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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Itinerant Theatre (IT) seeks short plays

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Itinerant Theatre (IT) is now accepting new play submissions for its annual 10-minute and short play series, The Play’s The Thing.

Playwrights are to address the theme “Women Leading”.

Play submission deadline is October 31, 2018. 

Submit to joypace@itineranttheatre.com.

The Richard Rodgers Awards 2019

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Administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Entry must include four items:

Script with lyrics, preferably not bound. Binder clips, folders, or loose pages are acceptable. Do not send score, videos, or visuals.

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

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

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

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

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

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



TBT seeks plays by Latinx writers featuring Latinx characters

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​TBT is dedicated to producing staged readings of full-length new work. For our purposes, "new work" means that the play has never been fully produced. Previous readings and workshops do not render the piece ineligible. We are creating a forum for conversation, and as such we are seeking plays that raise questions about pertinent social, political, or environmental issues of our time.

The next call for submissions is open through October 31. We are seeking plays by Latinx writers, featuring Latinx characters. As always, submitted plays should touch on pressing social, political, and/or environmental issues.

At the beginning of November, we will commence our play selection process. We will announce the chosen play in January. The reading will take place in Santa Ana, California in Spring 2019. While we highly encourage playwrights to attend the reading of their play, we understand that it may be impractical or impossible in some cases and do not require it. We encourage both local and non-local playwrights to submit.

In addition to a desire to foster conversation within our diverse community, TBT also seeks to support new voices in American theatre and local artists. As such, the playwright of the selected work will receive a writer's fee and will not be responsible for the payment of actors and directors nor the rental of spaces. Please note that TBT cannot provide any additional funds for travel or lodging, though we may be able to help arrange either.

To submit your play for consideration, click this SUBMISSION FORM link. Be prepared to answer some basic questions about you, your play, and the important issues your story addresses. You will be asked to upload your full script in PDF form, and we ask that you include a title page and use the file name format LASTNAME_TITLE.pdf.


Talk Back Theatre currently accepts submissions via Google Forms. If you do not have a Google account or prefer not to submit through Google, you may email us for an application form to submit to us directly. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SCRIPT WITHOUT AN APPLICATION FORM. It will not be accepted.

1. Submissions must address or highlight a pertinent social, political, or environmental issue.
Use your best judgement when selecting a play. Think about what important issues the audience and panel might discuss after the reading. Examples of topics might include immigration, women's rights, gun violence, political corruption, racial justice, disability rights, or LGBTQIA* equality, just to name a few.

2. Playwrights should identify as Latinx and the play should feature at least one Latinx character.
This time around we are seeking plays specifically representing a Latinx voice. Please do not submit your work unless you identify as Latinx.

3. Plays must be in English or up to equal parts English and Spanish.
We are not currently accepting submissions that are Spanish-only, but encourage scripts that are bilingual.

4. Submissions must be full-length plays.
This includes plays of one or more acts that are not significantly shorter that 75 pages. We are seeking plays that are over one hour in performance. This excludes 10-minute plays, stand-alone scenes, and one-act plays significantly shorter than 75 pages. We do not currently accept musicals.

5. Submissions must be unproduced scripts.
For our purposes, previous workshop performances or staged readings do not count as productions.

6. Submissions must NOT be one-person shows.
Talk Back Theatre is not currently producing readings that feature only one performer, even if that piece fits the other guidelines listed.

7. Submissions should NOT rely heavily on extensive movement/dance or media (projections, music, etc.).

Scripts are not disqualified for including any of these elements. However, our readings have minimal blocking and we cannot accept scripts that require dance or other serious movement (including fight choreography), nor can we accept scripts the require projections or other media, including music. If you do not believe your script can or should be presented without any of these elements, please choose a different play to submit.

14th Street Y seeks co-presenters

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Submissions for the 2019-2020.

In 2017, the Theater lowered our weekly rental by 40%, accepting artists and productions through a submission process.  The theater will provide a highly reduced rental agreement that includes subsidized space, marketing consultation and support, technical support, administrative support, a fully staffed box office, and production consultation.

All productions are co-presented by the 14th Street Y and must go through a submission process before being curated into our season.  We are not a rental house.

For our Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Season, the Theater at the 14th Street Y is seeking producers and artists in the mediums of Theater, Dance, Film, Music, and Festivals to submit ideas for co-presentations that revolve around the theme LIFE + DEATH.

Let us know how your project investigates the theme LIFE + DEATH.

For productions that are a part of the curated season, rental charges will be $2000/week for exclusive use of the space, and $1000/week if the production runs in rep. Season partners will receive 70% of ticket revenue, while the Theater at the 14th Street Y retains 30% of ticket revenue, plus all fees.

Submit via the online form.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

NC Black Rep is now accepting script submissions for our 2019-2020 Mainstage Season and Living Room Theatre Reading Series.

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NC Black Rep is now accepting script submissions for our 2019-2020 Mainstage Season and Living Room Theatre Reading Series.

To submit, please follow the guidelines below:

Email submissions@ncblackrep.org with the subject line:
[Title of Your Play] 2019-2020 Script Submission

In the body of the email, include the following:

  • Play Title
  • Playwright Name
  • Playwright Bio
  • Contact Info
  • Character Breakdown
  • Set Description
  • Production History
  • Short Synopsis
  • Attach the first 10 pages of the script in PDF format.

To ensure your submission is reviewed, please strictly adhere to the above guidelines. If interested, the full script will be requested. Please note that due to the volume of submissions, we unfortunately cannot respond to individual emails.

Agents may email full scripts with production history and a playwright biography to submissions@ncblackrep.org , or send hardcopy to:

North Carolina Black Repertory Company
ATTN: Literary Manager
PO Box 95
Winston Salem, NC 27102

Premiere Stages seeking scripts for the 2019 Premiere Play Festival

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Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is currently seeking scripts for their annual Premiere Play Festival. The deadline to submit is December 15, 2018. 

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in scripts that explore contemporary issues and challenge and connect with our audience. We encourage writers to view our production history for a better understanding of the types of scripts we have produced previously.

