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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Helen McCloy Scholarship

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What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2015 or early spring 2016. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.

What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed - 2015 McCloy Application Form

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* FIVE COPIES of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* FIVE COPIES of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Mail all materials in one complete package to:
2015 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship Committee, PO Box 512 Charlottesville, VA 22902

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2015. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), mail the scholarship committee at the PO box (above) or send an email to: McCloy.MWA@gmail.com No phone calls, please.

About Helen McCloy Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was a mystery author, editor, publisher, and agent. Creator of psychiatrist sleuth Dr. Basil Willing, McCloy served as president of MWA in 1950, won the Edgar® Award for mystery criticism in 1954, helped to establish MWA’s New England Chapter in 1971, and was named an MWA Grand Master in 1990.

Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Contest 2015

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Submission Guidelines

The Women &Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites submissions from female playwrights for the annual Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award.

The Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award recognizes plays & performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective & contain significant opportunities for female performers. Like the Jane Chambers Award for professional playwrights, this annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, & The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.

This competition is open to both graduate & undergraduate students; entrants do not have to be registered in a theatre or drama program to submit. The Jane Chambers Award for emergent playwrights encourages diversity of style & content. All forms of drama are accepted, including solo performance work. Excerpts from the winning play will be read at the annual Women and Theatre Program pre-conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, California, 2010 prior to the American Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE). A professional playwright will offer feedback in a post-reading discussion with the audience.

Student winner will receive a $150 cash prize & a year's membership in Women & Theatre.

To enter, please send three copies of a typed script, application form, resume, and a brief description of the piece.

Please, only one submission per applicant and no email submissions.

Mail submission to:

Carrie Winship
1806 Parklawn Drive
Columbia, MO 65202


All entries MUST be received by March 1, 2015.

The Women & Theatre Program will announce the winner by June 30, 2015.

For more information email



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The contest is open to anyone, anywhere; plays, however, must be written in English.

If actors have memorized lines and presented the text under ANY circumstances (workshop, college production, etc.), then the script is INELIGIBLE for the contest.

If actors have given a staged reading holding scripts, that play IS eligible.

Please use a standard playwriting format.

Judging will be blind, so it is important for contestants to follow these directions EXACTLY. First, please ensure that your name does not appear on ANY page of the actual script. Second, please type your email address and other contact information on a sheet of paper, seal it in an envelope, and staple the envelope to the last page or inside cover of your script. If you wish to include a cover letter, please place this in the envelope as well. Electronic submissions are not allowed.

Plays are to be individual full-length works; a collection of short plays is not an acceptable substitute.

Please do not submit a script previously submitted to this contest, unless you have performed SIGNIFICANT revisions on it.

The contest is open as of today. The absolute deadline for submissions TO BE RECEIVED will be Friday, February 27, 2015; entries received after that date will be returned unread to entrants. Winners will be announced on or approximately July 1, 2015.

First prize is $300, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. In addition, all prizewinners will receive an official certificate indicating their placement in the contest.

The authors of “honorable mentions” will also receive certificates.

Candidates will be notified by individual emails in ascending order: unsuccessful entries, honorable mentions, prizewinners.

All physical scripts become the property of Ohio State Newark, and will not be returned. To prevent unauthorized reproduction and stage production, at the end of the contest, all scripts will be shredded. Of course, the authors retain all publication and production rights.

Please send all plays to:

Dave Williams, Associate Professor
The Ohio State University at Newark
New Play Contest
192 LeFevre Hall
1179 University Dr.
Newark, Ohio 43055

If you have questions, please contact me at williams.1343@osu.edu

Thank you for your participation, and good luck to all.

Broadway Theatre Studio submission process

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There is no charge to playwrights whose work is selected for the BTS development process. All script submissions must meet the following criteria:
  • Completed, original work.
  • Appeals to a wide audience.
  • Deals with mainstream issues and themes relevant to current society and culture.

To submit your work, please send the following in MS Word or .PDF format to BTS Submissions:
  • One-page summary.
  • A paragraph describing your experience with the subject matter (e.g., if your script is set in a restaurant, briefly relate how many years you’ve worked in the restaurant industry, in what positions, how the restaurant you worked at was similar to the one in your script, et cetera).
  • First ten pages.
  • One scene from elsewhere in the work.
  • If a musical, three songs in .MP3 format along with lyric sheets.

Your submission constitutes permission for Broadway Theatre Studio and its members to perform your work in closed sessions for evaluation purposes. If submitting a musical that is selected for a workshop, you must be able to provide a rehearsal pianist/music director.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Learn How to Be Your Own Producer

Primary Stages presents

with Sasha Eden (Co-Founder and Artistic Director, WET Productions)

This workshop is designed to guide each artist – actor, dancer, director, writer – through the process of becoming a successful producer, empowering all artists to develop and produce their own work. What if Christopher Guest had a great idea and did a few sketches with actor friends, but never felt motivated (or bad ass) enough to make Spinal Tap? Or what if Richard Linklater didn’t effectively rally his troops to commit 12 years to Boyhood? These artists, and countless others, are great examples of visionary entrepreneurs who successfully produced their own work: work that was personal, fulfilling, and reminded them why they chose the path of being a creative artist.

This workshop will guide you through each of the producing fundamentals: developing your concept, working with source material, participating in successful collaborations, merging entrepreneurial efforts with artistic inspiration, and the nuts and bolts of building a production company. You’ll walk away with confidence in making budgets, identifying and developing a brand identity, pursuing funding, marketing, and audience cultivation, as well as the courage to embark on your role as artistic producer.

Saturday, April 11, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Seeing Place Theater submission guidelines

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Would you like us to consider your play?

We are now accepting submissions for completed plays and works in progress that are suitable for staged reading. For consideration, scripts must be no longer than 150 typed pages and should not require more than 150 minutes total to perform. Filmscripts, screenplays, and adaptations of other authors’ work are not eligible.

We're especially interested in playwrights from the Tri-State area who will bring their supporters to The Seeing Place, aiding us in developing an audience hungry for new works.

