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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Truckee Community Theater 10 Minute Play Festival

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Deadline: November 30th 2020

Submit to: info@truckeecommunitytheater.com

Guidelines for play submissions:
  • Plays must be between 8-10 minutes in length and no more than 10 minutes.
  • Plays should be rated G to PG-13 with specific notes as to why a play is rated for more mature audiences. Please nothing R rated for this festival. 
  • Please make notes on the cover of your play concerning casting and be specific (Only a woman can play this role..etc) 
  • We accept plays from all over the world, however we would like them written/translated into English.We would be interested in plays written in Spanish.
  • Playwrights are not paid royalties for this event. However, having a play selected is a very big deal. Last year we received nearly 50 submissions and selected 16.
  • Directors are selected by our committee and Artistic Director. Actors are chosen by directors. If your play is selected and you are interested in being contacted by the director, please let us know. In the past directors have enjoyed collaborating with playwrights.

Fall 10-Minute Play Festival
March 26-28, 2021

Our Annual 10 Minute Play Festival is moving to March beginning in 2021 as part of the 2021 show season.

Play submissions are due by November 30th 2020.

Truckee Community Theater is the only community theater organization in California at present that does a 10-Minute Play Festival. We started this endeavor back in 2017 by selecting 10-minute published plays and a variety of directors to put on a "festival". Now, with the help of writing teacher, Karen Terrey, we partner with her company "Tangled Roots" to help novice and aspiring playwrights to create beautiful 10-minute plays.

Plays are submitted each year and a committee selects the best of the best. In 2019, we received over 40 entries and 15 plays were selected and presented over a two-day festival. In 2021, we plan to grow the even to 4 days with 1 day featuring plays written and directed by our high schools students.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

IRONDALE ON WOMEN FESTIVAL 2021

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Deadline: December 21, 2020

During the month of March, when women are celebrated and honored all around the world, Irondale hosts the On Women Festival, giving female-identifying artists the platform to celebrate their own experiences. Created in 2018, each iteration of this festival has been different and unique, just like the creators and the shows that are part of it.

For next year’s festival, we have the challenge of re-imagining how to offer good theatrical experiences to our audiences, that are relevant to today’s world, and that are safe for everyone involved. And we must do things differently as well, to make sure we’re uplifting and empowering the voices of marginalized artists.

The 2021 edition will be a hybrid format, with in-person performances, live and pre-recorded videos, and Irondale will work closely with a diverse group of artists to help curate the festival and moderate the Artists Exchangepanel discussions.

WHAT WILL THE FESTIVAL LOOK LIKE?

MAINSTAGE: two different theatrical productions that will be selected with the assistance of a diverse group of curators. The plays will be performed and recorded at The Space at Irondale (with the possibility of a limited live audience for the recordings) and streamed online at specific dates and times, followed by virtual talkbacks with the creative team of each production. Selected Shows will be compensated with a $1,000 fee. (Accessibility: Closed captions)

NEW MEDIA STORYTELLING: this category is open for video submissions of short pieces (between 10-25 minutes) that present elements of theatrical storytelling. All videos will live on an online platform and the audience will vote on their favorites. This category will not be curated but we will offer four money prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd places for Popular Vote, and Curator’s Pick). We want to make sure we’re giving an alternative for people who don’t feel safe leaving their homes, or artists who are developing work using new media, or even artists who are in different places in the world.

ART BUFFET: live online performances that are flexible in style and genre such as, but not limited to, improv, music, performance, scripted monologue. All content must be original (or an original adaptation), and artists may choose to perform solo or with one other person. These performances will be curated and we’ll select up to 10 pieces.

ARTISTS EXCHANGE: lead and moderated by our Guest Curators, each one of the three conversations will have a theme or topic for discussion, and guest panelists. Audience members will be invited to participate by asking questions or sharing opinions.

We are looking for female-identifying artists that show great passion for their work, and that are able to coherently justify why their work is so important now. Irondale makes no distinction based on ethnicity or cultural background.

Do you want to be part of the festival? Read the Submissions Package and submit your work!

If you have any questions, please contact onwomen@irondale.org.

Monday, November 16, 2020

OOTB’s Building the Box Series

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Deadline:  December 31, 2020

OOTB’s Building the Box Series is designed for playwrights to hear their work in the early stages of development. We are accepting submissions from playwrights to participate in a new works festival set for October 2021 with exact dates TBA; 6 will be chosen and stipend will be provided.

