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Saturday, December 15, 2012

nuVoices for a nuGeneration

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From November 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012, Actor’s Theatre will begin taking submissions for new, previously unproduced plays by emerging American playwrights. Actor’s Theatre envisions nuVoices being a springboard for new plays to catapult to the national stage through our existing relationship with the National New Play Network, as well as a program to mentor the next generation of professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region.

The goals of nuVoices are three-fold:

  1. To celebrate and cultivate new plays by emerging American playwrights.
  2. To incubate professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region.
  3. To educate the public on the process of taking new plays from page to stage.

nuVoices for a nuGeneration was created by Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte to honor and encourage emerging playwrights of the American Theatre. Four authors of selected works will be awarded a $500 honorarium, with transportation and housing provided. There will be a seven-day residency and two script-in-hand public readings to take place in August 2013. Following the end of the four-day festival, the festival winner, who will be determined by a panel theatre critics and audience members, will be invited by the Theatre for a full production in the 2013 – 2014 season.
Theatre staff will select the four festival plays, and the decision will be announced in May 2013.


  • Scripts must be unpublished and non-professionally produced at the time of the Festival. Workshops and readings are acceptable.
  • Selected playwrights must be in attendance for the Festival in August 2013.
  • Previous submissions to the nuVoices festival will NOT be considered.

Guidelines for Submission

  • All submissions MUST be received electronically.
  • Email subject line must read: “nuVoices Script Submission” (see note below on NNPN Only submissions).
  • One script submission per playwright.
  • Full-length, original plays only (no musicals, translations, adaptations or children’s plays).
  • Your resume.

Submitted using Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF formats with observance to the following:

  • Text in 12pt type and in a plain font such as Times New Roman.
  • Script must include title and page numbers at the bottom of each page.
  • Script must include title page and list of characters and settings.

Email you submission to nuvoices@actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

***Entries for the 2013 festival will be accepted through December 31, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

Please Note:

  • Submissions not adhering to all guidelines will not be considered.
  • Plays not selected will be deleted.
  • Upon submission you will receive an email confirmation within one week.
  • If you do not receive confirmation, please email us at nuvoices@actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of original, unpublished one act plays

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Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of original, unpublished one act plays for its 2013 Collection of One Acts, to be produced in September 2013. 

We are looking for plays of varying length of at most 45 minutes, but most of the ones we select are in the 10 to 30 minute range. We try to fit about six plays in a production of two to two and a half hours. Comedies and dramas are accepted. This will be our ninth year of producing A Collection of One Acts, and the fourth year of including unpublished works. 

One submission per playwright please.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2013. 

However, we are only committed to reviewing the first 250 plays submitted for the 2013 season. Any received beyond that may be saved for 2014. We will change the submission form at that time, so you will know which year your play with be considered for.

To submit a play, please go to our submissions guidelines page:


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Poetic License 5@5 Reading Series Call for Submissions

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Poetic Theater Productions is seeking submissions for the 5@5 Reading
Series in Poetic License: our 2nd annual festival of new poetic
theater, taking place January 21-27, 2013 at Wild Project. If you have
a piece you would like to submit, please send it to
submit@poetictheater.com by Saturday, December 15 at 5PM.

Full-length submissions should be 45-90 minutes in length. Shorter
pieces may be paired with others. We are seeking work that deals with
current social and cultural issues through a poetic, theatrical lens.
Please go to www.poetictheater.com to get a sense of what it is that
we do before you submit.

Poetic Theater Productions seeks to define the modern genre of “poetic
theater” by connecting and fostering a community of artists who are
passionately creating relevant and accessible work and reinvigorating
a conscious theater of language.  Through a multi-runged platform of
developmental programming, Poetic Theater Productions offers resources
and opportunities for poets, playwrights, and theater artists to
develop new work and see it through to production. PTP seeks out and
creates opportunities to connect with communities affected by the
issues of topic within our productions, in NYC and nationwide, through
collaborative projects and exchanges of art and ideas.

Piney Fork Press Theater One Act Play Festival

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Submissions are now being accepted for the First Piney Fork Press Theater One Act Play Festival, to take place in June 2013 in New York City.

Seeking 10 minute plays (no more than 10 pp), preferably with no more than 5 characters. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Basic set requirements.

No more than 3 submissions per playwright. No profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address.

Deadline: May 1st, 2013


Snail mail:
Piney Fork Press Theater Festival
22-73 43rd Street - JC
Astoria NY 11105

first annual quiet New Works Festival

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quiet is thrilled to announce the first annual quiet New Works Festival on February 9, 2013.  The New Works Festival will host a day of new playscripts written by incredible new voices just waiting to be heard.

The deadline for script submissions is December 15, 2012.  

Works will be selected in a two round process.

First round selections will be made by January 15, 2012 and the playwrights will be invited to participate in an interview regarding their work and will receive an exclusive printed draft of your work, bound and notated from one or more theatre professionals.

Second/final round selections will be made by January 25, 2012 and will be produced as a staged reading in our New Works Festival on February 9, 2012.  Playwrights will receive written audience feedback and a professional designer rendering based on your work.  All entries selected for the festival will be invited to participate in our Festival Gala at the conclusion of the event.

If you would like to participate in the quiet New Works Festival as a director, performer, or designer, please contact newworks@quietonline.org.  To submit your playscript, please see the submission criteria below.

quiet is pleased to announce the Selection Committee Chairman for the quiet New Works Festival is Todd Hulet.  Todd is a local theatre artist, who has worked with quiet on previous projects including subUrbia (Scenic Designer) and Bean: the Musical Fruit (Composer).  He currently serves as Director of Music and Education for Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge, in addition to his work as a teaching artist for Seattle Children’s Theatre and Childsplay Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.  His credits also include work with Phoenix Theatre, Bay View Music Festival, Phoenix Opera, and La Jolla Playhouse.


quiet will be accepting submissions for the quiet New Works Festival through December 15, 2012.  Submissions must meet the criteria specified and be submitted electronically by December 15, 2012 to: newworks@quietonline.org.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Works may be in draft stage but must be complete before submission.
  2. Performance duration must be at least 40 minutes and no longer than 120 minutes.
  3. A presentation of the work should be considered a “live” performance.
  4. Artists must agree to the terms of the festival. See Artist/Producer Contract.
  5. Works must not have been previously performed in their current draft.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Potential for community impact. See our mission statement for more information.
  2. Current Societal Relevance.
  3. Feasibility.  All submissions are welcome – you’ll be surprised how big we dream.
  4. Creativity and craftsmanship.

What to send:

1. A cover letter including:
  • Title of Work (as you would like it to appear)
  • Names of all Creators (as they should be credited)
  • Duration (in minutes)
  • Character Breakdown/Performer Requirements
  • Production History (if applicable)
  • Any additional special requirements to produce a “reading” of your work.
2. A completed draft of your submission
3. Summary/Synopsis (limit 1 page)
4. Artist Bio (limit 200 words) and Resume
5. Signed Artist/Producer Contract

Monday, December 10, 2012

Badass Theatre Company is requesting submissions

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Badass Theatre Company (Portland, Oregon) is requesting submissions from playwrights for its 9 x 9 Night to be presented in March 2013. This will be an evening of nine 9 minute plays about otherness. The 9 x 9 Night is a fundraiser to support the inaugural production of INVASION! in June of 2013. Please see the guidelines below for submission information.

