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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

THE HENLEY ROSE PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION FOR WOMEN 2019

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NOTE: this is a no-fee opportunity for members of the Dramatists Guild who submit a hard copy of their play via snail mail.

The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women was founded by Yellow Rose Productions, with permission of Beth Henley, to encourage and recognize the new works of female playwrights. The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women aims to give voice to the stories of this generation and to bring into the spotlight important works that have been crafted.

The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women seeks to honor both the writings of Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley and those of future winners of the Henley Rose Award.

INFORMATION
Submissions are welcome from July 1st until August 31st and will be read by a committee of writers, theatre artists, and producers.

The first 200 submissions to be received between July 1st until August 31st will be considered.

A small group of finalists will be announced in February of 2019. From that list, 3 winners will be selected and will be invited to attend the staged reading of their play, which will take place in Knoxville, TN in Summer of 2020.

The First, Second, and Third Place winners will also be announced by the end of March 2020, and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award.

Please note, we are unable to provide feedback on scripts that are submitted.

GUIDELINES

 Submissions must be completed full-length or one-act plays. No one-acts, please.
 Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female playwright.
 Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged.
 Submissions are due by August 31st, 2019 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.
 One script may be submitted per applicant.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS

Completed Registration (Click Here for Registration)
Script
Payment: $20 submission fee. Submission fees will go to create a cash prize for the winner of the Henley Rose Award. ($20 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a scan or photo copy of your current membership card with your script for verification.)

All applicants may choose to submit scripts and/or payment via snail mail (checks made payable to Yellow Rose Productions):
Henley Rose Playwright Competition
1321 Raleigh Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

All applicants may choose to submit materials via e-mail for an additional $8.00 printing fee.
E-mail submission materials may be sent to henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

At the completion of your registration form you will receive a an e-mail confirmation with additional  instructions.If you are choosing to submit electronically, please attach your script as a response to this email confirmation. If you are planning to submit via snail mail, please respond to the confirmation e-mail to let us know when your script is on its way.

If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within a few minutes of submitting your application, please check your SPAM folder and make sure to add henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com to your contacts to be sure we are able to reach you!

Please note that your submission is not complete until all submission materials (application, script, and payment – if required) have been received. Submissions via snail mail must be postmarked no later than August 31st, 2019. Should the submission cap be reached before August 31st, 2019, the application will no longer accept new submissions and an announcement will be made. Any accidental payments made past the 250 script cap are fully refundable.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

METZLER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

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A.D. Players at The George Theater in Houston, TX seeks full length scripts to be developed and presented over the course of the first annual Metzler New Works Festival. The purpose of the festival is to present new American plays and musicals that contribute to the larger cultural understanding of how faith and storytelling can effectively intertwine in alignment with our mission to present and premiere work from a Christian worldview that engages a diverse audience. Three selected works will be developed over the course of two workshops, followed by a publicly presented staged reading with professional actors and directors; selected playwrights will receive an honorarium, and the possibility of premiering their work at one of the largest theatre companies in the city of Houston.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

  • This opportunity is open to US Playwrights/Librettists/Bookwriters only
  • We are seeking full-length plays (60 pages or more) with a cast size of no more than 15
  • Open to all styles and genres, keeping in mind that A.D. Players’ mission is to produce compelling theatre, from a Christian world-view, that engages a diverse audience. Minor language and challenging content are acceptable
  • A.D. Players at the George Theatre highly encourages individuals of diverse ethnic backgrounds, racial and gender identities, and abilities to submit
  • Playwrights are not required to identify as Christian
  • Previous readings and workshops are acceptable
  • Plays previously produced by universities or community theatres (in which artists were not paid) are acceptable


We will NOT accept plays that have received a professional production

If you wish to submit a musical, please submit recordings of the music

Writers must be available to attend the Metzler New Works Festival, March 31-April 4, 2020 in Houston, Texas

Submissions will be capped at 350 plays

The submission period ends August 15, 2019

HOW TO SUBMIT:

We will be employing a blind submissions process. Please do not include any identifying information in your script

Plays must be submitted as a pdf in standard playwriting format saved as “PlayTitle_MNWF2020.pdf” and emailed to Newworks@adplayers.org

Please include a separate cover page with the title, contact information, and a brief biography of the playwright saved as “Last,First_Title_MNWF2020.pdf”

Mailed submissions will not be accepted

A.D. Players at the George will not acknowledge plays submitted with incorrect formatting or identifying information in the script


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Brave New World Repertory Theatre Call for New Play Submissions

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Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2020 Reading Series

Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2020.

