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Monday, October 18, 2021

American Renaissance Theater Company workshop for Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander playwrights


Deadline: October 31, 2021

American Renaissance Theater Company – a developmental and producing organization founded in 1974 and based in New York City – seeks to expand its already diverse membership by inviting applications from Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander playwrights.

A dynamic community of theater professionals, ARTC's membership includes actors and directors as well as writers who encompass the full range of gender, age and sexual orientations. We want to extend a welcome to the voices of all writers who believe they would benefit from the supportive process of our weekly workshop.

The workshop meets at a midtown New York studio every Tuesday (via Zoom during Covid).

For more information on who we are and the work we’ve developed and produced (both live and on Zoom) – please go to our website: http://www.americanrenaissancetheater.com

Preliminary submissions should consist of the first 20 pages from a full-length or one-act play. 

Please send your writing sample and bio or resume to: artcorg@gmail.com

We aim to respond to applications within three months of receipt.

Friday, October 1, 2021

The Playwrights Realm Script Share Lottery


Deadline: October 10, 2021 11:59 PM EDT

Script Share is an opportunity for aspiring writers to engage in a one hour discussion with a theatre professional about a particular script. These conversations are driven by what the writer is hoping to explore, and aim to provide an initial response, perspective, guidance around the craft of playwriting, and further questions, rather than critical feedback.

This program is free to the playwright and is intended for those who have more limited access to the industry, education, and script conversations.

Script Share participants will be selected via lottery for sessions in November and December. Lottery entries will be accepted through October 10th.

This program is intended to serve aspiring playwrights who do not have access to script conversations via other networks; for example, those who are new to playwriting and/or who may not have received opportunities through school or within the industry to develop their writing skills. 

If you are selected for Script Share, you will need to have a script ready to share and discuss with a theater professional. Your script can be in any stage of drafting/development for these conversations, but it must be a full draft (a rough first draft is fine, but it cannot be only scenes or pages)!

Please Note: Script Share is not part of our Open Submissions programs. To have your full length play considered for our Fellowship or Scratchpad opportunities, please see our open submissions page.

The Process
  • Script Share participants are selected via lottery.
  • Selected playwrights are paired with a theater professional based on availability. 
  • The assigned theater professional reads a script draft provided by the playwright and engages in a one-hour discussion with the playwright.
Script Share sessions will be held from November - December 2021. To enter the lottery, please fill out the Script Share application form online

This form will close on October 10th at 11:59pm Eastern.

Still have questions? E-mail us at: scriptshare@playwrightsrealm.org

For more information or enter the lottery, please visit https://playwrightsrealm.org/script-share
Please send questions to scriptshare@playwrightsrealm.org

Saturday, September 18, 2021



Deadline:  October 1, 2021 5PM EDT
Jonesville Michigan

The Sauk, Hillsdale County's Community Theatre, located in Jonesville, Michigan is seeking entries to consider for our eighth annual Plays-In-Development in 2022. We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, young audience and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). It is understood (and expected) that changes will be made to the script between initial submission and performance.

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

Playwrights are encouraged to make changes to their scripts throughout the rehearsal process (often handing in new drafts on a weekly or even daily basis). The public staged readings will take place July 1 and 2, 2022. Playwrights will be on site the week leading up to the readings. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide travel and lodging.

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

Please e-mail a draft copy of the script, a one paragraph plot description and playwright's contact information to Executive Director Trinity Bird at saukpid@gmail.com. Playwrights may submit up to three scripts. We are NOT looking for scripts intended to be performed online. Scripts with strong roles for teens are encouraged! Any script received prior to September 17, 2021 at noon must be resubmitted.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, October 1, 2021.

The play selection committee will review all submissions and select the scripts to be part of the process. The selected plays will be announced on or before December 3, 2021.

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

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Garage Theatre Ensemble Playwrights Intensive

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Deadline: September 14, 2021 11:59pm PST

Submissions for our 2021-20212 intensive season are currently OPEN!

We are currently accepting plays of any length for consideration

Please send a PDF version of your play with the following information in an email:

-Your Name/Preferred Pronouns
-The Title of your piece
-A brief synopsis

-A character breakdown including ages and any specific

gender/ethnicity requirements

Please send all play submissions with PDF attachment to


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Depot for New Play Readings seeks plays

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 29, 2021

2021-2022 INKubator New Play Program

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Deadline: August 31, 2021 11:59 PM ET

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

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

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

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

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

Application Requirements:

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 13, 2021

The Strides Collective Emerging Playwrights Workshops

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Deadline: September 1, 2021 11:59 PM EDT

The Strides Collective, a new Philadelphia-area queer theatre company, is seeking TWO (2) PLAYWRIGHTS a to participate in separate one-month-long Emerging Playwrights Workshops over the course of November or December 2021. 

