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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Graeae Theatre Company seeks work from deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse playwrights

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Deadline: June 30, 2021
London, UK

Our script submission window allows us to connect with Deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse playwrights who are new to us.

This opportunity is not for writers we’re already talking to. They already know that we are committed to building long-term relationships with playwrights, developing and championing their talent. This is for you if we’re not having those conversations with you yet.

Although it is unlikely that any script sent to us through the window will end up being produced by Graeae, every one of the plays submitted will receive detailed feedback. For some of you, this will mark the beginning of a lasting relationship with the company.

Please read the script submission guidelines below.

Who this is for:
  • If you write for performance, you are new to Graeae, and you identify as Deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse, this is for you.
  • Our definition of disability here includes those with long-term mental health conditions who may not identify as neurodiverse.

What to submit:
  • We’re looking for plays written by people who identify as Deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse. It is as simple as that.
  • Your play might be set in outer space or someone’s kitchen. It might have something to say about disability; it might not. The point is, if you wrote it and you identify as Deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse, we want to read it.
  • And yes, you can submit plays in BSL. We also understand that not all plays are ‘written’. We will happily accept audio and video files in place of documents if that better suits your access requirements.

We will not accept:
  • Plays from non-disabled writers. This includes plays written by non-disabled writers that are about or feature disabled characters.
  • Plays from graduates of our Write to Play programme. Sorry guys, see you at the coffee morning.
  • Prose and poetry. We wouldn’t know where to start.
  • Plays in any language other than English, BSL, or SSE
  • We will accept radio, television and film scripts in recognition of the fact that playtexts are not readily accessible to many people. However, Graeae is a theatre company. Before sending us anything other than a stage play, please consider whether it is our best introduction to your work.
  • We accept audio and video submissions for access reasons only. We do not accept recordings of readings or productions of scripts that do exist.

How to submit:

Please email scripts@graeae.org putting ‘SCRIPT SUBMISSION WINDOW’ in the subject line
The body of your email should include the following: Your name, Contact number, Email address, short paragraph about yourself and your experience.

Your finished script must not include your name or contact details. Your play will be read anonymously and the given information will be read solely by the Literary Coordinator.

Your anonymous script should be attached to the email either as a single document (PDF, DOC, or DOCX) or as an audio or video file (AVI, WMV, MOV, or MP4) if that better suits your access requirements.
We are only able to accept one script per playwright

What happens next:
Your script gets forwarded to one of our script readers. Our readers are a diverse pool of writers, dramaturgs, directors and actors, all identifying as Deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse. Trained to read creatively, not critically, our readers look for the potential in every script they receive.
The reader will most likely write the feedback you receive. In some cases, the reader will pass the script onto the Associate Director or Literary Coordinator for a second read.
We aim to get your feedback to you within six weeks of your submission.

Any further questions? Please email josh@graeae.org

Sunday, March 7, 2021

2021 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

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Deadline:  March 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Young writers with disabilities are invited to submit a 'ten-minute script' of any genre. Scripts may be for theater scripts, musicals, multimedia, video, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, or other writing for performance. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students that includes at least one student with a disability. A panel of theater professionals selects division winners.

Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations through the creation of fictional characters and settings, writing realistically, metaphorically or abstractly about any topic, including the disability experience.

Writers in the U.S. must be in grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. writers and must have a disability. Please read the eligibility for participation.

One winning piece is chosen in the Primary Division (ages 11-13) and the Junior Divisions (ages 13-15). Winners in these divisions will be featured in press releases and on the Kennedy Center website.

Multiple winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18) will receive exclusive access to participate in professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center. Professional development opportunities will take place virtually and/or in-person as conditions allow. Winners will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals in further development of their own script, as well as participating in networking opportunities.

DEADLINE: The application deadline is Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

*PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES COMPLETELY BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS*

Eligibility:

To be eligible to enter the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition applicants must meet the following criteria:

The competition is open to U.S. and international applicants. However, all pieces must be submitted in English; pieces submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

Can be either an individual or group. Co-authorships of up to five students are accepted, but all authors must fulfill eligibility requirements and at least one must be a student with a disability. Co-authors of a piece must be eligible for the same division (i.e. authors of a Primary Division piece must all be enrolled in grades 6-7 or ages 11-13), but do not have to be in the same grade level. The application must include information for all authors.

Entrants must be a student with a disability or an ensemble that includes a student with a disability.

Authors must be students in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalent) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students. Students in grades 6-7 (ages 11-13) apply to the Primary Division, students in grades 8-9 (ages 13-15) apply to the Junior Division, and students in grades 10-12 (ages 15-18) apply to the Senior Division.

