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Monday, November 25, 2019

Chain Theatre Playwriting Lab

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

This program has been made possible with the support of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: OCT 25, 2019
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: DEC 12, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS: JAN 6, 2020
“THE FOLKS AT THE CHAIN THEATRE ARE AMONG THE GREAT  UNSUNG HEROES OF CULTURAL NEW YORK.”

Richard Price, Clockers, HBO’s The Night Of, The Wire

CHAIN PLAYWRITING LAB SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility:

  • All playwrights must be NYC based artists. 
  • Must be part of an under-represented community in the arts. Female identifying, a person of color, LGBTQ, or trans artists are encouraged to apply. 
  • Must be full length plays. 70 pages or more with a completed draft. 
  • Playwright must have all necessary rights. 


Application Process:

Applications will be accepted Oct 25, 2019 – Dec 12, 2019. Free to submit and participate. Include the following with your submission:

  • Resume and Bio. 
  • History of where the play has been previously produced or developed.
  • PDF Attachment of your play. It must be a completed draft. 
  • Must be available for in-person interview.

SUBMIT TO: info@chaintheatre.org

THE LAB

This is an intensive, highly collaborative process. We ask that you only submit if you have the availability to participate in the Lab.

Playwrights will meet regularly with your Director and the Director of the Lab. While each play will have different needs depending on how far along in the development process your play is, a typical timeline for the Lab would be: Weeks 1-2, meet with the Director and the Director of the Lab once a week to discuss your work and structure. Following each of these meetings, you will be given time to work on the play outside of the Lab and return with any changes. Weeks 3-5, actors are brought in to read through the script and/or work on specific scenes. At a second meeting during these weeks, you will meet with the Director to discuss what was learned from the previous rehearsal and any possible changes to consider. Week 6, there will be two to three rehearsals to fine tune the intentions of the characters with the actors in preparation for the staged readings.

A Director will be chosen for you from the Chain Theatre Team, so plays that already have a director attached cannot be considered. All actors will be chosen by the Director and the Chain to ensure an opportunity to hear the text with a fresh voice.

Following the 6 weeks of development, playwrights will be given two professional staged readings at Chain Theatre with an invited audience. Tickets to the staged reading will be FREE to all patrons. Staged Readings will take place February 21st - February 23rd, 2020. All plays developed are candidates for full production for the Chain 2020 Season.
LEADERSHIP

Chain Playwriting Lab will be led by Ella Jane New, Ella is a theatre and film maker based in NYC. After receiving her MFA from University of London, Ella wrote and directed Banquet of Chestnuts at the George Wood Theatre in London, where she received the Goldsmiths New Writing Award. Other awards include: WOMEN MAKE MOVIES Fellowship and Eastman Foundation Grant and was chosen for the Creative Minds Program in association with Sundance Institute & Sundance Film Festival. Ella's work has been seen around the world at the U.N. Global Wake-Up Fest; Unspoken human rights Festival and has received distribution by BBC Worldwide, Al Jazeera and Globostat Brazil."

Ms. New will on hand, moderating the rehearsal and development process. Christina Elise Perry, Director of Outreach for the Chain Theatre, will also oversee the completion of the Lab in collaboration with the Chain Theatre’s Artistic Director, Kirk Gostkowski, and Literary Director, John Arthur Long.

All rehearsals and meetings will take place at the Chain Theatre located at 312 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Live & In Color - Call for Submissions

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Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical or play. The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast.

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

The winning play submission will have a one-week development period this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a reading for an invited audience.

To Apply
Submit the required materials via email to Director of New Works, Dennis Corsi, at dennis@theatreincolor.org.

Submissions due March 1st, 2020.

Submission Requirements

MUSICALS

The musical must be able to be performed with no more than 8 actors, although preference will be given to smaller casts.

All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Demo of score (2-3 songs)
  • Sample of dialogue (5-10 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)


PLAYS

  • The play must be able to be performed with no more than 5 actors. 
All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Script sample (10-20 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

Monday, November 18, 2019

One-Act New Plays Workshop 2020

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The Theatre of Western Springs (Illinois) Directors’ Workshop Program One-Act NEW PLAYS WORKSHOP August, 2020.

