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Monday, May 4, 2015

Loser Play Festival

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Life might not be a competition, but these characters found a way to lose anyway. The Loser Play Festival 2015: A series of short plays celebrating total failures.

- Your play must not be longer than 15 minutes, and no shorter than 5 minutes.
- No adaptations or musicals.
- Your play must address the theme: “Losers.”

Send all submissions to pilgrimfathersco@gmail.com by MAY 15, 2015 and notified of acceptance by JUNE 15, 2015. Winning plays will be produced August 2015 at THE ACTORS THEATRE WORKSHOP in New York City. Playwrights are encouraged to attend.

A NOTE ABOUT MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: While certainly not encouraged, multiple submissions are fine. This said, many people have been submitting 5+ plays each. This is not acceptable. If you are going to submit more than one play, please do not submit more than two.

Saturday, May 2, 2015


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.  

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 6 to 8 NEW short plays never produced before, 20 - 45 minutes, which you will cast, direct and put on its feet at Manhattan Rep.

You cast and direct it and put it together and bring it in. 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 5:30 pm to 11 pm 

(A short 20-30 minute Tech will be schedule for you during this timeframe.)


from 6 pm to 8:30 pm

and for

Thursday May 28 at 6:30 pm
Friday May 29 at 6:30 pm 


6 pm to 8:30 pm

and for THE PERFORMANCES: Series B

Wednesday June 3 at 6:30 pm
Thurday June 4 at 6:30 pm 

8:30 pm to 11 pm

and for THE PERFORMANCES: Series C

Wednesday June 3 at 9 pm
Thurday June 4 at 9 pm 


We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production. AND WE WILL HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLAY!

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 MAY 8, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put "SHORT PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT" 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 MAY 8, 2015.

(With only 6 - 8 slots, earlier is better!)

Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance. 

Once accepted, there will be a $25 commitment fee.

There will be no additional Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

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

For more info on MRT: 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

May Short Play Lab:

Production Dates: May 23-24.

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 May 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 May's Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:
  • Deadline is May 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 MS Word document or 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 Theatre II, 2nd floor, 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, May 23. The production dates are Saturday, May 23 - Sunday, May 24 
  • 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 Word document or 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


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The Village Playwrights is accepting 10 minute plays from Metro NYC playwrights for Re-inventing Family, a staged reading of 8 short plays on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the LGBT Community Center in New York City to celebrate the Gay Pride holiday.


1. Scripts should feature an LGBTQ, non-traditional family

2. Playwrights must be from the metro NYC area

3. Scripts must be 10 minutes or under

4. Deadline for submission is 5 pm, Friday, May 15, 2015

5. Plays will be minimally staged

6. Playwrights may choose to self-produce (cast and rehearse)

To Submit:

Email your 10 minute script as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com

Include your name, address and telephone in the body of the email but not on the script. Your name should not appear on the script. Please write your play title on subject line of email. There is no submission fee.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


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906 Theatre Co. is currently accepting script submissions for a 10-Minute play festival at Public House Theatre. Plays will be produced by 906 Theatre Co. and directed by Chicago-area directors.

We are seeking plays with relatively small casts and little to no tech requirements, that are based on previously established works of art. Works of art that the play pulls inspiration from can be anything from an oil painting to a movie to a pop song.

Pay: Volunteer

Materials to Submit: Please fill out the form at this link http://goo.gl/forms/ea1QBTkDnn and email a .PDF of the script to906submissions@gmail.com. If you are so inclined, you may wish to include a link to your website if you have one, and a brief letter of interest. Emails only, no phone calls please.

Please Note: If you would like to submit more than one play you are more than welcome to, just be sure to email us a .PDF of each script.

Submission Deadline: Please submit your scripts before May 1. Scripts submitted after May 1 will not be considered.

THE FIRST DRAFT at Primary Stages ESPA

Write THE FIRST DRAFT of your next play this summer at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts. You’ll receive concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. Whether its your first play or your hundredth, this class will give you the tools and support you need to complete your a full first draft. 

