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Friday, September 30, 2022



Deadline: December 1, 2022

It is our hope that by connecting Black playwrights (wherever they are located) with stories from Black Appalachian communities, we can:Create monologues that can be developed into full-length plays
Create work that explores the Black Appalachian experience, both past and present
Establish and cultivate relationships with Black playwrights and other Black theatre artists
Give audiences accessibility to new perspectives on life in Appalachia

Monologue Submission Guidelines
  • Playwright must be Black.
  • Monologues must be set in Appalachia. (See link below for list of qualifying states/counties as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission)
  • https://www.arc.gov/appalachian_region/CountiesinAppalachia.asp
  • Monologues must be 5-7 minutes in length (190 words = 1 minute).
  • Monologues must be unpublished and not have had a professional production.
  • Monologues must be written using prompts below.
  • Monologues must be submitted electronically.
Please submit monologues to: tjackson@bartertheatre.com
2023 Monologue Submission Deadline: December 1, 2022

5-7 monologues will be selected to be performed during Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (Jan./Feb. 2023 – date TBD)

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Native Voices: Short Plays Festival 2023


Deadline: August 23, 2022

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

DEADLINE: August 23, 2022
13th Annual Short Play Festival
Don’t Mess with Auntie!

They’re fierce. They’re funny. Their frybread!!

Our communities shape us - our identities, our values, our taste in food. And, in our Native communities, the list of those who rear us extends far beyond that westernized “nuclear family.” This year, Native Voices invites you to tell a story inspired by an Auntie (or, many Aunties…let’s be honest)!

Don’t Mess with Auntie. We know it, we live by it, and goodness, do we have stories about it! Native Voices’ 2023 Short Play Festival is calling all Auntie stories. Laugh, cry, and learn your lessons as we assemble at the Autry for our 13th Annual Short Play Festival. Please keep your plays under 10 minutes. (Or you’ll have Auntie to answer to!!)

Plays selected to participate in the 13th Annual Short Play Festival will also be entered to win the Thomas Studi Gadugi Audience Prize of $500 and the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award of $1,000.

Scripts longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

The Autry seeks full-length plays


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:


Monday, July 25, 2022

The Crossroad Project 2023 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative


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

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Obsidian seeks one-act plays or short scenes


Deadline:  October 16, 2022 

Submit via Submittable

Submit one act or a collection of short scenes no longer than twenty (20) pages in the Samuel French format. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.

Celebrating over forty-seven years of continuous publication, Obsidian supports—through publication and critical inquiry—the contemporary poetry, fiction, drama/performance, visual and media art of Africans globally. A premier platform dedicated to African and African Diaspora Literatures, Obsidian is published biannually in print, and year round online.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Now Accepting Submissions for ReOrient Festival of Short Plays 2023


Deadline: July 30, 2022

Produced once every two-years, ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco. The submission deadline for consideration in ReOrient Festival 2023 is July 30, 2022.


• Plays by playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage on any topic

• Plays about the Middle East by playwrights of any cultural heritage

• Plays must be in English

Submission Guidelines:

• Complete the ReOrient Festival of Short Plays Submission Form.

• Upload a pdf of your play to the Play Submission Form.

• Length: 10-30 minutes. One submission only per playwright

Areas of interest include:

• Comedies: political satire, romantic comedies

• Plays that experiment with non-realistic forms, non-linear or physically-based storytelling

• Plays that explore aspects of immigrant or family life

• Adaptations of classical texts and or historical figures

• Exploration of Middle Eastern performance traditions

Deadline: July 30, 2022

For Inquiries please email: submissions@goldenthread.org Subject Line: ReOrient 2023

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Aboutface’s Newvember New Plays Festival 2022 Call for Submissions


Deadline: July 15, 2022 5PM IST

The 10th annual NEWvember New Plays Festival
3rd to 6th November 2022 at Smock Alley Theatre

NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over one weekend in Dublin, produced by the theatre company AboutFACE. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors, and discuss their work and creative process with the audience.

2019 marked NEWvember’s third year in Dublin after 5 years in New York. AboutFACE co-created and co-produced NEWvember at the Carpenter Shop Theatre in the village of Tivoli in upstate New York, with our partners Tangent Theatre, from 2011 to 2015. During this time, NEWvember was highly successful – drawing large audiences, including breaking the box office record for the venue on successive nights; and finding massive interest from writers – by its fifth year, submissions reached nearly 500 plays a year and rehearsed readings of new work by over 30 playwrights had been presented, while several plays developed at the festival have gone on to Off-Broadway and regional American productions. NEWvember then moved to Dublin, Ireland, where the festival was held in 2017 at Belvedere House, in 2018 at The New Theatre and in 2019 at Smock Alley and The Civic. 2020’s festival during the pandemic took place online.

We are now pleased to invite submissions of new plays for the 2022 NEWvember festival:

  • 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

Please submit your play via our online application form at


You will be asked to includeyour 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.


The closing date for submissions is Friday July 15th 2022 (5pm Irish time).

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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Kali SOLOS seeks monologues form women of South Asian ethnicity


Deadline: June 21,  2022 5PM BST

Calling all South Asian* women writers!

Inspired by the success of Kali SOLOS, we are launching an open call-out for writers to submit monologues for a new series.

We’re looking for monologues with an international theme.
  • Your monologue must be:Between 2 -3 minutes long
  • Set in one location
  • The character and / or action is located outside of the UK

Our reader’s panel will then select three monologues. Each of these will be self recorded by a UK actor at home and will be shared via social media and available to watch on Kali’s YouTube channel as part of the Kali SOLOS series.

