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Thursday, February 29, 2024



Deadline: April 1, 2024 11:59 CDT

Building on the growing success and popularity of our previous years, Shabach Enterprise presents its 12th season of the Fade To Black Play Festival, Houston's only short play festival celebrating the new works of African American playwrights.

No fee is required.
No restriction of theme or genre.
Three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.
Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

Winners Announced: Wednesday, May 1, 2024.


Complete the script submissions application. https://forms.gle/wKXvZGyPSutzAEZDA

  • 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 10 minutes long on stage, but no shorter than 8 minutes. (Conduct informal readings 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/Scripts written for television or cinema 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. 

  • No fee is required. 
  • No restriction of theme or genre. 
  • Three (3) monologues are allowed per playwright. 
  • Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $50.00 per selected monologues. 
  • Theme preference: The Wonder of Life 
  • Preferred genre of scripts: Comedy 

Winners Announced: Saturday, June 1, 2024

Complete the script submissions application. https://forms.gle/a8rLmkskzxSy9xhk9

  • 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. 
  • Monologue must run no longer than 3 minutes long on stage, but no shorter than 1 minute. 
  • Monologue should accommodate a "bare-stage" set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues. 
  • Monologue must not be a musical. 
  • Monologue must not be written for children or youth. 
  • Monologue must not be a film. Screenplays/Scripts written for television or cinema will not be accepted. 
  • Author must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • Monologue must be submitted in a PDF format. 

For more festival details go to http://www.FadeToBlackFest.com

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Young Playwrights Festival 2024


Deadline: March 15, 2024

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years or younger as of March 15, 2024 and reside or attend school in the US; co-authored plays are welcome provided all authors meet these eligibility requirements

 DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be received or postmarked between January 9 and March 15, 2024

 FEES: There are no submission fees!

 CONTENT: We welcome original plays or musicals of any length or genre and on any subject

 LIMIT: Up to three plays per playwright or team - please complete a separate submission form for each piece

 FORMAT: All plays must have a title page and numbered pages

 NOTIFICATION: We will contact competition winners in April 2024

 PRIZE: Winning plays will be mentored, directed and performed by professional artists in July 2024

 SUBMIT ONLINE: Visit TheBlank.Submittable.com to create a FREE account and submit - please create a separate submission form for each play you'd like to send in

​SUBMIT BY MAIL: You may send printed scripts including a cover sheet to

Young Playwrights Festival

c/o The Blank Theatre

PO Box 1094

Hollywood, CA 90078

 Cover sheet must include the following:


Author(s) Full Name

Date of Birth

Age (as of March 15, 2024)

School Name (if applicable)

Teacher Name (if applicable)

Mailing Address (we send you mail!)


Phone Number

HAVE QUESTIONS? Contact us by email at YPFsubmissions@theblank.com​

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Centaur Theater Residency ~ Winterworks


Deadline: March 11, 2024
Montreal, Canada

WinterWorks fosters innovation and creativity in the Montreal performing arts community. Providing a dedicated platform for experimentation and artistry that challenges convention, this year’s WinterWorks Festival–previously known as Wildside–is looking to support projects that take artistic risks, ask innovative questions, and explore form. Come and develop the theatrical ambition of your project at Centaur.

Open to applications from established companies and emerging artists alike, Winterworks will select exciting, boundary-pushing performance projects that are already under-development, and looking for support towards their next stage of evolution–leading up to their first encounter with an audience.

Key Information:

● Selected projects will receive a one-week residency period in December 2024, followed by performances in February 2025 during WinterWorks

● Proposals from creators working through all performance disciplines and artistic traditions are encouraged.

● Works will be performed in-person at the Centaur Theatre, but proposals are also welcome to consider alternative or non-traditional settings, such as the Gallery space.

● Projects chosen from this call will receive a guaranteed fee; these fees will be negotiated with the Executive Director depending on the scale of the project and number of performances.

Please note: The work proposed must already have been the subject of prior research and/or must have completed at least one stage of development. Projects must now be ready for the next stage in their evolution: public presentation in February 2025.

Deadline to apply: 11 March 2024

How To Apply

Please submit:

● 1-page project description

● How would the development-residency contribute to the development of your work? Why should you and your project be part of WinterWorks?

● Archival video, and other archival visuals such as photos.

● Team biographies

● Script or other support materials

Centaur Theatre will provide:

● 1 week of residency in the performance venue, including setup time and technical rehearsals

● 4 to 6 public performances

● Technical equipment specific to the venue (see below)

● One head technician for the time you are in the theatre

● 40 hours of technical crew time

● Promotion through the Centaur website and its communications department

● Ongoing and project-specific dramaturgical and outside-eye support from the festival curator

Please submit your application to the following: winterworks@centaurtheatre.com

For any questions, feel free to reach out: rebecca@centaurtheatre.com

Important dates

Deadline: 11 March 2024

Confirmations: 2 April 2024

For more detailed information click HERE

2024 Black Men Talk Play Festival


Deadline: March 15, 2024 11:59 PM CT

DLaniger Productions presents this new 10-minute play festival: a celebration of the voices, stories, and perspectives of Black male playwrights. The goal is to select plays telling authentic stories of the Black experience

The 2024 Black Men Talk Play Festival is aimed at recognizing the voices and stories of Black male playwrights. The project is created by a playwright from Chicago where the festival will be held and selected plays will be produced in August 2024.

Playwrights are invited to submit their scripts from until March 15th. A panel of readers will carefully select the plays to be part of the festival. All submissions will receive a confirmation email. Notifications will be made on or before April 15th. The official list of selected plays and playwrights will be posted on: https://blackmentalkplayfestival.com in late April 2024. Selected playwrights will receive $100.

  • Submissions are due by March 15th at 11:59 pm CT.
  • Script submitted must be the final version in proper play format.
  • Playwrights must submit plays that run from 8-10 minutes or 8-10 pages. Your cover page should have: title of play, your name, email address, and phone number.
  • Plays should feature from two to four characters.
  • Scripts should be written with minimal set and costume requirements.
  • One entry per person.
  • Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a professional production.
  • Plays must be submitted electronically in PDF format.
No musicals, screenplays, or monologues will be selected for this festival.
All submissions must be submitted online here: https://forms.gle/fT31Mjzsn3nF8mGn6

Sunday, February 25, 2024



Deadline: April 1, 2024

This opportunity is only open to Indigenous artists who create for the stage based on Turtle Island (North America). 

Creative Nations, an all indigenous-led artists collective founded at The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado, is launching the First Storyteller’s Festival in 2024. The festival is focused on developing new work from Indigenous artists across the continent. We are purposely avoiding defining the festival by any specific genre, and encourage creators from any discipline that is performed on a “stage” to submit (with the word “stage” being loosely defined).