Anyone interested in submitting a script for consideration should follow these One Act Play Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline: January 9, 2020

Notification of Selected Plays: June, 2020 (earlier if possible)
Entry Fee: None

  •  Plays must not have been previously produced or published.
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a lager 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 15 minutes, or more than 45 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • If you’d like to, please include play’s development history as a separate document. e.g. had a staged reading at Chicago Dramatist. If none, not necessary.
  • 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 117-seat black box theater.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay). Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, TWS shall be named as “first
  • produced”
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted in August 2020 (exact dates unknown at this time) at The Theatre of Western Springs with at least three performances.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals 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.

 Submission process:
Preferred:

For direct submissions, please email the two files to:
DW@theatrewesternsprings.com with “2020 NEW PLAYS SUBMISSION” in the subject heading.

You may mail your submission to:
2020 New Plays Workshop Submission The Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Any Questions should be directed to:
TWSnewplaysworkshop@gmail.com
Please do not call TWS.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Theatre of Western Springs (IL) Directors’ Workshop Program One-Act NEW PLAYS WORKSHOP August, 2020

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Submission Deadline: January 9, 2020
Notification of Selected Plays:  June, 2020 (earlier if possible)
Entry Fee: None
  • Plays must not have been previously produced or published.
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a lager 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 15 minutes, or more than 45 minutes in length.
- Plays must be typed in standard play format.
- If you’d like to, please include play’s development history as a separate document.  e.g. had a staged reading at Chicago Dramatist.  If none, not necessary.
- 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 117-seat black box theater. Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay). Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.
- Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
- Playwrights may submit multiple plays and retain full rights to all works submitted.  However, TWS shall be named as “first produced”.
- Selected plays will have a production mounted in August 2020 (exact dates unknown at this time) at The Theatre of Western Springs with at least three performances.
- Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals 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 required to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance. If the playwright is unavailable for all performances, his/her play may not be selected.

Submission process:

Preferred:  For direct submissions, please email the two files to: DW@theatrewesternsprings.com with “2020 NEW PLAYS SUBMISSION” in the subject heading.

You may mail your submission to:  2020 New Plays Workshop Submission The Theatre of Western Springs 4384 Hampton Avenue Western Springs, IL  60558

Any Questions should be directed to:   TWSnewplaysworkshop@gmail.com
Please do not call TWS.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Eastern Front Theatre now accepting submissions for STAGES 2020

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Submission deadline is December 1, 2019

Eastern Front Theatre (Halifax Nova Scotia, CA) is now accepting submissions for STAGES 2020.

Submissions can be for a reading, workshop or full production.

Applications for full productions must come from a Production Company (not an individual) to be considered.

In the application, please include:
- cover letter
- overview of the piece (2-3 sentences)
- full synopsis
- developmental history
- script (as much as is completed)
- log line

If applicable:
- team headshots and CVs
- reviews/audience feedback
- production photos
- archival video
- poster

Submissions should be sent to info@easternfronttheatre.com

Friday, October 4, 2019

Playwrights Center Core Writer Program

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The intent of the Core Writer Program is to support playwrights who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. Created in recognition of the particular needs of emerging and established writers, the program offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career and is available to writers nationally.

Playwrights who have benefited from the Core Writer program include Christina Anderson, Trista Baldwin, Lee Blessing, George Brant, Carlyle Brown, Connie Congdon, Marcus Gardley, Jeffrey Hatcher, Sherry Kramer, Carson Kreitzer, Martyna Majok, Melanie Marnich, Winter Miller, Greg Moss, Qui Nguyen, Kira Obolensky, Jen Silverman, and Alice Tuan.

The Core Writer program gives 25-30 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. All Core Writers receive play development workshops at the Center in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. Core Writers are eligible to be included in our formal season of public readings: the PlayLabs Festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series. Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters.

Each term is three years; Core Writers may reapply for additional terms.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career. Students enrolled in a full-time educational program are not eligible.

Each application will contain the following pieces:

-Application Form (including contact details and eligibility information)

-Playwriting Resume

-1-2 paragraph Artists Statement.
Use this statement to contextualize your work sample and help the panel get to know you as an artist. Describe your artistic goals and vision as a theater maker. You're only submitting one play, but this statement is your opportunity to describe the larger landscape of your work and to discuss your reasons for writing plays.

