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Monday, May 12, 2014

Stella Adler seeks 10-minute plays about gender equity and/or violence against women

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Seeking 10-minute plays that address themes of gender equity and/or global violence against girls and women. Scripts should be a maximum of 10 pages and must be new, unproduced works. Select plays will receive readings.

Seeking 10-minute plays that address global warming and/or have an environment, conservation or ecology theme. Scripts should be a maximum of 10 pages and must be new, unproduced works. Select plays will receive readings.

Completed applications must include a required application form and a ten-minute play.

Please note: Your play submission should be “blind”. The cover page should ONLY include the title of your play. This copy will be shared with the committee of play readers who will not know the authors of the plays they are reading.

Completed applications must be received by Friday, May 30, 2014.

Send complete applications to: community@stellaadler.com with subject line TEN-MINUTE PLAYS/ENVIRONMENT or TEN-MINUTE PLAYS/WOMEN and GIRLS
Please note: Paper applications will not be accepted; all applications must be sent via e-mail tocommunity@stellaadler.com.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Northern Renewal seeks short works about Scotland or made in Scotland for publication

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We are now accepting submissions for our first ever ZINE: 10p Mix

Whether you think your piece is a soor ploom or a foam banana, we want it in our poke! The idea of the first issue is to dib-dab into the arts and to sample a variety of themes (read flavours). We will be picking n mixing your treats into our very first issue.

The closing date for all submissions is 16 May 2014 at midnight.

Each piece should be in English, Scots or Gaidhlig and be:

- about Scotland/Scottish works


- made in Scotland
- not published anywhere else

Cultural criticism, illustrations, poetry, photography, creative writing, reviews, scripts, interviews, journalism, comics and more are valid submissions, and we will keep an open mind when reviewing.

We advise that since our first issue is a zine, we will only be considering relatively short work! All submissions should be sent as an email attachment with the subject FORMAT – Name (for example: ILLUSTRATION – Cathy Lewis) to



ps. we will also be curating an online version, so if you have some work that is not print-friendly (eg. short film) please don't hesitate to send it along to us and we'll be in touch.

For further information, please contact submissions@northernrenewal.com or visit https://www.northernrenewal.com

The deadline is Friday 16 May 2014 at 23:59.


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The Rockford Area Arts Council and West Side Show Room seek submissions for their inaugural play festival. Selected plays will be presented as staged readings the week of August 2014 by professional actors and the Rockford Area Arts Councils ArtsPlace apprentices. Guest playwright, Nathan Alan Davis, whose play, The Wind and the Breeze, received the Kennedy Centers Lorraine Hansberry award 2012/13, will coordinate the festival. All playwrights entering the competition will be invited to a free playwriting workshop by Davis

Guidelines for submission:

Write a short play of no more than 10 minutes in length that relates to the theme: Beginnings. (10 pages)

There are two categories: Playwrights High School ages 14-18 and Playwrights ages 19 and UP. (State age category in cover letter)

Deadline for submissions: Friday, May 16

Electronic submissions are preferred. Send to: info@artsforeveryone.com

Something Incredibly Marvelous Happens Call for Scripts for Staged Readings

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Call for Scripts

We seek new work to feature in our Reading Series
July 15 – August 24, 2014.
Chicago area theatre companies will select scripts they connect with and host one-night-only staged readings or informal performances followed by discussions of the material and genre.
Something Incredibly Marvelous Happens will produce a Night of New Works featuring four 10-15 minute plays or excerpts from new works.
All collaborators have the opportunity to contribute to our blog with pictures, thoughts, notes, etc. to get even more people talking about their work.

Last year the festival featured work from The Fine Print Theatre Company, UrbanTheater Company, and 20% Theatre Company in addition to a Night of New Works with selections from playwrights Will Dunne, Barbara Lhota, Randy Wyatt, and Fiona Kyle.


