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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Live & In Color is looking for new musicals

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Deadline: March 1, 2022

Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical.

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.

To Apply
To submit your musical, you can fill out this form. The deadline is March 1, 2022.
We are not currently accepting submissions for plays. Please check back later.

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

Submission Requirements
  • The musical must be able to 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 (~10 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)
  • The playwright may submit more than one musical.
  • Properties with prior full productions not accepted
  • Finalists will be notified via email in the spring. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

American Renaissance Theater Company workshop for Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander playwrights

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Deadline: October 31, 2021

American Renaissance Theater Company – a developmental and producing organization founded in 1974 and based in New York City – seeks to expand its already diverse membership by inviting applications from Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander playwrights.

A dynamic community of theater professionals, ARTC's membership includes actors and directors as well as writers who encompass the full range of gender, age and sexual orientations. We want to extend a welcome to the voices of all writers who believe they would benefit from the supportive process of our weekly workshop.

The workshop meets at a midtown New York studio every Tuesday (via Zoom during Covid).

For more information on who we are and the work we’ve developed and produced (both live and on Zoom) – please go to our website: http://www.americanrenaissancetheater.com

Preliminary submissions should consist of the first 20 pages from a full-length or one-act play. 

Please send your writing sample and bio or resume to: artcorg@gmail.com

We aim to respond to applications within three months of receipt.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Lift Every Voice: Black Women Speak Monologue and Short Play Festival

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Deadline: October 31, 2021 midnight EDT

Fantasy Theatre Factory in Miami, Florida, understands that black female playwrights are underserved when it comes to the production of their work. We are holding a call for black female playwrights from the United States to submit monologues and short plays that reflect their personal experience, their dreams, joys and hopes. 

These monologues and short plays will be presented live by Fantasy Theatre Factory on February 26, 2022 and a filmed version will run on their YouTube channel for a month afterwards. An honorarium will be paid to those playwrights whose scripts are selected.

Submission Guidelines:

-Submissions accepted from female black playwrights who reside in the United States.

-Three submissions per writer maximum.

-The monologue may be part of a larger work or a stand-alone piece.

-The short plays should have all female casts

-Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2021; midnight EDT.

-Monologue should read between 1 and 3 minutes; short plays between 5 and 10 minutes. (Please time your work before submitting.)

-Submit work as a PDF document.

IMPORTANT:

-Cover page - include: name, mailing address, phone and email address.

Email scripts to: blackfemaleplaywrights@gmail.com

Friday, September 24, 2021

Abingdon Theatre Company Festival of Short Plays

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Deadline: October 8, 2021

Abingdon Theatre Company continues to be committed to creating opportunities for all voices to be heard. With this in mind, the company has announced their Festival of Short Plays. A one-week virtual festival shedding light on stories by people of color. Three new short pieces will be selected which were created and to be performed and directed by people of color. At the conclusion of the festival, a diverse panel of judges, theatre professionals who are BIPOC, will select a winner who will receive a $500 stipend to be used to support further exploration of their work.

Any BIPOC playwrights interested in submitting should meet the following criteria:

- Plays should be no more than 45 pages in length

- Original pieces only

- Only complete, finished pieces will be accepted

- Plays should not have been previously published or performed

- No musicals

Please email your piece along with a headshot and resume to Beatriz Cavalieri, Abingdon’s Associate Director of New Works, at bcavalieri@abingdontheatre.org.

- Rehearsals and recordings will take place from November 1st to November 10th.

- Submission deadline: October 8th.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Gallery Players 25th Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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Deadline: SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

Gallery Players is seeking plays for its 25th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held online January/February 2022. Each play selected will be given a virtual production with non-Equity actors. Playwrights must be available via Zoom or some other virtual venue for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

We are specifically seeking plays from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) playwriting community.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: POSTMARKED BY SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

Submission guidelines:
  • Plays must be written to be performed via Zoom. The play can either be written expressly for a Zoom presentation, or must be adaptable to a Zoom format.
  • Plays must be un-produced (readings are OK); must be the play’s world premiere
  • Length of play: 10 minutes. No monologues. No period costume pieces.
  • You may submit no more than two (2) plays
  • Pages must be numbered
  • A cover page with title of the play and playwright’s contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
  • Playwrights cannot direct their own work
Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:

Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept emailed submissions.

