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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Panowski Playwriting Competition 2015

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Panowski Playwriting Competition Rules

1. There is a broad theme selected each year for the competition that entries for that year must adhere to. There is no restriction to style.

1.2 2015 Theme: For our 2015 competition, we are looking for a comedy that features college-age characters as the majority of the cast.

2. The competition is open to any playwright, but only one play per playwright may be entered per biennium.

3. Entries must be original, full-length plays or musicals. They also may be co-authored, based upon factual material or an adaptation. The applicant must be the owner and controller of the copyright. The legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

4.One-act plays and works previously entered in playwriting competitions sponsored by Northern Michigan University are ineligible.

5. Submission is restricted to plays that have not been previously produced or published.

6. No revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted.

7. No written or oral critique will be given on plays submitted.

8. Entries may be submitted starting July, 2014 and must be received no later than September 1, 2015 to be considered for the current theme. The winner will be announced in December. A staged reading/workshop will be scheduled for March or April 2016. The full production will be scheduled in the 2016-17 season, and may happen in any of our performance spaces.

9. Northern Michigan University reserves the right to accept or reject any play entered in the contest.

10. Scripts should be submitted electronically either in PDF or Microsoft Word format. They can be submitted through the website or via email to newplays@nmu.edu. If you have difficulty submitting through our online form, or would like to send your script as a PDF, please email your script to avalenti@nmu.edu. However, if your ONLY recourse is a paper script, then the script must be loose leaf bound in a 3-ring binder or with a binder clip. Scripts bound with staples are not acceptable. They must be either typewritten or word processed. Entries not meeting these criteria will be disqualified.

11. By submitting a paper copy of the script the playwright agrees to allow their work to be scanned into a PDF.

12. Paper scripts will not be returned. It is suggested that playwrights retain copies of their scripts.

Click Submission on the side navigation to submit your script.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Upstream Artists’ Collective of Brooklyn is looking for scripts

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The new Upstream Artists’ Collective of Brooklyn, New York is looking for script solicitations from local, national, and international playwrights. The mission of Upstream is to produce new work with a focus on environmental and climate concerns in non-didactic, storied ways. Sustainability is a core part of the mission; plays with minimalism and resourceful, beautiful design potential will be given great consideration. Special consideration to: full length plays of less than 90 minutes, plays with music (not musicals), few characters, and poetic storytelling.

Email us at upstreamartistscollective@gmail.com.

Deadline: August 22, 2015

Equity Library Theater of New York is seeking a self contained one act comedy or light drama

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Equity Library Theater of New York is seeking a self contained one act comedy or light drama, under one hour, to be presented as their fall production at the NYPL Alvin Ailey Auditorium and George Bruce Theater in late October 2015. The production must be cast, off book, with minimal staging and lighting requirements. No fees, no compensation. We will accept new plays as well as "classics" that are royalty free.
Send project ideas to: submissions@pineyforkpress.com.

Old Vic 12 seeks playwrights

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Applications are now open for The Old Vic 12, Matthew Warchus’ exciting new scheme, supporting 12 individuals to explore their creative potential and take the next step in their careers.

Open to non-UK residents, but participants will need to be within traveling distance of London for the duration of their time as a member of the Old Vic 12.
The scheme will offer participants an opportunity to expand networks, receive first class mentorship and benefit from the prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to Matthew Warchus’ first season.The 12 creatives will work alongside each other to develop their skills and present a work in progress to an industry audience.

The Old Vic 12 will consist of:

3 Directors
3 Producers
3 Playwrights
1 Choreographer
1 Designer
1 Composer

We’re hosting two launch workshops to give you a chance to ask questions, meet some of the individuals involved and to network with your creative peers.

Thursday 13 August 6–8pm The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey

Friday 14 August 2–4pm The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey

We will also be heading up to Edinburgh with the intention of holding an informal drop in, keep your eyes peeled on our social media for dates and times.

To find out more about The Old Vic 12 please see the attached FAQ sheet.

You can apply through Hiive.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cradle Theatre New Works Reading Series

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Our New Works Reading Series is dedicated to producing dynamic, compelling staged readings of new plays and screenplays by up-and-coming young artists, giving new voices a chance to be heard.

The works we produce have never been seen before, and are inspired, either directly or in spirit, by works of classic drama.

Our next reading will be on Saturday, September 12 in New York City . Submissions are still open!

We are currently looking for short plays (between 10 and 75 pages) to workshop in a weeklong program before being presented in early September.

We are currently looking for short plays between 10 and 75 pages long. We embrace creativity, though, so if your play doesn’t quite meet those length qualifications but you feel like it should still be counted as a short play, just let us know in your application!

Subject Matter:
We have no official restrictions on subject matter, but we welcome you to think about how your work as a writer interacts with or responds to the rich traditions of dramatic literature, in any meaning you deem worthy of the term “Classic.”

Location and Availability:
If your play is selected, we would love for you to be able to come to New York City to work with our actors to workshop the text. If for any reason that is a problem for you, please indicate in your application–if we like your play, we’ll try to work something out!

Submission Deadline:
August 16. No exceptions.
If you would like to submit an unproduced new play, please fill out the form on the “Submit Your Play” page.

For more information, simply email info@thecradletheatre.org


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Dixon Place announces the sponsorship of The Institute of Prophetic Activist Art, a laboratory for activist artists and their projects. The Institute is looking for 12 activist artists who would like to build their projects during the semester-long seminar, beginning August 30, basing their work Tom Block’s manifesto/handbook of art activism: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution (http://www.amazon.com/Prophetic-Activist-Art-Spiritual-Revolution/dp/1499572409). Mr. Block will be running the seminar.

The eight session seminar will introduce artists to the specific ideas of the model, including co-opting political, business and social energy; partnering with non-profit groups; making liaisons with other artists; utilizing unusual exhibition and outreach methods; “Machiavellian” activism; how to build a project from inception through completion; how to imagine and successfully attain quantifiable activist goals and other specific aspects of a Prophetic Activist Art intervention.
To apply: please send a coverletter outlining the germ of your activist idea, plus any activist art experience you have had; a link to a website or portfolio of images and a resume to: thomasablock@gmail.com 

Deadline for applications August 15.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Living Room Series

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Now in its 24th year, The Living Room Series is a New Play Development program, which embodies The Blank’s commitment to developing new work by diverse voices from both established and emerging writers. The Living Room Series takes place on Monday evenings at the 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

The Living Room Series offers a week-long rehearsal process for the playwright, director and actors to explore and refine the play before presenting it to an audience. The performances are minimally staged, with actors carrying scripts, and are a wonderful opportunity for the playwright to get a sense of the play’s full potential. The Blank accepts submissions for our Living Room Series (workshops of new plays) from June 1 – August 31 via Submittable.


See you on September 14th when the new 2015-2016 season starts up!

All performances begin at 8:00pm and take place at The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood California.