Please email a pdf of your script of any length, along with a summary to:

Sarah Mayhan, Literary Manager at festival@somethingmarvelous.org by May 15, 2014.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


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ICWP 50/50 Applause Award for Play Writing Gender Parity Nominations Open May 1st 

The excitement is building as the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is about to start accepting all nominations for its 50/50 Applause Award for the 2013-2014 theatrical season (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014). Nominations open May 1st and will continue to be accepted during the first three weeks in May.

Eligibility is based on the following:
  • At least 50% of the plays produced during the year must be the work of female playwrights. 
  • At least 50% of the total number of performances during the July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 window must be the work of female playwrights.
  • Theatres may not have the sole development of works for women as their main mission statement.
For the first time, the public is invited to nominate theatres for this award.

Once nominated, theaters will be asked to provide information confirming eligibility, and a committee of volunteers will verify that information. Complete award criteria are listed on this web page. http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award


Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights is a virtual organization that exists to bring attention to the achievements of women playwrights and provide a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication, with the aim of enabling more women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theater and to receive just recompense for their efforts. http://www.womenplaywrights.org

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Playwrights Realm is accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 Writing Fellows Program

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The Writing Fellows Program is at the heart of what we do—helping writers write. Four early-career playwrights will receive nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing setting for writers to share and refine their work. Individual meetings with the Realm’s Artistic Director and staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Work with a director and cast over the course of two workshops allows writers to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the Writing Fellows, providing them the information and experiences they decide are most helpful. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets and professional workshops are designed to shed light on the sometimes shadowy business of theater and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own writing careers. The Writing Fellows season culminates in a public reading of each fellowship play as part of our INK’D Festival of New Plays.

What We’re Looking For

Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, plays that embrace the complexity of life and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling.

Writing Fellows Receive
  • $2,500 Award
  • Internal workshop
  • Public reading
  • Borrowing Privileges at The Realm: mooch off our Wifi, use a spare laptop or perch in our conference room when it’s free.
  • A key to The Realm’s supply cabinet (copies, pencils and Post-Its galore!)
  • The occasional hug

Program Criteria
Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and workshops in New York City on a twice-monthly basis from October 2014 through May 2015.

Playwrights should identify as early-career. Those who have completed an MFA program are eligible, but not those who will be enrolled during the residency.
Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts at a stage of development at which they would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and reading process. Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with Playwrights Realm.

Plays that have had a production outside of an academic environment are not eligible.
We are not looking for solo performance projects at this time.

Writing Fellows Application Components
Completed application form. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE.
Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions
Full draft of play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in PDF format.
A list of references to call, or a recommendation from a teacher or theater professional (optional).

To apply, send the above materials to: writingfellows@playwrightsrealm.org.

The script must be submitted in PDF format with your name and the play title on a cover page.

All applications must be submitted electronically before May 11, 2014, 11:59PM EST.
Finalists for the program will be interviewed in late summer and final selections will be announced in September.

Core Artist Ensemble has begun accepting submissions

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Core Artist Ensemble has begun accepting submissions of new work for our 2014 season of SUMMER READINGS!

New York City area playwrights (18 and older) may submit up to three (3) unpublished short plays to lit.coreartistensemble@gmail.com by midnight of May 15, 2014, to be considered for presentation in our six-week short play reading series at the Barrow Group Theatre. Selected plays will be considered for inclusion in our fully produced FRESH SHORTS program in October. All themes are acceptable, and we encourage submissions of plays with minimal set requirements.

Please adhere to the following submission guidelines:
Submit each play individually as a PDF or Word file in standard play format
Include your name and play title in file name: e.g., PLAYWRIGHT_PLAYTITLE
Plays should not exceed 20 pages
Include your contact information (name, tel, email) on the title page
Include a character list (brief description, age range) and brief play synopsis

Selected playwrights will be notified by June 15, 2014.

Please feel free to forward this email to any playwrights who may be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity.

We very much look forward to reading your work!


