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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Testimonial - NYCPlaywrights is a helpful resource

NYCPlaywrights is pleased to hear another playwright has found this site to be a good resource - thanks for letting us know, Mark Rosati!
I cannot begin to tell you how great and helpful this resource is. I can only imagine how much work goes into it, and I know I join many playwrights in thanking you. 
Best wishes, 
Mark is a member of the Dramatists Guild and The Company Theater Group of NJ.

Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays for its 2014 "Theater Madness" season.  Plays should be between 10-15 minutes in length, have no more than four characters, and can be of any genre.  We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted. Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with excessive vulgar language are less likely to be accepted. Please include synopsis and contact information. Plays will be accepted through April 20, 2014. Submit plays to submissions@thespianproduction.com.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Puzzle: New Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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“The Puzzle” is in its 4th year and is currently seeking 10-minute plays!  Selected plays will receive staged readings or full productions during the festival week of Monday, June 23 - Saturday, June 28, 2014.  Each piece will be assigned a director and cast with professional actors in the NYC area.

If you are interested in submitting for “The Puzzle,” download the application, and send it with your 10-minute play to:

The Puzzle New Play Festival
Marble Collegiate Church
1 West 29th Street
New York, NY  10001

Submissions must be postmarked by April 14, 2014


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Every year Forget Me Not Theatre Company produces one Mainstage production and one Workshop production. In our Workshop Series we work alongside a playwright in the final stages of script development to bring his or her words to life on stage. This process bridges the gap between a reading and a full production and provides a venue for the playwright’s vision while challenging his/her concept of what the piece can and should be.

The Workshop Series consists of a two week workshop where the playwright can make changes based on discoveries made in the rehearsal room, a two week rehearsal, and a  two week run. During the 2 week workshop the playwright is invited into the room to collaborate with and be inspired by the director, actors and designers. It is a time for play, discovery and iteration. After the two week workshop the final rewrites are made and rehearsals solidify the play.


How do we survive?

How do we dust off the wreckage?

How do you wake yourself up from panic?

Being awake vs. being asleep. Survival. Community.

Being local to Chicago is strongly encouraged, but not a requirement.

If interested, please submit cover letter and play to: submissions@forgetmenottheatreco.com


TalkStory Theater Company seeking Garden Plays

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We are happy to announce that we will be soliciting scripts for a new project! Slated to arrive on stage this summer, the showcase currently titled 'Garden Plays' will feature works which tie into a garden atmosphere. You know what we like. Give us whimsy, give us wonder! Don't be afraid to throw some spectacle in there! We want your stories, so get started! Plays may range from ten to fifteen minutes, four characters or less. We are currently looking for five scripts. Submit to Talkstoryco@gmail.com

Remember that we are SITE-SPECIFIC, and will be outdoors, in a garden! Hold nothing back!

**We are taking submissions from now until April 15.**

Bare Essentials seeks short plays

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Are you a writer with a piece of work you want to see realised? Want to see it performed in a top London venue? Then Encompass Productions want you! Submissions are now open for BARE ESSENTIALS, a night created to showcase new and emerging theatrical talent. See your work staged and performed by experienced and professional actors and directors, all of whom have worked with Encompass who have been mounting productions and events since 2010.

Previous Bare Essentials have led to the critically acclaimed Life in a Sketchbook being produced and performed in London's West End; the result of a collaboration with writer Emma Minihan who submitted to the event. Further collaborations also led to the creation of a short film in association with Tartan Viking Films. We're always on the lookout for new creatives to work with – so why not submit something today?

- Pieces can be of any genre: comedy, drama, monologues etc. but must take the form of a theatrical script with dialogue.
- Submissions can be self-contained pieces OR extracts from longer work
- Pieces must be between 5 & 20 minutes long
- Keep things technically minimal. The event is called Bare Essentials for a reason!

SUBMIT TO LIAM FLEMING (CREATIVE PRODUCER) AT: thinktank@encompassproductions.co.uk (Subject: 'Bare Essentials 2014')

Deadline: April 14, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thank you Ashlee!

