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Saturday, March 30, 2024

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS OF NEW WORKS FOR THE STAGE BY NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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Deadline: April 1, 2024


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

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

Liberation Theatre Company Writing Residency Program 2024/25

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Deadline: April 1, 2024 11:59 PM

APPLICATION FORM

Liberation Theatre Company (LTC), a Harlem, New York-based independent theatrical producer and playwright development company established in 2009, is inviting applications from early-career Black playwrights to participate in the seventh year of our Writing Residency Program for 2024-2025. The residency is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

It is a rare opportunity burgeoning playwrights have to hone their craft under their own vision through provided resources from an organization that only seeks to uplift their voices. For that I owe Liberation Theater Company an unlimited amount of gratitude. Nathaniel Johnson - Residency Playwright 2017/18

The Writing Residency Program will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play.

Beginning in May 2024, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during a table reading as their play begins to take shape.

Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can.

The Residency will conclude in February 2025, with the possibility of public/virtual readings, to be determined by LTC staff, of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive an honorarium.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2024 – February 2025). b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. c) The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code.

Application Submission Procedure

To be considered for the 2024 - 2025 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have quetions about the program or the application process, please email: info@liberationtheatrecompany.org.

The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF or DOCX form no later than 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 1, 2024. 

Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name. 
  • Completed Online Application Form 
  • Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points: 
  • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life.
  • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals.
  • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program. 
  • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this. 
  • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.
Anything else you think may be relevant.
  • A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright
  • The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample
  • Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include your website if you have one and one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)

Friday, March 29, 2024

Neurodivergent New Play Series seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: rolling basis

The Neurodivergent New Play Series - an ongoing play reading series dedicated to empowering neurodivergent playwrights in NYC since 2023 - is accepting recurring submissions as we prepare for our 2024-25 Season.

All submissions should be for full-length plays between 45 to 180 minutes long and may have received a previous reading or production outside of NYC, as long as they are unpublished. All neurodivergent/disabled writers (autistic, ADHD, dyslexic, OCD, Tourette's, etc.) at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply - especially BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and female-identifying writers. There is no submission fee or any other fee for being involved in this process.

Plays can be of any genre, although we are especially seeking works that challenge traditional methods of storytelling & have something important to say about the world that isn't being heard enough. We ask that you submit only one play every 30 days during our recurring submissions process. If one of our Resident Directors is interested in your work, we will reach out via email.

Learn more and submit your work at our official play submissions URL: https://form.jotform.com/223378604825057

Follow @neurodivergentplays on Instagram and Facebook or go to www.linktr.ee/neurodivergentplays to learn more.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Zoomers in April


Memberships are available for NYCPlaywrights Zoomers - we meet on Zoom each Monday at 7PM to do readings of our work. 

Workshops are a great way to meet fellow playwrights, commiserate about the challenges of crafting a good play and celebrate victories, whether getting a full-blown production or finally getting a tricky scene to work. 



đŸ‘‰ You can sit in on a Monday session for free - email nancy@nycplaywrights.org to request a spot.

Check out our website here

 ~ https://nycp-zoomers.blogspot.com

How do our meetings work? Find out here 

~ https://nycp-zoomers.blogspot.com/2023/12/welcome-to-nycplaywrights-zoomers-some.html

Here are Frequently Asked Questions 

~ https://nycp-zoomers.blogspot.com/p/zoomers-frequently-asked-questions-faq.html

Would you like more information? Email nancy@nycplaywrights.org




Dramatists Guild End of Play® event


The next round of End of Play.® starts April 1, 2024. (Pens up on April 1; pens down on April 30!) Stay tuned for more information on how to register!

Want to get more involved? Take your End of Play.® experience one step further, and become a Volunteer Event Coordinator. Plan a kick-off party, a silent writing session, or another event of your choice for your End of Play.® community!

Fostering an artistic community is more important than ever before. Once you've signed up to participate in the End of Play.® writing challenge, help us spread the word! Share that you'll be doing End of Play.® on social media, using #EndOfPlay. Maybe you can even inspire a friend or two to join you on your End of Play.® journey!

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Happy World Theater Day!

 


Spray Paint Magazine seeking scripts

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Deadline: March 31, 2024

Spray Paint Magazine is an online literary magazine aiming at giving artists a voice.

Spray Paint Magazine accepts unpublished scripts in English and French, including translations into English or French. We’re looking for any scripts (screenplays and stageplays) in any genre.

Please only submit one (1) script (screenplays or stageplays) not exceeding 20 pages.

Must send it as a Word Document, and the document itself must be titled “Author’s name, Title of Work.”  For example, “Spray Paint Magazine, Hope Is Not Lost.”

For all submissions, please send them to spraypaintmagazine@gmail.com with the subject heading being [Artist’s Name], [Category]’s Submission.  For example, “Spray Paint Magazine, Poetry Submission.”  For multiple submissions, please have it in individual Word documents in the same email.  In the email, the submitter must include a bio of no more than 100 words, and it must be how they would like to see it on the website.  In addition, the submitter must include their name or pseudonym with their work.

Spray Paint Magazine does not accept simultaneous submissions.  If someplace else is considering your piece(s), we will not consider it.

All submissions must be in 12-point font.

Submissions must also be formatted how you would like to see them in the magazine.

Finally, submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.

We pay $5 per poem, $10 per prose, $10 per script, and $5 per visual art piece.

All payments will be made in Canadian dollars to your PayPal (personal) account.

Spray Paint Magazine purchases First North American Serial Rights. However, the copyright reverts to the artist after publication. Nevertheless, subsequent publications in collections, anthologies, etc., must acknowledge its first appearance in Spray Paint Magazine.

PAC NYC ~ The Democracy Cycle

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Deadline: April 1, 2024, 5:00 PM EST

Over a 5-year period, The Democracy Cycle – a collaboration between the Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC) and Galvan Initiatives – will commission and develop 25 new performing arts works across the fields of theater, dance, music, opera, and multi-disciplinary performance that express themes related to the nature and practice of democracy, particularly as it is practiced in the United States.

Our hope is that the commissioned projects will enrich and expand discussion of and participation in democracy – be it in the national, state, regional, or hyperlocal community realm – as it is practiced within the United States and worldwide. The Democracy Cycle project is inspired by the following beliefs:Democratic values are a global expression of humanity’s striving to live with one another with respect and in peace.

Democracy, as practiced in the United States, includes a history of founding exclusions. It has been, and must continue to be, the ongoing work of our society to expand upon the ideals of inclusivity embedded in our founding documents.

Democracy faces significant perceived and actual threats in the current moment, both domestically and internationally.

The Intersection of capitalism and democracy creates both opportunities and tensions.
Artists are the beating heart of democratic values because of their ability to imagine new worlds, envision new possibilities, and provoke meaningful discourse across divides.

The primary focus of The Democracy Cycle will be on democracy as it is currently being practiced in the United States. However, commissioned projects may include references to democracies worldwide provided they have potential for informing and deepening our understanding of American democracy.

