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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Moxie Theatre seeks female-identifying playwrights

Deadline: none given

Moxie Theatre of San Diego California is currently accepting submissions from playwrights who identify as female. 

Scripts, overviews, press reviews, and other applicable references can be submitted to submissions@moxietheatre.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

City Lights seeks plays for Lights Up podcast


Deadline: April 3, 2022 11:59 PM

Lights Up, City Lights’ annual festival of new plays, brings you everything from quirky comedy to unpredictable romance to dark drama. Our up-and-coming playwrights have lots of stories to tell you.

This podcast series emphasizes the most important part of a new play: the words. Each year we ask playwrights to submit fresh, new scripts to be read out loud.


Now through April 3, we’re accepting submissions for Lights Up! 2022.

This year, we’re teaming up with City Lights’ online streaming & video series, The Next Stage. Besides experiencing the new plays as a podcast series, you’ll also get to join the playwrights on Zoom for lively discussion, questions and audience feedback about their work.

Our theme this year is ESCAPE. Use this word as inspiration for your scripts. Whatever it means to you.
We’re looking for a variety of play lengths, which always makes for a great series. Your script could be a five-minute short or a 30-minute one-act. The maximum length is 60 minutes.

Please remember that this is a podcast series and therefore will be audio-only. Think of your script as a radio play; it shouldn’t rely on stage directors and visual cues to tell the story.

The maximum number of voice actors permitted per script is four (not including stage directions).

You may submit more than one piece.

To submit your script for consideration, please fill out this form: Lights Up! 2022 Submissions

The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2022.

We will let you know either way if your piece will be featured in our festival. If you have any questions, you can always reach us at filament@cltc.org. Thank you for your writing! We look forward to reading your stories.

Monday, March 28, 2022

The Playwrights Group - take advantage of our online offerings!

Take advantage of our online offerings! 


Script Consultations


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


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 way to keep yourself focused and to connect with other playwrights across the country. 


We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST.  Check out our website for more details and rates — and arrange to sit in on a session and see for yourself.


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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Bucks County Playhouse South Asian Playwrights Festival


Deadline: March 31, 2022


From now until March 31, 2022, the Playhouse is accepting play submissions by South Asian writers - open to writers worldwide
  • The plays must not have previously been produced in a major professional theater in the USA. 
  • The play must be in English.
  • Seeking full-length plays and musicals.
  • There is a limit of one play per playwright but if the playwright wants to submit a second play, they can first submit a detailed synopsis and 10 pages of the script. Producers may ask for the full script at that point.
Finalists will receive a stipend as well as mentorship from prominent members of the arts community. One of the plays will be selected for future production. The actual festival dates will be announced shortly. Award-winning Playwright Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”), Kiran Merchant and Playhouse producers, Goodman, Fraser, and Fiedler will select the finalists. 3 to 5 playwrights will be selected for the festival.   

To submit:  Please fill out the Google form. Script and all accompanying materials can be uploaded or emailed directly to SAAIfestival@buckscountyplayhouse.org.  

*As an alternative, you can also email the answers to the online form questions as well as your script and all accompanying materials directly to SAAIfestival@buckscountyplayhouse.org

If you have any questions or need any assistance with the submission form, please contact: SAAIfestival@buckscountyplayhouse.org

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Fade to Black Festival 2022


Deadline: April 1, 2022


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 May 1, 2022.

  • 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.

The first annual Lower East Side Play Festival is now seeking submissions

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Deadline: April 1, 2022

There are only two rules:
  • The play must be set on the Lower East Side.
  • The script must be 7-12 pages when in standard play format. Not every play is best served by rigidly conforming to either the new (https://tinyurl.com/new1) or classic (https://tinyurl.com/dgaclassic) Dramatists Guild format and you are free to submit your play formatted how you see fit, but please check the length. 
Submitted plays do NOT have to be:
  • Jewish plays. The LES Play Festival is generously hosted by a synagogue and the LES itself has a rich Jewish history, so plays about the Jewish Lower East Side, both contemporary and historic, are of course welcome, but it is not a requirement.
  • In English. The Lower East Side is a multilingual community. Plays do not have to be exclusively in English. 
Submissions will close at the end of the day Friday April 1st and play selections will be announced on or before Friday April 15th.

Submissions: https://forms.gle/pRbcaYfL7b2Pdorp8

There is no submission fee or participation fee.

Please no more than two submissions per playwright.

