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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Därkhorse Drämatists “Four Our Hearts” 2019

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LOVE THEMED PLAY FESTIVAL] Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Four Our Hearts”! This is our smaller festival (Binghamton NY) featuring 4 headlining selections. It’s important to note, that while we favor newer plays, this festival is not limited to original work. Your submissions may have been produced at other venues, so long as it is unpublished and wasn’t featured in last year’s festival. Besides one-act plays, we are also looking for 1-person shorts & monologues. Please refer to the guidelines below.

One-acts: 25 page maximum / 10 page minimum. (No minimum page count for 1 person shorts or monologues). No exceedingly violent or pornographic material. Adult language allowed within reason.

Plays may have a maximum of 3-4 characters and should take place in a limited setting and minimal props.

Due for submission by December 6th. 2 submissions allowed per playwright.

Playwright must provide contact information including their location and previous production history of the play where applicable. Regional playwrights are given first consideration.

Submissions preferred in stageplay format. E-mailed no later than December 6th to: darkhorsedramatists@gmail.com

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose 'Valentines Day / Love or relationship' theme.

Plays will be mediated in a forum comprised of local playwrights, directors and actors to determine which will be produced.

The Premiere Play Festival 2020

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Through the Premiere Play Festival, Premiere Stages has developed many plays that have gone on to have successful productions in New York and at regional theatres throughout the country. We strive to facilitate relationships between writers and theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work, in hopes that plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions. We offer Play Festival winners the option to retain the coveted “World Premiere” brand on their plays. Additionally, Premiere’s productions are consistently reviewed, scouted by major publishing houses, and honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.

Submissions due DEC 1 2019
Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area from September 1, 2019 through December 1, 2019. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in March 2020.


Following the Spring readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2020 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

Submission Guidelines

All plays must be submitted as a PDF.
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay), with no productions and/or publication currently scheduled through September 2020.
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows are not eligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • Please contact Premiere Stages to inquire about submitting a script that has been previously submitted.
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see the 2020 schedule table).
  • Submissions are accepted September 1, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2019. Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged.
  • All plays must be submitted as a PDF to:  premierestages.submittable.com/submit. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Secret Theater - The ACT ONE: ONE ACT Festival 2020

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January - February 2020

Submission Deadline: Dec 15th 2019


The Act One: One Act Festival is now accepting plays for its 5th annual festival. The Secret Theatre seeks to promote new work and emerging playwrights through our annual One-Act Festivals. We also promote playwrights through publishing anthologies of the winning plays; all of the final plays, including the festival winner, are offered a non-exclusive publishing agreement. We have currently published 5 volumes of short plays.

No fee to submit or produce.
• $100 Cash Prize for Best Play
• $50 Cash Prize for Best Director
• $50 Cash Prize for Best Actor
• $50 Cash Prize for Best Actress

• Each Play is guaranteed multiple performances [the exact number is decided once our final selection is made. Factors include the length of plays but is not usually less than 4 performances]

• The final selected plays are eligible for publishing in Top Secret Books’ The LIC One Act Festival Vol 5 on a non-exclusive basis.

• Plays must be between 10 – 20 minutes in length. Preference is given to plays that have not been produced before. Timings must be accurate please overestimate if not sure. We cannot accept plays that are longer than 20 minutes so even 25 is a rejection, we don’t want to waste your time.

• Playwrights are responsible for selecting the director and cast. (We may be able to help you if you do not have a director but preference will be given to playwrights who can provide their own directors and actors.)

• Easy to produce. (If you have a play which for instance includes a swimming pool, a large amount of sets and props, or anything else too elaborate or is impossible to cast we may reject it.)

• Please submit plays in PDF or Word format only.

• We will divide selected plays into three or four programs, selected Playwrights will be informed on a rolling basis.

Equity Showcases are permitted - we are the presenting organization but will help through the process of registering and will provide the appropriate insurance certificate for Actor Equity Assoc.


The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd St, LIC NY 11101

Nomad Theatre Company seeks plays

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Webster’s defines “Art” as, “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination”. It can manifest in painting, sculpture, writing, dance, or…theatre! For the next Nomad Theatre production, we want to celebrate our creativity!

Performances will be held at The McLean County Art Center in Bloomington IL

March 5th at 7:00 and March 8th at 5:00

Still accepting submissions:

Please submit plays centering around “The Art Show”. Because Nomad performs in site specific locations, the show will be staged in a local art gallery! Nomad is requesting submissions of plays ranging from 5 to 30 minutes in length that involve any kind of art and have a cast of 4 or fewer. NOMAD has a wide range of actors available, ranging in age from 18 to 81.

Please submit your entry by January 1, 2020, to nomadtheatre.artplays@gmail.com


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You can take the "gal" out of Galentine's Day, but wouldn't you rather take the gal out ON Galentine's Day?

VIOLET SURPRISE: LEZ BEAUS is a short play festival that celebrates lesbian love through the ages.

Whether it's a time-honored tale of girl meets boi, or a pulpy piece about women in the shadows who whisper their love, we're seeking character-driven romances that explore connection and affection, emotion and devotion.

For the purposes of this play festival, Sapphrodite is the goddess of love.

Other than that, we're open to anything: firsts, lasts, in-betweens; fix-ups, mix-ups, break-ups, make-ups; gal pals, lady friends, lover girls; historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic comedy.

So put your heart in the "write" place and submit to VIOLET SURPRISE: LEZ BEAUS, curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin and presented February 14-16, 2020, at The Martin in Chicago.


Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as female, trans, or non-binary.

Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 4 characters.

Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.

Send your scripts in PDF format to allisonfradkin@aol.com with "Violet Surprise" in the subject line. Questions may also be directed to that address.

The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2019.

Playwrights will be notified of our selections by January 1.

About Violet Surprise: Founded in 2019, Violet Surprise is a lesbian-feminist theatre company devised by director-producer Iris Sowlat and playwright-actress Allison Fradkin. Their mission is to present new works that vibrantly and valiantly validate the identities and experiences of lesbian, trans, and genderqueer theatregoers.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Museum of Dysfunction XII seeks 10-minute plays

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Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company (Houston TX) is now accepting submissions for Museum of Dysfunction XII;  Annual Short Play Festival.

Twenty (20) plays will be selected and performed in two groups of ten (10) over the course of two consecutive weekends in Houston, TX. Summer 2020.

Since 2008, Mildred’s Umbrella has celebrated the dark, quirky, odd and absurd with a collection of shorts. Now in its twelfth year, MUSEUM OF DYSFUNCTION has become a highlight of the Houston theater season. The plays are read blind by a committee and chosen for their alignment with Mildred’s Umbrella’s mission and guidelines, as well as their unique perspective.

Plays must follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Submission deadline is December 31, 2019.
  • Submissions are only accepted via email and must be in .pdf format.
  • Complete a Google Form with contact and play information to receive an email address link to submit your play. Google Form is at http://bit.ly/33bImya
  • Play Submission is FREE but no more than 2 submissions will be accepted. 
  • Plays will require no more than 6 actors.
  • Plays will run no more than 12 minutes.
  • Plays will have minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements.
  • Plays have not been previously produced in the greater Houston area. 
  • Plays must included a title sheet with Title, Playwright, cast of characters (with brief description), and setting. (The title sheet will be removed for the reading committee so that submissions are blind.)  
  • Plays fall into the weird, dark, quirky, odd, strange, absurd and/or dysfunctional categories. 
  • Plays align with Mildred’s Umbrella’s mission: “We strive to feature the work of female playwrights, actors, and directors, which promotes the empowerment of women in theater.”  This means either female identifying playwrights and/or a focus on female identifying characters. 
  • The aesthetic of Museum of Dysfunction is to highlight the dark corners of life, celebrate difference, and accept our dysfunction. Please submit your plays with this in mind.

