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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Canadian Playwrights

Visit the new sister site of NYCPlaywrights - Canadian Playwrights.

Canadian Playwrights is devoted to publicizing theater opportunities for Canadians. Many calls for submissions from Canadian theater organizations are for Canadians only, hence the need for a separate web site. 

But just like NYCPlaywrights, Canadian Playwrights provides new opportunities on a regular basis - but none that charge a submission fee.

Pretty sweet, eh?

Heretic Voices seeks monologues

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Heretic Voices is a rare opportunity for writers of all backgrounds to see their work fully produced on the main stage at London's Arcola Theatre by leading theatre makers and published in a collection.

We invite writers and writer-performers to submit their original work.

Submitted monologues can be of any genre and can feature one or more voice, but must be able to be performed by a single actor. They must be between 15 minutes and 45 minutes in length.

How Heretic Voices works

Between 19 July - 30 September 2017 writers can submit their monologues. These will be read by a team of readers working in the industry.

A shortlist of plays will be announced and presented to the panel to read. From their individual appraisals, the final plays will be selected and produced.

Heretic Voices will assemble leading actors, directors, and creative teams to stage the chosen plays in early 2018. Writer-performers may perform their own work if selected, at the discretion of Heretic Voices.

The plays will be presented to the public at the Arcola Theatre in January 2018 for a week's performance.

Guidance for writers

Submitted works must not have been performed professionally.
Submitted works must have a running time of 15 minutes to 45 minutes and can be of any genre.
The monologue must be able to be performed by one actor.
The monologues must be in English.
We are regrettably unable to provide feedback to writers.

How to Enter

Submit monologues to hello@hereticproductions.co.uk along with no more than 150 words about yourself.

The Entry deadline is 5pm on 30 September 2017
Follow us on Twitter @hereticprod for updates.

One-Act Plays with Christmas theme wanted

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Call for submissions for plays:

Looking for plays that negate the joyfulness of Christmas.

Strong interest in dark comedy.

Plays that are 'nightmarish' comedically.

Plays where family members come home to obscure news.

Plays with characters that usually aren't shown in Christmas stories etc...

Plays should be 20 to 40 pages in length.

Please include a synopsis of your play.

Potential dates are 12/14, 12/15, 12/16, & 12/21.

Please submit to Thepokedbear1@gmail.com

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Navigating New Play Development Workshop at Primary Stages ESPA

Do your play a favor: learn how to make the most of every development opportunity in this brand new workshop at Primary Stages ESPA.

Navigating New Play Development with Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
“Play development” has become an integral part of moving a play from the page to production.  Workshopping your play can be a golden opportunity for advancing your script – but it can also involve complex challenges. This workshop will give you tools for navigating the landscape of new play development. You will learn strategies for setting workshop goals, tips for communicating about your play with collaborators and decision-makers, and the secrets of having a successful play reading. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be ready to determine the opportunities for development that are best for your play, when it is time for your play to move beyond development, and how to propel it to production.

Your class will be visited by a director and a dramaturg with extensive new play experience.  

Participants are expected to attend all three sessions, allowing the group to become a cohort of colleagues who may support each other beyond the workshop.
Wednesday, October 25 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, October 28 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday, October 29 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Flexible, outrageously affordable Payment Plans available.

Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Discount tickets: The Death Of The Moon

The Death Of The Moon

Written & Directed by Arnold L. Cohen

Featuring: Chloe Tucker

The Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center
210 West 50th Street (Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)

In The Death of the Moon, a dark and dramatic new solo musical, Danielle - cheated and disenfranchised from the world - rhapsodies about her loneliness and downward spiral into the seedy underbelly of New York City.
Limited Engagement – Now – 10/8 Only

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday: 7pm | Wednesday: 7pm | Thursday: 7pm
Friday: 8pm | Saturday: 2pm & 8pm | Sunday: 3pm
Performance Schedule Subject to Change

Special Offer - Save Over 50%!

Tickets $30 (reg. $69 and $49)
  • ONLINE: Visit Ticketmaster.com and enter code DOTM30
  • PHONE: Call (212) 921-7862 and mention code DOTM30
  • IN PERSON: Present this offer at The Theater Center’s Box Office, 4th Floor – 210 West 50th Street (Between Broadway and 8th Avenues); Box Office opens 4 hours prior to curtain.
For more information, visit www.TheDeathOfTheMoon.com 
*Tickets regularly $49 - $69. Offer valid through 10/8/17. Blackout dates may apply. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

21st Annual Festival of One-Act Plays Port Jefferson, NY

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 8
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted. 
Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2017.
Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) if playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances in April 2018. Playwrights will receive a small stipend. Plays should be submitted to The 21st Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512. We do no accept electronic (e-mail) submissions). Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

Final selection of plays will be in late 2017.