This is a REMOTE play development opportunity, conducted entirely over Zoom. The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2021. Interviews for applicants in consideration will occur in mid-September, with final selections made before September 30th.

The Strides Collective Emerging Playwrights Initiative is a new play development program designed to give a safe and productive environment to “emerging playwrights,” those who have not had their work fully produced before or may not have the resources or means to have their work developed otherwise.

There is an available stipend of $500 for each workshop to be split amongst the creative teams (directors, playwrights, actors, dramaturg, etc.). Selected playwrights will receive personalized dramaturgical feedback on drafts, the opportunity to hear their work read aloud by actors, collaborate with a like-minded director, and be granted the possibility of further development beyond the workshop timeline with The Strides Collective. There will be no culminating, public-facing component of these workshops; they are strictly for developmental purposes.

Additional General Information:
  • We will be conducting three (3) one-month-long virtual development workshops with emerging queer playwrights. These workshops will involve an opportunity for playwrights to have their developing works directed, acted aloud, and revised in collaboration with those in the room.
  • This workshop will have a maximum of 25 hours allotted for rehearsal time for the month. Rehearsals are not to exceed that allotment in the interest of artists’ time and compensation.
  • We will be placing directors with playwrights. Placements will be made as seen fit depending on the director’s comforts and experiences with themes in the plays selected as well as how we believe they will successfully mesh and work with the playwright.
  • When selecting additional personnel (actors, stage manager, etc.) to assist in the process, please remember that this is a non-union opportunity.

For PLAYWRIGHTS, we are seeking individuals who:

  • Are emerging, queer-identifying writers, age 18+, residing in the Mid-Atlantic Region (PA, NJ, DE, and NY). 
  • Have not had their work professionally produced in full and/or published. The Strides Collective believes in creating opportunities for folks who otherwise do not have access to the resources they need to fully develop their work.
  • Currently have written a finished, but not final, draft of a full-length work of theatre. (Plays, ideally, not musicals). Plays should call for no more than 5 actors (doubling of roles is fine). Plays should be modern and original in content; no period pieces or adaptations, please. Plays must also be aligned with The Strides Collective mission.
  • Are either not involved in other development workshops, or confidently can say they have the availability to commit to this one as well.
  • Need a space to do heavy development work on their scripts, not finishing touches or small edits. 

How to apply:

Playwrights are to fill out the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/TkuGmHMsBJAQ6Y7y7

Playwrights are required to provide:

Separate PDFs of a 20 page selection of your full script, the full draft of the same script, your general availability for November/December, and a resume.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.

Questions? Visit StridesCollective.com or email us at TheStridesCollective@gmail.com

Friday, August 6, 2021

Primary Stages New Writers Group - Applications Now Open!

Deadline: August 16, 2021

Echoes Writers Group at Primary Stages is a year-long, educational program focused on finding, nurturing, and amplifying the voices of women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists.

Echoes will be a place for writers to find, develop, and amplify their voice in a supportive and creative community that grows together. Led by the artistic team at Primary Stages, the group is comprised of writers who are just starting to discover their voice and build their craft, particularly those who are interested in learning about the art of playwriting. Examples of potential members may include a high school graduate just starting to discover the joy of writing, a mother who put her craft on hold to raise children, or a retiree who is just getting back to their art.

The Group participates in twice-weekly Mentorship and Sharing Sessions, where writers have the chance to create and develop their own work with professionals who represent a vast array of fields and writing styles. Mentors include Theresa Rebeck, Chisa Hutchinson, Madhuri Shekar, AriDy Nox, Cusi Cram, Brittany K. Allen, and Nikkole Salter (with more to be announced) and will touch on topics such as Playwriting Fundamentals, Adaptation, Short Form Comedy, Solo Work, TV/Film writing, and more.

Each Group member will receive a $500 honorarium and the year-long program will culminate with a weekend-long intensive for participants as well as a public presentation of the Group members’ works in Spring 2022.

