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Showing posts with label full-length plays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label full-length plays. Show all posts

Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Rep New Works Festival

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Currently, we accept full-length play submissions for season consideration and our upcoming New Works Festival.

Please email plays to the Artistic team with the subject line: “Submission: TITLE OF PLAY.”

In the body of the email, please include:

• A brief synopsis of the play

• The development history of the play

• A brief, personal bio

Submissions made under these guidelines may be sent to The Rep by email.

PLAYSUBMISSION@REPSTL.ORG

AUDIBLE THEATER EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS FUND


In 2017, Audible launched a theater initiative, intended to radically increase access to exceptional plays and performances. A core pillar of the initiative is the Emerging Playwrights Fund, a program that invests in and nurtures self-identifying emerging playwrights, some of our most inventive, delightful, and provocative storytellers. Through the Fund, Audible aims to connect extraordinary performers with remarkable original work, amplifying new voices and harnessing the power and potential of audio to reach millions of listeners.

The Fund specifically supports the creation of original dramatic work, written with audio in mind, but theatrical in spirit. If you are looking to submit an idea for an audio project that is not a play, please visit www.audible.com/pitch.

Audible is dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing work that reflects the diversity of our members and our world. To accomplish this, Audible is committed to granting at least 50% of emerging playwright commissions to artists of color and women.

Submission Guidelines

To be considered as an applicant for a commission, please submit all of the following to AudibleTheater@audible.com:

1. One full-length script for an original or adapted play (in English language only) that represents your voice ("Script"). The Script can be in any genre and may include one-acts and solo pieces;

2. A short biography; and

3. A brief statement about why audio plays appeal to you.

If you have an idea for an original audio play, you are welcome to include a pitch or summary along with your statement (this is encouraged, but not required). In your submission, please indicate where you heard about the Fund.

For more information, check here: https://www.audible.com/ep/audible-theater

Monday, February 22, 2021

Shawnee Playhouse /Worthington Players seeks plays

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Deadline: March 31, 2021

***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***

Playwrights are encouraged to submit their original works!

Each year, Worthington Players will produce and perform the original work(s) of a playwright(s), chosen by our Executive Committee from among submissions received in our open contest and read before a live audience.

Beginning with the 2017 season, works produced previously at any theatrical venue are no longer eligible for consideration.

Original Play Submission Requirements

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2022 productions. Plays will be read over the summer of 2021 and the winners will be produced in 2022.
Deadline for submission is March 31, 2021.

Short Plays Should Include:
  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # # or END to assure that all the pages are included

Full Length Plays Should Include:
  • The Full Play 
  • A 30 Minute selection. This a something that could be presented as a representation of your work to our voting committee.
  • Stage directions
  • Synopsis
  • Anything additional you would like the audience to be aware of
  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # # or END to assure that all the pages are included

Submissions must be accompanied by a submission fee and the Shawnee Playwrights Series Form available below

Submission Fees are as follows

$25 for Full Length
$15 for One Act/Short Play

***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***


Click Here For Submission Form

Payment info:
Pay by check

Shawnee Playhouse
PO Box 159
Shawnee on Delaware PA 18356
Pay with credit card
submission form
or by calling 570-421-5093 during regular business hours.
Electronic files may be submitted to:

shawneeplayhouseexecdir@gmail.com
Electronic files must be submitted in one of the following formats:
.doc, .txt, .rtf, .pdf
Conversion into one of these formats is the responsibility of the playwright.
Other formats will not be accepted.
Paper submissions may be mailed to:

Shawnee Original Playwrights Series
The Shawnee Playhouse
PO Box 159
Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356

Shawnee places no limits on the genre, style, or length of plays submitted.
Production of Winning Play

Responsibility for final production of the play lies solely with Worthington Players. The director will be chosen by the Executive staff of the Shawnee Playhouse. No monetary prize or compensation is paid.

Each year, Worthington Players produces original submitted works of local and surrounding area playwrights.

L Smith New Play Festival

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Deadline: March 12, 2021 12 noon 

SUBMISSION FORM

Both 10-minute and full length plays can be submitted by Friday, March 12th at noon and five 10-minute plays and one full-length play will be selected for virtual performance; with playwrights being notified by April 1st if their script has been chosen. The festival will take place via Zoom on Thursday, May 6th and Friday, May 7th and in addition to performances, playwright Charly Evon Simpson will give a keynote on Thursday night. Cash prizes will be awarded for the audience favorite 10-minute play and to the playwright of the chosen full-length script.

