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Friday, July 31, 2020

Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award

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Deadline: September 15, 2020
$5000
Including $1000 from Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
in memory of Dr. Donna R. Barnes


The Nancy Dean award for Lesbian Playwrights is to honor a woman who was at the forefront of Lesbian, queer, gay, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, trans, intersex and people of color movements. We honor her focus and writing on Lesbian relationships before the time of the Stonewall rebellion. Her writings were the precursor to social change. In that spirit of struggle and often hidden desire we encourage the submission of new plays that address the conflict of lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary women struggling to live and love their best lives. In these times of social definition and refinement the age-old conflict of acceptance and the right to live our true lives as we truly are is still our continuing fight which is refined and embolden by each new generation.

We understand people have their own language for their gender and sexuality. We are open to submission from people who are lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary.

As we are a small family foundation with an all-volunteer board, we must rely on nominations to identify potential recipients. We are asking professors, teachers, artistic directors, directors, literary managers, actors, writers, and others to nominate promising writers. As we want to be inclusive, we will allow people to self-nominate. The following are our guidelines:
  • Writer is lesbian, queer or gay and nonbinary;
  • Writer has written at least one play;
  • Writer is writing plays about lesbians;
  • Writer is committed to writing plays and furthering her/their career; 
  • Writer is interested in receiving the award. 
Please send a letter(pdf) describing why your writer should receive this award and a full-length play (pdf) to openmeadowsfdn@gmail.com. In your letter, please be as detailed as possible in up to 2 pages. Include the writer’s resume and website or other social media links. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2020. We will announce the recipient December 31, 2020.

New World Theatre seeks monologues for publication

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Deadline: January 1, 2021

New World Theatre acknowledges that there is a crisis of understanding and awareness that is deeply rooted in our history of racism, and if we are ever going to fully dismantle the institutions of systemic racism, we need to stop... and listen to those who continue to suffer simply because they are black. We can no longer afford to ignore what is happening to our fellow human beings, which​ is why we are creating a collection of monologues that will give voice to those who can no longer remain silent. Through the power of writing and theatre, we can do our part to amplify the stories of systemic racism and raise the level of awareness and understanding to effect meaningful change in the human heart.

This is an open call to black writers to submit monologues that reflect their personal experience of living while black. The selected works will be published in an anthology entitled, 08:46.

All the profits from the sale of the publication will be split between the contributing writers and charitable organizations that are committed to dismantling systemic racism.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Only submissions from black writers will be accepted.
  • One submission per writer.
  • The monologue may be part of a larger work or a stand-alone piece.
  • Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2021
  • We thank you for using the power of the written word to share your experience, and we greatly look forward to hearing your voice.
Additional details and submission form.

https://www.newworldtheatre.org/08m46s/

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Dragonfly Arts NJ seeks plays by women and POC

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NJ community theater company is looking for short plays for our Zoom reading series. We really want comedies and prefer works by women and POC. The plays should be 10-20 minutes long and must have female characters. Email DragonflyArtsNJ@gmail.com.

Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2021 Reading Series

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Deadline: August 15, 2020
Brooklyn NY


Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2021 Reading Series. This season, we are building upon our 2019 Brave New Works theme of “Race in America” and are specifically seeking plays that address police brutality. We are especially looking to feature work from Black playwrights.

The submission deadline for the Brave New Works 2021 Reading Series is August 15th, 2020. Due to our small staff, only the first 100 plays submitted will be guaranteed consideration and only finalists will be contacted. Finalists will be notified of their status by September 15th, 2020, and final selections will be made by October 30th, 2020.

Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2021 (if we are unable to have in-person readings due to COVID19, they will be done virtually). Playwrights must be local to the Tri-state area, ideally within a 90-minute commute to Brooklyn, NY as your attendance is requested. Brooklyn-based playwrights will be given first consideration. Chosen playwrights will receive a $350 stipend.
To be considered, plays must meet the following criteria:

1) No previously produced plays, although previous staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors.

2) The play must be completed at the time of submission - unfinished or partial drafts cannot be accepted at this time. Plays may still be in development, but they must be audience-ready at the time of submission. If the play is heavily revised AFTER being submitted, it MUST be resubmitted before the end of the submission period.

3) Plays must be able to be read by no more than 7 actors and someone on stage directions. If double and triple casting is possible please advise. We are interested in plays that feature diverse casts.

4) We are unable to accept new musical submissions at this time, given the limited technical nature of this reading series.

To submit, please attach a 10-page script sample AND your full script to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org. 

The 10-page script sample can include 10 pages of consecutive or non-consecutive content from your script (please clearly label jumps if you choose to submit non-consecutive content). Both the 10-page sample and full script must be submitted in PDF format with numbered pages. In a separate document or in the body of your email please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, where you found this call for submissions, and any relevant website link(s). Submissions are limited to one play per playwright per season. Multiple play submissions by the same playwright for the same season will not be considered.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. For this season, we are specifically seeking submissions from playwrights belonging to communities that have been disproportionately affected by over-policing and police violence. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and womxn playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit and will be prioritized.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Strand Theater Company Brown Sugar Bake-Off

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Deadline: September 7, 2020
Baltimore MD

The Strand Theater Company stands in solidarity with our beloved Baltimore community as we seek justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and all people oppressed by systems of racism. In our efforts to learn more and do more to impact social change, we are proud to team up with Two Strikes Theatre Collective for a virtual bake-off playwrighting festival, focused on Black womxn.

Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, our Brown Sugar Bake-Off is an artistic response to the worldwide outcry against systemic racism. Though Black Lives Matter was founded by three Black women, the movement (much like liberation movements before it) has historically erased and undervalued Black women.

