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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Crossroad Project 2023 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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Deadline: August 1, 2022 11:59 PM CDT
we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

Play Submission Form

The 2023 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) playwrights in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members will select one playwright as the winner.

The winning playwright will receive:An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL as a guest artist in residence for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. This residency may also include class visits and other University events.

Travel (within the U.S.), housing, and meals during the residency.

An honorarium of $500 for the residency.

To be eligible to win, the playwright must be available for a one-week residency in mid-to-late April 2023 (exact dates TBD). If the play has multiple writers/creators, we can only provide funding for one person during the residency. Other writers/creators are welcome to participate in the workshop by self-funding the trip or joining virtually for rehearsals and events.

The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. (central daylight time). There is no entry fee. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF format. Because our staff and resources are limited, we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

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

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

We will contact semi-finalists by November 2022 and ask them to submit the full play.

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January 2023.

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

Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.
Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies
Chair, The Crossroads Project
Email: knahm@ilstu.edu

Friday, May 6, 2022

The Autry seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: August 2, 2022

Native Voices is accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics.

2023 Playwrights Retreat and 29th Festival of New Plays

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on a selected number of plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in June. The Retreat culminates in public staged readings of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. Selected playwrights receive artistic support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process

Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by August 2, 2022 will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the short list. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to four plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in March 2023.

A Note About the Native Voices Distance Dramaturgy Process

Months prior to residencies, selected playwrights participate in dramaturgical conversations with an assigned director and dramaturg. Workshops with these creative teams and a cast of professional actors commence once the playwright arrives on-site. It is important to note that these conversations and workshops are playwright driven, allowing the writer to shape their own developmental path. Selected playwrights should be prepared to dedicate adequate time to this process prior to arriving on-site.


To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2023 General Submission for Production Consideration. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

For More Information:

https://form.jotform.co/33177331513852

Friday, April 29, 2022

Call for Submissions: Seeing Ourselves on Stage: Amplifying Global Majority Voices in Theater for Young Audiences

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Deadline: April 30, 2022

"Seeing Ourselves on Stage: Amplifying Global Majority Voices in TYA", part of NYU Steinhardt’s New Plays for Young Audiences (NPYA) series, seeks new and unpublished/unproduced global majority TYA scripts to showcase in a series of short unstaged/unrehearsed readings held this June on Zoom. These are designed to amplify and support global majority TYA plays and playwrights (see our mission statement here). 

These could be nearly completed scripts or works still very much in progress. Six scripts will be selected for the 2022 program. One of the selected scripts will later be selected for one of the 3 slots in the full 2023 NPYA series held in June 2023. The other scripts can also submit for consideration for the other two available slots under the regular submission guidelines.

Please note that we define TYA as plays for audiences aged 5-18 where the intended audience could be, for example, 5-7, 10-14, or 15-18 as well as for families with youth in that 5-18 age range. 

We define global majority TYA plays as ones that not only include global majority youth characters in the primary roles, but also speak to and reflect global majority communities and experiences in the story. As our goal is to amplify not only global majority stories, but global majority artists, we are only accepting submissions from global majority artists for this program. 

By "global majority", we utilize Rosemary Campbell-Stephens's definition, "Global Majority...refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities'."

After the submission deadline closes on 4/30, a selected team of readers will choose the scripts to be showcased. Playwrights will be contacted by 5/30. The program will occur simultaneously with the regular NPYA series. Playwrights will work directly with the program’s coordinator (Tammie Swopes) to craft their participation in the program, including participation in a showcase of unstaged/unrehearsed selections from each chosen script to be presented on Zoom at a date/time TBD during the June series (between June 5-26).

NPYA will assist playwrights in securing actors for the unstaged/unrehearsed showcase but will be unable to pay them for their time (which will be approximately one hour).

Send us your submission here by April 30, 2022. If you’re uncertain if your script meets our guidelines or you have other questions, please contact NPYA’s producer, Teresa Fisher (taf263@nyu.edu).

Tammie Swopes, Program Coordinator (tls289@nyu.edu) David Montgomery, Artistic Director (dm635@nyu.edu) Teresa Fisher, Producer (taf263@nyu.edu)

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

2022 National Latine Playwrights Award

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Deadline: April 15, 2022

Submissions for the 2022 National Latine Playwrights Award (NLPA) are open now through April 15.

Early submissions are highly encouraged. Latine playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

Eligibility
  • The award is open to all Latine playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.
  • Scripts may be in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two (Spanish scripts must be accompanied by an English translation).
  • Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced, and not currently under option at the time of submission.
  • Full-length and one-act plays, with a minimum length of 50 pages, on any subject will be accepted.

