Playhouse to choose a director. 
    • All actors involved in the reading must be non-equity. 
    • Playwrights have the option of selecting some or all of their actors. Windy City Playhouse can also supply a list of actors and resumes. 
    • Actors and directors will not be compensated by Windy City Playhouse. The reading series will be promoted on Windy City Playhouse’s website and social media

    Playwrights will provide the following information:

    o Title of the play
    o Playwright’s name
    o A one to two sentence description of the play
    o The names of the director and any actors selected by the playwright

    Send submissions to carl@windycityplayhouse.com. Please include “Play reading application” in the subject line of your email.

    Sunday, October 16, 2016

    Free reading: Aphra Behn UN/MASKED

    On November 10 at 7PM Join author Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn for a reading from her new book, “UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour” at Bluestockings 172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

    “A vivid memoir of an eager, energetic woman of the theatre confronting sexism in love and art. It’s also a rare first-hand account of life inside the famed Guerrilla Girls, those gorilla-masked artists and performers who made feminist protest daring, original and fun.” - Katha Pollitt, The Nation Columnist, poet, essayist and author

    “A compelling and page-turning read, and a testament that fighters for fairness and justice are not born: they are made.” – Kia Corthron, playwright

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    New York Theater Workshop 2017 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.

    The following materials must be submitted by 5PM on Monday, October 17th. 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:
    In a total of 750 words or less, please respond 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?

    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.

    Relationship Theatre seeks short plays

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    Relationship Theatre is looking for 5 to 6 minute plays to be done at their Monthly venue in NYC. Our mission is to allow writers and actors to come together in a casual environment and have an outlet to explore there potential.

    • No more than 3 Characters
    • Can be an essay then 3 pages
    • Can be from a larger play that has been cute down
    • 5-6 Pages one sided 
    • Be about a relationship, any kind. Lover workmates dog etc.
    • No stage props
    • No special lighting
    • NYC resident is a plus
    • No fee no pay. By submitting you are giving us permission to produce your work
    • Anything over 5 or 6 pages will be disqualified

    Due to the large number of submissions we receive we will try and get back to you, if you are not notified then we are not using your script.

    Send scripts with a list of Characters and contact to Rdesena40@gmail.com

    DEADLINE OCT 15th 2016

    please have contact on the title page.

    DUAF seeking staged plays

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    The Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is currently accepting staged plays that illustrate city life for its 2017 annual season to be held during April and May in downtown New York City at the Cherry Lane Theatre and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

    For more info about DUAF, visit: www.duafnyc.com

    THEATER @ DUAF (15th Anniversary season) will accept 18 theatrical works (plays, musicals and solo works) with running times up to 70 minutes. Each work is performed only once during the festival. There will be $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 of presenting their work.

    To submit, please forward the following to duafnyc@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)


    New Paradigm Theatre's Holiday Show 2016 to Accept Submissions of Short Plays

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    Seeking: A 25-35 minute contemporary holiday tale inspired by all or part of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," with an overall message of hope for the holiday season.




    • Play should be written to accommodate 3-5 adult and 1-3 child actors. While doubling and non-traditional casting is always an option, the play should be written with these logistics in mind. We encourage diversity in gender, ethnicity, and age in your work.

    • Social justice is a big part of the NPT mission; we mentor in-need students alongside our Broadway and other professionals. Locally relevant issues to Fairfield County Connecticut are strongly encouraged.

    • Since we typically perform in black box theatres on limited budgets, less is often more. We suggest scripts that require fewer than 10 actors and uncomplicated/limited scenery. Production value will be one step above that of a staged reading.

    • Musical numbers are fine, so long as the rights are your own or public domain. We are not interested in a musical but a play with a couple insert carols is fine.

    • Advice on script formatting: http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/playscript-formattingtemplate.html

    • Please take a few moments to peruse our website to familiarize yourself with our mission, our directors, and our history.


    Scripts not meeting the following requirements will NOT be considered.

    • Please email your submission by October 22 at 8PM in two PDF files to Kristin Huffman, Artistic Director at: info@nptheatre.org

    The PDF files should contain:

    1 Your cover page. INCLUDE the play's title, playwright's name, and full contact information (name, phone number, email, mailing address)

    2 Your script. INCLUDE a list of characters and descriptions. Submissions should be 25-35 minutes only. Longer or shorter submissions, incomplete submissions, excerpts, and synopses will be rejected.

    • Please let us know in your email how you heard about NPT.

    For any additional questions, please email Kristin: info@nptheatre.org.