Timeline for submissions:

  • Semi-finalists will be notified via email by the end of April 2020. Only those playwrights whose pieces have progressed to the semi-final round will be notified.
  • Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for Production in Summer 2020 will be notified via email by June 1, 2020.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Loud 'N Unchained Black Theater Festival

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Produced by Loud 'N Unchained and Broom Street Theater

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June 12, 2020 - June 28, 2020

Performances Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Loud 'N Unchained and Broom Street Theater are proud to present the Loud 'N Unchained Black Theater Festival. This festival will be produced at Broom Street Theater and will have performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for three weeks starting June 12, 2020 through June 28, 2020.

This festival is focused on producing works by Black artists. We are currently accepting submissions to the festival for a variety of performance arts.

Submission period is open until January 31, 2020.

All artists will be notified by March 1, 2020.

Once the selections have been made, there will be a call for artists and actors. Auditions for the production will be in late March/ early April with rehearsals running from the end of April through opening weekend. All theatrical submissions will be directed by Dana Pellebon. The artistic committee of T Banks, Dana Pellebon, Janine Gardner and Doug Reed will review all alternative performances for inclusion and those performances will have rehearsal time with the Director.

Guidelines for Submission:
1. Work must be written/originated by a Black artist.
2. All submissions will be reviewed to ensure that content is not transphobic, racist, misogynistic, or otherwise harmful to the Black community in its intent.
3. Submissions can include the following:
a) Full length theatrical play (60-90 minutes long)
b) Short theatrical play (5 to 20 minutes long)
c) Spoken word (0-5 minutes long)
d) Dance (0-5 minutes long)
e) Musical performance (10-25 minutes long)
f)     Drag or Burlesque (0-5 minutes long)
g) Other (5-25 minutes long)

4. All plays and spoken word pieces must be submitted via pdf or word document. This document should not have your name printed on the document. Title and Contact information will be on the Google Form submission.

5. Dance or Musical Performance must be submitted via video. It can be a link to a performance or an actual video.

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy Neem-2019

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1. Goals and objectives

The «Neem-2019» award was created to support and identify underground dramatic waters.

2. Organizers

Jenya Stashkov, Performance-troupe «Vibrating body»

3. Nominations

Awarded one prize in the nomination «A play that no one will ever agree to stage»

4. Prizes

The author of the play-winner will receive a cash prize: 2000 rubles. ($30USD)
The best plays will be staged in the format of reading, sketching or performance by Performance-troupe «Vibrating body».

5. Requirements for the submitted works

Formal requirements are absent.
There are no linguistic and geographical limits.
The author should provide personal information:
Name, nickname, contact information (postal address, e-mail address, phone number).
Plays should be sent to: pos.vostok@gmail.com

6. Terms of holding

Terms for the reception of plays: April 1, 2019 – March 1, 2020
Summing up: May 2020.
All information on the prize will be published on the website: https://vibratingbody.jimdo.com

7. Copyright

All the rights to plays remain with the authors.

8. The Jury

The composition of the jury is being formed at the moment.

Performance-troupe «Vibrating body» was create in Nizhny Tagil (Russian Federation, Sverdlovsk region) in 2016.
2017: «Vibrating body» moved to St. Petersburg.
2018: «Vibrating body» moved to Achinsk.

«Vibrating body» is an independent project in the field of theater, contemporary art and social service.
Our field of activity: mysticism, the joy of creativity, archetypes, dreams, paranormal, complex, subtle.

We invite everyone to join our lila.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

WE: A Coming of Age Festival

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Deadline: December 1, 2019

WE:  A Coming of Age Festival, is the 2020 New Bern Civic Theatre summer show that will feature the ORIGINAL works of teens all across the world! Now, what exactly dues that mean?

We are asking teenages (13-19 years old) to submit original one act dramas, comedies, and spoken word to be considered to be produced in the festival.  Winners will have their work performed onstage in the summer of 2020!

All work must be about a teen (freedom, creativity, empowerment, peer pressure, college, GPA, acceptance, etc.).

Please like our Facebook page (@wesaaxbradbury20) or follow us on Insta (@we_saaxbradbury20) for more details!  All work must be able to be edited for language or content by our production team, but we will keep you informed of all edits.

EMOS Playwrights Festival 2021

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Hosted by Emory University, Theatre Emory, and The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, Atlanta, Georgia
  • First-Place Award: Cash prize and professional production
  • Second-Place Award: Cash prize and possible workshop production or concert reading
  • Honorable Mentions: Public reading

Deadline: August 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT 

The Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) Ecodrama Playwrights Festival was founded in 2004 by Theresa May and Larry Fried in order to foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis, and explore new possibilities for being in relationship with the more-than-human world. EMOS calls for new plays that focus on current and historic environmental issues, and enliven and transform our experience of the world, inspiring us to listen better, and instilling a deeper or more complex sense of our ecological communities.

Thematic Guidelines
In general, we are looking for plays that do one or more of the following:
  • Engage the personal, local, regional and/or global implications of man-made climate change.
  • Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
  • Critique or satirize patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
  • Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
  • Explore the relationship between sustainability, community, and cultural diversity.
  • Interpret community to include our ecological community; give voice to the land, or elements of the land; theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities, and/or the connection between people and place, human and non-human, culture and nature.
  • Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
  • Celebrate the joy of the ecological world in which humans participate.
  • Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
  • Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, where that setting is a not merely a backdrop but an integral part of the play. 

EMOS 2021 specifically encourages submissions which also:

  • Engage with cultural and social impacts of man-made climate change.
  • Offer or complicate ideas of urban resilience.
  • Expose and/or grapple with ecological violence and/or “slow violence.”
  • Examine ecological/climate/environmental justice issues specific to the Southeast United States.

Evaluation Process

A Reading Committee composed of theatre professionals and Emory University students will read and evaluate each script blind in relation to the guidelines above, as well as theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will be read by at least two readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read again until a short list of five finalists is created. Those five plays will then be read by a panel of distinguished theatre artists and the artistic director of Theatre Emory, who will select the winning plays.

Submission Specs

Entries must be original plays that have not received a professional production (readings and workshops are okay) and have not been published. They should be written primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in English and address the thematic guidelines listed above. We will not consider ten-minute plays, one-act plays (unless they are longer than 30 minutes), and musicals (though we love them, we cannot accommodate their production for this festival).

Submissions will be judged blind. Uploaded scripts should not include the author's name, representation, or any identifying information.

Your script should be saved as a PDF, use a 12pt font, have 1-inch margins minimum on every side, and numbered pages.

Include a brief synopsis and a cast breakdown.

Only one submission per entrant.

Submissions must be received by August 31, 2020 @ 11:59 pm EDT.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Spooky Action Theater New Works in Action program

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Spooky Action Theatre would like to invite you to submit to our New Works in Action program! Under the direction of Gillian Drake, our program gives playwrights the chance to work on full length plays that are in their home stretch of completion by offering a three-step production testing-ground. The goal of the New Works in Action program is to serve the playwrights ght and bring your play to life. Even if you have submitted before (but were not selected), we encourage you to send us your newest play.  The past few years, we have engaged some of Washington DC’s best directors and most talented actors in all phases of our NWIA process.

PLEASE NOTE:  While not expressly limited to DC playwrights only, the New Works program is only for playwrights who will attend and participate in the process

For this reason they have a preference for playwrights living in the DC area.

Submissions must be at least 60+ pages of a full-length play or a work-in-progress with at least 1 act completed.

