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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Off With Her Head Productions is accepting submissions of new plays

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Off With Her Head Productions is accepting submissions of new plays for our workshop program, The Uncorseted Series. After our inaugural night of new work was a success, we are excited to branch out and meet new writers to collaborate with.

About Uncarpeted:

This series was founded to accomplish a trifecta of goals - workshop and present the plays of young writers, support local Brooklyn businesses, and raise money/awareness for feminist political and volunteer organizations. For our first series, we presented two one act plays, dealing with themes of women's sexual agency, and donated money for Marie Stopes, an organization that supports female reproductive health in countries around the world. Our partnering Brooklyn business is Cafe Forte, a wonderful gem of a cafe in Crown Heights that serves delicious food, coffee, and adult beverages. We had an excellent turnout in March, and were able to unite and introduce some of our favorite artists to one another, so we are excited to keep the series going.

How and what to submit:

If you're interested in workshopping a new play through our series, please submit a short bio about your work and a 10 page sample from the play to the email address listed. Writers of all genders, races, and backgrounds are encouraged to submit. All we request is that you are excited about the goals of the series, and that your play adheres to the mission statement of our company, listed below.

Inspired by the tragic ends of women like Anne Boleyn and Marie Antoinette, Off With Her Head is named for these women, who were powerful, beautiful, sexual beings eventually beheaded for being anomalies in their communities. The mission of this company is to take stories about women and re-imagine them, whether that be by placing classic stories in a modern setting, or taking stereotypes of women that have pervaded until today, and turning them on their heads. We are also interested in exploring the ways that women have and can break out of social constructs that have been imposed on them. We strive to take stories about women, open them up, and make them new again.

We hope to curate the next few months of the series, so we look forward to reading your work!

Email: offwherhead@gmail.com

Off With Her Head Productions
Brooklyn, NY 11238 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Classical Theater of Harlem Workshops

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Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please.

Playwrights’ Playground

Selected playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.
  • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced.
  • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only.
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.

Future Classics

CTH asserts that a “Future Classic” is a play of social significance that has the potential to stand the test of time. It tackles large-scale economic, political, or cultural issues. A Future Classic promotes courageous and open-minded examination of controversial and critical topics that are at the heart of society.
  • Plays may not have been previously produced.
  • Playwrights may submit only one full-length play.
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.
  • Playwrights should also include a brief author’s bio and/or resume.
  • Playwrights may also submit a play synopsis (250 words).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Greenhouse Ensemble, led by Founding Artistic Director, Hazen Cuyler, is accepting applications to its inaugural Playwright Reading Workshop

You’ve completed writing your play. You want to get it in front of an audience. Our Reading Workshop is your pathway to a fully produced public reading.

Your reading will be open to the public so that you can invite your colleagues and supporters as well as members of the industry interested in your work. This is an invaluable opportunity to get your script in front of audience and determine the next step toward production. No more searching for someone else to decide to do it, you are taking charge and moving your work forward.

To begin, the workshop also gives you the opportunity to hear your script read aloud in a private setting giving you a chance to see what you’ve got. This is in keeping with our dedication to providing a safe and supportive environment for theatre artists.

The workshop also provides you with several practical playwriting tools. Each meeting will include an introduction to a writing tool, and in addition, you will have the opportunity to hear portions of your work each time the workshop meets.

With enrollment limited to six playwrights, your script will get the attention it deserves. If you have ever participated in a group with twice as many playwrights, you’ll appreciate the focus you get each and every meeting.

As an added bonus, you will have an individual script session with the Workshop Facilitator to discuss your script in detail. This session is in addition to the workshop meetings at no extra charge.

The workshop meets for 10 weeks, beginning Wednesday, March 29 thru May 31, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Theater West 97, 214 West 97th Street, conveniently located near the 96th Street stop for the 1, 2, and 3 trains as well as several MTA bus lines. The reading series is scheduled for the beginning of June.

The fee for the workshop, which includes 10 meetings, an individual script consultation and the public reading, is $600. To apply, email your writing resume, a complete synopsis (200 words maximum), and cast breakdown of the completed play you intend to develop through the Reading Workshop to greenhouse.ensemble@gmail.com. Please put ‘Reading Workshop Application’ and your name in the subject line.

