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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Free reading: 3C

On Monday, October 26, The Arts Integrity Initiative at The New School College of Performing Arts, School of Drama is honored to present the first public reading of David Adjmi's 3C, following the play's landmark copyright victory in April of 2015. Directed by Jackson Gay, this is the first public performance of 3C following the important legal decision. After its premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in June 2012, the play was unable to be performed or published due to a claim of copyright interference which lasted for nearly three years. The Guild and the DLDF were both involved in the legal proceedings that led to Adjmi's vindication in court.

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who first spoke out to rally support for Adjmi and the play, will host the evening. The event will include a panel discussion about 3C's legal odyssey and the underlying implications for creative freedom and artists' rights. Panelists will include playwright and Guild member David Adjmi, attorney Bruce Johnson of David Wright Tremaine and Ralph Sevush, Executive Director of Business Affairs for the Guild; Arts Integrity Initiative director Howard Sherman moderates.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Please click on the link below for more information and to make reservations.


2016 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

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2016 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

Produced by the Over Our Head Players
At Racine’s Sixth Street Theatre

Official Rules, Application, and Script information

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2016. These selections will round out a complete performance. Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the five week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on February 28, 2016. Cash award of $300.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $100.00 awards going to both 2nd and 3rd place.

* Through November 1st - Call for scripts.

* November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.

* January 29 – February, 2016 - Run of festival performances.

* February 28, 2016 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of “Best in Snow.”

To enter a script, please follow these steps.

#1- Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. One entry per playwright.

#2- Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.

#3- Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2015.

#4- Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2” x 11” paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)

#5 – Plays can have a cast of 1 to 5 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a ‘COMEDY FESTIVAL’.

#6- The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.

#7 –Submit one (1) copy of your script.

#8 - Send scripts to: SNOWDANCE

C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

#9 - Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at (262) 632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com.

* Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Free theater: EDUCATION

EDUCATION is Brian Dykstra’s edgy, thought-provoking new play about two young people who fight for their right to express themselves in a society hostile to any change in the status quo.

​D​irected by Margraett Perry, with Matthew Boston, Bruce Faulk, Xavier Pacheco, Elizabeth Meadows Rouse, and Cotton Wright.  Friday November 6th at 7pm. The Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St. (between 2nd Ave. and Bowery.)

Reservations recommended:   http://www.horsetrade.info/event/1af9d0be7990ea69a782fcae947c76d8

Ryga welcomes submissions

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Ryga welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poetry, prose and short plays that coincide with our editorial mission and follow these guidelines:

  • Poetry should be single-spaced. Prose and plays should be double-spaced.
  • A standard, readable font should be used, in 12-point type.
  • Each page should be numbered and include the author’s name and the title of the piece.
  • Prose and play manuscripts should include a word count.

Submissions by mail should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for response and/or return of the manuscript. They should also include a brief cover letter with your contact information and a brief bio. Do not staple the manuscript.

Submissions by email should include the text pasted into the body of the email AND attached as a Word file or a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file.

Our response time will vary according to the volume of submissions. Please don’t contact us about the status of your submission unless you haven’t heard from us for three months.

If your work is accepted, Ryga buys First North American serial rights and non-exclusive WWW rights. Payment is $100.

Submissions should be made to:

Sean Johnston, Editor, Ryga
Okanagan College
1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC Canada
V1Y 4X8

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Discount tickets: LADY

The Araca Project presents

A new play by Sofya Weitz
Directed by Will Arbery

LADY is about the most prolific serial killer in history and explores about the lengths we go to for beauty, sex and power. Read interviews with the playwright here and here

Starring Lola Kelly, Sasha Diamond*, Eli Gelb*, and Jack Plowe
Lights by Oona Curley
Set by Kimie Nishikawa
Sound by Kevin Novinsky
Costumes by Spencer John Olson
Stage managed by Tom Nieboer

October 28 - October 31 @ 8 pm, October 31 & November 1 @ 2 pm
The American Theater of Actors
314 W 54th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

We're excited to offer NYCPlaywrights members discounted $13 tickets when they use the offer code "FBLADY.

* These Actors appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. 

Equity approved showcase.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings

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With its roots in the McCarthy Era Blacklisiting, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has provided a home in Southern California for professional Shakespeare and the classics in its scenic, outdoor amphitheatre in rustic Topanga Canyon for over 40 years. Theatricum is also committed to furthering new works and new voices in theatre through Botanicum Seedlings.

The submission window is September 1 – November 1 annually. We will close this window after the first 200 submissions are received. These works will be considered for development and production during the following year.

Opportunities through Botanicum Seedlings include Playreadings, Play Festivals, private GreenReads (for a fresh look at early drafts) and Playwrights Workshops through Theatricum’s Academy, culminating in developmental GreenReads. Since its creation in 2002, the program has supported well over 100 new plays.

The goals of Botanicum Seedlings are:

 to maintain focus on the needs of the playwright in regard to a play’s growth;

 to foster relationships with emerging playwrights around the globe;

 to act as an advocate whenever appropriate in recommending plays to other companies;

 to establish Theatricum Botanicum as a guiding force in the development of original material; and

 to provide a nurturing environment in which Theatricum company members can expand and stretch in new directions as actors as well as directors, writers and dramaturgs.

For consideration, please keep in mind that Theatricum encourages provocative, political and socially relevant material, and prefers works that are uniquely theatrical and character-driven. Although the company is classically based, Seedlings is by no means traditional in its sensibilities and is not looking for classical translations or adaptations unless they are highly original. Nor are we interested in scripts which might be better suited to film or television. In addition, Botanicum Seedlings is committed to gender parity, with a goal of 50% or more women playwrights and directors involved in its public readings.

Submissions may also be considered for production as part of Theatricum Botanicum’s Summer Repertory Season. Please note that the theatre very rarely includes new works in its season; both of our performance spaces are outdoor amphitheatres in a natural setting.

From September 1 – November 1, we accept the first 200 electronic submissions of 10-15 page dialogue samples from full length plays (sorry, no queries for one-acts or short plays) accompanied by playwright’s bio and play history as MS Doc or PDF attachments sent to seedlings@theatricum.com. (Only one play per year, please!) If electronic submission is not possible, send complete plays, musicals and accompanying materials to Botanicum Seedlings c/o Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, P.O. Box 1222 Topanga, CA 90290. All materials will be recycled unless special arrangements are made beyond including an SASE. (Note: receiving hard copies may significantly add to our response time.)

Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of all submissions and queries. Please know that while we read and review all materials we receive, we are not able to personally follow up with every submission.

For more information on Seedlings writing workshops, private dramaturgy and other Theatricum events and programs, visit www.theatricum.com or contact seedlings@theatricum.com. The business office can be reached at (310) 455-2322. Thank you in advance for your submission, and for your patience if our response is delayed.

Jennie Webb Kimberly Shelby-Syszko Seedlings Program Director Seedlings Literary Manager

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Playwrights Horizons free symposium


Moderated by Hir author Taylor Mac.
Featuring an exciting panel to be announced soon.
The Symposium Series was inaugurated to explore the work we produce in a broader cultural context. Supplementing our regularly-programmed series of post-performance discussions-which provide opportunities for our audiences to engage with our playwrights-Symposium events allow writers to lead a big-picture conversation with a panel of unique experts to address topics surrounding their plays.
This season, we continue the tradition in the hope of extending the conversations elicited by our productions beyond the stage and into the community.
General admission tickets to this event are FREE with your reservation, so reserve your seat NOW!


We're live streaming! Watch a live video feed of the entire panel via HowlRound TV at 4:30 PM EST.

Old Library Theatre (OLT) 5th Annual One Act Play Festival

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Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company Old Library Theatre (OLT) invites submissions for its 5th Annual One Act Play Festival. Nominated for the NJACT Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play four years running, this festival showcases original one act plays on our main stage!

This year’s festival will kick off our 49th season with three performances January 22-24, 2016. Auditions will be held in November 2015.

Submission criteria is as follows:

  • All plays must be complete, one act works, running 15-30 minutes, with six or fewer characters.
  • No musicals, please.
  • Our season’s theme is “Ambition,” so we are looking for one act plays that speak to this theme in some way.
  • Plays will be mounted with no budget, though they will be fully staged with necessary sound and lighting.

Please e-mail submissions or questions to info@oldlibrarytheatre.net by October 20, 2015. Playwrights who did not have their plays produced in this year’s festival will receive priority in selection.

All performances take place at George Frey Center for Performing Arts at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

Old Library Theatre (OLT), Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company, is a community theatre organization, located in Bergen County, NJ, committed to producing quality productions at an affordable price. Old Library Theatre was started in 1967 in Fair Lawn by a handful of dreamers who wanted to make the joy of theatre performance available to everyone. The original theatre was on River Road, and several years ago moved to the George Frey Center for Performing Arts—a state-of-the-art 170-seat theater—in the Fair Lawn Community Center. Our mission is to provide quality entertainment in Bergen County, showcasing talented performers of all ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and stages of development.

For additional information about Old Library Theatre, visit oldlibrarytheatre.net.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Austin Latino New Play Festival

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The Austin Latino New Play Festival, produced annually by Teatro Vivo, brings together playwrights and audience members for staged readings of new works and rich conversation, each running just one night or afteroon. After each reading, the playwright and dramaturg participate in moderated talkback sessions with the audience.

What is the process for Austin Latino New Play Festival (ALNPF)? The ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original work. The festival format brings together the playwright to work with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience. The rehearsal process for each staged reading is approximately one week. New for the 2016 season is a reading opportunity mid process (Jan 4-5, 2015) that allows playwrights an opportunity to revise before the formal reading in February.

Teatro Mission Statement: Inspired by the power of theater to educate and entertain, Teatro Vivo produces and promotes Latino theater that provides a window into the Latino community and makes theater accessible to all audiences, especially those underserved in the arts.

ALNPF Script Guidelines:

* The script is in line with the Teatro Vivo mission statement.
* The script is a work by a Latino(a) playwright and/or focused on the lives of Latino(a)s.
* The script is an original work.
* The script utilizes both the English and Spanish language.
* Scripts cannot have been produced or scheduled for full production before or during 2016.

*** NEW*** Additionally, the 2016 festival will select one theater for young audiences to be performed the afternoon of February 27, 2016.

Selected Playwrights will ...

*be available and willing to collaborate with the dramaturg and the director selected by Teatro Vivo in the months of January/February 2016.

*be available in person or via Skype to attend the reading of their play mid process Jan 4-5. The playwright is expected to attend the February festival reading Feb 25-27, and participate in a facilitated talk back with the audience immediately after the reading of their script. Playwrights are encouraged to attend all three festival readings.

Submission Information:

*Playwrights will submit their scripts in a pdf file via email by Sunday November 1, 2015, by midnight, with the submission information requested below. Playwright information, including name, should not extend beyond the cover page of the script.

*Teatro Vivo will select scripts to be read in the play festival.

*No payment, fee, stipend, actual or implied will be paid to the playwrights. Selected playwrights incur their own travel expenses. Housing with Teatro Vivo company members may be available.

*Plays will be announced on or before midnight Friday, November 20, 2015.

In addition to script, please submit (in a separate MSWord doc): A brief biographical sketch and playwright background, email address, phone number, and home address. Include a brief response to two questions in 200 words or less: What areas of your script are you still eager to explore and develop? What are your goals for this play festival process?

Submit to both: AustinLNPF@gmail.com CC:joannreyes@yahoo.com More info at www.teatrovivo.org

Thursday, October 15, 2015


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Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage. We consider all submissions for the Heideman Award—a $1,000 cash prize given out each January—as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

An annual event that takes place in January, the A/I Tens consist of a bill of 8-10 world premiere ten-minute plays, fully produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and performed by our Apprentice Company of young actors.

