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

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Reading Series at Playhouse on Park

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Deadline: June 15, 2021

West Hartford, Connecticut

Submit plays to newworks@playhousetheatregroup.org

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2021-2022 season of the Playwrights on Park

PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work.

Playwrights selected as part of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series will have a day of rehearsal, followed by a reading of their play and a talkback with the audience.

IMPORTANT INFO:

Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford for the day of the reading and the audience discussion that follows

There will be a rehearsal the day of the reading in which attendance by the playwright is optional, but strongly encouraged. Transportation may be provided from NYC or New England locations by the Playhouse. Readings will be on select Sunday nights throughout the season at 7:00pm.

Play reading dates will be as follows:
  • Oct 3, 2021
  • Nov 12, 2021
  • Feb 6, 2022
  • June 5, 2022
  • July 17, 2022

We will choose FIVE plays for readings for the 2021/22 season. Final selections will be made by August 1, 2021 at the latest.

Submission Guidelines:

▪ BIPOC and Womxn artists are strongly encouraged to submit
▪ We are seeking FULL LENGTH plays with smaller casts (5 or less ideally)
▪ Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format). Plays must be submitted electronically

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company Generations 2021

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Deadline: June 14, 2021

Generations 2021: Guidelines and Submission Form

BETC’s new play development program, Generations, features the work of parent playwrights with children under 18. The name comes from BETC’s goals for the program: to welcome all generations into the theater to see new plays, and to empower playwrights to generate new work.

Each season, BETC selects one playwright through a national competition to join us in Boulder for a one-week residency. During the residency week, the playwright works with a professional director, dramaturg, and actors to develop the selected script. The week concludes with a public reading and post-reading conversation.

In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of June 14, 2021. Guidelines and the submission form are below. Please read carefully before submitting.
Entry Guidelines:

Plays must be full-length scripts (at least 70 minutes estimated run-time).

Eligible playwrights are parents of at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of the submission deadline. Playwrights must be U.S. residents.

Each playwright is limited to submission of one script for consideration.

Plays must be in the English language.

No musicals will be accepted.

We will not reconsider scripts that have been submitted to the Generations competition in previous years.

Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are ineligible.

Scripts may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of June 1, 2021.

We will consider scripts that have had a workshop, reading, or academic production.
Residency and Prize Information:

The winning playwright will receive:

a week-long workshop residency, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;

the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
a stipend for travel costs;
  • $500 prize; and
  • $500 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.
The winning play will receive full consideration for production in an upcoming season. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production.

During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. This year’s Generations residency may be held online if public health circumstances dictate but our goal is to offer an in-person residency. Specific date arrangements for the residency will be made directly with the winning playwright.
Competition Deadline:

The application deadline is June 14, 2021, or when our 200-script submission cutoff is reached. Our winning playwright will be notified by September 15, 2021.

The submission form will require you to submit a blind copy of your full script as a PDF file.Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. The biographical and demographic info you submit will not be referenced during the selection process.
Selection process:

In our initial reading round, we read the first 20 pages of a script. Script excerpts nominated by two readers continue to the semi-finalist round, in which two readers read the full scripts and complete thorough reader responses. Highly regarded scripts become finalists. Our full committee reads all finalist scripts, then advises our producing artistic director in selecting the winning play.
FAQ’s:

Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we do not provide feedback on submitted scripts during or after the competition. We will confirm that an initial submission has been received, and notify applicants of the competition winner.

Due to available program funding and staff capacity, we will not consider scripts from grandparents or others who are not currently custodial parents of a child 18 years of age or younger. We hope to be able to expand our program to additional generations in future years, but at this time our focus is on assisting playwrights with young families.

Monday, May 17, 2021

“Take Flight” Festival

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Deadline: November 1, 2021

Full-length OR one-act plays in any genre: comedy, drama, multimedia, etc.. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.

Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and plays that have received more than two full-scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Plays with casts larger than 8 people and unfinished works or drafts will not be considered at this time.
  • Plays that have had workshops, readings or non-professional productions will be accepted.
  • Electronic submissions only please.
  • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.
  • Eligible play may be produced either virtually online or live onstage. 
  • Please include the following information in one attached PDF file, not in the body of your email. 
  • Please do not attach multiple files. 
Complete submission packages must include:

Your contact information; Your playwriting resume; Title of the play; Character breakdown and description including total number of characters; Time and place of the play; Synopsis (no longer than 1 page); a concise paragraph describing the development history of the play you are submitting (if any), and the full script.

Incomplete submission packages will not be considered.

Email your complete submission package to

DragonflyTheatreChicago@gmail.com by November 1, 2021.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

2022 Ecodrama Playwrights' Festival

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Deadline: August 31, 2021

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

Guidelines for Playwrights

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?

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

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

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

Friday, May 14, 2021

Golden Thread submission guidelines

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We Accept Full-length Plays Year-Round

Golden Thread produces passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their careers. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Eligibility:

• Plays by playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage on any topic

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

• Plays must be in English

Areas of interest include:

• Comedies: political satire, romantic comedies

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

• Plays that explore aspects of immigrant or family life

• Adaptations of classical texts and or historical figures

• Exploration of Middle Eastern performance traditions

We will only contact playwrights whose plays are under consideration for reading and/or production.

Submission Guidelines:

• Complete the Full-length Play Submission Form.

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

WE NO LONGER ACCEPT HARD COPY SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL.

ReOrient Festival of Short Plays

Produced once every two-years, ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco. The submission deadline for consideration in ReOrient Festival 2021 has passed.

For any further questions or concerns, email submissions@goldenthread.org.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND KEEP WRITING!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Woodward/Newman Award

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Agent submitted scripts require no fee. If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email to avoid paying the fee.

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Bloomington Indiana

The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, started through the support of Joanne Woodward, Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Newman family, celebrating Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward’s tremendous history of work on stage and screen.

It presents the best unpublished play of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of BPP’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. Submissions for the 2022-23 competition must be submitted by Dec 1, 2021.

Guidelines for Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2022-23 Woodward/Newman Award. The winner and finalists will be announced by June 2022. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production.

“Full-length” plays should 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 (independently published is acceptable).

Each submission should be sent to BPP via email. Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org

Your email should include the following:

Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play

Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee

Agent submitted scripts require no fee.

If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email

If you have paid via Paypal on our website, indicate your confirmation number and the email address used.

Paypal is preferred, but if you can’t pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to “BPP” and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404

Attach a SINGLE PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:

Title page with author name

Synopsis (1 page or less). Please list the genre at the top (comedy, drama, etc.)

Character list/breakdown

Production history for the play—Include readings and productions

A brief bio of the playwright,

Full Script

Submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest.

Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

Two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Robert J. Pickering / J.R. Colbeck Award for Playwriting Excellence

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Deadline: December 31, 2021
Coldwater, Michigan

This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. In 2020, the award was renamed to also honor longtime BCCT member and Pickering director, J.R. Colbeck. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

Production:

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Sunday, May 9, 2021

The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language

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Deadline: August 31, 2021

Monetary award to playwright: $3000 for full-length works, $1500 for one-acts.

Synecdoche Works may support further development of a submitted work at its discretion.

Conditions for Consideration

Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using metre, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching.

Plays must contain at least 60% heightened language.

Submissions may be translations or adaptations of works in the public domain.

One-act submissions should target a minimum 40-minute final running time. Full-length submissions should target a minimum running time of 90 minutes.

Authors awarded a grant must be willing to participate in a brief rehearsal process culminating in a Zoom reading of their submitted work.

Submitted works cannot be currently attached to a theater or production company.

Submitted works cannot have had a prior development cycle outside of an educational program.

Submission deadline: August 31, 2021

Submission portfolio must include:
The play in standard script format, emailed as an attachment to Synecdoche Works.
A brief author biography, maximum of 200 words.

Please visit synecdocheworks.org for more information.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Threshold Theater wants to see new scripts from LGBTQ playwrights

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Threshold Theater wants to see new scripts from LGBTQ playwrights about the LGBTQ experience.
Threshold Theater’s mission to “produce fresh LGBTQ works” means we tell the stories of who we are, because only when we see each other do the walls of discrimination start to crumble.

