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Friday, November 5, 2021

Chain Theatre Play Writing Lab Now Accepting Submissions

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Deadline: December 20, 2021

Chain Theatre Play Writing Lab continues its commitment to developing new plays by diverse artists and underrepresented voices in the American Theatre. Since its inception, Chain has developed plays focusing on what unites us, links us together as well as what divides us. This is a highly collaborative process with a personal, intensive focus on the playwright, your story, and your words.

Announcements for accepted applicants are made Jan. 17, 2022. This is a six-week intensive with two invited staged readings Feb. 28 - March 5, 2022.

Eligibility:

All playwrights must be NYC-based artists.

Must be part of an under-represented community in the arts: Female identifying, BIPOC, LGBTQ encouraged to apply.

Must be full length plays. 70 pages or more with a completed draft. 

Playwright must have all necessary rights.

Free to submit and participate. 

Include the following with your submission:
  • Resume and Bio. 
  • History of where the play has been previously produced or developed.
  • PDF attachment of your play. It must be a completed draft. 
  • Include a synopsis of your play.

Must be available for in-person interview.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sable Network TV New Streaming App Presents Royalty Playwrights Pen Live Stream Festival

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Deadline: September 20, 2021

Send via email to royalplaywrights@gmail.com

Celebrating Playwrights with honor and esteem
Date : Saturday October 30th, 2021
Premiering Live on Sable network t.v

Staged Reading of new innovative works, featuring selected Scenes that will be performed from the writers script. 

The staged reading / festival will select 7 playwrights whose work will be featured. All 7 playwrights also will be honored at the festival's v.i.p. reception.

Selected Playwrights will receive Full Staged production for the in person festival, April 2022 in addition to the Kick off Live Stream Staged Reading event October 30th, 2021.

Seeking new and emerging diverse playwrights the opportunity to see their work produced. Seeking Full length , 1 Acts, 10 minute shorts Dramatic, Comedic, Dramedy works only. LGBTA welcomed. 

If selected to participate in festival $140 requirement.

NO CHARGE to submit Work Samples.

We will provide the following,

1. Streaming Platform Sable network t.v on National and select international streaming app now available on ROKU, Apple T.V and Amazon Fire stick , Google Play
2. Actors, Actresses, Stage Managers, Directors, Press and media for the playwright, select footage of festival, standard playwrights program booklet , legit credit
3. In Person festival in Manhattan NYC April 2022

Deadline to Submit is Tuesday September 15, 2021 

Submit Samples only with contact number and email.

Audiences will have access to Watch the event Upon getting the 7 Day Free Trial , 1 week before the event Date October 30th, 2021

Festival full length production April 2022 will be held at legit theatre venue in Manhattan NYC!

https://sablenetwork.tv/pages/sntvlanding?action=show&controller=storefront%2Fpages&id=sntvlanding

Saturday, September 4, 2021

College of Saint Mary seeks one-act plays

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Deadline: September 13, 2021

College of Saint Mary is accepting one act play submissions for the New Works Initiative.

The selected script will be published in the 2022 edition of The Saint Mary’s Review. The playwright of the selected script will receive a $250 guest lecture stipend and will join the cast via Zoom for table work. The winning script will receive a staged reading in Spring of 2022. The staged reading will be performed live and also recorded for digital release.

Spring 2022 – College of Saint Mary – One Act Play Theme:

The College of Saint Mary seeks one act plays with an emphasis on code switching. Code switching is a broad term, please feel free to approach the topic as you see fit. We are particularly interested in scripts that incorporate more than one language, with an emphasis on the inclusion of Spanish. Scripts may address any theme as long as code switching is utilized.

Guidelines for Submission:
  • For full consideration, one act scripts must be submitted before Sunday, September 13, 2021
  • Only one script per playwright will be accepted.
  • Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the CSM Mission.
  • Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the theme of this year’s Call for Plays (Code Switching.)

Formatting:
  • The script must provide a character breakdown.
  • The script must provide a brief description of the setting.
  • The script must be unpublished.
  • The script must not have previously received a fully-mounted production.

Script Parameters:

To best serve College of Saint Mary’s entirely female undergraduate population, we are seeking scripts that can be produced with an all-female cast.

Only one-act plays are being accepted.

Estimated production run time should be 90 minutes or less.

