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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Alpine Fellowship

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Applications close: April 10, 2019

The Alpine Fellowship is a group of writers, thinkers and artists who are passionate about learning and communicating with a view to better understanding themselves and others. We value a capacity for openness - being engaged in critically reflecting on firmly held beliefs; the courage to be vulnerable - speaking from a place of lived experience; the drive for curiosity - being truly able to receive and listen to others.

We think it important to support young people today who may have become somewhat disillusioned by the reality of modern day education. We care about discovering what an alternative model of education might look like. Hence the spirit of the enterprise is necessarily open ended, and we welcome and seek the support, contribution and presence of anyone who relates to what we care about.

Aimed at encouraging theatre writers at the start of their careers to explore and challenge philosophical ideas using the dramatic form. The prize will be £3000 plus a rehearsed reading at the Fellowship’s annual Symposium.

Rules: A dialogue sample of at least 10 pages (a previous play is fine) and a brief proposal of the writer’s intended treatment of the year’s theme of ‘Identity’ (2 pages max, a single paragraph is fine). The Prize is open to anyone above 18 years of age.

The Winner will be expected to deliver a completed script by May 31st, allowing for casting and rehearsals prior to the reading in Sweden.

 Shortlisted entries will be notified by email. Young playwright Jessica Swale will judge the submissions and direct the winning entry’s reading.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Fade to Black seeks short plays by African Americans

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  • No fee is required.
  • No restriction of theme or genre.
  • Three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.
  • Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

  • You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.
  • Playwright must publically and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.  
  • Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).
  • Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure). 
  • Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.     
  • Play must not be a musical.    
  • Play must not be written for children or youth. 
  • Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.    
  • Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons. 
  • Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.
  • Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.  
  • Play should be "stand-alone", separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.
  • Author must be at least 18 years of age.  
  • Play must be submitted in a PDF format. 

See submission link: https://monologuebank.submittable.com/submit/75ef900d-f987-4e0f-801d-934965b19f69/fade-to-black-play-festival-2019

Upload pdf of original work.


"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.  

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.


Q. My plays were performed for at no charge to the audience and I did not get paid. Are they eligible for submission? 
A: We diligently research all plays submitted to ensure compliance. Whether payment was received or not, if the performance is not considered as a "reading", it is ineligible for submission. All plays selected have been certified as world premiering new works.

Q: Am I required to attend the festival to have my play produced? 
A: No. You are not required to attend. Fade To Black will cover the full cost of producing, marketing and professionally filming your play.

Q: Will you pay for my travel to Houston, room, board, food, and transportation if I am a selected playwright? 
A: The experience of the Fade To Black Play Festivals is amazing! We encourage you to attend and meet the vast community of artists that will bring your play to life, but we are not able to cover cost outside of the $100.00 honorarium each winning playwright will receive at this time.

Q: Could you expound on "bare-stage"?
A: We have a relatively small area for prop/set piece storage. We must set and strike the stage within 30-60 seconds for each play so your play should be free of the need for excessive props, furniture and major appliances (i.e. stove, refrigerator).  Your play should be very easy to mount.

Q: My play takes place in several different locations, cuts across various chronological timeframes, has lavish special effects and involves a large number of extras. 
A: This may be seen as film disguised as a play. Ideally, your play should be set in one location and if absolutely necessary, one additional "implied location". It should have no more than 5-7 characters. Most things can be adapted for stage performance, but if your piece is really a film, it will not be accepted. You must adapt screenplays into a format that will perform well on stage.

Q: I have the appearance of children written into my play. Will this be OK?
A: No. Your play must not contain characters or extras under the age of 17.

In the Moment One Act Series Playwrights Wanted-SPRING BREAK PROJECT

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Creative Circuit Studios is joining forces with a Graduate Capstone project for the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX to bring to light the difficult realities of mental health and graduate students. The Capstone student firmly believes that art, specifically theatre, can and should be used as a tool for social change and awareness.

After having read a recent study about poor mental health in graduate students across our nation, and surveying graduate students representing her own school and multiple universities throughout the nation, she was inspired to join forces with the annual One Act Series Event, which features talented playwrights like yourselves. Together, we can create a powerful evening of performances that gives back to the community and hope to those affected by your works.

Playwrights must submit the following information in an email, plus your script attached in WORD or PDF format to projecttheatre2019@gmail.com by MIDNIGHT March 31, 2019.

There is no submission fee to submit as many plays as you choose within the guidelines.


  • Name of Playwright/Name of Show as subject line of email
  • Contact information (Name, telephone number, email)
  • Play synopsis & Cast breakdown
  • List of previous productions/publishings/applicable pertinent information.
  • All submissions should be between 5-15 minutes.
  • All submissions should explore the topic of mental health (anxiety, depression,
  • PTSD, or other depressive disorders) and graduate school.
  • Submissions should ideally contain between 2-6 characters.
  • Plays with extensive technical requirements will be considered but those with
  • fewer demands will receive stronger consideration.

