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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Austin Latinx New Play Festival 2019

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Teatro Vivo is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2020 Austin Latinx New Play Festival (ALNPF), presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, to run May 14 to May 16, 2020, Austin TX.

Playwrights are invited to submit original scripts that speak to the diverse Latinx experience.

Plays can be in English, Spanish, Nahuatl, Coahuiltecan, bilingual or multilingual.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 15, 2019 by 11:59 PM CST. 

Plays will then be read and scored by a diverse panel of readers. Four scripts will be selected for presentation at the festival, including one play by a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, and one play for young audiences.

Selected plays will be announced in December.

Eligible plays must be original, full-length works with a minimum 50-minute run time and a max of 10 roles. Additionally, plays must align with the Teatro Vivo mission statement, be focused on Latinx lives, and must not have been produced before the ALNPF or already scheduled for production during 2019-2020.

Preference will be given to plays that utilize more than one language.

Now in its eighth year, the ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original work. The festival brings each playwright together with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience. Additionally, the selected works will receive a preliminary reading in January to give playwrights an opportunity to revise their work before rehearsals begin in May.

Playwrights of the selected pieces will collaborate with a dramaturg and director hired by Teatro Vivo. Playwrights must be available to attend the preliminary reading of their play in January, the public reading in May, and participate in a facilitated talk back with the audience immediately following the public reading. The Austin Latinx New Play Festival will take place at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

Submissions can be sent to teatrovivoaustin@gmail.com

Cascades 10 Festival – Bend Oregon

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Accepting ten-minute play submissions from playwrights in Oregon and Washington for the Third Annual Cascades 10 Festival, sponsored by the Cascades Theatrical Company, Bend Oregon. Submissions accepted Nov 1 – Dec 31, 2019.

  • Accepting unproduced works or works that have had one previous production. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible
  • No adaptations or children’s plays
  • Cast size: 6-10 maximum
  • Length: approximately 10 minutes 
  • Plays should have simple set requirements
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted
Plays will be reviewed through a blind panel review process.

The eight selected plays will be produced for a weekend play festival April 23 – 26, 2020 in Bend, Oregon at the Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend Oregon 97703.

We are trying to support new works and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels.

Please submit your play, PDF format to cascades10@cascadestheatrical.org, or mail three printed copies to Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend OR 97703

College of Saint Mary seeks one-act plays

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College of Saint Mary is accepting one act play submissions for the recently established New Works Initiative.

The selected script will be published in the 2020 edition of The Saint Mary’s Review.

The playwright of the selected script will receive a $250 guest lecture stipend, travel/airfare to Omaha in late April or early May 2020 (at this time dates are flexible), 2-3 nights lodging on the CSM campus, and daily meals. While the playwright is on campus, workshop opportunities will be offered over 2-3 days, culminating in a public staged reading.

Spring 2020 – College of Saint Mary – One Act Play Theme:
The College of Saint Mary Library recently received a collection of Cinderella texts. This generous donation is the inspiration for the 2020 One Act Play, Call for Scripts. Depending on the interpretation, the story of Cinderella has a variety of themes and lessons. Please select a theme or lesson from any Cinderella text as a catalyst for your one act.

Guidelines for Submission:
• For full consideration, one act scripts must be submitted before Friday, November 8th, 2019.
• Only one script per playwright is accepted.
• Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the CSM Mission.
• Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the theme of this
   year’s Call for Plays.

Formatting:

Script Parameters:

To best serve College of Saint Mary’s entirely female undergraduate population, we are seeking scripts that can be produced with an all-female cast.
• Only one-act plays are being accepted.
• Estimated production run time should be 90 minutes or less.
Selection:
 • The script must be written in English.
• The script must provide a character breakdown.
• The script must provide a brief description of the setting.
• The script must be unpublished.
• The script must not have previously received a fully-mounted production.
  • Submissions will be vetted by a small committee of CSM faculty, students, and staff.
• The winner will be announced in January, 2020.
• To be eligible for consideration, the playwright must be willing to travel to Omaha in late April or early
May of 2020 to serve as a guest lecturer and participate with workshops leading to the staged reading of the script. At this time dates are flexible.


How and Where to Submit:
• Script and Title Page must be submitted to: sklocke@csm.edu o SubjectLine(NewWorksInitiative)
o No other forms of submission will be accepted.

• Script:
o Must be in 1 File
o Must include: Play title, cast list, and setting description
o Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the CSM
Mission.https://www.csm.edu/our-mission
o Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the theme of this year’s Call for Plays.
• Title Page:
o Must include: Name, Address, Email and Phone Number
• Please forward all questions to:
Sarah Klocke, MFA
Associate Professor
Program Director for Theatre and Communication College of Saint Mary
7000 Marcy Rd / Omaha, NE 68106
sklocke@csm.edu
Office Phone: 402-399-2619

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Itinerant Theatre’s “Life Inspired” 5th annual 10-Minute and Short Play Staged Readings Season

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Itinerant Theatre is accepting scripts for our 5th annual 10-Minute and Short Play Staged Readings series “The Play’s the Thing”. The Play’s subject matter should fit this season’s theme of “Life Inspired”.

There will be a $25 flat royalty honorarium to playwrights per play chosen for readings.

Itinerant Theatre is an affordable, professional theatre company that brings new works and the modern classics to artistically underserved communities.