Please send the the following information by December 31st, 2020:
  • Work Sample - No more than 15 pages. (maximum of 2 separate works)
  • Artist Statement- (Please provide your personal mission statement- what inspires you to tell the stories you tell?)
  • ResumĂ© 
  • Summary of production history (if applicable)
  • Website (if applicable)
Please send all submissions to Producing Artistic Director- Liz Flemming liz@ootbtheatrics.com and cc Director of New Works- Jorge Donoso jorge@ootbtheatrics.com.

For more information please visit- www.ootbtheatrics.com. For information on Weathervane Theatre Players please visit- www.weathervanetheatrenh.org.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

This Moment Productions One Act Streaming Play Festival


Deadline: December 5, 2020 5:00pm CST

This Moment Productions seeks to redefine the way we consume theatre in a changing world. We are seeking submissions that fit the Zoom or online streaming format only. We will produce four, ten minute one acts. Each will stream for two weekends in Spring 2021. 
Please send all submissions to thismomentproductions@gmail.com.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Eligibility | Plays must be the original work of persons who are residents of the U.S. 

In the case of collaborations, the residency requirement pertains to all authors. All playwrights must be 18 or older.

Playwrights must hold all legal rights to their piece; it may have been previously produced, workshopped, or presented as a reading prior to entry in the competition.

Script Requirements

Length: Every play must be able to be fully performed, including all additional audio sources such as music and other sound effects, in 10-minutes or less.

Structure: Although not a requirement, preferential consideration will be given to plays in one scene and/or a single setting. Must be able to be produced for virtual streaming platforms.

Cast: No more than 2-3 actors and all roles must be for individuals 18 years or older. (More characters are allowed if actors may double.) A list of characters with a brief physical description of each must be included on the Entry Form. This Moment Productions will arrange directors, actors, rehearsal, and handle all editing including production and streaming of the play. Playwrights interested in directing should note that upon submission. This Moment Production, as producer, will have final say and approval of the piece prior to release to public audiences.

Genre: Comedy, drama, mystery, thriller or monologue — but no musicals or plays for children.

Technical Limitation: Play settings should be simple, suitable written for the online streaming platform, requiring very minimal props/costumes and limited technical effects. Our productions look to simplify the stage picture to emphasize the playwright’s work, strong character driven pieces are a must. No use of copyrighted music, logos, or names/franchises.

Format: PDF or Microsoft Word, prepared using standard formatting for a stage play.
We suggest you read “How to format your script” by Sam Graber on the website of The Playwrights’ Center: https://pwcenter.org/playwriting-toolkit/how-format-your-script — a correctly formatted script is easier to read and evaluate. A Word template which you may find helpful is available for download.

Originality: We seek plays that are new, inventive, fresh, and not an adaptation of work by another author. The play may have been workshopped or presented as a reading prior to entry in the competition but must be unpublished and not previously performed before a paying audience. Submission Limit: Three plays per playwright.

Submission Fee: There is no fee for entry. If your play is selected for production, you will be expected to provide a brief (150-word) biography, a JPG high-resolution photo, and a brief synopsis of the play which may be used in marketing and promotion.

Deadline: Uploaded script must be received by December 5th at 5:00pm CST. No more than 100 scripts will be accepted. With our receipt of the one hundredth script, no further entries will be considered. *Please see information that should be included in your email along with your submission.

Uploading: Plays may only be submitted electronically to This Moment Productions at ThisMomentProductions@gmail.com.

Selection: The play selection process begins with evaluation by our team of readers, who will independently score each play according to their assessment of plot, character, dialogue, language, theatricality and their own emotional response. Due to the high volume of entries we are not able to give specific feedback. If your play is selected you will be notified by December 31st, please no inquires.

Performance: Plays selected as finalists will be staged as full productions, ticket sales, promotion, rehearsal, casting, and advertisement will all be the responsibility of This Moment Productions and will be streamed for two weekends in Spring 2021.

Your email submission must include the following information.
  • Name of Playwright Submitting: 
  • Title of One Act:
  • Playwright Email Address: 
  • Playwright Phone #: 
  • How many actors are featured in your piece? 
  • Please list and props special to this production: 
  • Are you interested in directing your piece? 
  • Please describe your piece in 250 words or less: 
I affirm that the attached script is my original work and is not based on or adapted from any other work, including but not limited to novels, short stories, screenplays, teleplays, other theatrical scripts, or from musical forms such as opera, contemporary music or musical theater.​
I affirm that my play has not been published and has never been performed before a paying audience.
I understand that if my play is selected, I will be interviewed by This Moment Productions to confirm the originality of the work and that other steps will be taken to confirm my statements.
I understand that violation of these rules will disqualify my play for consideration.

