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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Exhume call for submissions

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Drama: Submit up to 15 pages in one document. Please ensure that you have a cohesive format.

We strive to publish visual art, poetry, prose, and drama in order to help writers who discuss queerness and trauma find a home for their works. Though we especially seek submissions that discuss these topics, we accept good writing across the board. We appreciate work that speaks to the human experience on a raw level. Consider works like Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” Jo Ann Beard’s “The Fourth State of Matter,” and John Cheever’s “The Swimmer.” Above all else, we want writing that makes us feel something. Writing can be traditional, experimental, or a hybrid of the two. Surprise us!

We accept both established and emerging artists and writers across the board. We welcome simultaneous submissions, though we ask that you let us know immediately should your submission be accepted somewhere else. At this time we do not accept previously published work.

All submissions should be emailed to exhumeliteraryjournal@gmail.com.

Please list the genre you’re submitting under in the subject of your email, as well as your first and last name. Please paste your third-person bio, maximum 75 words, in the body of your email and submit your works as attachments in .doc or .docx format. All documents should be submitted in 12 point fonts. 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Asymptote submission guidelines

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Asymptote welcomes submissions of hitherto unpublished translated poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama; certain types of original English-language nonfiction, including literary and critical writing; as well as visual art.

You may send a one-act play or an excerpt from a full-length play, in either case not exceeding 20 pages, translated into English. For full-length plays, send a brief synopsis first. Rolling deadline.

1. All submissions should be sent as one Microsoft Word attachment (as a .doc file, please) via Submittable or, only if this is not possible, via email to editors@asymptotejournal.com. The Microsoft Word attachments must be labeled with the last names of the author and translator: authortranslator.doc.

2. For ease of reference, your email header should follow this format: SUBMISSION (Genre)-Submitter Name [e.g., SUBMISSION (Fiction)-James Frey]

3. Your submission must include the following:

The original work and the translation (where applicable).

A statement granting us permission to publish both the original work and the translation online, as well as declaring that you are in a position to grant us such rights (i.e., that you have the author’s permission—or the translator’s, if you are the author—and his/her publisher’s, if required).
Biographical notes, written in the third person, for both author and translator(s), beginning with the name, no longer than 150 words per bio.


Optional, but highly encouraged:

A short write-up providing context and discussing the challenges of this particular translation; fewer than 300 words.

An MP3 recording of a reading of the original non-English-language text (for poems and shorter pieces) or an excerpt of the original text (for longer work).


4. For poetry submissions, please format your submission so that each original work follows after its translation. [Translation 1, Original 1; Translation 2, Original 2, etc.]

5. Translations must not have been previously published, although the source text may have been.

6. Submissions in English (where permitted: see above) must not have been previously published.

 

7. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask in return that you notify us by email as soon as you learn of an acceptance elsewhere.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Seeking 10-minute plays to commemorate Stonewall

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Seeking 10-minute plays (or shorter) to be curated for an evening of short works to commemorate Stonewall.

There is no limit to the number of submissions each playwright can send.

If it's a scene from a play, it has to be edited so it can stand alone and be a play.

PLEASE NOTE: Just because a work has LGBTQ characters, it does not mean it's appropriate for this call.

***The work must directly relate to the community struggles and fight for civil rights prior to and up to June 1969, or have a direct correlation to Stonewall, not just a mention.***

Please do not send marriage equality plays set in in the past decade and please don't try to change the dates or pronouns to force an existing play into this context unless you're going to do actual revision. I will be able to tell.

To further assist in weeding out inappropriate entries, please include a three-sentence synopsis in the body of your email.

Deadline May 1, 2019

If you want to write to a specific moment, that would be awesome. I already have one about Frank Kameny's firing, but any other pivotal moments are fair game. I'd love to run them in a timeline up to the big event.

The show will run Buffalo United Artists in June for six performances over three weekends.

Pay is $30.

Send submissions and questions to buasubmissions@gmail.com. 

Gi60 2019: Accepting submissions now

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Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 edition of Gi60. Still the worlds only international One Minute Theatre Festival and New York and the UK's longest running and favorite place to view tiny plays.

Full details about how to submit can be found on this website and the deadline for Submissions is Midnight April 30th in your time zone.

Once again our teams in New York and Yorkshire will read your submissions before choosing 100 of the finest and most diverse creative cuts we receive. We will then work with our fabulous, talented and long suffering actors to bring you two shows of your work in two continents.
What are you waiting for... start writing!

All submissions to screammedia@yahoo.com

Parish Players THE TENS FESTIVAL 2019

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The Parish Players in Thetford, Vermont seeks 10-minute plays
  • Types of Plays: Comedies or Dramas must be no more than 10 minutes in length. 
  • Setting: Interior Living Room  
  • Deadline for Submission: May 1, 2019
  • Notification of Selection: July 1, 2019
  • Performance Dates: November 7, 8, 9 and 10 (matinee), and 14, 15, 16 and 17 (matinee)
Producers: Toni Egger, Alison Marchione and Linda Neubelt

How to submit:

Format: PDF ONLY!

Titles: Name your PDF file with the title of the play, a hyphen, and your own last name: Hamlet-Shakespeare, for example, only this play would be too long...

Email Subject Line:  Make the title the subject line of your email.

Send Scripts to: Pancho@ParishPlayers.org no later than 12:01AM EDT, May 1, 2019

Please Note: No more than one script per playwright. We prefer new, unproduced plays; however previously produced and already published original plays will be considered.  We will also give preference to "local" (New England) playwrights. We will have only one set this year: the living room. Make sure your play works in this setting.

Questions: Please email Pancho@ParishPlayers.org with the subject line: TENS QUESTION.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

5th Wall Productions Staged Reading Series

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Script Submissions
Submissions for the 2019-2020 Season will be open from September 1st 2018 to April 30, 2019.

Keep in mind that this is first and foremost a development opportunity. We are seeking plays that will benefit from further development, and playwrights who are excited about engaging with us through the development process. Please do not submit plays that have had an extensive development history or that have had multiple productions.

Please note that our submission process has changed. Read on for details and FAQ’s.

Staged Reading Program Overview:
The Staged Reading Series at 5th Wall Productions is a part of our new play development process. Each month, one previously unpublished and unproduced play will receive a staged reading, followed by a  a critical response session with the audience. At the end of each season, TWO of these selections will be chosen to receive a workshop production.

FAQs:

What kind of plays are you looking for?