We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Two Strikes Theatre Collective Brown Sugar Bake-Off seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: September 3, 2021

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHTM5NKBY8Ct0lLj_S4U5dw

Submit via Google Forms: https://forms.gle/D1bjo4XkeXTvdPT38

If by email, format of the script: PDF, with playwright contact information removed (Blind Submission)

The length of plays wanted: 10-minute
Eligibility: Black women and Black non-binary persons
 
Playwright can submit more than one play
Submitters will be notified by email in mid-September

Sunday, July 25, 2021

The 2022 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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Deadline: August 1, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT
Submission form

The 2022 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) playwrights in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges including faculty, staff, students, and alumni will select one playwright as the winner.

The winning playwright will receive:
  • An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL as a guest artist in residence for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. This residency will also include class visits and an all-School colloquium.
  • Travel (within the U.S.), housing, and meals during the residency.
  • An honorarium of $500 for the residency.

To be eligible to win, the playwright must be available for a one-week residency in late March 2022 (exact dates TBD).

The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. (central daylight time). There is no entry fee. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF format. Because our staff and resources are limited, we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

Please include in your submission:
  • A representative sample from your play up to 15 pages. This does not have to be the first 15 pages of the play.
  • A synopsis of the play (max. 250 words).
  • A character list with short descriptions for each character (age, ethnicity, gender, occupation, family relationships, etc.)
  • A playwright’s statement (max. 400 words). In the statement, describe your inspiration for writing the play, address where you are in the development process, and discuss how a workshop in a university setting can facilitate that process.

Please follow these guidelines when submitting your play:
Submissions must be:
  • A full-length play.
  • Musicals are not accepted. However, plays with limited music requirements are accepted.
  • The primary language of the play must be English.
  • There are no other restrictions in subject matter or style.
  • A playwright may only submit one play per year. The work must be submitted by the playwright rather than a literary agent or other third party.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the playwright, which may include adaptations of fictional or factual material. Translations of other playwrights’ work are not accepted.
  • The submitting playwright must be either the owner and controller of the copyright or provide written proof that they have acquired the legal right to use copyrighted material in their work.
  • Plays that have been produced or published professionally are ineligible for the competition. Plays that have been presented through staged readings, workshops, university productions, or community theatre productions are eligible.
  • A playwright may submit a play that they submitted in a previous year (including finalists) if there have been substantive revisions.
The Crossroads Project reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play for any reason.

We will contact semi-finalists by the end of October 2021 and ask them to submit the full play.

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January 2022.

Inquiries about the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative should be directed to:

Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.

Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies

Chair, The Crossroads Project

Email: knahm@ilstu.edu

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Summer BIPOC Reading Festival seeks new work

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The Summer BIPOC Reading Festival (Staged Summer Festival) is an official program of Facility Theatre, located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Facility is dedicated to centering equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in all of our work. This program kicks off a series of ongoing events uplifting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. The inaugural festival will feature 6 readings from diverse playwrights taking place throughout the summer months. 

Note: During 2021, the readings will take place on zoom until it is deemed safe to have them at Facility’s space.

Readings are an essential part of the play development process. We are proud to offer the Staged Summer Festival as a creative lab for emerging and established playwrights. Conveniently located in our brand new space, our reading series provides a home for writers to hear their new work read aloud.

The festival will take place in Humboldt Park during August 6, 7, 8 and August 13, 14, and 15. Playwrights will have their reading on one of the days and will be offered a $250 stipend for participation.

Are you a BIPOC Playwright interested in developing your work and having your play read out loud by professional actors? Fill out the form below and submit your play for consideration. We are always looking for new artists to work with. If your play is selected for the summer curation, we will be in touch for more information. We do not have any specific genre or topical requirements for our plays. They can be short, long, small cast, big cast, written for today, or written in pastiche. We are interested in all submissions and look forward to reading yours!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_HaB2KvXMYKqNn-UEbNBQuL7HqwnisFVaio8LckeLgy1uhw/viewform

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

American Theater Group PLAYLAB

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Deadline: June 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM

The ATG PlayLab, which launched in September 2020, is a professional space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Queer (LGBTQ+) playwrights to develop their works for the stage. Led by Pandora Scooter and comprised of a total of ten playwrights, the goal for the PlayLab is to help develop marginalized voices to enable the telling of rich and varied stories from all members of our community.