The festival will take place in Boulder, CO in the fall of 2024 (dates to be announced soon). The event will include:

Staged readings (or the equivalent for different genres) of pieces in early stage development

Workshop production of a piece by a member of Creative Nations

Educational workshops for community members and artists

Panel discussions to engage the Boulder arts community in the future of Indigenous storytelling for the stage

One of the core tenets of Creative Nations is that we compensate all artists for their time at a fair wage or we don’t do the project. All artists whose work is selected will receive the following:

Transportation to/from Boulder and housing for the festival week

A monetary award (that you will NOT have to spend to cover expenses)

A paid director and cast to rehearse the piece with, leading to a public reading

Networking among your Native artist peers

Education opportunities at our workshops

An invitation to join our newly established writer’s group, to continue developing work with other Native artists

Submissions and questions should be sent to FirstStorytellersFestival at gmail dot com by April 1st, 2024. We will notify everyone who submits whether or not they were selected. There is NO FEE to submit (as there never should be).

To submit, please send:

A pdf of your script

A link to a google drive folder/dropbox/youtube with any additional music files

The following information about you in the body of your email:
  • Name
  • Tribal affiliation
  • Location (reservation or city/state)
  • Name of the piece
  • Development history of the piece
  • Any artists already attached to the project (director, choreographer, actor, etc)
  • A brief bio

We may be able to fly in one additional person from your creative team, in addition to local resources you’ll have

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Go Try PlayWrite February 2024


Deadline: February 29, 2024


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!

The prompt for February 2024 is:

A romantic interloper prompt. Write a ten (10) page maximum scene or a six (6) page maximum monologue of a bouquet of flowers sabotaging an otherwise romantic date. The bouquet may act out of malice, or unintentionally, but the bouquet ruins a romantic situation.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Live Storytelling Show LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER NYC


Deadline: March 2, 2024

Live Storytelling Show LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER NYC will be held 
Saturday, May 11, 2024, 7:30 PM in New York City @The Center At West Park, 165 W 86th St.

Listen To Your Mother NYC is a well-crafted 90-minute journey of true stories about motherhood—being a mom, having a mom, losing a mom, finding a mom—as many interpretations on the theme of mothering as you can imagine. From hilarious and heartwarming, to emotionally intense and profound, 

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER entertains, energizes, brings community together and leaves everyone feeling a little less alone and a little more understood. That’s the goal.

Listen To Your Mother NYC is looking for TRUE stories about motherhood--the good, the bad, the happy, the sad. Both men and women are encouraged to submit. 

Submission guidelines: 

Your story must be 800 words or fewer.

Auditions are live, in-person at Ripley-Grier Studios (131 W. 72nd St, studio 3F, New York, NY 10023) March 2,12-3 PM (sign up HERE or by SELF-TAPE (submit by We-Transfer) before March 1, 2024, at 8pm to heather@heatherchristiebooks.com with LYTM NYC in the subject line. 

You must be available:
  • Sunday, April 6, 1-4 PM – Full Cast Zoom Rehearsal
  • Monday, May 6, 8-10 PM – Full Cast Zoom Read-through
  • Friday, May 10, 6-10 PM – Live, in-person NYC dress rehearsal (Center at West Park)
  • Saturday, May 11, 1-9 PM – NYC Show Day – Center at West Park
Each storyteller receives a $100 stipend

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Performing Artist in Residence program 2024


Deadline: February 29, 2024

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Performing Artist in Residence program allows artists and visitors to experience the Garden through a different lens.

The theme for the 2024 residency is Natural Attraction, celebrating the plant-pollinator relationship through the lens of BBG’s vast and varied collections and the native insects to which they are inextricably linked.

One artist will be selected for a residency in 2024. During the residency, the artist will spend time creating work in and inspired by the Garden. They will host one or two public classes, seminars, or activities, then showcase their final work in September 2024.
Residency Support
  • Access to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden library and archives and a curated package of research material on the Natural Attraction theme
  • Research meetings with gardeners and staff
  • Access to the Garden, including outside of public hours by arrangement
  • Access to BBG’s events and programs
  • A shared desk area and wifi
  • Artist stipend of $7,000, plus opportunity to request production and additional performer support
  • 2024 TimelineApplication accepted: January 15 to February 29
  • Selection: May 1
  • Residency: June 1 to September 30
  • Final Presentation: September 21 & 22

2023 Artist in Residence: Kamala Sankaram

From June through September 2023, Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosted Kamala Sankaram as artist in residence. Drawing inspiration from trees in our collection, tree care and caretakers, and the symbolism of trees as places of gathering, shelter, and culture, Sankaram created two new pieces inspired by the Garden’s 2023 theme, Power of Trees.

2022 Artist in Residence: Jean-René Delsoin

During his summer 2022 residency, Delsoin’s study of BBG’s gardens, plants, trees, and wildlife along with Haitian culture, traditions, and heritage informed a work created and presented in collaboration with NYC-based dance and drum practitioners.


EligibilityDiscipline: Artists interested in the live performance world including (but not limited to) choreographers, dancers, musicians, playwrights, and theater makers.

Artist must be a resident of New York City. This residency does not provide housing or transportation.
Artist must respect the plant life and abide by Garden rules. A residency contract will be executed.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an equal opportunity organization and encourages all eligible applicants to apply.

Application Components

Portfolio of 3–5 pieces of work
Written proposal including:Performance ideas integrating the 2024 theme
Public engagement ideas
Artist’s relation to or interest in botanic subject matter
Anticipated needs for residency supplies, equipment, and space
SelectionApplications will be reviewed by a committee composed of Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff, previous artists in residence, and Brooklyn Committee.
Selection is based on the applicant’s proposal of performance relating to the Natural Attraction theme and relation to or interest in botanic subject matter.

Applications are due by February 29, 2024. Resident will be announced May 1, 2024.

Puppet Theater opportunities from the International Association of Theatre and Performing Arts for Children and Young People


Deadline: February 29, 2024

1. Open Call for Script Ideas

Are you a professional playwright drowning in a sea of creative ideas, with your computer’s memory as the only witness? Channel that overflows into the competition of scripts and stands a chance to see your masterpiece grace our stage in the upcoming theatre seasons. We are on the lookout for innovative ideas that captivate puppet theatre audiences across generations.
✏Your application should enclose: A brief idea of play, i.e.:

A brief outline of the plot and the main message,

The relevance of the play and the need to produce it in the puppet theater genre, Description and justification of the selected target audience.

The initial five pages of the play’s script.

A motivational letter (maximum 500 words) from the author of the idea, including: A brief overview of their creative background,

A rationale for the emphasis on the puppet theatre genre,

An overview of creative aspirations and challenges encountered while developing the play.