  • Scripts should be submitted between September 1-November 1 (postmark dates).
  • Characters in submitted plays should be in the age range 18-28.
  • Each script must be no more than ten pages long. (We start counting pages after the title page and character list, if applicable.) Title page must include the playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Each manuscript must be typed and individually bound or stapled.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script—send us your best!
  • Previously submitted plays, plays that have received an Equity production, musicals, children’s shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not be returned nor receive a response. Plays that have received Equity waiver showcase productions are eligible. Playwrights must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.
  • We are unable to accept electronic submissions. Please mail submissions to: National Ten-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202-4218.
  • Submissions are limited to the first 500 scripts we receive each year. If your play is received after we’ve hit the 500-script mark, you will be notified. Entries will be acknowledged by postcard in December. Playwrights will be notified of their finalist or non-finalist status the following summer. No scripts will be returned.
  • The volume of scripts submitted hampers our ability to comment individually on each work, so we do not offer criticism.
  • All ten-minute plays will be considered for the Heideman Award ($1000)*, as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

*The Heideman Award was established in 1979. Made possible by the late Ted Heideman, a Louisvillian, the $1,000 cash prize is bestowed annually upon the winner of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest (1990 – present).

The submission window for the 2015 National Ten-Minute Play Contest has now closed.

We will accept submissions for the 2016 National Ten-Minute Play Contest from September 1 – November 1, 2015 (postmark dates).


National Ten-Minute Play Contest
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4218

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Secret Theatre in LIC is looking for submissions for the NEW VOICES PROJECT

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I am the new Project Director for the New Voices project. Right now I am planning on putting up the work in February, the month of love, romance, and connection. Once we chose the right script I plan producing a staged reading and if it goes well I will do a short run. It can be Edgy, dark, twisted, Dramatic or a Romantic Comedy. The script must comply with the rules below.

· 70 to 90 pages
· No more then 4-5 actors
· No actor under the age of 18
· No elaborate stage set
· No complicated lighting
· Must fit the Theme ( Love romance connection missed or otherwise) Maybe be very edgy
· Must be un-produced
· The writer must be from the NYC area and live in NYC now.

· The writer must agree to sign a contract and assist with social Media and ticket sales and be available for meetings etc.

DEADLINE IS OCT 30 2105 at Midnight.
How to apply; Send your scripts to
ROSE DESENA, NVP Project Director - nvp@secrettheatre.com

Send a short cover letter with short synopsis of the play, a list of actor’s ages and the approximate run time or page numbers.

 In the mail subject please put NVP.

You will get a short confirmation note and a response as to whether we accept or reject.

Good luck!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Playwrights' Week 2016

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Submissions Now Open for Playwrights' Week 2016!

As our Open Access Program, Playwrights’ Week serves as the central entry point for play submissions at The Lark and encourages the development of new voices. The Lark is committed to providing access to all playwrights and is proud to seek out plays that reveal underrepresented and vital perspectives. All playwrights will receive consideration without regard to demographics, professional experience, geographic location or history with the organization.

Playwrights' Week 2016 Submissions Guidelines:
  • Submit ONE completed application and ONE full-length play.
  • No more than ONE play per playwright will be considered. 
  • List only the play title on the cover page. No personal information. 
  • Submit only Word or PDF files as attachments
A complete submission is composed of two parts:
A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed. We are committed to a blind reading policy and it is important that each writer remains anonymous for the initial review.
A completed application form, available for download below
Playwrights Week 2016 Application PDF (140.9 KB)
Playwrights Week 2016 Application .doc (180.5 KB)

DEADLINE: October 20, 2015

Please EMAIL your script and completed application as two separate attachments in the same email to: submissions@larktheatre.org

Other Important Information:
Each applicant should expect a confirmation of application receipt by November 2015 and a final response by July 2016.

  • While there is no official minimum number of pages for submitted full-length plays, we do not accept 10-minute plays or musicals. 
  • Previously produced plays are eligible for consideration.
  • Plays previously submitted to this program are accepted, but we strongly encourage the submission of new work.
  • Writers living outside of the United States can apply if the script was originally written in English.
  • Due to the volume of submissions to this program, we will be unable to accept revised drafts of scripts during the selection process.
  • Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email submissions@larktheatre.org.
What Lark Provides
  • Ten hours of rehearsal time with a creative team (including director and actors) to address self-identified development goals
  • A public staged reading at The Lark
  • A peer-based community of support and conversation for the week

The Evaluation Process
Submitted plays are evaluated based on the following Lark Support Criteria:

  • Plays which are ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical
  • Plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives
  • Playwrights with clear goals about their writing who are open to a development process

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hobo Robo 8: Hobos With Their Eyes All A-Glow

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Hobo Junction Productions of Chicago is seeking ten-minute comedies for their 8th Annual Hobo Robo Competition, a three-night festival of short plays that revolve around the holiday season. This year’s festival is titled, “Hobo Robo 8: Hobos With Their Eyes All A-Glow.”

Every year, Hobo Junction selects a new theme that all submitted plays must adhere to – this year's theme is, as the title suggests, the holidays. Be it a satire of Black Friday consumerism, a parody of a famous Christmas film, or a farce set around a Thanksgiving table, the play must deal in some way with this celebratory season. Oh, and it should be hilarious.

This marks the company’s first partnership with Stage 773 after selling out performances the past two years at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Performances are December 14-16. Audience members vote on their favorite every night, and a winning play is declared at the end of the final night. The winning playwright will receive $100 prize money.

  • Playwrights may submit up to two scripts each. None of the plays submitted should have been previously produced in Chicago or published. Staged readings and workshops are acceptable. Please adhere to a strict 10-page limit. We begin counting after the page that includes the character breakdown.
  • Please leave all contact information off of the title page of your script - we want to make certain that our directors are able to read the semi-finalists blind before selecting their favorite to move to the finals (the festival) with.
  • Electronic submissions only. Please e-mail all materials to hoborobo8@gmail.com, with the subject line “Hobo Robo 8 (title of the play).”
  • Documents in PDF and DOC formats accepted.
  • Submission deadline is October 31, 2015, at midnight. Selected plays will be announced no later than November 15.
  • There is NO submission fee, so submit! What do you have to lose? (Answer: Nada.)
  • Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each year, we will be unable to comment on individual scripts. We look forward to reading your work!

NYTW Fellowships

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For 20 years, NYTW has honed an inclusive fellowship program for emerging theatre makers with a multiplicity of perspectives. These fellowships have taken many forms, supporting playwrights, directors, designers and administrators.

In its current iteration, the 2050 Fellowship is a yearlong residency for emerging playwrights and directors. The 2050 Fellowship provides a space for experimentation, artistic and administrative support, and mentorship. The 2050 Fellows are emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world.