Scripts
  • The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, “property” means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.
  • The winner will be notified by August 1, 2022. Application requirements include:
  • Submissions of a single script can be sent via email to NLPA@arizonatheatre.org.
  • Include a cover letter of no more than one page describing the play’s developmental history and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career trajectory.

For more information contact Elaine Romero, ATC Playwright-in Residence: info@arizonatheatre.org.

Friday, April 1, 2022

2022 Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin Rolling World Premiere Award

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Deadline: April 15, 2022 11:59 PM EDT

SUBMISSION FORM

The 2022 Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin Rolling World Premiere Award will facilitate five rolling world premieres for the winning play at the following theatres: Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, NC Black Rep, The Ensemble Theatre in Houston, St. Louis Black Rep, and Westcoast Theatre Troupe in Sarasota. The award was created to assist in Black Theatres working together to discover and nurture the next generation of great African-American playwrights. The award is named in honor of NBTF Executive Producer Emeritus, Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, former Board President of NC Black Rep.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

*Submissions are open from March 1-April 15, 2022 at 11:59pm EST
*Plays that have had prior productions are not eligible.
*All samples must be submitted as a .PDF.

Questions about the competition should be directed to info@ncblackrep.org with the subject line: SSH Rolling World Premiere Inquiry-“YOUR NAME." 

Submissions that are not submitted in their entirety per these instructions will not be reviewed.

REQUESTED SUBMISSIONS MATERIAL: (submitted as a single PDF)
Play Title
Playwright Name
Playwright Bio
Contact Number and Email
Character Breakdown
Set Description
Short Synopsis
First 10 pages of the script


PROJECT TIMELINE:
March 1-Submissions Open
April 15-Submissions Close
July 1-Winning Playwright Notified
August 1-Award presented to winning playwright at NBTF Opening Night Gala

Monday, March 28, 2022

Bucks County Playhouse South Asian Playwrights Festival

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Deadline: March 31, 2022

SUBMISSION FORM

From now until March 31, 2022, the Playhouse is accepting play submissions by South Asian writers - open to writers worldwide
  • The plays must not have previously been produced in a major professional theater in the USA. 
  • The play must be in English.
  • Seeking full-length plays and musicals.
  • There is a limit of one play per playwright but if the playwright wants to submit a second play, they can first submit a detailed synopsis and 10 pages of the script. Producers may ask for the full script at that point.
Finalists will receive a stipend as well as mentorship from prominent members of the arts community. One of the plays will be selected for future production. The actual festival dates will be announced shortly. Award-winning Playwright Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”), Kiran Merchant and Playhouse producers, Goodman, Fraser, and Fiedler will select the finalists. 3 to 5 playwrights will be selected for the festival.   

To submit:  Please fill out the Google form. Script and all accompanying materials can be uploaded or emailed directly to SAAIfestival@buckscountyplayhouse.org.  

*As an alternative, you can also email the answers to the online form questions as well as your script and all accompanying materials directly to SAAIfestival@buckscountyplayhouse.org

If you have any questions or need any assistance with the submission form, please contact: SAAIfestival@buckscountyplayhouse.org

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Fade to Black Festival 2022

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Deadline: April 1, 2022

ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

No fee is required.

No restriction of theme or genre.

Three (3) script submissions are allowed per playwright.

Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

Winning playwrights will be announced nationally on May 1, 2022.

TO QUALIFY:
  • Playwright must be the sole author of the submitted work.
  • Playwright must publicly and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.
  • Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).
  • Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).
  • Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.
  • Play must not be a musical.
  • Play must not be written for children or youth.
  • Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.
  • Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.
  • Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.
  • Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted. 
  • Play should be "stand-alone", a separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.
  • Author must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Play must be submitted in a PDF format.

TO SUBMIT:
See submission link: https://forms.gle/sUESPtTCvJrR9gfn9


Upload pdf of original work.


DEFINITIONS:
"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Liberation Theatre Company Writing Residency Program 2022 - 2023

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Deadline: February 28, 2022 11:59 PM EST

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

Liberation Theatre Company (LTC) is proud to present our fifth year of The Writing Residency Program 2022 - 2023 (supported by NYSCA); furthering our commitment to the development of new Black playwrights for the American theatre.