Thanks to Ashlee Mundy for sharing these generous comments about NYCPlaywrights!
I just wanted to send a quick thank you for your site and what it has recently done for me. After coming across it just after the New Year, I've already had my first play produced in San Diego, CA (The Nomads Theatre Company - Youtube video of the production) and this morning I was notified about yet another one to be produced in NYC (Fresh Fruit Festival - which I'll also be directing). I couldn't be more thrilled to have found such a generous, helpful gateway into truly being able to showcase the writer you are and the writer you can be, with the constant amount of work being offered.  
I'm really doing what I truly want to with my career, being a working playwright, and I have to extend quite a bit gratitude to NYCPlaywrights for giving me the opportunity to get to that place. And requiring nothing in return but excellence, creativity, and hard work. I can handle that.  
Thanks again. 
Ashlee Marie Mundy 


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Variations Theatre Group invites submission of one act plays  until April 15, 2014 for its Second Annual Unchained Theatre Festival at the classy Chain Theatre in Long Island City, to be held between June 9-28, 2014. 

No submission fee.

  • Plays should not have a running time longer than 60 minutes.
  • Each play should have its own  production team.
  • Deadline for  submission is April 15, 2014.
  • Application forms may be downloaded from our website shown below:
  • Applications must be emailed to Submissions@variationstheatregroup.com.
  • Notification of acceptance status will be sent by email on or about April 30, 2014.
  • A participation fee (which will be applied to the costs of running the festival, technical expenses and publicity)in the form of a certified check, cashiers check, or money order should be made out to Variations Theatre Group using the following calculation:
    • Participation fees are as follows:
      • $100 for plays 15 minutes and under
      • $200 for plays 15-30 minutes
      • $300 for plays longer than 30 minutes.

If you have questions, please email us at info@variationstheatregroup.com.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Wega Arts One Act Play Festival & Script Contest

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Wega Arts will fully stage at least three plays and stage readings of three more. 

New for 2014 is a teen playwright category (please let us know if you are 19 or under). 

Plays must have had no prior public productions, however, prior staged readings are allowed. The run time of the play should not exceed 45 minutes (approximately 45 pages). Plays must be in English; Foreign language plays with an English translation are allowed. By submitting your play you agree to give Wega Arts permission to perform your play for their One Act Festival. All further rights remain with the playwright. Plays must be submitted via email as PDF or Word files. Mailed hard copies will also be accepted. 

Festival dates are June 26-29, 2014 at the Gerold Opera House in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. 

Entry deadline is April 14th, 2014

Send to info@wegaarts.org or 

Wega Arts, 
PO Box 50, 
Weyauwega, WI 54983. 

More info at wegaarts.org


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NOTE: there is a $5 submission fee per script (waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild–include a photocopy of your membership card rather than a check).

CenterPieces readings are presented free of charge on the 2nd Wednesday of each month between noon and 1PM on the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, VA. Pieces are minimally staged and given a total of 7 hours rehearsal prior to performance. Scripts must be between 25 and 35 minutes in length, suitable for a lunchtime audience. Preference is given to minimal production values, small casts, scripts without coarse language and that avoid overly controversial topics. Scripts with previous readings or productions permitted providing they are unpublished and unencumbered.

Writers unable to attend the readings will be provided with a DVD of the performance and moderated audience feedback session, no travel or other compensation is offered.

Scripts will undergo a three tier review process, which will include readers from the New Works Advisory Board, Faculty, Students, Volunteers, and Artistic Staff from affiliated theatres around the country.

To offset costs associated with the readings such as script copying and lunch for the actors, there is a $5 submission fee per script (waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild–include a photocopy of your membership card rather than a check).

Send hard copies (in standard stage play format) with cover letter, brief synopsis, character breakdown, contact information and a business sized SASE for a response to:

Playwright’s Lab Reading Series
PO Box 9602
Roanoke VA 24020-1602

Scripts are recycled, not returned. Average response time is 6 months to a year.

CenterPieces Readings are produced by the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and presented by Mill Mountain Theatre. This series, and all of the Playwright’s Lab’s extra-curricular programming, is funded solely through charitable giving, admission to paid events, and in very small part by these submission fees.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Newsboy Theatre Project (UK) seek short plays with the theme of colonization.

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Deadline: 11 April 2014 at 23:55
NEWSBOY is a new living newspaper which aims to create a space to examine our ideas and feelings about the world we live in today. 

For the second edition of NEWSBOY we are looking for short scripts which fit with the Tron Theatres Mayfesto (PDF document) theme of colonization.

What stories are there in the news about colonization and how are these represented? 

What is not being reported?

Scripts should not be limited by the above suggestions and can take any approach to the theme, but should be related to events of global, national and local significance. We are looking for rapid response writing, exciting theatre which provokes debate. We welcome scripts from writers of all levels of experience and you can write in any style or genre.

