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Thursday, January 14, 2016

INKTank Cycle 7

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The INKtank Lab seeks to select 3-4 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work as well of their peers in an artistic community environment with a shared intention of honest feedback and earnest conviviality. The lab cycle will be facilitated by INKtank alums, Mariana Carreño King (Miss 0744890) and Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness). INKtank is a collaborative process where Rising Circle will provide structure and resources while playwrights create what happens week-to-week based on the needs of each writer.

All submissions must be made via Submittable by January 16, 2016.
§ One full-length script that you would like to work on during the lab (Please note: we are not accepting one-character plays or musicals at this time.)

§ Resume

§ A one-page artistic statement explaining your personal rewrite goals, what you feel are the strengths of the script, and what you would like to focus on for the piece during the developmental process. Please include the developmental history of this piece, if it has had readings in the past, or if there are any upcoming readings of your work.

§ Finalists will be contacted for an interview in late Feb/early March.

Each play must have the following in order to comply with our culminating project vision:

§ First drafts of full-length scripts. (Does not have to be polished. In fact, scripts should be at a very raw and early stage of development.)

§ 5-ACTOR maximum. (No exceptions. If your play has more than 5 characters, the text must support double casting.)

§ Be in line with Rising Circle’s mission statement to expand the scope of storytelling on the American stage by giving voice to unheard stories of people of color.


The structure for the lab and culminating event is greatly determined by participant availability.

• The lab will begin in mid-March and run through mid-June.

• Lab meets for 12-consecutive weeks, unless otherwise specified by the Facilitators.

• Each session is 3-4 hours, where pages are read and discussed (one hour per playwright).

Applicants MUST live in the tri-state area to be considered.


• INKtank playwrights are expected to attend all weekly lab meetings, and participate in post-reading

discussions by providing constructive feedback for your fellow playwrights.

• Each playwright must read the selected scripts prior to the first meeting.

• Each playwright is responsible for generating new pages weekly (5 page min, 20 page max)

• Each playwright is expected to participate in 2 midpoint readings. The first midpoint reading consists of reading solely the first act after the first few meetings among the group. After 6 weeks, there will be a second midpoint reading of the rough draft of entire script with actors. Playwrights will continue to refine their drafts for another 6 weeks, culminating PlayRISE.

CULMINATING EVENT: PlayRISE Festival of New Works

• A week of public readings of all plays in early-mid May (final date to be determined during lab process).

• There will be five hours of rehearsal with director and actors before each reading.

• All playwrights will receive an honorarium.

• Playwrights are expected to attend each reading to support their fellow lab members, and participate in any panel events that are scheduled during PlayRISE (please see the “What We Do” section of our website for past PlayRISE events).

Please note: Applicants must live in the tri-state area to be considered.

All submissions must be made via Submittable by January 16, 2016.

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) Summer Pride Festival

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Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its sixth annual Summer Pride Festival, July 15-17 and 24-26 in the historic Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph (VT). We are seeking full-length scripts that present the issues and concerns of today's LGBTQ populations, especially in rural areas. Plays that have been previously produced or published are welcome, and their performance history would be of interest.

These should be e-mailed to <vermontpridetheater@gmail.com>, no later than February 1st. For more information about the festival or VPT, send inquiries to that same address.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Monthly Question. February 2016

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We are now accepting submissions for Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question! The Monthly Question is a reading series of new and bold writing (short plays/ Monologues/ poems/ Songs) around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at The Kraine Theater, NYC.

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven company that continually raises questions and encourages bold new writing from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Important dates:

Jan 31st - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline! Feb 3rd - announcement of chosen works.
Feb 8th - performance night at 8:30pm.

Casting the actors on the spot at 8pm, show at 8:30pm. Location: The Kraine Theater, NYC.

