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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Prism Stage Company seeks playwrights over 40

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Deadline: September 30, 2020
NYC

Continuing our aim to develop and produce new and overlooked plays by exciting playwrights over 40, Prism Stage Company is currently seeking submissions for our ongoing Play Development Lab and future programming.

Playwrights who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color over 40) are highly encouraged to submit.

Due to COVID 19, we encourage submissions at this time to be “Zoom/Vimeo/YouTube friendly” as these are currently our performance platforms until live theatre resumes. Therefore, one-person shows, monologue collections, and material with small casts are preferred!


You will be requested to upload your photo, resume, submission, and to answer a series of questions that help us match our priorities to yours. Thank you for your time!


REQUIREMENTS

Playwrights must be over 40.

SUBMISSION LENGTH

A short scene from a finished play, no longer than 20 pages.

SUPPORTING MATERIALS

Your photo, resume, & submission, through this Google Form.

The deadline for submission is September 30, 2020. We plan to take the month of October to read, review, and plan ~ and then will reach out to inform you of our consensus by October 30th.
We recognize the incredible trust you place in our hands when you share your materials, and very much respect and honor your privacy, ownership, and wellbeing. 

Do you have a direct request? We welcome your contact at: prismstagecompany@gmail.com.
WHY? Talent Has No Expiration Date. #prismstagecompany

Saturday, August 22, 2020

ARTemis Arts Wisdom Anthology

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Deadline: September 1, 2020


Entrance Form
This ARTemis Arts project is highlighting the work of women writers over the age of 50. We aim to showcase work that needs to be read, produced and seen by the greater community, but may have little opportunity to be seen otherwise. Please share this information in your circles and help us identify, celebrate and shine a light on those women with wisdom and history to share. We will be publishing both an eBook and a printed volume.

Rules:
  1. Work must have been completed after 50th Birthday. 
  2. Work must be unpublished. 
  3. Work cannot have been previously produced in any manner. 
  4. Artists must be living. 
  5. Artists must complete entrance form
  6. If selected artists must make themselves available for ZOOM or in person interviews with reviewers and complete a biography form. 
  7. The deadline for consideration is September 1, 2020 
  8. All entries must be sent in PDF form to ARTemisAnthology@gmail.com 
  9. You may only enter each category one time. 

Selected Work:

1) Will receive cash award of $250. 2) Artists retain all rights to their work past the ARTemis Arts Anthology printings.
3) All artists included in the anthology will share an equal stake 20% of the profits in perpetuity.

ARTemis Arts “The Wisdom Anthology” will include:
  • Full Length Plays 
  • One Act Plays 
  • 10 Minute Plays 
  • Screenplays 
ARTemis Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit Organization

Monday, July 13, 2020

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre seeks online plays for young audiences

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Deadline: July 31, 2020 11:59 CST
Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (OKC Rep), an Actors’ Equity Association Category 1 Small Professional Theatre, is seeking submissions of previously unproduced plays, written explicitly for online communications platforms (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, et al) in the following categories:

1. NEW VOICES: Playwrights between the ages of 18-26
  • 50- to 80-minute plays that are written within the context of online communication;
  • Plays can be two or more characters; each character will occupy a single window on screen. Monologues that exhibit innovative use of the form will be considered.

2. YOUNG AUDIENCES: Material to engage young audiences between the ages of 4-11
  • 40- to 60-minute plays that are written within the context of online communication; 
  • Plays can be two or more characters; each character will occupy a single window on screen. Monologues that exhibit innovative use of the form will be considered.
  • Plays must be suitable and engaging for audiences between the ages of 4-11.

Selected play(s) will be produced as an online reading under the auspices of OKC Rep Theatre, and distributed to our audiences via social media. Plays selected for readings will be awarded a $250 honorarium. Selected plays may be considered for full production in a future season.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Deadline for all submissions is no later than 11:59 CST on July 31, 2020. Please email the following submission requirements to stageathome@cityrep.com:

1. Script(s): must be in .pdf form, with embedded page numbers;

2. A one-page copy of your resume in .pdf format;

3. A one-page cover letter in .pdf format, containing the following information:
1. Full name
2. Professional name (if different)
3. Mailing Address, City, State, ZIP
4. Website, if available
5. Social media handles
6. Connection to Oklahoma*, if relevant;
7. Title of Play, Category & Year Written
8. Brief Synopsis

*While special consideration is given to playwrights native to or living in Oklahoma, all are welcome to apply.

CityRep's mission is to serve Oklahoma's diverse artistic, educational and civic needs by providing dynamic professional theatre.

