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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

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Florida Theatrical Association seeks musicals

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

FTA will continue accepting new works for the 2021 New Musical Discovery Series through April 1, 2021. For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.FloridaTheatrical.org.

Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select one work that will each receive a staged reading, and one final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

The deadline to submit musicals for consideration is April 1, 2021.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must include:
  • A cover letter
  • A history of the musical’s development
  • A synopsis
  • Full script
  • A CD or flash drive with at least six songs from the production (it can be a very basic recording).

Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and performances in the window of August 17th to August 25th. Travel, accommodation, and a per diem are provided.

It is preferred that the materials are sent by a link or invitation to either Google Drive or Dropbox via email to: KennyHoward@FloridaTheatrical.org Please have each of the items above as separate files.

Should you need to mail your submission, please send to:

Florida Theatrical Association
Attn: Play Submission
100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32801

*Please note that materials will not be returned.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Submission Opportunity - Live & In Color

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Deadline: March 31, 2021

Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical. 

The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast. The winning musical submission will have a two-week workshop this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience. 

Email your materials to Director of New Works, Dennis Corsi, at dennis@theatreincolor.org

The musical must be able to be performed with 4 actors or less.

All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Demo of score (2-3 songs)
  • Sample of dialogue (~10 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)
More than one submission is acceptable
If there is a restriction on plays that have previously been produced and/or published: properties with prior full productions not accepted.
How and when submitters will be notified about their submission: submitters will be notified in the Spring of the choice via email. 


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Friday, March 19, 2021

Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2021 Virtual Play Festival

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Deadline: April 15, 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2021 Virtual Play Festival. Seeking short plays (no more than 15 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! 

We post your YouTube link of the performance to the free festival site for voting by viewers. One submission per playwright. No submission fee. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. 
There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! Deadline: April 15. 2021. Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

Friday, February 19, 2021

National Arts Diversity Integration Association (NADIA) is accepting script submissions for a new play or musical

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Deadline: March 5, 2021 12 PM EST

National Arts Diversity Integration Association (NADIA) is accepting script submissions for a new play or musical to be recorded and presented as a staged reading in their Spring 2021 Amplified Currents Festival of the Arts, which will be held online, April 17th-25th, 2021. Deadline to submit is Friday, March 5th, 2021.

Length: One-Act
Genre: Any
Playwright Location: United States
Deadline: Friday, March 5th, 2021 12PM EST
  • Piece should be no longer than 75 minutes long
  • Have a cast no larger than 10
  • Should be actor/story forward
  • Should incorporate music in some way 
  • Should be unpublished and have limited or no production history 
  • Should include a character breakdown as well as a brief synopsis
NADIA is committed to investing in the work of and supporting artists who have been historically excluded in the arts, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. BIPOC writers and creatives are particularly encouraged to submit. 

Please note: There are no submission fees, nor is there a fee to be a part of the festival. This is a paid opportunity, and all artists involved will receive a stipend for their time and talent. 

Playwrights will be responsible for travel expenses should they choose to join us for any part of the in-person recording process, which will take place in New York, NY in the beginning of April.

NADIA is a non-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to coordinating the research, development, and implementation of industry-wide anti-discriminatory practices. NADIA supports a diverse group of project leaders and artists who are looking to think critically and discover new ways to produce culturally conscious art in order to develop practices that are equitable, inclusive, and sustainable.

For more information about NADIA, submissions, or our past work, visit www.nadiaconnects.org or reach out to nadiaconnectsinfo@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Capital Theatre seeks submissions from new and established Black playwrights

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SUBMISSION FORM

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

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

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


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

New Jersey Repertory Company seeks plays and musicals

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Deadline: February 15, 2021

New Jersey Repertory Company is soliciting the submission of 30-45 minute plays or musicals that are newly written and previously unproduced, and that can be staged on a multilevel fire escape, as the one pictured. Playwrights should keep in mind that cast size is limited to 1-3 actors (no doubling) and performers will be on separate levels with separate entrances and there will be no physical contact. Audiences will sit in their cars as in a drive-in movie or in safely distanced and designated spaces with portable seats.