NYCPlaywrights call for submissions: Write a Monologue For Me

Tony White, actor & director
NYCPlaywrights has a new project starting this month: Write a Monologue for Me.

Actors are always looking for good monologues. NYCPlaywrights wants to help them find one by putting out this call for submissions. We are looking for monologues tailored to a specific actor, a different actor each month.

We plan to make this a monthly event during 2017 and possibly beyond.

We will select the top three monologues based on quality of writing and relevance for the actor and share them on the NYCPlaywrights web site (with your permission.)

The actor will select his/her favorite from those three and we will video-record him/her performing the monologue and post the video on NYCPlaywrights (via YouTube with your permission.)

This month we'd like you to write a monologue for Tony White an actor and director in New York City.

Tony has appeared in many plays from classics to original works, and has directed a variety Off-Off Broadway shows including Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Uncommon Women, Titus Andronicus, and Lysistrata. He has enjoyed playing Rupert in Rope, Edward in Spike Heels, Deacon Crow-For-a-Day in Tambourines to Glory (nominated best supporting actor 2003 Tiffany Awards), and Reverend Drum in God’s Trombones (nominated best actor 2004 Tiffany Awards). Represented by Carson Kolker Innovative, & Avanti Talent.
About the kind of work he prefers:
"I am most interested in dark comedy. The more unusual the character the better. Some of my favorite roles are Rupert in Rope, Kent in King Lear, Mercutio in Romeo and JulietProspero and Caliban in The Tempest, Archie in The Disposal by William Inge."


The deadline is Sunday October 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Send only one monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. 
  • Please put the words "Write a Monologue for Me" in the subject field of your email.
  • The monologue should be no more than one page.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email.
  • File format should be .pdf because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The monologue can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations.) 
  • A monologue that has had a production is not acceptable - we want you to write a new monologue with our actor in mind.
  • A monologue that has been published is also not acceptable.
  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.
  • NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologues on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 8.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org
  • For some thoughts on writing monologues go here
NOTE: although of course the rights to the script are all yours, sometimes actors will ask for permission to perform your monologue in auditions. We hope you say yes.


Eden Prairie seeks plays by women

Please note: their submission for indicates they have reached the maximum number of submissions.

Submissions are now open for the first annual Women's One Acts! festival with Eden Prairie Players. We are seeking unpublished works between 10-20 minutes that provide meaningful roles for women, written by female-identified playwrights. A per-performance license fee is offered. There is opportunity to direct your own play if chosen, but we cannot offer housing for playwrights.

Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of unpublished one act plays for its Women’s One Act festival to be produced in Spring of 2018.

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

Submission Guidelines
  1. We are allowing up to three submissions per playwright.
  2. Open to playwrights worldwide, but plays must be aimed at an English-speaking audience. 
  3. Playwrights must identify as female.
  4. We are seeking unpublished one-act plays: dramas, comedies, etc. (previously-produced or stage readings OK)
  5. Plays must include meaningful roles for women
  6. Length 10-20 minutes.
  7. The play must be submitted as a PDF file through our submission form. 
  8. Submit through the online submission form (submit separate form for each play):
    1. Playwright contact information - name, email, address, phone.
    2. Name of play.
    3. Approximate duration.
    4. List of characters / descriptions: age, gender, race if specified, etc. (please list allowable deviations) 
    5. Short synopsis of the play, including a description of recommended set pieces and props
    6. Has it been performed before? Where?
    7. Would you like to be considered to direct your play?
  9. After the form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 
  10. 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 expect to have 4  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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

InterAct Theatre Company’s New Play Development Award

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As Philadelphia’s premier producer of new work, we have been actively involved in the commissioning and development of new plays since our inception in 1988 and are always seeking provocative and dynamic new plays that can be considered for production.
As we embark on our 30th Anniversary Season, we are pleased to request submissions to our 2017-18 New Play Development Award.

We are looking for promising plays that could benefit from additional development, and which have the potential to be premiered by InterAct in future seasons.

The play selected for this award will receive a multi-day developmental workshop at InterAct, along with a $1,000 cash award for the playwright.

Eligible plays will be those that meet the following criteria:
Fulfill InterAct’s mission (while we welcome plays that have deeply personal dimensions, those that do not, in any way, explore the social and political landscape of our time, will not be competitive).
Are somewhere between a complete first draft and a production-ready draft.
Have not had a professional production and are not under contract with any theatre for a professional production.
Are written by a playwright who has had at least one professional production.