All scripts should follow standard play formatting and should be submitted as PDFs with contact information on the front page (including email, phone and snail mail address) and only play title and page numbers on the following pages. 10-minute scripts cannot be longer than 10 pages and the full-length play should be between 70-90 pages.

Due to a focus on accessibility, there is no entry fee for the contest. Once the cap of 100 scripts has been reached, submissions will be closed; therefore, no more than 2 submissions per playwright will be read.

Friday, February 19, 2021

NEW WORKS FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS 2021

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Deadline: March 31, 2021

Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s 2021 New Works Festival Play Submissions are now open! Cincinnati LAB Theatre is planning its eighth producing season and is now accepting submissions to fill staged reading slots for its New Works Festival in the summer of 2021. It is our hope that we will be able to produce theatre in-person in July of 2021, but if we are still unable to do so due to COVID-19 we will hold our New Works Festival completely remote again to protect the health and safety of our artists as well as our patrons.

To be considered for a staged reading a playwright must submit an original, unpublished, fully realized script of at least 30 minutes in length. 

Only plays with no more than 6 characters will be accepted. 

Playwrights must be available to be present for at least 50% of the workshop/rehearsal process and during at least one performance. 

Submissions will be accepted December 11, 2020 through March 31st, 2021. 

Submissions will be accepted by emailing a script to cincinnatilabtheatre@gmail.com

Please attach the script to the email as a portable document file (.pdf) or as a Microsoft Word file (.doc). In the body of the email, please include the playwright’s full contact information and a short synopsis of the play being submitted. Furthermore, if the play has been previously workshopped and/or had a staged reading, please provide all the pertinent details of the workshop and/or reading. 

Please feel free to contact one of the artistic directors directly by emailing us at cincinnatilabtheatre@gmail.comif you have any questions for concerns. 

We are looking forward to reading your pieces!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mixing It Up Productions Spring 2021 Full-length Playwriting Contest

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DEADLINE: Friday, May 21, 2021

Mixing It Up Productions encourages playwrights to take this opportunity to introduce their scripts to our judges’ panel of theatre professionals and receive recognition for their work.
Please carefully read and follow our submission requirements and guidelines below.

Note: Plays that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible for consideration.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
  • This contest is limited to the first 100 qualifying full length play submissions.
  • Plays must be between 70-115 pages.
  • No notifications will be sent to playwrights whose scripts arrive after the first 100 play submissions have been received or the deadline for submission has passed.
  • Scripts must be original and in English.
  • Adaptations are ineligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • No musicals will be accepted.
  • Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or published are ineligible.
  • Scripts that have had a workshop or reading are acceptable.
  • Plays may be in any genre i.e. drama, comedy, youth.
  • Plays that have been previously submitted to this company’s contests are ineligible.
  • Entries received after the May 21st deadline will not be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Please use MIU Contest 2021 in your email’s subject line.

Your email should include two attachments:
1. The submission must begin with a separate attachment of a cover page that includes the work’s title and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email.

2. A separate attachment for the script must also include a title page with the title, genre, and number of pages of dialogue. (Please omit your personal information from the title page of the script and throughout the script to preserve anonymity).
  • All submissions will be judged with the playwright’s name withheld.
  • Scripts must be standard sized in PDF format.
  • Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred with pages numbered.
  • No changes or resubmissions may be made once a script has been submitted.
  • Any extraneous information such as the play’s history or the playwright’s bio should not be included in your submission.
SELECTION PROCESS:
The first 100 qualifying submissions will receive a confirmation email.
A panel of judges will consist of writers, directors, producers, and theater enthusiasts.
Contest winners will be posted on our Mixing It Up Productions’ website.
Playwrights will not receive written or oral critiques on scripts submitted.

