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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Abingdon Theatre Company Fall Festival of Short Plays

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Deadline: August 17, 2020
NYC

In this time for change, Abingdon Theatre Company is recommitting to creating opportunities for all voices to be heard. With this in mind, we are delighted to announce our Fall Festival of Short Plays! 

This will be a 2-week virtual festival shedding light on stories by people of color. 

We will be taking submissions later in the summer and our diverse panel of judges, theatre professionals who are BIPOC, will select 6 pieces created, and to be performed and directed by people of color.

BIPOC Playwrights:

To be considered to participate in our Virtual Festival of Short Plays please submit the following to Beatriz Cavalieri: bcavalieri@abingdontheatre.org

-A Short Play Max 60 Pgs. (60 mins long) Excerpt of a play also welcome. All genres are welcome.

-Headshot and Resume

-The 6 chosen plays will be invited to participate in the two-week Virtual Festival.

-The winner of the festival will receive a stipend to be used to support further exploration of their piece and will be invited to become an Artist in Residence at Abingdon Theatre Company. Abingdon will then also commit to producing the winning piece as part of our Around the Table free reading series. Through the outreach, online readings and finally the staged reading of the winning piece, we hope to engage around 1500 people of color and create a more diverse environment at Abingdon.

Gallery Players 24th Annual Black Box New

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Deadline: August 15, 2020

The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 24th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2021.

We are specificallv seeking plays from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) playwriting community.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the upcoming festival will be performed over Zoom. Accordingly we are seeking plays that have been specifically written for the Zoom format. Each play selected will be performed with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: POST MARKED BY August 15th, 2020.

Submission guidelines:
  • Plays must be un-produced in any format (readings are ok).
  • Length may be from 10 minutes to 15 minutes MAXIMUM. Longer plays will not be considered.
  • You may submit a maximum of 2 plays. 
  • Pages must be numbered
  • A cover page with Title of the play and the playwright’s contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play, a character breakdown and a copy of your resume
  • Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to: 
The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215.
We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard. We do not accept email submissions. We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Charles Rowan Beye NEW PLAY COMMISSION

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Deadline: July 31, 2020
Presented by Urbanite Theatre

In honor of one of the earliest, most impactful and devoted Urbanite supporters, we are dedicating an annual new play commission to our dear friend Charlie Beye, who passed away earlier this year.

Along with his husband Richard Deppe, Charlie adored new work, provocative themes and challenging humor. He had a talent for illuminating the social and cultural importance of each production, and regularly wrote Urbanite blisteringly funny, poignant responses to each production, which staff members anticipated as much as reviews from critics.

To celebrate his legacy, we invite early to mid-career playwrights to apply for a $2000 commission for a new work. There will be two proposals selected.

Questions? Email us at submissions@urbanitetheatre.com

For our inaugural commission, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

Commissions:

Two proposals will be awarded commissions of $2000 each.
To apply, a playwright must submit:
• A one-page play proposal for a new, full-length, unwritten work
• A one-page resume
• One of your finished plays, for reference only

Free-form proposals for new plays must:

• Investigate a pressing social or cultural issue
• Utilize four performers or fewer
• Explain the use of singular, flexible or representational scenic demands
• Demonstrate how the use of humor will play a role in your script
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Eligibility Rules:

• Submissions may only be from playwrights of color
• Playwrights must reside in the United States
• One submission per playwright

Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and look at our production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

(Must have a Google Account to submit - it's free)

Commission contracts will be offered in August, 2020, and will be announced upon signing.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Theatrefolk Inc. is seeking one-act Middle School play submissions for publication

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No deadline given

Theatrefolk Inc. is seeking one-act Middle School play submissions by 'Black, Indigenous, People of Color' (BIPOC) playwrights for immediate publication.

Our mission is to represent student voices and to let students know they are not alone. It has been made clear where we have succeeded and where we have failed in this pursuit. We want to do better and we want to start with Middle School plays.

It’s crucial that Middle School students know there are playwrights out there speaking directly to them and for them. A call for High School plays will be announced later in the year.