For reservations please email info@theblank.com with your name and how many seats you would like.


Submissions will only be accepted from June 1-August 31 through Submittable. Each submission must include:
  • Playwright resume and biography.
  • A one-sentence summary of your script. For example: A young man and woman from different social classes fall in love aboard an ill-fated voyage at sea.
  • A brief synopsis of your play.
  • A character breakdown list (including ages and gender).
  • A brief artistic statement explaining how you feel your play would benefit from participating in the Living Room Series.
  • An outline of your play’s developmental/production history (if existing). If the submission is optioned by another company, please note this in the Development History document so that we may attempt to coordinate the LRS reading with the upcoming production.
  • A copy of your full-length play.

Click Here to Submit via Submittable!

Submission must be full-length (one-acts or ten-minutes will not be considered at this time).
Submission must not have received a full production. Submissions that have received full productions, even if they have undergone significant post-production revisions, will not be considered. The Blank considers staged readings and academic productions exceptions to this rule.

Playwright may only submit one script per submission period.

Materials must be submitted as PDFs. For information on how to create a pdf, please visit: http://www.wikihow.com/Create-PDF-Files.
Any submission that does not adhere to these guidelines or that is submitted after the submission period will not be considered.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ready to try Screenwriting?

Screenwriting is a specialized craft that requires its own set of dramatic writing principles, the most important being the ability to write visually. Film allows writers to tell stories in an infinitely wide range of styles, from special effects-charged blockbusters to the most intimate indie projects.

Instructor: Kate Cortesi (Screenwriter, New Line Cinema)
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18
In this 10-week class, you will apply the concepts of character development, story, theme, and dialogue to both original works and adaptations. Class time will be devoted to the development and discussion of outlines, screenplays-in-progress, and rewrites, coupled with assignments and feedback tailored directly to your needs. Regardless of prior experience, you can expect to leave this class with the foundation to tell a story successfully on the silver screen and be well on your way to a first draft.

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

5th Annual Short Play Festival: We Are Family

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Submissions due August 14, 2015

Selected short plays will be performed during the Autry’s American Indian Arts Marketplace in Los Angeles. This year’s theme: What is family?

Today there are many variations on what it means to be a family. Your play on the family story might focus on the more traditional, extended family story (parents and children residing with other family members); or perhaps the so-called nuclear family; or maybe it’s a story of a mother or father raising their children; or a brother, his sister, and her children; or maybe you want to explore GAP family stories (grandparents raising grandchildren); or an adopted or created family story.

What does all of this mean to the Native American family and identity? Are we born into a family for life, or do we surround ourselves with adopted “family members” as we grow older? Whether a family is biological or chosen, it has shaped our identity and formed our histories.

Native Voices seeks short plays (5–16 pages long) that address the many ways a Native American family forms and functions. Plays may be a celebration of family life, or an examination of complexities and issues in Native families. Alternately, plays may dramatize traditional family stories or family histories. Specific topics can range anywhere from coming-of-age stories to foster care or adoption stories; the discovery of shared heritage to the cycle of historical trauma. Both comedies and dramas are always welcome.

Selection Process: Short plays (5 page minimum–15 page maximum) that are related to the theme and are received by August 14, 2015 will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and community members along with nationally recognized theatre artists. They will select 5 to 8 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, and execution. Selected plays will be given a staged reading on November 8, 2015, as part of the Autry’s annual American Indian Arts Marketplace. A panel of celebrity judges will select the 2015 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize.

Checklist for All Submissions
  • Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).
  • You must use a standard playscript format (observe one-inch margins, use a #12 Times or Courier font, number all script pages).
  • Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, email address) and a draft or revision date.
  • Include a character breakdown.
  • Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).
  • Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).
To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Monday, August 10, 2015

2016 Equity Library/Piney Fork Press Theater Play Festival

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Submissions are now being accepted for the winter 2016 Equity Library/Piney Fork Press Theater Play Festival in New York. Send your under 8 minute play or 3 minute monologue to: submissions@pineyforkpress.com. Also seeking actors and directors! Deadline: October 1st.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Plays & monologues on race in America

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Production company is currently seeking submissions of short-length plays and monologues examining issues or race in America. Works may be of any length but one-acts (15 minutes max) and monologues (7 minutes max) are preferred.

* Submit scripts as a MS Word document or PDF file.
* Include name, email, phone number and title on cover page.
* All submissions must be professionally unproduced, unpublished and with no existing attachments for production.

Six plays will be selected to be performed in a showcase this fall in downtown Los Angeles. Playwrights will receive full credit in program and a small stipend. Send your script by email to  laraceshowcase@gmail.com

Saturday, August 8, 2015

My Voice Is My Power

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The Black Theatre Troupe is celebrating black women playwrights in our My Voice Is My Power series, beginning in October 2015 and concluding in February 2016 at the Helen Mason Performing Arts Center.

Submission Guidelines & Information

Deadline: August 15, 2015 at 5 p.m., (MST)
Scripts must be original works for the stage that have not been published or produced. Works should not be adaptations or obvious first drafts. Musicals will not be accepted in this round. However plays with original music will be accepted on a limited basis providing the submission is accompanied by a high quality recording. Works that have had workshop analysis and evaluation are eligible.

Only submissions by female playwrights of color will be accepted. The strongest finalists will be works that illuminate issues that concern or impact women of color.

This project is open to ALL female playwrights of color. However, submissions from playwrights in our preferred region of of the Southwest – Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah – are strongly encouraged.


Playwrights may submit up to two ten-minute plays no longer than 10 pages (not including the synopsis, title and character pages), and two one-act plays between 20 and 45 minutes in length.


Playwrights may submit only one full-length play between 90 and 180 minutes long.


Scripts must use the 12-point size in Arial, Courier New, or Times New Roman fonts.


A separate page/document must include the following information on the submission:

Click here for an interactive .pdf form for your convenience
Genre (comedy, drama, or play with music)
Character list
A synopsis of the work (no more than 500 words)
A brief development history of the play (no more than 500 words)


The playwrights email submission package must include the following attachments in a Microsoft Word or PDF document (PDF form available).
Playwright’s name
Playwright’s complete Address
Preferred email address
Preferred telephone number
Title of play and category (comedy, drama, or play with music)
PDF or Word copy of the script

Email the above information/attachments to: Info@blacktheatretroupe.org.

The subject line of the email submission must include: last name with title of play and celebration submission. If submitting more than one script, please submit each in a separate email with the exact same information. Incomplete submission packages will not be accepted. All personal identifying information must be on a separate page from the script.

Deadline: August 15, 2015 at 5 p.m., (MST)

Plays will be read, adjudicated, and scored by a panel of producers and directors from several organizations in our target region. Those receiving the highest scores be included in our reading series October 29 – November 1, 2015 at The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center (home of the Black Theatre Troupe in Downtown Phoenix, AZ).

