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Thursday, September 30, 2021

5th Floor Theatre Company Groundbreakers Grants


Deadline: October 8, 2021

5th Floor Theatre Company has always been committed to helping the New York City theatre community grow and thrive, a mission that has become especially critical as the arts continue to regain their footing in a post-COVID-19 environment.

Beginning this Fall, 5th Floor Theatre will renew this mission through Groundbreakers, which will award up to five individuals and/or groups to support their development of theatre projects in New York City. Grantees may receive up to $2,500 USD based on the scope of their project.


Submit a proposal to info@5thfloor.org totaling no more than 500 words, describing the project and its potential meaning to the broader New York City theatre community. Feel free to include attachments, links or any additional supporting materials that may be helpful in your submission.

Please also include the grant amount requested and a budget for how the funds will be used. As 5th Floor evaluates proposals, we appreciate efforts that:

Present original work, or bring a new and diverse point of view or representation to traditional material;

Create artistic opportunities for women and/or BIPOC voices; and/or
Amplify voices or stories of historically underrepresented groups and/or communities.

We do not fund:

Individuals or groups that do not pay the artists involved in their project (Can be in the form of transportation benefit or stipend); or

Organizations or groups that have an annual operating budget totaling more than $10,000.


September 13 – October 8, 2021: Application period is open

October 9 – November 7, 2021: 5th Floor Theatre reviews applications

November 8, 2021: 5th Floor Theatre announces grant recipients

August 1, 2022: Submit a one-page report on project status and how funds were usedCYCLE 2:

February 28 – April 1, 2022: Application period is open

April 2 – April 24, 2022: 5th Floor Theatre reviews applications

April 25, 2022: 5th Floor Theatre announces grant recipients

October 1, 2022: Submit a one-page report on project status and how funds were used


In addition to the awarded funds, grant recipients will receive 5th Floor Theatre team resources for guidance on budgeting, fundraising, production, marketing and press. 5th Floor Theatre has a decade-long history of producing theatre in New York City, with a network of established artists to connect with as appropriate. We are here to help all applicants and grantees on theiryou on your artistic development journey.

Grant recipients will agree to the following terms:

5th Floor Theatre will be listed as a supporter of the work on all promotional materials and/or credited as an initial supporter of the work where appropriate

Grantee will provide 5th Floor Theatre a final summary report on expenditure and project impact of award amount

5th Floor Theatre will be offered the opportunity to continue supporting the work through future phases of development and performance

Grant recipients will attend one fundraiser or event for 5th Floor Theatre and may be asked to discuss or present a portion of their project to encourage future support

If you have any questions regarding your application or the application process, please reach out to info@5thfloor.org.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Musicals Now Festival

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Deadline: September 30, 2021 midnight EDT

Piper Theatre Productions yearly festival, Musicals Now is seeking submissions. Our first season, Prospect Hill, featured a new queer musical by Mark A. Galinovsky and Lily Ali-Oschatz.

One show will be selected to be the outdoor main stage show of our July 2022 summer season. We are currently looking for submissions.

One musical will be selected for production.

$3000 honorarium will go to Songwriter / Book Writer team or individual.

One play will be selected for second placement and if the winning play cannot be performed then an offer to the second spot. An honorarium of $300 will be awarded to the second place winner.

What we’re looking for...

The Musicals Now Festival is about development. Selected artists are expected to be part of the team; meeting with director and designers, attending casting sessions and rehearsals, and speaking with our summer youth education members about what it takes to put on a new musical.

We’re looking for vital and urgent stories to share, artists with great passion, and characters that touch hearts and challenge minds.

We’re seeking storytellers & musicians from all walks of life, all racial backgrounds, identities, neurodiversities, sexualities, ages. This festival strives to be open to all and aims to represent Brooklyn.

We’re particularly keen on projects that use strong elements of Physical Theatre that adhere to Jerzy Grotowksi’s Ten Principals as taken from the book 'Towards a Poor Theatre' by Grotowski pages 211 - 218.

Things to Consider...

Productions are budgeted at $35,000 which includes: six performances, a small band, professional sound with lavaliers, a director, a three week rehearsal schedule, full technical and design support.

Piper has worked under Equity Showcase Contract in the past. We’re not sure if Equity Showcases will be permitted next year as they weren’t this year.

We’re an outdoor theatre company situated in Washington Park, Park Slope at the Old Stone House in front of a reconstructed Dutch Farmhouse which interprets the first Battle of the American Revolution. All performances are performed against its stone backdrop. Make your play revolutionary! It’s a unique and special place.

Design Realities at Piper…

Sets: We usually use levels and set pieces to tell our stories. Shows with heavy set requirements aren’t our bag. We want to put our funds into people first and don’t want to see a huge set put in a dumpster at the end of a season.

