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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Spring 2024 Online and In-Person Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2024 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are open for enrollment! We’re excited to announce online AND in-person writing, acting, and directing classes. Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

The First Draft - In-Person and Online!


Gina Femia (Writer, Kilroy’s List and Leah Ryan Prize honoree)

Matthew Paul Olmos (Writer, a home what howls at Steppenwolf this season)

Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

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.

Rewriting Your Draft


Calamity West (Writer, Roundabout/Underground, The Goodman, Williamstown)

Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby)

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

Fundamentals of Playwriting

Instructor: Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Writer and Director; Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)
Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Writer’s Lab - In Person!

Instructor: Mêlisa Annis (Writer, Director, and Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)

Run like a professional playwriting group, this class will give you the community and support you need to move your play forward.


Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)

Explore the components of screenwriting, particularly focusing on structure, form, and language, and begin to develop a first draft of your screenplay.

The Business of Theater

Instructor: John Gould Rubin (Artistic Director of The Private Theatre, Creator and Director of Turn Me Loose)

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

Classes begin in February. 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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Cut to the Chase one-act play festival


Deadline: February 22, 2024
Or they receive 400 plays


Submissions are now open for the 21st Cut to the Chase one-act play festival, presented by The Artistic Home Studio. A staple of Chicago’s theater community for over two decades, Cut to the Chase presents six new plays, showcasing moment-to-moment acting in an intimate theater space.

This year’s Cut to the Chase will celebrate the theme: face to face. 

 Performances will take place May 2 - May 5, 2024 at The Den Theatre in Chicago.

Play Submission Should Meet The Following Requirements:

- One-act plays of no more than 12 minutes 

- Previously unproduced in Chicago

- Writers are asked to send only one play, choosing their most  appropriate script for this festival

- Writers are encouraged to submit plays that generally fit this year’s theme: face to face

- Plays will be chosen in part on their ability to provide a range of voices and an opportunity for showcasing a diverse cast

- Please include play title and playwright’s name on the script

Submission Deadline: February 22, 2024

(A maximum of 400 plays will be read.)

Send PDF submissions or questions to: CTTCplays@gmail.com

The Realm's Scratchpad Series 2024


Deadline:  Monday, February 5th, 2024 at 11:59pm EST

Scratchpad Series opens The Realm’s doors to early-career playwrights from across the country, deepening our ability to do what we do best: listening to what playwrights need, and giving it to them. 

Whether it’s a place to hear a rough draft aloud for the first time, space to fine tune a more mature work, or time to focus in on a particular aspect of a piece, The Realm aims to provide playwrights with what they need to thrive. Scratchpad is a chance for The Realm to engage with an entirely new group of playwrights each year, erasing limitations of geography or access by identifying and inviting playwrights from across the country to participate.

A paid developmental process of up to one week culminating in a reading (internal or public, at the writer’s discretion) of the Play.

Professional collaborators, such as a director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff. The Realm will facilitate introductions to directors and will work with a casting director to help you find a cast as needed.

Dramaturgical development and discussion with the Realm’s artistic staff prior to and following your reading.

Professional development guidance and industry introductions.

Scratchpad is planned as an in-person process, for which the Realm will provide support for the Playwright’s travel and housing.

Who We're Looking For

We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, that are intellectually curious, embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!

As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. With Scratchpad in particular, we aim to help artists break through any barriers that may exist—geographical, economic or otherwise—bringing voices and stories as diverse as our country to work with us and hopefully one day be seen on stages far and wide.

With regards to Scratchpad, preference will be given to projects that can’t be served by the Realm’s Writing Fellowship (i.e. musical projects, playwrights who do not live in the greater NYC area etc.)

“The Scratchpad series at the Playwrights Realm not only helped me in growing and enriching my work, but also provided professional contacts and resources that were previously unavailable to me. My one week workshop resulted in an enormous leap forward in my play Ballad of the White Tiger, and the subsequent reading led to inquiries about my work from organizations that I had been previously unsuccessful in reaching.”

Are you our next playwright?

Monday, January 29, 2024



Deadline: February 6, 2024

Café Royal Cultural Foundation awards performance grants to individuals and groups focused on the production of theater, music, dance, and performance art.

Performer(s) applying must be a United States Citizen or Resident Alien and a resident of New York City and have lived in New York City for a minimum of one year prior to applying and plan to be a resident through the completion of their project.

If your performance is a play, it must be a full production. Readings will not qualify.

To ensure that each submission receives the attention it deserves we will be only accepting 40 application for each of our categories.

Submissions: Our Winter 2024 Grant cycle is currently open and ends on Monday February 6th, 2024 at 9:00 am Eastern Time or when reach our limit of 40 applications, which ever comes first.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Jane Chambers Award 2024


Deadline: February 5, 2024


The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award recognizes new feminist plays and performance texts created by women and genderqueer writers for the stage that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. We welcome plays that experiment with form and/or that feature non-binary characters. This annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, and The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.

This award is administered by the Women and Theatre Program (WTP) in partnership with The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Authors and nominators need not be ATHE members. Self-nominations are welcome. In order to be considered plays should have been written recently but do not need to have premiered. However, to qualify as “new” for this contest, any premiere or publication needs to have occurred no more than 18 months prior to the submission deadline. Playwrights may submit only one play per year.