I understand This Moment Productions will make final production decisions based on the quality of the work and practicality of production, and such decisions shall be final.

By submitting you are agreeing to all the information presented in this document.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Obsidian Theatre Festival

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Deadline: November 17, 2020

SUBMISSION FORM

Open Submission Call for the OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL

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

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

SEEKING
the OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL is seeking composers, directors, lyricists, producers and playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival February 18-21, 2021. (BIPOC artists are strongly encouraged to submit.)

DUE DATE
November 17, 2020 (applications accepted on a rolling basis)

SUBMISSION DETAILS
Plays: 10-60 minutes

Producers and producing organizations: may apply to produce a segment of the festival.

Directors: BIPOC directors with experience in theatre, musical theatre, and/or multimedia.

Lyricists and Composers: musical theatre, pop, jazz, and soul compositions by Black artists to be featured cabaret style.

LOCATION
Filming in Detroit and other locations

COMPENSATION
Paid contracts available for directors.
Selected playwrights/lyricists/composers will be paid a royalty stipend.

Selected content will be staged, rehearsed, produced, filmed, and made available for viewing as part of a three day festival, February 2021. Pieces will be presented as filmed stage productions, and not "virtual readings". Please check permissions to ensure submitted materials are viewable.

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

The Theater Project Soliciting Short Plays for 2021 Competition

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Deadline: November 13, 2020

The Theater Project of Union, NJ, an award-winning, professional theater, is now soliciting short plays for a Zoom production of Think Fast, its eighth-annual short play competition February 19, 20 and 21, 2021. The contest is open to playwrights in the New Jersey-New York area

The Judges’ Choice winner will receive a $500 prize.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Electronic submissions only. E-mail your short play in MS Word or PDF to OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org. Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time and applicable to a Zoom production (small casts, simple settings, etc.). The running-time restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Plays invited to participate must be rehearsed, ready-to-perform and must supply their own actors and directors. Playwrights may submit more than one play. There is no restriction on previously produced plays.

There is no fee to submit. However, those selected for participation will be charged a $100 production fee to cover the $500 prize and the hiring a technical director/state manager who will work with playwrights/directors on their Zoom recordings.

STATEMENT: Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email: “If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $100 production fee.”

THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL: 2021 Think Fast will be recorded on Zoom and broadcast on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. The Theater Project will supply a technical/stage manager who will oversee a Zoom rehearsal with each play and a final recording on an appointed night.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SUPPLY: Think Fast is a playwright-produced festival. The Theater Project cannot help with casting, rehearsals, etc. Playwrights must be able to secure actors and a director and rehearse plays on their own. If not, please do not submit to the festival. Each production must make agreements with actors/directors regarding rehearsals and compensation.

JUDGES: All plays are guaranteed three (3) Zoom performances on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. After Sunday’s performance, a panel of judges will bestow the Judges’ Choice Award ($500 prize) as well as Best Male Actor, Best Female Actor and Best Director. There will also be an Audience Choice award based on audience voting. Playwrights and directors are invited to an after-performance discussion with the audience.

QUESTIONS? Email OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org

More info: https://www.thetheaterproject.org/think-fast-short-play-competition.html

Sunday, November 1, 2020

CALL FOR PLAY SUBMISSIONS: CRIMINAL QUEERNESS FESTIVAL 2021

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Deadline: November 11, 2020 11PM EST

National Queer Theater is now accepting submissions for the third annual Criminal Queerness Festival (CQF), which will take place at NYC Pride 2021. CQF strives to uplift and amplify LGBTQ playwrights and artists from countries that censor or criminalize queer communities through the creation of exciting theatrical productions.

Up to four plays will be selected and given performances in New York City. The plays will be performed in a festival format with directors and actors from National Queer Theater. The winning playwrights will also be awarded a stipend of $1,000 USD each.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA
Queer voices across the world have been censored and silenced in countries where LGBTQ lives are criminalized and victimized. The Criminal Queerness Festival welcomes:

Plays by artists from countries that censor or discriminate against LGBTQ communities;

Plays that address themes of criminalization, homophobia, or transphobia outside the United States.