 Itinerant Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company.  People want to tell their story, interpret their times, write and act with truth and beauty…before their peers & for the stage. Itinerant Theatre makes that possible.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Only TWO plays per category may be submitted per playwright. There is no submission fee.
  2. Submission deadline is November 15, 2019.
  3. Submissions via email only. Email submissions (in pdf or Word format only) to joypace@itineranttheatre.com
  4. Plays must include contact info (name, phone number, email address, home city and state, country) on the cover sheet.
  5. Plays will require no more than 6-8 actors.
  6. 10 Minute Plays will run no more than 10 minutes, no exceptions.
  7. Short Plays will run no more than 1 hour, no exceptions.


Timeline

Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for readings will be notified via phone call and email in Late November to mid December at latest.

At most, twenty to thirty plays will be chosen to be produced as staged readings in in Spring as part of our “The Play’s the Thing: New Play Series” in Itinerant Theatre’s studio.

After the plays have closed, the honorarium will be sent to the playwrights.

Stage Partners seeks 10-minute plays

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CALLING ALL FEMALE DRAMA TEACHERS!

SUBMIT YOUR SHORT PLAY to...

Stage Partners wants YOUR best 10-minute play for our next collection. We all want strong women characters for our young actresses to play, and who knows better how to write those women than YOU.

Submit your play below by November 15th, 2019.

If selected to be included in the collection you'll receive:

-A publishing and licensing deal for your play to be included in our newest collection IT’S HER SAY. You'll be a published playwright!

-A free production of a Stage Partners play for your school! (Script Pack and up to 3 performances)

-Recognition and a guest interview on our blog!

 The Rules:

You have to be a theater teacher.

You must identify as a woman (cis/trans/GNC/non-binary).

Your play must about 10 minutes in length (but up to 15 mins is okay) and must feature at least one prominent, dimensional female/ female-identifying role. Sorry, no solo pieces.

Your play must be able to be performed in schools (no foul language, no adult content — you know the drill).

You must own exclusive rights to your play. It’s great if it was already produced, but it can’t already be published.

Otherwise, the sky is the limit! Comedy, drama and everything in between goes. We know you know what works, you're all pros.

LIMIT ONE SUBMISSION PER PERSON.

Email info@yourstagepartners.com with any questions.

Submit your play using the form below by November 15th, 2019 (midnight EST)

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

St. Paul’s Arts Council 3rd Annual Short Play Festival

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The St. Paul’s Arts Council is showcasing original, never before produced short plays in its 3rd Annual Short Play Festival, February 9, 2020. Plays are to be in one of two categories: 2-Minute or 10-Minute plays. This festival was created to encourage new and upcoming playwrights.

There is no entry fee.

The theme for this year’s festival is “The Time of Our Lives.” Since this is the weekend before Valentine’s Day, the theme is focused around love and is inspired by the song “The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. Plays selected to be a part of the 2020 Short Play Festival will receive rehearsals with professional quality actors and directors, then presented in a staged reading for our audience. The performance is free of charge but donations are accepted with all proceeds supporting an outreach ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Guidelines:

We are looking for original works which have not been published and have not had a full premiere production. Plays are to be either two minutes or ten minutes in length. We are not accepting musicals and the cast shall be limited to four.

Submission:

Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above and be submitted by the deadline. Early submission is encouraged. We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts.

Send an email to parishoffice@stpaulna.org with the following in the body of the email: Play Title, Name of Playwright(s), Contact information (email and phone), Synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

Attach a PDF copy of your script with just the title on the cover. As our readers are reading blind we request that you please not include playwright or contact information on the submitted script. Email all submissions by November 4, 2019.

One submission per playwright so we can highlight more playwrights.

Evaluation:

All submissions will be screened by a blind panel of readers for appropriateness of topic, theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive scores from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read by additional readers and scored until a short list of plays is determined.

Questions: Contact parishoffice@stpaulna.org

Monday, October 28, 2019

EST/Sloan Project 2019

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2019

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

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

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

COMMISSION AWARDS

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

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

HARD SCIENCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Mathematics

Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)

Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)

Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)

Neuroscience

Anthropology and Archaeology

TECHNOLOGY INCLUDES:

Computer Science

Software Development, Computer Development

Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)

Space Research

AREAS NOT CONSIDERED FOR COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:

Science Fiction

Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease

Psychology and Human Behavior

HOW TO APPLY

NEW COMMISSIONS

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

A one-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the story you want to put on stage. All the science should be discussed as part of the story, not as a separate section. Focus on plot and character development, as well as the aesthetic style you envision for the piece.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

REWRITE COMMISSIONS

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

A draft of the script.

A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

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

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS

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

A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.

An estimated budget for the project.

DELIVERING YOUR SUBMISSION

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):
sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org


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


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

Sunday, October 27, 2019

REVA SHINER COMEDY AWARD 2019

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Season.

Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.

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

  • "Full-length" plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission.
  • Each submission should be sent to BPP via email.
    • Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org
  • Your email should include the following:
  • Tell us for which competition you are submitting: Reva Shiner Comedy or the script Woodward Newman Drama
  • Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play
  • Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee
  • Agent submitted scripts require no fee.
  • If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email
  • If you have paid via Paypal on our website indicate your confirmation number and the email address used. Paypal is preferred, but if you can’t pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to “BPP” and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404
Attach a PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:
  • Title page with author name
  • Synopsis (1 page or less)
  • Character list/breakdown
  • Production history for the play—Include readings and productions
  • A brief bio of the playwright,
  • Full Script
  • Submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest.
  • Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  • Two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.

