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Showing posts with label musicals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label musicals. Show all posts

Friday, July 1, 2022

Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2022 Virtual Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays (& short musicals)


Deadline: September 22, 2022

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2022 Virtual Play Festival. 

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 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 festival site for voting. One submission per playwright. No submission fees. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work; we provide a virtual venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! 

Deadline: September 22. 2022 (end of summer). Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

We will also be hosting a free in person live version of the festival in New York City in August, with room for up to 30 short plays. Please let us know, when submitting, if you’d like to participate in that as well.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project 2022


Deadline: August 31, 2022

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.


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. (Please don’t send a USB flash drive.)

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned.


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.


The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
Michael Koppy, Producer
P.O. Box 461194
West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA

Thursday, June 23, 2022



Deadline: June 30, 2022

Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved significant commercial success.   

Application Materials: 

1.  A digital recording containing up to four songs from one or more musical theatre pieces, with typewritten lyrics and a description of the dramatic context for each song. 

  • MP3, ZIP, and M4A song files are preferred, but Dropbox files are also acceptable. Dropbox files should not have time limits.  
  • Please combine lyrics and context descriptions into one PDF. 

2.  A completed application form in PDF or Word format (see next page). 

• Because all submissions will be reviewed anonymously, please do not place name(s) of writer(s) in any electronic file names, lyric sheets, or descriptions of dramatic context. Names should only appear on the Application Form.   

• Only musical theatre work will be considered. 

• Please do not submit recordings that include significant audience sound. 

• The applicant(s) must have written all the songs included in the submission. For example, a composer cannot submit one song with her own lyrics, and a second song with lyrics by another writer.  '

• No individual may appear on more than one application. You cannot apply as an individual and again as part of a team, or as part of more than one songwriting team. 

Submission Deadline and Award: 

Applications will be accepted from June 1–30, 2022. 

Please email applications to fredebbfound@gmail.com with the subject line “Ebb Award Application 2022.” 

The winner will be selected in November 2022 and will receive $60,000.  

Due to the volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

New Works, New Voices 2023


Deadline: July 1, 2022 11:59 PM EST


New Works, New Voices (NWNV) is a new initiative at the Syracuse University Department of Drama created to support the development of musicals by writers and composers whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented in the musical theater canon.

Each year, one musical will be selected, to receive a 3-week developmental reading in the Spring semester, directed and music directed by SU Drama faculty and performed by SU Drama BFA students.

The writing team will be in residence during the final 1-2 weeks of the rehearsal process (travel and lodging provided by NWNV) and will participate virtually during the first 1-2 weeks.

Submission materials include:

• BRIEF SYNOPSIS (< 1 page) of your musical (PDF); 

• CHARACTER BREAKDOWN, including short descriptions of each character (PDF); 

• FIRST 10-15 PAGES of the libretto (PDF); 

• AUDIO DEMOS of THREE (3) SONGS from your musical (MP3s); 

• SHEET MUSIC (or lead sheets) for your three (3) demo songs (PDF); 

• Brief descriptions (1-3 sentences each) of the DRAMATIC CONTEXT for each song (PDF); 

• LYRIC SHEETS for any demo songs not included in the first 10-15 libretto pages (PDF); 

• CREATIVE TEAM BIOS (250 words max.) for each team member (PDF); 

• SHORT STATEMENT (< 1 page) as to why you feel your musical should be included in an initiative aimed at amplifying the voices of writers and composers whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented in the musical theater canon (PDF); 

• [If Applicable: COPYRIGHT CLEARANCE, or if under option, a LETTER FROM THE OPTION HOLDER giving permission for entry.]

Questions? Please email Kathleen Wrinn, Producer/Creator of NWNV and Assistant Program Coordinator of Musical Theater at SU Drama (kawrinn@syr.edu).