We are looking for people who love to write but have not had the chance to fully explore their passion in a professional or academic setting. Women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming writers have faced many barriers to pursuing and developing their writing, and this is meant to be a safe and inclusive space that will offer mentorship, support, and community to those who are seeking to develop their voice. Whether you've stepped away from your writing and wish to reinvest in your passion, want to expand the scope of your writing, are discovering a new creative interest, or anything in between, we’re looking for undeveloped and undiscovered voices who need room to grow.

We are looking at a hybrid model for group meetings, with both virtual and in-person sessions. In order to foster a full and robust group, we are asking members to commit to attending meetings twice a week on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons from October-December, 2021 and February-April, 2022. In-person meetings will be held at a rehearsal space in midtown Manhattan.

Primary Stages strives to reflect the story of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, classes, ages, and abilities, and hopes for this group to reflect the America around us as opposed to what has historically been taught and represented.

All applications are due August 16. All applicants will be contacted by the end of August regarding their selection status, and finalists will be asked for a virtual interview.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY: https://forms.gle/th87JpcYEfdC6N8A8

For additional information, visit: https://primarystages.org/explore/echoes-writers-group

Please direct any questions to echoes@primarystages.org.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation New ERA Women Writers Program.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Women's Playwrights Circle @ Speranza

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Deadline: August 10, 2021
Or when we've received 100 applications


This is the application form for the NJ Women's Playwrights Circle (September 2021 to August 2022). All women-identified playwrights who reside in New Jersey, NYC, NY, Connecticut or Pennsylvania are welcome to apply. To be explicit, BIPOC, trans, cis and gender fluid women and those who identify on the spectrum of woman are welcome to apply.

The first 100 applications will be considered for a spot in this year's Circle. Out of those who apply, 10-12 playwrights will be chosen to participate. Participation consists of attending 36 mandatory weekly (mostly) meetings to share pages, receive feedback and to develop their work. The summer session will focus on readings of full-lengths that may/may not be open to the public, depending on the determination of the playwright and the program's director. After this year's 36-session year, participants will step down to make room for new cohort for the September 2022 to May 2023 season.

The deadline to apply is August 10, 2021 or when we've received 100 applications.

There is no fee to apply and no fee to participate.

Depending on the geography of the group, we will either meet on Zoom, in person or in some combination of the two.

Any questions about the Circle or about this application process should be directed to Pandora Scooter, Founder/Director at pandorascooter@gmail.com.

Every effort will be made to create as diverse a group of writers (based on race, gender identity, class, ability, background, education, etc) as possible. Please be sure to be particularly specific about all the ways in which you identify, to help us with this very important goal.

Speranza Theatre Company's mission is to create thought-provoking collaborative theatre centered on women’s issues, providing an opportunity for artists, particularly females, to share their voices through challenging and entertaining theatre based in honesty and truth.

Speranza Theatre Company is a non-profit women's theatre company and member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Founded to provide an opportunity for artists, particularly females, to share their voices through entertaining and challenging theatre, Speranza presents professional theatrical performances, free readings of new works, and educational programming. https://www.speranzatheatrecompany.com/about

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Lost and Found Theatre New Works series open

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Deadline: July 31, 2021

In the pursuit of creating platforms for emerging artists and unique pieces, Lost and Found Theatre is thrilled to announce our new works series. Each month, a team of professional actors, directors, and designers across all backgrounds and locations will come together to tell new stories through the medium of virtual theatre. We will be in close collaboration with each artist and playwright, allowing for opportunities to develop the work further during their time with us on the digital stage.

Over the past year, virtual production has been a crucial way to keep the arts alive, connecting artists from around the world in acts of grief, healing, and storytelling. With live productions resuming in theatres, this medium now presents an exciting opportunity as a testing bed for experimenting with new works written for both stage and screen.

Submissions are now open for scripts of all lengths and genres! If you’d like to see your piece produced by LAFT during this exciting new season, submit through the Google Form here on our website.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

PlayGround NY Writers Pool

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Deadline: August 15, 2021 11:59 ET

PlayGround, a leading playwright incubator, is in the process of launching our NY expansion, PlayGround-NY, and we are still looking for a few more NY-based early-career playwrights to join our 2021-22 Writers Pool, particularly those writers representing historically excluded communities, including BIPOC, trans/gender non-conforming, and differently-abled. While the official deadline to apply has passed, we’re continuing to accept applications through August 15 through our website and Google form at https://playground-ny.org/submit.