Submission Guidelines:
WHEN: Scripts should be submitted between August 1 – October 1, 2017 
(NOTE: There is no advantage to submitting early, but October 1 is a hard deadline).

WHAT: Please send PDF’s ONLY of the following:

o One (1) un-produced full-length script (only one play per playwright, please)

o A full CV

o A statement that addresses how you would use a developmental workshop and any previous development the play has had. Basically, introduce yourself and your play!
WHERE: Please address submissions to: submissions@InterActTheatre.org

Selected play and finalists will be announced at InterAct’s Core Playwrights Weekend in December 2017.

21st Annual Festival of One-Act Plays Port Jefferson, NY

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 8
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted. 
Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2017.
Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) if playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances in April 2018. Playwrights will receive a small stipend. Plays should be submitted to The 21st Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512. We do no accept electronic (e-mail) submissions). Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

Final selection of plays will be in late 2017.

The Parish Players 12th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival 2018

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The Parish Players
12th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival

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 2018.

DEADLINE for submissions: In our inbox or hands by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Email format: to pancho@parishplayers.org.
PDF files only, named with 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

Hardcopy format (3 copies, please) to:
The Parish Players
Ten-Minute Play Festival 2016
Post Office Box 136
Thetford, VT 05074

SCRIPTS: We prefer new unproduced plays; however, previously produced
unpublished original plays are also considered. We do
not accept adaptations, unless adapted from a work of your own.
The number of submissions has increased exponentially since 2007,
so this year we are limiting submissions to one per playwright.
Submission conveys permission for us to produce this year or in
subsequent years.
LENGTH: Maximum ten minutes when produced.

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fundamental Theater Project seeks one-act plays

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We are seeking submissions of short plays for our monthly reading series: Plays, Pints & Party! Every month we will host a night of selected short plays, all based around a specific theme, in a funky and fun loft setting. We supply the venue, you supply the plays.

Whether dealing with the darkness of the human psyche or things that go bump in the night, send us your creepiest, scariest, and all around spookiest plays!

— Are between 10-20 minutes in length
— Are related in some way to the theme
— Require a cast of no more than six actors (or could be easily double-cast)
— Allow for creative staging/props

— Email subject line should be “P&P Submission – ‘Prompt Title’ – ’Title of Your Play'”
— Submit as a PDF file that includes a title page with name(s) and contact information of playwright(s)
— Include which prompt you are submitting for, a three-line synopsis of submission and a short playwright bio
— There is no fee for submissions
— Preference will be given to NYC-based playwrights, but we encourage all to submit
— Limit of two submissions per playwright per month

— Your play will be produced as part of one of FTP’s monthly reading series: Plays, Pints (& Party!)
— You and a friend will receive free admission (which includes 1 free drink) to the event
— FTP reserves the right to select cast and creative for your piece, but suggestions and recommendations are always welcome

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 26th @ 11:59pm. 

You will be notified of your play’s selection by Wednesday, October 4th. Performance will be the evening of Wednesday, October 25th. Submit all material to submissions@fundamentaltheaterproject.com

Queer Scare IV

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Queer Scare IV, staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Halloween with a Gay twist on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 8 to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center.

  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes. 
  • Plays must have a LGBTQ and Halloween theme
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.

Deadline Sunday, October 1, 2017, 5 pm.
No fee to submit

To Submit:
send your play as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com
your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
put the name of your script on the subject line

For more information call 614-285-2515.

The Secret Theater’s Flying Solo Festival

Festival Dates: October 12th-15th
Call for Submissions for Flying Solo 5!

APPLY HERE: https://form.jotformpro.com/trimistopheles/-flying-solo-application-2017
READ THIS FIRST : We can accept all shows from short 10- 20 shows that are work-shopped to full 60 minute finished pieces. We will consider previously produced shows if you believe that you will attract an audience. Our criteria is that the show is good and deserves a platform.

What is Flying Solo?
  • Flying Solo is a festival of solo shows that doesn't charge participation or submissions fees. 
  • There is a tech fee ($20/$50) depending on the length of the production.
  • Flying Solo doesn't ask for any rights, royalties or residual payments
  • Flying Solo is presented in the Secret Theatre's 99 seat house.
  • We can accept shows that have premiered or even in workshop - apply first and we'll talk. We'll only refuse a show that has been in a previous Flying Solo festival or if we both feel its gonna be hard to get an audience.