The Commission

Artists will receive a commission of $30,000 to create the new work and an additional $30,000 in support of the work’s development (research, readings, workshops etc.).

The Timeline
  • January 16, 2024: Application portal opens for Round One Open Call
  • February 15, 1:00pm EST: Live webinar where the Democracy Cycle staff will give an overview of the steps to apply and the application elements, with an opportunity for questions and answers at the end.
  • April 1, 2024, 5:00 PM EST: Application deadline date for Round One Open Call
  • May-June 2024: Applications are screened for eligibility by TDC staff. Eligible proposals are reviewed by a minimum of two Readers. Using Reader’s evaluative scores, a list of finalists is developed.
  • Spring/summer 2024: A peer panel drawn from the fields of performing arts and the study and practice of democracy reviews finalists’ proposals and selects 8 projects to receive the 2024 commissions.
  • September 2024: All Round One Open Call applicants notified of their project’s status.
  • Early 2025: Round Two Open Call timeline and guidelines announced
  • Early 2026: Round Three Open Call timeline and guidelines announced

Eligible applicants must:
  • Be generative artists working in the field of theater, dance, music, opera, or multi-disciplinary performance
  • Have completed and presented at least 2 full-length prior works of performance publicly, as evidenced by their bio, CV and/or work samples.
  • Propose a new live performance work which may be at any stage of development, but may not be planned to premiere before November 1, 2024. (Remounts of previously completed/premiered works are ineligible.)
  • Propose a new live performance work which is planned to be completed in 2025, 2026, or 2027.
  • Be prepared to manage the income-tax implications of accepting a commission from a U.S.-based arts organization. (U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.)
Proposals are not eligible if
  • The lead artist is enrolled as a full-time student in a degree-granting program
  • The lead artist is under the age of eighteen
  • The main purpose of the project is the curation or documentation of existing work(s)
  • The proposed work advocates by name for the success or failure of a current partisan candidate for office or a political party
  • The lead artist or any of the main collaborators are employees or immediate family of employees of PAC NYC or Galvan Initiatives

Selection Criteria

Readers and panelists will consider the following in selecting the commissioned projects:How does the proposed work model, hold accountable, expand, critique, or celebrate democracy, the practice of democracy, and democratic ideals? How has the artist or artists identified and responded to ideas or themes related to democracy, including core democratic principles and values (ex. political equality, majority rule, minority rights, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, among others.)

Does the work demonstrate clear potential for generating meaningful reflection and discourse on democracy as demonstrated by project narrative, samples of prior work, and artistic history of its collaborators.

Application Requirements

You will submit your application through Submittable. To do so, you will need to have or create a free Submittable account.


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

The Brisk Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: March 31, 2024

SCRIPT SUBMISSION FORM

The Brisk Festival is an international theater festival with short plays of up to 10 minutes. 

Our short stories allow our audiences to experience in a very limited amount of time a wide range of emotions and feelings, encouraging them to ponder and explore different subjects and situations presented by our talented participants.

What We’re Looking For:

Short and Strong: Your script should deliver a powerful punch in 10 minutes or less.

Diverse Genres Welcome: Whether it’s a laugh-out-loud comedy, a tear-jerking drama, or an edge-of-your-seat thriller, we’re open to all genres.

Zero Submission Fees: It’s completely free to submit your script for consideration.

Opportunities Galore: If selected, directors from our festival will have the chance to bring your script to life. We’ll notify you about when and where it’s happening.

Submission Tips:

History Matters: Let us know if your script has graced the stage before, including the venue, festival, city, and year.

Special Roles: If you’re interested in directing or acting in your own play, or if you have a specific director and actors in mind, head over to our Full Production submission or Talent submission pages.
J
oin Our Family:

Submitting your script is a breeze and takes less than 5 minutes—just make sure your script is ready for upload (max file size: 5 MB) and all necessary information is filled in. Encounter any snags? Switching browsers might help, or you can reach out to us directly at brisk@briskfestival.com.

The IV Edition of LA Brisk Festival will be held in Santa Monica, California, at the Morgan-Wixson Theater from August 8th to September 8th 2024. The Official Selection will include 55 plays this year, 34 original short plays in English and 21 in Spanish from our open submission process to become a part of our official selection.


Tales from the Brookside ~ TheatreWorks 10-Minute Play Festival

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Deadline: March 30, 2024

SUBMISSION FORM

2024 “Tales from the Brookside” TheatreWorks 10-Minute Play Festival August 20 – August 24, 2024
TheatreWorks in New Milford, CT is accepting submissions for our 2024 10-Minute Play Festival, “Tales from the Brookside.”

A total of twenty 10-minute plays will be accepted by our panel of judges from among those submitted.

TW Playwrights Workshop, held two Wednesday evenings each month, is available to help further development of your play. Please join our Facebook group, TW Playwrights Workshop Group | Facebook for meeting notifications. Our doors are open to everyone.

The twenty selected plays will be presented once on one of the first three performance dates (Tues. August 20, Wed. August 21, or Thur. August 22 at 8:00 PM.)

Two plays from each night will move into the semi-finals on Friday, August 23 at 8:00 PM. Four plays will be chosen from the semi-final performances for the finals on Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 PM.

CASH PRIZES will be awarded to the winners in each category (more to follow as we approach the event.)

Playwrights (or their representatives) are responsible for the production of their plays including DIRECTING, casting, rehearsals, props, etc. TheatreWorks New Milford will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound, equipment, and the production staff.

Submissions MUST be received NO LATER THAN MARCH 30th, 2024 and typed in standard play- script format, and be no more than ten (10) pages in a font size no smaller than 12-point. Only plays with running times of ten (10) minutes or less will be eligible for prizes. Plays that run beyond 10 minutes may be subject to disqualification.

Submissions MUST include playwright contact info on the title page. Judging is based on a combination of the audience and a panel of judges.

Selectees will be notified BY June 30, 2024. Early submissions may receive early notification.

A maximum of two submissions per playwright will be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a mandatory pre-production meeting for ALL playwrights and/or their representatives in mid-July 2024. An exact date will be announced when selections are final, and playwrights have been notified.

Additional questions can be sent to info@theatreworks.us or 860-350-6863.

Monday, March 25, 2024

The Oven, Personal Pizza Party

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Deadline: April 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM EDT

To submit, fill out the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/R6sQ3jNYoUGJeCau5

Submissions for The Oven, Personal Pizza Party (personalpizzaparty.org)'s flagship program – now in its second year – are now open!

The Oven invites up-to-five early-career playwrights to generate a new short play over an 8-week collaborative workshop process, culminating in a public staged reading series in June. Facilitated by 3P Executive Artistic Director and Oven Founder, Lee Melillo, this cohort aims to be a highly collaborative, non-hierarchical, and supportive creative space for writers to work and play together.