It is a rare opportunity burgeoning playwrights have to hone their craft under their own vision through provided resources from an organization that only seeks to uplift their voices. For that I owe Liberation Theater Company an unlimited amount of gratitude. Nathaniel Johnson - Residency Playwright 2017/18


We will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play.

Beginning in May 2022, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting via Zoom; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during a table reading as their play begins to take shape.

Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can.

The Residency will conclude in February 2023 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive an honorarium.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be 

a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2022 – February 2023). 

b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. 

The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code.

Application Submission Procedure

To be considered for the 2022 - 2023 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email: info@liberationtheatrecompany.org.

The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF form no later than 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 28, 2022. Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name.

1. Completed Online Application Form

2. Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points:
  • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life
  • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals
  • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program
  • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this
  • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.
  • Anything else you think may be relevant

3. A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright

4. The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample

5. Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)

Friday, February 18, 2022

The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival 2022

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Deadline: March 1, 2022 11:59 PM EST

SUBMITTABLE SUBMISSION FORM

Blackboard Plays and Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) partner to uplift the experiences of Black Parenthood. The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival was established to tell stories from and about Black artists with families.

MISSION STATEMENT

Since 2008, Blackboard Plays has been devoted to Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora. Blackboard Reading Series was incubated at Nancy Manocherian's the cell in Chelsea's Manhattan as a resident series for 10 years before Blackboard made its home in The Mary Rodgers Room at The Dramatists Guild in 2018. Feature Readings and Community Nights are two ways that Blackboard supports the development of new work by Black Playwrights. Blackboard was founded by Garlia Cornelia Jones.

Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) is a national advocacy organization serving as a resource hub, community, and solutions generator for caregivers in the performing arts and media and the institutions who support them. PAAL created the first all-gender, all-discipline national PAAL Childcare Grants for individuals and institutions. PAAL has participated internationally in think tanks, on panels, and facilitated workshops on parenting in the arts at multiple gatherings, including the national TCG conferences, BroadwayCon, Actors Equity Association, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, and the first national conversation on caregiving in the Latinx community at the Latinx Theatre Commons Annual Convening, Miami in Motion, in 2019. PAAL commits to anti-racist roots in structure, practice, policy, principle, and production, through Vertical 50/50, centering support on BIPOC artists, and gathering resources for active anti-racism in caregiver support.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

PAAL and Blackboard established #BMPFest to showcase the creative output of Black parent playwrights. They issued an open call in October 2020 for writers who identify as Black parents or caregivers to submit up to 10 pages of work that they would develop into a one-act.


SEEKING

The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival (#BMPFest) is seeking new plays by Black Parent and caregiver playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival in the Fall of 2022.

#BMPFest is open to those that identify as Black parents and caregivers.

#BMPFest is seeking stories centering the Black parenting and caregiving experience.

This includes, but is not limited to stories from artists with family responsibilities.

PAAL and Blackboard are transgender and non-binary affirming spaces. All language referencing "mother," "parent," "dad," "caregiver," and their derivatives include and refer to any individual who identifies with them.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

March 1st, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Please submit up to 10 pages MAX of a play that you would develop into a One-Act (30 - 45 minutes.)

Ten (10) Semi-Finalists will have a feature digital (zoom) reading as part of Blackboard Plays’ ‘21-22 Season.

Four (4) Finalists will develop their One-Act centering on the Black parenting and caregiving experience to premiere digitally during the Fall of 2022.
If you are chosen as one of our ten (10) semi-finalists, we will request the full script for review.
Diverse Gender representation will be prioritized in the review and selection process.
Each produced play will have digital production elements and an assigned director.

Although we ask for a sample of 10-pages, this is not a 10-minute play festival. . Video Submissions will not be accepted.

Each of the four (4) Finalists will be paid a stipend of $1,000. USD, as well as a $500. USD Caregiver Reimbursement Stipend per artist.


Sunday, February 6, 2022

KC Melting Pot Theatre seeking full length plays by African-American playwrights

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Deadline: February 28, 2022

KC Melting Pot Theatre is seeking full length plays by African-American playwrights. 

Three finalists will receive a staged reading during our new play festival in the summer of 2022 and judges will select one of those to receive a full production summer 2023 and $500 stipend

Plays can be about about anything but we are not accepting musicals, children’s shows or one-character shows.
  • Please email submissions to newplays.kcmpt@gmail.com
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • No plays that have been previously produced (previous readings are acceptable)
  • Finalists will be notified by email on or before May 1st, 2022.

Friday, February 4, 2022

East West Players Play Submission Guidelines

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Thank you for your interest in submitting your script to East West Players.