• No more than four characters
• Must be able to do with a table and two chairs
• Must be nine minutes long
• Must deal with otherness (the state or fact of being different or distinct.)
• Submissions must be sent no later than December 15th 2012.

All submissions will be read by a panel of BTC Artistic Associates and the 9 plays selected will be announced in mid January 2013.

The 9 x 9 Night is an all volunteer event in support of BTC’s inaugural production INVASION! scheduled for June of 2013.

Please send submissions to the attention of Adrienne Flagg at badass9x9@gmail.com

NOW Accepting Submissions for The Second Annual StrangeDog Beer Battered Play Festival.

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The Beer Battered Play Festival is a celebration of new work, held in the raucious environment of Tierney's Tavern Upstairs, Montclair NJ. (An easy train ride from NYC via NJ Transit.)

We endeavor for this play festival to be :
1) A great night of entertainment in a non-traditional venue,
2) an opportunity to reach out and expand our artistic community,
3) a chance for writers to get their work in front of a new audience,
4) a really excellent time.

Online submissions ONLY at http://strangedogtheatre.com/bbpf2k12_submit.shtml

Deadline is December 15th.

Plays should be…

Ten minutes (ish) in length.
Simple production requirements. (Say could be performed on a blank stage in a bar. Or at the bar itself.)

This is one of those "Self Production" Festivals

You know the ones! Playwright's are completely responsible for assembling and organizing the "production" of their play, i.e. finding a director, casting, and rehearsing. All plays must be staged and performed "off book."

During the day on the first date of the festival (March 8th) is a mandatory tech day, where the StrangeDog crew will accommodate any lights or sound, along with focusing on evening cohesiveness to achieve not just a festival, but a solid night of entertainment.

(If you would like to tech or see the space before this day, that can be arranged.)

If selected, you can reach out to StrangeDog for any help you'd need in putting your production together, but please don't submit if you feel you will not be able to self-produce your play.

What kind of plays should you send?

Here's the kind of plays we like: Funny plays. Sad plays. Funny plays. Scary plays. Smart plays, funny plays, really funny plays, plays about characters, plays about ideas, plays that surprise us, and worry us, make us marvel and that make us think. And plays that are funny.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

DC Queer Theatre Festival seeks 10 minute plays

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In conjunction with the DC Center, the DC Queer Theatre Festival will be presenting three nights of queer plays in May and June 2013.

We are looking for 10-MINUTE plays that have themes relating to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and/or Transgender Community.

There will be a small stipend for this project. Participating playwrights will also have the opportunity to work with professional directors, dramaturgs, and designers.

To submit (there is a requisite submission form available on the site), visit www.dcqueertheatrefest.org.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m., Monday, December 17, 2012.

Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays for Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2013

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This is Sundog Theatre’s 11th annual presentation of original, short one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.

Guidelines: Submit original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that. All plays should be 10-25 minutes long and have their setting on the Staten Island Ferry. Plays should be contemporary, involve 2-3 characters and require no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, and no special sound or lighting requirements. Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and language since we cater to a broad audience.  No musicals or long monologues, poetry, or classical verse since these plays are memorized by actors in a very short time.
NOTES: Humor is good. Also, a “Twilight Zone” – type format (plays with creative, twist/surprise endings) may be considered for some or all of the scenes. Write what inspires you.

Remuneration: Six authors will receive $100 and be produced in our series of eight February 2013 performances in Staten Island and Manhattan.

Submission Procedure:
Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts) to

Sundog Theatre,
“Scenes 2013”
PO Box 10183, Staten Island, NY  10301).

Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, a 70-word bio and also resume of the author.

Should be postmarked no later than December 15, 2012. 

DO NOT submit plays electronically.

Any questions can be directed to ferry@sundogtheatre.org. Susan Fenley, Producer

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog’s website early 2013.

Astoria Performing Arts Center accepting new works

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NOTE: Playwrights from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut only

New play and musical submissions are now being accepted until December 15, 2012.

Only online submissions will be accepted.

The online form includes:
- Name & Contact Information
- Title & Brief Synopsis of the Play
- Character Breakdown
- Development History
- A 1-Page Resume, as a PDF File.
- The first 10 Pages of your play, as a PDF File.


You will receive an automated message when your play has been successfully submitted. Please proof read everything carefully and submit only once, as duplicate submissions will be removed.

If you have any questions, please email literary@apacny.org.


Q: Why are you changing the submission process?
A: Primarily because the old way required simply too much work for one person to do in a timely fashion. We are trying to find pieces to develop for our next season and we need to get through submissions more quickly so that each one has a realistic shot of being included for consideration. Another reason is that we wanted to streamline the process so that each submission looked the same.

Q: From whom will you be accepting submissions?
A: From tri-state area playwrights ONLY. This is a new restriction, but we decided that it was paramount that writers be available to participate in our community. Astoria is vibrant and we want our writers to be able to experience it.

Q: Do you want the first ten pages or can I send any ten pages?
A: Please send the first ten pages. And it’s not a STRICT ten pages — you can send the first scene if it’s longer, or the first two if it’s shorter.

Q: I have heavily edited a script I sent you in the past. May I resubmit it?
A: Please send us something new.

Q: When can I expect to hear from you?
A: We will be in touch if we feel your work is a good match for APAC and we’re interested in reading the full script.

Q: Where do I upload songs if I am submitting a musical?
A: Two songs may be e-mailed to literary@apacny.org to accompany a musical submission. Please put the title of your musical in the subject line along with “Music Submission” so it looks like this: [TITLE]: MUSIC SUBMISSION.

BBC Radio 4 - Opening Lines

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The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes unsolicited submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines, which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The next window for sending in material is October 29th – December 14th, 2012.  

Stories submitted outside this time-frame will be left unread.

As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories we publish transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period on the Opening Lines programme pages.


We are looking for original short stories which work being read out loud i.e. with a strong emphasis on narrative and avoiding too much dialogue, character description and digression. Pay particular attention to how the story opens and closes.  We’ll be looking to see whether the beginning of a story successfully links to how it ends.

We are interested in seeing stories which cover a broad range of subject-matter but material which explores particularly dark, harrowing themes is not best suited to Opening Lines.

We recommend following the links on the right to read transcripts of the five stories which featured in the 2012 series.

The BBC has a rigorous taste and decency policy so we cannot accept stories of a sexist or racist nature, or those which use the stronger swear words.

The time allotted for each story is around 14 minutes, which means stories must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length.


When submitting your work please include a brief covering letter giving your name, e-mail address (if applicable), the story’s title, word count and details of writing track record. Stories must be submitted as either a Word document or typed and double-spaced on A4 paper and it is important to put your name and address on the script itself.

We regret that we can only accept one submission per writer.  Please send us a copy of your story, not your original work as we are unable to return submissions.

We will read all eligible submissions and get in touch with those writers whose stories have made it through to the next stage of the selection process by March 15th 2013.  We regret that we are unable to respond to those writers whose stories haven’t made it through to this second stage.

If you would like to submit work to the London office you can e-mail your story to us at OpeningLines@bbc.co.uk or you can send it to BBC Radio Drama Readings, Room 7045, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

Upstage Theatre seeks one-act plays

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Open to all playwrights.