We entertain, enlighten and inspire!

For more information please visit okcrep.org.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

EST/Youngblood is now accepting applications

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Deadline: July 31, 2020
NYC


EST/Youngblood is now accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2020-2021 season. 

Applications are open to New York City metro area resident playwrights under 30 years old. Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings and retreats. There is no set term of membership, and members often stay through the season that includes their 30th birthday. If you have any questions, please contact youngblood@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Application Requirements
Please complete the form below and include the following materials:

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

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

RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.

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

Application Instructions:

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

The file name should be your last name and first initial - i.e., TOLAN_R.pdf.

Upload the PDF file using the Upload link below.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

#ENOUGH: PLAYS TO END GUN VIOLENCE

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Deadline: June 20, 2020 11:59 PM

Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit ten-minute plays confronting the issue of gun violence for consideration, now through June 20, 2020. The winning plays will be made available for free to communities across the country that are participating in an evening of simultaneously staged readings on December 14, 2020, which is the eighth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings.

As of March, over 40 reading locations in 19 states have been confirmed at middle and high schools, as well as at partnering theatre companies, including renowned regional theatres, Alliance Theatre, Atlantic Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and South Coast Repertory. The goal is to have 418 readings on December 14, matching the number of mass shootings that the United States endured in 2019, an all-time high for the country according to the Gun Violence Archive.

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt everyday life, participation in #ENOUGH remains strong. To adjust to the challenges that a pandemic poses, the deadline for submissions was pushed back by two months, from April 20 to June 20. Over 80 plays have already been submitted, with more on the way as both participating teachers and theatres continue to utilize #ENOUGH to engage with their young writers remotely. Even in the ensuing weeks of the current health crisis, new teachers and theatres continue to sign up to participate.

Students can submit their plays at https://www.enoughplays.com/submit. Educators, theatres, and other organizations looking to partner with #ENOUGH, should visit www.enoughplays.com for more information.

Please contact producer Michael Cotey with any questions at enoughplays@gmail.com.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Generations 2020 seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: June 1, 2020 - or when 250 submissions are received
Boulder CO


In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of June 1, 2020

The winning playwright will receive

a week-long workshop residency in September/October 2020, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;
the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
  • a stipend for travel costs;
  • a $500 prize; and
  • a $500 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.

During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. This year’s Generations residency may be held online if public health circumstances dictate in the fall. Specific date arrangements for the residency will be made directly with the winning playwright.
Entry Guidelines:

Plays must be full-length scripts, submitted by playwrights with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of the submission deadline.

Each playwright is limited to submission of one script for consideration.

Plays must be in the English language. Playwrights must be U.S. residents.

No musicals will be accepted.

We will not reconsider scripts that have already been submitted to this competition in previous years.

Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are ineligible.

Scripts may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of June 1, 2020.

We will consider scripts that have had a workshop, reading, or academic production. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production. The winning play will receive full consideration for production in an upcoming season.

The application deadline is June 1, 2020, or when our 250-script submission cutoff is reached. Our winning playwright will be notified by August 31, 2020.

The submission form will require you to submit a blind copy of your full script as a PDF file.Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. The biographical and demographic info you submit will not be referenced during the selection process.
Selection process:

In our initial reading round, we read the first 20 pages of a script. Script excerpts nominated by two readers continue to the semi-finalist round, in which two readers read the full scripts and complete thorough reader responses. Highly regarded scripts become finalists. Our full committee reads all finalist scripts, then advises our producing artistic director in selecting the winning play.

FAQ’s:

Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we do not provide feedback on submitted scripts during or after the competition. We will confirm that an initial submission has been received, and notify applicants of the competition winner.

Due to available program funding and staff capacity, we will not consider scripts from grandparents or others who are not currently custodial parents of a child 18 years of age or younger. We hope to be able to expand our program to additional generations in future years, but at this time our focus is on assisting playwrights with young families.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Playing on Air’s 2020 James Stevenson Prize for Comedic Short Plays

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Deadline: April 26, 2020
In his cartoons for The New Yorker, James Stevenson told stories about the human comedy with energy and economy. Returning for its third consecutive year, Playing on Air’s Stevenson Prize will honor three original comedies that perpetuate Mr. Stevenson's spirit and wit, bringing the finest new American short plays to a national audience.

The Prize is made possible through the generosity and vision of Josie Merck, James Stevenson's wife. For submission details, read on below.

FIRST PRIZE
$6,000 award, plus a Playing on Air recording of the winning play for radio and podcast distribution

SECOND PRIZE
$3,000 award

THIRD PRIZE
$1,000 award

Playing on Air invites writers to submit a short comedic play of 10-25 pages (not counting title page).
One submission will be accepted per entrant. Additional entries will disqualify the writer.