How this works:
  • Black womxn playwrights have until September 7, 2020 to write a short play using all the ingredients and following the provided “Recipe” (aka the rules)
  • Led by Two Strikes Theatre Collective and the Strand Theatre Company, our panel of readers will then select a collection of plays that will be presented in a virtual performance Festival that launches Strand Theater Company’s 2020-2021 Season. 
  • Each selected submission will be assigned a director and a cast, and will follow a three-week rehearsal period, leading up to the Festival on October 17, 2020. All performances will be pre-recorded. Playwrights will participate in live Q&As on the day of the Festival.
  • The Festival will be presented free of admission fees to the public. Donations will be encouraged to support the participants. Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants.
Brown Sugar FREE Playwriting Workshop (led by Dr. Nae Phillips and Christen Cromwell): Our Festival is open to the Baltimore community and beyond. We understand that there may be some who would like to participate in the Festival but may not know where to begin. Or, perhaps they want a refresher on how to write a short play. This free workshop is designed for you. Interested in joining the workshop? Please email info@strand-theater.org to sign up.

Food for Thought as you prepare your submission:
  • Read this article: “The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls.”
  • Read this quote: “White women and black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed. Black men may be victimized by racism, but sexism allows them to act as exploiters and oppressors of women. White women may be victimized by sexism, but racism enables them to act as exploiters and oppressors of black people. Both groups have led liberation movements that favor their interests and support the continued oppression of other groups. Black male sexism has undermined struggles to eradicate racism just as white female racism undermines feminist struggle. As long as these two groups or any group defines liberation as gaining social equality with ruling class white men, they have a vested interest in the continued exploitation and oppression of others.” ― bell hooks, AIN'T I A WOMAN: BLACK WOMEN AND FEMINISM (1981)

The Recipe (aka the rules):
  • Playwrights must identify as Black womxn.
  • Submissions can be a short play, choreopoem, monologue, etc. 
  • The play/submission cannot exceed 10 pages (10 minutes or less).
  • Submission must have 5 characters or less
  • All performances will be pre-recorded. If actors are in the same space, the characters must remain six feet apart from one another.
  • Must include all of the following ingredients. 
The Ingredients:
Submissions must include all ingredients, which can be physical/literal or metaphysical/symbolic.
  • a Black womxn protagonist
  • a wig
  • a sign
  • a gathering 
  • brown sugar


Timeline:
Recipe Drop - July 20, 2020
Free Playwrighting Workshop- August 22, 2020
Submission Deadline - September 7, 2020
Selected plays announcement - Late September 2020
Rehearsal Period - 21 Days prior to the Festival
Virtual Festival performances - October 17, 2020

Completed play submissions should be forwarded to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
  • Brown Sugar Bake-Off SUBMISSION [Last Name]
  • The body of the email should contain the playwright’s first and last name, address, and a primary phone number
  • Please attach a character list containing the genders (if needed) and ages of characters if the script calls for them
  • The play should be included as a PDF attachment, with the playwright’s name and contact information removed from the actual script (blind submission)

WE ARE LOOKING FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS interested in taking part in the Festival.
Please e-mail your interest to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
Brown Sugar Bake-Off ACTOR [Last Name]
Brown Sugar Bake-Off DIRECTOR [Last Name]

Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants

BMI Theatre Workshop 2020

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Deadlines
Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2020.


Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2020.

Composers/Lyricists
Librettists

Application Materials
Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.
Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.
Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.
Auditions

Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.
Program upon Acceptance

The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.
Schedule

The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.
Fees

There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Collaboration: 2020 Short Plays Festival

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Deadline: September 15, 2020 5PM EST
Baltimore MD

Arena Players Inc. of Baltimore, MD, the country’s oldest continually running African-American Community Theater, is pleased to announce our New Short Works Play Festival. 

We are launching a program to develop new short plays from emerging Black playwrights.

Six to eight short plays will be developed and staged for the festival. Each play will be assigned a director and cast and receive 6 workshop sessions with a professional theater mentor culminating in an weekend of staged performances on the Arena Players’ main stage.

Submission guidelines for PLAYWRIGHTS:
  • Submit your short play; no more than 15-minutes. 
  • Tech and set requirements should be minimal.
  • Cast size should not exceed 4.
  • Please email pdf of your play to Deletta at: delettagillespie@gmail.com
  • Deadline to receive submission is September 15, 2020 5PM
Website: https://www.arenaplayersinc.com
History: Please submit plays that hav not previously been produced
Notification: Submitters will be notified by email mid-September, 2020
There is no fee to submit

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company Calls for Submissions

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Deadlines
The Future - Due August 1st, 2020

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects.

If you are submitting to:
Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *info below

The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min)
NOTE: We appreciate your interest. But due to the amount of submissions we have been receiving we will not be accepting FULL LENGTH and/or TV - STYLE scripts at this time. Until further notice. Thank you!

The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Rounds On Us:
RETROSPECT: "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, The Future"
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)

The Future - Due August 1st, 2020

RETROSPECT: The Best of Times
We have some success stories in history of the world. Explore one of them. Was it a success at the time or only in retrospect? Were they good for all or only some? Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.

RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times
We have some epic fails in our past. Explore one of them. Was this a failure to all or just some? Could it have been prevented?   Should it have been prevented?  Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.

PROSPECT: The Future
Every era has a “future” style. A future outlook based on the present. What does “future” look like now? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? We look at The Jetsons or Back To The Future and say “where is my flying car?” What do we expect now that we know that flying cars aren’t (yet?) a thing? Speculate. Have fun!

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: The Worst Of Times, Jane Jones.

NOTE: accepted plays are produced (including casting) by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company. Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals.
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Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com

Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Monday, July 27, 2020

OPEN-DOOR PLAYHOUSE podcast seeks submissions

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Deadline: August 14, 2020
Release form

OPEN-DOOR PLAYHOUSE is a brand new PODCAST being launched this Summer/Fall 2020 that seeks to provide live Radio theater to audiences due to the shutdown of Live Theaters across the country.