ATG playwrights group seeks new members for play and professional development group. ATG PlayLab (now going into its 2nd year), is dedicated to providing a professional and supportive environment for playwrights who are both/either BIPOC and LGBTQ+ to be heard and supported. 

The group will meet once every week for 12 sessions during the Fall, Spring and Summer via Zoom. One additional meeting per month will be called for professional development discussions/workshops (these will not be required, but strongly encouraged). 

Applicants from anywhere in the US are welcome to apply, though preference will be given to NJ, PA and NY writers.

To apply, please fill out the application at https://forms.gle/4qsKVHVT2JRMkU6q7

For any questions, email pandorascooter@gmail.com."

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Fantasy Theatre Factory seeks fatherhood monologues

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Deadline: April 4, 2021 midnight EST

Dear Dad — An Exploration of Fatherhood

Submission call

for Florida playwrights and BIPOC playwrights Nationwide

Fantasy Theatre Factory in Miami, Florida, wants to celebrate all the facets of Fatherhood. We are holding a call for Florida playwrights and BIPOC playwrights nationally to submit monologues that reflect their personal experience with a father figure in their life. We encourage playwrights representing diverse ethnicities to apply.

These monologues will be presented by Fantasy Theatre Factory in Miami, FL on the weekend of June 19-20, 2021 and will run on YouTube for a month. An honorarium will be paid to those playwrights whose scripts are selected. This event is being co-produced by Marj O’Neill-Butler, Dramatists Guild Florida Regional Representative, and Arianna Rose, South Florida DG Ambassador.

Suggested Subject Matter To Get You Started on Your Monologue:

-All things fatherhood

-What it means to be a father, to have a father, to lose a father, to grow up fatherless

-non-traditional father figures

-qualities of a father

Submission Guidelines:

-Submissions accepted from Florida playwrights and BIPOC playwrights nationwide.

-One monologue per writer maximum.

-The monologue may be part of a larger work or a stand-alone piece.

-Deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 4, 2021 midnight EST.

-Monologue should be no longer than 2 pages.

-Preferred format is PDF.

-On the cover page, indicate name, address, phone and email address.


Email monologues as an attachment to:

FathersDayMonologue@gmail.com


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Fifth Avenue Theatre FIRST DRAFT: RAISE YOUR VOICE

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

SUBMISSION FORM

Our flagship new musical development program, First Draft: Raise Your Voice was created with three goals in mind: foster new musicals by writers from populations that have been left out of the musical theater canon; encourage and support brand new stories from authentic perspectives; and introduce new, creative voices to theater professionals and producers to amplify their work so that it is seen, heard, and developed by the greater musical theater community.

First Draft is a commissioning program designed to support new musical theater writers through the completion of a first draft of a brand-new musical. Across an 18-month cycle, writers will receive financial, artistic, dramaturgical, travel, and production support as they complete this first draft and will have the opportunity to hear their words spoken and songs sung at preliminary readings. We encourage everyone interested to apply—previous experience writing musical theater is not required. This program is committed to supporting writers on both a local and national scale.

Now Accepting Submissions for First Draft 2021/22!

We will be accepting submissions until April 1, 2021. Interviews will take place in April and selection will be completed by May 7, 2021.

This year, we plan to commission five projects.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

This cycle of First Draft will solicit submissions from the following:
  • BIPOC writers of all gender identities
  • Women writers
  • Transgender writers
  • Gender non-conforming writers
  • Non-binary writers
Writing teams should be made up of a composer, lyricist, and book writer. Teams can be 1-3 people, acknowledging that some writers will take on more than one job. Your team should be assembled and committed at the time of submission.

If you have questions, please contact Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Thorgalsen at nwsubs@5thavenue.org.