PlayGround is seeking applications for our inaugural (2021-22) PlayGround-NY Writers Pool. Only members of the Writers Pool are invited to submit for the Monday Night PlayGround short play staged reading series, from which each year’s Best of PlayGround are selected. PlayGround releases a prompt on a Friday morning and writers have just four-and-a-half days to write an original ten-minute play inspired by the prompt. Of the submitted scripts, 6 get chosen for a fully-staged, partly-teched, script-in-hand reading led by leading local directors and actors, on fourth Mondays, October-March. Writers not chosen in any given month can participate in PlayGround Recess, with the opportunity to hear their work read aloud by professional actors and receive peer feedback in a private setting. Submissions are due by 11:59pm (ET) on Sunday, August 15, 2021 (EXTENDED DEADLINE). BIPOC, trans/gender non-conforming & differently-abled writers are encouraged to apply!

The PlayGround Writers Pool has featured some of the nation’s most distinguished new writers of the past two decades, including Lauren Yee, Christopher Chen, Aaron Loeb, Geetha Reddy, Vincent Terrell Durham, and Diana Burbano, among others.


To be eligible, writers must reside within the five burroughs of New York City. To apply for a place in the 2021-22 writers pool, please submit your short (ten-page max) double-spaced script (previously produced and unproduced scripts eligible) as a Portable Document Format (.pdf) attachment via the following Google form: https://forms.gle/HqPdsFL5opTkQDS8A. Excerpts from longer works are not accepted but short plays that meet the above requirements and are derived from a longer work are accepted. BIPOC, trans/gender-non-conforming & differently-abled are encouraged to apply. Submissions are due by 11:59pm (ET) on August 15, 2021 (EXTENDED DEADLINE). The 2021-22 PlayGround Writers Pool will be announced on or before September 15, 2021 and all selected writers must attend a mandatory Company Meeting on Sunday, September 19, 2021 (time to be confirmed).

Friday, July 9, 2021

Ars Nova Play Group

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Deadline: July 18, 2021 midnight EDT

Play Group is a two year residency in which members become a part of the Ars Nova Resident Artist community. In addition to biweekly meetings where members share new work and receive feedback from their Play Group peers, members also receive dramaturgical support and artistic match-making advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff; invitations to Ars Nova shows, Resident Artists mixers, and to see the work of Play Group alums around the city; two Play Group writing retreats; and the opportunity to further develop and showcase one of their plays in a weeklong workshop that can culminate in a public reading. Click here for a list of Play Group alumni.

Applications for Play Group 2022 will be accepted beginning June 21st and must be submitted by midnight on July 18th to be eligible for consideration. Please CLICK HERE for the application form. Applications require one full-length play, a playwriting resume, two theater references and a personal statement.


All playwrights who identify as emerging and who are able to attend meetings in NYC are eligible to apply. In selecting new members, we will take into account the writing in the submitted play (all plays are read in their entirety), how/if the writer stands to benefit from membership at this point in their career, what they would bring to the other writers in the group, and the overall balance of voices, styles and experiences in Play Group. 

Ars Nova recognizes both that it is a predominantly white organization and that historic institutional theater practices have led to an exclusionary and harmful environment for those who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We are actively working to become a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive organization in all ways. Writers of all races, genders, backgrounds and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications consist of a full-length play, a playwriting resume and a one-page personal statement. Because we encourage Play Group members to use their time with us to develop their bodies of work (as opposed to a specific script), we look to personal statements to help us start to get to know you as a writer and a person more generally. So we’re not looking for you to elucidate your application play, but rather we’d love to hear about what inspires you and makes you tick. Please feel free to address any of the below prompt suggestions – or respond in any way that you think will help us begin to get to know you best!

What appeals to you about this particular writers group for you right now?

Why do you write for live theater?

Do you have a next play kicking around in your brain? (we’d love to hear about that- and don’t worry we won’t hold you to it!)

What non-theater hobbies or obsessions inform your practice/process?

If you could design an unconventional workshop process, what would it look like?

What are your hopes and dreams (concrete or abstract) for theater you want to be involved in moving forward?

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Civilians’ R&D Group is accepting applications

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Deadline: July 6, 2021


Applications for the 2021-2022 R&D Group are now open and will be accepted through July 6, 2021.

The Civilians’ R&D Group is a lab for writers, composers, directors, and other generative artists, working on investigative theater projects. The research and development creative process may include research, interviews, and other experimental methods of inquiry.

The group meets about 12 times over one season to discuss process and share work as it develops. Giving and receiving feedback at meetings is an essential part of the program, therefore regular attendance is critical and should be considered when applying.