Lighting: Our shows start at 8:00 pm and it doesn’t get terribly dark till 9:00 pm, so lighting is rather limited for the first hour. Clean blackouts for the start of our plays can’t happen. Please consider transitions for that first hour.

Costumes: Solid 20 year Costume stock collection.

Sound: This is our biggest production cost. We use lavaliers / professional rented sound system. Our bands are usually no more than four or five musicians.

Before submitting your play, please carefully read the following eligibility, terms & conditions, and entry requirements. To be eligible plays must


1) Playwrights must be over the age of 18.

2) Be at least 90 minutes in length. And no more than 120 minutes. Our shows cannot go past 10:00 pm

3) Not have been previously produced at a production level - previous readings and workshops are okay.

Terms and Conditions

1) Due to the large volume of entries, Musicals Now is unable to give feedback.

2) Plays submitted may be original ideas or adaptations from other forms providing that permission to adapt the material has been obtained from the copyright holder. The rights for all material in the work must be secured by the playwright prior to entry including any songs, poems or quotes.

3) A limit of one entry per Artist.

4) Artists will retain copyright of their works. Piper will not hold further rights to any productions outside of July 2022 performances. We do request that future publications of your work will cite Piper’s role in the play’s development.

Entry Requirements

To submit your entry, please send the following information to FILM FREEWAY


1. Your full name, a bio, address, phone number and confirmation that you are over the age of 18. If more than one person is submitting, please give both names.

2. Attach a PDF version of your play with online LINKS to at least 6 of your songs. Please don’t ask us to download songs.

3. Attach a separate PDF with a one paragraph synopsis of your play & a character breakdown.

Questions: Please contact john@pipertheatre.org

Due Dates

Submissions are due midnight (NYC, EST) Friday September 30th, 2021.

The winner(s) will be announced December 2021.

Skyline Theater Company seeks new musicals

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Deadline: October 1, 2021

Each year, Skyline Theatre Company proudly presents a script-in-hand reading of a new musical in development as part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual state-wide Stages Festival.

For its March 2022 offering, Skyline is seeking unproduced and original script submissions for consideration. The selected piece will be Skyline’s sole production in the 2022 Stages Festival and will be presented live in front of an audience on Skyline’s stage in Bergen County by a cast of professional actors. A post-performance Q&A session with the performers and creative team will also be held to provide feedback for future development of the piece.


In order to be eligible, the submission must have a complete script, a piano score, and no less than 75% of the score available on demo tracks that accurately represent the music and style of the entire show. Any and all underlying rights clearances for any pre-existing material used (music, score, material, etc.) must be secured. Additionally, the script should require no more than 8 actors to perform, and a precise casting plot indicating doubling is required for larger casts. The estimated running time must be between 75 and 150 minutes. Although not required, additional consideration will be given to New Jersey-based creatives and/or New Jersey-relevant subject matter.


Submitters are asked to provide Skyline with the following information and material via email in PDF format and with links to demo recordings (i.e., Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):

1) Title page and full list of creative team of composers, lyricists and book writers (including if there is either a director or a music director already attached to the project)
2) Brief synopsis (less than 1 page)
3) Character breakdown
4) The complete script (all scenes, songs and lyrics on the page, along with demo track numbers
5) Demo tracks of songs
6) Creative team’s story behind the musical’s origination and any additional information the creators wish to share with Skyline (less than 3 pages)
7) Submitter’s email and telephone contact information

Please submit all required information in one email to SkylineScriptSubmissions@gmail.com on or before October 1, 2021 with subject line: SUBMISSION STAGES 2022. For questions about submissions or eligibility, please email the address above with QUESTION STAGES 2022.

Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2021
Decision announced on November 1, 2021

2021 Fair Play Initiative Commission


Deadline: September 27, 2021 11:59 PM

Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University (FAU), is now accepting applications for The 2021 Fair Play Initiative: a commission and development program for LGBTQ+ plays and stories. 

Through generous support from Our Fund Foundation, The 2021 Fair Play Initiative will provide a commission for a new full-length stage play highlighting the stories and issues of the LGBTQ+ community. The commissioned play will receive an in-person, week-long development process culminating in a publicly presented staged reading at Theatre Lab during the 2022 New Play Festival (January 7-9, 2022).

Theatre Lab invites interested playwrights to submit proposals for a commissioned work. Applications are open from September 14, 2021 through 11:59pm on September 27, 2021. Interested playwrights should email a bio (200 words or less), a brief summary of their proposed play (200 words or less), and 3 pages of sample work to theatrelab@fau.edu using the subject line: 2021 FPI STAGE APP.

After reviewing the applications, Theatre Lab will select one playwright to receive the commission no later than October 10, 2021. The playwright will receive an initial stipend of $2000 to begin work with an additional $2000 payable upon completion of the public reading. Selected candidates will demonstrate a lengthy history of supporting and engaging with the LGBTQ+ community and a deep understanding of the issues, stories, and concerns within the community.

