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Friday, June 30, 2017


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"Radical Hope and The New Resistance"

LEZWRITES! is a project of 3Girls Theatre Company that produces readings and performances of short works by lesbian, bi and trans playwrights of all races, ethnicities, and ages. This year's selections will be curated by a literary panel including 3GT Resident Playwright and Producer, Margery Kreitman, and playwright and Associate Producer, Mercilee Jenkins, published in The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015, and two special guest curators: Tina D’Elia, an award-winning casting director and solo performer whose shows include The Rita Hayworth of this Generation; and Thao P. Nguyen, author/performer of Fortunate Daughter, named one of the Top 10 Bay Area Plays of 2013.

Calling for short works for the stage by Lez, Bi, and Trans writers. Seeking submissions from women of ALL AGES, RACES, ETHNICITIES, and RELIGIONS. WOMEN OF COLOR STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY! We welcome submissions from across the country and around the world. We love it if you are a writer who is comfortable performing her own work. If not, please send us your piece anyway, and we will find a qualified actor(s).

"Radical Hope and The New Resistance"

We are seeking 5-8 minute HUMOROUS pieces, related to the Festival Theme as it relates to your Lez, Bi, or Trans experience. You may want to focus on the Festival Theme and one or more of the following topics: work, dating, sex, intimacy, marriage, divorce, family, parenting, gender, race, health, aging, community, generational differences, and/or body image.

Immigration/deportation; climate change; activist burnout; bathroom politics; Planned Parenthood; the future of free education, sexual harassment and sexual abuse; electoral politics; queer feminism today; equal political representation for women, and any others you may feel inspired to write on.

Your submission can be a personal essay, flash memoir, monologue, slam poetry, two or three character short play or scene, creative non-fiction, or a song.

$50 for writers or writer/performers and $25 for scene actors.

We will be doing a reading/performance on Sunday, August 20th at 7:15pm at Potrero Stage (formerly Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco 94107). It is a great venue with lots of street parking. Please make sure you are available on the day of the reading to attend a run-through rehearsal in the afternoon.

Submission by email only to: lwsubmissions@3girlstheatre.org
with “LezWrites! 2017” in the email subject line.

Please attach your scripts to your email in MS Word or PDF. Please number the pages. Please include all contact information on the cover page only: name, email address, phone number(s), and whether or not you accept texts.


Midnight, July 15, 2017
Questions? Email Associate Producer:
Mercilee Jenkins, Jenkins.mercilee@gmail.com

LezWrites! is a project of 3Girls Theatre Company whose mission is to develop, produce and promote new plays written by women playwrights. For more info visit https://3girlstheatre.org

Lakes Area Radio Theatre submission guidelines

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Lakes Area Radio Theatre accepts script submissions from writers. Your original radio plays can be in any genre. To submit a script, review the following guidelines. Scripts that don’t comply with the guidelines may be returned. Upon clicking accept, you will be able to upload your file.

Script Submission Guidelines

Format – Your script must be in a radio play format which differs from stage plays and screenplays. There are no stage directions, visual cues or lighting directions. The scripts should include easily discernible audio cues such as dialogue, sound effects (sfx), and music cues. Number the pages and number the lines starting over with 1 on each page for the lines.

Content – We ask that content be suitable for all ages and family friendly. If you include innuendo and/or adult humor, please keep in mind some “children’s shows” which appealed to adults as well: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fractured Fairytales, and the like. We broadcast our shows on a growing network of radio stations.

Length – Lakes Area Radio Theatre has a 30 minute broadcast space to fill every other week. Plays can be 29-31 minutes in length. Script lengths are in the range of 5000 +/- words.
We will accept scripts for single shows
We will accept scripts that would run for 2 installments
We will accept a series of shorter plays which fill 30 minutes

Fame Not Fortune – We pay a royalty fee of $30 per half hour of entertainment. This is based on input from radio script playwrights from around the USA as well as a BBC radio script writer.

Royalty Agreement – If we accept and use your script, we will send you a writer’s agreement. This agreement will grant us the right to produce the script; it will grant us the right to reproduce as many copies of the script as needed to produce the script; it will grant us the broadcasting and rebroadcasting rights to the taped production (radio and podcasts); the writer retains all rights to their original and/or adapted work.

Return Policy – We may not take the opportunity to use your script. There could be a number of reasons for this such as its length, content not deemed suitable for our audience, or just that we believe it needs more work. We will try to give feedback so that writers can edit and resubmit their work.

Please send script submission questions to:
Kent Garlinghouse, Script Director
Lakes Area Radio Theatre
2214 Geneva Road NE
Alexandria, MN 56308

Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script”

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HALLOWEEN THEMED PLAY FESTIVAL] Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script”! It’s important to note, that while we favor newer plays, this festival is not limited to original work. Your submissions may have been produced at other venues, so long as it is unpublished and wasn’t featured in last year’s festival. Besides one-act plays, we are also looking for 1-person shorts & monologues. Please refer to the guidelines below.

One-acts: 25 page maximum / 10 page minimum. (No minimum page count for 1 person shorts or monologues). No exceedingly violent or pornographic material. Adult language allowed within reason.

Plays may have a maximum of 3-4 characters and should take place in a limited setting and minimal props.

Due for submission by September 1st. 2 submissions allowed per playwright.

Playwright must provide contact information including their location and previous production history of the play where applicable. Regional playwrights are given first consideration.

Submissions preferred in stageplay format. E-mailed no later than September 1st to: darkhorsedramatists@gmail.com

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose ‘Halloween theme’. No musicals or murder mysteries please.

Plays will be mediated in a forum comprised of local playwrights, directors and actors to determine which will be produced.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Public Theater Emerging Writers Group

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DEADLINE: AUGUST 31st, 2017. Materials must be postmarked August 31st or received at the theater or emailed by midnight EST of August 31st.

The Public Theater will select the strongest candidates based on the overall strength of the applicant’s play submission, artistic statement, and interview.

The Public will look for candidates from diverse backgrounds who show tremendous artistic promise and talent, as well as responsible and dedicated individuals who are serious about a career in the theater. 

The selection committee will be comprised of Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Jeanie O'Hare, Director of New Work Development; Jesse Cameron Alick, Company Dramaturg; Jack Moore, Associate Dramaturg (New Writing).

- Cannot have professional representation for playwriting including, but not limited to, agent, manager or lawyer.
- Cannot be a full-time student at any point during the duration of the program.
- Cannot be enrolled in any academic playwriting course during the duration of the program.
- Must not have had productions in New York other than those using the showcase code or in an off-off Broadway theater with 99 or fewer seats. (If your New York show used a higher contract tier than the showcase code, you are not eligible to apply. If your New York show received a festival production in a theater with more than 99 seats and did not use an Equity contract, you are eligible to apply.)
- Must live within 90 minutes to The Public Theater via car or rail.
- Must be able to attend evening meetings at The Public Theater every other week in 2018 and 2019 as well as other events throughout the year, such as master classes, retreats, observerships and other special events at The Public.
- Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment.
- Must be available for an in-person interview in early December 2017.
If you are unavailable for an in-person interview or have a limited conflict in regards to attending biweekly meetings, please make note of such conflicts on the Application Form. We will try to accommodate such situations on a case-by-case basis.