Each R&D Group member will receive an honorarium. At the end of the season, each project will be given a brief rehearsal process with actors and a work-in-progress open rehearsal style presentation in the FINDINGS Series.

Direct questions to rdgroup@thecivilians.org
Learn more about the current R&D Group HERE

Before applying for the 2021-2022 R&D Group, please read about the program, application process, and instructions HERE

APPLY HERE – The Civilians R&D Group 2021-2022 Application

The Civilians’ R&D Group is comprised of writers, composers, and directors who meet throughout a season to develop original pieces of theater through the creative investigation of a pre-selected topic of their choosing. For more, please visit https://thecivilians.org/rdgroups/

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Yonder Window Ascending Playwright Program

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Ascending Playwrights Program

The Ascending Playwright Program is a mentorship opportunity for new playwrights age 18-25.

Writers awarded a spot on our Ascending Playwright list will receive...

- a private digital reading of their new play featuring professional actors

- a mentorship session with our Playwright in Residence; Grant MacDermott

- a featured spot on our social media and website

We are offering 5 spots in our program. Readings will take place once a month from March to July 2021.

Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

Application Guidelines:

- You may only submit one play.

- You may submit a short play, one act, or full-length play (no longer than two acts).

- You must be 18-25

- Your play must not have had any professional readings or productions affiliated with another theatre company.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following to admin@yonderwindow.co

1. Cover Letter:

Your cover letter should explain why you are interested in the Ascending Playwright Program. You can use the cover letter as an opportunity to tell us a little about yourself and your writing.

2. Resume (only if you have one)

3. Except: 10 pages of your short or full-length play

4. Synopsis & Character List: Please include a brief synopsis of your play, one to two paragraphs should do. Also, include a character list with identifying descriptions (race, gender, age)

*If you are not chosen during the month in which you apply your application rolls over into the next month for consideration


Saturday, May 29, 2021

The Mu Tang Clan: Asian American Playwrights Incubator Program

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Deadline: June 4, 2021 11:59pm CDT

The Mu Tang Clan: Asian American Playwrights Incubator Program invites new, emerging, and experienced Asian American playwrights to apply to the 14-session program (convening virtually) where 5 playwrights (in addition to Saymoukda) will be in a peer-to-peer learning model as they write, share, and discuss topics related to the field and the influences that impact their work. 

Playwrights will participate in public presentations in August 2021 and January 2022. The public will get to see six new plays as the program will culminate in a public reading of scenes from each playwrights’ script-in-progress (full lengths, one acts, etc).

The incubator is urgent for Asian American playwrights because it’s an intentional program that offers:

A safer space for Asian American playwrights to be bold, vulnerable, and supported.

A model that is a participant-designed working-collaborative.

Focused time to write and workshop pages.

A public professional staged virtual reading of their work-in-progress.

Visibility and artistic autonomy.

$1,000 stipend to help playwright secure reading materials, software, childcare, snacks, meals, stronger wifi, etc.

This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Science Museum of Minnesota’s 2021 Race Exhibition Mini Grants and through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Monday, May 24, 2021

BMI Librettists Theater Workshop

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Deadline: June 1, 2021

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Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics

This nine-month course explores the fundamentals of writing book for the musical theatre.

Drama Desk Award winning bookwriter Adam Mathias (he/him) unlocks the toolkit for musical theatre librettists. Through lecture, discussion, and assignments students learn how to apply the fundamentals of playwriting to the craft of creating musicals. As a class, writers deep-dive into the DNA of the musical theatre canon — from the Golden Age through today — dissecting what works and why and then applying it to their own work.

Applicants should have a book-musical project in mind to develop over the course of the year; this musical could be anywhere from an early concept to an early draft.

The course runs September through May in New York City, Covid restrictions permitting. Prospective members should live in the city or be able to commute weekly.
Librettists Workshop

After completing the Bookwriting Basics program, writers may apply to join the established Librettists Workshop group. Not all writers who apply will be invited to join.

Applicants must submit two writing samples, at least one of which must include comedic content.

Either or both samples could be:
  • a 10-page or longer excerpt from a script or other genre
  • a complete one-act
  • a full-length script

Any of these may be in-progress, produced and/or published material.

Scripts from genres other than playscripts or musical theatre scripts are also acceptable; however, theatrical comedy scenes are preferred to stand-up or sketch material.

In addition, writers must include a bio or resume.

Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics — Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Librettists Workshop — Mondays 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.

All sessions take place at the BMI Offices in lower Manhattan from September through May. All prospective members must arrange to live in the greater New York City area or be able to commute weekly September through May. Please do not apply if this is not possible for you.