Our goal is to introduce emerging and unknown playwrights with an opportunity to have their works, produced in a ‘Radio Play” format to be broadcast on our Open-Door Playhouse Podcast. 

We invite interested playwrights to submit 1 Acts up to 45 minutes and short 10 min plays to be produced for radio production.

If you would like to support this project please go here: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/open-door-playhouse

Ongoing Submissions for OPEN-DOOR PLAYHOUSE

1. We are currently seeking new plays with a cast of up to 6 character roles. 

2. To launch our Podcast we are looking for by​ August 14th, 2020​:

● 10-minute plays that embrace the LGBTQ perspective to feature for October’s Pride Month.

3. Ongoing submissions:

● 10-minute plays that embrace the LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter, and Senior Citizen perspectives. The 10-minute plays will be recorded and presented in groups of 4 per production.

● Ongoing: 1 Act plays (45 min 50 max) of any genre six characters or less.

4. Work will be chosen by a team of readers. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them. Once produced the plays will premiere on the Podcast and remain on the website for up to 60 days.

5. There is no restriction on the subject matter, however, please keep in mind that we are attempting to reach a very broad audience with our programming and subject matter ‘taste’ will be a large part of our selection process.

6. Please ensure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter – however, a tax educatable donation would be greatly appreciated though our fiscal sponsorship with Fractured Atlas.

7. Plays must be non-produced or shown for less than two weeks.

8. Please send PDF copies of your plays to opendoorplayhouse@gmail.com, along with a copy of the signed release form available here.
9. Playwrights will be notified via email once the selection process has been completed.

10. Once selected you will be notified via email with the date and time of the broadcast of your material.

Thank you to all the writers who entrust us with your work, and we appreciate your interest and willingness to share your work with us as we prepare to launch Open-Door Playhouse in the next couple of months.

2021 Ecodrama Playwrights' Festival

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Deadline: August 31, 2020

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: EMOS 2021

Hosted by Emory University, Theater Emory, and The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, Atlanta, Georgia

Lydia Fort, 2021 EMOS Chair, Emory University lydia.fort@emory.edu

Co-Chairs: Chantal Bilodeau, The Arctic Cycle, and Ian Garrett, York University

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 for submission: August 31st, 2020. (See below for EMOS Guidelines, and instructions.)

The Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) Ecodrama Playwrights Festival was founded in 2004 by Theresa May and Larry Fried in order to call forth and foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis, and, as part of that response, to explore new possibilities of being in relationship with the more-than-human world. EMOS calls for new plays that not only focus on current and historic environmental issues, but also looks for plays that enliven and transform our experience of the world around us, that inspire us to listen better, and instill a deeper or more complex sense of our ecological communities. If your play does any of these things, send it to us!

The EMOS Festival includes workshop performance(s) of the winning script(s), play readings, talkbacks and discussions of the scripts that are finalists in the Ecodrama Playwrights’ Contest. The concurrent symposium will include speakers, panels, practice-based workshops, and discussions that advance scholarship in the area of arts, ecology and climate change, and help foster development of new works. EMOS has been hosted by producing institutions across the U.S. including Humboldt State/Del Arte Theatre (2004); Univ. of Oregon (2009); Carnegie Mellon University (2012); Univ. of Nevada-Reno (2015); Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage (2018).

Guidelines for Playwrights

Scripts must be original works which have not been published and have not had an Equity or full professional premiere production. (Readings or informal workshop productions are okay.)

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 or character 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, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

EMOS 2021 hosted by Emory University 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 environmental in/justice.
  • Expose and/or grapple with ecological violence and/or “slow violence.”
  • Examine ecological/climate/environmental justice issues specific to the Southeast United States.

General guidelines copyright Theresa May 2004, 2019, EMOS position paper, 2004. Reprint or excerption only with permission and citation.

Submission Process

We are looking for full-length plays that are written primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in English. Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above. Deadline: August 31st, 2020.

Please note: we will NOT consider:
  • ten-minute plays
  • one-act plays (unless they are longer than 30 minutes in length)
  • musicals (though we love them, we cannot financially accommodate their production for this festival!)

We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts, as they will not be considered.

Submission Instructions:


Submissions are online. Go to https://www.judgify.me/emosplays


If you are a first-time user of Judgify, create a profile by clicking the link underneath the “submit an entry” button.


Upload a PDF copy of your script with NO IDENTIFYING MARKS (beyond the play’s title).

Evaluation Process

A Reading Committee composed of theatre professionals and Emory University students will read and evaluate each script in relation to the guidelines above, as well as theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive evaluation from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read again by the Reading Committee until a short list of 5 finalists are determined.

Those five plays will be read in a blind process by a panel of distinguished theatre artists from the USA and Canada and the artistic director of Theatre Emory, who will choose the winning plays from five final scripts. Our 2021 judges will be announced soon.

Questions?

For inquiries about script submissions contact Chantal Bilodeau at chantal1402@me.com

For inquiries about EMOS 2021 contact Lydia Fort, EMOS 2021 Chair, at lydia.fort@emory.edu

General questions, or interested in future hosting, contact EMOS Artistic Director, Theresa May tmay33@uoregon.edu, and/or EMOS Managing Director, Brian Cook brianecook@gmail.com

The Yale Drama Series 2021 playwriting competition

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2021 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Paula Vogel. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.

The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
  • This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. 
  • The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
  • Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.
  • Electronic Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2021 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

Hadcopy Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2021 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; and, a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on the title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.
Contact Us

For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Storefront Theatre 8th annual 10-minute play festival

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 Midnight

Open to playwrights with U.S citizenship or Permanent Residency

The Storefront Theatre is accepting submissions for our 8th annual 10-minute play festival. Like all theatres at this time, we are uncertain as to the future but we’re going to take a chance that by next March, we will be able to present the plays on stage as live concert readings. If that isn’t possible, then we will present online as a video recording or live-stream. 