THE COMMISSION INCLUDES
  • $15,000 commission fee for the team
  • A week-long Story Summit with support to outline your show
  • One retreat
  • One residency ending in a table read
  • One 29-hour reading in either New York, Chicago, LA or Seattle (This reading will give your team 29 hours in a 5-day period for a cast to learn your material and present it as a complete first draft.)
  • For the official activities listed above, writers will be compensated in addition to the commission
  • Dramaturgical support throughout (Dramaturges of your choice will provide feedback on story structure, character development, historical context, etc.)
This work will take place over an 18-month period with the goal of completing a first draft of your new musical

Additionally, Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis has committed to presenting a show from First Draft in a future NEXT Festival, which offers 50 hours of workshop and two public presentations to selected projects.


APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE
A 1-paragraph to one-page description of your idea for a new musical that has yet to be written
A bio for each contributing writer that outlines your previous creative experience
A team statement that describes your interest in storytelling and your passion for your work

Submissions will be reviewed by a diverse panel of external theater professionals who will advise The 5th Avenue Theatre on selection. Ten teams will be selected to participate in an interview and five teams will be selected for a commission.


SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Click the button to begin your submission. Teams need only submit under a single application.

We will be accepting submissions until April 1, 2021. Interviews will take place in April and selection will be completed by May 7, 2021.

SUBMIT

Friday, March 26, 2021

Submission Opportunity - Live & In Color

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Deadline: March 31, 2021

Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical. 

The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast. The winning musical submission will have a two-week workshop this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience. 

Email your materials to Director of New Works, Dennis Corsi, at dennis@theatreincolor.org

The musical must be able to 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 (~10 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)
More than one submission is acceptable
If there is a restriction on plays that have previously been produced and/or published: properties with prior full productions not accepted.
How and when submitters will be notified about their submission: submitters will be notified in the Spring of the choice via email. 


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

ScriptRead seeks stories for a virtual live read In May

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Deadline: April 4, 2021

ScriptRead is a themed base live reading series which showcases excerpts of original plays, screenplays or TV pilots from women and diverse writers. Each writer will receive a virtual interactive reading of their sample and free feedback. This is a private invite only event.

We are looking to include one playwright for this cycle. The focus this cycle is sexy/steamy storylines or adult themes in the vein of the Dangerous Liaisons, 50 Shades of Grey, The Affair, Scandal, Dynasty etc. The deadline is Sunday, April 4th.

Please send a bio detailing your writing experience and a 20 page sample to kbarbee@elmhurstent.com

ScriptRead is produced by Elmhurst Entertainment

www.thescriptread.com

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Egg & Spoon’s 2021 Incubation Series

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Deadline: April 1, 2021 11:59 PM

SUBMISSION FORM

Egg & Spoon’s 2021 Incubation Series provides developmental support for three BIPoC writers’ full-length plays over the summer of 2021. This expands previous Egg & Spoon programming by facilitating fifteen-hour workshops for playwrights. This program reflects our passion for developing new plays, and our commitment to building a more equitable and vibrant future for the American theatre.

Who can apply?

This submission process is open to all Black writers, Indigenous writers, and writers of color. We are open to submissions from writers at any stage in their career, and from any geographical location. Strong preference will be given to writers who identify as non-binary or as women.

What scripts are eligible for consideration?

The Incubation workshops are intended for full-length plays that are not yet ready for production.

How will finalists be selected?

Scripts will be read by a culturally diverse (majority BIPoC) panel of readers. Ten semi-finalists will be notified by late April and three finalists will be selected in early May, after an interview process.

What will finalists receive?

For each finalist, we will facilitate a fifteen-hour developmental workshop along with dramaturgical support, staff feedback, and an optional public reading. We will tailor the workshop – including its personnel and schedule – to the playwright’s stated needs.

Each writer will receive a stipend of $300, and all artists engaged in the workshop will be paid an equitable amount. A budget will be made available for all artists’ consideration before the workshop begins.

We intend for the workshops to take place between early June and late August, according to the playwright’s availability. We are open, however, to later workshops if it would allow us to invest in a project that we feel passionately about.

If there are collaborators the playwright would like to include – actors, directors, dramaturgs – we will hire them for the workshop. If the playwright wishes, we will find collaborators to work with them (strongly favoring BIPoC artists and artists from historically underrepresented communities).

How do I apply?

The application deadline is 11:59pm on April 1st, 2021. 