Preferential consideration given to students of Go Solo or Flying Solo alumni

If your show is 'on book' or very short [20 mins or less] you may be invited to participate in a showcase show of multiple shows. If your show is 30 - 60 mins then you will either be asked to do a stand-alone or a double bill.
Although there is no prize awarded for the Flying Solo Festival, productions will be rated by an audience vote. These votes will be averaged to determine a general rating system. This allows you, the writer, to see how your show is doing compared to other productions.

There will be a door split of50/50 after the first 11 tickets. Each show will have its’ own link for sales.Therefore if we sell 40 tickets you will make $260. If we sell 60 tickets you make $440. Sellout and you'll make $791.
We provide a tech/lighting designer and a Board op for your run. There will be a tech fee of $50 for each production. ($25 for shows that run 20 minutes or less)

If all of the above still has you worried about doing a show in LIC then read the following:
  • This year Mac Roger's The Honeycomb Trilogy which premiered at The Secret moves off Broadway after garnering 3 New York Times Critic's Picks.
  • Our run of Hair sold out.
  • Our run of Oliver! Steampunk Musical sold out.
  • The final performance of an unknown Unfringed show just sold out.
  • 5th Floor's upcoming run of Rent completely sold out.
  • Our Run of Richard III sold out.
  • Our Richard III won best director for Alberto Bonilla from Times Ledger.
  • Public transportation is plentiful with the 7, E, M, N, W trains within walking distance. 
No fee to submit or produce.
We supply all the basic production elements needed to support a new work – a stage, stage manager, lighting designer, box office and lobby staff, great sound and lights. You supply a great show and invite audience members

  • We accept all shows from 10 minutes to 60 minutes 
  • Finished 60 minute shows are offered either a stand alone or double bill slot. Shows of longer than 30 and not more than 60 minute get one hours tech per show.
  • Short shows of 20 mins or less are accepted but will be presented as part of a multi-show showcase. Up to 10 shows will be accepted. 
  • Tech requirements must be minimal due to short change over times between shows.
  • Dedicated Tech/Lighting person assigned for entire run for all shows.
  • Submit via our dedicated form 

Submission deadline : September 25th – please submit as soon as possible. Please email questions to: stmanager@secrettheatre.comSelected shows will be presented October 12th-15th at the Secret Theatre.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hooked is seeking submissions

Hooked, a storytelling app, is seeking submissions from playwrights. Hooked publishes stories in the form of text messages and dialogue. It is not the same as playwriting, but there are many similarities. For our new outreach we are initially seeking a one- to two-sentence "hook" (or story description) plus 150 words of dialogue. Below is an example. This particular story is in the thriller genre, but all genres are welcome, including romance, mystery, horror, young adult, science fiction, romance, or something completely unexpected.

If we decide to approve your pitch for a full story of around 5,000 or 10,000 words, there is the potential to receive four figures in payment. Plus you receive guaranteed reads and a link to your website or social media site.

The deadline for the hook and 150 words is Oct. 16.

If you are interested, please contact Phyllis Korkki, executive editor of Hooked, at phyllis@hooked.co.

Hook: Tiffany hears a weird noise in the basement and discovers a dark secret about her parents.

150-word intro:
Tiffany: Do you hear that?  
Mom: Hear what? 
Tiffany: There's a baby crying.  
Mom: I'm not home yet.  
Mom: Wait until I get back.  
Tiffany: It's coming from the basement... 
Mom: Don't go down there, Tiff.  
Tiffany: What? Why not?  
Mom: There's something about your father that I haven't told you.  
Tiffany: Mom, there's a baby. I can hear it.  
Mom: Honey, that's not a baby.  
Tiffany: What is it, then?! 
Tiffany: Mom, it's getting louder!! 
Mom: Don't go down there.  
Mom: I'm warning you.  
Tiffany: OMG MOM— 
Tiffany: Are you not grasping the situation here?Tiffany: There is a random baby crying in the basement. 
Mom: I know. 
Mom: Just stay in your room. 
Tiffany: Hold on…I think it stopped. 
Mom: Good. 
Tiffany: I’m going down to check. 
Tiffany: OMG WTF 
Mom: Tiffany please stay upstairs and wait for me. 
Tiffany: Mom, I’m not staying upstairs. 
Tiffany: I’m going to move closer. 
Tiffany: What is this??!

For more information about Hooked, go to http://www.telepathic.tv/about/

Bechdel Group submission guidelines

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We accept new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts - anything in progress. Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet 'complete'. We typically feature 20 - 35 pages (roughly a half hour) of a script.

Our aim is provide an informal, festive, safe space to hear your work and get feedback from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and theater lovers.