Playwrights Week at the Lark 2019

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Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019 (11:59pm EST)

Playwrights’ Week is an annual, intensive, seven-day festival designed to foster a peer-based community among a cohort of writers with new work in development. Selected via a year-long Open Submissions process, we provide approximately five playwrights with crucial creative resources in a nurturing and rigorous laboratory setting, which includes a series of group conversations around the work. Each new play receives twelve hours of rehearsal in advance of a public staged reading, focused on the writer’s self-stated developmental goals.

Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical work by writers with clear artistic goals who are open to a collaborative development process.

Important Information:

  • Playwrights’ Week 2019 will take place between October and November 2019.
  • Each applicant should expect a confirmation of application receipt in April 2019 and a final response in September 2019.
  • While there is no official minimum number of pages for submitted full-length plays, we do not accept 10-minute plays or musicals. 
  • Previously produced plays ARE eligible for consideration.
  • Plays previously submitted to this program are accepted, but we strongly encourage the submission of new work.
  • Writers living outside of the U.S. can apply if the script was originally written in English.
  • Due to the volume of submissions to this program, we will be unable to accept revised scripts during the selection process.
  • Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.
  • Email any other questions to: submissions@larktheatre.org.

A complete submission is composed of two parts:

A completed application form.
A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed as we are committed to an anonymous initial review.

Download the Application Form

 Playwrights' Week 2019 Application Form (84.8 KB)

Please review the following SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Submit ONE completed application and ONE full-length play.
  • No more than ONE play per playwright will be considered.
  • List only the play title on the cover page. No personal information.
  • Submit only .doc or PDF files as attachments. 
  • Please EMAIL your script and completed application as two separate attachments in the same email to: submissions@larktheatre.org

We look forward to reading your script!

Original Productions Theatre seeks full-length plays and musicals

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Original Productions Theater  (OPT) will be receiving original scripts through April 1 2019

Central Ohio Playwrights preferred. 

Full length, Musical or play.  2-10 Actors

send submission to: dmorgan@Optheater.com

Winner will receive full production of their play on the Dublin Abbey Stage in September 2019.

14th Annual One Act Play Festival (OAPF)

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Presented by Artists’ Exchange
July 11-27, 2019

Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays; ideal length 10-15 minutes with 20-minute maximum. Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays maximum.

Seeking Short Plays: Comedic, absurd, dramatic, satirical, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome for review. Works for actors of all ages (children thru seniors) and abilities are strongly encouraged. Selected plays will be performed at Theatre 82 in Cranston, Rhode Island from July 11-27, 2019

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Friday, April 12, 2019. Any plays received or postmarked past April 12th will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The One Act Play Festival (OAPF) Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance by the end of May. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the festival for the public’s entertainment and benefit with no performance/royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales and submission fees will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the OAPF for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the playbill and festival webpage, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

To Submit: Please send all plays to Artists’ Exchange by physical mail or email and include your contact information and play title(s). Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Contact Festival Artistic Director Jessica Chace with any questions or communications at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

By Mail:
Attention: One Act Play Festival Submission
Artists’ Exchange
50 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI  02910

By Email: In Subject line, please write “One Act Play Festival Submission: [Your Name]” and send to Jessica Chace at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

Contact Information:
Jessica Chace, Artistic Director OAPF

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Poked Bear seeks full length and one-act plays

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Looking for full length and one-act plays that run about an hour to an hour and a half.

Please send script and synopsis to: Thepokedbear1@gmail.com.

Traguna Productions Summer Reading Series

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Traguna Productions Summer Reading Series (NY NY) is dedicated to bringing to life new, unique, exciting, and intriguing works representing all genres, modes, and story telling mediums.

We are looking for plays, musicals, operas, dance pieces, etc. for a 29-hour reading series in August. The pieces must be completed at the point of submission and must be at least 55 minutes in length.
  • Traguna Summer Series #1 runs Monday, August 5th with presentations on Saturday and Sunday, August 10th. 
  • Traguna Summer Series #2 runs Monday, August 12th with presentations on Saturday and Sunday, August 17th.
Readings will follow AEA guidelines and will include director, stage manager, actors, and musicains (if needed). If auditions are required, the author(s) will be invited to attend the audition.

Please submit the following materials in email.
  • Subject line: 2019 SUMMER READING SUBMISSION
  • Name(s) of authors/creators
  • Point of contact, email address / address.
  • a history of the development of the piece
  • a brief, one-page synopsis
  • character breakdown
  • preference for Series #1 or #2. 
  • scripts in completion
  • if needed, proof of authorship/rights

For musicals/pieces involving music:

  • At least 5 songs from the musical must be submitted with application. If a play with music, please indicate the number of songs, and if under 5, all must be submitted. 
  • One-page synopsis must include songs submitted in bold.