The initial drafting process will be completed by November 20. The play will then be scheduled for a week-long development process, receiving no less than 15 hours of rehearsal before a reading for an audience. The playwright will be present for the entire rehearsal process, the reading, and take part in a post-show discussion with the audience about the play and the process. Theatre Lab will then retain “right of first refusal” for a world premiere production during or before the 2023-24 season.

Although not a requirement, Theatre Lab is particularly interested in stories based on or inspired by important events in LGBTQ history. Playwrights who reside in Florida - particularly those in South Florida - are strongly encouraged to submit. If you have any questions please email theatrelab@fau.edu. No phone calls please.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Undiscovered Countries Infinite Festival


Deadline: October 3, 2021
Submission Form

Submissions wanted: theater, music, puppetry, burlesque, dance, visual art, drag, you name it.  

Undiscovered Countries is a New York City-based incubator of new and developing interdisciplinary art. Our Infinite Festival, founded in 2012, is an ongoing series of new and developing live art performing every other month. 

The festival was founded to create a space for artists to show in-progress work without paying for production, and for audiences to see that work without paying for tickets. The goal of Undiscovered Countries is to foster a diverse, engaged community of artists by uplifting subversive and accessible work lacking conventional support.

For our 2021/2022 season, we will be doing bimonthly shows, split seasonally between in-person, outdoor events in NYC (September, November, May and July) and remote events hosted on Zoom (January and March). In light of the ongoing pandemic, in-person events might be moved to Zoom if cases rise significantly in New York City - we will follow CDC guidelines and be in frequent touch with artists if this needs to happen.

For these shows, you can pitch us a piece according to the guidelines, or volunteer to be part of an artistic "Bake Off", in which you create a piece picking elements from a list of "ingredients" we send you. All pieces should:

- last 3-10 minutes for in-person shows, 3-5 minutes for Zoom shows
- be fully realized for performance
- be new and/or in development
- be personally fun or fulfilling for you to make, and engaging and rewarding for an audience to watch

If you have any questions, please email us at undiscoveredcountriesfestival@gmail.com

Backstage Sounds Stories seeks sound stories

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Deadline: September 28, 2021

Create a narrative project using only sound. Choose your theme, write your story, cast your voice talent and submit your project for a chance to win cash and prizes.

We challenge you to write, cast, record, edit and submit a narrative story using only sound. Your story must involve vocal performance or voice acting by a Backstage actor and must fit one of three themes:
1. What comes next for us
2. Another new beginning
3. Nothing ever stays the same, but nothing changes much
Your project must tell a clear story, so abstract or non-narrative works are not eligible for judging. Posting your casting notice is also free when you register as a creator.

Performers must register and have a Backstage Talent Profile to participate.Qualifying projects will be judged by Backstage and other entertainment industry experts. The winning project and 2 runners up will be announced on Backstage and the winning project will receive cash and prizes.

Sign up to follow the contest. You'll receive submission instructions, casting tips and a free casting promo code.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Abingdon Theatre Company Festival of Short Plays


Deadline: October 8, 2021

Abingdon Theatre Company continues to be committed to creating opportunities for all voices to be heard. With this in mind, the company has announced their Festival of Short Plays. A one-week virtual festival shedding light on stories by people of color. Three new short pieces will be selected which were created and to be performed and directed by people of color. At the conclusion of the festival, a diverse panel of judges, theatre professionals who are BIPOC, will select a winner who will receive a $500 stipend to be used to support further exploration of their work.

Any BIPOC playwrights interested in submitting should meet the following criteria:

- Plays should be no more than 45 pages in length

- Original pieces only

- Only complete, finished pieces will be accepted

- Plays should not have been previously published or performed

- No musicals

Please email your piece along with a headshot and resume to Beatriz Cavalieri, Abingdon’s Associate Director of New Works, at bcavalieri@abingdontheatre.org.

- Rehearsals and recordings will take place from November 1st to November 10th.

- Submission deadline: October 8th.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Eccentric Bear is currently accepting submissions for our upcoming staged reading series: The New Play Cafe


Deadline: September 30, 2021

Staged in local coffee shops throughout the five boroughs, New Play Cafe creates a cozy, come-as-you-are platform for playwrights in NYC and beyond. This round, we're looking for unproduced plays written in the past few years. So if you're an inexperienced writer with a big idea or a seasoned writer who just wants to try something new, we'd love to hear from you!

We are currently looking for unproduced plays written within the last three years (2019 or later). We will not consider plays about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plays should require no more than five actors. Solo plays will be considered.

Playwrights may submit up to two works for consideration. We will only be selecting one play per playwright.

Plays must be no more than 90 minutes in length.

