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Friday, January 31, 2020

ESPAfest 2020: Free Writing Workshops, Master Classes, and More!

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) is thrilled to announce ESPAfest 2020. Join us for a week of FREE workshops and master classes. 

All events are free and open to the public. RSVP to attend

Monday, February 10
2:00pm – 4:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – A Shakespeare Potluck with Geoffrey Owens (Actor, Romeo and Juliet on Broadway (with Orlando Bloom), Tyler Perry's “The Haves and the Have Nots”; Director, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, among others)
Broadway, film, and TV veteran and Shakespeare aficionado Geoffrey Owens will open our studios to anyone who wants to work on a piece, ask questions about text, or just discuss how to approach this rich work. Bring some snacks (for yourself or to share!) and get ready to dive into Shakespeare with the master.

Everyone is welcome! This workshop will be both on-your-feet work and discussion – participants can bring in monologues and/or scenes, read text off the page, or just bring in questions about Shakespeare, Shakespearean text, and Geoffrey’s process working on it as both an actor and director.

Tuesday, February 11
6:30pm – 9:30pm: Seeing Between the Lines – The Confession of Lily Dare with Erin Daley (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages) 
Prior to the workshop, see a performance of the Primary Stages production The Confession of Lily Dare by Charles Busch, and then come together as a class on February 11 to talk about the production from a dramaturg’s perspective! Discuss dramaturgical inquiry, such as why this play, in this place, at this time, and leave the workshop equipped to see any production with a more discerning eye.

Wednesday, February 12
4:00pm – 5:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – Alexander Technique with Karen Braga (Acting Faculty, NYU Tisch)
5:00pm – 6:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – Refining Your Monologue and Audition with Gabra Zackman (Actor, Sense & Sensibility at Bedlam, Audiobook Narrator of over 300 books)

Thursday, February 13
11:00am – 12:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – Secrets of a Broadway Marketer with Elizabeth Kandel (Director of Marketing, Roundabout Theatre Company)
12:00pm – 1:00pm: FREE RESUME CLINIC – personalized feedback on artistic and administrative resumes with Erin Daley (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages) & Elizabeth Kandel (Director of Marketing, Roundabout Theatre Company)
2:00pm – 3:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – Getting It Written with Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)

See the full listing of events and RSVP: www.primarystages.org/espa/our-community/espafest

ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers.  For more information, call 212.840.9705 x220 or email espa@primarystages.org.

San Diego REPertory Theatre submission guidelines

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San Diego REPertory Theatre is happy to accept scripts from agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing relationship. In general, we no longer accept unsolicited scripts from unrepresented writers. However, we continue to offer an open submission policy for plays and musicals from Latino(a) writers across the country because we are committed to supporting today’s Latino(a) voices. In addition, local writers residing in the Southern California area may submit a query letter about their new work that includes a current email contact and:

  • A brief biography of your writing history, noting awards and production history
  • A paragraph about why your play is a good match for the San Diego REP
  • A one-page synopsis of the play including number of cast, genre & run-time
  • For musicals, please also include a CD with sample songs from the score

Our six-show season can include full-length plays, musicals with a small cast and band, solo pieces, and adaptations performed on one of two stages (250-500 seats) for about 4 weeks. Past programming has highlighted voices of the Latino, African-Americans, and Jewish communities. Before submitting, please make sure that your script is aligned with our mission. It is also advised that you attend some of our productions to become more familiar with our sensibility.

If we are interested, we will contact you to request a copy of the full script within a few months.

Send to:
San Diego REPertory Theatre
Literary Department
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Whiskey Radio Hour seeks radio plays

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Deadline: February 16, 2020

We are currently taking writer and director submissions for Episode 22 of the Whiskey Radio Hour, which will be on Tuesday, March 31 at Chief O'Neill’s Pub and Restaurant, Chicago.

All submissions are due by Sunday, February 16 to whiskeyradiohour@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines for Writers

NOTE: At present, we are only accepting new radio play submissions from persons of color, female-identifying and/or nonbinary playwrights.

Kindly email whiskeyradiohour@gmail.com with your complete script (in either .doc or .pdf format).

  • Only complete scripts will be considered.
  • Your play should be around ten minutes long (so read your play out loud before you submit!)
  • Your play can be in any genre you like, but try to engage the radio play format in some way.
  • Due to space constraints, up to four actors can perform in each radio play. Therefore, actors will play multiple roles if there are more than four characters in your piece.
  • Each writer can submit up to two radio plays per Radio Hour.
  • Each episode of the Whiskey Radio Hour is recorded, and then put on the internet for anyone to download free of charge. To check out past episodes, visit our bandcamp page.

If you’re interested in the correct format of a radio play, the BBC has a handy guide here

The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts

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Submissions are now OPEN for the 2020 Main-Stage Festival

The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 6 through 19 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

Categories: Full length plays; One-Act Plays; Choreographed Dance pieces; Thematic new Solo Shows, comedic or Dramas; Musicals; Opera; Cabaret; Unimaginable . . . ? – Any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no application fees or participation fees required, and all productions earn a box office share.

We provide:

ADA and AEA approved performance venues
AEA approved venue insurance
Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
Deadline:  Monday, February 10th.

Click on the APPLY button below to go to the full Application Form. Please download a study copy so you can later complete the form in one online session (required). Note: Your planned production cannot have been produced before in the 15 months preceding the July Festival. If you are producing an Out-Of-Town show (25 miles from New York City) be prepared to submit local contracts, and accept one of our co-production plans.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Playwrights Take the Stage: Open Door

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 Deadline: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ Midnight

The Players’ Theatre Committee is seeking a new play to conclude our second season of programming. This is a chance to have work heard aloud, amongst a supportive audience of theatre makers and lovers. Our final event is open to the public for submissions.

The performance is in the Dining Room at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South, New York City.

We are looking for plays that challenge us to see the world; to view the full spectrum of humanity in all its forms.

Event date will be June 26, 2020.