All entries must be original, unpublished, and unproduced plays. For more information about our working definition of “unproduced,” scroll down to our STEVENSON FAQs section.

Even in revised form, plays that have been previously submitted to the Stevenson Prize competition or to Playing on Air are ineligible.

FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS

Please submit your script as a PDF with title page (with no author information), 12pt font, 1 inch margins on every side, and numbered pages.

All submissions will be judged "blind." Uploaded scripts should not include the author's name, representation, or any identifying information. All author information should be provided via submission form, linked below. 
 
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Submissions will be judged for literary merit, originality, and humor. 2020 Guest Judges will be announced after submissions have closed.

We’re particularly excited about plays that embrace the creative possibilities of storytelling through sound and language. Your play may include brief moments of music, but it shouldn’t be a musical. We’re unable to accept any supplementary tracks or audio files.

Special consideration will be given to the script’s suitability for audio recording and public radio broadcast.

Single-character monologues and plays that rely on the extensive use of a chorus, stage directions, or visual elements are discouraged.

Please do not include sound design cues or instructions beyond standard stage directions.

We strongly encourage you to listen to recent Playing on Air episodes by subscribing to the Playing on Air podcast on your favorite app. Two of 2019’s winning plays, HUMAN RESOURCES by Jason Gray Platt and THE CLAM by Amanda Quaid, will premiere as part of the Spring 2020 podcast season. 

Submissions will only be accepted through the digital form below, which opens on February 27, 2020.

The Preliminary Submission Period will run from February 27, 2020 - April 26, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. During this period, there is no submission fee. We strongly encourage playwrights to submit their work well ahead of April 26 to avoid the extended deadline fee.

The Extended Submission Period will run from April 27, 2020 - May 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. During this period, a $5 fee will be applied to every submission. No exceptions will be made to this deadline.

*Why this new system? As the Stevenson Prize competition grows, we’re committed to keeping this opportunity accessible to all playwrights. We’re also committed to paying every reader, judge, staff member, and intern involved, as we have in previous years. $5 submission fees in the Extended Period will cover a small part of that fair compensation for the artists who make the Stevenson Prize possible.

Entrants must be at least 21 years of age by May 15, 2020. By entering, playwrights consent to Playing on Air’s recording and distribution of any winning plays.

Past winners may not submit.

Due to number of entries, Playing on Air cannot provide feedback on any individual script.

2020 SUBMISSIONS Are now open: SUBMIT YOUR SHORT PLAY HERE

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Young Playwrights Festival 2020

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DEADLINE: March 15, 2020

View or Download Submission Rules (PDF, 16KB)

Submit your play via Submittable.com

DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be submitted online, e-mailed or postmarked by MARCH 15, 2020.

FEES: There are no fees for submitting your work to the Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2020; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement.

CONTENT: Original plays or musicals on any subject and any length.

LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.
FORMAT: All plays must have numbered script pages.

COVER SHEET: Along with play script(s), submissions must include a Cover
Sheet with: Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth (with year),
Age, School Name (if applicable), E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number,
Mailing Address.

NO RETURNS: Scripts will not be returned so please do not send originals.

NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in April 2020.

PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed by professional actors at LA City College Theatre in June 2020.

SUBMIT ONLINE: Browse to theblank.submittable.com, create an account and follow the instructions to submit your play(s) and cover sheet.

SUBMIT BY E-MAIL: Send play(s) and cover sheet as PDF with play title in
subject line to: ypfsubmissions@theblank.com

SUBMIT BY MAIL: Send unbound play(s) and cover sheet to:
Young Playwrights Festival
c/o The Blank Theatre
PO Box 1094
Los Angeles, CA 90078

Saturday, March 7, 2020

LaBute New Theater Festival High School Submissions

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Deadline: April 19, 2020

Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward: The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length. Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Submissions should be sent to:
LaBute New Theater Festival,
St. Louis Actors’ Studio,
360 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108

For more information: 314-458-2978 or help@stlas.org

Friday, January 10, 2020

Carrollwood Players Theatre Kidspeak 5.0

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Deadline: 11:59 pm on March 1, 2020

Carrollwood Players Theatre seeks submissions of original short plays by playwrights aged 12 and under for Kidspeak 5.0!

Join us as we celebrate 5 years of inspiring young, local playwrights to reach for the stars! Explore the imaginations of our writers as an adult cast performs a staged reading of short plays submitted by kid playwrights. Audiences of all ages love the results, so come escape into a world of wonderment and endless possibility.