Let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at incubation@eggandspoontheatre.org.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Ruby Slippers Advance Theatre 2021

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Deadline: March 15, 2021

If you are a female-identifying artist who also identifies as BIPOC, please submit a ten page excerpt, a short bio, and a synopsis to info@rubyslippers.ca with Advance Theatre Submission in the subject line. Deadline is March 15, 2021.

We will get back to everyone who submits within a month after the deadline. Our Guest Curator for the 2021 festival is playwright, actor, Pow Wow dancer and RST Artist in Residence Nyla Carpentier!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

ReImagine: New Plays in TYA

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Phase One — Deadline December 30, 2020

Application Process

ReImagine will work in a two-phase application process. You do NOT need to have a script ready to submit in order to apply. However, scripts/drafts/treatments will be requested in Phase Two.

Phase One — Deadline December 30, 2020

Playwrights will be asked to submit a short application that includes the following narrative questions:

Tell us about yourself and the kind of work you love to make — this could be a statement, a poem, a monologue, the lyrics for a song…any text-based way you’d like to tell us about who you are and why you write. (Max: 1 page)

Why do you want to write for young people? (Max: 1 page)

Describe your project — what is the story? Why do you feel compelled to tell this story at this moment? (Max: 2 pages)

What are you looking to achieve in a development process? What resources will you need? (Please be honest – we would rather know now and your answer will not determine whether you are selected!) (Max: 1 page)

Each question and answer should be saved as a unique document for upload — Word and PDF formats accepted. Please label each document with your last name and the question number (E.G. JonesQuestion1.pdf)

A reading committee comprised of the Advisory Council plus additional invited readers will read all first round applicants and choose a selection of projects to move to the second phase.

Phase Two — Deadline February, 2021

At this time, playwrights who move to the second phase will be asked to submit a sample of the proposed work. This could be a full draft, a partial draft, a treatment, an outline, or any text-based representation of the work. Playwrights might be asked to answer additional questions and/or participate in an interview.

Final selections will be made by the Advisory Council and announced in March, 2021.

Ready to apply? Click here!

Questions? Contact Jenny Millinger at jmillinger@childsplayaz.org


ReImagine: New Plays in TYA aims to support the development and visibility of new works for young audiences by BIPOC playwrights. This project will provide funding directly to the playwright, as well as funds to be utilized for development work with a partner theatre.

Who’s it for?
ReImagine is open to ANY playwright of color who is specifically writing for young audiences. We encourage projects from early career playwrights as well as experienced playwrights. Playwrights need to be currently residing in the United States.

Definition: Playwright — the generative artist(s) who create the script/story. We are open to teams of playwrights/generative artists, including but not limited to devising teams and playwright/composer teams.

Definition: Playwright of Color — any playwright who self-identifies as Black/African American, Indigenous, Native American, Latinx, Asian-American, Pacific-Islander, Pilipino, and/or multi/mixed race.

Definition: Young Audiences — children aged 2-18. We are seeking stories that are specifically created for this audience — if you have a play that was written for adults/young adults that “could be okay for teens, too,” we applaud your work but this application isn’t a good match.

What kinds of projects are you looking for?
We are looking for bold and fresh new ideas and voices. We are interested in the stories that you feel need to be shared in this moment – stories that are urgent and energized and fantastical and joyful and devastating and searching and burning to be told.

We are interested in hearing the full range of stories that playwrights of color are interested in telling; proposed projects do not have to address cultural identity.

We are looking for projects that are in an early-to-mid stage of development. Our goal is to provide resources to the playwright to further the creation and/or development of a new idea or project. If you have a script that is ready for production, we applaud your work, but this application isn’t a good match for your project (we are actively looking for ways to highlight work that is ready for production, so watch this space.)

Recognizing that our development resources are limited, we are open to a range of styles and development needs, including devised work and musicals. Adaptations will only be accepted from works in the public domain (e.g. folktales).

That’s in large part up to you! We recognize that playwrights work at different speeds and that one type of development process does not fit all. You might want to spend one concentrated week of time working with actors; you might choose to hold a reading every weekend for a month, or even a reading every two or three months. You are in charge of your process, which will be finalized in conjunction with your partner theatre.