Plays will be read throughout October/November/December (dates TBD). Each selected work will receive one performance.

Each piece will receive up to two 4 hour rehearsal periods prior to their performance date.

Actors will be cast once play selection has been finalized. Please indicate in your submission if there are specific casting requirements.

Writers are welcome to submit works in progress, however all plays will be read as received with no edits accepted between submission and performance.

Playwrights do not need to be local to NYC nor are they required to attend any performance of their work.

EBTC will make available to playwrights (upon request) any photos, media mentions, reviews, or any materials used to publicize their work.

Playwrights will receive a $25 stipend for use of their work.

New Works, New Voices Initiative Syracuse University Department of Drama

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Deadline: October 1, 2021

Seeking New Musical for Developmental Reading in Spring 2022
Submissions Due: October 1, 2021

The Syracuse University Department of Drama is seeking submissions for the inaugural year of its New Works, New Voices (NWNV) initiative. The purpose of NWNV is to support the development of musicals by writers and composers whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented in the musical theater canon.

NWNV is seeking completed musicals or musicals-in-progress from teams who are interested in developing their work with undergraduate BFA students. One musical will be selected, to receive a four-week developmental reading during the Spring 2022 semester, directed and music directed by SU Drama faculty and performed by SU Drama students. The writing team will be in residence during the final two (2) weeks of the rehearsal process (travel and lodging provided by NWNV) and will participate virtually during the first two (2) weeks.

• A brief synopsis of the musical (no more than 1 page);
• A character breakdown, including short descriptions of each character;
• The first 10-15 pages of the libretto (wherever you feel is a good stopping point);
• Audio mp3s of three (3) songs from the musical with sheet music (lead sheets are acceptable);
• Brief descriptions of the dramatic context of each song (1-3 sentences each);
• Bios (250 words max.) for each member of the creative team;
• A short statement (1/2 page) as to why you feel your musical should be included in an initiative aimed at amplifying voices that have gone unheard in the musical theater canon; and
• If Applicable: Copyright clearances or, if under option, a letter from the option holder giving permission for entry.

Submissions are DUE BY OCTOBER 1, 2021, via email to:
Kathleen Wrinn
Assistant Professor, Musical Theater
Assistant Program Coordinator, Musical Theater

Please include “NWNV 2021 Submission” in the email’s subject line. Finalists will be contacted for additional materials in November 2021.

Questions? Please email kawrinn@syr.edu.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Cape Cod Theater Project 2022

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Deadline: September 30, 2021

Applications for our 2022 Summer Season will be accepted September 1 through September 30, 2021.

Please use this form

Playwrights may send one play per season for consideration. The proposed play must still be in development and cannot have received a professional production, or a production that has been reviewed, prior to August 2022.

To apply, please attach a PDF of the script to the form.

Please label the document using your first and last name as well as the play’s title. For example: janesmithplaytitle.pdf

In addition, please include on the form a short biography and a brief artistic statement on how you propose to use your development time at CCTP.

As we rely on the generosity of our donors for housing, we usually limit our cast sizes to no more than six actors, though there have been exceptions. To answer a frequently asked question, we do develop musicals and have done so in the past. If your play is selected, your play will have a 20-25 hour developmental rehearsal process followed by 2 or 3 public readings with talkbacks.

As of November 1, 2011, we no longer review hard copies of scripts sent by mail.

The CCTP staff does not provide feedback on any submitted materials.

We look forward to reading your work. Again, here is the form.

Any questions? Please contact capecodlit@gmail.com

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Playwrights Group - Online Offerings


Script Consultations


Have a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference. 


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


Weekly  Workshop


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


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


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.  


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



Show Me the Monologue Playwriting Competition


Deadline: October 1, 2021
Paterson NJ


Calling all playwrights to tell their stories that resonate with diverse communities. The Paterson Performing Arts Development Council is accepting entries as part of its annual Show Me The Monologue Playwriting Competition. The first place winning playwright whose work is chosen will receive a main stage theater production as part of the lineup in the Hamilton Arts Festival (HAF) 2022. As PPADC’s playwright in residence, the writer will receive developmental support that includes a $500 stipend, dramaturge, director, casting, stage manager, tech operators, and set design. Second-place winner will receive dramaturgy support and a stage reading of his/her/their work during HAF.

HAF events and activities will take place from June 16 - 25, 2022, enabling both arising and accomplished artists to present work that deepens their practice as well as entertains, enlightens, and engages Paterson’s diverse communities.

At the Paterson Performing Arts Development Council (PPADC), a 501C3 nonprofit organization, our mission is to bring together multicultural communities through performing arts and cultural events, to create pathways for aspiring and accomplished artists, and to promote the native land of the Leni Lenape people called the City of Paterson, NJ as a regional hub for the creative arts.
Awards & Prizes

-1st place winner receives $500 stipend plus workshop or main stage production

- 2nd place winner receives stage reading

Rules & Terms

Step 1: Upload a video file (under 4 minutes) with an original written monologue from the play or musical script that you are submitting.