Scripts must be related to our monthly question.
In Lama’s last Monthly Question event, we asked our audience to leave us questions and this is what we picked out of a hat… Our February question is:

  • What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations! 
  • When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing. 
  • Short plays are limited to 8 pages in standard playwriting formats. (You can submit your 10 pages play but please keep in mind that we might ask you to make a few cuts.) 
  • Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages. 
  • Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes. 
  • Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF. 
  • Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English. 
  • Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions. 
  • E-mail your Script/Song/Poem to: lamatheatercompany@gmail.com
  • The subject line should include the title of the play. 
Please fill your contact info and the name of your play at our website:


Any Questions about Lama's monthly question? Please email us lamatheatercompany@gmail.com and we’ll help you out!
For updates and more info about Lama follow our page https://www.facebook.com/lamatheatercompany

Call for Monologue Submissions for 2016 Monologue Festival

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Chances are, you've had one – more than one. They can be inspiring, terrifying, tedious, nauseating, and profound. Jobs. Jobs put food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and (sometimes) anxiety in our hearts.

Forward Theater Company, an Equity theater in Madison, Wisconsin, is excited to announce its fourth monologue festival, Someone's Gotta Do It, to be held in September 2016 at Overture Center for the Arts. We invite you to create characters telling their work stories: the exhilarating, the necessary, and the outlandishly absurd.


• Monologues should be inspired by the theme: Someone's Gotta Do It.

• Monologues must be between two and ten minutes in length. Therefore, scripts should be a maximum of eight pages long, double-spaced, using a standard format (twelve point font), and be written for a single actor to perform. (All lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered).

• We do not accept musical submissions, adaptations, or children's plays.

• Monologues should require very simple production values: set-pieces, props, or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disadvantage an otherwise excellent submission.

• Each playwright may submit up to two scripts with no fee. 
(For each additional script, there is a $5 reading fee, payable by check to Forward Theater Company. Checks may be sent to Forward Theater Company, PO Box 14574, Madison, WI 53708.)

• We are soliciting new work for premiere productions. If the piece has previously received a fully-realized production, do NOT submit.

• Each script must include a title page with name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please do NOT list your name anywhere on the monologue itself.

• Submit scripts via e-mail ONLY to monologues@forwardtheater.com. Please use the subject line "Monologue festival submission."

• E-Submissions will be accepted until midnight on January 15th, 2016.

• Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail once they have been received. Due to the volume of scripts submitted, we are unable to offer feedback.

• Winning scripts will be announced on our web site, on or before July 1st, 2016. Winning playwrights will be notified via email or phone on or before this date.

• Writers will be credited in marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid for the September 2016 performances. Playwrights are entitled to two complimentary tickets to the opening performance.

If you have questions, please email kmoeller@forwardtheater.com.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Magnet Theater: Lady Sketch Lab

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The Lady Sketch Lab is back—and this year, we want YOU to help us make it bigger and better than ever! All WOMEN are encouraged to attend!

Here’s how it’ll work:

We’ll be meeting on Saturdays 12-3 at the Magnet Training Center (22 West 32nd Street, 10th floor) for six weeks starting January 30th.

You’ll bring in a mix of new and rewritten sketches each week (1 or 2). We’ll give each other feedback for rewrites. The best sketches will be put into the final shows (March 14th, 21st and 28th at 9pm).

For the first meeting all we ask is that you bring in is:

1. An example of a sketch that you saw on TV or staged and why you love it.
2. An example of something that happened in your day/week/month/life that you thought was really funny. Anything.

THAT’S IT! You don’t even have to write anything just yet. Give it a try.


But I’ve never written sketch or taken a sketch class.
That’s totally fine. We still want you.

But I really can’t write. Can I just perform?
You can get involved as a performer only. Come to the meeting anyway. You might find yourself accidentally writing something amazing.

But I can’t perform/memorize lines.
You can just write then.

I write better with a partner. I can’t do this on my own.
You and your (female) partner can present co-written material at meetings. Alternatively, if you realize you really like working with someone at the meetings, you can go off and write together.

I can’t make all the meetings.
Come when you can. What ends up in the show will be the best material, meaning it will probably have been presented to the group and rewritten a number of times, but feel free to show up when you can.

Is this going to be a comedy show only about periods and tampons?
No, it will be about whatever you decide to write.

But I’m still scared.
Follow your fear. Remember how hard improv used to seem before you actually tried it?

