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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Texas State New Play Development Workshops

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Deadline: April 15, 2021

New Play Development Workshops

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF SCRIPTS FOR THE 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  • Only unproduced and unpublished scripts are eligible for consideration.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

www.thescriptread.com

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.

Details

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.

Timeline

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

ENTER THE LOTTERY

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*

Eligibility

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.

ENTER THE LOTTERY

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 AT CPT ON MARCH 9!

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.
TUESDAY, MARCH 9

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.

ABOUT THE ORCHARD PROJECT
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!

APPLY NOW

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.


Monday, January 11, 2021

Playwrights Center Core Writer Program 2021-24

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Deadline: January 21, 2021

The Core Writer Program is a three-year appointment designed to support a diverse group of playwrights who demonstrate a sustained body of work, commitment, and artistic excellence. The program is available to emerging and established writers nationally and offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career. 

The Core Writer program gives 25-35 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 with the Center, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. All writers are paid for their workshop time. 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 reside in and have the legal right to work in the U.S. 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. The Core Writer term will be July 1, 2021-June 30, 2024.

Apply Now

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Experimental Theater Writing Workshop - Winter 2021

Seeking female or female-identifying experimental writers for the Winter 2021 Experimental Theater Writing Workshop. This is a series of ten Zoom classes/workshops held every Tuesday evening from 01/12 - 03/23. Classes will consist of discussions of homework material; prompt assignment; readings of work generated in class. The last class will consist of final presentations.

Traditional views of playwriting strategies are rooted in higher-level cognitive functions, i.e., reasoning and empathy. While those strategies can lead the playwright to powerful modes of representation on the stage, is this the sum total of the spectator experience? Are there other methods that can enhance the experience of the theatre spectator? If we are seeking a comprehensive ability to engage spectators, we might continue our search for other techniques that allow us to create comprehensive experiences for those spectators.

The goals of this course are: 1) to gain additional theater writing techniques which expand the writer’s current theatrical repertoire; 2) to investigate writing techniques as a representation of a writer’s response to the world; and 3) to strengthen a connection between theatre and various other arts forms.

Guidelines:
  • Only 1 submission per playwright
  • 2 samples—one realistic, one experimental. Each sample is up to 10 pages only. 
  • Title page on each sample (realistic and experimental) should contain:
    • title
    • this text: “Realistic Sample” OR “Experimental Sample”
    • name
    • contact info
  • Second page should contain:
    • Character breakdown
    • setting
    • time
  • • file name of realistic play should read: titleOfPlay_lastname_real.pdf
  • • file name of experimental play should read: titleOfPlay_lastname_exp.pdf
Writers will be selected based on the nature of the work submitted and availability. By realistic, we mean work that abides by traditional modes of realism—i.e., human characters in a psychological drama. By experimental, we mean work that challenges the conventional elements of theater. If selected, the fee is $300. This will cover the cost of actors for the readings.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdm1PsMReYKcwZsYAu92P4Byg9D2T4gHapqvwoL7UAQBDTf0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Deadline: Jan 4th, 2021 5 pm.

Web: www.suzannewillett.com

FB: @etww19

Monday, November 2, 2020

Chain Theatre Now Accepting Submissions for 2021 Playwriting Lab

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Deadline: December 20, 2020

Chain Theatre continues its commitment to developing new plays by diverse artists and underrepresented voices through the 2021 Chain Playwriting Lab.

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 Nov 2, 2020 – Dec 20, 2020. Free to submit and participate. 
  • Include the following with your submission:
  • Resume and Bio. 
  • History of where the play has been previously produced or developed.
  • PDF Attachment of your play. It must be a completed draft. 
  • Include a synopsis of your play.
  • Must be available fora virtual interview.
SUBMIT TO: lab@chaintheatre.org

The Chain Playwriting Lab is an intensive, multi-week, highly collaborative process. All playwrights must be NYC-based artists and part of an underrepresented community. Female identifying, persons of color, LGBTQ, or trans artists are highly encouraged to apply. Plays must be full length (70 pages or more) with all necessary rights provided by the playwright. The Lab is completely free to submit and participate.

