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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Urbanite Theatre Modern Works Festival 2019

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 28, 2019

Click here to submit your play.

Festival Performance Dates:
October 8-13, 2019
Sarasota, FL

Playwright Eligibility:
Seeking work from emerging and established female and female-identifying playwrights. Playwrights must be available to attend the festival in Sarasota, FL, including rehearsals, to be considered for selection (October 5 - 13) Travel and housing is provided.

No Entry Fee

Festival Awards:
Winner $3,000 (1)
Finalist $500 (2)
Travel, housing and per diem provided for all three finalists.

Submission Rules and Requirements:
Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and look at our production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.  Urbanite Theatre will only consider submissions that meet the following criteria:

  • Submissions must be from female or female-identifying playwrights.
  • Playwrights must reside in the United States. 
  • Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development. 
  • No musicals, translations, or adaptations.
  • Full-length plays only (at least 60 minutes)
  • Plays must require five performers or fewer.
  • Quality, female-identifying roles must be well-represented.
  • Plays must include a contact page and character breakdown.
  • One submission per playwright.

Any plays that do not follow these requirements will be dismissed.

Festival Rules and Guidelines:

  • Three finalists will be chosen to participate in the Modern Works Festival. 
  • Finalists will be selected by panel of readers and notified by Urbanite Theatre on August 12, 2019. 
  • The volume of submissions will prevent us from providing individual feedback.
  • ONLY finalist playwrights will be contacted. 
  • Plays that have been previously submitted to the Urbanite Theatre or the Modern Works Festival are not eligible to be submitted again.
  • Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director and cast, a table read, 12 rehearsal hours, a staged reading with a total of three public performances, and facilitated post-show talkbacks. 
  • Each finalist play will be assigned a play development mentor to work with before, and during the festival.
  • Finalist playwrights are required to participate, in person, at the festival, if selected. Travel will be provided ($600 transportation limit), and local housing within walking distance to the theatre will be provided. A car is not provided at this time.
  • Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play.  
  • Winner of festival will receive a $3,000 prize. 
  • The two remaining finalists will each receive an award of $500.
  • No other royalties or payments will be issued.
  • Submissions will be capped after the first 300 scripts are received.
  • Winner will be chosen by a group of panelists in conjunction with an audience vote and will be announced October 13, 2019. 

Click here to submit your play.

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 June 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, June 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

Saturday, May 18, 2019

9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) submission guidelines

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9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted. Please adhere to the guidelines below. Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to Submissions@9ttc.org. In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.

Guidelines

9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.

We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.

We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:

• cover letter, including your contact information
• brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
• character descriptions
• 20 page dialogue sample
• brief production history of the work (if applicable)
• bio for yourself and any other collaborators
• if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks
To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.

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

Friday, May 17, 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, May 16, 2019

American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival Submissions

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We will be accepting submissions for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2020 New Play Festival April 15 through June 15, 2019.

American Stage is committed to producing powerful and relevant professional live theatre. Our 21st Century Voices is an initiative dedicated to developing and presenting new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in fresh and compelling ways. 21st Century Voices programming includes an annual staged reading festival, workshopping of new scripts, playwriting residencies and fully produced new plays receiving one of their first three professional productions at American Stage.

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival Submissions

This year we are seeking submissions of new plays that promote the exploration of themes relevant to our world today, featuring characters who inspire us.

Play submissions should align with our 40-year history of productions that celebrate the most powerful stories of the moment, the most defining stories from our past and our mission to reinforce the power of live theatre with high-quality productions of compelling plays that excite and challenge a diverse audience.

Submission guidelines for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2019 New Play Festival are as follows:

  • Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc.
  • Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays, or any play that has received more than two full-scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Plays that have had a full production in the state of Florida are not eligible.
  • In order to be eligible as a finalist for our 2020 New Play Festival – you must grant American Stage the right to produce the Florida premiere and one of the first three full productions worldwide if it is selected for production in our 2020-21 Season.
  • Plays that have had workshops or readings in the state of Florida or worldwide are still eligible.
  • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.
  • Plays that have been submitted to 21st Century Voices in the past two years are not eligible.
  • Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit.