ATLANTA THEATRE-TO-GO SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR 13TH SEASON

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Deadline: November 1, 2019

Maximum of four to five actors and no gratuitous offensive language, sex, etc. 

We are a touring group, so sets need to be simple and the special effects minimal. Selected plays will receive a cash honorarium, a one-time royalty payment, and community engagement opportunities.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Plays, including MUSICALS, approximately 45-75 minutes long that hold appeal for a senior adult audience. One acts will also be accepted.  Maximum of FOUR TO FIVE actors and no gratuitous offensive language, sex, etc.  We are a touring group, so sets need to be simple and the special effects minimal.  From Comedies and musicals play well with our audiences as well as touching dramas with happy endings. 

JUDGES: A panel of local writers & directors affiliated with ATTG. 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU: A cash honorarium, one-time royalty payment, plus the opportunity to see your work performed by professional actors with a live audience. In addition, we schedule a “Meet The Playwright” event, where we feature the writer, giving the opportunity for our audience to meet them and ask questions. 

HOW TO SUBMIT: E-mail scripts to David@atlantatheatretogo.com

REMOVE YOUR NAME & CONTACT INFORMATION FROM THE SCRIPT.   

Include a brief synopsis, cover sheet along with contact information, production history and running time. 

FORMAT:  Standard Stage Play format but will also accept raw submissions that have:  Script*12 pt., character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions. 

QUESTIONS? Call at 470-239-2210 x 2, e-mail David@atlantatheatretogo.com, or visit our website: www.AtlantaTheatreToGo.com

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NATIONAL LATINX PLAYWRITING AWARD

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Submissions for the 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award are now open. Latinx playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award.

Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

Submission Procedure

We respectfully ask that you adhere to the following application requirements:

  • Submit a single script via U.S. mail.
  • Scripts must be postmarked by November 1, 2019. Please include a title page on the script that includes the play’s title, the author’s name, and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address, and email).
  • Include a cover letter of no more than one page, describing the play’s developmental history, and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career trajectory.


Submit manuscripts to:

National Latinx Playwriting Award
ATTN: Elaine Romero, Playwright-in-Residence
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701

Eligibility

The award is open to all Latino playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. (Spanish-language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.)

Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced, and not currently under option at the time of submission.

Full-length and one-act plays (minimum length: 50 pages) on any subject will be accepted.

Scripts

The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, “property” means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.

The winner will be notified by Fall 2020.

For more information contact Elaine Romero, ATC Playwright-in Residence: info@arizonatheatre.org.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series

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Deadline for open submissions: November 2, 2019

Playwrights with work on NPX may contact program director Catherine Rust (Catherine.Rust@centenaryuniversity.edu), with name of play to be downloaded for consideration.

NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

The Centenary Stage Company, a professional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2019 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 27th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and under-served voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period of approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the general public as part of the series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing is available for one playwright each season.

The Susan Glaspell Contest
One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Glaspell Contest submission

Submit full-length play, with no prior AEA production
(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contact infor, if applicable.)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.
NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Send submissions to:
Attn: Catherien Rust, WPS Program Director
Centenary Stage Company
400 Jefferson Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Snowdance 2020

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OOHP accepting submissions now through November 1st 2019

Over Our Head Players is accepting submissions for the "2020 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival," now through November 1. "Snowdance®" entry is open to original 10 minute or shorter comedies for the stage. 

Winning entries will be performed together in one theatre presentation by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble at Sixth Street Theatre for five weeks beginning January 31, 2020. The entire Snowdance production will be presented 24 times during the run. At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites will earn cash prizes for the playwright. 

Entries may be sent to 

SNOWDANCE, 
c/o Sixth Street Theatre, 
318 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403. 

Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com.

Rules for the Snowdance Comedy Competition, which is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction, are relatively simple. In summary, competition is open to unpublished, 10 minute or shorter comedies free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2019. 

The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be included on the title page and only the title page. 

The title page should also include a cast list and a one- to three- sentence synopsis of the play. 

Plays can have a cast of one to five characters; plays should be easily staged, avoiding elaborate set requirements. 

Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
January 31 – March 1, 2020 - Run of festival performances.
March 1, 2020 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of "Best in Snow."

To enter a script, please follow these steps:
Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.

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

Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2019.

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

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

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

Submit one (1) copy of your script.
Send scripts to:
SNOWDANCE
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at 262-632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com

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

Plays Inverse Press submission guidelines

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Plays Inverse Press is an independent publisher of dramatic literature, publishing plays and performance texts based on literary merit rather than production records from new, established, and cross-genre writers.

We believe dramatic literature should be more than just manuals for performance, publishing quality editions intended for a life on the shelf as well as in the hand.
We are advocates of radio, collaborative, hybrid, translated, exploratory, digital, experimental, and all other forms of hyphenated drama.

We believe, along with Faulkner, that "the aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life," and that that, at its core, is the purpose of drama.