Applications will be accepted now through December 20th 2020. Announcements will be made January 5th 2021. For detailed information and requirements, visit: www.chaintheatre.org

The Chain Theatre venue located at 312 W. 36th St, NY 10018 has been closed since March 17th 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the current restrictions mandated by the government, all rehearsals and meetings will take place virtually. The Chain Theatre is following state health and government mandates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our artists and patrons is priority. Following the 6-week Intensive, a free Virtual Reading will be available online to the public.

“From my first meeting with THE CHAIN, I knew that I'd never been in a better, more supportive arena for a playwright. With them running alongside me, I found renewed love and purpose for a piece that I'd all but given up on, and I couldn't be prouder of the work we did together.” – G.D. Kimble 2020 Playwright.

For more information on the leadership, requirements, and how to apply visit: www.chaintheatre.org Further questions may be sent to Managing Director, Rick Hamilton: rick@variationstheatregroup.com.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Play Incubation Collective

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Play Incubation Collective, an emerging centerpiece of new play development in Western New England, is a collective of empowered theater artists centering stories that challenge the dominant cultural paradigm. We are seeking rolling submissions of full length and short plays and musicals from creators interested in developing lasting working relationships with our collective of artists.

This is a play development opportunity. We work in a non-hierarchical, collaborative play development process where PIC artists (a collective of theater makers from a variety of disciplines) work with the writer to further develop and fine-tune their piece. There may be opportunity for a workshop or production at the culmination of the development process.

To be eligible for development with PIC, your piece must be unpublished and actively seeking development opportunities. 

You do not have to have a fully completed draft to be considered. While we do accept submissions from any location, we highly value collaborating with local artists and prioritize writers and writing teams local to Western New England or able to travel to the area (when we are no longer in a pandemic.) 

Please review the "Mission" and "Values" sections on our webpage (www.rachelfhirsch.com/pic) to get a sense of the stories we are interested in telling before submitting. 

When you are ready to submit, you may do so at https://forms.gle/tef6UBMSmxsBTkeS7 or follow the link on the webpage. You will be able to upload a pdf or word document via that link.

If you have more than one script you would like to submit, you must fill out subsequent forms. There is no submission fee and, as you will be working with our in-house PIC artists, you need not self-produce. Please reach out to rachelhir@gmail.com with any questions.

Monday, September 28, 2020

6 week playwriting intensive for women+ writers

Less than 18% of all plays produced in the US are written by women. Without the vision of women playwrights the theatre is like a play without a second act. This is the impetus behind the Playwriting Intensive for Women. Award winning playwright and Guerrilla Girl, Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn, leads this 6 week intensive where just 6 to 8 intergenerational women+ writers will meet weekly to write and rewrite new plays (from 10 minutes to full length). Writers will submit new work or rewrites every other week, receive feedback and participate in class discussions using the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process. 

Now is the time to put pen to paper or brush off that final draft document of a stage play. Something stops you from finishing your work and submitting it. You are a bit fearful of your writing because there is a certain power in it. Yep, you possess power in a patriarchal world and that’s, well, that’s revolutionary. This intensive is for you – women, transwomen, and all who identify as women some of the time – who write for the stage but for whatever reason have put those pages to the side. It is time to step it up. We are in the middle of a pandemic and there’s an election coming up. Is the current state of women making you sad, angry and/or depressed? Then write a play about it. 

The intensive takes place via ZOOM for 6 weeks beginning October 8th. You will receive weekly critiques of each play submission from Kaz and the rest of the cohort. 


APPLY HERE: https://kazconference.submittable.com/submit/5cfd3584-405a-4923-8116-37124d5de40f/playwriting-intensive-for-women-october-november


Friday, September 18, 2020

Applications are open for GTG’s 2020-2021 Speakers’ Corner Writers’ Group

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Deadline: September 30, 2020


Full-length sample play wanted

This season, Speakers’ Corner will meet remotely from late October, 2020 through June, 2021.

Member writers read and discuss a specific play by George Bernard Shaw before responding to Shaw’s work through targeted writing prompts. 

The writers’ new works needn’t be commentaries on Shaw or adaptations of Shaw’s work, but original works inspired by the ideas sparked by reading and discussing the initial Shaw play as a cohort. 

Speakers’ Corner writers then spend the remainder of the year developing these ideas into plays to be developed through readings and workshop labs. At monthly and bi-monthly meetings, writers share their work and receive constructive feedback from one another and from members of GTG’s artistic staff. 

The goal, ultimately, is to create play that will be fully produced as part of the GTG future seasons.