Playwrights must be local to the Tri-state area, ideally within a 90-minute commute to Brooklyn, NY as your attendance is requested. Brooklyn-based playwrights will be given first consideration.

In 2020 we will give priority to plays that address women’s rights and/or environmental challenges. The chosen playwrights will receive a small stipend.

To be considered, plays must meet the following criteria:

1) Plays must be unproduced, although previous staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors.

2) The play must be completed at the time of submission - unfinished or partial drafts cannot be accepted at this time. Plays may still be in development, but they must be audience-ready at the time of submission. If the play is heavily revised AFTER being submitted, it MUST be resubmitted before the end of the submission period.

3) Plays must be able to be read by no more than 7 actors and someone on stage directions. If double and triple casting is possible please advise. We are particularly interested in plays that feature diverse casts.

4) We are unable to accept new musical submissions at this time, given the limited technical nature of this reading series.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, POC, Muslim, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and womxn playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit and will be prioritized.

To submit, please send an electronic copy of your script in PDF format with numbered pages to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org.

In a separate document or in the body of your email please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, where you found this call for submissions, and any relevant website link(s). Submissions are limited to one play per playwright per season. Multiple play submissions by the same playwright for the same season will not be considered.

The submission deadline for the Brave New Works 2020 Reading Series is August 15th, 2019. 

Plays submitted after August 15th, 2019 are not guaranteed consideration for this season. Semi-finalists will be notified by October 15th 2019, and final selections will be made by November 1st, 2019. Due to our small staff, only selected playwrights will be contacted.

Brave New World Repertory Theatre, a Brooklyn-based company, reaches under-served audiences to promote a love of theatre, with re-imagined classics and brave new works that reflect our diverse community. BNW’s free-to-low-cost programs range from intimate readings to large outdoor productions, and cast unique and historic Brooklyn venues in a leading role. We seek to tell stories that celebrate life and explore social justice; stories that make us laugh, feel deeply, and find common ground.

For more information, please visit: www.bravenewworldrep.org.

REVA SHINER COMEDY AWARD 2019

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Season.

Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.

Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Reva Shiner Comedy Award.


  • "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  • Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  • Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:


It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.

Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Edgar Center for the Arts seeks one-acts & full-lengths

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Edgemar Center for the Arts is still currently seeking play submissions for our 2020 season. We are accepting any one act and full length plays.

We are also hosting a one act festival as well this year and next year.

Please send all materials, including synopsis, bio of author, full work, etc. to edgemarliterary@gmail.com.

You may submit as many works as you wish.

We will be producing selected work here in our theatre in Santa Monica, CA.

Our deadline is December 31st, 2019 for the 2020 season, but are always accepting submissions for the future seasons.

To learn more about Edgemar Center for the Arts please check out our website! http://www.edgemarcenter.org

Monday, July 15, 2019

Urban Stages Opportunities

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HOW TO SUBMIT?

Submit plays to:
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted except for small cast plays (see below)

Full-length plays only:
- Bind plays in 3-ring binders, in presentation folders, with brass fasteners, with paperclips, etc (spiral binding is discouraged)
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 5 actors or less (unless otherwise noted)…doubling is fine

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play.
- A small SASE envelope for a response letter.
  *Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed or produced elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

No limit to the number of submissions, but we do ask you not to submit the same play twice.
Subject matter and character variations are open.

There is no submission fee.

It usually takes up to six months for us to read and process your script.
We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered (an SASE envelope for international submissions is unnecessary. You will be emailed)
BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

We recommend not spending extra money to send your play express, overnight or via other expensive services.  We accept plays year-round and for special deadlines, we accept plays postmarked on the deadline date. For special deadlines, late plays are just entered among our general year-round submissions.


WHAT TO SUBMIT TO & WHEN?


SMALL CAST PLAYS

Due: JULY 22, 2019. 11:59pm.

HOW TO SUBMIT? If your FULL-LENGTH play requires THREE (3) ACTORS or less (doubling accepted), you can submit your play via email: submissions@urbanstages.org

- Send play as PDF attachment (with title page including contact info + a character breakdown page)
- Include brief synopsis and brief bio (or resume) within email.

