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Saturday, October 12, 2019

EST/Sloan Project 2019

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2019

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 19th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $3,000,000 to more than 300 artists and theatres. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

COMMISSION AWARDS

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

HARD SCIENCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Mathematics

Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)

Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)

Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)

Neuroscience

Anthropology and Archaeology

TECHNOLOGY INCLUDES:

Computer Science

Software Development, Computer Development

Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)

Space Research

AREAS NOT CONSIDERED FOR COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:

Science Fiction

Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease

Psychology and Human Behavior

HOW TO APPLY

NEW COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A one-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the story you want to put on stage. All the science should be discussed as part of the story, not as a separate section. Focus on plot and character development, as well as the aesthetic style you envision for the piece.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

REWRITE COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:

A draft of the script.

A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2018
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2018

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.

An estimated budget for the project.

DELIVERING YOUR SUBMISSION

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):
sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org


Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-4982


Please contact us with any questions.
Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff

Sunday, October 28, 2018

THE ANNUAL PARITY COMMISSION 2018

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Beyond our annual productions, in concert with our mission to see more cis women and trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) artists employed in the theatre, we award two commissions per year to cis women and TGNC playwrights who have demonstrated a singular talent for storytelling. The selected playwrights will receive $2,500 each.

Parity Productions reads submissions blind, selecting work that is in harmony with our artistic mission. Playwrights will receive regular feedback on their commissioned work within 30 days of their submission of a first and second draft. They will also receive one “closed door” reading (attended by cast, Parity Productions Artistic Director, and literary department) and at least one public reading and/or developmental production of the commissioned work. An option for Parity Productions to produce the work is included in The Commission agreement.

How do I submit my work to Parity Productions?

You can SUBMIT HERE.

Script submissions are open now until 11:59PM Eastern on October 31st, 2018.

Please reach out to us at team@parityproductions.org with any questions.​

It is requested that all playwrights submit two full-length plays. Please indicate in the form which play you are submitting for commission/production consideration and which play you are submitting as a writing sample. If two plays have not been completed, then playwrights can submit one full-length play and no fewer than 25 pages of a second play (or alternate form of fiction writing) as a minimum requirement for submission.

The Parity Commission is open to all cis women and trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) playwrights. All scripts submitted to us by cis women and TGNC playwrights during our submission period and that fit the requirements outlined below will automatically be considered for The Parity Commission.

Any work that is submitted to Parity must adhere to these submission criteria:

Please note

(1) Plays submitted for consideration must be new and may not have had a previous professional production (either Equity or non-Equity). Submitted plays that have been previously produced will not be read. However, works that have had readings or workshops may be submitted.

(2) All documents must be submitted in PDF format. Your script must be neat and formatted to industry standard (e.g., Sam French, Dramatists Guild, or Final Draft format).

(3) Do not put the play title or your name on any page but the title page. Submissions with title or playwright name on any page but the title page will not be read.

(4) If you have submitted a particular play to us before, resubmission is welcome. We encourage you, however, to have evolved the piece in between submission periods.

What happens after I submit?
Once a submission is received, any information as to the playwright's identity will be removed so that the literary team can "blind" read all scripts.

What happens if my work is selected?
You will be contacted by Parity Productions directly.

Please reach out to us at team@parityproductions.org with any questions.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

EST/Sloan Project 2018

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2018
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2018

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 19th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $3,000,000 to more than 300 artists and theatres. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

COMMISSION AWARDS

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

HARD SCIENCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Mathematics
Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
Neuroscience
Anthropology and Archaeology
TECHNOLOGY INCLUDES:

Computer Science
Software Development, Computer Development
Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
Space Research
AREAS NOT CONSIDERED FOR COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:

Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior
HOW TO APPLY

NEW COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored and include in the description of the story how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece. Focus on plot and character development, and, as it ideally will in the finished play, how the science comes out through plot and character.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.'

REWRITE COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:

A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2016
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2016

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.
DELIVERING YOUR SUBMISSION

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):
sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org


Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-4982


Please contact us with any questions.
Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff

Sunday, August 19, 2018

CLUBBED THUMB OPEN-APPLICATION COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS OF COLOR

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Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a ten-page piece of initial writing and a one-page proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Unlike the Biennial Commission, which is open to all writers, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

For this commission, Clubbed Thumb is interested in plays that employ alternative structures and shapes. We ask you to consider one of five alternative play shapes–landscape, spider web, nesting dolls, circle, double helix–and craft a proposal for how you will employ that play shape to best suit the story you wish to tell. This is subjective, of course, and meant to trigger the imagination, not be academic analysis. Some examples of what we mean:

Landscape: in which we learn about the world through accumulation

Our Town by Thornton Wilder is structured a bit like a landscape painting–we are introduced to everything all at once and Wilder zooms in and out of the landscape in order to tell the story.
Other examples might include: Wilder Gone, God’s Ear, Mlima’s Tale

Spider Web: in which we learn through disparate scenes that seem disconnected but are linked at odd angles and actually cohere around a central theme or argument
Booty Candy by Robert O’Hara could be seen as a spider web play–at first each scene feels like a vignette exploring a discrete idea, however, as more and more divergent worlds are explored we begin to realize that each world is connected in exploration of a single theme.
Other examples might include: Lear (Young Jean Lee), Doll’s House Pt. 2, Of Government

Nesting Dolls: in which we learn through analogies and juxtaposition
Mr Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn might be seen as a play shaped like a set of nesting dolls–each act is its own entity and the dramatic movement lies in building out from what came before.

Other examples might include: Fairview, An Octoroon, Barbecue

Circle: in which we learn through reflection
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes might be a circle play. The most important dramatic events happen in the middle; act one leads us into these events and act three deals with the aftermath; the end of the play reflects themes that are present in the beginning of the play.
Other examples might include: A Map of Virtue, The Aliens, Father Comes Home From the Wars

Double Helix: in which we learn through thematic associations between the narrative threads
Stop Kiss by Diana Son could be a double helix play – the story is told in two threads simultaneously–what happened before and what happened after the inciting event–with thematic links between these narratives.
Other examples might include: Midsummer Night’s Dream (might be a triple helix), We are Proud to Present…, The Tomb of King Tot

You are also welcome to propose your own unconventional play shape. Should you choose to do that, be rigorous and make the case for it.

Your proposed play should also include the following:
1) At least three characters in every scene (no two character scenes)
2) Some simultaneous talking
3) Some found or repurposed text
4) A character pretending to be someone else
5) No indoor spaces

(Many thanks to Erin Courtney for developing this prompt with us.)

TO APPLY: SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING THROUGH THE FORM
(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)

1) A one-page letter of intent describing your proposed project;
2) 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play);
3) One of your finished plays, for reference;
4) Your resume

IMPORTANT NOTES

No names please — on the letter, the 10 page sample or the finished play for reference, or in any file names. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece, how you will use the chosen shape to tell the story and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We ask you to include one of your finished plays for reference. Note (where prompted in the form) any relationship or similarities the complete play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to start with.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So look around our website at our guidelines and production history for reference, if they are not familiar to you. Many of our plays have been published individually or in our anthology, “Funny, Strange, Provocative”, and are widely available to read.

DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 11:59PM EST
The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2018. The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

SUBMISSION FORM
Proposals must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, October 8th, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

OPEN-APPLICATION COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS OF COLOR

web site

Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a ten-page piece of initial writing and a one-page proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Unlike the Biennial Commission, which is open to all writers, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

For this commission, Clubbed Thumb is interested in plays that employ alternative structures and shapes. We ask you to consider one of five alternative play shapes–landscape, spider web, nesting dolls, circle, double helix–and craft a proposal for how you will employ that play shape to best suit the story you wish to tell. This is subjective, of course, and meant to trigger the imagination, not be academic analysis. Some examples of what we mean:

Landscape: in which we learn about the world through accumulation
Our Town by Thornton Wilder is structured a bit like a landscape painting–we are introduced to everything all at once and Wilder zooms in and out of the landscape in order to tell the story.
Other examples might include: Wilder Gone, God’s Ear, Mlima’s Tale

Spider Web: in which we learn through disparate scenes that seem disconnected but are linked at odd angles and actually cohere around a central theme or argument
Booty Candy by Robert O’Hara could be seen as a spider web play–at first each scene feels like a vignette exploring a discrete idea, however, as more and more divergent worlds are explored we begin to realize that each world is connected in exploration of a single theme.
Other examples might include: Lear (Young Jean Lee), Doll’s House Pt. 2, Of Government

Nesting Dolls: in which we learn through analogies and juxtaposition
Mr Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn might be seen as a play shaped like a set of nesting dolls–each act is its own entity and the dramatic movement lies in building out from what came before.
Other examples might include: Fairview, An Octoroon, Barbecue

Circle: in which we learn through reflection
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes might be a circle play. The most important dramatic events happen in the middle; act one leads us into these events and act three deals with the aftermath; the end of the play reflects themes that are present in the beginning of the play.
Other examples might include: A Map of Virtue, The Aliens, Father Comes Home From the Wars

Double Helix: in which we learn through thematic associations between the narrative threads
Stop Kiss by Diana Son could be a double helix play – the story is told in two threads simultaneously–what happened before and what happened after the inciting event–with thematic links between these narratives.
Other examples might include: Midsummer Night’s Dream (might be a triple helix), We are Proud to Present…, The Tomb of King Tot

You are also welcome to propose your own unconventional play shape. Should you choose to do that, be rigorous and make the case for it.