Rachel Casparian
Co-Artistic Director and Co-Literary Chair, Core Artist Ensemble

Jane Elias
Co-Literary Chair, Core Artist Ensemble

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Playwrights Project - Playwrights in Process

Cygnet Theatre’s New Play Festival, produced in partnership with Playwrights Project

The deadline for submitting is May 16, 2014.
Playwrights Project, in association with Cygnet Theatre, requests original, full-length, un-produced plays for Cygnet’s 3rd Annual Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival (PiP). The Festival is three days of audience-focused workshops, readings, and post-show discussions. The festival takes place November 7 – 9, 2014 at Cygnet Theatre.

As part of PiP, chosen playwrights will be afforded an exciting opportunity to work with a dramaturg/director in a three-step development process from selection confirmation through the festival itself. Steps one and two consist of private table readings with professional actors provided by Cygnet Theatre. After each, the playwright will work with her/his mentor to further develop the play. The final step is a rehearsed, staged-reading of the final draft in front of a discerning theatre audience. Playwrights are required to attend one or two rehearsals as part of the development process. Through a facilitated post-show discussion, the audiences will provide the writer feedback to help playwrights further develop their plays with the ultimate goal of helping to prepare the works for future productions.

Playwrights are asked to submit their choice of 10-12 consecutive pages of a completed, full-length play that can be performed by five actors or fewer. The works can be comedies or dramas. Musicals, with the same cast-size restrictions, will be accepted, and the music must be able to be performed with piano-only and/or minimal instrument accompaniment. Each submission must be accompanied by a one-page (maximum) synopsis of the whole play; musical submission must also include a three song sample of the music. All works must be new plays (or musicals) that have not received a previous production. Additionally, playwrights must assure that they have full rights to the works submitted.

We seek writers with a strong commitment to developing their scripts, a collaborative attitude, and a self-motivated work ethic. Southern California writers are given a preference; however, playwrights outside of the geographic area are welcome to submit. As script development is a central tenet of Playwrights in Process, selected playwrights will need to attend the table readings of their work, commit to working collaboratively with their dramaturgs, meet revision deadlines, attend the staged readings, and participate in the post-performance discussions. While we hope to provide accommodations, stipend, and travel in the future, at this nascent stage of the festival, there is no funding for these allowances, hence, the preference for local/southern California playwrights. Playwrights outside of the area will be responsible for meeting rehearsal and performance attendance requirements.

Fill out the form and upload your materials online here: Submit to Playwrights in Process 2014

Selected pages, synopses, and submission forms must be submitted by 5PM, May 16, 2014.

After a review of the initial submissions, approximately ten writers will be asked to email copies of their full, completed scripts (and scores, if applicable). These must be received within 48 hours of the request.

Questions about submitting to the Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival may be directed to write@playwrightsproject.org.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Dramaturgy Open Office Hour Project

Every Tuesday from 4-7pm, dramaturg Jeremy Stoller and a different guest dramaturg each week will be hanging out at a public venue, available to answer questions, provide feedback, etc. to any writer or other theater artist who might be interested in stopping by. This is a free event.

Additional information (including location) is on The Dramaturgy Open Office Hour Facebook page, and at the blog link above.

InterAct 20/20 Commissions

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InterAct Theatre Company is pleased to announce the submission deadline for the seventh round of 20/20 New Play Commissions: Friday May 16, 2014.

InterAct is the flagship for new work in Philadelphia and a founding member of both the National New Play Network and the Philadelphia New Play Initiative.

Long established as one of the country’s preeminent producers of provocative new works, InterAct uses the 20/20 Commissions to fund plays that explore the most adventurous, complex, and engaging stories, ideas and issues in our world. We are invested in the wide range of stories that unfold when the larger forces of our world impact the individual and vice versa.

Eighteen commissions and development awards have already been given to plays ranging in style from hard-hitting drama to absurd comedy to magic realism. If you are considering a proposal, we encourage you take a look at both our recent commissions and productions to get a better sense of us.