The Summer 2023 Oven program will run between April 22nd and June 10th. Meetings will be held in Manhattan (see application form for specific dates/times). The Oven is an in-person program, and writers must commit to attending 7 out of 9 sessions to take part.

Previously written and developed work will not be considered for the Oven; all projects must be new and generated over the course of our meeting period.

All scripts that are cooked up in the Oven will be presented by Personal Pizza Party and The Elif Collective (theelif.org) as part of our staged reading series in mid/late June.

Selected writers will receive a stipend of $200 for their participation in the program.

For the program, we are looking for artists who are looking for an artistic community to call their own. Both 3P and Elif seek to cultivate collaborative spaces and landing pads for early-career artists in New York City. Successful applicants will articulate in their application why the Oven program appeals to them, how it will benefit their artistic practice right now, and their feelings on participating in a highly-collaborative process such as this.

Submissions close Monday, April 1st, at 11:59pm EST. Selected writers will be contacted by Thursday, April 11th.

Please email lee@personalpizzaparty.org with any questions about the program. 

Sunday, March 24, 2024

A Light in Dark Places 2024

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Deadline: Wednesday March 27, 2024 11:59 PM PDT

A Light in Dark Places…

Invites you to submit a short-form play to be included in the 9th annual A Light in Dark Places: A Collection of Plays for Hope in accordance with National Suicide Prevention Month.

Selected plays will receive a six-performance run and a $100 prize in the Fall of 2024.

ALIDP’s short-play festival breaks down the stigma surrounding the topic of suicide, using a mix of comedy and drama, to encourage healthy discussion, create community, and offer hope to those affected. The plays are to explore themes of suicide prevention and mental health conditions with a focus on community, connection, hope, resources and healing.

Please DO NOT submit any plays that depict the act of suicide, as that is not in accordance with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s safe messaging guidelines.

Up to six plays will be selected from the submissions. A standard option agreement contract will be expected to be signed by both parties upon selection.

Selections will be announced no later than July 1st, directors will then be assigned, and casting will commence in August. A four-week rehearsal period is expected.

Performances will be the weekends of Sept. 8th-10th & Sept. 15th-17th at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles in Hollywood

To apply, playwrights must submit an original 5 to 15 page script (previously produced scripts are not eligible) via email to: submit@alightindarkplaces.org. Please include name, address and how you heard about us in the body of the email. Attach your submission as a .pdf and without your name, to help us keep the selection process as objective as possible.

Submissions are due no later by 11:59pm PST, Wednesday March 27th.

Please feel free to contact Kelly O’Malley at kellromalley@gmail.com with any questions, especially regarding tone and safe messaging!

For further information on the subject of Suicide Prevention, please visit: www.afsp.org.

For further information about Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, please visit: http:/www.stellaadler.la

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Cypress Productions New Plays Now seeks short works

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Deadline: March 25, 2024

Cypress Productions is searching for new unproduced short plays to be a part of New Plays Now, our third collection of new short works.

We will be selecting 6 scripts. Selected playwrights agree to a full production of their script with a recording of one performance uploaded publicly to YouTube. Playwrights will also receive a $75 stipend.

This call is open to all playwrights, although Kentucky playwrights are encouraged to submit!

If you are on New Play Exchange please submit there instead of by email.

Submission Guidelines:

-1 submission per playwright

-10 pages or less

-Maximum of 4 characters

-Keep technical elements minimal

-A one paragraph summary of the play/logline

-No musicals

-No previously submitted scripts. Although playwrights who have submitted in the past are still encouraged to submit!


If you have any questions or need to submit please email us at: Cypressproductionsky@gmail.com

Thursday, March 21, 2024

No Sleep Podcast seeks scripts

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Deadline: none listed

Here at The NoSleep Podcast, we love nothing more than hearing from up-and-coming or seasoned horror writers who’d like to work with us. We want you to frighten us and mess with our heads, so we in turn can terrify our listeners. As such, we’ve prepared a handy list of submissions guidelines to get your relationship with our show started. We welcome and encourage a broad, diverse range of submissions from all across the horror genre, and can’t wait to read the spine-tingling tales you send us.

Submissions are handled by our team of editors, who upon your story being selected will work with you to ensure your story is primed for audio adaptation.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please email submissions to: submissions@thenosleeppodcast.com

In the body of your email please include the title and exact word count of the story.

Please send submissions as an editable attachment.
Microsoft Word documents are preferable. Please do not submit your story or script as a .PDF file as we cannot edit or annotate it easily. Anything submitted as a .PDF file will be automatically rejected.

Please do not submit your story by pasting the text into the body of your submission email.
This breaks the formatting of your story and makes it exceptionally hard to read, requiring us to reformat your story ourselves just to be able to assess it. Any submissions received in this manner without an attachment will be automatically rejected.

Please double check that your story is actually attached to your email.

If your story submission has been posted online at any point, please provide us with a link so we can share the text version with our listeners.

Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, any submissions that don’t follow our requirements will be automatically rejected.
Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines carefully before submitting in order to receive a response from our team.

SCRIPTS

We’d love to see more script submissions, as these have proven to work very well on the show. Scripts should ideally last between 20 and 40 minutes, and star 2 or more characters, with more being preferable. Please include a word count with your script, and a spoiler-free list of characters with speaking roles. If you’re new to scriptwriting and you’d like an example of how to structure and format an audio-only script, you can download an example.

Please make sure your script is written as an audio drama. We can’t adapt scripts written as a screenplay, or scripts that heavily feature visual cues. Anything not written in an audio drama format will not be accepted.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

FREE - VOICES & ECHOES: SHORT PLAY SERIES

The Red Monkey Theater Group
Presents Voices and Echoes Short Play Series and Discussion

Two short plays will examine how race, gender, class and freedom in 19th and 20th century America still shape and inform modern sensibilities and struggles.

Saturday March 30, 2024
2:00pm - 3:00pm

FREE Admission RSVP Requested
The Ossie Davis Theater

New Rochelle Public Library (Westchester County, NY)

1 Library Plaza (one block from the New Rochelle MetroNorth Train Station)

New Rochelle, NY 10801

To RSVP visit https://newrochelle.librarycalendar.com/event/voices-and-echoes-short-play-series-8067

Thread written by Sharon Latimer Mosley,

Performed by Reggie Street and Michael Alexander, Directed by Harold Hodge Jr.
In the wake of the 1863 New York City draft riots, a self made dress-maker and Navy recruiter face crucial choices about their future.

Masher written by Amy Frey

Performed by Amy Frey and Margaret Gorrel, Directed by Tal Aviezer.

Mrs. John G. Bettancourt is everything a model, upper-class Victorian woman should be: wife, mother, hostess, however, what happens when she encounters a "masher" (man who assaults a woman)?

Cork Arts Theatre: View from a Lamppost seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: March 31, 2024
Cork, Ireland

We are now looking for submissions for our ‘Views from…’ short play event. The theme this year is ‘Views from a Lamp Post’, and the deadline for entries is Sunday 31st March 2024.

