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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

JTC Playwright Festival

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Deadline: February 8, 2020

Julian Theater Company (California) announces the call for entries for the JTC Playwright Festival.

Playwrights are to submit their one act or full-length non-musical play by 02-08-2020 for consideration in JTCs’ judged staged-reading competition. The judges are not directly affiliated with JTC.

The First-Place Play will win $1,000.00. The Second Place Play $500.00.   

The two winners will be given the opportunity to present staged readings of their work on March 7th, with practice before to be announced.

“… from page to stage. We’re very excited to work closely with playwrights; the creative wellsprings of theatre,” – Scott Kinney, Artistic Director at Julian Theater Company.

“The Kinney’s have been putting on live theater for 30 years in Julian, the mountain town that has more apple pies than residents. It’s in their blood, helps define who they are,” – John Wilkens, Writer, SD Union Tribune 12-15-2019

Founded in 2004, Julian Theater Company serves the Julian community and her guests. The company produces musical and nonmusical live stage productions, offers Theater Industry workshops, field trips to regional theaters, and acting and production opportunities in main stage productions to student and non-student members of the greater Julian area.

JTC hopes this first annual Playwright Festival will complement their continuing effort to bring fresh, exciting, and relevant live theater experiences to Julian.

Julian Theater Company is a Partnership of Deborah Kinney and Scott Kinney

Email kinpro52@msn.com for festival submission forms or download here:


PR contact Deb Kinney


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Nextfest 2020

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The Nextfest Arts Company invites interested emerging artists to submit for Nextfest 2020.  Nextfest is a multi-disciplinary emerging arts festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada running June 4- 14, 2020. For more information on the festival, please visit www.nextfest.ca.

The Nextfest Arts Company defines emerging artists as:
  • any artist within the first ten years of their career
  • an artist who is NOT represented by any organization or union (ACTRA, EQUITY, IATSE, PGC, DGC, ADC, etc.)
  • an artist who is NOT represented by an agent or agency
If accepted as part of the festival, projects and scripts will be presented at one of the following three levels:
  • Reading – dramaturgy and mentorship offered to playwright, actors read script for audience, talk back after performance
  • Progress Showing – dramaturgy and mentorship offered to playwright/production, play produced with limited tech for audience, talk back after performance, or
  • Full Production – dramaturgy and mentorship offered to playwright/production, play produced will full tech and multiple performances

To submit a MainStage Project please fill out the following form:

Project Submission
Due : January 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

This submission form is to be used for projects which would be considered for the main stages but do not use traditional theatre scripts – ie: Sketch Groups, Improv Groups, Cabarets, Comedy, Performance Art, Poetry, etc.

Once you have filled out this form, please send the following as a WORD DOCUMENT or PDF FORMAT ONLY to Ellen Chorley, Festival Director at ellen@nextfest.ca with the subject line NEXTFEST 2020 PROJECT SUBMISSION:

Any documents related to your project
CVs of yourself and any other artist involved
A short bio of the lead project artist
To submit a script please fill out the following form:

Script Submission
Due: January 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Fill out this submission form and submit a script to be considered for a staged reading, progress showing presentation or full production.

Please send the complete script for consideration in either a Word Document or PDF file to ellen@nextfest.ca (other formats will not be accepted.)

Once you have filled out this form, please send the following to Ellen Chorley, Festival Director at ellen@nextfest.ca with the subject line NEXTFEST 2020 SCRIPT SUBMISSION:

Please send the complete script for consideration in either a Word Document or PDF file to ellen@nextfest.ca Other formats such as Pages or Google Docs will not be accepted.
CVs of the playwright(s) and any other artist involved
A short bio of the playwright(s)

8th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival

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Mine 4 God Productions is accepting plays for the 8th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) held in downtown Columbus, Ohio from November 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020 midnight. 

US citizens 18 years or older are eligible to submit up to two original works.

  • Submit in MS Word format to columbusbtf@aol.com 
  • The length of plays wanted are One Act Plays (30 minutes)
  • Full-Length Plays (60 to 90 minutes)
  • Monologues (5 to 10 minutes) with a theme based on inclusion.
  • Plays submitted must be from the original playwright or have legal rights from the original playwright to submit and/or produce.  Plays that have been previously produced or published are eligible.
The playwright will have the opportunity to self-produce their one act plays and/or monologues or have M4GP provide the actors and director to present it at the festival.  The playwright is responsible to self-produce (cast/director, etc.) their full-length play if selected.

We will also select one act plays to present as readings that we will produce.