Please note that our mission focuses on the Asian Pacific experience, and the majority of the new works we workshop and produce revolve around Asian and Asian American characters and/or themes. We are interested in both plays and musicals. Works need not be “issue-oriented,” in that race/immigrant issues can be an unspoken component in the work.

We are particularly interested in new comedies, musicals, and works that unearth the history of Asians in America.

Writers are strongly encouraged to browse through our production history, which can be found here. Ask yourselves what kind of plays we’ve produced in the past, and who our audience is.

Manuscripts are now being accepted via email. Scripts should be emailed to literary@eastwestplayers.org. Emailed versions of scripts are preferred.

Scripts should be submitted in a PDF format and must include the following:

1. A cover sheet, including your name, address, telephone number, website and email address.
2. A theatrical resume (two pages max) listing major productions, workshops, readings, commissions, publications, awards, etc., as well as education and training information.
3. A 100 word max synopsis of the play.

Due to the large volume of submissions we will only reach out to playwrights whose work we are interested in.

If you have questions as to whether your work might be suitable for our theater or if you are a playwright with multiple works and not sure what to submit, email: literary@eastwestplayers.org for assistance. Thank you!

Monday, January 31, 2022

New Victory LabWorks 2022-23 Residency

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Deadline: February 7, 2022

Google forms application

New Victory® LabWorks is a residency for artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) creating original work for kids and families. We welcome and uplift all BIPOC artists, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and who identify as disabled. As an artistic home for artists of all disciplines, New Victory LabWorks explores, devises and reimagines what theater for families can be.

New Victory LabWorks artists each receive $15,000 as well as professional development, networking and community building. Artists also have the opportunity to hold invited rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and kid and family audiences with facilitated feedback sessions.

By connecting artists with New Victory families and education partners to garner invaluable responses and feedback from kids, New Victory LabWorks invites artists to hone their craft, expand their skills, make contacts in the field, take artistic risks and make bold choices with their work.

Once all applications are reviewed, a select group of applicants will be contacted to participate in an interview with members of the New Victory Artistic Programming staff. From there, final applicants will be notified of their acceptance. All applicants will receive notification of final decisions. No phone calls, please.

Program Requirements:
  • Artist(s) must have a primary residence in NYC and be available to participate between August 2022 and July 2023.
  • Artist(s) must identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color.
  • Artist(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Artist’s work must be intended for family audiences (Artist does not need prior experience in creating work suitable for families).
  • Artist’s project(s) must be in development, but may be at any point during development, including initial concept.
  • Pending the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Artist(s) must be able to attend monthly meetings in Manhattan.
  • Artist(s) must be interested in actively participating in all aspects of the New Victory LabWorks program, including professional development, monthly meetings with the 2022-23 LabWorks cohort, peer-based exchange and peer and/or audience feedback.

If you are interested, you can review the application questions and required materials before applying.

Please complete the application and include support materials via a Dropbox link.

 If you have physical materials to submit, please let us know by emailing LabWorks@New42.org.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Overtime Theater New Play Development Series

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Deadline: January 29, 2022

Are you a Black playwright who has written a play or musical that is ready to be developed or possibly produced? The Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas might be able to make that happen. 

This month, the Overtime is seeking previously unproduced, original work for its New Play Development Series, which will begin during Black History Month. Though full-length plays are welcome, the Overtime especially seeks one-act plays that require one to three actors. The chosen play (or plays) will be given two rehearsals and an in-person staged reading on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 at the Overtime Theater.

Devoted to producing new and original work, the Overtime is particularly interested in bold, innovative plays that are both challenging and entertaining. 

Only submissions in a Word document or PDF will be considered. The Overtime Theater, an all-volunteer organization, compensates playwrights with one equal share of donations to our love bucket at the end of the show’s presentation. 

Submissions should be sent to submissions@theovertimetheater.org. Attn: Jade Esteban Estrada, artistic director. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room 2022 Fellowship

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Deadline: January 10, 2022

Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room is a writing fellowship from the creators of Sesame Street. And we’re looking for YOU! Fresh new writing talent from writers with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural identities. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders. Each participant will develop and write a pilot script for their own original kids concept. Past fellows have gone on to develop their own original content with Sesame Workshop, as well as write for Sesame Street and various programs at Nickelodeon, Disney, DreamWorks, and more! Learn about the 2021 fellows and speakers HERE.

Applications for the 2022 Fellowship Program will open from November 22nd, 2021 to January 10th, 2022. Please subscribe below for updates.