PRIZES:

First Prize: A 30 Minute Virtual Meeting with a Broadway or Off-Broadway Playwright or Producer

Second Prize: A year’s membership to the Dramatists’ Guild

Third Prize: A year’s subscription to Broadway HD

Please send the requested materials via email to mixingitupprod@gmail.com with the subject line MIU Contest 2021 by Friday, May 21st.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Capital Theatre seeks submissions from new and established Black playwrights

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SUBMISSION FORM

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

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

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


Main Street Players New Play Competition

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Deadline: March 1, 2021 at 12 AM EST

MSP's Annual New Play Competition has begun! We are accepting submissions now through March 1.
The winner of the competition will be given a staged reading by MSP at the Main Street Playhouse as part of the South Florida Theatre League's Summer Theatre Fest

Play Submission Requirements:
  • We are accepting One Act or Full Length plays, with one submission per playwright.
  • The competition has an overall 100 play submission cap. 
  • To submit your play for the competition please send a PDF of your play via email to: angelinaesposito3@gmail.com

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Joining Sword & Pen Seeking Playwrights of Marginalized Genders

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Deadline: February 18, 2021
Chicago

Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) competition is live and underway! Since 2005, JS&P has challenged playwrights to write a full-length play based on the story they see in our contest image. The winner receives a full production and the Margaret Woolley Martin Award, which carries a cash prize of $1000.

This year’s image and competition rules may be found here:
babeswithblades.org/jsp-how-to-submit/

We’re seeking submissions from playwrights of underrepresented genders. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized based on gender.

What We’re Looking For

1. The moment depicted in the inspirational image at the bottom of this page must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

2. Scripts must be inclusive of the BIPOC community. Whether the script lends itself to characters being played by actors of any race/ethnicity or whether it includes stories that are race-specific, BIPOC characters must not be limited to secondary or background characters.

3. Submissions are due NO LATER than midnight February 18, 2021.

4. All JS&P submissions must be new, full length, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

5. Please email your JS&P submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. The filename must start with the title of the play (ex. “Patchwork Drifter.pdf”). If the title of the play begins with “the,” “a,” or “an,” please place that article at the end of the title (ex. “Last Daughter of Oedipus, The.pdf”).


IMPORTANT: This will be a BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS.

Script submissions for JS&P accepted between August 5, 2020 and February 18, 2021. Want more info? Contact swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

Joining Sword & Pen winners receive full productions with the Babes.

Check out the full list of Joining Sword & Pen winners.

Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

 a) Your cover page. INCLUDE:
  • The play’s title
  • Playwright’s name and full contact information (phone numbers, email, mailing address).

 b) Your script. INCLUDE:
  • The page number on which the contest’s image is incorporated.
  • A synopsis.
  • A character list specifying the gender of each character. “Open gender” is an option. If it’s important that a character is cisgender or transgender, please specify this.
  • If it’s important that a character is of a particular racial/ethnic background (including white), please specify this. Characters of unspecified racial/ethnic background will not be automatically assumed to be white.

DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.


6. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play. Production dates are TBD for Spring 2023 (subject to change).


Things to consider:
  • Our mission statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Both our venues and our budgets tend to be small.
  • If your play does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to fit our mission.
  • If your play does not include stage combat, it does not fit our mission.
  • Characters fight as a realization of high narrative stakes. Scenes of characters training to fight are usually lacking in stakes.
  • If your script includes sexualized violence, consider whether the sexualization is truly necessary to the story. Sometimes it is; often it’s not.
Click here to learn more about Joining Sword & Pen

Our Mission Statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.

We look forward to hearing your stories!!

PLEASE NOTE: The image for the competition can be found on our website. Please do not select your own prompts.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Seeking scripts based on people or events from Quaker history

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No deadline

The 15th Street Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, a prominent Quaker congregation in Manhattan, NYC, is seeking scripts based on people or events from Quaker history. 

We're planning a non-union production in 2022 in our beautiful meetinghouse, a landmark building, in Gramercy.

We’re accepting:
  • scripts of any genre: biography, fictionalized documentary, etc…
  • scripts of any length
  • scripts with any number of characters
  • scripts in any style: epic, naturalistic, etc…
  • scripts addressing any audience: young audiences, young adult, general, etc…
  • Scripts suitable for any venue (except scripts demanding a proscenium): outdoors, large hall, medium-sized room, etc…
We have no deadline (our schedule is open) and we’re interested in anything you’d like to send! There are no restrictions on submissions. What we don’t produce we’ll keep in our library for further reference.