This year we offer dramaturgical feedback to the playwrights of the top three plays as well as developmental support for the final chosen play. The playwright may choose to receive feedback or not depending on the play’s development needs. A Player’s Theatre Committee member will work hard to learn the language of the play and help the writer make the vision clearer to the future audience. This feedback can come in the form of:

•    A single pass of written feedback of a scene or the full play, as requested
•    Phone or video chat
•    In-person conversation(s)

Rehearsal space, casting, and direction will be provided for a full staged reading of the script at The Players.

See BELOW for Submission Guidelines. (Please read the directions carefully; plays not in compliance will not be considered.)

**Reminder, our final event is open to both Players and non-members, so feel free to share the information.

Players Theatre Committee FINAL EVENT Play Submission Guidelines

• Submissions are open to both Players members and non-members.
• Plays must not have been produced at The Players or under an Equity Showcase contract for NYC in the past 12 months or 29 Hour Reading Contract in the past 6 months.
• No solo pieces, children’s shows or musicals.
• Two to seven actors. (If additional characters are double cast, outline who and how.)
• We are seeking plays that exhibit the world in its myriad of forms, showing complex human issues, questions and emotions.
• Plays must be 45 to 90 minutes in length and no more than 95 pages.
• Please be sure to format your play in a standard fashion; quick guidelines follow.

o Paper size: 8.5” x 11”
o Font: Times new Roman, Courier or comparable. Font Size: 12-point.
o Margins: 1 inch all around.
o Include Title Page and Character Page.
o Page must be numbered. Start numbering with the first scene.
o Please indicate Acts, Scenes, and Blackouts.
o Proper spacing in dialogue; no single spacing.

• Two copies (Word or PDF) must be submitted electronically to theplayersnyc.playsubmissions@gmail.com

• Please submit two versions, one with identifying information and one without.

• Plays without identifying information will be distributed electronically to the Theatre Committee for objective vetting.

• For administrative reasons, we are unable to accept hard copies.

Vetting Process

• Plays (two versions) submitted to theplayersnyc.playsubmissions@gmail.com will be monitored by the Theatre Committee Secretary only.
• Plays with playwrights’ names will be kept by the committee secretary until the final three selections are made.
• Plays without identifying information will be shared with all eligible Theatre Committee members.

Violet Surprise: Lavender Menaces seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: February 13, 2020

Sapphics save the day! 
Lesbian Visibility Day, that is.
VIOLET SURPRISE: LAVENDER MENACES is a short play festival that showcases Sapphic superheroines.
Whether you transform existing heroines into queeroines or create original sheroes who think girls are super, we invite you to submit stories that champion lesbian characters who are powerful and magical, formidable and visible, capable and -- if you so desire -- cape-able. Your play may be as realistic or fantastic as you wish, and set in the place and time period of your choice, but it must feature gutsy gay gals.
VIOLET SURPRISE: LAVENDER MENACES is curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, and will be presented in Chicago April 10-12, 2020.
Guidelines
  • 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 February 13, 2020.
Playwrights will be notified of our selections by February 28.
About Violet Surprise: Founded in 2019, Violet Surprise is a queer feminist theatre company whose mission is to present new works that vibrantly and valiantly validate the identities and experiences of queer women.
Violet Surprise Facebook page:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Discount Tickets - BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY

Keen Company presents…

Blues for an Alabama Sky 
by Pearl Cleage
directed by LA Williams

Feb 4 - Mar 14, 2020

Harlem, 1930: Tough times call for strong bonds. On 126th street, the promises of the Harlem Renaissance are giving way to the dashed dreams of the Great Depression. Playwright Pearl Cleage (Flyin’ West and Oprah Book Club selection What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day) tells a strikingly modern story about four friends whose lives and passions collide when an innocent newcomer from Alabama arrives in New York. Having captivating audiences around the world, Keen is proud to bring Blues for An Alabama Sky to New York for the first time since its premiere in Atlanta 25 years ago. Starring: Alfie Fuller, Jasminn Johnson, John-Andrew Morrison, Khiry Walker, Sheldon Woodley.

Keen Conversation talkback series taking place Thursday February 27th, March 5th, and March 12th. Touch Tours and Audio Description on Sunday February 23rd and Thursday March 12th. ASL Interpretation on Friday February 28th.

TICKETS: $39
CODE: TRKTRD
ONLINE: www.telechargeoffers.com
PHONE: 212-947-8844
BOX OFFICE: Theatre Row at 410 W. 42nd Street
Offer valid for all Weds-Sun performances, subject to availability.

DIRECT LINK:
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The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize will award $3,000 and a stage reading to a promising emerging woman, trans, or non-binary playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.

The Prize is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and venture capitalist Patty Abramson. Plays must not have been produced, but a future professional production (outside of the DC metro region) may be scheduled.

For the purposes of this award, “Jewish” plays are plays in which Jewish identity, history, or culture plays a critical role: if you took it out, the play would change meaningfully.

The play may not have received a full professional production, though one may be scheduled at the time of submission. Readings and workshops are allowed.
  • The playwright must be a citizen or resident of the United States.
  • Plays must be full-length plays.
  • One-act plays and plays for children are not eligible.
  • Musicals are not eligible for the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize.
  • Translations are not eligible.
  • Adaptations are eligible provided they diverge substantially from the source material.'
Eligible playwrights must not have had more than two productions at LORT or off-Broadway theaters (multiple productions of the same play will be counted) but may have been produced at other professional theaters. Submitted plays will be read by a committee of Theater J staff and collaborators. A winner will be announced in the fall of 2020.

You will receive an email confirmation that your script was received within ten days of submitting. All playwrights will receive a form letter with notification prior to award announcements in fall of 2020.

For the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize ($3,000), we ask that you come to DC (travel and accommodations to be paid for by Theater J) and accept the award in person at Theater J, and simultaneously participate in a professional reading of the play. In accepting the Prize, we require that you agree to acknowledge the prize in future publications of the script. The winning play will be considered under exclusive option by Theater J for full production in the DC metropolitan region for the next two seasons.

