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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Urbanite Theatre - the window to submit plays is currently OPEN

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No deadline given

To submit plays, please adhere to the following guidelines

1. Must require the use of five or fewer performers.

2. Scenic and set demands must be singular, minimal, flexible, or representational.

3. Full-length plays only.

4. Contemporary content only, with an emphasis on material that parallels our mission and production history.

How to submit

1. Email your script to submissions@urbanitetheatre.com with "Play Submission" in the SUBJECT: field.

2. Synopses are optional, but please do not submit a synopsis by itself. Please include full plays.

3. Acceptable file formats: Word Document (docx) and PDF.

4. Play must include character breakdown at the beginning of the script, along with playwright name and contact information (or agent, if applicable).

5. Please include link to your website, your bio, and the play's production history. Special interest given to plays not previously produced in Florida.

6. Please note if you'd be interested in having your play read in the Urbanite Reading Series.

Fantasy Theatre Factory seeks fatherhood monologues

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Deadline: April 4, 2021 midnight EST

Dear Dad — An Exploration of Fatherhood

Submission call

for Florida playwrights and BIPOC playwrights Nationwide

Fantasy Theatre Factory in Miami, Florida, wants to celebrate all the facets of Fatherhood. We are holding a call for Florida playwrights and BIPOC playwrights nationally to submit monologues that reflect their personal experience with a father figure in their life. We encourage playwrights representing diverse ethnicities to apply.

These monologues will be presented by Fantasy Theatre Factory in Miami, FL on the weekend of June 19-20, 2021 and will run on YouTube for a month. An honorarium will be paid to those playwrights whose scripts are selected. This event is being co-produced by Marj O’Neill-Butler, Dramatists Guild Florida Regional Representative, and Arianna Rose, South Florida DG Ambassador.

Suggested Subject Matter To Get You Started on Your Monologue:

-All things fatherhood

-What it means to be a father, to have a father, to lose a father, to grow up fatherless

-non-traditional father figures

-qualities of a father

Submission Guidelines:

-Submissions accepted from Florida playwrights and BIPOC playwrights nationwide.

-One monologue per writer maximum.

-The monologue may be part of a larger work or a stand-alone piece.

-Deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 4, 2021 midnight EST.

-Monologue should be no longer than 2 pages.

-Preferred format is PDF.

-On the cover page, indicate name, address, phone and email address.

Email monologues as an attachment to:


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Common Play Factory is looking for short scripts

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Deadline: April 5, 2021

Common Play Factory is looking for one or two short short scripts (read time 30 min. or less) to complete a program tentatively to be held virtually in late spring.

Scripts should be unproduced; previous readings are okay. We are interested in experimental work. Send a .pdf of the script with character requirements and playwright contact information before April 5 to: dramastruction@gmail.com.

Scripts that are not a good fit for this Spring 2021 program may be considered for future production. Preference will be given to playwrights from Northeast Pennsylvania, but we are open to scripts, primarily in English, from anywhere in the world. Actors have not yet been cast for this production so if you are interested in reading, please contact us as the same email address.

That Uppity Theatre Company For Briefs anthology

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Deadline: April 15, 2021
Submissions sought for an LGBTQ+ anthology of writing by trans and non binary playwrights of 5-10 minute plays that reflects trans and non binary perspectives for possible publication in a volume edited by Joan Lipkin and Jon Fraser.

Include a brief bio of the author, where, if applicable the play has been performed, and a synopsis of the play. Deadline; April 15th, 2021

Submissions sent to: Thatuppitytheatrecompany@gmail.com

Monday, March 29, 2021

54th John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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Deadline: April 15, 2021

Winners Announcement: October, 2021

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:


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

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board. A staged reading of the award-winning scripts will be given at the NETC annual awards ceremony.


The competition is open to all playwrights. Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals WILL NOT be considered.

  • Plays submitted to the competition
  • must not have been published as of April 15, 2021
  • must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2021
  • must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15, 2021

The play must be submitted, along with:
A statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of April 15, 2021, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2021.

A list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.

Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered. Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2021. Only winners will be notified. Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:


Sunday, March 28, 2021


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Deadline: April 1, 2021


Our flagship new musical development program, First Draft: Raise Your Voice was created with three goals in mind: foster new musicals by writers from populations that have been left out of the musical theater canon; encourage and support brand new stories from authentic perspectives; and introduce new, creative voices to theater professionals and producers to amplify their work so that it is seen, heard, and developed by the greater musical theater community.

First Draft is a commissioning program designed to support new musical theater writers through the completion of a first draft of a brand-new musical. Across an 18-month cycle, writers will receive financial, artistic, dramaturgical, travel, and production support as they complete this first draft and will have the opportunity to hear their words spoken and songs sung at preliminary readings. We encourage everyone interested to apply—previous experience writing musical theater is not required. This program is committed to supporting writers on both a local and national scale.

Now Accepting Submissions for First Draft 2021/22!

We will be accepting submissions until April 1, 2021. Interviews will take place in April and selection will be completed by May 7, 2021.

This year, we plan to commission five projects.


This cycle of First Draft will solicit submissions from the following:
  • BIPOC writers of all gender identities
  • Women writers
  • Transgender writers
  • Gender non-conforming writers
  • Non-binary writers
Writing teams should be made up of a composer, lyricist, and book writer. Teams can be 1-3 people, acknowledging that some writers will take on more than one job. Your team should be assembled and committed at the time of submission.

If you have questions, please contact Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Thorgalsen at nwsubs@5thavenue.org.

  • $15,000 commission fee for the team
  • A week-long Story Summit with support to outline your show
  • One retreat
  • One residency ending in a table read
  • One 29-hour reading in either New York, Chicago, LA or Seattle (This reading will give your team 29 hours in a 5-day period for a cast to learn your material and present it as a complete first draft.)
  • For the official activities listed above, writers will be compensated in addition to the commission
  • Dramaturgical support throughout (Dramaturges of your choice will provide feedback on story structure, character development, historical context, etc.)
This work will take place over an 18-month period with the goal of completing a first draft of your new musical

Additionally, Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis has committed to presenting a show from First Draft in a future NEXT Festival, which offers 50 hours of workshop and two public presentations to selected projects.

A 1-paragraph to one-page description of your idea for a new musical that has yet to be written
A bio for each contributing writer that outlines your previous creative experience
A team statement that describes your interest in storytelling and your passion for your work

Submissions will be reviewed by a diverse panel of external theater professionals who will advise The 5th Avenue Theatre on selection. Ten teams will be selected to participate in an interview and five teams will be selected for a commission.


Click the button to begin your submission. Teams need only submit under a single application.

We will be accepting submissions until April 1, 2021. Interviews will take place in April and selection will be completed by May 7, 2021.


Florida Theatrical Association seeks musicals

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

FTA will continue accepting new works for the 2021 New Musical Discovery Series through April 1, 2021. For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.FloridaTheatrical.org.

Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select one work that will each receive a staged reading, and one final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

The deadline to submit musicals for consideration is April 1, 2021.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must include:
  • A cover letter
  • A history of the musical’s development
  • A synopsis
  • Full script
  • A CD or flash drive with at least six songs from the production (it can be a very basic recording).

Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and performances in the window of August 17th to August 25th. Travel, accommodation, and a per diem are provided.

It is preferred that the materials are sent by a link or invitation to either Google Drive or Dropbox via email to: KennyHoward@FloridaTheatrical.org Please have each of the items above as separate files.

Should you need to mail your submission, please send to:

Florida Theatrical Association
Attn: Play Submission
100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32801

*Please note that materials will not be returned.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Pegasus Theater’s Tapas 2021

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Deadline: April 1, 2021 Midnight

We are interested in doing 15-minute plays (15 pages of script) that are suitable for shooting outdoors and maintain social distancing between the actors. We welcome the submission of such plays and encourage you to send them to:
plays2021 {@} pegasustheater {.} com.

The deadline for submitting plays is midnight April 1, 2021. 

Plays will be chosen and announced by May 1, 2021. We are planning to produce three or four videos this summer.

Note that the plays we chose last year for Tapas 2020 will be produced as soon as the health officials tell us it is safe for actors, tech and audience to gather indoors for live theater.

Texas State New Play Development Workshops

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Deadline: April 15, 2021

New Play Development Workshops

  • Only unproduced and unpublished scripts are eligible for consideration. No musicals.
  • Submissions must be from Playwrights descending from the African or LatinX diaspora, writing about Black and Latino cultural aesthetic
  • The submission must include a synopsis and character list/Breakdown.
  • The playwrights are expected to attend the rehearsals and reading presentations.
  • Only scripts submitted prior to the April 15, 2021 deadline will be considered.
  • Playwrights from across the country are encouraged to submit.
  • Manuscripts must be typed in the standard play format and must include the playwright’s contact information.
  • You must submit the consent/information form.
  • Play scripts may be delivered by regular mail, in person or using the submission form. Include a stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish your manuscript returned. 

Send manuscripts to;

Department of Theatre & Dance
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

ATTN: Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration

10. Notification of selected writers by June 30, 2021.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Submission Opportunity - Live & In Color

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Deadline: March 31, 2021

Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical. 

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. 

Email your materials to Director of New Works, Dennis Corsi, at dennis@theatreincolor.org

The musical must be able to be performed with 4 actors or less.

All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Demo of score (2-3 songs)
  • Sample of dialogue (~10 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)
More than one submission is acceptable
If there is a restriction on plays that have previously been produced and/or published: properties with prior full productions not accepted.
How and when submitters will be notified about their submission: submitters will be notified in the Spring of the choice via email. 

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2021 One Act Play Festival (OAPF) Presented by Artists’ Exchange

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Deadline: April 2, 2021

Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays 10-15 minutes long (ideal length 10 minutes; no longer than 20 minutes maximum will be considered). Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays maximum using the Google form submission link.

Seeking Short Plays: Comedic, absurd, dramatic, satirical, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome for review. Works for actors of all ages (children thru seniors) and abilities are strongly encouraged. Selected plays will be performed outdoors by Artists’ Exchange in Cranston, Rhode Island in late June 2021 (details TBD).

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Friday, April 2, 2021. Any plays received after midnight on April 2nd will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The One Act Play Festival (OAPF) Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance in early May. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the festival for the public with no performance/ royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales, program ads, concessions, and donations will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the OAPF for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the digital playbill and festival webpage, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

To Submit: Please fill out the Google form submission for each individual play submission. Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Contact Festival Artistic Director Jessica Chace with any questions at jessica.chace@artists- exchange.org.

About the One Act Play Festival: Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels. This year marks the 15th annual year of live, in-person performance and aims to showcase new works by emerging and established playwrights and highlight the best short plays that were submitted for review.

About Artists’ Exchange: Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. We are operated by Gateways to Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.

Artists' Exchange is home to multiple art studios, a gallery, art boutique and café, along with secondary venue Theatre 82, a multi-use performance, meeting and instructional space. Enriching classes and summer camps are offered year-round in art, ceramics, theater, and music; and a variety of events – including plays, music concerts, birthday parties, and fundraisers – are hosted at our venues.

Contact Information:

Jessica Chace, Artistic Director OAPF

jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org www.artists-exchange.org

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Stay True Theatre seeks submissions for Bloom: A Collection Of New Queer Voices

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Deadline: April 6, 2021

Stay True, an LGBTQ+ Theatre Company a small theatre company based in New York City seeks submissions for our first annual Bloom: A Collection Of New Queer Voices, In memory of Timothy Conigrave. The workshop will take place virtually over two weeks from May 31 - June 13, 2021.

Playwrights will be paired with a director prior to the start of the workshop and will be asked to specify which type of presentational form would most aid them in moving to the next stage of development (i.e. reading, staged reading, workshop production, etc.). If requested, playwrights will be provided with access to the company dramaturg. The two weeks will consist of rehearsals with actors, meetings with the director & Stay True Artistic Directors. This will culminate in a ticketed presentation on a virtual platform. A panel of industry members will attend a rehearsal in week one as well as the final presentation to engage in a feedback-based discussion with the playwright. All rehearsals, meetings and performances will be remote. Of the plays selected for the workshop, the piece that is closest to its final stage of development will be given a fully-staged production as part of our 2022-23 Season.

Submission Requirements

Plays must be previously unproduced new works in progress by playwrights who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community. First or final drafts will be considered. Play texts need not follow standard formatting and may include performance art, devised manuals or other non-standard forms of theatre. Preference will be given to work that can be performed with a cast of five actors or less. We are particularly seeking work which emphasizes queer joy or centers characters with intersectional identities.

How To Submit

Email staytruetheatrecompany@gmail.com with a PDF copy of your text, a short summary of the play and a brief description of your process up to this point, as well as any questions you are asking yourself or the play as you move forward. 

Please also include your resume, contact information and your pronouns. The submission period is March 23-April 6, 2021.Playwrights selected will receive a small stipend for their time.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

ScriptRead seeks stories for a virtual live read In May

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Deadline: April 4, 2021

ScriptRead is a themed base live reading series which showcases excerpts of original plays, screenplays or TV pilots from women and diverse writers. Each writer will receive a virtual interactive reading of their sample and free feedback. This is a private invite only event.

We are looking to include one playwright for this cycle. The focus this cycle is sexy/steamy storylines or adult themes in the vein of the Dangerous Liaisons, 50 Shades of Grey, The Affair, Scandal, Dynasty etc. The deadline is Sunday, April 4th.