The theater is planning that the fire escape plays will become a part of its ongoing programming, so there is no deadline at this time. Plays should be submitted electronically to njrep@njrep.org and should contain the full script, a cast breakdown, and a brief synopsis.


Thursday, December 31, 2020

SOUND BITES 7.0 - 2021

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Deadline: January 12, 2021

SOUND BITES is an Annual 10-Minute Musical Festival, which showcases ten 10-minute musicals, all in one evening. Any 10-minute piece that can be performed, has a beginning, middle, and end story arch, and includes music qualifies! Now in its seventh year, SOUND BITES offers an opportunity for talented musical theatre writers, composers, and lyricists to present their work in front of audiences and industry professionals. We at Theatre Now strive to provide an experience that fosters community, service, growth, innovation, and diversity among the writing teams and musical selections. Through an open submission process, Theatre Now selects the finalists for presentation in New York City each spring. It has become an annual event and continues not only to grow larger each year but past selections have gone on to be part of New York Musical Festival Next Link Project, City Theatre’s Short Play Festival in Miami, FL, and The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.

Due to COVID-19 SOUND BITES 7.0 that was originally scheduled for April 22, 2020 was cancelled and rescheduled for May 3, 2021. Eight of the 10-minute musicals were chosen for the April performance and will appear in the rescheduled May date. We will add an additional 2 musicals for a total of 10. Therefore we are only accepting two musicals from this submission.

When's the deadline to submit and is there a fee to submit?

Deadline is on January 12th, 2021, and there are no fees to submit!

Who chooses the musicals?

A group of diverse industry 12 professional adjudicators that includes producers, literary managers, directors, professional performers, and writers from previous SOUND BITES guided by our Theatre Now staff members. We guide the committee to consider artistic quality, uniqueness and diversity of the pieces so the evening represents a wide range of styles and types of musicals. BIPOC writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and writers with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

When & where is SOUND BITES?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at 7pm at Merkin Hall At Kaufman Music Center in New York City.

What's the time commitment?

From the First meeting on January 24th through the last meeting on May 9th.

Click here for more info.

Do I need to live in the NYC area to participate?

No, however if chosen, as writer, you would need someone to represent you and attend all required meetings if you do not live in the area.

How much does it cost?

As Theatre Now is an artist service organization, and as the Producer of SOUND BITES, we cover the majority of your expenses and costs. We're the only short musical theatre festival that offer artists honorariums and rehearsal reimbursements for each piece. That said, there are some out-of-pocket costs depending on your show's requirements (cast & creative team size, number of rehearsals, size of rehearsal space, etc.) and personal choice. Most of these costs relate to specific set-dressing, props and costumes for your show and additional personnel such as musicians.

Submissions require a letter of recommendation. What should that include?

Your letter should be written by a theatre professional who can talk about the piece itself or you as a theatre artist.

Ready to submit your show?

Submissions are now open for SOUND BITES 7.0. We are looking for two more teams to join the other eight teams already chosen.

Have more questions? Please email us at soundbites@tnny.org

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Broadway Kids Auditions seeks new musicals

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Deadline: December 7, 2020

Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA) will be producing an online, process-to-performance workshop series for child and teen musical theatre actors in 2021. We are specifically looking for shows featuring young people that are already written (or in the late stages) and have yet to receive a major performance opportunity. This will be an exciting and unique experience for our casts who have yet to work on this side of the creative process that also provides excellent age appropriate actors for a creative team to continue show development.

Show Details

- Shows should be appropriate for either a young cast (7-12) and/or a teen cast (13-18).
- Features ideally between 15-20 roles.
- Has a runtime of approximately 45-60 minutes.
- A printed score (before rehearsals start).
- Available rehearsal tracks for personal rehearsal/performance (before the first rehearsal).