We also agree with Artaud that "we are not free. And the sky can still fall on our heads. And the theater has been created to teach us that first of all."

We sometimes believe in ghosts.

— Tyler Crumrine, Editor


  • Submissions of all shapes and sizes can be sent to: submissions@playsinverse.com
  • We are currently accepting full length plays, one-act collections, monologue collections, and other.
  • We do our best to respond to all submissions, but please be patient with us.
  • There is no fee to submit, but hellos/introductions/recipes are always nice.
  • Order issues or inquiries? Email: orders@playsinverse.com
  • Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email: editor@playsinverse.com

Friday, October 25, 2019

Spokane Stage Left Fast & Furious Play Festival

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Spokane Stage Left proudly continues its ONE PAGE play festival running March 6-8, 2020. We are currently accepting plays for the festival from all over the world. Each play is presented in traditional reader's theater format. It is FREE to submit! We will choose 30-40 plays for the festival and playwrights will be informed by February 1, 2020.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Plays must be ONE page in length (not including title page).
2. Plays must be original works and submitted by the playwright or rights holder.
3. Plays can be submitted as a Word Document or PDF (Word is preferred when possible).
4. Plays must be in traditional script format with font size 12, all character names in all caps & aligned to the left, stage directions in italics (see link below for example). All scripts are put together into book form for the actors, so preference will be given to scripts who follow directions.
5. The deadline for entries is 11 PM PST, Sunday, November 3, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.
6. Only ONE submission per playwright.
7. Plays must be primarily in English.
8. No Musicals.

The form below must be filled out in its entirety for play to be considered.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzTbvY0MdAKqIh_Cxy3EjDUPvtv3pgLJqseS1AAe14AyGfGA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2rpdbMbNysS0QP-Kq0C7zi0mfMff0uAQCJAM5ED-7d7tkdMh0qYnyP-mw  

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Poked Bear seeking one hour plays

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We are looking for plays that run ONE HOUR.

Please submit plays and a synopsis to: Thepokedbear1@gmail.com.

Eastern Front Theatre now accepting submissions for STAGES 2020

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Submission deadline is December 1, 2019

Eastern Front Theatre (Halifax Nova Scotia, CA) is now accepting submissions for STAGES 2020.

Submissions can be for a reading, workshop or full production.

Applications for full productions must come from a Production Company (not an individual) to be considered.

In the application, please include:
- cover letter
- overview of the piece (2-3 sentences)
- full synopsis
- developmental history
- script (as much as is completed)
- log line

If applicable:
- team headshots and CVs
- reviews/audience feedback
- production photos
- archival video
- poster

Submissions should be sent to info@easternfronttheatre.com

STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 2020 4TH ANNUAL

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DEADLINE: OCTOBER 30, 2019 

Still Crazy... seeks short plays pertaining to the lives of today’s Senior Citizens!: lively, active, engaged!  Please note:

  • We seek plays that are relevant to active, over-55 community members who are looking for a delightful, uplifting evening in the theatre. 
  • All characters should be above the age of 50.
  • Please avoid plays about the 3 Ds (death, dying and dementia) unless you can put a positive spin on it.  
  • Please do not submit plays you have submitted in the past. 
  • Please avoid plays that have been produced in CT
  • Plays are read by 3 rounds of different judges: preliminary, semi-finals, finalists. 
  • A $3 donation per play to Stray Kats is appreciated but not mandatory to help defray the costs of readers. Over the last 3 years, we had over 1000 submissions. It takes time and energy. Your support is very appreciated. Donations may be made by clicking on the button below.

Email submissions to info@straykatstheatrecompany.org

Include Name, address, email and contact phone number on each submission

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Women's Work Festival 2020

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Our call for submissions for WWF2020 is now open! We are open for submissions for our 14th Women's Work Festival that will be taking place March 9-12 2020 in St. John's Newfoundland Canada.

To apply, submit an electronic copy of the following before midnight on November 1st, 2019:
- A letter of application, including a little about your history as a playwright and what your goals would be for the workshop and reading time provided by the festival. Please include your telephone number, email address and mailing address.
-A full draft of your play. The length of play is up to you but we do not accept submissions of partial drafts.
-A short synopsis of the plot (1-2 paragraphs).
-A cast list with full breakdown of characters, including indication of double casting possibilities

Send documents in either Microsoft Word or PDF format to womensworkfestivalNL@gmail.com (put 'WWF20 Submission' in the subject line). Applications will be juried by a reading committee of at least three members. Please note that the Women’s Work Festival does not provide feedback on submissions. All applicants will be notified by email before Christmas.

Women's Work Festival gratefully acknowledges the funding support of Canadian Heritage,  RCA Theatre, Arts NL, Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of St. John's. 

FutureFest 2020

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Festival dates: July 17 – 19, 2020

The fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. 

ELIGIBILITY
Entry must be an original work (NO musicals or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FutureFest 2020. Staged readings/workshop productions are not necessarily disqualifying factors.

DEADLINES
Submissions will be accepted August 1 through October 31, 2019 (postmark).

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

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

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

Should your script be selected and produced as one of the six finalists, you must be available to attend the weekend festival (July 17-19, 2020) and participate in all events. Finalists must acknowledge the Dayton Playhouse when script is published. The winning playwright awards the Dayton Playhouse the option to produce the winning play as part of its main stage season royalty free.