 Playwrights may submit one sample of ten consecutive pages, a one-page synopsis, and a bio or resume. Please only send 10 pages; do not send a full script with a note telling us where your favorite 10 pages are. All documents must have your name, contact information, and the title of the script on them. If your script is advanced to the second phase of the Prize adjudication, you will receive an email asking for a full script. We accept electronic files only (either Adobe Reader (.pdf) file formats or Microsoft Word (.doc)).

Playwrights may submit plays directly to Theater J at LitOffice@theaterj.org

More info in the FAQs

The International Carlo Annoni Prize is for theatre plays on gay themes and on diversity in love

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We dedicate the Carlo Annoni Prize 2019 to all those who in Italy and in the world fight for having recognized the right to love and against discrimination due to sexual orientation.

The prize for the winners is 1,000 euros for plays in Italian and 1,000 euros for plays in English.
Special Mentions:

– A special mention will be given to a play that puts at the center the condition of asylum seekers who leave their country each year because they are victims of persecutions concerning sexual orientation.
– A special mention will be given to a theatrical short of a maximum duration of 10 minutes
– A special mention will be given to LGBTQ+ themed comic plays.
– A special mention will be given to a video of maximum 10 minutes on relationship life.

Plays and videos must be sent by the 30th of April 2020 to this address: info@premiocarloannoni.eu

NO PARTICIPATION FEE IS REQUIRED.
Plays already represented will also be taken into consideration.
The award ceremony will take place in September 2020.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Theatre Conspiracy Annual New Play Contest 2020

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Deadline: March 30, 2019

Please note; In order to properly handle all the entries we receive, we are capping the number of entries we accept at 400.

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

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts Annual New Play Contest cycle is open now through March 2020. All works submitted will be read and judged by a panel of qualified theatre teachers, directors and performers. Work submitted to the contest must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Play having up to three previous productions are welcome. No musicals please, as we are a tone deaf theatre company.

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

Guidelines:
  • To submit electronically, email your script to tcnewplaycontest@gmail.com. 
  • To send via snail mail, send complete script and check to the Alliance for the Arts ATTN: Bill Taylor 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919.
  • Include biography of the playwright and character breakdown
  • If submitting through snail mail and you would like to have the script returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). If not, include SASE for results.
  • We charge a nominal fee of $10 for submissions. If you are submitting a hardcopy of your script, please make checks payable to the Alliance for the Arts. Do not mail cash. Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild, but proof of membership is required in email or snail mail.
  •  Deadline for submissions is postmark date of March 30, 2019. Do not spend $20 to overnight or second day your script. Save your money!
  • Send your best script. One entry per playwright, per year.
If you are paying the fee, please fill out the below form. If you are part of The Dramatists Guild, please email your script to tcnewplaycontest@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Cold Comfort Theater (Belfast Maine) seeks plays for staged reading

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Deadline February 7, 2020

Submit your work for consideration to be performed before a live audience in Belfast Maine.

  • Plays must be unpublished work.
  • No play should have been previously performed.
  • Must not exceed 30 minutes in length.


Plays should be emailed in blind PDF format with contact info in body of the email to ColdComfortTheater@gmail.com

One submission per playwright.

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

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

Cold Comfort will receive ticket monies and any gate donations.

The plays will be performed as staged readings at UMaine's Hutchinson Center, Rte 3 in Belfast in May.

A talk-back, Q&A session with the audience will occur after the show for playwrights and directors.

For more information call 207-930-7244  

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Ain't I a Woman Playfest

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

Looking forward to another great festival.❤️ Submissions NOW open for Season 3 of Ain't I a Woman Playfest 2020!!

We are looking for original, unproduced 10-min plays from WOC playwrights. Deadline to submit is January 31, 2020.

You can email your submissions to aintiwomanfest@gmail.com

Science Fiction Theatre Festival 2020

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Deadline: Saturday 1st of February 2020

THE PLEASANCE THEATRE - Downstairs
19th - 23rd May 2020 London,UK
 7pm, 3:30pm
Submissions for Horatio Productions' Science Fiction Festival 2020 are open!

Submissions open:

We're looking for groundbreaking short science fiction plays, for writers coming from all walks of life, for daring and innovative creators, for new ideas, revolutionary dreams, crazy stories, for the bold, the daring, and the unique. These are the details:
  • Length: Up to 15 minutes per play.
  • Cast: Up to 4 performers.
  • Set restrictions: The stage will be shared with several other companies; time for setting up will be minimal, so don't submit anything that involves complicated set design, or too many props.
  • Submission limit: Writers can submit as many plays as they want. We will do our best to read all the material sent, and to get back to every applicant in due time.
  • International entries are welcome. You do not have to be based in the UK, but the play must be in English language.
  • Deadline: Saturday 1st of February 2020. Plays sent after this date won't be considered for the festival. 

Selection process:

Once the deadline is closed, we'll read all of the plays submitted. Yes, all of them. From beginning to end. We'll select between 16 and 20 plays, and get back to every writer who has applied. Unfortunately, we won't be able to provide feedback for all but, if you specifically ask for it, we would try our best to get back to you. Sometimes, if necessary, we will ask writers for edits, but only if there is something that we really need changed in order to program the play. Edits are generally related to length, or number of characters.

What happens next:

The selected plays will be paired with directors and cast, and will be given one or two slots during the festival. This means that, as a writer, once you have submitted your play, and done any necessary edits, your work is done (unless you want to get involved in a different capacity as well). Once the festival is over, we will share any profit between all participants. We have an open books policy.

This project is currently on a profit share basis. We are applying for funding but are not able to confirm if it will come through until a later date.

​How to apply:
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1) Fill in this form:

2) Send your script to: scifitheatre@gmail.com

We are aiming to program up to 20 short plays during the festival. Depending on the quality of the material received, and the length of the plays selected, that number could change.

We look forward to reading your science fiction plays!

Heartland Theatre Company 2020 10-Minute Play Competition

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DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS FEBRUARY 1, 2020. 

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2020 as part of our 19th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE CAMPOUT.

The competition is open to all playwrights who wish to submit a play. Eight plays will be selected and performed from among all the submissions

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE RULES:

1. Your play must fit the theme – THE CAMPOUT– or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word or PDF.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title and page numbers appear on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges. If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Criteria.
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.
18. MAKE IT GOOD!