We seek plays in the style that is sometimes called “American Magical Realism”, for which we have a broad and flexible definition. We want mind-blowers. Reality twisters. Plays that encourage our audience to think about and experience life in radically different ways, both in the theater and out of it. We want plays that explore the primality of humanity and nature. We want plays that reach beyond the conscious world. Plays that take ordinary order and bend it to a new paradigm of rules.

What kind of plays do we NOT want?
​We are not looking for micro plays or musicals or one-person shows or kitchen comedies or living room dramas that don’t stretch themselves out of the genre a bit. Unfinished plays won’t benefit from this process and neither will plays that have extensive production histories. Mostly we are looking for a strong script and a talented playwright who will benefit from our process.

And, we aren’t interested unless you are interested in taking part in our work on your play. We don’t have money for housing or travel, but we will invest in the kind of artistic staff that will help you experience your play at critical times in your playwriting process. So in essence, we are looking for playwrights with roots or connections to Washington DC and are willing to invest a little bit of time with us together on your play.

How can I submit my play?
Use the link below to upload your play (.doc, .docx, and .pdf only please), give us contact information and a brief production history of your play.

The Deadline for Round 12 Submissions is December 31st, 2019. 

Submit script

Campfire Theatre Festival

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We define “emerging” as a playwright that has not had more than two professional productions or a published script.

"Never been produced" means plays that have had small readings and workshops are fine, but plays that have been previously produced or published are not accepted.

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please email us at contact@campfiretheatrefestival.com with details.

We will accept full length plays that are more than sixty pages, less than one hundred and twenty pages, and may have an intermission.

  • We currently cannot accept musicals. 
  • We can accept children's plays. 
  • e will accept plays of any genre. 
  • Each playwright may submit ONE play.



The Staged Reading Series accepts plays by emerging playwrights and offers them a fully staged reading at our festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2020.


Your play will be assigned a cast and director.

You will receive a stipend of $100 for a selected full-length play.

Campfire Theatre Festival is not currently able to provide playwright travel stipends for the Staged Reading Series; however, if a selected playwright can provide their own travel to Boise for the festival, all efforts will be made to assist with housing.

The Spark Program accepts plays by emerging playwrights for a twenty-hour workshop process that culminates in a reading at the festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2020.


Your play will be assigned a cast, a dramaturg and director.

You will receive a stipend of $100 for a selected full-length play.

You will receive airfare and housing for a week in Boise, Idaho.

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2019. 

We will accept the first 350 full-length plays and close submissions when we receive that many, even if it's before the deadline.



If you have previously had your work selected for Campfire, please observe a one-year hiatus before submitting again.

Please do not submit plays you have previously submitted to Campfire.

Playwrights will need to submit an info form, a resume and a full blinded script.



Thank you and we look forward to reading your play! Please direct any questions to our Literary Manager Sam Hamashima at contact@campfiretheatrefestival.com

Monday, November 25, 2019

Chain Theatre Playwriting Lab

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Chain Theatre Playwriting Lab continues its commitment to developing new plays by diverse artists and underrepresented voices in the American Theatre. Since its inception, Chain has developed plays focusing on what unites us, links us together as well as what divides us. This is a highly collaborative process with a personal, intensive focus on the playwright, your story, and your words.

This program has been made possible with the support of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs.


Richard Price, Clockers, HBO’s The Night Of, The Wire



  • All playwrights must be NYC based artists. 
  • Must be part of an under-represented community in the arts. Female identifying, a person of color, LGBTQ, or trans artists are encouraged to apply. 
  • Must be full length plays. 70 pages or more with a completed draft. 
  • Playwright must have all necessary rights. 

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted Oct 25, 2019 – Dec 12, 2019. Free to submit and participate. Include the following with your submission:

  • Resume and Bio. 
  • History of where the play has been previously produced or developed.
  • PDF Attachment of your play. It must be a completed draft. 
  • Must be available for in-person interview.

SUBMIT TO: info@chaintheatre.org


This is an intensive, highly collaborative process. We ask that you only submit if you have the availability to participate in the Lab.

Playwrights will meet regularly with your Director and the Director of the Lab. While each play will have different needs depending on how far along in the development process your play is, a typical timeline for the Lab would be: Weeks 1-2, meet with the Director and the Director of the Lab once a week to discuss your work and structure. Following each of these meetings, you will be given time to work on the play outside of the Lab and return with any changes. Weeks 3-5, actors are brought in to read through the script and/or work on specific scenes. At a second meeting during these weeks, you will meet with the Director to discuss what was learned from the previous rehearsal and any possible changes to consider. Week 6, there will be two to three rehearsals to fine tune the intentions of the characters with the actors in preparation for the staged readings.

A Director will be chosen for you from the Chain Theatre Team, so plays that already have a director attached cannot be considered. All actors will be chosen by the Director and the Chain to ensure an opportunity to hear the text with a fresh voice.

Following the 6 weeks of development, playwrights will be given two professional staged readings at Chain Theatre with an invited audience. Tickets to the staged reading will be FREE to all patrons. Staged Readings will take place February 21st - February 23rd, 2020. All plays developed are candidates for full production for the Chain 2020 Season.

Chain Playwriting Lab will be led by Ella Jane New, Ella is a theatre and film maker based in NYC. After receiving her MFA from University of London, Ella wrote and directed Banquet of Chestnuts at the George Wood Theatre in London, where she received the Goldsmiths New Writing Award. Other awards include: WOMEN MAKE MOVIES Fellowship and Eastman Foundation Grant and was chosen for the Creative Minds Program in association with Sundance Institute & Sundance Film Festival. Ella's work has been seen around the world at the U.N. Global Wake-Up Fest; Unspoken human rights Festival and has received distribution by BBC Worldwide, Al Jazeera and Globostat Brazil."

Ms. New will on hand, moderating the rehearsal and development process. Christina Elise Perry, Director of Outreach for the Chain Theatre, will also oversee the completion of the Lab in collaboration with the Chain Theatre’s Artistic Director, Kirk Gostkowski, and Literary Director, John Arthur Long.

All rehearsals and meetings will take place at the Chain Theatre located at 312 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor.


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The Woodward/Newman Drama Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, remembering the many great dramas Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman performed in together.

It presents the best unpublished full-length drama of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of the BPP’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement.

Submissions for the 2020-21 competition must be postmarked by Dec 1, 2019.

  • "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 
  • Agent submitted scripts require no fee.
  • If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email

  • 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.

Kernodle New Play Award

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The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre administers the Kernodle New Play Award, a national playwriting competition named for George R. Kernodle, beloved U of A theatre professor and author of "Invitation to the Theatre". The award recognizes full-length plays that invite the audience’s imagination and are inherently theatrical.  Visit our website to Learn More about the Kernodle New Play Award.

2019-20 Kernodle Submission Information

All playwrights must fill out our Online Submission Form below during our submission window, November 1 through December 16, 2018. Plays submitted before November 1, 2019 will not be considered.

Additionally, please understand, due to staffing levels (and a desire to keep unsolicited submissions free), we can only accept the first 100 unsolicited submissions received in 2019-2020. We will post on our website when we have hit our limit.*  We will review our unsolicited submission policy again after this year.                            

*Playwrights whose work has been directly solicited, agent submissions, and playwrights who currently reside in, or are originally from, Arkansas are welcome to apply until the Dec. 16, 2019 deadline.

For all submissions, please follow the process below, and when filling out our online form.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Complete the Online Submission Form 
  • 10-page sample from the script you are submitting 
  • A brief synopsis and history of the script 
  • Author Bio
  • Full-length manuscript (70+ minutes)
  • All documents should be in PDF format and uploaded to our Application Portal. We can no longer accept mailed or emailed manuscripts.
  • Plays submitted in previous years will not be accepted.
  • Plays must be unpublished and cannot have been professionally produced (previous workshop OK). No plays for young audiences or musicals please.  Adaptations considered only if rights are clearly secured or source material is in public domain.
  • One submission per writer.
  • Please allow 3-6 months response.
  • Submission Fee:  None.