A shortlist of finalists will be publicized on the ATHE website by the third week in June, followed by the announcement of the Winner by July 20, annually. The winner will receive an award of $1K from the WTP Program, up to $500 towards travel expenses (reimbursement), conference registration and two nights in the conference hotel from ATHE.

Student Submissions should be sent separately and directly to the Student Coordinator per the WTP website and student guidelines. All guidelines must be followed–including sending the play to the current coordinator’s address–to be considered.

For questions about the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, contact Subcommittee Chairs Jennifer-Scott Mobley and Maya Roth, or, if you are signed in, via the 'contact' form.

For Information about the Student Jane Chambers Award, please contact the student coordinator.

Heartland Theatre Company seeks 10-minute plays about ghosts


Deadline: February 1, 2024

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight 10-minute original plays to be considered for production in June of 2024 as part of our 21st annual 10-Minute Play Festival. This year, the theme is GHOSTS.


1. Your play must fit the theme – GHOSTS – or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word or PDF.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title and page numbers appear on every page of the play, however.
11. Please read and consider the Judging Criteria.
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.

All entrants must complete and submit the
Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

Your play must be in the theme GHOSTS or it will not be considered. You must attach your script in MS Word format (preferred) or PDF when you send the entry form.

If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org

DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS FEBRUARY 1, 2024. Finalists will be notified approximately mid-March. Winners will be announced approximately mid-April.

YOU will be notified if your script is a finalist or selected for performance. Winners will be posted on this web page, but the playwrights of those scripts not selected will not be notified. We appreciate the efforts of all playwrights who submit their scripts.


May 30,31 & June 1,2 | 6,7,8,9 | 15,16,17 | 13,14,15* – 2024

*Two performances June 15

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Go Try Play Write January 2024


Deadline: January 31, 2024

Google Docs submission form

We're proud to announce a new monthly playwriting contest in collaboration with Bamboo Ridge Press. Every month, Kumu Kahua's artistic director Harry Wong III will select a writing prompt on the first day of that month. We're looking for 5-page monologues or 10-page scenes based on that prompt; the due date for submissions are always the last day of the month. All entries must be written in traditional play format; instructions on this format can be found here (https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats), courtesy of the Dramatists Guild.

There will be one winner each month. Scripts will be submitted to the judges anonymously. Winners will receive $100 and a subscription to Bamboo Ridge Press. Woo!

January 2024 prompt: A New Year’s resolution prompt. 

Write a ten (10) page maximum scene or a six (6) page maximum monologue of the first challenge to a person’s New Year’s resolution. It’s a resolution that the character has made, and you should choose whether they succeed or fail when confronted.

Winning entries will be performed/read by actors, filmed, shared via social media, and archived on Kumu Kahua Theatre and Bamboo Ridge websites.

Gulfport Community Players Summer 2024 One-Acts


Deadline: March 15, 2024 
or the first 300 scripts (whichever comes first)

The Gulfport Community Players is accepting submissions for the Summer 2024 One-Acts. Established in July 2000, the Summer One-Acts is the longest-running one-act competition in the Tampa Bay Area. We accept submissions from authors who reside in the United States of America. We read all plays that are correctly submitted. Entries are judged anonymously.
  • Running time 5 to 15 minutes maximum
  • New and never produced in the Tampa Bay Florida area
  • No adaptations, children's plays, monologues, or musicals
  • Family-friendly, no nudity or foul language
  • Cast size 6 maximum
  • Simple staging, set pieces, and costumes
  • You can submit up to three plays
  • Scripts should be written for stage not for film or digital recording
  • No entry fees.
SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY ONLY:: include a cover page with author's contact information, telephone, mailing address and email. Refrain from including a resume. You should attach a SEPARATE PDF attachment of the play and eliminate any author information from all script pages. Include the number of characters, character breakdown, and synopsis of the play on the first page.

SUBMIT TO: gulfportplayers@gmail.com

Do not send any plays via US mail. They will be disqualifed.
Stipend of $50 will be paid for any one act that we produce
All applicants will be notified of decisions by April 15, 2024
Plays will be presented July 11-21 at the Hickman Theater of Gulfport
Audience members vote for their favorites
Awards are presented in August 2024

Friday, January 26, 2024

Hendersonville Theatre 2024 One Act Play Festival


Deadline: March 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST


Hendersonville Theatre seeks new one-act plays for our 2024 One Act Play Festival. The Festival runs August 23-25, 2024. Submissions are due by March 1st at 11:59 pm EST.
About the Festival

A selection of 8-15 finalists will be performed on stage.

Production and performances will be supervised by Hendersonville Theatre’s Education Director, Beth Norris, utilizing the talents of Hendersonville Theatre’s actors.
About Hendersonville Theatre

Hendersonville Theatre is a critically acclaimed non-professional theatre company dedicated to the support and growth of all artists who participate in the collective imagination that is theatre. Since 1966, Hendersonville Theatre has provided an inviting and nurturing environment for live theatre and high-quality, affordable entertainment for the residents of Hendersonville and surrounding areas.