Submission Criteria
  • Plays are between 25 and 35 minutes in length. 
  • The majority of our customers at the Middle School level work on productions during class so the running time should fit within a class period.
  • Plays have a majority of middle-school-aged characters. 
  • We want to feature middle-school-aged voices.
  • Plays are contemporary. 
  • We want Middle School stories that take place today.
  • Plays have simple staging requirements 
  • Many of our customers need to do a lot with a little.
  • Can your play be performed online? 
  • Not a requirement. But we envision that plays that can be performed online or in a social distancing scenario may receive more productions.

  • Playwrights may submit more than one play. 
  • Plays cannot be under contract to another publisher. 
  • Playwrights will be notified immediately about receipt of scripts and within 6 weeks regarding publication.

Please submit your work to submissions@theatrefolk.com with a cover letter and contact information. Tell us about yourself and your play.

We look forward to reading your work.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Bedrosian Center seeks plays by Native Americans

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

To support our mission to give opportunities for Native American and non-Native students to learn, collaborate, study and amplify the stories of indigenous peoples, USC Bedrosian Center & Red Nation Celebration Institute are accepting submissions of full-length plays written by American Indian/Indigenous authors.

Email submissions to: RNCIMedia@gmail.com


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Crossroads Project: 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 11:59 PM Central Daylight Time
Normal IL

The 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by playwrights of color in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges comprising of faculty, staff, and students will select one playwright as the winner of the contest.

The winning playwright will receive:
  • An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. The playwright may also be invited to offer guest lectures and colloquia. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals during the workshop.
  • An honorarium of $500 for the workshop.
To be eligible to win the contest, a playwright must be available for a one-week workshop in late March 2021 (exact dates TBD). Due to funding limitations, the Crossroads Project can only cover costs for travel within the United States.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2020, 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 sample from your play up to 15 pages. This does not have to be the first 15 pages of the play.
  • A playwright’s statement (max. 250 words) describing your inspiration for writing the play, as well as how you believe a workshop in a university setting will further your development process.
  • A synopsis of the play (max. 250 words).
  • A character list with short descriptions for each character (age, ethnicity, gender, occupation, family relationships, etc.)
Please follow these guidelines when submitting your play:
  • A playwright may only submit one play per contest. The writer of the play must submit their own work.
  • Plays that have been previously fully produced or published are ineligible for the contest. Plays that have previously had workshops or staged readings are eligible.
  • 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 either be 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.
  • Submissions must be full-length plays.
  • 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.
  • The Crossroads Project reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play for any reason.
To submit your play, use the play submission form . Please try the link first to check if the contest is still open.

We will contact semi-finalists by the end of October 2020 and ask them to submit the full play.

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January 2021.

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

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Broadway Bound seeks scripts from Black playwrights

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Deadline: September 6, 2020
NYC

Recognizing that existing theatre is inherently exclusionary and holds detrimental biases, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival is changing its mission statement and creating a plan of action that is explicitely anti-racist. As Andre Lorde has claimed: "it is not difference that immobilizes, but silence."

We would like to invite Black playwrights, theatre-makers, and composers to submit their new scripts to BBTF for a spot in our 2021 Winter Festival at Theatre Row in Manhattan. 

We’ve waived both our $25 Reader Fee for all submissions and the $1000 Acceptance Fee, if your play or musical is selected. 

Musicals: Max 120 minutes plus a 10 minute intermission. 

Straight plays: Max 90 minutes in length; min 60 minutes with no intermission. 

This is an opportunity EXCLUSIVE TO BLACK ARTISTS. Submissions close Sept. 6, 2020 at midnight EST. You will be notified within 2 weeks of that date and receive a short critique of your work. Submit your finished script and complete the application on broadwayboundfestival.com.

No justice, no peace. The theater community needs to dismantle its system. BBTF is officially committed to lifelong plans of action and advocacy for Black lives. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New Voices 2020 call for scripts

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

Deadline: August 10, 2020
Los Angeles CA


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

2021 Playwrights Retreat and 27th Festival of New Plays

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in May/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 10, 2020 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 five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in January 2021.

2021 OPEN Submission for Production Consideration

We accept scripts all year long. Do you have a full-length script that has been developed and produced that you’d like us to consider for a future Native Voices production in Los Angeles? Please follow the Checklist for All Submissions below and in the Native Voices Script Submission form check the box for 2021 General Submission for Production Consideration.
A Note About the Native Voices Distance Dramaturgy Process

Months prior to residencies at the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays, 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.