Deadline:  Submissions must arrive between November 1 and December 16, 2019.

Announcement of Awards:  April/May 2019

If you have any questions, please contact us at kernodle@uark.edu or (479) 575-2953.


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Live & In Color - Call for Submissions

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Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical or play. The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast.

The winning musical submission will have a two-week workshop this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience.

The winning play submission will have a one-week development period this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a reading for an invited audience.

To Apply
Submit the required materials via email to Director of New Works, Dennis Corsi, at dennis@theatreincolor.org.

Submissions due March 1st, 2020.

Submission Requirements


The musical must be able to be performed with no more than 8 actors, although preference will be given to smaller casts.

All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Demo of score (2-3 songs)
  • Sample of dialogue (5-10 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)


  • The play must be able to be performed with no more than 5 actors. 
All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Script sample (10-20 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Jewish Repertory Theater submission guidelines

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Jewish Repertory Theater accepts submissions of full length and one act plays for production at our theater as well as plays that may be presented as a part of our three-part reading series each season. Our theatre is interested in works that explore Jewish identity and stories, and that appeal to a diverse range of audiences. We also may consider works that are written by a Jewish playwright that explores topics outside of Judaism.

Please note at this time we are considering plays that:

- Have specific and substantial Jewish content

- Have a cast size that does not exceed five people for full productions, (casting may include multiple roles played by one actor) and up to 12 for staged reading productions

- Explore Jewish identity through humor, drama, or both

- Explore unknown or rarely written about Jewish topics or history

- Have a set design that can accommodate a smaller stage

- Have been written by a Jewish playwright

The Jewish Repertory Theater Staged Reading Series strives to bring engaging content to our patrons between our regular season productions. In the past we have done readings of both published and un-published works. Plays that are chosen will typically receive a one-night reading and will be cast with professional actors from the Buffalo theater community. The readings will be publicized throughout the season along with our full-scale productions. Plays chosen for the reading series will be considered for full-scale productions in future seasons.

We are currently accepting submissions for our 2020-2021 season. Script submissions (PDF and Word docs preferred) and any questions may be directed via email.

Thank you for your work and talent  in creating art for the world to see and hear!

South Simcoe Theatre reading series

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The South Simcoe Theatre in Cookstown (Ontario Canada) is currently seeking new plays for the 12th year of our reading series:



“Every Day A Different Play!”

Audiences will be treated to a showcase of lightly rehearsed “readings” of plays never before seen or heard on the Town Hall stage.


Original sketches, monologues, short or full-length plays accepted

Submit a play: fourplay@southsimcoetheatre.com

More info: fourplay@southsimcoetheatre.com

Friday, November 22, 2019

Otherworld submission guidelines

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Submit full-length plays for consideration as part of Otherworld's Main Stage season.

​*NOTE: Please read the below requirements carefully. Due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot consider any plays that do not meet the submission guidelines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Otherworld's Literary Manager, Elliott Sowards.

Please provide the first 20 pages of your play OR the first 10 pages and your favorite scene. We will reach out to you if we would like you to send the full script.

Your play must be within the genres of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, or contain significant Sci-Fi or fantastical elements.

If Science Fiction and/or Fantasy elements are not evident in your selected pages, please describe in your submission how the play is a Science Fiction and/or Fantasy piece.

Your play should be full-length. For one acts, consider submitting to the Paragon Festival.

Your play should be submitted in a PDF format.

If this is a new play (unpublished) and you are interested in workshopping it with Otherworld's ensemble, please indicate that in your submission.

There is no submission fee. You are encouraged to submit multiple plays if you have them!

Submit to submissions@otherworldtheatre.org

Thursday, November 21, 2019

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship

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IASH and the Traverse Theatre will commission a play on or inspired by any aspect of the Institute’s current interests. The stipend will be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute’s events, including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the tenure of the Fellowship.  During the period of the Fellowship the playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse’s Literary Department. The recipient must be Edinburgh-based for the duration of the residency, as their regular presence at IASH is expected and they will be encouraged to play a part in the artistic life of the theatre.

The tenure of the Fellowship will be between 6 and 10 months, by agreement, with the intention that the playwright will submit a complete play to the Traverse at the end of 2020.

The ideal candidate will be a writer who wants to engage actively with the Traverse and is eager to make the most of the unique environment that IASH provides to further their thinking and develop their work. You can find out more about IASH via the About page.

We encourage ideas from writers that want to actively engage with both the Institute's interests and the Traverse Theatre's desire to entertain, excite, provoke and delight audiences alike - whether through a brilliant story, an innovative new form or use of technology, or with a striking new theatrical concept.

Please send a cover letter and CV to iash@ed.ac.uk by 5pm on 29 November 2019.

Interested applicants are invited to put in writing why they would like to take up this Fellowship and what they would like to explore in their commissioned play.  Applications should demonstrate an awareness of the work and ethos of the Traverse and IASH, and a sense of how the writer and their work might fit into this. Applicants should have had a minimum of two professional productions of their work. Interviews will be held in central Edinburgh on Wednesday 11 December 2019.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

And Toto Too seeks plays by women

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We are now accepting submissions.


Woman playwright

Full length or long one acts

Play may not have had fully produced performances in Colorado, readings are fine

7 or less characters (do not double up your characters to make it fit)

Finished plays only

Minimal settings (our theatre space seats only 56 and won't handle multiple sets)


Electronic only (if you send a hard copy it will be returned to sender unopened)

First 10 pages

Production History


If these guidelines are not followed your script will not be read.  We will contact you only if we are interested in seeing a full script.  We do not give feedback on why your play was not accepted. Thank you for submitting we look forward to reading your work.

Send to submissions@andtototoo.org

Ohlone College Seeks 10-minute Musicals for 2020 Playwrights Festival

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Deadline for submission: December 3rd, 2019

Festival dates: May 7, 8, 9, 2020 in the NUMMI theatre in the Smith Center at Ohlone College.

Submission guidelines:

Musicals must be 10-minutes in length.

2-5 characters.

All musicals chosen will receive a fully produced production by Ohlone College’s Student Repertory Theatre Company.

Financial arrangements:  No fee for submissions. Playwrights will receive royalties of $100 if their musical is chosen for the festival.

Submissions can be emailed to: PlaywrightsFestival@ohlone.edu
*Please include your bio, short character descriptions, and a brief synopsis of the musical.
*Please send all info in a doc or pdf.
*Please let us know if you have tracks for the music available.

About the Ohlone College Playwrights Festival
The aim of the festival is to cultivate plays and musicals from professional and emerging playwrights and composers that speak to our college students and contribute to fostering the next generation of theatre artists.

About Student Repertory Theatre Company
Student Repertory Theatre Company is a class that produces the Ohlone College Playwrights Festival.  Student Rep is comprised of student directors, producers, actors, designers, and crew—budding talent for the future growth in theatre.  First-time and more experienced theatre students are given the opportunity to create a full theatre ensemble geared toward producing live theatre.  Student Rep introduces all aspects of theatre to new students and is a space for experienced students to hone their skills and craft.