You may start drawing upon development funds as soon as you have found a partner theatre; all development funds MUST be expended by December 31, 2021.

What do we mean by “development process”? For those applicants who may be new to playwriting, this is often known as workshop time — it is the part of writing a play that involves other collaborators. Some playwrights like to hand a draft script to a director and actors, hear them read the work, and then go away and make changes (either overnight if you want to spend a full week with actors or over a longer period of time if you just want occasional readings). Other playwrights like to devise work by giving actors and a director opportunities to improvise on themes or ideas; the playwright watches (or participates!) and then takes ideas away to write on their own. You might also want an audience — of young people or families — to watch a reading your work and talk to you about it. When we ask you to describe your desired development process, essentially we are saying: “we will provide you with funds for actors, a director and a dramaturge — how will you use their time?”)

Stay home, stay safe: This project (and its budget!) were created for COVID times. We are assuming that development activities will take place largely or exclusively online. You and your partner theatre may choose to hold in-person workshops, but funding for travel is not included in the budget.
Who are the partner theatres?

That’s part of the process! After a project has been selected, we will work with the playwright to develop an application for theatres based upon the needs of your project. We will collect applications and help you select a theatre that best suits you and your project. You do NOT need to have a relationship with a theatre in order to apply or be selected!

If you are already working with a theatre on your project or if you have a relationship with a theatre already, then we’ll just need to confirm the theatre’s willingness to participate and you’re good to go.

Definition: Partner Theatre — A theatre that will host your development work. The theatre will be asked to do all the logistical work (hiring and paying artists, scheduling, hosting, stage management, etc.). They will also be asked to connect you with young people in their community to listen to a reading and provide dramaturgical response. And, if you enjoy working together, we hope that the theatre will continue to develop your work with an eye towards production. However, there is no long-term commitment/guarantee from either the playwright or the partner theatre. The theatres serve as the fiscal managers of the development budget and must be able to receive grant funds.

Definition: Theatre of Record — But what if you really, desperately don’t want to work with a formal theatre? If you have a creative team in place for your project (e.g. you already have a director, dramaturge and actors) AND you don’t want to be affiliated with a formal theatre AND you are willing to do the coordination for your workshops, Childsplay will serve as your theatre of record in order to compensate artists.
What will be required of playwrights?

Playwrights will be required to do active development work on their project and, in conjunction with their partner theatres, report on their activities during and at the end of the project period.

Playwrights will be required to participate in ReImagine presentations at the 2021 TYA/USA Festival to promote your work. This might include participating on a panel, helping us create a video about you and your work, or even holding a reading if your play is ready to be shared. You will likely also be asked to participate in follow-up activities at the 2022 TYA/USA Festival.

Playwrights will be invited to promote their work through the TYA/USA network and platforms. We will collaborate with you over the course of the year to determine the best way to showcase your work.

Playwrights will be invited to submit information about their project to a collective website or platform that will be developed for ReImagine in order to link playwrights to potential producers.

Playwrights will have access to support throughout their project from the Write Now staff and members of the ReImagine Advisory Council.

Playwrights will retain ALL rights to their work.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Obsidian Theatre Festival

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Deadline: November 17, 2020

SUBMISSION FORM

Open Submission Call for the OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL

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

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

SEEKING
the OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL is seeking composers, directors, lyricists, producers and playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival February 18-21, 2021. (BIPOC artists are strongly encouraged to submit.)

DUE DATE
November 17, 2020 (applications accepted on a rolling basis)

SUBMISSION DETAILS
Plays: 10-60 minutes

Producers and producing organizations: may apply to produce a segment of the festival.

Directors: BIPOC directors with experience in theatre, musical theatre, and/or multimedia.

Lyricists and Composers: musical theatre, pop, jazz, and soul compositions by Black artists to be featured cabaret style.

LOCATION
Filming in Detroit and other locations

COMPENSATION
Paid contracts available for directors.
Selected playwrights/lyricists/composers will be paid a royalty stipend.