Submite materials to tragunaproductions@gmail.com. If the materials are not complete, the piece will be immediately dismissed, so please read the required materials carefully.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019. 

Results will be emailed / mailed no later than May 1, 2019.

Traguna Productions is a creative incubator to help artists of all genres achieve their dreams, and give their works soil to spud seeds.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Theatre Travels is currently looking for one-act plays or musicals

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Theatre Travels is currently looking for ONE ACT (90 minutes MAX, 30 minutes MIN) Plays, Plays with Music or Musicals.

We welcome emerging and professional writers to submit their scripts.

Please note, we only accept final drafts that are ready for production.

To submit your ONE ACT play for a new initiative, please email mich@theatretravels.org

Before March 30th 2019

Please note - for the time being we are not accepting any shows that exceed one act (between 30 and 90 minutes). Within the one act we are open regarding genre, style and form. If the play includes music or if it is a musical, please note that on the cover page to attach to your form below.

Due to the overwhelming response, we will only be able to be in touch with playwrights with whom we would like further information from. We thank everyone in advance for their submission.

Please ensure that the following page is attached to your submission: (see online here)

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The 2019 Glassco Translation Residency

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Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, in partnership with the Cole Foundation, is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Glassco Translation Residency. The residency will take place June 12-22, 2019 at Fletcher Cottage, home of the late Bill Glassco, in Tadoussac, Quebec.

The Glassco Translation Residency allows playwrights and translators from across Canada and beyond to come together for ten days in Tadoussac, Quebec, to work in-depth on their translation projects.

The chosen participants are provided with a unique opportunity to focus on their projects and to share expertise in a retreat environment. Translations into all languages are welcomed. Over the past 15 years we have supported translation projects into Cantonese, Catalan, Cree, English, French, Innu-aimun, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu . Award-winning translator and playwright, Bobby Theodore, will serve as residency host and translation dramaturg.

We are now accepting submissions of plays that are slated for translation. The play should ideally have had a production in its original language. At least one component of the project needs to be Canadian. We strongly encourage Indigenous artists to apply.

Please send us:

A description of the project which includes the name of the translator and playwright, an indication of how the Residency will benefit the project, and any details on production interest.
Biography of both the playwright and translator
A copy of the play in its original language
One of the selection criteria for translation projects will be the availability of both the playwright and the translator to attend the residency together.

An honorarium of $750 is offered to each participant. In addition, all costs for travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

Submission deadline: April 1, 2019
Please email submissions (PDF format, 1 file only) to residency@playwrights.ca
Subject line: The 2019 Glassco Translation Residency

Accessibility details: The residency is in Tadoussac, Québec in an 18th century log home. There are 8 steps down to the entrance of the house. The bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Please contact Emma Tibaldo at emma@playwrights.ca with any questions or queries.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Theatre Conspiracy Annual New Play Contest 2019

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Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild, but proof of membership is required in email or snail mail.

Theatre Conspiracy is now accepting submissions for its Annual New Play Contest between December 2018 and March 2019. All works submitted will be read and judged by a panel of qualified theatre teachers, directors and performers. Work submitted to the contest must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Play having up to three previous productions are welcome. No musicals please, as we are a tone deaf theatre company.

First place winners receive the Janet and Bruce Bunch Play Contest Award, $700 and a full production. However, it is our goal to produce more than one entry each year.

To submit electronically, email your script to tcnewplaycontest@gmail.com. To send via snail mail, send complete script and check to the Alliance for the Arts ATTN: Bill Taylor 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919.

Include biography of the playwright and character breakdown

If submitting through snail mail and you would like to have the script returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). If not, include SASE for results.

We charge a nominal fee of $10 for submissions. If you are submitting a hardcopy of your script, please make checks payable to the Alliance for the Arts. Do not mail cash. Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild, but proof of membership is required in email or snail mail.

Deadline for submissions is postmark date of March 30, 2019. Do not spend $20 to overnight or second day your script. Save your money!

Send your best script. One entry per playwright, per year.

Shawnee Original Playwrights Series seeks one-act and full-length plays

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***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***

Playwrights are encouraged to submit their original works!

Each year, Worthington Players will produce and perform the original work(s) of a playwright(s), chosen by our Executive Committee from among submissions received in our open contest and read before a live audience.

Beginning with the 2017 season, works  produced previously at any theatrical venue are no longer eligible for consideration.

Original Play Submission Requirements

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 productions. Plays will be read over the summer of 2019 and the winners will be produced in 2020.

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2019.   

Short Plays Should Include:
  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # #  or END to assure that all the pages are included

Full Length Plays Should Include:
  • The Full Play  
  • A 30 Minute selection. This a something that could be presented as a representation of your work to our voting committee.
  • Stage directions
  • Synopsis
  • Anything additional you would like the audience to be aware of
  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # #  or END to assure that all the pages are included

Submissions must be accompanied by a submission fee and the Shawnee Playwrights Series Form.