The Selection Process

American Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All 10-page play excerpts submitted during the first round are reviewed by a committee of theatre artists and arts advocates. Requests for full manuscripts will be submitted in August 2019. In the second round, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play for consideration by the committee. Selections will be made by November 2019. Finally, American Stage invites four to five playwrights to have their work included in 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival in January 2020.
Playwrights invited to participate in our 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival will receive a $250 fee and will be provided a $250 travel stipend and accommodations during the festival.

How to Apply

Email your complete submission package to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org between April 15 through June 15, 2019.

Important Submission Information: Full manuscripts and incomplete submission packages will not be considered.  We cannot accept submissions that do not fulfill the above requirements.

Step 1. Complete the online submission form to provide American Stage with information about the playwright and the play.

Step 2. Email your submission package to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org. In order to be accepted, your submission package must be submitted as a single PDF file that meets the following requirements.

File name must be “Title of Play_Author Last Name”
The file must include:

  • Title of the play;
  • Character breakdown and description; please include total number of characters
  • Time and place of the play;
  • Synopsis of the play that helps to provide context for the 10 page sample (no longer than 1 page);
  • A concise paragraph (no longer than 1 page) describing the development history of the play you are submitting;
  • A statement describing how your play is a good fit for the 2020 American Stage 21st Century Voices’ focus on plays that promote the exploration of themes relevant to our world today, featuring characters who inspire us
  • A 10-page sample of the play.

Please only include the last name of the author in the submission. DO NOT include the full name of the author on any of the pages.

Please note: Agents submitting on behalf of a playwright may submit following these same instructions.

Some Recommendations

Make sure that your synopsis sets the reader up to understand what is going on in your sample. Remember that the reader only has this synopsis and the ten pages that you provide to get to know your work, and that is difficult to do if they are confused about the plot. Also, make sure you are submitting the best ten pages of your work! The sample does not need to be the first ten pages of the play; you should select whichever 10-page section you think presents the best argument for why we should want to read the whole thing.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

RELENTLESS AWARD

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The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.
What we are looking for:
• Plays that are challenging.
• Plays that exhibit fearlessness.
• Plays that are not mainstream.
• Plays that exude passion.
• Plays that are relentlessly truthful.

The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first-time playwrights, playwrights of color, and playwrights of all gender identifications.
Prize:
• The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000.
• The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service.
• The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm.
• The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States.
• When the winning play is selected, Finalists and Semifinalists will also be named. Here's a list of past Relentless Award winners, finalists, and semifinalists.

Deadlines:
2019 submissions open on May 1, 2019. The deadline is June 15, 2019. Please join our mailing list to receive updates once that information is live.

Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:
• Play must be unproduced.
• Authors must have either United States citizenship, possess a green card, or currently reside in the United States and have lived here for at least four years.
• Plays with a producer, producing organization, or theater attached for future production are not eligible.
• One-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible.
• The author must be at least 21 years old.

How to submit your play:
When submissions open, there will be link to Submittable.com at the bottom of this page that you can use to submit your play.

• NOTE: please DO NOT have your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. Please also exclude agent info, development info, and dedications. This will preserve the author's anonymity for the judges.

• Please provide your script file in pdf (rather than Word documents), with the title format: TITLE OF PLAY.pdf. Do not include your name in the file script title.

• You'll receive confirmation that your script has been received. As submissions are processed manually, please allow up to two weeks to receive this confirmation.

For even more information:

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Amphibian Stage Productions seeks submissions for 2020 season

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Ends on June 30, 2019  

We look forward to reading your script. Please include the following items:
1. Cover letter with playwright biography and production/development history, if applicable.
2. Proof of membership in the Dramatists Guild. (Only Dramatist Guild members are eligible to submit scripts to Amphibian Stage Productions.) 
Due to the high volume of submissions, we can only accept one submission per playwright per calendar year. 

We're looking for full-length plays that...
1.  require 1 to 6 actors
2. allow for diverse casting
3. reflect our mission (https://www.amphibianstage.com/about-us)
4. are imaginative and permit imaginative staging

(You have to create an account to submit)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

And Toto Too submission guidelines

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We are now accepting submissions.

REQUIREMENTS:

Woman playwright

Full length or long one acts

Play may not have had fully produced performances in Colorado, readings are fine

7 or less characters (do not double up your characters to make it fit)

Finished plays only

Minimal settings (our theatre space seats only 56 and won't handle multiple sets)

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Electronic only (if you send a hard copy it will be returned to sender unopened)

First 10 pages

Production History

Synopsis

If these guidelines are not followed your script will not be read.  We will contact you only if we are interested in seeing a full script.  We do not give feedback on why your play was not accepted. Thank you for submitting we look forward to reading your work.