With any questions, please reach out to lowereastsideplayfestival@gmail.com. Find us on twitter @LESPlayFestival.

Rising Sun Performance Company Seeks Short Family Friendly Plays for Outdoor Theater Festival on Governors Island


Deadline: April 4, 2022

Rising Sun is seeking submissions for plays for their 2022 outdoor Theater Festival on Governors Island.


Selected/Produced plays will receive a $100 Rights/Performance Payment.

Rising Sun Performance Company is planning a return for our 6th season on Governors Island this summer (permit pending). Our company has a rich history and relationship with the island, and we look to continue that with more entertaining and enriching theater!

Performances will be held in Governors Island, NYC (permit pending), one to two weekends in August/September 2022. These performances will be presented to the public for free (donations accepted).

As we will be presenting the festival pieces outdoors–free and open to the public–it is essential that we ensure that all material is suitable and appropriate for all ages, and “family friendly”. Therefore, we especially welcome and strongly encourage submissions of plays that are intended for young audiences. However this call is not exclusive to such plays; and we will also be considering pieces that are not strictly meant as “children’s theater”.

Plays should also fit the following requirements:

● Play should be able to be performed outdoors

● Plays should be able to be performed with minimal production elements

● Cast Age range should be adaptable, understanding our ensemble is 20s-50s

● Especially looking for plays with strong female identifying characters

● Especially looking for plays with diverse characters in race, gender identity and age

● Cast size should be no larger than 4-6 people.

● Running time should be 30-50 Minutes in length

● No more than 50 pages in length

Plays that do not fit most of these criteria will not be read.

We are not seeking musicals at this time, but are open to plays with musical elements.

Plays will be vetted by our Reading Committee which is comprised of 12 Ensemble members and our Literary Manager.

Submission Guidelines

Please include the following:

● Contact Information

● Play Synopsis

● Cast breakdown

● Script in word or PDF format

● Any other pertinent information (Playwright bio, list of previous productions, etc)

● Please resubmit even if you have submitted in the past.

Please complete one submission form for each play submitted.


Electronic Submissions only. Please No Phone Calls or Direct Mail

Should you have any technical issues or questions about submissions, please contact our literary manager at: rspliterarymanager@gmail.com.

Writers retain full rights and credit for all work produced.

A signed rights agreement granting RSP permission to produce is required for selected work.

A One-time Rights/Royalty Fee of $100 will be given to selected Play/Playwright

For more information about Rising Sun Performance Company visit us online:




Friday, March 25, 2022

Vivid Stage seeking full-length plays


Deadline: March 31, 2022

Are you a playwright with an original new play? We’d love to read it! Your play could be selected for a reading in our “Meet the Artist” series in May. Or it might even end up on our mainstage!

SUBMISSIONS: We accept scripts from January 1 through March 31. Please DO NOT SUBMIT plays from April through November. Responses are made annually in late spring.

Also, please DO NOT SUBMIT BLIND COPIES of your script. Make sure your name and email address are on the script itself. We use your contact info in the script to reply to your submission. If you submit a blind copy, your script will not be considered.

Many thanks for sharing your time and talents.

Script Parameters
  • Full-length comedies or dramas (no musicals)
  • One script per writer
  • Cast size of no more than 9
  • Roles for women (if any) are realistic and substantial
  • Contemporary topics
  • Focus on “the human story”
  • Warmth and optimism

Please check spelling, punctuation and format

Review our mission for further information on what we’re seeking

Please note:

No teen or child casts
No historical or period pieces
No short plays (less than 60 minutes)
No musicals

Submit by e-mail: info@vividstage.org


Mail printed script to:

Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director
Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your script mailed back to you.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

The Bechdel Project: Room of One's Own Residency


Deadline: March 31, 2022


The ROO Residency is a one-year residency that will support the creation of new work for the stage or screen.

In this inaugural year, the focus will be on scripts that illuminate or bring forward untold stories from history that center on women. The residency is open to feminist writers (of any intersection) who are looking for support to create or develop a new work based on women from history or a historical event with a feminist lens.

Application Timeline:
March 1 - Applications Open
March 31 - Applications Close
April 11 - Finalists Invited for Interviews
April 29 - Residency Recipient Announced

The residency will be largely directed by the writer themselves and, as such, will be the most beneficial to writers who understand their process and what works best for them, but early-career writers are also encouraged to apply. They will have access to the Bechdel Project spaces in Greenpoint Brooklyn (unceded Lenape lands) for writing, workshops, and readings. They will also have access to the Bechdel Project staff, who will provide support in any additional ways they can, from feedback to networking and producing.