Submission Fees are as follows
$25 for Full Length
$15 for One Act/Short Play

***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***

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Paper submissions may be mailed to:
Shawnee Original Playwrights Series
The Shawnee Playhouse
PO Box 159
Shawnee on Delaware,  PA  18356

Shawnee places no limits on the genre, style, or length of plays submitted.
Production of Winning Play

Responsibility for final production of the play lies solely with Worthington Players.  The director will be chosen by the Executive staff of the Shawnee Playhouse.   No monetary prize or compensation is paid.

Each year, Worthington Players produces original submitted works of local and surrounding area playwrights.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Jumpstart a New Play with Winter Miller at Primary Stages ESPA

Sometimes it’s inevitable: writers just get stuck. This 2-day workshop will inspire you to get cracking on your next play.

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)
Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7
1:00pm – 5:00pm both days

This class might be for you if:
  • You have an idea for a new play and want to get a strong head start. 
  • The stories inside you won’t come out, and you desperately need a jumpstart.

In this class you will:
  • Take on stimulating writing exercises and share ideas aloud in class on the first day. 
  • Build on these exercises on the second day, using them to begin the exciting process of starting a play. 
  • Bypass intellect, harness spontaneity, and get those emotions flowing.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Be jolted out of writer’s block and well on your way to creating a new play. 
  • Have a stash of new writing exercises in your pocket for the next time you find yourself stuck. 
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.

Theatre Travels is currently looking for ONE ACT (90 minutes MAX) Plays or Musicals

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We welcome emerging and professional writers to submit their scripts.

Please note, we only accept final drafts that are ready for production.

To submit your ONE ACT play for a new initiative, please email


Before March 30th 2019

Please note - for the time being we are not accepting any shows that exceed one act (and 90 minutes). Within the one act we are open regarding genre, style and form. If the play includes music or if it is a musical, please note that on the cover page to attach to your form.

Due to the overwhelming response, we will only be able to be in touch with playwrights with whom we would like further information from. We thank everyone in advance for their submission.

Please ensure that the following page (online here) is attached to your submission.

Jewish Plays Project 2019

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The Jewish Plays Project (David Winitsky, Artistic Director) is excited to announce the opening of Project Submissions for future Jewish Plays Project Seasons.


AN IMPORTANT NOTE: SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Starting in 2019, the Jewish Plays Project now accepts scripts for new Jewish plays and musicals on an open, rolling basis – there is no submission deadline. 

SUBMISSION PROCESS: Fill out the Project Application Form and attach a play to the form as a PDF. Your play must be submitted with your name and identifying information removed (all plays are reviewed blind). We do not charge a fee to submit (cause we kinda think submission fees are lame).

Submitted plays and musicals will be considered for:

Jewish Playwriting Contest: our national, community-powered search for the most exciting new Jewish plays;

Artist Shabbats: small-group, private sessions focused on one new play;

NYC Readings: public and industry presentations in prominent NYC venues of new plays and musicals that are ready for production;

OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y: our ever-changing showcase of new work at our East Village NYC home.

Renegade Readings: rapid response readings for new plays in critical stages of development.

MUSICALS: The JPP does develop musicals (see our workshops of David Hein and Irene Sankoff’s Mitzvah and Deborah Yarchun’s And You Shall Be a Blessing). Submitted musicals must include links to recordings of at least 3 songs to be reviewed.

ELIGIBILITY: The following must be true of a submitted play or musical:

It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.

It is not a Holocaust play (stories that deal directly with the history of the Shoah, its survivors and their children, or the World War II period more generally).

It does NOT fall into the beloved category of "ethnically stereotypical comedy" (No 'Yiddishemammeh" plays, no "My Afternoon With Bubbe", no "Jewlicious")

It is in English, or primarily in English – we love plays that play with language as a theatrical tool, and plays that explore the differences in language. It just needs to be primarily accessible by an English speaking audience.  (We welcome translations).

It is full length, meaning over 75 minutes in length.

It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region, or a major regional theater (LORT C or above).

The play has never been published in any form.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MadLab seeks full-length plays

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

At MadLab, we love reading new full length plays and we desperately want to read yours!

The nitty gritty about submitting your brilliant baby to the Lab:
All submissions should be sent to submissions@MadLab.net.  Please use “MadLab 2019 Season” as your subject.

We’re not picky about what format your script is in (though the standard Dramatist’s Modern Stage Play format is most welcome), so send us what you got as a Word or PDF attachment. Do not send us links to anything - we’re not going to click them.

Please be sure to include your name, address and contact information on your title page.

The submission window opens 3/13/19 and closes when we receive 500 submissions.

Season decisions will be made by the end of 2019. While we would love to follow up with every playwright individually, we receive too many submissions to make this happen. If you don’t hear from us, we’re sorry and please submit again in the future.

We are only accepting 500 submissions with a maximum of 2 plays per playwright.