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) NEW WORK SERIES (NWS) 2022


Deadline: May 31, 2022


The Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) NEW WORK SERIES (NWS) is a three-week developmental program that provides theater artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one performance of a polished “work-in-progress” with audience feedback. Most pieces selected for NWS will have never before been performed in front of an audience. Some selections will have been performed once or twice but will feature new material. We are not interested in seeing established pieces of theatre. We want to see something brand spanking new hit the stage for the first, or nearly the first time. We like to think of this series as an opportunity for artists to share an early draft of a new piece. There is no submission charge, and no obligation to participate if chosen. Plus participants receive 50% of the box office. Successful Fringe, NYMF, and Off-Broadway shows have been born out of this series, and Emerging Artists is excited to present a new round of opportunities to local artists for yet another year.

We are now accepting submissions for the following new works:
  • Solo Shows
  • Dance
  • Cabaret
  • Musicals (Short and Long)
  • Plays (Short and Long)
  • Subway Musicians
  • Storytelling Show
  • Sketch Comedy
  • Interactive
  • Other … Out of the Box

PART ONE: Read this page, our FAQ and Our TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PART TWO: Fill out the application form . You will be asked to provide information on the following:
  • How you heard about Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series
  • Why you think your show would be a good fit
  • Show title, running time, and production history (if applicable)
  • Show marketing blurb (one sentence) and summary (less than 500 words)
  • Contact information, website, social media handles, and professional bio(s)
Hit SUBMIT to submit your application

If you are accepted into the New Work Series, there will be an information session/meet-and-greet on a date to be determined. There will be snacks.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Crossroad Project 2023 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative


Deadline: August 1, 2022 11:59 PM CDT
we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

Play Submission Form

The 2023 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) playwrights in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members will select one playwright as the winner.

The winning playwright will receive:An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL as a guest artist in residence for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. This residency may also include class visits and other University events.

Travel (within the U.S.), housing, and meals during the residency.

An honorarium of $500 for the residency.

To be eligible to win, the playwright must be available for a one-week residency in mid-to-late April 2023 (exact dates TBD). If the play has multiple writers/creators, we can only provide funding for one person during the residency. Other writers/creators are welcome to participate in the workshop by self-funding the trip or joining virtually for rehearsals and events.

The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. (central daylight time). There is no entry fee. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF format. Because our staff and resources are limited, we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

Please include in your submission:A representative sample from your play up to 15 pages. These do not have to be the first 15 pages of the play.
A synopsis of the play (max. 250 words).
A character list with short descriptions for each character (age, ethnicity, gender, occupation, family relationships, etc.)
A playwright’s statement (max. 400 words). In the statement, describe your inspiration for writing the play, address where you are in the development process, and discuss how a workshop in a university setting can facilitate that process.

Please follow these guidelines when submitting your play:Submissions must be:
  • A full-length play.
  • Musicals and plays with music are eligible for the program. However, we can only provide piano accompaniment for rehearsals and the staged reading.
  • The primary language of the play must be English. Other languages in the play may be presented through English translations (provided by the playwright) for the staged reading.
  • There are no other restrictions in subject matter or style.
  • A playwright may only submit one play per year. The work must be submitted by the playwright rather than a literary agent or other third party.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the playwright, which may include adaptations of fictional or factual material. Translations of other playwrights’ work are not accepted.
  • The submitting playwright must be either the owner and controller of the copyright or provide written proof that they have acquired the legal right to use copyrighted material in their work.
  • Plays that have been produced or published professionally are ineligible for the competition. Plays that have been presented through staged readings, workshops, university productions, or community theatre productions are eligible.
  • A playwright may submit a play that they submitted in a previous year (including finalists) if there have been substantive revisions.
  • The Crossroads Project reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play for any reason.

We will contact semi-finalists by November 2022 and ask them to submit the full play.

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January 2023.

Inquiries about the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative should be directed to:

Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.
Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies
Chair, The Crossroads Project
Email: knahm@ilstu.edu

Friday, May 6, 2022

Woodward/Newman Award


Deadline: We advise submitting prior to September 1 2022

Each play should be individually submitted at the following link:

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 (soon to be Constellation Stage & Screen, effective July 1, 2022).

Guidelines for Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2023-24 Woodward/Newman Award.

The award recipient and finalists will be announced by May 15, 2023. 

