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Friday, February 26, 2021

Red Eagle Souring seeks short plays by Native playwrights

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Deadline: March 8, 2021 11:59 PM PST

Seattle, Washington

Red Eagle Soaring seeks plays between 10 - 30 minutes written by Native playwrights.

These plays will be performed by Native Youth as part of Red Eagle Soaring's inaugural short play festival in June 2021. The playwright of each selected play will be compensated with a licensing fee of $100 per performance.

For this year's play festival we are excited to focus on the question: Who do you want to be?

Plays can explore any facets of this question or answer. Who do you want to become? What challenges or obstacles are you facing to become that person? When do you want to become that person? Are there other expectations or obligations that wish to define you differently?

Please keep in mind in your submissions that the play will be performed by predominantly youth actors via an online platform like Zoom. We are excited for plays that feature multi-generational casts and stories that young actors can relate to.

Plays must be submitted in either Word or PDF format.

The front page of the script must list:

  • Title of the play
  • Full Name
  • Tribal Affiliation
  • Date of Birth
  • Home Address
  • Email
  • Phone Number

Submissions are due Monday, March 8 by 11:59 PM PST via email at AD@redeaglesoaring.org

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to AD@redeaglesoaring.org

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

NEW VISIONS FELLOWSHIP - A YEARLONG RESIDENCY FOR BLACK TRANS AND GENDER NONCONFORMING PLAYWRIGHTS

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Deadline: March 5, 2021 6pm EST

This Spring, National Queer Theater and the Dramatists Guild are launching the New Visions Fellowship, an innovative new program for Black trans and gender nonconforming playwrights. The New Visions Fellowship will select two playwrights for a rigorous year-long professional development initiative aimed at celebrating the brilliance of and uplifting Black TGNC writers in the face of the systemic exclusion that Black TGNC writers have endured within American theater.

We believe the New Visions Fellowship is essential because of its opportunity to create space for the Black and queer imagination, a perspective long and consistently forced to take a backseat to “safer” LGBT stories in American culture, and even American queer culture.

The curriculum of traditional artistic conservatory programs is heavily influenced by a white, cisgender male patriarchal perspective, particularly centering on male-identifying writers from both the classical and modern eras. Our program seeks to help remedy the exclusionary bias that riddles traditional channels of training and mentorship.


ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

The fellows will be paired with a primary mentor and supplemental mentor figures who will guide writers through the development of a play, musical, or performance experience of their design and choosing. Roger Q. Mason, pictured above, will serve as one of the primary mentors. In addition, writers will have the opportunity to participate in professional development sessions covering a wide range of artistic topics. The fellows will also receive access to Dramatists Guild contracts, business advice and career services for the purpose of aiding fellows in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work. These workshops will help writers broker relationships with Off-Broadway or regional theaters. A theater will host a professionally cast and directed reading of their play at the end of the program. Selected fellows will receive $5,000 and a three-year complimentary Guild membership.

APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM

Applications are due on March 5th at 6pm EST. 


This program is specifically for Black playwrights who identify as trans or gender nonconforming.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Capital Theatre seeks submissions from new and established Black playwrights

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SUBMISSION FORM

Capital Theatre in Frankfort, Kentucky is now accepting submissions from new and established Black playwrights and musical writers/composers for the 2021-2022 season and future seasons. Visit www.capitaltheatre.net for more information about submissions. Submissions are open year round.

Capital Theatre is a Black-owned theatre company located in the heart of Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky. Our goal is to tell the stories of the Black experience through live theatre. Our shows will not only feature works of prominent Black playwrights, but of up and coming writers as well. We strive to create a space in which anybody can come and enjoy live theatre.

All Submissions are treated as confidential. Due to the number of submissions we are not able to respond to every submission and will only respond to ones that we are interested in.


Saturday, February 13, 2021

11th Annual Short Play Festival, Native Voices 2021-2022

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Deadline: June 7, 2021

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

For the 11th Annual Short Play Festival, Native Voices wants to know What is Home? For so many around the world this past year, “Home” – literal or metaphorical – has become the centerpiece of many of our lives.

What is Home? Is it a structure? Is it where you are? Or where you come from? Is it the communities in which you surround yourself, or the communities that shaped you?