  • Kali SOLOS are only open to writers of South Asian descent* who identify as women or AFAB non-binary
  • Kali SOLOS are open to writers of any experience and who are based anywhere in the world
  • Monologues must have an international theme and must be able to be self recorded by a UK actor at home
  • Monologues must be written in English
  • Writers can only submit one monologue
  • Selected writers will receive £250 each

If you are a writer who has previously been accepted for a SOLO commission, you are not eligible to apply again.

How to Enter:

Please send your monologue in a Word or PDF format to: info@kalitheatre.co.uk

Deadline for Submissions: Tuesday 21st June 5pm

Looking for inspiration? Catch up with the Kali SOLOS series so far.

*At least one parent must be descended from the diasporas of the Indian subcontinent

Tuesday, May 31, 2022



Deadline: June 5, 2022
Or when we receive 50 applications

APPLICATION WINDOW CLOSES: June 5th, or when we receive 50 applications.

WHO CAN APPLY: Black queer and/or trans artists anywhere in the world!

HOW: Apply through this portal starting May 5th!

MORE INFORMATION: Go to queercatproductions.com/offering to read the full call for applications.

QUESTIONS: Can be addressed to hq@queercatproductions.com.

This process was designed by the Manifestation Council in 2021: Genevieve Jessee, librecht baker, and Troy Rockett. The artists who will read submissions this year are: Genevieve Jessee, Chivas Michael, Rawiyah Tariq (additional readers may be added and announced on our website).

The process has three rounds. In Round 1, all Readers read all applications. Readers give a “yes” or “no” vote on whether each application should go to the next round (and briefly say why). Applications that receive a majority of “yeses” move on to Round 2.

In Round 2, Readers evaluate applications according to a rubric and select three finalists. The elements on the rubric are: 1) The application demonstrates a desire to generate work that is immersive and/or will leave audiences more connected to each other; 2) The application demonstrates a desire to generate work connecting to and/or elevating the humanity of the artist’s identit(ies); 3) The application demonstrates a desire to generate work that explores playfulness, curiosity, and/or haunting (in whatever way the artist defines it); 4) The application demonstrates a desire to generate work that has qualities of an evolving form, and/or expands or elevates the genre(s) the artist works in; and 5) I want to hear more from this artist.

In Round 3, Readers interview each finalist and choose one artist. Finalists will be compensated for their interview time at a rate of $22/hour for about 2 hours.


Queer Cat Productions is a theater company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We create consent-forward, accessible, immersive theater and experiences that leave our audiences more connected.

We create playful, curious, haunted works of art that are queer, not just in content, but in vision, perspective, care, and collaboration at every level of the process.

We are committed to the spirit of play, as interactive and consensual; to curiosity about our world and each other; and to haunting: ancestry, fluidity, and resilience.

Learn more about us at queercatproductions.com!


A “primary generative artist” (creator), for example: playwright, solo performer, choreographer, musician/composer, lead artist for a collaborative artwork, etc.

A new artwork that falls under the Performing Arts umbrella (theater, solo performance, music, dance, etc.).

An artwork that seeks to answer this question: What encourages your personal playfulness, engages your curiosity about our humanness and how we connect with each other, and/or what haunts you and drives you to build work that makes space in and/or for the places where you feel that “space” is needed the most?

An artwork that engages with and interprets our mission.

An artwork that can be performed with hybrid elements for both an in-person performance in the San Francisco Bay Area at least once over the weekend of October 20-22, 2023 and an experience that is accessible worldwide.


Pay: A total of $8,000 to create, develop, rehearse, and publicly share the new work (paid in quarterly installments and according to Queer Cat Productions’ flat artist pay rate, which is $22/hour for 2022).

Other resources:
A budget for hiring collaborating artists (i.e. actors, designers, musicians, dramaturgs).

A budget for venue rental and materials.

A travel stipend for artists outside the San Francisco Bay Area.

Accommodations (i.e. ASL interpretation, flexible scheduling to accommodate childcare, and/or other accommodations you share with us).

Tailored creative support specific to your artistic needs (i.e. dramaturgy, feedback and brainstorming, mentorship, workshopping and/or other creative supports you share with us).

Connection to a community of Queer Cat Productions artists.

Our commitment to create a supportive environment for your artistic process.

To be in residence as primary generative artist (creator) with Queer Cat Productions for one year. (Residency is virtual - artists can be geographically located anywhere.)

Creation of the new artwork.

Monthly preproduction meetings (with the option of more frequent meetings if desired by the artist) during development period, including check-ins with the Selection Committee Leader for support and accountability.

More frequent (weekly or biweekly) meetings during production period.

Monthly Company meetings with Queer Cat Productions.

Go to queercatproductions.com/offering to view our FAQ! If you don't find the answer you're looking for, email hq@queercatproductions.com.

Friday, April 29, 2022

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


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


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.

  • 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.

  • 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


Deadline: April 15, 2022 11:59 PM EDT


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.


*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.

Play Title
Playwright Name
Playwright Bio
Contact Number and Email
Character Breakdown
Set Description
Short Synopsis
First 10 pages of the script

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


Deadline: March 31, 2022


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


Deadline: April 1, 2022


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.

  • 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.

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

Upload pdf of original work.

"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


Deadline: February 28, 2022 11:59 PM EST


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.


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


Deadline: March 1, 2022 11:59 PM EST


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.


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.


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.


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.


March 1st, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST


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


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


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


Deadline: February 7, 2022

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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


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. 

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