5th Wall is currently accepting submissions of full-length, unpublished, unproduced stage plays. The plays do not have to be production-ready. In fact, most of our choices are in need of further development. Our mission is to give these development opportunities to new pieces,  and 5th Wall staff will work closely with the writers to improve the work. Submissions will be judged for overall quality, length, style, and producibility. We strive to find plays that tell new stories, ask tough questions, provoke thought, and challenge both actors and audiences. Submissions are not exclusive to local playwrights, though some  preference may be given to writers who are able to attend the reading.

How do I submit?
Please submit a 10-page sample of your script in PDF format. Submissions should be e-mailed to our literary manager at: 5thwallsubmissions@gmail.com.

Is there a fee?
No!

What do I need to include with my submission?
In the body of your email please include:
Name
Address
Phone number
Synopsis
Character breakdown
Development history
Any specific feedback you would like from the 5th Wall staff and/or questions you would ask the audience during the talkback session at a reading
Optional: a brief biography

How should my play be formatted?
There is a great resource on play formatting by Samuel French here.

What is the deadline for submission?
Submissions for the 2019-2020 season will close at 11:59 pm EST on April 30, 2019.

When will I find out if my play is selected?
Writers will be automatically notified by email when we have received your submission.  Due to the high volume of submissions we can not guarantee an individual response.
If your play is chosen for a Staged Reading, you will be notified by July 31, 2018.
If at any time you would like to receive an update on the status of your submission, feel free to send an email to 5thwallsubmisisons@gmail.com.

When are the readings presented?
Staged Reading Series events are typically held on the third Sunday of each month (with the exception of November and December). Scripts are assigned a director and a cast, and in most cases scripts are given two rehearsals during the week prior to the reading. Writers are invited to attend the reading and rehearsals either in person or through web based video conferencing, but it is not required.

What happens in the Critical Response session?
The model we use for the critical response talkback was developed by Liz Lerman, and is used by many institutions including the New York Theatre Workshop. It is structured in a way that ensures that feedback remains constructive and to the point. The four steps of the Critical Response Process are:

  • The audience is asked to make statements of meaning regarding the work.
  • The writer asks questions of the audience.
  • The audience then gets to ask questions of the writer.
  • Members of the audience ask if the writer would like to hear opinions or suggestions about certain aspects of the play. The writer must give permission for the opinion or suggestion to be heard. 

Are writers paid for staged readings or given compensation for travel?
We do not offer pay or travel stipends for staged reading participation. We feel that the benefit of the program is the development opportunity itself. Participation is voluntary for all involved. Writers who are not local may participate in the process through online video chat.

What happens next?
5th Wall will select TWO of the Staged Reading Series scripts to be workshopped into full productions in the following season. Writers will again be invited to participate in the workshop process, which will typically be the first two weeks of the six week rehearsal period. Writers are also welcome to attend a press-preview and opening night of the production. Writers will be compensated 10% of ticket sales for workshop productions.

What if my play has already been produced or published?
You are submitting to a development opportunity. Published plays will not be considered. Plays that have had previous productions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please detail the play’s development history (including any productions) in the body of your email.

Second Annual James Stevenson Prize for Comedic Short Plays

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In his cartoons for The New Yorker, James Stevenson told stories about the human comedy with energy and economy. This year, Playing on Air will once again award three major prizes for short comedies that perpetuate Mr. Stevenson's spirit and wit, bringing the finest new American plays to a national audience - for free.

The Prize’s sponsor is James Stevenson's wife, Josie Merck.  For submission details, read on below.

FIRST PRIZE
$7,500 award, plus a Playing on Air recording of the winning play for radio and podcast distribution

SECOND PRIZE
 $2,000 award

THIRD PRIZE
 $1,000 award

What to Submit:
- Playing on Air invites writers to submit a short comedic play of 10-25 pages (not counting title page).
- All entries must be original, unproduced plays. Scripts may not be adapted from the playwright’s published or previously-produced work.
- Submissions will be judged for literary merit, originality, and regard for the spirit of James Stevenson.
- Please do not include sound design cues or instructions beyond standard stage directions.
- Special consideration will be given to the script’s suitability for audio recording, as well as public radio broadcast.  Single-character monologues and plays that rely on the extensive use of a chorus, cast doubling, stage directions, or visual elements are discouraged.
- No fee is required for entry.

Formatting requirements:
- Title page (with no author information), 12pt font, 1 inch margins on every side, and numbered pages
- All submissions will be judged "blind."  Uploaded scripts should not include the author's name, representation, or any identifying information. All author information should be provided via submission form, online.

SUBMISSION Rules:
- One submission will be accepted per entrant. Additional entries will disqualify the writer.
- Submissions will be accepted from February 28, 2019 to May 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.  We strongly encourage playwrights to submit their work early, as no exceptions will be made.
- Entrants must be at least 21 years of age by May 31, 2019.  By entering, playwright consents to Playing on Air’s recording and distribution of winning play.
- Past winners may not submit in the two years after their win.
- Due to number of entries, Playing on Air cannot provide feedback on any individual script.  

Thursday, April 25, 2019

5th Wall Production Submissions for the 2019-2020 Season

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Submissions for the 2019-2020 Season will be open from September 1st 2018 to April 30, 2019.

Keep in mind that this is first and foremost a development opportunity. We are seeking plays that will benefit from further development, and playwrights who are excited about engaging with us through the development process. Please do not submit plays that have had an extensive development history or that have had multiple productions.

Please note that our submission process has changed. Read on for details and FAQ’s.

Staged Reading Program Overview:
The Staged Reading Series at 5th Wall Productions is a part of our new play development process. Each month, one previously unpublished and unproduced play will receive a staged reading, followed by a  a critical response session with the audience. At the end of each season, TWO of these selections will be chosen to receive a workshop production.

FAQs:

What kind of plays are you looking for?
5th Wall is currently accepting submissions of full-length, unpublished, unproduced stage plays. The plays do not have to be production-ready. In fact, most of our choices are in need of further development. Our mission is to give these development opportunities to new pieces,  and 5th Wall staff will work closely with the writers to improve the work. Submissions will be judged for overall quality, length, style, and producibility. We strive to find plays that tell new stories, ask tough questions, provoke thought, and challenge both actors and audiences. Submissions are not exclusive to local playwrights, though some  preference may be given to writers who are able to attend the reading.
How do I submit?
Please submit a 10-page sample of your script in PDF format. Submissions should be e-mailed to our literary manager at: 5thwallsubmissions@gmail.com.​​
Is there a fee?
No!