Since inaugurating the 20/20 commissions in 2007, four commissioned plays and two development award recipients have all been produced on our main-stage. In addition two plays submitted as sample plays for 20/20 awards – IN A DAUGHTER’S EYES by A. Zell Williams and MICROCRISIS by Mike Lew – ended up receiving productions on our main stage. So there is additional value to submitting a proposal!

About InterAct’s 20/20 Commissions

There are two types of awards associated with the program:

• Development Awards - through which InterAct commits funds toward the further development of a play, including dramaturgical consultation, readings and workshops. Funds are typically used to pay for playwright travel and housing, and actor fees. Development Awards are given to works already in progress, but not yet production ready.

• New Play Commissions – through which InterAct commits a cash award of $5000 toward a new and wholly, or substantially, unwritten play.

In both cases, InterAct’s intent is to provide development support for plays toward eventual production in our main stage season, though this is, in no way, a guarantee.
How to Apply for an InterAct Theatre Company 20/20 Commission/Award

The application consists of three parts, which must be submitted simultaneously and received by midnight on Friday, May 16, 2014:

1. Statement of Interest

Please provide a description of the proposed project, including why the issues and themes of the project will be significant over the next twenty years, and what your goals would be should you be granted the opportunity to work with InterAct on the project’s development. If you are applying for a Development Award, you may additionally discuss the status of the current work and its development history. Statements of interest should not exceed 2 pages. We prefer proposals that are specific, concise, and as concrete as possible. We will not be reading any submissions prior to May 16, so please use the time wisely.

2. Up-to-Date Playwriting CV

Please be thorough and be sure to include the development history, if any, of the proposed work

3. For Commission Applicants – A Sample of your work in the form of a Completed Full-length Script

Sample scripts need not have received previous productions for submission, but should be production ready. If possible, please submit a script that falls within InterAct’s central mission. If you do not feel that you have a script suitable to our mission, then please send whatever script you feel best exemplifies your work.

For Development Awards – One Copy of the Proposed Script: Scripts need not be complete, although truly fragmentary works are difficult to evaluate. (An additional sample script is not necessary.)

Please note: We can only accept one submission per applicant – for either a Development Award or a Commission.

The deadline for completed seventh cycle applications is Midnight EST May 16, 2014, and InterAct will notify all playwrights of its decision via email in November 2014.

All parts of the application should be submitted as PDF’s to commissions@interacttheatre.org

Please label the PDFs clearly following this format:

(Your Name) Statement

(Your Name) CV

(Your Name) (Title of Sample Play)

(Your Name) (Title of Play) – DA

For example, for a commission:

Kittson O’Neill Statement

Kittson O’Neill CV

Kittson O’Neill Romeo and Juliet

For a development award:

Kittson O’Neill Statement

Kittson O’Neill CV

Kittson O’Neill Romeo and Juliet – DA

Only full-length plays are eligible for commission or development. Musicals and bills of related one-act plays will not be considered. Collaborations are welcome. Submissions which do not follow these guidelines cannot be considered.

For all 20/20 New Play Commissions, InterAct reserves the right of first production.

Be sure to email applications to commissions2014@interacttheatre.org

However, if you have questions, please email Kittson O’Neill, Artistic Associate.

- See more at: http://interacttheatre.org/new-plays/submit-for-commissions/#sthash.st5WpxDd.dpuf

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s NEW WORKS - Summer 2014

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Seeking never produced before original plays (cast, directed and ready to perform) 40 minutes to 90 minutes in length for: July 1 - September 6, 2014
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

(PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting productions from the TRI-STATE area.)

As part of our producing program we offer our New Works Play Series 4 times a year. It’s an opportunity to bring your NEW play to life!

We are looking for NEW WORK, first time plays, off book, put on their feet and manifested for the first time from playwright/producers in the Tri-State area.