Plays that not have been previously produced in the United States.

Proposals for dance-theater or other storytelling formats are also welcome.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Playwrights should do one of the following:

Submit the following package to submissions@nationalqueertheater.org with the subject line "CRIMINAL QUEERNESS SUBMISSION". Anonymous submissions, or submissions using an alias are welcome.

The email must include:

Playwright’s email address, country of origin, and country of residence

A character breakdown

A play script (pages must be numbered) in PDF attached

Two notes no longer than 100 words each answering the questions:

How does your play fit the theme of ‘criminal queerness’

What has been your experience as a queer artist?

Could you stage your play in your home country?


OR Fill out the Google Form by clicking here


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Fresh Ink Call for Plays

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Deadline: December 1, 2020 12:00pm (noon) Central Time 



The Public Theater of San Antonio

• There is no submission fee
• Only the first 50 submissions will be considered
• Two scripts will be selected to each receive 4 performances at The Public Theater in June, 2021
• Winners will be announced April 1, 2021
• Playwrights of selected works will receive $300 or 7% of the ticket proceeds to performances of their work, whichever is greater
Submission Criteria

• We encourage entries by U.S. playwrights of any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

• Musicals are not eligible at this time.

• Plays intended for young audiences are not eligible at this time.

• Submissions may have had readings but not have had a prior production.

• Submissions must be in standard format: 12-point font, standard font such as Times New Roman or Courier.

• Submissions must be written in English.

• Submissions must be "blind" with no playwright identification anywhere within the uploaded file.

Cast size is limited to 1 for the 2020-2021 Season (Please note the 1 cast member may play multiple roles.) 

• Anticipated run time must be no less than 50 minutes and no more than 120 minutes

• Professional submissions please. Edit for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Use standard play formatting. If in doubt please use Dramatist’s Guild guidelines, found at the following link 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

THE VOICES OF TRUTH THEATRE FESTIVAL

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Deadline: November 15, 2020
Tampa Florida

The fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild if they provide a copy of their membership card.


The Powerstories Theatre of Tampa philosophy is that every person, organization, corporation, and community has a Powerstory to discover and share with others. The discovery and the telling of these stories create new success, invests our lives with more meaning, and connect us more vitally with others.

In this time in our country’s history, we feel compelled to bring about this festival to increase courage and confidence, deepen appreciation for diversity, and strengthen the bonds between people.

The Voices of Truth Theatre Festival will be produced by Powerstories in collaboration with Outcast Theatre Collective March 10 to 28, 2021. This will be a combination of in-house theatre and digital productions all live-streamed to empower, encourage, and enable diverse voices the opportunity to inspire audiences worldwide through the gift of sharing a true story. For three weeks, we will be showcasing real-life, humorous, heartbreaking, eye-opening, conversation-starting plays, and stories.

FOR ARTISTS : A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS BY NOVEMBER 15, 2020

Powerstories Theatre is seeking submissions for the Inaugural Voices of Truth Theatre Festival scheduled for March 10 – 28, 2021. Each artist will be responsible for casting, directing, and mounting the show. All productions ideally will be presented at Powerstories Theatre with an audience and live-streamed. But due to Covid-19, artists will be asked on their application to choose one of the following methods to produce their work:
  • In Theatre Performance – With a socially distanced audience
  • In Theatre Performance – Without an audience
  • Using a digital platform provided by Powerstories
Submissions are due by November 15, 2020. 

Registration is $20.00 per submission. The fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild if they provide a copy of their membership card.

 Plays will be time stamped. Artists will get their choice of dates depending on when submissions are received. First entry gets first choice of dates, etc.. All plays and proposals will be reviewed by an artistic committee, and selections will be announced by December 1, 2020. Submissions will be reviewed in consideration of the following criteria:
The submission is congruent with the mission of the Powerstories and the Voices of Truth Theatre Festival.
The submission supports diversity and inclusion aligned with the festival mission.
The overall quality and development of the submission.

For theatre productions, Powerstories Theatre will provide our stage for final performances, rehearsal time, technical assistance, marketing, box office assistance, high-quality live-streaming, and a copy of the live stream video.