New works for our Staged Reading Series, February 25 – 28, 2016 will be selected from the winning group of works in our October/November Reading Series. These staged readings will be directed and performed by regional professionals and will allow the playwright to continue to work on and develop her play between the initial fall reading and the start of rehearsals for the February Staged Reading Series.

Thank You,

Larissa Brewington
Literary Manager and Project Coordinator
My Voice is My Power Series

Friday, August 7, 2015

Television Writing at Primary Stages ESPA

Calling all playwrights who want the tools to transition from stage to the small screen. Writing for television has the potential to be not only artistically satisfying, but lucrative as well—just ask Aaron Sorkin from "The Newsroom", Sarah Treem from "The Affair", Tracey Scott Wilson from "The Americans", or Heidi Schreck and Rajiv Joseph from "Nurse Jackie", among many other playwrights-turned-television writers.

Instructor: Scott Burkhardt (Screenwriter, "Smash" on NBC)
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
September 16, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9

In this 10-week class, you'll receive feedback on in-class exercises and writing assignments while absorbing the details of the episodic structure of half-hour comedies and one-hour dramas. By the end of the semester, you'll have a complete pilot or spec script and the means to create powerful, distinctive, and commercially-viable television.

This class is also available online! Study from anywhere via our Citrix interactive platform.

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

The Charter Oak Cultural Center is seeking submissions

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The Charter Oak Cultural Center is seeking submissions for an upcoming reading series of plays focused on social justice issues.

We are seeking full-length plays (no musicals at this time) that engage audiences in a dialogue to produce positive social change. Plays that directly deal with issues of social justice, plays that depict underrepresented lives on stage, plays by playwrights who are otherwise underrepresented in the theatre community – all of these stories fit our mission.

Our reading series will begin in late fall 2015 and extend through 2016. Each play will receive a one-night reading in our 150-seat space, followed by a moderated talkback with the audience.

Writers within traveling distance of Hartford will be enthusiastically included in the rehearsal process and talkback. For out-of-area writers, we will work with you to provide maximum access to all parts of work on your play through available technology.

Charter Oak resides in the first synagogue built in Connecticut, and our programming attempts to live up to the Jewish notion of tikkun olam - “repairing the world” – through the arts.

Interested playwrights should submit the following to newplayscharteroak@gmail.com:

- A brief cover letter including a short author bio and how you see the submitted play connecting to the series’ mission.

- A synopsis of the play

- A 10 to 15 page writing sample from the play.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Detroit Fringe Theater Festival

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The Detroit Fringe Theater Festival, to be held September 17-20 in Detroit, is now accepting submissions!

We will be accepting proposals of performances and scripts that are appropriate for any of the following categories: Pop Culture, Experimental, Drama, Musical, Comedy, Family Friendly, and Satire. Performances can be staged plays, poetry/spoken word, music, and any other style of performance that expands ideas about what the theatrical experience is and can be.

Pieces that have been performed elsewhere are eligible and encouraged to submit as long as the piece is unpublished and/or rights are secured by the party submitting. The festival is also open to experimental interpretations of the classics or other pieces in the public domain.

On the final evening of the festival one performance will be given a Best of Show award (determined by a Detroit Fringe panel) and another an Audience Favorite award (determined by public voting). These two performances will each receive a portion of the festival’s ticket sales. 

Performances will be held at the CMAP Detroit space (Carrie Morris Arts Production), 2221 Carpenter Street. Festival line-up and schedule can be found at www.Facebook.com/DetroitFringe.

To apply: Go to the following link to access the Detroit Fringe Theater Festival submission form - http://goo.gl/q6vPrg. Submissions are due by Wednesday, August 19th and participants will be notified by end of day Monday, August 24th. Festival tech provisions are minimal (basic light and sound will be provided) and performances will have the option to be staged either indoors or outside in the lots directly adjacent to the venue. Load in and tech time in the space will be scheduled the week prior to the festival and will be based on twice the duration of your performance (if your performance is 90 minutes long you will be scheduled for 180 minutes of load in and tech time.) And that’s it! SO GO ON AND GET TO YOUR SUBMISSION!

Please note that playwrights and performing artists must provide their own transportation to and lodging in Detroit. The performance space is provided free of cost courtesy of CMAP (Carrie Morris Artists Productions).

Any questions? Please email: DetroitFringeFestival@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing what you propose for Detroit!


The Detroit Fringe team

For updates: Follow us on Facebook (Facebook.com/DetroitFringe) and Twitter (@DetroitFringe).

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

UP Theater Company seeks plays

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UP Theater Company produces new and provocative work in the Northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights

We are currently seeking plays that specifically address the spate of Police killings and other brutalities against un-armed citizens of color.

We are also looking for plays about this issue from the point of view of police officers.

UP will perform readings and possibly productions of any worthy play on the subject. Plays of any length will be considered, but the best case scenario is we receive two or more short plays of conflicting view points to present on the same evening.

There is no timeline for this, and we reserve the right not to pursue any submissions if we feel the work is not to our standards.

Plays should be un-produced in the NYC area, have maximum cast of 8, simple set requirement, and be set in the present. Email questions and submissions to info@UpTheater.org - put US/THEM in the subject line. Or mail to

UPTheater Company
60 cooper street 2e
new york ny 10034

UPTheater Company is dedicated to presenting new and challenging works of drama and comedy relevant to our Uptown neighborhood. UP will not be afraid to be gritty, rambunctious, irreverent. UP will be for and by the community, taking advantage of the many theater artists who live among us; yet we also envision a theater that will be a destination for theatergoers from across the area, drawn by work of quality and passion.

MRT Fall One Act Competition

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

Sept. 10 - Sept. 30, 2015
at Manhattan Rep, 303 W.42nd St.

$1000 PRIZE for BEST PLAY!!!

(And an additional 4 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - Sept. 29 and 30, 2015.)

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:


by Friday August 7, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put “Fall 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
August 7, 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 4 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

Monday, August 3, 2015

Supernova 7: A Festival of New One-Act Plays

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We at the Bench are proud to announce that the ever-successful Supernova festival of new writing will be returning next year, for it's seventh edition. Over the past fourteen years many things have changed, but the festival remains a prominent showcase of original one-act plays, each one composed by amateur playwrights, and produced and performed by our own award-winning membership.

We are aiming to display around 8 new pieces of writing in February of next year, with each piece being performed within the production week. To this end we would love to hear from anyone who would like to send us a script to contemplate - whether you are a veteran of writing for the stage, a local author who is considering turning their hand to script writing, or a complete novice with an idea for a play, we will gratefully consider your work, and are very keen to put on as wide a range of interesting and high-quality work as we can.

There is no fee for entering your piece to the festival; we only ask that you ensure that it meets the (hopefully fairly relaxed!) criteria below, and that you send it to us by the end of August (the entries officially close at midnight on the 31st).