Scripts should be around 5-10 minutes long or a maximum of 10 pages with minimal staging requirements.

NEWSBOY: COLONIZATION EDITION will be on at the Tron Theatre, Victorian Bar in Glasgow on Thursday 22 May 2014.

If you are an actor, director or anyone else who would like to get involved with the project, send us an email.

Location: Glasgow City

For further information, please contact newsboyproject@outlook.com

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Nick Darke Award 2014

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Falmouth University is delighted to announce that the Nick Darke Award 2014 is now open for submissions to its £6,000 prize.

Funded by Falmouth University, the Nick Darke Award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke, and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and film-maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. The award is therefore presented each year to a writer for work that peruses an environmental theme within one of the following disciplines:
  • Stage play
  • Radio play
  • Screenplay

The £6,000 prize money is intended to help provide the time for writers to be able to write that financial support facilitates.

How to apply

Nick Darke award 2014 submission information(106.92 KB)

The competition is open to all writers aged 16 and over and the application must be made in English. The writer must be the sole original author. The competition is not open to collaborations.

The theme is the environment. Entrants may interpret the theme widely but the work must be within one of the following three categories:
  • Stage play
  • Screenplay (feature film or short film)
  • Radio play
Submission procedure

Please submit an outline of your story idea (theatre, radio play, feature film, short film) in 750 words suggesting character, plot and structure and pitch it in 25 words or less
Please also submit 20 pages which are representative of your work; this can be from an existing or new piece of work

Email a short CV with your submission and include your contact details. If you fail to do so your application will not be considered.

Please email your submission in two PDF documents, one containing your short CV and the other containing the outline, pitch and 20 sample pages. State clearly which category your submission falls into (Stage, Screen, Radio) and email to: nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.ukby the deadline of Monday 14 April, 2014.

Do not include any supporting material such as DVDs, photos, CDs, etc
Submission copies will not be returned. Please retain a copy of your work for your records
Confirmation of receipt of application will be emailed
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered
The deadline for submissions is Monday 14 April 2014

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The Collective NY seeks submissions for the 2nd Annual Collective:10

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The Collective NY seeks submissions for the 2nd Annual Collective:10. Original 10-minute plays will be selected to premiere in a fully produced Fall run at a prominent Manhattan venue and published in The Collective:10 Play Anthology Vol. 2.

The inaugural Collective:10 sold out the McGinn Cazale Theatre for its October 2013 run. Guest directors included Elizabeth Kemp, Jacqueline Knapp, Ellen Burstyn, and Eddie Kaye Thomas. Volume 1 of the play anthology launched in December 2013 with a capacity event at Drama Book Shop; it remains one of the shop’s more popular collections, and is also selling worldwide on Amazon.

Plays should speak to truthful storytelling, and The Collective’s behavior-driven process and mission statement. For more information visit www.thecollective-ny.org.

TO SUBMIT: e-mail your name, address, phone number and the title of your play to Collective10@thecollective-ny.org.  You will receive a registration number and format details for submission.
Registration deadline is APRIL 5th. 
Selections will be announced in July.

About The Collective
The Collective unites professional artists who share a responsibility to create work in the contemporary American Theatre that is emotionally truthful, socially relevant, and defiantly accessible. Modeled after Group Theatre, The Collective was founded in 2007 by graduates of the William Esper Studio, and as a not-for-profit company develops and produces original work for stage and screen. Recent productions have included a revival of Frank McGuinness’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and television series Inside Amy Schumer.

La Petite Morgue is accepting one-act horror plays with the theme of Prom Night

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La Petite Morgue is a theatre group devoted to live horror and suspense. We run a monthly reading series for new horror, Fresh Blood, the first Wednesday of every month at the Dressing Room Boutique & Bar in lower Manhattan. We are continually accepting short horror plays under 30 pages long, for consideration for the reading series. Once a year, we select the best plays from the reading series and produce them as a festival of one-acts.

Currently, we are looking for horror plays on "Prom Night"

Submissions due by: April 16, 2014
Reading: May 7, 2014

Plays should be sent via email attachment to: lapetitemorgue@gmail.com

FUSION Theatre Company Ninth Annual Short Works Festival

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Seven fully-produced world premieres.
Seven different directors.
A professional ensemble cast.

And one winning playwright who will receive transport and lodging to spectacular Albuquerque, NM for the festival.