  • Submitters will be notified through email by March 30, 2020 (earlier if possible.)
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a larger work or work-in-progress.  
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read. The document should contain no identifying information about the author in any way on any page except the one title page, which will not be revealed until the plays are selected.
  • Plays should run no less than 30 minutes, or more than 90 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.
  • Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/ technical support for a 175-seat black box theater with a 36’ wide and 24’ deep, equipped with an ETC Express 24/48 light board, Mackie 1202, 12 Channel mic/line and a monitor system to the booth.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay) and the story line must involve people of color with 50% of the characters/actors being a person of color. Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.  The CBTF is a family friendly event.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned and playscripts will be deleted from our server after use. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, Mine 4 God Productions shall be named as “first produced” if first production of original works.
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted July 10-12, 2020 at The Columbus Performing Arts Center with at least three performances for the One Act plays selected (30 minutes) and two performances for the full-length plays (60 to 90 minutes) selected.
  • Playwrights who have plays selected (One-Act 30 minute) to be performed by CBTF actors are encouraged to attend at least one rehearsal and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.
  • Playwrights are requested to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance if available to attend.

 For direct submissions, please email the MS Word format files to: columbusbtf@aol.com with CBTF 2020 PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject heading. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Fifth Annual Women in Theater Festival

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Deadline: February 29, 2020

Seeking full-length pays

Submit in PDF format via Google Form at http://tiny.cc/tfnriz

Project Y Theatre is opening an application for their 5th Annual Women in Theatre Festival, which will take place June 2020 at The Gural Theatre, NYC.

Project Y is seeking productions of plays that are written by a female identifying playwright and that feature more than 50% female-identifying characters. An ideal play for the Festival is either:

  • A one person show, ready for a crowd
  • A new/developing work multi-character project that would be able to take advantage of a night in the space. 
  • A festival-ready show

Chosen productions will get a performance slot in A.R.T. New York’s Gural Theatre as part of the Women in Theatre Festival. This opportunity is ideal for director/playwright who want a no-risk opportunity to see and hear their work out loud in front of an audience, festival-ready shows, or one-person performances.

The Women in Theatre Festival seeks to broaden the opportunities for women in the entertainment industry by producing new work by women with more than 50% female representation of all artists involved.  www.witfestival.projectytheatre.org.

Project Y supplies the space, but you would need to supply everything else, including all production costs, professional stipends, etc.  Productions can be equity or non-equity, but it is up to you to apply to equity for the appropriate permission.

Playwrights should note that the Women in Theatre Festival is NYC based - there will be no housing provided by Project Y and productions must invite their own audience, although the production will be included on all Project Y advertising and outreach.

Project Y operates on a split box office agreement with festival artists.  We guarantee an audience capacity of at least sixty-five seats. Project Y will keep income from the first 15 full price tickets sold;  after that, all sales will be split 70% to artist/30% to Project Y. Tickets are normally set at an average of $20-$25 general admission, so that we can also set up discount codes to help push tickets.

There will be minimal tech time (90 minutes) and tech capabilities (rep plot lighting) for each show.  There can be no moving of lights or changing/adding to the plot during the festival. In other words, shows should be made with the “festival” aspect in mind. Running time of shows can be from 30 min through a full length production.  Project Y will supply a stage manager to help call the show, and a board operator for lights and sound.

Project Y will handle all box office and front of house staffing. Project Y will sell concessions before each show and during intermission when applicable.

To apply for the Women in Theatre Festival, playwright should send a script sample (a dramatic beat of no more than 20 pages) and/or a video clip of work (5 minutes), a resume, and a statement of intent via Google Form, at http://tiny.cc/tfnriz. To report problems with the form or to ask questions, please email info@projectytheatre. Applications not received via the Google Form will not be considered.

Deadline for submissions is Feb 29th, 2020.
Playwrights will be notified of their application status on March 28th, 2020.

For more information about previous festivals and about Project Y Theatre, please visit their website at https://www.projectytheatre.org/.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Cold Comfort Theater (Belfast Maine) seeks plays for staged reading

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Deadline February 7, 2020

Submit your work for consideration to be performed before a live audience in Belfast Maine.

  • Plays must be unpublished work.
  • No play should have been previously performed.
  • Must not exceed 30 minutes in length.

Plays should be emailed in blind PDF format with contact info in body of the email to ColdComfortTheater@gmail.com

One submission per playwright.

Preference will be given to works with six actors or less.

Playwrights whose work is selected will pay a $50 non-refundable fee to Cold Comfort Theater to cover production costs. Cold Comfort will provide posters and programs and social/print publicity.

Cold Comfort will receive ticket monies and any gate donations.

The plays will be performed as staged readings at UMaine's Hutchinson Center, Rte 3 in Belfast in May.

A talk-back, Q&A session with the audience will occur after the show for playwrights and directors.

For more information call 207-930-7244  

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

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August 10 - September 6, Theatre One at Theatre Row

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59PM EST on Sunday, March 1, 2020. 

