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Friday, September 16, 2022

Athena Project’s Read & Rant: A Plays In Progress Series

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DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 11:59 MDT 

Submissions Accepted: September 15-30 for November Read & Rant

Athena Project’s new Read & Rant program seeks to combine the original form’s sharing of theatrical work with the wider public with the new play development aspects of Plays In Progress while also fostering collaboration between playwrights and dramaturgs. We are initiating these changes to Read & Rant with the goal to create digital opportunities for early and mid-career playwrights, uplift women* writers and dramaturgs overall, and highlight underrepresentation for women* in these positions.

A total of five plays will be selected via lottery. Two of these plays will be featured in our next Read & Rant and will receive a moderated Zoom discussion led by a dramaturg as well as initial feedback from the public. The remaining three will still have an opportunity to receive short feedback from a dramaturg via a medium of their preference (written, audio recording, short video, or live phone call).

Submission Guidelines:Playwright must be a woman* and may submit only one full-length script each month. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.

Only previously unproduced plays are eligible. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised prior to submission to Read & Rant so the playwright receives the most benefit from this opportunity. (Presently, we cannot accept musicals.)

Submission must include:

The submission deadline is September 30, 2022, 11:59 pm MDT for November Read & Rant participation.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Clutch Productions is now accepting submissions of original one-act plays from BIPOC women

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Deadline: September 1, 2022
Deadline: September 5, 2022

SUBMISSION FORM

Clutch Productions is now accepting submissions of original one-act plays and short screenplays by women writers to be considered for the 2022 empowHER Reading Series!

This series is dedicated to work created by BIPOC women artists who reside in Upper Manhattan. This includes West Harlem, Washington Heights or Inwood (W135th to W155th St from Edgecombe Ave west to the Hudson River; W155th St to W220th St river-to-river).

Harkening back to the roots of the empowHER Reading Series in 2016, the theme for this year is: what is at stake for women in the 2022 election cycle?

We encourage you to submit your work, and pass this info on to other writers who would be interested too.

Three performances are scheduled for late October. Venue TBA.

Guidelines:

At least 50% of the roles in each play must be for women. Writers are encouraged to explore all sides of the issues to reflect the authentic debate of our time.

Scripts should be less than 20 pages in length.

No previous productions of the script. We seek original, responsive work.

Prior to the public reading series, selected scripts will undergo a rehearsal-based workshop with dramaturgical support. All performances will take place in Manhattan, and be free to the public. A $250 stipend is available for each selected writer.

Submissions are due September 5, 2022 and MUST include:
  • Full script(s) as a PDF
  • Cover letter
  • Writer’s bio

Friday, August 26, 2022

Clay & Water 2023 - Fifth Annual Playwrights' Retreat and New Play Reading Series

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Deadline: August 31, 2022 5PM EDT

APPLICATION FORM

Clamour Theatre Company is accepting applications starting 8/1/2022 for Clay & Water 2023, our Fifth Annual Playwrights' Retreat and New Play Reading Series.

Clay County, Florida is still lagging behind in vaccinations and, as best we can tell given the lack of data, cases of COVID are once again on the rise. Fortunately, they mostly seem to be mild, but we cannot yet be sure whether the Retreat will be in-person or virtual. Thus, the dates are still not finalized, and we understand that some applicants, if selected, may not be able to attend once the final dates and format are chosen. We suggest you go ahead and apply, and we'll all figure it out when the time comes.

The application form includes a section where you can tell us whether you are applying for an In-Person version of the Retreat only, a Virtual version only, or either.

And we THANK YOU for your understanding as try to maintain a safe way forward for everyone involved.

Application Window: 9am (Eastern time) August 1, 2022 until 5 pm (Eastern time) August 31, 2022

Five playwrights will be selected to participate on dates TBD in the 1st Quarter of 2023.

All the details and the application guidelines can be found here: https://www.clamourtheatre.org/events/2023-2/clay-water-2023-applications/

Notification by year-end 2022.

HOW IT WORKS

* Note: For the virtual Retreat, you do not have to be available all day, every day during that time period. See Requirements and Guidelines below for more information about the schedule and details about each version of the Retreat.

*** IN-PERSON RETREAT VERSION ***

Overview

We provide accommodations, a no-pressure developmental reading of your work-in-progress, and a chance to see some of the points of interest of the surrounding area to five selected playwrights.