In addition to fully staged productions (when we can safely do such things again), Threshold Theater also wants to curate an ongoing series of public readings of new scripts to introduce audiences to new writers, and to help in the development of new work.

We're looking for new scripts of any length (from 10 minute to 2 acts) penned by LGBTQ writers about the LGBTQ experience. We're defining new as either unproduced, or not produced in the last 5 years. Previous public readings and workshops of a script are OK.
 
All LGBTQ writers are welcome, but we specifically want to encourage submissions from those in communities whose voices have been traditionally underrepresented.
 
Threshold is excited by plays of all genres, topics, and the intersectionality of LGBTQ and other aspects of life. Our history did not start in 1969 and the theater world has only seen a sliver of our experiences – we are dedicated to changing that.

If you are interested in submitting your work please do so as either a Word or PDF attachment, and include production/development history (if any) along with your contact information to thresholdmpls@gmail.com

Please put 'Play Submission' in the subject line.

10 minutes plays please submit the entire work,

Full length scripts please submit the first 25 pages, if we want to see the full script, we'll follow up with you.

If you'd just like to get to know us better, feel free to contact us with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you and having the chance to read your work.

Thanks!
Threshold Theater

Thursday, May 6, 2021

JOOKMS: 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight Series

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Deadline: June 1, 2021
Submissions will be capped after the first 200 scripts are received.
Memphis TN

Announcing JOOK’s 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight Series celebrating Southern writers and new Southern plays! After the success of the first series and the subsequent workshop of Seth McNeill’s NATCHETOCHES in 2020, this uplifting project returns for a second round of submissions.

Seeking work from emerging and established Southern playwrights.

We are open to reading new works by writers from the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

We're also open to reading new plays by writers outside of these states if the work is set in the South. 

While this year's Spotlight Series is limited to Southern writers, we do accept new plays from all playwrights year round. 

JOOKMS is committed to discovering, developing and presenting great, previously unheard voices in American theater. We believe that great theater should be a positive, transformative and inclusive cultural experience for all of us. JOOK is committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable creative space. One where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments and programs. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We’re also committed to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

All finalists will receive a $100 usage fee.

Full-length OR one-act plays in any genre: comedy, drama, or multimedia. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.

Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays, and plays that have received full- scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.

Plays with casts larger than 8 people and unfinished works or drafts will not be considered at this time.

Full-length OR one-act plays in any genre. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.

Plays that have had workshops and/or readings will be accepted.

Electronic submissions (PDF) only.

Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

Eligible play may be produced either virtually online or live onstage.

Please include the following information in one attached PDF file, not in the bodyof your email.

Please do not attach multiple files.

Complete submission must include:

Your contact information and bio
Your playwriting resume
Title of the play
Character breakdown and description including total number of characters Time and place of the play

Synopsis - no longer than 1 page
A concise paragraph describing the development history of the play you are submitting The full script

Incomplete submission packages will not be considered.

Questions?
Email contactjookms@gmail.com with the subject line SUBMISSIONS QUESTION

Up to 4 finalists will be chosen to participate in the Summer Spotlight Series online and up to 8 semi-finalists will receive honorable mentions leading up to the series with social media shoutouts.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of readers and notified by JOOKMS no later than June 30.

We regret that individual feedback will not be possible and only finalists/semi- finalists will be contacted.


Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director, dramaturg and cast, 12 remote rehearsal hours including an online reading, and facilitated virtual post- show talkback.

Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play in a virtual setting.


No other royalties or payments will be issued. If a full production moves forward, a contract will be negotiated for full production. The playwright holds all rights to their material.