Past Playwrights and Composers include:
Jake Arky, Rick Bassett, Rachel Bublitz, Ron Burch, Eugenie Chan, John Franceschini, George Freek, Pamela Weiler Grayson, Anne V. Grob, Tanya Grove, Phillip W. Hall, Grace Hoffman, Brett Hursey, Stephanie Hutchinson, Richard Lau, Jeffrey Lo, David MacGregor, Karen Macklin, Kayla Martinez, Paul McCormick, Philana Omorotionmwan, Adriana Palangio, Owen Panettieri, Anthony R. Pezzula, Syche Phillips, Jordan Ramirez Puckett, Lisa Ramirez, Joni Ravenna, Jacob Marx Rice, Robin Lynn Rodriguez, Nick Saud, Mercedes Segesvary, Bridget Grace Sheaff, Gaby Simpson, Cleavon Smith, Aurin Squire, Max Tachis, Peter Tamaribuchi, James Anthony Tyler, Victor Elán Vasquez, Leah Nanako Winkler

For more information, please visit:

Monday, November 18, 2019

Call for Experimental Theatre Playwrights: CUT / EDGE

An Experimental Theatre Writers’ Collective
NYC, 2020

Playwrights, Application Deadline December 15th, 2019

Final decisions by January 2

Join us in 2020 in New York City, USA. We’ll meet twice monthly, on the second and third Tuesdays of each month (January-June; September-December). On the second Tuesday of each month, we will hear the work of a single writer out loud (read by actors) and discuss this writer’s work.  This meeting is mandatory.

On the third Tuesday of each month, we will engage in a moderated philosophical discussion about where we’re at in terms of style, form, the direction of theatre/art today etc. Each accepted writer will have the chance to suggest a topic for the monthly salon, and lead the discussion.  This meeting is suggested, but not mandatory.

The Dirt

Upon invitation, the rate is $120. This covers space to meet for an entire year and a very modest stipend for the actors who’ll read our words during the workshop meetings.

The Breakdown
  • To participate, you must be an experimental theatre writer. What do we mean by this? You must write for live performance and you must be in the process of creating something that isn’t “conventional.” This can include dialogue, structure, staging, character and/or character development, format or any other manner of pushing at normative theatrical boundaries. Teach us something.
  • The group is limited to 10 people and will be selected based upon the quality of the work submitted and availability, by experimental playwrights Tom Block and Kevin Kautzman.
  • If you’re in New York City and able to commit to monthly events in Midtown, as well as participate in our monthly salons, also once a month, and write experimental work for theatre, do send a sample, segment or example and tell us why you want to be a part of the collective.
And So Who Is This For
  • Experimental Theatre Writers
  • Able to Commit to Twice Monthly Meetings in Midtown Manhattan, through 2020 (Exact space TBD)
  • With Compelling Samples
  • $120 for Space and Actors

One-Act New Plays Workshop 2020

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The Theatre of Western Springs (Illinois) Directors’ Workshop Program One-Act NEW PLAYS WORKSHOP August, 2020.

Anyone interested in submitting a script for consideration should follow these One Act Play Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline: January 9, 2020

Notification of Selected Plays: June, 2020 (earlier if possible)
Entry Fee: None

  •  Plays must not have been previously produced or published.
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a lager work or work-in-progress.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read. The document should contain no identifying information about the author in any way on any page except the one title page, which will not be revealed until the plays are selected.
  • Plays should run no less than 15 minutes, or more than 45 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • If you’d like to, please include play’s development history as a separate document. e.g. had a staged reading at Chicago Dramatist. If none, not necessary.
  • Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.
  • Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/ technical support for a 117-seat black box theater.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay). Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, TWS shall be named as “first
  • produced”
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted in August 2020 (exact dates unknown at this time) at The Theatre of Western Springs with at least three performances.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.
  • Playwrights are requested to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance.

 Submission process:

For direct submissions, please email the two files to:
DW@theatrewesternsprings.com with “2020 NEW PLAYS SUBMISSION” in the subject heading.

You may mail your submission to:
2020 New Plays Workshop Submission The Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Any Questions should be directed to:
Please do not call TWS.

Saturday, November 16, 2019


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UPDATE!!!  SOOP to NUTS Short-Play Festival moved to FEBRUARY!
We have received many submissions for our festival, but a number of you expressed concerns about the short turn-around time.  We agree and have decided that in order to ensure our first festival is a successful one, we will move it out to February.  The new dates are February 14th - 29th!  We will hold ALL of our current submissions for consideration for a spot in the new schedule - if you have already submitted and DO NOT wish to have your play considered for the new time-line, please email info@sooptheatre.org and let us know!  See below for the updated details:

FESTIVAL DATES:  February 14th - 29th, 2020 at The 530 Studios, 530 Fifth Ave, Pelham, NY.

PRIZES: 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place $100.

NUMBER OF PLAYS:  There will be 20 – 25 plays chosen as semi-finalists each receiving two performances (one evening / one matinee); 5 plays will be chosen for the final evening of competition.

LENGTH:  one-act plays no less than ten minutes, no longer than thirty minutes.

PARTICIPANTS:  submissions must be made by playwrights, age 18 or older, who live in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT).

FEES:  there is no fee to submit, but if chosen, there is a $75 registration fee.

LANGUAGE: plays must be submitted in English.

FORMAT:  plays should be submitted in standard stage-play script format, saved as PDF file and submitted  to info@sooptheatre.org  Playwrights should also include a brief bio of their writing accomplishments. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL HARD COPIES of anything!

SUBMISSION LIMITS:  Playwrights may submit only ONE play (please send us your best work!)
Original works ONLY! Plays may have maximum of 4 cast members, with minimal sets, costumes and props.  No children’s/young adult plays.  No musicals.


If chosen, you will be responsible for all staffing (casting, director, etc) of your piece.  SOOP can recommend actors/directors, if need be.  You are also responsible for all rehearsal – SOOP will provide each play selected some free rehearsal time in our studio space (schedule TBD), as well as a tech opportunity in the final week.

SOOP can provide small set pieces (chairs, tables, small loveseat, etc) as well as some more detailed props.  A list will be made available to all participants.  That said, we do ask that you keep ALL these requirements to a MINIMUM.


1. All plays will be reviewed by SOOP administrative staff and the 20 – 25 semifinalists will be chosen.

2. Each of those selections will receive two performances during the first weekend (Feb 14 - 16) OR the second weekend (Feb 21 - 23).

3. Each evening’s audience will vote anonymously and the cumulative vote from both performances of each piece will determine our *5 finalists. (*Highest amount of votes from each set of five will determine the first four finalists, then the next highest vote recipient from ALL the evenings will be the fifth finalist).

4. The five finalists will perform on the final night of the festival (Feb 29th) and will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals comprised of playwrights, actors, directors (TBA).

DEADLINE:  All scripts for consideration MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN December 20, 2019!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Smith & Kraus seeks monologues & 10-minute play

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Smith & Kraus is happy to invite you to submit your monologues and 10 minute plays for our 2020 Best Women's and Men's Monologues and Best 10 Minute Plays books.
  • Submissions are due in by 5pm Eastern US time zone on November 30, 2019.
  • Due to receiving thousands of submissions each year, we do not reply to phone calls or emails.
  • You may submit as many monologues and 10 minute plays as you would like.
To get all of the details, go to this link:


On this page, you will find the button called "REGISTER TO SUBMIT". Click this button.

You will be taken to the registration page.

On the registration page, read the important FAQ's before you register

For the past 30 years, The Best Monologues of the Year for Men, The Best Monologues of the Year for Women and The Best 10 Minute Plays have been 3 of S&K's biggest selling books. Results? Promotion for thousands of playwrights leading to countless productions and script sales! We invite you to submit your monologues for consideration!


Dear Playwrights,

Many of you have submitted your monologues & 10 minute plays for the 2020 annual books from Smith & Kraus. Thanks!


Did you submit your monologue or 10 minute play yet?

In case you missed our previous email...

