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Monday, May 31, 2021

Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company is seeking radio plays

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Submissions are on-going. We reserve the right to close submissions at any time.


Submissions should be appox. 30-60 mins in length when performed, and be either written directly as a radio play, OR a one-act play that could be produced AS a radio play.

Currently accepting:
  • one-act plays (45-60 mins.)
  • radio plays​
Please do not submit ten-minute or full-length plays.

Please do not resubmit any works you already submitted.

Plays should be conducive to the virtual theatre medium (few if any sets or intricate costumes, small cast, etc.)

After submitting, please DO NOT contact us for confirmation or to ask if we have read/considered it; if we are interested, you will be contacted.

We will accept plays of any content.

There is no stipend or payment for a play selected to be produced.

We will accept only one play per playwright per month​.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Yonder Window Ascending Playwright Program

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Ascending Playwrights Program

The Ascending Playwright Program is a mentorship opportunity for new playwrights age 18-25.

Writers awarded a spot on our Ascending Playwright list will receive...

- a private digital reading of their new play featuring professional actors

- a mentorship session with our Playwright in Residence; Grant MacDermott

- a featured spot on our social media and website

We are offering 5 spots in our program. Readings will take place once a month from March to July 2021.

Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

Application Guidelines:

- You may only submit one play.

- You may submit a short play, one act, or full-length play (no longer than two acts).

- You must be 18-25

- Your play must not have had any professional readings or productions affiliated with another theatre company.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following to admin@yonderwindow.co

1. Cover Letter:

Your cover letter should explain why you are interested in the Ascending Playwright Program. You can use the cover letter as an opportunity to tell us a little about yourself and your writing.

2. Resume (only if you have one)

3. Except: 10 pages of your short or full-length play

4. Synopsis & Character List: Please include a brief synopsis of your play, one to two paragraphs should do. Also, include a character list with identifying descriptions (race, gender, age)

*If you are not chosen during the month in which you apply your application rolls over into the next month for consideration


Saturday, May 29, 2021

The Mu Tang Clan: Asian American Playwrights Incubator Program

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Deadline: June 4, 2021 11:59pm CDT

The Mu Tang Clan: Asian American Playwrights Incubator Program invites new, emerging, and experienced Asian American playwrights to apply to the 14-session program (convening virtually) where 5 playwrights (in addition to Saymoukda) will be in a peer-to-peer learning model as they write, share, and discuss topics related to the field and the influences that impact their work. 

Playwrights will participate in public presentations in August 2021 and January 2022. The public will get to see six new plays as the program will culminate in a public reading of scenes from each playwrights’ script-in-progress (full lengths, one acts, etc).

The incubator is urgent for Asian American playwrights because it’s an intentional program that offers:

A safer space for Asian American playwrights to be bold, vulnerable, and supported.

A model that is a participant-designed working-collaborative.

Focused time to write and workshop pages.

A public professional staged virtual reading of their work-in-progress.

Visibility and artistic autonomy.

$1,000 stipend to help playwright secure reading materials, software, childcare, snacks, meals, stronger wifi, etc.

This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Science Museum of Minnesota’s 2021 Race Exhibition Mini Grants and through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2021 Virtual Play Festival

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Deadline: August 30, 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 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 festival site for voting. 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! 

Monday, May 24, 2021

The Playwrights Group - There’s Something for Everyone

Take advantage of our Online Offerings

There’s Something for Everyone @ TPG


Weekly Zoom Workshop


Get feedback on a finished script or one you’re just getting started on. 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.



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 and/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. 


Please visit our website for further Info and Rates: 



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BMI Librettists Theater Workshop

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Deadline: June 1, 2021

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Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics

This nine-month course explores the fundamentals of writing book for the musical theatre.

Drama Desk Award winning bookwriter Adam Mathias (he/him) unlocks the toolkit for musical theatre librettists. Through lecture, discussion, and assignments students learn how to apply the fundamentals of playwriting to the craft of creating musicals. As a class, writers deep-dive into the DNA of the musical theatre canon — from the Golden Age through today — dissecting what works and why and then applying it to their own work.

Applicants should have a book-musical project in mind to develop over the course of the year; this musical could be anywhere from an early concept to an early draft.

The course runs September through May in New York City, Covid restrictions permitting. Prospective members should live in the city or be able to commute weekly.
Librettists Workshop

After completing the Bookwriting Basics program, writers may apply to join the established Librettists Workshop group. Not all writers who apply will be invited to join.

Applicants must submit two writing samples, at least one of which must include comedic content.

Either or both samples could be:
  • a 10-page or longer excerpt from a script or other genre
  • a complete one-act
  • a full-length script

Any of these may be in-progress, produced and/or published material.

Scripts from genres other than playscripts or musical theatre scripts are also acceptable; however, theatrical comedy scenes are preferred to stand-up or sketch material.

In addition, writers must include a bio or resume.

Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics — Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Librettists Workshop — Mondays 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.

All sessions take place at the BMI Offices in lower Manhattan from September through May. All prospective members must arrange to live in the greater New York City area or be able to commute weekly September through May. Please do not apply if this is not possible for you.

Applications must be submitted by June 1st.

Sunday, May 23, 2021


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Deadline: May 31, 2021

Established in 2020, Theater J’s New Jewish Play Prizes recognize extraordinary new writing that celebrates, explores, or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience from established and emerging playwrights. Created in memory of two longtime Theater J supporters and leaders, the annual prizes both inspire and celebrate the continuation and development of the Jewish theatrical tradition in the United States.