4 One Act Plays will be selected to be produced as our 4th Annual Festival of Comedy, Feb. 15 – March 2, 2013. Each Play should be approximately 30 minutes in length and must be an ORIGINAL Family Comedy. Inappropriate language and themes will not be considered.

Authors will receive a $150 UpStage Playwright Award which will serve also as royalty for the total production.

Scripts may be submitted via our email:

or mailed to:
PO BOX 7662, Houston, TX 77270-7662

Entries should be submitted by Dec. 10, 2012

Atta Girl Productions announces our call for entries

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Atta Girl Productions announces our call for entries for our 2013 season of staged readings and main stage shows.

Our 2013 Season: We expect to produce two staged readings and one full production. Writers for the staged readings will receive a small stipend of $50. Writers from the full productions will receive a small stipend of $500 to $1000. We may also produce other performances as funded.

What are we looking for? We seek performative works in any genre--from traditional plays to musicals, from poetry to spectacle. These stories are not limited in subject matter or cast. We invite submissions from people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Our productions share one common thread: they are progressive, contemporary, transformative, inspirational, challenging, and delightful. We seek original, new works.

About Atta Girl's 2012 season: In our inaugural season, we produced three staged readings: Totally Tejana, Selena, by Selena Sue Navarro; Drop House, by Marisela Barrera; and A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, by Laurie Ann Guerrero. We also produced two full productions: Dos Pocitos, by National Hispanic Playwright Award winner, Raul Garza, and Detained in the Desert, by Emmy-Award winner Josefina Lopez. Our outdoor spectacle for Luminaria, Transformation/Occupation; featuring Selena Sue Navarro, Elijiah Rios, Dragonfly, videos by Ernesto Olivo, and 10 foot tall puppets. We have been accepted to the City of San Antonio's Community Arts Assistance Program.

How to submit: Please email the following to lisa@attagirlproductions.org by December 9, 2012.: a copy of your work in PDF or word proof of intellectual property ownership (publishing rights, copyright, Writer's Guild registration, etc.) Brief bio/resume appropriate contact information for you or your literary agent.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Players Theatre is accepting script submissions for SPF:SEX!

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NOTE: there is no submission fee but there is a participation fee.

The Players Theatre is accepting script submissions for SPF:SEX!, The Short Play and Musical Festival, running in February 2013. Each accepted production will have four performances, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in February.  There will be three separate weeks.

Submissions will be accepted until December 20th, 2012. 

Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions should be of a SEX (or Love) theme in honor of Valentine’s Day.

2. Each production will have four performances; Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  (Tech will be the previous Sunday.)  There will be three separate weeks.  Festival staff will try to pair up one-acts according to theme and running time.  Please let us know if you have any date conflicts.  We will try to work around conflict of selected plays but be aware that conflicts might exclude you from the festival.

3. Please mail or hand-deliver two (2) bound, hard copy, blind1 submissions, of your play not to exceed 15 pages/15 minutes, with the application form (below) to the above address.  Please include a CD of music if you are submitting a musical.   Make sure that a cast breakdown and synopsis is included.  In addition, please e-mail one copy.  There is no submission fee but we limit the number of plays by each playwright to two (2).  Plays will not be returned so please do not send SASE. 

4. DEADLINE:  All completed submissions must be received by 5:00PM, Saturday, December 15TH.

5. Playwrights or their representatives are responsible for all aspects of their production; costs, casting (non-equity)2, rehearsals3, props.  A list of set pieces will be provided at pre-Festival meeting.  The load in and load out will be done by the actors and staff in under 5 minutes so, please, limit your requirements.  There will be a meet and greet for authors or representative which is mandatory.   Please limit lights and sound cues to maximum of 5 (five) which should include lights up and black out.

6. Selected plays will be asked to contribute a $50 technical fee to assist producers in covering the cost staffing and programs.  (Players’ Theatre will provide production stage manager (lighting/sound technician), house manager box office personnel. and social media.)  Lights will be a stage wash.  We have dual CD player available.  There is no storage space for props or costumes so limit them to what you can carry back and forth. Festival staff will provide each accepted production with one-hour tech time.  Each production will tech the Sunday before performance week and all cast members are required to be there.

7. There is a piano in the theatre.  Any additional musician requirements must be approved by and are at the discretion of the Festival staff.  We have limited space and prefer that it is used for audience.

8. Festival staff will contact accepted play/musical authors and a list will be available on our website after December 29th.  

9. There will be a mandatory meeting set for participants to provide information and answer questions. Rehearsal space will be available at a discounted rate for Festival participants.  One large dressing room will be available for all actors.

10. The Producers will schedule an audition for directors/authors to select cast.   (No double casting.)  Authors will also try to assist any author in securing a director for those who do not have.  Please be aware that the larger your cast, the more difficult it will be for your director to schedule rehearsals.

11. There will be a $100 deposit to cover cancellation or damages.  This will be returned at the end of production.

12. Complete contact sheet and program bios will be required two weeks in advance of performance date.

13. Audience voting will determine each week’s favorites.  Only audience member who have seen all plays will be allowed to vote.  Weekly winners will be awarded $100..

1 Blind submission: Pages should have no identifying marks other than the title and/or page numbers.  The application should have all identifying information.

2 We will provide a casting director for auditions and is on-sight to assist you at a nominal cost.

3 We will discount our rehearsal room (check availability) at the Players’ Theatre for Festival participants.

Please feel free to contact us via email if you have any additional questions:


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Orange Tea Theatre Company is looking for a “Pick-up-and-Go” two-hander play

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Orange Tea Theatre Company is looking for a “Pick-up-and-Go” two-hander play to be performed in Amsterdam and possibly to tour The Netherlands in 2013.
Orange Tea Theatre Company is a vibrant new English language theatre company based in Amsterdam.  We have had success with new plays, which have had their European premiere, including American Midget by Jonathan Yukich and Stag by Giles Morris.  Our mission is to produce and promote new writing in the English language to both Dutch and international audiences throughout the Netherlands.  More information can be found at www.orangeteatheatre.com

  1. The play must only use 2 actors and run between 50-80 minutes.
  2. Props and set must be kept to a minimum.
  3. Topics or themes must be current and relevant and ask good questions which reflect our global society.
  4. Royalties will be agreed upon us and the writer and may be based on any extra funding received.  All submissions will also be considered for our popular play reading evenings.  
  5. Plays are to be submitted with a 150-word synopsis and 150-word writer’s bio as a cover letter e-mail.  Please do not send us a long CV or list of accomplishments; the writing will speak for itself.   All submissions are to be sent to submissions@orangeteatheatre.com.
  6. Please do not send us musicals or short plays at this time.
  7. Closing date for submissions is 16 December 2012.

We usually have many submissions and will respond to the ones we wish to produce at this time.  Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

8th Annual Theatre InspiraTO Festival, Toronto

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8th Annual Theatre InspiraTO Festival, Toronto, Alumnae Theatre, May 30 - June 8,  2013

There are no submission fees.

Theatre InspiraTO's Playwriting Contest
Deadline to submit a play:  Dec. 17, 2012 (midnight E.S.T.)

Option One
Submit a ten-minute play where the first line of dialogue in the play is: "I see a rabbit".