A blind panel of judges with broad theatre experience will select 8-10 plays to be presented as concert readings and will choose a first place winner who will receive a cash award of $75.00.

Guidelines:
  • Recently read plays are acceptable; published or produced plays are not
  • No musicals
  • No plays requiring children or teens in the cast
  • No more than 2 characters with minimal set up and few stage directions
  • Plays should be intended for a general audience
  • Please use a standard format and font size no smaller than 12 point and no color other than black
  • One submission per playwright in Word or PDF

Please submit by email as follows:
The subject line should contain ONLY the title of the play – no other words, letters, numbers, or symbols:
• Example subject line: Pedro’s Revenge
The body of the email must include the title of the play and the playwright’s contact information:
• playwright’s name
• mailing address
• phone(s)
• email
Do not send contact information as an attachment to the email.

Attach the play to the email:
The title of the play must match the title in the subject line.
• Example subject line: Pedro’s Revenge.
• Example attached play title: Pedro’s Revenge
The attached file should include cast and script
Do not include your name and/or contact information on the attached play. These are blind submissions. If your name appears on the title page or any other page of the script, it will be disqualified

By submitting, you are agreeing to all terms described above. Submissions that fail to meet these guidelines will not be accepted.

Submissions deadline:
Midnight – Saturday, August 15

Award-winning playwrights and all playwrights to be included in the festival reading will be notified by December 31, 2020.

Spooky Action Theater New Works in Action

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 11:59 PM

New Works in Action (NWIA) aims to host a play development experience that is playwright-centered. All plays are read and evaluated by at least one Spooky Action staff member and an experienced reader. At various stages in your writing process, we can give you access to professional directors and actors to help you experience your play. We are here to serve you and your vision. You can read more about our past programming here.

New Submission Criteria for Round 13- Short Play Virtual Reading Series

Send us your most impossible short play. Do you have a brilliant idea for a play but you think can never be put onstage? We are looking to present digitally streamed readings of plays that still fit in the magic realism genre but include a certain epic or unbelievable element. Therefore, we are calling Round 13 “THE IMPOSSIBLE PLAY CYCLE.” We want short plays, ranging from 8 to 40 minutes (ideally between 5 and 35 pages). Selected plays will be rehearsed and presented on YouTube via Zoom in October. Additionally, due to the overwhelming popularity of our last round of submissions, we are only asking local DC/Baltimore area playwrights.

Submissions open July 1st and close August 15th at 11:59pm.

About Spooky Action Theater

Spooky Action’s programming fits within that ambiguous label of “magical realism”, and our definition expands to include stories from every race, culture, background, gender, orientation, and ability. We want plays that are mind-blowers. Reality twisters. We want plays that explore the primality of humanity, experience life in fresh ways, and reach beyond the conscious world. Styles and forms that break ordinary order and bend to a new paradigm of rules.
Please note: we do not typically look for sci-fi or horror scripts; instead, we are committed to scripts that live in the intersection of the cerebral and the soulful.

If you need additional accommodation, please contact
Casting Manager Bridget Grace Sheaff at bgsheaff@spookyaction.org

Please click the button below to submit your script. Thank you and good luck!
ROUND 13 SUBMISSIONS- CLICK HERE

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Charles Rowan Beye NEW PLAY COMMISSION

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Deadline: July 31, 2020
Presented by Urbanite Theatre

In honor of one of the earliest, most impactful and devoted Urbanite supporters, we are dedicating an annual new play commission to our dear friend Charlie Beye, who passed away earlier this year.

Along with his husband Richard Deppe, Charlie adored new work, provocative themes and challenging humor. He had a talent for illuminating the social and cultural importance of each production, and regularly wrote Urbanite blisteringly funny, poignant responses to each production, which staff members anticipated as much as reviews from critics.

To celebrate his legacy, we invite early to mid-career playwrights to apply for a $2000 commission for a new work. There will be two proposals selected.

Questions? Email us at submissions@urbanitetheatre.com

For our inaugural commission, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

Commissions:

Two proposals will be awarded commissions of $2000 each.
To apply, a playwright must submit:
• A one-page play proposal for a new, full-length, unwritten work
• A one-page resume
• One of your finished plays, for reference only

Free-form proposals for new plays must:

• Investigate a pressing social or cultural issue
• Utilize four performers or fewer
• Explain the use of singular, flexible or representational scenic demands
• Demonstrate how the use of humor will play a role in your script
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Eligibility Rules:

• Submissions may only be from playwrights of color
• Playwrights must reside in the United States
• One submission per playwright

Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and look at our production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

(Must have a Google Account to submit - it's free)

Commission contracts will be offered in August, 2020, and will be announced upon signing.

Jewish Women's Theater seeks short plays for At-Home Salon Theatre Season

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Deadline: October 1, 2020


Click to view our themes for the 2021 Season

Three easy steps to SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIAL

Step 1: Click to view our themes for the 2021 Season
VERY IMPORTANT TO SUBMIT TO THE THEME
Step 2: Carefully read Submissions Guidelines
Step 3: Fill out Writers Survey
Submission Guidelines

JWT produces contemporary American stories that have some Jewish content or Jewish resonance. Most of the stories are true. If you want to see your work performed on our stage, your best chance is to submit a first-person narrative OR a short story that is no longer than 1500 words AND illuminates a theme that JWT is exploring in the upcoming seasons (themes listed below.) Stories, one-acts, poems or songs will be considered. Sometimes we incorporate short, 5-8 minute plays into these salons if they fit the theme.

Submit your material to ronda@jewishwomenstheatre.org. Be sure to let us know the theme to which you are submitting in the subject line of your email. Make sure your name and title of your work appear on your submission. Fill out our writer’s survey HERE to complete your submission.