If you have any queries about the festival, please feel free to drop us a line at supernova@benchtheatre.org.uk

You may also wish to look at the production details of Supernova 6, the last edition of this event, to get a flavour of the festival!

Terms and Conditions
  • The play should be able to be performed by a maximum of 6 actors (but could contain any number of characters)
  • Plays must consist of a single act. Playwrights should aim for compositions of between 15 and 45 minutes, short plays are just as welcome as longer ones!
  • Plays should be written for an English-speaking audience
  • Plays must be original, unpublished and previously unperformed, with no performance rights attached, and they must be new to the Supernova festival - not submitted to previous editions
  • Plays should be able to be performed within the constraints of our space, the Spring Arts Centre, and please bear in mind the nature of the festival - we will be unable to include plays which require complex sets, effects or costumes.
Submitting your play(s) gives the Bench Theatre the right to perform it/them on the dates given here, without further payment, however copyright remains with the author. We are sadly unable to offer any payment to successful entrants.

There is no fee for entering plays for consideration, but we are now only allowing three scripts per author.

How to Enter
As submissions are read and considered anonymously, please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere on any of your scripts
Scripts must be submitted electronically; please email a PDF, Word or OpenDocument file to supernova@benchtheatre.org.uk, including your name in the email
Submissions must reach us by midnight on August 31st, 2015
The Selection Process
  • Every play submitted will be read by a Reading Panel (composed of Bench Theatre members) in conditions of strict anonymity and confidentiality.
  • Approximately eight plays will be selected for performance, each play being performed twice between the 7th and the 14th of February 2016.
  • Our aim is to put on the best new writing in a varied and entertaining programme. As such, we are looking for a range of scripts, and reserve the right to choose more or less than the 8 plays we have set as our guideline, depending on the respective lengths of the successful entries.
  • Because the Festival is open to anyone, including members of the Company (except for the reading/selection panel), a non-voting administrator will ensure that confidentiality is maintained until the end of the selection process.
  • Successful entrants will be notified by the 15th November 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bad Theater Fest accepting Submissions of Any Weird Play You Can Dream Up

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Established to encouraged artists to make eye-catching, anything-goes theater, the Bad Theater Fest has hosted 200 short plays with the participation of nearly 500 playwrights, directors and actors. Past projects have ranged from plays from first-time writers, projects written specifically for Bad Theater Fest. to workshops for future performances.

The annual flagship event takes place at Chelsea's Treehouse Theater, 154 W 29th St (between 6th and 7th), 2nd Fl New York, NY 10001 over multiple weekends in October 2015.

The deadline to submit is Sat, August 15, 2015 at Midnight EST and the process is 100% free.

Projects may be entered through the form available at http://www.badtheaterfest.com/home/2015-bad-theater-fest-submission-form/

Interested playwrights should include a short bio, short description of the play, length (35-40 minutes max) and a list and links of similar projects (if applicable).

More information is available at http://www.badtheaterfest.com on Twitter @badtheaterfest and Facebook at facebook.com/BadTheaterFest.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: New work for Solo Performers.

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OTP has opened a call for new scripts that feature Solo Performances for a new production series we are developing for 2015 or 2016. We are currently looking for work that steps outside of autobiography and instead uses the freedom of having 1 voice to bring big stories, journeys, ideas and events into brighter focus.

We would love to hear voices from Jamaica Plain, Boston, New England AND across the globe, so please share widely! No fee for Submission.

Deadline: 11:59 PM EST September 1.

Submission Guidelines:
Plays must feature 1 performer and run between 20-60 min
There is no guarantee of performance as we develop the production elements.
Our mission is wide open and we encourage the work of all, especially work for and by individuals of color, woman & those from the LGTBQ community.
Plays must be sent in either a .pdf or word doc
Please include a brief synopsis & your full contact information

Submissions can be sent by CLICKING HERE with the subject line : OTP SOLO PERFORMANCE SUBMISSION
Plays & Information are Due by September 1st
You may submit multiple scripts

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Diez Minutos 2016 seeks 10-minute plays

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Players Workshop seeks plays for the Fourth Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival. This fully-staged festival will be in English, and will take place in late March of 2016 in the international arts center of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — a World Heritage Site brimming with charm, history, and culture. San Miguel was voted Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2013 "Best City in the World.”

There is no fee for submitting. Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $10 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award. No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines
  • Players Workshop may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules. Only one play may be submitted per entrant. Send us your best!
  • Only the first 100 plays entered are guaranteed to be considered.
  • We’re asking for blind submissions again this year. 
  • The play may be a drama or comedy and must be on the theme of “Games People Play.” 
  • No monologues, musicals, or children’s plays, please.
The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file. No MS Word files or other formats will be accepted. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.

The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations. Your name must not appear on the script. The two files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

The play must be in English and no longer than 10 pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

Submission period opens on August 1, 2015. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, August 31, 2015. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

The play must be unpublished, but may have had previous productions. If the play has had previous productions, a production history must be included with the submission. The submitting playwright must own all rights to the play.

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges.

Selection of a play does not guarantee production. Producers may decline to produce a selected play because of casting, directing or any other consideration, in which case no payment will be due the playwright.

Selected entrants will receive a list of the festival scripts by email. Notification is expected to be made no later than December 1, 2015. Only playwrights whose plays were received in the first 100 submitted will receive first-round notification. Only playwrights whose plays have been selected for performance will receive “finalist” notification.

Producers reserve the right to consider additional plays not received in the first 100.

Scripts must relate to the theme but are not otherwise limited in subject matter or content. However, there must be no nudity, and suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.

Plays are restricted to 4 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming. Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors aged 40 and older. This will be a factor in selection.

Entering playwrights grant the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play a maximum of twelve times during the Diez Minutos 2016 festival, and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production. All other rights remain with the playwright.

Submitting Your Play

Please address your submission to: diezminutosfestival@yahoo.com. Any inquiries should be addressed to the same address.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us make Diez Minutos 2016 a great success. We look forward to reading your entry.

Michael Gottlieb, Players Workshop
Producer of Diez Minutos 2016

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) Short Forms

As a reader of NYC Playwrights, you’re well aware that short plays are in incredibly high demand. Each day, it seems there are more and more calls for short plays, and developing a strong portfolio of short plays is one of the fastest ways to become a produced playwright. This class at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) will help you hone your short form skills.

with Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Short plays require an ability to convey character, effective dialogue, and action without extensive exposition, and in this 10-week class, you'll learn how not to waste a single word. From this class, you'll take away the skills to craft surprising pieces of theater, regardless of length, that reflect something deeper about the world at large, and you'll be well on your way to compiling a portfolio of submission-ready short plays.

Section A:
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts September 16

Section B:
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts September 24

Generations residency

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The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company makes an ongoing commitment to new theatrical work, from world premieres to playwright residencies. Generations is BETC's new play development program. The name comes from BETC's goals for the program: to welcome all generations into the theater to see new plays, and to empower playwrights to generate new work.