Selection:
  • Submissions will be vetted by a small committee of CSM faculty, students, and staff.
  • The winner will be announced in Fall 2021.

How and Where to Submit:

• Script and Title Page must be submitted to: sklocke@csm.edu 
  • Subject Line (New Works Initiative)
  • No other forms of submission will be accepted.

Script:
  • Must be in 1 File
  • Must include: Play title, cast list, and setting description
  • Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the CSM Mission.
  • Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the theme of this year’s Call for Plays (Code Switching.)

• Title Page:

o Must include: Name, Address, Email, and Phone Number


Please forward all questions to:

Sarah Klocke, MFA
Associate Professor
Program Director for Theatre and Communication College of Saint Mary
7000 Marcy Rd / Omaha, NE 68106

sklocke@csm.edu

Office Phone: 402-399-2619

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Depot for New Play Readings seeks plays

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Deadline: October 31, 2021
or until 60 submissions have been received


The Depot for New Play Readings seeks submissions of plays of any length and genre for its 2022 season. 

There is no fee to submit and submissions are open to New York City playwrights. 

The window for submission opens on 1 September and remains open until 31 October, or until 60 submissions have been received, whichever occurs first. 

For more information about Depot readings and the submission process, please visit www.thedepot.space or contact depotreadings@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

2021-2022 INKubator New Play Program

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Deadline: August 31, 2021 11:59 PM ET

INKubator is an eight-month generative process for a select group of playwrights in residence at Art House Productions. Playwrights will meet on a monthly basis from October to May alongside program director Alex Tobey to share new work, receive feedback, and develop the first draft of a new play. At the end of the process, each writer will team up with a professional director and actors to present a public staged reading as a part of the annual INKubator New Play Festival.

Monthly meetings are tentatively scheduled for the first Monday of each month in the evening. Given the unknowns surrounding Covid-19 and to accommodate individual comfort levels, we are planning to meet virtually over Zoom throughout the year, but present the INKubator New Play Festival in person in May 2022. We are doing our best to remain flexible, and this is subject to change according to New Jersey public health guidelines.

In addition to monthly meetings, INKubator playwrights will receive free admission to performances, mixers, and other events at Art House Productions. Playwrights will also have the ability to schedule meetings with Art House’s paid Zoom account and, once our new space opens in 2022, reserve the theatre for meetings, rehearsals, and readings as needed for free (subject to availability and public health recommendations).

Applications are open to all playwrights in New Jersey and New York who can commit to monthly meetings and have a specific play they are looking to write and develop over an eight-month process. We are interested in pitches for plays that are at the earliest stage of development, and that demonstrate a specific need for why you need to be a part of INKubator to complete the first draft.

Art House Productions is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and encourages playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements:

- Your current playwriting resume.
- A one-page artistic statement describing your artistic goals as a playwright, a pitch for a specific play or project that you’re hoping to write, and what you hope to gain out of being a member of the Art House INKubator Program.
- The first 10 pages of a full-length play. The writing sample should give us a great taste of who you are as a playwright. Please also include the full play as a separate PDF.

There is no fee to apply. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, August 31 at 11:59PM ET. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of September.

Submissions will be evaluated by Meredith Burns, Alyssa Haddad, Courtney Little, SMJ, and Alex Tobey.


Apply online at https://www.arthouseproductions.org/pages/inkubator .

Have questions? Feel free to email Alex Tobey at alex@arthouseproductions.com.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

leave no trace theatre company outdoor reading series

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Deadline: none specified

The outdoor reading series is intended for new work or adaptation in development, particularly works that are not served best by some traditional theatrical avenue, or by zoom. Immersive work or plays written for non traditional theatre spaces are encouraged. Participants may include playwrights, poets, performers, musicians, directors and a select group of invited responder/participants. Readings will be followed by feedback/Q & A with invited participants.

We are seeking work that is a little "out there." Work that connects to outdoor spaces, urban or natural. Work that challenges our expectations of what a play is. A live poem. A ritual. A participatory experience. A song that can't be recorded. A play in conversation with its setting. Language or content does not have to be experimental in the "experimental theatre" sense.

Work can be early in development, as the fire pit is intended to serve the artist in bringing the art to life, out loud. These are informal readings to serve the development of post-COVID theatre in all its forms. 