Themes for 2021 At-Home Salon Theatre Season


Remembrance of Things Present
The legacy of the Shoah in stories from the next generations are not only funny and insightful, but deeply moving.

Star Spangled Sabra
Caught between two promised lands, Israeli Americans share their story of longing, loss and love in the Diaspora.


Family Matters
We love them. We hate them. We can’t live with them; we can’t live without them. The matters of family, and why family matters, are as old as the Bible. This show reveals our most personal family stories.


Deadline for submissions
October 1, 2020


Persian Sunrise, American Sunset

Evocative and humorous Iranian stories that explore the heartbreak and triumph of a new generation forging its own identity while trying to honor its heritage. Email submit@jewishwomenstheatre.org for submissions to this particular show. Thank you!


Deadline for submissions
October 1, 2020

2020 Playwrights and Artists Festival


Deadline: September 6, 2020 Midnight
Binghamton, NY

It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2020 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous.

We understand that times right now are vastly different for theatre productions. As of right now we are going ahead with this November’s festival. We will keep you updated via our website if any changes occur.

We will also be offering our prizes for these categories.
  • $300 for Best of Festival.
  • $200 for Artistic Merit.
  • $100 for Audience Favorite.

The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules.
  1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.
  2. The play must be written between the dates June 24, and Sept 6, 2020.
  3. The play length needs to be between 15 - 20 minutes
  4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.
  5. Plays submitted MUST be a complete play and must include a beginning, middle and an end and contain a conflict. Our judges will be adhering to strict parameters during the adjudication process.
  6. Playwrights may only submit one play for the festival.
  7. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number of people in wider locations, we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time, but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.
  8. Plays must be submitted by midnight of September 6, 2020. This submission must include 2 copies of your play in either word or PDF, one “blind” version without name but including which artwork you were inspired by and one with a full title page. They must be submitted to binghamtoncitystage@gmail.com. Please submit play in a fresh email, do not reply to this email. Please use the title of your work in the file name and whether it is the blind or named copy. This makes it easier on the person coordinating the files and sending them on to the adjudicators. We receive many plays and don’t want anything to get lost in the mix.
There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can't wait to see the results.


And now here are this year’s artworks.

 “Untitled” by Jasmine Khamphanthirath





Vietnam Women's Memorial – Frank Bocek







“U Drop Inn” – Greg Chianis




Friday, July 24, 2020

The Ensemble Playwright Lab Residency

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Deadline: August 24, 2020


The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program in which the playwright engages with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work; which will be presented to the public at the end of the residency.

There will be two residencies: Fall & Winter. Two playwrights, one for each residency, will be selected to work with our ensemble once a week, for a total of 21 hours of collaboration and discovery.

And the best part? The EPL is FREE to the playwrights!

Each residency is uniquely tailored to provide playwrights with the opportunity to collaborate closely with LOM’s artistic directors and professional multi-disciplinary ensemble.

This experimental process of creation and development is designed to welcome the playwright into the rehearsal room through active participation in devised and improvisational explorations.
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The goals and outcomes of each residency are mutually determined by both LOM and the playwright

Submission Guidelines
The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program for NYC-based playwrights to engage with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble of actors, musicians, dancers, designers, and dramaturgs to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work. This experimental process of creation and development is designed to welcome the playwright into the rehearsal room through active participation in devised and improvisational explorations. The goals and outcomes of each residency are mutually determined by both LOM and the playwright.

Playwrights are chosen using an anonymous submission process. Each entrant is asked to create an alias so as to mask their identity. Entrants are also required to omit all mentions of names of previous collaborators and the titles of their previous work. The anonymized submissions are then read by a panel consisting of Lynde Rosario (Literary Manager of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Lea Marie Heller (Resident LOM Dramaturg), LOM Co-Artistic Directors Nolan Kennedy and Scarlet Maressa Rivera, and Guest Dramaturg, Myjoycia Cezar. Finalists are scheduled for interviews to determine the participants in this year’s Ensemble Playwright Lab.
This season, LOM will be exploring the theme of action.

This season, for the first time ever, LOM will proudly offer a $500 honorarium to each playwright chosen for a residency.

There will be two residencies: Fall (Oct.-Nov.) and Winter (Feb-March). Each residency will consist of 7 consecutive sessions to develop a work with the LOM ensemble. At the end of each residency, there will be 2 public Zoom showings and a facilitated post-showing talkback with the audience, playwright, and cast.

All meetings, rehearsals, and showings will take place on Zoom. Therefore, playwrights should have a strong interest in working on pieces within this format.

LOM is striving to amplify more BIPoC and LGBTQA+ voices. Playwrights from these communities are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: This is an annonymous submission process.
Do not mention your real name, the names of companies or artists you've worked with, or titles of plays you've written in your submission. Doing so will get you disqualified!

If you have any questions, please email: lomsubmissions@gmail.com to contact a non-adjudicating member of the team.

Eligibilty

The EPL is open to playwrights...
  • -who currently live or have lived in NYC in the past 12 months,
  • who are able to attend all required sessions on Zoom
  • -at any stage of their career
  • -wishing to work on a previously written piece OR wanting to create something new with the LOM ensemble
  • -age 21 or older

If you have submitted to the EPL in the past, please feel free to submit again!

What we are looking for:
The purpose of the Ensemble Playwright Lab is to build a relationship between a playwright and the LOM ensemble, and to explore/allow for/create new ways of collaboration. This program is intended for artists who identify as playwrights and want to improve their craft as well as their work. Yes, there will be public presentations at the end of the residency. However, what gets presented will be based on the interest and goals of the playwright. Letter of Marque’s mission is to spread ensemble culture, through responsive, inclusive, and accessible theater, and to engage individuals in collective success and meaningful dialogue.

What Does It Cost the Playwright:
There is no monetary charge or fee to participate in the Ensemble Playwrights Lab. We ask for their time, dedication, talent, and energy!