Kim T. Sharp (Workshop Facilitator) served as Abingdon Theatre Company’s Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager for 16 seasons. He directed eight productions for the company and over 40 readings of new plays. He co-produced twelve 10-minute play festivals, presenting over 200 premiere productions. As Literary Manager he evaluated over 3,500 scripts and coordinated over 350 readings. He facilitated Abingdon’s two playwright groups for over 10 years.

The Greenhouse Ensemble, led by Founding Artistic Director Hazen Cuyler and Managing Director Reanna Armellino, cultivates a positive, judgment-free environment where artists create fully-realized work. The Greenhouse Ensemble is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-­profit arts service organization. www.greenhouseensemble.com.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Playwrights Group - a Weekly Workshop

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The Playwrights Group seeks new members to meet on a weekly basis in Manhattan to do readings of members material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, etc. Contact them at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup to schedule a visit.

Friday, February 17, 2017


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Whether you’re a novice or a pro you’ll find yourself at home at TPG.

Here’s how it works: You bring in material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, whatever. We divvy up the parts, read it and give you feedback. You get some ideas. You go back to work. Simple.

Participating in a group is a great way to stay focused and motivated throughout the process of writing a play. And it sure doesn’t hurt to get some exposure to other writers and see how they approach the particular projects they’re working on.

We’re a loose group. We have fun. And we love new faces. We have people who are just starting out, trying to get their first production; and people who have had quite a bit of success. And there’s always a nice mix of writers who have been members for years along with new folks.

The best way to see if TPG is a good fit for you, a place where you’ll feel comfortable and able to thrive — is to sit in on a session and see if you like the vibe. 

So contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com and we’ll schedule your visit. Hell, why not?
Since 2007
Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm
Midtown Manhattan Location

Check out our website for more info: www.theplaywrightsgroup.com.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Aesthetics two-week summer intensive

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Application Deadline: February 15th, 2017
New Aesthetics is a two-week summer intensive for mid-career artists.
Each year a pair of international artists are invited to share their practice
with a group of twenty working artists from around the world.

New Aesthetics accepts 20 participants annually. Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience. Please email a Letter of Intent and your CV to corbin@theatrereplacement.org. Your application will be reviewed by committee and you will hear back from us by the end of February. If accepted, a $250.00 deposit will be required early in the year.

In the letter (no more than 2 pages) let us know:
– a little bit about the work you’ve made or helped to make,
– two or three questions you’re considering within your practice,
– why you are interested in New Aesthetics at this point in your career, and
– whether you’d like to be considered for financial support

Please remember to check your respective funders for deadlines on professional development grants. These normally fall in March or early April.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Exquisite Corpse Company Spring 2017 Writer's Lab

Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking writers to participate in the Spring 2017 Writer's Lab and Drinks & Drama Reading Series.

Led by ECC Literary Director, Blake Bishton, this month long intensive is designed to create a safe space for playwrights to come together and experiment. Writer's Lab encourages writers to create new and refreshing work. Following a unique structure that mirrors ECC's larger development process, the lab aims to inspire participants to create work that strays from their usual wheelhouse.

Each writer will generate an original one-act play by the end of the Lab.

Writers must be available for all scheduled meeting dates. Please note any scheduling conflicts or concerns on your application.

Lab Dates:
  • Wednesday, February 1, 8PM - 10PM
  • Saturday, February 4, 2PM - 4PM
  • Wednesday, February 8, 8 PM - 10PM
  • Saturday, February 11, 2PM - 4PM
  • Wednesday, February 15, 8PM - 10PM
  • Saturday, February 18, 2PM - 4PM
  • Wednesday, February 22, 8PM - 10PM
  • Saturday, February 25, 2PM- Time TBA
Each lab culminates in the bi-annual Drinks & Drama Reading Series - a three week series dedicated to presenting the first public readings of the plays presented in the lab alongside ECC company members and collaborators.

Drinks & Drama is scheduled for Tuesdays, March 14th, 21st, & 28th.

Please direct any questions or concerns to contact@exquisitecorpsecompany.com.