* These are guidelines and we are open to discussing exceptions.

Submission Details

Please submit a resume/website, synopsis, a perusal copy of the script and any musical recordings no later than 12/7/2020.

You may submit your materials to: broadwaykidsauditions@gmail.com

Kurt Domoney - Artistic Director/Owner
Brett Teresa - Associate Artistic Director


Monday, November 16, 2020

Third Annual Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2021 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

Submissions will open on September 14, 2020 and will close November 30, 2020. All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found HERE. Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced late February-early March 2021.

Amas Musical Theatre will not ask for any fees for entry or for any fiduciary involvement

from the playwright/librettists at any point of the process.

APPLY HERE

Submission Requirements:

The musical must:

  • Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)
  • Have no more than seven actors (actors may play multiple roles)
  • Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions
  • Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show (at least five songs)
  • Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)
  • Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.
What to submit
  • All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.
  • Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project
  • History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)
  • Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)
  • Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)
  • Proof of rights (if applicable)
  • Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox link)
  • PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available

Guidelines for Materials

All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.

PROOF OF RIGHTS

If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.

FULL SCRIPT

The full script must include:
Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)
Character breakdown (maximum one page)
The complete script with page numbers

For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.

Demo Tracks
The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.

Demo tracks should:
Include at least one song from the first 25 pages
Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment

Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles
Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs
For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.

The Selection Process

Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by Amas Musical Theatre’s literary team. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by a selection committee, comprised of distinguished artists and playwrights, using a blind evaluation process. Committee members will not be given any additional information beyond the title of the show, the script and the demo tracks.

Any personal information you provide in the application is seen by the Amas Musical Theatre staff only, not the selection committee. Our process is based on the quality of the work submitted.

Round 1 (September-December)
  • Our literary team reads the first 25 pages of the book and listens to the demo for any track related to these pages.
  • The team fills out evaluations for each show, which determine the submissions that continue to Round 2.
  • If selected as a finalist, the show’s application primary contact is notified via email.

Round 2 (January-March)
  • The selection committee reads the scripts in full and listens to all demo tracks submitted.
  • Committee members discuss the finalists to determine which one is best suited for the award.
  • The winner will be announced at the Amas Musical Theatre's 51st Anniversary Benefit Event in April 2020.
  • The application’s primary contact is notified and a development schedule is created with the winner.
  • We will not be able to provide feedback regarding why a particular piece was or was not selected.

The Winner
  • Will receive $2,000 to help pay for cost-of-living expenses.
  • Will receive development assistance in the 2020 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre.
  • Will have the selected show rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production.
  • Must be present in New York City for the development process.
  • Must give the right of first refusal for a world premiere of the selected show that will expire 90 days after 
  • Amas Musical Theatre presents the Lab production.

APPLY HERE


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Latest Draft podcast seeks short musicals

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Deadline: October 30, 2020

SUBMISSION FORM

Calling all musical theatre writers: Submission for Season 2 of @thelatestdraft are officially OPEN! Submit your 10-20 min musical or MT song for a chance to be featured on a future episode.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
-Short-form musicals (10 to 30 minutes)
-Stand-alone songs (not from a show)

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Richard Rodgers Award 2021

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Deadline: October 30, 2020

ll applications for the Richard Rodgers Awards are to be submitted online by October 30. Application requirements and procedures are explained in the application form below. Please download, read, and sign the application form before beginning the online application.

Mailed applications will not be accepted.

2021 Application Form (PDF)] | Click here to begin online application.

These awards, created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater, subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners are selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
A. REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY
1. The term "musical theater" is understood to include musicals, plays with songs, thematic revues, or any comparable work. The submission of innovative and experimental work is encouraged. The work submitted must be of significant length to fill an evening; it may consist of a group of smaller, related pieces.

2. The jury will consider only completed works. Care should be taken to submit the work in its best possible form as it may not be submitted again, in another year, even if substantially revised.