Step 2: Attach a full script (no outlines) typed and doubled space of the play from which your monologue is taken. For musicals, also include an audio recording (at least 4 songs as they appear in the script). Full-Act Plays or Musicals must be 60 minutes to 90 minutes in length and must depict a unique cultural experience, heritage perspective, and/or social justice issue.

Plays submitted should not have had a full stage production, however, other readings or workshops are okay. We are reaching out to playwrights who have not had their work fully produced before or may not have the resources or means to have their work developed.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

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

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Deadline:  September 24, 2021, 5 p.m. EDT

Notification: March 2022
Award Period: September 6, 2022–May 26, 2023
Stipend: $75,000

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

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

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

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

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

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.Completed applications and supporting materials—research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample—must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on September 24, 2021.

Saturday, September 18, 2021



Deadline:  October 1, 2021 5PM EDT
Jonesville Michigan

The Sauk, Hillsdale County's Community Theatre, located in Jonesville, Michigan is seeking entries to consider for our eighth annual Plays-In-Development in 2022. We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, young audience and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). It is understood (and expected) that changes will be made to the script between initial submission and performance.

The selected plays will first go through notes with the artistic director. A show-specific director will then be assigned. The director will work with the playwright prior to an audition draft being submitted. Auditions will take place in mid-June with two weeks of rehearsals prior to public readings. It is expected that the selected playwrights will be involved in the process and be in attendance for final rehearsals and the public reading in Jonesville, MI.

Playwrights are encouraged to make changes to their scripts throughout the rehearsal process (often handing in new drafts on a weekly or even daily basis). The public staged readings will take place July 1 and 2, 2022. Playwrights will be on site the week leading up to the readings. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide travel and lodging.

The goal of Plays-in-Development is to help playwrights improve plays that have yet to be produced. By working with a director and actors, the playwright can learn vital information about their work. After the public readings, playwrights are able to participate in a talkback with the audience. We want playwrights to leave the experience with positive and constructive feedback to improve their plays.

Please e-mail a draft copy of the script, a one paragraph plot description and playwright's contact information to Executive Director Trinity Bird at saukpid@gmail.com. Playwrights may submit up to three scripts. We are NOT looking for scripts intended to be performed online. Scripts with strong roles for teens are encouraged! Any script received prior to September 17, 2021 at noon must be resubmitted.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, October 1, 2021.

The play selection committee will review all submissions and select the scripts to be part of the process. The selected plays will be announced on or before December 3, 2021.

To view our 2020 Plays-in-Development online readings and learn more about past Plays-in-Development, visit www.thesauk.org/pid.html.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Discount Tickets: Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen, a new Exhibition in the heart of Times Square, gets you up close and personal with more than 100 costumes from Broadway, Dance, Opera, Film, Television and Special Events. 

Over 20,000 square feet of space, guests will make their way through an immersive maze featuring the entertainment industry’s most beautiful and complex garments, where they will get to see up close the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen. Costume makers and experts will be on-site demonstrating their techniques and skills and interacting with guests, and multimedia elements will provide a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process.

All proceeds benefit the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund advocating for the survival of NYC’s costume industry.

Confirmed displays include costumes from Broadway, Off Broadway and National Tours, including A Soldier’s Play, Aladdin, Chicago, Come From Away, The Cher Show, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Golden Child, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Phantom of the Opera, SIX, Wicked; TV’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Dickinson” and “Saturday Night Live”; Film’s Black Panther, Respect and No Time to Die, along with costumes from the dance world (including American Ballet Theatre, the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet), Opera, Disney World, Norwegian Cruise Line, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Broadway Bares and more.

$26* tickets
(*Sales tax not included)

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All guests are required to wear a mask throughout the exhibit regardless of vaccination status. On the ticketing page, be sure to scroll down to learn about all of the COVID-19 PROCEDURES in place at Showstoppers!

Restrictions: Reg. $29. Sales tax will be added at checkout. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability.  Not valid in combination with any other offers. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.


SOOP to NUTS Short Play FESTIVAL 2021

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Deadline: September 20, 2021

Welcome to the 2nd Annual SOOP to NUTS Short Play Festival original short-play competition at our 530 Studios in Pelham, NY (28 minutes from Grand Central Station!)

FESTIVAL DATES: November 5th – 20th, 2021 at The 530 Studios, 530 Fifth Ave, Pelham, NY.

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

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

LENGTH: one-act plays between ten and thirty minutes (no more or less!).