Plays should have a run time no shorter than 70 minutes and no longer than 2 hours 15 minutes.
Please do not send us 45 page 1-acts or that 200 page beast you’ve been tinkering on for the last five years.  They will not be read.

We are currently not accepting Children’s Theatre pieces, One Act Collections or Musicals.  Not that we don’t appreciate them, they’re just not up our alley right now.

Please proofread your script before sending it to us. We hate to be “those people”, but nothing will get your script put down faster than a your/you’re or a to/too typo.
You will be Paid!  MadLab currently pays playwrights $200 up front and 10% of ticket sales payable after close of show.

“But what are you looking for?”

What makes a play a “MadLab” play?  Like obscenity, it’s hard to define, but we know it and love it when we see it.  Here’s a few tips as to what we like to produce and what our audiences have come to expect:

Plays with a strong Point of View.  Our audiences expect to not only be entertained for an evening, but to leave the theatre with something to think about and remember.  We want to read plays from and for the marginalized and forgotten. We love new takes on old problems. We adore speaking Truth to Power.

Good Stories with Vibrant Characters.  Now, any play can have that strong POV, but the special ones show us that through strong storytelling and equally strong characters.  So, mesmerize us with your craft and enchant us with your characters. Bonus points for well written female characters and casts that give an accurate representation of our multiracial society, as well as those that challenge the concept of binary sexuality.  We’re not saying we won’t produce your play about 10 white suburban dads and their annual golf outing, but…

Plays that are Visual.  Ok, we’ll be completely honest – we are on a shoestring budget as far as sets/costumes go, but we’ve been doing this for 20+ years and we love an artistic challenge.  MadLab is a 75 seat converted garage black box theatre, so plan accordingly. But challenge us. You’d probably be surprised what we’re capable of.

Plays that are modern. We definitely respect your historical masterpiece, but if your play involves iambic pentameter or greek gods it’s probably not our speed.

Make us Laugh.  We’ve been told we have an “offbeat” sense of humor.  We’ve also been told we may require psychological counseling.  Be bold in your comedy writing, don’t worry about offending us (or our audiences), and never be afraid of being silly.

Make us Cry.  See above.

Heck, do both with the same play.  Always the best option to our way of thinking☺

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


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Have you ever felt something calling you forward: a purpose towards which you are striving, something you were meant to achieve or become? Did you know that the same principles of physics that describe causality have a second solution, one that describes how the present is influenced by future purposes just as it is influenced by past causes?

In 2015, the ICRL Press published a book by Ulisse Di Corpo and Antonella Vaninni that describes the phenomenon of syntropy, the complementary principle to entropy. We at the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) regard this book, “Syntropy: The Spirit of Love,” as a vital resource for raising awareness of the phenomenon, and are seeking to expand our efforts into the performing arts.

We invite you to submit a script to the inaugural run of the “ICRL Playwriting Competition.” For this event, we are soliciting one-act scripts that can help raise awareness of the principle of syntropy, and its role in human experience. Of the submissions, three scripts will be selected for monetary awards of $50 (third place), $100 (second place), and $200 (first place). Depending on quality and suitability, the first place winner may be contracted to write a full-length play on the subject.

Also, if there are a sufficient number of quality submissions that are well-aligned with the message of “Syntropy: The Spirit of Love,” ICRL will select (approximately) five additional winners to create a one-acts production to be performed at a theater in the greater Baltimore region.

Competition Rules:

  • Scripts will be assessed based primarily on their ability to raise awareness of the principle of syntropy as described in Di Corpo’s and Vaninni’s book. This means the script should: a) clearly relate to and illustrate this topic; and b) do so in a way that will capture and retain an audience’s attention and interest.   Additional information about the book can be found here.
  • Plays should be approximately 10-15 minutes in duration.
  • Aside from the above-mentioned focus on syntropy, there are no limitations on genre or style.
  • Each playwright may submit up to two scripts.
  • There is no entry fee to submit scripts.
  • While there aren’t strict formatting requirements, scripts that are difficult to read will be viewed less favorably (i.e. don’t hurt your chances by making your work difficult to follow).
  • Submissions will be judged blind, so scripts must not contain the playwright’s name or other identifying information.
  •  Scripts are to be submitted electronically to submissions@icrl.org no later than 11:59 pm (east coast, GMT-5) on March 30, 2019. In the submission email, please include the playwright’s name, mailing address, email address, and the title of the script(s) being submitted.
  • We are aiming to announce the winners of the competition in early July, although the specific timetable will depend on the number of submissions received.
  • First, second, and third place awards of $50, $100, and $200 are guaranteed. The contracting of a full-length script from the first-place winner, as well as the determination of whether to produce a one-acts show with a Baltimore theater, is at the discretion of ICRL based on suitability of the submitted scripts.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Manhattan Rep Spring Short Play Contest 2019

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Seeking fully produced one act plays
cast, directed and ready to be performed)
7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for
May 22  - June 22, 2019
at Manhattan Rep, 17-19 West 45th St. NYC




(And an additional 2 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 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 April 18, 2019

Please put “Spring Short Play Contest” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a couple days 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 April 18, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

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

Once accepted, there will be a $125.00 participation fee.