3. Only one submission by a collaborative group or a sole creator will be accepted. 

4. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

5. Works by members of the Academy and previous winners of the production awards are not eligible for consideration. Former winners of Richard Rodgers awards for staged readings or studio productions may submit new works.

6. An applicant whose works in the musical theater have received professional or amateur productions in New York City or out of town is eligible unless, in the judgment of the jury, the applicant has already achieved significant recognition in the field of musical theater through the work submitted or through any previous work. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the jury, applicants who have achieved recognition in fields outside the musical theater may be eligible. Works which have been produced by professional theater companies before a paying audience are eligible only if such productions received no more than 21 performances by a for- profit company or 50 performances by a nonprofit company.

Despite the uncertainty around the return of theatrical performances to New York City due to Covid-19, the Academy has decided to continue its Richard Rodgers Awards program for 2021 with the hope that these prizes will help bolster the return of live musical theater when that becomes possible.

B. SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL
1. The name(s) of the author(s) must not appear on any of the items submitted, with the exception of the application form. Include only the title of the work on the script and plot summary. Please be sure author names are not included in music file metadata.
2. Entry must include:
  1. a)  Script with lyrics, in PDF format.
  2. b)  Half-page synopsis of the action and a list of characters, in PDF format.
  3. c)  A separate track sheet (PDF) of recorded songs with page numbers indicating where they appear in the script and specifying the total number of minutes recorded.
  4. d)  At least 45 minutes of music, including a minimum of eight songs. Orchestrations are not necessary; piano and vocals are sufficient. Songs must be numbered in sequence (e.g. 01 Song Title.mp3) and each song’s lyrics clearly typed into the script where it appears. Tracks must be uploaded in the order they appear in the script.
  5. e)  Application form signed by all collaborators (see below). Applicants submitting work that has already been produced must give full information concerning these productions, including programs. A work is not eligible if one of the collaborators is deceased.
  6. f)  If applicable, a statement of intent declaring how the applicants would use the award if their musical is a winner. If the piece is already attached to producers or a theater, even if tentative, these associations must be declared here.
3. If the submitted work (or a portion thereof) is an adaptation of material which is not in the public domain, candidates must submit licenses, permissions, or authorizations necessary to permit the work to be produced in conformity with applicable copyright laws. The music must be original.
4. Applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by March 2021. The Academy is aware of the challenges facing the theatre landscape in the current climate, and will work with the winners to apply the award in a reasonable amount of time.

C. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
1. All rights to the material submitted shall remain the property of the author(s); the Academy will not retain any control over, or rights in, the work after the award production.
2. The decisions of the jury will be final as to eligibility and all other matters.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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

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Deadline: October 31. 2020

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

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

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

One submission per playwright. 

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

No submission fee. 

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 19, 2020

So Queer Playwrights Festival

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Deadline: October 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Richmond VA



The So Queer Playwrights Festival is a competitive, biennial festival of LGBTQ+ works which will lead to the selection of one work by a playwright — a work that RTP will develop further in close collaboration with the chosen playwright. The festival brings RTP to the forefront in the region to inspire and develop new LGBTQ+ musical and non-musical works.

Richmond Triangle Players mission is to change the community’s conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion through the production of LGBTQ-themed works. A nonprofit, professional theatre company organized in 1993, RTP delivers adventurous and entertaining theater as the leading voice in the community’s explorations of equality, identity, affection and family, across sexual orientation and gender spectrums.

As RTP begins the submission process to find a playwright to develop a musical and/or non-musical full-length work, we are strictly looking for material that falls into our stated mission. For purposes of the Festival, preference will be given to southern playwrights and themes.

Richmond Triangle Players is looking for musical and non-musical full-length works that average a runtime of 60 to 120 minutes with no more than 7 performers featured. While we produce a variety of styles and genres, please keep in mind our spatial restrictions: our stage is 28’ by 20’ without wings or fly space.