A concise CV (1 page).

Please note that submitted plays must be original works that have not been previously staged. Adaptations of existing dramatic or literary pieces will not be considered.
Selected scripts will be developed and presented during upcoming seasons at Liepāja Puppet Theater.

Submit your application in PDF format to edgars.niklasons@liepajaslelles.lv by 29 February 2024. Themost promising plays will be shortlisted by 7 March 2024, and successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. For any inquiries, please reach out to edgars.niklasons@liepajaslelles.lv .

2. Open Call for Performance Ideas

The Liepāja Puppet Theater extends an invitation to theatre makers to submit their performance concepts through the Open Call for Performance Ideas. We seek engaging ideas that resonate with audiences of all ages.
✏Submissions should encompass:

A detailed description of the proposed show (totalling no more than 500 words), including.:

A concise plot summary,

A vision for the form and visual concept and

An explanation of its relevance to the chosen target audience,

Details on the type of puppets and their visual representation, accompanied by a justification for why the narrative is best suited for the puppet theatre genre.
A mood board illustrating the style and visual identity of the performance.

A motivational letter (maximum 500 words) from the author elucidating their creative pursuits and reasoning behind a focus on the puppet theatre genre,

Author’s CV (1 page).

Performance ideas may be based on original drama or existing dramatic or literary works. Selected performance ideas will be developed and presented during upcoming seasons at Liepāja Puppet Theater.

Please send your applications in PDF format to edgars.niklasons@liepajaslelles.lv by 29 February 2024. Shortlisted concepts will be announced by 7 March 2024, and successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. For any inquiries, please reach out to edgars.niklasons@liepajaslelles.lv.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Love Letters to the Black Man Series (Remix) v3


Deadline: March 1, 2024

Black Girlz Productions is currently accepting submissions for our Love Letters to the Black Man Series (Remix) v3.

Writers will receive an honorarium and credit for their work.

We are seeking monologues or open letters around the theme of APOLOGY (to the black man). The word count max is 350 words. Writers can submit up to three monologues. PDF or Microsoft Word is acceptable.

Writers can submit monologues that have been previously produced.

The selected work will be presented at our Love Letters to the Black Man event in Southern California. We are currently accepting global submissions. There are no restrictions on eligibility. There are no fees to submit. There are no participation fees. www.blackgirlzproductions.com.

Selected writers will be notified by April 01, 2024. Email monologues to blackgirlzproductions@gmail.com

Monday, February 19, 2024

The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language for 2023-2024.


Deadline: April 30, 2024

Monetary award to playwright: $3000 for works with a running time of at least 40 minutes.

Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using metre, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching.

Synecdoche Works may support further development of a submitted work at its discretion.

Conditions for Consideration

Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using metre, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching.

Plays must contain at least 60% heightened language.

Submissions may be translations or adaptations of works in the public domain.

Authors awarded a grant must be willing to participate in a brief rehearsal process culminating in a Zoom reading of their submitted work.

Submitted works cannot be currently attached to a theater or production company.

Submitted works cannot have had a prior development cycle outside of an educational program.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2024

Submission portfolio must include:

Our Google form found at https://www.synecdocheworks.org/announcing-fellowship/

The play in standard script format, uploaded via the Google form or emailed as an attachment to submissions@synecdocheworks.org

Optional: CV or resume

Synecdoche Works may support further development of a submitted work at its discretion.

Please visit https://www.synecdocheworks.org/announcing-fellowship/ for more information.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Arakana Magazine seeks submissions


Deadline: ongoing


Arkana is looking for polished scripts that illuminate truths and push boundaries. We accept ten-minute plays and scripts that are 20-pages or under.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Onstage/Offstage is looking for 10-minute plays to produce and air on its podcast.


Deadline: February 20, 2024

2024 theme: “Missing Home.” This could be any situation in which someone is away from where they are meant to be: a family, a town, a country, a person. Or something else. Is your protagonist trying to return? Are they trying to move farther away? Is home safe or antagonistic? What is your protagonist's goal? What are their obstacles?

A scary play that includes a stock monster such as vampire, werewolf, mummy, ghoul, etc. This character must have lines and be a significant element of the play. It will be aired in October.

Please read all requirements below, especially noting the dates and times during which submissions will be accepted. If you send a submission outside this timeframe, it will not be read!

By submitting, you agree to all the following:

1. Selected plays will be cast, rehearsed, and recorded by Onstage/Offstage artists. If selected, you agree that performances of your play will be broadcast on WRFI 88.1 Ithaca Community Radio, podcasted at www.onstageoffstage.org and Podbean (and others) on a date of our choosing, and permanently archived with OSOS. Your name as playwright will be prominently displayed. We will also share a link to your website, if you like.

2. **Playwrights will do a short interview to accompany the episode airing their play.**


4. Remember this is audio! Don't submit plays that require extensive reading of stage directions. The work should be overwhelmingly dialogue.

5. Comedies and dramas between 8 and 10 minutes welcome. **THREE (3) characters maximum.** **No monologues.**

6. No excessively offensive language. Not that we are against strong language in a work, but we have to bleep it for broadcast and that's more work for us. The recording remains au naturel for the podcast.

7. Format: Submit your play IN PDF format with playwright contact info, synopsis/teaser, cast/tech/set 
info on cover page, and pages numbered. (You'd be surprised. No, really, you would.)

8. ONE PLAY PER PLAYWRIGHT. Submit either for “Missing Home” or “Scary,” not both.

9. Follow this format for file names: OSOS 2024 Theme Yourlastname Play title
  • OSOS 2024 Missing Home Shakespeare Iago in Sensitivity Therapy. . . or
  • OSOS 2024 Scary Shakespeare Hamlet Wants His Mummy
Has your play been produced before? WE DON'T HOLD THAT AGAINST YOU. Send it.

We'd love to be able to remunerate you for your creativity, talent, and efforts in writing and submitting your work, but we are a very small operation and our funding is nil. What we can offer are a chance to talk about yourself as an artist and a sound recording of your play produced on air.

**We exuberantly encourage playwrights from historically marginalized communities to submit!**

Submit here

Village Playwrights' Annual Pride Festival 2024


Deadline: February 28, 2024


Thank you for submitting to Village Playwrights' Annual Pride Festival! This year, we are thrilled to announce that due to the support of the A.R.T. NY/NYSCA Creative Opportunity Fund, Village Playwrights has advanced the festival's format from a 10-minute play festival to a festival of one-acts. We will be selecting 4 plays for the two-night festival, with each play receiving two produced performances with an audience. Each artist involved will receive a modest honorarium for their contribution to the festival, in addition to rehearsal space and limited administrative support from the Village Playwrights team.

