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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).

Thursday, July 15, 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.

Monday, July 12, 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.

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.
Main Stage

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

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


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.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Stay True Theatre seeks submissions for Bloom: A Collection Of New Queer Voices

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Deadline: April 6, 2021

Stay True, an LGBTQ+ Theatre Company a small theatre company based in New York City seeks submissions for our first annual Bloom: A Collection Of New Queer Voices, In memory of Timothy Conigrave. The workshop will take place virtually over two weeks from May 31 - June 13, 2021.

Playwrights will be paired with a director prior to the start of the workshop and will be asked to specify which type of presentational form would most aid them in moving to the next stage of development (i.e. reading, staged reading, workshop production, etc.). If requested, playwrights will be provided with access to the company dramaturg. The two weeks will consist of rehearsals with actors, meetings with the director & Stay True Artistic Directors. This will culminate in a ticketed presentation on a virtual platform. A panel of industry members will attend a rehearsal in week one as well as the final presentation to engage in a feedback-based discussion with the playwright. All rehearsals, meetings and performances will be remote. Of the plays selected for the workshop, the piece that is closest to its final stage of development will be given a fully-staged production as part of our 2022-23 Season.

Submission Requirements

Plays must be previously unproduced new works in progress by playwrights who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community. First or final drafts will be considered. Play texts need not follow standard formatting and may include performance art, devised manuals or other non-standard forms of theatre. Preference will be given to work that can be performed with a cast of five actors or less. We are particularly seeking work which emphasizes queer joy or centers characters with intersectional identities.

How To Submit

Email staytruetheatrecompany@gmail.com with a PDF copy of your text, a short summary of the play and a brief description of your process up to this point, as well as any questions you are asking yourself or the play as you move forward. 

Please also include your resume, contact information and your pronouns. The submission period is March 23-April 6, 2021.Playwrights selected will receive a small stipend for their time.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

ScriptRead seeks stories for a virtual live read In May

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Deadline: April 4, 2021

ScriptRead is a themed base live reading series which showcases excerpts of original plays, screenplays or TV pilots from women and diverse writers. Each writer will receive a virtual interactive reading of their sample and free feedback. This is a private invite only event.

We are looking to include one playwright for this cycle. The focus this cycle is sexy/steamy storylines or adult themes in the vein of the Dangerous Liaisons, 50 Shades of Grey, The Affair, Scandal, Dynasty etc. The deadline is Sunday, April 4th.

Please send a bio detailing your writing experience and a 20 page sample to kbarbee@elmhurstent.com

ScriptRead is produced by Elmhurst Entertainment


Friday, March 19, 2021

Playdate Theatre Development Conference Festival

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NOTE: the conference is free, although there is a registration fee, which NYCPlaywrights views as a kind of participation fee and so we allowed posted this festival. A waiver option is also offered.

Deadline: April 9, 2021

Playdate Theatre is dedicated to bringing artists together despite the distance to explore the space between theater and film. We have held multiple new work development conferences and produced our first virtual festival this past summer. In our last conference, we leaned heavily towards the film side of the spectrum and for this conference, we are swinging the pendulum the other way.

For this new work development conference, we will be creating a crowd-sourced stage play. Writers will be sent a concept breakdown that explains the physical space, stage picture, and basic details and it is up to the writer to create a micro play based on the outlined concept.

Playdate will then select a few to craft into a full-length play to produce with leading industry artists.

The Development Conference

How it works:
On Sunday, April 11 you will receive a breakdown of the concept. You will then have 72 hours to write a micro play (5-10 pages) based on the provided concept. For this round, we are writing stage plays.

You will submit your script on Wednesday, April 14th. You will then receive a script by another writer. You will have 36 hours to provide an anonymous dramaturgical response.

On Friday, April 16th you will get the response to your play and then have 36 hours to create a second draft.

When you submit your revised script on Sunday, April 18th you will then be assigned to a cohort. You will be sent the scripts of the other 4-7 writers in your cohort.

On Monday, April 19th at 6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET, we will all be meeting together on Zoom. Each cohort will be put into a breakout room for a Read & Response session. This will be an opportunity for writers to hear a section of their screen-play out loud and gain insight from their cohort members.