Your proposed play should also include the following:
1) At least three characters in every scene (no two character scenes)
2) Some simultaneous talking
3) Some found or repurposed text
4) A character pretending to be someone else
5) No indoor spaces

(Many thanks to Erin Courtney for developing this prompt with us.)


TO APPLY: SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING THROUGH THE FORM BELOW
(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)

1) A one-page letter of intent describing your proposed project;
2) 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play);
3) One of your finished plays, for reference;
4) Your resume

IMPORTANT NOTES

No names please — on the letter, the 10 page sample or the finished play for reference, or in any file names. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece, how you will use the chosen shape to tell the story and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We ask you to include one of your finished plays for reference. Note (where prompted in the form) any relationship or similarities the complete play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to start with.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So look around our website at our guidelines and production history for reference, if they are not familiar to you. Many of our plays have been published individually or in our anthology, “Funny, Strange, Provocative”, and are widely available to read.

DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 11:59PM EST

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2018. The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Friday, July 6, 2018

Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission

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The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission is an annual playwriting commission that encourages emerging playwrights to write original works for large ensembles of emerging actors.

Through this commission, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and The Lee Strasberg Creative Center partners with emerging playwrights, directors and The Lee Strasberg Method™ trained actors and encourages the synergy of great acting with the development of new works.

This commission will provide an incubating space for the development of true ensemble plays in New York City and develop the next generation of collaborating artists.

Below is a link to our website, where you will be able to see a brief description of the commission as well as the Spring 2017 previous director and playwright, Lucy Thurber and Jenna Worsham, who worked one of the last incarnations of the program.

https://newyork.methodactingstrasberg.com/blog/2017-clifford-odets- ensemble-play-commission-artists-announced/

Essentially, the commission is a collaborative, development process where the playwright meets the NYU students who are accepted (after internal auditions) to the Practicum Program, and a text is developed from there on. All of these students are in their third or fourth year at NYU.


Below is a breakdown of important dates:

Wednesday, July 11th: deadline for playwrights to submit previous work for review.
Friday, July 20th: Playwright is selected.
August 27th: First draft of play due.
Septermber 4th: First Table Read.
December 13th–15th: Performances.

Once the playwright is selected, we will ask the playwright for a director suggestion who will then be interviewed and approved by Victoria Krane, the President of the Institute. The compensation for the commission is $1,500 for the playwright and $1,500 for the director.

Interested playwrights should submit the following:

-A PDF sample work of a full-length text.
-A PDF cover letter outlining the following:
Title of sample work.
Genre of sample work.
Synopsis of sample work.
Brief history of personal experience in ensemble programs and/or play development programs.
-Artistic résumé in PDF form.

All materials are to be submitted to Production Manager, Haydn Díaz, at haydn@strasberg.com – Questions about the program can also be directed there.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Clutch Productions offers commission to emerging female playwrights

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Deadline for applications: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Clutch Productions seeks submissions from emerging female playwrights who are interested in a collaborative, interdisciplinary commission process.

In 12 months, Clutch will foster your new, full-length play from blank page to its world premiere on a New York stage. The commissioned play will feature a narrative driven from a woman’s point of view and at least 50% of the roles in each play must be for actors identifying as women.

Submissions will be evaluated by our founding members, core artists, and board of directors. Playwrights who make it to the final round of consideration will be contacted by Clutch directly to schedule an interview.

The commissioned playwright will be provided with a formal agreement that outlines expectations, draft deadlines, and disbursement of the $2,500 stipend.

Example commission timeline:
Month 1: Writer provides synopsis and outlines
Month 2: Writer begins drafting on their own
Month 3: Table reads of first draft scenes
Month 4: First Draft Due
Months 5 & 6: Revisions. Every 30 pages will be workshopped by actors and a director.
Month 7: Second Draft Due and 5-day Development Retreat
Months 8 - 10: Revisions. Every 30 pages will be workshopped by actors and a director.
Month 11: Rehearsal Draft Due
Month 12: Rehearsals, rewrites, and Production Draft Due

All applicants must provide the following in PDF form (applications missing any materials will not be considered):
Cover letter outlining a concept for this new play, why you’re the right fit for Clutch’s mission, and how you would tackle the challenge of developing a full-length, production-worthy play in less than 1 year.
Resume
Two (2) letters of recommendation
Two (2) writing samples including one full-length and one short play. Your scripts must be neat and formatted to industry standard.