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

For more information: https://www.manhattanrep.com

Follows is an overview of how the competition will be run and what will be expected from each creative team participating.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Wayward Sisters Theatre Ensemble announces Wayward Sisters New Play Showcase

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The show case will go up at the end of May, and is a great opportunity for playwrights to hear their work aloud, and receive feedback from the audience.

Playwrights: This is our final call for plays that would be interested in participating in our Wayward Sisters New Play Showcase.

We are accepting plays until April 1st. 

We are particularly excited about plays that are written by women, or plays that pass the Bechdel test with a strong female lead.

To submit please email waywardsisterstheatre@gmail.com

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Calling all Playwrights – 2019’s Night of 1,000 Plays

UPDATE - they have reached their submission limit - do not submit.

Are you a playwright, or sketch writer? Or, do you dream of being one and seeing your work produced on a stage that’s not in your basement? Here’s your chance! Haddonfield Plays & Players (Haddonfield, NJ) is now accepting original short play submissions for its 3rd annual production of “Night of 1,000 Plays!”

Many area theater folks will fondly recall Philadelphia’s Brick Playhouse on South Street, and its annual short play festival, “Night of 1,000 Plays,” an evening of 20+ very short pieces of mostly five minutes or less in length. With full tribute and homage to The Brick, HP&P has revived this annual tradition featuring dozens of local writers, directors and actors coming together in June for a fun-filled evening of organized chaos!

The call for directors and actors will come later, but at this point we are looking for writers to submit their pieces for consideration. Plays should be 5 minutes or less – although a couple of longer pieces may be considered (8-10 minutes max!) Any genre is welcome; but the length tends to best lend itself to comedy. Writers may submit as many pieces as they like!

Please feel free to send pieces that were previously submitted, as well so that we can take a fresh look for 2019.

This year’s deadline for submissions will be April 28th.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Appalachian Festival of Plays & Playwrights

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Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama) OR the plays must be set in the Appalachian region.

Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.

Full length plays are preferred.

To submit your play electronically:

Send a PDF of the script along with contact info and a brief synopsis of the play to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

To submit your play by mail:

Please submit the full script in a three-brad folder or unbound, along with your contact info (please include email and phone) and a brief synopsis of the play. Plays will not be returned. Mail to:

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
c/o Barter Theatre
PO Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, March 31, 2019

For more information, contact:
Nicholas Piper, Director
Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212

The playwrights of the selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing so that they may attend their reading.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Unleavened Plays Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Congregation Beth Elohim (www.cbebk.org) – a spiritual, cultural, and intellectual hub for Reform Jewish life in Brooklyn, NY – is excited to announce its first annual Unleavened Plays Festival.

The Festival is seeking six 10-minute plays, each reflecting the underlying theme of “PLAGUE(S).” The plays will be performed as an evening of staged readings at CBE on Sunday, April 15, 2019 -- the weekend before Passover begins, as people around the world begin to think about the Jewish people’s efforts to escape Egypt and head out into the desert toward freedom.

Don’t be put off by the potential darkness in our theme! We are looking for comedies, dramas and anything in between that build on the theme in a creative and dynamic direction. The plays needn’t be about Passover in any explicit way. Rather,we are hoping for plays that offer interesting characters, engaging stories, and exciting food for thought.

There’s no fee for submission, and previously produced plays are acceptable.

The six selected plays will be presented by professional actors and directors.

Deadline for submission is March 17, 2019. Plays chosen will be announced by the end of March.


1.    Plays should respond to our theme, but feel full of imagination in how they engage with the theme. Do not feel the need to be literal or write specifically about Passover. Instead, aim to surprise and delight us.

2.    Plays should feel Jewish in some basic way, but they do not have to be about exclusively Jewish characters or events. And plays should definitely avoid Jewish stereotypes.

3.    The running time should be right around 10 minutes, and scripts may be no longer than 10 pages (not counting the title page & cast page).

4.    Casts should be limited to 5 actors or less (though doubling is acceptable).

5.    No special lighting or sound effects will be possible, so please avoid them along with complicated set-ups.

6.    All submissions should be sent as PDFs in standard play format.

7.    Playwrights may submit only one script.

8.    Please use this format:

Title page: Title, author's name, address, phone number, and email address

Second page: Cast with description of characters and setting.

Third page: This should be the first page of the script itself. Please include title and page numbers on every page.

Send Entries to:
Congregation Beth Elohim Theater Projects at cbetheater@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Center at West Park’s Theater Artist Residency Program

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The Center at West Park’s Theater Artist Residency Program nurtures exemplary and boundary-pushing theater artists and companies by providing free performance space, subsidized rehearsal space, and a 50/50 split of ticket sales. We support the creation of new works and the re-working of classic texts in contemporary contexts in order to diversify and enrich the theater community of New York and to attract and challenge enthusiastic and adventurous audiences.