Each year, one playwright is chosen from a international applicant pool to join BETC in Boulder for a one-week residency, where the writer workshops the work-in-progress with a director, actors, and a dramaturg. Each residency culminates in a public reading. Generations is made possible in part by the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

Generations 2015-16:

BETC is now accepting submissions for our next Generations residency. In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays, for a cast of seven actors or less, written by a parent with at least one child under 18 years of age as of September 1, 2015.

The winning playwright will receive

· a week-long workshop residency in Boulder, Colorado, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;

· the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;

· a stipend for travel and lodging;

· a $250 prize; and

· a $250 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.

During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. The selected work will be considered for full production in a future BETC season. The residency will take place during the first two weeks of May 2016; specific date arrangements will be made directly with the winning playwright.

Competition submissions are due September 1, 2015.

Entry Guidelines:

Plays must be written in the English language. Plays that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor's edition will be considered. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication as of September 1, 2015.

To enter our 2015-16 competition, please submit the following two files in PDF format by email to submissions@betc.org:

File 1: Cover sheet, containing within a two-page limit:
1. Contact information: name, phone, email, mailing address, and a paragraph bio for yourself and any other collaborators.
2. A brief synopsis of your play (500 words or less)
3. A brief production history of the work (if applicable)
4. Character descriptions

File 2: A 20-page dialogue sample. Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. Full-length scripts will not be accepted.

The application deadline is September 1, 2015. A shortlist of playwrights will be contacted in early October, and we will request a full-length draft of selected works at that time. Our winning playwright will be notified by December 1, 2015.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Talos Science Fiction Theatre Festival Call for Scripts

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TALOS: the 1st Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London will take place 24-25 October 2015 in Chelsea Theatre in London. The festival is seeking submissions of short plays with science fiction elements. The deadline for script submissions is 15 August 2015.

Scripts should be no more than 30 minutes long in performance and may be original or previously produced. The accepted plays will be mainly science fiction but related genres [e.g. horror, contemporary fantasy] will also be considered. The scripts must be written in English. Translations are also welcome.

Terms and Conditions

1. TALOS welcomes script submissions in English. The scripts must be no longer than 30 minutes and be submitted as a PDF attachment to talosfest@gmail.com. Please include a short bio and a synopsis in the body of your email.

Deadline is 15 August 2015.

2. Please put SCRIPT SUBMISSION: [PLAY TITLE] by [AUTHOR] in the subject line of your email.

3. One submission per writer please.

4. If your submission is accepted, you should hear from us by 31 August 2015. If you haven’t heard from us by early September 2015, please assume your submission has been unsuccessful. We regret we cannot provide feedback for every script received.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bread & Roses Theatre Company seeks short plays

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The in-house Bread & Roses Theatre Company (BRTC) has been running regular new writing night The Platform since October 2012 in what was originally nothing more than the upstairs function room at the Bread & Roses Pub. This was the project that inspired the transformation of the space and eventual launch of The Bread & Roses Theatre on the 1st of November 2014!

The Platform usually takes place two times per year and features a selection of some of the best new short plays out there. It has quickly established itself as an opportunity to discover, develop and explore new scripts, whilst also providing actors, directors and writers with an opportunity to showcase their work. The BRTC has since also gone on to produce their first full length production, a 5 star reviewed adaptation of Miss Julie.

The last submission round attracted over 150 submissions. Whilst we focus on UK based writers we are also happy to include, and have previously featured, writers from across the world. If you want to know more about our previous productions, check out our reviews and writer testimonials!

The Platform VIII will take place on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd November 2015 and will also represent the First Year Anniversary Celebration of The Bread & Roses Theatre!

We are now accepting 5 to 20 minute short play submissions until midnight on 31st July 2015. Winning scripts will receive a professional performance on both nights and the winning writers will also get a guaranteed prize of £20 plus a share of profits made from ticket sales. Previously submitted scripts may be resubmitted, please note in the comments if you have also redrafted it since. We accept up to two scripts per writer per submission round. Please note we are not looking for submissions with directors or actors already attached. You may submit plays that have previously been produced elsewhere.


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Each December, WildClaw produces the DEATHSCRIBE Festival of Horror Radio Plays. DEATHSCRIBE is an open submission, international festival and writing competition. Writers may submit up to two radio plays to DEATHSCRIBE in any given year.

DEATHSCRIBE 2015 will take place on December 7, 2015.

Submissions are now OPEN.

Submissions of radio horror plays for consideration in DEATHSCRIBE should be sent to deathscribe2015@gmail.com. Please take a moment to read the guidelines posted below before submitting.

Deadline: August 1, 2015 at midnight

Each year we seek 10-minute radio scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. We put no restrictions on contestants as to content or tone, but keep in mind that we are a Horror Theatre. We take our horror seriously, and so should you.

5 scripts will be selected from all submissions. After being selected, there will be an opportunity for the authors to refine and revise these scripts (if deemed necessary) in collaboration with WildClaw Theatre Company. There will be a “Best of the Fest” award, with the winner chosen by a celebrity panel of judges on the night of performance to receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award. Previous winners include:

2008: “Dark & Stormy” by Albert Gerber
2009: “Remembrance” by Christopher Hainsworth
2010: “The Change in Buckett County” by David Schmidt
2011: “Alabama Mermaid” by Jessica Wright Buha
2012: “Fish Story” by Joseph Zettelmaier
2013: “We Apologize for the Inconvenience” by Chelsea Paice
2014: “Fracture Zone” by Christopher M. Walsh

All submissions must be made electronically; please make sure your script is formatted correctly according to the guidelines (see below) and submit your script as an attachment to deathscribe2015@gmail.com. Please include the title of your play in the subject line.

Deathscribe selections are “blind.” The title page should include the title of the script, names of all authors, and the address, phone and email address of the author(s). The subsequent pages must include only the manuscript title and page number and NO identifying personal information (name, address, email, etc.) or it will be disqualified.

Scripts must be ready to produce – all sound and music cues included. Details on format can be found below. Please do not submit a traditional stageplay with the instruction that “if we like it, you will be willing to adapt it.” Scripts must already be in radio format to be eligible.

Please be aware that these scripts, if chosen, will be performed by no more than 6 actors, therefore scripts with more characters will require double casting by the director of the piece.

• Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length. (Generally speaking, a 10-minute radio play is NO LONGER than 15 pages.)
• Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year. There is no fee to submit to Deathscribe.
• PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please. All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but no identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document. Submissions must be in a standard font and no less than 12 point.
• NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)
• DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.
• Scripts should follow radio drama format. Helpful suggestions and examples are available here:


(these resources not affiliated with the WildClaw Deathscribe Radio Play Festival).