Email all materials to clutchproductionsnyc@gmail.com with COMMISSION SUBMISSION in the subject line.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission

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The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt.

For this round, please consider the oeuvre of Caryl Churchill. We paid particular attention to Top Girls, Fen and Far Away, but by all means read and consider any and all of her plays.

Your play should feature:
  • three sections, the second of which is set in a workplace;
  • a cast of mostly (perhaps all) women—-of differing ages, cultures, and especially, classes/means/education levels;
  • a formal event (a pageant, a parade, a number, a dinner party) involving many people;
  • an ersatz mother/daughter relationship.
Embrace economy of language, and specificity and fidelity of language to character. Consider if and when those rules explode.

Submit the following through the online application form below:
  • (this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)
  • completed information form;
  • a one-page letter of intent describing your proposed project;
  • 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play);
  • one of your finished plays for reference;
  • your resume.

IMPORTANT NOTES

No names please — on the letter, the 10 page sample or the complete play. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We ask you to include one of your finished plays for reference. Note (where prompted in the form) any relationship or similarities the complete play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to start with.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So look around our website at our guidelines and production history for reference, if they are not familiar to you.

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DEADLINE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 11:11PM EST
The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2017.

The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to ryan[at]clubbedthumb.org

Friday, October 13, 2017

EST/Sloan Project

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2017

Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2017

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

HARD SCIENCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Mathematics
Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
Neuroscience
Anthropology and Archaeology

TECHNOLOGY INCLUDES:
Computer Science
Software Development, Computer Development
Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
Space Research

AREAS NOT CONSIDERED FOR COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:
Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior

HOW TO APPLY

NEW COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored and include in the description of the story how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece. Focus on plot and character development, and, as it ideally will in the finished play, how the science comes out through plot and character.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

REWRITE COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:

A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2016
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2016

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.

DELIVERING YOUR SUBMISSION

We accept scripts in the following manner... 
Email (preferred): 
sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Via regular mail: 
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St. 
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-4982


Please contact us with any questions. 
Best of luck to you, 
EST/Sloan Project Staff

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Women Playwrights International commission opportunity

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Deadline: June 20
For this call we have implemented commissions by geographical regions. This aims to give each country the possibility of forming a selection that is representative of their culture.

The commissions are:1. Latin America and the Caribbean, 2. North America (E.E.UU and Canada), 3. Africa, 4 .Asia, 5. Oceania, 6. Europe.

The juries of each committee can not send their own plays to any of the open calls.

The criteria for nomination, evaluation and selection will be the same for all commissions.

A) General Criteria
- Women playwrights from around the world can apply if they have, at least, one staged play.

- Only one text per applicant will be received. In the same way, texts that are sent to different commissions will not be accepted.

- Texts must be sent in English (*), except for those that apply to the Latin-American commission, for they will be evaluated in Spanish and Portuguese.


*TEXTS CAN BE SENT IN THEIR ORIGINAL LANGUAGES ONLY IF: THERE’S ALSO AN ENGLISH VERSION OF IT AND IF THE REGIONAL COMMITTEE AGREES TO IT. 

- Women playwrights are free to decide to what region apply, according to their place of birth or residence.


- Women playwrights chosen will receive an invitation letter through email, that will indicate the format in which their play would be presented in the conference.

WPI is a non-profit association and has no stable funding to support its activities. In the case of receiving international funding, these resources are allocated to participants from countries where the status of women is in a state of insecurity. It is for this reason that those who have been selected must contemplate personal payment of the following:

- Translation of 15 pages to Spanish or English (in the case of latin americans). Given the fact that all activities related to WPIC 2018 in Santiago, Chile, will take place in Spanish (with consecutive, simultaneous translation or subtitles to english).

- Travel costs to Chile (airplane ticket, accreditation fee, residency, etc).

B) Participation Modalities

Having in mind the main theme proposed for this conference, the theme lines are the following:

• Territory: Texts that offer a perspective about the social, political, economic and cultural landscapes that define the reality of individuals. Plays that deal with tension in cultural, political and geographic frontiers. It can also be about the rupture of frontiers, the cultural crossing as well as the clash phenomena, such as being forced to exile or political exile and being faced to possible or impossible return, migrations, post conflicts displacements, refugees crisis, economic crisis, famine, the reality of living outside the country or place of origin.

• Bodies: Texts that think about female body issues. The strategies of domination and violence that control women’s daily activities. The intersection between women’s bodies and public politics, decisions about our own bodies (contraception, abortion law). Publicity, religious or governmental commands, medicine. Also desire and pleasure poetics as well as aesthetics. Gender transition, homosexuality, bisexuality, all possible forms of sexuality.