After paying the $25 Reader Fee, PLEASE submit your script immediately. Any script received AFTER 11:59 PM on the deadline date will be returned.

 This fee does not apply to members of the Dramatists Guild with proof of active membership.

All submissions must be made through www.broadwayboundfestival.com/submit. Late applications, applications mailed via the postal serve, e-mailed or faxed will not be accepted – no exceptions will be made.

FINALIST INTERVIEWS: End of March, 2020. Finalists will be interviewed by the Festival General Manager, via telephone/FaceTime/Skype.

PARTICIPANT INVITATION: Final acceptance offers will be made on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

CONTRACTS AND PARTICIPATION FEE DUE: 12PM (Noon) EST on Sunday, April 5, 2020. If invited to participate, your contract and non-refundable participation fee is due no later than 12PM (Noon) EST. If you miss this deadline, your spot will be offered to another finalist.

- No musicals or performance art pieces will be accepted.

- Performances must run 60-90 minutes, with no intermission. Scripts submitted may not run under 45 pages or over 80 pages in length.

- Scripts should follow standard format. Improperly formatted scripts will be automatically returned. If you have any concerns over script formatting, please visit the following links:

- Only 20 plays will be accepted into the 2020 festival. You may submit up to two scripts per season. Only one script will be selected per playwright.

- Only unproduced works are eligible to participate in BBTF 2020. Shows that have had readings or been workshopped ARE eligible. Shows that have sold tickets to performances ARE NOT eligible.

- All participants are fully responsible for producing their own plays. This includes covering the costs of production (e.g. rehearsal space, transportation fees, salaries, marketing, etc.) and operation.

- BBTF will not accept applications filed by anyone other than the playwright themselves (barring legitimate medical reasons explained on the application).

- Playwrights submitting to BBTF are expected to play an active role in the production of their script, such is the spirit of the experience. Productions that have been found to have been handed off to an independent contractor will be subject to cancellation.

- Applicants may not act in or direct their own shows. This includes solo shows. We expect the energy of our participants to be solely focused on the BBTF playwriting/producing experience.

- BBTF participants may not stage any other productions of the accepted play (in part, or in its entirety) in the tri-state area during or up to 12 weeks prior to or post the BBTF opening and closing dates, August 10 - September 6, 2020. This includes productions that decide to participate and later withdraw from BBTF 2020 prior to the festival's commencement.

- International playwrights are welcome to submit to BBTF using the same blind submission process as any other applicant. We strongly suggest international applicants enlist a NYC-based co-producer to help with the marketing, housing, and financing that go hand in hand with producing in NYC.

- Playwrights who receive a “conditional acceptance” are expected to take a second look at their play through the lens of our critique and perform the necessary rewrites to meet the BBTF standard for staging.

- By submitting an Application and choosing to participate in the Festival, applicant acknowledges and agrees that if applicant if selected as a Participant, applicant will not disclose to any person or third party the fact that applicant was selected until notified by BBTF that such disclosure is permitted.

- Applicants understand that BBTF is a professional environment and we hold our participants to a professional standard from commencement. We expect open communication during the rehearsal process so that by your performance dates, you can confidently present a quality finished production, completely off-book, and in adherence to to BBTF festival rules.

Critiques, Fees and Further Production
BBTF takes pride that:
- A blind submission process allows for the selection of the highest caliber of writing. This means that all selections are based on the merits of the submission and does not allow the process not be lead (whether consciously or unconsciously) by the expectations inspired by the author's institutional affiliation, reputation (or lack thereof), gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, abilities, age, sexual preference or orientation.
- All submissions are read in full by the Festival Director and at least one other professional playwright.
- Upon completion of the decision-making process, BBTF will email you a critique of your script, which should help you understand the reason your play was or was not selected to participate in the festival. Our critiques provide professional feedback of your work.
- We are most proud of the support we at BBTF give our playwrights. If your play is selected to participate in BBTF we promise to never put our stamp on it should it go on to be successful post festival. BBTF neither requires any acknowledgment of its festival in future productions, nor does it take a percentage of any future revenues or require the distribution of producer points, nor will it instigate negotiations for credit should any participating production be approached with financial interest during or after the festival.

- There is a one-time, non-refundable $1000 total participation fee, which includes everything stated in the contract.
- The BBTF participation fee covers three full performances in The Lion Theater in Theatre Row as well as all the tools we feel playwrights need to effectively and affordably produce and market their plays, including regular information packets, workshops, and a private Facebook forum.

Saturday, January 11, 2020


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Deadline: 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

We’re now accepting submissions for our twelfth annual ANT Fest, a festival of All New Talent showcasing new work from New York’s most adventurous emerging artists. ANT Fest 2020 will run through the month of June.