The structure for your residency might look like this:
May - July - Research/Writing (remote or in-person)
August - Two week writing retreat at Bechdel Project (optional housing provided)
September - November - Workshops with actors
December - January - Rewrites (remote or in-person)
February - Final workshop/rehearsals
March - Public reading of your piece
April - Postmortem & participation in the selection of the next ROO recipient.

PLEASE NOTE: Global Majority and LGBTQ+ writers are especially encouraged to apply. Bechdel Project is a family-positive space, and writers who are also caregivers will be welcomed and given support.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize 2022


Deadline: April 1, 2022 

Submit via Submittable

Awarded for the best playwriting response theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2022. 

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 symposium, their travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a total of £500 and all food and accommodation will be covered.


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.


To apply you will be asked to submit the following:

A 1-2 detailed page synopsis of your proposed story.

A sample of previous work of at least 10 pages.

  • Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. 
  • All genres permitted. 
  • The proposed final piece must be no more than 45 minutes in length and require no more than four actors. 
  • The winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading so simplicity in staging is preferred. 
  • Judging is anonymous, so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on the documents you submit.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022



Deadline: March 28, 2022 11:59 PM

2nd International Analogio Playwriting Competition 2022 


The International Analogio Institute announces its Second International Playwriting Competition. Applicants are invited to write a play of approximately 45 minutes in length, on the subject of "Crossing borders".

The competition is open to any writer.

Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the person or persons submitting them.

Important Dates
  • Midnight, Monday, 28 March 2022-Entry deadline. Writers are encouraged to submit their entries at any time before the deadline.
  • Monday, 2 May 2022 -Announcement of short-listed entries. 
It is intended that the short-listed plays will have a staged reading at an open air venue under Acropolein Athens during the forthcoming 2022 edition of the International Analogio Festival (21-26 September 2022, Athens, Greece), when the winning plays will be announced.

Rules of participation
  1. The competition is open to all playwrights without regard to age, sex, nationality, or membership in any organization.It's open to emerging and established writers, and offers a unique opportunity for playwrights to have their drama play produced by the International Analogio Festival in Athens Greece. The prize include spublishing, recording /broadcast of the script globally.
  2. Playwrights may submit one play only, which should have a running time of at least 30 minutes but not more than 45 minutes and for up to six characters.Monodrama entries(with just one character)are accepted, awarded witha special monodrama prize
  3. Each entry may be written by one or more playwrights. In case there are two or more playwrights, a written statement signed by each contributing playwright should accompanythe entry. The title of the play and the name(s) and contact information (email address, mobile phone number, mailing address) of the playwright(s) should be indicated on the first page of the entry. The name(s) of the playwright(s) should not be indicated or mentioned on any other page of the entry.
  4. The entry must be in one of the following languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabian, Indian, Russian and all Balcan languages, but occasional and necessary use of other languages in characters’ lines is allowed.
  5. No previously published or produced plays will be accepted.
  6. The competition commemorates the centenary of the "Greek Catastrophe" in Asia Minor in 1922 and the deportation of Greek citizens that ended the three millennia-old Greek presence in Asia Minorand the Anatolia. The aftermaths population exchange between Greece and Turkey was based on religion rather than ethnicity and accounted for approximately 1,300,000 Orthodox Greeks of the Ottoman Empire relocating to Greece from Asia Minor, Eastern Thrace, the Pontic Alps and the Caucasus, all of them were forcibly made refugees and de jure denaturalized from their homelands. Resettlement was a massive challenge for Greece; the incoming refugees settled in in sheds and squats until the first housing projects were completed. Gradually they took over to repair, expand and reshape their dwellings. During the following decades they made a permanent contribution to the rural and urban landscapes they inhabited, a contribution that is still largely understudied. 
As we celebrate the centennial of these events in 2022 and while the Aegean Sea continues to be a space of crossings, "CROSSING BORDERS" playwriting project raises questions of memory, of displacement and resettlement and aims to encourage new writing around the world.

Press Office Culture PressE-mail: culturepressgr@gmail.com

Monday, March 21, 2022

National Playwriting and Composing Month April 2022


The Dramatists Guild of America is very pleased to announce the third annual national playwriting month, End of Play.®

Beginning April 1st, 2022, participating playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists will be challenged to write a brand new play or musical, or revise an old draft. Through a combination of community building events, motivation, and that all important deadline, DG hopes to inspire countless new works.