Tuesdays with Tessa LaNeve (Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming, Primary Stages)
Tuesdays with A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, Upcoming after all the terrible things I do at Milwaukee Rep and Huntington Theaters; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Thursdays with Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. For a full list of classes, including workshops and Online Classes visit http://primarystages.org/ESPA

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

On the Edge: A Festival of New Plays.

Colorado playwrights preferred but not required.

The Edge Theater is proud to announce the call for submissions for On the Edge: A Festival of New Plays.

This is a 3 week long festival where 3 plays will be work-shopped at The Edge over the course of the next year and then produced in a Workshop Presentation in 2016. Plays will be voted on by the audience in attendance and judges from The Edge. One play from the Festival (selected by the audience and Edge judges) will be given a full production in an upcoming Edge season or writer may choose a cash prize instead. 

Scripts are being accepted from now until midnight, April 30, 2015.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:
1. Playwright may only submit ONE full-length script to be reviewed blind by a panel of 3 judges
2. The play must not have ever had a fully mounted production. Prior workshop presentations are okay, but the script must be a new version.
3. Submission must include:
a. Full copy of script (without playwright contact info)
b. Character breakdown (without playwright contact info)
c. Short synopsis of script (300 word limit without playwright contact info)
d. Resume
e. Cover letter addressing why play fits mission statement of The Edge, if accepted what you would
gain from the workshop production, and how you heard about the call for submissions

***Contact info must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on script or any other
documents (submissions will be read blind). All documents should include Title of the Play, no
playwright contact info***

4. Submissions must be emailed (Word or PDF files only) to submissions@theedgetheater.com with the words 2015 ON THE EDGE SUBMISSION in the Subject line. Also, 1 copy of all requested materials must be mailed to Rick Yaconis, ATTN: 2015 On The Edge Submission, 233 S. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80209. Please be sure to submit all info in ONE email with multiple attachments or ONE envelope. Plays submitted without all supporting materials requested will be disqualified.
5. We recommend the playwright reside in the Greater Denver area or be able to travel to the On Your Feet sessions and rehearsals as needed if selected at their own expense. Colorado playwrights preferred.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Visiting Playwright Series

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Visiting Playwright Series
Play Submission
Deadline: April 30th

Rising Sage Theatre is accepting play submissions for our Visiting Playwright Series show (September 5th-19th). This is an opportunity for a playwright to have their original play (not previously produced) be selected, produced by Rising Sage Theatre. Our goal is to provide a platform for creative playwrights to showcase their work for a theatre company known for "pushing the envelope."

1. Deadline for all play submissions is April 30, 2015
2. A review panel will score and rank the top 3 submissions
3. Finalists will be notified and asked to submit the full script
4. Winner will be notified in month of July
5. The winning play will be produced and run from Sept. 5th-19th


1. Play must be originals. No adaptations will be accepted.
2 . Play must be plot-driven (sorry, no gospel plays will be accepted)
3. Only unproduced scripts will be accepted
4. Play should have no more than 5 characters
5. Total running time of play must be between 80-120 minutes (not including intermissions)
6. Play submissions must include

a. Headshot/resume of playwright
b. A 300-word synopsis of play
c. First 10 pages only of script (in pdf)

Email submissions to:

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 2015 Playwriting Competition

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Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 2015 Playwriting Competition. 

The Foundation will accept submissions for its 2015 Playwriting Competition between March 1 and May 31, 2015

Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500. 

Prizewinners will be announced before the end of the year. Production Grants: The foundation also offers grants to not-for-profit production companies to offset expenses in producing theatrical works (plays, musicals, operas, choral works, orchestral works with text) and film or video. All works must be based on, or inspired by, history and must concern LGBT life. No submission fee.

1. Only full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) are eligible for consideration.
2. All works submitted must be original and in English.
3. All must concern LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) life and must be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.

For more submission details visit aabbfoundation.org.

Submissions will be accepted until May 1, 2015.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wanted: 8 minute plays about Showbiz

Wanted: 8 minute plays about Showbiz ( comedy,we hope) for SHOWBIZ SHORTS at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Entry Deadline. 16th May 2015. No fee.

Unpublished. Unproduced. We will pick the 10 best and perform them during the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival. on Sun 21st June 4 pm. and/or Sat 27th June 1 pm. So , if you have any war stories about showbiz, remember all those humiliations you suffered in showbiz? now is your chance to rant and rave.