Location

Clay County, Florida

The actual location will be TBD in Clay County, Florida.  Previous in-person Retreats were held in Green Cove Springs. Green Cove is a town in northeast Florida first settled in the mid-1800s, best known for its natural sulfur springs and its location on the St. Johns River, a bit south of Jacksonville. The location for the 2023 Retreat, if held in person, will be in the Orange Park/Fleming Island/Green Cove Springs/Penney Farms area and is yet to be confirmed.

Travel

EXPECT TO PAY YOUR OWN WAY HERE. Fly into Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) where we’ll pick you up, or drive yourself to the accommodations we will book for you in Clay County. (There’s also an Amtrak station in Jacksonville, if needed.)

Accommodations

Accommodations will be fully covered by Clamour at a location still to be confirmed. We will have that information for you by the time we invite the selected playwrights so that they can take it into account when deciding to accept the invitation.

Readings

Each playwright will get a developmental reading of a single work-in-progress.

We will provide local actors for readings.

The reading will be open to the public at no charge. If possible, we will schedule a private Zoom rehearsal the week before the Retreat, but the public readings will be fully understood to be minimally-rehearsed, cold readings for development and NOT performance.

There will be a moderated audience feedback session after your public reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)

Meet-and-Greets

We ask you to be available for two informal meet-and-greet Q&A sessions with local students to answer questions about the craft and business of playwriting. These will be held during the school day within the four weekdays in the span of the Retreat. Transportation to and from the school(s) will be provided.

Networking Opportunities

There will be a Welcome Dinner on arrival day and since all playwrights will have accommodations at the same location, there will be ample opportunities to get to know your fellow writers and to share experiences and tips, and socialize with each other.

Dramaturgs

Dramaturgs are NOT part of the in-person Retreat experience. They are provided as part of the virtual Retreat experience, because those writers are not getting the time away from the distractions of their ordinary lives, the in-person interaction with their fellow writers, and the exposure to a new area with new experiences, people, and sights to see.


*** VIRTUAL RETREAT VERSION ***

Overview

Selected playwrights will participate from their own homes. The virtual version of the Retreat will be slightly longer (@ 2 weeks) to enable writers to continue to work at their survival jobs, if necessary, while still providing the developmental readings and plenty of opportunities to interact with each other.

Location (virtual)

No travel required.

The entire Retreat will take place on Zoom.

Travel

No travel required.  Retreat is all on Zoom.

Accommodations

Your very own bed.  You’re not traveling, so you won’t need a hotel room.

Readings

Each playwright will get 2 one-on-one meetings with a dramaturg and 2 developmental readings (one private, one public) of a single work-in-progress.

We will provide actors for readings.  Local actors will be given preference whenever possible. We will cast the net wider, if necessary.

The first reading will include you, actors, your dramaturg, and Clamour staff.

The second reading will be open to the public at no charge. It will be fully understood to be an unrehearsed, cold reading for development and NOT performance.

There will be a moderated audience feedback session after your public reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)

Meet-and-Greets

We do ask you to be available for two informal meet-and-greet Q&A sessions with local students to answer questions about the craft and business of playwriting. These will be held during the school day within the two week span of the Retreat, so you must be able to take an hour or so out of your daily schedule twice during the Retreat. NOTE:  We are in the Eastern Time Zone. If you are located on the West Coast and the class to which we are invited is a morning class, we will (regretfully) ask you to get up pretty early.

Networking Opportunities

There will be several informal group check-ins throughout the Retreat providing opportunities to get to know your fellow writers and dramaturgs, share experiences and tips, and socialize with each other. We start the Retreat with a Welcome Dinner (via Zoom) and will provide a small meal stipend in lieu of being able to host you at a Board member’s home or a local restaurant.

Dramaturgs

Each selected writer will be matched with a dramaturg. The dramaturg’s role in the context of this retreat is to provide the playwright with critical feedback, notes, and suggestions on the script. They are here to assist you in shaping your play into the next stage of development, and they can be a set of fresh eyes throughout the process. The dramaturg can also assist with research pertaining to the play’s themes, time period, and support material, if applicable. In addition, the dramaturg is someone who can act as an audience member and really get the feel for the show as a spectator, providing key insight to the play’s strength’s and weaknesses.