Please send a bio detailing your writing experience and a 20 page sample to kbarbee@elmhurstent.com

ScriptRead is produced by Elmhurst Entertainment


Between the Seas residency

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Deadline: March 30, 2021

A space for research and experimentation in Southern Greece





The average length of a residency is 8 days and should occur between Aug 23-Sept 13 2021. Selected artists will receive accommodation for 7 nights and rehearsal space for 7-8 days. Artists are responsible for covering their transportation and daily expenses. Artists are expected to offer a workshop and/or performance, free of charge to the local community.

Interested artists may apply by sending us:
1. a short description of the project they want to work on during the residency, explaining why is a residency useful to the current stage of the project and what are they hoping to achieve during the residency.
2. bios of main artists involved in the project
3. samples of previous work
4. a short description of a workshop or performance they will share with the local community at the end of their residency.

Applications should be sent to betweentheseasfestival@gmail.com. Only selected applicants will be contacted. Deadline to submit: March 30th.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Fade To Black Festival 2021

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

No fee is required.

No restriction of theme or genre.

Three (3) script submissions are allowed per playwright.

Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

Winning playwrights will be announced nationally on Friday, May 1, 2021.


Playwright must be the sole author of the submitted work.

Playwright must publicly and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.

Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).

Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).

Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.

Play must not be a musical.

Play must not be written for children or youth.

Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.

Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.

Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.

Play should be "stand-alone", a separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.

Author must be at least 18 years of age.

Play must be submitted in a PDF format.


See submission link: https://forms.gle/sUESPtTCvJrR9gfn9

Upload pdf of original work.

"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.


Monday, March 22, 2021

Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop seeks 10 minute plays

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop is calling for original plays to be presented at the Rivoli Theatre1 May 7 through May 16, 2021. In the event that theatres are not allowed to open due to New York State covid restrictions, SCDW will present these plays in a virtual format. All plays chosen must meet the following requirements:

· Running time must be no longer than 10 minutes from curtain to curtain (strictly enforced)

· Plays must be presented in a black box format with minimal set and prop needs (the Executive Director reserves the right to determine if the chosen plays meet this requirement)

· Vulgar language and topics will not be accepted for submission

Play submissions must be in an electronic format and submitted to the Executive Director haroldtighe50@gmail.com

Plays submitted after the deadline may not be given consideration. Scripts must be double spaced and use Calibri 12 or Times New Roman 12 fonts. Authors will be notified of their play being selected for performance no later than April 8.

SCDW reserves the right to present the selected plays without payment of a royalty to the author. 12 to 16 plays will be selected at the discretion of the Executive Director and Reading Committee. Each selected play will be performed three times either the weekend of May 7 or the weekend of May 14 at the discretion of the Executive Director.

For more information, please contact Executive Director Harold Tighe at haroldtighe50@gmail.com.

2021 Playwright's Prize

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Deadline: April 2, 2021 12PM GMT

An open call for distinctive, dynamic, heart-stopping, extraordinary, wonderful plays.

Please submit your script of up to 10,000 words to info@platformpresents.com

For the 2020 Prize, over 200 plays were submitted from writers based from London to New York, LA to Melbourne. These were shortlisted to 9 by the Platform Presents co-founders, Gala Gordon and Isabella Macpherson.

The prize includes ongoing mentoring and producing the winning script, as well as the £5,000 cash prize.

The competition closes at 12pm on 2nd April 2021.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Egg & Spoon’s 2021 Incubation Series

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Deadline: April 1, 2021 11:59 PM


Egg & Spoon’s 2021 Incubation Series provides developmental support for three BIPoC writers’ full-length plays over the summer of 2021. This expands previous Egg & Spoon programming by facilitating fifteen-hour workshops for playwrights. This program reflects our passion for developing new plays, and our commitment to building a more equitable and vibrant future for the American theatre.

Who can apply?

This submission process is open to all Black writers, Indigenous writers, and writers of color. We are open to submissions from writers at any stage in their career, and from any geographical location. Strong preference will be given to writers who identify as non-binary or as women.

What scripts are eligible for consideration?

The Incubation workshops are intended for full-length plays that are not yet ready for production.

How will finalists be selected?

Scripts will be read by a culturally diverse (majority BIPoC) panel of readers. Ten semi-finalists will be notified by late April and three finalists will be selected in early May, after an interview process.

What will finalists receive?

For each finalist, we will facilitate a fifteen-hour developmental workshop along with dramaturgical support, staff feedback, and an optional public reading. We will tailor the workshop – including its personnel and schedule – to the playwright’s stated needs.

Each writer will receive a stipend of $300, and all artists engaged in the workshop will be paid an equitable amount. A budget will be made available for all artists’ consideration before the workshop begins.

We intend for the workshops to take place between early June and late August, according to the playwright’s availability. We are open, however, to later workshops if it would allow us to invest in a project that we feel passionately about.

If there are collaborators the playwright would like to include – actors, directors, dramaturgs – we will hire them for the workshop. If the playwright wishes, we will find collaborators to work with them (strongly favoring BIPoC artists and artists from historically underrepresented communities).

How do I apply?

The application deadline is 11:59pm on April 1st, 2021. 

Let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at incubation@eggandspoontheatre.org.

Third Annual Rogue Theater Festival accepting new works

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

Now accepting new works for the third annual and virtual Rogue Theater Festival! Rogue is looking for new works by emerging writers and artists. We encourage anyone who feels they have something to say to submit their piece to the festival. Rogue believes in equal opportunity for all.

Basic Festival Details:

- Participants may choose to participate in Scenario A (in person filming in NYC) or Scenario B (remote filming anywhere in the U.S.)

- Performances: July 21st-25th (each show will have 1 performance that streams via showtix4u)

- In person Filming Dates: To be assigned days between May 1 and June 10, 2021 (each Scenario A show will have 1 scheduled time slot for tech rehearsal and filming)

- Location for in person filming: The Players Theatre (115 Macdougal St.)

- Playwrights and Producers are fully responsible for putting up their production (e.g. Director, stage manager, rehearsal space, transportation fees, salaries, marketing, costumes, casting etc.).

- There is a one time, nonrefundable, participation fee. You do NOT need to pay to submit your play, only if you plan to participate in the festival.

Scenario A:


Participants will film their piece at The Players Theatre in New York City with Rogue Festival staff. They will be assigned a date and time where they will come in for a tech rehearsal and to film their piece that will later be streamed as part of the festival.

Participants will have lighting and sound design done and ready for them on their filming date along with a professional Stage Manager to run all design cues.

Participants will have access to certain set pieces and props at the theater.

Filming will be done from one angle (participants choice) and will be filmed straight through from beginning to end.

Rogue will create a ‘final package’ including an introduction for the festival, the filmed piece, and any bonus features you would like featured at the end.