The festival will be held in early June, in honor of Pride month. Plays are encouraged to speak to the Pride theme in whatever way the playwright feels appropriate. Adherence to theme will have bearing in the selection of the plays, but we are open to your wildest interpretations!

Thank you again for submitting your work to Village Playwrights. We look forward to reading it– and best of luck.


Village Playwrights

Friday, February 16, 2024








Producing your play or musical is the best way to review and develop your work.










When you stage your work, you discover ways to enhance and improve your presentation and story.

This is a unique opportunity to invite people from the industry to see your production! People are more likely to go see a show than to read an unsolicited script - some industry people receive on average thousands of submissions per month. They understand that the journey for a show to be successful often goes through several productions and this is your chance to show that you can start that process! 

Our dedicated team is here to help you get your work out. We are with you from the moment you begin tech rehearsals, all the way through to your closing performance.

You will never be left alone during the process. We will help you choose from the 85 set/furniture pieces we offer to dress your stage for your run, and we will give you a complete crash course on how to use the audio/light/video system in just 3 minutes, which are intentionally designed to be very user friendly. 

After we show you how to use the tools we provide and how to best utilize the space, The Festival’s team will provide prime responses to every inquiry, as well as a telephone # you can call anytime during relevant hours throughout the run of your show

In 12 years and 22 seasons we have successfully hosted 1,400 plays and 300 musicals, as well as rewarding over 300 participating artists cash prizes.

Yours could be the next production onstage!



To submit to the Festival, go to:

Send your submissions now – we only accept submissions from playwrights who lives within 30 miles of Manhattan.


The Festival offers up to $8,000 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the best play or musical.

Can you find another festival that gives away this much money in prizes? Our winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not simply some “popularity contest” based on whoever brings in the largest audience. Sometimes the most “non-glitzy” smallest budget productions with the fewest audience members win first prize, simply because it was excellent. We love sincere, heart-felt performances, and honest writing.

Prize categories include:

2 BEST ACTORS $500 each
2 BEST ACTRESSES $500 each




Here’s a chance to have your Play or Musical live on a New York City stage in Manhattan!

Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length. 

Why is the New York Theater Festival a mecca for new Productions?



We offer:

A quality venue... 
75 seats. A stage the size of your average 2-bedroom apartment in Manhattan (30’x22’) with plenty of backstage space, room in the wings, a huge dressing room complete with mirrors, and plenty of storage.

Need set pieces? No problem. 
What other festival offers you the use of 85 set pieces in their storage for free? Not only do we invite you to use our set pieces but we also offer free storage for all the props you will need for your production for the duration of your run. Double parking your truck outside of theaters for every performance, only to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket is an enormous hassle. It’s also annoying to lug all your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway throughout the length of your run. Don’t sweat it. We have space- and that’s not easy to come by in NYC! Check out our set pieces at:

Easy to use technology

Where else will you get a lighting plot of 65 lights, complete with LED lights that can create a flush in a full range of deep colors for a variety of scenes? You are also free to use our projector that projects a backstage image of 16×12′. Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use even for those that have had no previous experience. You do not need to be a tech expert to use them.

If MUSIC is the food of love, play on!

Need music? We also have a good upright piano you can for your use

·We offer long techs.
Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?
For a Full-Length (60-90 minutes) we give 4 hours for your tech.
For a One-Act (30-45 minutes) we give you 2 hours, and for a Short (5-20 minutes), we give you 60 minutes. 
What can you accomplish with the short tech rehearsals (or none at all) offered by other theater festivals? Absolutely nothing (say it again)! We don’t want to risk your show looking miserable during your run because you did not have enough time to prepare. We want you to feel confident in how it will look. That’s why we offer a generous amount of tech time - (after all, time is money)!

What’s more important than advertising your show?

Many festival websites do not display your show properly. Many that do will have mundane descriptions and a thumbnail for a poster. Check out our posts with previous productions and you will immediately see the difference – we advertise with large posters and detailed information.

You can share the link of the post that we create for you without embarrassment and send it to your family, friends, colleagues, and community. Furthermore, all cast and crew from all productions are granted free tickets to see all the other shows in the festival! 
Check out our posts: https://NewYorkTheaterFestival.com/

Prime performance hours 
We give you only ideal prime time slots, 30 minutes of ample set-up time before performances, and since the festival runs for 2 months, each production has time to breathe. 
No seasonal volunteers 
One of our principal team members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times, and performances. You will always see a familiar face! Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success. Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours by the festival’s team. You will never have to wait days for a response. Our team members are knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch. 
Award ceremony 
An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to the Oscars!

What Co One-Act Play Festival 2024


Deadline: March 1, 2024

Selected plays will be presented this Spring to the public at The Theater at WHATCO

Harrison, NJ

  • All plays must be completed one-acts running 5-30 minutes in length
  • Limit of 3 submissions per playwright
  • Plays in English, Spanish or Portuguese are welcome
  • Content should be appropriately PG-13
  • Info: oneacts@whatconj.org

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Elmwood Playhouse Inaugural One-Act Weekend Showcasing Local Theatrical Talent


Deadline: February 29, 2024

Elmwood Playhouse will be hosting a One Act Weekend on July 26th, 27th, and 28th 2024! The goal is to showcase the amazing talent of local playwrights.

Local means within 50 miles of Nyack New York. This includes New York City.

If you are one of these people, we invite you to submit your show for consideration! Please note, this is not a competition.

Here are the guidelines for submission:

Time Frame – Submissions will be accepted from February 1st through February 29th 2024. Selections will be chosen no later than April 30th. If your show is selected, you will be notified by this date.

Number of allowed submissions – A playwright may not submit more than (3) three plays for consideration

Topic – Any topic you choose! We are looking for a mix of genres. Nothing is off the table.

Length – Up to 45 minutes in length.

Production – If your submission is chosen to be presented, you must provide the actors, director, props, and costumes. We will provide the stage manager, and some furniture (couch, chairs).

Rehearsal – Most of the rehearsals will be on your own. We will provide one to two rehearsals in our studios and one rehearsal on our stage.

Presentation – All shows selected will be presented on all three dates (July 26th, 27th, and 28th 2024). The Friday and Saturday night shows will begin at 8pm. The Sunday show will begin at 2pm. The number of shows selected for the weekend and the order in which they are presented will be determined by Elmwood. If your cast cannot be present at all three shows we will not be able to select your submission

To submit your show, please go here.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Barr Hill Players staged reading


Deadline: March 1, 2024

As a part of our 10th annual season, the Barr Hill Players (BHP) will present a staged reading of new works by emerging playwrights. Selected scripts will be workshopped by our ensemble of acting fellows during the BHP summer intensive in Greensboro, VT, then presented for a developmental staged reading at La MaMa Galleria in New York City on July 17, 2024.