We are now accepting submissions of plays!

Kidspeak is a great opportunity for young aspiring playwrights to have the chance to see their original short play performed by a cast of adult actors!

Rules:

Playwright must be 12 years of age or younger at time of submission.

Play must be 100% ORIGINAL material, written by the submitting young playwright.

Play submission must be in PDF format, typed and double-spaced.

Play should be approximately ten to twelve minutes in performance length.

Play can be in any genre (drama, comedy, science fiction, etc)

Play should contain between 2 and 8 characters, written in dialogue format.

Submissions are due no later than 11:59 pm on March 1, 2020.

Playwright and parent/guardian grant permission for Carrollwood Players, Inc. to present play without royalty or compensation.

Approximately seven to ten short plays will be selected for performance by a cast of adult actors at Carrollwood Players Theatre on April 17, 18, and 19, 2020.

Each playwright of a play selected for presentation will receive 1 complimentary ticket to attend a performance.

Not all submitted plays will be selected.

Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to personally acknowledge receipt of your submission.

Selected playwrights will be contacted by March 10, 2020.

Playwrights whose work is not selected will not be contacted.

Please visit https://tinyurl.com/kidspeakplays to submit a play!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival

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THE 2020 MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS’ PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE AT DOBAMA THEATRE ON JUNE 5TH-7TH

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 41ST MBKPF ARE DUE BY MONDAY MARCH 2, 2020.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN APRIL 2020.

THE 42ND MBKPF PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 5-7, 2020
DOBAMA THEATRE IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 42ND ANNUAL MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS' PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL!

Submissions are open for the next Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival. Since 1979 the MBKPF has been an integral part of Dobama Theatre’s mission to provide educational outreach programming. Our goal is to provide a platform for children to express their thoughts, hopes, dreams and creativity through the writing of original plays.

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE

Any student grades 1-12 can submit a play, whether home-schooled or attending a public, private or charter school – all are welcome!

Plays must be the original work of the individual student who is submitting it. No collaborations, adaptations, or copying situations or characters from movies, TV, books, video games or other plays.

Submitted plays should be no longer than 10 minutes when read aloud.

The play may be any genre: comedy, drama, mystery, fantasy - wherever your imagination leads you.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

Plays typed in a Word Document can be emailed to youngplaywrights@dobama.org. While we strongly encourage electronic submissions, hard copies of typed plays may be mailed to:


THE MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS' PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL
DOBAMA THEATRE
2340 LEE ROAD
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH 44118

*Please include a title page and a completed Entry Form. Entry Forms can be downloaded below.
DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM
Every play will be read and scored by at least three judges, all of whom have writing, education and/or theatre experience.

Readers award points on the basis of imagination and human values as much as playwriting skills. The age and grade of each playwright will be taken into consideration by the judges.

Between 8 and 12 high-scoring plays will be selected for production on Dobama's stage for the Festival performances in June.

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR GETTING STARTED

Start with a topic or situation that interests you.

Try reading the play out loud. Does the dialogue sound natural? Does the audience have the information they need to understand what's happening? Do all the characters contribute to the story?

Time your play as you read it. Is it 10 minutes or shorter?

Every play needs characters! The characters can be people, animals, monsters, robots, plants, anything. Aim to have between 2 and 10 characters.

Every story needs action. What are the characters trying to do? What stands in their way? How do they try to solve the problem? (Remember that a play is different from a movie, so think about whether your story can be acted out onstage)

Remember, these are just suggestions!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

WE: A Coming of Age Festival

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Deadline: December 1, 2019

WE:  A Coming of Age Festival, is the 2020 New Bern Civic Theatre summer show that will feature the ORIGINAL works of teens all across the world! Now, what exactly dues that mean?

We are asking teenages (13-19 years old) to submit original one act dramas, comedies, and spoken word to be considered to be produced in the festival.  Winners will have their work performed onstage in the summer of 2020!

All work must be about a teen (freedom, creativity, empowerment, peer pressure, college, GPA, acceptance, etc.).

Please like our Facebook page (@wesaaxbradbury20) or follow us on Insta (@we_saaxbradbury20) for more details!  All work must be able to be edited for language or content by our production team, but we will keep you informed of all edits.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

SOOP to NUTS Short Play FESTIVAL

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UPDATE!!!  SOOP to NUTS Short-Play Festival moved to FEBRUARY!
We have received many submissions for our festival, but a number of you expressed concerns about the short turn-around time.  We agree and have decided that in order to ensure our first festival is a successful one, we will move it out to February.  The new dates are February 14th - 29th!  We will hold ALL of our current submissions for consideration for a spot in the new schedule - if you have already submitted and DO NOT wish to have your play considered for the new time-line, please email info@sooptheatre.org and let us know!  See below for the updated details:

FESTIVAL DATES:  February 14th - 29th, 2020 at The 530 Studios, 530 Fifth Ave, Pelham, NY.