We remain open to a large spectrum of musical and non-musical works for the submission process and appreciate everything from avant-garde to traditional approaches that a playwright might take. We are ultimately looking for a voice rather than a perfect script.

Submissions are limited to one work per playwright; we will not consider resubmissions.

Plays/Musicals must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission. This does not include workshops, staged readings, or developmental productions. All entries must be withheld from production during the period of the competition, reserving the premiere production for Richmond Triangle Players at a later date.

A PDF submission packet must include the following items, in this order:
Page 1: Title page with author name and contact information
Page 2: One-page Cover Letter that discusses your artistic point of view, and detailing why your play fits with the mission of Richmond Triangle Players
Page 3: One page, including a synopsis of your play, and a character breakdown.
Page 4: One-page biography of the playwright
Page 5+: 10 to 15-page excerpt from your script

If submitting a musical, please include an URL link on page 3 of your PDF packet that directs us to the audio files on a separate website.

The deadline for submissions is October 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm. All completed submissions will be sent a receipt upon arrival. Due to the amount of submissions, we will not be able to respond to all entries with feedback. However, all entries will be read by a committee and evaluated. Please do not call or email a follow up message in regards to the status of your script. RTP does not accept hard-copy script submissions. Any submissions sent via mail will not be eligible, acknowledged, or returned.

Five finalists will be notified on November 6th and announced publicly on November 12th, 2020. Finalists will then be asked to present a 45-minute excerpt of the play on January 8th and 9th, 2021. One finalist will be picked to start the yearlong development process with the promise of a mainstage spot once the playwright and organization believe that the work is ready.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Jonathan Larson Grant 2021

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Deadline: September 24, 2020 11:59 PM EDT
Application Guidelines 2021

The 2021 Jonathan Larson Grants application will close on Thursday, September 24th 2020 at 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 

Click here to apply

General Criteria

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre artists. Composers, lyricists, and librettists who work in musical theatre are the focus of the grants. ATW is committed to serving artists who are creating new, fully producible works for the theatre, and advancing the art form. The grants do not honor a specific piece or project.
Grant awards are based on merit, and are intended for those artists with a demonstrated commitment and dedication to a career in musical theatre. Further, the grants are not intended to be scholarships, and artists applying for grants should be working professionally in the field.
Applications are accepted in the following areas:
Individuals may apply as lyricists, composers, librettists, or any combination of the three.
Collaborative teams may apply together as composer, lyricist, and/or librettist, or any combination of the three.

Collaborators who work together regularly are strongly encouraged to apply as a team.If your collaborative team has more than three individuals, please contact the ATW offices.

United States citizenship is not a requirement to receive the grant, but you must be eligible to work in the U.S. and reside/work here on at least a part-time basis and submitted work should be predominately in English.

Artists may apply only once per grant cycle. You may not apply as part of a team and as an individual applicant.

Prior Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients are not eligible.

(Applications that do not adhere to these general criteria will not be considered)
  • Required Materials–Applicants must submit the following through our online portal to be considered:
  • General Information
  • Artistic Statement—on the form provided, describe your achievements and goals for your career as a creative artist or collaborative team (one per application). Please do not make specific monetary requests as part of the application.
  • Creative Curriculum Vitae—productions/workshops/readings, educational history, and including list of awards (one for each applicant or each member of a team, please submit multiple CVs in one, combined .pdf or .doc file).
  • Work Sample List—(please see below for further information)
  • Applicants may provide a letter of support/recommendation from theatre artists or educators, although this is component is not mandatory to submit an application.

WORK SAMPLE LIST

Applicants are also required to submit a comprehensive Work Sample List; a list of all the song and libretto selections with authorship information. Work samples are only required in accordance with your application focus.

For instance, if you are applying as a composer only, please only submit music, and dramatic context for the song. Do not submit a book or lyrics for adjudication. The same would be true if you were applying as a lyricist or book writer, only submit samples for the area or areas for which you wish to be considered.