PARTICIPANTS: submissions may be made by any playwright, age 18 or older

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

LANGUAGE: plays must be submitted in English

FORMAT: plays should be submitted in standard stage-play script format, saved as PDF file and submitted to info@sooptheatre.org

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

CASTING / REHEARSAL PROCESS: If chosen, you will be responsible for all staffing (casting, director, etc) and rehearsing of your piece. SOOP can recommend actors/directors, if need be, but make no guarantees that we can staff your piece! You are responsible for all rehearsal – SOOP will provide each play selected one free rehearsal slot in our studio space (schedule TBD), in addition to the required tech in the final week.

SOOP can provide small set pieces (chairs, tables, small loveseat, etc) as well as some more detailed props. A list will be made available to all participants. That said, we do ask that you keep ALL these requirements to a MINIMUM. Lighting will be a simple wash (lights up-lights down), sound cues can be used if provided.

1. All plays will be reviewed by SOOP administrative staff and the 20 - 25 semi-finalists will be chosen

2. Each of those selections will receive two performances during the first weekend (Nov 5 – 7) OR the second weekend (Nov 12 – 14).

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

4. The five finalists will perform on the final night of the festival (Nov 20th) and will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals comprised of playwrights, actors, directors (TBA)

DEADLINE: All scripts for consideration MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 9/20/21

(STN SPF, Feb/2020 Winners: 1st place, A Family Affair by Albi Gorn / 2nd place, Broken Birds by Sean O’Connor / 3rd place, Richard Nixon’s Neighbors by John Barrow)

Monday, September 13, 2021

Adirondack Theater Festival

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Deadline: October 1, 2021

ATF produces new scripts of the highest caliber throughout each season. To help fulfill this mission, we welcome the opportunity to read submissions from skilled playwrights who feel their work would be a good fit at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

This new policy is to help us manage the large volume of submissions we receive and ensure that your play is heavily considered during the fall season selection period.

If you are interested in submitting your play to be considered for future seasons at ATF, please send the following via email to Literary@ATFestival.org:
  • Full PDF version of the script (Word also accepted)
  • Brief (3-5 sentence) synopsis of the play
  • Production history—including any readings, workshop or full productions the play has received thus far
  • Professional playwright resume or bio
Please note: all submissions MUST be sent electronically. 

Unpublished full-length plays and musicals only. 

Plays submitted via email can be sent either by the playwright or by a literary agent on the playwright’s behalf. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, please allow a few weeks for a response acknowledging receipt of your script.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sable Network TV New Streaming App Presents Royalty Playwrights Pen Live Stream Festival


Deadline: September 20, 2021

Send via email to royalplaywrights@gmail.com

Celebrating Playwrights with honor and esteem
Date : Saturday October 30th, 2021
Premiering Live on Sable network t.v

Staged Reading of new innovative works, featuring selected Scenes that will be performed from the writers script. 

The staged reading / festival will select 7 playwrights whose work will be featured. All 7 playwrights also will be honored at the festival's v.i.p. reception.

Selected Playwrights will receive Full Staged production for the in person festival, April 2022 in addition to the Kick off Live Stream Staged Reading event October 30th, 2021.

Seeking new and emerging diverse playwrights the opportunity to see their work produced. Seeking Full length , 1 Acts, 10 minute shorts Dramatic, Comedic, Dramedy works only. LGBTA welcomed. 

If selected to participate in festival $140 requirement.

NO CHARGE to submit Work Samples.

We will provide the following,

1. Streaming Platform Sable network t.v on National and select international streaming app now available on ROKU, Apple T.V and Amazon Fire stick , Google Play
2. Actors, Actresses, Stage Managers, Directors, Press and media for the playwright, select footage of festival, standard playwrights program booklet , legit credit
3. In Person festival in Manhattan NYC April 2022

Deadline to Submit is Tuesday September 15, 2021 

Submit Samples only with contact number and email.

Audiences will have access to Watch the event Upon getting the 7 Day Free Trial , 1 week before the event Date October 30th, 2021

Festival full length production April 2022 will be held at legit theatre venue in Manhattan NYC!


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Playwrights First Best New Play Award

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Deadline: September 15, 2021

The Playwrights First Best New Play Award for the 2021-2022 season
will be announced on the Award Recipients page in Fall 2022.
Awardee and finalist playwrights will be notified by letter.

​Thank you for your interest and submission!

One, single full-length play per playwright in English from anywhere in the world.

Not produced full scale prior to submission. Readings, workshops, and college productions are acceptable.

No joint authorships, adaptations, translations, musicals, or shorts.​

​Award: $1,000 first place.
Award listing of playwright and play title on our website.
Professional reading in NYC when feasible.


Complete and submit online application form
Link to Online Application Form: CLICK HERE!
Note: You do not need a Google account to submit this form.

In one email provide the following three documents described below (A,B & C), each as separate files/attachments to:
Note: This address is for submissions only.

Paper copies will not be accepted. PDF format ONLY.