Every June, Ars Nova throws open our doors to the next wave of pioneering, hybrid theater-makers and fills our stage with their most dynamic ideas. We’re on the prowl for artists with diverse viewpoints and impressive skills, who see the future of live entertainment and want the chance to try out their ideas on stage. As an artist-driven festival, ANT Fest brings together an eclectic network of creators who feed our artistic community all year long.

We’re interested in unique, innovative projects that span traditional genre boxes (theater, comedy, music, burlesque, drag, variety arts or anything else you can think of) in an exciting way to tell a story, make us laugh, or showcase musicians with a vibrant new sound. This is the place to pitch that crazy show you’ve been dying for an excuse to make! We’re waiting for you.

Please fill out the online application form and submit it along with:

  • A short description of your evening (one page max)
  • An Artist Statement that describes what makes your key creator(s) tick and why you want to make this show (one page max)
  • Samples of your key creator(s) work
  • Bios or resumes for key creator(s)
  • A range of unique submissions will each be given a night to perform in Ars Nova’s intimate Off-Broadway theater and the opportunity to be a part of artist-driven events throughout the festival. Artists of color and all theater-makers with wide-ranging viewpoints are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Artists chosen for the festival will be notified by the end of March. Please download the ANT Fest Logistics page here for important logistics and details.

The Village Playwrights seeks 10-minute plays for Love Is Queer

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Love Is Queer, staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Valentine's Day on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 7 to 9 pm at St. Johns Church, 81 Christopher, NYC.

  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes (no more than 10 pages in standard format. 
  • Plays must should be about romance from an LGBTQ perspective.
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand 
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.
  • Deadline for submissions is January 17, 2020, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

To Submit: send your play as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com
your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
only put the name of your script on the subject line

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts

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Submissions are now OPEN for the 2020 Main-Stage Festival

The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 6 through 19 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

Categories: Full length plays; One-Act Plays; Choreographed Dance pieces; Thematic new Solo Shows, comedic or Dramas; Musicals; Opera; Cabaret; Unimaginable . . . ? – Any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no application fees or participation fees required, and all productions earn a box office share.

We provide:

ADA and AEA approved performance venues
AEA approved venue insurance
Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
Deadline:  Monday, February 10th.

Click on the APPLY button below to go to the full Application Form. Please download a study copy so you can later complete the form in one online session (required). Note: Your planned production cannot have been produced before in the 15 months preceding the July Festival. If you are producing an Out-Of-Town show (25 miles from New York City) be prepared to submit local contracts, and accept one of our co-production plans.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Spring New Works

Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by April, 2020 ) 7 -15 minute, 1 act plays for: Manhattan Repertory Theatre's SPRING NEW WORKS  April 17, April 18 & April 19, 2020 at THEATRE 54, 240 West 54th St. NYC (Between 8th and Broadway)

Each 7-15  minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances!

To submit your 7-15 minute (fully produced) play production please email:

  • The complete script of the play as a .pdf, 
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the character breakdown, 
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the approximate running time,
  • the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com by January 28, 2020.

Please put “SPRING NEW WORKS” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a day or so,  as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before January 28, 2020, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights and we will orchestrate the play series.

Once accepted, there will be a $95 participation fee.

For more information, log on to manhattanrep.com

Friday, January 3, 2020


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DEADLINE 1/11/2020


In March 2020, Conch Shell Productions - in collaboration with Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College - will present our second annual HEAR HER CALL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN WOMEN’S THEATER FESTIVAL. The festival is a celebration of the unique, innovative voices of Caribbean American female playwrights and writers from across the nation.

"Hear Her Call" will create an opportunity for diverse audiences to explore and celebrate the unique ethnic/cultural diversity of women whose ancestors or who they themselves immigrated to the Americas from any of the 28 multi-lingual Caribbean cultures.

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Vincent
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • US Virgin Islands

We are accepting submissions of fully produced of one-acts,  readings of full-length plays, as well as poetry/monologues/etc.

We will only consider one submission per writer.

Please note, Conch Shell Productions will only provide script feedback to playwrights who opt for the script feedback service.

Featu one act play productions will be allotted 2-3 performance times.

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: JANUARY 11, 2020 at 11:59pm.

“Hear Her Call” will take place March 4-March 7, 2020 (Performance times TBD).

Performance location: Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College – 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica New York 11451

The festival will closing/award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 7th, 2020.


One-Act Plays

1. No submission fee required

2. Optional script feedback/analysis: This year, Conch Shell Production offers playwright the option to pay $40 to receive a detailed 2-page script analysis.