Checklist for All Submissions
  • Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).
  • All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).
  • Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address) and a draft or revision date.
  • Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script.
  • Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).
  • Provide a press ready photo of at least 300dpi. Please label attachment as follows: Photo_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Photo_Doe, J.doc).
  • Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).
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 submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2021 General Submission for Production Consideration. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. 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.

Where to Send Submissions

We now only accept electronic submission (preferably PDF format).

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

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Crossroads Project: The 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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Deadline: August 15, 2020
Bloomington-Normal IL

The 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by playwrights of color in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges comprising faculty, staff, and students will select one playwright as the winner of the contest.

The winning playwright will receive:
  • An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. The playwright may also be invited to offer guest lectures and colloquia. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals during the workshop.
  • An honorarium of $500 for the workshop.
To be eligible to win the contest, a playwright must be available for a one-week workshop in late March 2021 (exact dates TBD). Due to funding limitations, the Crossroads Project can only cover costs for travel within the United States.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2020, 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 sample from your play up to 15 pages. This does not have to be the first 15 pages of the play.
  • A playwright’s statement (max. 250 words) describing your inspiration for writing the play, as well as how you believe a workshop in a university setting will further your development process.
  • A synopsis of the play (max. 250 words).
  • A character list with short descriptions for each character (age, ethnicity, gender, occupation, family relationships, etc.)

Please follow the following guidelines when submitting your play:
  • A playwright may only submit one play per contest. The writer of the play must submit their own work.
  • Plays that have been previously fully produced or published are ineligible for the contest. Plays that have previously had workshops or staged readings are eligible.
  • 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 either be 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.
  • Submissions must be full-length plays.
  • 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.
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 2020 and ask them to submit the full play.

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January 2021.

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

INGENIO 2020

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Deadline: July 8, 2020
Portland OR

INGENIO 2020 will take place September 20 – 26, 2020 and we will be accepting script submissions through July 8th. Plays will be selected, assigned directors and actors, rehearsed, and presented as virtual readings.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
  • Open to all Latino/a/x-identified playwrights
  • Original full-length plays, at least 70 minutes and no more than two hours in length
  • Plays can be in English, Spanish, or bilingual
  • Plays with over eight actors will require doubling; playwrights are asked to provide preferred casting breakdown
  • Chamber musicals will be considered
  • Published plays and those that have received, or are scheduled to receive, a full professional production are not eligible
  • Playwrights are strongly encouraged to participate and attend.

TO SUBMIT
  • Scripts must be in PDF format and should follow the Dramatist Guild’s of America Traditional or Modern play format. Other than the cover page, the script shall have no identifying information about the playwright.
  • Include playwright’s biography (90 words), play synopsis (150 words), and play’s development history, if applicable.
  • Submit via email to ingenio@milagro.org no later than 5pm (PST)/ 7pm (CST)/ 8pm (EST) July 8, 2020. Selected playwrights will be notified by September 7, 2020.
For questions, email project manager, Maya Malan-Gonzalez maya@milagro.org

Ingenio /ēn ‘he nē oh/: Spanish for wit, ingenuity; the inventive and creative capacity to create; a sugar cane refinery.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Goodly Frame Theatre seeks short Zoom plays from BIPOC

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Deadline: June 28, 2020

Goodly Frame Theatre, a fringe theatre company based in Greensboro, North Carolina, is now accepting short play submissions for Series 2 of the GFT web series, ​Zoom Fest.​ Series 2 is reserved for Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) playwrights, with an emphasis on BIPOC directors and actors.

Goodly Frame Theatre is committed to focusing Series 2 of the ​Zoom Fest​ platform on the immediate need to address our nation’s current situation, as well as to move beyond the typical American theatre’s general statement of solidarity to a specific, intentional step toward becoming a more inclusive influence in the North Carolina theatre community.

We are looking for plays written specifically for the Zoom medium, not stage plays that have been adapted to work on a computer screen.