PRIZES: 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place $100.

NUMBER OF PLAYS:  There will be 20 – 25 plays chosen as semi-finalists each receiving two performances (one evening / one matinee); 5 plays will be chosen for the final evening of competition.

LENGTH:  one-act plays no less than ten minutes, no longer than thirty minutes.

PARTICIPANTS:  submissions must be made by playwrights, age 18 or older, who live in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT).

FEES:  there is no fee to submit, but if chosen, there is a $75 registration fee.

LANGUAGE: plays must be submitted in English.

FORMAT:  plays should be submitted in standard stage-play script format, saved as PDF file and submitted  to info@sooptheatre.org  Playwrights should also include a brief bio of their writing accomplishments. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL HARD COPIES of anything!

SUBMISSION LIMITS:  Playwrights may submit only ONE play (please send us your best work!)
Original works ONLY! Plays may have maximum of 4 cast members, with minimal sets, costumes and props.  No children’s/young adult plays.  No musicals.

CASTING / REHEARSAL PROCESS:

If chosen, you will be responsible for all staffing (casting, director, etc) of your piece.  SOOP can recommend actors/directors, if need be.  You are also responsible for all rehearsal – SOOP will provide each play selected some free rehearsal time in our studio space (schedule TBD), as well as a tech opportunity in the final week.

SOOP can provide small set pieces (chairs, tables, small loveseat, etc) as well as some more detailed props.  A list will be made available to all participants.  That said, we do ask that you keep ALL these requirements to a MINIMUM.

REVIEW / JUDGING PROCESS:

1. All plays will be reviewed by SOOP administrative staff and the 20 – 25 semifinalists will be chosen.

2. Each of those selections will receive two performances during the first weekend (Feb 14 - 16) OR the second weekend (Feb 21 - 23).

3. Each evening’s audience will vote anonymously and the cumulative vote from both performances of each piece will determine our *5 finalists. (*Highest amount of votes from each set of five will determine the first four finalists, then the next highest vote recipient from ALL the evenings will be the fifth finalist).

4. The five finalists will perform on the final night of the festival (Feb 29th) and will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals comprised of playwrights, actors, directors (TBA).

DEADLINE:  All scripts for consideration MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN December 20, 2019!


Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) Queens NYC

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APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 14  11:59PM.

APPLY NOW

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few. The ACP supports projects that add to the canon of American art by telling an untold story of underrepresented person(s) relevant to Queens communities.

This year, the ACP is focusing on the neighborhoods of Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing. Proposed projects should demonstrate a connection to one of these two communities.

ACP's priority is to support artists who present a fresh perspective by creating work that defies the cultural mainstream, privileges underrepresented identities, and/or speaks to the cultural diversity of Queens by telling an untold story of underrepresented person(s).

By commissioning artists to materialize such works, the ACP aims to fill gaps in American culture by actively adding to the art historical canon. In doing so, the ACP aims to create a more democratic cultural sector that is more inclusive of the diverse narratives, cultural backgrounds, and values associated with our borough and nation.

Artists’ proposed projects should:

  • Demonstrate their new work’s connection to the communities of either Maspeth/Ridgewood or Flushing.
  • Highlight the stories of individual protagonists (e.g. heroine(s), hero(s), characters) in their proposed works to give underrepresented people a vision of themselves as leading characters. 
  • Be replicable, capable of being interpreted and produced for dance, music, or theatre by other artist(s) or third parties throughout the borough, city, and country (e.g. if a high school or off-broadway theatre wanted to produce your work, they could do so - think Summer Stock or Swan Lake). 


A cohort of seven community members, or "Art Commissioners”, will evaluate and select the artists’ projects. Deeply connected to the target neighborhoods, these art lovers demonstrate a stake in the community’s cultural life. Following your project’s selection, they will be actively involved in your project's development from inception to completion.

THE IMPORTANCE OF NEIGHBORHOODS

Flushing & Maspeth/Ridgewood

The 2019-20 ACP Neighborhoods of Focus

Every year, ACP focuses on two Queens neighborhoods to enable local art lovers to commission art for their own communities.