Please submit the following to info@seeingplacetheater.com:

1. One Paragraph Synopsis
2. Full Character List
3. 10 Page Script Sample (full scripts also accepted.)
4. Author’s Name, Email, and Phone Number

Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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Submission fee waived for members of the Dramatists Guild
The BPP is accepting submissions for the 2015-16 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions are due by March 1, 2015. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 2015.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here

Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.
It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
We do not accept email submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Scripts must be postmarked by March 1, 2015, and received no later than March 10, 2015. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. 
For faster replies, please email us at literarymanager@newplays.org.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Competition for Youth Theatre

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The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild annually sponsors the Competition for Youth Theatre to discover new theatrical works and to encourage established or emerging writers to create quality works for youth theatre. The Play Competition for Youth Theatre represents grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 and offers two prizes:


Entries must be accompanied by the application form and in accordance with the submission policies and procedures. We accept scripts from January 15th to February 28th for this competition. No scripts will be accepted after these dates and all scripts received after the deadline cannot qualify and will not be returned. The playwright may request an application form from the competition office. Send a self-addressed, stamped, #10-business sized envelope (SASE) to:

Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
BHTG--Competition for Youth Theatre Awards
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 9021

Rules for the Play Competition for Youth Theatre

1. The Marilyn Hall Awards consist of two (2) monetary prizes for plays suitable for grades 6-8 (middle school) or for plays suitable for grades 9-12 (high school). The two prizes will be awarded on the merits of the play scripts, which includes its suitability for the intended audience. The plays should be approximately 45 to 75 minutes in length. There is no production connected to any of the prizes, though a staged reading is optional at the discretion of the BHTG.

2. Authors must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents. Co-Authorships are permissible.

3. The plays must be written in Standard American English. Slang, jargon, and regional dialects, etc., may be used only to establish necessary characterization.

4. Authors may enter up to two (2) scripts in the Play Competition for Youth Theatre.

5. Entries must be unpublished, theatrical works written for the living stage and suitable for the grades designated. Play scripts may have had one (1) non-professional or educational theatre production. But the play may not have been produced on a professional level for which authors, actors or staff were paid.

6. Entries may be original plays, adaptations and/or translations. Authors of adaptations and/or translations of works that are under current copyright must provide (upon request) proof of permission from the copyright holder(s) or their legal agents to use such works.

7. Plays shorter than approximately 45 minutes are not eligible; musicals are not eligible; and plays entered in previous BHTG Competitions are not eligible. (Please note: plays with music, i.e. plays with an occasional interpolated song, are eligible: works that are designated as musicals are not.)

8. Submissions received with postmarks BEFORE January 15th or AFTER the last day of February of the contest year will not be accepted, read or returned. Authors will be notified of ineligible submission and the reasons why.

9. Submissions in noncompliance of these Rules and the Submission Procedures will be ineligible.

10. BHTG has the right to accept or reject any entry without explanation, and will not correspond with, or discuss with, any person the results of the competition, or the acceptance or rejection of any entry.

11. The competition judges' decisions are final in all respects.

12. BHTG has the following rights which it may exercise at its sole discretion:

a. To declare any entry ineligible if prior to Competition's close (June 1) the entry is in violation of rule #6. Authors must notify the BHTG of any change in status.
b. To reproduce as many copies of an entry as are necessary for distribution among the judges.
c. To use the author's name and title of any entry receiving an award for publicity about this Playwright Award and the results of the competition.
d. To present one script-in-hand, rehearsed readings of an award winning entry to an invited, nonpaying audience. No royalty payment will be due to the entry's author for these readings.

13. Each award winner will, at all times, in connection with publications, production, publicity, advertisements, etc. about the award winning entry, designate that the play is an "Award Winner of The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Youth Theatre Competition."

14. Each entry will be free from copyright restrictions relating to this Award, and the author will hold the BHTG, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims and violations.

15. The BHTG is not a producing organization. No production is connected with the competition nor any prize awarded.

16. Sorry, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Youth Theatre Competition does not sponsor scholarships, fellowships, educational grants, or loans to students or private individuals. Nor does the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild as an organization.

Submission Procedures

1. Each entry must be accompanied by an individual, completed application/entry form. Application forms may be duplicated as necessary. Application forms and Competition rules and Submission Procedures may be obtained by sending #10 business-sized SASE to the address below.

2. Each author must personally sign the application. Entries must be legible and signature clearly the name of the writer(s). The author(s) must sign the entry form. Proxy or agent signatures are not accepted and will lead to disqualification.

3. Bind your entry securely and include a title page with the name of the play, whether it is an "original" or an adaptation/translation from another work, and, if desired, copyright or registration information and date (instead of the author's name, please use "by the author.") On the second page list all characters, time, place, number of acts and scenes, and any other pertinent information such as whether the scripts make use of special effects, e.g., puppetry. Scripts must be bound. A clip holding pages together unfortunately doesn't constitute being "bound". (This is insisted upon for the protection of the script and benefit of the writer. Loose scripts may have pages become misplaced or lost. The competition is not responsible for loss or damage to entries or parts thereof.)

4. Do not show your name, address or any identifying information on any page of your entry. Attach with a removable paper clip, a sheet containing the title of your entry, your name, address, phone number and any other information.

5. To preserve anonymity, all entries will be identified by numbers for judging. All identifying marks will be removed.

6. Submissions will not be returned. This includes either eligible or ineligible submissions. Enclose with your submission a #10 business-sized SASE for our response.

7. You may enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your entry. Competition winners to be announced on this web site in June.

8. The BHTG is not responsible for loss or damage to entries.

9. No script will be accepted by fax or e-mail. No electronic submissions or correspondence.

10. No entry is returned.

Address All Inquiries and Submissions To:
Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
Play Competition for Youth Theatre
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 90213

New American Theater Spring One-Act Festival

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Full production of the play in Los Angeles produced by The New American Theatre at the Odyssey Theatre. Performance of the piece will be under the supervision of Jack Stehlin, utilizing the talents of the acting company of the New American Theatre.

All playwrights whose work makes it to the level of semi-finalist will be given first consideration for any full-length work they may have to be included in the New American Theatre Full-Length reading series, which takes place in January and February.

One act plays which have not been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA (plays with simple staging requirement s are favored). Running time must be twenty-five minutes or less.

You will receive e-mail confirmation of the submission of your work at the time of submission. Further notification will only be given to semifinalists.

No subject restrictions, no fee

Please submit full script as an e-mail attachment. No contact information should be on the script itself. Body of the e-mail should include title of the work, author’s name, address and contact information. All submissions should go to the New American Theatre Literary Coordinator, Joe Bays at JoeBays55@earthlink.net.

Please put ONE ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Snail mail submissions are also accepted. Please send your material to The New American Theatre. PO Box 586, Culver City, CA 90232, ATTN one-act competition.

Deadline February 28, 2015

The New American Theatre

The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) is a critically-acclaimed actor-led theatre company best known for producing classic plays as well as exploring and supporting new and challenging work in the American theatre. The New American Theatre is dedicated to the support and growth of all artists who participate in the collective imagination that is theatre.