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

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

FINALISTS
Finalists will be posted on the Dayton Playhouse website (www.daytonplayhouse.com) by May 2020.

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

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Eden Prairie Players Collection of One Acts 2020

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After reading the guidelines, you can go to the Submission Form to submit a play (registration required).

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

Submitted plays must be at most 30 minutes in length.

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

In the selection process, the play will be made available through TheaterForms to reviewers authorized by Eden Prairie Players. By submitting the play, the playwright gives permission for this usage. The playwright must be free to give this permission and to accept licensing terms offered by Eden Prairie Players if the play is selected, for any submitted play. (If a play is published after being submitted, and it is selected for Collection of One Acts 2020, Eden Prairie Players will have the choice of accepting the publisher's licensing terms or choosing an alternate submission.)

Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of unpublished one act plays for its 2020 Collection of One Acts to be produced in September of 2020. To find out more about Eden Prairie Players, please visit our website.

Submission Guidelines

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

Compensation

Selected plays will be paid a royalty of from $20 to $30 per performance. We plan to have 7 performances, although this is not guaranteed.

No compensation for selection process: By submitting your play(s) for consideration, you give Eden Prairie Players permission to make copies as needed for the selection process. You also give permission for your play to be performed without payment at an unrehearsed table readings as part of the selection process.

Public Theater Emerging Writers Group accepting applications

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If you have specific questions, please email EWGquestions@publictheater.org after reading the below sections.  Please pay close attention to the Frequently Asked Questions section below. No phone calls please.

Playwrights participating in the Emerging Writers Group will:
  • Receive stipend of $7,500
  • Participate in a biweekly writers group led by The Public’s New Work Department
  • Receive at least one reading at The Public in the Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series Reading Series
  • Participate in master classes led by established playwrights
  • Observe rehearsals for productions at The Public
  • Receive an additional stipend for theater tickets to productions at other theaters
  • Receive complimentary tickets to Public Theater shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events
  • Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the literary department and artistic staff
Requirements for Eligibility
  • Cannot have professional representation for playwriting including, but not limited to, agent, manager or lawyer.
  • Cannot be a full-time student at any point during the duration of the program.
  • Cannot be enrolled in any academic playwriting course during the duration of the program.
  • Must not have had productions in New York other than those using the showcase code or in an off-off Broadway theater with 99 or fewer seats. (If your New York show used a higher contract tier than the showcase code, you are not eligible to apply. If your New York show received a festival production in a theater with more than 99 seats and did not use an Equity contract, you are eligible to apply.)
  • Must live within 90 minutes to The Public Theater via car or rail.
  • Must be able to attend evening meetings at The Public Theater every other week in 2020 and 2021 as well as other events throughout the year, such as master classes, retreats, observerships and other special events at The Public.
  • Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment.
  • Must be available for an in-person interview in early March 2020.
If you are unavailable for an in-person interview or have a limited conflict in regards to attending biweekly meetings, please make note of such conflicts on the Application Form. We will try to accommodate such situations on a case-by-case basis.

For further clarification of Requirements for Eligibility, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Application and Deadline

Deadline is November 29, 2019. 

Materials must be postmarked November 29 or received at the theater or emailed by Midnight EST of November 29.

Criteria and Selection Process

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

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

The selection committee will be comprised of Oskar Eustis, Jesse Cameron Alick, Jack Phillips Moore.

Time Table

  • Application Deadline: midnight EST November 29, 2019
  • Finalist interviews: Early March 2020
  • Notification: Mid-Late March 2020
  • Program start date: April 2020
  • Program end date: End of March 2022


All applicants will be notified of their status by email by the end of March 2020. Applicants without email addresses will be notified by mail. Please do not call or email to ask your status. Please rest assured that if we would like to interview you, we will contact you, so you need not call or email to inquire.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts for young audiences

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Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts (a maximum of 15 minutes) with strong female characters that are geared toward young audiences (under 12).

Priority will be placed on scripts that are ethnically and culturally diverse, that do not require complicated sets or costumes and that fit our mission.

This is open to playwrights in any geographic area.

NO FEE.

Selected plays will be produced as part of a festival of theatre for children under our Nightlight banner in early February.

Electronic submissions only, please.

Submit cover letter with full contact information, short bio, brief synopsis of script including development and production history (if applicable) and full script to Maria Burnham at scripts@ghostlightensemble.com.

Please use the following format in the email’s subject line: Nightlight Script Submission: [play name] - [playwright name]

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW VOICES: ORIGINAL PLAYS AT HOPEWELL THEATRE

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Hopewell Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio, is pleased to launch New Voices, an ongoing series of staged readings of original plays. The inaugural season of New Voices will feature four events throughout 2019 and 2020. The readings will be performed by local actors with no set or blocking and minimal tech. Each play will receive one reading, free and open to the public. Playwrights will be encouraged to attend the performance (either in person or remotely) for feedback and Q&A with the audience, actors, and director.

New Voices wants scripts that are both unique and universal, scripts that are authentic, funny, disruptive, and/or poignant in unexpected ways. We are looking for a variety of voices, particularly those that have been underrepresented in American theatre.