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QP is seeking one-act play submissions for our sixth Suburban Holidays production of new holiday plays the for November/December, 2017 Production.

Suburban Holidays explores the theme of the holiday season (in whatever form that means for the playwright) in a town “very much like Reading, MA.” Though this festival takes place in November and December, all holidays, not just the Christmas/Chanukah season are encouraged.

Since this festival draws a large pool of talented actors, plays featuring more than 4 characters will be considered first. Larger cast plays are strongly encouraged!

We would prefer to produce plays of 20-30 minutes in length, however, plays between 10-35 minutes are accepted.

Preference is given to playwrights from New England, though any playwright may submit. 

If you are not a resident of New England, your play will be considered, but we do give preference to our area, to increase the chances of having the playwrights visit and see their plays in our festival.

Plays must be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF format, written in standard play format to the festival Producing Director, Patrick Cleary at patrickjamescleary@gmail.com. Paper copies of plays will not be accepted.

Submissions must be received by noon on July 31, 2017.

Plays must be the original works of the playwrights and unpublished at the time of production. Preference is given to unproduced works, but works with limited production runs will be considered.

Original musicals will be considered, though musical accompaniment will be restricted to a keyboardist, should a musical be produced.

Playwrights whose plays are chosen for production will receive an honorarium of $100 for the festival.

Playwrights whose pieces are chosen will be notified via email no later than August 15, 2017. Selections will also be posted on the Quannapowitt Players website.

If you have any questions about this festival or the guideline submissions, please contact Patrick Cleary at patrickjamescleary@gmail.com . 

Please include the subject line “Suburban Holidays” on submissions and questions.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Classic Theater Harlem Reading Series submission guidelines

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Selected playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please.
Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced.
Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only.
Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.


CTH asserts that a “Future Classic” is a play of social significance that has the potential to stand the test of time. It tackles large-scale economic, political, or cultural issues. A Future Classic promotes courageous and open-minded examination of controversial and critical topics that are at the heart of society.

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please.

Plays may not have been previously produced.
Playwrights may submit only one full-length play.
Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.
Playwrights should also include a brief author’s bio and/or resume.
Playwrights may also submit a play synopsis (250 words).

    The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

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    This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

    Manuscripts must be received by December 31 2017
    Types of plays accepted

    Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. 

    Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.
    Selection Process:

    Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

    Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.
    Production House:

    BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

    Send submissions to:
    Branch County Community Theatre
    14 S. Hanchett St.
    Coldwater, MI 49036

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    365 Women A Year: a playwriting project

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    Welcome 2017 playwrights! We are entering our third year of writing pieces about 365 historical women a year! We would love to have you write with us.

    PLAYS DUE DECEMBER 31, 2017 (There are no extensions.)

    DIRECTIONS TO PARTICIPATE: (Please read these 4 steps carefully)

    FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about. We are looking for 365 NEW women that our project has not yet covered. We do not accept repeats from previous years yet. You can make sure you don’t claim a repeat by searching through our historical women alphabetically. If you are not sure who to write about, scroll down for a list of available women.

    Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the 2017 CLAIM FORM. You will be asked to choose at least 3 options, in case your lady has already been claimed.

    SECOND STEP: You will receive a confirmation (or denial) email. You are not officially writing about anyone until you have received this confirmation email from 365womenayear@gmail.com. It can take up to three weeks to get a confirmation email depending on the volume of claims we receive.

    THIRD STEP: Happy writing. If at any point throughout the year, you get a hankering to write about someone else, simply fill out a new claim form.

    Plays can be any length, any number of characters, any language, any genre (musicals included), and the playwriting format you are most comfortable with. PLEASE INCLUDE A LIST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the play.

    FOURTH STEP: Submitting your piece. Please follow the directions, as your piece will not be officially submitted otherwise.

    You will email your piece to 365womenayear@gmail.com. Follow the directions below:

    (1) In the subject line you will put: 2017/Name of historical woman/Play Title/Page Number/Your Name. (If you have many historical women in your piece, simply write “MANY WOMEN” in place of the name of the historical women in the subject line.)

    (2) Include YOUR 100 word playwriting bio in the BODY of the email

    (3) Write out your historical/play info to be searchable on the website in the following format:

    ***Each historical woman needs to be listed separately, include ANY existing woman who appears in your piece, even if you didn’t specifically claim them.****


    Alexandra David-Neel- “Adventuress Adventurous”(10 pages)/Playwright: Deborah Magid (2017)

    Key Words/Occupation:

    Alexandra David-Neel (Writer, Explorer,S inger)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

    Century they were Born: (If you can’t find exact dates just put the century)

    Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

    By Play Info: (just written out once with all the women in history listed after “inspired by”)

    “Adventuress Adventurous” by: Deborah Magid (3 characters/10 pages) Inspired by: Alexandra David-Néel (2017)

    (4) Attach your play as a PDF and submit!

    You can always email us if you have any questions. Please understand, that your bio won’t be listed on the web site until your play is turned in and processed.


    *You can write about as many women as you want and they can all be in the same piece, or separate pieces. It is okay if the piece is simply about the historical woman or women, but they don’t appear.

    *Any length welcome from 2 pages-full length. Any number of characters. Any language. Any genre. Musicals included.

    *Plays are due Dec 31st of 2017. No extensions.

    * You are always allowed to revise your piece. When you do, email it again with REVISION/Play title/Playwright/Year in the subject line and the revised piece attached as a PDF.

    *Women MUST have existed. *They can be living or dead. *Our plays are loosely based on these historical figures.

    *Yes, we plan to do this every year.

    *You retain ALL rights to your pieces and may submit them anytime and anywhere you want to. When one of your 365 pieces gets produced, we will put it on the web site and tweet about it! Nothing will be done with your play without your discretion. If a theatre wants to produce your piece, we will contact you. While the play info is searchable, interested parties cannot read your piece unless you give permission.

    *We have had festivals all over the world and appeared in The Dramatist. We have playwrights from all over the world participating.

    Lucky Penny 8 x 10 Festival of 10 Minute Plays

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    Here are the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Please read and follow:

    1. Submissions must be 10-minute plays. Authors should write for an adult audience. Comedy and drama, both musical and non-musical will be considered. Musical submissions must include sheet music/score as needed. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the submitting playwright.

    2. Scripts and related materials must be postmarked by June 30, 2017.

    3. Sets, lighting needs and other technical requirements must be minimal. Since the winning plays will be produced, no play considered technically un-produceable will be considered.

    4. Maximum number of characters per play is four.

    5. Running time is to be 10 minutes or less, which may mean 6-10 pages depending upon the density of dialogue. Authors are responsible for submitting work that is within the 10 minute running time limit. Cuts will be requested of the playwright for any selected play which runs over the limit regardless of the number of pages in the script.

    6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, numbered, and stapled. Do not use binders or covers.

    7. Plays must be presented in proper script format.

    8. No electronic submissions will be allowed. (And please don't tell us "Hey, it's the 21st century! Other people accept email submissions!" We know that. We don't.)

    9. All submissions are judged blind and this requires two types of cover pages. One, a separate cover letter, will include your name, address, phone number, e-mail and the play title. The other will be on each copy, but only showing the title. There can be no identifying information on the script other than the title. Do not include the author’s name on every page.