You may submit your script at anytime, but we read and respond in two windows:
For our Fall Workshop Series: we read scripts between March 1 and June 15, and aim to respond to all submissions by the first week of July.

For our Winter/Spring Workshop Series: we read scripts between August 1 and November 15, and aim to respond to all submissions by the first week of December.

We are happy to accept submissions that are being shopped elsewhere, but we ask that you contact us if your script is selected for another workshop, a staged reading, or production.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we regret that we cannot give each submission individual feedback.

Your submission MUST:
  • Be in progress. Our aim is to provide a space that will help you develop your work. If your script or screenplay is 'finished', has had full productions, or is about to be produced, we are not the right organization for you. We are happy to consider work that has had prior workshops or informal/staged readings, if you still consider your script in development.
  • Pass the Bechdel Test. You must have two female characters, with names, who have a full scene/conversation that is not about their romantic relationships.
  • We are constantly discussing the Bechdel Test and the way it serves (or fails to serve) our mission. We know that as a 'test', there are flaws and gaps. We are indeed interested in scripts that push boundaries and raise discussion points - however, this is our baseline. Please do not send us two-handers with one male and one female character or scripts with only one female character.
  • Support our mission of fostering strong, complex, dynamic roles for women.

What we want:
Complex, layered female characters.
Thoughtful consideration of your needs in terms of script development - we look at the questions you're asking about your work carefully.

What we do not want:
Scripts that just manage to pass the Bechdel Test. If your main female character goes 60 pages without interacting with anyone but men, chances are good we will not be interested. If your qualifying scene does not forward your plot, chances are good we will not be interested.

Have you read all this? Are you feeling confident about The Bechdel Group as a good fit for you?
Well, then, click here to submit.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Apparitions seeks radio plays

APPARITIONS, a podcast of new radio horror plays (http://apparitionspodcast.com/) seeks original, previously un-produced scripted radio plays.

Scripts should require a cast of six or less, and run no more than 30 minutes in production. Submissions may range from suspense, to gore, to mystery, to comedy, but all must fall under the umbrella of the “horror” genre. Please note, this call is for radio plays, written specifically for the audio medium.

NYC-based writers are encouraged to apply, as the show records in NYC, however all scripts will be considered. Scripts will be licensed under a profit-share agreement.

Send scripts, along with contact information, to theprofessor@apparitionspodcast.com.

Ongoing, 2017

Self-Producing Workshop at Primary Stages ESPA

Stop waiting for someone else to produce your play! Join Primary Stages ESPA for a 1-day workshop that will give you the tools you need to confidently self-produce.

Instructor: Sasha Eden (Actor, Producer, and Co-Founder of WET Productions)
Sunday, October 22 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The idea of striking it out on your own can be terrifying, but the risk is well worth the reward. With the right tools, anyone successfully produce their own work that is personal, fulfilling, and reminds them why they chose the path of being a creative artist. This workshop will guide you through each of the producing fundamentals: developing your concept, working with source material, participating in successful collaborations, merging entrepreneurial efforts with artistic inspiration, and the nuts and bolts of building a production company. You'll walk away with confidence in making budgets, identifying and developing a brand identity, pursuing funding, marketing, and audience cultivation, as well as the courage to embark on your role as artistic producer.

Flexible, outrageously affordable Payment Plans available.

Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The New Work Initiative seeks plays, musicals etc.

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This is the link to our play submission program, The New Work Initiative: https://www.lotus-lee.foundation/submission

The New Work Initiative is an open submission competition whose primary goal is to bring the best theatre and new voices from the United States to China and vice versa. This is why we’re interested in new works from playwrights who are hungry to be heard and are willing to discover new technology to bring their work to the stage. The submission is free.

The best works are selected by a board of 5 judges who read the submitted scripts and ultimately decide on the best work. The play that gets chosen will be produced in 2019 with a significant budget and for a year-long tour in China with a potential remount in the States. Other winners will also be selected. The 5 judges consist of a mix of industry individuals and individuals from Performing Arts schools.

Deadline: January 5th, 2018
Playwrights can submit more than one play.

There are no fees of any kind.

  • Must be an original work.
  • No previous production and publication all around the world.
  • Has never granted and will not grant other individuals or entities to use the script in anyway before the the choosing outcome is issued.
  • Play must be a full-length piece. At least an hour long.
  • Can be a play, performance art, movement piece, physical theatre, dance, musical, etc.
  • No restriction on plot, content, or themes. Children’s plays accepted.
  • Submissions will only be accepted in English. The show that is chosen will be translated to mandarin for the Chinese Tour in 2019. 
  • Open to making use of new technology
  • Projections, holograms, media technology, virtual reality, etc.