Please send scripts (MS Word of PDF) - or enquiries for further information - to:
stevecapra@pipeline.com .
https://quaker.org/legacy/15stfriends/

Saturday, February 6, 2021

MadLab seeks full-length plays

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Submission closes when we receive 500 submissions

THEY HAVE REACHED THEIR MAXIUMUM SUBMISSIONS - DO NOT SEND

To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.

At MadLab, we love reading new full length plays and we desperately want to read yours!

Comedy, Comedy, Comedy. Are you all okay? Why are you submitting so many depressing plays? We love a good drama but PLEASE submit more comedies. Life is hard enough, we're tired of crying and we'd like to laugh.

The nitty gritty about submitting your brilliant baby to the Lab:
All submissions should be sent to submissions@MadLab.net. Please use “MadLab 2021 Season” as your subject. 
  • We’re not picky about what format your script is in (though the standard Dramatist’s Modern Stage Play format is most welcome), so send us what you got as a Word or PDF attachment. Do not send us links to anything - we’re not going to click them.
  • Please be sure to include your name, address and contact information on your title page.
  • The submission window opens 2/6/20 and closes when we receive 500 submissions. Season decisions will be made by the end of 2020. While we would love to follow up with every playwright individually, we receive too many submissions to make this happen. If you don’t hear from us, we’re sorry and please submit again in the future.
  • We are only accepting 500 submissions with a maximum of 2 plays per playwright.
  • If you are submitting 2 plays, 1 must be a comedy, or at least absurd. 
  • Plays should have a run time no shorter than 70 minutes and no longer than 2 hours 15 minutes. Please do not send us 45 page 1-acts or that 200 page beast you’ve been tinkering on for the last five years. They will not be read.
  • We are currently not accepting Children’s Theatre pieces, Historical or Period pieces, or Musicals. Not that we don’t appreciate them, they’re just not up our alley right now.
  • Please proofread your script before sending it to us. We hate to be “those people”, but nothing will get your script put down faster than a your/you’re or a to/too typo.
  • You will be Paid! MadLab currently pays full length playwrights $200 up front and 10% of net ticket sales payable after close of show.
“But what are you looking for?”
  • What makes a play a “MadLab” play? Like obscenity, it’s hard to define, but we know it and love it when we see it. Here’s a few tips as to what we like to produce and what our audiences have come to expect:
  • Plays with a strong Point of View. Our audiences expect to not only be entertained for an evening, but to leave the theatre with something to think about and remember. We want to read plays from and for the marginalized and forgotten. We love new takes on old problems. We adore speaking Truth to Power.
  • Good Stories with Vibrant Characters. Now, any play can have that strong POV, but the special ones show us that through strong storytelling and equally strong characters. So, mesmerize us with your craft and enchant us with your characters. Bonus points for well written female characters and casts that give an accurate representation of our multiracial society, as well as those that challenge the concept of binary sexuality. We’re not saying we won’t produce your play about 10 white suburban dads and their annual golf outing, but…
  • Plays that are Visual. Ok, we’ll be completely honest – we are on a shoestring budget as far as sets/costumes go, but we’ve been doing this for 25 years and we love an artistic challenge. MadLab is a 75 seat converted garage black box theatre, so plan accordingly. But challenge us. You’d probably be surprised what we’re capable of.
  • Plays that are modern. We definitely respect your historical masterpiece, but if your play involves iambic pentameter or greek gods it’s probably not our speed.
  • Make us Laugh. We’ve been told we have an “offbeat” sense of humor. We’ve also been told we may require psychological counseling. Be bold in your comedy writing, don’t worry about offending us (or our audiences), and never be afraid of being silly.
  • Make us Cry. See above.
  • Heck, do both with the same play. Always the best option to our way of thinking☺
Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Competition

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Deadline: February 1, 2021

The Playwriting Award was established in 1977 by the Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University. From 1978 through 1993, the Shiras Institute, a prominent Upper Michigan philanthropic fund, participated in this event, which was known as the Shiras Institute/Forest Roberts Theatre Playwriting Award. Beginning with the fourteenth annual competition, Dr. James A. Panowski, director of the Forest Roberts Theatre, provided financial assistance for the competition in memory of his parents, Albert and Mildred Panowski. In 1993, Dr. Panowski became the sole benefactor of the competition, which now bears the name of his parents. The award is designed to encourage and stimulate artistic growth among educational and professional playwrights. It provides students and faculty the unique opportunity to mount and produce an original work on the university stage. The playwright will benefit from seeing the work on its feet in front of an audience and from professional adjudication by guest critics.