• Memories: Writings that propose different forms of fighting against oblivion, of installing themes and problems related to knowledge and traditions transmission. Biographies, autobiographies or construction of individual, social or collective stories.

• Wars and armed conflicts: Writings that assume war experiences and its consequences. Annulation practices of all possibility of personal development, situations in which basic human rights are systematically violated, especially for women and children.

• Natural resources: Texts that reflect about the excessive exploitation of natural resources, troubles regarding hunger and access to potable water that is taking place since decades ago, and the several consequences in the life of human beings, living creatures and environment.

• Ancestral voices: Writing that rescue ancestral voices of each culture. Texts that recompose the stories and originary knowledge of each ethnicity, that reflect their predicaments, their cosmogonies and that try to give a place in present times.

Excluded of this open call are performances or installation art, due to the inherent difficulty to be fairly evaluated in relation to written texts. But, texts that incorporate the use of technology as a constituent part of aesthetic or poetic chosen by each playwright are accepted.

C) Application Formalities:

Postulants must send their application to an email in one file, PDF format. Pages should be formatted for A4, with 1,5 spacing, and text set in 12 point Times New Roman type.

With the following information:

Geographical region to which apply

Professional bio presentation (one page long max.).

Presentation of the play and its relation to one of the selection themes (one page long maximum).

Argument summary of the play (one page long max), indicating the structure.

Complete text of the play. Texts must not exceed 50 pages.

Playwrights who would like to send plays longer than 50 pages, can send an extract of their best 50 pages.

Type of public to which the play is directed to (all audiences, familiar theatre, etc.)

Emails:

latinamericareadingswpichile18@gmail.com

northamericareadingswpichile18@gmail.com

africareadingswpichile18@gmail.com

asiareadingswpichile18@gmail.com

oceaniareadingswpichile18@gmail.com

europereadingswpichile18@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The 2018 Boston Project: Call for Proposals

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Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2017
Call for Proposals

The Boston Project is a new works initiative supporting the creation and development of plays set right here in our hometown. Our goal is to create more plays that explore what it means to be in this city at this moment, and tap into the full breadth of experiences and identities that make up life in Boston. We are seeking proposals for currently unwritten full-length scripts set in contemporary Boston.

The Process
Proposals for unwritten full-length plays meeting the requirements below will be accepted through May 15th, 2017.
From the submitted proposals, SpeakEasy will select two projects, and invite the playwrights to spend the 2017-2018 season writing and developing their plays with us.
Once proposals are selected, SpeakEasy will work with the playwrights to build a development schedule that fits their needs. Potential available resources include: regular dramaturgical meetings, research assistance, deadlines, casual table reads, and feedback sessions with the artistic staff. After the first draft deadline, each playwright will also be paired with a dedicated, professional dramaturg and director to assist with their process.

The development process will culminate in a two-week workshop and invited staged reading in May/June 2018, featuring professional actors from the area.
Each selected playwright will be paid a commissioning fee of $2,500.
SpeakEasy will hold an exclusive production option on the proposed play during its development process, and for a period of ninety days following the 2018 workshop.
How to Apply

To be considered for the Boston Project, please submit by 8pm EST on May 15th, 2017:
A 1-2 page proposal for an unwritten full length play (90+ minutes). The play must be set in Boston or its surrounding areas, and take place within ten years, plus or minus, of the present day.
5-10 exploratory pages for the proposed play. These pages need not be a single, polished scene, but should give a clear sense of how the play will ultimately live on stage.
A professional biography or writing resume detailing your playwriting experience.
A separate full length (90+ minutes) play by you.

All materials should be submitted in .pdf format to bostonproject@speakeasystage.com. The components may be in separate documents, but please include all materials in a single e-mail.

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2017
Selection Announced: August 1st, 2017

Important Information

This project is designed to support the development of a brand new play. This is not the time to submit a script which you’ve already written; we want to work with you as you explore a fresh idea in its earliest stages.

The proposed play need not center on or be inspired by any real event/person. The only requirement is that it be set in contemporary Boston or its surrounding areas.

For this project’s purposes, “contemporary” means plus or minus ten years from today.

Your 1-2 page proposal should explain the play you intend to create, and may include: a synopsis of the work as best you know it, a potential cast list and/or character breakdown, a statement regarding the inspiration for the work, and any other information about the play you envision. You may also let us know any specific needs you foresee during the development process. The ultimate goal of the proposal is to show us what your play will be beyond its initial premise/inciting incident/idea.