The setting is a simple one – a bench in a park overlooked by a tall lamp post. What stories has this lamp post been a witness to? What funny, tragic, heart-warming or hair-raising conversations has it overheard? Who are the characters who have sat under its light for a short while?

We are looking for 10 minute plays that are character driven and are complete stories in their own right. All entrants should bear the following in mind… the setting should be integral to the plot. Preference will be given to plays that achieve this.

It’s a challenge, we know, but one designed to inspire rather than discourage.

As always, in our short play events, please follow these few guidelines:Plays should be no more than 10 minutes in duration. Other than that, we are open to plays of all genres – comedy, tragedy, farce, fantasy, horror, period pieces, etc.

As per previous years, all submissions will be read by our panel of readers, a shortlist compiled, and 10 of those plays selected by our directors. Those 10 plays will then be staged during our performance week which will take place from May 28th to June 1st, 2024.

The 10 minute maximum duration is important, so, if you’re unsure of how long your play runs, the easiest way to gauge it is to do a live reading. This is always a useful exercise as it can also bring to light any issues with dialogue or plot. A rough guide is 7 or 8 pages of double-spaced dialogue.

Plays must be submitted by Sunday 31st March 2024 and should be sent as a Word document or PDF to: theatre@corkartstheatre.com with the subject line Views from a Lamp Post Submission 2024. Please do not submit plays to any other Cork Arts Theatre email address.

Note: We can only accept one play from each author.

Please note too that the ‘Views from…’ series is a fund-raising event for the Cork Arts Theatre and, as such, we are not in a position to pay royalties should your play be chosen for performance.

If you have any other questions please email: theatre@corkartstheatre.com

We look forward to receiving your entries in due course. Happy writing!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The Apron Strings Project 2024 seeks monologues and short scenes

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Deadline: April 1, 2024

Send to greymatters.productions@gmail.com

Greymatters Productions Announces NYC production of
The Apron Strings Project 2024
“The Ties that Bind”

We are looking for monologues, poems, raps, spoken word, personal essays, very short scenes and songs

Dream. Imagine. Create. Reminisce. Remember. Reflect. Write.

Aprons are a metaphor for a relationship, whether it be in service, care-taking, or creation. They symbolize both work and protection.

View selections from historian Diane Schwindt’s collection of over 600 aprons (below.) Let them inspire you to tell a story about yourself or your people.

We have all worn aprons of different kinds, both real and metaphoric. We have prepared food, honed stone, cared for others, carried nails, baked pastries. We have labored and we have crafted. We have done this for payment and for love. We want to explore the commonalities of our experiences and celebrate what binds us.

We will select the “best of the best” to weave together into a 90 minute theatrical presentation, performed by professional actors in a NYC theater, that will capture the richness and diversity of our experiences, tied together by apron strings. An opportunity to have your unique voice heard.

Please send submissions of monologues, poems, raps, spoken word, personal essays, very short scenes and/or songs (4 minutes or less in length) that reflect the spirit of the poem below, inspired by the gallery of aprons that follow.

Submission deadline: April 1, 2024

send to greymatters.productions@gmail.com

The MAC Theater Playwrights Incubator

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Deadline: March 31, 2024
Marion Massachusetts

SUBMISSION FORM - check the box on the page

The MAC Theater Playwrights Incubator is a program for first-time playwrights to see their work realized on the stage.

Finding theaters to produce new or unpublished plays can be an obstacle for any new playwright. The MAC Theater Playwrights Incubator is a structured program that aims to discover and support, through workshop and production, new stage plays by first time, unpublished regional playwrights.

These plays are small cast shows with one to six characters. Selected playwrights will work with two mentors who are experienced theater artists to fine-tune their plays over the course of several months and prepare the script for production.

After regular writing evaluations and the script is ready, the mentors will work with the MAC to find a director and assist her or him in casting the show with appropriate actors. One or more readings with a select focus group audience will include a feedback-response process, and the end result is a completed script, ready for debut performance for a live audience on stage at the Marion Art Center.

Any new writer who has not yet been published or had a play produced is invited to submit her or his script or outline for consideration. There is no cost to participate in this program. Selected applicants are required to sign an agreement with the MAC Theater, outlining expectations and a commitment to the program. Playwrights must be available to meet on site with mentors, for readings and all aspects of the production process including auditions, rehearsals, tech work and performances.

The selected playwright for the 2024-2025 program will be announced by early May. Please send any questions to mtpi@marionartcenter.org.

Applications are due by March 31, 2024.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Appalachian Center for the Arts commission for Vitality Touring Theatre Company

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Deadline: March 25, 2024

The Appalachian Center for the Arts is looking for playwrights to create new plays for our Vitality Touring Theatre Company, which brings shows related to health and wellness to elementary schools through colleges/universities in Kentucky and nearby states.

We're looking to commission playwrights for the following topics and age groups:

1) Opioid addiction - high schools (9-12)
2) Smoking/vaping - middle/high schools (6-12)
3) Self-confidence - elementary schools (K-5)

Shows should be approx. 30 min. for elementary schools and 60 min. for middle/high schools. We'll consider musicals as long as we're able to use recorded tracks; let us know if you're submitting as a musical writer/writing team.

We're also open to pre-existing shows for young audiences that fit with the theme of health and wellness.

Shows should require a maximum of four performers.

We're looking at a writer's fee of $1,000-$2,000/script for commissions (depending on length), and paying royalties for existing scripts.

Our goal is to have scripts available for performance during the Spring 2025 semester if at all possible.

2 ways to submit:

1) Email tours@theapparts.org with a resume/C.V. and a minimum 10-page writing sample. (Feel free to send an entire play.) State in your email which topic(s) you're interested in. We'll follow up with our shortlist of writers by the end of the month to ask for brief pitches of how you would proceed with a story. (If you have a TYA play in progress on one of these topics, feel free to add any materials related to that play. We're happy to sign any paperwork you provide stating that those materials belong to you and will not be used in the development of another play.)

2) Submit any pre-existing TYA plays on these topics (or other health and wellness topics) to tours@theapparts.org, along with your royalty rate for performances. Please send demo tracks for a musical.

No restrictions of any sort on eligibility. If you have a connection to Kentucky/Appalachia, please let us know in your submission email.

Learn more about our current Vitality touring season at https://theapparts.org/vitality-theatre-touring-company.

Please contact Br. Christian Matson, Ph.D., Tour Coordinator, at tours@theapparts.org or (646) 724-1635 with any questions.

Stonecoast Review seeks work for issue #21 - Summer 2024 - Ethical Storytelling

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Deadline: April 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

Dramatic Works. Limit submissions to 12 or fewer pages. One submission per author, per submission cycle. We accept dialogue-driven plays, scripts, and experimental styles, including but not limited to one-minute plays, 10-minute plays, screenplays, and monologues. We are especially interested in pieces that demonstrate a commitment to questioning the “truths” we take for granted, pushing the boundaries of the status quo, and upholding the dignity of writer and audience in craft.