What is a 2050 Fellow?

The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States.

This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – technologically, environmentally, demographically and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future.

How do we define diversity? Whose stories aren’t being told? What lies ahead for our world?

In response to these questions, NYTW’s longstanding Fellowship program continually to evolve to support the diversity of voices and aesthetics that will make up this new minority majority.

The 2050 Fellows are emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world.

With the 2050 Fellowship, NYTW is re-affirming our responsibility to nurture artists who reflect this multiplicity of perspectives, challenge the dominant paradigm, and give voice to those whose experiences are not often heard.

The following materials must be submitted by 5PM on Monday, October 19th. Incomplete or improperly formatted applications will not be accepted. Review the following requirements carefully.
A completed online form, available here, that includes the following:

-Contact/Personal information

-Names and contact information for two references (Recommendation letters are NOT required at this stage; however, they will be requested if you are invited to submit a full application.)
In a Single PDF to be uploaded into the form with your name as the subject:

-An artist statement that, in a total of 750 words or less, responds to the following questions:

What kind of work are you interested in making? Why?

What about a fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop specifically appeals to you as an artist?

-A resume listing credits and accomplishments

NYTW will accept up to six 2050 Fellows per season. These fellowships will entail a one year commitment from June to June. Playwrights and directors are eligible to apply.

NYTW’s 2050 Fellowships consists of five basic components:
Monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet with each other and artists from the NYTW community to discuss craft, aesthetics, and artistic development
Access to rehearsal space and two opportunities to share works-in-progress with the NYTW Artistic staff and entire fellowship cohort
Mentorship from the NYTW Artistic staff and contemporary theatre artists
An invitation to participate in the artistic life of the theatre by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW functions
A three-day weekend retreat at the start and end of the fellowship

2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support fellowship projects, see work, research and travel.

Schreiber's Shorts: TRANSITIONS

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T. Schreiber Theatre is currently accepting submissions for its yearly Schreiber’s Shorts play festival. We are accepting new works (max 10 minutes) that explore the idea of TRANSITIONS. We encourage creative interpretations of the idea, both dramatic and comedic. We invite playwrights to submit pieces ranging from, but not limited to: political, personal, historical, and religious experiences.

Plays should be in English and submissions from playwrights outside of the U.S. are strongly encouraged.

Sets and costumes should be minimal. Rehearsal furniture only (nothing that requires specially built pieces). Props should be those items typically found in an acting studio props closet.

We encourage submissions that make creative use of sound and lighting. Live sound (including Foley sound effects) is/are encouraged, as well as any pre-recorded sounds or music you imagine being part of your play. We have a wide variety of lighting instruments available (so specials and practicals are okay), although we do not have moving lights or a follow spot.

DEADLINE for submissions is Friday, October 23, 2015.

Plays will be produced at the Gloria Maddox Theatre at T. Schreiber Studios in January 2016.


By submitting an entry, you are affirming you are the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights. You further affirm that, if your play is chosen, you will grant performance rights, royalty-free, to the T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre for up to twelve performances during its Schreiber's Shorts: Transitions: January 2016. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

There is no fee for submission.

Please send all scripts in PDF or Word format to: theatre@tschreiber.org with the subject “Schreiber’s Shorts” and the name of your play.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions

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The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions for its 14th annual season to be held Downtown, New York City Spring 2016

DUTF, produced by Creative Ammo Inc., was founded in 2001 with the purpose to build a repertoire of new American theatre that echoes the true spirit of urban life and speaks to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. That purpose has been realized many times over, as more than 100 writers have created and refined their work for the stage and thousands of inspired audience members have applauded their performances. DUTF gives writers from America's burgeoning multicultural landscape the opportunity to share their stories that interpret our history and our times. It is a place where writers can create and refine their work for the stage.

For more info about DUTF, visit:  www.dutfnyc.com

DUTF will accept 15 theatrical works (plays, musicals and solo works) comprised of full-length productions (60-90 minutes) and shorts (under 45 minutes). Each work is performed only once during the festival. Three of the works will receive $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a monetary production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs.

To submit for DUTF 2016, please forward the following to dutfcoord@gmail.com.

(1) Playwright's bio with contact info - name, address, phone # and email (2) Photo of playwright
(3) Synopsis of theatrical work
(4) Complete script of theatrical work
(5) Estimated running time of work
(6) Actor/director/crew bios, if available
(7) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)


The Brick's Oven

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The Brick is now accepting submissions for its new play reading series, The Oven. Each month, The Brick will pair a playwright with a director, dramaturg, and team of actors to work in depth on their script over the course of one week. At the end of each development period, The Brick will present a public reading at its space in Williamsburg. Plays must be full-length, between 45 minutes and 2 hours in length, unproduced and original. Only one submission per playwright. Preference will be given to plays that embrace The Brick’s mission and aesthetic. 

There are no geographic limitations on who can submit, but please note that all rehearsals will take place in New York, and playwrights are responsible for their own expenses. Plays that have had readings or workshops in NYC during the past six months will be ineligible. 

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and PDF or Word file of the play to oven (at) bricktheater.com.

FutureFest 2016

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Fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild
It’s our 26th year for Dayton Playhouse’s one-of-a kind New Works Play Festival. We look forward to seeing your work!FutureFest will be held: July 2016

FEES: $20 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Dayton Playhouse”. Contact the FutureFest Director should you wish to pay by credit card. For those submitting digitally – the $20 can be mailed separately or processed by contacting the FutureFest Director, you can also click the link below.

ELIGIBILITY: Entry must be an original work, full length with a minimum run time of 75 minutes (NO musicals, plays with music or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FutureFest 2016. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

ENTRIES ACCEPTED: Submissions will be accepted August 1 through October 31, 2015 (postmark).

SCRIPTS: May be submitted via US mail or electronically.

Mail: Submit a blind copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (address, phone #, e-mail address) and resume. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. Submit via Media Mail. If you would like confirmation that we received your script, include a SASP (no envelopes). Eliminated scripts will not be returned. Script evaluations will not be provided.

CONSENT: Playwright gives the Dayton Playhouse permission to photocopy scripts for reading/ production purposes. Semi-finalists will need to provide a PDF of their script.