What do I need to include with my submission?
In the body of your email please include:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Synopsis
  • Character breakdown
  • Development history
  • Any specific feedback you would like from the 5th Wall staff and/or questions you would ask the audience during the talkback session at a reading
  • Optional: a brief biography
How should my play be formatted?
There is a great resource on play formatting by Samuel French here.

What is the deadline for submission?
Submissions for the 2019-2020 season will close at 11:59 pm EST on April 30, 2019.

When will I find out if my play is selected?
Writers will be automatically notified by email when we have received your submission.  Due to the high volume of submissions we can not guarantee an individual response.
If your play is chosen for a Staged Reading, you will be notified by July 31, 2018.
If at any time you would like to receive an update on the status of your submission, feel free to send an email to 5thwallsubmisisons@gmail.com.

When are the readings presented?
Staged Reading Series events are typically held on the third Sunday of each month (with the exception of November and December). Scripts are assigned a director and a cast, and in most cases scripts are given two rehearsals during the week prior to the reading. Writers are invited to attend the reading and rehearsals either in person or through web based video conferencing, but it is not required.

What happens in the Critical Response session?
The model we use for the critical response talkback was developed by Liz Lerman, and is used by many institutions including the New York Theatre Workshop. It is structured in a way that ensures that feedback remains constructive and to the point. The four steps of the Critical Response Process are:

  • The audience is asked to make statements of meaning regarding the work.
  • The writer asks questions of the audience.
  • The audience then gets to ask questions of the writer.
  • Members of the audience ask if the writer would like to hear opinions or suggestions about certain aspects of the play. The writer must give permission for the opinion or suggestion to be heard.
  • Learn more about the Critical Response Process here.


Are writers paid for staged readings or given compensation for travel?
We do not offer pay or travel stipends for staged reading participation. We feel that the benefit of the program is the development opportunity itself. Participation is voluntary for all involved. Writers who are not local may participate in the process through online video chat.

What happens next?
5th Wall will select TWO of the Staged Reading Series scripts to be workshopped into full productions in the following season. Writers will again be invited to participate in the workshop process, which will typically be the first two weeks of the six week rehearsal period. Writers are also welcome to attend a press-preview and opening night of the production. Writers will be compensated 10% of ticket sales for workshop productions.

What if my play has already been produced or published?
You are submitting to a development opportunity. Published plays will not be considered. Plays that have had previous productions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please detail the play’s development history (including any productions) in the body of your email.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

CARLO ANNONI AWARD 2019

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The Carlo Annoni Award is for theatre plays on gay themes and on diversity in love.

In the year of fifth centenary of Leonardo Da Vinci, who was discriminated for his sexual orientation, we dedicate the Carlo Annoni Prize 2019 to all those who in Italy and in the world fight for having recognized the right to love and against discrimination.

“Once you have experienced the flight’s flightiness, when you are back on the ground again, you will continue to look at the sky.” Leonardo Da Vinci

The plays can be written in Italian or in English

The prize is € 1000 for texts for each language (Italian and English).

Special mentions 2019

– What’s more, among the asylum seekers every year there are many people who leave their country because they are victims of persecution concerning sexual orientation. A special prize will be awarded to a text that deals with this theme.

– A special mention will be given for 10-minute theatrical shorts to promote  the theater in schools, clubs and events.

Plays must be sent by April 30, 2019 to: info@premiocarloannoni.eu

Participation is free of charge.

Texts already represented in the previous two years will also be taken into consideration.

The award ceremony will take place in September 2019 with an event in Milan.

A “library” of plays received is being created on this site to make them available to theater companies: those who want their text to become part of the virtual library must express their consent at the time of submitting the play, provided that the Author has all rights.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Troy Foundry Theatre Dark Day Mondays seeks plays for readings

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Troy Foundry Theatre, a 501(c) 3 professional theatre company in Troy, NY is currently accepting submissions of new plays for the 2019 MAY sessions of the DARK DAY MONDAYS FREE READING SERIES.  The selected plays will be presented in staged reading format with the possibility of being considered for full staging.

2019 MAY SESSION: FILM IN THEATRE

We’re calling for submissions for plays that are film-themed, either dealing with or based within the world of filmmaking, the art of filmmaking (small or bigger budget) or having to do with the life of filmmakers and/or film actors.

Submissions for the MAY 2019 session will be accepted until 5pm on FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019.

 To submit your work email to info@troyfoundrytheatre.com with the subject line: 2019 MAY SESSION _FIRST NAME LAST NAME_ TITLE OF PLAY.

There is NO submission fee.

Please include a short playwright’s bio, a production history of the piece, and the play in PDF or WORD doc format.

You will only hear back from us if your play is selected for reading.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 20th Annual New Play Festival

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Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced.  All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.).  The winning plays are scheduled to be showcased in a concert-format festival in the fall of 2019.  All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2020/2021 season by the Season Planning Committee.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We are proud to announce that for the 20th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee!  To enter you must complete an entry form, which can be found on our website at www.chameleontheatre.org/newplay, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below.  We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage.  If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of the music on a CD or flash drive.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts.  We will distribute the scripts “blind” to our readers for complete objectivity.  Include the show’s title on at least the first bound page.  Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights’ identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced.  We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings.  Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request.  Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year’s contest will have multiple categories.

TEN-MINUTE PLAYS
Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival.  All short plays will be entered in this contest.  Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

ONE-ACT
One to three winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival.  Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest.  Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

FULL-LENGTH
One to two winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival.  Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest.  It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

MUSICALS
If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a “musical” category.  Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters.  Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute.  In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

THEATRE-FOR-YOUTH
If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a “theatre-for-youth” category.  Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both.  Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute.  In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

OVERALL CONTEST WINNER/AUDIENCE FAVORITE WINNER
At the theatre’s discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an “Overall Contest Winner” from any category and an “Audience-Favorite Winner” from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival.  No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combination.  Please submit three (3) copies of each script (plus 3 copies of the music on CDs or flash drives for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2019 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
20th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley  MN  55124

Sunday, April 21, 2019

9th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam


Where 154 sonnets are spoken aloud by 154 readers of all ages and abilities

Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 1pm - 4pm

Riverside Church, 9th Floor Lounge 
91 Claremont Avenue
(nearest cross streets: Riverside Drive and W 122nd)
NY, NY, 10027

Contact
sonnetslam@gmail.com

Reader Registration is open!
Click here to become a Sonneteer! 

We will email you your Sonnet and event details.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Summer Play Celebration

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Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by July 17, 2019 )
7 - 45 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
SUMMER PLAY CELEBRATION
July 17 - July 22, 2019
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. NYC


Each 7 - 45 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of THREE performances!