All entrants must complete and submit the HEARTLAND THEATRE 10-MINUTE PLAY ENTRY FORM.

You must attach your script in MS Word format (preferred) or PDF when you send the entry form.

If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org

Finalists will be notified approximately March 10. Winners will be announced approximately March 31.

2020 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES:

June 4,5,6 | 11,12,13,14 | 18,19,20 | 25,26,27 – 2020

Two performances June 27

Project Y 5th Annual Women in Theatre Festival seeks productions

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Deadline for submissions is Feb 28th, 2020.

Project Y Theatre is opening an application for their 5th Annual Women in Theatre Festival, which will take place June 2020 at The Gural Theatre, NYC.

Project Y is seeking productions of plays that are written by a female identifying playwright and that feature more than 50% female-identifying characters. An ideal play for the Festival is either:

A one person show, ready for a crowd

A new/developing work multi-character project that would be able to take advantage of a night in the space.

A festival-ready show

Chosen productions will get a performance slot in A.R.T. New York’s Gural Theatre as part of the Women in Theatre Festival. This opportunity is ideal for director/playwright who want a no-risk opportunity to see and hear their work out loud in front of an audience, festival-ready shows, or one-person performances.

The Women in Theatre Festival seeks to broaden the opportunities for women in the entertainment industry by producing new work by women with more than 50% female representation of all artists involved.  www.witfestival.projectytheatre.org.

Project Y supplies the space, but you would need to supply everything else, including all production costs, professional stipends, etc.  Productions can be equity or non-equity, but it is up to you to apply to equity for the appropriate permission.

Playwrights should note that the Women in Theatre Festival is NYC based - there will be no housing provided by Project Y and productions must invite their own audience, although the production will be included on all Project Y advertising and outreach.

Project Y operates on a split box office agreement with festival artists.  We guarantee an audience capacity of at least sixty-five seats. Project Y will keep income from the first 15 full price tickets sold;  after that, all sales will be split 70% to artist/30% to Project Y. Tickets are normally set at an average of $20-$25 general admission, so that we can also set up discount codes to help push tickets.

There will be minimal tech time (90 minutes) and tech capabilities (rep plot lighting) for each show.  There can be no moving of lights or changing/adding to the plot during the festival. In other words, shows should be made with the “festival” aspect in mind. Running time of shows can be from 30 min through a full length production.  Project Y will supply a stage manager to help call the show, and a board operator for lights and sound.

Project Y will handle all box office and front of house staffing. Project Y will sell concessions before each show and during intermission when applicable.

To apply for the Women in Theatre Festival, playwright should send a script sample (a dramatic beat of no more than 20 pages) and/or a video clip of work (5 minutes), a resume, and a statement of intent via Google Form, at http://tiny.cc/tfnriz. To report problems with the form or to ask questions, please email info@projectytheatre. Applications not received via the Google Form will not be considered.

Playwrights will be notified of their application status on March 28th, 2020.

For more information about previous festivals and about Project Y Theatre, please visit their website at https://www.projectytheatre.org/.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

JTC Playwright Festival

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Deadline: February 8, 2020

Julian Theater Company (California) announces the call for entries for the JTC Playwright Festival.

Playwrights are to submit their one act or full-length non-musical play by 02-08-2020 for consideration in JTCs’ judged staged-reading competition. The judges are not directly affiliated with JTC.

The First-Place Play will win $1,000.00. The Second Place Play $500.00.   

The two winners will be given the opportunity to present staged readings of their work on March 7th, with practice before to be announced.

“… from page to stage. We’re very excited to work closely with playwrights; the creative wellsprings of theatre,” – Scott Kinney, Artistic Director at Julian Theater Company.

“The Kinney’s have been putting on live theater for 30 years in Julian, the mountain town that has more apple pies than residents. It’s in their blood, helps define who they are,” – John Wilkens, Writer, SD Union Tribune 12-15-2019

Founded in 2004, Julian Theater Company serves the Julian community and her guests. The company produces musical and nonmusical live stage productions, offers Theater Industry workshops, field trips to regional theaters, and acting and production opportunities in main stage productions to student and non-student members of the greater Julian area.

JTC hopes this first annual Playwright Festival will complement their continuing effort to bring fresh, exciting, and relevant live theater experiences to Julian.

Julian Theater Company is a Partnership of Deborah Kinney and Scott Kinney

Email kinpro52@msn.com for festival submission forms or download here:

https://www.juliantheatercompany.com/forms/

PR contact Deb Kinney

760-765-1688


BBC 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition

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The 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, is open for submission of scripts from around the world. According to the hosts, the competition “offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to use the medium of radio drama to reach an international audience.” The competition opened for entries on the 1st of October, 2019, and closes by midnight (GMT) on the 31st of January, 2020. Two winners will be selected: those with English as a first language category and the English as a second language category.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
  • Writers from anywhere in the world, who live outside the UK, are eligible to apply.
  • Both established and emerging writers are welcome to apply.
  • Writers must be 18 years or older.
How to Apply
  • Send a script of 53 minutes. Note that the script must have up to six central characters.
  • Send a synopsis which outlines your play. The synopsis must be no longer than 400 words.
  • The play must be written substantially or entirely in English.
  • Entries must be submitted in one of the following ways:
  • By post to the following address: International Playwriting Competition 2020, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom
  • Or, by email to the following email address: radioplay@bbc.co.uk
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which can be downloaded here. All required boxes must be completed.

Prizes:

£2500 sterling for the two winners.
A broadcast of the winning play on the BBC World Service.
A trip to London for the winner to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.



The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.

The Weekly Workshop

Here’s how it works: You bring in material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, whatever. We divvy up the parts, read it and give you feedback. You get some ideas. You go back to work. Simple. 

Participating in a group is a great way to stay focused and motivated throughout the process of writing a play. And it sure doesn’t hurt to get some exposure to other writers and see how they approach the particular projects they’re working on. 

We’re a loose group. We have fun. And we love new faces. We have people who are just starting out, trying to get their first production; and people who have had quite a bit of success. And there’s always a nice mix of writers who have been members for years along with new folks. 