*Only Small-Cast Plays will be accepted via email. All other play submissions still require you to mail in your play.

*These submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.


WORDS BY WOMEN

Due: AUGUST 19, 2019.

Only a small fraction of new plays produced every year are written by women. To encourage the development and production of plays by female-identified writers, we put out a special call for our Words by Women Reading Series periodically. These plays are given special attention and considered more immediately by our Literary Committee.

To enter, follow instructions above and write WORDS BY WOMEN on the envelope you send your play in.

Plays must be written by women-identified playwrights. While not mandatory, we encourage casts with a majority of women and plays exploring social issues facing women today.

*Words by Women submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.

EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted.

It begins with submitting your play and being selected for step 1 of our process - a staged reading. Out of hundreds of submissions a year, we select 15-20 plays for readings. From these, we select 1-3 plays annually to go on to our workshopping phase. Our workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From our workshops, we select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award).

Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

NAPSeries Festival (NYC)

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In February of 2019, Normal Ave produced its inaugural NAPseries, a brand new festival of new plays, which featured 29-hour workshops of new plays, networking events, and more.

NAPseries continues after last year’s sold-out weekend. NAPseries supports Normal Ave’s mission of supporting new voices and making theatre accessible to audience. All readings will be free and open to the public.

The festival will run from January 3-12, 2020.

The reading series will be led by Normal Ave’s Literary Manager, Kylie Brown (Lifespan of a Fact).
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Make theatre. Make connections. Make it happen. We’ve got you.

Submissions will be open through July 17, 2019.

The festival will feature three parties, four shows, eight readings, tons of artists, and most importantly, you, the playwright.

This week is all about letting you be just the playwright. We'll take care of the rest. Participating playwrights will be provided with rehearsal and reading space, receive support developing the team and cast for their show, as well as access to the entire festival.

We don't tell you how to bloom, but we'll help you grow.

Festival Dates: January 3-12, 2020

Submission Requirements:
-Currently only accepting full length plays (No musicals at this time)
-Must be 18 years or older to participate
-Must be available to be in NYC during the festival dates

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series

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Deadline for open submissions: November 2, 2019

Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent and PW Center Submissions: January 15, 2020

Playwrights with work on NPX may contact program director Catherine Rust (Catherine.Rust@centenaryuniversity.edu), with name of play to be downloaded for consideration.

NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

The Centenary Stage Company, a professional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2019 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 27th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and under-served voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period of approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the general public as part of the series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing is available for one playwright each season.

The Susan Glaspell Contest
One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Glaspell Contest submission

Submit full-length play, with no prior AEA production
(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contact infor, if applicable.)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.
NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Send submissions to:
Attn: Catherien Rust, WPS Program Director
Centenary Stage Company
400 Jefferson Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Enigmatic Society Productions seeks full-length LGBTQIA+ scripts

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Enigmatic Society Productions is accepting full-length scripts with LGBTQIA+ themes for our 2020-2021 season. Chosen playwrights will receive a full-length production with a standard Dramatist Guild of America playwriting contract (Not a membership, but the playwright will earn a percentage of each ticket sold).

Enigmatic Society Productions is an LGBT theater company that is focused on the development of new LGBT-themed scripts and re-imaging classic plays and musicals.

Deadline is December 1st, 2019. No submission fee. Open to all playwrights.

Submission Rules and Process:

  • Scripts must be in standard playscript format
  • Scripts submitted must be in PDF format
  • Cover page to include play synopsis, character breakdown, playwright's bio and production history
  • playwrights may submit more than one play
  • Scripts must be received by December 1st, 2019
  • Scripts must be LGBTQIA+ themed
  • Selected playwrights will be notified February 1st, 2020 and contracts will be sent out March 1st, 2020 - via email

Company: Enigmatic Society Productions
Instagram: enigmaticsocietyproductions

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Crossroads Project: Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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

 The winning playwright will receive:

An award of $500.

 An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. The playwright may also be invited to offer guest lectures/colloquia. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals during the workshop.

To be eligible to win the contest, a playwright must be available for a one-week workshop in late March 2020 (exact dates TBD). The playwright must also be residing in the United States in the spring of 2020.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2019, 11:59p.m. CST. There is no entry fee. We only accept electronic submissions.