There is no hard limit on cast size, but typically the plays that SpeakEasy produces use between four and eight actors.

While we love musicals here at SpeakEasy, we will not be considering proposals for new musicals as part of this season’s Boston Project.

You do not need to live in the Boston/New England area to submit a proposal, but SpeakEasy is unable to provide housing or travel reimbursement during the development and workshop process.
Part of SpeakEasy’s mission is to reflect the vibrance and diversity of our city. Projects which further that goal will be of particular interest in the selections process.

Proposals that most caught our eye during the first season’s consideration were those in which Boston was an essential component, and not just a generic backdrop. We hope writers will use this opportunity to explore a story that could only take place in this city, and that transcends “typical” Bostonian tropes.

Questions regarding the proposal process or the Boston Project itself can be directed to bostonproject@speakeasystage.com.

Friday, March 24, 2017

THE CANAL CAFÉ THEATRE: The American Season

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NEW PLAYWRITING COMMISSION

This is the third and final part of the collaboration between The Canal Cafe Theatre & Russell Lucas in the 2016/17 American Season.

The Scheme:

We seek applications from writers who have an initial idea for a 60 minute play inspired by the current American political climate.

(NB: We are not accepting complete plays as this initiative is aimed at inspiring, developing and then finally presenting the work at the end of the six months.)

Play Structure:
• The final play will be one act (60 minutes or less) and not have received any staging anywhere in the world.
• The play can feature up to three actors.
• The American Season is presented in traverse or in-the-round style seating with one entrance/exit.

Application:
• You must present your initial title, full plot synopsis and one scene from the play.
• You may include character breakdowns, actor requirements and staging needs to support your application.
• Submissions open 1st March 2017 and close 31st March.
• Please submit your idea to the following email: CCTAmerican@gmail.com

Process:
Once the submission period is closed, the artistic team will select writers that will go through to the next round. Further details will be provided to the selected applicants. We aim to reply to every applicant. The chosen playwright receives £400.00 to support the writing of their new play for a limited run at The Canal Café Theatre in October 2017.

Throughout the collaborative process you will have dramaturgical support from director Russell Lucas and production support from the venue.

www.RussellLucas.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

THE ANNUAL PARITY COMMISSION FOR WOMEN AND TRANSGENDER PLAYWRIGHTS

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Beyond our annual productions, in concert with our mission to see more women and transgender artists employed in the theatre, we award two commissions per year to women or transgender playwrights who have demonstrated a singular talent for storytelling. The selected playwrights will receive $2,500 each. One out of every $10 we make from our Parity Store goes to them in support of their commissioned work – we call that our 10% Promise. ​​

Parity Productions reads submissions throughout the year and makes decisions based on who we believe to be the most promising playwrights with work that is in harmony with our artistic mission. Playwrights will receive regular feedback on their commissioned work, within 30 days of their submission of a first and second draft. They will also receive one “closed door” reading (cast, Parity Productions Artistic Director, and literary department) and at least one public reading and/or developmental production of the commissioned work. An option for Parity Productions to produce the work is included in The Commission agreement.

Can I apply for The Commission?
By submitting your work to us, you may ultimately be considered for The Commission, but there is no direct application for it. We award The Parity Commission to women and transgender playwrights that we have become familiar with through their submissions and subsequent meetings and interactions with us or other performances of their work. The deadline for submissions in a calendar year is June 1st. Submissions received after that will be considered for the following year.

How do I submit my work to Parity Productions?
SUBMIT HERE.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

EST/Sloan Project commissions

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Proposals will be accepted starting September 1st, 2016.
Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2016
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2015

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
COMMISSION AWARDS

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

HARD SCIENCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Mathematics
Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
Neuroscience
Anthropology and Archaeology

TECHNOLOGY INCLUDES:
Computer Science
Software Development, Computer Development
Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
Space Research

AREAS NOT CONSIDERED FOR COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:
Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior

HOW TO APPLY
NEW COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored and include in the description of the story how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece. Focus on plot and character development, and, as it ideally will in the finished play, how the science comes out through plot and character.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

REWRITE COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:
A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2015 Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2015
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.

DELIVERING YOUR SUBMISSION

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):
sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.
Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The 2017 Boston Project

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The Boston Project is a new works initiative supporting the creation and development of plays set right here in our hometown. Our goal is to create more plays that explore what it means to be in this city at this moment, and tap into the full breadth of experiences and identities that make up life in Boston. We are seeking proposals for currently unwritten full-length scripts set in contemporary Boston.

Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2016
Call for Proposals

For our 25th anniversary season, SpeakEasy launched The Boston Project: a new works program geared towards telling local stories and reflecting our hometown on stage. We spent the year developing two fantastic plays by local writers– Ward Nine, by Bill Doncaster, and Born Naked, by Nina Louise Morrison– culminating in a two-week workshop and staged readings of each play on February 20th, 2016. We are happy to announce that after the success of its first iteration, the Boston Project is back for our 2016-2017 season, with increased commissioning fees, professional dramaturgs and a longer development timeline.

The Process
  1. Proposals for unwritten full-length plays meeting the requirements below will be accepted through May 15th, 2016.
  2. From the submitted proposals, SpeakEasy will select two projects, and invite the playwrights to spend the 2016-2017 season writing and developing their plays with us.
  3. Once proposals are selected, SpeakEasy will work with the playwrights to build a development schedule that fits their needs. Potential available resources include: regular dramaturgical meetings, research assistance, deadlines, casual table reads, and feedback sessions with the artistic staff. After the first draft deadline, each playwright will also be paired with a dedicated, professional dramaturg and director to assist with their process.
  4. The development process will culminate in a two-week workshop and invited staged reading in Winter/Spring 2017, featuring professional actors from the area.
  5. Each selected playwright will be paid a commissioning fee of $2,500.
  6. SpeakEasy will hold an exclusive production option on the proposed play during its development process, and for a period of ninety days following the 2017 workshop.
How to Apply

To be considered for the Boston Project, please submit by 8pm EST on May 15th, 2016:
  1. A 1-2 page proposal for an unwritten full length play (90+ minutes). The play must be set in Boston or its surrounding areas, and take place within ten years, plus or minus, of the present day.
  2. 5-10 exploratory pages for the proposed play. These pages need not be a single, polished scene, but should give a clear sense of how the play will ultimately live on stage.
  3. A professional biography or writing resume detailing your playwriting experience.
  4. A separate full length (90+ minutes) play by you.

All materials should be submitted in .pdf format to bostonproject@speakeasystage.com. The components may be in separate documents, but please include all materials in a single e-mail.

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2016
Selection Announced: July 1st, 2016
Important Information
  • This project is designed to support the development of a brand new play. This is not the time to submit a script which you’ve already written; we want to work with you as you explore a fresh idea in its earliest stages.
  • The proposed play need not center on or be inspired by any real event/person. The only requirement is that it be set in contemporary Boston or its surrounding areas.
  • For this project’s purposes, “contemporary” means plus or minus ten years from today.
  • Your 1-2 page proposal should explain the play you intend to create, and may include: a synopsis of the work as best you know it, a potential cast list and/or character breakdown, a statement regarding the inspiration for the work, and any other information about the play you envision. You may also let us know any specific needs you foresee during the development process. The ultimate goal of the proposal is to show us what your play will be beyond its initial premise/inciting incident/idea.
  • There is no hard limit on cast size, but typically the plays that SpeakEasy produces use between four and eight actors.
  • While we love musicals here at SpeakEasy, we will not be considering proposals for new musicals as part of this season’s Boston Project.
  • You do not need to live in the Boston/New England area to submit a proposal, but SpeakEasy is unable to provide housing or travel reimbursement during the development and workshop process.
  • Part of SpeakEasy’s mission is to reflect the vibrance and diversity of our city. Projects which further that goal will be of particular interest in the selections process.
  • Proposals that most caught our eye during the first season’s consideration were those in which Boston was an essential component, and not just a generic backdrop. We hope writers will use this opportunity to explore a story that could only take place in this city, and that transcends “typical” Bostonian tropes.

Questions regarding the proposal process or the Boston Project itself can be directed to SpeakEasy Administrative & Artistic Associate Walt McGough, at bostonproject@speakeasystage.com.

2017 Young Audience Outreach Commissions

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One-third of CRT’s productions are new works, and every year CRT commissions a new show for its celebrated Young Audience Outreach Tour. The goal of this program is to bring theatre to thousands of kids in rural and underserved communities throughout the Southwest while creating an exciting opportunity for emerging playwrights. Bilingual (English/Spanish) plays are preferred, but not required. With a 31 years of successful productions we are looking for playwrights interested in working among a collaborative artistic team.

We are accepting submissions for the 2017 Young Audience Outreach Tour and if you would like to be considered for a commission, please, submit the following by May 30, 2016:

• Cover sheet with your name, contact info, and synopsis
• Cover letter that indicates experience in the following: touring shows, theatre for young
audiences, and/or plays that have been produced.
• 10-20 page excerpt

The Young Audience Outreach Tour performs shows based on core curriculum subjects: history of U.S. Presidents, the science of flight, the geography of the United States, the water cycle, the importance of math. For more information on previous productions check out our Young Audience Outreach Tour page. http://www.creederep.org/education/young-audience-outreach- tour.html

To submit materials or for questions contact Education Director Johamy Morales at johamy@creederep.com. Electronic versions are preferred. Hard copies should be mailed to: Creede Repertory Theatre, Attn: YAOT, PO Box 269, Creede, CO 81130.