At BHP, we believe actors can serve as generative collaborators in the development of new plays. This reading creates an opportunity for playwrights to gain an outside-in, actor-led perspective to inform further development of their dialogue-driven work.

Deadline: March 1, 2024 (Regular Deadline) / April 1, 2024 (Late Deadline)

Where to submit: https://www.barrhillplayers.org/staged-reading-play-submissions

*Priority may be given to earlier submissions

Length: Full-length or one-act

Cast size: 4-12

*Scripts that can be cast with exactly 12 actors are particularly desirable

Submission types accepted:

Completed draft scripts

Scripts in development (incl. summary, pages-in-progress, and past work sample)

The scripts we’re looking for are:

Written for “balanced” ensembles (actors have roughly equal stage time)

Grounded in spoken dialogue (not primarily movement-based)

Somewhat flexible in ensemble composition (gender, ethnicity, age, etc.)

Eligible under the Actors’ Equity Staged Reading Guidelines (have not been/will not be registered with Actors’ Equity for a Reading Jan-June 2024)

You may submit up to 3 plays (drafts or proposals) for consideration. If you submit the form more than 3 times, only the first 3 submissions will be considered. Please review the FAQs below before submitting.


Q: Do you charge playwrights fees?

No, there are no submission or production fees associated with this opportunity.

Q: Will selected playwrights receive money from ticket sales?

No – the reading will follow Equity protocols for a staged reading, so tickets will not be sold, and the reading will be by invitation only. (The playwright will have the opportunity to invite guests.)

Q: If selected, what will I have to do?

Nothing! If selected, you will not be responsible for finding a cast, director, venue, date, or even attending the reading, though we encourage you to do so. (Caveat: if you are selected with a pitch for an unfinished script, we will work with you to create a schedule to share scenes-in-progress and a “reading ready” draft, and you will be offered 1:1 development support by our Managing Director and Head of Literary.)

Q: Will playwrights attend the Barr Hill Players core intensive in Greensboro, VT?

No, selected playwrights will not attend our 2024 intensive. However, we hope to build lasting relationships with playwrights that may translate into residency and full production opportunities with the future – so if these opportunities excite you, please apply!

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Live & In Color has opened their 2024 Musical Theatre Submissions


Deadline: March 1, 2024 11:59 PM EST

Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical in the Fall of 2024. The selected musical submission will have a two-week workshop in the fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience.

Submissions will close at 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2024. 

 For any questions email Dennis Corsi at dennis@liveandincolor.org.

The full application is available at liveandincolor.org

Writers receive a $1,000 stipend plus housing, meals, and travel. We provide support including a several month development period based on needs of the composer/writers leading up to the retreat. Live & In Color staff will continue the support the development of your piece beyond the retreat including a reading for industry and Broadway Alums.

The musical must be performed: 
  • with 4 actors (or less)
  • All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Demo of score (2-3 songs)
  • Sample of dialogue (~15 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted)
We will start the selection process once the submission deadlines are closed. You will be notified of your status after the selection process. No submission fee/participation fee/self-producing. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

OnyxFest Theater Grants 2024


Deadline: March 1, 2024


This marks the fifth anniversary of the collaboration between IndyFringe and ARTI and the 14th staging of OnyxFest – the first and only theater festival in Indiana spotlighting exclusively works of Black writers. Grants will cover all expenses required to bring scripts from the page to the stage, says OnyxFest Director Vernon A. Williams. “This is an event designed to empower Black artists to create their own narrative and to tell their own unique stories.”

Entries must be original one-act plays between 45 minutes and an hour in length. There may be no more than five characters per cast.

Organizers say judges this season will look for variety. In addition to drama and serious topics, creative comedy, romance, mystery, spoken word, musical and even dance productions are welcomed! Playwrights will receive royalties along with stipends to pay actors, directors, lighting assistants and sound technicians. The grant will include funds for set design, props, costume and makeup as well as the complete cost of theater rental for both rehearsal and performances.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for serious new playwrights with talent but inadequate financial resources,” Williams said, adding that OnyxFest 2024 will also provide playwrights script development assistance, marketing and advertising, along with video recordings and internet streaming of plays.

Scripts should be submitted to https://go.iu.edu/4RJu. All scripts must be downloaded no later than 11:59 pm Fri., March 1, 2024. Entries will then be submitted to a jury of theater professionals who will read each and determine winners. Recipients will be notified no later than the end of April. Entries must be original one-act plays between 45 minutes and an hour in length. There may be no more than five characters per cast. Williams recommends that writers avoid stereotypes, degrading or disrespectful portrayals of Black life and culture, and gratuitous violence or sexual content.

Friday, February 9, 2024

The Gloria Bond Clunie Playwright’s Festival 2024

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Deadline: February 16, 2024

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is proud to announce the launch of a new play development initiative in 2024. The Gloria Bond Clunie Playwright’s Festival honors the incredible career and legacy of Gloria Bond Clunie, one of the founding members of Fleetwood-Jourdain. She is also a founding member of the Playwriting Ensemble at Victory Gardens Theater where she premiered her plays North Star, Shoes, and Living Green. Her work as a theater and educator has been recognized by the NAACP, the Joseph Jefferson Awards, Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Awards, and Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts, among many others.

This festival will take place over two weekends (May 24-26th and May 31-June 2nd) at the FJT’s home, the Noyes Cultural Center in Evanston. The first weekend will be for the playwrights to connect with each other, experiment while in workshops and seminars, and spend uninterrupted time developing their play. The second weekend will offer rehearsal time with a director and actors, with two public staged readings. Playwrights will have the opportunity to participate in talkback sessions with the audience.