-1 page statement of Core Writer Goals
This is a statement, around one page in length, explaining how the Core Writer Program would benefit your career as a playwright. You may want to discuss projects you hope to develop as a Core Writer, specific resources you hope to take advantage of, and/or goals you have for your career. This statement should reflect a clear understanding of the program and the Playwrights' Center and explain to the evaluators why becoming a Core Writer is the right next step for you.

-Full-length play script
A full-length play generally runs at least one hour. If you are submitting a script for a musical or a play that was written in collaboration with another artist (i.e. lyricist), please clearly indicate your role in the writing of the play. Co-written work that does not have a clear division of who created which part will not be accepted—the evaluators need to be able to evaluate your work specifically.

-One letter of recommendation
Please request one letter of recommendation from an individual who is familiar with your work as a playwright. Letters must be received by the application deadline: January 23, 2020. You will be sending a request through the application portal below.

Questions may be addressed to Artistic Programs Manager Julia Brown at juliab@pwcenter.org.

Note: You will need to make a SlideRoom account in order to apply. If you are a Playwrights' Center member, your PWC login will not automatically log you in to SlideRoom—they are two different systems. If you already have a SlideRoom account, you should be able to access the application using your existing login.

For a video tutorial on using SlideRoom, please click here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Sauk sixth annual Plays-in-Development

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The Sauk, Hillsdale County's Community Theatre, located in Jonesville, Michigan is seeking entries to consider for our sixth annual Plays-In-Development in 2020. 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). A completed draft of the play must be submitted. 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 10 and 11, 2020. Playwrights will be on site between July 7-12. 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.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, October 4, 2019. 

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 2, 2019.  

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Experimental Theatre Writing Workshop seeks writers

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The Experimental Theatre Writing Workshop (ETWW) is issuing a call for writers who would like a place to develop experimental theatrical pieces.

The Workshop offers a chance for playwrights to explore non-traditional theatre making.  The work must challenge theatrical conventions in some manner.  This can include dialogue, structure, staging, character and/or character development, format or any other manner of pushing at normative theatrical boundaries.

To apply, please fill out this form.

Deadline for submissions is September 1.

We will be meeting three times this fall -- September 10; October 8 and November 12.  Depending on submissions, invited participants will join us for one, two or all three sessions.  During each meeting, playwrights will receive a 30-minute slot to have-read 15 minutes of text, then have 15 minutes of feedback.  Actors will be provided.  There is no fee to apply or participate.  Meetings will be from 7-10 pm at A.R.T.-NY, 520 8th Ave., 3rd Floor.

The ETWW is being convened by Suzanne Willett (Playwright and Founder of Silver Glass Productions) and Tom Block (Playwright and Founding Producer of the International Human Rights Art Festival).

For further information, please email: etww19@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

NoMads Art Collective in Chicago seeks playwrights for 10-minute play laboratory

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NoMads Art Collective in Chicago is seeking playwrights for our inaugural 10-minute play laboratory: Sparks.

This year’s theme is "taboo." What conversations make people uncomfortable? What kinds of theatre push beyond the limited “fourth wall" mentality? What have you always wanted to explore in your work that might seem socially unacceptable? We are interested in plays that experiment with taboo in either content or form (or both!).

DETAILS

Through the selection of plays and directors, the NoMads team will match up directors and playwrights. Directors will be in charge of producing the piece with minimal set pieces and technical elements.

The lab is open to playwrights from all over, but playwrights should plan on attending all three (3) performances (10/21-10/23)

Playwrights should note that plays with more than 5 characters cannot be accepted at this time.

We will only accept one 10-minute play per playwright at this time.

Sparks runs from October 21st - 23rd, 2019 at The Frontier.

Submissions for Sparks close August 31 at 11:59PM. 

THERE ARE NO FEES.

For consideration, fill out this Google Form to submit your piece (in a PDF).

For questions, please feel free to email NoMads at contactus@nomadsartcollective.org or visit our website www.nomadsartcollective.org.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

EST/Youngblood

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DEADLINE: MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

EST/Youngblood is currently accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2019-2020 season. Applications are open to New York City metro area resident playwrights under 30 years old. Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings and retreats. There is no set term of membership, and members often stay through the season that includes their 30th birthday. If you have any questions, please contact youngblood@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Application Requirements
Please complete the form online and include the following materials:

WRITING SAMPLE - up to 25 pages. This can be part of a longer piece or a one-act. Send whatever you think best represents where you are as a playwright right now.