The final draft of your micro play is due on Wednesday, April 21st.


There is a $10 filing fee for registration, but the 10-day conference is free. As this will be an immersive educational experience for all participants, there is a $50 suggested donation to help keep our company afloat.

We will not turn anyone who is interested away; please contact us for a fee waiver if needed.

This is a virtual development conference.


Sunday, April 11: Concept breakdown sent at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET
Wednesday, April 14: Script due at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET. You will receive a script before the next morning. 

Friday, April 16: Response due at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET. You will receive a response to your script before the next morning. 

Sunday, April 18: Submit revised play at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET. You will receive your cohort’s plays before the next morning.

Monday, April 19 at 5:30 pm PT/ 8:30 pm ET (for 1.5 hours): Cohort Read & Response session over Zoom.

Wednesday, April 21: Final Draft due at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Playwrights Realm Script Share

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Deadline: March 14, 2020 11:59 pm EST


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.

Script Share is a FREE opportunity for playwrights, selected via lottery.

*No script submission required to enter the lottery pool*


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 April - June 2021. To enter the lottery for this phase, please fill out the Script Share application form.


This form will close on Sunday, March 14th at 11:59pm Eastern.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Athena Project Plays In Progress (PIP) Series

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Deadline: April 15, 2021 11:59 PM MDT
or sooner if we reach 315 submissions

PIP Series: June 2022

Athena Project’s Plays In Progress (PIP) Series exists to develop new theatrical works by women* playwrights.

Selected playwrights work in consultation with a dramaturg, director, and cast to see their works performed at various levels, from table reads to staged performances, and receive audience feedback from post-presentation discussions. The Series also includes networking events for participating playwrights. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 and 2021 series have adapted to online formats. We plan to resume live, in-person performances in 2022.

Submissions are accepted March 1-April 15, 2021. Three to five new plays will be selected through an anonymous adjudication process and winners will be announced by October. The selected plays will receive a dramaturg, director, and cast for presentation as part of the 2022 PIP Series, held the first week of June in Denver, CO. Presentations will take the form of table reads, concert readings, and workshop performances.

We encourage playwrights to attend the full Series and offer stipends to assist with expenses.

* At Athena Project, we believe that “women” means many things and can be a complicated term. We recognize that “women” does not automatically include all aspects of the gender spectrum. We want to create a safer space for the expression and growth for all women, trans and gender nonconforming individuals .

Submission Guidelines:

1. 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.

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

3. Submission must include:

I. An anonymous script in PDF format. Do not include identifying information in this document .

Page 1 of the script must include Title , Character Breakdown , and Synopsis of script (200 word limit).

II. Resume in PDF format - include contact and identifying information only in this document and the submission form.

4. Submissions deadline is 11:59 pm MDT, April 2021 or sooner if we reach 315 submissions. Please submit early to ensure consideration.

5. Click here to complete your play submission. After you submit, you will see an immediate confirmation statement in the submission form informing you of receipt of your materials.

PLEASE READ THE FAQs found at www.AthenaProjectArts.org for more information and details/restrictions on submissions. Please contact LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectArts.org if you have any further questions.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Dark Room

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The Dark Room is an "open mic" for playwrights where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to grow. Held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, The Dark Room is open to all writers and performers, as well as audience members interested in cold readings of new scripts. Part of CPT's New Play Development programming, The Dark Room provides new and experienced writers the opportunity to test drive their new play, novel, poem, or any other written material in a supportive, yet critical, environment. Playwrights may bring up to 10 pages of material and actors are cast on the spot. Because this event is virtual, playwrights and actors must sign up in advance. See below for details.

Zoom Meeting opens at 7:15pm (ET), Readings at 7:30pm (ET).

FREE. RSVP to Mindy Herman at herman.mindy@gmail.com to reserve your spot.


The Dark Room is a place where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to grow. The Dark Room is an ongoing event held on the second Tuesday of each month. The Dark Room affords emerging and veteran playwrights the space and resources to develop new works. It offers a venue to workshop plays, novels, poems, or any other written work in a supportive, yet critical environment.