1. Full script in PDF format
  • Please do not include your name on the script
2. A Separate PDF with following information:
  • Playwright’s bio
  • Summary of the play
  • Character breakdown
  • Production history, if applicable
  • Creative team and cast breakdown, if applicable
3. A short explanation, in PDF, of why you think your piece is a good fit for Lotus Lee Foundation
4. Other info: professional website link, production photos or videos, inspirations, etc. 

For more information, submission guidelines and to submit please visit: https://www.lotus-lee.foundation/submission

New American Voices Play Reading Series (Houston TX)

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From August 1 - September 30 

The Landing Theatre Company accepts ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­full-length plays for ­­­­­­­­­­­­the New American Voices Play Reading Series. Four plays will be selected for staged readings during the Landing Theatre Company's Spring Festival in Houston, Texas. Selected playwrights must attend the readings. A stipend of $100 will be awarded to each winning playwright. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.

There are no fees for submitting.

Submissions accepted from August 1 - September 30.
  1. Selected playwrights must attend the festival.
  2. Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.
  3. Director will cast the play prior to the festival.
  4. Each production will receive at least two rehearsals prior to the official reading.
  5. One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend.
  6. The play will then be read in front of an audience, with a moderated discussion of the play afterwards.
Submissions must meet the following criteria:

1. Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.
2. Play must not have been produced.
3. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
4. Submission must be received on or before September 30th.
5. Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.
6. Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format.
7. Plays are given blind reads, so there should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script. Your name and contact information should only be in the email.
8. Only one play per playwright per submission period.
9. No musicals, children's plays, or one-person plays.
10. Original scripts only. No adaptations or works that involve third party rights.
11. Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Jonathan Larson Grants

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The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre artists. Composers, lyricists, and librettists who work in musical theatre are the focus of the grants. ATW is committed to serving artists who are creating new, fully producible works for the theatre, and advancing the art form. The grants do not honor a specific piece or project.

The application deadline is Saturday, October 7th at 11:59PM EST. 

Grant decisions are made in February and the presentation of the grants are in March or April.

Grant awards are based on merit, and are intended for those artists with a demonstrated commitment and dedication to a career in musical theatre. Further, the grants are not intended to be scholarships, and artists applying for grants should be working professionally in the field.
Applications are accepted in the following areas:
  • Individuals may apply as lyricists, composers, librettists, or any combination of the three.
  • Collaborative teams may apply together as composer, lyricist, and/or librettist, or any combination of the three.
  • Collaborators who work together regularly are strongly encouraged to apply as a team. If your collaborative team has more than three individuals, please contact the ATW offices.
  • United States citizenship is not a requirement to receive the grant, but you must be eligible to work in the U.S. and reside/work here on at least a part-time basis and submitted work should be predominately in English.
  • Artists may apply only once per grant cycle. You may not apply as part of a team and as an individual applicant.
Prior Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients are not eligible.

(Applications that do not adhere to these general criteria will not be considered)

Required Materials – Applicants must submit the following through our online portal to be considered.


Completed Application Forms, including:
General Information
Artistic Statement— on the form provided, describe your achievements and goals for your career as a creative artist or collaborative team (one per application). Please do not make specific monetary requests as part of the application.
Creative Curriculum Vitae—productions/workshops/readings, educational history, and including list of awards (one for each applicant or each member of a team, please submit multiple CVs in one, combined .pdf or .doc file).

Comprehensive Work Sample List—a list of all the song and libretto selections with authorship information. Work samples are only required in accordance with your application focus. For instance, if you are applying as a composer only, please only submit music, and dramatic context for the song. Do not submit a book or lyrics for adjudication. The same would be true if you were applying as a lyricist or book writer, only submit samples for the area or areas for which you wish to be considered.Once you have completed the Work Sample list, you will have the opportunity to upload your material.
Libretto—Please submit one-act only of a musical book (or if your work does not have a traditional act-break, an excerpt of 60 pages or less). .pdf format is preferred. You may start your libretto with a 1-page synopsis of the show in its entirety.
Audio Files/Song Selections—upload selected songs (accepted formats include MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) and FLAC). Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.
Dramatic Context/ Lyric Sheets—describe the dramatic context and provide the lyrics for each song selection

Applicants may provide a letter of support/recommendation from theatre artists or educators.