Please read our mission statement and the information below before submitting.

Submission GuidelinesSend submissions via Submittable only.

Please include a short cover letter and bio (50- and 100-word max. respectively).

We accept one prose submission, one poetry submission (of up to three poems), or five pieces of visual art per author, per submission cycle. Submissions that do not abide by these rules will not be considered for publication. 

Your work must be previously unpublished. (Stonecoast alumni may submit already published work for consideration as reprints.)

We encourage simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your submission immediately if it’s accepted elsewhere. If you submit multiple poems and one is accepted at another publication, please attach a note on Submittable identifying which poem is no longer available.

Please adhere to standard manuscript format: double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font. Poetry may be single spaced. (If you tell us that diverging from these rules is integral to your piece, we will consider it.)

While we love to represent stories with raw, emotional truth, we ask that you refrain from submitting pieces featuring excessive sex, violence, assaults, or suicide. 

We will reject pieces determined to be written by the use of AI software

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Kingdom Theatre seeks 10-minute & full-length plays for Playwrights Festival

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Deadline: June 15, 2024

Now accepting submissions for our second annual Playwrights Festival, after having our successful first Playwrights Festival, November last year, we return with the second annual Playwrights Festival. 

Celebrating innovative, Cutting Edge, inspirational writers. This year's Festival will convene November 1st to the 3rd 2024. Seeking dramas, comedies, and musicals, 10 minute pieces and full lengths. 

We are seeking new works that have never been produced before. No fee to submit, if we select your work there is a $150 registration fee for all writers

We provide the venue, promotion, professional production staff, we also cast each actor, as well as select each Director. 

Submit today at, kingdommtc@gmail.com

Saturday, March 16, 2024

AET Reading Series Play Submission

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Deadline: April 5, 2024


Anconda Montana

This will be an ongoing series, where 4 new play readings will be performed during a season. This series will start in Spring/Summer 2024 and go through the third season at AET**

**You can submit multiple pieces for multiple locations, but please submit them all on separate forms**


ABOUT THE COMMUNITY READING SERIES

This series is a professional but community-based project, with affordable tickets and the shows will be performed in locations where "theatre typically isn't" such as coffee shops, hotels, bed and breakfasts, bars/breweries, shops, restaurants, cafes, and more!

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for new plays that have never had a fully staged production, but they can have had table reads or staged readings. The plays will hopefully, but don't necessarily have to, fit into our location or categories listed here:

1) Sweet Pea Bridal (to perform June, July or August 2024): the location is a locally owned Bridal/Wedding Dress shop. Possible themes/types of theatre: Weddings, Brides, Eloping, Family Ties, Plays about Dreams, Plays about the Future, Plays that take place in retail shops or dress shops.

2) Gunslinger Gulch (to perform September or October 2024): this location is an 1880's Old Western Ghost Town, Gunslinger Gulch Guest Ranch. Possible theme/types of theatre: Western, Horror Theatre, Ghost stories, Murder mystery, Montana ranch life, things that scare us, etc.

3) Copperhead Lodge (to perform November 2024, December 2024 or January 2025). A piece we are workshopping has already taken this slot, so we will not be taking new plays for this location at this time.

4) Forgotten Times Barbershop (to perform February, March or April 2025): This location is a locally owned Barbershop. Possible theme/types of theatre: Barbershop, Haircuts, Forgotten Times, Community Spaces, Looking at the Past, etc.


ABOUT YOUR PIECE

- Plays that are between 20 mins and 1 hour in length ( this can also be reading a part, select scenes, or an Act of a Full Length; vignettes that are part of a larger piece)

- Plays must only engage 1 to 4 actors plus an actor to read stage directors (doubling of characters is encouraged!!)

- Actors can be anywhere from ages 10 and up - but we will not accept any full youth shows or children's theatre pieces (but use of a young artist in a piece or TYA encouraged!)

- Plays that are looking for feedback to get to the next step in their theatrical journey - AET collects feedback and you will receive that feedback in 1 to 2 weeks post performance.

WHAT WE OFFER

$100 for the rights for one performance plus a $50 travel/food stipend if you choose to come to the performance. During the process, you have the opportunity to be as hands on as you wish to be! Also, feedback from your performance to use for future drafts.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW
Application Deadline: April 5, 2024

Selections made by: May 1st, 2024 - you will have 2 weeks to make a decision.

To apply: Fill out the application form! 

**You can submit multiple pieces for multiple locations, but please submit them all on separate forms**


** We will be taking actor/director submissions as soon as plays are selected**

Prototype Festival seeks contemporary, multi-disciplinary opera-theatre and music-theatre work

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Deadline: March 31, 2024

SUBMISSION FORM VIA GOOGLE DOCS

Submission Guidelines:

-All submissions must be original compositions.

-The music in your digital piece must be primarily opera-theatre, multidisciplinary or new VOCAL music. Digital pieces with solely instrumental music will not be considered.

-Interactive, participatory videos are welcome

-Works-in-progress will be considered if they are close to completion.

If you have any questions about the festival or how to submit, please email info@prototypefestival.org.

PROTOTYPE: OPERA l THEATRE l NOW is a co-production of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, two trailblazers in the creation and presentation of contemporary, multi-disciplinary opera-theatre and music-theatre works. The pioneering festival is the only one of its kind in New York City and is a model now emulated around the country – producing and presenting a wide spectrum of works, from intimate black-box experiences to larger chamber opera productions, valuing artistic, curatorial, and producorial risk-taking. PROTOTYPE is committed to surprising our audiences and confounding their expectations through content, form, and relevance. The festival gives voice to a diverse group of composers, librettists, performers and musicians across all genres, backgrounds, and cultures. In providing a recurring showcase of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre pieces, the touring life of the work extends around the world. The festival also presents groundbreaking new works by international artists and has become a global reference of artistic excellence in the field of opera and music-theatre.

Since 2020, PROTOTYPE has programmed opera and experimental vocal music made for digital platforms, allowing people from all over the world to participate in the festival by streaming digital offerings at no cost.

Past PROTOTYPE digital offers have included “Modulation” featuring various artists commissioned by PROTOTYPE, “The Murder of Halit Yozagt,” by Ben Frost and Petter Ekmann; “The Planet – A Lament,” by Garin Nugroho and Septina Rosalina Layan, “Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists,” by Valgeir SigurĂ°sson, A. Rawlings, and Sara Marti and “UNDINE” by Stefanie Janssen, MichaĂ«l Brijs, Sjaron Minailo and Richard Van Kruysdijk.

PROTOTYPE invites you to submit work via this form. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2024. Applicants will be notified of selection by mid June.