The 2021 Fall reading series will be held outdoors in Montclair, NJ.

leave no trace theatre is a brand new adventure theatre company creating outdoor & site specific experiences to challenge, transport, and transform participants in hiking, promenade or immersive styles of live performance.

our work is an experiment in what can be theatrically possible outside of a box and instead in symbiosis & synchronicity with the natural world. our work is “out there.” quite literally.

conceived during “COVID times,” we hope to develop work for this new era of live performance, we are currently based in in the New York area with ties to the Southwest.
How to submit:


Email leavenotracetheatre@gmail.com with a copy of the play, brief synopsis or description, approximate run time, and playwright bio. We are ideally seeking full length plays under 90 mins, but are open to those that run up to 120 mins.

Playwrights may submit more than one play.

Plays must not have been previously produced, and are ideally not entirely “finished.”

Submitters will be notified via email if a play is selected.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Ditmas Park 2022 Reading Series

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Deadline: August 15, 2021
(only the first 100 plays will be guaranteed consideration)

The submission deadline for the Brave New Works 2022 Reading Series is August 15th, 2021. Due to our small staff, only the first 100 plays submitted will be guaranteed consideration and only finalists will be contacted. Finalists will be notified of their status by September 15th, 2021, and final selections will be made by October 30th, 2021.

Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2022 (if we are unable to have in-person readings due to COVID19, they will be done virtually). Playwrights must be local to the Tri-state area, ideally within a 90-minute commute to Brooklyn, NY as your attendance is requested. Brooklyn-based playwrights will be given first consideration. Chosen playwrights will receive a $350 stipend.

To be considered, plays must meet the following criteria:

No previously produced plays, although previous staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors.

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

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

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

To submit, please attach a 10-page script sample AND your full script to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org

The 10-page script sample can include 10 pages of consecutive or non-consecutive content from your script (please clearly label jumps if you choose to submit non-consecutive content). Both the 10-page sample and full script must be submitted in PDF format with numbered pages. 

In a separate document or in the body of your email please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, where you found this call for submissions, and any relevant website link(s). 

Submissions are limited to one play per playwright per season. Multiple play submissions by the same playwright for the same season will not be considered.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. For this season, we are specifically seeking submissions from playwrights belonging to communities that have been disproportionately affected by over-policing and police violence. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, differently-abled, and womxn playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit and will be prioritized.

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

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

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” Contest

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Deadline: June 30, 2021

One-Act Play Competition

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” contest is an annual event designed to give playwrights an opportunity to have their one-act plays presented to an audience in a staged reading.

Eligibility

Entries must be one act, non-musical, and no longer than 30 minutes. We suggest that the cast not exceed seven characters.

Writers may submit only one play.

Each play must be the writer’s own original work, not an adaptation, and not commercially published or produced, though it may have been work-shopped or presented in staged readings in other locations than Southwest Florida. A submitted play also may have been entered in an earlier “Evening of New Plays” contest one time, so long as it was not an earlier Finalist.

Submissions are accepted from January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021.

How to Enter

Playwrights must follow the instructions for play submission or the play will be rejected.

All submitted plays must follow our Standard Playwrighting Format. Plays can be submitted by mail OR electronically.
If mailing a hard copy, playwrights must submit a copy of their play to “An Evening of New Plays 2020, The Naples Players, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102.

A title page with the name of the play, synopsis, and list of characters must be attached to the script. A separate page, giving the name of the play, the name of the playwright, and all contact data should accompany the script but not be attached to it.** This is to help assure anonymity during the judging process.
Plays may also be submitted electronically as PDFs to: readerstheatre@naplesplayers.org.

**If submitting electronically, one PDF should be the playwright name and contact data, the other PDF should be the play with title page, etc.

Scripts may not be revised for purposes of this competition once they are submitted.

Judging

Entries may be funny, sad, scary or smart, be about character or ideas; certainly may shock, surprise or amaze, and may be in any genre. Strength of characterization, writing style, dialog, and plot are among judging criteria.

Authors retain all rights and give performance rights to The Naples Players for “An Evening of New Plays” and limited readings in other venues, including possible outreach and electronic media. Finalists and other submitters will be notified by October 31, 2021.