Rules for Submission:

All plays must be in line with GFT’s mission to model “innovative staging choices that open minds and challenge typical conceptions about the relationships between texts, actors, and audiences” and “encourage sustainable dialogues among the voices of Greensboro, the region, and across ‘this goodly frame,’ the earth.” All plays must contain a complete plot structure that includes a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  • All plays must be written with a performance time of 8-12 minutes in mind.
  • Characters should be aware that they are online and interacting with other characters on Zoom. As such, stage directions should be limited to what can be done within the Zoom platform.
  • Characters may be written to appear together in one Zoom frame with the understanding that they must be cast with actors who live in the same household.
  • Preference for script selection for Series 2 will be stories that explore an aspect of the human condition with themes related to today’s social and political climate in relation to race and inequality; however, all themes will be considered.
  • Genres may include but are not limited to drama, comedy, tragedy, satire, or farce.
  • While mature and sensitive themes are expected, scripts with nudity or excessive profanity will be rejected. There is no limit to the number of plays a playwright may submit, and plays can have prior productions or submissions to additional theatres outside of central North Carolina.
  • Playwrights of selected scripts will be required to meet (online) with their script’s director and the season producer for one production meeting to discuss story, characters, intent, and the unique tech involved in the Zoom Fest​ project.
Submission Procedure

Each script should be submitted in a separate email with two attachments:
1. script with no name or contact information
2. headshot
The body of the email should include a reference to ​Zoom Fest​, all contact information, and a bio.
Scripts should be submitted by email to submissions@goodlyframe.org.
No script will be accepted that does not follow the rules and procedures guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday, June 28. Selections will be announced on or before Monday, July 13.

Friday, April 17, 2020

2020 - 2022 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY FOR BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS

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Deadline: May 1, 2020 11:59 PM

New York NY


National Black Theatre (NBT), the nation’s first revenue-generating Black arts complex, was founded in 1968 by the late visionary artist and entrepreneur Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. Since its inception, NBT has been at the forefront of a broader movement of engaging the arts for social change, economic growth and transformation in innovative ways that build community. NBT is a leading institution engaged in intentional creative place- making by leveraging the power of theater arts with Black culture and creativity. Throughout its rich history, NBT has maintained a strong commitment to creating a space in which new and underrepresented voices can be brought to the forefront to provide unique and diverse perspectives on the myriad critical issues of equity and social justice that affect our nation today. During the last 52 years, NBT has produced over 300 original works, toured globally & launched international extensions, like the National Black Theatre of Sweden.

With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY recognizes up to two Black playwrights annually. The chosen playwright(s) work must demonstrate exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field.

The selected playwright will receive:
  • A minimum stipend of $5000;
  • Administrative support: Access to office space, and printing;
  • Artistic support: Dramaturgy, in-house readings, two 29-hour workshop, and access to in-house resource library;
  • A workshop production in the 2021-2022 season for six public performances;
  • Two Complimentary tickets to National Black Theatre productions, as well as additional professional development opportunities.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
TO APPLY:

Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT’S RESIDENCY, send an email to submit@nationalblacktheatre.org with a single PDF document, containing the following elements in sequence:

1. AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format: NAME

COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS HOME PHONE, OTHER PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
PLAY TITLE

PLAY SYNOPSIS

If you are represented by an agent at that time of applying please make us aware and let us know who that agency is.

2. A WRITING SAMPLE: One full-length play that is at least 50 pages in length and has been written only by the applicant (no co-written submissions will be accepted). Please identify 20 pages that you would like for the panelists to read. Please note that the panelists are only required to read these pages. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting. The submitted play should not have the playwrights name attached to it as the committee reads the plays as a blind submission.

3. Answer these following questions:
a. What inspires you and your work? [250 word max]

How important is collaboration within your process? [250 word max]

Why are you interested in doing this residency now? Incorporate three goals you wish to obtain after going through a process like this. [500 word max]


A PLAYWRITING RESUME [listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.]