At Native Voices, we understand and appreciate all the complexities that make up your “home”. Is “home” your ancestral lands? Does it live in the hearts and minds of your communities? Does it live with your Aunties and cousins? Or maybe, is “home” your studio apartment or your suitcase? Has your notion of ‘home” changed in the past year? We want to know: What’s your story? What is your home?

We want to hear from you! Share with us a glimpse of home. The only limitation is that your play must be no longer than 10-minutes. For ten minutes, you can take the audience on any journey you want. We cannot wait to see what you bring to life!

Plays chosen to participate in the 11th 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.

Some ideas to spark the imagination are:
  • Sovereignty
  • Traditional Homelands
  • Language Keepers
  • Passing On Traditions 
  • Family
  • Friends 
  • Diaspora/ Removals
  • Urban/ Rural/ Reservation/ Village
  • Coming Home/ Leaving Home
  • Homesickness
  • Boarding schools and assimilation
  • Protecting Home/ Environment

Full-Length Plays

Deadline: August 2, 2021

Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics.
2022 Playwrights Retreat and 28th Festival of New Plays

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–4 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 and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. 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, 2021 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 February 2022.
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.
2022 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 2022 General Production Consideration.
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 2022 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

For More Information:

NVLiterary@theautry.org
Facebook.com/NativeVoices
Twitter.com/NativeVoices

Monday, February 1, 2021

Consequences Commission

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Deadline: February 8, 2021

Harlem9, Harlem Stage, and the Lucille Lortel Theatre are looking to commission pieces, the first of which will be written by York Walker, to be developed and presented online as part of a series in response to the 2020 presidential election. Each piece will focus on how the election affects the writer, their community, or their country.

If selected, writers will receive a commissioning fee. Development of the piece will be led by Harlem9 and each writer will work directly with an assigned Harlem9 member.

Eligibility:
  • Writers can be from anywhere in the United States.
  • Writers must be 18 years or older.
  • Writers must identify as Black/African-American.
  • Female identifying, LGBTQIA+, and gender non-conforming artists are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Pieces should not exceed 15 minutes in length, and can be either a traditional play format or experimental in nature.
  • Pieces should not directly promote specific candidates or policies, but should instead discuss how the writer will be impacted by them.
  • Content must be original, and writers must have all necessary rights.
  • All pieces must able to be digitally showcased online.
  • All applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States
Application Process

The application process is free and open to all who qualify. Please include the following with your application:
  • Your play and/or a detailed description of your concept for this piece
  • Resume and bio.
  • A previous completed writing sample.
  • A history of previous productions of your work, if available. Applicants are not required to have been produced previously.
  • All pieces must able to be digitally showcased online.
All finalists must be available for an interview which will be conducted via Zoom.

For more information and to apply, please go to lortel.org/consequences

Saturday, January 23, 2021

9TH ANNUAL COLUMBUS BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL 2021

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Deadline: January 31, 2021

Mine 4 God Productions (M4GP) is now accepting creative works that say something about the state of America and the many challenges "We the people" have had to face in regard to racial equality, political unrest, and division among classes of people in America and beyond, especially during these last four years of political and racial unrest.

Our theme for 2021 is

“Say Something...it might, Change Something.”

We are accepting monologues and one-act plays that have diversity, inclusion, and equity for our 9th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) that will be held July 9-11, 2021 at The Abbey Theatre of Dublin, Ohio.

Submission dates are December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

Due to the uncertainty of where Ohio will be in the summer of 2021 regarding social distancing state guideline the entries need to meet the following criteria:

ONE-ACT PLAYS

1) No more than 4 characters (If characters can play double-roles can have 6.)

2) Have minimal set/light requirements.

3) If required, play can be rehearsed/performed effectively by virtual means.

4) 20 to 30 minutes long.

5) Blocking of the play can be rearranged by the Director to meet social distance guidelines.


MONOLOGUES

1) 10 to 15 minutes long.


Complete the Entry form below and send it with your play submission to mine4godproductionsllc@aol.com in pdf or Word document. form before the deadline of January 31, 2021.