Each production will receive one or two nights or afternoons to present. Examples of submissions include the following:

Your own True Story Play or Play based on True Events – Either a full production with a minimal set or a staged reading. Six characters maximum on stage if selecting to use the theatre. No limit on the number of characters if producing digitally. The ideal length is 45 to 90 minutes to allow for one full evening or matinee. Other lengths will be considered. All authors must be willing to have plays live-streamed. 
 
A published True Story Play or Play based on True Events that you chose to direct – Either a full production with a minimal set or a staged reading. Six characters maximum on stage if selecting to use the theatre. No limit on the number of characters if producing digitally. The ideal length is 45 to 90 minutes to allow for one full evening or matinee. Other lengths will be considered. Directors must have the rights to produce and live-stream.

A detailed concept proposal for an event of true story monologues or another idea that will fit with the Festival’s theme. Six characters maximum on stage if selecting to use the theatre. No limit on the number of characters if producing digitally. The ideal length is 45 to 90 minutes to allow for one full evening or matinee. Other lengths will be considered. All authors must be willing to have works live-streamed.

The theatre is a black box theatre with a 26 x 13 acting stage. We will provide artists with stage lighting, sound, projection options, and a list of stock set pieces that are available in our theatre. If you are bringing set pieces and props, they must fit in a small van for ease of moving in and out of the theatre. If selected, artists will receive more detailed technical information.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Snow Dance 10-minute comedy festival

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Deadline: November 1, 2020
Racine Wisconsin

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2021. Due to COVID-19, the exact dates and format are subject to change. 

Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the five-week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on a date to be determined. 

Cash award of $500.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $200.00 awarded to second place and $100 for third place.

Submission Timeline:
  • Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
  • November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
  • Winter of 2021 – Expected run of festival performances.
  • Immediately after final performance - Announcement of "Best in Snow."
Should circumstances prevent a safe production of a 2021 Snowdance®, the chosen finalists will be re-considered for the following year OR for another production format.

To enter a script, please follow these steps:
  • Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.
  • Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.
  • Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2020.
  • Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2" x 11" paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)
  • Plays can have a cast of 1 to 3 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a 'COMEDY FESTIVAL'.
  • The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.
Submit one (1) copy of your script.
Send scripts to:
SNOWDANCE
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com.
Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at 262-632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com

Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Rockford New Words Festival

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Deadline: October 15, 2020 5PM CST

Rockford IL

10 Minutes of Words Written for Live Performance
Theme: WE CAN’T BREATHE
Award: $200

The Rockford New Play Festival is now ROCKFORD NEW WORDS!

Why the change? We’re expanding to include all words written for live performance, including:
  • Spoken Word
  • Poetry
  • Choreopoems
  • Plays
  • Zoom Scripts
  • Raps and Spoken Lyrics
  • Storytelling
  • Monologues
Six new works will be chosen and presented in a staged performance on Jan 21, 2021. Artists/Writers can choose to perform their own works (Live or on Zoom), or have them presented by professional performers.

Artists/Writers each receive $200.

WE CAN’T BREATHE

2020 has been a year like none other with COVID-19 and BLM protests responding to the murders of George FLoyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others.

At the center of it all is our breath: we are breathing in a virus, we are breathing in tear gas, or we are breathing our last breath.

Rockford New Words is looking for personal and passionate works that speak to where we are at in this moment in time.

We Can’t Breathe.


RULES
  • New Words: written after Aug 12, 2020
  • Theme: We Can’t Breathe
  • One Written Work per writer
  • Language: English
  • Originality: no translations, adaptations, or excerpts of other works
  • Copyright: you must own it
  • Eligibility: no published or produced works
  • Length: 10 pages or less
  • Time: 10 minutes or less
  • Format: Any

HOW TO SUBMIT

There are 4 ways to submit. Choose whichever way works for you:

1. ONLINE FORM

Fill out the online application and upload a copy of your work:
ONLINE APP


Have questions? words@thewssr.org


2. EMAIL

Fill out the online email application and then email us a copy of your words:
EMAIL APP

Email your words to words@thewssr.org

3. US MAIL

Print and fill out this application and mail it with a copy of your words:

PRINT APP

Mail the application and a copy of your words to:

The West Side Show Room
PO Box 4041
Rockford, IL 61110

Submissions must be postmarked by Oct 15, 2020. Have questions? words@thewssr.org

(Applications are also available at the Rockford Area Arts Council, see below for more info.)