If Playwright is chosen as a finalist they will be asked to submit a one page single spaced proposal outlining ideas, story and/or subject matter they would want to focus their residency on creating. This must be a NEW play.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Each application needs to submit a letter of recommendation from an industry professional that can speak to your work ethic, creativity, and character. In addition to to this each applicant to provide 2 -3 refines that the selection committee can call if the applicant is advanced to becoming a finalist. The one page letter of recommendation need to be submitted with the application.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Newvember New Plays Festival for Irish writers

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Deadline:  Sunday April 26 2020 (12 midnight GMT)

Dublin Ireland

CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • submitted plays should be previously unproduced (we will consider plays that have had readings before but are still in development)
  • plays should have a cast size of 2-8
  • plays should have a running time of 30 to 120 minutes
  • we will only accept one submission per writer each year
  • we are interested in plays from playwrights based in Ireland, and Irish playwrights around the world
  • we ask that the writers of the chosen plays attend the reading of their play towards its further development and to be present for a post-reading Q&A with the audience
  • there is no fee for submissions
  • while we are open to all styles and subjects, we do have a preference for narrative and character-driven stories. Plays will be selected based on their originality, range, production potential, narrative quality and emotional resonance

PROCESS OF SUBMISSION

You will be asked to include:

your play as a PDF (without the writer’s name, email or other identifying marks on any page throughout the script – to aid our blind reading process). The script should include a character list. Please ensure the file name of your play matches the name of the play e.g. theweir.pdf

Within the form, you will be asked to include your name, play title and contact details (location, email and phone), which will be kept in a database unseen by the reading panel.

SUBMISSION DATES

The window for submissions opens Monday March 16th 2020.
The closing date for submissions is Sunday April 26 2020 (12 midnight GMT).

Please note that these criteria will be applied strictly and any submissions made after the closing date or not following the submission guidelines will not be considered. In addition, our festival’s reading panel will not be able to provide feedback on specific plays or on the status of your application.

The writers of the plays that have been shortlisted will be contacted in September and will be asked to send any updated version of their play, as this will be the final version considered and the version read at the festival if chosen.

The invited plays will be announced in October.

CASTING: Please note – the chosen plays will be read by an ensemble of actors, each performing roles in multiple plays in the festival. While we will endeavor to provide the best match of cast for each play that is read, in terms of characters’ listed ages/ethnicities, we also need to form an ensemble to best cover the entire range of the festival’s program. We appreciate our playwrights’ understanding of our ensemble-based casting.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Liberation Theater Company Writing Residency Program 2020-21

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Deadline 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 

Writing Residency Program 2020-21
For our fourth year we are proud to announce The Writing Residency Program 2020 - 2021 (supported by NYSCA and A.R.T. NY); furthering our commitment to the development of new Black playwrights for the American theatre.

The writing Residency Program 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 2020, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; 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 2021 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive a $500 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 2020 – February 2021).
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 2020 - 2021 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 Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

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.)​​

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

"Fade to Black" play festival seeks 10-minute scripts

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Building on the growing success and popularity of our previous years, Shabach Enterprise presents its eight season of the Fade To Black Play Festival, Houston's only short play festival celebrating the new works of African American playwrights.

Festival date: June 25-27, 2020, Houston, TX

SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020.

1. No fee is required.
2. No restriction of theme or genre.
3. Three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.
4. Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

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

TO SUBMIT:
1. Complete the script submissions application.
Submission link:
https://monologuebank.submittable.com/submit/68c3eafa-ba83-43b3-9e61-9994f9a50142/fade-to-black-play-festival-2020


2. Upload pdf of original work.

For more festival details go to www.FadeToBlackFest.com 

 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.

Friday, March 20, 2020

San Diego REPertory Theatre submission guidelines

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San Diego REPertory Theatre is happy to accept scripts from agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing relationship. In general, we no longer accept unsolicited scripts from unrepresented writers. However, we continue to offer an open submission policy for plays and musicals from Latino(a) writers across the country because we are committed to supporting today’s Latino(a) voices. In addition, local writers residing in the Southern California area may submit a query letter about their new work that includes a current email contact and:

  • A brief biography of your writing history, noting awards and production history
  • A paragraph about why your play is a good match for the San Diego REP
  • A one-page synopsis of the play including number of cast, genre & run-time
  • For musicals, please also include a CD with sample songs from the score

Our six-show season can include full-length plays, musicals with a small cast and band, solo pieces, and adaptations performed on one of two stages (250-500 seats) for about 4 weeks. Past programming has highlighted voices of the Latino, African-Americans, and Jewish communities. Before submitting, please make sure that your script is aligned with our mission. It is also advised that you attend some of our productions to become more familiar with our sensibility.