LETTER - The "why Youngblood" letter. Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in membership in the group.

RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.

FULL-LENGTH PLAY - A completed full-length play in its entirety. Note: this can be the full play from which the initial 25 pages was excerpted, or an entirely different piece. In most cases, this additional material will only be read if you are selected as a finalist.

Application Instructions:

Combine the above items, in that order (sample, letter, resume, full-length), into a single PDF file.

The file name should be your last name and first initial - i.e., TOLAN_R.pdf.

Upload the PDF file using the Upload link online.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ingram New Works Lab Application

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Submission Deadline is Sunday June 30 at 11:59PM Central Time

The Ingram New Works Lab is a season-long generative residency and artistic home-away-from-home for playwrights to create and develop a new play while in residence at Nashville Rep. Lab playwrights travel to Nashville approximately once a month to receive transformative support and radical hospitality as they share and develop a new work from the idea stage to a complete draft to be presented at the 2020 Ingram New Works Festival.

Nashville Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:

  • A season-long script development lab that meets in Nashville 
  • Travel, Housing, and Hospitality for all Lab meetings in Nashville
  • An artist-led development process designed to support the playwright
  • Access to professional actors and directors
  • Access to professional marketing and audience development resources
  • A week-long development lab with the Ingram New Works Fellow
  • A staged reading presented as part of the Ingram New Works Festival

Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to developing a new play from its earliest stages to a full draft, participating in monthly Lab meetings, participation in Playwrights week, and participation in the New Works Festival

All participating Lab playwrights must commit to be available for all dates:

Lab Dates: September 19-22; October 24-27; December 5-8; March 5-8; April 16-19

Playwrights Week: January 11-17, 2020

Ingram New Works Festival: May 11-16, 2020 (Playwrights must be in attendance May 6-17, 2020)

Should a playwright-in-residence miss multiple commitments, they may be asked to forgo their place in the New Works Lab.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

All applications must include the following:

·  A one-page letter of intent stating your objectives for working on a new play in the Ingram New Works Lab. The letter must include a description of your proposed project. Please note: the Ingram New Works Project is designed for plays in their earliest stages and does not accept projects that have already received developmental support.

·  A resume

·  A full-length play that best represents your writing skill. Author and contact information must appear on the title page. We do not accept musicals or screenplays.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please use the form below. Upload your letter of intent, resume, and play as separate PDFs. Other file formats will not be accepted.Your application must include all three files. You will receive a confirmation email shortly to verify your submission.

PLEASE VISIT OUR FAQ PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND APPLICATION

FAQ

Additional questions can be sent to Nate Eppler, Director of the Ingram New Works Project at nate@nashvillerep.org

Friday, June 7, 2019

Civilians’ R&D Group

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The Civilians’ R&D Group provides writers, composers, directors, and/or performance makers in NYC with a space to develop investigative theater projects.

The group meets 12 times over 9 months, during which time each artist or team of artists shares the progress of their project. The creative process may include interviewing, community engagement, research, or other experimental methods of inquiry. Teams are given a very short rehearsal process to address development goals at the end of the season, culminating in public presentations of the works-in-progress.

Applications are due by June 17, 2019
Please apply below or via this link
Direct questions to rdgroup@thecivilians.org
Learn more about the current R&D Group HERE

APPLY HERE – The Civilians R&D Group 2019-2020 Application

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Bechdel Group Fall 2019 Workshop Series

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Submissions for the Fall 2019 Workshop Series are currently open.
Submissions will close May 31, 2019.

Please read the description of what we do and what we are looking for carefully.
  • We do not produce work. 
  • We do not work with scripts that are 'finished.'
  • We do not work with playwrights who do not read submission guidelines.
We accept new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts - anything in progress.  Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet 'complete'.  We typically feature 20 - 35 pages (roughly a half hour) of a script.

Our aim is provide an informal, festive, safe space to hear your work and get feedback from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and theater lovers.

We are happy to accept submissions that are being shopped elsewhere, but we ask that you contact us if your script is selected for another workshop, a staged reading, or production.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we regret that we cannot give each submission individual feedback.