To submit your monologues and or 10 minute plays, go to this link:


All playwrights who have their work chosen for the 2020 monologue or 10 minute play books:

Will receive a FREE COPY of the book they appear in. (This is the physical, printed book)


You can choose to receive a Digital Set of all three 2020 books! (These are downloadable digital books)

And... Be sure to enter the special raffle on the submissions page!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Joust Theater submission guidelines

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Are you an actor, director, or playwright looking to collaborate?

We are always interested in original works.

Manuscripts should be addressed to our Literary Manager, Meghan Hourigan, at JoustLiterary@gmail.com.

When submitting a play, please include a complete script, resume, and website if applicable.

Enigmatic Society Productions seeks full-length LGBTQIA+ scripts

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Enigmatic Society Productions is accepting full-length scripts with LGBTQIA+ themes for our 2020-2021 season. Chosen playwrights will receive a full-length production with a standard Dramatist Guild of America playwriting contract (Not a membership, but the playwright will earn a percentage of each ticket sold).

Enigmatic Society Productions is an LGBT theater company that is focused on the development of new LGBT-themed scripts and re-imaging classic plays and musicals.

Deadline is December 1st, 2019. No submission fee. Open to all playwrights.

Submission Rules and Process:

  • Scripts must be in standard playscript format
  • Scripts submitted must be in PDF format
  • Cover page to include play synopsis, character breakdown, playwright's bio and production history
  • playwrights may submit more than one play
  • Scripts must be received by December 1st, 2019
  • Scripts must be LGBTQIA+ themed
  • Selected playwrights will be notified February 1st, 2020 and contracts will be sent out March 1st, 2020 - via email

Company: Enigmatic Society Productions
Instagram: enigmaticsocietyproductions

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Free theater: SWEET DADDY reading in Little Rock Arkansas

Black Girlz Productions presents
Sweet Daddy
by Shaneisha Dodson
The reading will start promptly at 4:00 pm and is open to the public.
The event will occur 12/28
at the Robert's Library located at
401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201.

To register, visit sweetdaddy.eventbrite.com.

Follow us on twitter and Instagram @blkgirlz12

Monday, November 11, 2019

Free theater: THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS ~ Worcester MA

written and directed by Noah Mailloux

December 5 - 7 at 7:30 PM
December 7 - 8 at 2:30 PM
Reserve Tickets at 508-793-3536
The Pit - O'Kane Hall 37
Free Admission - reservations recommended
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA

Rosie Gardner and her best friend Paul Nelson live a simple life as roommates in Rosie’s childhood home in Queens, New York. After the death of her father and her unexpected inheritance of a high sum, stability seemed just over the New York skyline for Rosie, until the cost of living in New York began to add up. Six years later, running out of money and relying on Paul’s failing acting career for income, Rosie’s estranged brother, Moss, shows up at the front door looking for a place to live. However, emotional baggage isn’t the only thing Moss is packing as his housewarming gift, a commonplace house plant is revealed to be a hidden compartment for ten thousand dollars. Drugs? Robbery? Murder? What’s Moss been up to for the past six years? As a family drama unfolds at home, new neighbor Jules and on-and-off handyman Devin become smitten with members of the Gardner-Nelson household, complicating an already thorny situation.

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M. T. Pockets 7th Annual One-Act Play Contest

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 Winning entries will run in February 2020 One Act Fringe Festival

Deadline for submissions. November 30, 2019

​All entries MUST be submitted online.

December 21
Winning submissions announced

December TBA
Auditions for all productions and casting

December TBA
Cast Lists Posted

February 2020 - Specific Production Dates TBA Soon!


  • Limit TWO entries per playwright.
  • Each entry must:
  • be unpublished, with 3 or less productions (excluding readings, self-productions and/or contest productions);
  • require two to four (2 to 4) characters
  • be no more than 10 minutes in running time
  • require minimal props and costumes
  • excluding the title and cast pages, be no more than 
  • ten (10)pages long


  • Six to eight finalists will be chosen for production in our annual One Act Fringe Festival to be held in February (dates to be announced).
  • Winning playwrights agree to permit ​M. T. Pockets Theatre to produce their play without compensation. Authors will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.
  • Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for the favorite one act play at the festival.

Gulfshore Playhouse Eighth Annual New Works Festival

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Gulfshore Playhouse announces a call for submissions  for their Eighth Annual New Works Festival to take place in September 14th through 20th, 2020. The New Works Festival will bring together four playwrights and a team of professional actors and directors for a week-long festival. The festival focuses on developing each selected play throughout the week and culminates in a staged reading for an audience.
Starting at 1 PM EST on Monday, November 4, Gulfshore Playhouse will accept the first 150 submissions from playwrights and agents.

Those interested should submit digital copies of plays that have not had a full production to submissions@gulfshoreplayhouse.org. Submissions sent prior to 1 PM EST on November 4 will not be considered.

At this time, Gulfshore Playhouse is not accepting musical submissions, asks that all submitted plays are full-length, and will only consider works that have not previously had a full production.

The New Works Festival finalists are chosen through a blind submission process. Submissions should be sent with two files: a cover page with name and contact information and the script with no playwright information. All submissions should be in PDF format. Scripts not sent in the requested format will not be considered until they are re-submitted in the correct format.

Semifinalists for the Eighth Annual New Works Festival will be announced in the summer of 2020. Semifinalists will be contacted regarding their availability and willingness to participate in the festival which will factor into the selection of the finalists. The winners will be announced shortly thereafter in the summer of 2020.

Each winner will receive a $500 honorarium as well as airfare and lodging for the duration of the festival. 

If you have questions please contact Audrey Zielenbach (azielenbach@gulfshoreplayhouse.org). 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

OC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival 2020

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OC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival seeks new plays for 2020. If you live in or hail from Orange County, CA, please submit a script for consideration.

Our script submission deadline is December 1. 

For 2020, we will be considering one-act and full-length musicals as well as one-act and full-length plays. Our next festival is scheduled for August 20-30, 2020 at Chapman University in Orange. Each play chosen will receive five performances during the festival.

We fully produce new plays. We do so featuring actors and directors from the greater LA/OC area and Chapman University students. In past years, we have produced works by SoCal dramatists such as Erica Bennett, Megan Breen, Diana Burbano, Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm, Joni Ravenna, Lojo Simon and many others. The OC WEEKLY has honored us with recognition as Orange County's "Best New Play Festival" and The Dramatist calls OC-centric “a major theatrical event for local playwrights.”

Script submission details:
* Deadline: Sunday, December 1. Submissions received after December 1 will not be considered.
* As always, there is no submission fee.
* Submit scripts via email to occentric@gmail.com in PDF or MS Word format. In your email message, let us know a little about your connection to Orange County, CA. (The criteria for eligibility: you must either have grown up in Orange County, or you currently live in Orange County at least 6 months of the year. In the case of a musical, at least one of the collaborators must meet this eligibility test.)
* Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays. Previously produced work OK.
> A full-length play = a play that runs 60 minutes or longer.
> A one-act play = a play that runs less than 60 minutes. (We are particularly interested in longer one-acts that run 30-60 minutes.)
* The playwright’s name and contact information must appear on the title page of the script(s).
* If you are submitting a musical, please send us MP3/WAV files of at least 2 of the songs, or include links to online performances of songs from the work.
* Please do not submit a script that you have submitted to us in the past two years, unless it has been heavily revised or reimagined.

Please note:
* These plays will be produced in the O.L. Halsell Foundation Studio Theatre, a black box space with playing area of about 20' x 25'. So the straight play or musical you submit should require no more than 12 actors and be producible in a black box with minimal wing space.
* If you have a play or musical with a largely female cast, we encourage you to submit it to us.
* No restrictions on language or subject matter, but no nudity.
* Playwrights will receive a small honorarium/royalty.