    10. There is no limit to number of plays that an individual may submit, but each play must be accompanied by the proper cover pages as described. Only one play per author may be chosen.

    11. Scripts cannot be returned. Lucky Penny Productions assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

    12. The eight best plays will be selected from all entries by the reading committee. Notification to authors will be made by Sept 1, 2017. The eight selected plays will be staged in Feb-Mar 2018.

    13. The author of the play chosen as the "People's Choice" will receive a $100 honorarium from Lucky Penny.

    To submit your play:

    Mail 3 copies of each script along with the two types of cover pages to:

    8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays
    Lucky Penny Productions
    1357 Foster Road
    Napa CA 94558

    The selection of directors, actors and designers for the selected plays is at the sole discretion of Lucky Penny Productions. An author may participate in the process if participation is requested by the producing company or the director selected for the project.
    Entry of a script into this festival grants to Lucky Penny Productions the right to produce the entered play only for this specific event in Jan-Feb 2018 and authors retain all rights to their work for future production or publication.
    The producing company reserves the right to remove and/or replace any play selected by the reading committee if, once in rehearsal, the play is found to be unproduceable as determined by the festival coordinator. Selection of a replacement play is at the sole discretion of the producing companies.
    The producing companies reserve the right to reschedule or cancel the festival at their discretion if conditions beyond their control require it.
    Authors, if their play is selected for production, grant to Lucky Penny Productions the right to use their name, biographical information and photo for purposes of publicity and marketing during the period Sept 1, 2017 through the performances dates in Feb 2018.
    Submission of a script to this competition signifies the acceptance of these waivers and conditions if the play is selected for production.

    Questions can be directed to Lucky Penny Managing Director Barry Martin at info@luckypennynapa.com or you may call or text to 707-738-2920.

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Players Follies Play Reading Festival

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    The Players Follies Group (a 55 and older theatre troupe) will be producing a Senior Play Reading Festival November 18 & 19, 2017. The festival coordinator is looking for 1 to 10 minute non-published plays to be performed in The Players Backstage Theatre. Plays are being accepted now through July 28, 2017. Local theatre artist Cinda Goeken will coordinate and lead the event. A committee of judges will select the plays to be presented in a “Reader’s Theater“ style. Plays should be sent to The Players, 838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL. 34236. Attention FOLLIES Play Reading Festival.

    There is no remuneration if a play is chosen as a part of the series. Previously submitted short plays that were not chosen for production, but have been rewritten, may be re-submitted for consideration.

    A complete listing of the winning plays will be posted on the Players website by August 31st, 2017. Non-chosen entries will not be notified.

    • Plays should be 1 minute to 10 minutes in length.
    • Playwrights should be aware the Players Follies is a 55 and older theatrical troupe.
    • Maximum number of performers needed to produce the play is 8. Playwrights are asked to delineate if there are multiple roles that can be doubled.
    • Manuscripts must be typed and bound, with playwrights’ biographies included.
    • No evaluations will be rendered with any rejected entries.
    • Author may submit a maximum of 3 scripts.
    • Published plays are not eligible.
    • Musicals are not accepted.
    • Submit one hard copy to: “The Players Follies Reading Festival”, The Players, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.
    • Postmark deadline is July 28, 2017. No submissions will be accepted past that date.

    Winning selections

    A full presentation of plays will be chosen to be read in front of a paying audience on The Players Backstage Theatre November 18 & 19, 2017. The chosen plays will be announced via The Players website by August 31, 2017.

    Winning Playwrights will be notified by August 25th, 2017.

    Plays not following proper guidelines or meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

    Ivoryton Playhouse Women Playwrights’ Initiative

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    The Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce our second annual Women Playwrights’ Initiative.

    Thanks to all participants, our inaugural Initiative was a resounding success. We once again seek submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights.

    The Women Playwrights’ Initiative develops new one-act plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Initiative provides a safe, nurturing environment for play development, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. It will culminate in a staged reading festival in February/March 2018, Passion, Power, Prose: Women Playwrights’ Initiative featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.

    Ten minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.

    We will be accepting completed manuscripts by email only until June 30, 2017. The week of rehearsal culminating in staged readings on Friday and Saturday nights will be in February/March 2018. Writers whose works are chosen will be invited to Ivoryton for a week to work with directors and actors on their play. They will also receive a small stipend.

    Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and CD), bio, and resume, including your telephone number and email address.

    The Women Playwrights’ Initiative also seeks resumes from directors, and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

    Play submissions, and resumes from directors and readers should be emailed to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse, laurac@ivorytonplayhouse.org.

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Theatre Roulette 2018

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    Theatre Roulette is MadLab’s annual shorts festival, a tradition that has lasted more than 15 years. Theatre Roulette began as an “invitation-only” festival, then expanded to taking local submissions, then to taking submission from across the United States, and now receives over 2000 scripts annually from every corner of the world.

    To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.

    All submissions should be send to submissionsmadlab@gmail.com.
    Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

    Theatre Roulette is a juried festival.

    Due to the overwhelming number of scripts we received in 2016, we will only be accepting the first 1500 scripts submitted in 2017.

    Submissions must arrive no later than September 1st, 2017.
    Submission will be chosen and applicants informed if his/her piece was chosen on/or before February 2nd, 2018.

    Scripts should be between 5-20 minutes in length. Scripts of greater lengths will be considered, but due to time constraints, it is unlikely that unsolicited full-length plays will be selected for the festival, unless you are a Nobel or Pulitzer winning writer, in which case, your script will automatically be accepted for production as long as you waive your standard royalty, which would probably be more than the budget for the entire festival. If you are not sure whether or not you have won a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize, please find out through the glory of the world wide web and let us know.

    You may submit multiple scripts. If you are submitting multiple scripts, please include them all in a single email.

    Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the body of your email message.

    MadLab will also be accepting full collections of shorts. This would be a group of plays that are meant to be performed together and would constitute a complete night of plays.

    Script submissions WILL NOT be returned to the applicant; MadLab will destroy all evidence of your creative instincts upon a funeral pyre at an undisclosed location in order to protect both the innocent and the guilty. Ashes will NOT be returned to you unless you purchase a commemorative urn from MadLab at the bargain basement price of $999.95.

    You must email your script to us. Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. Scripts should be emailed to submissionsmadlab@gmail.com. Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line. If “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received. All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.

    For ROULETTE, MadLab pays $50 to each playwright.

    If you’ve made it through all of this, congratulations. At least you’ve got the potential patience to deal with the travails of theatrical production. If you have any questions, please email them to Artistic Director Jim Azelvandre at jima@madlab.net

    Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

    Best of Bolton seeks short plays

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    We are seeking writers to submit poetry, stories and short plays to be performed across two Best of Bolton showcases on Sat 11 November 2017.

    Writers can be of any age and live anywhere; professional or beginner. There are no rules on content, themes or the language in which submissions are written – we are eager to hear new voices and welcome diversity.

    How To Apply

    1. This is an international competition open to anyone residing in the UKorabroad.

    2. Entrants must be sixteen or over. There is no upper age limit.

    3. We can only accept a maximum of 3 entriesper person

    4. The competition opens on Tue 18 April with the deadline for entry being Sat 8 July. Any entries received after this time will not be read.