 The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production (including housing/transportation).“Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes). TYA shows should have a complete running time of over 40 minutes.

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission (independently published is acceptable).

You will be asked to submit your play as an attachment and all other information (bio, history, synopsis, character breakdown) will be entered into a form. 

Musical submissions may upload demos as an attachment or include a link to a shared folder.

Limit of 2 play submissions per year.

If you have any questions, please email literarymanager@newplays.org

Please note that there are significant changes to our submission and selection process from previous years. In order to make the Woodward/Newman Award accessible to all, we have eliminated submission fees as well as the contest format. The Woodward/Newman Award will continue to be awarded to an unpublished new play once per year and come with a $3,000 cash prize and a full production. 

Submissions will be accepted and reviewed by our literary team on an ongoing basis, and will be considered for the award as well as for all 8 production slots in our season. So a play that is not selected for the Woodward/Newman slot in our season, may still be considered and selected for production. This will allow us to now accept open submissions for all types of plays (including TYA shows). While there are no deadlines for entry, due to the incredible volume of submissions, we advise submitting prior to September 1 to be considered for the following season.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Fulton Festival of New Works STORIES OF DIVERSITY


Deadline: April 30, 2022


Open to playwrights throughout Lancaster County (PA) and beyond, Stories of Diversity invites writers to submit new plays or musicals celebrating perspectives from the spectrum of diversity, including voices from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and religious and economic diversity.

The Festival will be accepting submissions through April 30th, finalists will be announced June 3rd and presented August 19th & 20th.

A Play or Musical

Must involve no more than 6 actors (can play multiple characters).

Must be original.

Must deal with the subject of inclusion, equity, diversity, or accessibility.

The play or musical is a living, breathing piece of art, and this is a first step in development.

We encourage creators to embrace feedback and suggested changes.

Play or Musical must be 60 minutes or longer.

2 Members of each of the four selected creative teams will be invited to attend the festival, which will include travel and accommodations. Other members of the team are invited at their own expense.

The winning play or musical of the festival, will receive a $500 cash prize.

Friday, April 15, 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS New TYA Musical Commission


Deadline: April 30, 2022
(Will be reviewed on a rolling basis)

Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y (92Y.org/MusicalTheater) is seeking to commission musical theater writing teams for their 2021-2022 season.

Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y is a series of performances and discussions centering children as theaudience. Our shows are stimulating and compelling, using storytelling as a vehicle for building empathy, and learning essential life lessons. Our shows gather around movement as a shared language, a way to meet each other through the most universally shared experience: moving.

The commission requires writing a 40-60 minute performance piece for children and their families, envisioning choreography as an essential storytelling component in the play. Pieces should contain music as a theatrical element- both Musicals and Plays with Music are eligible.

● Piece should be unwritten original TYA musicals

● Piece should be age-appropriate, for ages 4+

● Piece will be performed in our 2022-2023 season by professional performers (over 18+), Cast/Director/Choreographer/Production provided by 92Y.

● Must be ready for pre-production in July 2022

● Creators retain all rights to their material, but allow 92Y a three-year exclusive option to produce the show with royalty payments.


The creative team will receive a minimum stipend of $2000 with increases based on experience and participation in community engagement programs.

To apply, please send:

● A proposal for your musical of no more than 1000 words, including your basic premise as well as how it will incorporate the required elements of movement, where movement is the vital element, and the story is told primarily through movement (as directed by the script).

● A ten-page sample of your writing, preferably something that has been intended for a youth/family market.

● A demo recording of a previous TYA collaboration

● Bio or resume of each member of the creative team

● A statement as to why you think you are a good fit for this project

● A description of your proposed timeline.