Any questions may be directed to occentric@gmail.com. Information about past OC-centric festivals is at our website ... www.oc-centric.com

We look forward to reading your work!

Tamiko Washington, Artistic Director
Eric Eberwein, Associate Artistic Director

Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists

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The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2020 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

Submissions open Tuesday September 17, 2019 and will close on Friday November 29, 2019. All submissions must be sent through an online application. The link may be found on our website.
Only one submission per playwright/librettists will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced at Amas Musical Theatre's 51st Anniversary Benefit Event on March 30, 2020. Amas Musical Theatre will not ask for any fees for entry or for any fiduciary involvement from the playwright/librettists at any point of the process.

Submission Requirements:

The musical must:
·         Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)
·         Have no more than seven actors  (actors may play multiple roles)
·         Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions
·         Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show (at least five songs)
·         Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)
·         Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.
What to submit
All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.
1.       Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project
2.       History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)
3.       Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)
4.       Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)
5.       Proof of rights (if applicable)
6.       Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox link)
7.       PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available

Guidelines for Materials
All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.
If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.
The full script must include:
1.       Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)
2.       Character breakdown (maximum one page)
3.       The complete script with page numbers
For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.
Demo Tracks
·         The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.
·         Demo tracks should:
1.       Include at least one song from the first 25 pages
2.       Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment
3.       Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles
4.       Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs
For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.

The Selection Process
Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by Amas Musical Theatre’s literary team. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by a selection committee, comprised of distinguished artists and playwrights, using a blind evaluation process. Committee members will not be given any additional information beyond the title of the show, the script and the demo tracks.
Any personal information you provide in the application is seen by the Amas Musical Theatre staff only, not the selection committee. Our process is based on the quality of the work submitted.

Round 1 (September-December)
1. Our literary team reads the first 25 pages of the book and listens to the demo for any track related to these pages.
2. The team fills out evaluations for each show, which determine the submissions that continue to Round 2.
3. If selected as a finalist, the show’s application primary contact is notified via email.
Round 2 (January-March)
1.  The selection committee reads the scripts in full and listens to all demo tracks submitted.
2.  Committee members discuss the finalists to determine which one is best suited for the award.
3.  The winner will be announced at the Amas Musical Theatre's 51st Anniversary Benefit Event in April 2020.
4.  The application’s primary contact is notified and a development schedule is created with the winner.

We will not be able to provide feedback regarding why a particular piece was or was not selected.
The Winner

  • Will receive $2,000 to help pay for cost-of-living expenses.
  • Will receive development assistance in the 2020 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre.
  • Will have the selected show rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production.
  • Must be present in New York City for the development process.
  • Must give the right of first refusal for a world premiere of the selected show that will expire 90 days after Amas Musical Theatre presents the Lab production.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Berkeley 2020 Summer Residency

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We invite artists to apply with projects that would benefit from a residency in Berkeley for 1–4 weeks. Berkeley Rep will provide transportation, housing, rehearsal space, basic technical support, and a modest stipend. Applicants must be available for residency between June 16–July 12, 2020. Previous applicants may reapply. There is no limit on the number of projects an artist may apply with. We do accept applications from international artists.

Projects may be anywhere along their development path: from an idea without anything on paper yet, to a complete draft of a text. Whether you are a writer simply needing a room in which to write or an ensemble wanting intensive rehearsal time, we encourage you to apply. Artists from other disciplines interested in creating theatre pieces are also very welcome. If your project is ready for a small audience, we are happy to provide that, but there is no requirement for any kind of culminating event. Past participants have held events that were open to the public, no final presentation at all, small closed readings, and everything in between.

This is a developmental residency. Projects looking for a full production are not eligible. If you are applying for an adaptation, please have the underlying rights already secured. We do not accept scripts along with application forms. If a proposed project makes it to the second round, we will then request a work sample, which may include whatever is already written, if applicable.

To apply

Have a look at our frequently asked questions before writing your application.

Complete the application form.

We suggest you download and complete the application as a Word document and then cut/paste your answers into the application form. Please note: the online form does not allow you to save the application midway through and you must hit the “submit” button at the bottom to finalize the form submission process.
For your application to be considered complete, we ask that you submit PDFs of your résumé and the résumés of any key collaborators separately (the online form will prompt you to do this). Please title these “First Name Surname Project Title.pdf.”

All applications and corresponding résumés are due by 11:59pm on November 18, 2019.

Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2020.


Please note
Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Please do not submit any materials beyond those required in the application.
Only complete applications will be considered.
Please do not call or email Berkeley Repertory Theatre to check the status of your application.
Questions? Please peruse our frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered there, please email groundfloor@berkeleyrep.org.

14th St Y co-productions wanted

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Submissions for the Theater at the 14th Street Y's 2020–2021 Season of Humor are now open through midnight on November 15, 2019.

For questions, please contact Rebecca Miller, Theater Manager, at RMiller@14streety.org.

About the Theater at the 14th Street Y

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

All productions are co-presented by the 14th Street Y and must go through a submission process before being curated into our season.  We are seeking projects with producing companies attached as we are a co-presenter.

For our Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 Season, the Theater at the 14th Street Y is featuring producers in the mediums of Theater, Dance, Film, Music, and Festivals to submit ideas for co-presentations that revolve around the theme of HUMOR.  Projects that explore anything from farce to dark humor are welcomed. Pieces that have elements of social awareness and challenges or speak to the diverse East Village community are highly encouraged to apply.

For 2020 – 2021 productions that are a part of the curated season, rental charges will be $2000/week for exclusive use of the space, and $1000/week if the production runs in rep. Season partners receive 70% of ticket revenue, while the Theater at the 14th Street Y retains 30% of ticket revenue, plus all fees.


Friday, November 8, 2019

Roundabout Theatre Company submission guidelines

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Interested in submitting to the New Play Initiative?

Roundabout Theatre Company is dedicated to providing a nurturing home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers, and we're proud to introduce new playwrights to the Roundabout family each year.

At this time, Roundabout accepts full script submissions only from established literary agents. If you are a represented writer, please have your literary agent submit on your behalf. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation in our venue.

If you are an unrepresented writer, you are welcome to submit one 15-page script sample, a script synopsis, and a brief bio for our Literary Department’s review. Please email your materials to submissions@roundabouttheatre.org.

Playwrights are also welcome to email invitations to upcoming readings or productions of their work to submissions@roundabouttheatre.org.

Due to the number of new work submissions received by Roundabout every year, we cannot personally respond to every 15-page submission. However, all script sample submissions are read by the Literary Department within one month of submission. If we are interested in reading more of your work, a representative of the Literary Department will contact you to request the full script. If you have not received a reply within one month of submission, we will not be pursuing the full script. Please do not call regarding the status of your script.

Roundabout does not accept hard-copy script submissions. Scripts sent via mail will not be acknowledged or returned.

Table Work Press Submission Opportunity

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Table Work Press is a new collective that publishes and advocates for promising plays. Through identifying exciting new plays, TWP will contribute to the fabric of the American theatre by championing playwrights whose work is important, pressing, and worth writing home about. For more information, please visit https://www.tableworkpress.org/about

In our inaugural season, we look forward to reading new work and broadening our network of playwrights. Our 2019 open submission period will be held from September 22nd until November 22nd, 2019. 

Selected plays will be published, and playwrights will receive a $500 stipend, a share of profits, and a reading in New York City (while we are unable to provide housing and transportation at this time, we will create a recording for playwrights unable to attend in person). Playwrights who are not selected to be published this season may be invited to partner for other opportunities.