4. DROP OFF

Print and fill out the application:
PRINT APP


Then drop it off with your words at the Rockford Area Arts Council during business hours, or through the mail slot:

Rockford Arts Council
713 E State St
Rockford, IL 61104

Applications are also available at the Rockford Area Arts Council during business hours. Call or email in advance to make sure there is someone in the office:

Phone: (815) 963-6765
email: info@artsforeveryone.com


Words will be accepted until October 15, 2020 at 5:00pm CST. We will let you know the status of your submission by December 15, 2020.

Have questions? words@thewssr.org

44th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival

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Deadline: October 16, 2020

Pay-what-you-can application fees. If you’d like to request a Fee Waiver, please email literary@playwrightsfoundation.org Thank you! 


Our organization’s maximum capacity for reading is 750 plays. We may close the application process before the October 16th, 2020 deadline if we reach that number, so please apply early. The link to apply will go live on September 4th, 2020, please check back then.

New for this year: Due to the economic hardship impacting our industry from shutdowns because of Covid-19, application fees are Pay What You Can. After uploading your application and script, you will be prompted to a separate form for an application fee. Suggested range ($5-30). If you’d like to request a Fee Waiver, please email literary@playwrightsfoundation.org Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a part of Playwrights Foundation’s programming. Playwrights Foundation supports and champions contemporary playwrights in the creation of new works to sustain theater as a vital, dynamic art form.

Every season, we assess a high volume of plays, and we strive to create a process which is equitable and fair to all who apply. Every script will be read fully twice by readers on our National Committee, which are composed of professionals who are advocates and allies of new work. Before any decisions are made regarding our Semi-Finalists round, multiple staff members will evaluate each writer’s individual development goals and resumes.

As one of the leading play development centers in the U.S. with a long history, Playwrights Foundation fosters the creative process of playmaking by sustaining a commitment to the playwright, whom we regard as the creative wellspring of the theater. The organization has a deep familiarity with the work of a large range of playwrights, and work to connect those writers with creative producers interested in new play production. Special attention is given to Bay Area writers, emerging writers of any age, BIPOC and other historically marginalized writers.

You may have questions about applying, including if this opportunity is the right one for you. Our staff welcomes these questions and we are in contact with the Dramatists Guild and LMDA regarding best practices for our organization. We hope you have a good experience engaging with us, as you entrust us with reading and evaluating your latest new play. We welcome writers of all ages, backgrounds and identities, and celebrate both national and local writers.

We invite playwrights to apply for the 44th Bay Area Playwrights Festival, where ultimately, four to five plays will be chosen for development. The reading process spans several months and everyone who applies will receive notification of their status before we announce BAPF’s 2021 summer festival.

Applications for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival are open to any playwrights living in North America and writing primarily in English (multilingual plays are accepted) who consider themselves either an emerging writer (of any age) or mid-career playwright. 

Playwrights Foundation is strongly committed to developing the work of emerging and mid-career writers, and we offer other opportunities for more established playwrights and long-time alums to continue sharing work with us.

Applications must be full-length, unproduced and original plays in PDF form. We do accept adaptations, but not translations. Plays that have previously received a workshop or university production are considered unproduced.

Only one application is allowed per playwright. If you were selected for the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival we ask you observe a one-year hiatus from applying for the festival. Playwrights can submit a new draft of a play they previously submitted during one additional submission cycle. We will not accept new drafts of plays that have been submitted in at least two previous submission cycles. We do not accept musicals at this time.

We define those terms as follows:

‘Emerging’ refers to playwrights who are relatively early in their careers – student, recent playwriting program graduate (up to 3 years), and older dramatists who have had 0-3 professional (paid) productions of their work. You can be emerging at any age and we celebrate that.
‘Mid-career’ as playwrights who have received more than 3 professional productions, and who are generally working professional playwrights, but not yet fully established with multiple regional LORT productions. We are looking for a mix of career experiences to create a cohort, so all writers are welcome. 

‘Unproduced scripts’ we follow the Dramatists Guild’s definition as “a script that has not been “professionally” produced. Readings, staged readings, AEA workshops, development productions, amateur productions, concert versions, etc.” are not professional productions.
‘Full-length’— We ask that your scripts are a minimum of 60 pages in length, but if it is shorter and you know that it does take more than an hour of stage time, simply email our literary team to ask if it is eligible. We are not a 10-Minute play nor One-Act play contest, but looking for more substantial dramaturgy of interest to producing theatre seasons.