Important Dates
Submissions Open: Friday, July 24th, 2020
Submissions Close: Monday, August 24th, 2020
Interviews: September 8th - September 18th, 2020
Finalists Notified: September 25th, 2020

Fall 2020 Section Dates
***Playwrights must be available for all the dates!***
​October 12, 2020, (Indigenous Peoples Day) Mon 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, October 19, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, October 26, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 2, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 9, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 16, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Thursday, November 19, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm & 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #1)
Friday, November 20, 2020 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #2 & talkback)
Monday, November 23,2020 1:30pm-4:30pm (wrap session)

Winter 2021 Section Dates
***Playwrights must be available for all the dates!***
Monday, February 1, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, February 8, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, February 15, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, February 22, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, March 1, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, March 8, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Thursday, March 11, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm & 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #1)
Friday, March 12, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm & 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #2 & talkback)
Monday, March 15, 2021 1:30pm-4:30pm (wrap session)

Stage to Screen seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: December 31, 2020
Morgan Hill, CA

Calling all Playwrights! Do you have a masterpiece of a full-length play completed? Would you love to see it brought to life on both stage and screen?

Submit your play to our experienced judges by December 31, 2020

Any selected play will receive a $1000.00 award

Your play will go through an intensive 1 week “read-through” workshop before production begins.

Your play will be professionally staged as a high quality elevated workshop production

This production is filmed and screened for global audiences

Your new play is a hit

RTO Productions, in association with The Hive SJ, presents the following opportunity to revolutionize the way new plays are brought to mass audiences.

We are looking for unproduced plays to feature in our “Stage to Screen” series. These plays should have 6 or fewer actors, and no previous productions. The chosen play(s) will be produced as an elevated workshop production. Additionally, each production will be filmed and a trailer will be made available to the author as a means to assist in promoting the work. The play(s) chosen will be awarded a monetary prize of $1000.00.

Read through workshop:
This will consist of actors (who have read the play in advance) doing a timed read through of your play while you and the director confer either in person, or electronically. This will be done to AFTER the play has been chosen, and will assist us in all aspects of production.

All types of plays will be considered for production. If a musical is submitted, all music must be original, and you must have the rights for use free and clear. RTO Productions and The Hive SJ have a commitment to diversity and to honoring all traditions. As such, all scripts will be “blind read”, given to the readers with no indication of gender or ethnicity. Our one requirement is “Don’t bore us.”

Submit with no entry fee if submitted by December 31, 2020, 5:00 pm PST! If you submit your play after December 31st, there will be a submission fee of $25.00. 

Submission for consideration closes March 15th, 2021. 

Final production choice(s) will be announced on our website at http://stagetoscreen.org the first week of April 2021.

Submission requirements:
Via Email, submit the following:
  • A one page synopsis of your play
  • A character list and description – Due to space considerations, we would prefer a cast of no more than 6 players.
  • A short playwright bio (one or two paragraphs)*
  • The play in its entirety
*Please make this a separate document as we really are doing a blind reading.

NOTE: Scripts must be submitted in PDF format vis e-mail. You may also choose to submit a brief (no longer than one page) explanation of your vision or what you hope to accomplish from the writing and subsequent production of this play. No format other than PDF will be accepted.

EMAIL TO: submissions@stagetoscreen.org

Thursday, July 23, 2020

BYLINES ~ literary opportunities, no fees ~ opps offering prizes




Check out some BYLINES opportunities offering payment.

And as always BYLINES only posts opportunities that do NOT charge submission fees.

Experimental Theater Writing Workshop - Fall 2020


Seeking female or female-identifying experimental writers for the Fall 2020 Experimental Theater Writing Workshop. This is a series of ten Zoom classes/workshops held every Tuesday evening from 09/08 - 10/10. Classes will consist of a prompt followed by readings of experimental work generated in class. The last class will consist of final presentations.


While many theatrical presentations today are rooted in realism, there are still others that resist representing the world in realistic way. Surrealism, absurdism, and expressionism have all generated powerful experiences and points of connection outside of logic and reason. And yet, have the methods that generate these emotional experiences been thoroughly investigated in theatrical writing? If we are seeking a representative experience of our world--writing that reflects who we are--we might continue our search for other techniques that allow us to represent the world as we experience it.

The goals of this course are: 1) to gain additional theater writing techniques which expand the writer’s current theatrical repertoire; 2) to investigate writing techniques as a representation of a writer’s response to the world; and 3) to strengthen a connection between theatre and various other arts forms.

Guidelines:
  • Submit up to 10 pages of theatrical experimental writing. No more than 1 submission per playwright.
  • Title page should contain:
  • title
  • name
  • contact info
  • Second page should contain: 
  • Character breakdown
  • setting
  • time

Writers will be selected based on the experimental nature of the work submitted and availability. By experimental, we mean work that challenges the conventional elements of theater. If selected, the fee is $300. This will cover the cost of actors for the readings.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdm1PsMReYKcwZsYAu92P4Byg9D2T4gHapqvwoL7UAQBDTf0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Deadline: August 19th, 2020 5 pm.

Web: www.suzannewillett.com
FB: @etww19

We look forward to reading your work!

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship

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Application Deadline: September 25, 2020, 5 p.m. EDT

Notification: March 2021
Award Period: September 7, 2021–May 27, 2022
Stipend: $75,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. Visual artists whose projects require extensive use of Library collections are also encouraged to apply. The Center aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level—within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows' published work.

Successful candidates for this Fellowship will need to work primarily at the Schwarzman Building rather than at other divisions of the Library. Applications from those working in languages other than English are welcome; however, the applicant must be conversant in English, and the application materials must be in English.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the Fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Some Fellows may have a few prior commitments but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center's Director or Deputy Director. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center. Fellowships will not be granted for academic projects to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.Completed applications and supporting materials—research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample—must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on September 25, 2020.

Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company Announces 2020 Emerging Playwrights’ Contest

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Deadline: August 15, 2020
NYC

Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company is honored to announce a call for original plays, for its 3rd Annual Dr. R. J. Rodriguez Emerging Playwrights’ Contest.

But this year (in keeping with the earth-shaking events we are living through), PCTC is waiving entry fees. 

In lieu of the $35 fee, please consider donating to PCTC’s goal of bringing food supplies to our community partner Nazareth Housing. You may do so at: www.playhousecreatures.org. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Nazareth Housing is a community-based nonprofit serving vulnerable families of the LES. For almost 40 years, NH has helped families and individuals unlock their potential, build pathways out of poverty, and avoid homelessness. Since 2011, PCTC has provided the NH community with FREE theatre camps (“Little Creatures Act Out”), for over 1200 LES youth

PCTC Producing Artistic Director, Joseph W. Rodriguez, stated, ”PCTC stands with our brothers and sisters of color in seeking justice and structural, societal, change. There is no justice, until there is justice for ALL.

“We, as artists, are privileged to pursue our passions and dreams. It is our responsibility to seek change and justice actively, through our art. In pursuit of that understanding and justice, we are asking playwrights to create and share work that is malleable, fluid, and that will be accessible to traditionally underserved communities. “Therefore, given the fact we can’t share the winner’s work in a traditional theatre space, we are asking writers to create plays that will initially be shared on-line, but (adhering to social distancing guidelines) can easily be performed live—especially to underserved audiences. We are asking playwrights to follow these guidelines:”

A 30 minute play (or less), with a cast of 4 (or fewer);

A play that may be performed via internet, phone, or live (we’d love to bring it to the community—at a safe distance—when we are able to);

And, most importantly, a play that deals with the un-dealt-with racial divide we have been suffering through since 1619; and, how the Covid-19 pandemic has served as a pressure cooker of a catalyst. They are distinct, but certainly not unrelated. Our streets are filled with righteous anger, frustration, and indignation. As artists, what is OUR response? What is the message of hope we can bring? What is the vehicle we can create to give voice to the voiceless?
Please open your hearts and share your stories, the world wants and needs to hear them.

Submit to: 2020PCTC@gmail.com by August 15th

The winner will receive a Zoom workshop production, and $100 will be donated to the Nazareth Housing Food Pantry in their name.

Again, there is no entry fee. Submissions are accepted FREE. Donations are accepted at: www.playhousecreatures.org.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Courtship of Winds seeks short verse & one-act plays

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No deadline given



The Courtship of Winds publishes poetry, fiction, short dramatic pieces...

We are interested in short verse plays and one-act plays.

We accept submissions throughout the year. Please read the guidelines for the specific type of work you are submitting. Please do not submit work in a particular genre more than once in a six-month period.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided the author immediately withdraws any work accepted elsewhere. Courtship does not publish previously published work.

You should expect a response within six months. We regret that we cannot currently pay for accepted work.


The Crossroads Project: 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 11:59 PM Central Daylight Time
Normal IL

The 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by playwrights of color in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges comprising of faculty, staff, and students will select one playwright as the winner of the contest.

The winning playwright will receive:
  • An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. The playwright may also be invited to offer guest lectures and colloquia. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals during the workshop.
  • An honorarium of $500 for the workshop.
To be eligible to win the contest, a playwright must be available for a one-week workshop in late March 2021 (exact dates TBD). Due to funding limitations, the Crossroads Project can only cover costs for travel within the United States.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (central daylight time). There is no entry fee. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF format. Because our staff and resources are limited, we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

Please include in your submission:
  • A sample from your play up to 15 pages. This does not have to be the first 15 pages of the play.
  • A playwright’s statement (max. 250 words) describing your inspiration for writing the play, as well as how you believe a workshop in a university setting will further your development process.
  • A synopsis of the play (max. 250 words).
  • A character list with short descriptions for each character (age, ethnicity, gender, occupation, family relationships, etc.)
Please follow these guidelines when submitting your play:
  • A playwright may only submit one play per contest. The writer of the play must submit their own work.
  • Plays that have been previously fully produced or published are ineligible for the contest. Plays that have previously had workshops or staged readings are eligible.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the playwright, which may include adaptations of fictional or factual material. Translations of other playwrights’ work are not accepted.
  • The submitting playwright must either be the owner and controller of the copyright or provide written proof that they have acquired the legal right to use copyrighted material in their work.
  • Submissions must be full-length plays.
  • Musicals are not accepted. However, plays with limited music requirements are accepted.
  • The primary language of the play must be English.
  • There are no other restrictions in subject matter or style.
  • The Crossroads Project reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play for any reason.
To submit your play, use the play submission form . Please try the link first to check if the contest is still open.

We will contact semi-finalists by the end of October 2020 and ask them to submit the full play.

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January 2021.

Inquiries about the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative should be directed to:

Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.
Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies
Chair, The Crossroads Project

Email: knahm@ilstu.edu

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

MarshStream International Solo Fest

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Deadline: August 16, 2020

You can apply for a financial hardship fee waiver by emailing maggiew@themarsh.org.

This fall The Marsh, a solo performance theater in the San Francisco Bay Area, will welcome performers and theater lovers from around the world to its first-ever MarshStream International Solo Fest, an online fete presenting solo work via its online theater platform.

The goal of MISF is to connect solo performers with audiences across the globe while presenting unique solo shows created exclusively for the Zoom “black box” theater. All performances also include a post-show Q & A, a key part of the community building.

The Marsh is currently accepting applications from artists throughout the U.S. and anywhere in the world, to take part in this global performance festival. Interested participants may submit their solo shows (60 minutes and under) for consideration by August 16, 2020, and will be notified between September 7-14, 2020 regarding their acceptance.

We look forward to your submission!