HOW TO APPLY

Please read and follow these guidelines and application material carefully. Plays that do not adhere to the guidelines in terms of length, format, cast size, etc. will not be considered.

Requirements & Schedule

ONE APPLICATION / SUBMISSION PER PERSON

In order to apply, you must:

  • Have a completed draft (both in-person & virtual applications)
– Draft of a full-length, unproduced non-musical play (60-120 pages) in a standard play script format (either the Modern Format or Traditional Format on the Dramatists Guild website: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats would be acceptable) in a 12-point standard font (Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Courier are all fine).  The play should require 2 to 4 actors to perform. (Plays that have had previous developmental readings are acceptable.) 
– No monologues, please.
– The submitted script should have a character breakdown page immediately following the title page.
–You may have more than 4 characters as long as all characters can be played by a maximum of 4 actors and you specifically explain any double-casting options.
– We understand that, in revising, you may discover a need for an additional character, and we can be somewhat flexible for the final reading, but we urge you not to hope to circumvent this actor cap by cutting an army out of the submitted draft with a view to adding them later.  We want to provide a stipend to each of our actors. Please help us make that a realistic goal.
– Content: We are located in one of the most conservative areas of a conservative state. Please take that into consideration when you are choosing a play to submit. (If you are applying for the virtual version only of the retreat, the definition of “appropriate” content is a little looser, but please remember we are hoping to return to an in-person event in 2023.)

  • Be willing and able to work with a dramaturg (virtual applications only)
– If you do not think your draft is able to be improved and/or are not willing to seriously consider rewrites, this is not the Retreat for you.
Be able to spend significant time during the allotted period working on your script on your own (evenings/weekends are fine for the virtual Retreat; in-person Retreat work time is yours to determine outside of the Meet & Greets and the readings).

  • Be available for these activities: (virtual applications only)
Opening Night & First Weekend (Friday – Sunday)
– Friday, the first evening of the Retreat – Welcome meeting on Zoom
– Saturday or Sunday – a one-on-one Zoom meeting with your dramaturg
Week 1 (Monday – Sunday)
– Monday evening – group check-in
– Tuesday – Sunday – a private reading of your play (you, actors, dramaturg, and Clamour staff) at some point during this time to be followed by another one-on-one meeting with your dramaturg
– Also, at a time TBD this week and next – approximately 1 hour at a time during a normal school day twice to attend a Zoom Q&A session with our local students. (Please note: We have to schedule these Q&A sessions in consultation with the teachers. We will try to have one this week and one the following week, but the final dates are TBD, and we hope you can be flexible as we figure that out.)
– Friday evening – group cocktail hour
– Sunday afternoon – group check-in
Week 2 (Monday – Sunday)
– Tuesday evening – group check-in
– Wednesday evening – group cocktail hour
– Thursday – Sunday – Public readings (1 Thursday evening, 1 Friday evening, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday)
– Sunday evening – Wrap-Up group meeting
 
What to Submit

Applications must be made through our online application form which will ask you to complete the following:
  1.  Select whether you are applying for the In-Person Retreat Only, the Virtual Retreat Only, or Either.
  2. Name, email, cell phone # in the fields provided.
  3. Select whether you are US-Based or Non-US-Based so the form will show you the appropriate address fields.
    1. Complete the address fields. Note that the Non-US-Based address field is more free-form due to variations among international address, but we do need your street address, city, province, country, and postal code if your are not a US-Based playwright.
  4.  Title of the play you are submitting
  5. Select Tone of Play (Comedy, Drama, Serio-Comic)
  6. Brief synopsis of the play
  7. Brief description of what you think is/are the next step(s) in your revisions.
  8. Enter the number of actors needed and a numeric breakdown of male, female, neutral/non-binary/any gender actors needed.
  9. Enter the same breakdown for number of characters (these numbers may match the number of actors or may be different if double-casting can be done.)
  10. Describe any possible double-casting. Please be as specific as you can.
  11. Introduce yourself professionally (productions, workshops, readings, publications, education, any other theatre disciplines in which you participate).
  12. Introduce yourself personally (hobbies, non-theatre interests, where you from, survival job, etc.)
  13. Upload your 60-120 page script in standard play format in a 12-point font.  PDF ONLY!

Note that Clamour Theatre Company will make the final determination on which version of the Retreat we will host in 2023 based on writers’ interest and on the state of vaccinations and infections in our area and how that could affect the safety of our writers, our actors, our audiences, and our staff.