Questions? 323.806.8770 ..john...scribblerusa ( at ) yahoo.com  Writers will be contacted for permission to perform their play.

Copyright your play. Please mail scripts to :

Scribbler Theatre " showbiz shorts "
p o Box 291460 Los Angeles Ca 90029.
We prefare snail mail, but, if you're a modern writer,well, ok,

email script to: scribblerusa ( at ) yahoo.com

Please state showbiz,your name and play title, in subject.

Include contact info INSIDE email. Please include brief bio.

Showbiz Shorts. Short plays 5 to 8 minutes long.

Directed by John Fingal O’Donnell.

Produced by Dallas Bancroft.

Sun. 21st June 2015. Asylum Theatre. 4:00 pm.

Sat. 27th June 2015. Asylum Theatre. 1:00 pm.

We specialize in 10 minute plays and screenplays.

Please add your email if you want announcements.

Thank you.

performances at THEATRE ASYLUM

6320 Santa Monica Blvd ( near Vine St. ).
Hollywood, CA 90038

2015 Rockford New Play Festival

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The 2015 Rockford New Play Festival selection committee is seeking new ten minute plays. 4 – 6 scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival and presented in an evening of staged readings in Rockford, Illinois during the weekend of August 22 & 23, 2015.

Now in its second year, the Rockford New Play Festival hopes to present scripts of local writers alongside the work of writers from around the nation and beyond. Last year’s festival featured writers from Rockford, Chicago, New York and Georgia.

Submissions will be accepted through May 15th, 2015.

  • Plays of all genres and styles are welcome. We would love to see the play that speaks to where your mind and heart are right now. We encourage you to be bold, passionate, humorous and, most importantly, yourself.
  • Submission Deadline: Friday May 15, 2015. (11:59 PM, PST)
  • Length: The body of the script must be no more than ten (10) pages long. This does not include title page and character breakdown/setting page.
  • Format: Please submit your script as a PDF file in Standard Play Format:
  • Font: 12pt Times New Roman (or similar) typeface
  • Title Page: play title + playwright’s name + contact info
  • Character Breakdown/Setting Page
  • Page Numbering: Pages are numbered in the upper right hand corner starting with the number “1” on the first page of dialogue/action
  • Margins: 1 inch (top, bottom, left, right)
  • Character Names: Capitalized
  • Dialogue: Begins on the line below the character name
  • Stage Directions: Start at or near the center of the page
  • Only one play may be submitted per writer.
  • Plays submitted to The Rockford New Play Festival in previous years will not be considered.
  • Plays must be submitted electronically through the online form below. Email or USPS submissions will not be accepted.
  • Language: Plays must be written for English speaking audiences.
Plays that do not follow the guidelines will be ineligible.
click here to submit your play

Have questions? Please email us at rocknewplayfest@gmail.com. Please note that we cannot accept play submissions via email.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

3rd Annual Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival at Eureka College

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Scripts are now being accepted for the Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival to be presented November 20-21 by Eureka College and the Peoria Live Theatre League. All Illinois High School students are eligible to enter. All scripts must be new unproduced works. Six scripts will be selected as winners and produced by Eureka College.

Submission deadline: Must be e-mailed or postmarked by July 1, 2015
Evaluation period: Now through July 4, 2015
Authors notified: July 5, 2015
Selections announced: By September 15, 2015
Performance dates: November 20-21 (2 evenings)

Notification of scripts received will be made by July 5, 2015
Notification of script chosen will be made by September 15, 2015
The six selected plays will be staged in November 2015 at Pritchard Theatre in Eureka College

There is no fee to enter this competition

Eureka College will produce six scripts written by Illinois High School students. The six plays will be selected from all entries in the following categories:
Class of 2015: 1 script
Class of 2016: 1 script
Class of 2017: 1 script
Class of 2018: 1 script
At-Large: 2 scripts

In the event that no scripts from a class are submitted, another at-large script will be chosen. All student scripts are eligible for selection in the student’s class rank and the At-Large openings.