Submit Resume & Writing Sample through the online form.
Deadline for Submissions:

January 18, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Playwriting Group and New Play Festival

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Athena Theatre invites you to submit to “Athena Writes,” an emerging playwrights’ group assembled for a one-year exploration of the theme: “A New Memory,” and centered on Athena Theatre’s commitment to supporting new work which pushes at the boundaries of live theatre.

We especially encourage playwrights with an eye for diverse characters, strong points of view, and action focused dialogue to apply.

As a part of “Athena Writes,” playwrights will meet twice a month on Tuesdays (or a date that works best for the group), beginning in mid-January 2017, for three hours, to discuss the year’s theme, share new work and talk playwriting and the business of theatre. Playwrights will be asked to write a short, 10-minute play for production at the New Play Festival currently scheduled at a NYC theatre in Spring 2017. They will also spend the year working on a full length piece on this year’s theme. The playwright group will be facilitated by Athena Theatre Company’s 2017 playwright-in-residence, Nora Sorena Casey.

All playwrights will offer a ten-minute play at the play festival. Athena Theatre will provide the theater space and PR outreach; playwrights will be responsible for any specialty costumes, props or scenic items. The compilation of all ten-minute plays creating in residence will be submitted for publication consideration.

Those selected will be asked for an admission fee to be a part of “Athena Writes,” emerging  playwrights’ group 2017 is $125. This contribution goes directly to theatre rental, actor and crew stipends for the New Play Festival and the Year-End Staged Reading.

The playwrights’ full-length plays will also be considered for full production by Athena Theatre in its next season. The next year’s playwright-in-residence will also be chosen from this group of playwrights.

We will have guest dramaturges throughout the year to give feedback on the new pieces. We will also keep playwrights apprised of all play submission opportunities. The meeting space is at the Dramatists Guild Fund and playwrights will be able to hear their work read out loud. The three hour meetings will comprise of discussion about individual playwrights’ projects, as well as readings of new work, where playwrights will cast (from the other writers) and hear their work read aloud. 

Athena Theatre believes that a play cannot be fully understood until the words hit the ear of an audience. This process will allow playwrights to deepen their understanding of their own work, as well as glean ideas and approaches from their fellow playwrights.

Playwrights will be asked to concentrate on both their ten-minute piece, as well as their full-length piece throughout the year.  At the end of the year, 10-minute excerpts from each full-length play will be presented as a staged reading at a NYC venue TBA.

To be considered for “Athena Writes” 2017 please submit the following by December 6th, 2016 to Founding Artistic Director, Veronique Ory at Veronique@AthenaTheatre.com:

-Cover Letter detailing your interest
-Full-length play, which highlights your style of writing

More information may be found at www.AthenaTheatre.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Joust Theatre Company's Inaugural Workshop Series

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The Joust Theatre Company is on the lookout for new plays to produce for its first ever playwrights’ workshop series! Over the course of 2017, the Joust will produce four workshops of brand new plays, providing a platform where playwrights can test out new ideas and let their work take shape. We are looking for playwrights of all backgrounds and levels of experience whose work is in line with the Joust’s mission to tell relevant, sensitive and fearless stories. If your play is chosen for the series, we will provide you with: 
Rehearsal and performance space
360° marketing
Actors and a director, depending on your needs
A modest stipend

We are accepting finished plays as well as works in progress. If you would like to submit your work for consideration, please send the following to joustliterary@gmail.com:
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter 
  • Draft of Play you would like to be considered 
  • Work Sample if play is unfinished 
  • Any technical needs or people/things you feel are crucial to a workshop of your play (eg. specific director, set piece, actor, etc.) 
  • Any giant conflicts in 2017 

Submission deadline is NOVEMBER 28th 2016.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre's 2017 New Works Project

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Program Director: Jake Turner | Producing Director: Halle Morse

The T. Schreiber Theatre's New Works Project is an opportunity for playwrights to have their work heard and seen in a professional setting. Phase 1 of the submission process takes place October 6-November 1, 2016. Three finalists will be chosen for the project to have their play presented in a three night reading series. One winner will be selected to receive a workshop production run of their show with artistic support from the T. Schreiber production team.

Mission Statement:
The T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre New Works Project is committed to supporting the development of new plays in a safe and nurturing environment-one that serves the playwright and enriches the T. Schreiber community as a whole. TSS provides the playwright access to the expertise of experienced theatre professionals, sophisticated and well trained actors, and a supportive, interactive audience. In the New Works Project, T. Schreiber will develop new theatrical productions through a series of staged readings and collaborative refinement, culminating in a professional workshop production. The goal is to foster and elevate writers’ work to its fullest potential.