If we are interested, we will contact you to request a copy of the full script within a few months.

Send to:
San Diego REPertory Theatre
Literary Department
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Ain't I a Woman Playfest

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

Looking forward to another great festival.❤️ Submissions NOW open for Season 3 of Ain't I a Woman Playfest 2020!!

We are looking for original, unproduced 10-min plays from WOC playwrights. Deadline to submit is January 31, 2020.

You can email your submissions to aintiwomanfest@gmail.com

Friday, January 3, 2020

HEAR HER CALL 2020

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DEADLINE 1/11/2020

PLAY SUBMISSION FORM

In March 2020, Conch Shell Productions - in collaboration with Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College - will present our second annual HEAR HER CALL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN WOMEN’S THEATER FESTIVAL. The festival is a celebration of the unique, innovative voices of Caribbean American female playwrights and writers from across the nation.

"Hear Her Call" will create an opportunity for diverse audiences to explore and celebrate the unique ethnic/cultural diversity of women whose ancestors or who they themselves immigrated to the Americas from any of the 28 multi-lingual Caribbean cultures.

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Vincent
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • US Virgin Islands

We are accepting submissions of fully produced of one-acts,  readings of full-length plays, as well as poetry/monologues/etc.

We will only consider one submission per writer.

Please note, Conch Shell Productions will only provide script feedback to playwrights who opt for the script feedback service.

Featu one act play productions will be allotted 2-3 performance times.

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: JANUARY 11, 2020 at 11:59pm.

“Hear Her Call” will take place March 4-March 7, 2020 (Performance times TBD).

Performance location: Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College – 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica New York 11451

The festival will closing/award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 7th, 2020.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

One-Act Plays

1. No submission fee required

2. Optional script feedback/analysis: This year, Conch Shell Production offers playwright the option to pay $40 to receive a detailed 2-page script analysis.

3. English language scripts with some text in other languages and/or dialects are acceptable.

4. Seeking new plays written by Caribbean American females that feature at least one Caribbean-American or Caribbean character, plus
a. inspires audiences to redefine their stereotypical views about American people of Caribbean heritage,  
AND/OR 
b. explores unique strategies for overcoming challenges, living an enriched life, finding joy, AND/OR inspiring change in society
5. We will be showcasing artist-produced one act plays.
a. The playwright (or indie theater company) is responsible for self-producing the fully produced play or reading (ex. engaging all performers and members of the production/creative team, assuming all production and marketing expenses, renting rehearsal space, etc.)  
b. The play must be original to the submitter, unpublished, complete, and not previously produced in NYC. No adaptations or works that involve third-party rights will be considered.
6. GENRES: Comedy, movement/language performance pieces, one-woman performance pieces, Theater for Young Audiences, magical realism, Afro Futurism, Non-linear storytelling, mystery, or a mixture of genres.

7. Participants should plan on minimal production value: No sets. Basic festival lighting design.   Minimal props/set pieces. QLab is available in the venue.

8. The festival is not being produced under the Equity festival code. Each producer is free to determine whether to do present their play as an Equity or non-Equity showcase.

9.  Plays must be in traditional script format with font size 12, all character names in all caps & aligned to the left, stage directions in italics (click here for example).

10. Only one submission per writer.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Teatro LATEA seeks full-length scripts

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Is looking for full length stage scripts by Afro-Latinx playwrights to produce a staged reading during the second week of January 2020 in honor of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

No fee to submit

The theater will produce the staged reading.

Only for New York City based playwrights.

Deadline: December 30th

To submit please email a PDF file to tatironderos@gmail.com

The playwright will be notified on January 3rd if their play was selected.

New, never produced plays are encouraged, but not mandatory.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Sesame Street Fellowship Program

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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: 2020 applications are available now!
  • 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, 2020 5PM EST.
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 come from an underrepresented racial group
  • The Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship is an effort to identify and increase the presence of underrepresented voices in children’s media writing. For this specific purpose, underrepresented groups are those who identify as any of the following: Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern, or multiracial.
  • 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 all eight weekly sessions in NYC, which will be held from early May to mid-July. Travel and lodging expenses are the participant's sole responsibility.

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