Important Dates:
January 15th – February 16th – Submissions are open for the Festival
Mid-March – Playwrights will be informed of their submission status
May 24th (evening) through May 26th (early evening) – In-Person in Evanston, IL – introductory dinner, workshops, guest speaker, writing time, and more!
May 31st (evening) through June 2nd (early evening) – In-Person in Evanston, IL – rehearsal with actors and a director, two public staged readings with optional rehearsal time in between

  • Playwrights should be able to attend both weekend sessions in-person at Noyes Cultural Center (927 Noyes Ave, Evanston, IL). Travel stipend and housing are not available.
  • Playwrights that are accepted into the festival will receive a $50 stipend.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is able to offer writing space, wifi, and printing services. FJT is not able to provide laptops or devices to work on. 
  • Directors and assistant directors will be hired by the theater. It will be the director’s responsibility to cast the reading, and directors will collaborate with the playwright on casting
  • Directors and actors will work with the playwright for at least 6 hours, with possible additional hours depending on availability. Playwrights are more than welcome to alter the script in between performances.
The Plays:
  • Any length of work is welcome: full length, one act, and ten minute plays. Shorter pieces will be combined into one program.
  • Plays can be in any stage of the development process.
  • Plays must require 4 or less actors. Staged directions will be read aloud.
  • The mission of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is to present work that center the African-American experience and explore stories of the African Diaspora. The inclusion and interpretation of this mission is up to the playwright. Playwrights of all races, ethnicities, sizes, religions, sexualities, abilities, and genders will be considered.
Instructions to Apply:

Please submit your work through the following form by February 16th to be considered: https://forms.gle/bkpRkAEttXQexm397. Reach out to FJTheatre@cityofevanston.org with any questions.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

“Eight to the Bar” – GreenMan Theatre Troupe’s Fourth Annual 10 Minute Play Festival


Deadline: March 1, 2024
Or until they receive 200 plays


GreenMan will be presenting Eight to the Bar, an evening of eight 10 minute plays. The prompt is “Revenge is Sweet – or Is It?” The show will be performed in July, 2024 in Elmhurst, Illinois. Eight plays will be selected.

Cash prizes for the selected plays will be determined by the audience voting on their favorites during the run of the show:

1st Place - $200.00
2nd Place - $100.00
3rd Place - $50.00

Also: a free subscription to Play Submissions Helper (www.playsubmissionshelper.com)


1. Playwrights may submit up to two plays each to G...@comcast.net from February 1, 2024 through March 1, 2024. Selected plays will be announced on April 30, 2024. Regional restriction: None. Playwrights must be currently residing on the planet Earth. Scripts with previous performances are permitted, but must be unpublished.

2. Prompt – “Revenge is Sweet – or Is It?” Your play needs to focus on revenge – its contemplation, cancellation or execution. It's resulting joy or regret. Its effect on your characters’ lives.

3. Content – Anything rated G to R. No nudity or excessive violence, but other than that – go for it.

4. Restrictions – No more than six actors per script will be cast. Doubling of parts will be permitted. Keep the set and props simple. A table or two and some chairs. Easily obtainable props. If your script requires six foot tall carnivorous pigs, we will be unlikely to do it justice. But you can go the Second City route: chairs can become car seats, couches or six foot tall carnivorous pigs.

5. Format – Limit: eight pages. Plays must be written in English and must be submitted electronically as PDF files. The playwright’s name must not appear anywhere but the title page; the judging is to be completely blind. Stick to standard play format: one inch margins, 12 point Courier or Times font. Title page (containing playwright’s name, address and e-mail), cast list page with brief descriptions of characters, followed by no more than eight pages of
script. The judges will read the finalists out loud to get a timing; anything longer than ten minutes will be disqualified. A sample format is found here; don’t stray too far from this.

6. Genre – Comedy, drama, mystery, tragedy, farce… pretty much anything except monologues, musicals or children’s shows. Also, we’re looking for original works. Adaptations are permitted, but the original source must
either be in the public domain, or have adaptation rights secured in writing by the playwright.

7. Quota – We will read up to 200 plays. No more than 200 will be accepted.

8. Entry Fee – There isn’t one.

9. Royalties – None; prizes only. Comps – the playwright and one friend will be admitted free, as many times as they want to come.

10. Rights – GreenMan Theatre Troupe will have the right to perform your play for this production only.
Photographs will be taken, and unless requested not to by the playwright, plays may be video recorded for online viewing on YouTube, Facebook, etc. All other rights are retained by the playwright.

11. Directing – Director submissions will be open on March 10, 2024. Playwrights may submit to direct.

12. Selection – Sixteen plays will be chosen for the final list. Eight directors will be selected, who will read all the scripts and choose three plays he/she would like to direct. In most cases, directors get their first or second choice.
So you might get to direct your own play, but don’t bet the ranch on it.

DO NOT SUBMIT - If you have any questions, please direct them to GM10MP@comcast.net.

​We look forward to reading your plays!

Crowname seeks submissions for its 6th issue


Deadline: March 1, 2024

Current Theme: Orange, Yellow

Introducing our Rainbow Color series (but backwards)! 6th issue edition!

As an optical phenomenon, the circumzenithal arc looks similar to our regular rainbow, but a better description of it would be a type of halo. Often, it is referred to as “a smile in the sky,” and is typically refracted sunlight through ice crystals.

“What’s mysterious, ambiguous, inexplicable. What doesn’t fit into a story, what doesn’t have a story. Glint of brightness on a barely-there chain. Patch of sunlight on a yellow wall. The loneliness that separates every living creature from every other living creature. Sorrow inseparable from joy.”

–Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Please note that at this time we cannot offer payment for publication. We hope this changes in the future, but until then, publication in Crow Name is unpaid. Contributors will always, however, receive a high-quality PDF of our magazine for their own printing/admiring/saving pleasure.

We are committed to a safe and positive environment for our community. This means that we do not tolerate racist, sexist, bigoted, antisemitic, homo/trans/bi/queer/acephobic, Hinduphobic, Islamaphobic, ableist, violent, or otherwise hateful or discriminatory pieces and practices. Please note that we will not tolerate anyone who submits anything of this nature, and our no-tolerance policy extends to any hateful and/or unsafe practices not listed.

We are also committed to making sure people of all different backgrounds and abilities are able to enjoy our site. We encourage people from all different backgrounds to submit.

We now accept submissions from August 1st to March 1st, and submissions will be considered based upon the current theme listed above. If we have already announced our decisions for the current theme, please re-submit if you would like to be considered for the next one. Please feel free to re-submit and withdraw.

We also accept previously published pieces so long that you, the writer/artist/maker, have full legal rights to the piece.

  • Submit via Microsoft Word or PDF. 
  • Submit funky, fantasy, sci-fi, realistic fiction, poetry, script, comics, podcasts/audio essays, nonfiction, eccentric, playful formatting, art, short film, animation, and anything weird and cool.
  • Submit excerpts.
  • Submit 1-5 pieces at a time, up to 20 pages total. 
  • Submit to other magazines, papers, and journals simultaneously (but tell us if you’ve been accepted elsewhere).
  • Submit revisions.
  • Submit art in CMYK color mode, in at least 300 dpi, and in TIFF or PNG files.
  • Submit audio in the MP3 file format, and video in MP4.