This year, the neighborhoods are Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing. For this reason, programming will be largely concentrated in these two areas.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Four (4) artists will be chosen by a panel of ACP Art Commissioners who include Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing community members, arts lovers and supporters.

Each artist will receive a commission of $10,000 towards the creation of a new work, as well as support towards its premiere production.

ELIGIBILITY

The following eligibility criteria apply for artist applicants:

  • ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE: Composers, playwrights, and choreographers are eligible to apply.
  • LOCATION: All greater NYC artists within a commuting distance to Astoria, Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing can apply
  • GEOGRAPHIC PREFERENCE: Preference will be given to current Queens residents
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Artists must be able to commit to program dates, with up to two allotted absences (see calendar below)
  • AGE: Must be 21 years or older as of January 1, 2020
  • STUDENTS INELIGIBLE: Students are not eligible to apply


EVALUATION CRITERIA

Local community members, or art commissioners, will be responsible for reviewing your work in a panel process. Successful artists will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

UNTOLD STORIES: Demonstrated capacity to create new art that tells an untold story by highlighting underrepresented person(s) in the cultural mainstream

CONNECTION TO TARGET NEIGHBORHOODS: The project proposals will be evaluated based on project and/or artist’s demonstrated connection to the two 2019-20 ACP neighborhoods of focus, Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing

ARTISTIC MERIT: Artistic merit of submitted work samples

PROJECT PROPOSAL: Quality and clarity of the project proposal

REPLICABILITY & FEASIBILITY: The ideal ACP project is replicable, capable of being interpreted by other artist(s) and interested parties throughout the borough, city, and country. The Art Commissioners will also consider the project’s overall feasibility.

LOCATION PREFERENCE: Preference will be given to current Queens residents

AWARD DETAILS

THE $10,000 COMMISSION WILL COVER:

ARTIST STIPEND: to compensate the artists for their time & creative labor

PERFORMERS’ FEES: to compensate the artists' performers, such as actors, dancers, and musicians, for their time & creative labor

REHEARSAL FEES: to book rehearsal space to create/develop the work

DOCUMENTATION FOR COMMISSION: expenses related to documenting the work and/or creating the commission’s deliverables (for choreographers, this may include video of the choreography for the commission’s deliverables; see below for details)

OTHER CREATION EXPENSES: related to the creation of the work (e.g. equipment purchase)

World Premiere production of SHED by 2017-18 Awardee in Choreography Chuan Xie at Queens Botanical Garden; photo by Nathaniel Marsh.
World Premiere production of SHED by 2017-18 Awardee in Choreography Chuan Xie at Queens Botanical Garden; photo by Nathaniel Marsh.

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION SUPPORT:

In addition to the $10,000 commissioning fee, Queens Council on the Arts also supports the fees associated with:

EVENTS: As their projects are being developed, artists and Art Commissioners participate and/or host Monthly Convenings to touch base on the artists’ process, such as open rehearsals, art salons, and professional development events on commissioning art. QCA will cover the expenses associated with these events. Artists are expected to attend all program dates barring up to two conflicts. See Program Timeline below for specifics.

VENUE RENTAL: QCA will cover the cost of a venue rental for the artists’ World Premiere, if applicable. While artists are encouraged to have an idea of where they would like their work’s World Premiere to take place (ideally within Maspeth/Ridgewood or Flushing), if selected, the artists will work with the Art Commissioners & QCA staff to select a venue that suits their work and artistic vision for the new work's World Premiere.

OTHER PRODUCTION EXPENSES: related to the production of the World Premiere, including:

Print Marketing: World Premiere showcards and programs (graphic design and printing)

Event photography: Event photography of the artists’ World Premiere

Reception: A light reception during the project’s the World Premiere

COMMISSION DELIVERABLES

SUCCESSFUL ARTISTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO:

DOCUMENT THEIR COMMISSION: ACP Awardees will create and deliver a completed dance, music score or theater script created by  to Queens Council on the Arts by September 30, 2020. Because the purpose of ACP is to commission new culture that can be replicated and added to the American Canon, this documentation should provide enough information so that a production of this new work could be interpreted and produced throughout the borough, city, and world.

PRODUCE A WORLD PREMIERE IN QUEENS: Orchestrate a World Premiere of their Artist Commissioning Program project by September 30, 2020. This event will be produced in conjunction with, and engage the support of, the 2019-20 cohort of Art Commissioners and Queens Council on the Arts. If at all possible, World Premieres should take place in the neighborhoods of Flushing or Maspeth/Ridgewood, Queens.

RIGHTS

The artists retain all copyright and intellectual property rights associated with their work and any future productions of that work.