End of Play.® is an annual initiative, created by the Dramatists Guild, to incentivize the completion of new plays, scores or songs over the period of one month. Starting with a successful launch in 2020, hundreds of participating dramatic writers across the world connected with one another to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of writing the first draft of new plays.

Each year, writers set goals for themselves at the beginning of End of Play.® month and post weekly updates about how they are doing to the community. Goals may include writing a new full-length play/musical, two one-act plays/musicals, or completing a second draft of any of the above. Ultimately, the goal of End of Play.® is to get writers to the finish line through motivation and community.

How to Participate

Interested in taking part? The next round of End of Play.® will take place in the month of April 2022 (pens up April 1, pens down April 30). Sign up using the registration form below.

Want to get more involved? You can also sign up as an End of Play.® Motivator. Partners are those who are interested in taking End of Play.® one step further by planning a kick-off party, a silent writing session, meet and greet etc.

Fostering an artistic community is more important than ever before. So connect with your fellow playwrights, and lets all make something we're proud of. Once you've signed up, help us spread the word! Share you're doing End of Play.® 2022 and challenge a friend on social media using #EndOfPlay. Anyone can do it!

Any questions can be directed to Lily Dwoskin or Jordan Stovall.

Registration Form

End of Play.® is open to both members and non-members of the Dramatists Guild. Writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate; prior playwriting experience is not necessary. Join the challenge today!


Tips for Participating in End of Play

If you have a new play or musical brewing in your mind, End of Play.® is the perfect time to get started. Considering joining End of Play.® 2022? Here are some things to work on between now and “Pens Up!” on April 1 to help best prepare you for this time.

1. Plan an achievable goal for something you would like to write: re-drafting a play, one full-length play, two one acts, etc.

2. If you are writing a new play, pick a source material, story, or topic that you would like to write about; Looking to spice things up a bit? Find a friend to trade prompts and writing exercises with (e.g., pictures to base a story or scene from), or find ways to give each other fun challenges along the way (e.g., you must write the word “cumberbund” on the fifth page if your script, etc.);

3. If you are planning to work with a collaborator, be sure to check out the Dramatists Guild collaboration agreements (click the respective links for plays or musicals);

4. If it’s helpful, begin the outlining process;

5. Do some depth of character exercises to explore and get to know your characters in advance;

6. Choose a place, or several places, where you are comfortable writing;

7. Treat yourself to some nice writing equipment - you deserve it!;

8. Plan out your accountability mechanisms - how will you keep to your goal?;

9. Check out the Dramatists Guild National Silent Writing events page to see if there is an upcoming session that will work with your schedule;

10. Read through some recent issues of The Dramatist to get your inspiration flowing;

11. See what Regional Events are happening near you, and register for any upcoming End of Play.® events that might be of interest! Don’t see one in your area? Consider registering your interest to become an End of Play.® volunteer events coordinator, and provide invaluable resources and opportunities to other participants in your area.

12. Get ready to challenge yourself, bring your writing to new heights, and join in on the fun!

Watch An Information Session

Our video information sessions allow End of Play.® participants and prospective participants to learn more about how the month-long writing challenge works, including the logistics of optional writing groups, daily emails, and related events for the End of Play.® community.

Information Session for Participants

Information Session for Partners

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Don't Tell Amy new works festival: Draft One


Deadline: March 20, 2022


Draft One is a new play festival designed with development in mind. Plays will be chosen from our pool of submissions and assigned a dramaturg, who will have approximately one month to serve as a resource for playwrights revising their respective scripts - you will then have the opportunity to resubmit your new drafts to be chosen for a staged reading in our summer festival.

In using this structure, DTA hopes to not only provide early-career artists with the resources to kickstart their work but to foster meaningful and long lasting connections between the next generation of artists.

- March 20th: Submissions are due no later than midnight
- April 1st: Semi-Finalists will be announced & playwrights will be paired with dramaturgs
- May 15th: New script drafts are due no later than midnight
- May 21st: Plays chosen for the summer festival announced & assigned teams
- June 11/12th: Draft One festival, more details TBD

Fleas on the Dog Open 4 Submissions Issue 11


Deadline: March 31, 2022

fiction poetry plays nonfiction quality does it style chutzpa rock on epic awesome activist fun serious goofy grandiose mainstream beat hot experimental new wave kick ass yum yum try us a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on emergent voices mature voices magic voices literary sci/fi dirty realism beckett marquez angry young men the plays the thing free verse blank verse no verse universe no frills game changing dude quintet funny my god hurry hurry see our guidelines 4 details runs march 1 to 31 bang on: editors@fleasonthedog.com

We have an open call for submissions, March 1-31, 2022. 