Once you have completed the Work Sample list, you will have the opportunity to upload your material.

Notes on uploading work samples:
Audio Files/Song Selections—upload selected songs (accepted formats include MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) and FLAC). Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.
Dramatic Context/ Lyric Sheets—describe the dramatic context and provide the lyrics for each song selection
Libretto—Please submit one-act only of a musical book (or if your work does not have a traditional act-break, an excerpt of 60 pages or less). .pdf format is preferred. You may start your libretto with a 1-page synopsis of the show in its entirety.

On Selecting Work Samples:

Regardless, if you work creatively in all three disciplines (music, lyrics, and book) or you are applying as a collaborative team, you should submit combined work samples that represent the full range of your work. For example, Jonathan Larson might have submitted one application that included three song selections from Rent, two song selections from Tick, Tick…Boom!, and the book of Act II from Rent. Please do not submit a recording of an entire act or production. Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre writers. We are aware that artists work in multiple disciplines; and while it is not necessary that you only work in musical theatre, selections of representative work submitted for the grant must be for musical theatre. Applications submitting oratorios, operas, symphonic scores, or film scores will not be considered.

Adapted Works: Should you choose to submit selections from work which is adapted from an existing work, you must provide proof of rights for that adaptation as part of your application.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Adirondack Theatre Festival

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Deadline: October 1 2020
Glen Falls, NY

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

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

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

Friday, August 7, 2020

Ten-Minute Musicals Project Annual Competition Guidelines

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Deadline: August 31, 2020

Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in seventeen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine.

Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.

SUBMISSIONS SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material.

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned. (Submissions from outside the USA should enclose four INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE COUPONS to cover postage. These can be obtained at your post office.)

CONCERNING THE ABOVE, PLEASE NOTE: NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS -- HARD COPIES ONLY

DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.

SEND TO:

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project

Michael Koppy, Producer

P.O. Box 461194

West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” — Orson Welles

“The more restrictions you have, the easier anything is to write.” — Stephen Sondheim

The single most important piece of advice we can offer is to caution that it will surely take much time and effort to create a quality work. (Occasionally a clearly talented and capable writer and composer seem to have almost “dashed” something off, under the misperception that inspiration can carry the day in this format. But all the works selected in previous rounds clearly evince that considerable deliberation, craft, and time were invested.)

We’re seeking short contemporary musical theater material, in the style of what might be found on Broadway, off-Broadway or the West End. Think of shows like Candide or Little Shop of Horrors, pop operas like Sweeney Todd or Chess, or chamber musicals like Once on this Island or Falsettos. (Even small accessible operas like The Telephone or Trouble in Tahiti are possible models.) All have solid plots, and all rely on sung material to advance them.

Of primary importance is to start with a strong story, even if it means postponing work on music and lyrics until the dramatic foundation is complete. This is one reason we suggest (but do not require) that musicals be based on a short story, play, film, poem or teleplay—either in the public domain (usually meaning it was originally published more than seventy-five years ago) or for which adaptation rights have been obtained. (While we’d love to have pieces based on works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rod Serling, or Stephen King, getting the rights to adapt a work still in copyright can sometimes be difficult. Stories by writers like Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, and Guy de Maupassant, among many others, are in the public domain and can be freely adapted.)

We prefer works using larger casts. If from six to the maximum of ten voices are used it’s a big plus. (Think “Production Number”.)

Fast-paced comedy material has an advantage.

If adapting a story, you might consider setting it in another time or place, or even changing the character genders.

We’ve found that fairy tales generally end up being too cute and trite.

A narrator often slows things down. Trust audiences to get the story through what characters say, sing and do. And it’s better for a character to share his or her reactions to what is happening than to simply describe events—we can see them unfolding with our own eyes.

Be wary of writing only introspective musical “moments,” as they usually stop the progression of the plot. Solo ballads should be thought of as icing on the cake, as you'll surely still need other sung material—much of it uptempo—which advances the plot in duets, trios, and production numbers.