When to Submit

The application window is from

9:00 am Eastern time August 1, 2022 to midnight Eastern time August 31, 2022.

Applications received before or after those dates and times will NOT be considered.

Questions may be sent at any time.

Where to Submit


Is there a fee?
There is no fee to submit to either version of the Retreat.

Playwrights participating in an In-Person Retreat are responsible for their own transportation to the area and for their own food.  Any admission fees for optional sight-seeing trips during the In-Person Retreat are also the responsibility of individual writers.  Accommodation costs are covered by Clamour Theatre Company.

Playwrights participating in a Virtual Retreat have no costs, unless participation in a student meet & greet has an impact on that particular writer’s “day job.”

Can I apply again?

If you applied to a previous retreat and were not accepted at that time, by all means, please apply again.  We’re looking for the right combination of people, so many factors go into selection. You should never feel that not being chosen in any given year is a reflection on your writing.

If you were accepted and attended a previous retreat, as much as we would love to see you again, we’d like to keep meeting new people.  We will probably not be able to invite you back again at this time.

When will I be notified?

Good question!

We hope to make our selections of plays and playwrights by the end of October/early November.  Final decision on which format Clay & Water 2023 will take is something we are less able to predict since it will be determined by forces outside our control.

We can tell you that you will be notified either way.  We acknowledge receipt of all submissions, so if you get that acknowledgement, and you have not heard from us with an acceptance or regrets, it means that the decisions have not yet been made.   We understand this means you may accept another offer in the meantime.  It’s not an ideal notification policy, but these are less than ideal times. We thank you for your patience and your flexibility.

Anything else?

Normally, we request that you do not apply if you cannot arrange to attend the sessions outlined.  However, in this time of uncertainty, we recognize that final dates and format may mean that an applicant could be selected but unable to attend when the details are finalized.

Once those details ARE finalized, we ask you not to accept if you cannot commit to the full Retreat time period and activities. We also ask all selected playwrights to make every effort to attend the public readings of their colleagues.

Clamour Theatre Company is committed to diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual preference, and experience.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Brave New Works 2022 Reading Series

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Deadline: August 15, 2022
Only the first 100 plays submitted will be guaranteed consideration

Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2022 Reading Series. This season, we are especially looking to feature LGBTQIA+ stories.

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, andfinal 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 PDFformat 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: Those that have been disproportionately affected by over-policing and police violence, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, Asian, 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

Friday, July 22, 2022

The Overtime Theater 2022 WokeFEST

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Deadline: July 23, 2022  

The Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas is seeking new works from playwrights for WokeFEST, a showcase of progressive, activist, and political plays. The chosen play will be given a staged reading or a staged production August 5-27, 2022 at the Overtime Theater. The script submissions window is open from April 26, 2022 until 11:59 p.m. July 23, 2022. 

In light of Covid-19 protocols, the Overtime Theater is seeking plays that require one to five actors. Previously unproduced full-length and one-act plays are welcome, as well as longform monologues. The chosen play (or plays) will be given two rehearsals and one staged reading, which includes an audience feedback session or a fully staged production. 

The purpose of this program is to give new and seasoned playwrights an opportunity to further develop new works. 

Devoted to producing new and original work, the Overtime is particularly interested in bold, innovative plays from across the progressive, political, and activist spectrum that are both provocative and entertaining. 

 For environmental reasons, the Overtime Theater is unable to accept script submissions delivered by mail or in person. Only submissions in a Word document or PDF will be considered. Applicants should use the title of the play as the name of the document, followed by the full name of the playwright. Cover letters should include a synopsis. One play per applicant. The Overtime accepts submissions from writers based in the U.S. or Canada.

 The Overtime Theater, an all-volunteer organization, compensates playwrights with one equal share of donations to our tip jar at the end of the play’s presentation. 

Submissions should be sent to submissions@theovertimetheater.org. 

Attn: Jade Esteban Estrada, artistic director. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 23, 2022.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

22-23 Boiler Room Series New Play Submissions

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Deadline: July 1, 2022

Please complete this form to submit an excerpt of your new play for consideration.

SUBMISSION FORM

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION

The Keegan Theatre believes that Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are essential in the open and honest exploration of the human condition. Through a commitment to these tenets in casting, staffing, and the selection of works, Keegan aims to enrich our world through art and action.