To submit your 7-45 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:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Monday June 3, 2019.

Please put “SUMMER 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 Monday June 3, 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, April 20, 2019

#metoo plays seeks 10-minute plays

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PLAYWRIGHTS WANTED:
10 minute plays can be submitted for Altered Minds
Mental Health awareness, dis-ease, suicide , the last taboo!

Deadline: April 21, 2019     

SUBMIT: thealternativetheatercompany@gmail.com
The Alternative Theater Company's
2019 Short Play Festival

Semi finalists will be chosen to participate in three series of staged readings, performed and directed by professional actors and directors in a venue on Theatre Row, New York, followed by post show receptions and discussions.

8 Finalists will then be selected to participate in the Fall Off-Broadway Showcase Production and paid a percentage of net profits.

No fees will  be charged at any time. 

THEATRE503 SCRIPT SUBMISSION AND PROGRAMMING POLICY

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We are interested in reading scripts from any writer who is yet to have a full-length play that has been professionally produced for four weeks or more in a subsidised/commercial  London venue and/or a major regional or international venue. We apply this criteria to all script submissions: Unsolicited, Playwriting Award, Rapid Write Response and the 503Five.

Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 - 2021 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

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APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 1

National Black Theatre (NBT), the nation’s first revenue-generating Black arts complex, was founded in 1968 by the late visionary artist and entrepreneur Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. Since its inception, NBT has been at the forefront of a broader movement of engaging the arts for social change, economic growth and transformation in innovative ways that build community. NBT is a leading institution engaged in intentional creative place- making by leveraging the power of theater arts with Black culture and creativity. Throughout its rich history, NBT has maintained a strong commitment to creating a space in which new and underrepresented voices can be brought to the forefront to provide unique and diverse perspectives on the myriad critical issues of equity and social justice that affect our nation today. During the last 50 years, NBT has produced over 300 original works, toured globally & launched international extensions, like the National Black Theatre of Sweden.

I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency, Launched in 2012, is the only program in the country that is dedicated to Black playwrights, whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field, with a commitment to production. Coined as a dream MFA program this residency also seeks to unleash the soul of a playwright on the page so that they can develop, hone and explore new ways of artistic expression in a safe, supported and transformative environment. Alongside NBT’s Artistic Director, the selected playwright (s) will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season.
With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

RESIDENCY COMPONENTS:
The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY recognizes up to two Black playwrights annually. The chosen playwright(s) work must demonstrate exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field.
The selected playwright will receive:

A min stipend of $5000 [pending funding]
Administrative support: Access to office space, and black and white printing
Artistic support: Dramaturgy, in-house readings, two 29-hour workshop
A workshop production in the 2020-2021 season for six public performances
Two Complimentary tickets to National Black Theatre productions that season, as well as additional services and opportunities that NBT has to offer.

ELIGIBILITY, CONDITIONS, & REQUIREMENTS:
• Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

 2019 - 2021 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

• Applicants for the residency may not have had more than two plays produced by professional theaters at the time of application or during the residency. These are defined as productions for which the author and primary artists (actors, directors, and creative collaborators) were compensated and received at least three public performances. Ten-minute or one-act plays and university, college, secondary school, amateur, and Equity showcase/waiver productions are not considered full productions. 


• TheIAMSOUL-PLAYWRIGHTRESIDENCYisavailabletoBlackplaywrights,21yearsofageorolder, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. 

• Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs for playwriting are not eligible. 

• The resident playwright commits to spending the 18-month residency period by actively participating in the National Black Theatre community.
• The resident playwright commits to completing one full-length work, which will receive a workshop production at the National Black Theatre in the 2020-2021 season. 

• The residency period begins September 1, 2019 and ends March 31, 2021. All residency requirements must be met during that time.
• Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or Symposium open for the community to participate in.
• TheselectedplaywrightisrequiredtoserveontheSelectionCommitteeforthe20210-2022IAMSOUL-

PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY.
• Applicantshavetocommittobeingpresentandactivelyparticipatingduringtherehearsalprocessofall workshop opportunities.

• Playwrights may not receive more than one residency at NBT through this program.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Applications are screened for eligibility by the National Black Theatre and evaluated by a selection committee of professional theater artists within the field who select the five to seven finalists. From that group the committee selects finalists that National Black Theatre’s Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director will evaluate. The selected finalists receive a scheduled interview. Selection is based on artistic potential, commitment and originality. The selection process is guided by the National

Black Theatre’s mission statement:

Core Mission:
1. To produce transformational theater that helps to shift the inaccuracy around African Americans' cultural identity by telling authentic stories of Black lifestyle;
2. To use theater arts as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower & inform the national conscience around current social issues impacting our communities;

 2019 - 2021 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY
3. To provide a safe space for artists of color to articulate the complexity, beauty & artistic excellence intrinsic in how we experience the world in the domain of acting, directing, producing, designing, play writing and entrepreneurial autonomy.

Guiding Principles:

HOME: The commitment to creating a destination dedicated to Black artists where they have a sense of being and belonging. For people of African descent, having an artistic home helps heal the wounds of historical displacement and forced migration that Black people have suffered in America ever since the establishment of slavery. “Welcome To Your Home Away From Home” -Dr. Teer

BRAVE AND SACRED: The establishment of a brave and sacred space connected to indigenous practices to welcome Black artists, activists, and NGOs within the field to exercise creative autonomy in taking risks to connect, support, train, and incubate artists.

BLACK LIBERATION: The unapologetic and intersectional love, celebration, preservation, cultivation, illumination, generation, and transcontinental connectivity of the African Diaspora.

HUMAN TRANSFORMATION: The act of creating and elevating the belief and practice that exposure to an intentional environment that celebrates and reveals the truth of the Black cultural experience and aligns it with our shared humanity promotes the purpose of liberation from systematic oppression for all people.

INTEGRITY: The incontestable practice of remaining mission-centered and engaging with others from an authentic space of honesty, love, and respect.

TO APPLY:
Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT’S RESIDENCY, send an email to submit@nationalblacktheatre.org as a single PDF document, containing the following elements, arranged in this sequence:

1. AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format: NAME
COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS HOME PHONE, OTHER PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
PLAY TITLE
PLAY SYNOPSIS

If you are represented by an agent at that time of applying please make us aware and let us know who that agency is.

2. A WRITING SAMPLE: One full-length play that is at least 50 pages in length and has been written only by the applicant (no co-written submissions will be accepted). Please identify 20 pages that you would like for the panelists to read. Please note that the panelists are only required to read these pages. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting. The submitted play should not have the playwrights name attached to it as the committee reads the plays as a blind submission.