Previous applicants are eligible to reapply in subsequent years until they win or age out of the competition. Any applicant (applying as an individual or with a group) may win once in either the Primary or Junior Division, and once in the Senior Division. This means:

Primary Division winners may submit a new piece for consideration to the Senior Division when of age, but may not apply to the Junior Division.

Junior Division winners may submit a new piece for consideration to the Senior Division.

Senior Division winners are not eligible to reapply to the competition.

Senior Division winners must be present for the VSA Playwright Discovery Program professional development events (virtually and/or in-person as conditions allow - specific schedule TBA) in order to be eligible for the award.

If selected as a finalist, applicants are required to provide proof of age and disability, and must be willing to publicly disclose that they have a disability for all materials and public appearances associated with the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition.

Selection Process:

An advisory panel of distinguished professionals and educators will assist with the selection process.

Submission Rules:

All applications must be submitted through the online application form.

Provide a synopsis of your script (up to 250 words) in the provided text box.

To request application materials in a different format, please email vsainfo@kennedy-center.org

Script Rules

Pieces must be submitted in English; pieces submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

All entries that are scripts must be in the ten-minute play format. A ten-minute play is a play with at least two characters. It is not a scene, skit, or sketch. Structurally, it should have a beginning, middle, and end, just as any good one-act or full-length play. Since we only have ten minutes to bring the story full circle, a dramatic conflict should be posed as quickly as possible. The resolution of that conflict is what plays out across the remaining pages. The true success of a ten-minute play is reliant on the writer’s ability to bring an audience through the same cathartic/entertaining experience that a good one-act or full-length play accomplishes. Ten-minutes means eight or nine pages, but certainly no more than ten pages. Read your play out loud to see how long it takes.

Entries may include theater scripts, video, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, writing for performance that does not rely on spoken language, and/or writing that emphasize the use of music, multimedia, puppetry, or audience participation. Since non-verbal entries are accepted, pieces may be submitted as video or audio files if applicable.

Authors may submit only one script, whether under their name, a pseudonym, or as a co-author.

Entries must be original, unproduced, and unpublished at the time of submission. Pieces with previous readings or workshops are acceptable, as long as they were not produced for a paying audience and have not been publicly reviewed.

If an entry includes any material that is copyrighted or otherwise owned or controlled by someone other than the authors (including but not limited to, poetry, music and/or lyrics, characters originally created by others in any medium, and/or stories based on real people and/or other people’s lives) the author shall provide proof of written permission to include such material in the script.

All entries should follow these formatting guidelines:

Include a cover sheet listing the title of the piece and the cast/character list. IMPORTANT: Do not show your name, address, or any identifying information on the cover or any page of your entry.

Typed in 12 point Arial font.

List page numbers on each page of the piece (not counting the cover sheet).

Set the page layout to portrait (no landscape, please)

Before uploading your file, please re-name the file as the TITLE OF YOUR SCRIPT

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

We will receive your application the day that you submit it and you will receive verification of your submission and you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting your online application; please check your junk mail folder for this email. If you have not received a confirmation email after 24 hours, please contact us directly at vsainfo@kennedy-center.org.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Reverb Theatre Arts Festival

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Deadline: January 5, 2021 11:59 PM EST

SUBMISSION FORM

Reverb is a space for artists with disabilities ages 16+ to devise and share new works of theatre on a virtual platform.

This application form includes the following sections:
  • Applicant artist information (details about you)
  • Artistic submission (the performance piece or script you are submitting)
  • Acknowledgements (details about the festival and your participation)

Application Requirements:
  • Applicants must be people who identify as artists with disabilities. We seek to include as wide and diverse a range of artists as possible. People of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Applicants must be age 16+. 
  • Applicants must submit a draft piece of theatre based on creative prompts around the theme of Connection: Performance pieces (original monologue, spoken word, dance* or music selection*) must be 5 minutes maximum. Scripts must be 5 pages maximum. 
  • Applicants must be available for Festival and meeting dates, listed below.

*Dance pieces must be performed to original music. Music selections must be original work. Contact reverb@roundabouttheatre.org if you have any questions.

Reverb’s Timeline:
Monday, November 30, 2020 through Thursday, March 25, 2021 
  • Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
  • Announcement of Selected Participants: Friday, January 15, 2021
  • Kick-off Community Meeting for Participants and Collaborating Artists: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST
  • Artistic Collaboration Period: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Thursday, February 11, 2021
  • Mid-Point Community Sharing for Participants and Collaborating Artists: Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST
  • Rehearsal and Recording period: Thursday, February 11, 2021 through Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Recording Submission Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
  • Virtual Festival Screening: Video available from Monday, March 22, 2021 onwards
  • Artist Talkback: EST Evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021 

Please reach out to reverb@roundabouttheatre.org for any accommodations needed for this application form.

Applicants selected to participate in the Festival will receive a stipend of $850.

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