Should your script be selected and produced as one of the 6 finalists, you must be available to attend the weekend festival and participate in all events.
Finalists must acknowledge the Dayton Playhouse if/when script is published.The winning playwright awards the Dayton Playhouse the option to produce the winning play as part of its main stage season royalty free.
AWARDS: A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright; runners-up each receive $100. The Dayton Playhouse provides the 6 finalists travel (within the continental U.S.) to Dayton, OH, and housing for FutureFest weekend (July 16-19, 2015).
SELECTION PROCESS: Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 3 reads/evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the 12 semi-finalists. A second committee selects the 6 finalists. During FutureFest weekend, the plays are staged and publicly adjudicated by a panel of 5 theatre professionals (New York based and regional). Following the final production of the weekend, the adjudicators vote and select the winner.
NOTIFICATION: Finalists will be posted on the Dayton Playhouse website (www.daytonplayhouse.org) in May 2016.
SUBMIT TO: Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, P.O. Box 3017, Dayton OH 45401-3017
or email to futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com
QUESTIONS: Contact: FutureFest Program Director

INDEMNIFICATION: The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Dayton Playhouse, Inc. its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest 2015

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NOTE: Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from paying this entry fee by using the discount code Guild 2015 when applying.

Deadline: October 31, 2015

The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest seeks to develop the highest quality work with LGBT characters or themes. We seek material that is innovative and groundbreaking, and that deals with LGBT history, or issues of importance to the community. While we do appreciate the traditional well made play with LGBT themes, we like hearing fresh stories told in new ways. and we hope to begin relationships with writers looking to engage in that work.

As you explore our website, you will see on our production history that we have already produced world premieres of material that has been developed in the contest. And we have produced Chicago premieres of work done elsewhere, along with historical LGBT pieces. http://pridefilmsand09-plays.com/pfp-production-history-and-awards/

And while there is an entry fee to apply, Dramatists Guild Members are exempted from that fee. You will be able to enter the Dramatists Guild Discount Code (Guild2015) on the page which asks for credit card information.


We recommend NOT SUBMITTING PLAYS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED IN PREVIOUS YEARS unless they have been re-written.

Awards & Prizes

The contest generally has a semi-final round, and a final round of up to five finalists. The finalists receive $400 cash prize and a chance to work with the artists of Pride Films and Plays to develop their work in rehearsals in Chicago. The finalists work is presented in 'enhanced staged readings' performed at the Center on Halsted, and featuring members of the PFP Artistic Ensemble along with guest artists. 

Rules & Terms

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The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The entry period for The Great Gay Play Contest (the "Contest"), sponsored by Pride Film and Plays (the “Sponsor”), an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, begins September 1, 2015 at 12:01 am. Central Time (CT) and ends October 31, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. CT (the “Entry Period”; October 31, 2015 will be referred to as the “Deadline Date”). Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the Contest. Void where prohibited by law.


The Contest is open to individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in the state/country/province in which they reside on the date of entry who are legal residents of, and physically residing in, one of the fifty (50) United States (excluding Puerto Rico, United States territories, possessions, and protectorates, and foreign based United States military installations) or one of the following countries (see web site).


All plays and musicals entered into the Contest must be original. Plays or musicals adapted from pre-existing material will not be accepted, unless the author of the Play is also the owner of the material from which the Play is adapted or has the rights to said material. Plays must be written in standard play format, in English and can be no more than 120 8 ½” x 11” pages in length and in PDF format.

The title of your PDF should be the exact title of your play – or your play title with GGPC – but should not include your name or any other words in the title. Do not put any information on or in the play that would identify you and/or your co-author(s) including, without limitation, your name, your co-author’s name(s), your contact information or your co-author’s contact information.

Entrants will be judged only on the play accompanying their entries. Entrants will not be allowed to rewrite or correct their plays once submitted. Do not submit anything with your play including artwork. Any additional material accompanying the play will be discarded.

Scripts that have no production history will be accepted. We will also consider scripts that have been supported with staged readings or workshops as well as scripts that at the time of entry have had one community theater, educational theater, or one non-Equity production (which ran for no more than 25 performances). Plays which have received Equity productions are not eligible.

Plays which do not meet the above requirements will be disqualified.

Be sure to retain a copy of your play because Sponsor will not return the play you submit for the Contest.


You can enter the Contest via the Internet only.

There is a fee to enter the Contest (the “Fee”). Members of the Dramatists Guild and the PFP Writers Network are exempt from that fee. Entries must be paid with Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover. The amount of the Fee is based on the date of entry as follows:

Date of Entry Fee

September 1 to September 30, 2015 US $30.00
October 1 to October 31, 2015 US $45.00

Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from paying this entry fee by using the discount code Guild2015 when applying. The discount will be asked for on the page asking for Credit Card information. You will be asked to provide your DG number by PFP Staff when judging for the festival begins.

To enter, log on to www.filmfreeway.com, find the information on our Contest page, and follow the appropriate links to register. Register for the Contest by including your name, your mailing address, your primary phone number (with area code/country code), your cell phone number or alternate phone number (if any) (with area code/country code), your birth date and your e-mail address. You will attach your script to the Film Freeway entry, and need not send it any other way. Music for musicals (in mp3 files) should be emailed to PrideMusical@gmail.com. Entry can only be made electronically – no snail mail applications will be accepted under any circumstances.

AUTHORS MAY SUBMIT MAY THAN ONE SCRIPT INTO THE CONCEPT. However, each script must be made as a separate entry. And DG members can only claim the DG exemption for the first script they submit.

Entries submitted or received after the Deadline Date will be disqualified.

Playwright's Festival

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Original Play Submissions (full length plays and musicals) for the 26th Annual Playwright's Festival

Play Submission Deadline: Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Play submissions should be sent by e-mail to William Mittler and Tim Espinosa wmittler@fullcoll.edu. CC: fcplaywrightsfest@gmail.com

Musicals should include dropbox links with scores or tracks.

Actor Auditions: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Bronwyn Dodson Theatre)

The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full-length musical theatre works of any genre for its 26th Annual Playwright's Festival to be held January 4-22, 2016 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre, Fullerton CA. Accepted scripts are workshopped and given a staged reading/performance.