Performance/Awards

Finalists will receive staged readings of their plays, presented in the Tobye Studio on January 23, 2022. A reception follows for all in attendance. Finalists each may receive a $100 performance royalty and two complimentary tickets. The plays and playwrights will be publicized in The Naples Players’ web pages, social, community and national theatre media, event calendars, flyers, programs, TNP playbills and e-mail “blasts” to select lists.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Powerstories Theatre Inaugural Voices of Youth Festival seeks original full-length plays and short works

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Deadline: May 15, 2021

A $10 fee applies and we offer scholarships to waive the fee (select "need a scholarship" in the submission form.

Plays in-theatre open to all Florida children and teens ages 8-18, virtual showcase shorter works open to all 

Complete registration form on https://powerstories.com/voices-of-youth-theatre-festival and submit play to Fran@powerstories.com as PDF

A $10 fee applies and we offer scholarships to waive the fee

We are seeking original full-length plays for in-theatre and we seeking shorter original works of scenes, monologues, spoken word, song, dance with original music for a virtual showcase

The length of plays wanted is 45-90 minutes
The length of shorter works is 5-7 minutes

Artist will have option of full production or staged reading


Playwright may submit more than one play, but new fee applies

Play cannot be produced three months before or after festival

Submitters will be notified about their submission on May 30 by email, on our website, and on Facebook

Playwright will self-produce; however, if director is needed, we will help you find one


On July 19 – August 1, we will highlight ten plays that feature young performers. For play submission, we are open to all subjects, and special consideration is given to plays that present diverse casting. If you have a concept in mind but aren’t comfortable directing your work, do not let that hold you back from submitting. We will find a director for you.

Plays should have had no professional production in the Tampa Bay area before submission or, if accepted, have professional production scheduled within three months of debut with the Voices of Youth Theatre Festival. (If the play has had a workshop production, please include this information in your application.)

For our virtual showcase of shorter performance pieces (written for monologues, scenes, and spoken word artists) we are open to all subjects. For singers and dancers, music must be original and family-friendly. If you don’t fall into any of these categories, but still have a piece that you want to present, please submit your registration under “Other.” We’re excited to see something we haven’t thought of before or that is brand new to the performing arts.

Now, more than ever, we know it is our responsibility to give young artists a voice, a safe and creative outlet for self-expression. We look forward to your submission.

FOR ARTISTS: A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS BY MAY 15, 2021

Powerstories Theatre is seeking submissions for the Inaugural Voices of Youth Theatre Festival scheduled for July 16 to August 1, 2021. Submissions are due by May 15, 2021. All submissions will be reviewed by an artistic committee, and selections will be announced by May 30, 2021 or sooner. The overall quality and development of the submission will be the main criteria for selection. Registration is $10.00. However, if a scholarship is needed for the entry fee, please don’t hesitate to ask. If accepted into the festival, parent, guardian, or educator must provide approval, if under 18 years of age. Teachers may collect submissions and submit on behalf of their students.

Each young playwright will be responsible for casting, directing, mounting the show in the theatre, and if applicable for pre-recorded submissions, recording the show via Zoom or other means, and editing for submission to the festival. If an artist would appreciate assistance from a local director, Powerstories will match the artists with an experienced director.

For in-theatre productions, Powerstories Theatre will provide our stage for final performances, rehearsal time, technical assistance, marketing, box office assistance, high-quality live-streaming, and a copy of the live stream video. However, each playwright is responsible for all design elements, supplies and construction for any minimal and necessary set pieces, props, costumes, and miscellaneous items for their production.

Examples of submissions include the following:
Original Play Submissions:
  • Your own original play presented as either a full production with a minimal set or a staged reading performed in theatre with or without a small socially-distanced audience or a pre-recorded performance using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • For a play, the ideal length is 45 to 90 minutes to allow for one full evening or matinee. Other lengths will be considered. For a play, six performers maximum on stage, if selecting to use the theatre. No limit on the number of characters if producing digitally. Playwrights must be willing to have in-theatre performance live-streamed.
  • Each play production will receive one matinee or evening to present.