We are dedicated to producing original works, and if we have the resources to produce more than six plays, we will select more than two At-Large scripts.
Submission Guidelines:
  • You must be a high school student in Illinois.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished 10-minute plays.
  • There is no limit to number of plays that an individual may submit.
  • Production requirements should be feasible. Since the winning plays will be produced, no play considered technically un-producible will be considered.
  • Recommended maximum number of characters per play is four.
  • Running time is to be 10 minutes or less, which may mean 6-10 pages depending upon the density of dialogue. Authors are responsible for submitting work that is within the 10 minute running time limit. Cuts will be requested of the playwright for any selected play which runs over the limit regardless of the number of pages in the script.
  • Mailed scripts must be typed/word-processed, numbered, and stapled.
  • Scripts cannot be returned. Eureka College and the Peoria Live Theatre League assume no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
  • We are unable at this time to provide feedback to playwrights regarding their work.
Submission Process


Mail 2 copies of each script to:
Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival
c/o Marty Lynch
Eureka College
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530-1500
Email: martyl@eureka.edu

Send a digital copy of the script to martyl@eureka.edu. In the subject line, write Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival.

Please note

The selection of directors, actors and designers for the selected plays is at the sole discretion of Eureka College. An author may participate in the process if participation is requested by the producing companies or the director selected for the project. Entry of a script into this festival grants to Eureka College the right to produce the entered play only for this specific event in November 2015 and authors retain all rights to their work for future production or publication. Authors, if their play is selected for production, grant to Eureka College and the Peoria Live Theatre League the right to use their name, biographical information and photo for purposes of publicity and marketing during the period Aug 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Questions can be directed to martyl@eureka.edu

Athena Theatre Guidelines for Playwright Submissions

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Athena Theatre is extending an invitation to NYCPlaywrights to submit their full length plays, which meet our guidelines. Please indicate in your response that you saw this on the NYCPlaywrights site or Saturday email blast.

The purpose of this play reading series is to develop new works which explore a new voice, expresses storytelling in an unconventional way, challenges both the artists as well as the audience to think outside of the box. The play may explore views on religion, race, gender, politics, social change, hunger, blindness or disability of any kind. Please note we are only considering full length, contemporary staged plays at this time with a cast of two – six characters, unit set, genre/theme which is of the style of our past productions. The play should be relevant to the current time. Please submit action driven plays which do not include overt exposition and audience address. From the play reading series, a play will be picked to develop into a staged reading. The staged readings will be performed on a quarterly basis. Please check back to view our staged reading schedule.

When submitting please include all of the following:

-a brief cover letter stating how you think your play fits our mission statement as well as the how it relates to our past productions.
-Subject line: [play title] play reading submission
-a one page summary
-character breakdown
-first ten pages in PDF format.

We will contact you within one month if we are interested in doing a play reading of your play. The play reading series was developed to explore original work.

E-mail to: Veronique@AthenaTheatre.com


Friday, April 24, 2015

Studio Players 2nd Annual 10-Minute Play Festival,

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Studio Players, Kentucky’s Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, is proud to announce their 2nd Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in August 2015. The response last year was so positive, we are adding a second week of performances. We are looking for 7 strong, entertaining plays to feature so, once again, we are holding a competition. This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. 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: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10 page script.
4. To be considered, each script 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.

That's 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 a fully realized, staged production; each performance showing all winning scripts. The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $150 in prize money.

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

Fourth Annual Playwrights CageMatch

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The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward is accepting submissions for its Fourth Annual Playwrights CageMatch. Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition.

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious. Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. DMT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors. On June 15, 2015, the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: ON THE BOARDWALK. The setting is a carnival or amusement park with a boardwalk in any beach-town. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you! Atlantic City, Coney Island, Venice Beach or somewhere else on the planet … or beyond? Anything can happen at the carnival.

Admission to the performance is free, but a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Deadline for CageMatch submissions sent via e-mail is May 15, 2015; post-mark deadline, if mailed, is May 10, 2015.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to cagematch@dmtonline.org or mailed to:

Douglas Morrisson Theatre ATTN: Susan E. Evans c/o H.A.R.D., 1099 E St., Hayward, CA 94541

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Broadway Rose Theater Company submission guidelines

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We are seeking original musicals to workshop or produce. As a member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre, we have the opportunity to preview original material when it workshops in New York. We welcome submissions from writers and composers. To submit material, please send a CD or mp3 files of a few songs, a synopsis of the show, and a scene from the show. Materials will not be sent back to you.