Option Two
Submit a ten-minute play where at least one of the character in the play must leave their home in the next hour and never return.  

Fill out the submission form and submit your play to (click on the link): http://inspiratofestival.ca/write-a-play2.php

Attach your script in a WORD document or in a PDF file.  Hit "submit". The WORD document must be compatible with Window XP. (Note: Vista & Mac formats are not compatible).

The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered.

We accept previously produced plays.  The playwright must own the rights to the play up to the end of June 2013 (i.e. plays cannot be owned by a publisher).   Any style is acceptable except musicals.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 20, 2013.   The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community.

If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada in May/June 2013.  Twelve ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN.

Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play (at least 4 performances) in the 8th Annual InspiraTO Festival (Toronto Canada), in the May/June 2013.  The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play.

The submission must be a play. A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment. Your play must tell a complete story.

The submission must be 10 minutes.  Generally speaking scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage.  This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes.  So be wise - use Word Count.  It also helps to read the play out loud and time it (keeping in mind all the pauses).  You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.

Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Clockhouse Review seeks submissions of short dramatic works

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Clockhouse Review, the literary journal of Goddard College, seeks submissions of short dramatic works for its Summer 2013 issue.  The editors welcome submissions in both traditional and experimental styles from new and emerging writers as well as established writers.  Dramatic works can be either a standalone piece or a selection from a one-act or full length play or screenplay, and up to 15 pages in length

Clockhouse Review is funded by the Clockhouse Writers' Conference, an annual alumni-run conference and retreat for graduates of Goddard's MFA in Creative Writing program, and published through their non-profit organization, Clockhouse Press. Clockhouse Review is a literary journal devoted to a variety of genres, publishing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, literary comics/graphic narrative, as well as dramatic work. 

For more information, submission guidelines, and to submit your work visit http://www.clockhousereview.com

Submissions for the Summer 2013 issue are accepted until just before midnight December 15, 2012.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Phoenix Stage Company announces that we are accepting submissions for consideration to be included in the first annual PSC One-Act Festival, taking place in May 2013 at The Phoenix Stage Company in Naugatuck, Connecticut.
There is no theme and all submissions that meet the criteria will be considered. Please review the following to determine if your play is eligible;

  • Scripts should be intended for mature audiences. No Children’s plays will be considered for this festival.
  • No musicals will be considered for this festival.
  • Playwrights may submit more than one work.
  • Scripts must be original one-act plays no longer than 30 (thirty) minutes in length (playing time).
  • Author must own the copyright for the script (no adaptations will be accepted, unless the source material is in the public domain).
  • We will accept scripts that have been previously produced in a limited run.
  • Scripts should require a maximum of 6 actors for performance.
  • Plays must be able to be performed in a black box, unit set with minimal tech requirements.

One Act Festival
PO Box 344
Naugatuck, CT 06770

Submitting a script for consideration does not guarantee participation in the festival.
The playwright allows Phoenix Stage Company to make copies of the work to be used in the selection process and in production, if chosen.
There is no monetary compensation if your script is chosen to be part of the festival.
If selected, you will receive notification by email and postal mail. You will also receive a contract that must be signed and returned within the time line indicated. If we do not receive the contract, we reserve the right to cancel the selection.

If your play meets all of the above:
Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play.  Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail.  Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left hand corner.  (No loose pages and no binders, please.)

Deadline for submission is December 15, 2012

Send your script by email to: ed@phoenixstagecompany.org
or by mail to:
Phoenix Stage Company, Inc
Please do not send scripts by UPS or FEDEX, they will not be accepted by the post office. If you would like your script returned, include a self addressed, postage paid envelope with your submission. Scripts sent without a requested return and not selected to be produced in the festival will be destroyed.
By sending a script for consideration, you acknowledge that you have read and agree with the following terms:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

NYTimes Video: Aasif Mandvi does a monologue from DISGRACED

In “Disgraced,” Mr. Mandvi (of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”) plays Amir Kapoor, a corporate lawyer who lives with his wife, Emily (Heidi Armbruster), on the Upper East Side of New York. Here Amir tells Emily about a not-so-subtle episode of racial profiling at the tony law firm where he’s expecting to be made a partner.

  More at the NYTimes...

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park accepts submissions

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park accepts submissions for full-length plays, musicals and adaptations in any genre. The materials requested for both new and previously-produced works are the same. Playwrights should submit their work through established literary agents. Agents may submit complete manuscripts.

If you do not have agent representation, send a letter of inquiry, playwright bio or resume, character breakdown, brief synopsis and ten consecutive pages of sample dialogue. Please include your play’s production history, if any. Musicals should be accompanied by a tape or CD of selections from the score. Do not send sheet music or DVDs.

We will review your submission and let you know if we are interested in reading the entire script. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you wish to have your materials returned. Unsolicited scripts will not be read. We do not accept electronically submitted materials.

Please mail your submission to:

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Attn: Literary Department
P.O. Box 6537
Cincinnati, OH  45206


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A CALL FOR MONOLOGUES: Play With Your Food, a video monologue series.
Project Y Theatre Company, NYC is seeking submissions for a one minute Video Series entitled: Play With Your Food—a video monologue series about the food that feeds our spirit.

Project Y Theatre Company is committed to the development of new work in New York City through an incubation process of video-monologues, readings, workshop productions, and ultimately, a fully produced world premiere. www.projectytheatre.org
Food inspires our senses and our hearts; it conjures up memories, can define who we are, entertains and arouses us, and leaves us craving for more. Food is necessary to live and to life, and the perfect topic for our next Video Series.

Guidelines: In 150 words or less, write a monologue or play about a particular food and/or recipe that has meaning to a character. Feel free to include the recipe with your monologue/play. Keep it simple but revealing. Please submit all submissions IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL to: literary@projectytheatre.org.

DEADLINE is December 1st, 2012.

The 5 winning monologues will be cast, shot, and fully produced by Project Y and released on our website and YouTube Channel. Previous years can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ProjectYNYC

Details about submitting can be found here:

Here's the promotional video:

520 8th Ave Suite 334 New York, NY 10018
email: info@projectytheatre.org


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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2012
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2012

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 12th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Commission Awards
Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, but average $5000.

Submission Guidelines
The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the “hard” sciences and technology.

Hard sciences include the following areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology

Technology includes:

  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research

Areas not considered for commissions include:

  • Science Fiction
  • Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
  • Psychology and Human Behavior

How to Apply
New Commissions
Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

  1. A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored, the source of inspiration behind the idea, and how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece.
  2. A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

Rewrite Commissions
Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:

  1. A draft of the script.
  2. A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
  3. A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

Regional Development Commissions

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

  1. A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
  2. A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
  3. A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
  4. An estimated budget for the project.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2012
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2012

Delivering Your Submission
We accept scripts in the following manner…

Email (preferred):

Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff


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The emphasis of Works-In-Progress is on the process of developing an original piece for performance, primarily in terms of its conceptual development and staging.  The series is designed to serve emerging artists who are exploring new directions in pieces that would benefit from an extensive reflective process and are best suited to an alternative venue for development.

Interdisciplinary, multimedia and collaborative works are encouraged, as are works not only by theater artists, but also by artists crossing over to the stage from their primary discipline.