All Resident Artists are offered one to four weeks in our intimate 60-seat Balcony Theater to produce and perform their shows. Resident Artists are expected to present full productions during the residency, including set, costume, and lighting design. The Balcony Theater comes equipped with a rep lighting plot and PA sound system. Please note that the Balcony Theater is only accessible by stairs.

Applications for the Fall 2019 Season (September-December) are now open and are due by Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00pm. Applicants will be notified by April 1, 201


MRT Seeking fully produced 10 - 60 minute 1 act plays

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Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by Late March/April/Early May, 2019 )
10 - 60 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
March 28 - May 4, 2019
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. NYC

Each 10 - 60 minute play will be given:
A short tech rehearsal,
A full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating,
A minimum of THREE performances, and
A technician to run your sound and lights

To submit your 10-60 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 production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by March 25, 2019.

Please put “SPRING PLAY CELEBRATION” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a day or so, 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 MARCH 25, 2019,
if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.

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

Once accepted, there will be a $85 participation fee.

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

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre THE 10-10 NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL

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CVLT began the biennial 10-10 Festival in 2009, putting out the call for short plays to be performed at its River Street Playhouse, the smaller venue adjacent to the main theater building. Ten plays would be chosen, each lasting roughly ten minutes. The first 10-10 that July was a resounding success, receiving submissions from all over Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Now The 10-10 is back for its sixth edition!


  • Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2019
  • Limit of One Play may be submitted by each playwright.
  • Submission must be original.
  • Submission must be un-produced in the State of Ohio.  Plays that have had a staged reading will be accepted.
  • Maximum length 10 minutes.
  • Comedies or dramas are accepted, however we are unable to consider musicals.
  • No more than 6 actors.
  • Minimal technical, scenic, costume and prop requirements.

Discount Tickets: SOUND BITES 6.0

Theatre Now New York's
The Sixth Annual Festival of 10-Minute Musicals
April 2 at 7:00pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th St, New York, NY 10023

SOUND BITES 6.0 grants composers, lyricists, and librettists the unique opportunity to present their work in front of a live audience of theatre-goers and industry professionals. This one-night only event, now in its sixth year, showcases 10 new musicals by up-and-coming musical theatre writing teams. To view this year's musical lineup, click here

Use code SOUND10 for 10% off!
Tickets: $25-$45
Online: www.tnny.org
By Phone: 855-254-SHOW [7469]

Friday, March 8, 2019

Young Adult Four Minute Play Contest

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Manhattan Rep presents: Young Adult Four Minute Play Contest

Seeking fully produced Four minute plays written and brought to life by Young Adults ages 12 - 18 to compete in our Young Adult 4 minute play contest on Sunday March 31 at 2 pm and 4 pm.  

This will be a super fun event for all.  A great opportunity for Young Adults to write, act or direct. And there will be two performances. And it all takes place on one Sunday afternoon.

Best Four Minute Play production playwright will win an opportunity to write a 20 - 40 minute play (mentored by Ken Wolf Artistic Director of Manhattan Rep,) which Manhattan Rep will then produce and bring to life for 3 performances in June 2019.

To submit for this contest:

Forward us your idea for your 4 minute play to: 


Please put FOUR MINUTE PLAY CONTEST in the subject heading.

We do not need completed scripts. We will get back to you within 24 hours with acceptance.  We are only accepting 15  - Four minute play productions for this event.

Once accepted, you will be required to bring your Four Minute Play to life for this contest.

You must be available to attend tech rehearsal at 12 noon on Sunday March 31, and for the two performances that same day at 2 pm and 4 pm.

Winner of the Best Four Minute Play Production will be announced right after the 4 pm performance on March 31, 2019.

All participants in each Four Minute Play production, (playwright, actors and director) must be between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age.

There is NO submission fee or payment for Young Adults to participate.

If you have any questions about this event, please write us at manhattanrep@yahoo.com

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

THE WRITER’S VOICE: Ten Minute Play Festival

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The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater presents the 3rd annual:
THE WRITER’S VOICE: Ten Minute Play Festival

Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at The West Side YMCA
5 W 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2019
Performance Dates: May 10 & 11, 2019

Submit entries at:

For More Information, Contact:
Cassandra Richards, Director of Community Arts
crichards@ymcanyc.org | 212-912-2635

An evening of 10-minute plays, presented in the state of the art Off-Broadway Marjorie S. Deane
Little Theater at The West Side YMCA, one block from Lincoln Center.

• Playwrights are responsible for selecting a cast, director, and rehearsals.

• Previously produced plays are acceptable; plays must be original works submitted by

• Selected plays will be required to sell 5 tickets per performance

• If you have video of previous performances, please include the link as specified.

•Selected plays will receive a video recording of their work and access to production photos.