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About The Program

Up to 8 writers with diverse racial, ethnic and cultural identities will be selected

Sessions will take place virtually from May through July 2022

Includes eight, three-hour sessions on creating original children's content

Learn from industry writers, producers, agents and executives

Learn and complete all steps of creating an original pilot episode script

Up to two participants will have the opportunity to receive creative development deals and further mentorship

What Are The Requirements?

All applicants will be asked to submit the following items with their application through their profile on the Writers' Room portal. For additional questions about any of the requirements, please visit our FAQ page or contact us at writersroom@sesame.org

Application Check List
  • Application form
  • Resume: this can feature your overall work experience, NOT only writing experience
  • Personal statement: tell us about yourself, for example, why you want to write for children's educational media, how your experiences influence the stories you tell, why you value diversity/representation in children's media, etc. (up to 250 words)
  • Original script sample: 11-page maximum, it should NOT contain Sesame Street elements, it can be an excerpt from a larger piece you've written, it must be kid-friendly content for viewers up to age 12...we're looking for great characters and stories that inspire kids to be smarter, stronger and kinder!
  • More info on your script: what's the bigger picture/idea of your script sample? (up to 100 words)
  • Application must be submitted by January 10, 2022 12PM EST.

Applications for the 2022 Fellowship Program will open on Monday, November 22nd, 2021.

Am I Eligible?

All participants must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for the program. For additional questions about eligibility, please visit our FAQ page or contact us at writersroom@sesame.org

Eligibility Check List
  • Participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Participants must be 21+ years old
  • Must have a diverse racial, ethnic, or cultural identity.
  • No extensive media writing experience, such as having written more than six episodes for a network or cable scripted/narrative series
  • Participants must be able to attend and complete writing assignments for all 8 sessions, which will be held virtually from May to July 2022

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Native Voices: 12th Annual Short Play Festival

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Deadline: January 10, 2022

*Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theatre by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations artists.

**Please also note our new submission deadlines! We have reformatted our season so that the Short Play Festival will be performed in March, the Playwrights Retreat and Festival will remain in June, and our main production will rehearse in September with performances in October.
Short Plays

TRICKSTER : Coyotes, Rabbits, and Ravens, Oh My!

Many Native stories involve a Trickster, a cunning, crafty, clever, mischief-making being who often teaches humankind how to be while embodying what not to be. A Trickster is the ultimate disrupter. They can be charming, witty, funny, harsh, critical, but they have a truth to share with us if we only listen. And if we don’t listen? Well, they will find a way whether we like it or not.

We promise: this isn't a trick! For our 2022 Short Play Festival, we invite you to tell a story inspired by a Trickster. These plays can be funny, sad, triumphant, or anything in between. The only rule: they must be 10 minutes long. They also must incorporate the theme "Trickster" (see? I tricked you! I said there was one rule but there's actually two!)

Plays chosen to participate in the 12th Annual Short Play Festival will also be entered to win the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting award – a $1,000 cash prize!!

Scripts longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Obsidian Theater Festival 2022

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Deadline: January 17, 2022 
(applications accepted on a rolling basis)

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Obsidian, produced in the city of Detroit, by Detroiters, is a celebration of Black stories that will highlight the prolific work of emerging Black voices, focusing on the vast array of diverse experiences of those within the African diaspora in America.


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


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


SEEKING
The OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL is seeking new plays by Black playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival: June 22-26, 2022.


SUBMISSION DETAILS
Please submit a play no shorter than 30 minutes.

Although we ask for a sample of 10-pages, this is not a 10-minute play festival. The rest of the play will be requested when the semi-finalists are announced.

Video Submissions will not be accepted.


LOCATION
Produced for live audiences and filmed in Detroit.


COMPENSATION
Selected playwrights will be paid a stipend of $250USD

Selected content will be staged, rehearsed, produced, filmed, and made available for viewing as part of a four day festival, June 22 - 26, 2022. Pieces will be presented for live theatre audiences, and as filmed stage productions.


FAQ

Question: Do you have to live in Detroit to participate / submit your play?
No

Question: What if my play has already had a reading or what if it has been produced somewhere else. Can I still submit it?

While we encourage new work we also support the developmental process. If your piece is in development, has had a reading, or been produced at smaller theatres then send it along.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Latinx Playwrights Circle 2022 Intensive Mentorship

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Deadline: December 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm

SUBMISSION FORM

We are so incredibly excited to announce the submissions for the 2022 Intensive Mentorship officially open! It has been a long road this past year, full of uncertainty for artists, as well as complex conversations on what American Theater is and who American Theater Audiences are. We at the Latinx Playwrights Circle are enthusiastically committed to our community. We are so thrilled at the prospect of taking four experienced peers in our community, partnering them with four amazing emerging playwrights, and facilitating the development of four new plays.