The best way to see if TPG is a good fit for you, a place where you’ll feel comfortable and able to thrive — is to sit in on a session and see if you like the vibe.
  • Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm
  • Midtown Manhattan Location
Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com to schedule a visit.

Script Consultations

If you’re not in the NYC area or if you can’t make it to the workshop but have a script you want feedback on, just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference. 

Online One-on-One Courses

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:
  • The Art of Playwriting
  • Write a Play in 10 Weeks
Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 



EAST VILLAGE CHRONICLES, VOLUME 15 Call for New One-Act Play Scripts

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Now entering our 28th season, Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse is currently accepting submissions for its 15th presentation of East Village Chronicles, a festival of previously un-produced, one-act plays inspired by the diverse population, culture and history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Playwrights of all races, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, backgrounds, and political views are encouraged to submit.

There is an honorarium of $100 for each script accepted for production.

THEME
Only plays pertaining specifically – though not necessarily exclusively – to the East Village and/or Lower East Side of Manhattan will be considered. Particular consideration will be given to plays that relate this season’s comprehensive theme of Dissent to this subject matter. Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how a play about the East Village and/or Lower East Side includes Dissent is up to the playwright.

DEADLINE
To be considered, scripts must be received by January 31, 2020.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

If at all possible, scripts should be sent by email to Producer Sidney Fortner, at EVC15@metropolitanplayhouse.org.

Emailed scripts must be in PDF format.

Alternatively, printed scripts may be mailed to:

Metropolitan Playhouse
East Village Chronicles
220 East Fourth Street
New York, NY 10009

SCRIPT FORMAT REQUIREMENTS

Include the playwright’s name, contact information, and a brief, one-paragraph plot summary on the title coversheet of the script. Additionally, scripts need page numbers.

TECHNICAL GUIDELINES
We are seeking new plays of no less than 10, no more than 30 minutes in length that can be played by five or fewer actors. Each play will be presented as part of a program of one-acts and consequently should not require elaborate set or properties.

PRODUCTION SPECIFICS

Performance dates (subject to change): June 2-14, 2020. Rehearsals are estimated to begin approximately four weeks previous to opening. Each play will receive eight performances.

Plays will receive at least one informal reading shortly after selection, in order to give the playwright an early opportunity to hear their new work and respond to any questions raised by actors and any Metropolitan artistic staff who may be in attendance.

Rehearsals and performances will take place on Metropolitan Playhouse’s threequarter thrust stage in our intimate, 51-seat theater located at 220 East Fourth Street, second floor, between Avenues A and B, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

A director with significant one-act experience will be selected to direct all festival
plays. Playwrights are welcome at rehearsals, and playwright-director discussion is
encouraged.

Festival plays will be performed by a core company of actors cast specifically for the festival. While playwright input is highly desired, because we are forming a company, final casting decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Producer Sidney Fortner by either email or phone. If emailing, please include a reliable phone number.

Phone: 212-995-8410
Email: EVC15@metropolitanplayhouse.org

Monday, January 20, 2020

FUNHOUSE VI a Play Anthology

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SUBMISSION FEE IS WAVED FOR THE FOLLOWING:

1) If you identify as a part of any historically or presently marginalized group,
2) If you cannot pay the fee for any reason and still want to submit, please let us know at funhouseanthology@gmail.com and we can work something out.
3) If you are a member of the Dramatists Guild

Submissions Open: NOW–JAN 31, 2020

Submission Deadline: JAN 31, 2020 at 11:59PM PST

Performance: JUNE 18–20, 2020

Theatre Off Jackson, Seattle, WA
Produced in Association with Shunpike and Theatre Off Jackson
Created by Brian Toews

WHAT IS FUNHOUSE?
Funhouse is a collection of irreverent and experimental original content for the stage. Each show is comprised of a series of short plays that, when viewed together, give audiences an experience similar to that of walking through a funhouse. As soon as you think you know what’s coming next, the room starts spinning and the floor falls out from under you. Comedy can be followed by drama; sci-fi can be followed by a musical. Our shows serve as a rotating platform for diverse up-and-coming playwrights, directors, actors, and designers. Funhouse is a place for the stories that would not conventionally be told by traditional theatre, by people who would not be conventionally found in traditional theatre. The creators of Funhouse want artists to take bold risks in their storytelling.

HOW DO I FUNHOUSE?
Submissions of original 10-minute plays will be accepted  until January 31, 2020; late submissions will not be accepted. Writers will be notified of our selections in March 2020. The selected plays will be given a full production within the capabilities and budget of the producers. A $100 honorarium will be given to all selected playwrights.

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SUBMITTING
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Aesthetic Guide
Funhouse Family Influences
Funhouse VI Vignettes

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY VIGNETTES?
The Vignettes in Funhouse are short (1–3-page) scripts that act as absurdist transitional pieces between the submissions (what you’re sending to us). While there is always a connected thread for the Vignettes as a whole, your scripts and stories do not need to be the same tone as the Vignettes. Submitted scripts should not attempt to place themselves in the “same world” as the Vignettes, although thematic alignment is fine.

WHERE?
Submit scripts online
Submissions must be received before midnight on January 31, 2020 to be considered; late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

SUBMISSION FEE (with No-Fee Options)
There is a $5 submission fee for each script. Follow the link to our click-and-pledge page to pay before submitting your scripts, unless you qualify to have the fee waived (see below). If you do not select the correct payment amount for how many scripts you are submitting, none of your submissions will be considered.

NO-FEE OPTIONS
IF YOU ARE CHOOSING A NO-FEE OPTION, YOU MUST INDICATE WHY ON THE COVER PAGE OF EACH SUBMITTED SCRIPT. IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE PAYMENT, AND YOU HAVE NOT INDICATED A WAIVER ON THE COVER PAGE OF YOUR SCRIPT(S), YOUR SUBMISSION(S) WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

1) If you identify as a part of any historically or presently marginalized group, we are able to waive your submission fee. You may skip the payment step and move directly to “Submit.” Please indicate why you qualify to have the fee waived on the cover page of each submitted script.
2) If you cannot pay the fee for any reason and still want to submit, please let us know at funhouseanthology@gmail.com and we can work something out.
3) If you are a member of the Dramatists Guild, we are able to waive your submission fee. You may skip the payment step and move directly to “Submit.” Please include your card number on the cover page of each submitted script.