7:15pm (ET): Zoom Meeting opens
7:30pm – 9:15pm (ET): Open Mic Session readings

Open session readings are first come, first served until all slots have been allotted. Writers may submit up to 10 pages of new work in advance to Mindy Herman at herman.mindy@gmail.com. Space is limited and all submissions will be chosen randomly. Interested in reading? Contact Mindy Herman at herman.mindy@gmail.com. You need to have already RSVP’d to the event in order to be considered for casting.

See you in The Dark Room!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Orchard Project Labs

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Deadline: March 10, 2021

Applications for the 2021 Orchard Project labs are now open — all due March 10, 2021. Programs include the OP Performance Lab, Audio Lab, Episodic Lab, and Greenhouse Program.

The Orchard Project today announced its 2021 lab programs, expanded and shifted in response to the ongoing challenges facing performing artists nationally and worldwide. During a time of industry transformation, reckoning, and instability, the Orchard Project is taking steps to do even more to support the most innovative artists and diverse voices, helping creators to explore, create, and share their work in new ways given the current absence of live collaboration.

This year, more than 30 projects will be selected to participate in the Orchard Project's programs. Each will receive support in flexible, collaborative environments that put faith in artists to create new works. In 2021, our offerings will remain virtual.

In summer 2021, the Orchard Project will offer:

The Orchard Project Performance Lab, for professional makers of live performance, either staged in traditional or digital venues;

The Orchard Project Greenhouse Program, for collaborators generating multiple new works and collaborations in a multitude of forms;

The Orchard Project Episodic Lab, for writers working on the advancement of original TV scripts; and

The Orchard Project Audio Lab, for early development of scripts and ideas in the audio storytelling form.

Learn more about the labs or apply online at https://secure.orchardproject.com by March 10, 2021.

The Orchard Project has updated its application process, so please read carefully — especially if you've applied in the past.

All applications are now submitted via a common, simplified application.

There is no application fee at all to apply to any Orchard Project program.

While applications had historically been evaluated by a small reading panel that centered on OP staff, applications will now be read by a diverse panel of 30+ readers.

A full rubric and explanation of evaluation criteria for our application process has been posted online in order to be as transparent as possible.

For more than ten years, the Orchard Project has become the go-to new work development workshop for many of America’s boldest companies and artists. Orchard Project’s flexible, form-fitting support has provided countless artists, companies, and productions a much needed kickstart through its programs ranging across forms. To date, the Orchard Project has supported more than 1,200 artists and 250 shows from All the Way and its sequel The Great Society to 33 Variations to Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus to Amelie:The Musical; from work of Savion Glover to Mike Bartlett to Annie Baker to Rachel Chavkin to Taylor Mac to Dave Malloy. Even in a performance world stunted by COVID, new shows created at the Orchard Project have been keeping digital audiences engaged at theatres like the Center Theatre Group and American Repertory Theatre, and others, ranging from letter writing plays to immersive outdoor experiences, have been born out of recent labs. Since the launch of its labs, the OP has also played a significant role in the development of new works produced on and off Broadway and at theaters including St. Ann's Warehouse, The Geffen Playhouse, MCC Theatre, BAM, Arena Stage, Philly Live Arts, PS122, The Public Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, the Edinburgh Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Rep, the Royal Court, and more. Work created at the Orchard Project has also been turned into films distributed through HBO Films (All The Way), Universal (The Riot Club), and optioned into television projects at HBO, Netflix, and AMC Networks.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series and Writing Fellowship

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Deadline: February 7, 2021

We believe art is better when everyone can participate - which is why you don’t need an agent or an MFA for us to read your plays. Once a year, we open submissions for the programs below, which everyone can apply to!

Applications for our 2021-22 Scratchpad Series and Writing Fellowship are now open! The deadline is Sunday, February 7th, 2021. International writers are now also welcome to apply to Scratchpad!


Please note that while playwrights can submit to both the Writing Fellowship and Scratchpad Series with a single application, or choose to submit to just one program, we accept only ONE script total, per playwright, per season.

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