About Selecting Work Samples:
Regardless, if you work creatively in all three disciplines (music, lyrics, and book) or you are applying as a collaborative team, you should submit combined work samples that represent the full range of your work. For example, Jonathan Larson might have submitted one application that included three song selections from Rent, two song selections from Tick, Tick…Boom!, and the book of Act II from Rent. Please do not submit a recording of an entire act or production. Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre writers. We are aware that artists work in multiple disciplines; and while it is not necessary that you only work in musical theatre, selections of representative work submitted for the grant must be for musical theatre. Applications submitting oratorios, operas, symphonic scores, or film scores will not be considered.

Adapted Works: Should you choose to submit selections from work which is adapted from an existing work, you must provide proof of rights for that adaptation as part of your application.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Barrington Collective (NYC) seeks short plays for holiday reading

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Halloween and the theme of fear.

The submission window will be Sept 17th - Sept 24th at noon.

Guidelines for Holiday Reading Submissions:
- All plays should be no more than 15 minutes in length and should explore the corresponding submission theme.
- Email a PDF of your script to barringtoncollective@gmail.com no later than 5 pm EST on the end submission date.
- Title your email "[Month] Reading Submission - Title of Play" (Ex: February Reading Submission - You're My Favorite)
- On the first page of your script, include your name, email, and title of play. Please also include page numbers throughout the script.
- Be bold, be brave!

We will notify all playwrights of status within a week of close of submission. Any other questions? Shoot us an email (barringtoncollective@gmail.com) or feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter (@BarCoTheatre). Let's make some art!

Unheard voices. Untold stories.
-The Barrington Collective

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Keegan Theatre's Boiler Room Series

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Keegan Theatre, a professional, non-equity theatre in Washington, DC, is accepting submissions for development during its 2017-2018 Season AND possible inclusion as a full, world premiere production in a future mainstage season. 

Six pieces will be selected for inclusion in a festival sampling of new works in development at Keegan Theatre. Five pieces will be selected for a workshop process that culminates with a public staged reading.

All submissions must be full length plays or musicals aligned with the theatre's mission of taking audiences to the vital heart of theatre: extraordinary artists in an intimate setting exploring the human condition.

Submitted work should not have had any significant development or a full production at another theatre. We're looking for truly NEW works here.

Submissions will be assessed by Keegan Theatre's Artistic Development Team and a panel of independent playwrights, directors, and editors. Submissions will remain anonymous to the panel until after they have been selected for further development.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications that do not address the prompts accurately or fully will not be reviewed.

Thank you for your interest in developing your new play or musical with Keegan Theatre. We look forward to reading your piece!

Work for the October process will be selected no later than September 23, 2017
Please complete this form to submit your new play or musical for consideration.

Friday, September 15, 2017

2018-2019 Cullman Center Fellowship

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Application Deadline: September 29, 2017, 5 p.m. EST
Notification: March 2018
Award Period: September 4, 2018 - May 31, 2019
Stipend: $70,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level — within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library’s other research centers — The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library — are not eligible for this fellowship.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Some fellows may have a few prior commitments, but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center's Director or Deputy Director. The Library will pro-rate fellowship stipends for fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.

Fellows must be conversant in English.

Completed applications and supporting materials — research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample — must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on September 29, 2017.

New York Public Library staff members are not able to make corrections or additions once applications are submitted.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Primary Previews: Discord

Primary Previews at Primary Stages ESPA gives theater artists and theater lovers the opportunity to read and discuss a new work, deconstruct the text, and discuss design and production elements.

This timely New York Premiere finds three of history’s most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debating everything from religion to literature to marriage.
Instructor: Erin Daley (Artistic Associate, Primary Stages)
Guest Artist: Kimberly Senior (Director, ...Discord)
Tuesday, September 26 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
JOIN US for just $20!

We also invite you to join us for...
Session 2: Pride and Prejudice adapted by and featuring Kate Hamill on Monday, November 13 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

MITF seeks plays

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MITF is now committed to three Festivals. MITF: Fall is entering its second season and is a combination of full-lengths, short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings. Our Midtown location is safe, clean, convenient, and close to the offices of industry members. It is the Festival of tomorrows’ producers today! We set ourselves apart from other festivals because: (1) we are the Festival where new producers work alongside seasoned pros and (2) we have implemented a new Profit Sharing Policy (PSP).* Every play now has the opportunity to earn their piece of the pie!

Short plays and musicals 30-60 minutes long are the mainstay of MITF: Fall but we're looking for any kind of play or musical that fits the guidelines:

• Short Subjects and musicals 30 - 60 min. long
• Full-lengths and musicals 61-90 min. long
• Easy to produce in a no-frills festival.
• Any genre. (Short subjects using guns as props will not be considered; full-lengths can use guns as props).
• Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File.
• Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.*
• The estimated running time of the play must be clearly indicated.