To submit your play production please email: The complete play, a synopsis of the play,
the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs history, (readings, when it was written, etc etc.) your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

by Tuesday May 27, 2014 at Midnight.

Please put “NEW WORKS SUMMER” in the subject heading.

Plays will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.
(The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.)
If we fill up all production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than May 27, 2014

Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance. There is no submission fee.


Each accepted play will be given a minimum of FIVE HOURS of TECH & DRESS rehearsal time weekday evenings or Saturday and Sunday days in the theatre you will be performing in on 42nd St and 8th Ave. NYC., and a each accepted play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances.

A refundable security deposit of $300 will be required upon acceptance which will secure the theatre for damages, and for an average of 10 audience members per performance (a total of 30 for three performances.)

2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays

Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew announces a call for submissions of new, challenging, and innovative plays to be a part of the 2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, which will take place July 21-27, 2014.

The fourth IGNITION festival will create a productive environment for both emerging and established playwrights to explore and develop their new work. The deadline for submission is Thursday, May 15, 2014.

IGNITION’s six selected plays will be presented in a festival of readings scheduled for summer 2014 and will be directed by leading artists from Chicago and around the country. Following the readings, two of the plays will be selected for intensive workshops during Victory Gardens 2014/15 season, and Victory Gardens will produce one of these final scripts in an upcoming season.

For More Information and Submissions 

Submission can be mailed to:
IGNITION, Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614.

Work can also be submitted electronically to ignition@victorygardens.org

All submissions must be received by May 15, 2014. For more information about IGNITION Festival of New Plays, visit www.victorygardens.org.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lone Star Theater seeks Texas plays

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Lone Star Theatre company invites submissions of full-length plays by Texan playwrights or plays dealing with Texas subjects for full production or to be included in our 2014-2015 Texas Reads series in New York City.

  • You must be from Texas or have lived in Texas long enough to understand Texas life.
  • OR your play must be related to Texas themes. 
  • Submissions are only accepted electronically in PDF form.
  • Deadline to submit is Cinco de Mayo, 2014. (May 5)
  • Please also include a brief bio or personal statement telling us a little bit about yourself in 300 words or less.
  • No fee to submit. 
  • Applications must be e-mailed to lonestartheatreco@gmail.com

Stickball Productions seeks short plays

Stickball Productions presents MAN UP
Open national call for scripts from male playwrights (only).  No submission fee – all selected playwrights will share 6 % of box office gross.  Deadline May 30, 2014.

Stickball Productions will present MAN UP, a short play festival by male playwrights in October, 2014.

Our objective is two-fold.

First, to assemble a group of short plays that may or may not be thematically connected, but work together as a cohesive show interspersed with music (and probably a fair amount of beer).

Second, we acknowledge that there’s much discussion about the disparity in productions of plays produced according to gender lines.  We celebrate the numerous festivals and companies dedicated to producing the work of women writers.  This shifting of the theatrical landscape not only alter the roles of women but inevitably those of men. In a 90 minute show, we wish to explore changes in gender roles experienced as good, difficult, hilarious or indifferent.  We seek plays that explore issues of gender – whatever that means to you.