Company members in the Festival have the unique opportunity to participate in the script development process from several angles. Performers have the chance to be the first to bring life to a written character, as well as learn the skills of efficient preparation for script-in-hand reading and the flexibility necessary for working with a fluid and changing script. Company members watch the process unfold and see how various choices impact the direction of a play, learning various critical tools to help understand why and how a piece of theater has its effect. By the time of the rehearsed readings, members of the company will be able to respond to the scripts both as performers and as colleagues of the playwrights.

The Festival is looking for directors, actors, dramaturges, and administrative staff to participate in Playwright Festival workshops and staged readings. There are also positions available for assistant dramaturges: students who want to focus on the playmaking and revision process. Assistant dramaturges will learn critical tools and methods for useful and positive interaction with playwrights in the middle of a sensitive and often-fragile revision process. This will be valuable for those interested in writing themselves, as well as for those studying critical theory.
Script Deadline: Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 5:00pm

Artistic Director: Tim Espinosa
Dramaturge: William Mittler
Please contact William Mittler for more information

Thursday, October 8, 2015

11TH InspiraTO Playwriting Contest

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Full details (no fee, open to all):


Please read the full details below before applying.

1.This year's creative challenge: Shift. The play must show that a "shift" has taken place or is about to take place in the play.

shift: Move from one place to another, especially over a small distance. Change positions. Adjust. Correct. Lift. Land, people, buildings, structures or objects repositioned. Distruption. Swerve. Pivot.

Show us.

Leave your comfort zone.

2. The play must be a ten-minute play. The contest is open to anyone without geographic or age restrictions. You must submit online. Please fill out the submission form below and submit your play by December 1, 2015. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.

The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We accept any style except musicals.

The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced in InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 12, 2016 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging. Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 15, 2016.

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 2 - June 12, 2016. Between ten to eighteen, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 11th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in the June 2016. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

3. The submission must be a play. A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.

Get inspired. See your story come to life!

Must submit plays online at http://www.theatreinspirato.ca/participate/play

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


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Variations Theatre Group, a nonprofit company run by highly qualified theater professionals, invites submission of one act and full length plays for its First Frost Festival at the classy Chain Theatre in Long Island City (near MOMA PS1)  to be held between December 5th and December19th, 2015. There are no reading fees, submission fees or participation fees. We curate your work, select a few of them and, based on our evaluation, and run them for two weeks.
Deadline for submission is November 9, 2015. 
  • Plays could be one act or full length. There are no length restrictions.
  • Each play will be shown at least three times during the course of the Festival, which will be held from the 5th to 19th of December 2015.
  • Each play should bring its own production team. 
  • For more details and application form please visit our website http://variationstheatregroup.com/newsite/first-frost-festival/
  • Applications must be emailed on or before November 9, 2015 toSubmissions@variationstheatregroup.com.
  • Successful applicants will be notified on or before November 11, 2015.

For questions, please contact us at info@variationstheatregroup.com.

MITF's New Fall Festival

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November 2 - 22, 2015

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) has started a new festival -- in November. MITF: Fall combines some of the most popular features of other MITF festivals: short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings.
Short plays and musicals are the mainstay of the MITF Short Subjects (part of the larger MITF, in July) and the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival. We're looking for any kind of short play or musical that fits the guidelines:
* 30 - 60 min. long
* Easy to produce in a no-frills festival
* Any genre. (Plays using guns as props will not be considered).
* Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File. Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.*

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theatre's JewelBox Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., NYC

Short plays and musicals receive 3 performances, all in the same week. Producers receive a share of the profits, if any. Shows receive a tech rehearsal equal to 2.5 times the running time of the show.
The Variety division spans cabaret, magic, improv, sketch comedy, standup, and burlesque. Acts can be solo or group affairs, so long as they fit within an hour, including setup and strike, and so long as they bring their own music director and so forth. The Festival provides a keyboard and amp. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any.

The Short Play Lab is just like the regular Short Play Labs throughout the year: 2 programs of about 10 short plays each (not to exceed 10 min. in length), each program performed twice. The Festival takes the door; 2 cash prizes are awarded to the most popular shows, 1 from each program. Each show receives no more than 20 min. of tech rehearsal.

For all shows, the Festival provides a theatre (the WorkShop Theater Jewel Box), shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), front-of-house staff, a board op (NOT a lighting designer), and a keyboard plus amp if necessary. Shows must be fully produced (off book!).

In addition to the fully produced shows, there will also be staged readings on weekday afternoons. Producers wishing to present a staged reading must make sure their reading doesn't exceed 3 hours and must pay a $100 fee. The Festival doesn't provide a board op or any technical rehearsal to speak of.
To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF AutumnFest," and let us know whether it is a short play or musical, a variety act, a 10-min. play, or a staged reading. We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible. Please send all playscripts and all Variety submissions (video reels, youtube, etc.), to: john.chatterton@gmail.com
We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects Is October 15.
Submission Deadline For Short Play Lab and Variety Is October 22.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

Ninth Annual Original One­Act Festival

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Stage Door Productions, Inc.
Ninth Annual Original One­Act Festival
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays shall be selected for production in the spring (March/April) of 2016. Of those six selected, one shall win the Grand Prize $150 and one shall win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers. Of the remaining four, one shall will an Audience Favorite Prize $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:

All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less.
Submissions must be received by email between August 1, 2015 and November 1, 2015
Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration. 

Additional information and guidelines:

All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format.

All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation.
Playwrights will be notified via e­mail when their manuscript is received. 

Scripts should include:
A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e­mail address

A cast of characters with descriptions

A brief synopsis

Numbered pages

Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.

Playwrights will be notified by February 1, 2016, if their play has been selected for production.

Plays selected for production will be listed on our website, www.stagedoorproductions.org

All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.

Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.

Only stage plays will be considered. Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.

All submissions must be original and unpublished.

Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.

Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.

Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene  changes.

Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.

Jewish Playwriting Contest

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Artists can submit projects to be for considered for the Jewish Playwriting Contest, our competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary Jewish themes; for OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y; and other developmental and advocacy opportunities as they arise.