3. Answer these following questions:
a. What inspires you and your work? [250 word max]
b. How important is collaboration within your process? [250 word max]
c. Why are you interested in doing this residency now? Incorporate three goals you wish to obtain
after going through a process like this. [500 word max]

4. A PLAYWRITING RESUME [listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.]

5. If Playwright is chosen as a finalist they will be asked to submit a one page single spaced proposal outlining ideas, story and/or subject matter they would want to focus their residency on creating. This must be a NEW play.

Name the application packet file with your last name followed by soulapp [Example: application packet sent by Jane Smith = Smithsoulapp.pdf)

Email your application packet by May 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm. No late applications will be accepted.
Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via email.

DEADLINE & IMPORTANT DATES:

Applications must be received by: Finalists will be notified on: Recipient(s) will be notified on: Residency term:
May 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm
June 5, 2019
July 10, 2019
September 1, 2019 - March 31, 2021

QUESTIONS:
Contact:
Program Coordinator : Belynda Hardin submit@nationalblacktheatre.org
CC: Kayla@nationalblacktheatre.org


Ox-Bow Writers Residency

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Deadline May 1, 2019

Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists and writers. Each fall approximately 35 artists and 6 writers participate in the residency creating a community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. Three studios are dedicated specifically to writers. The fall is also an ideal time to propose group or collaborative work. Please complete the application below. If you have any questions, contact us at 1.800.318.3019.

Please note, the fall residency is open to all artists not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

JetFest 2020

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Fee will be waived (with hard copy submissions only) for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends).

Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Jewish Ensemble Theatre.” Contact the theatre should you wish to pay by credit card.

For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and will be used to offset printing costs.  The fee may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.

ELIGIBILITY

JET encourages all playwrights over 18 to submit their work. JET's programming generally reflects issues of social conscience and human rights both in drama and comedy. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us at 248-788-2900.

Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been produced prior to the festival in 2020. Cast size of 10 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

ENTRIES ACCEPTED
Submissions will be accepted January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
(checked by postmark or time stamp).

SCRIPTS
Submit a copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like acknowledgement of receipt please attach a self addressed stamped postcard.

CONSENT
The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs.

The finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when the script is published

AWARDS
Each of the four finalists will receive a $250 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.

SELECTION PROCESS
Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are read by the entire committee who then select the finalists.

NOTIFICATION
Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2019.

SUBMIT TO
Mail:   JETheatre
            JETFest
    P. O. Box 252717
            West Bloomfield, MI  48325.

Email:
C.Bremer@jettheatre.org

QUESTIONS
Contact:
Christopher Bremer, Executive Director
248.788.2900

INDEMNIFICATION
The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Gallery Players 23rd Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 23rd Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2020. Each play selected will be given a black box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: POST MARKED BY July 31, 2019.

Submission guidelines:
• Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier
• Length may be from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. No monologues. No period
costume pieces.
• You may submit as many plays as you wish.
• Pages must be numbered
• A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is
required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
• Submit a copy of your resume
• Playwrights cannot direct their own work
• Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215.

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.
We do not accept email submissions.
We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to
protect the copyright.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

2020 Page 73 Development Programs Application

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DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2019

Page 73 has two play development programs available to early-career playwrights through this application. Playwrights may apply for either or both programs as they see fit and are eligible (see below).

1. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship

The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship provides a year of comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has not received a professional production in New York City (please see eligibility requirements below). Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to this writer as they develop one or more new plays of their choosing. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellow receives an unrestricted award of $10,000 and a development budget, managed by Page 73 and the Fellow over the course of the Fellowship year, up to an additional $10,000.
The Fellow is encouraged to think creatively about using Fellowship resources to meet concrete goals that might not otherwise be possible. These goals may include, but are not limited to, development of one or more new plays, assistance in building relationships within the New York City theater community, research, and/or travel. Please note that funds from the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship do not cover full-scale productions, nor does Page 73 commit to producing the work of the Fellow. The Fellowship incorporates at least one public presentation by the Fellow. Page 73 also helps the Fellow identify and connect with collaborators, including directors, designers, actors and dramaturgs, for Fellowship projects.

The Fellow is associated with Page 73 for the calendar year, from January 1 to December 31. After being selected, they work with Page 73’s staff to develop a plan for the year and establish a timeline for the development work to be done on the new play or plays. The Fellow may also be invited to participate in the Page 73 Summer Residency and, if eligible, Interstate 73 (described below) during the Fellowship year.

If the Fellow is not a New York City resident, they must be prepared to travel to New York during the Fellowship year in order to fully engage in the opportunities that the Fellowship provides.

Past Page 73 Playwriting Fellows are Kirsten Greenidge, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jason Grote, Krista Knight, Tommy Smith, Heidi Schreck, Eliza Clark, Janine Nabers, Max Posner, Caroline V. McGraw, Clare Barron, Nick Gandiello, Hansol Jung, John J. Caswell, Jr., and C. A. Johnson. The current Fellow is Sanaz Toossi.

2. Interstate 73

Interstate 73 is Page 73’s yearlong writers group. Consisting of six to eight playwrights and led by Page 73’s Producing Artistic Director and Artistic Associate, Interstate 73 meets twice monthly on weeknight evenings at our office in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Each playwright receives a stipend for participating. Participants bring in pages that are read aloud and discussed by the group. Each participating playwright is also given an opportunity for a reading of a completed work, which can be public or private, depending on the playwright’s interests and needs. Page 73's staff works with each playwright to craft the reading to be as useful as possible for the writer.
Interstate 73 begins each year in January, and meetings run through December; sessions are typically suspended for a period in the summer. Please consult the eligibility requirements below. Page 73 selects participants from individuals we meet through this application process as well as from individuals who have become known to the company through other means.

Note: While Page 73's staff may, from time to time, offer a spot in Interstate 73 to a playwright who meets the eligibility requirements but has not completed an application for the program, anyone who wishes to be considered for the 2020 Fellowship must submit this application.

Applicants for both programs:

1. The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation;

2. The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays;

3. The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal;

4. The applicant must have never received a production of his/her work in New York City that was larger than an Actors' Equity Showcase Code presentation;

5. The applicant must not be enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate program at the time of participation.
The following materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on April 15, 2019 to be considered for the 2020 development programs.

A. Completed Online Application Form (Below) *NOTE: Please have all your PDF documents ready to upload. The work on this form cannot be saved.

B. Letter of Intent (uploaded as a PDF)

1,000 word limit. Please address all of the following questions.