The documentation of commission obtained by QCA described above will be used for record-keeping and for the purpose of fulfilling the expectations of this award only.

QCA retains the exclusive right to:

Present the premiere performance of the work in Queens. This should be the first time the work has ever been presented to the public.

Be credited as the commissioner of the work in published editions, recordings, and programs of all future performances.

DEADLINES & NOTIFICATION

August 13, 2019: Application opens

November 14, 2019: Artist Application deadline

Late December 2019: Artist Notification

PROGRAM CALENDAR

The Artist Commissioning Program runs from November 2019 - October 2020. Artists are expected to be present and engaged for a variety of program dates, including a kickoff party, and monthly convenings with the cohort(s) of arts commissioners dedicated to supporting their project. Because the success of this program hinges on participant engagement, we ask that artists do not miss more than two program events. Artists are not expected or required to attend the other group's monthly check-ins.

The program calendar is as follows:

ORIENTATION AND KICKOFF PARTY

Friday, January 3 from 6 - 8pm

MONTHLY CONVENINGS (January – July 2020): Artists and art commissioners participate in and host monthly Art Salons, Studio Visits, Artist Talks, & Professional Development Events

FLUSHING GROUP MONTHLY CONVENINGS

Thursday, January 16th from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, February 20th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, March 19th from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, April 16th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, May 14th from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, June 18th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, August 13th from 6 - 8pm

MASPETH/RIDGEWOOD GROUP MONTHLY CONVENINGS

Thursday, January 23rd from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, February 20th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, March 26th from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, April 16th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, May 21 from 6 - 8pm

Thursday, June 18th from 6 - 8pm [all ACP]

Thursday, August 20th from 6 - 8pm

WORLD PREMIERES

August - September 2020 (exact dates TBD)


STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

CHECK OUT OUR FAQS, OR CONTACT ARTIST COMMISSIONING PROGRAM MANAGER KELLY OLSHAN AT KOLSHAN@QUEENSCOUNCILARTS.ORG OR (347) 505-3016.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ensemble Playwrights Lab Residency Season 7

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Deadline: August 19, 2019

The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program in which the playwright engages with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work; which will be presented to the public at the end of the residency.

There will be two residencies: Fall & Winter. Two playwrights, one for each residency, will be selected to work with our ensemble once a week, for a total of 21 hours of collaboration and discovery.

And the best part? The EPL is FREE to the playwrights!

Each residency is uniquely tailored to provide playwrights with the opportunity to collaborate closely with LOM’s artistic directors and professional multi-disciplinary ensemble.

This experimental process of creation and development is designed to welcome the playwright into the rehearsal room through active participation in devised and improvisational explorations.
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The goals and outcomes of each residency are mutually determined by both LOM and the playwright.

Playwrights are chosen using an anonymous submission process. Each entrant is asked to create an alias so as to mask their identity. Entrants are also required to omit all mentions of names of previous collaborators and the titles of their previous work. The anonymized submissions are then read by members of the LoM ensemble. Finalists are scheduled for interviews with LoM Co-Artistic Directors, Nolan Kennedy and Scarlet Maressa Rivera which will determine the two chose participants in this year’s Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL).

There will be two residencies: Fall & Winter. Two playwrights, one for each residency, will be selected to work with an ensemble of actors, musicians, dancers, directors, and designers once a week, for a total of 21 hours of collaboration and discovery in the rehearsal room, a 3 hour Tech/Dress rehearsal, and a single public showing followed by a facilitated talkback between the audience, playwright, and cast.

This season, LOM will be exploring the theme of luck.

NOTE: This is an anonymous submission process! Do not mention your real name, the names of companies or artists you've worked with, or titles of plays you've written in your submission. Doing so will get you disqualified! 

If you have any questions, please email: lomsubmissions@gmail.com to contact a non-adjudicating member of the team.

The EPL is open to playwrights...
-ages 18 and up
-living in the greater NYC area
-able to attend ALL meetings, rehearsals, showings, and wrap sessions in either the Fall or Winter sections (see dates below)
-published or unpublished
-wishing to work on a previously written piece OR wanting to create something new with the LOM ensemble

If you have submitted to the EPL in the past, please feel free to submit again!

ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

EST/Youngblood

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DEADLINE: MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

EST/Youngblood is currently accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2019-2020 season. Applications are open to New York City metro area resident playwrights under 30 years old. Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings and retreats. There is no set term of membership, and members often stay through the season that includes their 30th birthday. If you have any questions, please contact youngblood@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Application Requirements
Please complete the form online and include the following materials:

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

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

RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.