Three plays will be chosen as finalists to receive staged readings, performed by T. Schreiber actors. One play will be chosen as the New Works Project winner to receive a workshop production with a 2-week run. NWP Program Director Jake Turner will work with playwright to further develop the winning play and will serve as Director for the workshop production. Audience feedback is solicited and the production staff of T. Schreiber will work directly with the playwright to refine the play. There will be no cash prize provided for the selected play.

The New Works Project is committed to script development and successful production of new works. Winning playwrights are expected to participate fully in the development process: working directly with the director and T. Schreiber staff during staged readings; interacting with audiences post-readings; and participating in the workshop production. While T. Schreiber cannot provide transportation or housing to playwrights submitting works from outside the NYC area, every effort will be made to help selected playwrights find local accommodations.

Want to submit your full-length play to the New Works Project? Please read through all of the guidelines thoroughly. Submissions which do not follow all of the guidelines below will not be considered!


Submission is a two-phase process.

Phase I
Submission period for the 2017 New Works Project is October 6-November 1, 2016. 
  • Submit a two page maximum treatment of the play including title, character breakdown (please include age range and gender), and brief story synopsis. 
  • Also include 5 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. 
  • Playwrights should also include a one page bio and resume including contact information. 
Send treatment, sample dialogue, and resume to: 2016newworks@tschreiber.org with "New Works Project: Phase I" in the subject line*

*Unsolicited full manuscripts will not be read. Submissions sent before our after submission period will not be read.

All abstracts and dialogue samples will be read. From these, selected manuscripts will be solicited for Phase II.

Phase II
If selected for Phase II, manuscripts should be sent within 1 week of notification. Manuscripts should be properly formatted and have the playwright’s name, contact address and phone number on the front page. PDF's and MS Word file formats preferred. All manuscripts selected for Phase II will be read and reviewed by the selection committee. Again, no unsolicited manuscripts.

Phase I submission period: October 6-November 1, 2016
Playwrights chosen for Phase II notified by: December 1, 2016
3 Finalists chosen by: February 1, 2017
3 nights of finalist readings: May 1-May 3, 2017
New Works Project winner chosen: May 5, 2017
New Works Project Workshop Production Run: July 12-22, 2017

Fine Print:
  • Submission must be full-length in any genre.
  • Plays must not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission.
  • Playwrights with past production experience are especially encouraged to submit new work.
  • Productions should be developed for the stage, not other media: e.g. screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays.
  • One script per author.
  • Character age range: 16 and up
  • There is NO submission fee for the New Works Project.
  • Do not send more than the materials requested below. No incomplete submissions will be accepted.
  • Please NO PHONE inquiries.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

New Perspectives - Women's Work Lab

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The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Four to 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. Feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on. The process 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.


Playwrights should apply by midnight, September 30, 2016 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to contact@nptnyc.org:
a resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.)
a 10-15 page writing sample
a personal statement explaining why you wish to be a part of the LAB, including goals for your own growth and development if selected

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

Saturday, August 13, 2016

FWD Theatre Project seeks new musicals

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Deadline September 1, 2016
Selected projects will be previewed for Chicago audiences as part of FWD's annual high-profile industry concert produced in February 2017 (date and venue TBD,) then given a week-long 25-hour Equity contract workshop plus public staged reading by leading Chicago actors and directors between May and August 2017.

Selected writers/teams will receive a $200 honorarium for their scheduled reading. NOTE: Only completed projects will be considered and finalists will be asked to submit the full libretto, score, and complete recorded demos (must be unpublished with no prior large-scale production - requires proof of underlying rights if the work is based on copyrighted material.)