To submit your work, please send your full-length, unpublished script and a one-to-two page artist statement in PDF form to admin@tableworkpress.org. For more information, please visit https://www.tableworkpress.org/submit.

All plays will be read by a minimum of two readers, and all applicants will be notified of their status no later than February 15th, 2020.

We look forward to reading your work! 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) Queens NYC

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The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few. The ACP supports projects that add to the canon of American art by telling an untold story of underrepresented person(s) relevant to Queens communities.

This year, the ACP is focusing on the neighborhoods of Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing. Proposed projects should demonstrate a connection to one of these two communities.

ACP's priority is to support artists who present a fresh perspective by creating work that defies the cultural mainstream, privileges underrepresented identities, and/or speaks to the cultural diversity of Queens by telling an untold story of underrepresented person(s).

By commissioning artists to materialize such works, the ACP aims to fill gaps in American culture by actively adding to the art historical canon. In doing so, the ACP aims to create a more democratic cultural sector that is more inclusive of the diverse narratives, cultural backgrounds, and values associated with our borough and nation.

Artists’ proposed projects should:

  • Demonstrate their new work’s connection to the communities of either Maspeth/Ridgewood or Flushing.
  • Highlight the stories of individual protagonists (e.g. heroine(s), hero(s), characters) in their proposed works to give underrepresented people a vision of themselves as leading characters. 
  • Be replicable, capable of being interpreted and produced for dance, music, or theatre by other artist(s) or third parties throughout the borough, city, and country (e.g. if a high school or off-broadway theatre wanted to produce your work, they could do so - think Summer Stock or Swan Lake). 

A cohort of seven community members, or "Art Commissioners”, will evaluate and select the artists’ projects. Deeply connected to the target neighborhoods, these art lovers demonstrate a stake in the community’s cultural life. Following your project’s selection, they will be actively involved in your project's development from inception to completion.


Flushing & Maspeth/Ridgewood

The 2019-20 ACP Neighborhoods of Focus

Every year, ACP focuses on two Queens neighborhoods to enable local art lovers to commission art for their own communities.

This year, the neighborhoods are Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing. For this reason, programming will be largely concentrated in these two areas.


Four (4) artists will be chosen by a panel of ACP Art Commissioners who include Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing community members, arts lovers and supporters.

Each artist will receive a commission of $10,000 towards the creation of a new work, as well as support towards its premiere production.


The following eligibility criteria apply for artist applicants:

  • ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE: Composers, playwrights, and choreographers are eligible to apply.
  • LOCATION: All greater NYC artists within a commuting distance to Astoria, Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing can apply
  • GEOGRAPHIC PREFERENCE: Preference will be given to current Queens residents
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Artists must be able to commit to program dates, with up to two allotted absences (see calendar below)
  • AGE: Must be 21 years or older as of January 1, 2020
  • STUDENTS INELIGIBLE: Students are not eligible to apply


Local community members, or art commissioners, will be responsible for reviewing your work in a panel process. Successful artists will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

UNTOLD STORIES: Demonstrated capacity to create new art that tells an untold story by highlighting underrepresented person(s) in the cultural mainstream

CONNECTION TO TARGET NEIGHBORHOODS: The project proposals will be evaluated based on project and/or artist’s demonstrated connection to the two 2019-20 ACP neighborhoods of focus, Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing

ARTISTIC MERIT: Artistic merit of submitted work samples

PROJECT PROPOSAL: Quality and clarity of the project proposal

REPLICABILITY & FEASIBILITY: The ideal ACP project is replicable, capable of being interpreted by other artist(s) and interested parties throughout the borough, city, and country. The Art Commissioners will also consider the project’s overall feasibility.

LOCATION PREFERENCE: Preference will be given to current Queens residents



ARTIST STIPEND: to compensate the artists for their time & creative labor

PERFORMERS’ FEES: to compensate the artists' performers, such as actors, dancers, and musicians, for their time & creative labor

REHEARSAL FEES: to book rehearsal space to create/develop the work

DOCUMENTATION FOR COMMISSION: expenses related to documenting the work and/or creating the commission’s deliverables (for choreographers, this may include video of the choreography for the commission’s deliverables; see below for details)

OTHER CREATION EXPENSES: related to the creation of the work (e.g. equipment purchase)

World Premiere production of SHED by 2017-18 Awardee in Choreography Chuan Xie at Queens Botanical Garden; photo by Nathaniel Marsh.
World Premiere production of SHED by 2017-18 Awardee in Choreography Chuan Xie at Queens Botanical Garden; photo by Nathaniel Marsh.


In addition to the $10,000 commissioning fee, Queens Council on the Arts also supports the fees associated with:

EVENTS: As their projects are being developed, artists and Art Commissioners participate and/or host Monthly Convenings to touch base on the artists’ process, such as open rehearsals, art salons, and professional development events on commissioning art. QCA will cover the expenses associated with these events. Artists are expected to attend all program dates barring up to two conflicts. See Program Timeline below for specifics.

VENUE RENTAL: QCA will cover the cost of a venue rental for the artists’ World Premiere, if applicable. While artists are encouraged to have an idea of where they would like their work’s World Premiere to take place (ideally within Maspeth/Ridgewood or Flushing), if selected, the artists will work with the Art Commissioners & QCA staff to select a venue that suits their work and artistic vision for the new work's World Premiere.

OTHER PRODUCTION EXPENSES: related to the production of the World Premiere, including:

Print Marketing: World Premiere showcards and programs (graphic design and printing)

Event photography: Event photography of the artists’ World Premiere

Reception: A light reception during the project’s the World Premiere



DOCUMENT THEIR COMMISSION: ACP Awardees will create and deliver a completed dance, music score or theater script created by  to Queens Council on the Arts by September 30, 2020. Because the purpose of ACP is to commission new culture that can be replicated and added to the American Canon, this documentation should provide enough information so that a production of this new work could be interpreted and produced throughout the borough, city, and world.

PRODUCE A WORLD PREMIERE IN QUEENS: Orchestrate a World Premiere of their Artist Commissioning Program project by September 30, 2020. This event will be produced in conjunction with, and engage the support of, the 2019-20 cohort of Art Commissioners and Queens Council on the Arts. If at all possible, World Premieres should take place in the neighborhoods of Flushing or Maspeth/Ridgewood, Queens.


The artists retain all copyright and intellectual property rights associated with their work and any future productions of that work.

The documentation of commission obtained by QCA described above will be used for record-keeping and for the purpose of fulfilling the expectations of this award only.

QCA retains the exclusive right to:

Present the premiere performance of the work in Queens. This should be the first time the work has ever been presented to the public.

Be credited as the commissioner of the work in published editions, recordings, and programs of all future performances.


August 13, 2019: Application opens

November 14, 2019: Artist Application deadline

Late December 2019: Artist Notification


The Artist Commissioning Program runs from November 2019 - October 2020. Artists are expected to be present and engaged for a variety of program dates, including a kickoff party, and monthly convenings with the cohort(s) of arts commissioners dedicated to supporting their project. Because the success of this program hinges on participant engagement, we ask that artists do not miss more than two program events. Artists are not expected or required to attend the other group's monthly check-ins.

The program calendar is as follows:


Friday, January 3 from 6 - 8pm

MONTHLY CONVENINGS (January – July 2020): Artists and art commissioners participate in and host monthly Art Salons, Studio Visits, Artist Talks, & Professional Development Events


Thursday, January 16th from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, February 20th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, March 19th from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, April 16th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, May 14th from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, June 18th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, August 13th from 6 - 8pm


Thursday, January 23rd from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, February 20th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, March 26th from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, April 16th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, May 21 from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, June 18th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, August 20th from 6 - 8pm


August - September 2020 (exact dates TBD)



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