3. English language scripts with some text in other languages and/or dialects are acceptable.

4. Seeking new plays written by Caribbean American females that feature at least one Caribbean-American or Caribbean character, plus
a. inspires audiences to redefine their stereotypical views about American people of Caribbean heritage,  
b. explores unique strategies for overcoming challenges, living an enriched life, finding joy, AND/OR inspiring change in society
5. We will be showcasing artist-produced one act plays.
a. The playwright (or indie theater company) is responsible for self-producing the fully produced play or reading (ex. engaging all performers and members of the production/creative team, assuming all production and marketing expenses, renting rehearsal space, etc.)  
b. The play must be original to the submitter, unpublished, complete, and not previously produced in NYC. No adaptations or works that involve third-party rights will be considered.
6. GENRES: Comedy, movement/language performance pieces, one-woman performance pieces, Theater for Young Audiences, magical realism, Afro Futurism, Non-linear storytelling, mystery, or a mixture of genres.

7. Participants should plan on minimal production value: No sets. Basic festival lighting design.   Minimal props/set pieces. QLab is available in the venue.

8. The festival is not being produced under the Equity festival code. Each producer is free to determine whether to do present their play as an Equity or non-Equity showcase.

9.  Plays must be in traditional script format with font size 12, all character names in all caps & aligned to the left, stage directions in italics (click here for example).

10. Only one submission per writer.

Glass Ceiling Breakers 2020: A Celebration of Women Playwrights

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 GoJo Clan Productions, LLC. and Theatre Revolution, LLC. would like to invite women playwrights to submit a play to Glass Ceiling Breakers 2020: A Celebration of Women Playwrights, produced in partnership by GoJo Clan Productions, LLC. and Theatre Revolution, LLC.

The 2020 GCB Celebration will be held on June 19, 20 and 21, 2020 at the Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY.

Here are the details and submission guidelines:

· Plays should be no more than 15 pages in standard play format
(see https://shop.samuelfrench.com/content/files/upload/General%20SFI%20Formatting%20Gu idelines%20Complete.pdf for a standard template), type size (12) with 1” margins and not run more than 15 minutes.

· Please only submit plays that have not been produced in Westchester or Putnam Counties from January 2019 to June 2020.

· Plays must be written by female or female identifying playwrights.

· All plays must be received by 11:59 on January 12, 2020

· Submissions will be “semi” blind (half the judges will know who submitted, half will not).

· Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays.

· Each submission must be sent as two attachments.

1. The first attachment will be your play with a title page that contains only the title and NO contact information.

2. The second attachment will be the title page with your name and contact info.

Please email submissions to theatrerevolution1@gmail.com

Playwrights will be informed of decisions by the end of February.

There is no stipend. The production is in a black box theatre and sets should be minimal.

If selected, the playwright (or their representative) may choose to be responsible for the production of their play
may request production assistance (not financial) in some or all of the following areas: casting, directing, rehearsals, props, etc.

In all cases, the theatre will provide limited set pieces, lighting and sound equipment and production staff.

There will be a mandatory pre-production meeting for all playwrights or their representatives in mid-April 2020.

Any questions? Email us. We are looking forward to reading your work!

Robin Joseph and Gabrielle Fox--Producers Glass Ceiling Breakers 2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Woodside Players of Queens Summer 2020 Play Festival

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Deadline: April 15. 2020

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2020 Play Festival, to take place in August 2020 in New York City. Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the globe.

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

One submission per playwright.

No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission.

We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: April 15. 2020. Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Short Play & Musical Festival - SEX 2020

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SPF - Sex 2020 submissions are now open.

They close January 2nd, 2020 at 11:00pm.

Submit via Submittable

The festival runs Feb 13th-March 1st (3 weeks) and your show would perform 4 nights during one of the three weeks...per usual!

To submit go to www.shortplaynyc.com and scroll down on the HOME page (the website is in the process of being updated now, but the submission page is ready for you!)

Festival is produced by Be Bold! Productions at
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY  10012 - 3rd floor

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.


Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

 THEMES:  "SEX!" (Feb) "NYC" (June) “Boo!” (OC

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Visit our website: www.shortplaynyc.com


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Founded in 2017, Corkscrew Theater Festival showcases premiere productions by early-career theater artists who are creating rigorously innovative, exuberantly ambitious work. Merging the developmental support of a theater company with the energy of a festival, Corkscrew prioritizes new and underrepresented voices by reducing the very real financial barriers to producing work in New York City. Our commitment to collaboration promotes interaction and dialogue among artists across the festival, building a community around a season of theater and offering audiences a unique opportunity to see high-level presentations of work at varying stages of development by artists they may not know—yet!

The result? Five weeks, five productions, five readings, fifty performances, and YOU. We want you to apply to participate in this festival!

Corkscrew’s model is an extension of our belief that we can do more together than we can individually: by presenting our work in a festival setting that facilitates meaningful collaboration between and among its artists, we mutually benefit.