NOTE: there is no submission fee if you mail your script (rather than sending by email)


• The plays should be inspired by the theme “Worlds Collide”
• Scripts may be a maximum of 10 pages in standard playwriting formats.
• Each playwright may submit up to two scripts.
• Please do NOT include the phrase “Worlds Collide” in the text of the play.
• FUSION exclusively mounts premiere productions of submitted plays. If the play has previously received a fully-mounted production, please do NOT submit. Plays that have been given public readings are allowable.
• Longer one-act or full-length plays will not be accepted for consideration.
• The first page of the manuscript must be a title page with full contact information. The second page should contain nothing but the title. These pages are in addition to the play's ten page maximum.
• Either PDF (Acrobat) or DOC (MS Word) files are acceptable.

Please ensure your script does not include any identifying information on any other page.

• The easiest and our preferred method of receiving scripts is via e-submission. There is a nominal charge of $5 to offset printing and distribution costs to do so. You may submit up to two scripts with this fee.

• You may also mail your submissions to:
FUSION Theatre Company
Attn: The Seven Submissions
700 1st St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
There is no submission fee with this option.

• Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail once they have been received. Due to the volume of scripts we are unable to offer criticism or return any submissions.
• Do not place scripts in a binder or any other cover; we must disassemble to distribute copies to our judges. Simply use a staple or a binder clip to join the pages.
• The finalists and winning seven will be announced to the public on May 1, 2014.

Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival seeks plays

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Building on the success of our last three festivals, Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival returns on Monday, July 14th, 2014. Six short plays will be selected from an open-submission process and presented in staged readings along side two short plays by commissioned writers, ANNE WASHBURN and DAVID IVES.  Plays will be selected based on:
  1. Relevance to Red Bull Theater’s mission,
  2. Incorporation of stated theme (see below)
  3. Excellence of the work.

Write a short play of no more than 10 minutes in length that contains heightened language, verse, classical themes, or is an adaptation of a classical story. This year, each play must respond to the following theme: “RIDICULOUS/SUBLIME”.  Selected plays will receive a staged reading performance in the festival and a small commissioning fee.

The Rules
• Each playwright may submit ONE SCRIPT only to submissions@redbulltheater.com
• Each play may be no more than TEN PAGES in font no smaller than 11pt (=10 minutes).
• We ONLY accept electronic submissions in PDF format. Do not mail printed scripts.
• INCLUDE writer contact information on the title page.
• Plays should be self-contained with a beginning, middle and end.
• Excerpts from full-length works are INELIGIBLE.

Click HERE to download the complete 2014 guidelines. Please read the guidelines caefully.  Contact craig@redbulltheater.com with questions.



We are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts at this time EXCEPT for our annual Short New Play Festival.

For literary questions and inquiries, please write craig@redbulltheater.com.  Please do not send inquiries without reading all our guidelines.

Literary Agent Submissions
Red Bull Theater is interested in new full-length plays and adaptations that relate to our mission.   We are accepting submissions of new, full-length plays that align with our mission from literary agents only.  We are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts.  Due to the number of submissions we receive, it can take more than six months for your work to be read.  We will contact you only if we are interested in pursuing your submission further.

Due to the specific nature of our mission, please review our history before submitting through your agent.  We accept submissions year-round from literary agents only.  (The only exception to this is our annual open-submission short new play festival.)  Along with your letter of inquiry, please send your bio or resume, a synopsis of your play with character breakdown, and the play's production or development history.

Please DO NOT MAIL submissions.  We are unable to return manuscripts.

2014 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference

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Deadline: April 15 each year for the following September conference.

The mission of the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference is to provide Texas State University students majoring in theatre with the opportunity to work with professionals for a hands-on week-long lab that includes the collaborative process of ―finding a play in rehearsals, culminating with a public staged reading.

To annually lend an ear to new voices and help writers, in collaboration with directors, actors, and dramaturgs, shape their stories and hone their craft in an environment that allows the writer to explore and grow and learn fearlessly.

To share the play with the campus and community in a staged reading for audiences followed by discussion and/or questions and answers.


• Only unproduced and unpublished scripts are eligible for consideration.

• The scripts should be written by a Black or Latino/Latina playwright.

• The scripts should include a synopsis and character list.

• The playwrights are expected to attend the rehearsals and at least one of the performances.

• Only scripts submitted prior to the deadline will be considered.

• Playwrights from across the country may submit scripts.

• Manuscripts should be typed in the standard play format and must include contact information.