Participants will receive:

- Theater space at The Players Theater for one tech rehearsal/filming time

- Professional Designer to design Lighting and Sound

- Professional Stage Manager to run Lighting and Sound Cues

- Press opportunities for your show and the festival as a whole

- Use of predetermined set pieces and props in the theater

- ‘Final Package’ video of your show presented by Rogue

- 25% of box office sales for your individual show

Scenario B:


Participants will film their piece remotely and send to Rogue Festival their finished product.

Participants may film their piece on zoom, in their home, on location, in a theater they have access to, or any other way they can SAFELY imagine as long as the quality of the video is acceptable.

Rogue will create a ‘final package’ including an introduction for the festival, the filmed piece, and any bonus features you would like featured at the end.

Participants will receive:

- Press opportunities for your show and the festival as a whole

- ‘Final Package’ video of your show presented by Rogue

- 25% of box office sales for your individual show

Entrance requirements:

- 10 minutes to 1 hour long with no intermission (if your piece is longer we WILL consider it for Scenario B)

- It may be a play, musical, improv, stand up comedy, clowning, one person, burlesque, poetry, monologues, song cycle, or dance. If you have something else we’d be thrilled to hear from you too!

- It must be an original work, but having been performed before is totally fine!

Ticket Requirements:

- (10- 30 mins) - Tickets are $10 each.

- (30- 60 mins) - Tickets are $13 each.

- You keep 25% of all box office sales from your individual show


Please submit your piece (pdf attachment please) to roguetheaterfestival@gmail.com care of Allison. The deadline for all submissions is Thursday, April 1st. We will be reviewing all submissions and contacting selected participants by or before Monday, April 12th. If selected, there will be a one-time participation fee. Scenario A participants ($120) and Scenario B participants ($60). These are non-refundable. Please visit our website www.roguetheaterfestival.com for more information and to get to know us better. Get ready to make a wave with Rogue in 2021!

P.S. Interested in our BRAND NEW Playwright in Residence Program!?

When submitting your piece for Rogue Theater Festival please mention if you would also like to be considered for the Playwright in Residence Program for this season. If so, please also attach a resume for our consideration.

Rogue Theater Festival will be offering three residency opportunities for the 2021 season. Residencies will include:

No participation fee for Rogue Theater Festival, 2021

Four comp tickets for Rogue Theater Festival, 2021

Zoom writing workshop with LA based professional screen and stage writer

Zoom writing workshop with NYC based professional screen and stage writer

Best wishes,



Friday, March 19, 2021

Playdate Theatre Development Conference Festival

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NOTE: the conference is free, although there is a registration fee, which NYCPlaywrights views as a kind of participation fee and so we allowed posted this festival. A waiver option is also offered.

Deadline: April 9, 2021

Playdate Theatre is dedicated to bringing artists together despite the distance to explore the space between theater and film. We have held multiple new work development conferences and produced our first virtual festival this past summer. In our last conference, we leaned heavily towards the film side of the spectrum and for this conference, we are swinging the pendulum the other way.

For this new work development conference, we will be creating a crowd-sourced stage play. Writers will be sent a concept breakdown that explains the physical space, stage picture, and basic details and it is up to the writer to create a micro play based on the outlined concept.

Playdate will then select a few to craft into a full-length play to produce with leading industry artists.

The Development Conference

How it works:
On Sunday, April 11 you will receive a breakdown of the concept. You will then have 72 hours to write a micro play (5-10 pages) based on the provided concept. For this round, we are writing stage plays.

You will submit your script on Wednesday, April 14th. You will then receive a script by another writer. You will have 36 hours to provide an anonymous dramaturgical response.

On Friday, April 16th you will get the response to your play and then have 36 hours to create a second draft.

When you submit your revised script on Sunday, April 18th you will then be assigned to a cohort. You will be sent the scripts of the other 4-7 writers in your cohort.

On Monday, April 19th at 6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET, we will all be meeting together on Zoom. Each cohort will be put into a breakout room for a Read & Response session. This will be an opportunity for writers to hear a section of their screen-play out loud and gain insight from their cohort members.

The final draft of your micro play is due on Wednesday, April 21st.


There is a $10 filing fee for registration, but the 10-day conference is free. As this will be an immersive educational experience for all participants, there is a $50 suggested donation to help keep our company afloat.

We will not turn anyone who is interested away; please contact us for a fee waiver if needed.

This is a virtual development conference.


Sunday, April 11: Concept breakdown sent at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET
Wednesday, April 14: Script due at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET. You will receive a script before the next morning. 

Friday, April 16: Response due at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET. You will receive a response to your script before the next morning. 

Sunday, April 18: Submit revised play at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET. You will receive your cohort’s plays before the next morning.

Monday, April 19 at 5:30 pm PT/ 8:30 pm ET (for 1.5 hours): Cohort Read & Response session over Zoom.

Wednesday, April 21: Final Draft due at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET.

Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2021 Virtual Play Festival

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Deadline: April 15, 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2021 Virtual Play Festival. Seeking short plays (no more than 15 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! 

We post your YouTube link of the performance to the free festival site for voting by viewers. One submission per playwright. No submission fee. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. 
There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! Deadline: April 15. 2021. Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Storytelling of Marginalized People & The Business of Theater Classes

April is almost here and so is the start of some exciting online classes at Primary Stages ESPA! Learn about The Business of Theater with director John Gould Rubin or delve into The Storytelling of Marginalized People with beatbox pioneer Chesney Snow. 

Workshop: The Storytelling of Marginalized People - APRIL 10 & 17! 

Instructor: Chesney Snow (Creator, Soil Beneath at Primary Stages; Boxman in In Transit on Broadway and at Primary Stages)

For far too long, global majority—or BIPOC— populations have been marginalized in the Western theater-making world, and the storytelling for these populations had to become an artform of its own. In this 2-session workshop with Chesney Snow (The Boxman in In Transit on Broadway, Soil Beneath: An Empirical Decay), learn the history of these theatrical forms—such as hip-hop theater, spoken word, theater of the oppressed, and the choreopoem—and begin generating your own piece, pushing the boundaries of traditional theater and reimagining what the future can be.


The Business of Theater - STARTS MARCH 31!

Instructor: John Gould Rubin (Director, Turn Me Loose Off-Broadway; former Co-Artistic Director and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company)

This 5-week class is for theater artists of any discipline to learn about theater as a business in order to produce your own work and better understand the priorities for your work no matter your role within a production.

Start and end dates for Spring classes vary. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. 

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

The Center at West Park Residencies

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Deadline: APRIL 9, 2021 AT 11:59 PM

In Fall 2021, six individual artists or companies will be offered residencies at CWP to produce and perform original works of theater, dance, music, and interdisciplinary performance as part of THE INTERRUPTION: A Curated Performance Series. Each Residency will culminate in a weekend of three ticketed public performances of an evening-length work at CWP. Fall 2021 Residencies are available between August 30 and December 19, 2021.