Send materials to:

Sharon Maroney
Producing Artistic Director
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
P.O. Box 231004
Tigard, OR 97281

Or email Sharon at Sharon@broadwayrose.org.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 16th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in November 2015. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2016/2017 season by the Season Planning Committee.

We are proud to announce that for the 16th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. Authors located outside the United States that might be interested in submitting their plays via email should contact us at jim@chameleontheatre.org. If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of a CD of the music.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show’s title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories.

Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

One to three winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

One to two winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combinations. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and CDs for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2015 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
16th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Summer Playwriting Classes at ESPA!

Summer 2015 classes at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) are now open for enrollment! We're thrilled to announce this semester’s lineup of opportunities in our writing, acting, and directing departments. Some of the fantastic writing offerings include:

Mondays with Brooke Berman (Writer, Hunting and Gathering at Primary Stages) 
Tuesdays with Tessa LaNeve (Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming, Primary Stages)
Tuesdays with A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, Upcoming after all the terrible things I do at Milwaukee Rep and Huntington Theaters; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Thursdays with Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Wednesdays with Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Wanamaker’s Pursuit at Arden Theater Co.) 
Thursdays with Josh Hecht (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)

Wednesdays with Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)

Workshop: Saturday, July 25 with Leslye Headland (Bachelorette at Second Stage Theatre and on film with Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson)

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. For a full list of classes, including workshops and Online Classes visit http://primarystages.org/ESPA. Classes begin in June. Start and end dates vary. 

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

The Bellagio Center Resident Fellows Program

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The Bellagio Center Resident Fellows Program offers academics, artists, and writers a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Bellagio community generates new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world and creates art that inspires reflection, understanding, and imagination.

Who Should Apply?

Residencies are open to university or think-thank based academics in all disciplines, literary artists, visual artists, and non-profit practitioners.

We have a strong interest in applications that align with the Foundation’s core issue areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. The Foundations seeks to promote a broad, stimulating mix of disciplines and fields within the Bellagio Community.

The Center accepts applications from individuals as well as applications from collaborative teams of up to four people working on the same project. Residencies are typically four weeks in length.

Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit revised versions. Applicants may apply up to a total of three times. However, those who have held residencies (or spouses who accompanied residents for more than one week) must wait five years before reapplying. There is a lifetime limit of two residencies.

News & Events

The competition opens on March 1, 2015 with a deadline of May 1, 2015 for a possible residency between February 8, 2016 to August 8, 2016.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Salute Your Shorts: A Night of One-Acts

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H.E.A.T. Theatre Co Presents Salute Your Shorts: A Night of One-Acts

Do you have a short piece that embodies the H.E.A.T. mission statement?We are seeking to produce a total of four short plays to be included in a night of one-act performances in late fall 2015.

We are now accepting all short-play submissions for Salute Your Shorts: A Night of One-Acts.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 1st, 2015

Send a PDF or word document with the following information, along with a PDF of your script, to Ankita Mishra, our Literary Manager - heatsubmissions@gmail.com - please indicate you are submitting a one-act in your email.
  • Name 
  • Address
  • Email
  • Approximate length of piece
  • Description of artistic background
  • In 150 words or less, please explain how your piece aligns with H.E.A.T. Theatre Company’s mission statement:
H.E.A.T. Theatre Company is a collective of artists who pledge to unpack contemporary perceptions of "otherness". That is to say: the quality of existing as a body that is both alienated from, and integral to, the social norm. Our investigation of the term is two-fold: first, as the noun, "an other," and second, as the verb, "to other". We do not wish to claim these identities as our own. Rather, it is through tenacious research and collaboration that we will create and interpret new works, while acknowledging the multiplicity of otherness as a fundamental component to the world in which we live. By telling these stories we hope to start conversations that spark reaction and action; that foster knowledge and empathy. Join us.

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