1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us briefly about your work. What interests you? What do you hope to accomplish through your writing?

2. What do you consider to be your greatest artistic challenge at this point in your career?

3. What do you consider to be your greatest professional challenge at this point in your career?

4. Being specific, how do you feel Page 73's program(s) will help you address the challenges you describe in questions 2 and 3?

C. A 10-page sample from a full script (uploaded as a PDF). No title page is necessary; you will list the title of the work in the Online Application Form. We are very open to receiving samples that do not come from the beginning of your play. If you feel your sample requires a brief contextual introduction, feel free to include that on the first page.

D. The full script from which you selected your 10-page sample (uploaded as a PDF)

E. Playwriting Resume (uploaded as a PDF). Note: We do not wish to receive a bio in place of or in addition to a resume.

F. Name and Contact Information of a professional reference.
Interstate 73 applicants:

Attendance at all Interstate 73 sessions is extremely important; please do not apply for Interstate 73 if you will be unable to attend group meetings in New York City on a regular basis. Playwrights' stipends are tied to attendance. Priority is given to writers who are not involved in a similarly structured institutional writing group and who will be present in the New York City area for the calendar year.

We understand this application occurs well in advance of 2019 and appreciate that schedules and institutional affiliations change. If you are not sure about your involvement in other writers groups or your location for 2019, you are welcome to apply for Interstate 73 and update us accordingly regarding your eligibility.

ONLINE FORM

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The 52nd John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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Entry Deadline: April 15, 2019

Winners Announcement: October, 2019

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to: gassner-award@netconline.org

The John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award Competition fosters new playwrights and scripts through this important competition established by Molly Gassner, wife of theatre historian John Gassner. The Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903-1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board. A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention and awards ceremony.

RULES OF ENTRY
•The competition is open to all playwrights. Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered.

Plays submitted to the competition
must not have been published as of April 15, 2019
must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2019
must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15 2019

The play must be submitted, along with:
A statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of April 15, 2019, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2019.

A list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
• Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.  Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2019. Only winners will be notified. Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:
gassner-award@netconline.org

The 4th Annual A Light in Dark Places seeks plays

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The 4th annual A Light in Dark Places: A Collection of Plays for Hope in accordance with National Suicide Prevention Week seeks short plays.

Selected plays will receive a six-performance run and a $50 prize.

Performances will be the weekends of Sept. 6th-8th & Sept. 13th-15th at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles in Hollywood.

ALIDP is a nonprofit that uses the arts to bring understanding, resources and hope to those affected by suicide. The plays are to explore the theme of Suicide Prevention with a focus on areas such as the experience of living with mental health conditions, healthy conversations about mental health, suicide loss survivors, and resources for those in need.

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

Up to six plays will be selected from the submissions.

Selections will be announced no later than May 15th, directors will then be assigned, and casting will commence in August. A four-week rehearsal period is expected.

To apply, playwrights must submit an original 5 to 15 page, double-spaced script (previously produced scripts, excluding readings, are not eligible) via email to: submit@alightindarkplaces.org.

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM, Sunday April 14th, 2019.

For further information on A Light in Dark Places, please visit www.alightindarkplaces.org.

For further information on the subject of Suicide Prevention, please visit: www.afsp.org.

For further information about Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, please visit:
http:/www.stellaadler.la

https://afsp.org/creating-light-dark-places/

USC Bedrosian Center/Red Nation Celebration Institute seeks full length plays

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USC Bedrosian Center/Red Nation Celebration Institute is accepting submissions of full length plays written by American Indian/Indigenous authors.

Winners from outside of Los Angeles will receive travel and accommodations to USC in November 2019 to workshop their script with professional actors, director, and dramaturge.

This call for submission supports our mission to give opportunities for Native American and non-Native students to learn, collaborate, study, and amplify the stories of Indigenous peoples. We are offering a call for original scripts from Indigenous playwrights.

The selected play will be featured in the opening ceremonies of the 24th Annual Red National International Film Festival at the USC Bedrosian Center in November 2019. Travel and accommodation will be provided to playwrights outside of the Los Angeles area.

Plays with a message are preferred, though there is no preference of genre. There is no fee to enter a submission, only one submission per person.

Application requirements & instructions:
All materials for application are due July 1, 2019

Email submissions to RNCIMedia@gmail.com

The applicant must identify as American Indian or Indigenous and be over 18.
The front page of the script must list:
title of play
author’s full name
author’s date of birth
author’s home address
author’s email address
author’s phone number

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The 22nd Annual Aurand Harris Memorial Playwrighting Award

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A CONTEST FOR NEW FULL-LENGTH PLAYS for YOUNG AUDIENCES
ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2019 
WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: OCTOBER 2019

This award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.

A panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board will administer this award. A staged reading of the prize-winning scripts will be held along with the Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards ceremony.

RULES OF ENTRY

  • The contest is open to all playwrights and is for new full-length plays for young audiences. No musicals nor plays targeted at adult audiences
  • All plays will be submitted online to harris-award@netconline.org
  • Plays submitted to the contest must not have been
  •  previously published
  • submitted to NETC’s Gassner Playwriting Contest
  • previously produced by a professional or Equity company.
  • Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.
  • Plays submitted to this contest may have been submitted to another playwriting contest, and may have previously won a prize or an award in another contest. However, such plays must not have been published or professionally produced and must not be under option for publication or professional production.
  • Playwrights may submit only one play to the contest in one year.

The play must be submitted, along with:

  • a statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of May 1, 2019, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of May 1, 2019.
  • a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
  • ALL manuscripts and enclosures must be emailed to: harris-award@netconline.org
  • Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.
  • Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Dark Unicorn Productions submissions guidelines

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Following a very exciting planning meeting at Dark Unicorn Towers yesterday, we hope it won’t be too long before we can make an announcement of our next production. It will be a revival of a major play but until we’ve sorted out some logistics we can’t say more than that!

However, we don’t want to restrict ourselves just to revivals, so we are also now accepting, on a rolling basis, new stage scripts from writers globally.

Our only requirements for new work are that it is a work for live performance, that the cast contains no more than five people, that it is at least 60 minutes long and that it conforms to our desire to create challenging, thought-provoking but above all entertaining theatre for the world we live in. We don’t want to be too prescriptive beyond that as we want to be as broad and progressive a company as possible and give an outlet to as diverse a set of contemporary voices as we can.

So, if you have a script you want considered, just email it to us at darkunicornsubmissions@gmail.com.

We will read everything but we sadly lack the capacity to provide a feedback service. Therefore we will only be in touch with authors whose work we are keen to discuss progressing.