Send materials to Attn: Megan Doyle, Artistic Director, Mdoyle@92y.org (PDF and links preferred- please do notattach large files) or 92Y Musical Theater Attn: Megan Doyle, 1395 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10128

Monday, March 28, 2022

Bucks County Playhouse South Asian Playwrights Festival


Deadline: March 31, 2022


From now until March 31, 2022, the Playhouse is accepting play submissions by South Asian writers - open to writers worldwide
  • The plays must not have previously been produced in a major professional theater in the USA. 
  • The play must be in English.
  • Seeking full-length plays and musicals.
  • There is a limit of one play per playwright but if the playwright wants to submit a second play, they can first submit a detailed synopsis and 10 pages of the script. Producers may ask for the full script at that point.
Finalists will receive a stipend as well as mentorship from prominent members of the arts community. One of the plays will be selected for future production. The actual festival dates will be announced shortly. Award-winning Playwright Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”), Kiran Merchant and Playhouse producers, Goodman, Fraser, and Fiedler will select the finalists. 3 to 5 playwrights will be selected for the festival.   

To submit:  Please fill out the Google form. Script and all accompanying materials can be uploaded or emailed directly to SAAIfestival@buckscountyplayhouse.org.  

*As an alternative, you can also email the answers to the online form questions as well as your script and all accompanying materials directly to SAAIfestival@buckscountyplayhouse.org

If you have any questions or need any assistance with the submission form, please contact: SAAIfestival@buckscountyplayhouse.org

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Don't Tell Amy new works festival: Draft One


Deadline: March 20, 2022


Draft One is a new play festival designed with development in mind. Plays will be chosen from our pool of submissions and assigned a dramaturg, who will have approximately one month to serve as a resource for playwrights revising their respective scripts - you will then have the opportunity to resubmit your new drafts to be chosen for a staged reading in our summer festival.

In using this structure, DTA hopes to not only provide early-career artists with the resources to kickstart their work but to foster meaningful and long lasting connections between the next generation of artists.

- March 20th: Submissions are due no later than midnight
- April 1st: Semi-Finalists will be announced & playwrights will be paired with dramaturgs
- May 15th: New script drafts are due no later than midnight
- May 21st: Plays chosen for the summer festival announced & assigned teams
- June 11/12th: Draft One festival, more details TBD

Wednesday, March 2, 2022



Deadline: March 15, 2022

Every summer, The Blank Theatre produces the 12 best plays by playwrights ages 9 to 19, chosen from a nationwide competition. In the past 29 years, we’ve produced 357 plays by these young writers. Winning playwrights are provided careful mentoring and direction from industry professionals to help prepare their work for public performance and hone their skills, talent and confidence.

Nowhere else in the nation can young playwrights receive the prize of seeing their vision come to life on stage in a professional production featuring known actors from film, television and theatre. The plays are crafted by seasoned professional directors and each is given several public performances in a month-long Festival.

Submissions are accepted annually from January to March 15 and the 12 winning plays will be produced by The Blank each summer.

SUBMISSION RULES - Please read carefully

DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be submitted by MARCH 15, 2022.

FEES: There are no fees for submitting your work to the Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2022; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement.

CONTENT: Original plays or musicals of any genre, subject and length.

LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.

FORMAT: All plays must be in PDF format and have a cover sheet, title page and numbered script pages. Musicals should have sample tracks uploaded as mp3 files with submission.

COVER SHEET: Submissions must include a Cover Sheet with:
  • Title
  • Playwright Name 
  • Playwright Date of Birth (with year)
  • Age 
  • School and Teacher Name (if applicable)
  • E-Mail Address
  • Contact Phone Number 
  • Physical Mailing Address

NO RETURNS: Scripts will not be returned so please do not send originals.

NOTIFICATION: Festival Competition winners will be announced in April/May 2022.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

2022 Relentless Musical Award


Deadline: March 1, 2022


The American Playwriting Foundation is accepting applications for The 2022 Relentless Musical Award in honor of Adam Schlesinger. The creators of the winning submission will receive $65,000, the largest prize in American theater presented to an unproduced musical.

The Relentless Award, founded in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman, places special emphasis on works that are fearless in their choice of subject matter, featuring passionate voices that are relentlessly truthful. The winning musical, along with finalists and semifinalists, will also receive development opportunities through a series of staged readings at Theatre Row as well as at some of the top regional theaters in the country.

The Relentless Musical Award will honor works that:
Are challenging.
Exhibit fearlessness.
Exude passion.
Are relentlessly truthful.