Festival Submission Guidelines
  • Submissions are due by March 1st at 11:59 pm EST.
  • The scripts that are submitted must be the final version.
  • Playwrights may submit either a one-act play between 60-75 minutes or up to three ten-minute plays.
  • Plays that are submitted should feature six actors or less.
  • Scripts with minimal set, costume, and prop requirements are preferred.
  • One entry per person. If you attempt to make multiple submissions, Hendersonville Theatre will only consider one entry.
  • Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a professional production.
  • Plays must be submitted electronically in PDF format or as a Word document.
  • We will not be considering any musicals, screenplays, or theatre for young audiences’ scripts for this festival.
  • We will not consider any direct or near-direct adaptations for this festival. Adaptions are a complete retelling of the original work, and changes such as setting, context, or perspective will be allowed.
Online submissions will receive a confirmation email.

Notification will be made sometime in late Spring 2024.

If chosen, playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. They will receive two complimentary tickets to the festival and recognition in the playbill and festival webpage, including a personal bio. Participation is voluntary; playwrights will receive no stipends or monetary prizes.s.

Hendersonville Theatre reserves the right to change the festival’s rules at anytime.

Submitting a script assumes that the playwright agrees to the festival guidelines.

Questions? Email dakotamann@HVLtheatre.org.

Hendersonville Theatre reserves the right to reject any script for any reason. Hendersonville Theatre reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner.


Thursday, January 25, 2024



Deadline: February 10, 2024

Submissions are open through FEBRUARY 10th. The program will start on or about the first week in March. The LIVE program will meet on WEDNESDAY evenings at THE ROAD THEATRE in North Hollywood and the virtual on ZOOM with Day to TBD once the group has been selected. The program will run through NOVEMBER/DECEMBER. We meet bimonthly to start and then move into meeting once a week. Live readings will be scheduled in 2025.


1) Please submit 20 pages of a play that you have previously written.

2) Then submit an idea…the play you want to write over the 9- month commitment. Be prepared to “pitch” that idea if selected for the ZOOM interview.

3) In your submission, please also include a short bio about yourself and if you are interested in the live group (which meets in North Hollywood) or the virtual/Zoom group. 

Please send submissions: underconstruction@roadtheatre.org.

4) Being available to participate in person. We all know stuff comes up but for the program to be successful you need to be there.

We will hold ZOOM meetings with our finalists the final days of FEBRUARY. ALL PLAYWRIGHTS who have submitted will be notified about the final decisions of the committee. Please note that you need to be available to participate and be available as a member of UC by showing up for yourself and your fellow playwrights. If you CANNOT make the commitment, please reconsider applying for this year.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Asian Story Theater seeks work from BIPOC playwrights


Deadline: February 1, 2024 Noon PST

A new collaborative theater project is looking for up to 10-minutes or 10 pages from qualifying BIPOC writers. 

At least 10 selected scripts will be featured in an online showcase for directors working with Asian Story Theater, San Diego Black Ensemble, Teatro Máscara Mágica, and additional theaters of color in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the bay area. 

We are looking for SMART and FUNNY material, the more creative the better. Material may include original music, standup, spoken word, screenwriting. Edgy politics are welcome, adult humor, even puppets. 

Pieces selected for this reading will receive $100

There is no fee to apply. 


Include contact info and a short paragraph about yourself.

This showcase is part of the developmental phase of a two-year program to develop new material around a political, social justice issue. Winning writers, and potentially other writers submitting material, may be invited to work adapting one of our stories, themes, or characters, or to propose a relevant story of their own. This showcase is to get our attention by sharing something you’ve done, a glimpse of your style and voice to help us guess what you might do with us going forward.

Thank you for considering this invitation. We look forward to reading your work!

Masque & Spectacle open for 10-minute plays


Deadline: January 31, 2024

Masque & Spectacle reads submissions for its bi-annual issues November 1 – January 31 and May 1 – July 31. Submissions received outside of this time period will be automatically deleted. Responses can be expected within a month. Acceptance rate is around 10%. Submissions not titled/tagged or formatted or properly under the Submissions Guidelines will not be considered for publication.

We do not accept previously published work, and we ask for First Electronic Rights and Non-Exclusive Archival Rights upon acceptance. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay contributors at this time.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

For any queries, please contact us at masqueandspectacle@gmail.com.

We welcome 10-minute plays (up to approximately 10 pages in length). No full-length plays will be considered at this time.

While traditional plays are welcome, we are particularly interested in innovative and/or interdisciplinary texts that break new ground, either in relation to their subject matter, or in how the text itself is performed/written/represented on stage.

Playwrights may submit one previously unpublished 10-minute play for consideration. The script should be accompanied by a cover letter, which includes your name, address, phone number, and email address. Proper playwriting format should be used. If you are uncertain about this format, several examples can be found online.

Send drama submissions to masqueandspectacle@gmail.com. Attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file, and include the word “DRAMA” in the email subject line.

Monday, January 22, 2024

The Playwrights Group ~ the Weekly Workshop

The Weekly Workshop

Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. 

It’s a great way to stay connected and motivated.

Participating in a weekly workshop can give you the kick you need to see your script through from beginning to end.  You can bring in anything you’re working on — a full length script, a musical, a TV pilot, whatever. And when your script is ready — we’ll present it in a Public Reading. We also bring in Guest Speakers, like Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret Edson (Wit). 