SUBMISSION FEE INTENTION
We require a low-cost submission fee in order to supplement our operating budget, while still making submission accessible to all. We aim to create a sustainable, recurring production, and charging a small submission fee helps us reach that goal.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION
We believe that theatre should reflect the community it serves. As such, we encourage people of all experiences, backgrounds, and identities to submit their work. This includes people of any race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, or religion. If you identify as part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate that you would like the fee to be waived during the submission process, as stated above.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1) Submission must be an original, unproduced 5–10-minute play at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

2) A limit of THREE plays may be submitted by each playwright.

3) Maximum length: 10 pages, not including title pages. Plays should run in the 5–10 minute range. Longer submissions will not be considered. Plays fewer than 10 pages are strongly encouraged.

4) There are no genre restrictions. Scripts may be comedy, drama, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, parody, and/or musical.

5) This is a show for mature audiences (18+). We encourage subversive and/or experimental work.

6) Plays must be submitted with numbered pages and include, on the title page, the following contact and bio information:

Playwright’s first and last name
Mailing address
Phone number
E-mail address
A brief biography (100 words or less).

7) If you identify as a part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate why the fee is being waived on the cover page of each submitted script.

8) All scripts must be in English.

9) Microsoft Word or PDF files ONLY. No other formats will be accepted.

10) Selections will be made by Funhouse VI directors; inclusion is solely at their discretion. All decisions are final.

11) All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts.

12) Notification of final decisions will be made via email by March 2020.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Cone Man Running Call for 5-minute plays/monologues

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Cone Man Running Productions is announcing open submissions for the fifth iteration of our series ‘Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run.’ The series will perform at Cone Man Running’s space at Spring Street Studios in Houston, Texas. The show will run from May 28-June 13, 2019.

Michael Weems will serve as Artistic Director.

We will be again staging this one-of-a-kind theatre festival. Each evening, twenty (20) plays will be performed off book by a core ensemble of actors. Eight (8) of those plays will be set for each evening, six (6) will be drawn at random by audience members and the last six (6) will be voted on by the audience (based on title, the blurb you provide, and word of mouth). Every night will be a different experience!

Requirements:

• Submissions will be accepted from Sunday December 1st, 2019 – Friday January 31st, 2020 at midnight.

• This festival is open to writers from any corner of the globe. English language plays only.

• Five-minute plays or monologues - comedies or dramatic work. No scenes or parts of other plays. We’re looking for compact plays/monologues with a start, middle, and end.

• For plays, no less than 3 pages and no more than 4 pages (12 pt font and 1” margins), for monologues, no more than 1.5 full pages (12 pt font and 1” margins). There are no exceptions to this rule.

• Please include a short blurb (one to two sentences) describing your play.

• No works that have been published by a licensed publisher. Academic or anthology publications for which you hold the copyright are okay. If your play is optioned for publication prior to the production dates, please contact us as this will make your play ineligible for our festival.

• Previous productions okay if not staged within Houston, Texas.  Previously submitted work is okay to submit, as long as it was not staged in one of our previous Five Minute Mile series.

• Minimal set and properties. Presume having no more than a few chairs and a table, very limited properties, and include no lighting cues other than ‘lights up/down’.

• No musicals, screenplays, adaptations, or theater for young audiences.

• Maximum of five (5) submissions per playwright - however no more than two (2) pieces by a playwright will be potentially staged. If you have co-authored a work, this counts as one of your five submissions for each writer.

• Please submit all files in only: MS word or pdf.  Please do not send Drop Box or other cloud based links.  Email submissions only.

• Please note, all plays will be photographed and recorded for archival and marketing purposes. In submitting your work, you acknowledge and allow for your show to be recorded and photographed.

• Please do not include any identifying information on your script – in your cover letter/email please list your name, phone number, email address, physical address and your play’s title and blurb.

• We will not provide any feedback on scripts.

• From the submissions, 50-75 plays will be shortlisted as semi-finalists and will be read by our committee. We plan to announce the selected final thirty-two (32) plays by Sunday March 1st, 2020. The selected plays will be listed on our Facebook page and webpage (both listed below) on this date.

• No submission fee.

• Cone Man Running reserves the right to decline scripts for any reason we see fit and any submissions that do not meet all guidelines will be ineligible and immediately deleted without response.

• If one of your plays are selected and you are able to attend, you will be provided with two complimentary tickets to the show. As a volunteer organization, we will be unable to provide any royalty or compensation/funding towards transportation or lodging, if you choose to attend. Your show will be guaranteed a minimum of two performances. If the playwright can attend, we will work with them to assure their play is one of the set plays performed that evening.

• Please submit all the requested materials to conemanrunning5mm@gmail.com

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Nextfest 2020

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The Nextfest Arts Company invites interested emerging artists to submit for Nextfest 2020.  Nextfest is a multi-disciplinary emerging arts festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada running June 4- 14, 2020. For more information on the festival, please visit www.nextfest.ca.

The Nextfest Arts Company defines emerging artists as:
  • any artist within the first ten years of their career
  • an artist who is NOT represented by any organization or union (ACTRA, EQUITY, IATSE, PGC, DGC, ADC, etc.)
  • an artist who is NOT represented by an agent or agency
If accepted as part of the festival, projects and scripts will be presented at one of the following three levels:
  • Reading – dramaturgy and mentorship offered to playwright, actors read script for audience, talk back after performance
  • Progress Showing – dramaturgy and mentorship offered to playwright/production, play produced with limited tech for audience, talk back after performance, or
  • Full Production – dramaturgy and mentorship offered to playwright/production, play produced will full tech and multiple performances

To submit a MainStage Project please fill out the following form:

PITCH A PROJECT
Project Submission
Due : January 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

This submission form is to be used for projects which would be considered for the main stages but do not use traditional theatre scripts – ie: Sketch Groups, Improv Groups, Cabarets, Comedy, Performance Art, Poetry, etc.