  • We are committed to ensuring all our artists and audiences feel supported as artists, arts lovers, and human beings. In addition to Corkscrew’s foundational principle of providing financial support to artists in the form of commissioning fees and production costs assistance (for more information on the pecuniary specifics, please see the section “What We Do for You”), we assure the following: Submissions will be blind-read by a diverse reading team. 
  • The A.R.T./New York Theatres are fully ADA accessible, including dressing rooms, control booth, and, of course, front of house. 
  • We recognize systemic challenges to connecting audiences perhaps unfamiliar with the world of theater festivals; we are committed to assisting with outreach for artists whose ideal audience isn’t ready-made by the usual theatergoer avenues.


  • Generative artist bios;
  • Short answers (200 words) to five open-ended questions about the project:
  • Why do you want to undertake this project? 
  • What is the key collaborative relationship of this project?* 
  • What are your goals concerning the development of this project?
  • What is a key production (i.e., design) element of this project?
  • Who would want to see this show?
  • A draft of a script, or other document demonstrating the scope and content of the project; and
  • One or more work samples (photos, audio, or video)

Applications will be accepted through January 10, 2020. 

Phone interviews will take place in the first week of March. All applicants will be notified of their status by March 15, 2020.

*While Corkscrew prioritizes collaboration, individuals are more than encouraged to apply--we’re about nurturing new collabs as much as uplifting founded ones! If you are applying as an individual, please explain in the key collaborative relationship section, in as much detail as possible, the collaborative positions you’re hoping to fill.

Our application is live! Fill out this informational google form. This is where you’ll upload your short answers, script, and supporting materials.
➨ Please Note that to complete the form, you’ll need to have a Google Account (you can create one here). We use a host of Google products to run Corkscrew, including interviews conducted by Google Hangout.



a) Each production will receive $1,500 to split among its generative artists as a commissioning fee for presenting your work in the festival.
b) Corkscrew creates two spaces to assist with your developmental goals. The first is our biweekly Directors & Producers Lab, where we gather to problem-solve production elements and learn from one another. The second is literary support for the playwrights/lead artists in the form of one-on-one dramaturgical meetings and a monthly writers’ group meetup.
c) Corkscrew connects each production with our team of professional casting directors, who facilitate a broad search for the talent needed to bring each project to life.
d) Our developmental support culminates in a June table reading for each production, designed to give playwrights a draft deadline and an opportunity to share their work with fellow participants before the rigors of the production process.
e) Beyond all this, our artistic leadership - experienced playwrights, directors, and producers accustomed to working in this setting - are here for you throughout the process. You’ll also be working alongside four other productions, forming a network big enough to be helpful, yet small enough to be personal.

Production. Corkscrew facilitates ambitious, transformative designs. As such:
a) Each production will receive $900 in physical production costs, as well as the full support of our Technical Director and Production Management staff in the building and load-in of your production’s set.
b) Corkscrew will underwrite the cost of hiring a Production Stage Manager and a Wardrobe Supervisor for the festival’s run.
c) Every production will receive at least 16 hours of dedicated technical rehearsal time in the theater.
d) During performances, productions will be “in rep” with each other (i.e., three different plays may perform in the space on the same day). All productions will have one hour before their show to restore their set on stage, and one hour after the show to remove and store it offstage. Corkscrew’s Production Management team will facilitate these changeovers through additional staffing under the oversight of your Production Stage Manager, enabling each team to fully transform the space.

3. Performances.

a) Each production receives 9 performances over the course of the five weeks of the festival.

b) Performances times are in the evening (Monday-Thursday), or afternoon, early evenings, or evenings (Friday-Sunday).

c) We provide front-of-house and box office staff.

4. Marketing.

a) Beyond the built-in advantage of four other shows bringing audiences into the theater where you’ll be playing, we’re committed as a festival (with actual people and actual money) to marketing your show.

b) We also expect our production producers to spearhead show-specific marketing efforts. We work directly with producers to facilitate show-specific marketing opportunities and audience outreach efforts.
5. Affordability.

a) There are no fees for applying for or participating in Corkscrew Theater Festival.

b) Our co-producer agreement with each team includes a box office revenue split.

c) Our base ticket price is $28, with discounting and access initiatives available for each production. Every production will have a designated “pay-what-you-can” performance.


Development. We dare artists to dive into that passion project or flesh out that “unproducible” idea. We’re here to support you through arranging one-on-one meetings and informal gatherings to hear your work aloud, and by providing a sounding board as you do your work heading into public performances.
Performances. With the understanding that nothing will be considered “finished,” participants in our Reading series will get 2-3 hours in the space ahead of their public showing to smooth out the kinks and give the best representation of their work.
Follow-up. We’re experienced at parsing audience feedback and helping you discover where your project should head next.
Affordability. There are no fees for applying or having your reading in Corkscrew Theater Festival. Tickets for the readings are free.