• Include a stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish your manuscript returned.

The deadline for submission of scripts is on April 15th. 

A script postmarked by the deadline date is acceptable. Play scripts may be delivered by regular mail, in person, or e-mail. By June 15th, notification is sent to the author of the selected work and to all who submitted scripts.


1. Housing: The university provides for all guest artists and directors from out of town.

2. Stipends: The selected playwrights receive a $1000 stipend.

3. Travel Expenses: Airfare or mileage is covered by the university.

Send Manuscripts To:

Department of Theatre & Dance
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Attn: Black & Latino Playwrights

or e-mail to Eugene Lee: el18@txstate.edu or mreugenelee.el@gmail.com

Tiny Dog (UK) is accepting script submissions for its 2014 Theatre Breaks Festival.

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Theatre Breaks is comprised of a 3 night run, which Theatre Companies/individuals can use as a platform to showcase new or developing work.

Be it a new short play, an excerpt from a longer piece, a new adaptation, a musical, a puppet show, a sketch, a monologue or a story - all are welcome at the festival. Each show will run for NO LONGER THAN 20 MINUTES and will be performed back to back over the 3 night run.

Tiny Dog Productions are currently accepting submissions from practitioners who wish to participate in the next Theatre Breaks Festival. They are looking for 6 - 8 productions in total.

Date: 18 & 25 May @ 6pm and 19 May @ 7:30pm at The White Bear Theatre, Kennington, SE11 4DJ

Theatre Breaks offers the following to successful applicants:

• A 20 min performance slot for three nights (18, 19 & 25 May 2014)

• A short tech rehearsal and a technician for all performances.

• Full marketing support from Tiny Dog Productions.

• Professional photos taken of tech and performances, which directors/companies can use for their own marketing going forward.

• Show support, including promotion across all Tiny Dog Productions online channels and programmes for the run.

How to apply:

1. Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Tuesday, 8 April 2014. Successful companies/directors will be notified by Tuesday 15 April, 2014.

2. Please send submissions to info@tinydogproductions.com. Please use the title of your play as the subject line. If you do not have a completed script, please send a synopsis and a detailed break down of the piece you would like to perform. Plays must be no longer than 20 minutes.

3. There will be a mandatory meeting on Monday 21 April at the White Bear at 7pm for all successful applicants. One person (Director/Producer) must attend from each production.

4. We can accept one submission per writer/company/director.

5. Please note, the performance space is a black box theatre with basic sound and lighting.

6. The event is open to anyone, no previous experience necessary and we are looking for submissions from a diverse range of applicants.

7. Directors/companies will be required to provide all set and costume.

New Play Submissions - "ScripTease"

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The Raven Players is committed to producing at least one original play every season. We will solicit new play submissions from January 31 through April 15. From those submissions, the Raven Players New Play Reading committee will select three to four scripts for public readings. Our goal is to then select one of those plays for a fully staged production at the Raven.

If you have questions, please contact Artistic Director Steven David Martin at steven.d.m@raventheater.org

To submit your play, please see the new play submission guidelines
(below or as a printable PDF).


Script must be received between January 31, 2014 and April 15, 2014.
Submit to: newplays@ravenplayers.org


Full-length, original, unpublished, and unproduced plays only (no musicals, translations, adaptations or children’s plays).

All submissions MUST be received electronically:
    Submitted in 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.

In addition to an attachment of the script you will be asked to provide your resume, a brief synopsis of the play, a brief professional biography, a brief description of the play's workshop/reading history, and any special casting/technical requirements that the play presents.

The Raven Players New Play committee will select three-four plays for public readings as part of its ScripTease Series in September 2014. One of these scripts may be selected for a full production at the Raven Players in Spring 2015.

The playwrights of the plays selected for the ScripTease readings will be notified by email and the selected play titles will be posted on the Raven Players website (ravenplayers.org)

The playwright for the play selected for inclusion in the Raven Players season will be awarded $500 for the right to stage the premiere production.

Please Note:

  • Submissions not adhering to all guidelines will not be considered.
  • Upon submission you will receive an email confirmation of its receipt within one week.
  • Submission of a play acknowledges the Raven Players right to offer public readings of the play with no financial compensation to the playwright.
  • The playwright of the selected play will be invited to join the company in rehearsal and be an active part of the process. The Raven Players, however, will not pay any travel expenses.
  • The Raven Players will not supply any written critique of the submitted plays.

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