Submission Guidelines
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay).
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musical submissions, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows will not be considered at this time.
  • Please contact Premiere Stages to inquire about submitting a script that has previously been submitted to the Play Festival. 
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see schedule). 
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • Submissions are accepted September 15, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2018. All plays must be submitted as a PDF via email to pfsubmit@kean.edu. Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Non-Agent Submissions
  • Premiere Stages will accept script samples & synopses from playwrights without an agent. Submissions must include:
  • Brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page).
  • Character breakdown.
  • History of the play’s development (if any).
  • The playwright’s bio or resume.
  • Script sample from the play (no more than 10 pages).
Agent/Theatre Professional Submissions
  • Premiere Stages will accept full scripts from literary agents or theatre professionals affiliated with Premiere Stages.
Play Festival Schedule & Awards

From September 15, 2018 through December 15, 2018, Premiere Stages will accept submissions. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings on March 14-17, 2019. Following the readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2019 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.

Monday, October 29, 2018

NYCPlaywrights Podcast call for scripts: writers on writers

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The next NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be on the theme of writers - it's very meta. This is for the next podcast which is on the theme of Playwrights Institutions (like the Dramatists Guild).

These are the submission rules:
  • The deadline is Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There is no fee for submission 
  • The script must have something to do with writers.
  • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
  • The monologue can only be one page long. 
  • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
  • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • Only one submission per 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 or play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English
  • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
  • The NYCPlaywrights decisions are final.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologue and/or play on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday November 4.
  • A recording of the play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.
If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com

Sunday, October 28, 2018


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Beyond our annual productions, in concert with our mission to see more cis women and trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) artists employed in the theatre, we award two commissions per year to cis women and TGNC playwrights who have demonstrated a singular talent for storytelling. The selected playwrights will receive $2,500 each.

Parity Productions reads submissions blind, selecting work that is in harmony with our artistic mission. Playwrights will receive regular feedback on their commissioned work within 30 days of their submission of a first and second draft. They will also receive one “closed door” reading (attended by cast, Parity Productions Artistic Director, and literary department) and at least one public reading and/or developmental production of the commissioned work. An option for Parity Productions to produce the work is included in The Commission agreement.

How do I submit my work to Parity Productions?


Script submissions are open now until 11:59PM Eastern on October 31st, 2018.

Please reach out to us at team@parityproductions.org with any questions.​

It is requested that all playwrights submit two full-length plays. Please indicate in the form which play you are submitting for commission/production consideration and which play you are submitting as a writing sample. If two plays have not been completed, then playwrights can submit one full-length play and no fewer than 25 pages of a second play (or alternate form of fiction writing) as a minimum requirement for submission.

The Parity Commission is open to all cis women and trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) playwrights. All scripts submitted to us by cis women and TGNC playwrights during our submission period and that fit the requirements outlined below will automatically be considered for The Parity Commission.

Any work that is submitted to Parity must adhere to these submission criteria:

Please note

(1) Plays submitted for consideration must be new and may not have had a previous professional production (either Equity or non-Equity). Submitted plays that have been previously produced will not be read. However, works that have had readings or workshops may be submitted.

(2) All documents must be submitted in PDF format. Your script must be neat and formatted to industry standard (e.g., Sam French, Dramatists Guild, or Final Draft format).

(3) Do not put the play title or your name on any page but the title page. Submissions with title or playwright name on any page but the title page will not be read.

(4) If you have submitted a particular play to us before, resubmission is welcome. We encourage you, however, to have evolved the piece in between submission periods.

What happens after I submit?
Once a submission is received, any information as to the playwright's identity will be removed so that the literary team can "blind" read all scripts.

What happens if my work is selected?
You will be contacted by Parity Productions directly.

Please reach out to us at team@parityproductions.org with any questions.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Olde Tyme Radio Hour seeks scripts

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Now accepting script submissions for Olde Tyme Radio Hour, presented by Hercules Radio Playhouse and WAMF LP 90.3 New Orleans The Voice of the People. Comedy skits, fake commercials, and serial plays.

Email PDF to herculesradioplayhouse@gmail.com. Deadline for Debut Episode is Wed, Oct 31.

*  fake commercials 30 seconds - 2 minutes
*  comedic skits 2-5 minutes
*  serial plays 10-20 minutes (minimum 2 episodes) of classic radio genres (soap opera, western, detective, SciFi, horror)

Please no profanity or graphic sexual language (innuendo ok.) Social commentary is welcome, but aim for the style of classic radio shows of the 1930s-50s.

wamf.org is all volunteer. "Compensation" includes
*  Downloadable recordings of your work.
*  Live performance by New Orleans actors.
*  Your name announced in closing credits.
*  And a hyperlink you can share for friends to stream online.

For more info, email herculesradioplayhouse@gmail.com


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The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2019-20 Season. Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2018.

Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

2018-19 Award

Guidelines for Submissions
We are currently accepting submissions for the 2019-20 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2019-20 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2019.

  • "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  • Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  • Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:
  •  Pay Reader Fee   
  • Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.

Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Two Steps Forward Monologue Festival

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Forward Theater is now accepting submissions for our Two Steps Forward Monologue Festival. All writers are welcome to submit. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2018. Monologues selected for the festival will be announced on or before April 1, 2019, and performances will take place in June of 2019.

Progress. Onward movement. Gradual betterment. A journey forward. The Wisconsin progressive ideal has been all of these things and more… and also less. The idea began simply enough: honest government that responds to the needs of the people. And like all good ideas, it grew. The Wisconsin progressive ideal has delivered workers’ compensation, limited the working hours for children, and created forest and water conservation acts. This progressive ideal ratified the 19th Amendment for women suffrage and elected the first openly gay US senator. But like all journeys, the path is rarely smooth or straight. The KKK marched through the streets of Madison in 1924, Senator McCarthy dismantled careers and destroyed lives in the 1950s, and Milwaukee and other cities struggled with segregated neighborhoods and schools well into the present day.