To date, the JPP has advanced 23 new plays, 11 of which have gone on to production in New York, Boston, Detroit, Tel Aviv and around the US (see www.jewishplaysproject.org/success for more). Together with the OPEN Festival, the JPP has featured some of the country’s most exciting next-generation artists (Daniella Topol, Robert Askins, Brooke Berman, Jonathan Caren, Marc Bruni, Resident Director Benjamin Kamine, and tons of others).

IMPORTANT NOTE: SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.

CONTENT PREFERENCES: The JPP seeks plays that find the intersection between Jewish identity and global self. We want to look at the places where Jewish ideas, traditions, stories, myths, culture (and yes, religion) impact, inform, and hopefully improve our lives.

While we value history, we will always lean toward plays that tackle vibrant strands of today’s world: social justice, economic justice, diversity, strong women in Jewish life, LGBTQ inclusion, new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations.

Be bold. Think differently about what Jewish theater can be. Strive for epic size and impact. Embrace the emotional, mystical, the theatrical. Tackle the challenging, the controversial, the provocative. We are unafraid to walk these roads with you.

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by October 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm. Each submitting playwright must fill out the Project Application form (www.jewishplaysproject.org/submit). Playwrights will upload their play to the form as a PDF with their name removed (all plays are reviewed blind). There is no fee to submit, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length plays that deal with contemporary Jewish themes that have never been produced in New York City. The following must be true of a submitted play:

1. It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
2. It is not a Holocaust play (stories that deal directly with the history of the Shoah, its survivors and their children, or the World War II period more generally).
3. It does NOT fall into the beloved category of "ethnically stereotypical comedy" (No 'Yiddishemammeh" plays, no "My Afternoon With Bubbe", no "Jewtopia")
4. It is in English. (We welcome translations).
5. It runs at least 75 minutes.
6. It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region, or a major regional theater (LORT C or above).

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Torrent Theatre is seeking 10-20 minute plays

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Torrent Theatre is seeking 10-20 minute plays for its 2015-2016 Season. All selected plays will be fully produced as part of Torrent's short play festival.

Torrent Theatre, a collaborative of young artists, strives to push social boundaries and spark a discussion amongst their audience, examining our every-day decisions and challenging the status-quo. What has come to be expected of us? Have we fallen into a trap - a vicious cycle of repetitive motions? Do we embrace the status quo and cling to tradition, or do we choose to resist that cycle and make waves in order to strive for something better?

The collaborative was founded by Albright College alumni Sheldon Carpenter and Ilyssa DePonte in January of 2015 and made their sold-out NYC debut with Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Pretty in September.

Application Instructions

Please send submissions in PDF format as well as a 50-150 word summary of your play to TorrentSubmissions@gmail.com

Rover Dramawerks 10-Minute Play Contest

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Rover Dramawerks announces our second annual 10-Minute Play Contest, We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our SWEET Sixteenth Season.
  • Submissions will be accepted from September 20 to October 20.
  • Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
  • No musicals.
  • Plays may have been produced previously but not in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
  • Plays may not be published.
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
  • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
  • Only PDF files will be accepted.
  • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process). 
  • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided: http://form.jotform.us/form/52236320223138
  • There is no fee.

Five to eight plays will be chosen to be a part of Rover’s 10-Minute Play Festival, June 30 - July 9, with all winners receiving a $50 prize. The audience will also vote on the “Best of the Fest,” and that overall winner will receive an additional $100.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 80-120. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. We recommend that you check out our website at www.roverdramawerks.com to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Please note: The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

Monday, October 5, 2015


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San Francisco Theater Pub is pleased to announce that our popular PINT-SIZED PLAYS event will be returning for a sixth year but first, right now, we are accepting script submissions from playwrights for THE MORRISSEY PLAYS.

Disappointed? That’s fine. MORRISSEY doesn’t need your love. Yours, or anybody else’s.

Conceived by head writer/director Stuart Bousel (from an idea by Nirmala Nataraj), THE MORRISSEY PLAYS is an evening of short plays that take place in a bar and involve people drinking heavily and talking about MORRISSEY, and/or living the way MORRISSEY would want them to live, if he wanted anything from anybody. Which he doesn’t. The 2016 MORRISSEY PLAYS will happen January 18, 19, 25, and 26 at PianoFight in downtown San Francisco.Because PianoFight is where Theater Pub performs and because January is the saddest month of the year.

The Rules:

* Plays must be no longer than the time it takes MORRISSEY to take off his shirt at a concert. This means plays may be as short as a few seconds, but no longer than two songs from “Vauxhall and I” (i.e. 10 minutes, or 8 pages). Additionally, each play should be titled after (and ideally inspired by) a MORRISSEY song. Yes, Smiths songs are an option. Duh.

* Plays must require no more than four actors. None of those actors can or will be MORRISSEY. None of the characters should be either. This isn’t a MORRISSEY drag show. Though if you’re the sort of person who would buy tickets to that- PLEASE APPLY.

* All of the characters in the play should drink. Sober conversations about MORRISSEY are the worst. At least half of them should smoke too, but we can’t smoke in bars any more. THANKS PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LIVE.

* Plays must take place in a bar. The kind of bar MORRISSEY fans would hang out in. This is for both thematic and logistical reasons. The plays will be performed in the bar space of the PianoFight building and the only set items we can guarantee are tables, chairs, and drinks. We can not and will not guarantee MORRISSEY.

* Plays must respect the bar space. PianoFight is incredibly supportive of our company, but in return, we need to be worthy of their trust. Don’t demand that actors do anything in your play that you wouldn’t do in a bar yourself. Except maybe talk about MORRISSEY. These plays aren’t about YOU, okay?

* Submissions should be emailed to theaterpub@atmostheatre.com, with the subject line “Last Name, First Name – Title of a MORRISSEY song”. Attach the script to the email as a PDF or Word doc. All scripts should include playwright’s name and contact information.

* Submission deadline is midnight Pacific time, October 25, 2015. Midnight is the time which suits MORRISSEY best because wistful sighs are loudest at midnight, and the light that shines from your window as MORRISSEY stares longingly at it from the shadows has the highest contrast. Selected plays will be announced in November “Spawned A Monster” 2015. (please note: MORRISSEY is the monster).