Hope to hear from some of you soon!

Eleanor and Paddy (Co-Founders)

Plays In Progress Series seeks full-length plays

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Athena Project, located in Denver, Colorado, is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIPS). This Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in one of three models: concert or table readings and our workshops.

Rehearsals and presentation will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2020. Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and basic design elements during presentations. Scripts are accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2019.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:
  • Playwright must be a woman and may submit only ONE full-length script. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.
  • Previously un-produced plays only. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity.
  • Submission must include:
  • a. BLIND script in PDF format – PAGE ONE of PDF script MUST have TITLE, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN & SYNOPSIS of script, 200 word limit (This file will contain NO playwright contact info*)
  • b. Cover letter addressing: 1) what the playwright would like to accomplish working with a director, dramaturg and cast and 2) how she heard about the call for submissions
  • c. Resume 
  • Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.
  • We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed, and for at least one performance at her own expense. We will select 3-6 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected. Travel stipends are offered.
  • Contact us via LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectArts.org if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

*Contact information must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on the script, the first page of which will be its title, a character breakdown and a short synopsis (submissions will be read blind).

Timeline:
  • Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2019**
  • Three – six finalists will be selected by September 2019
  • Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by October 2019
  • Casting will be between November-December 2019
  • Rehearsals will begin in February 2020
  • Plays In Progress Series will open approximately March or April 2020

**Athena Project reserves the right to close submissions before April 15, 2019.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

KC Melting Pot Theatre is now accepting short plays

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KC Melting Pot Theatre is now accepting short plays (10-15 pages) for their inaugural New Works Development Festival. Six selected scripts will be assigned a director, professional cast and receive a week of rehearsals culminating in a short play festival at the end of the week.

One chosen play from the finalist will then receive a development opportunity to make their short play a full-length show and have a workshop production during 2020-2021.

The development process. At this time we are only accepting plays from African American / Black playwrights at this time.

Theme/topic can by anything however we are not accepting any musicals, children's stories or one-character plays.

1. One script per playwright

2. Please submit blind copies of your script (no identifying information on the script). Include playwright name and contact info in body of email.

3. Scripts should be in pdf or word document and written in standard play format. 12pt font in Times New Roman or New Courier.

4. Minimal tech and set requirements.

5. Playwrights will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

6. Submissions will be cut off after 100 entries.

7. Email your script to newplays@kcmeltingpot.com. Please include ONLY the script. No bios, resumes, synopses or headshots. 

Parnip Ship seeks plays

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Deadline: April 21st, 2019
THE PARSNIP SHIP IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW PLAYS AND NEW VOICES...
and for Season Five, we are specifically looking for plays exclusively written by
female-identifying playwrights*.

As we believe there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort among us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors!

Submission form online

Before you send in your play for consideration, please either attend a live episode recording or take a listen to one of our episodes and read our FAQs on submissions. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email submissions@theparsnipship.com

*Cis-, Trans-, Non-Binary Femme Folx and Women of Color are encouraged to apply if they identify

The Alternative Theater Company seeks 10-minute plays

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Faccebook page

The deadline date : April 21st, 2019

How to submit and the mailing address:
MS Word Thealternativetheatercompany@gmail.com or through the website

The length of plays wanted: 10-minutes.

Semi-finalists are selected to for a series of Staged Readings in the Spring, directed and acted by professionals in NYC. The Final 8 chosen for the Full Off-Broadway Showcase Production in the Fall will receive a percentage of net profits.

There are no restrictions to eligibility, however plays must fit the guidelines of Festival and mission of theater Company.-- Primarily: Mental Health Issues, 2-5 characters, relevant to contemporary society.

There are no limits to number of play submissions.

Plays must not have been previously produced and/or published.

Submitters will be notified on receipt of their submission by autoresponse only.

First Semi-finalists will be announced on the website and social media by May 1st, 2019, and contacted personally prior to that date.

There are NO participation fees expected of the Playwright at any time.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Curtis Theatre Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival

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The Curtis Theatre announces a call for submissions to the inaugural Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival. This year's theme, “That’s What She Said”, aims to provide a platform for the female voice. Staged readings will run August 30 – September 1, 2019.

Page to Stage will feature one-act and full-length plays. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2019.

Submissions are open to all playwrights with an emphasis on Southern California based artists. Writers interested in submitting plays should send finished scripts to PagetoStage2019@gmail.com with “Festival Play Submission” and the play title in the subject line. Included in the e-mail should be the playwright’s name, contact information, and a two-sentence synopsis of the play. There is no submission fee.

The purpose of the Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival is to nurture new plays and new playwrights by working with local burgeoning writers and to showcase their works for audiences in our community. Selected plays will be presented as staged readings on the Curtis Theatre stage as part of the 2019/2020 Season. The Curtis Theatre will also use the festival to find and develop material for future seasons. Authors whose manuscripts are selected will receive an honorarium, a written critique from a professional dramaturge, a DVD of the staged reading, and participation in a post-show audience discussion.

The 2019 festival is produced in partnership with Project La Femme. Project La Femme is committed to creating art that challenges dialogue while promoting and amplifying artists who produce socially engaging art projects. Their mission is to create and explore images and definitions of women through diversity, inclusiveness, and honesty.

Pre-submission writers' workshops will be offered in the evenings on February 21 and April 4, 2019. Actors' auditions are scheduled for August 5 & 6, 2019. Anyone interested in directing, designing, or volunteering for the festival, please contact Heather Enriquez by April 15 at HeatherG@cityofbrea.net. More information will be available on the Curtis Theatre Facebook page or by joining the Curtis Creative Collective Facebook group.

The mission of the City of Brea’s Curtis Theatre is to entertain, inspire, and connect our diverse community through exceptional performing arts programs, premium facilities, and professional staff. All readings, rehearsals, and workshops will be at the Curtis Theatre, located in the Brea Civic and Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle in Brea.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

CITY LIT ART OF ADAPTATION FESTIVAL (Chicago)

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To submit a proposal for entry into the festival, send a .pdf copy of your adaptation script to Katy Nielsen at AofA@citylit.org.

Proposals must be submitted no later than April 8, 2019. Selections will be announced by April 15, 2019.

City Lit Theater will present THE ART OF ADAPTATION on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 31, June 1 and June 2, and is currently soliciting for pieces for the festival. Submitting playwrights may be located anywhere, but a connection to Chicago is strongly encouraged.

City Lit staff will select six to eight adaptations, each of which will be awarded $200.00.