Sit in on a session and see for yourself!

Tuesdays or Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm EDT

Check out our website for more details and rates. 

Script Consultations

If you don’t have time for the workshop but have a script you’d like some feedback on — just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get a critique via email and/or video conference. See website for rates. 

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

Online One-on-One Courses

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:

       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks

Both are with instructor Richard Caliban, 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: 


Contact us at 


Sunday, January 21, 2024

Jakespeare One-minute Play Festival


Deadline: January 31, 2024

Jakespeare Theatre Company is interested in one-minute plays that play in the sci-fi genre, including (but not limited to): aliens, time travel, future worlds, advanced technology, and space travel!

We welcome comedies, dramas, and everything in between!

Plays should be (mostly) family-friendly.


Your play should be no more than 60 seconds in length.

​Please type in a basic font (Arial, Helvetica, etc), size 12, single space, and run no longer than 1-1.5 pages.

​We request you have no more than 4 characters in your play, and sets/costumes/props are minimal.


We will only accept one submission per playwright.​

There is no cost to submit your work.

There is no financial compensation for submission, nor if your play is selected.

The playwright retains all rights to their work.


Submissions are open until 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 31st.

Selections will be announced in March.

Performances will take place in Summer 2024.

Follow the link below to submit your play!

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Glass Ceiling Breakers: 2024 A Festival of Short Plays and Films by Women Artists


Deadline: January 24, 2024 11:59PM

GCB 2024 is scheduled for June 14, 15 and 16, 2024 at the Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison NY.

Submission guidelines for films can be found on Film Freeway where all films must be submitted:: https://filmfreeway.com/GCB

Films selected for Best of the Fest will have an additional screening at the Bedford Playhouse in Fall of 2024

Submission guidelines for plays:

● Plays must be written by female or female identifying playwrights.

● Plays should be no more than 12 pages (excluding the title page) in standard play format. Type size (12) with 1” margins. (longer plays will not be read)

● Save File as follows in PDF only: LAST NAME_TITLE OF PLAY_GCB24

● Please only submit plays that have not been produced in Westchester or Putnam Counties NY from June 2023 to June 2024. Readings are ok.

● All plays must be received by 11:59pm on January 24, 2024.

● Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays.

● Monologues are accepted but we prefer plays. Monologues should not be more

than 3 pages.

● BIPOC playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit.

Playwrights will be informed in mid-March

Plays can be submitted here: https://forms.gle/4QrFhRRTPLZf1Ynv7

If selected, playwrights are responsible for producing their play. There is no compensation for plays or films. Theatre Revolution may provide some production assistance (not financial) in some or all of the following areas: casting, directing, rehearsals, props, etc.

In all cases, Theatre Revolution will provide limited set pieces, lighting and sound equipment, and production staff.

There will be a mandatory pre-production meeting via ZOOM for all playwrights or their representatives in March 2024. Questions? Email us. theatrerevolution1@gmail.com We are looking forward to reading your work!

Learn more about us at www.theatrerevolution.org and on Facebook and Instagram



Deadline:  February 1, 2024 at 3pm EST 

One of the most robust residency programs in the country and serving as a national model, HARP provides a commission, developmental support, career planning, and an opportunity for a full production to cross-genre artists within a collaborative environment of peers working across disparate art forms – including theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual art, and new media. Each HARP artist receives significant long-term support of $125,000, which includes $50,000 in cash and more than $75,000 in equipment, space, and services over 2-3 years to tailor each residency to each artist’s individual needs.

With the launch of URHERE (our new digital and outdoor platform), HERE has expanded our HARP cohort to include digital and outdoor artists. Selected artists will partake in a 1-2 year residency to create digital native and/or outdoor works that will premiere on URHERE. URHERE HARP residents will receive $50,000 ($25,000 in cash and $25,000 in equipment, space, and services) over 1-2 years. Through significant investment of time and resources, dynamic work within a strong community is created.

Throughout the year, we offer a window into the creative process of the artists in our nationally recognized HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). Watch for RAW / Resident Artist Works to catch these fresh in-process works!

While in residence, the artist or team’s residency is linked to a specific project in development and an exploration of ideas and processes intrinsic to their artistic growth. HERE believes that artists must be in control of the work that they create. This control goes hand in hand with a responsibility to participate in all phases of their artistic projects from inception through all development stages to full production. HARP is designed to respond to the ideas and needs of its artists.

The artists must be proactive in bringing those ideas and needs to HARP and each other; they shape workshop and discussion offerings, create performances, and work with HERE staff to publicize and promote HARP events. We expect our artists to be both good citizens of the HERE community as well as ambassadors to the public.

Artists retain ownership of all work initiated, developed, or workshopped during their residency. For the projects that go to full production, HERE and the artists will negotiate a separate rights agreement. However, in all public materials about the artist or team, the following must appear: "(Name of Artist or Team) was/is a member of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20 __ - 20__, NYC", and in all public materials relating to the work’s development, the following line shall appear: “Development of (Name of Work) was made possible through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20_ - 20_, NYC." For works that go to full production, the following line shall appear: “(Name of Work) was commissioned, developed, and produced through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20_ - 20_, NYC.”