All submitted materials will be evaluated anonymously. Even the final judges will have no knowledge of the identity, gender or race of a work’s creators. Our criteria for submission casts a wide net of eligibility, but we especially encourage submissions by first-time composers, lyricists, and book writers of all identities. Our goal is to discover and promote new works from people whose voices have been historically under- or un-represented in musical theatre.

Eligibility/Criteria for Submission

Only full-length works of musical theatre are eligible for the 2022 Relentless Musical Award.

The work must be unproduced and cannot have had a previous professional production or a current production commitment.

Applications are limited to shows by writers with United States citizenship, those who possess a green card, or currently reside in the United States and have lived here for at least four (4) years.

Musicals that utilize extant music not written by the applicant(s) (e.g. “jukebox musicals” or musicals with parody lyrics) are ineligible.

Writers must be at least 18 years old*.​​

​(*except in NE and AL where writers must be 19 years old, and MS where writers must be 21 years old)

Works may be based on underlying material, in which case proof of authorization or right to adapt the underlying material must be uploaded with the application if it is not in the public domain.

We welcome and encourage musicals that include non-English languages, but in recognizing the current limitations of our reading committees, request that an English translation be included for any non-English text.

Writers and composers who have had a show produced on Broadway or the West End are ineligible.

Musicals considered to be “Theatre for a Young Audience” are ineligible.

Shows may only be submitted for consideration ONCE; if submitted for the 2022 Relentless Musical Award, the show will be ineligible for future Relentless Musical Awards.

If you have any questions whether your show fits these requirements, please email LSpector@bfany.org


As all work will be evaluated anonymously; writer/composer names and personal information should be removed from all documents and file names.

Materials required

“Heart of the Book” – A script excerpt containing three consecutive scenes or approximately 20-25 consecutive pages; this excerpt should also contain at least one song that is recorded and uploaded as part of the score excerpt.

“Heart of the Score” - Five songs that represent the score in its entirety; at least one of these songs should be a part of the script excerpt.

Full Script.

All Songs – all the songs that have been written/recorded, representing at least 50% of the planned score; these should include the five songs uploaded as the “Heart of the Score”.

Artistic Statement – This should be no longer than a page. Though the musical should be able to stand alone, this document will give the creators an opportunity to share with the readers/Judges anything about the project that they believe is vital to understanding the work and where they think their project is regarding its stage of development. For instance, if the first half of the work is considered finished, yet the second half is a first draft, this information would help us give you the fairest evaluation process. This should include the artists’ conception/aim for the finished show and where the writer(s) think they are in their process.

All materials should be uploaded electronically along with the application form information.

All score materials should be uploaded in the form of music/audio files or zipped folder containing music/audio files. PDFs of sheet music will not be accepted.

How to submit your show:

The submission window is from January 25, 2022 until March 1, 2022.

There is a link to Submittable.com at the bottom of this page to submit your musical.

REMINDER: please DO NOT include your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. Please also exclude agent info, development info, and dedications. This will preserve the anonymity of the writer(s) for our evaluators.

You'll receive confirmation your application has been received. Our staff will reach out to you if there are any problems.

For even more information:

Please see our FAQ here.

Monday, February 14, 2022



Deadline: March 9, 2022 at 11:59 PM


Young writers with disabilities are invited to submit a 'ten-minute script' of any genre. Scripts may be for plays, musicals, multimedia, video, film, TV, podcasts, or other writing for performance. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration of two students that includes at least one student with a disability. A panel of theater professionals selects division winners.

Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations through the creation of fictional characters and settings, writing realistically, metaphorically or abstractly about any topic, including the disability experience.

Writers must be in ages 15-18 and must have a disability. Please read the eligibility for participation.

Multiple winners will receive exclusive access to participate in virtual professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center. Winners will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals in further development of their own script, as well as participating in networking opportunities.

Apply by Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Live & In Color is looking for new musicals

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Deadline: March 1, 2022

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

The selected musical submission will have a two-week workshop in the fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience.

To Apply
To submit your musical, you can fill out this form. The deadline is March 1, 2022.
We are not currently accepting submissions for plays. Please check back later.