Named by CBS Los Angeles as one of the top five 99-seat theatre’s in Los Angeles, The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) has also enjoyed critical acclaim, awards and nominations from the Los Angeles Times, LA Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage West, LA Weekly, LA Stage Alliance Ovations, and many others. Please visit our website for more information: http://www.NewAmericanTheatre.com
Questions? Email: Jeannine@NewAmericanTheatre.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Free Theater in NYC


Manhattan Theatre Works' flagship program sponsored by The Psychology Department at the City College of New York

A week of free readings of new plays
February 23-28, 2015
The City College of New York's North Academic Center
All readings will take place in room NAC 1-203 (First floor to the left)

Mon, Feb 23 @7:30p

By Louise Flory+; Directed by Kathleen O'Neill+

With James Edward Becton*+, Gary Hilborn*, Rachel McPhee*+, Shetal Shah* and Misti Tindiglia+.

Bridget pulls a stranger out of freezing waters during a Michigan snow storm. Secrets, banshees and memories will bond them forever. A contemporary celtic mystical drama.

Tue, Feb 24 @7:30p

JUNK: A Musical Comedy
By Michael Penny; Directed by Rick Leidenfrost

With Christopher Leidenfrost+ and Tym Moss.

Two antique dealers are invited to clean out a deceased man's home with the promise of keeping anything they want. The two generations of gay men find a different kind of treasure: decades of porn! The men learn about the stranger with humor, smut, and heart as they explore his junk.

Wed, Feb 25 @7:30p

By Jennifer O'Grady; Directed by Tom J Slot

With Rob Benson*, Derek Long, Rachel McPhee*+, Antonio Minino+, Hannah Seusy+ and Brian Silliman*.

Kevin and David had a loving relationship. But now Kevin is dead and passes the time eating popcorn and playing cupid with the living, alongside a dead drag queen named Craig and a dead Latin hunk named Waldo. David has decided to move on and marry a woman, a great event for the supernatural to try out their their new matchmaking skills.

Thu, Feb 26 @7:30p

By Fengar Gael; Directed by David Stallings+

With David Carson*+, Shelly Feldman*+, Robin Madel*+, Heather Massie*+, Riti Sachdeva*+, Susan Wallack*+ and Quinn Warren*+.

The legend of Dracula is reinvented in this dark comedy about a coven of regenerating gypsies who have survived centuries of war and genocide in this magical play.

Fri, Feb 27 @7:30p

Excellence in Playwriting Winner:
By Tom Slot; Directed by Aimee Todoroff

With David Carson*+, London Griffith+, Carol Hickey*+, Derek Long, Madalyn McKay*+, Paul Notice, Maureen O'Boyle+, Dino Petrera, Hannah Seusy+, Lavita Shaurice*+, Dathan B. Williams*+ and Kelly Zekas+.

In the week before Christmas, five female teenage patients in a psychiatric ward in Nashville, Tennessee are faced with a series of events that leaves them questioning the core of who they are and what they are capable of doing. 

Sat, Feb 28 @2:00p

By Cody Daigle+; Directed by Dev Bondarin+

With London Griffith+, Russell Jordan*+, Brad Makarowski*, Diánna Martin+ and Dino Petrera.

In the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, 17-year old Lee struggles to figure out what happens next. He strikes up a friendship with Nela that pushes him into revealing an awful truth about their teacher, Matt, that could either save Lee from his despair or drown them all.

Stephanie Schwartz+ will be reading a monologue from Cody Daigle's A Home Across the Ocean at Why We Fall (Feb 28).



Celebrate today’s innovative playwrights that boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period, location and diversity (ethnic, economic, geographic, gender, sexuality or creed).

*Members of Actors' Equity Association

+Members of MTWorks

March Short Play Lab

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in the March Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. Our Labs are always well-attended, and they can lead to other festivals and events that we produce, such as the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival (visit our website: www.midtownfestival.org for submission opportunities and requirements). The rules for submitting to March's Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:

Deadline is March 8. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. 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 your contact info (only means of contact is by email).
Submit scripts in a PDF file.
You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at Roy Arias Studios, 300 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10018.
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. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight.
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 in the daytime on Saturday, March 21. The production dates are Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 22.
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 after the performance. We reserve the right to break ties.

*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.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in a PDF file, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

PSC One-Act Festival

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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 2015 at The Phoenix Stage Company in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

Deadline is February 28, 2015

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 a maximum of two plays.
• 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

For more information or to submit your play(s) email ed@phoenixstagecompany.org

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


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ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME YOU GOT YOUR 25 to 45 minute SHORT PLAY ON ITS FEET? To see if it works. To explore the characters and plot lines of the play in reality, not just in your head. YOU HAVE BEEN TWEAKING IT FOREVER IN THE VACUUM OF YOUR MIND. Isn't it time to bring it to life? And who knows you may develop it into a Full-Length play, but you have to see it on its feet first!

We are looking for playwright/producers who want to DEVELOP their new longer short play in front of a live audience. We are looking for 2 to 4 NEW short plays never produced before, 25 - 45 minutes, which you will cast, direct and put on its feet at Manhattan Rep.

You cast and direct it. We run the tech and supply the theatre, plus, as part of our new development program, we will work with you on the script, offer help with casting, directing and more, so that your play will rock!!!


In order to submit, you must be available on:

from 8:30 pm to 11 pm
for TECH REHEARSAL (A short 20-30 minute Tech will be schedule for you during this timeframe.)

from 8:30 pm to 11 pm



We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production. AND WE WILL HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLAY! Please know this program is NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Please come and join us. We will put up an amazing professional show at our theatre on 42nd St and 8th Ave in the heart of the Theatre District.

To submit your NEW, never produced before 1 act play production 25 - 45 minutes please email:

The complete play, a synopsis of the play,

the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements,

the play history (workshops, readings if any, when it was written)

your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put "SHORT PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM" in the subject heading.

These 1 act play productions 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 MARCH 6, 2015.

(With only 2 - 4 slots, earlier is better!) Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.

If you have any questions about our SHORT PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, please drop us a line at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com For more info: manhattanrep.com

Cahoodaloodaling seeks dialogues

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Issue #16 – He Said/She Said

What was said? You tell us. This issue we’re seeking submissions with conversations, dialogues, and quotations. While we want a strong conversational component to each piece selected for He Said/She Said, this call for submissions is theme, not form, based. Send us your visual, audio, written, and multimedia work of any genre and style that you feel speaks to this theme. This is a great opportunity to submit a scene from your play or to collaborate with others.

Submissions due 3/21/15. Guest editor Paul Beckman. Issue live 4/30/15.

Submit your work to our submissions manager accordingly:

WRITERS & POETS: Submit only 1-3 pieces per issue, each as its own attachment. This includes all narrative non-fiction, fiction, screenplays, excerpts, and poetry. We do not have length limits, but we may not read particularly long pieces in their entirety if we can tell they are not a fit for us at this time. Do not include your name on these files as we read submissions blind. .doc .txt or .pdf permitted.** Unless our call for submissions is form specific, we will consider any form or style, including but not limited to: fiction, non-fiction, free verse, form verse, scripts and screenplays, and flash. Excerpts recommended for longer pieces. When in doubt, query by email: cahoodaloodaling@gmail.com.