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project

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The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project is an initiative designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge the existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.

The partnership between the Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is the creative engine behind hundreds of new American plays that challenge and broaden the public’s understanding of science and technology and their impact in our lives. Plays from the EST/Sloan Project are produced again and again across the country. This begins at EST’s home base in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, for forty years a crucial platform for new and unheard voices in the American theatre. Over the past fifteen years, this reputation has been enhanced by the critically acclaimed productions presented on the theatre’s Mainstage every season under the banner of the EST/Sloan Project.

Beyond New York, the program now has a nationwide reach. It supports development and production of new plays in theatres across the country through a combination of seed grants and production incentives. These initiatives provide an extended life for EST/Sloan plays in subsequent regional productions, and the seed grants provide a broader base of artistic opportunity for communities outside of New York, allowing the program to cast a wider net for new work.

Proposals will be accepted starting September 1st, 2015

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2015
Deadline for regional workshop grants: December 1, 2015

Click here for submission guidelines

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Clubbed Thumb 2015 BIENNIAL COMMISSION

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For this commission, please consider the work of Maria Irene Fornes, a godmother of formally innovative playwriting in the U.S.

Please take a look, specifically, at The Danube and Fefu and Her Friends. (If you have not read the work of Maria Irene Fornes you might want also to dip into Mud, Abington Square, The Conduct of Life, and Promenade — or others!)

In crafting the idea for the play you wish to propose, please utilize the following:
  • a cast made up entirely of women
  • a play broken into 5 scenes, at least three of which are set in different locations
  • voices from people who are not in the room, and the faces of people who are not in the room 
  • (cannot be puppets or language tapes)
  • (probably avoid screens or screen containing devices)
  • a singalong
  • a scene which is repeated

And please begin your play (ala Fornes) with one of the two sentences:
“Something like that could never happen.”
“That’s why they left.”

Finally, some helpful thoughts from Ms. Fornes:
  • Be always true to the character, respectful of the character.
  • Something inside you eventually shifts into the perspective of the character.
  • It’s important not to be seduced by style.

Please submit the following through the online application:
(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)
  • completed information form
  • a one-page letter of intent telling us about your proposed project
  • 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play – your choice)
  • a completed play you’ve written in the past (see note below)
  • a resume

IMPORTANT NOTES

No names please, on the letter, the 10 page sample or the complete play. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We are requesting a completed play you’ve written in the past so that our readers can get a greater sense of your voice, if they feel they need to. Please note (where prompted in the info form) any relationship or similarities the completed play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to look at for reference.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So look around our website at our parameters and history for reference, if they are not familiar to you.

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DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59pm.

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2015.

The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Click here to fill out an application.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Old Vic 12 seeks playwrights

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Applications are now open for The Old Vic 12, Matthew Warchus’ exciting new scheme, supporting 12 individuals to explore their creative potential and take the next step in their careers.

Open to non-UK residents, but participants will need to be within traveling distance of London for the duration of their time as a member of the Old Vic 12.
The scheme will offer participants an opportunity to expand networks, receive first class mentorship and benefit from the prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to Matthew Warchus’ first season.The 12 creatives will work alongside each other to develop their skills and present a work in progress to an industry audience.

The Old Vic 12 will consist of:

3 Directors
3 Producers
3 Playwrights
1 Choreographer
1 Designer
1 Composer

We’re hosting two launch workshops to give you a chance to ask questions, meet some of the individuals involved and to network with your creative peers.

Thursday 13 August 6–8pm The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey

Friday 14 August 2–4pm The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey

We will also be heading up to Edinburgh with the intention of holding an informal drop in, keep your eyes peeled on our social media for dates and times.

To find out more about The Old Vic 12 please see the attached FAQ sheet.

You can apply through Hiive.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

EST/Sloan Project seeks works about science

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2014
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2014

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Commission Awards

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, but average $5000.
Submission Guidelines

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.
Hard sciences include the following areas:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Technology includes:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research
Areas not considered for commissions include:
Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior

How to Apply

New Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored, the source of inspiration behind the idea, and how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

Rewrite Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:
A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2013

Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2013
Regional Development Commissions

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.
Delivering Your Submission

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):

sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org
Via regular mail:

The Ensemble Studio Theatre

Attn: EST/Sloan Project

549 West 52nd St.

New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,

EST/Sloan Project Staff

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