Your submission MUST:
  • Be in progress. Our aim is to provide a space that will help you develop your work. If your script or screenplay is 'finished', has had full productions, or is about to be produced, we are not the right organization for you. We are happy to consider work that has had prior workshops or informal/staged readings, if you still consider your script in development.
  • Pass the Bechdel Test. You must have at least two female-identifying characters, with names, who have a full scene/conversation that is not about their romantic relationships.
  • We are constantly discussing the Bechdel Test and the way it serves (or fails to serve) our mission. We know that as a 'test', there are flaws and gaps. We are indeed interested in scripts that push boundaries and raise discussion points - however, this is our baseline. Please do not send us two-handers with one male and one female character or scripts with only one female character. Please do not send all male scripts.
  • Support our mission of fostering strong, complex, dynamic roles for women.
What we want:
  • Complex, layered female characters.
  • Thoughtful consideration of your needs in terms of script development - we look at the questions you're asking about your work carefully.
What we do not want:
  • Scripts that just manage to pass the Bechdel Test. If your main female character goes 60 pages without interacting with anyone but men, chances are good we will not be interested. If your qualifying scene does not forward your plot, chances are good we will not be interested.
Have you read all this? Are you feeling confident about The Bechdel Group as a good fit for you?
Well, then, click here to submit.

Contact
Questions? Not sure if your script qualifies? Clarifications? Email us at bechdelgroup@gmail.com

Sunday, April 14, 2019

2020 Page 73 Development Programs Application

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DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2019

Page 73 has two play development programs available to early-career playwrights through this application. Playwrights may apply for either or both programs as they see fit and are eligible (see below).

1. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship

The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship provides a year of comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has not received a professional production in New York City (please see eligibility requirements below). Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to this writer as they develop one or more new plays of their choosing. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellow receives an unrestricted award of $10,000 and a development budget, managed by Page 73 and the Fellow over the course of the Fellowship year, up to an additional $10,000.
The Fellow is encouraged to think creatively about using Fellowship resources to meet concrete goals that might not otherwise be possible. These goals may include, but are not limited to, development of one or more new plays, assistance in building relationships within the New York City theater community, research, and/or travel. Please note that funds from the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship do not cover full-scale productions, nor does Page 73 commit to producing the work of the Fellow. The Fellowship incorporates at least one public presentation by the Fellow. Page 73 also helps the Fellow identify and connect with collaborators, including directors, designers, actors and dramaturgs, for Fellowship projects.

The Fellow is associated with Page 73 for the calendar year, from January 1 to December 31. After being selected, they work with Page 73’s staff to develop a plan for the year and establish a timeline for the development work to be done on the new play or plays. The Fellow may also be invited to participate in the Page 73 Summer Residency and, if eligible, Interstate 73 (described below) during the Fellowship year.

If the Fellow is not a New York City resident, they must be prepared to travel to New York during the Fellowship year in order to fully engage in the opportunities that the Fellowship provides.

Past Page 73 Playwriting Fellows are Kirsten Greenidge, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jason Grote, Krista Knight, Tommy Smith, Heidi Schreck, Eliza Clark, Janine Nabers, Max Posner, Caroline V. McGraw, Clare Barron, Nick Gandiello, Hansol Jung, John J. Caswell, Jr., and C. A. Johnson. The current Fellow is Sanaz Toossi.

2. Interstate 73

Interstate 73 is Page 73’s yearlong writers group. Consisting of six to eight playwrights and led by Page 73’s Producing Artistic Director and Artistic Associate, Interstate 73 meets twice monthly on weeknight evenings at our office in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Each playwright receives a stipend for participating. Participants bring in pages that are read aloud and discussed by the group. Each participating playwright is also given an opportunity for a reading of a completed work, which can be public or private, depending on the playwright’s interests and needs. Page 73's staff works with each playwright to craft the reading to be as useful as possible for the writer.
Interstate 73 begins each year in January, and meetings run through December; sessions are typically suspended for a period in the summer. Please consult the eligibility requirements below. Page 73 selects participants from individuals we meet through this application process as well as from individuals who have become known to the company through other means.

Note: While Page 73's staff may, from time to time, offer a spot in Interstate 73 to a playwright who meets the eligibility requirements but has not completed an application for the program, anyone who wishes to be considered for the 2020 Fellowship must submit this application.