A direct stipend of $450 is provided for each project selected, a portion of which is designated for production costs.  In addition to feedback throughout the development process, participants have access to Red Eye’s technical resources, including rehearsal space.  Red Eye also provides a lighting designer and production manager for the public performances, all promotion of the series, and an opening night reception.

Participants are expected to give their works production values (minimal as they may be), and move beyond a staged reading.

Participants are responsible for all elements of production, including casting, design, and direction.

The series is open to works of any length, from which A MINIMUM OF 10 AND A MAXIMUM OF 15 MINUTES will be excerpted for presentation.

Participation is required in at least five of the seven group feedback sessions.
Should a piece receive subsequent production, credit must be given to Red Eye for developmental support.

The series is not open to critical review.

Four to five projects are selected each year by a panel consisting of Red Eye company artists and past WIP  participants.  Applicants will be notified by phone or e-mail by December 21, 2012 about the panel’s decision.  Selected participants must be able to attend an informational meeting 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday, January 7, 2013.

Rehearsal space will be available from that date through performance.
Works-In-Progress 2012 will be presented for four public performances Thursday-Sunday, May 30 – June 2, 2013.

New this year: You may submit your application electronically to staff@redeyetheater.org. To do so, please save your proposal as a PDF file.  Work samples may either be delivered separately or sent as digital attachments. In the case of electronic files, please be sure to include your name in all file titles.

Hard copy submission: FIVE (5) copies of the following items:

  • A cover page listing the title of your project, your name, address, telephone number/s and e-mail address.
  • A two-page narrative, including 1) a description of the conceptual intent of the piece and your ideas for how those intentions might be developed for performance; 2) an articulation of the questions you are raising in your work; 3) the style of the piece; and the visual, aural, and/or staging approaches you hope to explore; 4) a paragraph about your expectations for what you hope to get out of the program.  NOTE:  THIS NARRATIVE IS THE 


  • A one-page resume or bio of the primary artist/s submitting this proposal.
  • A list of proposed production/artistic personnel with whom you will be working on the project (consider performers, directors, designers, etc.).  Note:  Red Eye provides a production coordinator and lighting designer for the series.
  • A production history of your proposed project, if any.
  • Supporting materials – include an informational page with work sample descriptions, including titles, length of excerpts, your role in each, AND a brief description of how the work sample relates to your proposed project.  Do not send originals.

> up to 5 pages of performance text, if applicable (5 copies),
    plus 1 copy of one or more of the following (if available):
> DVD work sample, cue to most appropriate 3-minute excerpt
> CD/DVD/MP3 audio sample, cue to most appropriate 3-minute excerpt
> Visuals, up to 3 pages or 5 slides


If necessary, the panel may ask selected applicants to come in for a brief interview before a final decision is made.

send or deliver to.....

RED EYE • 15 W 14th St • Minneapolis, MN  55403-2301
Applications can be placed in Red Eye’s mail slot 24/7, located on your right as you face the front doors.
Note:  the slot can only accommodate packages less than 2” thick.

Application materials must be received at Red Eye by 5 PM on MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012. 

This is NOT a postmark date.
If you want your work sample/s returned you must include an SASE.

Scripts Wanted for Dec. 15 - 16 Short Play Lab -- Cash Prizes

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We are looking for a few more scripts for the Dec. 15 - 16 Short Play Lab. New participants are welcome! The rules are easy-peasy:

Deadline is Dec. 3. Notification will be immediately after submission, if not sooner. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!

Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with contact info.
Submit scripts in MS-Word.

You produce the play; the SPL provides the theatre (at the Roy Arias Studios, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC).

Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)

Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table or two.

We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.

There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.

Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.

There will be a tech rehearsal on the afternoon of Dec. 15.
Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.

We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.

THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons at the box office.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.
The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

Our Associate Artistic Director, Tom Thornton, also coordinates Times Square Playwrights. He is in charge of all details of reading/curating plays for the Lab.
To submit a script, send it as an attachment to tt91457@yahoo.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot Tom an E-mail!

John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab
Tom Thornton
Artistic Director

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Call for scripts for Queer Shorts 8

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StageQ invites you to submit a short play for our eighth annual festival of short queer plays, Queer Shorts 8. Queer Shorts 1 – 7 were sold-out smash hits, and you could be part of the fun during our 2013 playfest!

Plays should be no longer than 15 minutes in length, and are due December 14, 2012.

Please include a one-page précis, including:

One-paragraph description of the plot
Casting requirements (number of actors, gender, ages, special requirements, if any)
Set requirements (remember, this is a playfest with 10 – 12 plays in one evening; we use cubes to create the sets; simple is better!)
Running time (no more than 15 minutes!)
Special technical requirements, if any
Who is the intended audience?
Is there lesbian, gay or other queer content? (Required)
Is there nudity? Adult language?
If a musical, is there a written score?
o If a musical, what are the instrumental requirements? Vocal requirements?

Please send us no more than 3 scripts. And please don’t re-submit scripts that you have sent us
in the past.

You can email your script and précis to QueerShorts@stageq.com.

We have a strong preference for receiving scripts electronically. But if that’s not possible for you, send via snail mail to:

Queer Shorts c/o StageQ
113 E Mifflin Street
Madison, WI. 53703

We’re serious about the 15 minute time limit. 5 or 10 minutes would be even better. We’d love to have a musical in the fest! And call us language snobs, but synopses and scripts full of typos, spelling, grammatical and syntactical errors are not going to knock our socks off. We read almost 300 scripts for Queer Shorts each year and accept 10 or 11, so make yours easy for us to love.

We acknowledge all scripts received, so if you don’t hear back from us within a couple of weeks, we didn’t receive your submission. We’ll also let you know by early April, 2013 whether or not we selected your script, but please don’t start bugging us about it on April 1st. Queer Shorts 8 will be performed June 7-15, 2013 at the Bartell Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, with possible teaser performances as part of other events in the spring and summer of 2013.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

10-minute plays wanted for literary journal

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Middle Tennessee State University seeks 10-minute plays for possible publication in its literary journal Poems & Plays. There is no fee. Limit of one play per playwright.

Deadline is November 30, 2012.

Send play to:

Poems & Plays
Gaylord Brewer, Editor
English Department
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Monday, November 26, 2012

Emerging Artists deadline extension

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Emerging Artists Theatre has extended their submission deadline to November 30th for their upcoming New Works Series. Seeking original solo shows for men and women as well as new musicals both short form and full length for their developmental 2013 series, now in its 9th year. Free to submit! Free to participate!

Any questions, email us at EatTheatre@gmail.com

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble First Stories Festival

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Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, a resident theatre ensemble now in its 9th season, announces its inaugural “FIRST STORIES FESTIVAL” to coincide with the company’s March 2013 production of Sophocles’ ELECTRA, which is the final installment of the company’s three-year trilogy of the House of Atreus.

The FIRST STORIES FESTIVAL is inviting submissions of productions of Greek themed plays, contemporary, comic, dramatic, one person shows, that are inspired by the Greek classical cannon. Productions may be  translations, adaptations, derivations, or inspirations. The festival will run concurrently with the company’s production of Sophocles’ ELECTRA in March of 2013. All performances will take place at The Wild Project in New York’s East Village.