Shorter Original Work Submissions:

Your own original work will be performed live in our virtual festival showcase. The maximum length of the performance is 5-7 minutes and one minimum length for the following:
  • Original Scene – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Original Monologue – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Original Spoken Word – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Original Song – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Original Dance – Created with original music, performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Other Original Works – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories

PLAY SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • New plays must be original.
  • Unless student is reimagining the concept to make his own idea, plays that copy the exact plotline of existing movies, TV series, and books will not be considered.
  • The play should tell a story using dialogue to show opening, action, and resolution. Play needs beginning, middle, and recognizable end.
  • The play should be set for a black box theatre with minimal set and limited set changes, if any
  • Cover sheet of play should have title, student’s name, parent/guardian’s telephone number and parent/guardian’s e-mail. The student’s information should not appear anywhere else in the script.
  • First page should provide name of characters and brief description of personality.
  • Please do not list the character’s physical looks and attributes. Actors portraying characters may not be able to match the identities.
  • Plays must be typed, pages numbered, and double-spaced.
  • Complete the registration form, including the fee or scholarship request, include the play or performance piece saved as a PDF file, and mail to fran@powerstories.com.

SHORTER WORK FESTIVAL REQUIREMENTS
Spoken word, scenes or monologue must be original.
Submissions must be typed, pages numbered, and double-spaced.
With completion of registration form and submission of fee or scholarship request, spoken word or monologue, should be saved as PDF file and/or video clip. Send entire script in PDF and/or video clip to Fran@powerstories.com.

Cover sheet of spoken word, scene, or monologue piece should have title, student’s name, parent/guardian’s telephone number and parent/guardian’s e-mail. The student’s information should not appear anywhere else in the submission.
Complete the registration form, including the fee or scholarship request, include the play or performance piece saved as a PDF file, and mail to fran@powerstories.com.
Song, dance, and other talent entries should be saved as video clips. Send video clip submissions to Fran@powerstories.com along with registration form, registration fee or scholarship request as submissions above.

ABOUT THE THEATRE
The theatre is a black box theatre with a 26 x 13 acting stage. We will provide artists with stage lighting, sound, projection options, and a list of stock set pieces that are available in our theatre. If you are bringing set pieces and props, they must fit in a small van for ease of moving in and out of the theatre. If selected, artists will receive more detailed technical information.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Braata Bi-Annual Reading Series

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Create, Develop & Showcase

A program operating under the Braata Productions umbrella designed to create, develop, showcase, and expose the best of Caribbean theatrical offerings from the traditional stalwarts like Rhone and Walcott, to the new and aspiring young talent from the Diaspora waiting in the wings. The purpose of BTW is to give agency and space to the immigrant voice from the Caribbean celebrating its unsung thespians, writers, directors and technical personnel in all our efforts.
 
Main Stage

 BTW stages full productions of works written by playwrights from the Caribbean and works about the Caribbean experience as uniquely felt by its migrant population.

We will have a staged reading bi-annually with the aim to bring that playwright's work to the consciousness of theatre goers in the NY Tri-State area. A feedback and discussion session will follow in order to facilitate the artist's next step in the development of his or her work. Braata's Reading series is designed to offer playwrights a chance to see and hear their work read out loud by professional actors. Each reading is directed, rehearsed and performed for an audience.

SUBMISSIONS

In our effort to assist writers Braata has outlined the following guidelines for those interested in being a part of our reading series:

1) Submit a complete script or draft to braatapoductions@gmail.com
2) The play should not have been produced in New York City before, (at least not the draft you’re presenting to us).
3) You should be willing to be an active part of the rehearsal process along with the director and cast to facilitate re writes, and or edits where necessary.
4) Your attendance at the reading is mandatory and so is your participation in a post reading talk back with the audience.
5) All submissions must include:
Name and bio of playwright (Max 150 words), play title and synopsis and list of characters.

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!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Shellscrape Theatre Company Virtual Play Reading

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Deadline: February 12, 2021

Shellscrape Theatre Company seeks New Play Submissions for our upcoming Virtual Play Reading. Our goal for this virtual production is to assist the development of an unproduced work with an emerging playwright. Through this we hope to be able to provide logistical support, facilitate casting and provide exposure to our audience base.

The selected work will be staged virtually to be presented to a live audience in March of 2021 and a stipend of $100 will be paid to the playwright.

Submission Guidelines:

Must be previously unproduced

Stories from historically unheard perspectives including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged

Maximum of 4 actors (doubling allowed if used to further the story)

Comedies, Dramas and Musicals welcome!