The selected adaptations will be given two performances over the course of the weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday night and a marathon of all pieces on Sunday. A panel of judges will view the Sunday performances and award an additional $300 cash prize to the adapter of the piece judged the best of the festival.

The deadline for submissions is April 8, 2019.

THE ART OF ADAPTATION takes place at City Lit Theater, in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church building at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. The performance schedule is Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 pm.


THE RULES:

1. The piece must be 20 minutes or less. If it exceeds the 20-minute limit, it will not be eligible for the prize.

2. The piece must be an adaptation of non-dramatic material—a short story, an essay, a memoir, poetry, an excerpt from a novel, a video game, and so forth; but not material from a play.

3. The piece must be a world premiere adaptation.

4. The adapter is responsible for any royalties that are due for the piece, as well as for any rehearsal or production expenses. City Lit does not provide rehearsal space prior to tech rehearsal, and does not provide the services of a director or any actors.

5. The piece submitted must be the piece performed - no drastic changes can be made to the script after it is accepted.

6. Each piece selected will be performed on the same simple festival set with the same simple light plot. A stock of furniture will be provided. The adapter is responsible for all scenic elements, furniture, costumes, etc.

7. City Lit has a stock of furniture, costumes and props that is available to adaptors. Adaptors must provide a $20 deposit for any stock used. The deposit will be returned in full when all items are properly returned.

8. City Lit will provide the performance space, festival stage lighting, backstage and front-of-house crew, publicity, programs, tickets and the cash prizes.


How to submit

To submit a proposal for entry into the festival, send a .pdf copy of your adaptation script to Katy Nielsen at AofA@citylit.org. Proposals must be submitted no later than April 8. Selections will be announced by April 15th.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

New Voices Fellowship Program 2019

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Applications Now Open!
Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019

The Lark is accepting applications for the New Voices Fellowship program, supported by The Jerome Foundation.

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

In the 2019-20 cycle, The Lark will award two Fellowships.

Applications will be accepted from February 13, 2019 to April 15, 2019.  Selected fellows will be notified in June 2019.

The 2019 Fellowship period begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020.

VISION

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

ACTIVITIES

Fellows will:

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

Fellows will receive:

$15,000 fellowship stipend
$3,000 opportunity fund
Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 for 2019 and 2020 and be responsible for their own taxes. Both stipends are taxable.

ELIGIBILITY

Fellowship applicants must:

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


APPLICATION:

Please submit the following in .doc or PDF form to newvoices@larktheatre.org:

  • A cover sheet, including your name, address, date of birth, phone number, and email address;
  • A current artistic resume, along with one personal or professional reference (listing the referee’s title or institutional affiliation, along with their phone number and email address). Referrer may be an artistic collaborator, professor, or educator familiar with you and your work;
  • A one-page Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals; (3) a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals;
  • A one-page Description of Financial Need, describing current income, expenses, and any outstanding financial commitments (such as student loans or other debt), including a statement on how the fellowship stipend might be used and why it would be transformative;
  • A ten (10) page sample of recent work that best represents you as a playwright (Sample may be an excerpt or self-contained 10-minute play). Finalists will be asked to submit a recent full-length play as additional support material.
  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2019


Finalists will be notified in May.  Selected fellows will be announced in June.

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition 2019

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The UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of previously unproduced, unpublished scripts highlighting the African-American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Adaptations from books and other forms are not allowed.

Click here to download a PDF of the contest flyer 

Prize:

A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright.

A staged reading of the winning script on May 12th, 2019, in the Wagner New Play Festival attended by national theatre professionals.

Travel and housing cost to and from UC San Diego to be present for the performance.

Adjudication:

Finalists and the eventual winners will be selected by a team comprised of the faculty and staff of UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance and invited judges from other theatre facilities, the professional theatre, local media or the UCSD student body.

The decision of the team of adjudicators is final. The UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance reserves the right to select no winner.

Guidelines:

Scripts must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Plays which have staged readings are acceptable.

Scripts must be 50 pages or longer, typed. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically.

Deadline for entry Friday, April 12th, 2019. 

The winner will be announced by April 27th, 2019.

Please include with your submission your contact details (name, college email, address, and phone number), play title, number of characters, institutional affiliation, and a one-page story summary.

Submissions:

All scripts must be submitted by email to playwritingcompetition@ucsd.edu.

OPEN SPACE ARTS 2019 SUMMER PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL GUIDELINES

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Submissions for the 2019 Summer Playwrights Festival are open until April 14th, 2019

Plays submitted must fit the following guidelines:

  • Plays must fit the theme of "Age of Wisdom"
  • Must be no longer than 15-20 minutes (average one (1) minute/page)
  • Must include a title page with play title, playwright name, email, and location.
  • Must include a dramatis personae (character name, age range, gender if necessary,) and brief description of the play.
  • Industry standard formatting is not required, but formatting must include normal page margins (1",) 12 point font (Courier, Arial, Times New Roman), and single spacing with space between separate lines of dialogue.
  • Page numbers preferred, but not required.
  • Must be family friendly - no overt swearing, violence, or sexual themes. Keep it PG.
  • Must be suitable to be performed outdoors - no intense lighting requirements, no complex sets, etc.
  • Must be a PDF or Word document.
  • You may submit up to two plays for consideration.

Please submit plays to openspaceartsmd@gmail.com

Fifth Annual End of the Road New Short Play Festival and Beach Party

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South Baldwin Community Theatre of Golf Shores, Alabama is seeking submissions for the Fifth Annual End of the Road New Short Play Festival and Beach Party to be held July 12, 13 & 14 2019 in Gulf Shores AL. It will consist of three staged readings of eight winning ten-minute plays. There will be an additional slot reserved for a student (18 and under) play.

By submitting your play you are agreeing to participate in the production of the play which means that attendance by the playwright is a requirement for winning scripts.

Plays may have had prior productions but may not have been published. Plays should not exceed 10 minutes in length and should be appropriate for a family-friendly theatre.

Submissions can be made via US mail to:

South Baldwin Community Theatre
PO Box 722
Gulf Shores, AL
36547

Submissions can also be sent via email to pfizplays@gmail.com. Please include your name and contact information on a separate cover sheet. The author's name should not appear anywhere in the body of the script.

Deadline for submissions is April 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by May 20, 2019.

The weekend will include an opening night beach party reception and a closing reception with talk-back. A $100.00 first prize will be give to the Judges' Choice and a $50.00 prize will be given to the Audience Favorite.

For details or questions call 251-968-6721 or go to www.sbct.biz

We are looking forward to reading your play.

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