  • Submit racist, sexist, bigoted, antisemitic, homo/trans/bi/queer/acephobic, Hinduphobic, Islamaphobic, ableist, violent, or otherwise hateful or discriminatory pieces not listed. 
  • Try to send something to us via snail-mail (we don’t have an actual address).
  • Send us things that don’t follow our “Do’s”

If You’re Accepted:
  • We will send you confirmation of your acceptance or rejection via email. 
  • By accepting our acceptance, you give Crow Name permission to publish your work. 
  • You will retain all ownership and copyright to your work.
  • We will copy-edit your work, and/or may ask for small revisions. 
  • We retain the right to remove any work from our site at any time with or without notification. Otherwise, your work will remain on the website and in our archives for the lifespan of this site. 


Please note that submission constitutes an acceptance of our guidelines.

Please email crownamestudios@gmail.com to submit. Thanks!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Progenitor seeks 10-minute plays


Deadline: February 11, 2024 at midnight



Please submit your 10-Minute Play here. Your work must be original and unpublished.

You are allowed one submission to 10-Minute Play. Plays should not exceed ten (10) pages, excluding the cover page (with no name on it).

Because we aim to review submissions "blind," your name must not appear on the manuscript or the manuscript file name.

The cover page of the play should have the title of the play, list of characters, and setting.

Before you submit, you'll be asked to complete a form, where we ask for your: submission title (give title of the play)/ name/ email address/ mailing address/ and a 25 word author bio.

In the author bio, we're just looking to share a little something about you if we publish your work. Our list of contributors is lengthy but we like to put your name and bio in our book--thus the 25-word limit.

Also, please include a telephone number by which we can reach you!

Please remember to proofread your work carefully before submitting.

We will notify you through the Submittable system whether your work has been accepted or declined, within 3-6 weeks after the submission period has ended.

Submission deadline: Sunday, Feb 11th at midnight.

Text Requirements: 12 pt font, Times New Roman; standard playwriting format.

Please include title on the submission. Save as a .doc/ .docx/ or .rtf file.

The Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize 2024


Deadline: March 1, 2024 at 23:59 (UK time)


Awarded for the best playwriting response on the theme of ‘Language’.


The winner of the Theatre Prize will receive a cash prize to support the writing of their proposed play, and the runners up will receive travel expense support that must be used to attend our 2024 symposium - dates and venue to be announced.

First place: £3,000

Second place: £1,000

Third place: £1,000


Open to all nationalities.

Applicants must be aged 18 or above at the time of entry.

All entries must be written in English.

Applicants can only enter one of our prizes.

Limited to one entry per person.

Travel expenses can be used for economy travel costs only and are not exchangeable for cash, any leftover travel budget will not be redeemed as cash.

Travel expenses can be used for transport only and cannot be used towards accommodation outside of the dates of our symposium.


To apply you will be asked to submit the following:

A 500-word synopsis of your proposed play, including story and characters.

A 500-word explaniation of how your idea responds to our theme.

A 250-word summary of your previous theatre experience.

A sample of previous work of at least 10 pages, so that we can get a sense of your voice, style and tone.

About your proposed play:

Final plays must be no more than 45 minutes in length.

Final plays must require no more than three actors.

The winning proposal should be written between March-August, so you should have sufficient writing time within that period to complete and re-draft your play.

The winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading so simplicity in staging is preferred.

Plays can already be written, but must not have previously been performed, including as a reading or workshop production.

Submissions will be judged anonymously so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on your submission materials.

Please follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with latest news.

*Please note: we reserve the right to change any aspect of our prizes at any point during the submission or judging process, or to not award a prize if we wish.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Loft Ensemble seeks full-length plays


Deadline: February 15, 2024 at midnight PST
Or when they receive 300 scripts


We are looking for stories that need to be told by the voices that need to tell them. We are interested in full length plays that are rich in theatrical imagination and exploration of the human condition. You can see previous productions HERE.

We are a membership company. We produce work that stretches and grows our artists by giving them a place to explore freely with a strong, supportive community. You can see who we are HERE.

We consider full length plays with run times over 60 minutes and less than 2 hours.

We consider plays with a cast of at least four actors.

We are particularly excited about large ensemble plays.

We tend toward dark and strange but we also produce silly with heart and a lot in between.

We like movement and fight plays.

Please Don’t

Please do not submit a play you have previously submitted. If you have sent us a play, it has already been considered and not programmed or we’re still thinking about it but could not program it at the time you submitted it.

Please do not submit a short one-act or ten minute play (whether on their own or thematically paired/ grouped.)

Please do not submit solo shows, two handers or three handers.

Please do not submit musicals.

We do not accept more than 1 script from any author, so please send us the work you think is best based on the above.

What you can expect when you submit:

Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we only reach out to work that we feel is in line with our mission and artistic goals. We appreciate your patience as we read every submission, and give each one our attention. We dedicate half of the calendar year to this process. If we want to consider your play for production we will contact you. If you don’t hear from us by the middle of June 2024, please know that we considered your work with great care.

Please add submissions@loftensemble.org to the safe list of the email address you provide. We will send you an email if we want to discuss your play and it’s harder when we go to your spam folder first.

The 2024 Black Men Talk Play Festival


Deadline: March 15, 2024 11:59PM CT


DLaniger Productions presents this new 10-minute play festival: a celebration of the voices, stories, and perspectives of Black male playwrights. The goal is to select plays telling authentic stories of the Black experience

The 2024 Black Men Talk Play Festival will be the first play festival aimed at recognizing the voices and stories of Black male playwrights. The project is created by a playwright from Chicago where the festival will be held and selected plays will be produced in August 2024.

Playwrights are invited to submit their scripts from January 15th to March 15th. A panel of readers will carefully select the plays to be part of the festival. All submissions will receive a confirmation email. Notifications will be made on or before April 15th. The official list of selected plays and playwrights will be posted on: https://blackmentalkplayfestival.com in late April 2024. Selected playwrights will receive $100.

SUBMISSION RULES:Submissions are due by March 15th at 11:59 pm CT.
  • Script submitted must be the final version in proper play format.
  • Playwrights must submit plays that run from 8-10 minutes or 8-10 pages. Your cover page should have: title of play, your name, email address, and phone number.
  • Plays should feature from two to four characters.
  • Scripts should be written with minimal set and costume requirements.
  • One entry per person.
  • Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a professional production.
  • Plays must be submitted electronically in PDF format.
No musicals, screenplays, or monologues will be selected for this festival.

All submissions must be submitted online here: https://forms.gle/fT31Mjzsn3nF8mGn6

Thank you,
Reginald Jackson

Monday, February 5, 2024

Van Lier Fellowship 2024


Deadline:  February 9, 2024 at 11:59pm EST


Applicants may only apply once per application year. Applicants who apply multiple times in one year will be completely disqualified.

Each application is thoughtfully reviewed by a diverse reader pool of Van Lier Fellowship alumni, Rattlestick staff, and industry professionals.

Each application is reviewed in the first round by at least 2 different readers.