There is no submission fee. 

There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! We'll get back to you in about 30 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take months?)

Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) 

Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to editors@fleasonthedog.com (or type in the link in the email address).

Include the genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.  

Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited. Submit to only one category per issue. 

We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by www.fleasonthedog.com

Friday, March 18, 2022

New Class with Sara Holdren and Upcoming Workshops!

 Are you ready to start building something new for the theater industry? A new online class with director and theater maker Sara Holdren been added to the lineup at Primary Stages ESPA! See below for more information about this class and our upcoming workshops:

Instructor: Sara Holdren (Director and former Theater Critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com)
Sundays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm ET
Starts March 27
Online via Zoom

Why are you a theater artist? What brought you here? What keeps you here? After months of introspection, pause, and reckoning, do you see the art-form you love transforming for the better, or not? If you could make the art you dream of making, what would it look like? How would you change the process, the practice, the world?


In this class—less a class than an anarchic, thoughtful meeting space—we’ll try to envision new possibilities for theater in America. We’ll read texts to ground us in a place of imagining (from Ursula Le Guin to James Baldwin to David Graeber, from whom this class’s title is affectionately borrowed), and we’ll hold as a guiding principle Judith Butler’s “ethical obligation [to be] unrealistic.” We’ll talk, we’ll free-write, and we’ll rediscover what we really want to make and how we want to make it. Come read, listen, dream, and start building something new.


AriDy Nox (Writer, Black Girl in Paris, Metropolis)
Saturday, March 26 & Sunday, March 27
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Online via Zoom

A musical is only as good as its libretto, the structural backbone of the story that allows the composition to flourish.  In this weekend workshop, you'll focus on this crucial component of musical theater, developing the tools and framework of a musical theater piece.

Instructor: Chesney Snow (Actor and Writer, Soil Beneath at Primary Stages, In Transit on Broadway)
Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Online via Zoom

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, 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.

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.

Tiger's Heart Players seeks new work

Facebook page

Submissions on a rolling basis - no deadline


(the latter to be read in full, in installments)

Multiple Submissions are fine. Response time is usually swift—within a couple of weeks.

NOTE: Tiger’s Heart Payers does NOT cast your play for a Reading, but we will be more than happy to assist.

(Production is an entirely different matter.)

We are especially interested in work from Women, Outliers of all description--Playwrights & Actors around the globe!

Submit @ Tigersheartplayers@gmail.com.

PDF or Word Accepted

Lab Sessions are posted each weekend on our Facebook Page @ Tiger’s Heart Players

Thursday, March 17, 2022



Deadline: March 20, 2022 11:59PM EDT

Every other year Clubbed Thumb invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. The application is open to all, and read blind. The winning proposal(s) receive (or split) a $15,000 award and two years of development support. We are pleased to announce our next Biennial Commission.

In high school, we put on Noel Coward plays with our friend Mellie Anderson in Strauss Hall—an old library room in Milton, Massachusetts. Mellie eventually moved to Maine where she has been a longtime participant in her local theater scene. She is also an avid Clubbed Thumb fan, and helped us concoct the 2022 Biennial Commission: Your Community Theater.

For this commission, we invite you to write using the constraints common for community theaters – smaller, non-professional theaters operating under specific constraints, in which many or most of the “makers” are not full-time theater artists. But think: Community theater with a Clubbed Thumb aesthetic. Our hope is that these commissions inspire unusual stories, unusually told for small theaters outside of big cities, all across the United States.

It should have short scenes – no one lasting longer than 15 minutes. (It could be a collection of very short plays, so long as they are cumulative.)
No one ever speaks more than three sentences in a row.
There should only be three stage directions.
Only employ language and situations that you would be comfortable asking a five-year-old or an eighty-year-old to hear, speak and/or enact.

It’s helpful for much of the casting to be flexible, so the roles can be filled with whomever is in a given community.
That said, the majority of these parts should be for or be able to be played by Women+.
There should be parts for many people of many ages – with roles fairly evenly dispersed (think ensemble instead of star vehicles).