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

Application Instructions:

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

The file name should be your last name and first initial - i.e., TOLAN_R.pdf.

Upload the PDF file using the Upload link online.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Young Adult Four Minute Play Contest

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Manhattan Rep presents: Young Adult Four Minute Play Contest

Seeking fully produced Four minute plays written and brought to life by Young Adults ages 12 - 18 to compete in our Young Adult 4 minute play contest on Sunday March 31 at 2 pm and 4 pm.  

This will be a super fun event for all.  A great opportunity for Young Adults to write, act or direct. And there will be two performances. And it all takes place on one Sunday afternoon.

Best Four Minute Play production playwright will win an opportunity to write a 20 - 40 minute play (mentored by Ken Wolf Artistic Director of Manhattan Rep,) which Manhattan Rep will then produce and bring to life for 3 performances in June 2019.

To submit for this contest:

Forward us your idea for your 4 minute play to: 

manhattanrep@yahoo.com.

Please put FOUR MINUTE PLAY CONTEST in the subject heading.

We do not need completed scripts. We will get back to you within 24 hours with acceptance.  We are only accepting 15  - Four minute play productions for this event.

Once accepted, you will be required to bring your Four Minute Play to life for this contest.

You must be available to attend tech rehearsal at 12 noon on Sunday March 31, and for the two performances that same day at 2 pm and 4 pm.

Winner of the Best Four Minute Play Production will be announced right after the 4 pm performance on March 31, 2019.

All participants in each Four Minute Play production, (playwright, actors and director) must be between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age.

There is NO submission fee or payment for Young Adults to participate.

If you have any questions about this event, please write us at manhattanrep@yahoo.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival

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DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be submitted online, e-mailed or postmarked by MARCH 15, 2019.

FEES: There are no fees for submitting your work to the Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2019; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement.

CONTENT: Original plays or musicals on any subject and any length.

LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.

FORMAT: All plays must have numbered script pages. Plays submitted through theblank.submittable.com should follow Submittable.com requirements. Plays submitted by e-mail must be sent as PDF. Plays submitted by mail must be printed on one side of a page and unbound.

COVER SHEET: Along with play script(s), submissions must include a Cover Sheet with: Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth (with year), Age, School Name (if applicable), E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number, Mailing Address.

NO RETURNS: Scripts will not be returned so please do not send originals.

NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in May 2019.

PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed in the Festival in Los Angeles in June 2019.

SUBMIT ONLINE: Browse to theblank.submittable.com, create an account and follow the instructions to submit your play(s) and cover sheet.

SUBMIT BY E-MAIL: Send play(s) and cover sheet as PDF with play title in subject line to: ypfsubmissions@theblank.com

SUBMIT BY MAIL: Send unbound play(s) and cover sheet to:

Young Playwrights Festival
c/o The Blank Theatre
PO Box 1094
Los Angeles, CA 90078

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Submissions are open for the Navigator Theater's Fourth Annual Lift-Off Series

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Every year we produce a week of readings of brand new Sci-Fi plays - and this year we will be continuing the tradition at The Plaxall Gallery, January 25-27, 2019.

Submit your 10-minute to 30-minute play by emailing navigatorstheater@gmail.com, subject: LAST NAME - length.

We look forward to reading your work!

Based in New York, we are a a Science Fiction Theater company with a clear feminist perspective. The the three founding members met in graduate school at The University of Iowa. After two successful collaborations, they decided to create a professional collective and share their vision of Science Fiction Theater with a broader audience. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

THEATRE ARIEL SEEKS TEN-MINUTE PLAYS FOR JEW-DENTITY: A MILLENNIAL’S JEWISH IDENTITY

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An evening of ten-minute plays reflecting the Jewish identity of playwrights born between 1982 and 2002

We are seeking ten-minute plays by Millennial playwrights exploring their (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, 3G, LGBTQ, African-American, Latino, Asian, Interfaith, Multicultural, Feminist, Yiddishist, Zionist, Secular, Orthodox, or Ambivalent) Jewish Identity.

Character driven, technically simple
Cast Size: 5 actors max (1-3 is ideal)
Non-published, New Works only!

MUST NOT EXCEED TEN MINUTES

Plays chosen for Jew-dentity will be performed as concert readings in Theatre Ariel’s 2018 Salon series, and the Alliance for Jewish Theatre conference. Winning Playwrights will receive a $180 honorarium.

Submission deadline: July 15, 2018
Winning Plays announced: August 15  Performances Oct. 13-28, 2018
For submissions or further information: info@theatreariel.org

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