Information and Festival Guidelines may be obtained by emailing festival@PhoenixTheatreEnsemble.org

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ian McKellen on his process

3rd Kulture Kids is pleased to announce a general call for submissions of new full-length plays

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3rd Kulture Kids is pleased to announce a general call for submissions of new full-length plays by writers defining themselves and/or exploring themes related to the “third culture kids” culture (i.e. having grown up in a different culture then that of parents and/or having lived in various countries; making it hard to identify their own individual culture). Submissions will be considered for the upcoming In Transit annual reading series in Spring 2013, as well as possible future productions.

We are accepting full-length plays previously unproduced in New York City
We are interested in the various perspectives of writers belonging to the third culture generation  and/or stories related to those themes: such as immigration, exile, identity, belonging etc..
Please include the following with each submission: a bio and/or resume, production or development history if applicable.
Open to potential existing relationship with a director or actor(s).

The deadline for submissions is December 10th, 2012. 

Scripts can be sent by email to submissions@3rdkulturekids.com or by postal address to: ​(please note, they will not be returned).

3rd Kulture Kids ​
151 First Avenue # 124
New York, N.Y. 10003

Theatrix USA seeks plays

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Theatrix USA currently is accepting script submissions from previously unpublished playwrights.

Theatrix USA welcomes such submissions from novice playwrights working in any genre. Theatrix USA produces everything from comedy to drama to experimental pieces.

A playwright interested in making a submission to Theatrix USA by contacting the company at info@theatrixusa.org.

Theatrix USA is a 2 Corners company.

During the 2013 season, Theatrix USA is slated to produce 20 plays in 20 cities.

The headquarters of Theatrix USA is 2443 S. University Blvd., Denver, Colorado

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shoah Stories seeks full-length, one-act plays, musicals

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 Shoah Stories
Official Call for Artists

The Holocaust Council of MetroWest and the Jewish Plays Project are seeking two new plays and musicals on Holocaust themes written by members of, and featuring the stories of Survivors from, the Metrowest Community. One play will be for adult audiences; the other for students in grades K-12. Selected plays will receive professional direction and staging.

These scripts will form the basis of Shoah Stories, a series of staged presentations of Holocaust-related plays and musicals. Created with a two-year grant from The Jewish Community Foundation and the Daviroff Family Foundation, these presentations will tour to adult and student audiences in New York and New Jersey, adding an innovative and engaging level to Holocaust education throughout our area.


The Holocaust remains a pivotal event in world history, and the HCM and JPP are eager to hear all points of view on the subject.


Material: Full-length and one-act plays and musicals that deal with Holocaust themes and history that have never been produced in New York City.

Authorship: At least one principal artist involved in the piece (playwright, lyricist, composer, director, etc.) must be from, or have strong ties to, the Metrowest New Jersey Community.

Productions limits: Plays must be able to be performed by up to six actors and one musican/technician. Plays must be able to be produced in theatrical and non-theatrical spaces (20 x 30 feet staging area).

Intended audiences: General audiences, schools (K-12) and universities, synagogues, senior residences and nursing homes.

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by December 14 at 6 pm.  There are two steps to apply:
1. Email your play as an attachment to shoah@jewishplaysproject.org, with the playwright's name removed from ALL pages of the script.

2.  Click here and fill out the Shoah Stories Application form.

There is NO fee to apply, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule.

SELECTION PROCESS: Shoah Stories seeks to discover and develop new plays and musicals that reflect a 21st Century understanding of the Holocaust experience and history, and strives to engage a broad audience in a discussion of what that experience may be. Each script will be reviewed by a Community Panel of up to 30 lay leaders involved in the Metrowest Jewish Community who will score the play on the clarity, importance and personal connection of the historical ideas in it. A separate Artistic Panel of noted actors, directors, writers and academics will evaluate scripts for their aesthetic value, structural and stylistic innovation, and production feasibility.

Submissions will be due on December 14. Panel reviews will be completed in February 2013, and rehearsals will begin in March 2013.

PRODUCTION: The selected plays will receive their first staged-reading presentations on or near Yom HaShoah 5773 to an invited audience of supporters in the community. Following feedback and revision, the presentations will tour to a minimum of six sites by Spring 2014. All performances will be directed and performed by professional artists with ties to the Metrowest Community.

Authors will receive a royalty for all performances. If the play is premiered by Shoah Stories, a future percentage of royalties will be due to United Jewish Communities of New Jersey (such percentage to be negotiated at the time of selection).

ABOUT THE HCM: Our mission is to remember the Holocaust and convey its history and lessons. In this context, we address the central tenets of what it means to be a moral and responsible citizen. We serve the MetroWest community; the general community, including public, private and parochial schools, colleges and universities, synagogues, churches, museums, corporations, civic, professional and service organizations and entities such as the City of Newark; eyewitnesses to the Holocaust (Survivors, Rescuers, POWs and Liberators;) the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education; and the various Holocaust centers around the state.

ABOUT THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT: The Jewish Plays Project is a development house for 21st Century Jewish theater. We seek to ignite an explosive engagement between cutting-edge theater artists and Jewish audiences by developing and advocating for a new generation of plays and musicals that embrace and investigate the intersection of Jewish identity and secular self.


David Winitsky
Director, Jewish Plays Project

Barbara Wind
Executive Director, Holocaust Council

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

One-Act Playwriting Competition

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Drury University is proud to announce its biennial One-Act Playwriting Competition.

Entries due by December 1, 2012

(Two Awarded)
$150 each
Winning plays will be considered for production by Drury University.
For further information please contact Dr. Mick Sokol (417) 873-6821 or msokol@drury.edu.


1. The competition is open to all playwrights.

2. Scripts are to be original, unpublished and unproduced. Staged readings or workshop productions will not disqualify a script. Musicals, monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, film scripts, and television scripts are ineligible.

3. Preference will be given to small cast, one-set shows with running times of no less than 20 minutes and no more than 45 minutes.

4. No more than one script can be submitted from a playwright.

5. All scripts are to be typewritten and firmly bound.

6. Scripts cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped
envelope with sufficient postage. For confirmation of receipt, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. For results of your script, please include a self-addressed stamped
#10 business envelope or a current e-mail address.

7. No written or verbal critiques will be tendered.

8. The decision of the judges is final. Drury University reserves the right to produce any of the winning plays royalty-free during our 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 seasons, to withhold production, and to modify cash awards as deemed necessary by the judges.

9. Drury University does not assume any responsibility for the loss, damage, or return of scripts. All reasonable care will be taken.

10. Deadline for entries is a postmark of December 1, 2012. Plays should not be submitted before May 1, 2012.

11. Winners will be notified by mail no later than April 1, 2013.

Address scripts to:
Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition
c/o Mick Sokol, Associate Professor of Theatre
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

Monday, November 19, 2012

WordBRIDGE seeks plays

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Applications for WordBRIDGE 2013 open from October 15th – November 30th, 2012.
WordBRIDGE seeks bold, innovative scripts that illustrate potential, but are nascent in their development and able to profit from two weeks of intensive work in our professional laboratory. WordBRIDGE provides a safe, supportive environment that allows each playwright to engineer a unique process in consultation with a roster of compassionate, critical professionals and artists from a variety of fields that have included theatre, psychology, visual arts, storytelling, mathematics, music, movement and more.