For more about Speakers' Corner and to apply, visit https://gingoldgroup.org/speakers-corner-new-works/

Named after the corner of London’s Hyde Park where Shaw and other political speakers have delivered speeches since 1855, GTG’s Speakers’ Corner brings together six to ten writers who spend the year exploring a specific Shaw play and writing new work in response to that text.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Generator seeks submissions

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Deadline: September 25, 2020

Original Idiots proudly invites playwrights to join the inaugural run of The Generator. The Generator will gather a group of artists to power new work from first drafts to production-ready scripts. It will culminate with a series of staged readings on an outdoor and socially-distant evening in the early summer of 2021.

GOALS
To prepare exciting new scripts for the moment when the stages are ready for them.

To foster a safe and honest community of playwrights who may support each other and be supported through the process of completing their work.

SPECIFICATIONS

Playwrights may submit a first or early draft of an unproduced play by September 25, 2020. The Generator is a commitment to a 9-month process of group workshops to be led by Danielle Carroll (Lead Dramaturg) and Matt Jacobs (Original Idiots Artistic Director). All workshops will take place over Zoom for as long as that is the safest way to do so. Workshops will be scheduled to meet the convenience of all parties, approximately every six weeks, leading to a series of staged readings in early summer 2021.

Playwrights will be notified by Friday, October 16, 2020 if their play has been selected for The Generator. The first workshop will be in November 2020.

Artists will be paid a stipend for the time we spend in workshops.

The culmination event, as well as any potential in-person meetings, will be held in Brooklyn, NY.

Please submit your script and resume to submissions@originalidiots.org by September 25, 2020

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Women’s Work Project Short Play Lab

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Deadline: October 4, 2020 Midnight

A unique process of developing scripts to production quality

Since its creation in 1994, NPTC Women’s Work Project has had the goal of not only helping to develop specific plays, but to support residents’ growth as accomplished and skilled playwrights—to give writers added tools in the practice of their craft and to strengthen their individual voices. Our focus has always been on bringing scripts to production quality.
NOTE: All LABs are currently be conducted virtually. If circumstances require that we continue in that format into 2021, we may amend our procedures.

Short Play Lab

The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Six members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme.

Playwrights receive monthly feedback on their play from the LAB’s group of director/dramaturgs. In a process unique to NPTC, feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on. NPTC’s approach creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy. Scripts are then produced in our annual Women's Work Short Play Festival.

Note: Playwrights may not solicit outside feedback during the development process.

Application Guidelines For Short Play Lab


PLAYWRIGHTS

Playwrights should apply by midnight, October 4, 2020 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to contact@nptnyc.org:

Please include:
  • a full resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.) and website URL if applicable
  • a 10-15 page writing sample from a playscript 
  • a personal statement explaining your understanding of the purpose of the LAB and why you wish to be a member, including goals for your own growth and development if selected. Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).

(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

FALL 2020 OBJECT MOVEMENT DIGITAL PUPPETRY LAB

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Deadline: September 15, 2020 5PM

OBJECT MOVEMENT is a residency program for developing new works by puppeteers and object theater artists. Object Movement supports the development new work and advances existing works-in-progress that address eternal human questions and the urgent challenges of our society today through puppetry and object theater, and produces an annual festival of performances. The Fall 2020 Digital Puppetry Lab will focus on the creative opportunities and challenges of making puppetry and object theater for a virtual audience with the tools of modern technology.

Eight participants will meet weekly on Zoom to share the questions they’re wrestling with and the discoveries they’ve made. Participants will take turns sharing works in progress and offering peer feedback, with moderation and support from the curators. Group meetings are on Tuesday evenings from 8:00pm to 9:30pm starting September 29, culminating in an online festival of “lab experiments” over four evenings, Thursday 11/19 through Sunday 11/22. The final meeting of the lab to reflect on the process will be on Tuesday, November 24.

Thanks to a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation, participants will each receive a performance fee of $100 for participation in the festival, as well as a share of the donations collected from the festival audience.

Artists may apply with a specific project in mind, or with topics and themes they want to explore. All work for the residency will be created for an online audience, and artists will perform a 5 to 10 minute piece developed during the residency at the festival.