Selected content will be staged, rehearsed, produced, filmed, and made available for viewing as part of a three day festival, February 2021. Pieces will be presented as filmed stage productions, and not "virtual readings". Please check permissions to ensure submitted materials are viewable.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Chain Theatre Now Accepting Submissions for 2021 Playwriting Lab

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Deadline: December 20, 2020

Chain Theatre continues its commitment to developing new plays by diverse artists and underrepresented voices through the 2021 Chain Playwriting Lab.

Eligibility:
  • All playwrights must be NYC based artists. 
  • Must be part of an under-represented community in the arts. Female identifying, a person of color, LGBTQ, or trans artists are encouraged to apply. 
  • Must be full length plays. 70 pages or more with a completed draft. 
  • Playwright must have all necessary rights. 

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted Nov 2, 2020 – Dec 20, 2020. Free to submit and participate. 
  • Include the following with your submission:
  • Resume and Bio. 
  • History of where the play has been previously produced or developed.
  • PDF Attachment of your play. It must be a completed draft. 
  • Include a synopsis of your play.
  • Must be available fora virtual interview.
SUBMIT TO: lab@chaintheatre.org

The Chain Playwriting Lab is an intensive, multi-week, highly collaborative process. All playwrights must be NYC-based artists and part of an underrepresented community. Female identifying, persons of color, LGBTQ, or trans artists are highly encouraged to apply. Plays must be full length (70 pages or more) with all necessary rights provided by the playwright. The Lab is completely free to submit and participate.

Applications will be accepted now through December 20th 2020. Announcements will be made January 5th 2021. For detailed information and requirements, visit: www.chaintheatre.org

The Chain Theatre venue located at 312 W. 36th St, NY 10018 has been closed since March 17th 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the current restrictions mandated by the government, all rehearsals and meetings will take place virtually. The Chain Theatre is following state health and government mandates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our artists and patrons is priority. Following the 6-week Intensive, a free Virtual Reading will be available online to the public.

“From my first meeting with THE CHAIN, I knew that I'd never been in a better, more supportive arena for a playwright. With them running alongside me, I found renewed love and purpose for a piece that I'd all but given up on, and I couldn't be prouder of the work we did together.” – G.D. Kimble 2020 Playwright.

For more information on the leadership, requirements, and how to apply visit: www.chaintheatre.org Further questions may be sent to Managing Director, Rick Hamilton: rick@variationstheatregroup.com.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Exiled Tongues Artist-in-Residence

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APPLY FOR EXILED TONGUES 2020 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAM


In order to support emerging artists of color, Exiled Tongues is providing $200 microgrants to artists of color who articulate a new, inclusive path forward for American theater in 2021 and beyond. Grants are unrestricted and can be used for anything. Artists must only comply with residency goals.

ABOUT US

Exiled Tongues is a theater collective that provides financial, artistic, and collaborative support to artists who center diasporic consciousness. We realize that mainstream American theater suffers from a severe lack of representation and deserves serious discussion on colonization and the legacy of post-colonialism especially within the American context. Our productions showcase the complex stories of BIPOC and acknowledge intersectional identities. We use our intersectional identities as a form of theatrical empowerment and seek to make change beyond theater and into our communities.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

KC Melting Pot Theatre's 2nd Annual New Play Development Festival

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Deadline: December 31, 2020 or first 50 submissions


KC Melting Pot Theatre is looking for new full-length plays by Black playwrights. 

The play should have no production history (readings are acceptable). 

There are no restrictions on content nor themes except we are not accepting musicals, one-person shows or children shows at this time. 

To submit, please email your script in Word or Pdf format to newplays.kcmpt@gmail.com

Scripts should include playwright contact info on title page, character/cast requirements and a 3-5 sentence synopsis. Plays should be typed in 12pt font in Times New Roman or Courier. Our reading panel will select three finalists who will receive fully staged readings in our New Play Festival over the July 9 – 11, 2021 weekend. 

One winner will then be selected and will receive a $500 stipend and will receive a workshop production in 2022. This is a development opportunity and the winning play will have their play read by professional actors for at least two table readings followed by Q&A with director, cast and crew. Playwright will have time to revise and complete a final draft of play and then the workshop production will be fully staged with audience talkbacks.

Finalists will be notified no later than May 1st, 2021. The winning piece will be selected July 11, 2021 after the completion of our New Play Festival.

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