As artists we understand that the journey onward requires an honest look back and within. Help us shine a light on Wisconsin’s progressive successes and regressive failures so we as a community can take our next step—forward.

As you consider what to write, please be as creative as possible! Your monologue might be from the point of view of a crusader for change. Or from that of someone impacted by change (positively or negatively). It could be set in our past, present, or future. It could take the tone of comedy, tragedy, mystery, or farce. Our goal is to produce a wildly diverse evening of theater, so let your imaginations run free!

  • Monologues should be inspired by the theme: Two Steps Forward.
  • Monologues must be between two and ten minutes in length. A general rule of thumb for length of scripts is a maximum of six pages, double-spaced, using a standard format (twelve point font). All lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered.
  • Monologues must be written for a single actor to perform.
  • We do not accept musical submissions, adaptations, or children’s plays.
  • Monologues should require very simple production values: set-pieces, props, or any other effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disadvantage an otherwise excellent submission.
  • Each playwright may submit up to two scripts with no fee. For each additional script, there is a $5 reading fee, payable by check to Forward Theater Company. Checks may be sent to Forward Theater Company, PO Box 14574, Madison, WI 53708.
  • We are soliciting new work for premiere productions. If the piece has previously received a fully-realized production, do NOT submit.
  • Each script must include a title page with name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please do NOT list your name anywhere on or within the monologue itself.
  • Submit scripts via e-mail ONLY to monologues@forwardtheater.com. Please use the subject line “Monologue festival submission.”
  • E-Submissions will be accepted until midnight on October 31, 2018.
  • Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail once they have been received. Due to the volume of scripts submitted, we are unable to offer feedback.
  • Winning scripts will be announced on our web site, on or before April 1st, 2019. Winning playwrights will be notified via email or phone on or before this date.
  • Writers will be credited in marketing and playbill materials and will receive a $100 total royalty for the Festival performances. Playwrights are entitled to two complimentary tickets to the opening performance.
If you have questions that are not covered by the info above, please email kmoeller@forwardtheater.com.

Eden Prairie Players seeks one-act plays

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After reading the guidelines, you can go to the Submission Form to submit a play.

Plays must be submitted as a PDF file. Plays may be submitted by the playwright only. Each playwright is allowed to submit 1 play. If a play was written by more than one person, be sure this is reflected in the Credited playwrights field.

Submitted plays must be at most 30 minutes in length.

Submissions will close when a maximum number of submissions is reached.

In the selection process, the play will be made available through TheaterForms to reviewers authorized by Eden Prairie Players. By submitting the play, the playwright gives permission for this usage. The playwright must be free to give this permission and to accept licensing terms offered by Eden Prairie Players if the play is selected, for any submitted play. (If a play is published after being submitted, and it is selected for Collection of One Acts 2019, Eden Prairie Players will have the choice of accepting the publisher's licensing terms or choosing an alternate submission.)

Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of unpublished one act plays for its 2019 Collection of One Acts to be produced in September of 2019. To find out more about Eden Prairie Players, please visit our website.

Submission Guidelines

  • We are seeking unpublished one-act plays: dramas, comedies, etc. (previously-produced or stage readings OK)
  • Submit through the online submission form:
  • Playwright contact information - name, email, address, phone.
  • Name of play.
  • Approximate duration.
  • List of characters / descriptions: age, gender, race if specified, etc. (please list allowable deviations) 
  • Short synopsis of the play, including a description of recommended set pieces and props
  • Has it been performed before? Where?
  • After the form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 


Selected plays will be paid a royalty per performance. Plays that are 10 minutes and under will be paid a royalty of $20 per performance and plays that are over 10 minutes will be paid a royalty of $30 per performance. Royalty rate offered will be determined by our own timing of the play at a table reading. We plan to have 7 performances, although this is not guaranteed.
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.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Theatertre en Stückemarkt 2019 by Berliner Festspiele

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Where are the artists who turn the rules, forms and aesthetics of the theatre upside down, challenge them, think differently and develop new texts, forms and formats?

Under the heading “What happens after the protest?” Stückemarkt is searching for work that goes beyond descriptions of a status quo, imagines possible futures and seeks new forms of artistic-activist interference. For the  first time Stückemarkt is asking artists worldwide to submit work addressing questions that go further than romanticizing revolts but rather pursue the question of what other worlds could possibly look like.

Conditions for Participation at Stückemarkt 2019

  • theatre makers from all over the world can apply;
  • they should be at the beginning of their careers
  • every theatre maker can only submit one play or performance the submitted work may not be older than one and a half years at the time of the application
  • theatres, publishing houses, universities and academies can also submit plays / performances

The following work can be submitted:

1. Theatre texts: They should not have been premiered in the German-speaking area before June 2019. However, an agreement already made for a premiere after May 2019 is not an exclusion criterion. During the selection process, authors are obliged to inform Stückemarkt of any changes in the status of the work.

Theatre texts can be submitted in English or German.

2. Theatre projects / performances: these should be fully completed.

  • Their submission should be in the form of a clear recording of a performance (video recording in the original language, with German or English subtitles) and the notated text of the project in German or English.
  • Other necessary documents for 1. and 2. (in German or English):
  • a short summary of the play or description of the performance / project
  • a short artistic CV in tabular form
  • a relevant letter of recommendation from a person working in theatre or in the cultural or academic  field – if possible with reference to the submitted work (max. 1 page)
  • completed submission form which you can find on our website
  • the documents should be attached to the e-mail as individual PDF documents with appropriate designation
Additional necessary documents for 2. (in German or English):
  • a technical rider including a budget for a guest performance
  • For the presentation of your budget, please make use of the template available on our website
  • a production plan for any necessary adaptations of the project for a performance in Berlin
  • (for example the adaptations necessary for site-specific projects)
Please send your complete application – text files in PDF-format and links to performance recordings – per e-mail to: stueckemarkt-bewerbung@berlinerfestspiele.de

Deadline for applications: 11 November 2018 
Jury decision: February 2019

Please see our website for more information about the Stückemarkt and the festival: www.berlinerfestspiele.de/stueckemarkt-en


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Caltech Theater and the Pasadena Playhouse announce the call for submissions of new plays for the 7th annual MACH 33: The Caltech│Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays to take place in May of 2019! This year we are opening our call to include playwrights from across the United States.