Monday, February 16, 2015

16th Annual Midtown International Theater Festival

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MITF Call for Scripts

Deadline February 26, 2015

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) is gathering projects for its sixteenth season (production dates: July 13 - August 9, 2015). (The last week is exclusively for the Commercial Division.)

If you have a project you think might be worth producing in the MITF, now's the time to send it in! The rules are easy-peasy.

There's no application fee. 

If your project is accepted, there's a participation fee of $600 ($999 for Equity showcases). This earns you a place in the Festival, with many FREE perks (see below). If you wish to participate in revenue from your show, you may pay a Theatre Usage Fee that entitles you to a share of the gross.

In exchange for your participation fee, the Festival offers a unique array of benefits unmatched by any other theatre festival in NYC:

• Twenty hours FREE rehearsal time, plus severely discounted additional time
• FREE showcase insurance
• FREE external storage (availability permitting)
• FREE marketing consultation, with E-mail followup
• No side letter with Equity, so no hidden costs
• COMPS for all participants to each others' shows
• Five production photos taken by our publicity staff

Our regular lineup of full-lengths will be supplemented by our Commercial Division, to be held at an appropriately splendid venue (Off-Broadway style, at least). This division is for shows with commercial ambitions. Shows can have sets; they get more time to set up and strike; they get unlimited extra rehearsal time during the run to fix problems; and the Festival will stay open an extra week just for them.

In addition to our traditional festival of full-lengths, we are also a growing festival of one-acts, known as the MITF Short Subjects, curated in person by Festival executive producer John Chatterton. Short Subjects must be 60 minutes or less and are performed in the same spaces as the full-lengths. Short subjects don't pay an application fee, and the participation fee is only $100. They get most of the same perks as full-lengths, except for free rehearsal time (they can pay for unlimited discounted time) and marketing consultation. Short Subjects are also limited to non-union productions. They receive half the profits from their performances. To develop innovative theatre, the MITF is devoted to keeping costs for participants down, starting with such benefits as 20 hours’ FREE rehearsal space for full-length shows, FREE storage, FREE showcase insurance, and more.

In addition to our regular performances, last year we included performances of the Short Play Lab, normally done during the regular theatre season only. The Short Play Lab comprises 2 programs of 10-minute (or less) plays, each program performed twice in one weekend.

Finally, last year we also fielded a cabaret series. We’ll be looking for more cabaret acts this season.

We require scripts to be E-mailed to us in Word or PDF format, with ancillary materials (like music demos) E-mailed in appropriate file formats. You may snail-mail us DVDs where appropriate.

Please check out the rest of our Web site for more details, contained in the Festival Manual, online application forms, and other pages dedicated to special subjects. The MITF is the third-biggest theatre festival in New York City. It also has the biggest ratio of paid staff to participants. It's a comfortable place to preview your work, whether you're new to producing or have commercial ambitions. (Last year 4 MITF alumni shows were playing Off-Broadway simultaneously!) And the Midtown location can't be beat for access to industry and general theatregoers!

Theatre Gwaun Writers Festival

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Make a note in your diaries that all entries for the Writer’s Festival must be in by 21st February 2015. Ten minute plays, stories or poems that are your own work will be welcome from all ages. We will try to include as many as we can. Please note it will be a family audience. The 3rd Gwaun Writer’s Festival will be on Saturday 28th March 2015.

Please send to mandytheatrgwaun@gmail.com or postal entries to Theatr Gwaun.

Guidelines for submissions to the Gwaun Writers’ Festival

Submissions must be received by Saturday 21st February 2015. No entries after this date can be accepted.
No age limit. There will be three categories for judging; under 10’s, 11-18 and 18 and overs.
Must be author’s own work.
Can be submitted in Welsh or English.

Entries to be sent to mandytheatrgwaun@gmail.com or by post to 
Theatr Gwaun, 
West Street, 
SA65 9AL

Emailed entries to be as Word doc or pdf attachments.

Do not put your name on the script but use a covering letter with your name, address and telephone number

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Scripts will not be returned but remain in your copyright.

Entries can be in the form of a play (no more than 4 characters), poem or selection of poems or a story. 10 minutes limit. Winning entries will be performed or read on stage by Theatr Gwaun’s drama groups.

If your entry is a play it must be simply staged with no scenery and with easily accessible props and costumes.

You will be notified a week before the Festival if your entry has been successful.
The winning pieces will be performed on stage at Theatr Gwaun on Saturday 28th March 2015.

Sixth Annual Game Play Festival

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Game Play returns in July 2015!

The Brick Theater is pleased to announce the sixth annual Game Play festival, taking place throughout July 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s festival will once again feature cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance. We are now accepting for consideration submissions from a variety of artists, including but not limited to:
  • playwrights
  • game designers
  • performance artists
  • musicians
  • media and visual artists
  • entertainers of all stripes

Applications for productions are due by March 1, 2015.
Productions will receive 40% of all ticket sales. There are no fees to participate. 

To Apply:

Sunday, February 15, 2015


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Seeking fully produced one act plays
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for

March 18 - April 11, 2015
at Manhattan Rep, 303 W. 42nd St.

$1000 PRIZE for BEST PLAY!!!

(And an additional 3 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - April 9, 10 and 11.)

To submit your one act play production please email:

The complete play,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

by FRIDAY FEB 20, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put “Spring One Act Competition” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.
Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before February 20, 2015, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 3 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

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 log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Secret Theater’s Flying Solo Festival

Festival Dates: April 2nd – April 5th, 2015

Call for Submissions for one person performances where nightly audiences vote for their favorite festival participant.

No fee to submit or produce. Supplying all the basic production elements needed to support a new work in development – a stage, a small crew, box office and lobby staff, minimal sets and lights

· $250 Cash Prize for Best Show

· 4 hrs Free rehearsal time subject to availability.

· Each Show is guaranteed 2 performances

· The final selected shows are eligible for publishing on a non-exclusive basis.

Currently Seeking:
Original solo shows written and performed by men
Original solo shows written and performed by women

Please Include:
  • The full show
  • A synopsis of the show
  • The show’s running time
  • Short biography of yourself
  • The show’s production history (If it has been produced before and where.)

Submission deadline:

Please email submissions to: submissions@secrettheatre.com

Selected shows will be presented April 2nd – April 5th at the Secret Theater. The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City, NYC 11101

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BlackBook Theatre's 10-Minutes in Brooklyn

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Seeking new short-play submissions to be performed in Brooklyn, NY for a young adult audience.  

Ideal plays would be culturally, socially, or politically relevant to counter-culture hipster types.  Plays that are actually set in NYC will be given special consideration.

Providing a director is not a requirement, though it is very welcome and encouraged.

No submission fee!