We encourage plays which authentically represent characters and experiences of racially and ethnically diverse Jews, as well as explore the historic and present-day intersections of white Jews and Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color.

Before submitting, please be sure to read all of the FAQs to ensure that your submission meets the eligibility criteria and follows all submission guidelines.

If your submission fails to comply with these requirements, we will not be able to read it.

The Theater J Patty Abramson Prize

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

The Prize is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and venture capitalist Patty Abramson.

Eligible playwrights must not have had more than two productions at LORT or off-Broadway theaters, including different productions of the same play, but may have been produced at other theaters. Plays must not have been produced at the time of submission, but a scheduled future professional production is not disqualifying.

The Theater J Trish Vradenburg Established Playwright Prize

The Theater J Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize will award $15,000 to an established playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.

The Prize is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist, playwright, and Alzheimer’s research advocate Trish Vradenburg, who served on Theater J’s Council for 13 years.

Plays must be submitted by a theatrical agent or artistic staff members of a professional theater company. We expect established playwrights to have had productions of their plays on Broadway, at major off-Broadway theaters, and/or at multiple LORT theaters, or other markers of attaining significant accomplishments and/or national attention as a playwright. Unproduced plays are eligible, as are plays professionally produced after July 2018 or currently scheduled for an NYC premiere.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is accepting adventure and comedy entries

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Deadline: May 28th 2021

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates exciting aural storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. Authors retain all script rights.

The theme for 2021’s competition is adventure and comedy scripts that engage and amuse audiences.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes (approximately 30 pages of script)
  • The script should be your original work/story. Adaptations of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.
  • Please keep the script appropriate for listeners of all ages by meeting the following conventions:
  • 1) Avoid swearing. which includes “damn,” and “hell” and “God.” Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not.
  • 3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing intimate details.
  • Given the current world situation, please refrain from submitting dystopic/pandemic fiction. This isn’t to say the subject can’t make for compelling drama, but a goal of this competition is to foster scripts that provide an escape for audiences of all ages from hearing about this topic.
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven. To meet this criteria (and prevent repurposed stage plays) each script should have at least one location change.
  • Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.
Winners will be announced on June 21st 2021.

EAT NEW WORK SERIES accepting submissions

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The Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) NEW WORK SERIES (NWS) is a three-week developmental program that provides theater artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one performance of a polished “work-in-progress” with audience feedback. Most pieces selected for NWS will have never before been performed in front of an audience. Some selections will have been performed once or twice but will feature new material. We are not interested in seeing established pieces of theatre. We want to see something brand spanking new hit the stage for the first, or nearly the first time. We like to think of this series as an opportunity for artists to share an early draft of a new piece. There is no submission charge, and no obligation to participate if chosen. Plus participants receive 50% of the box office. Successful Fringe, NYMF, and Off-Broadway shows have been borne out of this series, and Emerging Artists is excited to present a new round of opportunities to local artists for yet another year.

We are now accepting submissions for the following new works:
  • Solo Shows
  • Dance
  • Cabaret
  • Musicals (Short and Long)
  • Short Plays
  • Subway Musicians
PART ONE: Read this page, our FAQ and Our TERMS AND CONDITIONS

You will be asked to provide information on the following:
  • How you heard about Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series
  • Why you think your show would be a good fit
  • Show title, running time, and production history
  • Show marketing blurb (one sentence) and summary (less than 500 words)
  • Contact information and professional bio(s)
Hit SUBMIT to submit your application


If you are accepted into the New Work Series, there will be an information session/meet-and-greet on a date to be determined. There will be snacks.

Submissions are now open! Our New Works Series will resume when theatres reopen

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Summer Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer 2021 online classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

The First Draft

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment to get your ideas on the page.


Abe Koogler (Obie-winning Writer, Fulfillment Center at MTC)

Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Writer and Director; Faculty, NYU Graduate Playwriting Program)

Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

Crystal Skillman (Writer, King Kirby, Open, Rain and Zoe Save the World)

Fast First Draft

Instructor: Lia Romeo (Writer, 4-time Kilroy's List writer)

Work on generative writing exercises designed to kickstart your creativity to swiftly and decisively embark on a first draft of a new play.

Fundamentals of Playwriting 

Instructor: Dennis A. Allen II (Writer and Director, Atlantic Theater Co, National Black Theatre)

Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play can be built on a strong foundation.

Rewriting Your Draft: Writer’s Room

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River)

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

Rewriting Your Draft: Individualized Attention

Instructor: Nikkole Salter (Writer, Pulitzer-nominated In the Continuum)

This class is a combination of full class sessions and one-on-one meetings, designed to help you hold on to the things that first excited you enough to start writing your play, while also organizing it into a script you're truly satisfied with.

Write Your Own Romeo and Juliet

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother)

Write a full-length play using William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a blueprint!

10-Minute Plays and One Acts

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, Wild Terrain at EST)

learn how to distill a compelling story into the shortest possible dramatic form.

Big D Energy: The Dramaturgy of Playwriting

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater)

Look at great works from the outside in to strengthen your own writing.

The Business of Theater

Instructor: John Gould Rubin (Director, Turn Me Loose Off-Broadway)

Learn about theater as a business in order to produce your own work.

Workshop: How to Create a Collaborative Virtual Space

Instructor: Zachary Fine (Writer, Bewilderness at Playmakers Rep)

Learn the skills, games, and exercises needed to lead and invigorate any virtual space with joy, curiosity, and fun.

Classes begin in June. Start and end dates 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.

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