Questions? Email them to Scott at wildclawliterary@gmail.com


Monday, July 27, 2015

Hijabi Monologues

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Are you a Muslim woman who loves writing? 
Have you attended a Hijabi Monologues show and felt inspired to share your story?
Would you like your story PERFORMED for an international audience by an experienced actress? Consider participating in the Hijabi Monologues Story Contest 2015!

Writers must send their submissions by Friday, 31 July 2015.
Submit your monologue to hm.storycontest@gmail.com by emailing with the subject "HM Story Contest 2015, [City], [Country]."The winning stories will be shared via YouTube by experienced Hijabi Monologues storytellers.

**Winning stories may be invited to join the Hijabi Monologues Story Bank.**

Hijabi Monologues Europe is managed in partnership with the British Council. For more information, follow @HMEurope on twitter and 'like' their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/HijabiMonologuesEurope


When you send in your story, you must include in the body of your email

1. Confirmation that the monologue submitted is completely original to you. You are the present and exclusive and sole owner of all right, title, and interest in and to the story.

2. Confirmation that the monologue has not been published, used in an anthology, or winner of any other contests.

3. Confirmation that the monologue is a true story.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may use fictional names in order to protect the identities of those involved in your story. If you do so, please include at the top of your monologue submission "Names of people and places have been fictionalized."


1. One (1) entry per person (one monologue).

2. Scripts in Microsoft Word (.doc) are requested.

3. The monologue should be double-spaced and no longer than 750 words or 3 pages; written in English, or in your native tongue and accompanied by an English translation.

4. Contact information (Name, E-mail address, Phone Number, Skype ID if available) on the cover page only.

5. Please put the title of your monologue at the top of each page.

6. Please paginate your script at the bottom of each page: 1 of 3, 2 of 3 etc

7. Submit your monologue to hm.storycontest@gmail.com by emailing with the subject "HM Story Contest 2015, [City], [Country]."
8. Submissions which do not include the required format above will NOT BE CONSIDERED.


1. The hijab is to be present visually (on stage) but not the story's main subject. This project is not about explaining why a Muslim wears or does not wear a headscarf; the process of veiling and unveiling; etc. On the other hand, stories about the first day you wore hijab to work; about when your five-year old son decided to wear hijab to school to be like his mom; about that perfect purple hijab you always wear for prayer; etc. may be considered.

2. In the utterly mundane (i.e. dinner with the in-laws, writing a letter, a moment of frustration when you couldn't find matching socks, a moment of fear when the lights went out, etc.), there can be a wonderful narrative. Some of the best stories reflect an eye to see the extraordinary in the very ordinary.

3. Specific details and local references to a school, neighborhood or city are a big plus. Do not shy away from using Islamic tropes and motifs (eg. "She could not stomach the flesh of her dead brother.") and/or using language that is Muslim (eg. "She broke her wudu."), regionally specific (eg. "I was bloody furious.") or culturally specific (eg. "Her dupatta was always freshly pressed.").

4. Stories about sexuality are fine but keep in mind that Muslim women's sexuality has been a popular subject for voyeurism. Muslim women have been represented as exotic, hyper-sexual, asexual and sexually repressed in popular European and North American literary and visual arts. Be creative!

5. As an exercise, highlight the elements that are specific to the narrator's voice. Then highlight the elements that are "universal." Both elements are important.

6. Read your monologue aloud. It should sound like a story--and less like a campaign speech, advertisement, sermon and/or spoken word poetry although you may incorporate these rhetorical styles into the voice(s) of character(s). Ask yourself, “Could this be performed by an actress?”

7. Consider how the story might resonate with existing Hijabi Monologues core stories. For examples, visit -



Hijabi Monologues Story Bank?**

The Hijabi Monologues production is a specially tailored weaving of the core monologues written by Sahar I. Ullah with local stories gathered through story contests and/or workshops, some of which are included in the HM Story Bank. The Hijabi Monologues Story Bank monologues are original works and eligible for inclusion in future HM Shows. Writers of these monologues include Kamilah A. Pickett, Komita Carrington, Kiran Tahir, Rima Zalghout, Rafiah Jones and Laila Achmad. Not all contest winners or local monologues showcased in past shows are included in the HM Story Bank.

Studio C Artists Holiday Show

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Writer Guidelines For Studio C Artists Holiday Show

Please register your intention to send us a submission ASAP at http://goo.gl/forms/jAs0HNrXsQ so that we know how many submissions to expect and can plan accordingly.
  • Writers should submit one (1) completed One Act play (preferably in PDF format) no later than Friday, July 31st @ 5PM PST
  • Email your submission to submissions@studiocartists.com
  • Please include a logline, a synopsis, and a casting/character breakdown with your submission. 
  • No more than three (3) plays will be chosen by the One Act Series selection committee. 
  • Each play should be 20-25 minutes in length, maximum. Any play significantly over the allotted time will be required to be trimmed (definitely nothing longer than 30 minutes). Please don’t go by page count, as that can differ depending on writing utility (read aloud for best guess at play length). 
  • All works should be original – having never been produced in Los Angeles before. 
  • 2 characters minimum, 4 characters maximum. Any play with more than 4 characters will not likely be considered. 
  • We have access to a lot of actors in their 20’s and early 30’s. Please focus on this age range with the roles. 
  • Each one-act play should have a holiday theme (any holiday in November-December is fine). We’re looking for shows that put you in the holiday spirit – think “Miracle On 34th St.” or “It’s A Wonderful Life”. 
  • Each one-act play will take place in the same setting, a generic living room space. It will be decorated for the holidays and will be used to resemble a home, apartment, etc. Assume the set will be fairly simple as to accommodate multiple shows. Dressing will include things like a couch, a table, and a chair. Do not expect anything more than that to work with. 
  • Actors can make entrances from one door on the stage – and through the fourth wall (audience). 
  • Keep sound and lighting cues to a minimum – if not, we will cut them. 
  • Keep props to a minimum. They must be carried on and off by the actors as they make their entrances/exits. 
  • There will be no real food/drink allowed during the play – if the piece requires eating or drinking it must be pantomimed – so please consider this. 
  • Writers must be available for possible rewrites once the pieces are chosen, prior to rehearsals in September. 
  • Writers are welcome to visit the casting sessions for their piece if chosen (Directors have final say in Cast selections). 
  • Writers are welcome to sit in on any/all rehearsals once they are scheduled (any notes/comments should be given only to the Director – and never directly to the Actors). 
Please address all questions, comments, or concerns to Producer Michael Sonntag – (323) 988-1175 – michael@studiocartists.com

    Sunday, July 26, 2015


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    Future Tenant is now accepting submissions for our annual FUTURE TEN FESTIVAL OF 10-MINUTE PLAYS! Now in its 12th year, Future Ten is scheduled to run from November 6th-14th at Future Tenant in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. 

    There is no fee for submission, and all playwrights are encouraged to submit. We are very interested in work from writers in the Pittsburgh areas, but we will consider writers from across the country. We will accept up to four submissions per writer; any submissions more than four will not be considered.