Inquiries about the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative should be directed to:
Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.
Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies
Chair, The Crossroads Project
Email:knahm@ilstu.edu

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January.

Please follow the following guidelines when submitting your play:

  1.  A playwright may only submit one play per contest. The writer of the play must submit their own work.
  2. Submissions must include a Playwright’s Statement (max. 250 words). Copy-and-paste your Playwright’s Statement into the text box in the online submission form. In the statement, describe your inspiration for writing the play, as well as how you believe a workshop in a university setting will further your development process
  3. Plays that have been previously fully produced or published are ineligible for the contest. Plays that have previously had workshops or staged readings are eligible.
  4.  Submissions must be the original work of the playwright, which may include adaptations of fictional or factual material. Translations of plays in other languages are not accepted. 
  5.  The submitting playwright must either be the owner and controller of the copyright or provide written proof that they have acquired the legal right to use copyrighted material in their work.
  6.  Submissions must be full-length plays.
  7.  Musicals are not accepted. However, plays with limited music requirements are accepted.
  8.  The primary language of the play must be English.
  9.  There are no other restrictions in subject matter or style.
  10.  The Crossroads Project reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play for any reason.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects

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If you are submitting to:

1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *

2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.

3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Round’s On Us: What's The Big Idea? Festival
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)
FATE Theme - July 8th, 2019
 *REALITY Theme - this is for the FEATURED = Wild Card
                                       

MYTH
What is myth?
What does it mean to you?
Do we need them?
Do they help or hurt?
Bounce off of this word.  Have fun.  Flights of fancy are strongly encouraged!  Don’t limit yourself:  looking at myths from different cultures is fine, but don’t feel that you have to write a play based on a specific.  Although you can if you really feel you want to.

FATE
Are we slaves to Fate?
Does it really exist?
What is it?
Can we change our Fate?
Is Fate more than something we created? How do we know? Are we meant to know?

Feature Play = Wild Card

REALITY
What is reality?
Yeah, we’re going there.
Does reality need Realism?
Is reality a place where artists shop for supplies or can reality itself be art?

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: Myth and your name.

NOTE: accepted plays are produced (including casting) by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company.
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Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com

Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Notre Dame College Performing Arts New Play Festival

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Deadline July 15

Notre Dame College Performing Arts will host an annual National Playwriting Festival, showcasing unproduced plays and musicals for young adults and children, beginning October 2019.

A national search will commence in March of 2019 looking for the best and most promising theatrical works relevant to young audiences today. The weekend-long festival will consist of 4-5 staged readings of previously unseen theatrical works, and will take place in the Regina Auditorium on the Notre Dame College campus. A winner will be chosen through committee/audience voting and will receive a $500 prize, as well as the opportunity to present fully-staged production during the subsequent NDC Spring Semester.

Hosting such a festival allows Notre Dame College Performing Arts to fulfill and enhance its mission of enriching the community and the appreciation of the arts through live performance. By utilizing the talents of the Notre Dame College students, Mercury Theatre Company professional actors, and additional regional artists, the festival furthers our efforts of utilizing the stage as a platform to educate, enlighten and entertain the Greater Cleveland Community.

The Notre Dame College New Play Festival will join the ranks of Penn State, the University of Iowa and the Yale School of Drama as platforms for unproduced works while maintaining the distinction of hosting the only New Play Festival in the Mid-West solely dedicated to new theatrical works for children and young adult audiences. Finally, utilizing the annual festival as a launch-pad for such unproduced theatrical works will distinguish NDC from other area organizations and promote the programming at Notre Dame College to a nationally recognized level.

Process
On March 1 of each year, the Notre Dame College New Play Festival will begin taking digital-copy submissions of new plays and musicals. The Director of Theatre will ensure the submitted materials follow specified criteria (see below) and will pass the play to 7-person panel who will judge the merits of each work. Panel members will include the NDC Director of Theatre, a member of the NDC Performing Arts Faculty, a member of the NDC English Department, a playwriting scholar, and 3 NDC Theatre Entrepreneurship majors. Through individualized and joint adjudication, the submissions will be narrowed down to a selection of 4-5 plays and musicals deemed ready for a reading. All playwrights will be notified of the status of their submission in September and promotion about the chosen material will begin thereafter.