2021 CBTF ENTRY FORM

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Miranda Family Foundation Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition

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DEADLINE: Monday, February 1, 2021 (Timestamped)

More Info: www.repertorio.nyc/opportunities

The Latinx/Hispanic Community represents many nations and every corner of the United States. By the mid-21st Century, 1 in 3 people will identify as having raíces Latinx (Latin roots). We have journeys and histories that need to be heard and experienced on stage. The goals of The Miranda Family Foundation Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition are to discover, develop, promote and amplify Latinx plays and playwrights. Repertorio Español is now in its 53rd season and 2nd decade of championing new works through playwriting initiatives. To that end, this competition and our theatre will prepare the way for an American Theatre that is reflective and representative of the Pan Latinx Community. An endeavor that becomes increasingly more important.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Latinx culture, history, ideals and characters must be central to the play submitted. The community must be accurately depicted and the focus of the work.
  • No screenplays, one act plays, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
  • New and un-produced plays preferred. Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
  • All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 75 minutes) and can be written in Spanish and/or English.
  • The competition is inclusive of all playwrights who are at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico. 
Link to article on winning plays of 2020: https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Repertorio-Espanol-Announces-Winners-of-2020-Miranda-Family-Voces-Latinx-Playwriting-Competition-20201008

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room Fellowship

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Deadline: January 8, 2021 5PM EST

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 underrepresented racial backgrounds. 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.

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.

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 8, 2021 5PM EST.

All participants must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for the program. For additional questions about eligibility, please visit our FAQ pageor 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
  • 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 from May to July 2021.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Paramount Theatre TYA Commission

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Deadline: January 5, 2021

Thanks to the support of the NEA’s Arts Work Grant Program, we are proud to announce the commission of a new play with music for young audiences that will tour greater-Aurora area schools. We will spend the winter and spring of 2021 developing the piece with a workshop reading with the hopes to tour the piece during the 2020-2021 school year.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JANUARY 5, 2021

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

Commissions: One proposal will be awarded with a commission of $3,000

TO APPLY, A PLAYWRIGHT MUST DIGITALLY SUBMIT:
  • A one-page play proposal for a new or in progress, 45-60 minute, unwritten theatre for young audiences play with music
  • A one-page resume
  • A 3-5 page sample scene
  • One of your finished plays, for reference only
  • A completed submission application form

All materials can be submitted to: school@paramountarts.com with the subject line: TYA Commission Submission

PROPOSALS FOR NEW PLAYS MUST:
  • Center the story around global majority people (non-white), particularly interested in stories that center around Mexican-American stories (44% of Aurora’s population)
  • Utilize four performers or fewer
  • Explain the use of singular, flexible or representational scenic elements understanding this play will be toured to schools with various kinds of performance spaces
  • Demonstrate how the use of music will play a role in your script
  • Demonstrate how audience members will be engaged in the storytelling (this could be audience participation of some kind, perhaps they assist in creating an environment, or contribute to the music making)
ELIGIBILITY RULES:
  • Playwrights will need to complete the submission form
  • Submissions may only be from playwrights of color
  • Playwrights must reside in the United States
  • One submission per playwright
  • Submissions must be emailed by 11:59PM CST on January 5, 2021

Commission contracts will be offered in February of 2021, and will be announced upon signing.

Questions? Email us at school@paramountarts.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Teatro LATEA seeks one-act stage scripts

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Deadline: December 20, 2020

107 Suffolk St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10002

Teatro LATEA is looking for one acts stage scripts by Afro-Latinx playwrights to produce a stage reading during the second week of January 2021 in honor of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

No fee to submit

The theater will produce the staged reading virtually.

To submit please email a PDF file to t.ronderos@inbox.teatrolatea.org

The playwright will be notified on January 1st 2021 if their play was selected.

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

Sunday, November 15, 2020

queer cheer: a winter holigay special

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Deadline: November 19, 2020 12 PM EST


This special will feature original performances by Black LGBTQ artists that are holiday-themed, uplifting, and family-friendly. Your piece can be a short play or musical, a sketch, a comedy routine, storytelling, or something else! Each artist will receive a stipend. The special will be streamed live and available for replay on Youtube.

Each piece must be:
*Created by a Black LGBTQ artist.
*Under ten minutes.
*Related to Thee Winter Holidays. Themes might include: snow, chosen family, anti-capitalist gift giving, quarantine dinner parties, hibernating, staycations, etc.
*Family-friendly. It doesn’t need to be for kids, but should be PG-13-ish.
*Uplifting! It’s okay to mention sad feelings or trauma, but the overall tone should be positive, funny, or cheerful.