To Apply

Submission Cost: $10-25 sliding scale submission fee.

(You can apply for a financial hardship fee waiver by emailing maggiew@themarsh.org.)

Application Deadline: August 16, 2020

Performers will be notified between September 7-14, 2020 regarding their acceptance.

Festival Dates: October 7 – 11, 2020

All shows must be solo performances.

Performance Length: 10 – 60 minutes. We will curate slots that feature shorter pieces, while longer pieces will stand on their own. All pieces must be 60 minutes or less. There will be a 15 minute Q & A with you and a moderator!

Eligibility: Solo performers submitting must be 16 years or older to apply.

Logistics: Performances will be presented LIVE over Zoom.

Successful submissions will work well within the Zoom format.

Technical support: Minimal tech support will be provided.

Guidelines
  • We invite and encourage artists from all over the world to submit. 
  • We will accept solo performance musicals.
  • There are no language restrictions.
  • If your performance is not in English, you must provide English subtitles with submission to be eligible for consideration.
  • We will accept work that has been previously produced.
  • Solo performances created by the performer, preferred. 
  • Only one submission per person. Compensation: Performers will receive a percentage of ticket donations.

Awards: Performances will be eligible for the following awards

~ Most Watched Performance

~ Audience Choice Award

~ The Marshian Award – a primetime slot on MarshStream’s Solo Performer Spotlight Program.

Website: https://themarsh.org/shows_and_events/marshstream/marshstream-international-solo-fest/

Madwomen in the Attic Featured Writer Project

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As part of Madwomen in the Attic’s literacy mission, we have added a writing component to our monthly meeting tradition: The Featured Writer Project.

MITA meetings are always held on a Monday– and usually on the third Monday of the month. The reason for this is to mirror the tradition of the national holiday Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is held on the third Monday of January each year.

In honor of literacy, the days on which we will hold our monthly meetings will be known as ‘Mad Mondays’. In celebration, on Mad Monday of each month, we will showcase a featured writer by publishing their work and sharing it (or parts of it) aloud at our meeting.

If you are willing to and interested in being a featured writer, these are the most basic stipulations:
Featured writers need to gender-identify as women or as queer, gender–non-conforming, non-binary, or gender-fluid (i.e., the Featured Writer Project does not feature people who identify as men).
Featured writers need to write something something (from any genre) that relates in some way to MITA’s mission. Featured Writers should have had some kind of experience with the mental health industry or with mental health issues, whether it be firsthand or secondary experience. We leave the perspective and style of the writing completely up to the writer.

We require more than just the central piece of writing– our writers are also asked to write a statement about their piece in relation to mental health. If you submit a piece and are selected as a featured writer, you must submit the additional parts of your submission to us by the first day of the month during the month that it will be published so that the editors will have time to offer editing suggestions or to work with you to make additions or changes to it prior to the feature date.
Featured writers need to assign a writer’s name of some sort to their contributions, whether that be “fictional” (as in Solla Sollew), “actual” (as in Jessica L. Mason), or “anonymousical” (as in Anonymous).

Your subject can be personal, political, both, or neither. You may write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, a book review, a pop culture critique, a rant, an academic essay, a treatise, a list, a resource guide, a dystopian fairy tale, a lesson plan: any kind of writing is welcome, in addition to art, as long as it pertains to and supports the organization’s mission, which is to empower women who have been affected by the mental health industry or the stigma attached to what is called mental illness.

We encourage multi-lingual entries. If a piece is written entirely in a language other than English, we ask that an English translation be provided, as well, secondarily. We also ask that if you are writing about something for which not many people are well-versed that you define unfamiliar terms clearly to make your piece as accessible as possible.

Our hope with this project is to enact radical equality by publishing the work of writers from diverse backgrounds and abilities. In contrast to the literary world of publishing, which might be inclined toward elitism and might favor those who are privileged; Madwomen in the Attic seeks to nurture a sense of equality in the right to express. For novice writers to be able to write alongside veteran writers, despite differences in linguistic prowess, it sends out an acknowledgment of our equality as human beings.

The Featured Writer Project aims to combat the suppression of the voices of those, throughout history, who have had their rights and their voices ignored or taken away by systems of patriarchal power.

Madwomen in the Attic is not funded, sponsored, or financially supported by any source outside of the financial contributions (donations) of its co-founders. The group is a labor of love that relies 100% on the unpaid labor of its co-founders. Thus, MITA cannot and does not provide financial compensation to writers for their contributions to our projects or sites. We are a purely grassroots volunteer organization. Neither of our co-founders receives any financial compensation for anything related to the group. We pay for our website and for materials for our meetings through out of our own pockets. While we cannot offer financial payment for writing, what we do offer is a communal space and writing and advocacy opportunities.

If you wish to be a Mad Monday Featured Writer but do not have access to a pen, paper, or a computer to do so, please contact MITA and we will try our best to offer assistance. If you need assistance with putting your words onto paper or into a textual medium, please contact us and we will work with you to create a solution.

Send submissions to madwomenofwny@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

Bedrosian Center seeks plays by Native Americans

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

To support our mission to give opportunities for Native American and non-Native students to learn, collaborate, study and amplify the stories of indigenous peoples, USC Bedrosian Center & Red Nation Celebration Institute are accepting submissions of full-length plays written by American Indian/Indigenous authors.

Email submissions to: RNCIMedia@gmail.com


Monday, July 20, 2020

The Playwrights Group ~ TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ONLINE OFFERINGS


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR 
ONLINE OFFERINGS

Script Consultations

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. 

Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.

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

Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 

Weekly  Workshop

During the current crisis, the weekly workshop has moved online to a Zoom meeting. We read everything from a one page scene to a full length. Plays, musicals, film scripts — whatever it is you’re working on. This is a great opportunity for those not in the NYC area. 

We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST. Check out the website for more details. 


Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 


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