For any questions email Dennis Corsi at dennis@liveandincolor.org

Submission Requirements
  • 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.)
  • The playwright may submit more than one musical.
  • Properties with prior full productions not accepted
  • Finalists will be notified via email in the spring. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

S.P.O.T. Mentorship One Act Festival seeks 10-minute plays


Deadline: February 4, 2022 12AM

Google Docs Submission Form

The Theme of the Festival is "What Makes Me Tick... A Festival of Passion." 

With a strong emphasis on representing marginalized communities.

The Projected Date of our Performance is: 

May 13, 14, 15: Pending

I am seeking:

Play/ Musical Submissions 

- No longer than 10 mins in length - REALLY 10 mins. No one wants to sit through a 2.5-hour One-Act Festival. 

- No more than four characters per piece

- If instrumentation is required, writers and directors will be asked to find said musicians with the help of the SPOT production team.

- Stories of passion - What makes you unapologetically YOU. Time for you to be recognized. 

- We will only be using 10 Pieces. 

- Pieces are open to reworkings if that is the goal and intent of the playwright. This is an opportunity for - playwrights to have their work read and realized.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Springville Center for the Arts Artsapalooza playwright commission

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Springville Center for the Arts (SpringvilleArts.org) is seeking to commission a playwright to create a script for a program touring the summer of 2022. Artsapalooza is a free, outdoor, multi-arts program for families with younger children. The two-hour program brings interactive art-making stations, a chance to explore drums and ukulele, theater games and more to rural audiences, culminating in a performance that incorporates giant puppets and live music.

Springville Center for the Arts is a multi-arts center located in Western New York State. Typical programming includes theater, gallery exhibits, concerts and workshops. Our main facility is an 1869 former church. Art’s Cafe is a secondary performance space, workshop, artist residency and public green roof centered around a bakery-cafe environment. 

The commission requires writing a 40-minute performance piece for children and their families that includes audience interaction, use of live music and song, and the incorporation of large scale, multi-operator puppets. 

The piece should lead to highly engaging visuals and the playwright need not avoid pathos, horror, or challenging subject matter as long as it engages young audiences. We are not interested in saccharine retellings of cute fairy tales.

  • Assume a performing troupe size of eight or less plus musicians
  • Piece may be original or an adaptation of a public domain work
  • Piece will be performed outdoors in a mini-arts-carnival atmosphere 
  • Must be ready for pre-production in May 
  • Playwright retains all rights to the material, but allows SCA an nonexclusive option to tour the show for one season (10–15 shows) 
  • Should the play be published, credit for the development and commission must be given to SCA 

SCA believes in the power of artistic residencies for both the creation of new work and to foster community appreciation for the arts. An ideal scenario places a playwright within the community for a period of time dedicated to creating work. The community is engaged with writing workshops or during initial rehearsals while refining the work. Housing is provided in our AIA award-winning space at Art’s Cafe. Additional funding is available for artists who engage in this residency program. Local artists may commute.

The playwright will receive a minimum stipend of $2000 with increases based on experience, attendance of rehearsals or performances, participation in community engagement programs, and full residency participation.

To apply, please send SCA:
  • A proposal for your play of no more than 1000 words, but includes your basic premise as well as how it will incorporate the required elements
  • A ten-page sample of your writing, preferably something that has been intended for a youth/family market 
  • Your bio or resume 
  • A statement as to why you think you are a good fit for this project
  • A description of your proposed timeline, participation and fees 
  • If you have interest in the residency program, outline your ideal duration and possible community activities 
Send materials to Attn: Seth Wochensky, Executive Director, scaseth@gmail.com or Springville Center for the Arts, PO Box 62, Springville, NY 14141

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Flint Repertory Theatre 2022 New Works Festival


Deadline: January 10, 2022

Flint Repertory Theatre is seeking new plays and musicals for the 2022 New Works Festival April 29 – May 1, 2022.

The New Works Festival is an annual weeklong event featuring staged readings and workshops of new plays and musicals. Playwrights and composers from around the country are in residence in Flint during the process, which includes post-show audience discussions.