Submissions are due Thursday, November 19th at 12:00pm EST.

queer cheer: Tuesday, December 22nd at 7:30pm EST
Hosted by Briyana D. Clarel

Email contact@thestarfruitproject.com with questions.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Lift Every Voice Black Women Speak Monologue Festival

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Deadline: November 15, 2020 midnight EST

Fantasy Theatre Factory in Miami, Florida, understands that black female playwrights are underserved when it comes to the production of their work. We are holding a call for black female playwrights from the United States to submit monologues that reflect their personal experience. These monologues will be presented by Fantasy Theatre Factory in February, 2021 during Black History Month. An honorarium will be paid to those playwrights whose scripts are selected.


Submission Guidelines:

-Submissions accepted from female black playwrights who reside in the United States.

-Two submissions per writer maximum.

-The monologue may be part of a larger work or a stand-alone piece.

-Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2020; midnight EST.

-Monologue should read between 2 and 5 minutes.

-Preferred format is PDF

-On the cover page, indicate name, address, phone and email address.

Email scripts to: blackfemaleplaywrights@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival.

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Deadline: November 9, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Submission via Submittable


Hello Blackboard Community!

We have been busy at work finding new ways to strengthen the work of Blackboard during this challenging time.

It is with great pleasure that we announce our partnership with the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) on a New Play Festival!

The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival is open to parents and caregivers that identify as Black. Blackboard’s mission has always been devoted to Black Playwrights and through this partnership with PAAL, we are more specifically looking to uplift the experiences of Black Parenthood.

*PAAL is a transgender and non-binary affirming space. Mother is an inclusive term for anyone who identifies with it.

Here are some details:
  • Submit 10 pages MAX of a play that you would develop into a One-Act.
  • Selected writers will develop a One-Act centering on The Black Parent and caregiving experience to premiere Digitally during the Spring of 2021.
  • 4 finalists will be selected to develop their work with a director and digital production elements to premiere during the Spring of 2020.
  • A 10-minute version of that play will be read at the PAAL Closing Summit in November.
  • 2 awards will go to plays that engage with the theme of Black motherhood. 
  • 1 award will be for plays that explore transgender, non-binary, and other gender-specific experiences of parenting. 
  • 1 award will be for a submission that examines Black fatherhood

Friday, October 23, 2020

M Ensemble Company seeks new plays from people of color

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Deadline: November 1, 2020
Miami Florida

As we venture into our 2020/2021 season, we recognize that artist have been impacted tremendously from this Covid 19 Pandemic. It is important that we stand together as a community. It has always been The M Ensemble’s mission to promote African- American culture and experiences through the performing arts. Which is why we are so excited to give artist of color an opportunity to submit their original plays to be produced in or up and coming season!

Submission Rules and Information

Additional Information

The M Ensemble Company is looking for new plays from people of color (10- 20 minutes) for our up and coming 2020 to 2021 Season.

We want scripts that are conscious, thought provoking, lively, and timely. We are looking for plays of all genres. Plays cannot exceed 4 characters. There is no age restriction for the characters.

Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending in your submission

Plays will be accepted from October 12th – November 1st.
Scripts will not be accepted after submission date.
Playwrights can submit only one script, so make sure you send your best work!
Each play script must be no more than 20 pages long; not including production notes and character list.

Please send all submissions to: TheMEnsemble@gmail.com

Re: Scripts 2020_2021 Season

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

New Native Theater seeks Indigenous 10-minute plays

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Deadline: October 30, 2020 12 noon

New Native Theatre is accepting 10-minute play submissions written by Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights for our December 2020 Virtual Festival: Good Medicine. We are seeking submissions for scripts with theme(s) of Good Medicine and/or Indigenous Futurism.

If interested, please submit your script along with a cover page that includes your name, name of your play, address, phone number, email, and tribal affiliation or GPS coordinates of your indigenous/tribal community indicating enrolled or descendent to literary@newnativetheatre.org. Deadline is Friday, October 30th at noon.

Good Medicine: In Yvette Nolan’s book Medicine Shows, she describes the importance of medicine in Native theatre. We are inspired by Nolan’s assertion that “Medicine is about connection, about health” and that “Good medicine… makes community.” We feel that we, as Native artists, are in need of some good medicine, and it is our hope that we can use this festival to enter a time of connection, community, and ceremony.