Please clearly label your submission email as follows, "Play Submission, Last Name"

Interested parties should email their selected work to shellscrapetheatre@gmail.com no later than February 12th. Unfortunately, any pieces received after this date and that do not adhere to the above guidelines will not be considered.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Sauk Seeking Scripts for Plays-in-Development 2021

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Deadline: October 30, 2020 EDT

The Sauk, Hillsdale County's Community Theatre, located in Jonesville, Michigan is seeking entries to consider for our seventh annual Plays-In-Development in 2021. We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, young audience and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). It is understood (and expected) that changes will be made to the script between initial submission and performance.

The selected plays will first go through notes with the artistic director. A show-specific director will then be assigned. The director will work with the playwright prior to an audition draft being submitted. Auditions will take place in early-June with two weeks of rehearsals prior to public readings. It is expected that the selected playwrights will be involved in the process and be in attendance for final rehearsals and the public reading in Jonesville, MI.

Playwrights are encouraged to make changes to their scripts throughout the rehearsal process (often handing in new drafts on a weekly or even daily basis). The public staged readings will take place June 25 and 26, 2021. Playwrights will be on site between June 22-27. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide travel and lodging.

The goal of Plays-in-Development is to help playwrights improve plays that have yet to be produced. By working with a director and actors, the playwright can learn vital information about their work. After the public readings, playwrights are able to participate in a talkback with the audience. We want playwrights to leave the experience with positive and constructive feedback to improve their plays.

Please e-mail a draft copy of the script, a one paragraph plot description and playwright's contact information to Executive Director Trinity Bird at saukpid@gmail.com. Playwrights may submit up to three scripts. We are NOT looking for scripts intended to be performed online.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, October 30, 2020.

The play selection committee will review all submissions and select the scripts to be part of the process. The selected plays will be announced on or before December 3, 2020.

To view our 2020 Plays-in-Development online readings and learn more about past Plays-in-Development, visit www.thesauk.org/pid.html.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Playwrights First Award seeking submissions

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Deadline: October 10, 2020
NYC

One, single full-length play per playwright in English from anywhere in the world.
Not produced full scale prior to submission. Readings, workshops, and college productions are acceptable.

No joint authorships, adaptations, translations, musicals, or shorts.​

​Award:

$1,000 first place.
Award listing of playwright and play title on our website.
Professional reading in NYC when feasible.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1.
Complete and submit online application form:​​
Link to Online Application Form: CLICK HERE!
​Note: You do not need a Google account to submit this form.

STEP 2.
​In one email provide the following three documents described below (parts A,B & C), each as separate files/attachments to:
Playwrightsfirst1st@gmail.com

Note: This address is for submissions only.

​Paper copies will not be accepted. PDF format ONLY.

PLEASE, BE SURE TO USE THE CORRECT NAMING CONVENTION FOR EACH FILE (follow examples below). SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING OUR REQUESTED NAMING CONVENTIONS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. Each file MUST begin with your last name. Please leave one space after your last name -- do NOT use a dot, a dash, an underline. Please do NOT abbreviate your name or the name of your play. Please do NOT use your first name. Please do not use your initials. We appreciate your attention to this detail as it helps our staff stay organized.

A) Playscript in PDF format. The play should follow standard playwriting convention and include a cover page, a character list/breakdown, page count, etc. Please, name your file like this:
​Your Last Name TITLE OF PLAY.pdf (Example: Shakespeare TWELFTH NIGHT.pdf​​)Note: The title of the play is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS

B) Playwright/Production Resume, CV, or Narrative Biography in PDF format. Name your file like this:
​Your Last Name RESUME.pdf (Example: Shakespeare RESUME.pdf​​​)Note: RESUME is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS

C) Brief Summary of play in PDF format. Please include your full name and the full title of your play with the synopsis. Name your file like this:
Your Last Name SUMMARY.pdf (Example: Shakespeare SUMMARY.pdf)Note: SUMMARY is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS

Sunday, September 27, 2020

FOREWORD: A New Works Series

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

Prologue Theatre is launching FOREWORD: A New Works Series. We will be selecting 5 new works to be workshopped via Zoom from November 2020-March 2021. All necessary info is listed below.