Email your complete submission package to: contactjookms@gmail.com by June 1, 2021

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Mixing It Up Productions Spring 2021 Full-length Playwriting Contest

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DEADLINE: Friday, May 21, 2021

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

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

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

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

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

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

PRIZES:

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

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

Third Prize: A year’s subscription to Broadway HD

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

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Barrington Stage - Black Voices Matter

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Supporting and Encouraging Black Community Members by giving a platform for Black creativity and self-expression in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

In response to the present racial climate in this country, we want to deepen our allyship with the Black Community in Berkshire County. We need to act, but first we need to listen. Barrington Stage Company is giving a platform to Black Voices in response to Black Lives Matter. 

We are inviting Black community members to submit digital video reflections of their thoughts, feelings, fears and triumphs.

This can include but is not limited to: monologues, scenes or plays, poetry, original music, multimedia projects, etc. We want everyone in the conversation to ask themselves: “What can I do to make a change?”

Submissions will be shared on our website in our Community Space. This is an opportunity for BSC to continue to engage, empower and celebrate our Black community.

To submit your work or for further questions, contact Education@BarringtonStageCo.org or call Sharron Frazier-McClain, Community Engagement and EDI Coordinator, at 413-997-6118.


Monday, April 26, 2021

Kitty Drama Productions is calling for play submissions for an online platform

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Kitty Drama Productions is calling for play submissions for an online platform. Can have scenes for two actors, if cast from the same area/household, but actors and director will rehearse and film from home. Please be innovative with setting, including place, on-camera/off-camera voices, car phone filming, and incorporate multimedia ideas (not required). 

If you have an existing script you feel could be adapted to this format, please submit with a note. 

If chosen, final product will be produced by Kitty Drama Productions. Please read more about our company at www.kittydrama.com or visit our Facebook page.

Please submit play as a Word Document to kittydrama68@gmail.com and include your name and contact phone number. Looking for running times between 60-90 minutes for the 2021-22 year.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

2nd Annual Women’s Voices Play Festival

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Deadline: April 30, 2021

Announcing our 2nd Annual Women’s Voices Play Festival celebrating new plays by Women+ playwrights! After the success of the first festival and subsequent Mini-Fests featuring 15 new plays by women+ playwrights in 2020, this uplifting project returns for a second round of submissions.

Seeking work from emerging and established women+ playwrights.

Festival Performance dates:
August 11-15, 2021
Orlando, FL

Festival Awards:
Winner: $500 and consideration for a full production
All finalists will receive a $100 usage fee


OFFICIAL RULES & GUIDELINES

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

Electronic script submissions (PDF)- emailed to: newplays@madcowtheatre.com with the subject line: Submission & Name of Playwright

In the body of the email include:
Script Name,
Playwright Name,
Playwright Email,
Playwright Telephone Number,
Playwright Postal Address
  • Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development. 
  • Plays must be full length (60 minutes+) and can be single or multiple acts. No musicals.
  • Plays must use no more than 6 actors. 
  • Submissions must include a character breakdown and synopsis
  • One submission per playwright.
  • Playwright must identify as woman+
Any plays that do not follow these requirements will not be considered.

Questions? Email newplays@madcowtheatre.com with the subject line “Question”
  • Up to 3 finalists will be chosen to participate in the Women’s Voices Festival online and up to 10 semi-finalists will receive honorable mentions leading up to the festival with NPX recommendations and social media shoutouts.
  • Finalists will be selected by a panel of readers and notified by Mad Cow Theatre no later than the June 30 announcement
  • Readers will be public knowledge and bios/headshots released on social media
  • We regret that individual feedback will not be possible and only finalists/semi-finalists will be contacted. 
  • Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director, dramaturg and cast, 13 rehearsal hours including a staged reading, and facilitated post-show talkback.
  • Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play in a virtual setting. 
  • Winner of festival will receive $500 and consideration for a full production
  • All finalists will receive a $100 script usage fee
  • No other royalties or payments will be issued. If a full production moves forward, a contract will be negotiated for full production. The playwright holds all rights to their material.
  • Submissions will be capped after the first 200 scripts are received.
The winner will be announced the week following the festival

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award 2021

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Deadline: May 1, 2021

A CONTEST FOR NEW FULL-LENGTH PLAYS for YOUNG AUDIENCES ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2021 WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: OCTOBER 2021

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, 2021, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of May 1, 2021.
  • 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.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

NEW JEWISH PLAY PRIZES

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Deadline: May 31, 2021

Established in 2020, Theater J’s New Jewish Play Prizes recognize extraordinary new writing that celebrates, explores, or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience from established and emerging playwrights. Created in memory of two longtime Theater J supporters and leaders, the annual prizes both inspire and celebrate the continuation and development of the Jewish theatrical tradition in the United States.