Indigenous Futurism: Indigenous peoples are often depicted as people from the past in mainstream storytelling, but Indigenous Futurism allows Indigenous peoples to reclaim and reframe their stories.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

NATIONAL LATINX PLAYWRITING AWARD

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Deadline: November 1, 2020


Submissions for the 2021 National Latinx Playwriting Award are now open. Latinx 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.

Submission Procedure

We respectfully ask that you adhere to the following application requirements:
  • Submit a single script via U.S. mail.
  • Scripts must be postmarked by November 1, 2020. Please include a title page on the script that includes the play’s title, the author’s name, and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address, and email).
  • 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.

Submit manuscripts to:

National Latinx Playwriting Award
ATTN: Elaine Romero, Playwright-in-Residence
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701

Eligibility

The award is open to all Latino playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. (Spanish-language and bilingual 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 (minimum length: 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 Fall 2021.

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

Thursday, October 8, 2020

KC Melting Pot Theatre's 2nd Annual New Play Development Festival

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Deadline: December 31, 2020 or first 50 submissions


KC Melting Pot Theatre is looking for new full-length plays by Black playwrights. 

The play should have no production history (readings are acceptable). 

There are no restrictions on content nor themes except we are not accepting musicals, one-person shows or children shows at this time. 

To submit, please email your script in Word or Pdf format to newplays.kcmpt@gmail.com

Scripts should include playwright contact info on title page, character/cast requirements and a 3-5 sentence synopsis. Plays should be typed in 12pt font in Times New Roman or Courier. Our reading panel will select three finalists who will receive fully staged readings in our New Play Festival over the July 9 – 11, 2021 weekend. 

One winner will then be selected and will receive a $500 stipend and will receive a workshop production in 2022. This is a development opportunity and the winning play will have their play read by professional actors for at least two table readings followed by Q&A with director, cast and crew. Playwright will have time to revise and complete a final draft of play and then the workshop production will be fully staged with audience talkbacks.

Finalists will be notified no later than May 1st, 2021. The winning piece will be selected July 11, 2021 after the completion of our New Play Festival.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Collaboration: 2020 Short Plays Festival

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Deadline: September 15, 2020 5PM EST
Baltimore MD

Arena Players Inc. of Baltimore, MD, the country’s oldest continually running African-American Community Theater, is pleased to announce our New Short Works Play Festival. 

We are launching a program to develop new short plays from emerging Black playwrights.

Six to eight short plays will be developed and staged for the festival. Each play will be assigned a director and cast and receive 6 workshop sessions with a professional theater mentor culminating in an weekend of staged performances on the Arena Players’ main stage.

Submission guidelines for PLAYWRIGHTS:
  • Submit your short play; no more than 15-minutes. 
  • Tech and set requirements should be minimal.
  • Cast size should not exceed 4.
  • Please email pdf of your play to Deletta at: delettagillespie@gmail.com
  • Deadline to receive submission is September 15, 2020 5PM
Website: https://www.arenaplayersinc.com
History: Please submit plays that hav not previously been produced
Notification: Submitters will be notified by email mid-September, 2020
There is no fee to submit

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Conch Shell Productions seeks short plays from Caribbean writers

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Deadline: September 11, 2020
Submission form

At Conch Shell Productions (CSP), our mission is to infuse new Caribbean-American and Caribbean Diaspora voices into the American theater. To do so, we create a space to develop, workshop and produce new plays.

We believe that art can and should provoke social change. Our productions create an opportunity for diverse audiences to explore and celebrate the unique ethnic/cultural diversity of the 28 multi-lingual Caribbean cultures that have immigrated to other nations seeking new opportunities.

Conch Shell Productions is seeking new one-act plays written by American men and women of Caribbean descent, as well as writers of the Caribbean diaspora.

Eligible playwrights:
American men and women of Caribbean heritage; Caribbean diaspora writers.

Format:
Short plays (10-30 minutes) No excerpts.

Cast size:
Minimum:2 Maximum: 4

Genre:
Comedy (satire, farce, dark, parody, travesty, comedy of ideas, mockumentary, surreal).
We will also consider comedy cross-genres (comedy/Afrofuturism; comedy/drama; tragicomedy, comedy/science fiction, etc).

Format:
Scripts written/adapted for Zoom (please review our existing #bluelightseries recordings avail at www.facebook.com/conchshellprod to gain an understanding of the what Zoom format means.