The festival will take place on a Saturday and Sunday in late October/early November. Three productions will be showcased in a reader’s theatre format open to the public on Saturday and two will play Sunday. The winner will be chosen by the selection panel, with consideration given to an audience vote, and announced at a reception upon conclusion of the festival.

The winner of each season’s new Playwriting Festival will receive a fully-developed and produced show as part of the NDC Spring Semester.

A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner dependent upon funding.

Criteria

- There is no submission fee for the Notre Dame College New Play Festival

- Submission deadline is July 15 of each year. Scripts received after that date will be considered the following year.

- 4-5 finalists will be selected on September 1 of that year and their names will be posted to the Notre Dame College website and social media platforms at that time.

- Must be a full-length play/musical for children or young adults without a prior production

- A brief synopsis must be sent together with a complete digital manuscript. Submission must include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play’s title page. No hard-copy submissions will be accepted.

- The play must be at least 1 hour and no longer than 90 minutes.

- The play must be appropriate for audiences of all ages

- Dramas, comedies and farces (with or without music) are welcome.

- Cast size limited to no less than 4 or more than 22.

- The plays selected will be acted by our student actors with a mix of regional artists where necessary. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.

- Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for the Notre Dame New Play Festival are strongly encouraged to contact Director of Theatre Pierre Brault at theatre@ndc.edu before submitting.

- All plays that are not selected for the festival will be held on file for 2 years.
Contact Information
Pierre Brault
theatre@ndc.edu

Thursday, June 27, 2019

USC Bedrosian Center/Red Nation Celebration Institute seeks plays by indigenous authors

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USC Bedrosian Center/Red Nation Celebration Institute is accepting submissions of full length plays written by American Indian/Indigenous authors.

Winners from outside of Los Angeles will receive travel and accommodations to USC in November 2019 to workshop their script with professional actors, director, and dramaturge.

This call for submission supports our mission to give opportunities for Native American and non-Native students to learn, collaborate, study, and amplify the stories of Indigenous peoples. We are offering a call for original scripts from Indigenous playwrights.

The selected play will be featured in the opening ceremonies of the 24th Annual Red National International Film Festival at the USC Bedrosian Center in November 2019. Travel and accommodation will be provided to playwrights outside of the Los Angeles area.

Plays with a message are preferred, though there is no preference of genre. There is no fee to enter a submission, only one submission per person.

Application requirements & instructions:
All materials for application are due July 1, 2019

Email submissions to RNCIMedia@gmail.com

The applicant must identify as American Indian or Indigenous and be over 18.
The front page of the script must list:
title of play
author’s full name
author’s date of birth
author’s home address
author’s email address
author’s phone number

Wordsmyth is now accepting play submissions for the 2020 New Play Reading Series

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Wordsmyth Theater (Houston TX) is now accepting one-act or two-act play submissions for our New Play Reading Series for 2020. Six plays will be selected, with one slot reserved for a Houston, TX playwright and another slot reserved for a bilingual play — any language. Each selected playwright will be paired with a director and cast. The play will then be read in front of an audience and the audience will be invited to stay after for a moderated discussion of the play. We do expect the playwright to be in attendance for the reading.

Submissions must meet the following criteria:
1. Play must not have been produced.
2. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
3. Submission must be received on or before midnight July 2, 2019.
4. Submission must be a minimum of 40 pages long and have a minimum run time of 40 minutes.
5. Submission must be in .pdf format.
6. There should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script. Playwright info should be in a separate file that accompanies the script.
7. Only one play per playwright per submission period.
8. No musicals, children’s plays, or one-person plays.

To submit, please fill out the form below and upload your play.