We encourage plays which authentically represent characters and experiences of racially and ethnically diverse Jews, as well as explore the historic and present-day intersections of white Jews and Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color.

Before submitting, please be sure to read all of the FAQs to ensure that your submission meets the eligibility criteria and follows all submission guidelines.

If your submission fails to comply with these requirements, we will not be able to read it.

The Theater J Patty Abramson Prize

The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize will award $3,000 and a stage reading to a promising emerging woman playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.

The Prize is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and venture capitalist Patty Abramson.

Eligible playwrights must not have had more than two productions at LORT or off-Broadway theaters, including different productions of the same play, but may have been produced at other theaters. Plays must not have been produced at the time of submission, but a scheduled future professional production is not disqualifying.



The Theater J Trish Vradenburg Established Playwright Prize

The Theater J Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize will award $15,000 to an established playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.

The Prize is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist, playwright, and Alzheimer’s research advocate Trish Vradenburg, who served on Theater J’s Council for 13 years.

Plays must be submitted by a theatrical agent or artistic staff members of a professional theater company. We expect established playwrights to have had productions of their plays on Broadway, at major off-Broadway theaters, and/or at multiple LORT theaters, or other markers of attaining significant accomplishments and/or national attention as a playwright. Unproduced plays are eligible, as are plays professionally produced after July 2018 or currently scheduled for an NYC premiere.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

San Diego REPertory Theatre submission guidelines

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San Diego REPertory Theatre is happy to accept scripts from agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing relationship. In general, we no longer accept unsolicited scripts from unrepresented writers. However, we continue to offer an open submission policy for plays and musicals from Latino(a) writers across the country because we are committed to supporting today’s Latino(a) voices. In addition, local writers residing in the Southern California area may submit a query letter about their new work that includes a current email contact and:

  • A brief biography of your writing history, noting awards and production history
  • A paragraph about why your play is a good match for the San Diego REP
  • A one-page synopsis of the play including number of cast, genre & run-time
  • For musicals, please also include a CD with sample songs from the score

Our six-show season can include full-length plays, musicals with a small cast and band, solo pieces, and adaptations performed on one of two stages (250-500 seats) for about 4 weeks. Past programming has highlighted voices of the Latino, African-Americans, and Jewish communities. Before submitting, please make sure that your script is aligned with our mission. It is also advised that you attend some of our productions to become more familiar with our sensibility.

If we are interested, we will contact you to request a copy of the full script within a few months.

Send to:
San Diego REPertory Theatre
Literary Department
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Transformation Theatre 2022 Virtual Reading Series

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SUBMISSION FORM

COVID 19: Due to the closure of facilities all readings will be presented online as a virtual reading. As such, playwrights may be asked to create an adaptation/adjustments to make each play more suited to this format. We look forward to producing live productions as soon as it is safe for our audience, staff and talent.
Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.
Thank you for your interest in working with Transformation Theatre, Inc. Submissions will open April 1, 2021 for consideration for the 2022 virtual reading series.
 
Transformation Theatre, Inc. accepts unsolicited submissions from playwrights around the globe, however, priority will be given to playwrights from the DC/MD/VA region. Playwrights at all stages of their career are encouraged to submit. While we accept submissions from outside the DC/MD/VA region, we do not have the funding to provide transportation or housing for those not local to the region.
 
Each play will be considered and reviewed in the order it was received. The first and extremely important step is the submission form. This is where the process really begins and the decision to move forward in our process starts here. Our review/evaluation process includes three members of our team, including the Founding Producing Artistic Director, Founding Associate Artistic Director, and one member of our board of directors. Those selected for further consideration will move on to the entire Board of Directors for approval. Unfortunately, we cannot provide feedback on plays that are not selected for our development process.
 