Keegan Theatre, a professional, non-equity theatre in Washington, DC, is accepting submissions for development in its 22-23 Boiler Room Series AND possible inclusion as a full, world premiere production in a future mainstage season. Up to six pieces will be selected for a workshop process that will culminate in public staged readings, interviews, and audience talkbacks. At least one playwright from the 22-23 cohort will be commissioned to develop a world premiere for Keegan's 23-24 season.

All submissions must be 10 page excerpts from full-length plays aligned with the theatre's mission and our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion: To take audiences to the vital heart of the theater experience: extraordinary artists in an intimate setting exploring the human condition. To foster connections and positive change in our community through vigorous, inclusive, empowering education and outreach.

Submitted work should not have had any significant development or a full production at another theatre. We're looking for truly NEW works here.

Submissions will be assessed by Keegan Theatre's Artistic Development Team and a panel of independent playwrights, directors, and editors. Submissions will remain anonymous to the panel until after they have been selected.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications that do not address the prompts accurately or fully will not be reviewed.

Thank you for your interest in developing your new play with Keegan Theatre's Boiler Room Series. We look forward to reading your piece.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Wordsmyth is now accepting play submissions for our 2023 New Play Reading Series

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Deadline: June 30, 2022 11:59 PM

Wordsmyth Theater Company (Houston, TX) is now accepting one-act or two-act play submissions for our New Play Reading Series for 2023. Six plays will be selected, with one slot reserved for a Houston, TX playwright and another slot reserved for a bilingual play — any language. Each selected playwright will be paired with a director and cast. The play will then be read in front of an audience and the audience will be invited to stay after for a moderated discussion of the play. We do expect the playwright to be in attendance for the reading.

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

1. Play must not have been produced.
2. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
3. Submission must be received on or before 11:59 PM, June 30, 2022.
4. Submission must be a minimum of 40 pages long and have a minimum run time of 40 minutes.
5. Submission must be in .pdf format.
6. There should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script (including in the file name). All relevant playwright information must be included in the form.
7. Only one play per playwright per submission period.
8. No musicals, children’s plays, or one-person plays.

To submit, please fill out the form below and upload your play.

Although we strive to notify everyone who has submitted a script to us, it doesn’t always happen. If you do not hear from us before January 1, 2023, you may assume your script was not accepted, and please accept our apologies for not notifying you.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Break A Leg Reading Series / Short Play Competition

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Deadline: May 31, 2022

Submissions accepted electronically at breakaleg.plays@gmail.com.

Break A Leg has opened submissions for our:

One Act Slam Reading Series / Short Play Competition.

Make us Laugh! - Make us Cry! - Win $100!

ONE ACT SLAM DETAILS:

We are looking for short plays (no musicals/no one person shows/no child roles under age 15) that have not yet been produced or published. 

One Acts 5-10 pages (8-10 minutes) accepted from May 3rd to May 31st, 2022. A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner of the One Act Slam by audience vote as part of a live reading taking place in Midtown NYC in September. 

In the Subject of the email please put the title of the play and the reading series to which you are submitting.

Submission Details for the One Act Slam 2022:

Plays must still be in the development / reading stage, with no prior fully staged / off book performances. Plays will be performed on book.

Due to the high volume of scripts received, WE ARE LOOKING FOR ONE ACTS 5- 10 PAGES (8-10 minutes) ONLY – PLAYS FOR OTHER CATEGORIES that don’t fit the one act criteria (Art of Science, Historically Speaking, Etc.) / FULL LENGTH PLAYS WILL NOT BE READ

Scripts 5-10 Pages submitted for the recent Delicious Comedy Call for Submissions are automatically being considered for the One Act Slam. PLEASE DO NOT RESUBMIT THEM.

Submissions accepted electronically at breakaleg.plays@gmail.com.

In the Subject of the email, please put the title of the play and the reading series to which you are submitting.

Include your full name and phone number.

Attach plays in PDF form

Characters should be human or be able to be played by a human (no real animals). No child characters that cannot be portrayed by an adult. No Musicals. 

Characters Ages 40+ are encouraged

Due to the number of scripts we receive and the limited size of our staff, we are not able to respond personally to every play or to offer feedback.

Resubmissions of plays previously sent for consideration should be for updated drafts only, and please include the date of your original submission.