    In order to be considered, all submissions are due on or before August 1.

    Please visit our website for more details:

    Saturday, July 25, 2015

    Overtime Theater Call for Submissions 2016

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    Devoted solely to producing new and original work, we are particularly interested in bold and innovative plays that are challenging and entertaining.

    We are seeking unproduced original work, adaptations of films and novels, translations and adaptations of classic works, musicals, comedies, tragedies, melodramas, kitchen sink musical comedies, operas, light operas, operettas, soft rock operas, heavy metal boulevard farces and many other forms hitherto unknown.

    If you can imagine it, then we will make it happen.

    We are open to any genre, with a special emphasis on genres that are often neglected in theatre such as science fiction, adventure, superhero epics and cross-genre works, immersive environmental plays, or pieces that are truly uncategorizable.

    While we are looking to nurture and develop local artists we are also open to giving voice to artists across Texas and to other artists national and international.

    We are, in short, looking for exciting plays that will move the audience of today and perhaps be a beacon to audiences of the future.

    Located between the Pearl Brewery complex and the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Overtime has been voted the favorite theater of readers of the San Antonio Current for six years in a row. The Overtime is home to two performing spaces, one of which is small while the other is quite cozy.


    Currently we do not have a stipend for playwrights.

    Writers, directors, cast and crew are all compensated through an equal share of audience contributions and other donations to the “love bucket” which is divided at the end of a production’s run. Artistic staff and the board of the Overtime are all volunteers.

    This is not an ideal situation, and it is hardly reflective of the value we believe art should have, but it is as fair and democratic a way we have of ensuring the survival of a theater for the people and by the people.

    Please submit your plays in PDF format.

    We will accept full-length plays, “one-acts” and even shorter works that may be combined with other authors’ works for a full program.

    We will even consider cycles of plays or anything else you can come up with.

    We will accept submissions for serial pieces with the following requirements.

    1. A completed pilot episode.

    2. A series bible that defines characters and story arcs and an outline of the total run of the series.
    3. A detailed synopsis for each of the following episodes.
    4. An outline of the plan for scheduled completion of the serial season.
    Movement Based Pieces/Improvisational pieces/Devised Pieces

    We will consider forms of performance that are not “traditional” plays.

    For these we will consider them in several forms.

    1. For choreographic pieces (dance, ballet, etc.) we will consider pieces with a descriptive text.

    2. If the artist is proposing to direct/perform then we will also like to see a sample of previous work and a full CV in addition to a descriptive synopsis of the piece.
    3. For improvisational/devised pieces we will consider them based on a descriptive concept statement along with a full account of the process by which the proposed piece will be created.
    Other Proposals

    In addition to the above we will consider other options for a play or performance that is not covered here. Please contact us with your proposals.

    Again, if you can imagine it, then we will consider it.
    How to Submit

    In an effort to be ecologically responsible, the Overtime Theater accepts scripts with all materials (PDF format preferred) in one email to submissions@theovertimetheater.org.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    2016 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize

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    We will be accepting submissions for the 2016 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize from July 1 - 31, 2015.
    We will no longer be accepting submissions via email or standard post. Please complete the application form and upload your materials below.

    David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize Guidelines
    • Submissions will be accepted from July 1 – 31, 2015
    • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays in English in any genre
    • Musicals, translations, one-acts, and any play previously submitted for the prizes are not eligible
    • Plays may not have received or be scheduled for a full-scale, professional production prior to submission
    Playwrights must be citizens of the United States
    • One submission per playwright is allowed each year; if you plan to submit for the 2016 Sky Cooper Prize, you must submit the same play for both prizes
    • Playwrights submitting on their own behalf should submit a 10 page dialogue sample; Agents may submit full scripts for consideration. We prefer submissions as PDF of word documents (.pdf or .doc) with last name, first name, (title of the play) as the document title. For example: Wilson, August (Seven Guitars).pdf

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Discount tickets: MRS. SMITH'S BROADWAY CAT-TACULAR!

    Discount tickets are being offered to NYCPlaywrights readers for Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-Tacular! and a pair of tickets for this show will be given away in the NYCPlaywrights mailing list on a first-come, first-serve basis this Saturday.

    You can join the mailing list here.

    Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-Tacular!
    47th Street Theater- 304 West 47th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
    July 10th through September 20th

    MRS. SMITH is a woman on the verge of a cat-based breakdown — in search of her missing cat, Carlyle. To overcome the grief and rage of this “personal apocalypse,” she’s tried psychoanalysis, New Age therapies and, now, mounting a Broadway-style musical spectacular where her bizarre life story is re-enacted in delirious song and dance. With the aid of her dapper Broadway Boys, Mrs. Smith puts her laugh-out-loud spin on a the perilous highs and lows of fame, fortune and superstardom.

    Featuring classic Broadway hits like “Cabaret”, “One Night in Bangkok,” “The Cat That Got Away” and many more, this CAT-TACULAR is a deftly executed character comedy with tap dancing, puppetry and virtuosic electric guitar — that leaves audiences laughing through tears. See the show critics are hailing as “A DEMENTED CABARET ON ACID!” (CityPages), and “OFF ITS MEDS!” (Boston Globe).

    Special Offer


    ONLINE: Visit TicketCentral.com and use code INSCAT

    PHONE: Call 212-279-4200 and mention code INSCAT

    IN PERSON: Bring a print out of the offer to Ticket Central Box Office - 416 W 42nd Street (Between 9th and 10th), New York, NY, Noon to 8pm 7 days a week.

    PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays and Mondays at 7:30 PM.

    Restrictions: Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders and a $1.50 Restoration Fee will be added to the price of the ticket at check out. (Reg. price $79.50). Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.

    10 by 10 x 10 Ten Minute Play Festival

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    We will begin accepting submissions June 1st - July 31st 2015.

     The 2015 10 by 10 x 10 Ten Minute Play Festival Theme is: "Modern Lives"

    Playwrights of all ages, genders and ethnicities are encouraged to enter.
    Plays must be between 5-10 pages, and no longer than ten minutes in length.
    All play genres (drama, comedy, mystery, etc) are acceptable.

    Playwrights are asked to explore a topic within the theme "Modern Lives". Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    Aging, Anti intellectualism, Authority, Birth Control/Abortion, Bullying,
    Capitalism, Celebrity, Charity, Child-rearing, Church vs. State, Corporate Responsibility, Education, Economics, Energy, Environment, Family, Farming, Gentrification, Genocide, Government, Health, Homophobia, Human Rights, Infertility, Marriage/Civil Union, Mental Illness, Morality, Obesity, Terrorism, Technology, Pets, Urban Sprawl, Pandemics, Pollution, Racial/Ethnic Profiling, Racism/Antisemitism, Rehabilitation, Religion, Scarcity, Sexism, Sexuality, Starvation, Unemployment, Vegetarianism, War, & any other issues and/or trends within the theme of "Modern Lives, either intimately or/and globally.