Selection Criteria:

HARP is designed to assist individual artists or collaborative teams (writers, performers, composers, directors, designers, dramaturgs, puppeteers, choreographers, singers) working in a multi-genre form in live performance. Multi-genre form refers to the full integration (not just as backdrop) of two or more genres (theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art) in the work.

We define an appropriate artist/team for our program as one who has:

Completed their education within the last 8-15 years.

Had at least a few significant residency or commissioning opportunities.

Created a body of work over at least 5 years & at least one full evening-length work.

Earns some income from their art practice.

Never been selected as a HARP artist.

Artists must also meet the following criteria:

The artist or team are residents of the NY metro area

The artist, team, and collaborators are fully vaccinated and willing to participate in whatever testing protocols HERE utilizes to ensure the health and well-being of the performing ensemble.

The artist or team finds themselves at a point in their career where they are developing a distinctive form/style/content of work or are interested in stretching the previously accepted boundaries of their work by experimentation.

The artist or team is interested in actively participating in the HERE community and in a peer-based program to exchange resources, ideas, critique, and support.

The artist or team are proposing a project that is very early in its development process, meaning at its inception and has not been previously workshopped, and any underlying rights for pre-existing material for the project have already been secured.

Additionally, we believe that diversity is extremely important within the makeup of our residency program and actively pursue this diversity both from the work itself in terms of genre and content and in the background of the artists.


Information Session: Monday, November 27, 2023 5:30 - 6:30pm EST

Application Due Date: Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 3pm EST

Final Decisions Announced: Friday, April 12th, 2024

Residencies Begin: April, 2024

Selection Process Overview:

Applications are at first reviewed by the HERE Programming team to ensure they are complete (we might reach out if there is missing information).

Next, the applicant-selected panels will then review all applications and rank them in relation to our guidelines. The panels will then discuss the projects, rerank and recommend the finalists.

The HERE curatorial staff (who do not serve as voting panelists) - Remi Harris and Amanda Szeglowski - will then meet with the finalists and make a final decision on which 2-3 artists will be invited to join the community of existing resident artists.

Send any questions to programming@here.org or call 212-647-0202 x 320.

East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for playwrights


Deadline: February 1, 2024

East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. As an organization dedicated to providing enriching experiences for young audiences, EVCT recognizes the importance of nurturing new voices and fresh perspectives in the world of theatre. This call for playwrights opens doors for talented individuals to have their works showcased and celebrated on EVCT’s stage, captivating young minds and inspiring imaginations.

EVCT believes in the power of storytelling and understands that original plays have the ability to create unique and captivating experiences for audiences. By welcoming aspiring playwrights into their creative community, EVCT aims to foster a vibrant and diverse repertoire of performances that reflect the creativity, imagination, and unique voices of the next generation of playwrights.

Contest rules and prizes are listed below:

All plays must be submitted to East Valley Children’s Theatre no later than February 1, 2024.

Email submissions to: aspiring_playwrights@evct.org.

Playwrights must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address, and age.

Plays must be suitable for children to perform and for an audience of children. (Plays with small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance; casts of 18 or more are preferred).

Plays must be 60-90 minutes in length. Shorter plays may be submitted but will not be considered for a seasonal theatrical production.

Plays and musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.

Musicals must include a copy of the music in either manuscript or audio-recording format.

Playwrights are not required to pay an entry fee.

The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a limited stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized. Travel stipend is dependent on the author attending the show, accruing travel costs and having a talkback with the actors.

Winner will be announced by April 1, 2024.

Friday, January 19, 2024

New Voices Theatre Festival of The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance seeks stories from diverse and underrepresented communities.


Deadline: January 31, 2024

The New Voices Theatre Festival of The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance is seeking stories from diverse and underrepresented communities.

The New Voices Theatre Festival is accepting submissions of unpublished and unproduced full-length plays to develop during a summer residency that will culminate in a staged reading. One new work from the festival will be chosen to be mounted as a fully-produced production during the upcoming show season at The University of Alabama.

During the summer residency, plays may be collaboratively developed in the rehearsal space.

*The playwright must own all rights to their script.
How to Submit a Script

Scripts must be submitted as a PDF on the Submissions form by January 31, 2024.

All scripts must be received by the submission deadline. Submissions entered after the deadline will not be considered. Please submit scripts as PDF documents only. Please submit scripts with no identifying information about the playwright. With the script, include a brief plot synopsis, cast size, and character list with description.

At this time, all play submissions must be for full-length plays. Submissions may not exceed 90 minutes. Cast size is preferred to be between six to twelve characters.

Musical submissions are allowed. Please submit digital version of score.

***Musical submissions are allowed but must also include a digital version of the completed score for the entire piece.*** 

Who is Eligible to Submit

Any individual who has a unique and/or diverse story to share/tell that meets the submission requirements is encouraged to apply. Only one submission per individual.

How Are Submissions Selected

All submissions will be reviewed blindly and chosen by a script selection committee.

Your selection status will be revealed no later than February 29, 2024. 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Call for Pirandellian Dramaturgies, 3rd edition – Comical and Grotesque Short Stories to Drama


Deadline: January 31, 2024

PSA, the Journal of the Pirandello Society of America (www.pirandellosociety.org/psa-journal), seeks submissions of short dramatic pieces (5 to 30 minutes of expected performance time) inspired by Luigi Pirandello’s short stories, for publication in the next or future issues.