THE INTERRUPTION is curated by CWP Guest Curators Debra Ann Byrd, Melanie Greene, and Elliot Reed. Three residencies will be offered by invitation from the curators, and three will be offered to artists who apply through our open call below. Applications are due by Friday, April 9 at 11:59 PM. Applicants will be notified by the end of the day on Monday, May 10.

Our goal is to make it easier for New York City performing artists to safely make and share their work. All public health and safety guidelines must be followed during the residency. If public health conditions permit, performances will include live, in-person audiences with up to 99 attendees per performance. If live, in-person audiences are not possible, performances will be recorded and presented to virtual audiences online.

Each residency includes two weeks in our Sanctuary Space for rehearsals and performances, plus an additional 40 hours of free rehearsal space on site at CWP. The Sanctuary Space comes equipped with a repertory lighting plot and PA sound system. Resident Artists are responsible for all production costs for their projects, including personnel, materials, equipment (other than that supplied by CWP), and insurance. Artists must provide their own general liability insurance to cover their activities during the residency.

The box office for Resident Artists performances will be run by CWP. Performances will be ticketed at $10-$30 per person. Artists will receive a guaranteed fee of $500 or a 50% split of the net box office proceeds, whichever is greater, at the end of the residency.

While in residence at CWP, artists receive professional marketing support, including listing on our website, in our email newsletter, and on our social media platforms.

Applications for Fall 2021 Virtual Performance residencies are due by Friday, April 9 at 11:59 PM.

Applicants will be notified by end of day on Monday, May 10.

All artists working in the performing arts, including theater, dance, music, opera, puppetry, performance art, and multi- and interdisciplinary performance are eligible to apply.

Resident Artists are responsible for their own housing in the New York City area during the residency and any travel expenses related to the residency.

To apply, please submit an application through our online application form. The online form includes the following fields. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Project Title *

Artist Name * (May be a group/company name or an individual)

Contact Person (If other than above)

Contact Email *

Contact Phone *


Team members * Please list all creative, technical, and administrative team members committed to this project, including names and roles. Be sure to let us know if you have any team members in a production support role, such as a producer, production manager, or stage manager.

Residency Dates: * Residencies will be offered in two-week slots from August 30 through December 19, 2021.

Slot 1: Aug 30 - Sep 12

Slot 2: Sep 20 - Oct 3

Slot 3: Oct 4-17

Slot 4: Oct 25 - Nov 7

Slot 5: Nov 8-21

Slot 6: Dec 6-19

Artist Statement: * Please tell us about your mission, vision, goals, purpose, and/or artistic intent as an individual artist or company. Describe your existing body of work and how it reflects that mission. What work do you make and why do you make it? What questions, subjects, or themes are you engaged in? How does your style, subject matter, and/or process make a unique contribution to the performing arts in New York? Who is the core audience for your work? (max 300 words)

Project Description: * Please describe the project you will develop and perform during this residency. What discipline(s), subject matter, story, themes, and/or questions will you explore with this project? How will you engage the audience through your piece? How does this project relate to your mission/goals, prior work, and core audience? What is uniquely compelling and exciting about this project for you? How far are you in the creative process, and what progress do you intend to make during the residency? How will this residency make it possible for you to do this project? (max 300 words)

Overcoming Obstacles: * Please describe any obstacles, challenges, or barriers you experience or have experienced in making your work. Would a residency at The Center at West Park make a difference for you in overcoming any of these obstacles? If so, how? (max 150 words)

Technical Needs: * What will your project need with respect to set, costumes, lighting, sound, projections, materials, and other technical equipment? The Center provides a repertory lighting plot with 32 instruments and a PA sound system. You would be responsible for all other production elements of the project. (max 150 words)

Paying People * Will you pay the people who work on your project during your residency (including yourself)? If so, how much do you plan to pay each person and what is your total budget for paying people? (max 150 words)

Production Expenses * Will you spend money on non-personnel production expenses, such as materials and equipment for the set, lights, costumes, audio, and video? Will you rent additional rehearsal space in advance of your residency? Will you spend money on other expenses such as advertising and insurance? If so, please let us know how much you plan to spend on these items and what your total non-personnel production budget is. (max 150 words)

Engaging Audiences * This residency includes three live performances with a maximum capacity of 99 audience members per performance. How do you plan on engaging audiences before, during, and after your performances? What is your strategy for outreach to potential audience members? How many people attended your last live performance? How many people do you expect will attend this one? (max 150 words)

Raising Funds * This residency includes a guaranteed artist fee ("earned income") of $500 or 50% of the box office, whichever is greater. Based on an average ticket price of $20, what is your expected earned income for this residency? If this is less than your total residency project budget (personnel + non-personnel expenses), how do you plan to make up the difference? Will you raise funds through grants or individual donations ("contributed income")? If so, how much do you expect to raise, and who do you expect to raise it from? Have you received or been promised any of these donations already? If so, how much? (max 150 words)

Project Budget (optional) You can upload a one page budget for your project. Use the budget template provided and fill in the numbers in the highlighted fields only. Please do not make any other changes to the template. Save as a PDF and upload here. This budget template is based on the budget template required for the 2019 NYSCA-A.R.T.-New York Creative Opportunity Fund application.

Photo or Text Work Sample Upload: * Upload a work sample from this project or another project that best represents your work. Up to 10 pages of text or 10 images, one image per page. PDF format only.

Photo or Text Work Sample Upload Description: Describe this sample of your work. Put it in context for us.

Video Work Sample (optional): Link to a video sample of your work. YouTube or Vimeo preferred. If the video is protected by a password, please but it in the description below.

Video Work Sample Description (optional): Describe this sample of your work. Put it in context for us. Please provide the password for the video if one is required.

THE INTERRUPTION * The title of our Fall 2021 season is THE INTERRUPTION. What does this mean to you? (max 100 words)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Four Walls Theater seeks scripts

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Deadline: March 22, 2021

Four Walls Theater is a grass roots socially responsible theater company that produces unpublished plays through online readings and performances, working with diverse artists from around the country.

The submission deadline for scripts is March 22, 2021. Scripts submitted will be considered for an early summer virtual performance with a talk back. Please email submissions to fourwallstheater@gmail.com with a 3-7 sentence description of your show in the body of the email.

Eligible scripts contain these elements:

-Preference for playwrights from marginalized communities, such as BIPOC &/or a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

-Script is between 35 & 55 pages

-Cast of 4-7 actors (double casting permitted)

-Cast is diverse

-suitable or adaptable for the virtual platform

Thematic elements include:

-Stories of redemption

-Hope/ new beginnings

-Ecological Crisis

-Fantastical/ otherworldly

-Modern Fables/ self-reflection and improvement narratives

-Immigration/ Refuge rights

-Educational Reform

-Coming of Age

-Cultural Awareness & Appreciation

Elements to avoid:



-Excessive physicality (this is a rehearsed reading; actors are primarily stationary) -TYA scripts

-An abundance of overlapping dialogue or required overlapping dialogue.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Very Rascals Scratch That

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Deadline: March 19, 2021

Do you have a short script that you want to showcase or a scene that you want to test out in front of an audience? Then this might be for you.