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Fall runs from October 29-November 20, 2017.

How to apply for MITF: Fall.
Short Subjects (30-60 minute Dramas, Comedies, Musicals, Dance Pieces, Adaptations, etc), and Variety Acts, (Magic Acts, Improv, Stand-up, Cabaret, Sketch Comedy, etc). Full-lengths, 61-90 minutes.
To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Fall," and let us know if it is a play or musical and whether it is a Short Subject or Full-length. We'll curate the entries as they come in. If you are accepted, we will send you a one-page contract so you can start working on them as soon as possible.

Please send all MITF: Fall Play and Variety submissions (video reels, youtube, etc), to: john.chatterton@gmail.com

That’s it, there is NO PARTICIPATION FEE!** We look forward to your submissions!
Short plays and musicals receive 3 performances, all in the same week. Producers receive a share of the profits, if any. Shows receive a tech rehearsal equal to 2 times the running time of the show (2.5 times if it is a full-length).

**BEFORE SENDING IN YOUR SUBMISSION: please read the Festival Manual to see if your show complies with our requirements and to learn about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP), and your options.

Submission Deadline For Plays is September 30, 2017.
Submission Deadline For Variety and the Short Play Lab is October 15, 2017.

(We curate the scripts as we receive them, and will let you know if you are accepted as soon as possible, so as to give you more time to prepare for your production. So, the sooner you get your script in, the better. For all submissions, only one show per writer, per Festival).

The Variety division spans cabaret, magic, improv, sketch comedy, standup, and burlesque. Acts can be solo or group affairs, so long as they fit within an hour, including setup and strike, and so long as they bring their own music director and so forth. The Festival provides a keyboard and amp. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any. Each act will be given one performance with the possibility of added performances to those acts with the best advance ticket sales-Festival schedule permitting.

For all shows, the Festival provides a theatre (the WorkShop Theater’s Jewel Box Theater), shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), front-of-house staff, and a keyboard plus amp if necessary. Shows must be off book and provide their own board operator, stage manager, and company manager.

In addition to the fully produced shows, there will also be staged readings on weekday afternoons. Producers wishing to present a staged reading must make sure their reading doesn't exceed 3 hours and must pay a $250 fee. For staged readings, the Festival doesn't provide any technical rehearsal to speak of.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MRT seeking one-act plays

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Seeking never produced before  - fully produced 1 act plays 10 to 25 minutes 
(cast, directed and ready to be performed) 
for Manhattan Rep's 
Playwright's Showcase  
through October 2017
at the New Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.

Each 7 - 25 minute play will be given:
A tech rehearsal with our technician to run your sound and lights, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances, (even more if your show is selling well), at the brand new Manhattan Repertory Theatre on 45th St. in Midtown Manhattan a block from Times Square!

To submit your 7 - 25 minute play production please email: 

The complete script of the play as a .pdf, 
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown, 
the set and lighting requirements, 
the play's history (readings etc etc.)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by September 20, 2017

Please put “Playwright's Showcase” 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 Sept. 20, 2017, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.  NON-EQUITY ONLY.  

Once accepted, there is a $40 participation fee.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

It’s Not a Box Theatre seeks stories for pod play

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It’s Not a Box Theatre are looking for intimate stories for their pod play Overhear.

(A pod play is a piece of theatre where the text is heard through an iPod or similar device. This theatre piece will work in conjunction with a smartphone app, making for a truly modern theatrical experience and process.)

Overhear is an intimate interaction between one story teller and one audience member at a time, telling a true personal story that you wouldn’t necessarily tell in front of large groups. For this new part of the project, we are focusing on the stories of people who have moved to a new country. The focus of the project centers around individual’s stories about immigration, being displaced from ones home and living in an unfamiliar place. We would love to hear your true story that this prompt brings out in you. The story can be told in any written form or language- music, poetry, etc.

They are looking for 6 pieces of work. If chosen you are welcome to present your own work, but if you are unable to be in Paris for the performances, It’s Not a Box will source actors to interpret your story for you.

Chosen applicants for the production will be paid for participation in this project. Storytellers and actors will also receive a copy of their audio performance and the possibility of participating in future productions around the world.

Performances will be held between 26 October – 6 November 2017. Prior to the show run there will be at least one rehearsal and one technical rehearsal. Performers will also be needed to record the audio of their piece in a studio – date TBA.

How to apply: Please send story submissions and/or your acting resume to overhearparis@gmail.com.

Deadline: 16 September 2017

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