Judging

Submissions will be accepted biennially, and must adhere to the theme of that competition cycle. Each play will be blindly then read and judged by members of a screening committee.

Award
  • $2,000 cash award to the winning playwright.
  • A fully-mounted production during the following year’s theatre season.
  • The winning playwright will be flown to Marquette to serve as Artist-in-Residence the week of the show.
  • The production of the winning play may be entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
  • Transportation, room, and board will be provided.
  • Classroom and media appearances, along with conducting seminars and workshops, will be part of the residency.
  • The winning playwright may be asked to participate in a script development workshop, working with a professional dramaturge, the director, and an assembled cast.

Winning Playwright
  • Northern Michigan University has the right to produce the play as part of the theatre season and for any additional performances if entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
  • Northern Michigan University has the right to use the name of the play and the author's name in publicity and promotion.
  • Northern Michigan University has the right to negotiate with the playwright for future productions of the work.
  • In the event of all subsequent publications or productions of the winning manuscript (or versions thereof), and as one of the stipulations of the award, the author agrees to indicate in a footnote or in the playbill that the script won the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award by the Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University.
  • Northern Michigan University will not make any additional claims to the use of the script.
  • The Forest Roberts Theatre reserves the right to video tape the production for archival purposes.
Competition Rules
  • ​A broad theme is selected each year for the competition that entries for that year must adhere to. There is no restriction to style.
  • We are accepting submissions for the 2021 competition from Monday, October 19, 2020 through Monday, February 1, 2021. Submissions received outside of this period will not be considered. The theme for the upcoming competition is social justice and change.
  • The competition is open to any playwright, but only one play per playwright may be entered per biennium.
  • Entries must be original, full-length plays. We are not accepting musical submissions this biennium. Plays may be co-authored, based upon factual material, or an adaptation. The applicant must be the owner and controller of the copyright. The legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright. 
  • One-act plays and works previously entered in playwriting competitions sponsored by Northern Michigan University are ineligible.
  • Submission is restricted to plays that have not been previously produced or published.
  • No revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted.
  • No written or oral critique will be given on plays submitted.
  • Once theme information has been decided, submissions will open and must be received no later than the specified deadline to be considered. The winner will be announced in May. A staged reading/workshop will be scheduled for the fall semester of 2021. The full production will be scheduled in the 2022 summer season, and may happen in any of our performance spaces.
  • Northern Michigan University reserves the right to accept or reject any play entered in the contest.

Submission

Scripts should be submitted electronically either in PDF or Microsoft Word format. They should be submitted via email to newplays@nmu.edu. Please include any identifying information, including contact info, in the email but not on the script. Entries not meeting these criteria will be disqualified.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Table Work Press seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: February 1, 2021

Table Work Press publishes and advocates for promising plays. Now in our second season, we look forward to continuing our mission of championing playwrights whose work is important, pressing, and worth writing home about. Our 2020-21 open submission period for full-length plays will be held from December, 2020 until February, 2021. Selected plays will be published, and playwrights will receive a $500 stipend, a cut of profits, and their play will be shared with TWP’s network of partner organizations. Playwrights who are not selected to be published this season may be invited to partner for other opportunities.

For consideration, please submit the following materials through this form in PDF format by February 1, 2021:


Full-length, unpublished script

A 10-page sample from your play (Note: this sample can be from anywhere within the play, but please be sure to provide any context necessary for reading your sample within the document.)

A one-to-two page artist statement. Artist statements give us an opportunity to learn more about you, your process, and your work, and may address the following questions:

Who are you, and how have you gotten to where you are?

Why are you choosing to submit this play, and where is it in its development?

What are your goals for your play and how can TWP help you achieve those goals?


What are your core values as a playwright?

Additionally, you’ll be asked to provide us with a short one-to-two sentence synopsis of your play. All 10-page samples will be read by a minimum of two readers, and all applicants will be notified of their status in the Spring of 2021.