•The Marjorie S Deane Little Theater will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound equipment and the production staff.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship

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We encourage emerging playwrights to apply at the beginning of their careers so that through the New Dramatists Fellowship, they can develop their work as well as benefit from being a part of a unique, diverse, dynamic community of professional playwrights. An applicant’s status as an emerging playwright is evaluated during the adjudication process.

One playwright will be selected to receive:
• A grant in the amount of $7,500
• A one-season (September – June) artistic residency at New Dramatists, Inc. in New York City (For Award recipients living outside of the New York metro area, your on-site residency can be adapted according to your schedule with reimbursement provided for transportation costs to/from New York.)
• Inclusion of the winning script in New Dramatists’ library
• Advocacy for the recipient and their script to New York and National theatre communities for the duration of the fellowship, including opportunities to gather with the Princess Grace community, New Dramatists writers, and other theatre professionals
• Mentorship from a New Dramatists resident playwright for the duration of the fellowship
• Opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

Submission requirements:
• All candidates must be United States citizens or have permanent resident status.
• Eligible playwrights must not have had more than 3 public productions of their full-length plays mounted by a producing theatre.

Developmental readings and workshops, university productions, and self-productions are admissible.

You must submit one unpublished, full-length play (A full-length play is a single play that constitutes a full evening of theater. For example, a 90-minute intermissionless play is a full-length play.)
• There is no restriction on subject matter
• Co-written material will not be accepted
• No adaptations of previously published material

The Foundation is looking to identify and support original, authentic, unheard voices in the theater. The panel will consider the submitted play in terms of the originality of the storytelling, quality, and offering of new perspectives.


Submission Window: February 15-March 15, 2019 6PM EDT

To begin your application, click on the “Begin Application” button on the web site. You will be asked to create a username and enter your email address. Once you have clicked “Submit,” you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in. From this point forward, you will be guided through a simple process collecting all of your admissions materials in seven easy steps:

1. Log in. You will be asked to confirm you are a US Citizen, or permanent resident, and to certify that you are an early-career artist.

2. Fill in your full name, address, and phone number.

3. Upload your playwriting resume.

4. Upload one full-length work (play or book of a musical) (The following files may be used: txt, pdf, doc, docx, rtf).

5. Upload your personal statement.

6. Enter the name and email of a reference. If you are selected to advance to the final round in June, we will email your reference directly with a brief questionnaire.

7. Review your application, and click “Submit Your Application” to complete the process. You will receive an email confirming your application has been received.

You may save your application at any point and return to it later
before submitting. Once the application

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Cold Comfort Theater's Second Annual Festival of Short Plays for New Works

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Submit your work for consideration to be performed before a live audience in Belfast Maine.
  • Plays must be unpublished work.
  • No play should have been previously performed.
  • Must not exceed 30 minutes in length.
Plays should be emailed in PDF format to ColdComfortTheater@gmail.com

Deadline is March 15, 2019

One submission per playwright.

Preference will be given to works with six actors or less.

Playwrights whose work is selected will pay a $50 non-refundable fee to Cold Comfort Theater to cover production costs. Cold Comfort will provide posters and programs and social/print publicity.

Cold Comfort will receive ticket monies and any gate donations.

The plays will be performed Friday May 24 & Saturday May 25 2019 at UMaine's Hutchinson Center, Rte 3 in Belfast. Performances will begin at 7PM.

Preference will be give to playwrights who can attend the performances both nights. A dal-back, Q&A session with the audience will occur after the show, led by the playwrights or directors.

For more information call 207-930-7244

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Relative Theatrics seeks full-length plays

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We will accept submissions PDF format only. They may be sent to relativetheatrics@gmail.com.

Please include in the body of the email submission:
-Playwright bio (including current home base)
-Short synopsis of the play
-Approximate run time
-Cast size (must not exceed 5 actors; however, fewer is preferable)
-Confirmation of ability to attend the festival
-A short statement expressing why you feel your play is a good fit for Relative Theatrics

We are looking for full-length plays with an estimated run time from 80 to 120 minutes, a small cast, and a single or flexible set that speak to the mission of Relative Theatrics.

Selected plays will receive a staged reading with qualified actors to assist in the development process and a $50 honorarium. Additionally, plays will be paired with a Wyoming singer-songwriter to write and perform original music inspired by the play.

The playwright must be able to attend the festival in May.

Submission period: February 4 - March 3, 2019

Playwrights Voiced occurs in Laramie May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, & 25th, 2019 in the LPCC Gryphon Theatre.

Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival 2019

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The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival will take place August 1 -August 5 2019.


Please e-mail the site's form, a digital version of your play, a brief introduction letter, and a resume with two references to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org by March 15th. Playwrights chosen for a staged reading will receive at least one performed staged reading of the play along with response and feedback from industry professionals.


Please e-mail this form, a digital version of your play, a brief introduction letter, and a resume with two references to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org by March 15th.

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