Once you have filled out this form, please send the following as a WORD DOCUMENT or PDF FORMAT ONLY to Ellen Chorley, Festival Director at ellen@nextfest.ca with the subject line NEXTFEST 2020 PROJECT SUBMISSION:

Any documents related to your project
CVs of yourself and any other artist involved
A short bio of the lead project artist
To submit a script please fill out the following form:

SUBMIT A SCRIPT
Script Submission
Due: January 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Fill out this submission form and submit a script to be considered for a staged reading, progress showing presentation or full production.

Please send the complete script for consideration in either a Word Document or PDF file to ellen@nextfest.ca (other formats will not be accepted.)

Once you have filled out this form, please send the following to Ellen Chorley, Festival Director at ellen@nextfest.ca with the subject line NEXTFEST 2020 SCRIPT SUBMISSION:

Please send the complete script for consideration in either a Word Document or PDF file to ellen@nextfest.ca Other formats such as Pages or Google Docs will not be accepted.
CVs of the playwright(s) and any other artist involved
A short bio of the playwright(s)

8th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival

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Mine 4 God Productions is accepting plays for the 8th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) held in downtown Columbus, Ohio from November 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020 midnight. 

US citizens 18 years or older are eligible to submit up to two original works.

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  • Submit in MS Word format to columbusbtf@aol.com 
  • The length of plays wanted are One Act Plays (30 minutes)
  • Full-Length Plays (60 to 90 minutes)
  • Monologues (5 to 10 minutes) with a theme based on inclusion.
  • Plays submitted must be from the original playwright or have legal rights from the original playwright to submit and/or produce.  Plays that have been previously produced or published are eligible.
The playwright will have the opportunity to self-produce their one act plays and/or monologues or have M4GP provide the actors and director to present it at the festival.  The playwright is responsible to self-produce (cast/director, etc.) their full-length play if selected.

We will also select one act plays to present as readings that we will produce.

  • Submitters will be notified through email by March 30, 2020 (earlier if possible.)
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a larger 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 30 minutes, or more than 90 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • 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 175-seat black box theater with a 36’ wide and 24’ deep, equipped with an ETC Express 24/48 light board, Mackie 1202, 12 Channel mic/line and a monitor system to the booth.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay) and the story line must involve people of color with 50% of the characters/actors being a person of color. Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.  The CBTF is a family friendly event.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned and playscripts will be deleted from our server after use. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, Mine 4 God Productions shall be named as “first produced” if first production of original works.
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted July 10-12, 2020 at The Columbus Performing Arts Center with at least three performances for the One Act plays selected (30 minutes) and two performances for the full-length plays (60 to 90 minutes) selected.
  • Playwrights who have plays selected (One-Act 30 minute) to be performed by CBTF actors are encouraged to attend at least one rehearsal 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 if available to attend.

 For direct submissions, please email the MS Word format files to: columbusbtf@aol.com with CBTF 2020 PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject heading. 

Elephant Ears Reading Series

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The Elephant Ears Reading Series is an initiative at Elephant Room Productions to provide a process-oriented program for playwrights.  One of the hardest parts of being a playwright is often the lack of availability for readings and collaboration early on in the writing process.  With Elephant Ears, we aim to get shows read out loud in a private setting early so that playwrights can use their time more efficiently while crafting their new work.  Any playwright is welcome to submit their shows to us.  After receiving your submission, we will be in touch to discuss the vision of the show so far.  One of the project heads will bring in a collection of actors to read the show, record the reading, then ask the actors the questions below.
  • Characters - Their arcs, their motives - Does it all make sense?
  • Events of the piece - Cohesive?
  • Length of the piece - Could it be longer or shorter?
  • Produce-able - could you imagine producing this place? Who could? Who's the audience?
  • Why did they write this piece? What do they hope we get out of this?
  • What questions are you left with after reading/discussing this piece?
The recording of the reading and feedback with then be sent to the playwright.

These readings are going on once a month in both Philadelphia and New York City; that's two readings a month giving playwrights plenty of opportunities to have their plays read.

Please feel free to reach out to us at Submissions@ElephantRoomProductions.com for more details.

Liberation Theater Company Writing Residency Program 2020-21

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Deadline 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 

Writing Residency Program 2020-21
For our fourth year we are proud to announce The Writing Residency Program 2020 - 2021 (supported by NYSCA and A.R.T. NY); furthering our commitment to the development of new Black playwrights for the American theatre.

The writing Residency Program will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play.

Beginning in May 2020, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during a table reading as their play begins to take shape.

Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can.

The Residency will conclude in February 2021 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive a $500 honorarium.

Eligibility:
To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be
a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2020 – February 2021).
b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code.

Application Submission Procedure:
To be considered for the 2020 - 2021 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email: info@liberationtheatrecompany.org.

The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF form no later than 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name.

1. Completed Online Application Form

2. Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points:  
  • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life.
  • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals.
  • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program. 
  • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this. 
  • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.
  • Anything else you think may be relevant.
 3. A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright

 4. The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample

 5. Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)​​

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

Friday, January 17, 2020

ARTISTS IN PARTNERSHIP SEEKS 10-30 MINUTE PLAYS FOR FESTIVAL

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Deadline: February 17th 2020

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE MAY 29-31, 2020 FESTIVAL IS NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020.
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE TIME STAMPED BY THAT DATE FOR CONSIDERATION.

SUBMISSION:

There is NO FEE to submit your play to be considered for inclusion in this Festival. Playwrights may submit up to two (2) plays, providing a separate application accompanies each submission.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Innovative concepts;
  •  Entertainment value;
  •  Depth of characterization;
  •  Quality of narrative and dialogue;
  •  Dynamic vs. Static staging.