FWD does not charge a fee to apply and accepts only electronic submissions. All requested files must be placed in a single folder posted to a drop site such as Dropbox, Mediafire, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. Send the folder link to Michael Gillis, FWD Artistic Director at michael@fwdtheatre.org and please ONLY include these exact requested materials.
  • 100 word synopsis
  • Cast size and character breakdown
  • Writers bio/s
  • The show's development history
  • First 30 pages of libretto only - must start on page 1 and must include title and credits page
  • 6 mp3 demo tracks - must include the show's first two songs
  • Any songs not in the first 30 script pages must include a description including placement in the show and the song's function in the play
  • A list of attached parties if any (director, music director, actors, agent/s, current contracts, etc.)
  • Incomplete submissions or writers not following specified submission guidelines will not be considered
All writers will be contacted by the end of 2016. Projects selected as finalists will be asked to submit the full book, complete score, and all show demos - these must be available at the time of request. FWD's artistic leadership will schedule a short interview with the writers to discuss their project and expectations for inclusion in the 2017 Festival.

Please email questions to michael@fwdtheatre.org

Monday, May 9, 2016

Discount workshops: Southampton Theatre Conference

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The Southampton Theatre Conference is still accepting applications. Lucas Hnath will be running a workshop on July 6th through the 10th. July 11th and 12th, Alec Baldwin and Bethany Caputo will be hosting an acting master class and Stephen Adly Guirgis' workshop is July 13th through the 17th. 

Mention  NYCPlaywrights in the application and receive 10% off tuition. 

For more information, please see their website.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Institute of Prophetic Activist Art Call for Activist Playwrights Ten-minute play playwriting group

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The Institute of Prophetic Activist Art (http://propheticiactivistart.blogspot.com) is starting an Activist/Advocacy-oriented 10-minute Playwright's Group. The group will comprise 8 playwrights who will write a 10-minute play for every class, dealing in some manner with our social/political/cultural life for a total of 8 sessions (8 ten-minute plays in all). We will be meeting on Tuesday afternoons, 2-5 pm: April 5, 12, 19; May 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7.

There is no fee to apply, but a $20 fee if accepted to defray the cost of renting space.
Please send a cover letter detailing a little bit about your activist impulse/background, and a 10-minute play or 10-page writing sample to thomasablock@gmail.com.

Submission deadline is March 21.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking writers

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Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking writers to participate in the Spring 2016 Writer's Lab and Drinks & Drama Reading Series.

What is Writers Lab?

Led by ECC Literary Director, Blake Bishton, this month long intensive is designed to create a safe space for playwrights to come together and experiment. Writer's Lab encourages writers to create new and refreshing work. Following a unique structure that mirrors ECC's larger development process, the lab aims to inspire participants to create work that strays from their usual wheelhouse. Each writer will generate an original one-act play by the end of the Lab.

Writer's Lab culminates in Drinks & Drama - a cocktail infused reading series where each play developed in the Lab receives a staged reading by the company.

Writer’s Lab Spring 2016 will meet on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, April 6th - April 30th. Drinks & Drama will run on Tuesday evenings in May.

How to Submit

To submit, please send us a resumé and a sample of your writing approximately 10 pages in length. This can be taken from a larger work, or be a stand alone piece.

Deadline for submissions is March 18, 2016 at Midnight.

For more information or to submit, please email submissions@exquisitecorpsecompany.com.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Workshop: Funding Your Own Work

Don’t let a lack of funding stop you from creating important work! Building on her popular ESPA workshop Producing Your Own Work, Sasha Eden (Actor, Producer, and Co-Founder of WET Productions) is back with this brand new workshop aimed at helping you raise the money you need to produce the projects of your dreams. This 4-hour intensive will cover the benefits of sponsorship, crowdfunding campaigns, creative ways to augment your budget, and setting measurable, attainable goals. You’ll walk away with the confidence and skills to gain the capital and resources necessary to make your dreams a reality.

Instructor: Sasha Eden (Actor, Producer, and Co-Founder of WET Productions)
Saturday, April 2
11:00am – 3:00pm

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

INKTank Cycle 7

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The INKtank Lab seeks to select 3-4 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work as well of their peers in an artistic community environment with a shared intention of honest feedback and earnest conviviality. The lab cycle will be facilitated by INKtank alums, Mariana Carreño King (Miss 0744890) and Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness). INKtank is a collaborative process where Rising Circle will provide structure and resources while playwrights create what happens week-to-week based on the needs of each writer.

All submissions must be made via Submittable by January 16, 2016.
§ One full-length script that you would like to work on during the lab (Please note: we are not accepting one-character plays or musicals at this time.)