A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner of the One Act Slam by audience vote as part of a live reading taking place in Midtown NYC in September.

At this time, we do not compensate playwrights outside of NYC for travel / accommodations to see the live reading, but we do take a lot of pictures and post on social media.

For any further questions, please contact the Literary Manager at: Breakaleg.plays@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Left Coast Theatre Co.'s newest anthology reading - "Unheard Voices"

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Deadline: May 22, 2022 11:59 PM

This will be an anthology of 6 or 7 pieces written by and for members of queer communities who have been underserved by the broader/mainstream LGBTQ+ movement. Are you trans, non-binary, QTBIPOC, bi, pan, ace, aro, demi, neurodivergent, have a disability, or are part of any community that has been underserved by the LGBTQ+ community? We want to hear your stories!

Please submit your script by 11:59pm on Sun, 5/22

Chosen scripts will be part of a staged reading in August and will be considered for a full production in 2023.

Full submission details can be found on our website.

We ask for submitters to fill out the following form to submit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMsBSqPg7qzfGxSXOSRjC3P-ecsx8mafefuMDAiKD9R2iyWw/viewform

Play Requirements:

  • Play must not have been previously produced in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Plot must concern those who have been underserved by the broader/mainstream LGBTQ+ movement.
  • No more than four (4) characters
  • Simple and minimal set pieces and props
  • No more than 15 pages, or the equivalent of 10-15 minutes in length. Please do not submit longer scripts – they will not be read

Scripts must be submitted in the following format

  • 1” margins on all sides
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt
  • Stage directions in parentheses and indented 2.5” from the left and 1” from the right
  • Character names indented 3” from the left
  • Dialogue is not indented either on the left or the right
  • Include complete contact information on the front page as noted. This will allow us to notify you whether your play has been selected
  • Include a one-paragraph synopsis of the plot of the play as shown in the template

Unheard Voices is a development project. The script you submit should be the one you want performed at the reading, but the playwrights selected will have the opportunity to do some rewriting before the final production.

There is no limit on the number of scripts any one playwright may submit; however, each script must be submitted separately.

Friday, April 29, 2022

The Ripped Festival seeks short plays

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Deadline: May 2, 2022 10 AM Central Time

We’re now accepting short play submissions for the 2022 Ripped Festival online library! 

Send your script to Ripped@AmericanBluesTheater.com


The Living Newspaper Project began in 2009 with a series of staged readings of short plays based on the 1930s WPA era program “The Living Newspaper” and Federal Writers’ Project, enabling artists such as Ralph Ellison, Susan Glaspell, Zora Neale Hurston, Eugene O’Neill, Studs Terkel, and Richard Wright. Since our inaugural 2009 launch, we’ve presented 21 events and utilized 610+ artists that feature short plays ripped from today’s headlines.

In 2013, we expanded our staged readings into the sold-out, one-night-only, annual event – The Ripped Festival. All proceeds of these annual events benefit our free arts education program, including “The Lincoln Project” in Chicago Public Schools. In addition, we showcase short plays from CPS students who’ve completed our course.

Due to the 2020-2021 pandemic and industry shutdown of live events, we presented The Ripped Festival as an online library, featuring 30 short plays throughout the month of June. Selected scripts were used during a theater course at the University of California – Berkeley.

Our annual festival cultivates new material and allows audiences to discuss topical issues together. American Blues Theater provides community service and raises awareness through creative collaborations. The following organizations have been supported by Ripped events since its inception in 2009: AgrAbility, American Indian Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Illinois Farm Bureau, Lincoln Park Community Shelter, NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, No Kid Hungry, University of Chicago’s Urban Education Teachers Program, and more.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

American Bard Theater Company’s first Playwright Invitational 2022 Corner Stone Reading Series

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Deadline: June 5, 2022 

OR the first 120 plays submitted

They have reached the maximum submissions

Your play could by our next fully-staged production!

Announcing American Bard Theater Company’s first Playwright Invitational.

We are seeking full length plays for consideration for our fall 2022 Corner Stone Reading Series

Our Corner Stone Reading Series was started in 2015 as an opportunity to work with our network of artists and invite our audience into the incubation process of a potential fully-staged production for American Bard. These readings are offered as free programming and are open to the public.​

ABTC will stop accepting submissions on June 5, 2022 OR once the quota has been reached.