$50 production fee if play is chosen.

Plays must be 10 to 20 minutes long.
Plays should have a small cast with no children.
Plays should be easy to produce.

Please submit your plays to heather@BlackBookTheatre.com

Deadline for submissions is March 8.

Primary Previews Play Discussion Workshop

Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 6:30pm
March 18, 25, April 1, 8 

Great playwrights always have their finger on the pulse of the state of playwriting.  Participants in this workshop will get an advance look at the 2015/16 Season of exciting new plays at Primary Stages. Each night of this 4-session seminar is dedicated to reading and discussing one of our upcoming plays with Tessa LaNeve, Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming at Primary Stages. Deconstruct the texts, conjure your dream casts, discuss design and production elements, and place these four plays within the larger NYC landscape of American theater. 

Plays covered:
Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer
The Body of an American by Dan O’Brien
Exit Strategy by Ike Holter
and a fourth exciting play, yet to be announced. 

The LIC One Act Festival 2015

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April 27th – May 10th

Submission Deadline: March 6, 2015

The LIC One ActFestival is now accepting plays for its 3rd annual. Secret Theater seeks to promote new work and emerging playwrights through our annual One ActFestivals. We also hope to promote playwrights through publishing anthologies of the winning plays; we have currently published five volumes of short plays.

No fee to submit or produce.

$250 Cash Prize for Best Play

$100 Cash Prize for Best director

$50 Cash Prize for Best Actor

$50 Cash Prize for Best Actress

4 hrs Free rehearsal time subject to availability.

Each Play is guaranteed 5 performances

The final selected plays are eligible for publishing in Top Secret Books’ The LIC One Act Festival Vol 3 on a non-exclusive basis.


Plays must be between 10 – 20 minutes in length.

Playwrights are responsible for selecting director and cast. (We may be able to help you if you do not have a director but preference will be given to playwrights who can provide their own directors and actors.)

Easy to produce. (If you have a play which for instance includes a swimming pool, a large amount of sets and props, or anything else too elaborate or is impossible to cast we may reject it)

Please submit plays in PDF or Word format only

We will divide selected plays into three programs which will play in an alternating order over two weeks.

Selected Playwrights will be informed March 15th.

Please email submissions to: submissions@secrettheatre.com

Please include:
  • The full play
  • A synopsis of the play
  • The character breakdown
  • The play’s running time
  • The play’s production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City, NYC 11101

Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition

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Playwrights are invited to submit original scripts to the sixth Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  The friends and family of Ms Peter -a playwright, actress, and lover of history- established a fund at the Morgan Opera House in Aurora, NY, to honor her memory and to encourage the writing and production of theatre art.  

Criteria include: the play must be an original work, previously unpublished.  It must dramatize an historical event or an historical fiction.  It may include one or two acts and be no less than 45-60 minutes in total length, with no limit of form.  All scripts must be typed and will become property of the Morgan Opera House.

Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 2, 2015.  The winner of the $500 prize will be announced in April and the play will be presented at the Morgan Opera House, a small historic raked-stage theatre, in late 2015.  Submit one copy of work to Gloria Peter Playwright Competition, PO Box 327, Aurora, NY, 13026.

Refer to www.morganoperahouse.org for clarifications.  Direct inquiries to Ann Mathieson (annscott2268@gmail.com) or 315-364-7325.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Raw Stages New Works Festival

History Theatre (St. Paul, MN) is accepting proposals and/or completed scripts for the Raw Stages New Works Festival in January 2016.

The Raw Stages New Works Festival is an opportunity for playwrights to workshop a script with a team of professional artists and receive audience feedback at a public reading.

Playwrights may submit an idea for a script (which has yet to be written) OR an already-completed script (which has not been previously produced).

One entry will be selected for the festival.  The playwright will be awarded $1,500 and at the conclusion of the festival the script may be considered for a full commission and production in History Theatre's mainstage season.

Submissions must be in line with History Theatre's mission:
History Theatre entertains, educates, and inspires through creating, developing, and producing new and existing works that explore Minnesota's past and the diverse American experience. Its work provides a unique lens which links our past to the present, explores our common heritage, and illuminates our understanding of what it means to be American. 
   NOTE: History Theatre's focus is telling the REAL stories of REAL people (please do not submit ideas/scripts in the genre of historical fiction).

Playwrights should submit:

 *   A one-page treatment which includes plot synopsis, cast of characters, and a statement of why the play would fit History Theatre's mission.
 *   A 10-page writing sample from previous dramatic work (or from the completed script being submitted.)

Playwrights whose submissions were not selected in previous years are encouraged to re-submit, as we receive many great ideas but are only able to select one each year.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2015

Playwrights will be notified by April 1st if their treatment is selected and will have until Dec. 15, 2015 to submit a first draft.  The Raw Stages workshop and reading will take place in the first three weeks of January 2016.

Send submissions as an electronic Word or PDF document to the following address with "Raw Stages 2016" in the subject line:  newplays@historytheatre.com

For more information about History Theatre, visit www.historytheatre.com

One Acts and Snacks Submissions

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Now accepting one act submissions for upcoming One Acts and Snacks events!

  • Plays must be between 10 – 25 minutes in length
  • Maximum of five characters
  • You must be able to attend the reading
  • Preference given to plays that have never been produced or performed
  • Please submit plays in PDF format

One Acts and Snacks will cast your play using our pool of interested actors and actresses. Please let us know if you have someone you would like to read a specific part in your play.

Please note that readers may not exactly fit your character descriptions, but we will make every attempt to have actors read male parts and actresses read female parts.
Privacy and rights

You retain all rights for any play submitted or performed. We do not permit and audio or video recording of the reading. Photography is not allowed.
Play selection

If selected you will be contacted via email. You must be available to attend the reading.

Please email submissions to katie@casadebeverley.com. Please include
  • The full play (in PDF form)
  • A synopsis of the play
  • The character breakdown
  • The play’s running time
  • The playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)

Barter's Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP)

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2015 Submission Deadline: March 2, 2015

This annual festival celebrates the richness of the Appalachian tradition by showcasing the stories of the region, both past and present, and the inspiration it provides the writers who live here.

Since 1933, Barter Theatre has been developing new works and nurturing area talent. The AFPP has gained national attention by developing a process that has resulted in new plays being produced not only on one of Barter’s two stages, but in regional theatres across the country.

Keep on the Sunny Side, by Douglas Pote, first read at the AFPP in 2001, went on to a full production on both of Barter’s two stages before touring to 23 states in 2004-05. Enjoyed by more than 100,000 people, this poignant love story about A.P. and Sara Carter has been produced by theatres throughout the country. Black Pearl Sings by Frank Higgins, was first read and developed in 2006 at the AFPP and, in 2010, was listed as one of the most produced plays of that year by TCG.