    Due to the volume of submissions accepted, we will only contact playwrights selected for the show. Scripts submitted will be considered the original creations of the authors, not Works for Hire. The author will retain all copyright rights and privileges granted thereto. If the winning script is subsequently published, we ask authors to note "New Paradigm Theatre" as the original producing company. Deadline: October 22, 2016 at 8PM 

    Submit to: info@nptheatre.org

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    White Rabbit Productions seeks a team of writers

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    White Rabbit Productions seeks a team of 6-7 writers to create new short comic one-act plays for our 2017 Valentine’s Day Event – WHITE RABBIT SEXCAPADES, going up at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre on February 11 and 14, 2017.

    1. Deadline for submission is Sunday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m. Submissions received after this time cannot be considered.

    2. Writers must be local to NYC, as we will be meeting in person 3-4 times between November 1 and December 11, 2016. (Meetings will likely take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, but we will work around writer schedules when possible.)

    3. Writers will be given further details regarding the 7 – 10 minute piece they are to write at the first team meeting. Some details will be drawn randomly from a hat.

    4. While we appreciate good taste and decorum, the situations will all be very sexual in nature. Writers must be comfortable with this. The types of characters within each piece will be included in what is randomly drawn, so regardless of one’s orientation, writers should be willing to write engaging and funny one-acts for people of all types – heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and of all types, races and ages.

    5. We will be reading the pieces amongst ourselves – and with actors – and discussing the pieces in depth. Thus, we seek open, collaborative-types who are willing to share their thoughts and opinions in helpful, supportive ways.

    6. Meetings may take place in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens. (You will have a chance to let us know where you are willing and not willing to go.)

    7. There is no fee for submissions.

    8. All writers will receive one comp for him/herself, a tiny cut from every ticket sold, and a small bonus for every ticket buyer who lists his/her name upon the purchase of a ticket. (Further details will be specified upon receipt of materials and/or by special request.)

    9. For consideration, please send the following materials to Sexcapades2017@hotmail.com by Sunday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m.:

    * A short COMIC one-act or a cutting from a longer comedy of 10 pages or less;
    * A resume or bio highlighting your work as a dramatist;
    * Your completed application, found here at:

    Responses may be attached or copied and pasted into your email.

    For further information, please visit www.WhiteRabbitProductions.org. Questions may be addressed to Sexcapades2017@hotmail.com.

    The chosen team will be announced on or before November 3.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    EST Marathon of One Act Plays

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    EST has presented the Marathon, its celebrated festival of new one-act plays, for over 30 years. It is the longest-running, most celebrated one-act play festival in the country. Playwrights presented include David Auburn*, Leslie Ayvazian*, Horton Foote*, Tina Howe*, Shirley Lauro*, Romulus Linney*, David Mamet*, Cassandra Medley*, Jacquelyn Reingold*, José Rivera*, Cori Thomas,* and John Patrick Shanley*, among many others.

    The marathon is now presented every other season.


    Submissions for the 2017 Marathon of One Act Plays will be accepted from September 1, 2016 through October 15, 2016. Non-member playwrights may submit a single script, no longer than 40 pages, which has not been reviewed in New York. We prefer email submissions, which can be sent to literary@ensemblestudiotheatre.org. Please include your name and contact information in the body of your email but send the script without identifying information.

    Ten Minute Plays Wanted for Festival

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    Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays for its fifth annual Take Ten Festival running April 3-9, 2017. Though this is a self-producing festival, Between Us Productions will provide the performance space, a tech time, a sound and board op, and general festival marketing. The winner willbe awarded monetary and production prizes. There is no application fee, but there is a participation fee of $150. Email submissions to betweenusproductions@gmail.com

    Last submission date is Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    Rover Dramawerks 10-Minute Play Contest

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    Rover Dramawerks announces our third annual 10-Minute Play Contest! We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our Seventeenth Season.
    • Submissions will be accepted from September 20 to October 20.
    • Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
    • No musicals.
    • Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
    • Plays may not be published.
    • Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
    • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
    • Only PDF files will be accepted.
    • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process). 
    • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided: https://form.jotform.com/62550556608156
    • There is no fee.

    Five to eight plays will be chosen to be a part of Rover’s 10-Minute Play Festival, July 20-29, 2017, with all winners receiving a $50 prize. The audience will also vote on the “Best of the Fest,” and that overall winner will receive an additional $100.

    Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 80-120. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. We recommend that you check out our website at www.roverdramawerks.com to see the types of plays we generally produce.

    Please note: The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

    Monday, October 10, 2016

    Discount tickets: COMMUNION

    On stage at Urban Stages is the American premiere of COMMUNION written and directed by OBIE, GLADD and Governor General's award-winning playwright Daniel MacIvor.

    A shrink, an Alcoholic and an Evangelical. Three Women. Three Lives in Flux.

    The distance between recovering alcoholic Leda and her Born-Again daughter is filled with silence, anger and humor. Upon the advice of a therapist dealing with her own host of troubles, Leda tries to bridge that distance and prepare her daughter for the calamity just ahead.