Playwrights should submit an original, unproduced, full-length script attached as a PDF or Word document. Please include contact information, a short bio, play synopsis and development history. Submissions will be accepted until January 10th, 2022. Please email submissions to literary@flintrep.org.

Contact Sasha Dudock (Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director) at sdudock@flintrep.org with any questions.

Previous New Works Festival playwrights include Mando Alvarado, Gregory Bonsignore, Greg Kotis, Jenni Lamb, Gordon Leary & Julia Meinwald, Douglas Lyons & Creighton Irons, Daniel MacGregor, Alex Moggridge, Amber Palmer, Charlie Sohne & Tim Rosser, Abbie Spallen, Caridad Svich and Josh Wilder. For more information: https://flintrep.org/new-works-festival/

Flint Repertory Theatre accepts script submissions from agents and playwrights.

If you are interested in submitting your play or musical to be considered for future seasons or for the annual New Works Festival, please email the following to: Literary@FlintRep.org

Or mail to:
Attn: Literary Dept.
Flint Repertory Theatre
1220 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503

- Full PDF version of the script (Word also accepted)
- Brief synopsis of the play
- Full Demo if a musical
- Production history (including any readings, workshops or full productions the play has received)
- Professional playwright resume or bio

Due to the high volume of inquiries, please allow a few weeks for a response acknowledging receipt of your script. Flint Rep does not provide dramaturgical feedback.

Friday, January 7, 2022



Deadline:  January 15, 2022


The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.


Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.


The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.


Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
Anthropology and Archaeology


Computer Science
Software Development, Computer Development
Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
Space Research


Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior

Applications are Open

Submissions will be accepted through January 15, 2022, click the relevant button below to submit.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

34th Annual (2022) Festival of New Musicals


Deadline: December 20, 2021

We are accepting submissions for the 34th Annual (2022) Festival of New Musicals!

Online Info Session: Join NAMT’s New Works Director for an online info session about the application process. He’ll walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

The first webinar is on Monday, November 22 at 12:00 PM ET // 9:00 AM PT. (Click here to register.)

The second webinar is on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00 PM ET // 3:00 PM PT. (Click here to register.) 


New this year, we are no longer requiring an endorsement to apply for the Festival!

All writers are eligible to submit an application free of charge. Please review below for full details on the application process.

Please note: NAMT does not accept submissions outside of this process. Please follow the instructions below to submit a musical for the Festival. Materials received outside of the Festival submission process will not be returned.

STEP 1: Is Your Show Eligible?
STEP 6: If You're Selected

You can view a recording of this year’s online information session walking through the application process and providing tips for a successful submission below. This video is not intended as a substitute for reading this entire page.

Now in its 34th year, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to be a catalyst for nurturing musical theatre development and production. Every year, we feature eight musicals in 45-minute presentations for an audience of over 700 industry professionals. We look for new musicals at all stages of development from the broadest possible range of voices.

In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writers, so that our shows can extend their development trajectory. The long-term goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire and advance the musical theatre art form.

Our 34th Annual Festival of New Musicals will take place on October 20 and 21, 2022.

The objectives of the Festival are to:
  • Showcase quality new musicals with a wide range of subject matter, style and concept
  • Nurture composers, lyricists and book writers of all identities and backgrounds
  • Stimulate networking opportunities for NAMT Members and theatre professionals
  • Provide a forum to spark new collaborations and ventures
  • Encourage future productions of new musicals
We never take any royalties from our writers or ask them to pay for their participation in the Festival. The Festival is funded solely through sponsorships, grants and donations contributed by government agencies, foundations, organizations and individuals.

Step 1: Is Your Show Eligible?

  • The musical must…
  • 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.
  • Have full underlying rights clearances for any pre-existing material used (music, source material, etc.) in the script.
  • Be ready for readings, workshops and/or productions at the time of submission and available for performance in October 2022 at the Festival.
  • The musical cannot…
  • Already be licensed through a professional licensing house.
  • Have been produced on Broadway. [Shows that have had readings, workshops and/or productions (including regional or Off-Broadway) are still eligible.]
  • Have already been submitted to the Festival three times. Each show can only be submitted three times for review by the committee.
  • Have been presented as one of our main presentations at a Festival (excludes shows presented as part of our complementary programming including concerts and showcases).