§ Resume

§ A one-page artistic statement explaining your personal rewrite goals, what you feel are the strengths of the script, and what you would like to focus on for the piece during the developmental process. Please include the developmental history of this piece, if it has had readings in the past, or if there are any upcoming readings of your work.

§ Finalists will be contacted for an interview in late Feb/early March.

Each play must have the following in order to comply with our culminating project vision:

§ First drafts of full-length scripts. (Does not have to be polished. In fact, scripts should be at a very raw and early stage of development.)

§ 5-ACTOR maximum. (No exceptions. If your play has more than 5 characters, the text must support double casting.)

§ Be in line with Rising Circle’s mission statement to expand the scope of storytelling on the American stage by giving voice to unheard stories of people of color.


The structure for the lab and culminating event is greatly determined by participant availability.

• The lab will begin in mid-March and run through mid-June.

• Lab meets for 12-consecutive weeks, unless otherwise specified by the Facilitators.

• Each session is 3-4 hours, where pages are read and discussed (one hour per playwright).

Applicants MUST live in the tri-state area to be considered.


• INKtank playwrights are expected to attend all weekly lab meetings, and participate in post-reading

discussions by providing constructive feedback for your fellow playwrights.

• Each playwright must read the selected scripts prior to the first meeting.

• Each playwright is responsible for generating new pages weekly (5 page min, 20 page max)

• Each playwright is expected to participate in 2 midpoint readings. The first midpoint reading consists of reading solely the first act after the first few meetings among the group. After 6 weeks, there will be a second midpoint reading of the rough draft of entire script with actors. Playwrights will continue to refine their drafts for another 6 weeks, culminating PlayRISE.

CULMINATING EVENT: PlayRISE Festival of New Works

• A week of public readings of all plays in early-mid May (final date to be determined during lab process).

• There will be five hours of rehearsal with director and actors before each reading.

• All playwrights will receive an honorarium.

• Playwrights are expected to attend each reading to support their fellow lab members, and participate in any panel events that are scheduled during PlayRISE (please see the “What We Do” section of our website for past PlayRISE events).

Please note: Applicants must live in the tri-state area to be considered.

All submissions must be made via Submittable by January 16, 2016.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Free Workshop

Around The Block Al Doblar La Esquina in collaboration with

Hamilton Fish Branch invites you to participate in our

Cyberscripting Theatre Workgroup

10:15 am - 12:30 pm

Saturday January 9, 2016

Free Admission

Focused on (but not restricted to) the interplay of mathematics, information technology and urban experience, we cover the development and presentation of dramatic literature. All levels of expertise welcome. Improvisation, scene writing, analysis, directing and acting. Bring your own equations, programs, scripts, poems, ideas (if you want to), for reading and/or discussion.

Current text:

Robert McKee, Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting ; Regan Books; 1997.

Bring your own work (if you want to), for reading or improvising.

To find out more, come to our workgroup:

10:15 am - 12:30 pm

Saturday Jan 9, 2016

Hamilton Fish Library

415 East Houston Street [corner Columbia St.]


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The February Play Festival

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The February Play Festival is a small playwriting festival with readings held every Wednesday in February. Plays are workshopped with a rehearsal or two before each reading. Playwrights from all over the country are welcome to submit.

We are looking for:
  • Plays for young audiences
  • Holiday plays
  • Plays about Michigan people, places, or things

  • Only one submission per playwright per year is allowed
  • Please send your submission via email only to pnet.plays@gmail.com with the subject “FPF 2016: (Title of Play)“. Please include the playwright contact info and the full script
  • Scripts must be in PDF format

    December 31, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Women's Project Theater Lab Application

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“The Lab is a force to be reckoned with. It’s like a cross between a creative think tank, a stimulating lecture series, a new works development lab, and a ridiculously fun artists’ retreat happening smack in the middle of NYC.”–Mia Rovegno, Director

“The WP Lab was an amazing experience for me. To have my ideas and creativity fostered in a group of talented women playwrights, producers, and directors was empowering. Not only has the Lab helped me to feel clearer about my voice as a playwright, it has inspired my confidence as a woman with something important to offer our greater theatre continuum. I am extremely thankful to WP for continuing to nurture my art.” -Dominique Morisseau, Playwright

“To look at the list of people who’ve been through the WP Lab is to look at a Who’s Who of American Theater.” -Sarah Krohn, Director

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: November 8, 2015 11:59PM

WP Theater is looking for 15 female-identified playwrights, directors, and producers who crave an artistic home, professional support, and the resources to launch them into the next phase of their careers to join the 2016-2018 WP Lab.