PROLOGUE THEATRE’S MISSION: “Prologue Theatre understands that it can be difficult, at times, to begin conversations about “certain topics” and focuses on presenting theatre that can serve as that starting point. Through theatrical performance, coupled with community discussion, we strive to challenge our community to examine and discuss their views of the world and those around them. Our focus is on those who are in the process of finding their own voice - whether 15 or 115 years old – and are looking for a place where they can hone those viewpoints by examining world issues within (and with) their community.”

BIPOC AND/OR LGBTQIA+ PLAYWRIGHTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

PROLOGUE THEATRE IS COMMITTED TO A MINIMUM OF 50% BIPOC ARTISTS IN ALL CASTING.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

-Selected works will be workshopped Monday-Friday for 2 weeks.
-Selected playwrights will receive a payment of $500/week.-Selected works will have one closed reading at the end of week 1 for Prologue’s staff, and a public reading at the end of week 2 for a virtual audience.

PLAY REQUIREMENTS:
-Scripts must be original works.
-Must be at least 50 pages long.
-No musicals.
-Must be able to be read with a maximum of 6 actors.
-Must be able to be cast with a minimum of 50% BIPOC artists.
-Must fit Prologue Theatre’s mission.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
-PDF copy of script.
-A synopsis of your play.
-A cover letter telling us a little bit about yourself and why you think your play fits Prologue’s mission.

Send submissions to Submissions@PrologueTheatre.org by Wednesday, September 30th.

If you have any questions, please email us at Info@PrologueTheatre.org

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

New Human Horizons Virtual Ten-Minute Play Reading Festival

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DEADLINE: September 25, 2020 - 5pm PST

Human beings are magical. Bios and Logos. Words made flesh, muscle and bone animated by hope and desire, belief materialized in deeds, deeds which crystallize our actualities. . . . And the maps of spring always have to be redrawn again, in undared forms.

–Sylvia Wynter, “The Pope Must Have Been Drunk, The King of Castile a Madman.”

The University of Puget Sound’s Department of Theatre Arts is soliciting new 10-minute plays for the New Human Horizons Virtual Ten-Minute Play Reading Festival.

Plays open to all playwrights and any style of play; however, no musicals. We are seeking plays that engage in conversation with Sylvia Wynter’s notion of the Human as both bios and logos, magical, words made flesh. We are interested in plays that re-imagine and re-present new ways of being, living, caring, and loving in the world.

Plays can incorporate the themes of the quote in a variety of ways, for example,

· The relationship between Human beings and language, mythology;

· Representation of the Human and the body and/or flesh;

· New forms of Human interaction;

· Loving and caring beyond modern concepts of Human relationships;

· Connections between Humans and animals, Humans and the environment;

· Intersection between Human life, mortality, and immortal deities;

· Human and hybridity, cyborgs, pre/post-human;

· New imaginings and representations on what it means to be (or not to be) Human;

· Life and living on the margins of the Human as construct.

Plays will be read and evaluated by undergraduate students in the Theatrical Experience classes at University of Puget Sound. This is an exciting opportunity for students, playwrights, and community members to engage and encounter new theatrical works.

Six plays will be selected for the virtual reading festival on December 2nd and 3rd. Selected plays will be announced early November 2020. Playwrights maintain full rights to their material.

Selected playwrights will receive a $150 honorarium.
Submission Guidelines:

· Plays must be unpublished and un-produced;

· written primarily in English;

· incorporate the concept of the Human in some form;

· be no more than ten pages in length;

· not be a musical.

*We prefer plays with 2-6 characters of diverse race, age, gender, and ethnicity.

Submission Process:

· Script should be in standard script format (see: http://www.caryplaywrightsforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CPF_play_formatting-1.pdf;

· Include page numbers;

· Along with the submission, please submit a separate title page with title of the play and playwright’s contact information (name, email, phone number, and address).

· No personal information should appear anywhere else in the script.

· Accepting digital submissions only. Submit PDF copy to upsplaysubmission@gmail.com

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Livermore Shakespeare Festival commission seeks playwright of color

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Up to $6,000 playwright commission (full length play) with Livermore Shakespeare Festival (LSF).