It should take place in a slightly heightened, non-naturalistic world.
The design should not require a lot of money to accomplish, nor should it assume that the play will be performed in a neutral space. It should invite a creative, crafty display of virtuosity.

Your proposed play should involve the solving of a mystery – but not a murder or violent crime.
It should reckon with idealism in an honest or unexpected way.
It should feature a moment of mockery gone wrong.
It must also contain at least four of the following ingredients:
– A loud, delightful, robust cackle of laughter
– A thank-you note or a weekly call
– Unusual female (physical) strength
– Throwing heirlooms into the sea
– An island or a garden or both
– A squandered gift
– A brief reenactment of part of an episode of Columbo
– The phrase “good red herring” or “get the cake” or both

And please consider the general parameters of a Clubbed Thumb play.

(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)

1) A one-page letter of intent describing your proposed project;
2) 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play);
3) One of your finished plays, for reference;
4) Your resume


No names please — on the letter, the 10 page sample or the finished play for reference, or in any file names. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We ask you to include one of your finished plays for reference. Note (where prompted in the form) any relationship or similarities the complete play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to start with.


The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the spring/summer, and the commission(s) awarded by the fall. The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in installments, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The Evolution Festival 2022


Deadline: April 1, 2022 at 5PM

The EVOLUTION FESTIVAL will present six original works of theater, dance, music, and interdisciplinary performance by NYC-based artists from September 8 to October 15, 2022 at The Center at West Park in New York City. The festival is curated by artists Christina Franklin, Melanie Greene, and Trevor Weston.

We are seeking existing works in progress that are ready to share with audiences but have not yet had a world premiere. Works should be evening-length: at least 45 minutes and not more than two hours. Above all, we are looking for fresh, urgent, personal work that won’t leave you alone.

Artists from historically under-represented communities, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and People of Color, LGBTQ+ folx, and people with disabilities, are enthusiastically invited to apply. (We regret that our restrooms are not fully accessible at this time. We are working with neighboring businesses to provide additional restroom access.) We also welcome applications from artists at all stages of their careers, including those who have not yet received major institutional support.

All artists must be over 18, not be currently enrolled in a full-time academic program, and reside in the NYC metro area. Artists may apply as individuals or formal or informal groups, collective, ensemble, or companies.

Each artist will have use of the Center’s Sanctuary Space for six days, including technical and dress rehearsals, culminating in three evening performances. Artists will have the use of CWP’s technical equipment, including a theatrical lighting system, sound system, and projector. Artists will also have 40 hours of free rehearsal space at CWP prior to the performance week.

Each artist will receive a performance fee of $1,200 plus a split of the box office (after fee recoupment). CWP will provide technical support as well as ticketing, front of house, and photography and videography for all performances.

Artists will be responsible for all production expenses associated with their work, including fees for creative team members and performers and the cost of materials and additional equipment for set, costumes, props, lighting, and sound.

Applications for the EVOLUTION FESTIVAL are open as of March 1, 2022.

Applicants are due by 5pm (Eastern) on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Applicants will be notified by May 1, 2022.

Email questions to programs@centeratwestpark.org.

Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y


Deadline: April 1, 2022
Will be reviewed on a rolling basis


Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y (92Y.org/MusicalTheater) is seeking to commission playwrights for a new series specifically designed to introduce 6-10 year olds to the exciting world of Shakespeare.

Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y is a series of performances and discussions centering children as the audience. Our shows are stimulating and compelling, using storytelling as a vehicle for building empathy, and learning essential life lessons. Our shows gather around movement as a shared language, a way to meet each other through the most universally shared experience: moving. Audience participation and a crafted handmade design remind children that they are essential creators in the story.

The commission requires writing a 40-minute performance piece for children and their families envisioning movement as an essential storytelling component in the play. Pieces should contain music as a theatrical element- both Musicals and Plays with Music are eligible.
  • Piece should be an age-appropriate adaptation of a Shakespearian play. You do not have to use original language and can take some liberties with the context (“a play about Shakespeare writing As You Like It…”)
  • Piece will be performed in our 2022-2023 season by professional performers (over 18+), Cast/Director/Choreographer/Production provided by 92Y.
  • Must be ready for pre-production in June 2022
  • Creators retain all rights to their material, but allow 92Y an exclusive option to produce the show with royalty payments negotiated each season.
Plays you can choose from are:
  • All’s Well that Ends Well
  • As You Like It
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The Winter’s Tale 


The creative team will receive a minimum stipend of $2500 with increases based on experience, attendance of rehearsals or performances, participation in community engagement programs. 