Send to submissions@andtototoo.org

Thursday, May 2, 2019

INGENIO Milagro 2019

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Through INGENIO, Milagro seeks to create a space where Latina/o playwrights can develop their plays in a safe, supportive environment with mentors and artists to whom they can relate. INGENIO serves as an intrinsic step in the creation of new full-length theatrical works. Rehearsals and workshops culminate in concert-style readings and feedback sessions with audiences of theatre professionals and members of the public. Playwrights are strongly encouraged to be available to attend in person.'

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submissions are being accepted for INGENIO Milagro 2019, to take place September 15 – 22, 2019. Four plays will be selected, assigned directors and actors, rehearsed, and presented in concert-style readings over three days.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Open to all Latina/o-identified playwrights
  • Original full-length plays, at least 70 minutes and no more than two hours in length
  • Plays can be in English, Spanish, or bilingual
  • Plays with over eight actors will require doubling; playwrights are asked to provide preferred casting breakdown
  • Chamber musicals will be considered
  • Published plays and those that have received, or are scheduled to receive, a full professional production are not eligible
  • Previously submitted plays that have received rewrites are welcome


TO SUBMIT

  • Scripts must be in PDF format and should follow the Dramatist Guild’s of America Traditional or Modern play format. Other than the cover page, the script shall have no identifying information about the playwright.
  • Include playwright’s biography (90 words/~580 characters), play synopsis (150 words/~975 characters), and play’s development history, if applicable.
  • Submit via email to ingenio@milagro.org no later than May 15, 2019. Selected playwrights will be notified by June 15, 2019.

Friday, April 26, 2019

5th Wall Productions Staged Reading Series

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Script Submissions
Submissions for the 2019-2020 Season will be open from September 1st 2018 to April 30, 2019.

Keep in mind that this is first and foremost a development opportunity. We are seeking plays that will benefit from further development, and playwrights who are excited about engaging with us through the development process. Please do not submit plays that have had an extensive development history or that have had multiple productions.

Please note that our submission process has changed. Read on for details and FAQ’s.

Staged Reading Program Overview:
The Staged Reading Series at 5th Wall Productions is a part of our new play development process. Each month, one previously unpublished and unproduced play will receive a staged reading, followed by a  a critical response session with the audience. At the end of each season, TWO of these selections will be chosen to receive a workshop production.

FAQs:

What kind of plays are you looking for?

5th Wall is currently accepting submissions of full-length, unpublished, unproduced stage plays. The plays do not have to be production-ready. In fact, most of our choices are in need of further development. Our mission is to give these development opportunities to new pieces,  and 5th Wall staff will work closely with the writers to improve the work. Submissions will be judged for overall quality, length, style, and producibility. We strive to find plays that tell new stories, ask tough questions, provoke thought, and challenge both actors and audiences. Submissions are not exclusive to local playwrights, though some  preference may be given to writers who are able to attend the reading.

How do I submit?
Please submit a 10-page sample of your script in PDF format. Submissions should be e-mailed to our literary manager at: 5thwallsubmissions@gmail.com.

Is there a fee?
No!

What do I need to include with my submission?
In the body of your email please include:
Name
Address
Phone number
Synopsis
Character breakdown
Development history
Any specific feedback you would like from the 5th Wall staff and/or questions you would ask the audience during the talkback session at a reading
Optional: a brief biography

How should my play be formatted?
There is a great resource on play formatting by Samuel French here.

What is the deadline for submission?
Submissions for the 2019-2020 season will close at 11:59 pm EST on April 30, 2019.

When will I find out if my play is selected?
Writers will be automatically notified by email when we have received your submission.  Due to the high volume of submissions we can not guarantee an individual response.
If your play is chosen for a Staged Reading, you will be notified by July 31, 2018.
If at any time you would like to receive an update on the status of your submission, feel free to send an email to 5thwallsubmisisons@gmail.com.

When are the readings presented?
Staged Reading Series events are typically held on the third Sunday of each month (with the exception of November and December). Scripts are assigned a director and a cast, and in most cases scripts are given two rehearsals during the week prior to the reading. Writers are invited to attend the reading and rehearsals either in person or through web based video conferencing, but it is not required.