    There is no fee to submit your play to the festival, however, accepted plays will be required to pay a $10 participation fee upon acceptance. Selected Playwrights may be notified on a rolling basis until all slots have been filled. If your play is selected you will be notified no later than August 15, 2015. Plays must not exceed 10 pages and should be written in standard play format. (one minute per page.) We highly recommend you keep your written play between 5-8 pages.

    Playwrights may submit up to two original never performed plays between 5 and 10 minutes in length. Submitted Plays may not have received a stage reading or performance of any caliber (professional or nonprofessional) prior to the festival dates.

    Participating Playwrights will be required to create and hire a production team; a director, cast and narrator (for stage direction), and must absorb all related costs. No props will be permitted. Costumes are acceptable. Use of chairs and music stands only. The Festival will supply a moderator, stage manager and technical director for each performance series. The Festival will run a mandatory Tech/Dress Rehearsal the same day of each sessions scheduled performance. Director, actors, and narrator must be present for the Tech/Dress Rehearsal. Playwrights are welcome and encouraged to attend. One seat will be reserved for the playwright for his/her play's performance session.

    Saturday October 10, 2015 - Monday October 19, 2015.

    Playwrights may not select their date of performance or venue. Notification of date and venue will be assigned. Notification will occur via email on or before August 15th 2015.

    Each day of the festival will feature 10 plays per day (2 sessions of 5 plays each). All performances will be at NYC venues easily accessible by public transportation. Session running times are approximately 50 minutes with no intermission. Weekend festival dates may run in the afternoon or evening. Weekday performances will run 7:00 pm (session 1) and 8:30 pm (session 2).

    ​To enter the festival please submit the following to Info@CoEAST.co no later than midnight July 31, 2015. Each play entry must be submitted separately with 2 pdf attachments that include the following:

    A typed formatted pdf file of your original play titled in the following format: ​lastname_firstname_playtitle.pdf

    Please include the following information In a separate PDF file in the following format: lastname_firstname_BIO.pdf

    100-200 word playwright's biography
    50 word play synopsis and a list of characters
    Previous play production history (if you have developed this play in a lab, group, class).
    Contact information including: playwright's name, mailing address, phone number and email, personal website and social media handles.

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    The August Event

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    Seeking never produced before original short 1 ACT PLAYS (7 minutes to 20 minutes)
    (cast, directed and ready to perform)
    (2 minutes to 15 minutes in length) for:


    Wednesday AUGUST 19 and Thursday August 20, 2015
    at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
    303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

    PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting 1 act productions and dance pieces from the TRI-STATE area. As part of our Community producing program we are offering this event program as a service to playwright/producers and choreographers in the TRI-STATE AREA.

    This is an opportunity to bring your NEW short 1 act play or dance piece to life! THERE IS NO SECURITY DEPOSIT, SUBMISSION FEE, PARTICIPATION FEE or any Manhattan Rep based Fees. (IT'S FREE!!!) We are looking for passionate playwright/producers and choreographers from the Tri-State area who wish to participate and try out a new short play or dance piece in front of a live audience. We are looking for NEW short plays and dance pieces, never produced before, cast, directed, choreographed, off book, put on their feet and manifested for the first time from playwright/producers in the Tri-State area.

    In order to submit, you must be available on:

    MONDAY AUGUST 17 from 5:30 pm to 11 pm
    for Tech Rehearsal (A 20 minute TECH will be set up during this timeframe.)

    for Dress Rehearsal (Your play will have it's Dress Rehearsal from 6 pm to 8:30 pm or 8:30 pm to 11 pm on the above date. We will have a finalized schedule once all the plays are accepted).

    WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 at 6:30 pm or 9 pm
    THURSDAY AUGUST 20 at 6:30 pm or 9 pm

    EACH PLAY WILL RECEIVE 2 PERFORMANCES in the time slots above.
    (Your performance times will be scheduled once all the plays have been accepted.)


    We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production.

    Please know this Event is NON-EQUITY ONLY.

    These Events are wonderful fun! Please come and join us. We put up a slick 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 short 1 act play production or dance piece please email:

    The complete play or synopsis of the dance piece, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play or dance piece, the set and lighting requirements,  the play or dance piecesʼs history (workshops, readings if any, when it was written) your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:


    by August 1, 2015 at Midnight.

    Please put "THE AUGUST EVENT" in the subject heading.

    1 act play productions and DANCE performances 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 August 1, 2015. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.

    Again, there are no Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees of any kind.

    If you have any questions about THE AUGUST EVENT please drop us a line at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com


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    The Play Lab is a UMass Department of Theater mainstage production, running from March 20 – April 2, 2016. One playwright will be chosen for a two week residency during this period. These residencies are structured around a series of public staged readings directed and dramaturged by UMass Amherst graduate students and performed by undergraduate actors. The two week workshop term allows time for exploration in rehearsal and the generation of new material.

    Our mission this year is to develop two exceptional new plays: one from our current visiting artist Kim Euell, and the other selected through this call. The Play Lab is process oriented, focusing on an experience that is educational, exploratory, and collaborative. The workshops will have minimal technical/design support, but the emphasis will be on presenting and responding to the text. The UMass Amherst Department of Theater's commitment to new play development is internationally recognized, from our groundbreaking work with New WORLD Theater to our recent collaborations with artists like MJ Kaufman, Michael Yates Crowley, Will Power, Marcus Gardley, and Constance Congdon. We approach new play development with rigor and sensitivity and we're seeking playwrights who are as passionate about this process as we are.

    We offer a $750 honorarium per playwright. Accommodations will be provided. Playwrights are responsible for booking their travel arrangements, and will be reimbursed for a portion of the cost. The playwright may be asked to give a playwriting workshop to students for an additional honorarium.

    The playwright is expected to be in residency for the full 2 week workshop period. During this time, the playwright may provide as many changes as desired. The playwright is expected to attend nightly rehearsals and the three readings. The playwright can choose to participate in audience talkbacks. Playwrights may be asked to meet or discuss the play with the team prior to residency as available.

    Plays must be full-length. Musicals are not accepted. Submissions may have had a previous reading, workshop, or production; as a rule, though, the Play Lab exists to develop relatively new work, so unproduced material will be given priority in our selection.
    This year we are specifically seeking plays and playwrights that:
    offer something fresh, bold, or even dangerous in their form, style, or themes
    center around issues relevant to a campus community
    will benefit from a workshop with undergraduate performers and graduate student staff
    may give voice to underrepresented communities (e.g. LGBTQA folks, people of color, women, etc.)

    Submit manuscripts to umassplaylab@gmail.com. All documents must be submitted in .pdf format; plays formatted otherwise will be disqualified. Please include a concise playwright’s bio and a short summary of how you think your play might benefit from a developmental reading.
    Submissions will be capped at 250 plays.

    The deadline is Monday, August 3, 2015.

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