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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

Monday, May 5, 2014

InterAct 20/20 Commissions

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InterAct Theatre Company is pleased to announce the submission deadline for the seventh round of 20/20 New Play Commissions: Friday May 16, 2014.

InterAct is the flagship for new work in Philadelphia and a founding member of both the National New Play Network and the Philadelphia New Play Initiative.

Long established as one of the country’s preeminent producers of provocative new works, InterAct uses the 20/20 Commissions to fund plays that explore the most adventurous, complex, and engaging stories, ideas and issues in our world. We are invested in the wide range of stories that unfold when the larger forces of our world impact the individual and vice versa.

Eighteen commissions and development awards have already been given to plays ranging in style from hard-hitting drama to absurd comedy to magic realism. If you are considering a proposal, we encourage you take a look at both our recent commissions and productions to get a better sense of us.

Since inaugurating the 20/20 commissions in 2007, four commissioned plays and two development award recipients have all been produced on our main-stage. In addition two plays submitted as sample plays for 20/20 awards – IN A DAUGHTER’S EYES by A. Zell Williams and MICROCRISIS by Mike Lew – ended up receiving productions on our main stage. So there is additional value to submitting a proposal!

About InterAct’s 20/20 Commissions

There are two types of awards associated with the program:

• Development Awards - through which InterAct commits funds toward the further development of a play, including dramaturgical consultation, readings and workshops. Funds are typically used to pay for playwright travel and housing, and actor fees. Development Awards are given to works already in progress, but not yet production ready.

• New Play Commissions – through which InterAct commits a cash award of $5000 toward a new and wholly, or substantially, unwritten play.

In both cases, InterAct’s intent is to provide development support for plays toward eventual production in our main stage season, though this is, in no way, a guarantee.
How to Apply for an InterAct Theatre Company 20/20 Commission/Award

The application consists of three parts, which must be submitted simultaneously and received by midnight on Friday, May 16, 2014:

1. Statement of Interest

Please provide a description of the proposed project, including why the issues and themes of the project will be significant over the next twenty years, and what your goals would be should you be granted the opportunity to work with InterAct on the project’s development. If you are applying for a Development Award, you may additionally discuss the status of the current work and its development history. Statements of interest should not exceed 2 pages. We prefer proposals that are specific, concise, and as concrete as possible. We will not be reading any submissions prior to May 16, so please use the time wisely.

2. Up-to-Date Playwriting CV

Please be thorough and be sure to include the development history, if any, of the proposed work

3. For Commission Applicants – A Sample of your work in the form of a Completed Full-length Script

Sample scripts need not have received previous productions for submission, but should be production ready. If possible, please submit a script that falls within InterAct’s central mission. If you do not feel that you have a script suitable to our mission, then please send whatever script you feel best exemplifies your work.

For Development Awards – One Copy of the Proposed Script: Scripts need not be complete, although truly fragmentary works are difficult to evaluate. (An additional sample script is not necessary.)

Please note: We can only accept one submission per applicant – for either a Development Award or a Commission.

The deadline for completed seventh cycle applications is Midnight EST May 16, 2014, and InterAct will notify all playwrights of its decision via email in November 2014.

All parts of the application should be submitted as PDF’s to commissions@interacttheatre.org

Please label the PDFs clearly following this format:

(Your Name) Statement

(Your Name) CV

(Your Name) (Title of Sample Play)

(Your Name) (Title of Play) – DA

For example, for a commission:

Kittson O’Neill Statement

Kittson O’Neill CV

Kittson O’Neill Romeo and Juliet

For a development award:

Kittson O’Neill Statement

Kittson O’Neill CV

Kittson O’Neill Romeo and Juliet – DA

Only full-length plays are eligible for commission or development. Musicals and bills of related one-act plays will not be considered. Collaborations are welcome. Submissions which do not follow these guidelines cannot be considered.

For all 20/20 New Play Commissions, InterAct reserves the right of first production.

Be sure to email applications to commissions2014@interacttheatre.org

However, if you have questions, please email Kittson O’Neill, Artistic Associate.

- See more at: http://interacttheatre.org/new-plays/submit-for-commissions/#sthash.st5WpxDd.dpuf

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeking playwright for Mystic Seaport’s 35th Annual Lantern Light Tours

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Mystic Seaport’s 35th Annual Lantern Light Tours

Mystic Seaport is commissioning a playwright for our 2014 season of Lantern Light Tours.  We are seeking a playwright that will bring a unique and exciting voice to this long-running production while still maintaining the traditional format. Submissions should include a script concept, a script outline, and a writing sample. Submissions are due April 18, 2014. The chosen playwright must be available for 3-4 meetings with the production staff in Mystic, CT. The final draft of the play will be due August 22, 2014. Because of the progressive nature of Lantern Light Tours, the chosen script may be edited for timing throughout the rehearsal process. 