The Suggestions:

*MORRISSEY is a vegetarian. We are sincerely hoping at least one show is titled “Three MORRISSEY Fans Eat Hamburgers And Talk About MORRISSEY.”

*MORRISSEY is super divisive. You don’t have to like MORRISSEY to submit to this project. You just have to have an opinion and a good working knowledge of the MORRISSEY songbook. Don’t lie about this. We’ll know.

*Extra points if you can actually justify any song on “Kill Uncle” or come up with an explanation for the track list on “Hatful of Hollow”.

*Monologues are totally accepted. Particularly ones that open or close with “Fuck MORRISSEY.”

*MORRISSEY is a romantic poet’s wet dream and one witty-ass motherfucker- the 20th century’s answer to Oscar Wilde and Lord Byron, blither than Annie Lennox, sulkier than Lana Del Rey, too dark to be pop, too lazy to be goth, gayer than Suede (both Suedes), more hetero-depresso than Roy Orbison, the spiritual love child of Chris Isaac and Freddie Mercury, built by God to outlast even Madonna and most definitely Lady Gaga, able to hold the hands of Taylor Swift fans everywhere, look deeply into their eyes, and gently diagnose them as the human failures they are. So we’ll be looking for lyrical, dia-logo-magical stuff here. Or stuff that’s just really funny. I mean, seriously- how can anyone take MORRISSEY seriously? Especially post Johnny Marr. DONT YOU DARE SAY SOMETHING MEAN ABOUT MORRISSEY! Or Johnny Marr.

*This is an INCREDIBLY CONCEPTUAL project, and applicants should be open to crafting their pieces to fit the project. This could mean trimming, shaping, expanding, revising, etc. Nothing will be done without the playwrights’ permission and everybody will be asked to make whatever changes are needed themselves, but you need to be open to feedback and continued shaping as we work together to create an evening of droll and melancholy but also cohesive and entertaining pop theater. Imagine we’re all writing songs for an album, an album sung by MORRISSEY, only MORRISSEY is played by 6-10 actors who will at no time actually play MORRISSEY. The object will be to create material these actors can play- ideally without any of them doubling characters. This is an “in world” festival, for lack of a better terms. So come in knowing we may/probably will ask you to adjust material to fit better into the world of the evening.

The Legalese:

* Anyone may apply. MORRISSEY doesn’t believe in boundaries, except the unsurmountable one between the lover and the beloved one.

* There is no fee to submit a play for consideration. MORRISSEY knows you’re poor.

* Selected playwrights will receive a small stipend and the opportunity to have their play produced by San Francisco Theater Pub for four performances in January. Small stipends may also be cups of tears.

* San Francisco Theater Pub will handle all production responsibilities for the selected plays, including the director (Stuart Bousel). We reserve the right to choose actors for each play as we see fit.

* The submitted plays, whether chosen for production or not, remain the intellectual property of their authors. San Francisco Theater Pub makes no claims to these scripts and will not cut, edit, or otherwise change the playwright’s dialogue without the writer’s express permission.

* If you have additional questions, please email theaterpub@atmostheatre.com.

We’d look forward to reading your submissions, but we’re sort of laying around the place feeling all sad for ourselves so… whatever.

Reva Shiner Comedy Award

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Guidelines for Submission

The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2016-17 Reva Shiner Comedy Award (deadline Oct. 31, 2015). The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2016-17 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2016.
  • "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  • Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  • Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.
It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Reva Shiner Comedy Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2015, and received no later than November 10, 2015. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Ruby Slipper Fringe

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The Ruby Slipper Fringe will provide independent female artists representing a wide range of demographics with a platform to be seen and heard by a supportive group of colleagues and to be introduced to a wider community of audiences. The Fringe will present new and in-process works that speak to a wide range of experiences, artisitc styles and genres while shining light on the lack of women's voices inherent in the worlds of playwrighting, dance, filmmaking, literary arts, music, visual arts and more. With the theme of parity in mind, programming will be made accessible to all members of the community through culturally sensitive curating that includes voices from an array of backgrounds and through socio-economically inclusive events which will be free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY 18 - 21 AND FEBRUARY 25 - 28, 2016
251 Spruce Street, Winston Salem, North Carolina 27101
(Detailed Schedule to be posted December 2015)

Applications Accepted: September 28 – November 30, 2015

Deadline for Applications: November 30, 3015

Artists notified regarding the status of their application: December 16, 2015

Artists Accept and Confirm Participation: No later than December 18, 2015

Fringe Schedule Confirmed (artist performance slots): December 30, 2015

Ruby Slipper Fringe Festival: FEBRUARY 18 - 21 AND FEBRUARY 25 - 28, 2016

Stage Left Theater call for 1-minute plays for Fast & Furious

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, WA, is pleased to announce its call for 1-minute scripts for Fast & Furious, a staged reading of really short plays, in February 2016.

*What? 1-minute plays (2 page maximum for dialogues, 1 page maximum for monologues)
*Two scripts maximum.
*All genres welcome (no children’s plays or musicals)
*Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.
*Standard play format preferred.
*There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more PG-13 fare.
*Cast size, no restrictions
*Deadline: November 1, 2015
Notification: January

Submission procedure: 
1. Fill out the submission form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8ZZ87VB
2. Send the full script with your contact information and character breakdown. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).
3. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to sandrah@spokanestageleft.org. The subject line should include Fast & Furious Submission  and the title of the play.
4. Include your name and email address in the body of your email.
Fee? None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.
Questions? Contact Fast & Furious coordinator Sandra Hosking at sandrah@spokanestageleft.org.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

CLOCKHOUSE Submissions

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Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers. (Current students of Goddard College are ineligible to submit to Clockhouse, but we look forward to reading your work after you graduate.)

Submit to Clockhouse


All submissions must:
  • Be original, unpublished work written by the author
  • Follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:
  • Fiction: Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts in a literary style. Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines)
  • Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full length play or screenplay (Up to 15 pages)
  • Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less
  • Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.)
  • Be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page). No email submissions will be accepted

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread.

Submission period for the Summer 2016 issue opens on August 15, 2015 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2015.

Responses to submissions

Please expect to wait up to four months for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to submissions@clockhouse.net. Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.

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