More questions?
Email: megan@magnettheater.com

See you there,
Amanda Xeller, Megan Gray & Chet Siegel

    Monday, January 11, 2016

    “Bacchanalia!” New Play Readings Festival

    Blunt Objects Theatre is proud to announce that we are now accepting entries for the return of our “Bacchanalia!” New Play Readings Festival, coming to New Orleans for 2016.
    All submissions are due by January 15, 2016. They must adhere to the theme “This is not the future I was promised.” Lament about your lack of hoverboards, flying cars, or employment, how Captain Planet failed, how Marx told you capitalism would be dead by now, or how Back to the Future lied about the Cubs. Give us your funniest, most heartbreaking, and above all else your best plays with the following parameters:
    • Adhering at least broadly to this year’s theme
    • No more than 5 actors necessary
    • No previous full productions
    • Understand that by submitting your play, if selected for the festival, you grant rights to a full production of your play by Blunt Objects Theatre through 2017. 

    Preference will be given to plays with:
    • Plays reading at under 90 minutes
    • Plays with 2-5 decent female roles
    Short plays are welcome.

    Winning entries will be featured in Blunt Objects Theatre’s Bacchanalia! 2016 New Play Readings Festival in New Orleans.

    There is no fee for submission! All entries should be attached in an email to bluntobjectstheatre@gmail.com with the subject “Bacchanalia 2016” and a brief description of the playwright and the submitted play in the body of the email. Applicants are welcome to submit more than one play. There will be no cash prize for winning entries. However, of the winning entries, at least one play will be selected for full production and monetary compensation will be discussed upon closing of the festival.

    In Full Color monologues celebrating Women’s History Month

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    Art House Productions is seeking monologues and art for the second annual “In Full Color," celebrating Women’s History Month in March.

    The hit show is coming back with more women sharing anecdotes and monologues about love, loss, family, food, work, culture, education and more. Last year, 13 women spoke about everything from being mistaken for a terrorist to dating while Asian. Give the world a glimpse of life in your skin!

    “In Full Color” aims to create artistic opportunities for WOC, to help them share their unique stories and lastly, to encourage cross-cultural and racial tolerance. The production is open to women writers of Black, Hispanic or Asian descent, of a mixed-race background or belonging to any other ethnic minority group.

    Selected writers will work with director Summer Dawn Hortillosa and perform their pieces at Art House Productions, 136 Magnolia Ave., behind the Journal Square PATH Station in Jersey City, N.J. Non-performing writers may also be paired with an actress of similar background. Submissions should be five minutes max and have minimal set/tech requirements. Limited prop storage is available. Non-union, non-pay.

    All submissions should be sent to summerhortillosa@gmail.com. The timeline for the project is as follows:

    Submissions Due: Monday, Jan. 18
    Acceptances Emailed By: Sunday, Jan. 31
    Rehearsals: TBA between Feb. 1 and March 16; Each performer will have at least 1 to 2 rehearsals
    Tech Rehearsal/Runthrough: Wednesday, March 16, time TBA
    - Thursday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
    - Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
    - Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
    - Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m.

    Artists! We’re also seeking submissions for the promo image for “In Full Color,” which will appear on our posters, postcards and promotional banner outside Art House. Keeping in step with the rest of the production, we’d like to feature work by a female artist of color. Check out last year's fantastic image by Ruani Ribe above! Artists and designers should send JPGs of an image they feel represents the WOC experience by Sunday, Jan. 31 to summerhortillosa@gmail.com.

    For more information, email summerhortillosa@gmail.com. To learn about the project, click here: https://summerization.wordpress.com/theater/in-full-color/

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

    Heartland Theatre Company 2016 10-Minute Play Festival

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    Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2016 as part of our 15th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE ART GALLERY.

    The competition is open to all playwrights who wish to submit a play. Eight plays will be selected and performed from among all the submissions


    1. Your play must fit the theme – THE ART GALLERY – or it will not be considered.
    2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
    3. We require internet submissions in MS Word. Please note that we do not accept pdfs. Because we judge plays blind, we must remove any identifying information contained on the manuscript as well as add a tracking number. That is not possible with a pdf. If this is a problem for you, please contact playfest@heartlandtheatre.orgto discuss your situation.
    4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
    5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
    6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
    7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
    8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
    9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
    10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title appears on every page of the play, however.
    11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges and depends a great deal on timing. No plays submitted after January 1 will be considered for revisions.
    12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
    13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
    14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
    15. Your play must be written in English.
    16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
    17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.
    18. MAKE IT GOOD!
    All entrants must complete and submit
    Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

    You must attach your script in MS Word format when you send the entry form.