Project Outline

Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights is actively planned and organized throughout the year.

Here's what happens: A brief rehearsal process (six hours/play) takes place in June with an emphasis placed on clarity, not effect—getting the playwrights words and story out to the audience. The plays are read by members of Barter’s Resident Acting Company.

Following each public reading there are audience and artist discussions about the play, led by Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director, and a panel made up of local and regional theatre professionals. The reading and discussion is an invaluable tool to a playwright seeking to discover what’s working in the play and what needs work. Over the years, the AFPP has developed an audience who love to be a part of the process of helping playwrights develop their work. This process works because the playwright has a chance to hear from the very people who will eventually be buying tickets to their play!

Play Submission Guidelines:
Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama) OR the plays must be set in the Appalachian region.
Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production .
Full length plays are preferred.

Now Accepting Email Submissions!

To submit your play electronically, please send a PDF of the script along with contact info and a brief synopsis of the play to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

To submit your play by mail: Please submit the full script in a three-brad folder or unbound, along with your contact info (please include email and phone) and a brief synopsis of the play. Plays will not be returned. Plays may be submitted to this address:

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
c/o Barter Theatre
PO Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212

Deadline for Submissions: March 2, 2015

The 2015 AFPP readings will take place August 20-23rd, 2015. All playwrights who submit will be notified in early June as to whether or not their play has been selected for reading.

The playwrights of the selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing so that they may attend their reading.

For more information, contact:
Nicholas Piper, Director
Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212

Monday, February 9, 2015

FREE SHOW IN LA ~ Eclectic: Heartbeats Five Short Plays About Romance, Bromance and Nomance

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Eclectic: Heartbeats
Five Short Plays About Romance, Bromance and Nomance

On Saturday, February 14th, at 2 pm, Tom Misuraca and Terry McFadden’s “Rock-n-Geek Productions” continue their “Eclectic” staged readings series of short plays with a special Weho Valentine’s Day performance in The Community Room at the West Hollywood Library. 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069.

Plays include:

30 Love 
Elvis Doesn’t Live Here Anymore 
Written & Directed by Terry McFadden

Written & Directed by Tom Misuraca 

Happily Ever After
Written by Tom Misuraca
Directed by Bennett Cohon 

The event is free and parking validation is available.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Hollywood Library

The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submission

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Submission Guidelines 2015

The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes 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

5th January – 13th February 2015.

We are unable to respond to unsolicited stories submitted outside this time-frame.

The three successful writers will have their stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and be invited to the BBC in London to see their stories being recorded. As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories we publish transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period on the Opening Lines website.


To ensure your story is read and doesn’t miss out on this opportunity, the following criteria must be met:
  • Writers who have previously had a story/stories broadcast on network radio or have substantial writing credits in other areas of radio (e.g. comedy and drama) are not eligible for this series.
  • We only accept one story per writer.
  • Please don’t re-submit stories that have previously been considered for Opening Lines
  • Stories must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length.

Submissions which fall outside of these parameters will not be considered.

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, the ending needs to link back to the beginning.

We are interested in seeing stories which cover a broad range of subject-matter but material which explores particularly dark, harrowing themes is not suited to Opening Lines. Stories must not contain defamatory, obscene or any other unsuitable material which is likely to cause offence to a wide audience of all ages. Click here to read stories which have featured in recent series.

We will read all eligible submissions and get in touch with those writers whose stories have been longlisted for the 2015 series by the 15th May 2015, which is when the longlist will be published on our website. We regret that we are unable to respond to those writers whose stories haven’t been selected, but you will of course, be able to check the website to see the longlist.

Please complete the Submission Form which can be downloaded here.

Then send us your story and the completed Submission Form either:

by email to OpeningLines@bbc.co.uk

or by post to

BBC Radio Drama Readings,
Room 8015,
Broadcasting House,
Portland Place,
London W1A 1AA.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


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Call for Submissions

10 Plays/10 Minutes each

1st Annual 10 Minute Play Festival

Calling all Playwrights to submit to Desde El Puente, Raíces Theatre Company’s 1st Annual 10 minute Play Festival. Ten plays will be chosen to have a 4 day run from June 11 to June 14 2015 in Buffalo, NY.

Please read our submissions guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow our guidelines will not be taken seriously.

Playwrights: May submit a maximum of 2 One Act Plays no longer than 10 minutes, if you find yourselves with more than 10 pages on hand ( or less) please read it aloud and time it. All plays must have a cast no larger than 6 characters and minimal set requirements as there is no time for elaborate set changes. 

All plays must deal with subject matter that relates to the Latino culture. 

If selected your play will be cast, produced and directed by Raíces Theatre Company. All plays will run every night. Selected plays will receive at $20 royalty. 

Please email your submissions to play to raicessubmissions@gmail.com in standard format WORD or PDF. Subject line should have your name and title of the play. Body of email should contain your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number and email)

Deadlines: All submissions must have arrived before February 15, 2015. An email confirmation will be sent to you when we receive your play. If we select your play for the festival we will notify you no later than April 31st, 2015. Please do not email us asking for status, if you are selected you will be notified. Please note that Plays will be read as they come so the earlier you submit your play the better, once we have 10 that we like we reserve the right to close the submissions before the dateline.

We look forward to reading your work!

Greyman Theatre Company seeks musicals

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Greyman Theatre Company is looking to foster the development of a new musical to be considered for the Araca Project, which culminates in an Off-Broadway production in Fall 2015. Writers will be given the opportunity to work with a full creative team through readings and workshops in order to prepare the piece for consideration.

Submissions may be in any stage of development but may not be licensed by a major licensing house or have had a fully-realized production in New York City. Shows that have had previous readings and workshops in the New York City area are eligible.

Writers interested in applying should submit the following by February 16, 2015:

Contact information and bios for the creative team.

Lyric sheets and demo recordings for 2-3 songs.

10-15 pages of the script. Please include a character breakdown.

A statement of objective describing your hopes for the future of the piece and specifically what you hope to accomplish by working with Greyman.

Previous production/development history as well as any upcoming dates.

Please send all materials to greymantheatreco@gmail.com. If we believe the piece is a good fit for this opportunity, we will reach out with next steps by February 23, 2015. Due to a high volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond to every submission. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Free theater: SPEAK OF THE DEVIL

by Richard F. Stockton
Revised by Marsha Lee Sheinnes
Directed by Robert Kalfin

Sunday, February 8th at 3PM
520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, NYC
No reservations required.
A wine & cheese reception with artists will follow.

In Robert Ingersoll’s words:
“If a man would follow, today,  the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal,  If a man would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.”

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education, than to have education without common sense.”