In addition, the writers must be available for the Festival and all rehearsals.

Still have questions? Check out the Eligibility FAQ.

Step 2: Compile Your Information

Please note the following deadlines for the 34th Annual Festival of New Musicals:
December 20, 2021: Early Deadline for All Submissions
January 10, 2022: Late Deadline for All Submissions (late fees apply)

Shows submitted by the early deadline require no fee for submission. Shows submitted after the early deadline will be charged a late fee, which must be paid by credit card on the submission portal.

Gather Your Information

You will need information on the writers, agents, production/development history and more. This document outlines everything you will need to fill out the application, but you should read this entire page before prepping your materials as there is vital information throughout and our process may change from year to year.

As a reminder, as of this year, we are no longer requiring an endorsement to apply for the Festival!

You may save and return to your application without having to complete it all in one sitting.

Still have questions?
Step 3: Fill Out the Online Application: Work Samples

You will be asked to upload a PDF of the script and a PDF of a 20-page excerpt when you fill out the online application. All script submissions must adhere to the following or your application could be rejected:

The full script and excerpt must include:
  • Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)
  • Brief synopsis (1/2 page or less)
  • Character breakdown (1 page or less)
  • Track listings for the demo included
  • Unattributed author’s note, if applicable (1/2 page or less)
  • e.g. a note about script vs. demo lyrics, or special instructions or how to read internal script notation
  • Numbered pages
  • Demo track numbers must be included in the script where each track is to be played when reading (see page 4 of the sample script; please note, formatting does not need to be copied exactly).
  • The complete script (all scenes, songs and lyrics are on the page)

The full script and excerpt cannot include:
  • Writer information
  • Agent information
  • Production history
  • Previous cast information
  • Award information

20-Page Excerpt Guidelines

In round one of Festival evaluations, our Festival Screening Subcommittee only reads 20 pages of each script–writers are given the opportunity to choose the 20 pages that they feel best showcases your work. These excerpts must:
Include the introductory pages required in the full script before your selected 20 pages, adhering to the guidelines above.
Be directly pulled from the script without any alterations. Please do not splice together different sections or reformat in any way.
In the application, you will have an opportunity to provide a 50 word introduction to the cut for the subcommittee. Use this intro wisely!
We recommend that you submit the first 20 pages of your script **unless you have a show that is not structured like a traditional book musical.**

Submissions that do not adhere to these script guidelines will be subject to immediate rejection.

View a sample script to get a sense of our suggested layout of the first few pages and examples of how to embed track numbers that correspond to your demo. You DO NOT need to match the exact formatting of this script in order to submit to the Festival.
Demo Track Guidelines

You will be asked to upload individual tracks (up to 20) to the application matching the sequence of the script. You will also be asked to upload a .zip file of the entire demo. These two versions are for the ease of use of the committee. If you have more than 20 tracks, please upload the first 20 and we will pull the rest from the .zip file. Your show does not need 20 tracks to apply; you may have fewer. When possible, please take your name and your performers’ names off of any tracks, including in metadata.

The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the breadth and depth of the score and lyrics. We recommend including at least 50% of the songs in the musical (not including reprises and recitatives).

The demo should be a recording of good quality with a clear piano (or appropriate instrumentation) and clear vocals. We also recommend that the singers on the recording be the appropriate vocal types for their respective roles.

Step 4: Fill Out the Online Application: Supporting Materials

Proof of Rights
If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured. Alternatively, please submit a copy of your contract with all financial information redacted. In order to be eligible for the Festival, we must see:
Length of agreement and standards for renewals/extensions (the length of the agreement or option to extend should extend past the Festival by at least 18 months)
Definition of all parties involved
An indication of whether this will be the sole theatrical version permitted of the piece

Clauses indicating who has artistic control over the piece and what approvals are needed at what stages

Still have questions? Check out the Supporting Materials FAQ.

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