Submission Materials:
1. Script Concept
Concepts should describe the proposed plot in one paragraph. Please be clear and concise. All scripts must be appropriate for a family audience. Mystery elements are acceptable, but not required. Comedy is encouraged. 250 word maximum.
2. Script Outline
Outlines should list specific details for each of the five scenes of the script. Please include plot developments, number of characters, and scene locations.
3. Writing Sample
Samples should demonstrate strength of dialogue, character, and facility with language. Scripts and screenplays are preferred. 1,500- 2,000 word maximum. Please do not send full-length scripts. Comedy is encouraged. Historically appropriate language may be used, but is not required.

Background:
Lantern Light Tours is a 70 minute progressive or traveling play, set in the year 1876 on Christmas Eve night. The play unfolds through five 8-minute scenes that take place in different exhibit spaces located around the museum grounds. The audience travels the route of the play with the assistance of a Tour Guide who performs as a unique persona from the era. As they travel between scenes, the Tour Guide provides entertainment and historic information through first-person story-telling. This season will be the 35th annual performance of Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. The production runs for 10 performance nights with up to 40 tours per night. The audience averages a total of 5,000-7,000 people annually.

Script Requirements:
  • The play must contain a total of 13-15 characters. Each character may only appear in one scene. Characters may be any age or gender you wish, but one character must represent Santa Claus in a literal or figurative way. If represented figuratively, the Santa Claus character should be easily discernible to a child.
  • In addition to the 13-15 characters, the play must also include a Tour Guide. For performances, there will be 14 different Tour Guides. Please consider the Tour Guide an interchangeable character of varying age, gender, and social status that may or may not be an active character in the storyline. You may utilize the Tour Guide as much or as little as you wish in your script.
  • The play must contain a total of 5 scenes. Four scenes may be set in different locations of your choice, but the fifth scene must be located onboard a whaling ship that is in port. Each location should be historically appropriate for a small community in the year 1876.  Location options include, but are not limited to:
o    A General Store or  place of business
o    A Cooperage or craftsman’s workshop
o    The Home of a middle class family
o    A Tavern or social meeting place
o    A Meeting House or place of worship
  • Lantern Light Tours is set in the year 1876. All plot points and dialogue should be appropriate to that era but also accessible to a modern audience. Because Santa Claus may be a literal character, magic is an acceptable plot device. Please note that, although set in a specific moment of history, Lantern Light Tours is an entertainment piece and not a historic reenactment. 
  • Lantern Light Tours has traditionally included five elements: a carriage ride, a traditional tavern dance, a fresh-baked ginger cookie, a scene on a historic vessel, and an appearance by Santa Claus. Script outlines may include all of these five elements but are not required to. Please note that the chosen script will be edited to include these five elements for the final draft.
Production Time-Line
  • April 18, 2014: Playwright submission deadline- all materials must be received by 11:59pm.
  • April 25, 2014: Playwright selected
  • May 2, 2014: First production meeting
  • July 11, 2014: First Draft deadline and second production meeting
  • August 22, 2014: Final Draft deadline
  • October 14, 2014: Third production meeting and first rehearsal with the cast
  • November 24, 2014: Dress Rehearsal (optional)
  • November 29, 2014: Opening Night (optional)


Rights
The selected playwright will be required to sign an agreement with Mystic Seaport in which the playwright agrees, among other things, that Mystic Seaport will own all rights in all works the playwright creates for the Lantern Light Tours.

How to Apply:
Please send all submission materials to denise.cannella@mysticseaport.org. Files should be labeled in the following format: LLT2014_concept/outline/sample_your initials. Please be sure to include all materials in your submission. If unable to send materials electronically, submissions may also be mailed to the following address:
Interpretation- Denise Cannella
Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355

All submissions must be received by April 18, 2014 at 11:59 P.M.  
The fee for this commission is set at $1000. Mystic Seaport has no obligation to return (or retain) any materials submitted.

If you have questions regarding this commission, please contact:
Denise Cannella
Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea
Supervisor of Museum Theatre
860.572.0711 x5075



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Clubbed Thumb 2013 BIENNIAL COMMISSION

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For the fifth Biennial Commission we’d like you to consider Robert Altman’s movie Nashville.