Semi-finalists and finalists are selected through two rounds of consideration and are required to reconfirm their eligibility.

Finalists are asked to provide a full length script and are granted an interview with a selection panel made up of Rattlestick affiliated artists and staff members.

Awarded playwrights will be selected by May 2024.


The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship is open to playwrights who:

Reside in, or within 30 mile radius of, New York City.

Are between the ages of 18 - 30 from June 2024 to May 2025

Identify as a BIPOC individual

Are not enrolled in a degree-granting program June 2024 to May 2025.

Demonstrate exceptional talent in playwriting and theater-making, particularly with a deep understanding of the collaborative nature of play-making.

Make a case for how a Van Lier Fellowship would transform their professional and creative lives and why now is the ideal moment for them to participate in the program.

Note: Priority will be given to applicants who do not have other time-intensive writing commitments during the duration of the Fellowship, in order to participate fully in Rattlestick programming and events throughout the year.

Questions? Email vanlier@rattlestick.org! No phone calls please.

Ensemble Studio Theatre Youngblood Workshop


Deadline: February 26, 2024 11:59 PM EST


Keep an eye out for information on our virtual Info Session with current Youngblood members to learn more about applying to the group.

Applications are open to New York City metro area resident playwrights. While Youngblood works primarily with writers under 31 years old, we recognize that there are many definitions of "early-career" (new to the field, recently graduated from grad school, etc.). If you are over 31 but believe you qualify as an early career playwright please include an explanation in your letter.

Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings, and retreats. If you have any questions, please contact youngblood@estnyc.org.


Please complete the form below and include the following materials:

WRITING SAMPLE - up to 25 pages. This can be part of a longer piece or a one-act. Send whatever you think best represents where you are as a playwright right now.

LETTER - The "why Youngblood" letter. Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in membership in the group.

RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.

FULL-LENGTH PLAY - A completed full-length play in its entirety. Note: this can be the full play from which the initial 25 pages was excerpted, or an entirely different piece. In most cases, this additional material will only be read if you are selected as a finalist.

PLEASE NOTE: Combine the above items, in that order (sample, letter, resume, full-length), into a single PDF file.

The file name should be your last name and first initial - i.e., TOLAN_R.pdf.
Upload the PDF file using the Upload link below.


Sunday, February 4, 2024

New Victory LabWorks 2024


Deadline: February 5, 2024


New Victory LabWorks is for NYC-based artists of color creating original work for kids and families. We welcome and uplift all artists of color, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and who identify as disabled. As an artistic home for artists of all disciplines, New Victory LabWorks explores, devises and reimagines what theater for families can be.

Applications OPEN now through February 5, 2024. Please apply to be a New Victory LabWorks artist.

Once all applications are reviewed, a select group of applicants will be contacted to participate in an interview with members of the New Victory Artistic Programming staff. From there, final applicants will be notified of their acceptance. All applicants will receive notification of final decisions. No phone calls, please.

New Victory LabWorks Application Info Session

Learn more about the New Victory LabWorks application process. WATCH ON YOUTUBE 
  • Program RequirementsArtist(s) must have a primary residence in NYC and be available to participate between August 2024 to June 2025.
  • Artist(s) must identify as a Person of Color.
  • Artist(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Artist’s work must be intended for family audiences (artist does not need prior experience in creating work suitable for families).
  • Artist’s project(s) must be in development but may be at any point during development, including the initial concept.
  • Artist(s) must be able to attend monthly meetings in Manhattan.
  • Artist(s) must be interested in actively participating in all aspects of the New Victory LabWorks program, including professional development, monthly meetings with the LabWorks cohort, peer-based exchange and peer and/or audience feedback.
For more information on New Victory LabWorks, please read our FAQs.

Application Instructions

If interested, you can review the questions and required materials before applying. Please note the application is a Google Form, which cannot be saved as you go.

Please complete the application and include support materials via a Dropbox link or Google Drive folder. If you have physical materials to submit, please let us know by emailing LabWorks@New42.org.
The application deadline for the 2024-25 New Victory LabWorks program is February 5, 2024.

The Fresh Fruit 2024 10-minute play festival


Deadline:  February 10, 2024


Produced by ALL OUT ARTS as a part of the 23-24 Fresh Fruit Festival. 2 competitions in March to select finalists, who will compete again in the Spring MAINSTAGE – April 22 through May 5.

Two Competition events: Friday, March 1 AND Saturday March 2

At least 12 plays will compete, 6 each night; the Top 3 winners from each night win $50 each, AND these 6 finalists will compete AGAIN during the Spring MAINSTAGE Festival, April 22 – May 5, for grand prizes.

Requirements: Plays must be 10 minutes or less in length; Must be LGTBQ themed or have a prominent LGBTQ character; Must be an original; You must bring in a completely rehearsed and directed work.

EACH DAY: Groups can come in early to get a feel for the space. Each play will have a cue-to-cue tech before the performances. Up to 3 sound cues allowed; and Up to 3 lighting changes allowed. 1 milk crate sized box of props allowed. Predetermined furniture can be used [from the venue plus what we can bring in]. Simple costuming please.

AT PERFORMANCES: Audience chooses their Top 3 “Audience Favorites.” Judges choose a Single Judges “Technical Choice.” Winners announced and prizes given at the end of each evening.

THE SPRING MAINSTAGE: The 6 top winners from the March competition will perform again in the Spring Fresh Fruit Festival MAINSTAGE, with full Sound & Light and better production values.
Top 3 Mainstage winners: First prize $100; 2nd prize $75; 3rd prize $75.A gala Champagne reception to follow immediately after the competition.

Studio Players 11th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival


Deadline: February 12, 2024 by 11:59 PM EST
Or they have received 300 submissions

This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. There is NO submission fee, NO production fee. The judges will be members of the Studio Players theatre community: board members, directors, and patrons. The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Any playwright may enter; please submit only ONE play per playwright. If a playwright submits more than one script, only the first one received will be considered and the others will be eliminated.

2. The play must be a 10-minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long (dialogue). If it’s a monologue/one-person piece, it should come in under 10 pages).

3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page containing the following information: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title and a brief synopsis; no identifying information should be contained in or on the 10-page script.

4. To be considered, each script must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST February 12, 2024.

5. The contest is open to the first 300 entries received.

6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts and video recording and presentation of their scripts.

That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theatre community. Each play will be a fully realized production; each performance will contain all the winning scripts. The 7 selected playwrights will each receive $250 in prize money.

The script selection process is anonymous and therefore we won't be posting notifications during the deliberations. We will announce the 15 finalists and 7 winners after the selection process is complete.

All entries should be sent to: 10minuteplayfestlex@gmail.com with "10-min Play Fest" in the subject line. 

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