Don’t worry if an idea seems “unstageable”. That’s what directors, designers, choreographers—and rehearsals—are for.

Finally, please understand that NONE OF THESE OBSERVATIONS ARE GOSPEL. They’re simply recommendations based on what we've learned from seeing works submitted previously. Given that, please take them seriously. However, nearly every one of these recommendations has been ignored by at least one of the works so far selected. In the end what matters most will be the idea and aim of your piece and how effectively they are realized.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Broadway Bound seeks scripts from Black playwrights

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Deadline: September 6, 2020
NYC

Recognizing that existing theatre is inherently exclusionary and holds detrimental biases, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival is changing its mission statement and creating a plan of action that is explicitely anti-racist. As Andre Lorde has claimed: "it is not difference that immobilizes, but silence."

We would like to invite Black playwrights, theatre-makers, and composers to submit their new scripts to BBTF for a spot in our 2021 Winter Festival at Theatre Row in Manhattan. 

We’ve waived both our $25 Reader Fee for all submissions and the $1000 Acceptance Fee, if your play or musical is selected. 

Musicals: Max 120 minutes plus a 10 minute intermission. 

Straight plays: Max 90 minutes in length; min 60 minutes with no intermission. 

This is an opportunity EXCLUSIVE TO BLACK ARTISTS. Submissions close Sept. 6, 2020 at midnight EST. You will be notified within 2 weeks of that date and receive a short critique of your work. Submit your finished script and complete the application on broadwayboundfestival.com.

No justice, no peace. The theater community needs to dismantle its system. BBTF is officially committed to lifelong plans of action and advocacy for Black lives. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Raise Your Voice Playwright Competition

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Deadline: August 7, 2020

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

1) $200 cash award from Inclusion Media Group.
2) $200 cash award from Hosting Theatre.

3) A commitment from hosting theatre to host an online reading of the show.
4) A commitment from the hosting theatre to have a diverse production team (director, music director, etc).
5) A commitment to consider the show for future placement in an upcoming season.
6) If the reading is put on as a benefit, the hosting theatre commits to pay the winner 10% of the proceeds from the reading.

***Each theatre will choose their own winner. Therefore, there will be multiple winners since we have a lot of participating theatres.

DATES:

Submission Deadline: August 7, 2020
Notification Date: September 25, 2020
Reading: TBD (Each theatre will contact their winner with the production schedule between September 25 - October 2)

Rules & Terms

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

1) There is no entry fee. It is free to enter!
2) Plays and Musicals submitted before August 7, 2020 are eligible for consideration.
3) This competition is open to anyone who holds legal residence in the United States of America and/or are U.S. Citizens.
4) A signed Acknowledgement of Official Rules.
5) Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the competition and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
6) Limit: Each participate can submit as many complete entries as one desires.
7) Theme: Plays and musicals may (a) tell a story that centers around BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ people or (b) feature characters of color.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

A) Musical Submission Guidelines

1) On the cover page of your script, please include a working link to the musical demos for the songs in the musical so that we can review the songs.
2) Please include the sheet music in the document submitted with your script.
3) Scripts should be in 12-point Courier font, written in English, and formatted using industry-accepted standards, available through software such as Final Draft, Celtx, etc.
4) Please submit a synopsis of 250 words or less, which includes a plot summary; description of major characters, setting, and time period; and the most important conflicts in the story. Please also include a link to your music demos at the end of your synopsis.
5) New drafts, substitutions or corrected pages will not be accepted after initial submission of each submitted work. Producer will not be responsible for submissions that are incomplete, lost, unintelligible, misdirected, or damaged while in transit.