    5. All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the submissionentry form which includes full contact details and agreement to abide by the terms and conditions,which can be downloaded at  Best of Bolton - Terms Conditions 2017.pdf

    6. Entries must be submitted either:

    * by (signed for) post to the following address: Best of Bolton, Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton BL1 3SP
    * or by email to the following email address: literary@octagonbolton.co.uk

    7. Scripts must be submitted by the writer(s) themselvesand not by an agent or any other third party.

    8. Please do not submit any supporting materials including CDs, photographs,reviews or any audio-visual material.

    9. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but, in the event of being judged a winning entry, grant to the Octagon Theatre a non-exclusive licence to perform their work, as well as use it on any online platforms. Entrants also grant a licence to publish extracts of their work, along with their name(s), on The Octagon Theatre’s website.

    Script Guidance

    1. Work submittedmust be original, unperformed and unproduced.

    2. Length:For drama, monologue and prose (extract of novel/short story) the submission must be no more than700 words. For poetry, the submission must be no longer than 30 lines.

    3. Copyright:The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script.

    4. The submitted work must be available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company. Any work that have been professionally optioned, produced or published will be disqualified.

    5. We do accept work co-authored by more than one writer. Please ensure that only one entry is submitted with one set of contact details.

    Judging and Prizes

    1. All winning entries are automatically under option to The Octagon Theatre for a period of eighteen months after the announcement of the awards.

    2. If the Octagon Theatre chooses your work(s) as a winning entry/entries, then it/theywill be performed by a professional actor(s)in the Best of Bolton showcase on Sat 11 November in the theatre.

    3. No payments will be made, including travel or subsistence expenses in the event of the writer(s) visiting the theatre throughout the production and performance periods.

    4. We regret that no correspondence can be entered into regarding any part of the judging process.

    Lakeshore Players Theatre Active Voice: Staged Reading Series

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    • A play to be performed by no more than 10 performers.
    • Full-length in any genre.
    • If a musical, the score should be original and able to be played by one pianist.
    • Translations, collections of one-acts, and any play that has received a full scale professional production prior to submission are not eligible.
    • Opportunities for diversity are preferred.
    We respond primarily to plays with a sure command of language and a clear dramatic action.
    A complete submission package includes:
    • Title of the play
    • Your contact information
    • A concise paragraph describing why your play is a good fit for Lakeshore Players Theatre
    • Character breakdown and description
    • Time and place
    • Synopsis
    • 10-page sample minimum, full manuscript welcome if complete
    Submission Deadline: August 7, 2017

    Submission Method:

    Send a PDF via email to office@lakeshoreplayers.org.
    Company Contact Information:

    Lakeshore Players Theatre
    4820 Stewart Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110
    Office: 651-426-3275 | Tickets: 651-429-5674
    office@lakeshoreplayers.org | ben@lakeshoreplayers.org

    Lakeshore Players Theatre’s (LPT) mission is to provide community enrichment and education through the performing arts. A community based nonprofit theater under professional management, LPT is committed to strengthening our community by helping people of all ages and experiences to participate in the performing arts. The 2017-2018 season is Lakeshore Players Theatre’s 65th season.

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Fred Ebb Award

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    Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved significant commercial success.

    Application Materials:
    A CD of up to four songs from one or more musical theatre pieces, with typewritten lyrics and a description of the dramatic context for each song; and
    A completed application form.

    We will code the applications as they arrive. Because all submissions will be reviewed blind, please do not place name(s) of writer(s) on the CD, lyric sheets, or description of dramatic context. Only musical theatre work will be considered. Please do not submit live recordings. The applicant(s) must have written all the songs included in the submission. For example, a composer cannot submit one song with her own lyrics, and a second song with lyrics by another writer. No individual may appear on more than one application. You cannot apply as an individual and again as part of a team, or as part of more than one songwriting team.

    Submission Deadline and Award: Applications will be accepted from June 1st – June 30th.

    Please mail or deliver applications to:

    Fred Ebb Award, Roundabout Theatre
    231 West 39th Street, Suite 1200
    New York, New York 10018

    Mailed submissions must be postmarked not later than June 30.

    The winner will be selected in November, and will receive $60,000. The Foundation will also produce a one-night showcase of the winner’s work.

    Download the Ebb Foundation Application 2017

    The Lanesboro Jerome Artist Residency Program

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    The Lanesboro Jerome Artist Residency Program, located in Lanesboro, MN (pop. 754), aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. The program is unique in that it provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation, with staff working with each resident to create a fully-customized residency experience. Lanesboro Arts’ goal is to be flexible and accommodating to the artists, allowing them access to local resources needed for conceptualizing and realizing their place-based work. Lanesboro Arts recognizes “place-based work” as work that is specifically inspired by and designed for the place in which the work takes place; it can be a new project, or an interpretation of the artist’s current work tailored to engage the community of Lanesboro. The emerging artist residency program was designed to align with and amplify Lanesboro Arts’ vision for communities–especially rural communities–to embrace artists as economic drivers, culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers.

    The application deadline for residencies taking place in 2018 is July 31st, 2017 at noon. 

    Jury review will take place in August and applicants will be notified by September 15, 2017 at the latest as to the status of their application. Selected artists residents and runners-up for 2018 will be notified by September 29, 2017.

    Artists must be residents of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible to apply. To be considered, eligible artists must submit their application through an online webform on Lanesboro Arts website. Complete program details are below.

     Please contact Adam Wiltgen at 507-467-2446 or adam@lanesboroarts.org with any questions.

    Submissions for 2017-2018 Scratchpad Series due July 16th

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    The Scratchpad Series, our newest program, jumpstarts The Realm’s relationship with early-career playwrights by doing one of the things we do best: listening to what playwrights need and then giving it to them. Whether it’s a place to hear a rough draft aloud for the first time, space to fine tune a more mature work or time to focus in on a particular aspect of a piece, we want to give playwrights what they need to thrive. Scratchpad is a chance for us to engage with a whole new group of playwrights each year, erasing limitations of geography or access by working to identify early career playwrights from all across the country to participate.

    Scratchpad participants will spend a week in New York City for a developmental reading of their play with top-notch professional collaborators—director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff. If the playwright is based outside of New York, The Realm will also facilitate travel and housing for the workshop.

    Playwrights Receive
    • One week developmental reading of their play 
    • Professional collaborators, such as a director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff.
    • Facilitated travel and housing (if the playwright is based outside of New York City).
    Program Criteria
    • Playwright must consider themselves early-career.
    • Play to be considered should be a complete draft.
    • Submitted script has not been produced in NYC.
    Submitted script is not under commission from, or slated for production by, another institution.

    What We’re Looking For
    We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, that are intellectually curious and embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!

    As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. With Scratchpad in particular, we aim to help artists break through any barriers that may exist—geographical, economic or otherwise—bringing voices and stories as diverse as our country to work with us and hopefully one day be seen on stages all across the United States.

    All applications must be submitted electronically by July 16th, 11:59PM EST.

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    An evening of Monologues & Shorts

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    A medium-brow charity event to benefit the NY Foundling. The 90 minute show will be made up of original and contemporary monologues and shorts followed by a reception.