We are unable to consider musicals at this time and ask that each writer submit only one play for consideration. Please note that due to the volume of submissions, we will only consider the first play submitted by each writer in the event of multiple submissions. Please feel free to reach out to us with any updated materials, questions, or concerns at admin@tableworkpress.org.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Miranda Family Foundation Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition

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DEADLINE: Monday, February 1, 2021 (Timestamped)

More Info: www.repertorio.nyc/opportunities

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

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

Monday, January 18, 2021

NEXT ACT! SUBMISSIONS 2021

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Deadline: January 31, 2021 

The submission process for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Tenth Annual NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT is now open!

NEXT ACT!, now in its tenth year, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) commitment to the development of new work. At the same time, the weekend long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 10 will take place virtually in June of 2021 (exact dates coming soon) and will feature virtual readings of several never-before produced plays, with additional special virtual events throughout the weekend.

theREP is looking for scripts that use theatre to address injustices, inequities, and cultural collisions, providing a voice for the unheard on stage, in the workplace, the Capital Region and beyond. Specifically seeking scripts with racial, ethnic, generational, religious and gender diversity. Scripts that engage art and social justice.

Accepting full length plays only.

(No Musicals.)

Pieces written by and featuring BIPOC stories and characters encouraged.

Maximum of 3 actors (doubling is allowed if it works to illuminate the story).

Comedy and Drama welcome!

ELIGIBILITY

If you have submitted in the past, please note a few changes in the guidelines. To create a successful virtual summit – with the hope of finding a play the theatre can produce in the following season – several guidelines have changed.

Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. Plays can have no more than three (3) actors (doubling is allowed if it works to illuminate the story).

Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT will not be considered!

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted – both must adhere to the guidelines.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Sunday, January 31, 2021 

HOW TO SUBMIT

Playwrights should submit all materials in one (and only one) document, either a Microsoft word document or a PDF file, via email attachment. This document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – illuminating the play’s entire plot including its ending; the character descriptions and the first ten (10) pages (and only the first ten pages) of their play. Submission documents must be void of playwright’s name and contact information.

Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines stipulated will not be accepted!

Submit your Script:

Email your submission to nextact@capitalrep.org with 2021 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

A small stipend and limited travel allowance is available for selected playwrights.

Electronic submissions only.

PLAYS SELECTED:

Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified in late March, 2021

No less than two plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual summit, which will take place in the summer of 2021 – exact dates TBA.

Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2021 Austin Latinx New Play Festival Call for Play Submissions

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Deadline: January 15, 2021 11PM CST

Teatro Vivo is proud to announce a call for plays for the 2021 Austin Latinx New Play Festival in collaboration with Scriptworks.

Teatro Vivo is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2021 Austin Latinx New Play Festival (ALNPF), presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, to be read on a digital platform May 13 to May 15, 2021. All playwrights are invited to submit original scripts that speak to the diverse Latinx experience. We are looking for plays that would resonate with our Teatro Vivo and Austin, TX audience. Plays can be monolingual or multilingual.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 15th, 2021 by 11:59 PM CST.

Plays will then be blind read and scored by a diverse panel of readers. Four scripts will be selected for presentation at the festival, including one play by a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate university student, and one play for young audiences. Selected plays will be announced by February 21st, 2021.

Eligible plays must be original, full-length works with a minimum 50-minute run time and a max of 10 roles, or include a breakdown of doubling. Additionally, plays must align with the Teatro Vivo mission statement, be focused on Latinx lives, and must not have been produced before the 2021 ALNPF or already scheduled for production in 2021.

Now in its ninth year, the ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original work. The festival brings each playwright together with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience (online this year due to COVID). Additionally, the selected works will receive a preliminary reading in March and a period of about one month for playwrights to work with dramaturgs to revise and continue to develop their play.

Playwrights of the selected pieces will collaborate with a dramaturg and directors hired by Teatro Vivo and Scriptworks. Playwrights must be available to attend the preliminary reading of their play on March 29th, 2021, and the online public readings in May (13th-15th), and participate in a facilitated talk back on zoom with the audience immediately following the public reading. The Austin Latinx New Play Festival will take place virtually this year as we continue to work around the current pandemic.