The top three plays selected by our panel of readers will receive a staged reading produced by American Bard Theater Company for our Corner Stone Reading Series in the fall of 2022.

These plays will be considered for American Bard Theater Company’s the next fully-staged production.

Any submission that does NOT follow the "submission rules" and the "how to submit" structure will not be accepted!


SUBMISSION RULES:
  • One PDF electronic submission of a single full-length play per playwright, written in English.
  • 75 -90 minutes running time with NO intermission. (Approximately 75 - 90 pages)
  • Play must not have been previously produced as a fully-staged production.
  • No joint authorships, adaptations, translations, children’s plays or musicals.
  • Maximum of 8 actors, regardless of number of characters in the play.
  • All characters must be performed by adult actors (18 years or older).
  • No nudity, extreme profanity, glitter/confetti, or prolific use of liquids.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted, but please withdraw if accepted elsewhere.
HOW TO SUBMIT:

In one email, please provide:
  • Subject Line to read: Submission - Your Last Name TITLE OF PLAY
  • (Example: Submission – Shakespeare TWELFTH NIGHT)
  • Attach your play script in PDF format.
  • Please name your play 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 
  • Font - Courier 12 point.
  • The play should follow standard playwrighting convention/format and include:
  • a title page – Plays title in ALL CAPS, playwrights name, contact information in lower right-hand corner (email, phone number and mailing address)
  • a dramatis persona page which includes: character list/breakdown, time, setting
  • main text with pages numbered on the upper right-hand corner

Please send to: americanbardco@gmail.com

Top plays will be announced by August 22, 2022

Thank you - we look forward to getting to know you and your work!

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights 2022

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Deadline: May 1, 2022

Six plays are chosen from the submissions to be given public readings by Barter’s company.
The playwrights are given travel, housing, and a stipend for the week.

Each play will be given 6-8 hours of rehearsal time.  The directors are instructed to direct for clarity not effect.  Our goal for the reading is that script/story/relationships are illuminated.  These readings are about getting your story out there. 

After each reading, a panel made up of three regional theatre professionals will give a few thoughts on the piece with the AFPP director moderating the discussion.  After that, we engage with the audience for their comments so that playwrights can get feedback from three separate groups: artists, panelists, and audience. 

Playwrights have found this to be a very useful step in developing their plays, as well as a nice little vacation/writer’s retreat with a chance to meet other playwrights, make new friends, and enjoy the beauty of Southwest Virginia! 

Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in a state that contains the Appalachian Mountain Range— which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama.)

OR

The plays must be set in the Appalachian region.

Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
Plays must be full length.
Plays must be submitted electronically.
Submission deadline: May 1, 2022

Please send play and a brief synopsis to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

Friday, April 15, 2022

The Young Actor's Studio New Play Festival

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Deadline: August 1, 2022

The Young Actor’s Studio is currently accepting submissions for our New Play Festival. We are looking for plays that prominently feature roles for younger people (between the ages of 12-18).

We are committed to developing, supporting, and spotlighting new work that offers heartfelt, realistic, relevant, challenging material for young artists. We believe that young people are capable of doing great work, and are always looking for material that shares this belief.
Some great points of reference in television/film/ theater that inspire us: Freaks and Geeks, My So Called Life, Pen15, The Wolves, DryLand.

Selected plays will be given a virtual public reading in the middle of December, and playwrights will receive a $500 honorarium.

Submission Guidelines:

The deadline for submissions is August 1st.

-Please email all submissions to literary@youngactorsstudio.com with the subject line New Play Festival.

– In the body of the email please include name, and contact information.

– Writers may submit up to three plays. They must be in pdf format. No name, or any other writer contact information on the plays themselves.

– We are not accepting work intended for television or film.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Don't Tell Amy new works festival: Draft One

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Deadline: March 20, 2022

SUBMISSION FORM

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.

DATES
- 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

Saturday, February 12, 2022

SUBMIT A PLAY: Playwrights on Park Reading Series

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Deadline: February 15, 2022

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2022 season of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT.

Our Mission

PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work. Playwrights selected as part of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series will have a day of rehearsal, followed by a reading of their play and a talkback with the audience.

IMPORTANT INFO: Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford to attend the staged reading and the audience discussion that follows. There will be a rehearsal the day of the reading in which attendance by the playwright is optional, but strongly encouraged. 