No, we aren’t looking for a cast of thousands, a 2 1/2 hour opus, a dissection of country music or of red state culture. But we love the way Altman’s movies move from the ridiculous to the heart-breaking, we love the combo of the highly auteured and the DIY, the obliqueness,  the leitmotifs and the red herrings, the imperfection of the characters and of the movie itself, the excruciating humanity that is never ever mawkish, and the monumental and surprising accrual. So watch the amazing Nashville and if you like, other Altmans, and let ‘em inspire you in whatever way that happens for you.

Please explore the following possibilities:

  • What if you created a cast with no dominant racial or cultural group, or/and in which more than one significant character was from a racial or cultural background different than your own?
  • What if your play started just as something BIG has just ended OR the moment after someone has been terribly hurt?
  • What if temperature is a factor?
  • What if there is at least one scene where there is a difficulty with a light source?
  • What if “close ups” are a factor in your play?  Yes, we are referring to cinematic-style close ups, but how might that translate in world of your play?
  • BONUS (just for fun):  What is the theatrical equivalent of an Altman-style epic tracking shot?

Please submit the following (BLIND submission, see notes below):

  • Completed info form (s)
  • 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of your play – your choice)
  • one page telling us about that project
  • a completed play
  • a resume

IMPORTANT NOTES

No names please, on 10 page samples or complete plays. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the INFO FORM AND YOUR RESUME.

This year, in addition to submitting a letter of intent and ten pages and a resume, we are asking for writers to upload a completed play, along with a brief statement to help us understand its relationship to the proposed project, and recommending ten pages to look at for reference.  We are only requesting the completed script so that our committee members can get a greater sense of the writer’s voice, if they feel they need to.

The statement 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.

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

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DEADLINE: Sunday, September 22nd, 4:44 EST. The Autumnal Equinox, at least according to the internet.

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

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.

GENERAL SUBMISSION POLICY

Clubbed Thumb will accept submissions that fall within the following guidelines:

  • Unproduced in New York City
  • Running time: 90 min or under.
  • Intermissionless
  • Must feature substantial and challenging roles for both men and women
  • At least a 3 character cast

Clubbed Thumb produces plays that are funny, strange, and provocative. Please check out our history area to get a feeling for our sensibility and a selected chronology.
Please do not send scripts that fall outside these guidelines.

For general submissions, please send scripts to:
Clubbed Thumb 195 Chrystie Street, #401A New York, NY 10002
Please do not bind scripts; pages should be loose or clipped with a binder clip.
Clubbed Thumb does read and respond to every play submitted. However, with a staff of two, this may take many months. Please be patient and do not follow up on the status of your submission. Please wait for a response to one play before sending another.

Scripts will not be returned. Sorry, electronic submissions are not accepted.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Abingdon Theatre Company: Call for One-Act Play Commissions NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights Only

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NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights Only

Abingdon Theatre Company will commission three playwrights to write an original one-act play.  Each playwright will receive a $250 commission and a staged reading of their script on Saturday, August 17, 2013. This is the second consecutive year Abingdon has been able to offer these commissions.

Playwrights from the New York City metropolitan area are asked to first submit a synopsis to Abingdon’s creative staff. Three synopses will be selected for development.

Abingdon will select directors and actors to present the scripts as staged readings.

A professional theatre artist will attend the festival to choose one script as most outstanding.  The playwright of the outstanding script will receive an additional $250 prize.

Submission guidelines:

  • Synopses and subsequent scripts must be original and not previously presented to the public in any fashion.
  • Plays must address the theme of faith, hope or charity.  The action should show a character in conflict with at least ONE of these three values.
  • Cast must call for two to four actors.
  • The final script will have a running time of 25 to 30 minutes in length. 
  • Send us your story. The only restriction for any synopsis selected for development is that the dialogue should not include profanity.
  • Submission includes a synopsis of no more than 200 words, working title of script and full contact information (name, mailing and email addresses along with phone number) and a professional bio.
  • Submissions are due before midnight on Friday, June 14, and should be emailed to ACCOAF@abingdontheatre.org. All materials should be in the body of the email – NO attachments please.


The commissioned playwrights will be announced Friday, June 28.

Initial drafts are due Friday, July 19.

Suggested revisions from festival staff will be given by Tuesday, July 23.

Final drafts are due Friday, August 2.

Commissioned playwrights will communicate with directors prior to rehearsals and participate in at least one rehearsal.  Rehearsals begin August 5.

Commissioned playwrights must attend the Festival itself on Saturday, August 17, presented at Christ Church Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York.

Email any questions concerning the festival to accoaf@abingdontheatre.org.

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