Applications must be submitted by June 1st.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

EAT NEW WORK SERIES accepting submissions

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

We are now accepting submissions for the following new works:
  • Solo Shows
  • Dance
  • Cabaret
  • Musicals (Short and Long)
  • Short Plays
  • Subway Musicians
PART ONE: Read this page, our FAQ and Our TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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


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

Submissions are now open! Our New Works Series will resume when theatres reopen

Sunday, April 25, 2021

The New Works Playhouse membership

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Deadline: May 31, 2021

Writers Application Form

The New Works Playhouse is a non-profit organisation driven by a single goal; to do our part in facilitating new, inspiring works from performing artists and writers. Through their work, they aim to create a more accessible route into the industry for those who may otherwise feel unable to follow traditional routes. 

The organisation works alongside its core ethos, which are:
  • The performing arts industry should be accessible to all no matter their background, whether it is their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, financial constraints, and/or for any other reasons.
  • Accessibility should include artists, writers, performers, and any other individuals within the performing arts industry as well as audience members.
  • To ensure accessibility, all of our application processes, audition processes, and interview processes are free of charge. Subsequent successful membership is also free of charge. Tickets for any of our events will be on a pay-what-you-can basis within a range of pricing options. We will support those who are still unable to afford a ticket based on the range of pricing options.
  • Transparency is vital to ensure that all of our members feel comfortable participating with us.
  • They are currently accepting applications for performers and writers to become members and showcase their talent through online table reads and digital productions of new works submitted by their member writers. Prospective writer members should aim to submit a complete play for a live table read event as part of their application process if the initial screening is successful. 

To apply, please follow the steps below:
  • Fill out the application form for performers/writers through their website.
  • Prospective applicants should prepare to submit a CV (preferably without personal information such as a home telephone number or home address) in a PDF format. A headshot/photo will also be required for performer applicants. 
  • Writers - Please also prepare to submit a blurb and an extract from the intended play submission in one PDF document.
  • Applicants must be at least the legal age of adulthood in their country of residence. The community is built up of members from around the world - geographical location will not be a barrier.
  • If the initial screening process is successful, prospective writer members will be asked to submit their full play for consideration before an interview. 
  • The final step - audition and/or interview!
There is no application fee/membership fee for performers and writers. Instead, The New Works Playhouse raises funds through donations and tickets to the events through a pay-what-you-can system. This is to ensure that those with financial difficulties also have access.

For events (table reads and performances) hosted by The New Works Playhouse, 50% of donations through an event will be split equally between the participating performers and writers. The remaining 50% of donations will be reinvested into future projects.

If you would like to find out more, or if you have any special requests/needs for the application process, please get in touch at contact@thenewworksplayhouse.org or visit the website at www.thenewworksplayhouse.org

Terms and Conditions and example agreements can be found on their website.

Deadline for Writer Applications: 31st May 2021.

Performer Applications are ongoing.



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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Braata Bi-Annual Reading Series

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Create, Develop & Showcase

A program operating under the Braata Productions umbrella designed to create, develop, showcase, and expose the best of Caribbean theatrical offerings from the traditional stalwarts like Rhone and Walcott, to the new and aspiring young talent from the Diaspora waiting in the wings. The purpose of BTW is to give agency and space to the immigrant voice from the Caribbean celebrating its unsung thespians, writers, directors and technical personnel in all our efforts.
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 BTW stages full productions of works written by playwrights from the Caribbean and works about the Caribbean experience as uniquely felt by its migrant population.

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


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

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

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Texas State New Play Development Workshops

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Deadline: April 15, 2021

New Play Development Workshops

  • Only unproduced and unpublished scripts are eligible for consideration. No musicals.
  • Submissions must be from Playwrights descending from the African or LatinX diaspora, writing about Black and Latino cultural aesthetic
  • The submission must include a synopsis and character list/Breakdown.
  • The playwrights are expected to attend the rehearsals and reading presentations.
  • Only scripts submitted prior to the April 15, 2021 deadline will be considered.
  • Playwrights from across the country are encouraged to submit.
  • Manuscripts must be typed in the standard play format and must include the playwright’s contact information.
  • You must submit the consent/information form.
  • Play scripts may be delivered by regular mail, in person or using the submission form. Include a stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish your manuscript returned. 

Send manuscripts to;

Department of Theatre & Dance
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

ATTN: Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration

10. Notification of selected writers by June 30, 2021.

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