Although we strive to notify everyone who has submitted a script to us, it doesn’t always happen.  If you do not hear from us before January 1, 2020, you may assume your script was not accepted, and please accept our apologies for not notifying you.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

IATI Theater Cimientos Play Development Program

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(please note, the web site does not work with all browsers - Google Chrome is recommended)

There is no submission fee for Cimientos.
Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered.
  1. Submission will only be accepted through the online form.  See link below (only visible in month of June.)
  2. Submissions must be the author's own work. The piece shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold IATI Theater and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.
  3. The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work.
  4. The playwright must commit to be present on the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) assigned to his/her work.
  5. This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in a New York audience feedback. However, because of the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel), every playwright must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or commit to presenting feedback electronically or in written form on the dates of the PPP's and with no delay.
  6. Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.
  7. Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length.
  8. The play must require 5 actors or less.  Plays that have more than 5 actors and do not provide a clear and stageable doubling explanation will not be reviewed. If doubling is possible, it must be expressed clearly on the online form.
  9. The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced in any setting. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must inform IATI Theater of the specifics on the online form.
  10. The author’s name(s) should be nowhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document.  Scripts will be read ‘blind’.
  11. Submissions for the 2020 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2019.
  12. Please use a standard playwriting format.
  13. Link to submit: https://iatitheater.wufoo.com/forms/qwf5ta0rifdt9/

Southeast Texas Festival of New Plays

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Beaumont Community Players (BCP) is announcing a festival of new works set for its inaugural presentation in August. The Southeast Texas Festival of New Plays is slated for the week of August 12th through August 18th and will feature staged readings of four previously unpublished plays. Other activities of the festival week will include a Thursday night panel discussion with the authors and other industry professionals and talkbacks with the audience after each reading. Cost for the Festival is $15 for the week or $5 per reading and BCP subscribers’ are admitted to all events free of charge.

Submissions are now being accepted for full-length or one act (non-musical) plays and the four participants will be chosen July 1st. Each play will receive a weeks’ worth of rehearsal with a director, dramaturg and a company of BCP actors culminating in a staged reading of the play over the closing weekend of the festival. Authors are encouraged to attend the week’s rehearsals and a small stipend will be paid to each chosen playwright.

Previously un-produced original plays can be submitted electronically to: John@beaumontcommunityplayers.com

Or sent by mail to the theatre; 4155 Laurel, Beaumont, Texas 77707

John Manfredi BCP Executive Director talked about the new programming.

“We are committed to developing new talent here at BCP; actors, singers, designers, directors and now playwrights. Theatre is only as good as the stories we have to tell and developing new voices is essential to the continued health of theatre as an art form. This new festival not only helps develop the authors’ skill but continues the growth of BCP by giving more opportunities for actors and directors to be involved here. Actors with little or no experience can gain confidence in this supportive format of collaboration and directing a staged reading is great training for directing on one of our stages.”

For more information about the Festival and BCP call 409-833-4664

Beaumont Community Players is a Texas 501 c 3 nonprofit corporation located at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts. 4155 Laurel Ave, Beaumont, TX 77707

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Lotus Lee Children’s Play Initiative

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The Children’s Play Initiative aims to highlight new works that inspire and engage children audience. Previously, we have showcased numerous successful productions in the cultural exchange between China and the United States which stands as the basis for the Lotus Lee Foundation. Winning entries will display a distinct understanding of the unlimited possibilities of theatre through compelling and dynamic stories with intriguing plots, fascinating characters and an informed global perspective.

Submission Rules

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

This contest is restricted to only plays written in the English language.

Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations and adaptations are not accepted.

Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Only plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in professional play format.

The Lotus Lee Foundation reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

The Lotus Lee Foundation reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and also reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

Electronic submissions for the 2019 competition must be submitted no later than 11:59PM EST on July 1, 2019. You will receive a confirmation of your successful submission within two business days.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

We will only represent material for which we can be the exclusive licensing agent for the mainland China territory.

Timeline

Submission deadline: 11:59PM, July 1, 2019 EST.

Winner announcement: September 1, 2019

Prize

The winner will be offered a licensing contract for the submitted play to be translated and produced in mainland China.

SUBMISSION FORM ONLINE

THE DENNIS & VICTORIA ROSS FOUNDATION Playwrights Program

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The Playwrights Program is an annual opportunity intended to help new and compelling full-length plays come to the attention of the greater public.

Each year DVRF selects one previously unproduced play to receive an intensive development in New York City. This period is structured in dialogue with the playwright to best accommodate their needs and artistic goals for the piece. The program culminates in presentations to invited audiences featuring producers, directors, and other industry professionals.

Program finalists will be recognized and invited to participate in our Round Table Series.