MACH 33: The Caltech│Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays energizes the conversations about scientific, mathematical, and technological questions by staging readings of new, unpublished, unproduced science-based plays. The readings are open to the public and present a discussion with Caltech/JPL scientific panelists after the show. Our casts and crews feature professional actors and directors as well as students and members of the Caltech/JPL community. Festival playwrights have the unique opportunity to work with science advisors from Caltech and JPL and dramaturgs from the Pasadena Playhouse. We are particularly excited to receive submissions from women playwrights, playwrights of color, and playwrights from the Greater Los Angeles area.

The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2018. 

Send to Associate Artistic Director & Literary Manager of the festival Arden Thomas at mach33@pasadenaplayhouse.org.

Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:

The playwright must be available to meet with the science advisor, dramaturg, and director before the staged reading in May in person or via Skype or other video-conferencing platform.

Full length play

Never before published or professionally produced (may have received staged readings with actors on book and minimal staging effects)

Centers on science-driven questions (see below for details)

Additional requirements for submission:

All plays must be submitted electronically in PDF format only with Title (no Author Name anywhere on the document) and brief synopsis of the play (200-word maximum).

All submissions must include an additional PDF with Play Title, Author Name, Date of most recent revision, and Contact Information.

In your submission, please include a short paragraph explaining specifically how working at Caltech will help you develop the science in your play -- you may even want to look at the Caltech website to see if there’s a department that would be particularly helpful for you to work with.

Send to mach33@pasadenaplayhouse.org no later than October 30, 2018.

What does it mean to be "science-driven"? A science-driven play has a scientific, mathematical, or technological theme, and features some or all of the following elements:

The science is integral to the play. Science is not just a background effect, a metaphor, or only briefly mentioned. Instead, the scientific theme directly affects the world of the play.

The audience leaves the theater with a better appreciation of how science works, and of our connections to science.

The play challenges and broadens the view of science, mathematics, and technology in the popular imagination.

The play features main characters who are scientists, mathematicians, or engineers, and whose work drives the play.

The science is not science fiction but is real-world science or technology, even if set against a fictional backdrop.

A panel of readers —  from both scientific and theatrical backgrounds —  will choose the plays to be produced at the festival.

Questions? Email Arden Thomas at arden.e.thomas@gmail.com, or Brian Brophy at brophy@caltech.edu.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

2019 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

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

Official Rules, Application, and Script information

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less.   Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee.  A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2019. These selections will round out a complete performance.  Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most.  The votes will be tallied throughout the five-week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on February 25, 2019.  Cash award of $500.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $200.00 awards to second place and $100 for third place.

* Through November 1st   - Call for scripts.
* November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
* January 25 – February 24, 2019 - Run of festival performances.
* February 24, 2019 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of “Best in Snow.”

To enter a script, please follow these steps.

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

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

#3- Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2018.

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

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

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

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

#8 - Send scripts to:    
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin  53403
#9 - Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at (262) 632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com.

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


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The Villagers Theatre in Franklin Township, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2019 New Playwrights Series. Selected plays will be presented as staged readings in the Zaidi Black Box Theatre March – June 2019.  The selected playwrights are required to attend the readings and to participate in discussions with the audience. 

New Playwrights Series  is NOT a workshop, it is for the purpose of staging readings of authors work.

The following are guidelines for submissions:

Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2018

Script word count must be 20,000 words or LESS.

Scripts must be original, COMPLETED, unpublished works of professional quality.

One-act plays and shorter scripts will be considered, in addition to full-length scripts.

Musical plays will NOT be considered.

Plays with smaller casts (under 7 characters) are PREFERRED, but larger cast size will be considered. We also prefer shows designed to be performed on one set, with an eye toward future community theatre productions.

No hardcopy paper manuscripts will be accepted. All submissions must be digital and sent via e-mail to NewPlaywrightSeries@Gmail.com

Body of email that contains attached script MUST BE FORMATTED EXACTLY AS FOLLOWS :

  • Authors Name, Address and Phone Number
  • Name of Play
  • Genre of Play (comedy, drama etc.)
  • Word Count
  • Number of Character
  • Brief description of story’s premise
  • Character breakdown
  • Detailed Synopsis of play
  • Brief Bio of Author

The goal of the Villagers New Playwrights Series is to provide playwrights with an opportunity to glimpse the performance potential of their works in progress. Additional goals are to provide alternative performance opportunities for our local actors and directors and to expose our local audiences to new works. All submissions will be considered for their potential to fulfill these goals. Due to the fact that Villagers programs are supported, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State (a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program), preference will be given to New Jersey resident playwrights.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

NYCPlaywrights Podcast: The Supernatural episode is here

Check out the latest episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast - this time on the theme of The Supernatural. 

In this episode we:
  • explore aspects of Orson Welles infamous version of World of the Wars, including his interview with H. G. Wells which was recorded in 1940 - both men try to downplay the panic response to the broadcast because Hitler was attempting to use it for anti-democracy propaganda;
  • hear the reading of the very creepy LOVERBOY by Michael Jalbert and the interview with the playwright afterwards in which we talk about how Roy Cohn's career as a character in ANGELS IN AMERICA has evolved thanks to his connection to Donald Trump as well as how real life provides its own supernatural horror.

You can check out the podcast web site at www.playwrightspodcast.com

New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts

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New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts for young audiences for our 22nd season, June 2019. The final date that submissions for 2019 will be accepted is October 31, 2018.

Submission Guidelines:

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

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

If you are submitting an adaptation, we ask that you include proof that the original author has agreed to you adapting their work.

Finally, also rank, from most to least preferred, the development week that works best for you. We cannot guarantee a preferred slot, but this information will help facilitate the scheduling process once scripts are selected. The 2019 series is slated to run in three one-week segments: June 2-9, June 9-16, and June 16-23.

