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Monday, January 3, 2022

Obsidian Theater Festival 2022


Deadline: January 17, 2022 
(applications accepted on a rolling basis)


Obsidian, produced in the city of Detroit, by Detroiters, is a celebration of Black stories that will highlight the prolific work of emerging Black voices, focusing on the vast array of diverse experiences of those within the African diaspora in America.

It is the mission of the Obsidian Theatre Festival to feature the work of exciting Black voices, and illuminate the rich diversity of experiences relevant to the African diaspora in America.

We will entertain, educate and provoke the thoughtful consideration of a broad theatrical audience, while normalizing the panoply of Black American culture.

The OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL is seeking new plays by Black playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival: June 22-26, 2022.

Please submit a play no shorter than 30 minutes.

Although we ask for a sample of 10-pages, this is not a 10-minute play festival. The rest of the play will be requested when the semi-finalists are announced.

Video Submissions will not be accepted.

Produced for live audiences and filmed in Detroit.

Selected playwrights will be paid a stipend of $250USD

Selected content will be staged, rehearsed, produced, filmed, and made available for viewing as part of a four day festival, June 22 - 26, 2022. Pieces will be presented for live theatre audiences, and as filmed stage productions.


Question: Do you have to live in Detroit to participate / submit your play?

Question: What if my play has already had a reading or what if it has been produced somewhere else. Can I still submit it?

While we encourage new work we also support the developmental process. If your piece is in development, has had a reading, or been produced at smaller theatres then send it along.

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