What happens in the Critical Response session?
The model we use for the critical response talkback was developed by Liz Lerman, and is used by many institutions including the New York Theatre Workshop. It is structured in a way that ensures that feedback remains constructive and to the point. The four steps of the Critical Response Process are:

  • The audience is asked to make statements of meaning regarding the work.
  • The writer asks questions of the audience.
  • The audience then gets to ask questions of the writer.
  • Members of the audience ask if the writer would like to hear opinions or suggestions about certain aspects of the play. The writer must give permission for the opinion or suggestion to be heard. 

Are writers paid for staged readings or given compensation for travel?
We do not offer pay or travel stipends for staged reading participation. We feel that the benefit of the program is the development opportunity itself. Participation is voluntary for all involved. Writers who are not local may participate in the process through online video chat.

What happens next?
5th Wall will select TWO of the Staged Reading Series scripts to be workshopped into full productions in the following season. Writers will again be invited to participate in the workshop process, which will typically be the first two weeks of the six week rehearsal period. Writers are also welcome to attend a press-preview and opening night of the production. Writers will be compensated 10% of ticket sales for workshop productions.

What if my play has already been produced or published?
You are submitting to a development opportunity. Published plays will not be considered. Plays that have had previous productions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please detail the play’s development history (including any productions) in the body of your email.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

5th Wall Production Submissions for the 2019-2020 Season

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Submissions for the 2019-2020 Season will be open from September 1st 2018 to April 30, 2019.

Keep in mind that this is first and foremost a development opportunity. We are seeking plays that will benefit from further development, and playwrights who are excited about engaging with us through the development process. Please do not submit plays that have had an extensive development history or that have had multiple productions.

Please note that our submission process has changed. Read on for details and FAQ’s.

Staged Reading Program Overview:
The Staged Reading Series at 5th Wall Productions is a part of our new play development process. Each month, one previously unpublished and unproduced play will receive a staged reading, followed by a  a critical response session with the audience. At the end of each season, TWO of these selections will be chosen to receive a workshop production.

FAQs:

What kind of plays are you looking for?
5th Wall is currently accepting submissions of full-length, unpublished, unproduced stage plays. The plays do not have to be production-ready. In fact, most of our choices are in need of further development. Our mission is to give these development opportunities to new pieces,  and 5th Wall staff will work closely with the writers to improve the work. Submissions will be judged for overall quality, length, style, and producibility. We strive to find plays that tell new stories, ask tough questions, provoke thought, and challenge both actors and audiences. Submissions are not exclusive to local playwrights, though some  preference may be given to writers who are able to attend the reading.
How do I submit?
Please submit a 10-page sample of your script in PDF format. Submissions should be e-mailed to our literary manager at: 5thwallsubmissions@gmail.com.​​
Is there a fee?
No!


What do I need to include with my submission?
In the body of your email please include:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Synopsis
  • Character breakdown
  • Development history
  • Any specific feedback you would like from the 5th Wall staff and/or questions you would ask the audience during the talkback session at a reading
  • Optional: a brief biography
How should my play be formatted?
There is a great resource on play formatting by Samuel French here.

What is the deadline for submission?
Submissions for the 2019-2020 season will close at 11:59 pm EST on April 30, 2019.

When will I find out if my play is selected?
Writers will be automatically notified by email when we have received your submission.  Due to the high volume of submissions we can not guarantee an individual response.
If your play is chosen for a Staged Reading, you will be notified by July 31, 2018.
If at any time you would like to receive an update on the status of your submission, feel free to send an email to 5thwallsubmisisons@gmail.com.

When are the readings presented?
Staged Reading Series events are typically held on the third Sunday of each month (with the exception of November and December). Scripts are assigned a director and a cast, and in most cases scripts are given two rehearsals during the week prior to the reading. Writers are invited to attend the reading and rehearsals either in person or through web based video conferencing, but it is not required.

What happens in the Critical Response session?
The model we use for the critical response talkback was developed by Liz Lerman, and is used by many institutions including the New York Theatre Workshop. It is structured in a way that ensures that feedback remains constructive and to the point. The four steps of the Critical Response Process are:

  • The audience is asked to make statements of meaning regarding the work.
  • The writer asks questions of the audience.
  • The audience then gets to ask questions of the writer.
  • Members of the audience ask if the writer would like to hear opinions or suggestions about certain aspects of the play. The writer must give permission for the opinion or suggestion to be heard.
  • Learn more about the Critical Response Process here.