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

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

To submit your new previously unpublished and unproduced play for young audiences for consideration in our 2019 series, send your script between July 1 and October 31, 2018, to Producer/Production Manager, Teresa Fisher - taf263@nyu.edu

We reply to all submissions within 7 days of receiving them.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Youth Theatre Press seeks submissions

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Submissions are being accepted for the 2019 catalog of Youth Theatre Press, an independent publisher and licensor of plays for young audiences.

Submissions are open to plays for children and youth (all ages) especially those with diverse genders and themes that speak to today’s young people. Contemporary topics, historical pieces and plays that break new ground are encouraged.

Playwrights are asked to submit electronically at submissions@youththeatrepress.com.
Attach a brief synopsis and the manuscript as a PDF.

For musicals include mp3 samples of the score.
Many of today’s youth plays are not being published and those that are find themselves lost in a large catalog of various quality. To correct this mistake Youth Theatre Press, LLC was formed to publish a select group of plays for young audiences.

Plays for all ages from preschool to teens, various time lengths and styles, no restrictions to cast size.

  • Contemporary topics
  • Historical pieces
  • Adaptations
  • Unique points of view
  • Plays that break new ground

While we are interested in adaptations of classic stories, please submit only those that treat the subject in a new way or different approach.

We appreciate plays that have had previous productions. We are also interested in plays that have yet to receive their premiere production.

We look forwarded to reading your work.

Questions concerning submissions can be found at youththeatrepress.com.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Manhattan Rep's Winter One Act Play Competition. $1000 prize for Best Short Play Production.

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Seeking fully produced one act plays  (cast, directed and ready to perform)
7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for MRTʼs WINTER ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION 2019

JAN. 9  - FEB. 2, 2019 at Manhattan Rep, 17-19 West 45th St. NYC



(And an additional 3 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS.)

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

To submit your one act play production please email:

The complete play in .pdf file format,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the approximate running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by Monday December 3 , 2019

Please put “Winterl One Act Play Competition” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.

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

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before December 3, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances, with THREE more performances if your play moves on to the finals.

Once accepted, there will be a $175.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

Follows is an overview of how the competition will be run and what will be expected from each creative team participating. We have run these competitions now for a number of years now and they are always great fun, and pretty exciting too.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

10ft Tall submission guidelines

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10ft Tall are now accepting script submissions! As a company, we are always on the lookout for fresh, new voices with something to say. We wish to hear from anyone who feels they have pieces that will help deliver a quality and unique experience to audiences in the North East of Scotland.


We are particularly interested in this type of work:

- We welcome both published and unpublished submissions. As well as brand new plays and pieces that have been performed previously.

- We are particularly interested in plays with a cast between 1-5 characters.

- Tells a story that is relevant and applicable to the North East of Scotland.

- Challenges the ideas and conventions of what theatre can be.

How can I submit?

Submissions should be sent to 10fttalltheatre@gmail.com with the heading 'Script Submission'. In the body of the email, please provide a brief synopsis of your play, as well as a breakdown of your experience as a writer. Please attach a PDF version of your script. ​

Please note our team are unable to give individual feedback on pieces at this stage. We will be in touch if we're in the position to take things further with your script.

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade

A New American Play
Theatre at St. Clement’s
423 West 46 Street, NYC 10036


Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade follows Robert F. Kennedy during the fateful 1968 presidential campaign, from his announcement of his intention to enter the race in March, to his last speech on June 4th at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. This New American Play contains many of his most famous and impactful speeches as well as the private and more personal moments of those four tumultuous months of the campaign.

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT: November 1 - December 9


$33 tix (reg. $55) from 11/1 to 11/7

$39 tix (reg. $65) from 11/9 to 12/9
ONLINE: Visit www.KennedyBobbysLastCrusade.com and use code KNDYGEN
PHONE: Call (866) 811-4111 and mention code KNDYGEN

RESTRICTIONS: 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.

Monday, October 15, 2018

29th Street Playwrights Collective seeks plays

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Submissions Open Oct 15, Deadline Nov 30 (or until we receive 150 submissions)

Please submit 8-10 minute plays (no more than 10 pages 12 point courier), spoken word, 2 minute monologues and flash drama for a staged reading on Monday, January 31 at the Bernie Wohl Theatre.

Subjects can range from political, social issues, current events, but there's always room for love! We will only read the first 150 submissions;

1 submission per playwright, send us your best!

Email subs to : 29thstplaywrightscollective@gmail.com

We will cast actors to perform plays as staged readings.
Spoken word performers please send link to your website/YouTube.

NYC metro area playwrights only! You must be available to attend because you will be collaborating on a read-thru with the actors before the presentation.

This is a community-building event. We want you to be there, participate, network and celebrate. Travel stipend of $6.00 paid to all participants.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Jessie Kesson Fellowship

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Deadline: 19 October 2018

Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre is inviting established writers to apply for the Jessie Kesson Fellowship in 2019. This award was established in 2009 by Moniack Mhor to honour Jessie Kesson's inspirational life and work.

The successful candidate will receive time and space to develop their work, as well as opportunities to expand their practice. This includes a stipend of £350 per week, plus accommodation. The successful applicant will:

Live on-site in the cottage at Moniack Mhor from Monday March 4thto 26th, 2019.
Have the opportunity to deliver three or four creative writing workshops based on or inspired by Jessie Kesson's life and work in local schools, libraries, or community centres.
Take a role in hosting a public evening event in the form of a reading or lecture.
Have the option to contribute one piece of work to Moniack Mhor at the end of the residency.
The final terms of the Fellowship will be agreed by the successful candidate and Moniack Mhor.

The fellowship is open to established writers. To be eligible for the fellowship applicants must have published at least one novel, one short story collection, one poetry pamphlet or had one professional production of their work staged. It is also essential that applicants have experience of delivering workshops or working with children and young people and/or community groups. The Fellowship is open to UK based writers and international writers. Only travel costs within the UK will be covered by the Fellowship.