    The event will be a wonderful opportunity for artists, actors and writers alike. It is a chance to perform, to workshop new pieces and ultimately to share and create fantastic stories.

    The arts are as important and vital to our world as ever and this evening will be a charitable experience in more ways than one. While benefitting the NY Foundling and the amazing work that they do, it will also be a special opportunity to share gifts, to give from your heart, and to be delightfully entertained amongst friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and an appreciative audience.

    The show will be mostly made up of original monolgues and short plays.

    Monologues - 2-4 min.
    Short Plays - 10 min. up to 4 characters

    The submission deadline is Monday August 8th.

    Once the plays have been selected, casting will take place and there will be a short rehearsal period before the performance on October 21st.

    Email written work in either PDF or Word doc format.

    Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals

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    * Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide with a link to your DG page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).

    The Phoenix Theatre New American Theatre Festival is accepting submissions for our 2018 Festival beginning May 1, 2017.

    The new works festival runs March 5 - March 18 of 2018.

    The festival presents four staged/concert readings (with script in hand) of new, unproduced plays or musicals as well as a night of new short plays and a Composer/Lyricist Cabaret.

    Submissions for the 2018 festival will be accepeted beginning May 1, 2017.
    The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2017.Selections will be made in November 2017.

    *IMPORTANT* Click HERE for detailed step by step submission instructions.

    Once you have carefully reviewed the guidelines below, click HERE to submit.

    The Festival is accepting submissions for the following:
    • Full Length Plays: both dramatic and comedic
    • Plays should be original, un-produced, full-length scripts.
    • Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible. 
    • No screenplays, please.
    • No Theatre for Young Audience pieces will be accepted.
    • Cast size must be limited to 5 actors or less (actors may play more than one role).
    • Submission fee: $10.00*
    • * Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide with a link to your DG page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).
    • PDF downloads only! Hard copies will no longer be accepted. 
    • Email submissions must be sent to the email address provided in your registration confirmation adhering to the following guidelines: 
    • Full Length Submission written in the subject line.
    Please include the title of your play, your name, address and contact information in the body of your email submission, as well as a brief synopsis of your play and how many acts it is.
    PDF file must be a blind copy of the script.
    Fee must be paid online.
    A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.

    Plays selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and up to three performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow each performance. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or one of the coordinators.

    If your script is selected, you must be available to be in residence for six to seven days during the festival. The week of the festival will be determined after selections are made. The 2018 festival is March 5 through March 18.
    Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival, as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport is not included
    • Full Length Musicals: both dramatic and comedic
    • Musicals should be original and un-produced.
    • Musical Revues are being accepted.
    • No Theatre for Young Audience pieces will be accepted.
    • No more than three collaborators (book writer, lyricist and composer) for each work. 
    • Cast size must be limited to 8 actors (actors may play multiple roles).
    Submission fee: $10.00*
    * Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide a link to your DG/WGA page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).

    PDF downloads only! Hard copies will no longer be accepted.
    Email submissions must be sent to the email address provided in your registration confirmation adhering to the following guidelines:
    Full Length Musical Submission or Musical Revue Submission written in the subject line.
    Please include the title of your musical or musical revue, your name and the names of each collaborator, address and contact information in the body of your email submission, as well as a brief synopsis of your musical and how many acts it is.
    The PDF file must be a blind copy of the script.
    Links to Dropbox (or other downloadable sites) are acceptable for full zip files, including recordings/demos of music.
    Fee must be paid online
    A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
    • Musicals selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and up to three performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow each performance. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or one of the coordinators. 
    • If your script/musical is selected, you must be available to be in residence for six to seven days during the festival. The week of the festival will be determined after selections are made. The 2018 festival is March 5 through March 18.
    • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport is not included.
    • Short Plays: both dramatic or comedic
    • Plays should be original, un-produced, short plays between 10 to 20 minutes in length.
    • Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible. 
    • No screenplays, please.
    • No musicals, please.
    • No Theatre for Young Audience pieces will be accepted.
    • No multiple authors or collaborations will be accepted.
    • Cast size must be limited to 5 actors or less (actors may play more than one role)
    • No submission fee required. 
    • PDF downloads only! Hard copies will not be accepted. 
    Email submissions must be sent to the email address provided in your registration confirmation adhering to the following guidelines: 

    ​Short Play Submission written in the subject line.
    Please include the title of your play, your name, address and contact information in the body of your email submission, as well as a brief synopsis of your play.
    The PDF file must be a blind copy of the script. A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
    A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
    Selected short plays will receive a short rehearsal process and a staged reading, with script in hand, in our annual Evening of Short Plays.
    Travel and lodging for the festival is NOT included. However, playwrights are welcome to attend if it is convenient.
    Original Songs for our Composer/Lyricist cabaret:
    Please submit three complete, original songs: one ballad, one up-tempo and one production number.
    Songs can be from an existing musical (of your own in development) or be stand-alone pieces. We are looking for a sampling of your work.
    Email submissions must be sent to the email address provided in your registration confirmation adhering to the following guidelines:
    • Songs will be featured in our Composer/Lyricist Cabaret. The goal is to give a sampling of your work, your voice and your point of view.
    • Links to Dropbox (or other downloadable sites) are acceptable for full zip files, including recordings/demos of music. Please use QuickTime, WMP (Mp3 or Mp4) formats.
    • The PDF file of sheet music must be a blind copy of the songs. Lead sheets will not be accepted. Recordings do not need to be professional recordings.
    • Please include the title of your songs, the name of the composer and lyricist, address and contact information in the body of your email submission.
    • Composer/Lyricist Cabaret Submission written in the subject line.
    • If your music is selected, you must be available to be in residence for the week the Cabaret is scheduled. The week of the festival will be determined after selections are made. The 2018 festival is March 5 through March 18.
    • Composers will receive airfare, housing and a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport is not included.

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Rewrite Your Play this Summer Online with Primary Stages

    As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. Over the course of four weekends, this class will be run just like real-life writing room, interacting with Josh and your classmates live via the Citrix platform. Open to writers located anywhere in the world, this class will begin and end with two marathon weekends of reading pages and in-class discussion, with two single-session weekends in between to check in on the status of everyone's play. You will leave this class with a stronger version of your play, and with the tools you need to transform any first draft into a polished, compelling work that's ready to submit.
    Instructor: Josh Hecht (Artistic Director, Profile Theatre; Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)
    Lectures via Citrix:
    Weekend 1: Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm EST
    Weekend 2: Saturday, August 5 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm EST
    Weekend 3: Saturday, August 12 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm EST
    Weekend 4: Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm EST

    Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

    Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

    The Lark's Jerome New York Fellowship 2018-19

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    The Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship provides substantial artistic and financial support to an emerging writer of extraordinary promise and vision through an intensive two-year residency that provides resources and guidance to generate and develop a significant body of work.

    The Fellowship Period is January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.

    In the first year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will have access to an “Opportunity Fund” of $5,000 for the purposes of travel, research, autonomous workshops, and so forth, for the duration of their fellowship and for up to one year after its completion. (The Fellow will request these funds in writing to the Artistic Director and no reasonable request will be refused).

    In the second year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $15,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will continue to have access to any remaining balance in the Opportunity Fund.