Are writers paid for staged readings or given compensation for travel?
We do not offer pay or travel stipends for staged reading participation. We feel that the benefit of the program is the development opportunity itself. Participation is voluntary for all involved. Writers who are not local may participate in the process through online video chat.

What happens next?
5th Wall will select TWO of the Staged Reading Series scripts to be workshopped into full productions in the following season. Writers will again be invited to participate in the workshop process, which will typically be the first two weeks of the six week rehearsal period. Writers are also welcome to attend a press-preview and opening night of the production. Writers will be compensated 10% of ticket sales for workshop productions.

What if my play has already been produced or published?
You are submitting to a development opportunity. Published plays will not be considered. Plays that have had previous productions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please detail the play’s development history (including any productions) in the body of your email.

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 20th Annual New Play Festival

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Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced.  All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.).  The winning plays are scheduled to be showcased in a concert-format festival in the fall of 2019.  All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2020/2021 season by the Season Planning Committee.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We are proud to announce that for the 20th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee!  To enter you must complete an entry form, which can be found on our website at www.chameleontheatre.org/newplay, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below.  We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage.  If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of the music on a CD or flash drive.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts.  We will distribute the scripts “blind” to our readers for complete objectivity.  Include the show’s title on at least the first bound page.  Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights’ identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced.  We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings.  Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request.  Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year’s contest will have multiple categories.

TEN-MINUTE PLAYS
Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival.  All short plays will be entered in this contest.  Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

ONE-ACT
One to three winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival.  Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest.  Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

FULL-LENGTH
One to two winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival.  Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest.  It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

MUSICALS
If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a “musical” category.  Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters.  Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute.  In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

THEATRE-FOR-YOUTH
If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a “theatre-for-youth” category.  Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both.  Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute.  In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

OVERALL CONTEST WINNER/AUDIENCE FAVORITE WINNER
At the theatre’s discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an “Overall Contest Winner” from any category and an “Audience-Favorite Winner” from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival.  No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combination.  Please submit three (3) copies of each script (plus 3 copies of the music on CDs or flash drives for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2019 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
20th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley  MN  55124

Thursday, April 18, 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.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The 52nd John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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Entry Deadline: April 15, 2019

Winners Announcement: October, 2019

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to: gassner-award@netconline.org

The John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award Competition fosters new playwrights and scripts through this important competition established by Molly Gassner, wife of theatre historian John Gassner. The Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903-1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board. A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention and awards ceremony.

RULES OF ENTRY
•The competition is open to all playwrights. Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered.

Plays submitted to the competition
must not have been published as of April 15, 2019
must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2019
must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15 2019

The play must be submitted, along with:
A statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of April 15, 2019, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2019.

A list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
• Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.  Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2019. Only winners will be notified. Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:
gassner-award@netconline.org

USC Bedrosian Center/Red Nation Celebration Institute seeks full length plays

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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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The 22nd Annual Aurand Harris Memorial Playwrighting Award

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A CONTEST FOR NEW FULL-LENGTH PLAYS for YOUNG AUDIENCES
ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2019 
WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: OCTOBER 2019

This award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.

A panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board will administer this award. A staged reading of the prize-winning scripts will be held along with the Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards ceremony.

RULES OF ENTRY

  • The contest is open to all playwrights and is for new full-length plays for young audiences. No musicals nor plays targeted at adult audiences
  • All plays will be submitted online to harris-award@netconline.org
  • Plays submitted to the contest must not have been
  •  previously published
  • submitted to NETC’s Gassner Playwriting Contest
  • previously produced by a professional or Equity company.
  • Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.
  • Plays submitted to this contest may have been submitted to another playwriting contest, and may have previously won a prize or an award in another contest. However, such plays must not have been published or professionally produced and must not be under option for publication or professional production.
  • Playwrights may submit only one play to the contest in one year.

The play must be submitted, along with:

  • a statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of May 1, 2019, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of May 1, 2019.
  • a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
  • ALL manuscripts and enclosures must be emailed to: harris-award@netconline.org
  • Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.
  • Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Dark Unicorn Productions submissions guidelines

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Following a very exciting planning meeting at Dark Unicorn Towers yesterday, we hope it won’t be too long before we can make an announcement of our next production. It will be a revival of a major play but until we’ve sorted out some logistics we can’t say more than that!