Please apply by sending:

A CV which includes previous experience of work with young people and/or community groups
A covering letter demonstrating your qualifications for the fellowship and how it would benefit you
A sample of your work (maximum 2000 words, or 6 poems, doubled spaced and single sided)

The deadline for application is 12pm on Friday October 19th, 2019.

Applications should be sent by email to: residencies@moniackmhor.org.uk with the subject line Jessie Kesson Fellowship or by post to Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, IV4 7HT.

Interviews will be held week commencing November 19th, 2018 at Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre or by skype.

For any enquiries relating to the fellowship please contact Eilidh Smith, Programme Manager eilidh@moniackmhor.org.uk or telephone 01463 741 675.

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact eilidh@moniackmhor.org.uk (Eilidh Smith), or call 01463 741 675, or visit https://www.moniackmhor.org.uk/writers/awards-fellowships/jessie-kesson-fellowship/

FutureFest 2019

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$20 submission fee.  This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Dayton Playhouse”. You may also pay submission fee online by this payment link:

Entry must be an original work (NO musicals or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FutureFest 2019. Staged readings/workshop productions are not necessarily disqualifying factors.

Submissions will be accepted August 1 through October 31, 2018 (postmark).

Submit a blind copy (no name/contact info) of your script, in standard play format with pages numbered. After the title page include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, setting, and scene breakdown, if applicable. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (address, phone #, e-mail address) and resume.  If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will be disqualified. Scripts may be submitted electronically or via Media Mail. Eliminated scripts will not be returned. Script evaluations will not be provided.

Playwright gives the Dayton Playhouse permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes.

Should your script be selected and produced as one of the six finalists, you must be available to attend the weekend festival (July 19-21, 2019) and participate in all events. Finalists must acknowledge the Dayton Playhouse when script is published. The winning playwright awards the Dayton Playhouse the option to produce the winning play as part of its main stage season royalty free.

A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright; runners-up each receive $100. The Dayton Playhouse provides the six finalists travel (within the continental U.S.) to Dayton and housing for FutureFest weekend.

Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of five reads. The original play reading committee, following many months of discussion and voting, narrows down the entries to 15 – 18, which are then read by the entire committee before they select the 12 semi-finalists. A second committee selects the six finalists. During FutureFest weekend, the plays are staged and publicly adjudicated by a panel of five theatre professionals (New York based and regional).  Following the final production of the weekend, the adjudicators vote and select the winner.

Finalists will be posted on the Dayton Playhouse website (www.daytonplayhouse.com) by May 2019.

futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com  or Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, P.O. Box 3017, Dayton, OH  45401-3017.

Contact Fran Pesch, FutureFest Program Director, at 937-424-8477, or email futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Presents 2019 Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition

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Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our sixth annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival. Dates of the 2019 festival will be announced on our website. The festival will be held at The Hill School, Middleburg, VA. There is no fee for this competition. We will choose three winners and each will have a staged reading during the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival. The readings will be performed by Shakespeare in the Square acting company from New York City.

For the first time this year, we will be awarding cash prizes to our winners. Each of our three winners will receive $550.

Please note that you can write in any style you choose; this is not a “Shakespeare” writing competition, so plays in any genre are welcome.

Because we receive so many submissions, we ask that no plays of multiple acts be submitted and that all plays are no longer than 30 minutes in length.

Please bear in mind that your script will be performed for an audience of all ages. We ask that topics and language reflect the fact that we will have younger children in the audience. Submissions falling outside the parameters outlined above may be discarded without being read, at the discretion of the judges. If you are uncertain about this requirement, please feel free to contact us.

We appreciate your sensitivity and cooperation in this regard.

Competition Rules:

Open to all playwrights

Scripts must be original. Musicals, monologues, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible.

Running times of no more than 30 minutes.

No more than one submission per playwright. Give us your best work!

You may email your script to: genie@printmanagementinc.com, and in fact, we prefer emails. In the subject line, please write: Shakespeare in the ‘Burg One-Act Play

If sending a hard copy, please number the pages and staple or paperclip your submission. Send hard copies to Genie Ford, 3803 Bayside Circle, Bradenton, FL 34210.  Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like confirmation of receipt—or include your email address and I will write to you.

Submissions should include:

Playwright bio.
Contact page with name, address and telephone number of the playwright,
On all pages, please place the title of the play at the top of each numbered page.

The deadline for entries is a postmark or email at end of day, October 15, 2018.

Thank you and good luck!

University of Houston 10-Minute Play Festival Call for Submissions

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The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our seventh annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2019.  We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on August 20, 2018; the submission period closes on October 15, 2018.

Nine selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus.  This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional. One selected outside-submission will receive a production.

Submission rules:

Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of August 20 through October 15, 2018 Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted.

The list of winning plays will be announced in November.

We will accept only one play per playwright.

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

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

Previously produced plays are not eligible.

Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.

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

Nine winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2019.

There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

Plays must be submitted via email.

There should be no identifiable information in the script.

Your email should include all of the following information:

  • play title
  • your name
  • your mailing address
  • your phone number
  • your email address

Email play to:  uhoustonplayfest@gmail.com

Send inquiries to: uhplayfestquestions@gmail.com

The Camargo Foundation residency

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The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France, and founded in 1967 by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential center offering programming in the Arts and Humanities.

Located in Cassis, a small town in the South of France, facing the Mediterranean Sea, the Foundation offers a quiet campus surrounded by the natural landscape of Cap Canaille and the Calanques National Park. At the same time, Camargo is only a forty-five minute drive from Marseille, and a short drive from Aix-en-Provence and Arles, which are major centers for art, culture, and research.