About the Play:

A two-act comedy-drama by Richard F. Stockton, revised by Marsha Lee Sheiness, SPEAK OF THE DEVIL is based on the life of the 19th century "Great Agnostic", Robert Ingersoll. The play encourages people to lead active, thoughtful, responsible and independent lives, rejecting interference from a religious right committed to insinuating ideology into politics, civil rights, education, our health care systems, and our daily lives. SPEAK OF THE DEVIL dramatizes what happens when a man, rich with native wit, robust humor, love of family and extreme courage, refuses -- at risk to himself and those he holds dear -- to neither put a padlock on his tongue, nor shackles on his brain.

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL is a call for conscientious, caring decisions, not only for ourselves but for society at large.

Bechdel Group Readings seeks plays

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The Bechdel Group Readings is a series of new work and works in progress.

We accept brand new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts - anything in progress. Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet 'complete'. We typically feature 20 - 40 pages of a script, although every reading is different. Questions? Email us at bechdelgroup@gmail.com

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We are looking for plays and screenplays that include the feminine experience beyond a woman’s romantic relationships. While we acknowledge that love, sex, and romance are all primal parts of being female, we insist that no real, three-dimensional woman lives in a romantic bubble. We are hoping to read, write, and hear stories about women who are more like us, women who talk to their friends about many subjects, including, but not limited to, sex. Our name, The Bechdel Group, comes from Alison Bechdel’s comic strip "Dykes To Watch Out For" (1985), where one of the characters outlined the above criteria for seeing a movie.

On the last Monday of each month, The Bechdel Group produces readings of new works that meet the following criteria:

Somewhere in the script …
1. two female characters
2. who have names
3. speak to each other
4. about something other than their romantic relationships
5. for the entirety of at least a complete scene/conversation.

The intention is to …
1. promote writers writing for women,
2. create more roles for women,
3. challenge the accepted portrayal of women in film and on stage.

Through this series, playwrights will have the unique opportunity to have their work read by a community of actors and to participate in a workshop format that includes:

A guided feedback discussion with the actors and audience directly following the reading.
A pre- and post-reading discussion with our resident dramaturg.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Wait, what is this?
This is a series of workshop readings of new plays/screenplays. The actors and audience participate in a festive discussion after the reading.

I don’t identify as female, can I still submit a script?
Yes! Our primary aim is to examine and challenge the roles being written for women. We’d love to hear from all writers.

Does the whole play have to be just two women talking about not-sex?
No. Your script can have as many characters as you want, and they can talk about all kinds of things.

Including sex and relationships?
Yes, including that. The Bechdel Test stipulates that at least one scene contains two women talking about something else.

I’m an actor who doesn’t identify as female. Can I participate in readings?
Many scripts will indeed feature non-female roles. Also, we very much want to have anyone who likes talking about plays participate.

But I have this amazing script with an incredibly layered and dimensional female character! Can’t I submit it anyway?
We know there are many, many, many amazing roles for women in plays and films that do not pass the Bechdel Test. This series, though, is for plays and screenplays that do.

Trustus Theatre Annual Playwrights' Festival

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Trustus Theatre announces its Annual Playwrights' Festival, a national contest culminating in a production of a new play in Columbia, South Carolina.

Now in our 26th year, we are one of America's longest-running play festivals. Since 1988, many of our winners have been published and produced off-Broadway, in Hollywood or at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The winning play will receive a staged-reading and $250 in Fall 2015. During the following year, the playwright will develop the script for production as he/she wishes and in consultation with members of the Trustus staff and company. In August 2016, the play will receive a full production on the Trustus mainstage with local actors (mostly non-equity) -- and the playwright an additional $500, plus travel/lodging for the Festival opening.

1. Full-length plays only, with no previous professional productions. Academic productions and workshops are okay. We are looking for innovative comedies and dramas on any topic, raw or polished, profane or polite—but please: no musicals or children's shows.
2. One set, minimal production needs preferred.
3. Cast of eight or fewer preferred, ages 15-60.
4. One script per author, please.
5. No re-submissions. Write something new.


We are now taking submissions electronically. We do not accept paper submissions sent through the regular mail. All materials should be submitted using the online form.

Step One:
Submit the online form by March 1, 2015:

Step Two:
From the applications/synopses, we will identify 25-30 semi-finalists. If your play is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be notified and invited to send a full script. From those scripts, the artistic director will select a winning play by July 2015.

Questions may be directed toshammond@trustus.org.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Adaptive Arts seeks monologues and short scenes

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Share Your Voice With Adaptive Arts!

Early this Spring, Adaptive Arts Theater Company is producing a brand new theatrical event.

As part of our ongoing efforts to bring awareness to stories and voices missing from the stage, we are seeking pieces for our newest performance night entitled: I Don’t Belong Here: Theatrical Snapshots from Self-Proclaimed Outsiders.

These “theatrical snapshots” are open to interpretation, we want to hear from you! Send us a monologue, a story, a short scene, a song...anything that you think showcases the voice of an “outsider.”

Submissions are accepted through February 9th, 2015
Please email your piece to Marielle Duke and Matilde Keizer at adaptivearts@gmail.com.

We will notify playwrights by February 15th.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series submission guidelines

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PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work.

Playwrights on Park is an opportunity for emerging and established playwrights to bring the earliest incarnations of their plays directly to the Playhouse on Park audience. It will serve as an immediate connection between the words (and world) of the play and the audience for which it is intended.

Our focus will be on the playwright and the play. We will select several plays throughout the season and give the playwright and our audience an opportunity to hear the work read aloud, in some cases for the first time. This process will allow our audience an exciting look into the development of new work, as well as an early look at the plays that may premiere at the Playhouse on Park in subsequent seasons. It will allow the playwright an opportunity to develop their work, with feedback from our audience. We hope to develop and sustain open and ongoing relationships with the playwrights selected for the reading series.

We will accept year-round submissions for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Throughout each season, there will a presentation of the selected works. The plays will receive a cast of professional actors and a director and will be presented as a staged reading for a public audience. After the reading, a moderated audience discussion with the actors, the director, and most importantly, the playwright, will give both the Playhouse on Park and the playwright constructive feedback to further develop the playwright's vision for the play.

Playwrights on Park seeks to unveil the best new material from playwrights across the country. Submitted plays will be considered for our Playwrights on Park Reading Series.

Most importantly, the Playwrights on Park Reading Series is an experience for the playwright and our audience. There are only a limited number of readings per season. As the playwright is the focus of our reading series, selected playwrights must be available to come to the Playhouse on Park for the staged reading of the play and the audience discussion that follows. The presence of the playwright is the cornerstone of Playwrights on Park reading series.