We are looking for new scripts, roughly 10-15 minutes in length, to be a part of our scratch night. They have to share the theme of communication, and whatever that brings to mind for you. Please submit scripts that have no more than 4 performers.

We will then read all submissions with our pool of directors, and together we will pick the pieces.

The Performance:

Your play will be cast using professional actors, who will rehearse with the director over zoom in the three weeks leading up to the performance.

On the Night:

We will make sure to fill the zoom with creatives and friendly faces, along with any friends/family/loved ones that you want to invite. The audience will be emailed feedback forms to help you figure out where you would like to take the piece and if it's hitting the notes you wanted. The performance will be recorded and you will be free to share it far and wide!

Venue: Online

When: 23rd April

Who We Are Looking For:

We want to create a platform for under-represented people in our society and make sure voices from these groups are being heard. If you identify as a woman, non-binary, a person of colour or are from a low income background we would especially love to hear from you; let us know if we can do anything to help you get your work to us.

As a fledgling company we are currently working as a profit share but we will do everything we can to keep promoting your work after the night is over.

How to Apply

Please send your script to veryrascalsproductions@gmail.com with the subject line:

Scratch That Script Submission.

The deadline for submission is the 19th of March 2021.

We will make sure we get back to everyone who has sent in their script by the 22nd of March.

Things to Remember:

The script should be 10-15 minutes.

Have no more than 4 performers.

We are accepting scripts with the theme of "communication".

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals

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Deadline: March 15, 2021

Limit of two entries per playwright of an original work that has not been published or produced.

Monologues and one man/woman plays are not accepted.

All genres are accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter.

All plays should be approximately 20 minutes long, no exceptions. (If using standard play format a good gauge is 17-22 pages, excluding title page).

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Submission guidelines

NEW MANDATORY GUIDELINE: DO NOT staple scripts. Scripts must be securely bound by either a three-hole punch with brads or a folder with three-prong fasteners. .

Scripts are accepted by mail only (no email or PDFs) and must be postmarked by March 15, 2021. Scripts are not returned.

Scripts should have a title page that includes the play title and playwright's contact information (address, phone and email), as well as a list of characters and a brief, one paragraph synopsis of the play. Script pages should be numbered.

There is NO ENTRY FEE.

Playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.
The five selected authors each receive a $100 stipend.

Mail entries (postmarked by March 15) to:

Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063

Saturday, March 13, 2021

OnyxFest 2021

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Deadline: March 14, 2021


OnyxFest 2021 provides a platform through which to shape the narrative of Black life and culture from the minds of those who know it best. If you or someone you know has an original, never produced concept, scripts are being accepted. Entries must be original one-act plays – between 45 minutes and an hour in length. There may be no more than five characters per cast.

Topics need not deal exclusively with social issues. In addition to drama, organizers welcome comedy, musicals, mysteries, romance, spoken word, dance-centric performances, gospel themes, and satire.

Subject matter is unrestricted, although it is recommended that writers avoid stereotypes, degrading or disrespectful portrayals of Black life and culture, and gratuitous violence or sexual content. Scripts will be accepted for consideration through midnight Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize 2021

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Deadline: April 1, 2021


Awarded for the best playwriting response theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2021 - Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization.

The prize will be £3,000 plus a rehearsed reading at the Fellowship’s annual Symposium to which the winner will be invited to attend. Runners up will be invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium to exhibit their work, all food and accommodation covered. Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a total of £500.

  • The final piece must be no more than 45 minutes in length.
  • The final piece must require no more than four actors. 
  • The winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading so simplicity in staging is preferred. 
  • This prize is open to anyone above 18 years of age. 
  • All entries must be written in English.
  • Plays must not have previously been performed, including as a reading or workshop production.
  • Playwrights at any stage of their career are eligible to apply.
  • Submissions will be judged anonymously so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on your submission materials.

Submission: To apply you will be asked to submit the following:
A treatment of your idea in response to the theme. No more than 500 words.
A sample of previous work of at least 10 pages.
A 3-4 sample pages of your proposed script or a 1-2 detailed page synopsis of your story.


Applications open: 1st January 2021
Applications close: 1st April 2021
Shortlist announced: Coming soon
Winners announced: Coming soon

Please follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with latest news.

*Please note: we reserve the right to change the date of the shortlist and winners announcement if required for any reason.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Call for Pirandellian Dramaturgies

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Deadline: March 15, 2021

PSA, the Journal of the Pirandello Society of America (https://www.pirandellosociety.org), seeks submissions of short dramatic pieces (5 to 30 minutes of expected performance time) inspired by the theatre and literary works of Luigi Pirandello, for publication in the next or future issues and potential production. Scripts should be previously unpublished and unproduced.

An essential requirement is that proposed contributions both reinterpret and clearly reference a specific work or more by Pirandello, be it a play, short story, novel, or essay. The connection could take several forms: development or updating of an existing scene/play by Pirandello, background on a character demonstrated through monologue or dialogue, theatre within the theatre, transformation for different media or site-specific performance, dramatization of a prose piece, dialogue between characters from different works, alternative endings, alternative casting, engagement with a contemporary issue, etc.

Accepted scripts will be considered for actual production, either digitally or as staged reading/full performance in the context of a post-pandemic Pirandello festival.

Proposals related to Six Characters in Search of An Author should be e-mailed by March 15, 2021 to psa2017conference@gmail.com and, if accepted, will be published on the next thematic issue (XXXIII, 2020); all others will be scheduled for publication in the following issue (XIV, 2021).

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Break A Leg Productions Hope Springs Eternal

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Deadline: March 15, 2021

Thank you for your interest in Break A Leg Productions!

Break A Leg is currently accepting submissions for our next video series “Hope Springs Eternal” to run Spring 2021.

Submissions should meet the following criteria–AND MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 15TH, 2021:
  • Must have two characters (no more than two and no monologues)
  • Single location (indoor, outdoor or zoom)
  • In person location must allow for characters to stay socially distant
  • Hopeful/Inspirational theme
  • Any subject matter EXCEPT covid/pandemic
  • MAX 5 pages
  • No characters under the age of 17
  • Mature characters encouraged
No animals

Submit via email to breakaleg.plays@gmail.com

Please include the play as a PDF file. You may also include a synopsis, a character breakdown, playwright’s bio, playwright’s writing resume, reviews, awards, and social media information if applicable as PDF attachments.

In the Subject of the email please put the title of the play and “HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL”.

By submitting your play, you grant Break A Leg Productions the right to cast, direct, videotape, and post your material, if selected as part of this series, to multiple digital platforms in perpetuity, without compensation or royalty.