The guidelines
  1. Send us a play that glorifies violence against women and your work will wind up in the “asshole pile.”  Yes, we have one of those.  The reading panel is gender, age, and ethnically diverse.  You won’t make the cut with that crap, nor should you, you jerk.
  2. Proper script formatting.  All plays will be given an eyeball scan before going to the reading panel – not formatted in a standardly acceptable and legible format? It won’t be read.  Period.
  3.  The venue is a non-traditional space with a bar, with a 10 p.m. show time.  This means, practically speaking, we will not be casting any actors under 18.  It also means your play should be able to withstand the horror of the bartender dumping an ice bucket during the performance or the occasional person who just HAS to have a gin and tonic at the most emotionally naked moment of your play.  The bartender may forget the lime, and that might make said audience member angry.  In short, consider not sending us your quietest, most fragile piece.
  4. Time limit:  Our goal is a 90 minute show with some gaps between pieces with music (no intermission).  We have no time minimum for individual pieces, and prefer varied lengths of individual pieces throughout the evening.  One minutes, five minutes, 7.5 minutes, 20 seconds  – all fine if it works, but we sincerely doubt a piece a moment longer than 10 minutes will make the cut.  In short, send us plays UNDER 10 minutes – it does not matter how far under.  The royalty will be divided equally among all playwrights, regardless of individual page/time contributions to the total on the principle that time does not necessarily equate to impact – and because we suck at math.
  5.  As a practical matter, we will not be hiring a fight choreographer, and will not jeopardize safety in the execution of a piece.  Bear that in mind.
  6. Submission limit is two pieces of any length (see above) per playwright.  Submit in two separate emails. Your third submission will be deleted without reading.
  7. A word on our tastes.  Given the theme, and the “man only” thing, we anticipate plays about fatherhood, brotherhood, friendship, marriage, work, but our minds are open.  We expect to laugh a bunch, think a bit, and would like to offer our audiences something unexpected.  Given our goal, time of night and venue, works that jump right into stuff going on the first line is exciting, plays that take two pages to gain energy, less so.  Hit it.  Do it. We don’t have time to meander, and neither do you.
  8. No published plays, or plays that have had any performances in New England within FIVE years of this performance (October 2014) and no plays that have been produced at the Boston Theater Marathon at any time.  We would like to say “brand spanking new” – but it is enough for us to tell the audience we know, with reasonable certainty, this is new to them.
  9. No works with any underlying copyrights involved.  We don’t like lawyers.  You don’t like lawyers.  If you’re a lawyer and were offended by that statement, call our lawyer.
  10. Stickball Productions will claim zero rights on your individual plays future rights.  We may assess whether the collection is worthy of seeking a publisher, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, if we come to it, in full discussion with you.
  11. “Male only” means male, not “white male only” and we hope to see submissions from a diverse spectrum of writers of color, veterans, male identified, gay, straight, transgender, etc. The reading panel is very diverse (including women) the director is a woman, and the audition call will also require a broad spectrum of diversity.
  12. We are not afraid of musicals (we hear 10 minute musicals might exist… weird) – .  Include link to your ORIGINAL music if that’s applicable – do not mail cd’s, don’t come to our houses and sing.  We will not have a full orchestra and the musical component is, at this stage, unknown.  Might be a live guitar player, might have a small band – we expect the needs of the pieces and the final selected plays to guide us in those decisions.
Send the following with your submission, and if sending two submissions, send them separately with complete requested information:

The play (obviously) with your name and contact information on the cover sheet.
A brief bio in the body of the email, early career writers are most welcome, just tell us a bit about yourself.

Send it to stickballsubmissions@gmail.com Do not mail hardcopies.

No submissions will be accepted after Midnight, May 30, 2014.

Seeking plays for the Blueprint Series

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Blueprint Series 2014
Calling all playwrights!

We are now accepting submissions to participate in our 5th annual Blueprint Series. This program is an opportunity for playwrights to work with our ensemble and other artists to collaborate on the development of new projects. If you have an idea for a play and want to work collaboratively to generate a script, you should apply.

Download the application and information sheet here:
Blueprint 2014 Application.

Submit signed form via email to info@brimmerstreet.org by 11:59pm on Saturday May 17th

Email us if you have any questions about Blueprint or if you want to be involved as a collaborative artist (actors, directors, designers, producers, and others)

The Brimmer Street & Blueprint Series

Brimmer St. Theatre Co. (BSTC) is a non-profit Los Angeles-based performance company with a commitment to develop original theatre and welcome artists whose work challenges established forms and expectations. The BSTC strives to form a close ensemble of these artists, craftsmen, students and benefactors to produce work of exceptional innovation and character. BSTC’s Blueprint Series is an opportunity for playwrights to work with our ensemble and other artists to collaborate on the development of new projects. The series will culminate in public presentation of all or some of the projects selected for development. Each project will be given devoted time in our rehearsal studio to work with our ensemble according to a schedule that suits the need of each playwright.