If selected, you will be notified by the Artistic Director to further discuss the process and timing. Our process in general is to provide initial feedback on the play, produce a virtual reading with a dramaturg led Q&A and audience feedback. Consideration will then be given to discuss the option of producing a fully staged production in the following year. All the while, you will be working with a professional creative team including a director, dramaturg, AEA actors and designers.
 
What we are looking for is a strong script and a talented playwright who will benefit from our process. TT, Inc. is looking for scripts that fit our mission. 
 
Our mission is to develop new plays that give voice to underrepresented people. Sadly, that includes a very large number of people who identify in various ways. Since we can only produce six readings per year, we find that we must narrow our focus in each season.

For 2022, we are looking for plays that explore and give voice to those who identify as
Transgender and/or non cis Gender Identity
AAPI/ East Asian
Neurodiverse
Native American/Indigenous
LGBTQIA+
We are also interested in finding intersectionality in marginalized voices. Though we are looking for stories about and for those specific voices, it does not exclude others.
  
What we are not looking for are plays that are incomplete, synopses, or that do not meet our criteria and mission. We do not produce musicals (though plays with music may be considered), children's theatre or screenplays. ​We are not looking for micro plays, 10 minute shorts, one-person shows, kitchen comedies or living room dramas that don’t stretch themselves out of the genre a bit. Unfinished plays won’t benefit from our process and neither will plays that have extensive production histories.
 
We are thrilled that we continue to receive over 300 submissions every year. As such, our response time may be as long as three to five months. Please be patient and do not contact us before three months if you have not heard from us.
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PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE SUBMISSION CRITERIA CAREFULLY. ANY SUBMISSIONS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW TT, INC.'S GUIDELINES OR THAT CONTAIN INSUFFICIENT REQUIRED DETAILS WILL BE REJECTED WITHOUT NOTIFICATION.

● Must be unpublished and unproduced
○ Plays must be in a form that would benefit from additional

re-working/re-writing.
○ Adaptable to virtual reading
○ Playwright must be open to feedback/criticism and must be willing to consider rewrites in collaboration with the Artistic Director, Director and Dramaturg.

○ Characters need to be specific (ethnicity/gender/sexual orientation)

● Open to global playwrights with priority to DMV regional playwrights

● Must be between 90-120 minutes in length

● No more than three locations (if working in realism)

● Must be able to be performed with no more than 7 actors

● Content must align with TT, Inc.’s mission statement

● Playwright acknowledges that while neither the playwright nor TT, Inc. are under obligation, it is requested that the playwright not enter into further production agreements of their play from the signing of the agreement until one month following the reading to determine if TT, Inc. will engage in negotiations of first option for a world premiere production of the play.

Play Approval/Selection: Founding Producing Artistic Director, Founding Associate Artistic Director, Play Selection Committee

Examples of underrepresented peoples and cultures (not a comprehensive list)

● African American / Black
● Asian
● Hispanic / Latinx
● Native American / Alaskan Native
● Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
● Middle Eastern
● LGBTQ+
● Transgender
● Gender fluid
● Two Spirit
● Women
● Religion other than Christianity

2022 Season Representations (we encourage intersectionality)

● Transgender/ Gender Identity
● AAPI
● East Asian
● Neurodiversity
● Native American
● LGBTQIA+

Saturday, April 10, 2021

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 22nd Annual New Play Contest

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Deadline: May 1, 2021

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 2021. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for future seasons.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We are proud to announce that for the 22nd consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, 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. Playwrights located outside the United States that might be interested in submitting their plays via email should contact us at jim@chameleontheatre.org. 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
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
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
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 May 1, 2021 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
22nd Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Playmakers Repertory Company submissions open

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Deadline: April 30, 2021

As a way to get to know new and undiscovered voices, we invite blind submissions during the months of March and April; please reach out to us then at playmakersliterary@gmail.com if you have a new work you’d like us to consider.



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