Corkscrew is not prescriptive in terms of genre, content, or theme. All kinds of theater (so long as you consider it theater) are welcome! The evaluative criteria we’ll use to choose the work presented in the festival are as follows:

  1. An innovative perspective and adventurous scope for the project.
  2. Passion for the project from all of the generating artists, or if applying without collaborators, an active interest in forming new collaborative relationships to further the piece. 
  3. Understanding of how Corkscrew’s unique development process will serve your (and our!) goals for realizing the best possible version of your piece. 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

TheatreWorks 10 Minute Play Festival 2020

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TheatreWorks is accepting submissions for our SECOND Annual 10 Minute Play Festival, "Tales from the Brookside." Submissions MUST be sent via this form NO LATER THAN FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14th, 2020. Only submissions sent by submission form will be accepted.

The festival will be held at TheatreWorks New Milford Connecticut June 2 through 6, 2019.

A total of twenty 10 minute plays will be selected by our panel of judges from among those submitted.

TW Playwrights Workshop, held each Wednesday at 7:00pm at the theatre, is available to help further development of your play. Our doors are open to everyone.

The twenty selected plays will be presented once on one of the first three performance dates (Tues. June 2nd, Wed. 3rd or Thurs. 4th at 8:00 pm).

Two plays from each night will move into the semi-finals on Friday June 5th at 8:00pm. Four plays will be chosen from the semi-final performances for the finals on Saturday June 6th at 8:00pm.
CASH PRIZES will be awarded to the winners in each category (more to follow as we approach the event)

Playwrights (or their representatives) are responsible for the production of their plays-including casting, rehearsaals, props, etc. TheatreWorks New Milford will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound equipment and the production staff.

Submissions MUST be received NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 14th, 2020 and typed in standard play-script format, and be no more than ten (10) pages in a font size no smaller than 12-point.

Only plays with running times of ten (10) minutes or less will be eligible for prizes. Plays that run beyond 10 minutes may be subject to disqualification.

Submissions MUST include playwright contact info on the title page. Judging is based on audience/panel of judges combination.

Selectees will be notified BY MARCH 20th, 2020. Early submissions may receive early notification.
A maximum of two submissions per playwright will be accepted.

Please note: There will be a mandatory pre-production meeting for ALL playwrights and/or their representatives in mid-May 2020. Exact date to be announced when selections are final and playwrights have been notified.


Website - https://theatreworks.us/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theatreworks/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theatreworksnm/

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

National Alliance for Musical Theatre 2020 Festival

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Beginning with the 2020 Festival of New Musicals, all writers can submit an application to be considered for the Festival free-of-charge. In keeping with previous years, submissions to the Festival will require an endorsement from an industry professional, but for the first time there will be no cost associated with on-time submissions regardless of who is endorsing the piece. Please review the below for full details on the application process.

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

Join us for a Q&A session! In-person sessions will take place  January 7 from 5:30-6:30pm. The in-person sessions will take place in Studio C at A.R.T./New York (520 8th Ave, 3rd Floor). The online session will take place on December 19 at 12pm ET. Click here to register for a Q&A session.

Now in its 31st year, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to be a catalyst for nurturing musical theatre development and production. Every year, we feature eight musicals in 45-minute presentations for an audience of over 700 industry professionals. We look for new musicals at all stages of development from the broadest possible range of voices.

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

Our 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals will take place on October 22 and 23, 2020 at New World Stages in New York City.

The objectives of the Festival are to:

Sunday, December 15, 2019


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Are you passionate about social justice, environmental justice? Are you interested in creating in the outdoors this summer? Do you want to experience perform or create a temporary installation in nature? With a growing community? If so we want to hear from you! Apply to present or create a work for Vines Art Festival 2020.

Vines is inviting artists of all disciplines interested in creating outdoor site-specific works at local Vancouver parks to apply.

Performers and visual artists will be given the opportunity to select a specific “earth-stage”. This year we are looking for textile artists and visual artists to create work that can be hung throughout the space. Collaboration is encouraged; applicants can choose to submit new material, as well as pre-existing works that they wish to present within the framework of Vines.

Interactive art that allows audience participation is also recommended to connect with the community. We love experimental work and both durational and shorter pieces are accepted. In other words—we are very open! The only stipulation is the theme of work should be connected to the earth, community and/or systemic change. We value the intersectionality of social issues with environmental issues, as humans are a part of, not separate from nature, we invite you to explore what that means to your body. There are revolutions and uprising happening on front-lines throughout so-called Canada and throughout the world, we invite you to create with that in mind.'

January 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST

February 28, 2020

Honorarium, project dependent – if you have questions about fee email heather@vinesartfestival.com

August 6-16, 2020

Trout Lake Park (South end), David Lam Park, Crab Park, Stanley Park, Kits Beach, Strathcona Park, Pandora Park, Creekside Park

Friday, December 13, 2019

Between the Seas call for projects (Athens Greece)

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Between the Seas invites artists, thinkers, activists and scholars from around the world to submit their projects on the topic of Borders, Borderlands and Crossings to be presented at the 1927 space in Athens in 2020.