Applicants for both programs:

1. The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation;

2. The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays;

3. The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal;

4. The applicant must have never received a production of his/her work in New York City that was larger than an Actors' Equity Showcase Code presentation;

5. The applicant must not be enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate program at the time of participation.
The following materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on April 15, 2019 to be considered for the 2020 development programs.

A. Completed Online Application Form (Below) *NOTE: Please have all your PDF documents ready to upload. The work on this form cannot be saved.

B. Letter of Intent (uploaded as a PDF)

1,000 word limit. Please address all of the following questions.

1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us briefly about your work. What interests you? What do you hope to accomplish through your writing?

2. What do you consider to be your greatest artistic challenge at this point in your career?

3. What do you consider to be your greatest professional challenge at this point in your career?

4. Being specific, how do you feel Page 73's program(s) will help you address the challenges you describe in questions 2 and 3?

C. A 10-page sample from a full script (uploaded as a PDF). No title page is necessary; you will list the title of the work in the Online Application Form. We are very open to receiving samples that do not come from the beginning of your play. If you feel your sample requires a brief contextual introduction, feel free to include that on the first page.

D. The full script from which you selected your 10-page sample (uploaded as a PDF)

E. Playwriting Resume (uploaded as a PDF). Note: We do not wish to receive a bio in place of or in addition to a resume.

F. Name and Contact Information of a professional reference.
Interstate 73 applicants:

Attendance at all Interstate 73 sessions is extremely important; please do not apply for Interstate 73 if you will be unable to attend group meetings in New York City on a regular basis. Playwrights' stipends are tied to attendance. Priority is given to writers who are not involved in a similarly structured institutional writing group and who will be present in the New York City area for the calendar year.

We understand this application occurs well in advance of 2019 and appreciate that schedules and institutional affiliations change. If you are not sure about your involvement in other writers groups or your location for 2019, you are welcome to apply for Interstate 73 and update us accordingly regarding your eligibility.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Plays In Progress Series seeks full-length plays

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Athena Project, located in Denver, Colorado, is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIPS). This Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in one of three models: concert or table readings and our workshops.

Rehearsals and presentation will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2020. Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and basic design elements during presentations. Scripts are accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2019.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:
  • Playwright must be a woman and may submit only ONE full-length script. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.
  • Previously un-produced plays only. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity.
  • Submission must include:
  • a. BLIND script in PDF format – PAGE ONE of PDF script MUST have TITLE, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN & SYNOPSIS of script, 200 word limit (This file will contain NO playwright contact info*)
  • b. Cover letter addressing: 1) what the playwright would like to accomplish working with a director, dramaturg and cast and 2) how she heard about the call for submissions
  • c. Resume 
  • Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.
  • We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed, and for at least one performance at her own expense. We will select 3-6 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected. Travel stipends are offered.
  • Contact us via LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectArts.org if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

*Contact information must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on the script, the first page of which will be its title, a character breakdown and a short synopsis (submissions will be read blind).

Timeline:
  • Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2019**
  • Three – six finalists will be selected by September 2019
  • Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by October 2019
  • Casting will be between November-December 2019
  • Rehearsals will begin in February 2020
  • Plays In Progress Series will open approximately March or April 2020

**Athena Project reserves the right to close submissions before April 15, 2019.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Brick Playhouse The Pool

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What Is The Pool?

Founded by The Present Company in 2005 and now working under the aegis of The Brick,
The Pool is a workshop group of writers, actors, and directors that has developed some of indie theater’s most recognizable works.

The Pool is a rigorous (but laid-back) play development group that allows playwrights, directors, and actors to hear new work and receive feedback. We meet every other week for three hours a session through the fall, winter, and spring at various spaces.

Writers are encouraged to claim reading slots in advance and write to the deadline. Slots usually consist of approximately 30 pages of new work, though this can vary widely. Participants are strongly encouraged to invite actors in to read their work, and The Pool will endeavor to keep an informal directory of actors willing to come play with us. Entire scripts may be read on an on-needed basis, and participants are strongly encouraged to arrange these in advance.

The mission of The Pool is to develop new plays, and is structured around the growth of the work itself. As such, most of its active participants are playwrights, however other artists are welcome to bring in new work as well. It is the interests and needs of the work that predominate.