Previous plays selected for the Playwrights Program:
2018/19 - “Dirty Dirty” by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk | Directed by Sarah Krohn
2017/18 - "The Excavation of Mary Anning" by Ian August | Directed by Sammi Cannold
2016/17 - "Thirst" by C.A. Johnson | Directed by Danya Taymor
2015 - "The Third Rail" by Jacob Perkins | Directed by Mark Schneider

How to Submit
Please read the Rules and Guidelines for Submission below, and then fill out the form on the web site. For more information on opportunities to submit, please join our mailing list.

Rules and Guidelines for Submission
We are seeking full-length plays only. While there is no strict minimum for length we suggest all submissions be at least 30 pages long.

Submissions must be in English.

No play that has previously had a full, public production is eligible for selection. Submissions that have been developed previously or are/were under option must be accompanied by a brief summary of their developmental history.

Please only one submission per playwright/playwriting team.

The play must be original or based on material which the author previously was afforded the rights to.

Playwrights must be residents of the United States and at least 18 years of age.

This program is intended only for playwrights who will be able to attend at least a 1-2 week-long workshop and presentation in New York City in March/April of 2020. DVRF will do its best to schedule according to the selected playwright's availability. The selected playwright must be prepared to bear any lodging and travel expenses incurred while participating in the program. Please note we cannot compensate for time taken off from work.

Submissions are due Monday, June 24th at 11:59PM.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Green Stories seeks stage plays on building a sustainable society

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This competition is free to enter. There will be prizes and routes to production.

We are looking for Stage Plays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. If you’d prefer to create your story in a different format, click here. We will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.

Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories by clicking here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story (found in the menu on the homepage. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.

The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, could be set in a society that replaces ownership with borrowing and the heroine goes to a clothes library to pick up a posh dress and borrow jewellery for her big date; or the hero in a crime drama could use a carbon credit card and hear the news in the background reporting on the wellbeing index instead of GDP; or the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste.

Our short story competition (deadline April 2018) has resulted in an anthology of the 20 best stories called ‘Resurrection Trust’  which will be published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.

Stage Play Guidelines

Deadline: 30th June 2019

Length: min 1 hour 15 minutes max 2 hours (typically 60-80 pages)

Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission.

Staging of winning play: Live Your Values production company have said they will read all top-rated scripts with a view to putting on a production in 2020 with a community based theatre group.

Full Guidelines

Plays

  • The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
  • Green Stories competitions aim to increase positive views of the future. All plays must contain ideas that solve the environmental, social or economic challenges our world faces today; or be in a world that has moved past environmental damage and extreme economic inequality.
  • Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of 70  – 120 minutes. (full length)
  • By entering the competition, the writer affirms that their entry is original, and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.
  • The authors name and contact details must be removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
  • The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 200 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
  • The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.
  • Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer.


The closing date for all entries is 30th June 2019.

Judging/Prizes

  • Live Your Values Ltd will consider all scripts for production in a community theatre with volunteer performers.
  • If a winning script is produced by the Live Your Values Ltd, the prize money will replace royalties for a three-night run.
  • Judges will consider:
  • Entertainment – is the audience’s attention captured and held?
  • Characters – distinctive characters people can identify with, so they care what happens to them.
  • Message – a clear idea for the future that the audience is likely to understand.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

JetFest 2020

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Fee will be waived (with hard copy submissions only) for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends).

Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Jewish Ensemble Theatre.” Contact the theatre should you wish to pay by credit card.

For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and will be used to offset printing costs.  The fee may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.

ELIGIBILITY

JET encourages all playwrights over 18 to submit their work. JET's programming generally reflects issues of social conscience and human rights both in drama and comedy. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us at 248-788-2900.

Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been produced prior to the festival in 2020. Cast size of 10 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

ENTRIES ACCEPTED
Submissions will be accepted January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
(checked by postmark or time stamp).

SCRIPTS
Submit a copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like acknowledgement of receipt please attach a self addressed stamped postcard.

CONSENT
The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs.

The finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when the script is published

AWARDS
Each of the four finalists will receive a $250 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.

SELECTION PROCESS
Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are read by the entire committee who then select the finalists.

NOTIFICATION
Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2019.

SUBMIT TO
Mail:   JETheatre
            JETFest
    P. O. Box 252717
            West Bloomfield, MI  48325.

Email:
C.Bremer@jettheatre.org

QUESTIONS
Contact:
Christopher Bremer, Executive Director
248.788.2900

INDEMNIFICATION
The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

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