Language:
English (we will consider scripts with some lines in other languages infused in the text, but they most be primarily English)

Choose one writing prompt:
  • Voting/Voters
  • American politics and the average individual
  • Honesty
  • News headlines - reality or fiction
  • Caribbean American & the right to vote
  • Group think
  • Political campaigns

Selected plays will be produced and presented live on Facebook and/or Youtube.

No pay.

One submission per playwright.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION SEPT 11, 2020

#BLUELIGHTSERIES is a co-production between Conch Shell Productions & HB Studio.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Strand Theater Company Brown Sugar Bake-Off

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Deadline: September 7, 2020
Baltimore MD

The Strand Theater Company stands in solidarity with our beloved Baltimore community as we seek justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and all people oppressed by systems of racism. In our efforts to learn more and do more to impact social change, we are proud to team up with Two Strikes Theatre Collective for a virtual bake-off playwrighting festival, focused on Black womxn.

Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, our Brown Sugar Bake-Off is an artistic response to the worldwide outcry against systemic racism. Though Black Lives Matter was founded by three Black women, the movement (much like liberation movements before it) has historically erased and undervalued Black women.

How this works:
  • Black womxn playwrights have until September 7, 2020 to write a short play using all the ingredients and following the provided “Recipe” (aka the rules)
  • Led by Two Strikes Theatre Collective and the Strand Theatre Company, our panel of readers will then select a collection of plays that will be presented in a virtual performance Festival that launches Strand Theater Company’s 2020-2021 Season. 
  • Each selected submission will be assigned a director and a cast, and will follow a three-week rehearsal period, leading up to the Festival on October 17, 2020. All performances will be pre-recorded. Playwrights will participate in live Q&As on the day of the Festival.
  • The Festival will be presented free of admission fees to the public. Donations will be encouraged to support the participants. Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants.
Brown Sugar FREE Playwriting Workshop (led by Dr. Nae Phillips and Christen Cromwell): Our Festival is open to the Baltimore community and beyond. We understand that there may be some who would like to participate in the Festival but may not know where to begin. Or, perhaps they want a refresher on how to write a short play. This free workshop is designed for you. Interested in joining the workshop? Please email info@strand-theater.org to sign up.

Food for Thought as you prepare your submission:
  • Read this article: “The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls.”
  • Read this quote: “White women and black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed. Black men may be victimized by racism, but sexism allows them to act as exploiters and oppressors of women. White women may be victimized by sexism, but racism enables them to act as exploiters and oppressors of black people. Both groups have led liberation movements that favor their interests and support the continued oppression of other groups. Black male sexism has undermined struggles to eradicate racism just as white female racism undermines feminist struggle. As long as these two groups or any group defines liberation as gaining social equality with ruling class white men, they have a vested interest in the continued exploitation and oppression of others.” ― bell hooks, AIN'T I A WOMAN: BLACK WOMEN AND FEMINISM (1981)

The Recipe (aka the rules):
  • Playwrights must identify as Black womxn.
  • Submissions can be a short play, choreopoem, monologue, etc. 
  • The play/submission cannot exceed 10 pages (10 minutes or less).
  • Submission must have 5 characters or less
  • All performances will be pre-recorded. If actors are in the same space, the characters must remain six feet apart from one another.
  • Must include all of the following ingredients. 
The Ingredients:
Submissions must include all ingredients, which can be physical/literal or metaphysical/symbolic.
  • a Black womxn protagonist
  • a wig
  • a sign
  • a gathering 
  • brown sugar


Timeline:
Recipe Drop - July 20, 2020
Free Playwrighting Workshop- August 22, 2020
Submission Deadline - September 7, 2020
Selected plays announcement - Late September 2020
Rehearsal Period - 21 Days prior to the Festival
Virtual Festival performances - October 17, 2020

Completed play submissions should be forwarded to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
  • Brown Sugar Bake-Off SUBMISSION [Last Name]
  • The body of the email should contain the playwright’s first and last name, address, and a primary phone number
  • Please attach a character list containing the genders (if needed) and ages of characters if the script calls for them
  • The play should be included as a PDF attachment, with the playwright’s name and contact information removed from the actual script (blind submission)

WE ARE LOOKING FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS interested in taking part in the Festival.
Please e-mail your interest to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
Brown Sugar Bake-Off ACTOR [Last Name]
Brown Sugar Bake-Off DIRECTOR [Last Name]

Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants

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