To apply, please send: 
  • A proposal for your play/musical of no more than 1000 words, including your basic premise as well as how it will incorporate the required elements of movement where movement is the vital element, and the story is told primarily through movement (as directed by the script). 
  • A ten-page sample of your writing, preferably something that has been intended for a youth/family market. If you are proposing a musical please also include a demo recording of a previous TYA collaboration. 
  • Your bio or resume 
  • A statement as to why you think you are a good fit for this project 
  • A description of your proposed timeline, participation and fees 

Send materials to Attn: Megan Doyle, Artistic Director, Mdoyle@92y.org (PDF and links preferred- please do not attach large files) or 92Y Musical Theater Attn: Megan Doyle, 1395 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10128

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Tierney’s Tales of Terror seeks audio scripts of horror and the supernatural

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Deadline: May 19, 2022 at 11pm CST

Email with a pdf to strangeparadise1980@gmail.com 
(with the subject: Tierney’s Tale Submission – Season 2)

Theme: The Supernatural (This CAN take place in the future provided our current, modern day isn’t mentioned; ie the internet, politics, etc. A good example is to look at the original Twilight Zone and take inspiration from there.)

  1. Original audio plays only. (No audio plays including literary characters ie Frankenstein, Dracula, etc.)
  2. Your script must be free of visual cues.
  3. Approximately 25-30 minutes in length (OR two 15 minute plays as 1 double-feature)
  4. Horror genre
  5. Family Friendly (no cursing, no sexually explicit themes, etc. This is because the original audio play, "A Tale of Tierney" didn't have any of that stuff and I'd like to keep it that way.

All winners will be notified one week after the contest is over.

Opportunity: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place scripts will be fully produced and distributed at several different sites, including two very prominent audio drama sites: Mutual Audio Network and Moonlight Audio Theatre.

Monday, March 14, 2022

The 2023 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award


Deadline: March 21, 2022 12 noon GMT

Please read our Award criteria carefully, as we will be unable to consider any play or writer that does not meet what we have set out below. If you are a translator or collaborating with a translator, there is further information at the bottom of the page to take into account.

  • The 2023 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award aims to identify and champion debut/early career playwrights.
  • You are an eligible writer if you have not already had a full-length play of more than 65 minutes produced for 3-4 weeks or more in any theatre, and two weeks or more in a major subsidised theatre/organisation including a national tour.
  • You only have limited international credits where longer runs are not part of a country’s ecology and/or limited screen credits
  • Work must be submitted by the writer or the translator and not through a third party/agent
  • The reading process is anonymous. Please do not include your name or contact details anywhere in the text of your script. Your personal information will be held separately
  • The online portal will be open for submissions from 12 noon (GMT) February 21 until 12noon March 21 2022. Any entries received after this time will not be eligible
  • Only entries submitted online though theatre503.com/writers/submissionswill be accepted.
  • Please do not submit any material by any other means. E.g. on paper, email, CDs, digital media
  • Please do not submit or include any other material, or include images in your script
  • Adaptations or musicals are not eligible
  • Plays must be written/translated into the English Language
  • Plays (including translations) must never have been professionally optioned, produced or published at the point of submission
  • Only one script may be submitted by each writer
  • Co-written scripts can be accepted, provided both writers are eligible under our Award criteria – prize money will be shared in the eventuality of a co-written play
  • Theatre503 must be informed immediately should you wish to withdraw your play at any point

By submitting a script for consideration you agree that:
  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You have not had a play produced for a 3-4 week run in any theatre, two weeks or more in a major subsidised theatre/organisation including national tours, limited international credits and/or limited screen credits
  • The script does not contain any detail of your identity
  • You are the writer of the play and exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the play (and the translator owns and controls the rights to the translation)
  • The play is over 65 minutes in length
  • The play is original, unperformed, unpublished work for the stage and has not been produced anywhere in the world. In the case of a translation, this applies to both the English language translation and the work in its original language.
  • The play is available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company
  • If you are the winner you will receive £3,000 in prize money and £3,000 as an advance against 8% of the gross box office, to grant Theatre503 the exclusive license to produce the play for up to 18 months after the announcement of the award
  • Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals company, will have the exclusive right to publish the winning play in return for an advance to be negotiated in good faith

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