B) Play Submission Guidelines

1) Scripts should be in 12-point Courier font, written in English, and formatted using industry-accepted standards, available through software such as Final Draft, Celtx, etc.
2) Please submit a synopsis of 250 words or less, which includes a plot summary; description of major characters, setting, and time period; and the most important conflicts in the story.
3) New drafts, substitutions or corrected pages will not be accepted after initial submission of each submitted work. Producer will not be responsible for submissions that are incomplete, lost, unintelligible, misdirected, or damaged while in transit.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

A) Plays and musicals should be the original work and sole property of the Participant(s) submitting them. Plays and musical that are collaborative works of no more than two writer(s) will be accepted so long as (i) each writer of the team submits an application and e-signs these Official Rules; (ii) the names of both writers are included in each application with one writer identified as the primary contact; (iii) each writer satisfies all Eligibility Requirements set forth in Section A, above, and is otherwise in compliance with and agrees to these Official Rules.

B) Plays and musicals may be in any genre, but should be intended for a live stage production.

C) Plays and musicals should not have been previously optioned, sold, licensed or produced as a live stage production, theatrical motion picture, television or online program.

D) Plays and musicals should not include material that: (i) defames any individual or entity; (ii) invades the privacy or misappropriates publicity rights of any third party; (iii) infringes the copyright of any third party or is otherwise unlawful or infringing; or (iv) is harmful to users of the Site or could adversely impact the Competition, Site, other Participants.

E) Participant acknowledges that Sponsors and Competition Entities may have motion pictures, television programs, live stage productions and other creative materials in development or production that include ideas, concepts, plots, characters, settings, and themes similar to Participant’s Submitted work and that Participant will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate with Sponsors because of any such similarities. Nothing in these Official Rules or related materials shall create an implied or express contract to compensate Participants for their scripts, except as specifically described in these Official Rules.

F) Producer reserves the right to notify any Participant of Producer’s interest in negotiating directly with Participant to develop and potentially produce a work based on the Play or Musical submitted. If Participant agrees to move forward with such negotiation, Participant’s submitted Play or Musical will not move forward in subsequent rounds of the Competition.

G) Producer recommends that Participants register their Play or Musicals with the U.S. Copyright Office. Participants should retain all rights in their works throughout the Competition, so that if the Participant wins the Competition, Participant can assign rights in and to the work to Producer for production of the winning work, free of any limitations, restrictions or third party obligations.

COMPETITION PROCESS:

1) Initial Submissions that do not conform to technical requirements in these Official Rules will be automatically disqualified.

2) Each Initial Submission that satisfies all the requirements in these Rules will be reviewed by a team of diverse judges assembled by the participating theater and ranked based on the following criteria (“Criteria”) on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (outstanding), with each evaluator assigning a number score for each of the listed criteria that will be added together to arrive at a total score for the Submission:

a) Originality/Creativity b) Structure c) Plot d) Pacing e) Character Development f) Diversity g) Music (if applicable) h) Lyrics (if applicable)

3) Each participating theater will choose one (1) winner each. Please note that it is possible that your project could be chosen by more than one participating theater.

PRIZE/WINNER’S OBLIGATIONS:

A) Each participating theater will choose one (1) winner. Each winning play and musicals will be awarded a $200 award from Inclusion Media Group and another $200 award from Hosting Theatre. Please note that it is possible that your project could be chosen by more than one participating theater. In the event that this happens, you will receive the GRAND PRIZE listed above from each participating theater.

B) Each participating theater commits to the following:
1) A commitment from hosting theatre to do an online reading of the show.
2) A commitment from the hosting theatre to have a diverse production team (director, music director, etc).
3) A commitment to consider the show for future placement in an upcoming season.
4) If the reading is put on as a benefit, the hosting theatre commits to pay the winner 10% of the proceeds from the reading.

MORE INFORMATION ON THEIR WEB SITE

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

BMI Theatre Workshop 2020

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Deadlines
Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2020.


Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2020.

Composers/Lyricists
Librettists

Application Materials
Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.
Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.
Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.
Auditions

Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.
Program upon Acceptance

The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.
Schedule

The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.
Fees

There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

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