Participants may decline comments, read whatever length piece they need to hear, or bring in ideas to brainstorm... however best the resources of The Pool may be used to meet the needs of the work.

The Pool provides a consistent and safe peer environment for dedicated artists to experiment with their work. A respect for the needs of the play, no matter the stage of development, and a dedication to the voice of the project inform spirited feedback sessions. Flexibility and consistency are the keys to providing the group with inspiration, community, and a sense of purpose.

Admission to The Pool

The Pool works with a steady rotation of 6-8 projects. Playwrights, directors, or actors may submit a project to the Pool. Admission is on a rolling basis.

Artists wanting to submit a project to The Pool should send either a script or a brief treatment, a bio, and a short statement that briefly answers these three questions: how would you describe what you are working on, what are your goals for the project, and why do you think working in a group such as the Pool can help you reach them?

Send above materials to thepool [at] bricktheater.com.

Pool Performances

As part of its association with The Brick, The Pool will present projects developed in its workshops for performance as staged readings twice during the year (dates TBD). These reading will be free and open to the public.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Alive in Plasticland: Improv Workshop FREE

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Sat, December 8th 5PM EST
Central time: 4PM
Mountain time: 3PM
Pacific Standard Time: 2PM

Featuring UCB and Second City performers.

Watch or participate from anywhere in the world, with or without a VR headset.

Improv show December 15

Have you ever wanted to learn Improv? This popular acting style is being taught in the safety of virtual reality. Alive in Plasticland is a workshop that will feature games and techniques to help you learn this popular acting style in a fun social atmosphere.
Classic Improv Teachings:

  • Spontaneity, creativity, and collaboration
  • Making strong choices
  • Creating characters
  • Overcoming hesitations
  • Having fun and enjoying life
Improv theater has been the driving factor in many popular TV shows and movies. Everyone is encouraged to join this safe and creative environment. Especially if you've always wanted to try but have been hesitant.

Alive in Plasticland works with performers and artists across practices through immersive technologies including virtual reality. Professional improv actors and teachers in the NYC theater scene create this VR Improv Troupe, the first of its kind in the VR industry.

There is a $5 suggested donation for this workshop. It can be paid directly to the acting company using High Fidelity Coin - stable cryptocurrency - from your wallet at the event.

Special thanks to sponsor VRBAR, Brooklyn's First Virtual Reality Arcade, for hosting the performers.


More info:
https://medium.com/alive-in-plasticland/hey-you-yeah-you-in-the-basement-ae870c3001b8

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alive-in-plasticland-improv-workshop-in-virtual-reality-tickets-52923093397

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alive-in-plasticland-improv-theater-performance-in-virtual-reality-tickets-52925499594

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Writers’ Round Table 2019

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The Joust is now accepting applications for our 2019 Writers' Round Table, a developmental playwriting group.

We are seeking playwrights to submit proposals for in-process, unproduced plays that re-imagine and/or subvert systemic norms (political, societal, religious, etc.). The Writers' Round Table will meet 2 times per month over a 9 month period to develop their plays with constructive feedback from other playwrights, a developmental workshop with actors, and dramaturgy from the artistic staff of The Joust, culminating in a reading festival produced by the Joust Theatre Company. Playwrights will receive a modest stipend for participating in the Round Table.

 How do I submit?

Please send the following in PDF form to JoustLiterary@gmail.com with the subject line "Writers' Round Table - YOUR NAME":

- A writing resume with your contact information

- A one-page artistic statement. Tell us what you're interested in exploring through your next play, what the Writers' Round Table can help you with, and how this project fits with our mission statement.

- If this is a project you have already begun work on, send us a few pages to give us a sense of the piece. If not, please provide a detailed summary of the project.

- A completed play that you feel best showcases your voice.

Please note that the Round Table will function at its best if everyone involved is present in person for every meeting, so if you have any conflicts spanning more than three consecutive weeks in the 2019 calendar year, please note that in your application.

Applications are due by Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Sauk Plays-in-Development 2019

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We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, children's play and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). A completed draft of the play must be submitted. It is understood that changes can be made to the script between initial submission and performance.

The goal of Plays-in-Development is help playwrights continue to develop 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.