FALL 2019
6 weeks from February 25 to April 7
8 weeks from February 25 to April 21
11 weeks from February 25 to May 12

6 weeks from February 25 to April 7
8 weeks from February 25 to April 21
11 weeks from February 25 to May 12

Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, October 17th, 2018 by 6:00pm EST (e.g. New York City) / 12:00 midnight CET (e.g. Paris). Late and/or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Eligible applicants may submit one application in total. Multiple submissions will be disqualified.
Applications should be submitted via Submittable and can be accessed at: https://camargofoundation.submittable.com/submit
The application form must be submitted in English, the supporting materials (CV, work samples, etc.) can be submitted either in English or French. Applications must include the following:

• A proposal narrative: describe your intended focus of the residency, whether on (a) particular work(s) or a more open-ended area of inquiry, examining the relevance of your project for today.
• A rationale for wanting to work specifically at Camargo (as opposed to any other residency center) and/or in the Aix-Marseille-Provence area (including but not limited to existing or potential connections with people, places, organizations, and environments).
• A rationale about why a residency is appropriate at this specific stage of the proposal and/or career.
• A current C.V.
• For artists: work samples. If providing a work in progress, please also provide finished work. Work samples can be: up to 16 images for visual artists;
up to 20 pages for writers; up to 20 minutes of clips for filmmakers, etc. Vimeo is preferred but not required for videos. Applicants must provide
information about each work sample, including cue point, passwords, the applicant’s role in the work represented, etc.
• Two references. Submitters whose applications pass to the final stages of review may be asked to provide recommendation letters from their
referees at a later stage.
An informational webinar will be offered for interested applicants on September 20, 2018 at 11:00am EST (e.g. New York City) / 5:00pm CET (e.g. Paris). Please check the Foundation’s website in early September for the link to the webinar.
For any technical questions about the application <apply@camargofoundation.org>.

Friday, October 12, 2018

COFFEE & WHISKEY PRODUCTIONS (Chicago) seeks plays

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Are you a playwright with a new full-length thing (between, say, 75 and 100-ish pages) that you want to hear read aloud by talented actors? Are you ready to take the next step in your play’s development? Well we want to hear from you! Coffee & Whiskey Productions is now accepting submissions on a rolling basis for the Coffee & Whiskey Script Pub, our play reading series. We’re interested in everything– if it’s unproduced and entertaining, send it our way. We have no restrictions on content, no problems with your goddamned potty mouth, and don’t mind genre work. We only want to make some of the best freakin’ theatre out there, whatever form it takes. We especially delight in all things funny, off-beat, and just plain weird, but we’re ready to tackle whatever you’ve got. Sci-fi? No problem! Magical Realism? Can do! Gritty Family Drama? Bring it! Wagnerian Epic about Joe Paterno descending the Nine Levels of Nittany Lion Hell*? Sure, why the hell not!

(Oh, one very important thing to note: we can’t do musicals at this time. If your play has a song or two, we can probably work with it, but full on musical theatre is out. Sorry!)

Please send all script submissions electronically, to scripts [at] coffeeandwhiskeyproductions [dot] com; use the subject line “Script Pub Submission: [title of the play]”, so we know what to do with it. Be sure to include a synopsis of the play, as well as a brief bio and contact information. We prefer the PDF format, but if you have some kind of ethical issue with that, just let us know and we’ll see what we can finagle. We try to respond as quickly as possible to all submissions, but give us 8 weeks (well, 8-sh; call it two months) to review your work. If it’s been more than a couple of months and you haven’t heard back from us, please send us a friendly follow up inquiry. And if you have any questions at all about the process, the Script Pub, or Coffee & Whiskey in general, feel free to shoot us an email, or contact us on Facebook.

Good Luck, and see you at the Script Pub!


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Writing Poetic, Political Plays at Primary Stages ESPA

Does your play say what you think it’s saying? How do you know if it doesn’t? Through a series of guided exercises and discussion, spend this 2-day workshop breaking open your play and tuning your sense of how a play “lands” on its ear.

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)

November 10 & 11 from 11:00am – 3:00pm

This class might be for you if you:
  • Have a play (or an idea for a play) that you want to explore with the idea of resonance in mind. 
  • Want to create work that is theatrical, impactful, ecstatic, poetic, and/or political.
In this class you will:
  • Take a piece of your writing and break it open. 
  • Complete writing exercises to help you discover what your play is saying and who its audience is. 
  • Engage in class discussion with Stefanie about what makes a play resonate.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have some easy tools to break open your work. 
  • Feel that you can write fearlessly and leave your mark.
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 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

EST/Sloan Project 2018

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2018
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2018

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

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

Now in its 19th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $3,000,000 to more than 300 artists and theatres. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.


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

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


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


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

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

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


Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored and include in the description of the story how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece. Focus on plot and character development, and, as it ideally will in the finished play, how the science comes out through plot and character.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.'


Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:

A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2016
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2016


Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.

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

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

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

2019 Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference

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Play submissions for the Play Lab at the 2019 Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference are being accepted now. The first 300 submissions will be accepted from anyone; after reaching 300, submissions will only be accepted from past participants and Alaskans. General submissions are due by October 25; past participants and Alaskans may submit through November 21.

The 27th annual Conference will take place June 8-15, 2019, in Valdez, Alaska. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading. Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions.

Accepted writers will also have additional opportunities to submit their work for consideration in the Ten-Minute Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival.

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

Questions can be addressed to Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore at 907-834-1614.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New Play Reading Series at Penn State Abington

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  • I am the theatre Artist-in-Residence at Penn State Abington.
  • I am creating a new play reading series at the Penn State Abington campus site. 
  • I am looking for never-produced plays by local (PA/NJ/DE/NY) playwrights. Special consideration given to Philadelphia playwrights.
  • Plays can be full length or one-acts.
  • One play per playwright, please.
  • Stipend: there will be a stipend paid to each playwright who’s play is produced in this reading series. We are currently working with the school to get an exact amount for playwrights. However, we know that there will be a single stipend and that, if you wish to attend the reading and/or rehearsals, you will need to cover your own transportation.
  • Selected playwrights are invited and encouraged to be part of the rehearsal process before each reading. 
  • Plays will be read by both professional actors and student actors from Penn State Abington.

Plays about these issues/topics are sought:
  • Indigenous vs Colonial Culture
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Immigration
  • Sustainability
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Educational Equity

Please send a short synopsis and PDFs (only) of your play to: mtp24@psu.edu

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Playwrights will be notified by email of receipt of materials.