Friday, March 15, 2024

NY THEATER FESTIVAL SPRING/SUMMER and FALL/WINTER 2024

NY THEATER FESTIVAL
SPRING/SUMMER and FALL/WINTER 2024
25TH CONTINUOUS SEASON

 

THE NEW YORK THEATER FESTIVAL COMPETITION 

for PLAYS and MUSICALS

 TOTAL PRIZES $8,000 • FIRST PRIZE $3,500 • FULL LENGTHS • ONE ACTS • SHORTS • SOLOS

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

 

TESTIMONIALS

https://newyorktheaterfestival.com/testimonials/

 

ALL PRODUCTIONS CAN OBTAIN A VIDEO RECORDING OF THEIR SHOWS

 

 

WE MAKE A VIDEO RECORDING OF THE PRODUCTION AVAILABLE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS – WE USE FOUR CAMERAS SO PARTICIPANTS HAVE FOUR CAMERAS ANGLES WITH WHICH TO EDIT INTO A COHESIVE CUT.

 

THE FESTIVAL OFFERS RAW FOOTAGE FROM 4 CAMERAS OR CAN SIMPLY DELIVER THE RAW FOOTAGE FROM THE CENTRAL CAMERA’S WIDE ANGLE WHICH CAN FUNCTION AS A RECORDING WITHOUT ANY EDITING REQUIRED.

 

PARTICIPANTS CAN USE THE RECORDING OF THEIR SHOWS AS AN ASSET FOR FUTURE MARKETING AND TO PROVIDE REEL MATERIAL FOR FUTURE INDUSTRY MANAGERS 

 

FURTHERMORE, FILMING THE SHOW MEANS THAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN PURCHASE TICKETS TO ATTEND OVER ZOOM - SPECIFICALLY THOSE WHO CAN'T TRAVEL TO SEE THE PERFORMANCES. THIS MAKES IT AVAILABLE TO ANYONE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY OR THE WORLD

 

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!

 

AMERICA'S LARGEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS PLAYWRIGHT-MUSICAL FESTIVAL-COMPETITION

 

To submit to the Festival, go to:


https://NewYorkTheaterFestival.com/ 


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

 

TEATRI RIFLESSI INTERNATIONAL SHORT PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL 2024

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Deadline: March 24, 2024, midnight, Central European Standard Time

Catania, Italy

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At its 9th edition, Teatri Riflessi is a festival consisting of several actions aiming at promoting the performing arts. At its heart is a short performance competition focused on live works no longer than 15 minutes and without distinction of genre. Since its first edition in 2009, the festival has been promoting and encouraging a discussion on dramaturgy and contemporary art languages connecting the stage to the representation of the territory and the territory to the contemporary scene.

The theme ‘Contemporary Visions’ wants to promote a discussion on how contemporary art languages have changed to look at the future, sometimes interacting with the digital medium and unconventional spaces, sometimes exploring the creative potential of new performative dimensions hinged on the intersubjectivity of the aesthetic experience and co-creation with the beholder. The aim is to display to a wide audience works that—aware of the techniques and innovations that marked the evolution of the performing arts—can rewrite themselves as current and original, leveraging the challenge represented by the short format to avoid being vacuous virtuosity or the anticipation of still unfinished work.

DOWNLOAD THE CALL (EN)

SCARICA IL BANDO (IT)

THE COMPETITION

No more than 12 short performances will be selected through the international call. Selected semifinalists are performing on Thursday, the 18th, and Friday, the 19th of July in Zafferana Etnea (Sicily, Italy).

All selected semifinalists receive a cachet of €500 and a travel reimbursement.

The Boards of experts from the performing arts industry (Technical, Critics’ and Special Awards) will evaluate the semifinalists, proclaiming the finalists who are performing again on Saturday, 20 July. The Boards consist of theatre and festival directors and operators, critics, and performing arts scholars.

In addition to the prizes of the competition, the members of Teatri Riflessi’s network can appoint special awards: hosting a play within their theatres or festivals, offering artist residencies, or tutoring opportunities.

Published on the 8th of January, the call closes on the 24th of March 2024.


SHORT PERFORMANCE

Teatri Riflessi wants to enhance the short performance format per se: not as a reduction of a longer work nor as a starting point for a full-evening adaptation. The strength of the format lies in the artistic immediacy and urgency it conveys.

The framework of the competition connects, in a way, the ancient Greek theatre—devised as an outdoor competition for a vast audience—to the most provocative tendencies in happenings and performance art, which leverage the innate desire of the beholder to participate.

MIDNIGHT (ITALIAN TIME)
24 MARCH

LIST OF SELECTED PARTICIPANTS

7 APRIL

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION

H. 12:30 P.M.
10 APRIL

REPECHAGE

11-12 APRIL

FINAL LIST OF SEMIFINALISTS

13 APRIL

THE AWARDS


Best Short Performance – Teatri Riflessi 9 | € 1,200
determined by the final ranking that adds together the weighted score given by the Technical, Critics’ and Special Awards Boards (40%), the Jury of the Final (40%), and the Youth Jury (20%).


Best Dramaturgy – Teatri Riflessi 9 | € 400
collectively determined by the Technical Board.


Best Direction – Teatri Riflessi 9 | € 400
collectively determined by the Technical Board.


Best Performer – Teatri Riflessi 9 | € 400
collectively determined by the Technical Board.


Critic’s Award – Teatri Riflessi 9 | € 400
collectively determined by the Critics’ Board.


‘Valentina Nicosia’ Fund | additional budget of € 600
awarded to one or more short performances based on the collective decision of the Technical and Critics’ Boards.


Special Mention of the Youth Jury – Teatri Riflessi 9
awarded by the Youth Jury to one of the semifinalists.


Special Mention of the Audience – Teatri Riflessi 9
determined by the audience during the final.


Special Mention of the Companies – Teatri Riflessi 9
determined by all competing companies.

FAQ


Will there be a cachet?
Each selected short performance will receive a cachet of €500.00 + 10% VAT and a potential additional reimbursement of up to €250.00 (depending on the funds available, the origin, and the number of participants involved). The majority of prizes are monetary. The cachet, reimbursement, and potential prizes will be transferred after the festival if participants comply with all the articles and deadlines in the call.

Do I have to pay to submit my proposal?
No. Only if selected, you will need to send a deposit in April that will be refunded after the festival.


What if my piece is longer than 15 minutes?
Your piece should not exceed 15 minutes. However, as the work is performed live, a certain flexibility is allowed, but it will not be possible to stay on stage longer than 20 minutes (within that time lapse the performance must be presented, prepared, set up, performed, removed, and people eventually thanked).


Where do I find the digital form?
The link is in the call, see Art. 5. Please, read the call in all its parts before submitting the form.

What shall I upload where a dramaturgy/script is asked?
If the piece does not have a script, upload a text detailing the dramaturgical research behind the work.

I don’t have a video recording of the play. Do I need one?
We need a recording of the entire performance to assess your application. Excerpts or trailers are not sufficient, and in case you send a read-through try to be as specific and detailed as possible in writing your director’s notes.


My work contains spoken parts in a foreign language. Can I still apply?
Yes. If needed, you can perform at Teatri Riflessi using overtitles.