    Because the Lark's programs are philosophically designed to put artists at the center of their own process, all residency activities will be based on an initial Fellowship goal-setting meeting at the start of the term in January 2018. The Fellow will be expected to work with Lark staff to design a regular schedule of program activities, including participation in several of Lark’s new play development programs, such as Roundtables, Playground, Monthly Meeting of the Minds, Winter Writers’ Retreat, New York Stage and Film Vassar Retreat, Project Residencies or Studio Retreats. The exact structure is flexible based on the specific needs of the selected Fellow, who will participate in a range of these or similar programs throughout the course of the residency.
    Additional activities will include:

    • Monthly one-on-one meetings with Lark's Artistic Director John Eisner;
    • Regularly scheduled meetings with Lark's artistic staff, including Director of Artistic Programs Lloyd Suh and Director of Scouting & Submissions Andrea Hiebler, as mutually decided;
    • At least 3, and up to 10 Roundtable readings of the Fellow’s' new plays in progress, to be scheduled throughout the residency period, at the Fellow’s request;
    • Opportunities to participate in offsite programs and partnerships in the U.S. or abroad;
    • Finance and entrepreneurial workshops including Lark’s Business of Art workshop.

    Application deadline is 5:00pm EST, Monday, July 31, 2017.

    Selection Process:

    • By application. The Fellow is selected by a diverse panel of theater professionals familiar with Lark programming and philosophy, but will not include current Lark Staff or Board Members.
    • Eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a New York City or Minnesota state resident (though the Fellow must commit to maintaining residency in New York City throughout the fellowship period);
    • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of, and eligible to work in, the United States;
    • Must self-identify as an "emerging" playwright;
    • Must not have had more than two different works professionally produced at the time of application (meaning works produced on professional Actors Equity contracts or similar international contracts; Equity showcase/waiver productions are not included).

    Finalists will be notified in September 2017. Additional work samples will be required from all finalists, including a copy of one full-length play.

    Notification for all applicants will take place by November 2017.
    2018-19 Application:
    Please submit:

    • A cover sheet, including your name, address, telephone number and email address.
    • A one-page theatrical resume listing all productions, workshops, readings, commissions, publications, awards, etc., as well as education and training information;
    • A 10-page work sample of theatrical writing that best represents your current work as a playwright;
    • An Artist Statement (not to exceed two total pages) that answers the following questions:
    • In what way(s) do you consider yourself an "emerging" playwright?
    • How would this Fellowship and the activities described above be transformative to your work and/or life as an emerging playwright?
    • What specific goals do you have in your work for the upcoming year and beyond?

    Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF format to jerome@larktheatre.org. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Jerome New York Fellowship, 311 West 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. Applications are due by 5:00pm EST, Monday, July 31, 2017.

    Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre seeks plays for National Suicide Prevention Week

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    Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre - Los Angeles... Invites you to submit a short-form play to be included in A Light in Dark Places in accordance with National Suicide Prevention Week

    Selected plays will have a six performance run and $50 prize
    Performances will be the weekends of Sept. 8th-10th & Sept. 15th-17th at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre - Los Angeles in Hollywood

    Three to six plays will be selected from the submissions.
    The plays are to explore the themes of Suicide Awareness and Suicide Prevention.
    Selections will be announced on or about July 15, directors will then be assigned and casting will commence in August. A four week rehearsal period is anticipated.

    To apply, playwrights must submit an original 5 to 15-page double-spaced script (previously produced scripts are not eligible) via email to: prevention@stellaadler-la.com as Portable Document Format (.pdf) attachment.

    Applications must be received by 11:59pm, PST Saturday, JULY 1, 2017. 

    The script must have the playwright's name, address, email and phone number at the top of the first page of the script and include a detailed cast breakdown, and all pages must be numbered.

    Please see the accompanying pdf produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which will provide some guidance on how these issues may best be addressed.

    For further information on the subject of Suicide Awareness and Prevention, please visit these

    https://afsp.org (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
    ( http://www.suicidology.org/about-aas/national-suicide-prevention-week )
    http://twloha.com (To Write Love on Her Arms)

    For further information about Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre - Los Angeles, please visit:

    Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre - Los Angeles, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 (323) 465-4446

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    One Company Writers Residency Retreat

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    The Writer's Residency Retreat
    with Nick Demos

    September 5 to 11, 2017

    The Lake House at DoLittle Farm, Long Valley, NJ

    A four day residency at DoLittle farm in Long Valley, NJ (1 hour, 15 min outside of NYC). Transportation to and from NYC is provided. The stay is in an 8 bedroom, 4 bath home on a private lake. There are NO FEES to the artist. Meals are not provided. However, there is a grocery store nearby and a full kitchen for the participants use. No more than five participants will be in residence at one time.

    Application deadline is 11:59pm on July 1, 2017.
    Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 15, 2017 via email.

    Emerging and current writers are eligible to apply for the Farm.

    Artist residency at the farm is for applicants who are:
    • Generating new or original work
    • Seeking to foster a rigor of practice by dedicating time and focus to the creative process
    • In need of a space in which to create and develop work
    • Seeking to make connections with a community of peers to engage in creative and professional dialogue
    The Farm accepts applications from:
    • Writers working solo
    • Writers who work as a collaborative pair (no more than 2)
    • Writers of a musical (no more than 3)
    Please note: only 1 application per individual or group.


    All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

    One Co. does not accept applications from currently enrolled students.

    One Co. does not accept applications from those who have already been awarded a residency in 2016.


    Applications are reviewed by One Co. board members, alumni and industry professionals.

    Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:

    Merit of past work based on submitted work samples
    Career record according to narrative biography and resume
    Proposed projects and ideas as expressed in the proposal and artist statement
    Artist will present a summary of the work completed at the Farm.

    Artist will write a thank you note to the owner of the Farm.


    THERE IS NO FEE TO APPLY. Only complete applications will be considered.

    Please submit the following information below. Submissions should be one document with work samples attached and include:

    Contact information

    Two professional references (contact information only)
    One page artist resume
    Proposal (max 200 words)
    Work samples

    New Voices Series seeking short Halloween themed scripts

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    The LTA Millennial Committee is sponsoring the second installment in our New Voices series and we need your Halloween themed short plays! We want to provide a platform for unknown playwrights and new directors by staging original shows directed by Millennials. Following our wildly successful inaugural spring event (over 100 attendees in one evening) we will be putting on a two night Halloween-themed performance on October 27th and 28th, 2017. To submit a show, please read the following closely.

    THEME: We will select three shows of 30 minutes or less each that have a Halloween theme. This can be interpreted any way you want - murder mysteries, dramas, comedies, historical or modern - it's all up to you. It can take place at Halloween or it can have a creepy/macabre/supernatural element, or any other way you want to write it!

    LOCATION: Little Theater of Alexandria has a small 3 story historic building next to the theater, and this will be our performance space. Each show will have a floor and the audience will move between. Please note, tech is VERY minimal in the space (essentially we can turn the light on and off, and that's about it) so shows with a great deal of sound or other technical needs will need to be altered to reflect this.

    Dates & Deadlines: submissions must be received by July 31st, 2017. 
    All submissions will receive a notification regarding selection by August 10.