Project Selection

Blueprint Series focuses on developing work from the ground up, starting with a solid idea for a play. Scripts that have already been written that are in need of revision are not appropriate for this particular effort. Projects will be selected by the BSTC ensemble based on the concept of the play (including genre, plot, cast, context, and so on) and the proposed development process and timeline. 

Submission deadline 11:59pm on Saturday May 17th.

Development Process & Timeline

The duration of development will be determined based on project selection, but will last roughly 10 weeks starting in July. The ensemble meets 1-2 times per week for 2 hours; these meeting times will be shared between all projects according to a timeline determined immediately following project selection, based on the proposed development process of each project. In addition to the concept of the piece, a major factor that the company will use to determine project selection is the intention of how the process will incorporate the ensemble of actors and other theatre artists. Playwrights can consult with ensemble members to determine a fitting development plan and timeline. 

Feel free to email us at info@brimmerstreet.org for a consultation.

Future Performance Rights

Applicants interested in reviewing the detailed letter of agreement can request a copy from info@brimmerstreet.org. Blueprint Series offers playwrights with a $100 stipend for their work on the project and in exchange for future performance rights of the developed script for up to 2 years. In recognition of Brimmer Street’s contributions to the play’s development through Blueprint Series, BSTC will have the opportunity for a world premiere production of the completed script within 2 years. If Brimmer Street does not choose to produce the play, the company will give up that opportunity to another interested producer.

Intellectual Property Policy

We encourage applicants to submit writing samples as part of your application. Note that no confidential relationship exists between you and BSTC, nor is there one intended or created by the submission of your application. BSTC will not keep your application on file. BSTC’s potential future use of material containing features and elements similar to those contained in your application (either because such features and elements were not new or novel, or were not originated by you, or because other persons (including BSTC members) have submitted or may submit material containing similar features and elements which BSTC has the right to use) shall not obligate BSTC to negotiate with you nor entitle you to any compensation if BSTC determines that it has an independent legal right to use such other material which is not derived from you.

Studio Players seek 10-minute plays

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Studio Players, Kentuckys Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, KY, is proud to announce a 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in August 2014. We are looking for 7 strong, entertaining plays to feature. As such, we are going to hold a competition.

This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. This year, the judges will be members of the Studio Players theater community: board members, directors and patrons. The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.

2. The play must be a 10 minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long).

3. All plays should be emailed with a separate cover page with plays title, authors name, email address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10 page script.

4. All plays must be received by May 10th.
5. The contest is open to the first 150 entries received.
6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts.

Thats it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theater community. Each play will be fully realized, staged productions; each performance showing all winning scripts. The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $100 in prize money.

All entries should be sent to: sweftdart@yahoo.com with 10-min play fest in the header.

NYCPlaywrights January 2014 Play of the Month: THE PORTRAIT COMMISSION by Marlene Fanta Shyer

Marlene Fanta Shyer on her monologue:
To tell the truth this piece is absolutely fictional, except for the '"bad" portrait I once commissioned from a Boston artist, someone who had done me a big favor. Instead of a picture of me, I requested a portrait of Elvis Presley that turned out to look like a quirky Mohammed Ali. 
Mustafa is the name of the nice African boy who delivers groceries from Food Emporium, and it was my father who played accordion--and you know what everyone thinks of accordion music!

For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month Page.

The second monologue selected, US by David Copper, will be posted soon.

Bully Awareness Month 10-minute plays

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SEEKING: Ten minutes plays to be produced as staged readings in October 2014 as part of the Bully Awareness Theatrical Event and to coincide with October's Bully Awareness Month.  School bullying is a national problem both in person and through cyber space. Each year scores of young people take drastic measures to avoid bullying that often end up being fatal.  Help us make the public aware of this national issues and at the same time let's make a difference in the lives of young people.