Each file MUST begin with your name. Please leave one space after your last name -- do NOT use a dot, a dash, an underline. Please do NOT abbreviate the name of your play. Please do NOT use your first name. Please do not use your initials. We appreciate your attention to this detail as it helps our staff stay organized.

A.) Playscript in PDF format. The play should Follow standard playwrighting convention and include a cover page, a character list/breakdown, page count, wtc. Please, name your file like this:
Your Last name TITLE OF PLAY.pdf (Example: Shakespeare TWELFTH NIGHT.pdf)

Note: The TITLE of the play is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS

B.) Playwright/Production Resume, CV, or Narrative Biography in PDF format. Name your file like this:
Your Last name RESUME, pdf (Example: Shakespeare RESUME.pdf)Note: RESUME is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS

C.) Brief Summary of play in PDF format. Please include your full name and the full titles of your play with the synopsis. Name your file like this:
Your Last Name SUMMARY.pdf (Example: Shakespeare SUMMARY.pdf)Note: SUMMARY is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS

Friday, September 10, 2021

Cheat Out Podcast Seeking One-Woman Play for Audio Production


Deadline: October 1, 2021

I'm looking for a meaty, entertaining, one-woman script to produce as an audio play and share on my small solo podcast: https://cheatout.buzzsprout.com/

Open to all genres and subject matter (with the exception of musicals). Minimum Length: 10 Minutes/Maximum Length: 60 Minutes. No fees to participate; no restrictions on eligibility.

Plays may have been published and/or produced before. I do not need exclusive rights, but you must allow the work to exist on my podcast in perpetuity.

Writers may submit up to three (3) queries. Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2021. Chosen writer will be notified via email by October 11, 2021.

Writer will be paid a one-time stipend of $100 (USD) for the audio production rights. Your credit/bio will be posted on the podcast website and included in any marketing.

Please send a brief note of interest and succinct logline or summary of your script, including the character(s), subject and genre. Please don't attach the play at this time; I'll follow-up with those I'm interested in reading within two (2) days of submission. 

Email queries to: cheatoutpodcast@gmail.com

Thank you!

Fall Writing Classes Starting Next Week at Primary Stages ESPA!

Fall 2021 online classes at Primary Stages ESPA start next week! Including new classes and tried and true favorites! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

NEW! Tools of Dialogue - STARTS SEPT. 22!

Instructor: Matthew Paul Olmos (Writer, so go the ghost of mexico, part one at La Mama)

Hone your skills of dialogue writing in order to engage your audiences in a more meaningful way.

NEW! Dramatic Structure - STARTS SEPT. 20!

Instructor: MĂȘlisa Annis (Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program) 

Find the confidence to give voice to character, a foundation for world building, and develop your voice as a writer.

The First Draft - STARTS SEPT. 20!

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.

Section A with Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

Section B with Michael Walkup (Artistic Director, Page 73) 

The Artistic Statement - STARTS SEPT. 19!

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

Conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Classes begin in September. 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.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

2021 White Mouse 365 Women a Year Play Festival

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Deadline: September 26, 2021 11:59 PM EDT

White Mouse is ecstatic to announce that we will be hosting our 5th Annual 365 Women A Year Festival again this fall! So with that being said, we are officially making the call for play submissions.

We are requesting pieces with a 20 minute projected run time. Pieces with smaller cast sizes and that tell the stories of marginalized women (culturally, racially, sexually, and more) are encouraged. We want to produce projects that tackle relevant social issues and creatively challenge the bounds of normally staged shows. However, the ongoing pandemic has also presented several health and safety concerns that we are taking into consideration for our selections. Plays that are able to creatively reimagine their performance for a virtual setting will also have a better chance (though we do plan for the performance to be in person at this time).

Pieces that have been produced in the past are fine to submit. Unfortunately, we cannot offer payment but we will share programs, photos, and video of the performance to each playwright who has a play selected.

Any questions? Send us an email!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Garage Theatre Ensemble Playwrights Intensive

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Deadline: September 14, 2021 11:59pm PST

Submissions for our 2021-20212 intensive season are currently OPEN!

We are currently accepting plays of any length for consideration

Please send a PDF version of your play with the following information in an email:

-Your Name/Preferred Pronouns
-The Title of your piece
-A brief synopsis

-A character breakdown including ages and any specific

gender/ethnicity requirements

Please send all play submissions with PDF attachment to


Tuesday, September 7, 2021


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Deadline: September 10, 2021

In November, in honor of election day, we will host the third Faces of America Monologue Festival.
(Date/Location to be announced.)

The Faces of America Monologue Festival was created in response to the inequality of opportunities available to marginalized communities. Our aim is to collect unique, captivating and beautiful stories and share them so that we can all learn, grow and celebrate each other. Because this is about sharing, we use this festival as a way to raise funds for important causes such as ACLU and Black Lives Matter. This years cause will be announced at a later date.