Participants of this program can expect to work one on one with Migdalia Cruz, Carmen Rivera, Cándido Tirado, and C. Julian Jiménez in a tailored mentorship designed to focus on the individual needs of the play. Along with an Artist Stipend and mentorship, participants will be able to take selective classes at The Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) as an additional source of feeding the artistic process. While it is a goal for us to lead in Latinx play development, we also understand and are committed to nurturing the needs of an artist and not just their voice. Over the course of the two-and-a-half month intensive, there will be two in-house table reads as well as an industry reading at participating theaters as a capstone to the program’s goal of inserting artists literally into institutions. Below are guidelines for the submission process.

Includes:
  • Mentorship 
  • Artist Stipend 
  • Artist-Residency at LPC 
  • Bi-weekly Writing Group for 2.5-month intensive
  • Access to selective Classes at ESPA (Primary Stages' Artist Classes) 
  • Industry Reading 

Submission Guidelines
  • Must be of Latino/a/x/e descent. 
  • Must be NYC (or tri-state) based. 
  • Must have attended at least two NYC Latinx Playwrights Circle Sunday Service (virtually or in-person). 
  • Must submit an excerpt from a full-length play (no one acts or short plays at this time). While we'd love to support musicals, at this time we are unable to offer the support musicals need for development. 
  • This is a blind submission, please make sure any identifying information is removed from the 10-15 page excerpt and the corresponding full-length play. 
  • Play should require no more than 6 performers (double casting is fine). 
  • Excerpt and Full length must have a title page and character breakdown. These will not be counted toward the 10-15 page sample requirement. 

How to apply:

Select a 10-15 page excerpt of the play you’d like to work on during the Intensive.

Create a Blind Summary Statement page that includes the following: a. synopsis and possible themes you are exploring in the play, b. previous development the play has received, (if any), c. what kind of feedback is most conducive for your writing process (Liz Lerman Critical Response, prescriptive, etc...), d. what are you hoping to gain from your connection with one of our mentors. Make sure to put the title of your play on this statement at the top of the page.

Create a Blind Full-length play that corresponds with your excerpt. Make sure it comes with a title page and cast breakdown. If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact us at: nyclatinxcircle@gmail.com. Please note we may not be able to assist with questions on the day of the submission deadline so ensure to get your questions to us with time. Submissions will close on December 15th, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. Please read all details and instructions carefully before submitting. ¡Pa'rriba y Pa'lante!

Click the button below to submit your Info (Name/Bio/Email), Excerpt, Summary Statement, & Full-length play.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Write-on-Q annual playwriting competition

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Deadline: September 7, 2021

Each year, Infinithéâtre organizes a playwriting competition open to Québec playwrights and Indigenous writers from across North America

Infinithéâtre receives many innovative and exciting new plays from a wide array of talented playwrights across Québec, with a jury of professionals deciding on the top three scripts.

The winning script, as well as two or three additional plays, comprise the line-up of our annual reading series, The Pipeline, which is an animated weekend of free public play readings. After each Pipeline reading, Infinithéâtre takes its cue from the audience at talk-backs involving the actors and the playwright. These discussions provide valuable feedback for future programming and script rewrites.

2021 WRITE-ON-Q DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 7, 2021. We look forward to reading your play! Don't hesitate to call 514-987-1774 or email info@infinitheatre.com if you have any questions.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Breath Project 2021

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Deadline: August 31, 2021

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT

Submissions must be a recording of a live performance of original work that has been created in the past year, and must be 8 minutes and 46 seconds in length;

Submissions will be accepted from artists of color who reside in the United States (work submitted by artists under the age of 18 will be considered in a youth category);

The deadline for consideration for the 2021 Virtual Festival is August 31. The archive submission process is currently open-ended (there is no deadline to submit to the archive only).

All submissions received by August 31 will also be eligible for consideration for a 2022 New Play Commission award (up to $17,000 will be awarded to a single project, or smaller amounts to multiple projects).

We strongly recommend that you read the Frequently Asked Questions, and check the list of Partner Theaters to see which theaters are able to offer space and other resources.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

The 2022 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.

Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies

Chair, The Crossroads Project

Email: knahm@ilstu.edu

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