Scripts should be previously unpublished and unproduced for the stage except for staged readings.

Given that the previous issue highlighted more serious topics, this one will privilege short stories that have a comical and/or grotesque tone.

An essential requirement is that proposed dramaturgies draw inspiration from Pirandello’s numerous short stories, for example those recently translated and available at www.pirandellointranslation.org

Dramaturgies could take several shapes such as:
1. adaptations for the stage of a single short story
2. adaptations that combine two or three stories
3. dramatic development of a section of a short story
4. monologues/dialogues of characters who appear in the short stories
5. dramatic situations that entail the reading/recitation of passages from the short stories

Importantly, each play should stand on its own without requiring previous knowledge of the adapted short story or its characters.

Plays that simply reference Pirandello by “being metatheatrical” won’t be considered.

Dramaturgies should also avoid adapting the following, already used for theatre in some form by Pirandello himself, specifically “The Doctor’s Duty,” “The License,” “The Jar,” “The Imbecile,” “Sicilian Limes,” “Think It Over, Giacomino!,” “A Character’s Tragedy,” “Death Is Upon Him,” “The Changeling,” “It’s Nothing Serious,” “Farewell, Leonora!,” “The Lord of the Ship,” “Mrs. Frola and Mr. Ponza, her Son-in law,” “The Friend to the Wives,” “Interviews with Characters,” and “Characters.”

Instead, inspiration should derive from any of the other stories, already translated on the website www.pirandellointranslation.org or read in other translations, that did not find a dramatic form yet.

Please e-mail submissions as Word document or PDF
by January 31, 2024 to Stefano Boselli, PSA Theatre and Performance Editor: Stefano.Boselli@unlv.edu.

If accepted, authors will be notified by e-mail by May 31, 2024, and scripts will be published on the next issue (XXXVI, 2023–24) or scheduled for publication in following issues.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award 2024


Deadline: February 15, 2024

Or 200 scripts have been accepted

The Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced storytelling, with the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre. This year’s winner will be invited to the annual meeting of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education for a reading and/or showcase of the award-winning play. Plays must be entered by February 15, 2024. Only the first 200 scripts will be accepted.

In 2017, the playwriting award was newly named the Judith Royer Award for Excellence in Playwriting, in honor of the many years of service she has given to ATHE, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and especially to the development of new plays throughout the nation.

This award is co-sponsored by KCACTF. Only full-length plays will be considered. A playwright may only enter one play in any given year. The plays can be produced or unproduced but must be unpublished. Plays must have been written by playwrights engaged with an institution of higher education (K-12 educators will not be accepted) as a student, graduate student, faculty member, or adjunct instructor within the past two academic years (2021-22, 2022-23, or 2023-24).

The Royer sets no restrictions on subject matter, style, or intended audience. Past winning plays have spanned a diversity of topics and represented varied perspectives on race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, and political worldview. Authors need not be ATHE members.

The winner will receive up to $500 in travel reimbursement for attending the awards ceremony and conference play reading, complimentary conference registration, and two complimentary nights in the conference hotel. The playwright will also be recognized at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center, for which they will receive membership in the Dramatists Guild, a cash award of $500, travel, hotel and a meal allowance.

Please read the submission policy below carefully. Incorrect or incomplete submissions cannot be considered.

A blind copy of your script, submitted as a PDF. To ensure the blind reading process, your name must not appear anywhere in the script document—not on the cover page, not in the headers or footers. The script document should also contain a brief synopsis of the play, a rough casting breakdown [Example 3M, 4W], and a brief description of the characters.

Pertinent production notes (optional).

Musicals will not be considered.

Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.

Your play must not be previously published.

Previous production of your script is allowed.

Do not submit a play that is incomplete or a rough draft.

Plays may be submitted to other award programs simultaneously.

Deadline: February 15, 2024

Monday, January 15, 2024

LaBute New Theater Festival 2024


Deadline: January 31, 2024

Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18′ x 18′ stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes. Up to Eight plays will be chosen. In addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.

Submissions should be sent to:
LaBute New Theater Festival, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, 360 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
For more information: 314-458-2978 or help@stlas.org

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship Program 2024


Deadline: February 5, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET.

The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship Program awards four early-career playwrights with nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals.

The Writing Fellowship is at the heart of what we do: helping writers write. Four early-career playwrights receive nine months of resources, readings and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features public readings of each Fellows’ play. 

To be eligible you must:

Live within commuting distance to Midtown Manhattan, and be able to make it to regular evening writers meetings, rehearsals, and events.

Have a script that would benefit from a nine-month, intensive development 

Applications for our 2024-25 Writing Fellowship are now open! The application deadline is Monday, February 5th, 2024 at 11:59pm ET.

RiffRaff NYC seeks short plays for self-production showcase

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Deadline: January 20, 2024

RiffRaff NYC is thrilled to announce our second showcase, scheduled for March 8th, 9th, and 10th at the Court Square Theatre. For this showcase, we invite playwrights to submit short plays exploring the theme of "Immigrants in New York." This is an opportunity to delve into the rich tapestry of immigrant experiences, celebrate diverse voices, and contribute to a compelling night of theatre.