Transportation may be provided from NYC or New England locations by the Playhouse. Readings will be on select Sunday nights throughout the season at 7:00pm.

Playreading dates TBD

We will choose FIVE plays for readings for the 2022/23 season. Final selections will be made by April 1st, 2022.

Submission Guidelines

> BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, womxn, Latinx, and differently abled artists are strongly encouraged to submit
> We are seeking FULL LENGTH plays with smaller casts (5 or less), No musicals or One-Acts at this time
> Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format). Plays must be submitted electronically
> Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators
> Playwrights may self submit or go through a literary agent.
> Connecticut-based and NYC playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit
> NO FEE CHARGED

Submit plays to newworks@playhousetheatregroup.org with the subject line SUBMISSION.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Equity Library Theatre Chicago ALL ACCESS: A READING SERIES OF NEW PLAYS

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Deadline: February 5, 2022

Submit a script via email, as a PDF or Word document, with the play’s title in the subject line, to ELTChicago@gmail.com 

All Access is an ongoing reading series that began in 2015 with a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Its purpose is to promote new plays that bring to prominence narratives that are underrepresented in our culture's storytelling: to wit, plays that feature characters who are femme, BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and/or PWD. The readings are rehearsed with an experienced director and performed by an all-Equity cast.

Equity Library Theatre-Chicago holds annual, open submissions; to date, we have read hundreds of scripts from across the country as well as England, Ireland, and Canada. To ensure that we have a continual rotation of viewpoints, each year at least half of our readers are new to the series, and our finalist readers select the winner through a blind read. Every playwright who submits receives our greatest admiration; the winning playwright also receives a $300 prize.

2022 Submission Guidelines

Equity Library Theatre Chicago is seeking submissions of new, full-length plays. One script will be selected and produced as a staged reading with an experienced director and an all-Equity cast; the playwright will also be awarded $300.*

Because this reading will be part of our ongoing All Access Series, in addition to overall excellence, we will give preference to plays with protagonists who are femme, BIPOC, people with disabilities, and/or LGBTQIA+.

You may submit a script via email, as a PDF or Word document, with the play’s title in the subject line, to ELTChicago@gmail.com January 5th - February 5th, 2022.

Please include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, development history, and contact information. We will accept scripts that have been submitted in past years. No submission fee.

*ELTC aims to produce the winning play's staged reading in 2022, but Covid precautions must be taken into consideration. The staged reading may occur in a variety of different ways - an outdoor venue in the summer of 2022, an indoor venue in the fall of 2022 if the state of affairs allows, or as part of a festival to be paired with the 2023 winner and performed in the summer or fall of that year. As it stands now, we are committed to the winning play receiving a live, in-person performance, and not a digital presentation, so we hope to be able to present it as soon as it is safe to do so. 

PLEASE NOTE: The $300 is attached to the selection of the play and not the performance.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

DARK DAY MONDAYS FREE READING SERIES

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Deadline: January 21, 2022 at 12 midnight

Troy Foundry Theatre (Troy, NY) is currently accepting submissions of new plays for the 2022 February sessions of the DARK DAY MONDAYS FREE READING SERIES, which is dedicated to the support and development of new playwrights and new work. The selected plays will be presented in staged reading format with the possibility of consideration for a full production. Please see below for details and submission directions.

2022 FEBRUARY SESSION: VISUAL ART AND THEATRE

We’re calling for submissions of new plays or devised pieces of work in which visual art is a central theme; this includes works having to do with the process of creating visual art, the world of visual art or having to do with the life and/or process of visual artists. We are only accepting submissions for works that have never been produced. 

Seeking scripts of any length.

Submissions for the FEBRUARY session will be accepted until 12am midnight on FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022. 

 The selected readings will take place in two sessions on Monday February 21 and Monday February 28, 2022 at Collar Works Gallery in Troy, NY with a full cast and director.


To submit your work email to tftsubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line: 2022_FEBDDM _FIRST NAME LAST NAME_ TITLE OF PLAY. 

Please include a short playwright’s bio, a production history of the piece, and a copy of the play in PDF or WORD doc format. 

Due to the large volume of plays we receive, you may only hear back from us if your play is selected for reading. To learn more about Troy Foundry Theatre visit www.troyfoundrytheatre.com.

https://www.facebook.com/TroyFoundryTheatre/

https://www.instagram.com/troyfoundrytheatre/

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

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