Can I submit more than one performance?
Yes, fill out a form for each performance. You can submit diverse works devised for different locations of the festival (the stage within the outdoor theatre, the central square, or an unconventional space in the public park). If you think your work can be performed in more than one location, tick all three and explain how you need to adapt it in the director’s notes.

What if I change something in the work I perform at the festival, compared to the materials I submitted?
No major changes are allowed. Only if previously communicated and authorised, minor changes will be tolerated.

Who will evaluate the competing performances?
Artistic directors of Italian theatres and festivals, critics and journalists from all over Italy, and performing arts scholars. Many are members of the Teatri Riflessi Network or the Anticorpi XL Network. The complete list will be published in May 2024.

Can I skip the rehearsals?
No, rehearsals are essential. The days of rehearsals will be communicated in April.

When do I need to be in Zafferana?
As you will be rehearsing either on the 16th or on the 17th of July, you need to be in Zafferana from the day we schedule your rehearsals until Sunday, 21 July, at 1:00 p.m. (the final networking event with the national operators takes place on Sunday morning).


Will I have spare time?
Yes, rehearsals take place in the afternoon, so do all other activities. The only event in the morning is the final networking roundtable on Sunday 21 July.


For inquiries WRITE to
teatri.riflessi.festival@gmail.com


or CALL us
+39 345 3148306

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

SPF Short Play Festival ~ 13th Annual Short Play Festival NYC

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Deadline: March 25, 2024

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

Remember: it’s all about New York City!

Submissions close March 25, 2024

Plays run one weekend out of three, Thurs – Sat 7pm, Sunday 3pm.

Dates: June 6 – 23, 2024

Plays must have a running time of 15 minutes or less (which roughly translates to 15 pages) to qualify for the weekly contest. Each week a winner – selected by audience vote – receives the honor of “Best of the Week” and $100 prize.

The shows are produced entirely by the playwright and their team, are non union, and are presented at the Steve & Marie Sgouros Black Box Theatre – located on the 3rd floor of the historic Players Theatre in the heart of Greenwich Village – NYC. There is one-time $50 tech fee for any play that is chosen and decides to participate. There is NO submission fee.

Please DO NOT submit plays that are for Boo or LUV. They will be rejected automatically–remember, this is for SPF, so we are looking for anything to do with NYC!

Please also check out this page for details that will improve your play’s chance on getting selected. You can also find our handbook Click here: SPF TIPS

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

HILLSDALE COUNTY'S COMMUNITY THEATRE ​​CALL FOR 'PLAYS-IN-DEVELOPMENT' SCRIPTS

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Deadline: March 22, 2024 at 5PM EDT

The Sauk, Hillsdale County's Community Theatre, located in Jonesville, Michigan is seeking entries to consider for our tenth annual Plays-In-Development in 2024. We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, young audience and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). It is understood (and expected) that changes will be made to the script between initial submission and performance.

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

Playwrights are encouraged to make changes to their scripts throughout the process (often handing in new drafts on a weekly or even daily basis). The public staged readings will take place on September 13 and 14, 2024. Playwrights will be on site the week leading up to the readings. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide travel and lodging.

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

Please e-mail a draft copy of the script, a one paragraph plot description and playwright's contact information to Executive Director Trinity Bird at saukpid@gmail.com. 

Playwrights may submit no more than two scripts. We are NOT looking for scripts intended to be performed online. Scripts with strong roles for teens are encouraged! 

The play selection committee will review all submissions and select the scripts to be part of the process. The selected plays will be announced on or before May 1, 2024.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Go Try Play Write March 2024

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Deadline: March 31, 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 March 2024 is:

A "shave and haircut" prompt. Write a ten (10) page maximum scene about an argument resulting from a visit to the barber/hairdresser. The conflict can be before, during, or after the cut. The conflict could be between the person getting the haircut and the person performing the cut; two people cutting their hair, or two stylists.

Best of luck!

Edmonds Driftwood Players 13th Annual Festival of Shorts

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Deadline: March 17, 2024 11:59 PM PST

Edmonds Driftwood Players is a volunteer-based nonprofit community theatre based in Edmonds, WA that has been entertaining and educating the community since 1958, making EDP one of the oldest continually operating community theaters in Washington State.

We are pleased to announce our theme and call for submissions for our 13th Annual Festival of Shorts. Our annual playwriting festival provides an opportunity for playwrights to have their works brought to life on stage, as well as gain recognition and potential awards. Some past winners have later been developed into full-length award-winning plays!

The Festival this year will be presented in five performances June 27-30, 2024, featuring eight shorts finalists. The theme for 2024 is “Silver Linings: A consoling or hopeful prospect.” We would love to see both comedic and dramatic stories with uplifting endings.

The finalists are selected from submissions from around the globe. Our volunteer readers and judges are local Seattle-area theatre lovers and playwrights. To keep the process as fair as possible, our readers are given blind copies of script submissions for judging.

After the closing performance, we will announce the winners for:

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Judges’ Awards
Overall Audience Favorite

How to Submit Your Short
  • To enter your short play in the festival, please follow the instructions below.Submit an original script for a short play based on the following guidelines:Run time between 10 and 12 minutes
  • Minimum 2 characters – maximum 5 characters
  • Can be staged with minimal sets, props, and costumes.
  • Limited foul language
  • Be sure to incorporate the theme of “Silver Linings” into your story
  • To be eligible for consideration, the play cannot have been previously produced beyond a staged or feedback reading
  • Submit your play by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, March 17, 2024 to Shorts@EdmondsDriftwoodPlayers.org. Submit two separate documents:A single cover page with the title of your play and your full name, address, email address and phone number.
  • The original short submission (Standard Stage Play Format. For an example, please click HERE) with the script and title of the play ONLY. No identifying information about the playwright is to appear in this “blind” copy. All plays which fail to submit a blind copy of their play will be disqualified. The blind copy of the script preserves anonymity in our reader selections to keep the process as fair for playwrights as possible.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

2024 Sewanee Writers' Conference Fellowship

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Deadline: March 16, 2024 3:00 AM

APPLICATION VIA SUBMITTABLE

The Conference offers a limited number of fellowships on a competitive basis. Fellowships cover tuition, room, and board. Fellows are responsible for their own travel costs. 

Fellowship applicants for playwriting must have had a professional production at an off-off Broadway or equivalent regional theater. Fellowship applicants should submit a full-length play or the equivalent in length of a collection of shorter works, all of which have seen production. 

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship or contributor position should you not receive a fellowship, you must submit a separate scholarship application or contributor application in addition to the fellowship application. Writers can only attend the Conference on a fellowship once in any particular genre.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre 10th Annual Festival

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Deadline: March 11, 2024

SUBMISSION FORM

The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival is now seeking playwright submissions for our 10th Annual Festival! This milestone year is a celebration of where we’ve been, where we are going, and the multiplicity of stories, voices, and experiences that make up womanhood.