Additional weighting will be considered for plays that reflect the following:

  • Playwrights who reside in Long Beach or the other barrier island communities (Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout);
  •  Playwrights who reside in the other areas on Long Island;
  •  To help provide opportunities for diversity and inclusion in the arts, plays written by, directed by or that include characters/themes/casts with women, people of color, LGBTQ+ and/or the developmentally disabled;
  •  Plays that are topical and have community impact;
  •  Plays that are self-produced and have a clearly stated vision for presentation

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

1. A digital copy of your script in PDF format must be emailed to lbshortplayfestsubmissions@gmail.com (hard copy or CD submissions via mail or hand-delivery will not be accepted);

2.  Script pages must be numbered;

3.  On the cover of your script, please include
  a)   Play Title;
  b)   Playwright’s Name;
  c)   Playwright’s Contact information [Address, Telephone Number & Email].

4. On the second page of your script, please Include a character breakdown;

5.  Include the Setting where your play occurs and the Time it takes place (to be used in the program);

6. Provide a statement that the play submitted is original and unpublished.

7.  Provide a short biography of the playwright to be used for Festival promotion (if selected);

8.  If self-producing, provide
   a)    Name, contact information and resume/CV for the director attached to the play submitted;
   b)   Vision statement for how the play submitted will be staged (should be succinct with one-page maximum length).

SELECTION / PARTICIPATION / CONSIDERATIONS:

Submitted plays will be reviewed by a selection panel chosen by AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer, whom will all also have input. Playwrights will be notified on or about March 16th, 2020 if their play has or has not been selected for inclusion in the Festival.

Playwrights must submit A PARTICIPATION FEE of $100.00 per accepted script to help defray some of the production expenses along with the Release Agreement by no later than March 23rd, 2020 (tickets sold by the playwright will earn reimbursement of the fee in whole or in part post-production). Playwrights will receive one (1) complimentary ticket to each performance.

The Long Beach Short Play Festival will be hosted by AIP at a facility operated by the city in a space that seats 125 patrons (Magnolia Senior/Community Center, 650 Magnolia Blvd., Long Beach, NY 11561). So, please consider the language, situations and themes used in any script submitted. AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer reserve final say on all decisions regarding selection, content, staging and running time presented.

All submissions must be original and unpublished (but we are not requiring premieres). All production and publication rights will remain the property of the playwright. No royalties or other monetary compensations will be paid to anyone for these performances. Other than reviewing these plays for selection, no critical analysis or feedback will be provided.

Ease of production is a prerequisite for all plays considered for this Festival. The stage is 24’ wide, 13’ deep and 9’ high with masking to provide wing space on stages left and stage right. A simple set footprint and minimalist production requirements (e.g., costuming, props, lighting, sound) are non-negotiable. There will be a basic lighting/sound plot that all plays in the Festival will use. Given the current amplification capabilities, musical plays cannot be considered for this year’s Festival.

Plays submitted for the Festival must run between 10 to 30 minutes at the absolute maximum (if unsure, a minute per page guideline should be used as a guide for estimating). Plays can be comedies or dramas (or in between), as well as monologues. The Festival will present 2-3 performances of each play selected, and the dates, times and order of presentation will be assigned at the sole discretion of AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer.

Playwrights can submit their play(s) for production by AIP or they can self-produce it(them). If the latter, please note that the performance space will only be available for one (1) cue-to-cue tech/dress rehearsal on a weeknight immediately preceding Festival Weekend and the Festival Artistic Director must have access to see a full run-through by no later than May 17th, 2020. All rehearsals will be scheduled in the order that the plays will be presented on Festival weekend to properly work through the set changes between them (each play’s cast is expected to assist after they perform). Each program may consist of as many as six (6) plays. A subset of plays may be selected by AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer based on audience feedback for a subsequent performance at the Long Beach Public Library within a week or two following the Festival. Both the AIP and the City of Long Beach will require standard waiver forms on file for the cast and crew of each play presented.

Rebound Productions seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: midnight on Monday 20th January 2020

Are you a budding Playwright? Would you like to have your work performed on a London stage? Rebound Productions are looking for a total of five 10 to 15 minute, 2-3 character fictional stage plays to be performed this year at a London theatre.

Their first production ‘Flights of Fancy’’ was a success, selling out two 3-day runs in 2019.

This is an opportunity for new and emerging playwrights to have their work produced by a new and exciting company.

Chosen by Rebound Productions and a panel of our collaborators, the plays will be judged on:

  • Originality
  • Plot
  • Storytelling
  • Writing technique
  • Enjoyment

Although not exclusive, they are keen to receive submissions from BAME and female writers, which include strong female characters as well as characters that can be performed in any accents and ethnicities.

They are looking for exciting, innovative and envelope pushing work. You don’t need any previous writing experience. You can enter on your own or as a group, but you can only enter once.

Please send your play to reboundprods@gmail.com with ‘Play Submission’ in the subject line, and a brief explanation of why your play should be chosen. Winners will be notified in February (date TBC).


Live & In Color seeks plays & musicals for 2020

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Deadline: March 1st, 2020

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

MUSICALS

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.)

PLAYS

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.)

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Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship 2020

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Deadline: February 2, 2020

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The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship Program awards four early-career playwrights with nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work. One-on-one meetings with The Realm’s artistic staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultants, and actors over the course of two readings to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the individual group of Writing Fellows. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features a public reading of each Fellow’s play.

Writing Fellows Receive

$3,000 Award

Internal reading

Public reading

Professional development activities

Access to Realm office resources

An occasional hug

What We’re Looking For

Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, that embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!

As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds.

Program Criteria

Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and readings in New York City approximately twice monthly from September 2020 through early June 2021.

Playwrights should identify as early-career.

Submitted script must be a full-length play, at a stage of development that would benefit from a nine-month developmental process.

Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with The Playwrights Realm.

Those enrolled in an academic program during the span of the fellowship are not eligible.

Plays which have had a production outside of an academic environment are not eligible.

Plays committed to another similar development process during the same period as the Writing Fellowship are not eligible.

Writing Fellows Application Components

Online application (short-answer questions)

Theatrical résumé

A complete draft of the play you wish to develop, with your name and play title on a cover page (PDF format)

Optional professional reference or letter of recommendation

Follow up questions may be sent at a later date (See detailed information on questions here)

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