It is expected that the selected playwrights will be involved in the Plays-in-Development process. The plays will first go through notes with the executive director in early 2019. A director will then be assigned to each play and work with the playwright prior to an audition draft being submitted. Auditions will take place in early June with two weeks of rehearsals prior to public readings.

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 in early July 2019. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide the opportunity for the playwrights to fly to Michigan and be involved in the final days of rehearsals and the public reading.

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.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018. 

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 November 1, 2018.  For more information, contact the e-mail above.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mid-America Theatre Conference seeks 10 minute plays

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Playwriting Symposium—Call for Ten-Minute Plays

The Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference seeks submissions of new, unproduced ten-minute plays by playwrights who wish to participate in our Dramatists Play Lab. All submissions must be received by OCTOBER 1, 2018.

The all-conference theme for our 2019 conference in Cleveland is “Invention.” Whether born of necessity or sheer inspiration, from manifestos to manifestations of our creativity, how do theatres and practitioners design, innovate, and invent? How do historians address inventions or invent new histories? How do these inventions reshape our understanding of our histories, practices, and possibilities on the page, the stage, in the archives, and our classrooms? What gizmos, contraptions, and whirligigs, material or abstract, support our curiosity, passion, discoveries, and experimentation? How might a work’s reception be shaped/reshaped through invention? What inventions are waiting on the horizon? We invite you to explore ways in which we devise, adapt, improvise, and inspire original ideas in our practices, pedagogies, stories, histories, and historiographies. We encourage playwrights to consider the all-conference theme as a springboard to generate plays that problematize traditional stories and structures, although submissions not directly related to the conference theme will be considered as well.

The Playwriting Symposium invites proposals of 10-minute scripts around the theme of “Invention.” This is a juried event, and while we invite all playwrights to submit, the call for scripts is directed primarily at academic playwrights who are faculty members or graduate students and/or professionals in the field who seek the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from their peers. First-time conference attendees are welcome to submit! Cleveland is a popular conference site for MATC, so we are particularly eager for your help in spreading the word to playwrights in colleges, universities and professional communities within easy travel distance from our conference site!

The selected plays will be rehearsed and presented as staged readings during the Playwriting Symposium sessions. Each play will have an assigned team of a director, dramaturg, actors and possibly scenographers and stage managers. Each ten-minute play receives limited rehearsal time at the conference. All participants assigned to a given project will have the final script in hand prior to the start of the conference. A small number of additional plays will be selected for cold readings as a part of our annual Fringe Festival.

All selected playwrights must register for the conference and are expected to attend rehearsals for their play and participate in a post-reading discussion. Alas, there is no funding from the conference for travel or lodging costs.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Scripts must be typewritten using Samuel French or similar guidelines with a Times New Roman 12-point font.

Scripts may not exceed ten minutes in length. We will NOT accept plays with longer run times. Please time your plays prior to submission. A general page estimate for a 10-minute play includes approximately 8-9 pages, although this is clearly not an exact science. Scripts with fast-paced dialogue are often much shorter in time than plays with extensive monologues.

Due to the nature of the conference, please limit your script to two-four actors. Roles may be doubled within our acting pool, but the symposium can only accommodate a maximum of four actors per script.

Submitted scripts should bear only the title of the play and NOT the name and address of the author. To ensure blind review, include a separate cover page document with the title of the play, name of the author, address, phone number, email, and university/college, theatre, or state affiliation.

Playwrights may submit only one (1) 10-minute play script to the conference. Playwrights who submit multiple plays will not be considered. Plays that have been produced or have received readings or workshops prior to the submission date are not eligible for the Symposium. Please note that playwrights may also submit one (1) full-length or one-act play to the Plays-in-Progress initiative under a separate CFP.

If you are also interested in (or know someone else who is interested in) acting or directing, or serving as a dramaturg, scenographer or stage manager, please apply (or have them apply) under separate cover. There is a separate CFP for those roles.

No individual may submit to more than two symposia. This limit is put in place to avoid scheduling conflicts and to provide more individuals the opportunity to present. Please keep in mind, all the activities tied to playwriting and play development are part of a single symposia: Playwriting.

Submit plays and cover pages by email attachment in PDF format to Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, Playwriting Symposium Co-Chair (ethib1@uis.edu). Please direct any questions to Eric.

Acceptances will be acknowledged by December 2018 or earlier.

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