This commission is for a playwright of color to celebrate scientists of color while exploring a current science theme. The selected playwright will be tasked with writing an original play which includes a component about scientific research currently pursued by our local Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL). Many possibilities include using supercomputers to identify a COVID-19 vaccine and treatment candidates. We will partner the selected playwright with advisory support from scientists at the LLNL and/or Sandia National Laboratory.

Here is a link to the request for qualifications (RFQ) as well as the details of the commission. www.Livermoreshakes.org/ScienceAtPlay . There you will see our program called “Science At Play” under which this commission falls. The RFQ goes into much greater detail about the commission. Please know that you MUST follow the submission guidelines. Failure to adhere to submission guidelines will disqualify you from the commission opportunity.

Thank you to all who submit according to the guidelines.

Specific details about this commission: www.Livermoreshakes.org/ScienceAtPlay

Type of Opportunity: Semi-staged reading with possibility of full production

Restrictions: 
  • Person of color, US citizen only, must have a B.A. or B.S. 
  • Must have completed at least one full length script, on any subject, that has been produced in a festival, by a professional theatre, writers foundation or as a series of developmental readings with a professional theatre company or playwright's foundation. Self-production does not fit these guidelines. 
  • If you are in an MFA playwright program, please feel free to email if you have not had a play produced.
Submission guidelines:

1. Playwright must submit a 10 page writing sample in pdf format (Do not send more than 10 pages directing us to pages you wish us to consider).

2. Resume (theatrical) in pdf format

3. Letter of interest (3 page maximum, 11-12 point font, in Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana or Calibri) addressing the following questions 4 questions A - D: (in pdf format)

A. Why are you attracted to a science play? And/or what is your connection to science?

B. Have you had a writing project where you collaborated with a dramaturg or an advisor? If so, describe the process and the value you received from said process.

C. Are you willing to work with a dramaturg and/or science advisors? What do you imagine that process would look like?

D. Would you be comfortable with a remote working situation where interactions will take place over the computer and phone?

4. File naming convention for your 3 documents (in .pdf format) must be as follows:

-YourLastname_10Pages_SAP. (Ex. Williams_ 10Pages_SAP.pdf)

-YourLastName_Resume_SAP (Ex. Williams_Resume_SAP.pdf)

-YourLastName_LOI_SAP (Ex. Williams_LOI_SAP.pdf)

5. Deadline: 9/26/2020 One submission per playwright only. No fee.

6. Submit via email to Michael Wayne Rice, Resident Director: Michael@LivermoreShakes.org

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

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2021 Reading Series

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Deadline: August 15, 2020
Brooklyn NY


Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2021 Reading Series. This season, we are building upon our 2019 Brave New Works theme of “Race in America” and are specifically seeking plays that address police brutality. We are especially looking to feature work from Black playwrights.

The submission deadline for the Brave New Works 2021 Reading Series is August 15th, 2020. Due to our small staff, only the first 100 plays submitted will be guaranteed consideration and only finalists will be contacted. Finalists will be notified of their status by September 15th, 2020, and final selections will be made by October 30th, 2020.

Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2021 (if we are unable to have in-person readings due to COVID19, they will be done virtually). Playwrights must be local to the Tri-state area, ideally within a 90-minute commute to Brooklyn, NY as your attendance is requested. Brooklyn-based playwrights will be given first consideration. Chosen playwrights will receive a $350 stipend.
To be considered, plays must meet the following criteria:

1) No previously produced plays, although previous staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors.

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

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

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

To submit, please attach a 10-page script sample AND your full script to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org. 

The 10-page script sample can include 10 pages of consecutive or non-consecutive content from your script (please clearly label jumps if you choose to submit non-consecutive content). Both the 10-page sample and full script must be submitted in PDF format with numbered pages. In a separate document or in the body of your email please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, where you found this call for submissions, and any relevant website link(s). Submissions are limited to one play per playwright per season. Multiple play submissions by the same playwright for the same season will not be considered.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. For this season, we are specifically seeking submissions from playwrights belonging to communities that have been disproportionately affected by over-policing and police violence. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and womxn playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit and will be prioritized.

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Yale Drama Series 2021 playwriting competition

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2021 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Paula Vogel. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.

The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
  • This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. 
  • The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
  • Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.
  • Electronic Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2021 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

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

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

Hadcopy Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2021 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; and, a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on the title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.
Contact Us

For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

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