However, we don’t want to restrict ourselves just to revivals, so we are also now accepting, on a rolling basis, new stage scripts from writers globally.

Our only requirements for new work are that it is a work for live performance, that the cast contains no more than five people, that it is at least 60 minutes long and that it conforms to our desire to create challenging, thought-provoking but above all entertaining theatre for the world we live in. We don’t want to be too prescriptive beyond that as we want to be as broad and progressive a company as possible and give an outlet to as diverse a set of contemporary voices as we can.

So, if you have a script you want considered, just email it to us at darkunicornsubmissions@gmail.com.

We will read everything but we sadly lack the capacity to provide a feedback service. Therefore we will only be in touch with authors whose work we are keen to discuss progressing.

Hope to hear from some of you soon!

Eleanor and Paddy (Co-Founders)

Plays In Progress Series seeks full-length plays

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Athena Project, located in Denver, Colorado, is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIPS). This Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in one of three models: concert or table readings and our workshops.

Rehearsals and presentation will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2020. Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and basic design elements during presentations. Scripts are accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2019.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:
  • Playwright must be a woman and may submit only ONE full-length script. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.
  • Previously un-produced plays only. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity.
  • Submission must include:
  • a. BLIND script in PDF format – PAGE ONE of PDF script MUST have TITLE, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN & SYNOPSIS of script, 200 word limit (This file will contain NO playwright contact info*)
  • b. Cover letter addressing: 1) what the playwright would like to accomplish working with a director, dramaturg and cast and 2) how she heard about the call for submissions
  • c. Resume 
  • Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.
  • We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed, and for at least one performance at her own expense. We will select 3-6 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected. Travel stipends are offered.
  • Contact us via LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectArts.org if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

*Contact information must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on the script, the first page of which will be its title, a character breakdown and a short synopsis (submissions will be read blind).

Timeline:
  • Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2019**
  • Three – six finalists will be selected by September 2019
  • Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by October 2019
  • Casting will be between November-December 2019
  • Rehearsals will begin in February 2020
  • Plays In Progress Series will open approximately March or April 2020

**Athena Project reserves the right to close submissions before April 15, 2019.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Curtis Theatre Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival

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The Curtis Theatre announces a call for submissions to the inaugural Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival. This year's theme, “That’s What She Said”, aims to provide a platform for the female voice. Staged readings will run August 30 – September 1, 2019.

Page to Stage will feature one-act and full-length plays. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2019.

Submissions are open to all playwrights with an emphasis on Southern California based artists. Writers interested in submitting plays should send finished scripts to PagetoStage2019@gmail.com with “Festival Play Submission” and the play title in the subject line. Included in the e-mail should be the playwright’s name, contact information, and a two-sentence synopsis of the play. There is no submission fee.

The purpose of the Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival is to nurture new plays and new playwrights by working with local burgeoning writers and to showcase their works for audiences in our community. Selected plays will be presented as staged readings on the Curtis Theatre stage as part of the 2019/2020 Season. The Curtis Theatre will also use the festival to find and develop material for future seasons. Authors whose manuscripts are selected will receive an honorarium, a written critique from a professional dramaturge, a DVD of the staged reading, and participation in a post-show audience discussion.

The 2019 festival is produced in partnership with Project La Femme. Project La Femme is committed to creating art that challenges dialogue while promoting and amplifying artists who produce socially engaging art projects. Their mission is to create and explore images and definitions of women through diversity, inclusiveness, and honesty.

Pre-submission writers' workshops will be offered in the evenings on February 21 and April 4, 2019. Actors' auditions are scheduled for August 5 & 6, 2019. Anyone interested in directing, designing, or volunteering for the festival, please contact Heather Enriquez by April 15 at HeatherG@cityofbrea.net. More information will be available on the Curtis Theatre Facebook page or by joining the Curtis Creative Collective Facebook group.

The mission of the City of Brea’s Curtis Theatre is to entertain, inspire, and connect our diverse community through exceptional performing arts programs, premium facilities, and professional staff. All readings, rehearsals, and workshops will be at the Curtis Theatre, located in the Brea Civic and Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle in Brea.

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