Information on Penn State Abington:
1600 Woodland Road
Abington PA 19001

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Call for Submissions For 7th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

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The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce call for submissions for the 7th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 05 - 28, 2019.

Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2018. 

(High School Submissions through April 15, 2019)

Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18' x 18' stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves.  Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen,  in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.  Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward:  The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.
Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Submissions should be sent to(Snail Mail ONLY):

LaBute New Theater Festival
St. Louis Actors’ Studio
360 N Boyle Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is currently accepting play submissions

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The Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is currently accepting play submissions that reflect urban life for its 17th annual season to be held during April and May of 2019 in downtown New York City.

DUAF will accept up to 16 theatrical works (plays, musicals, and solo works) with running times up to 70 minutes. Each work is performed only once during the festival. There will be a $1,000 award in the category of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission of participation fee and each playwright will receive a $300-$500 monetary stipend during the festival to defray some of the production costs of presenting their work.


(1) Playwright’s bio with contact info- name, address, phone # and email

(2) Photo of playwright

(3) Synopsis of theatrical work

(4) Complete script of theatrical work

(5) Estimated running time of work

(6) Actor/director/crew bios, if available

(7) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)

The submission deadline is Sunday, October 21, 2018. 

Please submit to Tamar Lopez, Festival Coordinator at coordinator@duafnyc.com

2018 “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements

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The “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund (“Women’s Fund”) is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) designed to address the underrepresentation of all who identify as women in film, television and theatre. The NYC Women’s Fund, administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), provides grants to support film, television, digital, and live theatre projects that reflects the voices, experiences and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The program will provide finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects and theatre productions. Recipients will work with NYFA Project Coordinator and funds will be dispersed at certain mutually agreed upon points in the process to ensure projects are completed on a timely basis.

Applicants can apply in the following categories:

● Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - grant amounts up to $50,000
● Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - grant amounts up to $25,000
● Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - grant amounts up to $20,000
● Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - grant amounts up to
● Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - grant amounts up to $25,000
● Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - grant amounts up to
● Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000

2018 Cycle Dates

Application will open on:  Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Application will close on:  Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 11:59pm EST

Eligibility Criteria

1. Projects must be made by, for, or about all who identify as women; and/or feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female director; and/or a meaningful female producer credit; and/or include a meaningful female writing credit; and/or include a female protagonist(s).
 2. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2020.  “Completed” means ready to be shown theatrically, on television, through a streaming service or online; for theatrical productions, the piece must be fully staged for a general audience in New York City. Projects can be either not-for-profit or commercial in nature. Recipients will work with NYFA Project Coordinator and funds will be dispersed at certain mutually agreed upon points in the process to ensure projects are completed on a timely basis.

3. Film, TV and Digital Projects :
a. Must have started principal photography and should be able to project final cut
and be ready to implement distribution strategy described in the application by
March 31, 2020.
b. Must be “Made in NY” meaning: (1) 75% of its total shooting days take place in
New York City, or (2) 75% of its production costs are “qualified production costs”1
c. Must adhere to content standards suitable for public broadcasting.
d. City must have three (3) years of non-exclusive royalty free rights to air
programming either in its original state or edited version beginning up to four (4)
years after original release date.
e. Funds can be used for any purpose critical to the completion of the project.
f. Projects can be live action or animated.
g. Applicant can be either the filmmaker or a producer.

4. Theatre Projects :
a. Must be an original play or book of a musical (with dialogue, lyrics and music) that has not been produced previously.
b. Must be able to project a professional staging (including paid cast and crew) of the developed work by March 31, 2020 for a minimum of 5 performances.
c. Must present a free performance or invited dress rehearsal for New York City audiences or provide free tickets by lottery or other means to be agreed upon over the course of the run equal to the number of seats in the theatre.
d. Must be rehearsed and performed in New York City.
e. Applicants can be theatre companies, commercial or not-for-profit producers, or
playwrights planning to self-produce.


Applications must include:

1. A detailed synopsis of the full project.

2. How the project represents voices, experiences and perspectives of all who identify as
1 "Qualified production costs" means the below-the-line production costs only to the extent such costs are incurred directly in New York City and are attributable to the use of tangible property or the performance of services within New York City directly and predominantly in the production (including pre-production and post-production) of a qualified film.
3. Bios for applicant and key artists.

4. Current state of the project and plans for having it completed by March 31, 2020.

5. Amount of funding requested and description of anticipated use of funds and how they
will move the project to completion.

6. Overall project budget (please include potential festival fees and creation of a DCP or
other appropriate projection print format).

7. For Film, TV and Digital projects, please provide support for Made in NY criteria listed in
3b above.  For Theatre projects, please provide information regarding rehearsal and
performance locations.

8. Distribution/exhibition plan. We understand that there may not be commitments at this point, but please describe your plans: festivals to which you will submit; exhibitors and streaming services you will contact. For webseries please describe your plan to drive traffic to your project. For theatre projects, a description of the venue, target audience and marketing plan, and names of any artists committed to the project. For independent producers or playwrights planning to self produce, Letters of Agreement or Intent from potential venue partners.

9. Two professional references who are not paid by or have a financial stake in the project or for Theatre Companies, a three-year production history.

10. Work samples as detailed below.

Work Samples

For feature length films:
Applicants should include two work samples  from the project for which they are seeking support: a short clip of up to 10 minutes in length and a longer sample between 45 and 90 minutes, which gives a sense of the overall scope and trajectory of the film. There will be a comments section to provide context for the clips.  For the short clip, do not submit a trailer.

For short films and webseries:
Applicants should include two work samples  from the project for which they are seeking support: a short clip of up to 5 minutes in length and a longer sample of up to 40 minutes, which gives the overall scope and trajectory of the film. There will be a comments section to provide context for the clips.  For the short clip, do not submit a trailer.

For theatre productions:
Applicants should include: a 15-page excerpt of the script to be produced, and the complete script.

Musicals Only : Musical applications also have the option of including an audio sample of up to 10 minutes. The audio sample needs to come from the project for which you are seeking support.
For more information visit  www.nyfa.org/NYCWomensFund  or email NYCWomensFund@nyfa.org

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