PWTF fosters and encourages women in the performing arts by offering unique opportunities for exposure, professional, artistic and personal development and a platform for performance. ​PWTF is a women's theatre festival committed to diversity, equity and inclusion by embracing all people and viewpoints. We embrace intersectionality and serve people of all colors and backgrounds, inclusive of our BIPOC, non-binary, and trans community members.

In years past, we’ve focused on specific themes, from motherhood to hometown heroes and- mental health. This year, as we enter our second decade of existence, we aim to simply CELEBRATE.

This year we are seeking submissions in two categories:

1) Full length plays

2) Monologues or shorter one person shows

These will be presented as staged readings during our August 2024 Festival. “Staged reading” means minimal (if any) blocking and no tech. While finished pieces are preferred, we will accept a sample of a work in progress.

If you are submitting a monologue or one person show, please be sure to indicate in the application if you will be performing the work yourself, or if actors and a director are needed.

Submissions are due March 11th, 2024.

All selected playwrights receive a stipend.

The festival will take place August 7th-18th, 2024.

​PWTF is a women's theatre festival committed to diversity, equity and inclusion by embracing all people and viewpoints. We embrace intersectionality and serve people of all colors and backgrounds, inclusive of our BIPOC, non-binary, and trans community members. PWTF does not discriminate based on age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, or ability. Through staffing, casting, and programming that reflects the diverse makeup of our community and our world, we are dedicated to creating accessible theatre for the Greater Philadelphia Region and its theatre artists. Our story is to #ChangeTheStory.

Significant preference will be given to playwrights located within 60 miles of Center City Philadelphia.

If you have any questions about the play submission process or our season, please reach out to Glynnis at glynnis@phillywomenstheatrefest.org.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

CREATIVE CAPITAL AWARD 25

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Deadline: April 4, 2024 4PM ET

For our 25th Anniversary, Creative Capital welcomes innovative and original new project proposals in visual arts, performing arts, film/moving image, technology, literature, multidisciplinary, and socially engaged forms.

Applications open on March 4, 2024, and the deadline for submitting is April 4, 2024 at 4PM ET. A link to the application portal will be added to this page on March 4, 2024 at 10AM ET.

The Creative Capital Award provides unrestricted project grants which can be drawn down over a multi-year period, bespoke professional development services, and community-building opportunities.

Grants are awarded via a democratic, national, open call, external review process. Our goal is to fund individual artists creating conceptually, aesthetically, and formally challenging, risk-taking, and never-before-seen projects.

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Grant Application Details

Creative Capital is committed to groundbreaking ideas that challenge what art can be. As Creative Capital Awardees have demonstrated, socially impactful ideas are embedded in a myriad of artistic forms and practices. We invite artists to propose experimental, original, bold projects in the visual arts, performing arts, film/moving image, technology, literature, multidisciplinary, and socially engaged forms which push boundaries formally and/or thematically.

We invite artists to select a primary discipline for their proposals based on which experts are most suited and qualified to review the project proposal, with the understanding that radical art is often by nature interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or antidisciplinary. By choosing to apply within a certain disciplinary category, we are asking you to choose how you want to frame the discussion around your work and to indicate which experts are most qualified to evaluate your project proposal.

2025: 50 Grants Visual Arts: including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture, design, multimedia, installation, video art, performance art, new genres, craft, and socially engaged, and/or sustainable visual art-based practices
Performing Arts: including dance, theater (new theatrical work, playwriting), jazz, music, opera, singing, and socially engaged and/or sustainable performing arts-based practices
Film/Moving Image: including experimental film, short film, animation, documentary film, narrative film, and socially engaged and/or sustainable film/moving image-based practices
Technology: including augmented reality/virtual reality, bio art, data visualization, hardware, software, digital media, internet art, and socially engaged and/or sustainable technology-based practices
Literature: including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and socially engaged and/or sustainable literature-based practices


Application Cycle

ROUND I: Tell us your idea. Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

Along with your project title, one line project description (25 words max), project description (250 words max), resume (1 page max), and artist website (if applicable), please answer the following questions:How does your project take an original and imaginative approach to content and form? Please be as specific as possible. (150 words)

Please place your work in context so we may better evaluate it. What are the main influences upon your work as an artist? How does your past work inform your current project? Please use concrete examples, which may include other artists’ work, art movements, cultural heritage, science, philosophy, research/work from outside the arts field, etc. (150 words)

What kind of impact—artistic, intellectual, communal, civic, social, political, environmental, etc.—do you hope your project will have? What strategies will you employ to achieve the desired impact? (100 words)

Who are the specific audiences/communities that you hope to engage through this project? Please think beyond the broader art community where possible. How are you hoping to reach them? (100 words)

How might your proposed project act as a catalyst for your artistic and professional growth? In what ways is it a pivotal moment in your practice? (100 words)

In addition to funding, Creative Capital also provides scaffolding and support services for awardees (such as expert consultations, gatherings, alumni network, workshops). How would our non-monetary services help you to realize your goals for this project and/or your long-term artistic and professional growth? (100 words)

ROUND II: Project DetailsProject itemized budget (1 page)
Project timeline (1 page)
Work samples (see application handbook for guidelines)

ROUND III: Final Panel ReviewSubmit proof of eligibility.
Confirm collaborators (if applicable)
Project updates (optional, 100 words max)

Full application guidelines are outlined in the Application Handbook.

All applications are reviewed by external reviewers who are scholars, curators, artists, past awardees, and experts in the field. The final recommendations for the awards are reviewed and then ratified by our Board. Awardees are announced in January 2025. Under no circumstances will the reasons for the rejection of an application be provided.

Any awarded projects which are directly related to any of the 17 UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals will have the opportunity to have the “Way” or the icon of that UN Sustainable Development goal attached to their project on the Creative Capital website in effort to advance the global dialogue around these critical issues impacting the future of our communities, our planet, and beyond. In keeping with the spirit of the 17 UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, we too have an expansive definition of “sustainability” that goes far beyond climate change and the environmental challenges we face—including: good health and wellbeing, affordable and clean energy, reduced inequalities, life on land, and peace, justice, and strong institutions.

2025 Creative Capital Grant Timeline

These dates may change.March 4 to April 4, 2024: Letter of Inquiries (LOI) accepted
April 4, 2024 4:00 PM Eastern Time / New York Time: LOI deadline
June 2024: Notification of advancement to Round II
September 2024: Notification of advancement to Final Panel Review
January 2025: Public announcement of 2025 Creative Capital Awards

Artist Eligibility
  • US citizen, permanent legal resident, or O-1 visa holder
  • At least 25 years old
  • Working artist(s) with at least 5 years of professional artistic practice
  • Applicant may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program
  • May not apply to the Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant program in the same year
  • May not have previously received a Creative Capital Award
  • May not be an applicant or collaborator on more than one proposed project per year
Projects that are not eligible

Projects whose main purpose is promotional
Project is to fund ongoing operations of existing business
Curation or documentation of existing work
Projects that will be completed before January, 2025.

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