Submissions can be sent to teatrovivoaustin@gmail.com

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Friday, January 8, 2021

2022 Ecodrama Playwrights' Festival

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Deadline: August 31, 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, EMOS has been postponed until 2022, and the deadline for submissions has been extended.
  • Submissions are online. Go to https://www.judgify.me/emosplays
  • If you are a first-time user of Judgify, create a profile by clicking the link underneath the “submit an entry” button.
  • Upload a PDF copy of your script with NO IDENTIFYING MARKS (beyond the play’s title)
  • First Place Award: Cash prize and professional production
  • Second Place Award: Cash prize and possible workshop production or concert reading
  • Honorable Mentions: Public reading

Guidelines for Playwrights

Scripts must be original works which have not been published and have not had an Equity or full professional premiere production. (Readings or informal workshop productions are okay.)

In general, we are looking for plays that do one or more of the following:
  • Engage the personal, local, regional and/or global implications of man-made climate change.
  • Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
  • Critique or satirize patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
  • Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
  • Explore the relationship between sustainability, community, and cultural diversity.
  • Interpret community to include our ecological community; give voice or character to the land, or elements of the land; theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities; and/or the connection between people and place, human and non-human, culture and nature.
  • Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
  • Celebrate the joy of the ecological world in which humans participate.
  • Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
  • Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

We are looking for full-length plays that are written primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in English. Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above. Deadline: August 31st, 2021.

Please note: we will NOT consider:
  • ten-minute plays
  • one-act plays (unless they are longer than 30 minutes in length)
  • musicals (though we love them, we cannot financially accommodate their production for this festival!)
  • We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts, as they will not be considered.
Evaluation Process

A Reading Committee composed of theatre professionals and Emory University students will read and evaluate each script in relation to the guidelines above, as well as theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive evaluation from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read again by the Reading Committee until a short list of 5 finalists are determined.

Those five plays will be read in a blind process by a panel of distinguished theatre artists from the USA and Canada and the artistic director of Theatre Emory, who will choose the winning plays from five final scripts. Our 2022 judges will be announced soon.

Questions?

For inquiries about script submissions contact Chantal Bilodeau at chantal1402@me.com

For inquiries about EMOS 2022 contact Lydia Fort, EMOS 2021 Chair, at lydia.fort@emory.edu

General questions, or interested in future hosting, contact EMOS Artistic Director, Theresa May tmay33@uoregon.edu, and/or EMOS Managing Director, Brian Cook brianecook@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting

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Deadline:  January 15, 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting. Submissions of full-length plays and other full-length works for the theater will be accepted; all submissions must address the question "What does it mean to be a human in a computerized, digitized world?" Playwrights with either traditional or experimental theater pieces, including multimedia productions, are encouraged to submit works to the award program.

As in the past, the award comes with a $5,000 honorarium as well as a support for a two-stage development process with table readings at local arts festivals/organizations. Note that works that have received a full production are NOT eligible for the competition.

The deadline for all submissions is January 15, 2021. The awards will be announced in the spring of 2021.

Submissions must include:
  • An anonymized (blinded) copy of the piece
  • Playwright resume/bio
  • Production history of the piece
  • One-page statement of purpose that answers the following questions:
  • How does your piece address the theme of exploring humanity in our computerized, digital world?"
  • What are your goals for the piece in its current form?
  • How would you use the two-part development process to achieve these goals?

The winning piece will receive two readings, at Dartmouth's VoxFest in July 2021 and at Northern Stage in White River Junction VT, during their 2021/2022 season.

Submissions may be made via THIS GOOGLE FORM.

Questions? Email Emma Orme at vox@voxtheater.org

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Stage to Screen seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: December 31, 2020
Morgan Hill, CA

Calling all Playwrights! Do you have a masterpiece of a full-length play completed? Would you love to see it brought to life on both stage and screen?

Submit your play to our experienced judges by December 31, 2020

Any selected play will receive a $1000.00 award

Your play will go through an intensive 1 week “read-through” workshop before production begins.

Your play will be professionally staged as a high quality elevated workshop production

This production is filmed and screened for global audiences

Your new play is a hit

RTO Productions, in association with The Hive SJ, presents the following opportunity to revolutionize the way new plays are brought to mass audiences.

We are looking for unproduced plays to feature in our “Stage to Screen” series. These plays should have 6 or fewer actors, and no previous productions. The chosen play(s) will be produced as an elevated workshop production. Additionally, each production will be filmed and a trailer will be made available to the author as a means to assist in promoting the work. The play(s) chosen will be awarded a monetary prize of $1000.00.