We are happy to consider your play, provided you submit according to these guidelines:

• Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format).
• Playwrights may submit their plays through a literary agent.
• Playwrights who are not represented may submit their plays as well.
• For musicals please submit the music on a CD or by mp3.
• Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators
• Connecticut-based playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit

Electronic submissions are preferred (email Sasha), but hardcopy can be mailed to:

Sasha Brätt
Playwrights On Park Reading Series
c/o Playhouse Theatre Group
244 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119

Materials will be reviewed by our Literary Manager, as well as our Literary Committee. Plays recommended by this committee may be included in our Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Playwrights will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week of submission. Playwrights may also expect a response from the Literary Manager as to whether or not the play will be considered for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series within 2-4 months, after the play is reviewed by the Literary Committee in the order it was received.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Write a Play in One Weekend

A Play in One Weekend with Julian Sheppard

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA)

Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
10:00am – 5:00pm

Instructor: Julian Sheppard (Writer, Los Angeles at The Flea Theater)

This 2-day writing extravaganza is designed to push you to write an inspired first draft in 48 hours. Sounds crazy, right? But it can be done! The class is specifically focused on using your intuition and liberating you from the trap of over-thinking. You will be given assignments by email in the week leading up to the course in order to start planting seeds, and throughout the weekend Julian will lead you in exercises that will shake up tired assumptions about how to create. This is an adventure in character, setting, structure, and conflict, and will help you find the play you need to write RIGHT NOW. Bring in a preliminary idea or simply come in with an open mind, and by Sunday evening you will have—at the very least—the foundation of your next play.

Register now: http://primarystages.org/aplayinoneweekend

Stella Adler seeks ten-minute plays

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Now seeking 10-minute plays that address one of the following themes:
  • Global Gender Violence: from street harassment and slutwalk protests to Boko Haram kidnappings and bus rapes
  • Environmental crisis: “food shortages, mass extinctions and flooding are likely without immediate action”. Click here to read the New York Times article quoted.
  • School to prison pipeline

  • Seeking and new, unproduced works
  • Scripts should be a maximum of 10 pages
  • No excerpts from a longer work please
  • No adaptations please
All submissions should be blind. Your name should not appear in the title, on the cover page or anywhere within the manuscript. This ensures that the committee of readers do not know the name of author of the plays they are reading and can consider artistic merit alone.
Please do not include synopsis/summary, developmental history or your representative’s information on the cover page or in the manuscript.

Completed submissions must be received by Monday, March 2, 2015.

Please consider sending your script as a PDF which helps to streamline our process.

Please note: We are especially interested in plays that broach the subject matter with an interesting use of dramatic writing. In the last round, we received many “slice of life” plays and wanted to point out that the manuscripts that use metaphor and drama in unique ways often had a better chance of advancing through the rounds of consideration.

Please fill out a submission form by clicking here.
Please e-mail your play to community@stellaadler.com. The subject line should read “Ten-Minute Plays GENDER VIOLENCE” OR “Ten-Minute Plays ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS” OR “Ten-Minute Plays SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE”
Completed submissions must be received by Monday, March 2, 2015.

Please note: Your submission will only be complete if you follow both of the steps above.

Please note #2: Paper applications will not be accepted; all applications must be sent via e-mail to community@stellaadler.com

All plays will be read by a committee composed of alumni and upperclassmen in the first round. Plays that advance to the second round will be read by theater professionals and staff.
Selected plays will receive readings in a June 2015 event that is free and open to the public.
Playwrights will be notified of results by May 15, 2015.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The FOURTH Annual StrangeDog Beer Battered Play Festival

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

The Beer Battered Play Festival is a celebration of new work, held in the raucous 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 www.strangedogtheatre.com!

Deadline is February 14th.

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 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.

More info at www.strangedogtheatre.com

Greyman Theatre Company seeks new musicals

Greyman Theatre Company is looking to foster the development of a new musical to be considered for the Araca Project, which culminates in an Off-Broadway production in Fall 2015. Writers will be given the opportunity to work with a full creative team through readings and workshops in order to prepare the piece for consideration.

Submissions may be in any stage of development but may not be licensed by a major licensing house or have had a fully-realized production in New York City. Shows that have had previous readings and workshops in the New York City area are eligible.

Writers interested in applying should submit the following by February 16, 2015:
  • Contact information and bios for the creative team.
  • Lyric sheets and demo recordings for 2-3 songs.
  • 10-15 pages of the script. Please include a character breakdown.
  • A statement of objective describing your hopes for the future of the piece and specifically what you hope to accomplish by working with Greyman.
  • Previous production/development history as well as any upcoming dates

Please send all materials to greymantheatreco@gmail.com. If we believe the piece is a good fit for this opportunity, we will reach out with next steps by February 23, 2015. Due to a high volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond to every submission. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

First Acts: Funding Opportunities for Playwrights

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Wed, February 4, 2015, 5:00 pm

Are you a playwright developing a new performance piece and in need of financial and technical resources? Read more for an exciting opportunity from Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Queens NYC.

The “First Acts: New Plays in Development” series supports theater artists who are in the early stages of developing new performance pieces. “First Acts,” which is a project of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at the exceptionally diverse Queens College, aims to amplify the voices of playwrights who are writing from minority or immigrant perspectives, in other words, voices that are not often heard in mainstream theater. By offering financial as well as technical resources for new play development, this program helps playwrights work through the question “what does my play need now?” “First Acts” supports the Queens College campus and community by providing relevant artistic programming and allowing for inter-disciplinary conversations and interactions on a wide range of topics. It also offers its audiences the rare opportunity to connect directly with art makers, and to be active participants in their processes. All performances are free and
open to the public.


Funding is made possible through the generosity of the Natalie Bailey and Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation. Awards range from $1000 to $2500, depending on the scope of the project. The award is given directly to the grantee, and can be used at the grantee’s discretion for such expenses as actor, playwright and director stipends, extra rehearsal space, props, costumes pieces, etc. A detailed projected budget should accompany the application.


In addition, the grantee will receive in-kind support from the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts:
  • Use of Colden Auditorium. Generally, “First Acts” performances are offered with the audience seated onstage (approximately 125 seats.) Grantees will be given two rehearsals in the space, along with one performance. Opportunities for further performances in other Flushing spaces can be arranged.
  • Access to technical staff for minimal lighting and sound cues if needed (25-30 cues.)
  • Promotion via Kupferberg Center for the Arts
  • Printing and distribution of fliers and programs.
  • Access to highly diverse Queens College campus community
Rehearsal March 11th, Tech Rehearsal and Performance March 12th
Rehearsal March 23rd , Tech Rehearsal and Performance March 24th
Rehearsal April 21st , Tech Rehearsal and Performance April 22nd
Rehearsal May 4th, Tech Rehearsal and Performance May 5th

All performances are in Colden Auditorium with audience seated onstage. They commence at 7pm.


Please send the following to Sophia McGee at sophia.mcgee@qc.cuny.edu
A one paged description of the proposed project
A synopsis of your piece
A proposed budget
Your first and second choice of dates


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