Lab provides up to fifteen artists with community, a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, free rehearsal space and, most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.

Must be a female-identified artist living within 90 minutes of Women’s Project Theater via car or rail.
Must be able to attend evening meetings at Women’s Project Theater twice each month for the duration of the two years, as well as other events throughout the year, such as master classes, retreats, observerships and other special events at WP.
Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment.
Must be available for an in-person interview.

Receive a stipend
Participate in a monthly lab meeting led by Women’s Project Theater’s Artistic Staff
Participate in a bimonthly meeting of the five artists in their concentration led by a mentor in their field.
Participate in master classes led by established artists.
Receive complimentary tickets to WP shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events
Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the artistic staff.
Participate in The Pipeline Festival, a festival of five new plays, written, directed and produced by the WP Lab, to be presented during the second year.

For further clarification of Requirements for Eligibility, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

All applicants must submit a PDF document containing:
Current resume
One page statement that describes your artistic vision and the specific process behind it and why this residency would be useful for you in this moment of your career.
A list of 3 professional references, including title/affiliation, phone and email
In a separate PDF, the full length script most representative of your work and that you believe to be ready for production.
The draft should not have your name or any other identifiers.
The play must be at least 60 pages long, and must be a completed draft, though it need not be a final draft.
Directors & Producers:
A list of upcoming productions, workshops, readings and other projects with dates, venues, and your role.
You may also include a link to your website, or other online resources.
Additional materials should not exceed 3 pages and may include reviews (no excerpts) and photos
Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

All materials will be reviewed by a panel of theater professionals. Finalists will be notified by early May and asked to interview in June 2016. The 2016-2018 Lab will begin in September 2016.

For further clarification of materials required for application, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Section below.



Subject Line: WP Lab Application Submission
Hard copy applications will not be accepted
If you have specific questions, please email wpinfo@womensproject.org after reading the Frequently Asked Questions section below. No phone calls please.


What kind of conflicts would make me ineligible?

We accept that every artist will wind up missing one or two meetings, but if you know now that you will be away for more than three weeks in total in during the lab dates, you should not apply. Applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment and we will only accept applicants who can take full advantage of the program.

I’m not available for an in-person interview—may I still apply?

If you are unavailable for an in-person interview or have a limited conflict in regards to attending biweekly meetings, please make note of such conflicts in your application. We will try to accommodate such situations on a case-by-case basis.

When will the monthly meetings be held?

We will work with the artists selected to find a time that works for the group, so you need not worry about this question at the application stage.

If I am selected for the group and then my eligibility status changes, would I be automatically suspended from the program?

No, we will handle this situation on a case-by-case basis. Please do not let such a concern keep you from applying.

What kind of resume should I submit?

Your resume should list all readings, workshops or productions. Your resume should also include any other relevant theater experience. We would be glad to see a resume detailing your education or other work experience, though this is not required. Please feel free to submit multiple resumes if you think that this would be helpful as we consider your application. As long as you have a resume that details your theatrical experience, you need not tailor a resume to this application process alone.

If I can’t decide between two plays or have an additional writing sample that I am very proud of, may I include more than one play with my application?

No, we only read one play per applicant, so please only submit one writing sample.

May I send in music along with the book of my musical?

Please do, and give credit to the composer and lyricist.

Is there an age limit? Are you looking for young writers?

No, there is no age limit and we would be glad to admit a talented artist of any age into the program?

Will you let me know that you received my application?

Yes, we will email you once we have processed your application.

May I follow-up with you about my application status?

Yes, please email wpinfo@womensproject.org.

If I have had some contact with a WP staff member, would it be better to contact them directly with my question rather than write to wpinfo@womensproject.org?

No, please write to wpinfo@womensproject.org, but feel free to mention any contact with a WP staff member in your email.

Thank you for your interest in the WP Lab—we look forward to your application!

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