Selected monologues will be performed at our third festival using actors and directors from The PGE Casting Pool as well as featuring in our PGE Faces of America Monologue Festival Anthology #3. Writers will receive a small stipend, receive a copy of the Anthology, admission to the festival and most importantly bragging rights.

Our selection committee of artists read the submitted monologues blind with the goal of finding those that best reflect the broad spectrum of what it is to live in America. Last year we received over 200 submissions.

To submit your monologues there are just a few simple rules:

1. Keep your monologue to less than two minutes. If we think your monologue reads longer it will not be considered for the festival.
2. Your monologue should represent America's incredible diversity. (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, AAPI are all strongly encouraged to apply). They can be historical or futuristic, cultural or political, comedic or tragic, spoken or signed!
3. Include the word "CHANGE" somewhere in your monologue. If the word isn’t in the monologue it will not be considered.
4. Complete the submission form before the deadline of September 10th. (Limit of two submissions per writer.)

Late entries will not be considered, no matter how much you beg.

We are incredibly excited to read your submissions!

Monday, September 6, 2021

The 2021 KIT International 10-minute play series

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Deadline: September 20, 2021


The 2021 KIT International 10-minute play series POLITICAL THEATER
Thinking of Leonardo Sciascia at 100




LANGUAGES: English, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese and Greek.

Deadline: September 20, 2021

Inaugurated in 2019, Kairos Italy Theater, the Italian theater company in NY, the series is dedicated each year to a specific anniversary in the arts or in society. In 2021, It celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonardo Sciascia, author, playwright, journalist and philosopher dedicated to themes regarding politics and society.

To apply: 

1. ONE play ONLY per playwright. 

2. Languages admitted: English, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese and Greek.

3. Preference goes to work that has not been published or previously staged.


5. Send to info@kitheater.com the 10-minute play in PDF format or in MS Word. In the subject line of the email state you country as for example: ITALY - SUBMISSION 10 MINUTE PLAY KIT.

6. The selected playwrights agrees that KIT has the right to present the play in its English translation (provided by KIT and by KIT’s partners when applicable) in form of a reading and in form of a staged presentation.

The playwrights of the 10-minute plays chosen will receive communication by October 1st, 2021. 

The readings of the selected 10-minute plays will take place late October at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU in Manhattan, if there are the conditions for an in person presentation. 

If not, the presentation will be online. 

The finalists will have a semi-staged version of the play at the Opening Night of the 2022 In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY.

The series is presented in collaboration with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo', TARTE (Turkish American Repertory Theater & Entertainment), and KIT Italia.

More info at kitheater.com

The Seven Short Works Festival 2021

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Deadline: September 13, 2021 - snail mail no fee deadline
There is no submission fee if you mail a hard copy script.

The Seven is one of the nation's premiere short works festivals. It features seven fully produced world premieres, utilizing seven different directors and a professional ensemble cast. The scripts are reads by a jury of theatre professionals (blindly, without any identification of the playwright) and the seven highest scoring scripts will be produced. The overall Jury Award-winner will be awarded the Andaluz Prize, and will receive transportation to/from and lodging at the festival.

Important Dates
September 13, 2021: Postmarked submission deadline
September 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm (MST): Digital submission deadline.
October 8, 2021: Winners announced.
Performance dates TBD

Submission Rules

-The Seven is comprised of world premiere productions. The script must never have been produced before September 23, 2021 in order to be accepted. Scripts that have received public readings only ARE eligible.

-There is no theme to this year's fest. Submit whatever unpublished/unproduced script you would like. All theatrical genres are acceptable (drama, comedy, musical, monologues, etc.).

-Scripts may be a maximum of 10 pages, in standard playwriting formats. Character/title pages do not count against the 10 page script maximum.

-Each script must be submitted as a single file set-up in this order:
1. Title page with all playwright contact information
2. Title page with no contact information
3. The script
-Make sure to include your email address. Once the submissions have been logged-in, you will receive a confirmation email, which could take up to 72 hours.

-The preferred method of submission is digital, and the process can be accessed below. There is a $5.00 US submission fee to do so. For digital submissions, only .pdf, .doc, and .docx file formats will be accepted.

-If you wish to submit by standard mail, please send script(s) to: FUSION, The Seven Submissions
700 1st St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102.
There is no submission fee if you choose to use this method. 

 Script pages should be affixed using a single staple or paper clip ONLY. No binders or folders.
-Playwrights can submit a maximum of TWO scripts total.
-There are no age/gender/career, etc. limitations in this submission process. It is open to all and scripts from anywhere in the world will be accepted.
-If you are submitting a musical, make sure to include the audio files on a thumb drive. You must submit these scripts via snail mail.

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