    Communion explores the dark places of relations and what is needed to repair a familial bond under the pressures of religion, recovery and a ticking clock. It asks whether or not some bonds are too damaged to mend.

    With code NYCP get $15 tickets and a free glass of wine (this offer is limited and will end once it has reached its cap of 40)

    http://urbanstages.org/communion for more information and tickets.

    Onion Man Productions seeks ten-minute plays

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    Onion Man Productions is accepting submission for its 2017 Summer Harvest collection of 10-minute plays. The shows will be staged at Onion Man’s theatre space in Chamblee, GA in June of 2017.

    The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2016.
    • Maximum of 2 plays per playwright
    • It should be a 10 minute play
    • Must be an original work with no prior production
    • Submissions are open to any writer although Georgia and southeastern playwrights will receive preference.
    All submitted plays must be written to the following set requirements:
    Either a boardroom or a breakroom.

    If written for a boardroom, there will probably be some representation of a large table with chairs looking out toward the audience.
    If written to the breakroom, there will probably be two to three small tables with chairs.

    Some suggestions for a submitted play:
    Smaller casts (prefer 2-3, 4-5 max), simple staging, strong choices (bold is good), address the question of “why this day?” What is unique about the day the play takes place? Also, the characters need to impact on each other in such a way that will require change (or possibility of change), and characters should “do” in order to reveal their motives, not just talk.

    Plays should be submitted in a PDF format without name or contact information for the writer on the script. Please place the writer’s name and contact information in the text of the email or on a separate cover page. Scripts should be emailed to jpbeck99@gmail.com

    2017 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

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    The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program is a critical component in The Lark’s acclaimed portfolio of fellowships, which includes the PoNY and Jerome New York programs. The portfolio is designed to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights—at various places in their careers—who represent, collectively, a contemporary national vision. The Lark believes that targeted support to early-career playwrights from underrepresented backgrounds is essential to a culture of equity, access and inclusion, and a national theater that represents the vibrancy of our collective cultural voices. Van Lier New Voices Fellows will be in residence at The Lark as part of a community of artists at various career levels from across the country and around the world, gathered to explore and illuminate the most important issues of our time.


    The Lark is accepting applications for the second round of its Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program, supported by The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund.

    The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship supports playwrights of color under 30 who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and form relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $15,000, plus a $3,000 health insurance allowance, along with access to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, financial literacy workshops, office and rehearsal space and staff support.

    In the 2017 cycle, the Lark will award two Fellowships.

    Applications will be accepted from August 15 to October 31, 2016. Selected fellows will be notified in early December 2016.

    The 2017 Fellowship period begins January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017.


    Fellows will:
    • Work with Lark staff to identify individual artistic goals for the fellowship year, toward generating and developing new plays through a series of Lark programs appropriate to those goals;
    • Meet, collaborate, engage and work with a community of other professionals in the field, including playwrights, directors, actors, agents, producers and other industry leaders as appropriate;
    • Participate in and/or observe a variety of Lark’s play development processes, whether on or offsite, including retreats, workshops, readings, etc.;
    • Receive support for the advancement and advocacy of work generated during the Fellowship year, along with continued access to Lark development programs beyond the fellowship period.


    Fellows will receive:
    $15,000 fellowship stipend
    $3,000 health insurance stipend

    Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 for the 2017 calendar year and be responsible for their own taxes. Both stipends are taxable.

    Fellowship applicants must:
    • Be legal residents of New York City;
    • Identify as playwrights of color under the age of 30 at the time of application;
    • Not be enrolled in a college, conservatory or advanced training program during the fellowship period;
    • Not be a previous recipient of a Van Lier fellowship at The Lark or any other organization;
    • Demonstrate financial need; and
    • Make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in The Lark’s community would promote transformative artistic and professional growth.


    Please submit:
    • A cover sheet, including your name, address, date of birth, phone number, and email address.
    • A current artistic resume, along with one personal or professional reference (listing the referee’s title or institutional affiliation, along with their phone number and email address). Referrer may be an artistic collaborator, professor, or educator familiar with you and your work;
    • A one-page Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals; (3) a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals;
    • A one-page Description of Financial Need, describing current income, expenses, and any outstanding financial commitments (such as student loans or other debt), including a statement on how the fellowship stipend might be used and why it would be transformative.
    • A ten (10) page sample of recent work that best represents you as a playwright (Sample may be an excerpt or self-contained 10-minute play). Finalists will be asked to submit a recent full-length play as additional support material.

    Finalists will be notified in November. Selected fellows will be announced in December.

    Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF to VanLierNewVoices@larktheatre.org.

    Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Van Lier New Voices Fellowship, 311 W. 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. Applications are due October 31, 2016.

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