    Other Notes: It is free to submit, and no pay will be provided to winners; we operate on a volunteer basis only. You may submit a maximum of three shows. More than one show from the same author may be selected. Preference will be given to shows from VA/MD/DC, but you can submit from anywhere. No age restrictions on playwrights, although Millennials will be given preference if shows are otherwise of equal quality. Shows may have been performed elsewhere.

    To Submit: Send the following to Ashley Amidon at aaamidon@gmail.com. Submissions not providing this information will not be considered. All shows must have a run time of 30 minutes for less; preference is for shows of 15 + minutes.

    In the email: Please send an email to aaamidon@gmail.com with the subject "Play Submission". In the body of your email, please include your full name, City/State of residence, a phone number, and whether you fall into the millennial age range.

    Attached to the email: 

    Please attach a full PDF copy of the script with no personal identifying information.


    To be posted online if selected: either a 5 page selection of the script that can be shared with prospective directors and actors OR indicate in your email you are willing to share the entire script.

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    2017 Playwrights and Artists Festival

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    It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2017 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous. The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules. (Please be aware that some rules have changed)
    1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.
    2. The play must be written between the dates June 17 and August 6, 2017.
    3. The play length needs to be between 15 - 20 minutes
    4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.
    5. Plays submitted MUST be a complete play and must include a beginning, middle and an end and contain a conflict. Our judges will be adhering to strict parameters during the adjudication process.
    6. Playwrights may only submit one play for the festival.
    7. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number people in wider locations we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.
    8. Plays must be submitted by midnight of August 6 2017.
    There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can't wait to see the results.

    Submit two copies of your play. One that has a cover page with name, address, etc. 
    And another that is a blind copy with no text which identifies your name, your address, etc.

    Submissions must be made to this email address (binghamtoncitystage@gmail.com) with “2017 playwright submission” in the subject line.

    And now here are this years artworks.

    Out of the Shadows
    by Orazio Salati
    Mixed media on canvas

    Maria's Wish
    by Joseph Q. Daily
    Oil on Linen

    Disco Shrine
    Gordon Lee
    Acrylic and Oil on canvas

    MadLab seeks full-length plays

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    Submissions are now open for full-length plays! Long one-acts, two-acts, three-acts if you think you have what it takes. Full-length submissions will be considered for our 2018-2019 regular theatre season (not for THEATRE ROULETTE. Information on THEATRE ROULETTE submissions can be found by clicking here). Bring it on, playwrights. We want you!

    To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.
    At MadLab, we love reading new full length plays and we desperately want to read yours!
    “But what are you looking for?” “How do I submit?” Love that enthusiasm! Read on:
    What makes a play a “MadLab” play? Like obscenity, it’s hard to define, but we know it when we see it. Here’s a few tips as to what we like to produce and what our audiences have come to expect:
    1. Plays with a strong Point of View. Our audiences expect to not only be entertained for an evening, but to leave the theatre with something to think about and remember. We want to read plays from and for the marginalized and forgotten. We love new takes on old problems. We adore speaking Truth to Power.
    2. Good Stories with Vibrant Characters. Now, any play can have that strong POV, but the special ones show us that through strong storytelling and equally strong characters. So, mesmerize us with your craft and enchant us with your characters. Bonus points for well written female characters and casts that give an accurate representation of our multiracial society, as well as those that challenge the concept of binary sexuality. We’re not saying we won’t produce your play about 10 white suburban dads and their annual golf outing, but…
    3. Plays that are Visual. Ok, we’ll be completely honest – we are on a shoestring budget as far as sets/costumes go, but we’ve been doing this for 20+ years and we love an artistic challenge. MadLab is a 75 seat converted garage black box theatre, so plan accordingly. But challenge us. You’d probably be surprised what we’re capable of.
    4. Make us Laugh. We’ve been told we have an “offbeat” sense of humor. We’ve also been told we may require psychological counseling. Be bold in your Comedy writing, don’t worry about offending us (or our audiences), and never be afraid of being silly.
    5. Make us Cry. See above.
    6. Heck, do both with the same play. Always the best option to our way of thinking☺
    7. Be open to collaboration. Even if you live far away, we want you to be involved in every step of the process in producing your play. We may have ideas for rewrites/revisions, we may not want you to change a thing, but we do want your voice to be heard and for you to feel like we’ve done your little fever-dream justice.

    Now that we’ve surely created more questions than we’ve answered about what we’re looking for, here’s the nitty gritty about submitting your brilliant baby to the Lab.

    ​For our Full Length Season (3 new plays presented Aug – Dec) we’re looking for plays that evoke a certain feeling, an overarching theme if you will. Now, we’re wide open to different interpretations, so don’t let it scare you, but let’s see what happens when we focus a little.

    The 2018 “theme” is Evolution and Change. If we’ve learned anything in life, it’s that the world is in a constant state of Evolution. Everything Changes, sometimes glacially and sometimes in the blink of an eye. Like Death and Taxes, change is unavoidable and predictable. What isn’t as easy to predict is how change affects the humans involved.
    All submissions should be sent to submissions@MadLab.net. Please use “MadLab 2018 Season” as your subject. Ohio playwrights, please use “MadLab 2018 Season – Ohio”. We accept submissions from every US State and every foreign Country, but we would like to devote one show a season to an Ohio Playwright. Please Note: We receive TONS of submissions. If you do not use this as your email title line, your play will not be read.
    We’re not picky about what format your script is in (though the standard Dramatist’s Modern Stage Play format is most welcome), so send us what you got as a Word or PDF attachment.
    Please be sure to include your name, address and contact information on your title page.

    The submission window is April 1 – July 1, 2017. 

     Season decisions will be made by the end of 2017 and you will receive notice one way or another. If your play is not chosen and you’d like some sort of critical feedback from our Artistic Director, please email jima@madlab.net and arrangements can be made.
    We are only accepting 500 submissions with a Maximum of 2 plays per playwright. If you plan on submitting 2, send them in separate emails.
    Plays should have a run time no shorter than 75 minutes and no longer than 2 hours 15 minutes. Please do not send us 45 page 1-acts or that 200 page beast you’ve been tinkering on for the last five years. They will not be read.
    We are currently not accepting Children’s Theatre pieces, One Act Collections or Musicals. Not that we don’t appreciate them, they’re just not up our alley.
    Please Proofread your Script before sending it to us. We hate to be “those people”, but nothing will get your script put down faster than a your/you’re or a to/too typo.
    You will be Paid! MadLab currently pays playwrights $200 up front and 10% of ticket sales payble after close of show.
    Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    The Ten-Minute Musicals Project

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    Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in fifteen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Ukraine.

    Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

    SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

    MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

    CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.


    1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

    2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

    3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material.

    4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned. (Submissions from outside the USA should enclose four INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE COUPONS to cover postage. These can be obtained at your post office.)


    DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

    FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.

    SEND TO:

    The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
    Michael Koppy, Producer
    P.O. Box 461194
    West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA

    MILDRED and ALBERT PANOWSKI Playwriting Competition

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    1. There is a broad theme selected each year for the competition that entries for that year must adhere to. There is no restriction to style.

    1.2 - Submissions for the 2018 competition will be accepted between June 1, 2017 and December 1, 2017. Submissions received outside of this period will not be considered. The theme for the 2018 competition is "A mystery about a Great Lakes legend or event."