WordBRIDGE Application Guidelines

Applications for WordBRIDGE 2013 open October 15th and close November 30th, 2012.
Pre-professional playwrights are welcome to apply (Pre-professional playwrights include undergraduate and graduate playwrights, and playwrights who have not received a professional production of their work).

WordBRIDGE accepts full length works or long one acts, including solo performance projects, that have not been produced and will not be produced before August 31, 2013.

  • Nominate playwrights by uploading a brief nomination letter that details the playwright’s vision and potential, aptitude for collaboration, and desire to work in a development laboratory.
  • Your letters of nomination can be uploaded through our website after October 15th:  www.wordbridge.org.


  • A playwright online application, available on the Application Page (this page will go live on October 15th) and  includes the following:
  • Your contact information. You must include complete and correct contact information, as this is the only way we have of reaching you if any problem occurs with your application.
  • An electronic copy of your script in PDF format, uploaded to our database via the application page mentioned above.
  • The name of your nominator.

A letter of nomination from a theatre professional or playwriting professor.
Playwrights, if your nominator has not already contacted us, you must supply your nominator with:

  • The e-mail address with which you applied to WordBRIDGE (they will be asked for it, and this will be how we match their nomination to your application).
  • The following web address to the Nomination Page: http://www.wordbridge.org/nominate.php
  • There they will be able to submit their contact information and upload the letter of nomination.
  • Nominations are accepted between October 15th and November 30th, 2012
  • Once your application is complete, we will send you an e-mail confirmation. Applications must be complete by November 30th, 2012.

WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory is produced through a partnership with Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE.

Housing, food and travel will be provided to selected playwrights.

For information on previous WordBRIDGE labs, click here.

If you have questions about the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, or the application process, please e-mail us at: info(at)wordbridge.org
If you have any questions/difficulties with the online forms, or if it has been more than a week since you submitted your application and you have not received a confirmation e-mail from us, you can e-mail : help(at)wordbridge.org

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

The LSU Department of Theatre accepting submissions for Outworks

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The LSU Department of Theatre presents Outworks 2013, a festival of LGBTQ themed one-act plays.

Deadline for Submission: December 8, 2012
Award:  $150 and production videotape

After a successful Outworks 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for Outworks 2013, a festival of new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ) themed one-act plays.  

Submissions must be the author's own original work. Each entry shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold LSU, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.
  • Scripts must be LGBTQ-themed.  
  • Submissions must be one-act plays, ranging from (20) twenty to (30) thirty minutes in length.   
  • There is a limit of two scripts per playwright.
  • All Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format via e-mail to outworksfestival@gmail.com with “Outworks 2013” in the subject line.
  • Deadline is December 8, 2012
  • Scheduled production dates are April 30 – May 5, 2013
Submissions will be read and scored by a faculty/student committee. The committee will select six plays.  These six playwrights will receive $150 in monetary compensation, each play selected will be guaranteed three staged
performances, and each playwright will receive a video of his/her production.  Playwrights wishing to attend the festival are responsible for all travel expenses. 

The LSU Theatre Lab season retains all rights and privileges concerning casting, production, and programming for Outworks. LSU Theatre reserves the right to:
Reproduce as many copies of the play as are necessary for distribution to the judges and participants in the production.
Videotape the performance for archival purposes.
Use the title, author's name and images from the production for publicity purposes related to the Outworks Festival. 

The final play list will be announced January 21, 2013. 

Submissions sent via email are preferred.  Please send submissions or inquiries to: 

Nichole Ingalsbe and Macy Jones, Outworks Festival Curators, at:
outworksfestival@gmail.com and put “Outworks 2013” in the subject line.

The LSU Theatre Lab season, produced by the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre, offers audiences an “alternative” theatrical experience. Providing a diverse and exciting schedule, the LSU Theatre Lab Season highlights the tremendous talents of the LSU graduate and undergraduate students (B.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D.) both on and behind the stage.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Manhattan Rep's Winter One Act Play Competition

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Submit your One Act Play for Manhattan Rep's Winter One Act Play Competition

$1000 cash prize for best play!

JANUARY 7 - FEB 1, 2012

Seeking fully produced one act plays
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
7 minutes to 30 minutes

To submit your one act play production please email:

  • the complete play, 
  • a synopsis of the play, 
  • the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the play's production history 
  • (if it has been produced before and where) 
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to:     


by Thursday Nov. 29, 2012 
Please put "Winter One Act Competition" in the subject heading.

Applicants will be contact by Wednesday December 5, 2012 as to their acceptance.

There is no submission fee.

Each play will receive a MINIMUM of 3 performances. More if the play moves on to the semi - finals and the finals.


Manhattan Rep will supply a Sound and Lighting Board operator to run all the tech.  

Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.  

For more information and complete One Act Play rules and guidelines,  log on to:

Monday, November 12, 2012

NYCPlaywrights October 2012 Play of the Month: AMMO by Jeremy Kehoe

NOTE: This video contains obscene language.

Performed by Bruce Barton and Nancy McClernan.

Jeremy Kehoe on the play
Why "Ammo"? Americans cherish liberty. And, they adore guns. Yet, while most Americans recognize that every Constitutional liberty requires limitation (freedom of speech, the right to protect against unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to face our accusers in court, etc.), a majority deem placing restrictions on the right to bear arms as a treasonous offense. The argument? "There it is, right there in the Constitution. Boom, bam, that's it. Next topic." The Second Amendment is somehow judged by a different standard, and our culture has slowly transformed into one where acquiring a gun is easier than buying a beer, and where problems more frequently get resolved with the squeeze of a trigger than with a fist or, god forbid, a reasoned thought. Something is amiss. I wrote "Ammo" as a dialogue between a father and son hunting deer in the woods not as a diatribe against proponents of gun rights -- if you want to shoot a deer, knock yourself out (but if you wanted to prove your manhood, impress me by wrestling a bear) -- but as an attempt to ask questions. And, who better to ask grown-up questions than a 12-year-old boy? I am working to expand on this theme and create a full-length play with multiple vignettes where guns play a peripheral, but not central, role between characters, but force them to make critical decisions.

More information about the author, cast and the Play of the Month

Ingenue Theatre seeks 4 - 6 writers

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Ingenue Theatre is seeking between 4 and 6 new writers to develop brand new short plays with over an 8 week period, to be presented all together in January. Specifically looking for immigrants, first and second generation Americans or visitors to the country and the subject matter is 'Home'. 

We will meet for 4 hours weekly (NYC area) where we can share our writing, ideas and inspiration and help encourage each other in the process. 

Please get in touch if you are interested! ingenuetheatre@gmail.com 

We accept unsolicited scripts. We read all of them, too! We respond to every single writer that sends their work in but please be patient and be assured that we are going to get back to you as soon as we can! We especially encourage short plays/ sketches/ short performances for our current short play season, which runs on a monthly basis. Please send material and resumes to tenminuteplaysubmissions@gmail.com.  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pregones Theater's Asunción Playwrights Project

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Pregones Theater's Asunción Playwrights Project showcases the work of Latino and Latina playwrights exploring issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity. The project fosters fun and genuine dialogue between playwrights, theatermakers, LGBTQ communities, and a general audience. We especially seek works that challenge normative straight/gay binaries. Submissions by women writers are encouraged. Both Spanish and English language manuscripts are welcome.
Finalists commit to a public reading and open discussion. A panel of peers, industry professionals, scholars, critics and previous winners makes the final selection of the year's winning play.