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Deadline: March 31, 2021

Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s 2021 New Works Festival Play Submissions are now open! Cincinnati LAB Theatre is planning its eighth producing season and is now accepting submissions to fill staged reading slots for its New Works Festival in the summer of 2021. It is our hope that we will be able to produce theatre in-person in July of 2021, but if we are still unable to do so due to COVID-19 we will hold our New Works Festival completely remote again to protect the health and safety of our artists as well as our patrons.

To be considered for a staged reading a playwright must submit an original, unpublished, fully realized script of at least 30 minutes in length. 

Only plays with no more than 6 characters will be accepted. 

Playwrights must be available to be present for at least 50% of the workshop/rehearsal process and during at least one performance. 

Submissions will be accepted December 11, 2020 through March 31st, 2021. 

Submissions will be accepted by emailing a script to cincinnatilabtheatre@gmail.com

Please attach the script to the email as a portable document file (.pdf) or as a Microsoft Word file (.doc). In the body of the email, please include the playwright’s full contact information and a short synopsis of the play being submitted. Furthermore, if the play has been previously workshopped and/or had a staged reading, please provide all the pertinent details of the workshop and/or reading. 

Please feel free to contact one of the artistic directors directly by emailing us at cincinnatilabtheatre@gmail.comif you have any questions for concerns. 

We are looking forward to reading your pieces!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Playwrights Realm Script Share

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Deadline: March 14, 2020 11:59 pm EST


Script Share is an opportunity for aspiring writers to engage in a one hour discussion with a theatre professional about a particular script. These conversations are driven by what the writer is hoping to explore, and aim to provide an initial response, perspective, guidance around the craft of playwriting, and further questions, rather than critical feedback.

Script Share is a FREE opportunity for playwrights, selected via lottery.

*No script submission required to enter the lottery pool*


This program is intended to serve aspiring playwrights who do not have access to script conversations via other networks; for example, those who are new to playwriting and/or who may not have received opportunities through school or within the industry to develop their writing skills.

If you are selected for Script Share, you will need to have a script ready to share and discuss with a theater professional. Your script can be in any stage of drafting/development for these conversations, but it must be a full draft (a rough first draft is fine, but it cannot be only scenes or pages)!

Please Note: Script Share is not part of our Open Submissions programs. To have your full length play considered for our Fellowship or Scratchpad opportunities, please see our open submissions page.

The Process

Script Share participants are selected via lottery.

Selected playwrights are paired with a theater professional based on availability.

The assigned theater professional reads a script draft provided by the playwright and engages in a one-hour discussion with the playwright.

Script Share sessions will be held from April - June 2021. To enter the lottery for this phase, please fill out the Script Share application form.


This form will close on Sunday, March 14th at 11:59pm Eastern.

The National Young Playwrights in Residence Program 2021

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Deadline: March 15, 2021

The National Young Playwrights in Residence Program is designed to nurture the next generation of playwrights through professional mentorship, staged readings, and the sharing of their work through digital platforms.

Starting in April, the participants will engage in monthly digital conferences with their mentor. In this way, the program will transcend any geographical limitations, enabling The Echo to discover and nourish young playwrights in the United States.


Applicants must be at early stages of their career- may not have had previous professional productions.
Writers must submit the following by March 15th.
-Two writing samples (full length-plays, one-acts, ten-minute plays are all acceptable. They must be in .pdf format. No name, or any other writer contact information can be on the writing samples themselves)
-Cover letter describing your background, experience, what you hope to gain from this program, and the type of work you would like to create.
– A resume including creative/educational background

Please e-mail all submissions to andrew@echotheatercompany.com with the subject line National Young Playwright in Residence. We will schedule a phone interview with the final candidates the early part of April.

Shawnee Playhouse /Worthington Players seeks plays

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Deadline: March 31, 2021

***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***

Playwrights are encouraged to submit their original works!

Each year, Worthington Players will produce and perform the original work(s) of a playwright(s), chosen by our Executive Committee from among submissions received in our open contest and read before a live audience.

Beginning with the 2017 season, works produced previously at any theatrical venue are no longer eligible for consideration.

Original Play Submission Requirements

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2022 productions. Plays will be read over the summer of 2021 and the winners will be produced in 2022.
Deadline for submission is March 31, 2021.

Short Plays Should Include:
  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # # or END to assure that all the pages are included

Full Length Plays Should Include:
  • The Full Play 
  • A 30 Minute selection. This a something that could be presented as a representation of your work to our voting committee.
  • Stage directions
  • Synopsis
  • Anything additional you would like the audience to be aware of
  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # # or END to assure that all the pages are included

Submissions must be accompanied by a submission fee and the Shawnee Playwrights Series Form available below

Submission Fees are as follows

$25 for Full Length
$15 for One Act/Short Play

***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***

Click Here For Submission Form

Payment info:
Pay by check

Shawnee Playhouse
PO Box 159
Shawnee on Delaware PA 18356
Pay with credit card
submission form
or by calling 570-421-5093 during regular business hours.
Electronic files may be submitted to:

Electronic files must be submitted in one of the following formats:
.doc, .txt, .rtf, .pdf
Conversion into one of these formats is the responsibility of the playwright.
Other formats will not be accepted.
Paper submissions may be mailed to:

Shawnee Original Playwrights Series
The Shawnee Playhouse
PO Box 159
Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356

Shawnee places no limits on the genre, style, or length of plays submitted.
Production of Winning Play

Responsibility for final production of the play lies solely with Worthington Players. The director will be chosen by the Executive staff of the Shawnee Playhouse. No monetary prize or compensation is paid.

Each year, Worthington Players produces original submitted works of local and surrounding area playwrights.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Santa Ana River Review seeks dramatic works

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Deadline: March 7, 2021


  • Ten-minute play maximum (12 pages or less)
  • Submit .doc or .docx attachment.
  • Since this is print and not production, writers are encouraged to be as creative as they wish—with setting, characters, world, etc. Of course, plays are meant to be seen, but these will be read, so writers should not feel constricted by the small-cast, single-location-set hell of “producible work.”
  • Previously produced plays are welcome; we do not accept previously published plays.
In addition to your submission, please include a cover letter with a brief third-person bio (including your pronouns), social media info, and an email address.

Current and former students of UCR’s MFA program are ineligible to submit unless they are more than a year removed from their affiliation with the program.

We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw if accepted elsewhere.

Please submit work that is proofread and ready for publication upon acceptance. We are student-run on a volunteer basis and do not have the capacity to do developmental edits. With the exception of correcting typos, major edits proposed post-publication may not be honored.

All rights revert to the author upon publication. Please credit Santa Ana River Review in future publications.

2021 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

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Deadline:  March 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Young writers with disabilities are invited to submit a 'ten-minute script' of any genre. Scripts may be for theater scripts, musicals, multimedia, video, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, or other writing for performance. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students that includes at least one student with a disability. A panel of theater professionals selects division winners.

Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations through the creation of fictional characters and settings, writing realistically, metaphorically or abstractly about any topic, including the disability experience.

Writers in the U.S. must be in grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. writers and must have a disability. Please read the eligibility for participation.

One winning piece is chosen in the Primary Division (ages 11-13) and the Junior Divisions (ages 13-15). Winners in these divisions will be featured in press releases and on the Kennedy Center website.

Multiple winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18) will receive exclusive access to participate in professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center. Professional development opportunities will take place virtually and/or in-person as conditions allow. Winners will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals in further development of their own script, as well as participating in networking opportunities.

DEADLINE: The application deadline is Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.



To be eligible to enter the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition applicants must meet the following criteria:

The competition is open to U.S. and international applicants. However, all pieces must be submitted in English; pieces submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

Can be either an individual or group. Co-authorships of up to five students are accepted, but all authors must fulfill eligibility requirements and at least one must be a student with a disability. Co-authors of a piece must be eligible for the same division (i.e. authors of a Primary Division piece must all be enrolled in grades 6-7 or ages 11-13), but do not have to be in the same grade level. The application must include information for all authors.

Entrants must be a student with a disability or an ensemble that includes a student with a disability.

Authors must be students in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalent) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students. Students in grades 6-7 (ages 11-13) apply to the Primary Division, students in grades 8-9 (ages 13-15) apply to the Junior Division, and students in grades 10-12 (ages 15-18) apply to the Senior Division.

Previous applicants are eligible to reapply in subsequent years until they win or age out of the competition. Any applicant (applying as an individual or with a group) may win once in either the Primary or Junior Division, and once in the Senior Division. This means:

Primary Division winners may submit a new piece for consideration to the Senior Division when of age, but may not apply to the Junior Division.

Junior Division winners may submit a new piece for consideration to the Senior Division.

Senior Division winners are not eligible to reapply to the competition.

Senior Division winners must be present for the VSA Playwright Discovery Program professional development events (virtually and/or in-person as conditions allow - specific schedule TBA) in order to be eligible for the award.

If selected as a finalist, applicants are required to provide proof of age and disability, and must be willing to publicly disclose that they have a disability for all materials and public appearances associated with the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition.

Selection Process:

An advisory panel of distinguished professionals and educators will assist with the selection process.

Submission Rules:

All applications must be submitted through the online application form.

Provide a synopsis of your script (up to 250 words) in the provided text box.

To request application materials in a different format, please email vsainfo@kennedy-center.org

Script Rules

Pieces must be submitted in English; pieces submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

All entries that are scripts must be in the ten-minute play format. A ten-minute play is a play with at least two characters. It is not a scene, skit, or sketch. Structurally, it should have a beginning, middle, and end, just as any good one-act or full-length play. Since we only have ten minutes to bring the story full circle, a dramatic conflict should be posed as quickly as possible. The resolution of that conflict is what plays out across the remaining pages. The true success of a ten-minute play is reliant on the writer’s ability to bring an audience through the same cathartic/entertaining experience that a good one-act or full-length play accomplishes. Ten-minutes means eight or nine pages, but certainly no more than ten pages. Read your play out loud to see how long it takes.

Entries may include theater scripts, video, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, writing for performance that does not rely on spoken language, and/or writing that emphasize the use of music, multimedia, puppetry, or audience participation. Since non-verbal entries are accepted, pieces may be submitted as video or audio files if applicable.

Authors may submit only one script, whether under their name, a pseudonym, or as a co-author.

Entries must be original, unproduced, and unpublished at the time of submission. Pieces with previous readings or workshops are acceptable, as long as they were not produced for a paying audience and have not been publicly reviewed.

If an entry includes any material that is copyrighted or otherwise owned or controlled by someone other than the authors (including but not limited to, poetry, music and/or lyrics, characters originally created by others in any medium, and/or stories based on real people and/or other people’s lives) the author shall provide proof of written permission to include such material in the script.

All entries should follow these formatting guidelines:

Include a cover sheet listing the title of the piece and the cast/character list. IMPORTANT: Do not show your name, address, or any identifying information on the cover or any page of your entry.

Typed in 12 point Arial font.

List page numbers on each page of the piece (not counting the cover sheet).

Set the page layout to portrait (no landscape, please)

Before uploading your file, please re-name the file as the TITLE OF YOUR SCRIPT

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

We will receive your application the day that you submit it and you will receive verification of your submission and you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting your online application; please check your junk mail folder for this email. If you have not received a confirmation email after 24 hours, please contact us directly at vsainfo@kennedy-center.org.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre: The Ladies of Castile

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Deadline: March 12, 2021

Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre is seeking to commission a playwright to adapt a verse play by a forgotten woman writer from history. The commissioning award is $1,000; more details below.

Company Mission:
Founded in 2012, Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre elevates the voices of women (cis, trans, non-binary) by reimagining the classics. (www.hedgepigensemble.org)

As part of Hedgepig’s Expand the Canon (www.expandthecanon.com) effort, we are commissioning an adaptation loosely based on Mercy Otis Warren’s verse drama, The Ladies of Castile. This play grapples with revolution, women’s roles in the status quo, and a country divided.

We are especially interested in proposals from playwrights that identify as Global Majority (does not identify as "white") women or non-binary playwrights. Playwrights must be 18+ and based in the New York City Metro Area. The ideal candidate has experience working from historical source material, comfort in a devising setting, and interest in both prose and verse writing.

This project is part of an effort to increase the visibility of classics by women, champion contemporary women writers, and increase the number of producible plays by women based on the classics.

You can visit this site for a sample of the source material play: http://bit.ly/LadiesofCastile

The playwright will be supported in a brief devising process with Hedgepig’s ensemble of actors, a director and a dramaturg. The process will culminate in a work-in-progress public reading in the fall of 2021 with the hopes of moving to full production in 2022 (with additional stipend).

The project would span March - September 2021, including research, development, and devising work. A public reading of the script will be part of the Expand the Canon Festival in September.

To submit, please send a resume, 10-page writing sample, and a cover letter addressing your interest in adaptation and experience in a devising setting to info@hedgepigensemble.org with the subject line: Playwright Submission / Ladies of Castile. Submissions accepted until March 12, 2021.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Ruby Slippers Advance Theatre 2021

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Deadline: March 15, 2021

If you are a female-identifying artist who also identifies as BIPOC, please submit a ten page excerpt, a short bio, and a synopsis to info@rubyslippers.ca with Advance Theatre Submission in the subject line. Deadline is March 15, 2021.

We will get back to everyone who submits within a month after the deadline. Our Guest Curator for the 2021 festival is playwright, actor, Pow Wow dancer and RST Artist in Residence Nyla Carpentier!

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