Read through workshop:
This will consist of actors (who have read the play in advance) doing a timed read through of your play while you and the director confer either in person, or electronically. This will be done to AFTER the play has been chosen, and will assist us in all aspects of production.

All types of plays will be considered for production. If a musical is submitted, all music must be original, and you must have the rights for use free and clear. RTO Productions and The Hive SJ have a commitment to diversity and to honoring all traditions. As such, all scripts will be “blind read”, given to the readers with no indication of gender or ethnicity. Our one requirement is “Don’t bore us.”

Submit with no entry fee if submitted by December 31, 2020, 5:00 pm PST! If you submit your play after December 31st, there will be a submission fee of $25.00. 

Submission for consideration closes March 15th, 2021. 

Final production choice(s) will be announced on our website at http://stagetoscreen.org the first week of April 2021.

Submission requirements:
Via Email, submit the following:
  • A one page synopsis of your play
  • A character list and description – Due to space considerations, we would prefer a cast of no more than 6 players.
  • A short playwright bio (one or two paragraphs)*
  • The play in its entirety
*Please make this a separate document as we really are doing a blind reading.

NOTE: Scripts must be submitted in PDF format vis e-mail. You may also choose to submit a brief (no longer than one page) explanation of your vision or what you hope to accomplish from the writing and subsequent production of this play. No format other than PDF will be accepted.

EMAIL TO: submissions@stagetoscreen.org

Saturday, December 19, 2020

UCROSS + THE BLANK THEATRE — FUTURE OF PLAYWRITING PRIZE

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Deadline: December 21, 2020

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

This award represents a unique collaboration between the prestigious Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, where artists from all disciplines have been supported by residencies since 1983, and The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, which has been developing new plays and new artists since 1990.

The Future of Playwriting Prize will be given annually to an early-career playwright who personifies the future of theatre — someone whose voice will shape theatre for decades to come, and who will bring new thoughts and views to the American theatrical conversation.

The winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid, two-week residency at Ucross’s ranch at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. The residency includes transportation, accommodations, meals, and the opportunity to commune with other visiting artists. The winner will also receive a professionally produced staged reading in The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series new play development program.

Two additional finalists will each be awarded a $500 cash prize.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Inclusion and diversity are vital to the future of theatre; therefore, playwrights from all backgrounds and genders are urged to apply.
  • We encourage application by playwrights who may not have had access to advanced or graduate writing programs.
  • As this is an emerging playwright award, writers who have had Off-Broadway, Broadway, or major regional theatre productions will not be considered.
  • Since the focus is on American theatre, playwrights must reside in the United States.
  • Winning writers must be between 21 and 30 years of age as of April 1, 2021.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submissions are open now, and the deadline for applications is December 21, 2020.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Writers must submit:
  1. Resume including creative/educational background.
  2. A personal artistic statement that describes (A) Who you are and what has brought you to this place - your influences and life experiences. Also, what you hope to gain personally from an uninterrupted two-week residency at Ucross. (B) The concept for a new play (a full-length you have not yet initiated) that you would like to begin or work on while you are there - what themes, characters or stories do you want to explore? (C) How do you see the future of theatre, and what is your role as a playwright in it? Your artistic statement should be 1000 words or less. PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_STATEMENT
  3. One short play of ANY length not to exceed 45 pages. Please submit only a complete short play, not a sample from a full length play. PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_SHORT (e.g., Sally_Jones_SHORT).
  4. One full-length play (60 to 120 pages). PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_FULL ( e.g., Sally_Jones_FULL).
  • One submission only per playwright. Please do not submit multiple applications to include different scripts. We want to see what you consider your best work.
  • Plays and other submission materials must be written in English.
  • Translations, musicals, adaptations, and children's plays will not be considered.
  • All scripts must be typed in standard playwriting format.
    • Page numbers must appear with the first page of dialogue as page 1.
    • Scripts must contain a character breakdown and time/place setting.

SELECTION PROCESS

  • The first 300 submissions will be considered. If 300 valid submissions are received before the end of the application period, additional entries may not be accepted, and notice will be posted at TheBlank.com.
  • A jury of professional theatre artists will select one grand prize winner and two finalists, to be announced April 2021.

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