Applications for the Fall 2020 Object Movement Digital Puppetry Lab are now open and are due on Friday, September 11 at 5pm. Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 17. Email us at objectmovement@centeratwestpark.org with any questions.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

FWO Libretto Workshop seeks submissions

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Deadline: September 14, 2020 at midnight

Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop is an exciting exploration of operatic storytelling, and the eighth installment of the company’s innovative new works showcase. Led by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell, this two-night online event will be held in front of a live Zoom audience. While the first seven installments of Frontiers highlighted thrilling new unproduced works-in-progress, the company’s latest workshop strips away the musical elements and focusses entirely upon the text of new operas in-the-making. In addition to Mr. Campbell’s presence, FWO’s workshop will feature a distinguished panel of librettists, composers, directors, and artists, including H├ęctor Armienta, Nicole Brooks, Octavio Cardenas, Blythe Gaissert, Alison Moritz, Rachel J. Peters, Kelley Rourke, and Talise Trevigne.

In creating this program, Fort Worth Opera wanted to provide librettists with a platform for dramaturgical development and assure the industry and opera lovers everywhere that the storytellers within this incredible art form would not be neglected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company continues its commitment to supporting the creation of new works, and Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop will provide librettists with an exclusive opportunity to hone their craft. Not only will they experience passages of their libretto performed by professional actors, but they will receive real-time feedback from some of the top creative minds in opera. Librettists will also be able to obtain a recording of the Zoom workshop to assist them further in their compositional process.

This collaborative series is presented free of charge to all participating librettists and auditors. Donations of any amount are encouraged and accepted in support of Fort Worth Opera’s educational programming. Click HERE to learn more.

SUBMISSION INFO (SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED AUGUST 19 - SEPTEMBER 14, 2020)

Librettists from the Americas (citizens or residents of North, Central, and South America, as well as associated territories) are eligible and invited to submit a libretto. All application materials must be submitted electronically through the Frontiers web portal. Six libretti will be selected and showcased. Works not selected will not be automatically reconsidered for future showcases.

Submissions will be accepted through Monday, September 14, 2020, at midnight. On Tuesday, September 29, six librettists will be chosen, and the winning selections will be publicly announced. Only completed libretti will be considered. Due to the online forum of this workshop, libretti must be in English, and submissions must include a synopsis. There is no fee for submissions. Fort Worth Opera retains the right to select fewer than six works for the showcase.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Crossroads Project: 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 11:59 PM Central Daylight Time
Normal IL

The 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by playwrights of color in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges comprising of faculty, staff, and students will select one playwright as the winner of the contest.

The winning playwright will receive:
  • An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. The playwright may also be invited to offer guest lectures and colloquia. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals during the workshop.
  • An honorarium of $500 for the workshop.
To be eligible to win the contest, a playwright must be available for a one-week workshop in late March 2021 (exact dates TBD). Due to funding limitations, the Crossroads Project can only cover costs for travel within the United States.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (central daylight time). There is no entry fee. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF format. Because our staff and resources are limited, we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

Please include in your submission:
  • A sample from your play up to 15 pages. This does not have to be the first 15 pages of the play.
  • A playwright’s statement (max. 250 words) describing your inspiration for writing the play, as well as how you believe a workshop in a university setting will further your development process.
  • A synopsis of the play (max. 250 words).
  • A character list with short descriptions for each character (age, ethnicity, gender, occupation, family relationships, etc.)
Please follow these guidelines when submitting your play:
  • A playwright may only submit one play per contest. The writer of the play must submit their own work.
  • Plays that have been previously fully produced or published are ineligible for the contest. Plays that have previously had workshops or staged readings are eligible.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the playwright, which may include adaptations of fictional or factual material. Translations of other playwrights’ work are not accepted.
  • The submitting playwright must either be the owner and controller of the copyright or provide written proof that they have acquired the legal right to use copyrighted material in their work.
  • Submissions must be full-length plays.
  • Musicals are not accepted. However, plays with limited music requirements are accepted.
  • The primary language of the play must be English.
  • There are no other restrictions in subject matter or style.
  • The Crossroads Project reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play for any reason.
To submit your play, use the play submission form . Please try the link first to check if the contest is still open.

We will contact semi-finalists by the end of October 2020 and ask them to submit the full play.

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January 2021.

Inquiries about the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative should be directed to:

Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.
Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies
Chair, The Crossroads Project

Email: knahm@ilstu.edu

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