Proposed works may include: work in development; visual arts; new plays/translations; scholarly research; lecture-performances; new literary work etc. Selected projects can be submitted either for a one-time presentation or for a week-long residency. Our goal is to create an independent hub of international exchange among thinkers and practitioners around the world, focused on process rather than results, thinking through some of the most pressing issues of our world from a variety of viewpoints and experiences.

International artists receive presentation space and accommodation.

Find all the details and access the application form here. 

Deadline: Dec 15 2019. 

Questions? Contact: betweentheseasfestival@gmail.com

We invite artists, thinkers and scholars from around the world to submit their work for our 2020 season on the topic of Borders, Borderlands and Crossings. Below we offer some perspectives on what submissions may look like - but we are open to the artists’ innovative approaches and ideas:

  • visual art exhibitions
  • in-progress worscholarly research (articles, papers, seminars); lecture-performances; presentations of new literary work; workshops
  • We invite artists, thinkers and scholars from around the world to submit their work for our 2020 season on the topic of Borders, Borderlands and Crossings. Below we offer some perspectives on what submissions may look like - but we are open to the artists’ innovative approaches and ideas: 
  • visual art exhibitions
  • in-progress works
  • new plays
  • scholarly research (articles, papers, seminars)
  • lecture-performances
  • presentations of new literary work
  • workshops
  • other

Approaches to the topic may include but are not limited to:

  • Borders as historical and cultural constructs
  • Borderlands and the shaping of identities
  • Histories and narratives of border crossings
  • Policy-making in the border and borderlands (may include narratives of security and policing, medical approaches, human rights perspectives etc)
  • What lies beyond the nation state? transnationalism, global capitalism vs. imagining new models for transcending borders


  • Submissions are accepted from artists and researchers around the world
  • Submissions deadline is December 15 2019. 
  • Approximately 5 projects will be accepted for presentation at 1927 Art Space in Athens in  winter/spring 2020 for either a one-time presentation or a week-long residency. Artists will receive: space to present their work; accommodation (for international artists only). Resident artists will be expected to offer a workshop and/or presentation of their work at the end of their residency. 

      Independent artists/scholars: FREE (up to 3 persons)
      Institutionally supported artists/scholars: 150 euros per person per week
      Artists are responsible for the production logistics and costs of their presentation.

Due to the labor intensive nature of reviewing submissions, incomplete or off- topic submissions will not be considered. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Long-distance presentations: for artists who are unable to be physically present in Athens, if we are interested in the project we will undertake to organize a presentation on your behalf.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Call for Proposals: McCrae House Backyard Theatre (Guelph Ontario Canada)

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Proposal deadline: Monday, December 16, 2019

Guelph Museums is currently seeking proposals from playwrights, storytellers, and/or musicians to produce a summer theatre production for July 2020.

In 2015, Guelph Museums launched Backyard Theatre at McCrae House with A Night in Flanders, an original one-act play by Don Macrae.  Since then, performances have included Sons of ’17 by Mike Ford, Guelph in Postcards – The McCrae Years 1872-1918 by Jay Wilson, Mary’s Wedding written by Stephen Massicotte and produced by Jay Wilson; and What I Gave, I Have by Catherine Frid.

McCrae House is the birthplace of John McCrae, the doctor, soldier and poet who wrote In Flanders Fields.  Backyard Theatre provides an opportunity for audiences to connect with the legacy of John McCrae in a unique and compelling way.  The intent of this initiative is to attract new and repeat audiences to McCrae House, and to provide memorable visitor experiences.

The show should run 50 to 60 minutes without intermission, and the content should reflect themes consistent with John McCrae’s legacy: military service, medical service, poetry, storytelling, adventure, family, 19th century Guelph. The show need not be a literal telling of McCrae’s story, but it does need to have a significant amount of McCrae-specific content and it needs to be factually-based and accurate.

Guelph Museums reserves the right to review, suggest edits, and approve the final script.

The performances open Wednesday, July 8 and run Wednesdays through Saturdays until July 18 at 7 p.m. There will be Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on July 11 and 18. Performances will take place outdoors, in the backyard of McCrae House.  Staging and props need to be simple and portable.

The project budget is $7000 + HST – inclusive of script, production, costumes, props and artist fees.

Guelph Museums will be responsible for stage, seating, sound, marketing, ticket sales, and front of house operations.

Guelph Museums invites applications from qualified writers and producers.

Please submitted proposals to:

Val Harrison, Supervisor, Visitor Experiences
Guelph Museums
52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, ON N1H 4H8

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