Submission Guidelines:
Length: 15 minutes minimum, 20 minutes maximum
Characters: Maximum of four
Inclusion: If selected, at least one of the actors you cast must identify as an immigrant in America.
Language: English must be the main language, but other languages can be incorporated
Set Design: Keep it simple

Responsibilities: If selected, playwrights are responsible for casting, finding a director, bringing props, and any additional production elements

Marketing: While we handle overall marketing efforts, selected playwrights/groups are encouraged to actively promote their pieces alongside us

Financial Contribution: A $200 fee is required upon selection to secure your spot in the showcase

Please submit your short plays by 01/20/2024, including a brief synopsis and a character breakdown. Submissions should be sent to riffraff.nyc@gmail.com

Selection Process:
We will review submissions and select four plays for the showcase. We are particularly interested in engaging, thought-provoking works that bring unique perspectives to the theme.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

The Roustabouts Theatre Co. seeks 10-minute plays


Deadline:  March 17, 2024


San Diego, California

The Roustabouts Theatre Co. is now accepting play submissions for our 2024 Celebration of New Writers Festival.

This year’s theme is Personal Identifiers as it pertains to race/culture, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religious connections, etc…
  • Plays should be original works and not previously produced or published.
  • We are only accepting ten minute plays this year, meaning between 8-12 pages in length. 
  • A maximum of three (3) characters. 
  • Playwrights from previous festivals may submit. 
  • No musicals or TYA pieces are accepted at this time 
  • Plays must be properly formatted in Playwriting Format
  • If selected, plays will be presented as a staged reading in San Diego on May 27, 2024. 
Selection Process
  • Plays will be evaluated and selected by The Roustabouts Artistic Team. 
  • Plays will go through a selection period with the announcements given in late April. Approximately 7-10 plays will be chosen for the Festival. 
  • Playwrights are welcome to be available during the rehearsal process, if desired. 
  • All play submissions remain the intellectual property of the playwright. The Roustabouts Theatre, Co may have any rights to future productions of the selected plays if these plays are world premieres. 

To submit your play for consideration, please fill out the form online. Please include your contact information, a short bio (one paragraph), and a copy of your ten-minute play uploaded as a single PDF attachment.

For questions regarding the 2024 Celebration of New Writers Festival please contact our Literary Associate Matthew Salazar Thompson by submitting an inquiry via our general contact form.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

2024 Latinx New Play Festival


Deadline: January 15, 2024 by 12:59 PST


Festival Dates: October 4-6, 2024
Rehearsal Dates: September 30-3, 2024
Location: La Jolla Playhouse Play Development Center (PDC)

2024 Latinx New Play Festival Overview

The Latinx New Play Festival and La Jolla Playhouse are excited to open submissions to the 2024 Latinx New Play Festival, a weekend of new play readings by Latinx playwrights to be held in person at the La Jolla Playhouse. The festival will showcase four new Latinx plays by Latinx playwrights. The 2024 Latinx New Play Festival seeks to expand the presence of Latinx stories and artists on the American stage that spotlight the broad range of today’s Latinx experience. The festival will invite artistic directors, literary managers, and producers to attend a hybrid in-person and online weekend of readings showcasing the work of Latinx actors, directors, and designers. Past selections include work by Diana Burbano, Francisco Mendoza, C. Quintana, and Benjamin Benne.

Festival Details

Four scripts will be selected to be rehearsed and workshopped in person in La Jolla California October 2024, resulting in a live public reading at the festival weekend October 4-6, 2024. Combined rehearsal and performance will not exceed 29 hours. Each selected script will be assigned a Latinx or BIPOC director, dramaturg, stage manager, and actors (unless otherwise indicated by the script).


Festival submissions are open to self-identifying Latinx/e playwrights living in the United States. We welcome scripts in English and Spanish.

Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced, and not currently under option at the time of submission. University productions, workshop productions, readings, or other non-professional workshops/productions will not disqualify a script.

At this time, only full length, non-musicals, with cast size of 6 or less will be considered. Plays with music will be considered as resources allow (cast-size less than 6 and under, piano only). Solo pieces will also be considered. Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee of festival producers, festival readers, and La Jolla Playhouse Artistic staff will make recommendations and final selections. Selection will be based upon:

● Artistic merit including quality, impact, purpose, and aesthetics of the play

● Alignment with the La Jolla Playhouse mission of advancing theatre as an art form and as a vital social, moral and political platform by providing unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow.

● Feasibility of a full production in mainstage seasons

Submission Procedure

All applicants must complete the following two steps:

● Complete this Google form with

○ Playwright name, email address, and phone number
○ A one paragraph synopsis of the script
○ Number of actors required
○ Any prior development work for this play
○ Playwright biography (100 word limit)
○ Character breakdown
○ Playscript

All entries must be submitted by: Monday January 15th 2024 by 12:59 PST.

Hard copies will not be accepted. PDF documents are strongly recommended to avoid formatting discrepancies.

Selected playwrights will be notified via email by April 4, 2024.

Have questions?

● Email Maria Patrice Amon at: LatinxNewPlayFestival@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Premiere the Play – the Podcast – submissions open for our 2025 Season


Deadline: January 15, 2024

“Premiere the Play” is a podcast featuring audio performances of new stage plays. The podcast can be found on all major podcast platforms.