Playwrights chosen for the festival will be paired with an artistic team composed of a professional dramaturg, director, and actors, and other artists as needed. The lead artistic team members will go on a 3-day retreat the weekend prior to the festival, and will subsequently receive two staged readings over two weeks, each one separated by five to six days for rehearsals and rewrites. Local and national producers, theater artists and the general public are invited to the festival to see the staged readings and meet the playwrights.

We want to emphasize that the public staged readings are not intended as a showcase for a finished play, and the readings are advertised to our audiences as rehearsals rather than performances; our festival actively fosters the creative process of playmaking, and not “finishing” the work before the public reading. We equally value the creative work in the room and the public readings as opportunities to advance each individual playwright’s developmental goals. Our organization also values connecting playwrights to creative partners and producers.

Checklist before applying:


  • A full-length Script in PDF form, titled LastNameFirstName_PlayTitle_DraftDate
  • Resume in PDF form, titled LastNameFIrstName_Resume
  • A list of three Development Goals (500 words max)
  • A 1-2 sentence synopsis of your play
  • You are a playwright living in North America writing primarily in English (Multilingual plays accepted).
  • You have read our website and acknowledge the defined terms.
  • Application fees will be prompted at the end, and are Pay What You Can. If you would like to request a Fee Waiver, please contact literary@playwrightsfoundation.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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York Virtual Fall 2020 Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: October 31. 2020

Submissions are now being accepted for the Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York Virtual Fall 2020 Play Festival, to take place in November 2020.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across New York City and surrounding areas.

Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! 

One submission per playwright. 

No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! 

No submission fee. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play virtually. 

There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! 

Send your submission to fifthavenuetheatre@gmail.com for more information.

 Links to videos of your plays will be posted to our website for viewing and voting.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance Eight Annual 10-Minute Play Festival

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Deadline: October 15, 2020

The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our eighth annual 10- Minute Play Festival for spring of 2021.

This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional. One selected external submission from this call will receive a production as a part of this festival.

Scripts will only be accepted between August 15 and October 15, 2020. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The winning play will be announced in November.
  • Limit one play per playwright
  • Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly 10 minutes (page count doesn't include title page) Characters should fall between the ages of 16-30 or there should be no specific age requirements
  • Previously produced plays aren't eligible
  • Musicals and plays for children are discouraged
  • Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we don't offer critiques.
  • There is no financial compensation for winning entries
  • For any questions contact uh10minutequestions@gmail.com
Plays must be submitted via email to uh10minuteplayfest@gmail.com. There should be no identifiable information in the script. 
Your email should include the following:
  • play title 
  • your name 
  • your mailing address
  •  your phone number 
  • your email address

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Big Break seeking short plays

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We are curating a festival of eight short one act plays and we will leave submissions open until we find those stellar plays that blow us away.

If your play is picked it will be directed by a SAG professional and star the Big Break's repertory of actors.

Seeking Ten-Minute Stage Plays – or Short Film Scripts that can be staged as Plays – for unscripted competition Web-Series about producing the plays themselves.

We’re searching for one-act plays (10-12 pages/10-15 minutes in length) with 1-4 characters to be taped in three-camera TV style.

All genres accepted – holiday elements a plus.
All writers welcome: WGA or non-WGA, Equity or non-Equity.
In the submission form please make sure to fill out all fields, even if it's with a 0 or a NA.
We will request a logline,

When you click on submit you will be asked to provide a logline, never fear, we just want to know what your script is about.

Be sure to follow our Instagram @thebigbreakoc for news and announcements!

Click the link HERE to submit your Play!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

15th Women's Work Festival - Submission Form

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Deadline:  October 12th, 2020 11:59pm

St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador

Welcome to the submission form for the 15th Women's Work Festival, which will take place March 8-12, 2021. Women includes trans and non-binary identities.

We are open for submissions until 11:59pm on October 12th, 2020. 

Please fill out the following form, upload your piece and we will be happy to get to know about you and your work.

LINK TO SUBMISSION FORM
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfXtAYt_rAGK81P7kfQcKcDwe6ABUXlQn1wBfs3huYeH07XA/viewform

If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQ's below or send us an email at womensworkfestivalnl@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does the festival cover my travel?

Unfortunately, we do not. We explore as many options as we can and work with each playwright on an individual basis to try and offer as much as we can. In past festivals we have been able to offer per diems for the duration of your stay with us, but we often aren't able to definitively say yes or no until a couple months out from each festival.

Will the festival consider more than one piece I've written?

Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions we've received in recent years we are limiting our submissions to one piece per playwright this year, so pick your best one and we will be happy to read it!

Will the festival be in person this year or online?

Obviously our preference is to have a festival in person where we can all be in a room and focus on the work together, however, given the uncertainty we all find ourselves in due to COVID 19 we have to do what we believe is safest for all artists involved and we will make our decision with regard to this matter at a later date. When we do, the artists involved will be the first to know!

Please Note: Due to our geographic location we are not always able to provide experienced readers of every scripted demographic, if this is the case with a selected play we will work with the playwright to reach the possible casting outcome most desirable to the playwright.

Does the festival accept short plays?

We accept all lengths of play for consideration.

Does the festival accept produced plays?

Although we are willing to consider plays that have had workshop productions as a part of the script-writing process, the Women's Work Festival is focused on the development of unproduced works.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

New Human Horizons Virtual Ten-Minute Play Reading Festival

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DEADLINE: September 25, 2020 - 5pm PST

Human beings are magical. Bios and Logos. Words made flesh, muscle and bone animated by hope and desire, belief materialized in deeds, deeds which crystallize our actualities. . . . And the maps of spring always have to be redrawn again, in undared forms.

–Sylvia Wynter, “The Pope Must Have Been Drunk, The King of Castile a Madman.”

The University of Puget Sound’s Department of Theatre Arts is soliciting new 10-minute plays for the New Human Horizons Virtual Ten-Minute Play Reading Festival.

Plays open to all playwrights and any style of play; however, no musicals. We are seeking plays that engage in conversation with Sylvia Wynter’s notion of the Human as both bios and logos, magical, words made flesh. We are interested in plays that re-imagine and re-present new ways of being, living, caring, and loving in the world.

Plays can incorporate the themes of the quote in a variety of ways, for example,

· The relationship between Human beings and language, mythology;

· Representation of the Human and the body and/or flesh;

· New forms of Human interaction;

· Loving and caring beyond modern concepts of Human relationships;

· Connections between Humans and animals, Humans and the environment;

· Intersection between Human life, mortality, and immortal deities;

· Human and hybridity, cyborgs, pre/post-human;

· New imaginings and representations on what it means to be (or not to be) Human;

· Life and living on the margins of the Human as construct.

Plays will be read and evaluated by undergraduate students in the Theatrical Experience classes at University of Puget Sound. This is an exciting opportunity for students, playwrights, and community members to engage and encounter new theatrical works.

Six plays will be selected for the virtual reading festival on December 2nd and 3rd. Selected plays will be announced early November 2020. Playwrights maintain full rights to their material.

Selected playwrights will receive a $150 honorarium.
Submission Guidelines:

· Plays must be unpublished and un-produced;

· written primarily in English;

· incorporate the concept of the Human in some form;

· be no more than ten pages in length;

· not be a musical.

*We prefer plays with 2-6 characters of diverse race, age, gender, and ethnicity.

Submission Process:

· Script should be in standard script format (see: http://www.caryplaywrightsforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CPF_play_formatting-1.pdf;

· Include page numbers;

· Along with the submission, please submit a separate title page with title of the play and playwright’s contact information (name, email, phone number, and address).

· No personal information should appear anywhere else in the script.

· Accepting digital submissions only. Submit PDF copy to upsplaysubmission@gmail.com

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Adirondack Theatre Festival

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Deadline: October 1 2020
Glen Falls, NY

ATF produces new scripts of the highest caliber throughout each season. To help fulfill this mission, we welcome the opportunity to read submissions from skilled playwrights who feel their work would be a good fit at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

**Please note our new policy. Submissions are now accepted from Aug. 15-Oct. 1 only. This new policy is to help us manage the large volume of submissions we receive and ensure that your play is heavily considered during the fall season selection period.

If you are interested in submitting your play to be considered for future seasons at ATF, please send the following via email to Literary@ATFestival.org:
  • Full PDF version of the script (Word also accepted)
  • Brief (3-5 sentence) synopsis of the play
  • Production history—including any readings, workshop or full productions the play has received thus far
  • Professional playwright resume or bio
Please note: all submissions MUST be sent electronically. Unpublished full-length plays and musicals only. Plays submitted via email can be sent either by the playwright or by a literary agent on the playwright’s behalf. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, please allow a few weeks for a response acknowledging receipt of your script. ATF does not provide dramaturgical feedback.

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