The scripts may be for full-length or short non-musical plays. They must be original to the submitter, unpublished, complete, and previously unproduced. No adaptations or works that involve third-party rights will be considered.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, and simultaneous submissions are welcome. Scripts that are not immediately chosen might be considered at a later date. We will try to respond in a timely fashion.

Submit to newvoiceshopewell@gmail.com. Submissions must be in .doc, .pdf., or .rtf format only. Files should include a cover page with full title and author name and contact information.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

DRACULA'S SOUL ~ a new stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula

New stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula is available for purchase to read privately or to rent for production thru the playwright only.

Professionally printed in the U.S. on glossy paper with black fabric tape spine binding, the book is 85 pages in total and is approximately 8x10 inches.

DRACULA'S SOUL
Van Helsing battles Dracula for Mina Harker's soul.

7m/3f or 11m/8f  (doubling permitted)
3 Acts (2 possible intermissions)
4 main simple sets (castle, parlor, bedroom, asylum)
with additional locations indicated thru furniture alone
(for example: a train seat for train travel, tombstones for a cemetery).

Props, furniture, special and sound effects lists included.
Note: There is NO gunshot employed.

Suitable for community theatres and for college, high school or church theatres.
Not suitable for middle school.

Full productions only. Staged readings not allowed. 

Professional theatres are welcome to inquire but at a different rate.

2020 Fee Schedule 
$15 first copy to read only
$10 all additional copies (cast and crew) for production run
$50 production royalty per performance during production run
Free shipping

5 page sample available as pdf at no charge.

Estimated charge for a two weekend, six performance run, 20 books for cast and crew, plus tax is $551.05. Must be paid in advance before any books ship.

U.S. productions only.

All rights retained by playwright. 

Playwright requires 2 printed programs with the mandatory words "By arrangement with the playwright" on the front cover. Show photographs and reviews after the production may be sent and are welcome but not required.

Playwright has the right to decline a sale for any reason.

Orders must be placed before February 1, 2020

Contact purplepuddingstoneproductions at gmail dot com for sample pdf, order form and/or production contract.  

Also, most any public domain novel can be adapted for community theatre for a $500 retainer. If agreed upon, the playwright keeps copyright and charges per production but the community theatre that arranged for the adaptation is mentioned in all future productions. Professional theatre prices differ.         

The Little Victory Theatre 3rd Annual Playwright's Festival

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The Little Victory Theatre is proud to present...

The 3rd Annual Playwright's Festival
  • November 8th through 10th 2019
  • November 8th at 8:00 PM
  • November 9th at 8:00 PM
  • November 10th at 2:00 PM

FESTIVAL RULES/ GUIDELINES:

1. All plays or musicals MUST be 20 minutes or less (or a 20-minute cut of a full length play or musical)

2. Plays or musicals may be presented fully-staged or as a reading.

3. Playwright is responsible for hiring Director, Actors, and Stage Manager.

4. All plays or musicals MUST be rehearsed and stage ready in time for technical rehearsals (typically 3 days prior to opening)

5. If your play or musical is accepted in the festival, there is a one-time entrance fee of $30.00 that can be paid to the Little Victory Theatre in Cash or Check.

6. You are free to use stock Props and Scenic pieces.

7. You will get two rehearsals onstage prior to your performance.

8. Each production will receive a split of 40% of the proceeds on the night your play performs.

9. For musical productions, you MUST provide your own piano or accompaniment tracks. Pianos can be plugged into the house sound system in the booth.


TO SUBMIT:

Please e-mail a copy of your play or musical (and 2 song samples if applicable) to littlevictory16@gmail.com with the subject:

PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL SUBMISSION

Please also include your name and a contact phone number

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis!

Accepted plays will be notified VIA e-mail.

Please no calls to the theatre.

Submissions are due by October 20th

Acceptances will be notified by October 23rd

Between Us Productions 8th Annual Take Ten Festival

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Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays for the 8th Annual Take Ten Festival going up in April 2019. The winner of best play will win a cash prize and a workshop of  a longer play produced by Between Us Productions. This is a competition style, self-producing festival. While there is no fee to submit, there is a participation fee.

To submit, email your play to betweenusproductions@gmail.com by October 31st.

The Richard Rodgers Awards 2020

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Administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

MATERIAL MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019.

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

A. REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY
1. The term "musical theater" is understood to include musicals, plays with songs, thematic revues, or any comparable work. The submission of innovative and experimental work is encouraged. The work submitted must be of significant length to fill an evening; it may consist of a group of smaller, related pieces.
2. The jury will consider only completed works. Care should be taken to submit the work in its best possible form as it may not be submitted again, in another year, even if substantially revised.
3. Only one submission by a collaborative group or a sole creator will be accepted. 4. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
5. Works by members of the Academy and previous winners of the production awards are not eligible for consideration. Former winners of Richard Rodgers awards for staged readings or studio productions may submit new works.
6. An applicant whose works in the musical theater have received professional or amateur productions in New York City or out of town is eligible unless, in the judgment of the jury, the applicant has already achieved significant recognition in the field of musical theater through the work submitted or through any previous work. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the jury, applicants who have achieved recognition in fields outside the musical theater may be eligible. Works which have been produced by professional theater companies before a paying audience are eligible only if such productions received no more than 21 performances by a for- profit company or 50 performances by a nonprofit company.

B. SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL
1. The name(s) of the author(s) must be blocked out on each of the items submitted, with the exception of the application form. Include only the title of the work on the script and plot summary. Please be sure author names are not included in music file metadata.
2. Entry must include:
a) Script with lyrics, in PDF format.
b) Half-page synopsis of the action and a list of characters, in PDF format.
c) A separate track sheet (PDF) of recorded songs with page numbers indicating where they appear in the script and specifying the total number of minutes recorded.
d) At least 45 minutes of music, including a minimum of eight songs. Orchestrations are not necessary; piano and vocals are sufficient. Songs must be numbered in sequence (e.g. 01 Song Title.mp3) and each song’s lyrics clearly typed into the script where it appears.
e) Application form signed by all collaborators (see below). Applicants submitting work which has already been produced must give full information concerning these productions, including programs. A work is not eligible if one of the collaborators is deceased.
3. If the submitted work (or a portion thereof) is an adaptation of material which is not in the public domain, candidates must submit licenses, permissions, or authorizations necessary to permit the work to be produced in conformity with applicable copyright laws. The music must be original.
4. Applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by March 2020.

C.  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
1. All rights to the material submitted shall remain the property of the author(s); the Academy will not retain any control over, or rights in, the work after the award production.
2. The decisions of the jury will be final as to eligibility and all other matters.

Application Form Online

Friday, October 18, 2019

UPCOMING WRITING WORKSHOPS: Strengthening Your Process and Finding Your First Draft Workshops at Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages ESPA has two new workshops coming up! Whether you’re working on a new play or just need a weekend dedicated to your craft, we’ve got the new workshop for you. 

Instructor: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Open, Geek, Mary and Max)

NEXT WEEKEND!
Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27
12:00 – 5:00pm 

In any work, you’re at your most clear when you can drive your own process to strengthen your craft and deepen your story. Playwright Crystal Skillman will share her personal writing process for structure and drama, helping you figure out how to strengthen your writing while keeping true to your voice. 

This workshop might be for you if you:
  • Want to better guide your own writing process and analyze your craft regardless of content. 
  • Are looking to better understand playwriting as a craft and how to harness your voice.
In this workshop:
  • Through a series of in-class exercises and discussions, deepen how you guide your own journey while writing and how to better dissect feedback. 
  • Explore how the elements of drama work in your writing. 
  • Discover dynamic theatrical ways to strengthen the message of any story you write, why you’re telling it, and how to relate it to the world today. 
  • Do probing exercises on day 1 to generate new ideas and pick one of these ideas to explore in depth. 
  • On day 2, apply your new idea to exercises including cause and effect, the relationship between language and action, and strengthening your dramatic question.
You’ll leave this workshop with: 
  • An understanding of how to lead your own process, and the ability to strengthen your beats, analyze scenes for their strengths, harness dramatic action, and discover why you are writing – for this and any play you work on.
Instructor: Abe Koogler (Obie-winning Writer, Fulfillment Center at MTC)

Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8
11:00am – 3:00pm 

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a new play is simply starting it. In this 2-day intensive, you will begin and make substantial progress on a brand-new play.

This workshop might be for you if you:
  • Have an idea that you would like to explore in an open and welcoming environment.
  • Want to start a new play, but feel stuck.
In this workshop you will:
  • Use an intuitive approach to dramatic structure, inspiring an organic writing process that bypasses the critical brain.
  • Start and work on your new play using a combination of in-class exercises, concentrated bursts of writing, and feedback sessions.
By the end of this workshop you will have:
  • Several scenes of a new play and the momentum to continue.
Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. 

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Carolina Black Repertory Company’s 2020-2021 Main Stage season and Living Room Theatre Reading Series

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Submissions are open for the North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s 2020-2021 Main Stage season and Living Room Theatre Reading Series

To submit, please follow the guidelines below:

Email submissions@ncblackrep.org with the subject line:
[Title of Your Play] 2020-2021 Script Submission

In the body of the email, include the following:
  • Play Title
  • Playwright Name
  • Playwright Bio
  • Contact Info
  • Character Breakdown
  • Set Description
  • Production History
  • Short Synopsis
  • Attach the first 10 pages of the script in PDF format.

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

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

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

THE ANNUAL PARITY COMMISSION seeks plays

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

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

How do I submit my work to Parity Productions?

Our next submission period will open on October 17th, 2019 and runs until we have received 150 applications. 

Join our mailing list to stay up to date.

You can SUBMIT HERE. ​There is no fee to submit a script to Parity Productions.

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

Theatre Southwest 15th Annual Reader's Theatre

Approximately 8-12 selected plays will be read and voted on by the attending audience. One $100 prize will be awarded to the play voted on as audience favorite.

General guidelines
  • Limit of two entries per playwright of an original work that has not been published or produced.
  • Monologues and one person plays are not accepted.
  • All genres are accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter.
  • All plays should be 5 to 10 minutes long, no exceptions. (If using standard play format a good gauge is 4-11 pages, excluding title page).
  • Plays should be conducive to Reader's Theatre with simple stage directions and a story expressed through dialogue, not action.

Submission guidelines
  • Scripts are accepted via mail only (no email, no PDFs) and must be postmarked by (October 21, 2019). Scripts are not returned.
  • Scripts should have a title page that includes the play title and playwright's contact information, as well as a list of characters and a brief synopsis of the play. Script pages should be numbered.
  • ALL scripts should be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.


Playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

Mail entries to:
Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063
Attn: TSW-RTM

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

13th Annual Original One-Act Festival

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August 2019 | Fredericksburg, VA

Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays will be selected for production in the spring (March/April) of 2020. Of those six selected, one will win the Grand Prize $150 and one will win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers.  Of the remaining four, one will be selected for Audience Favorite Prize of $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:
All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less.
Submissions must be received by email between September 1, 2019 and November 1, 2019.
Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.
Additional information and guidelines:

1. All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format. Please email plays to oaf@stagedoorproductions.org

2. All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation.

3. Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.

4. Scripts should include:
1. A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e-mail address
2. A cast of characters with descriptions
3. A brief synopsis
4. Numbered pages
5. Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.
6. Playwrights will be notified by February 15, 2020, if their play has been selected for production.
7. Plays selected for production will be listed on our website, www.stagedoorproductions.org
8. All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
9. Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties at any time during a period of 12 months following selection date.
10. Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.
11. Only stage plays will be considered.  Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.
12. All submissions must be original and unpublished.
13. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.
14. Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.
15. Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.
16. Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Last Frontier Theatre Conference 2020 Play Lab

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Submissions for the 2020 Play Lab are now being accepted.

The submission deadline is October 21. 

Writers who have participated in the Conference before and Alaskan authors have a later deadline, November 25.

The  Conference will take place June 14-21, 2020, in Valdez, Alaska.

Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.

Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to further submit their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the Last Frontier Fringe.

Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website, www.theatreconference.org using the on-line form on the Play Lab link.

Guidelines:
  • One submission per author.
  • Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
  • They can be of any genre except musical.
  • The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable. Authors should be interested in receiving feedback and developing their submission.
If you have any questions about eligibility, contact the Coordinator at dlmoore@alaska.edu.

Monday, October 14, 2019

No: Intermission 2020

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We are on the hunt for the next 8 scripts that will make up the 2020 season of our one-act play festival in Sydney, Australia.

To learn more about the festival, have a look at our inaugural festival in 2019 

What we are looking for:
- Scripts that are 40 minutes in length minimum - 85/90 minutes in length maximum
- One act only
- Can be plays, plays with music or musicals
- Cast size will ideally be no larger than 6 people (musicals may be an exception to this - plays 6 people and under only will be considered)
- Cabarets - If the full cabaret has not yet been developed, please submit a pitch with as much detail as possible. We would also like a video or URL to youtube to see the cabaret performers being  pitched if you are pitching with talent  associated with the project.
- Shows that do not require high technical capabilities
- All genres are welcome

Shows will be performed for 3-4 runs as part of our NO : INTERMISSION 2020 season in April/May.


If you have trouble with the submission form, please email your script with the relevant information to mich@theatretravels.org

PLEASE NOTE: SUBMISSIONS FOR NO : INTERMISSION WILL CLOSE ON OCTOBER 21ST, 2019.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

DUAF festival seeks plays

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

SUBMISSION DETAILS:
1. Playwright's bio with contact info- name, address, phone # and email
2. Photo of playwright
3. Synopsis of theatrical work
4. Complete script of theatrical work
5. Estimated running time of work
6. Actor/director/crew bios, if available
7. Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)

The submission deadline is Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Please submit to coordinator@duafnyc.com. For more info about DUAF, visit: www.duafnyc.com

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Writing for Rights 10-minute plays

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We are now accepting script submissions for Writing for Rights, our series of 10-minute play readings.

The deadline to submit is October 16th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

SUBMISSION FORM

what is this?

In November 2019, The Woolgatherers will be hosting several nights of short play readings to benefit New Sanctuary Coalition. New Sanctuary Coalition is a New York-based and immigrant-led organization working to stop the inhumane system of deportations and detentions in this country.

We’re looking for 10-minute plays, in any style and about any topic, to be a part of our nights of readings.

Readings will be held at bars, churches, community centers, and other public spaces in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. The Woolgatherers and all the artists taking part in this event stand in solidarity with immigrant communities, and all of the proceeds will go to New Sanctuary Coalition.

For more information about New Sanctuary Coalition, look here.

what are we looking for?
  • If you are a playwright, writer, deviser, or theater-maker who works with words, you’re welcome to submit one of the following:
  • A complete 10-minute piece that you’d like to present as part of our night of readings.
  • A 10-minute sample of your work and a proposal for a 10-minute piece you’d like to write/devise/create to present as part of our night of readings. Your work sample can be either another ten-minute piece or a ten-minute excerpt of a longer work.
Your submission must meet these requirements:
  • It must not have a director already attached to it, as one of the goals for this series is to introduce playwrights and directors who might work together in the future.
  • You may not direct the play yourself.
  • It must be either a 10-minute play or a proposal for a 10-minute play.
  • Your play can be in any stage of the process. You’re welcome to submit an early draft that you’ll workshop with a director or a play that’s already been produced elsewhere.
  • There are no thematic or stylistic restrictions on your piece. We’re looking for work in a wide variety of styles, so all types of theater pieces are welcome.
  • You must be available to attend at least one rehearsal of your play in New York City in October or early November.

Contact us at thewoolgatherersnyc@gmail.com or fill out our contact form here.

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