This mini festival of new works will showcase a series of ten minute plays on the subject of bullying.  Plays may be of any content but with limited technical support.  No more than five characters.  Plays must be no longer then 10 pages long not including title page and be presented in Courier Font, 12 point font.  Please include title page, character description and full script in PDF form.

A portion of the proceeds will go to www.Bullyfree.com to help educate and combat school bullying.

Send 10 minute plays with plot description and character breakdown to MatthewThompson1971@gmail.com.

Submission for deadline is May 30, 2014 and participates will be notified by August 31, 2014.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Dramatists Guild Fellowship and Musical Fellowship

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications for the program commencing in Fall, 2014 must be received by the Guild no later than 5:30pm on May 5, 2014. Please read all of instructions carefully.

**IMPORTANT CHANGES: This year, we will be accepting electronic submissions ONLY. E-mail all submissions to fellows@dramatistsguild.com.

We are also expanding eligibility to include writers who have had one or more professional productions.**

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants will be eligible for the program with any of the following qualifications: 1) Participation in a graduate program in theatrical writing within the last five years; or 2) Participation in an organized theatrical workshop within the last ten years; or 3) Comparable experience, such as one or more professional productions, and a recommendation by a theater professional or theater educator; or 4) Pertinent, documented practical experience. All applicants must be residents of New York or the surrounding metropolitan area for the time of their fellowship. Applicants must also be prepared to meet on alternate Monday evenings of every month, and to make themselves available, if possible, to participate in observerships, assistantships, etc. when those opportunities arise.


Please submit a cover letter answering the following: Describe an experience in which somebodys input on your work as a writer affected or inspired you; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; 20 pages of a script you have written. Please name submission as follows: LastNamePlayTitle (for example: NottageRuined.pdf. The document(s) must be e-mailed as a PDF.


If you are applying as a Musical Theater Fellow and you write both music and lyrics, you may apply alone as a self-contained writer. Members of collaborative teams must apply together. Collaborative teams with composer and lyricist should also consider applying with their librettist partner, or, at the very least, make their librettist partner available whenever that project is being discussed. Unfortunately, we cannot accept people who write only lyrics or only music or only libretti without a writing partner, as we cannot pair collaborators. The cover letter and materials submitted should make it clear whether you and your collaborator(s) are applying as a team or whether you are applying as a self-contained writer.

Please submit a cover letter; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; mp3 files of four (4) songs with lyric sheets; a brief description of each song as to its plot placement, a brief synopsis of the musical, and the complete libretto, if one exists. Musical submissions need not be elaborately produced; piano and voice is sufficient. Please note that we can only accept music in the mp3 format. PLEASE E-MAIL EACH SONG SEPARATELY and name them as follows: LastNameMusicalTitleSong# (for example: FlahertyRagtime#1.mp3) The other documents must be e-mailed as a PDF.

Tomorrow & Tomorrow Theater Co. seeks submissions

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Tomorrow & Tomorrow Theater Co. seeks submissions for its 2014 Fall Production. The ideal candidate seeks a highly collaborative environment and to be an integral part of a multidisciplinary experience.


For the company’s inaugural production, the application fee has been waived.

The following guidelines must be followed in entirety for consideration.

1. Submissions must be original, unpublished, full-length plays (no more than 90 minutes in run time).

2. Plays must be unproduced and should not be scheduled for production at the time of submission. Our mission is to provide support for emerging playwrights. 
*Plays that have had a reading will be considered.

3. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format. Please include your full name and the title of your work in the footer of the document.

4. The maximum cast is 8 actors.

5. Due to the small size of our staff and the sheer number of scripts we receive, we are only able to accept one script at a time from each author. 


Please mail your script with a completed submission form to the address below.

Tomorrow & Tomorrow Theater Co.
173 23rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Submissions for the 2014 production must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2014.

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