The winner recieves a $500 award and the play is given a professionally cast workshop production at Pregones Theater.

The selection process is made up of two preliminary rounds.
The first round is open to all. A completed application form must be submitted with a 10 page sample of the work.

The second round is by invitation only. Up to eight playwrights from the first round are invited to submit their work in its entirety for final review. The public readings are selected from this group of finalists.
All plays must be original, full length works for the stage that have never been produced and are not currently under option. Plays may be submitted in Spanish or English. Monologues and/or one-person shows will not be considered. Asunción will only consider works of superior artistic rigor that meet two or more of the project's criteria:

  • explore issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity;
  • challenge normative assumptions of gender;
  • present Latino spiritual and sensual explorations beyond the boundaries of gender and essentialist notions of sexual orientation;
  • go beyond coming out stories;
  • challenge normative notions of family;
  • dwell in alterity and encounter;
  • place queer expectations of love and sex in a Latino cultural/historical context;
  • are significant to the lives of Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer people.
APPLICATION guidelines:

1. Download and complete the Asunción Application Form.
2. Create a PDF sample with a brief description of the play and a selectio of NO MORE THAN 10 CONSECUTIVE PAGES from any part of your script. DO NOT SUBMITT A FULL COPY OF THE SCRIPT.
3. PDF samples must be word-processed in typeface no smaller than 12 point, and double-spaced. You may submit works in either English or Spanish.
4. If you are submitting more than one script, you must complete an application for each work. No more than two entries per writer will be accepted each year.
5. Include a copy of your resume with the application.
6. Email your completed application, work sample and resume to: jmerced@pregones.org
7. All applications must be submitted only by the playwright. No agents or representatives.

The current application deadline is November 14, 2012.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The LIVING ROOM SERIES is The Blank’s New Play Development Program

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Since its inception in 1991, LRS has been giving artists of all levels an opportunity to grow and stretch their talents in a safe and nurturing environment.

Presented nearly every Monday night from Labor Day to Memorial Day, the Living Room Series presents new plays free to the public. These are “workshop” presentations and have a small rehearsal process.

They are not “readings” with actors getting one 2 hour rehearsal. These are “Workshops” which allow a rehearsal process and an opportunity for the playwright, director and actors to explore the material while putting it on its feet. They are simply staged, presented with “book in hand” (meaning actors carry scripts), and are a wonderful opportunity for audiences and the playwright to get a sense of the plays full presence and how it might be staged in a full production.

Submissions – Playwrights
The Blank accepts plays for consideration for our Living Room Series (workshops of new plays) via e-mail only. They cannot have received a fully produced production elsewhere. Plays must be full length.

The Submission Package should include:
A one page synopsis of your play (story and themes)
A character breakdown list (including ages and gender)
a 1 sentence logline (play description)
Twenty-page writing sample (FIRST 10 PAGES and representative/best ten pages of the play)

Please e-mail your submission package as a Word or PDF file to: info@theblank.com
The synopsis need not include every plot detail, but it should cover the setup, what's at stake, and how the story resolves in the last act.
Submission material will not be returned.

The work submitted must be entirely the property of the author. Reworks or adaptations of plays by other authors will be considered only if you control the rights or if the material is in the public domain.

No phone calls or personal deliveries will be accepted. We usually will read the material within three months, though we do not offer critiques on submissions.
Many times we are forced to pass on plays we admire because they don't fit our production needs. If your material looks right for us, we will contact you and request the full script.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Plays about American Presidents





1776 - Molasses to Rum to Slaves

University of the Arts New Play Festival 2013

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Deadline: November 9, 2012

The New Play Festival at the University of the Arts intends to cultivate artists through developing their plays and musicals. It also provides an invaluable opportunity for our students to work with professionals in new play development.  This January, we will develop 1 new full-length play and 1 new musical at the University.

Selected pieces will be given rehearsal time in our studio spaces as well as two staged readings in the 230-seat Arts Bank Theater at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The New Play Festival will be held between January 21st-February 3rd, 2013 at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

We will provide:

  • Travel and Housing (as required 
  • Modest per diem
  • Rehearsal Time and Performance Space
  • Actors / Directors / Music Directors
  • Public Staged Reading

Please submit the following materials to newplaysfestival@uarts.edu :

1)   A brief synopsis of the show including time period and number of scene locations.
2)   A character breakdown including: age, sex, and a short description of each character.
3)   Development goals for the project.
4)   A developmental history of the play, no submission should have received a full production.
 FOR A MUSICAL (we welcome large casts)
5)   CD or mp3 files of three songs along with sheet music (lead sheets are acceptable)
*Please send all files in PDF format.

For more information contact:

Friday, November 2, 2012


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Pregones Theater's Asunción Playwrights Project showcases the work of Latino and Latina playwrights exploring issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity. The project fosters fun and genuine dialogue between playwrights, theatermakers, LGBTQ communities, and a general audience. We especially seek works that challenge normative straight/gay binaries. Submissions by women writers are encouraged. Both Spanish and English language manuscripts are welcome.
Finalists commit to a public reading and open discussion. A panel of peers, industry professionals, scholars, critics and previous winners makes the final selection of the year's winning play.

The winner recieves a $500 award and the play is given a professionally cast workshop production at Pregones Theater.

Selection Process
The selection process is made up of two preliminary rounds.
The first round is open to all. A completed application form must be submitted with a 10 page sample of the work.
The second round is by invitation only. Up to eight playwrights from the first round are invited to submit their work in its entirety for final review. The public readings are selected from this group of finalists.
All plays must be original, full length works for the stage that have never been produced and are not currently under option. Plays may be submitted in Spanish or English. Monologues and/or one-person shows will not be considered. Asunción will only consider works of superior artistic rigor that meet two or more of the project's criteria:

  • explore issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity;
  • challenge normative assumptions of gender;
  • present Latino spiritual and sensual explorations beyond the boundaries of gender and essentialist notions of sexual orientation;
  • go beyond coming out stories;
  • challenge normative notions of family;
  • dwell in alterity and encounter;
  • place queer expectations of love and sex in a Latino cultural/historical context;
  • are significant to the lives of Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer people.

The Asunción Playwrights Project is recognized with a special merit recognition from HOLA Organization of Latin Actors and a feature in Ollantay Theater Magazine.

APPLICATION guidelines:

  1. Download and complete the Asunción Application Form.
  2. Create a PDF sample with a brief description of the play and a selectio of NO MORE THAN 10 CONSECUTIVE PAGES from any part of your script. DO NOT SUBMIT A FULL COPY OF THE SCRIPT.
  3. PDF samples must be word-processed in typeface no smaller than 12 point, and double-spaced. You may submit works in either English or Spanish.
  4. If you are submitting more than one script, you must complete an application for each work. No more than two entries per writer will be accepted each year.
  5. Include a copy of your resume with the application.
  6. Email your completed application, work sample and resume to: jmerced@pregones.org
  7. All applications must be submitted only by the playwright. No agents or representatives.
The current application deadline is November 14, 2012.

Don't forget to complete the Online Application Form.

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