    2. The competition is open to any playwright, but only one play per playwright may be entered per biennium.

    3. Entries must be original, full-length plays or musicals. They also may be co-authored, based upon factual material or an adaptation. The applicant must be the owner and controller of the copyright. The legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

    4.One-act plays and works previously entered in playwriting competitions sponsored by Northern Michigan University are ineligible.

    5. Submission is restricted to plays that have not been previously produced or published.

    6. No revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted.

    7. No written or oral critique will be given on plays submitted.

    8. Once theme information has been decided, submissions will open June 1, 2017 and must be received no later than December 1, 2017 to be considered. The winner will be announced in March. A staged reading/workshop will be scheduled for summer of 2018. The full production will be scheduled in the 2018-19 season, and may happen in any of our performance spaces.

    9. Northern Michigan University reserves the right to accept or reject any play entered in the contest.

    10. Scripts should be submitted electronically either in PDF or Microsoft Word format. They can be submitted via email to newplays@nmu.edu. Please include contact info in the email but not on the script. If your ONLY recourse is a paper script, then the script must be loose leaf bound in a 3-ring binder or with a binder clip. Scripts bound with staples are not acceptable. They must be either typewritten or word processed. Entries not meeting these criteria will be disqualified.

    11. By submitting a paper copy of the script the playwright agrees to allow their work to be scanned into a PDF.

    12. Paper scripts will not be returned. It is suggested that playwrights retain copies of their scripts.

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Women Playwrights International commission opportunity

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    Deadline: June 20
    For this call we have implemented commissions by geographical regions. This aims to give each country the possibility of forming a selection that is representative of their culture.

    The commissions are:1. Latin America and the Caribbean, 2. North America (E.E.UU and Canada), 3. Africa, 4 .Asia, 5. Oceania, 6. Europe.

    The juries of each committee can not send their own plays to any of the open calls.

    The criteria for nomination, evaluation and selection will be the same for all commissions.

    A) General Criteria
    - Women playwrights from around the world can apply if they have, at least, one staged play.

    - Only one text per applicant will be received. In the same way, texts that are sent to different commissions will not be accepted.

    - Texts must be sent in English (*), except for those that apply to the Latin-American commission, for they will be evaluated in Spanish and Portuguese.


    - Women playwrights are free to decide to what region apply, according to their place of birth or residence.

    - Women playwrights chosen will receive an invitation letter through email, that will indicate the format in which their play would be presented in the conference.

    WPI is a non-profit association and has no stable funding to support its activities. In the case of receiving international funding, these resources are allocated to participants from countries where the status of women is in a state of insecurity. It is for this reason that those who have been selected must contemplate personal payment of the following:

    - Translation of 15 pages to Spanish or English (in the case of latin americans). Given the fact that all activities related to WPIC 2018 in Santiago, Chile, will take place in Spanish (with consecutive, simultaneous translation or subtitles to english).

    - Travel costs to Chile (airplane ticket, accreditation fee, residency, etc).

    B) Participation Modalities

    Having in mind the main theme proposed for this conference, the theme lines are the following:

    • Territory: Texts that offer a perspective about the social, political, economic and cultural landscapes that define the reality of individuals. Plays that deal with tension in cultural, political and geographic frontiers. It can also be about the rupture of frontiers, the cultural crossing as well as the clash phenomena, such as being forced to exile or political exile and being faced to possible or impossible return, migrations, post conflicts displacements, refugees crisis, economic crisis, famine, the reality of living outside the country or place of origin.

    • Bodies: Texts that think about female body issues. The strategies of domination and violence that control women’s daily activities. The intersection between women’s bodies and public politics, decisions about our own bodies (contraception, abortion law). Publicity, religious or governmental commands, medicine. Also desire and pleasure poetics as well as aesthetics. Gender transition, homosexuality, bisexuality, all possible forms of sexuality.

    • Memories: Writings that propose different forms of fighting against oblivion, of installing themes and problems related to knowledge and traditions transmission. Biographies, autobiographies or construction of individual, social or collective stories.

    • Wars and armed conflicts: Writings that assume war experiences and its consequences. Annulation practices of all possibility of personal development, situations in which basic human rights are systematically violated, especially for women and children.

    • Natural resources: Texts that reflect about the excessive exploitation of natural resources, troubles regarding hunger and access to potable water that is taking place since decades ago, and the several consequences in the life of human beings, living creatures and environment.

    • Ancestral voices: Writing that rescue ancestral voices of each culture. Texts that recompose the stories and originary knowledge of each ethnicity, that reflect their predicaments, their cosmogonies and that try to give a place in present times.

    Excluded of this open call are performances or installation art, due to the inherent difficulty to be fairly evaluated in relation to written texts. But, texts that incorporate the use of technology as a constituent part of aesthetic or poetic chosen by each playwright are accepted.

    C) Application Formalities:

    Postulants must send their application to an email in one file, PDF format. Pages should be formatted for A4, with 1,5 spacing, and text set in 12 point Times New Roman type.

    With the following information:

    Geographical region to which apply

    Professional bio presentation (one page long max.).

    Presentation of the play and its relation to one of the selection themes (one page long maximum).

    Argument summary of the play (one page long max), indicating the structure.

    Complete text of the play. Texts must not exceed 50 pages.

    Playwrights who would like to send plays longer than 50 pages, can send an extract of their best 50 pages.

    Type of public to which the play is directed to (all audiences, familiar theatre, etc.)








    Cimientos 2017

    Now in its 17th year, IATI Theater’s play development program continues the tradition of expanding the possibilities of playwriting. Cimientos 2017 is composed of a lineup of playwrights that carry on the sacred task of pushing the envelope and exploring the boundless potential of contemporary dramaturgy. From historical fantasy to arcane magical realism, this year’s play readings will showcase how the world can be transformed and enhanced through what today's drama can achieve.

    There is no submission fee for Cimientos.
    Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered.
    Submission will only be accepted through the online form. See link above (only visible in month of June.)
    Submissions must be the author's own work. The piece shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold IATI Theater and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.

    The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work.
    The playwright must commit to be present on the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) assigned to his/her work.
    This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in a New York audience feedback. However, because of the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel), every playwright must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or commit to presenting feedback electronically or in written form on the dates of the PPP's and with no delay.

    Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.
    Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length.
    The play must require 5 actors or less. Plays that have more than 5 actors and do not provide a clear and stageable doubling explanation will not be reviewed. If doubling is possible, it must be expressed clearly on the online form.

    The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced in any setting. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must inform IATI Theater of the specifics on the online form.
    The author’s name(s) should be nowhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document. Scripts will be read ‘blind’.
    Submissions for the 2018 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2017.

    Please use a standard playwriting format.
    *The 2018 Cimientos will consists of two main components:
    *PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel): Playwrights accepted to the program, IATI Theater’s artistic staff and other specially invited theater professionals will converge in workshop meetings to discuss the new works that make up the particular season. Every meeting will be dedicated to a single playwright in the program, the focus being in further advancing the text before it is presented in front of a live audience.

    *SRP (Staged Reading Presentation): Each playwright in the program will be given the opportunity to present his/her play in a directed, professionally acted staged reading. Thus, the piece will be exposed to a receptive audience that further develops the featured script through a post-reading talkback.

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