Submissions are now open for our fifth season, coming in 2025


· Our goal is to fill our season with diversity, so all topics, time periods, cultures, etc. are welcome.

· English, however, must be the primary language.

· The play must be an unproduced STAGE play (not radio play, screen play, or zoom play).

· The play should run no less than 30 mins and no more than 2 hours.

· Maximum cast size of 6.

· No musicals... yet...

· All outside elements (songs, other writer's works, etc.) used in the play must be in the public domain and not under copyright.

· Stage directions that provide essential information will be included in the final episode, so they must be clean and clear.

· Only one play may be submitted per playwright for each submission call period.

The plays will be chosen on a BLIND BASIS: All identifying information about the playwright will be removed before the play is distributed to our Play Selection Committee, thus ensuring that the plays are chosen based on the work itself and not the gender, race, age, etc. of the playwright.

Once chosen, each play will be cast, rehearsed, and recorded. The recordings will only be used on the podcast and for promotional purposes. Playwrights will be compensated 4% of net profits from the episode of their play.

As a theatre company with youth programs, our goal is for at least 50% of the season to not include explicit language.

Submission Instructions:

To submit, email the following to submissions@deanproductionstheatre.com:

· The complete script (.pdf or .doc only, please) with the playwright’s identifying information only on the title page

· A full Character Breakdown

· A synopsis

· The playwright’s name, address, email address, and phone number (won’t be seen by the Selection Committee)

For more information, visit www.DeanProductionsTheatre.com and find the audio-only podcast, Premiere the Play, on your favorite podcast platform.

Reunion: The Dallas Review accepting submissions for 2024


Deadline: January 15, 2024

Thank you for considering Reunion: The Dallas Review! We look forward to reading your work. To keep our readers and editors happy, please be aware of the following:

Our submission window is from October 1 through January 15. Occasionally, we will make decisions during this window; however, most will be returned between February and May. We are a small journal run by student volunteers, and while we do have a passion for the arts and publishing, we cannot guarantee a fast turnaround. Thank you for your patience with us.

Also, at this time, we are a non-paying market. Because we are student volunteers, our budget is limited, but enough to ensure physical copies and a free-to-enter submission process. All work submitted to us is also considered for our monthly digital extension of the annual print journal—Reunion: Online. Additionally, we nominate every year to The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and we are always looking for other avenues of opportunity for our authors and artists. If selected, you will have the opportunity to present your work at the Launch Party held in the fall semester.

We do accept simultaneous submissions; notify us promptly via Submittable should your work be accepted elsewhere. Please note that due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we can read only one submission per person per reading window. Show us your best work. If you do choose to withdraw, please do not upload a new submission until the next reading window.

For an idea of what types of material we generally publish, we recommend purchasing and reading our past issues, available in both print and digital formats, or reading through Reunion: Online.

General Submission Guidelines:
  • All submitted work must be previously unpublished. We consider anything found on personal blogs, online archives, other websites, social media accounts, online journals, or print magazines as previously published. If you have questions regarding this requirement, please email the editor prior to submitting.
  • A brief cover letter and a biographical statement of no more than 100 words is appreciated. 
  • Do not include your name on the submission attachment unless it is part of the work itself. Instead, your name and contact information should be included in the body of your cover letter. 
  • All texts should be Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and double spaced (with the exception of poetry.) We accept text submissions in the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf. 
  • We do not accept any work above 5,000 words. Any submissions with a word count above this will not be read. 

Some specifics: 

Fiction: We are not limited to a specific sub-genre and are happy to read “literary” as well as “genre” fiction. We also consider micro/flash fiction; please label it as such in your cover letter.

Drama: Plays and screenplays that are formatted to industry standards.

Visual Art: Up to 10 images, including visual poetry, drawing, painting, digital, other 2-dimensional formats, and photography. We do accept photographs of 3-dimensional works of art. Please take into consideration that the photo you submit of your 3D work is part of your presentation—what we will publish. Visual Arts submissions will need to be submitted in high-resolution TIFF format of between 5-8 mbs, 300 DPI. For Reunion: Online we are able to consider sound and movement as part of the work.

Poetry: Up to 5 poems. Please submit poems in one document.

Translation: Up to 5 poems or up to 3,000 words of prose. Please obtain all necessary permissions prior to submitting your piece. At this time, we are looking for creative works. If your work is a scholarly essay on translation, we encourage you to submit to Translation Review a publication of The University of Texas at Dallas.

Creative Non-fiction: One piece or one essay. You are welcome to add visuals within the document. 

Please refer to the visual arts guideline above when submitting visuals.

Lastly, if you are a student with The University of Texas at Dallas, the Robert Bone Memorial Creative Writing Endowment allows for Reunion: The Dallas Review to sponsor an annual creative writing contest. The submission window for this scholarship opportunity opens November 1 and runs concurrently to the broader reading window until January 15. All contest entries will also be considered as general submissions. Please use the designated Submittable form to submit to the contest. Submissions that use the general form will not be considered for the contest.

If you have any questions regarding our guidelines, please email the editor for clarification before submitting.

Thank you for reading! We look forward to your submissions.

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The management team at Reunion: The Dallas Review

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