    ***Deadline for entries considered for revisions is January 1, 2016. If you want the opportunity to do revisions, your play must be entered by January 1.***

    Finalists will be notified approximately March 10.

    Winners will be announced approximately March 31.
    If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org

    Friday, January 8, 2016

    Reproductive Freedom Festival Call for Works

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    Words of Choice, a theater company in New York City, announces the Reproductive Freedom Festival.

    1-The Reproductive Freedom Festival is a theatrical event supporting reproductive freedom, rights, health and justice. We are pro-women’s rights, pro-human rights, pro-reproductive justice and pro-choice.

    At this difficult time for reproductive rights, we are producing this festival to share the elegant, funny, poignant, powerful words supporting reproductive freedom.

    2-Words of Choice is seeking new short theatrical works of FIVE minutes or less in length for readings in New York in a Reproductive Freedom Festivalthat will be LIVE STREAMED across the country and throughout the world via VirtualArts TV, the country’s premier arts streaming venture.

    3-Those who submit will be offered an opportunity to designate a nonprofit or community activist group that they wish to acknowledge, promote and see supported.

    4-Works are divided into four categories:

    Historical time period
    Contemporary time period
    Future time period


    Who Can Submit: All persons are welcome. Each person may submit one to three works. Persons from inside the U.S. and elsewhere are welcome to participate.

    What to Submit: Theatrical works of five minutes or less in length. See information on style and topics below.

    -Style: Works may be in any genre, including comedy, drama, mystery, biography, personal, political, satire, spoken word, poetry, song. Works should be in English (or have English translation.)

    -Topics: Appropriate topics are reproductive freedom, rights, health and justice, abortion, birth control, body image, sexuality, periods, menopause, sexual safety, gender-based assault, pregnancy, parenting, clinic work, LGBTI rights, economic justice, racism, anti-abortion harassment, Religious Right, immigration rights, gender identity, sex education, AIDS-HIV, leadership, activism, politics … for a fuller understanding of topics, check out this video: https://youtu.be/0y3gSh8BhIA

    -One tip: We tend to favor works that connect the political and the personal.

    Time: Category: Submitters will be asked to select a time category – a) historical, b) contemporary, c) future, d) timeless.

    Length: Five minutes (or shorter) in performance.

    Originality: The works must be original to the submitter. New works are delightful; works previously presented also will be considered.

    What Will Happen to the Works: Each work will be reviewed by theater persons versed in the topics at hand. Selected works will be presented in New York City at the Reproductive Freedom Festival (exact date forthcoming) produced by Words of Choice and by our ensemble of top performers. You will not be asked to produce your own works or to pay a fee. (Works which you wish to perform yourself are not part of the mix, but if you want, you can inquire.)

    How to Submit: Fill out an application form (can be copied from the end of this posting or email us for a copy) and send it with your five-minute (or shorter) selection to ReproductiveFreedomFestival@gmail.com . PDF preferred; Word doc or dox are also accepted. There is no fee.

    Deadline: January 15, 2016

    Why you are asked to name an organization: We hope this worldwide Live Streaming opportunity produced through Virtual Arts TV will support the good works of like-minded grassroots groups and nonprofits across the country and the world. If your work is selected, there may be opportunities to promote or support the organization you designate. Please note: political candidates and campaigns can’t be considered because of government restrictions on nonprofits.

    Actors or Musicians or Artists: If you are interested in participating as a performer, send your statement of interest, headshot, resume to ReproductiveFreedomFestival@gmail.com.

    Visual, video or other artists may contact us with proposals for the worldwide Live Streaming, as well.

    Volunteers of all sorts are invited to email us, and Sponsors or ideas for them are welcome additions to the Reproductive Freedom Festival. Please contact. ReproductiveFreedomFestival@gmail.com

    Questions: Cindy Cooper, ReproductiveFreedomFestival@gmail.com


    WHO We Are

    The Reproductive Freedom Festival is being launched by Words of Choice, a dynamic theater working in support of reproductive rights and freedom. Originally founded by Cindy Cooper (now Exec. Dir), Words of Choice first performed in 2002 in New York, and in 2003 formed into a nonprofit. Our signature performances -- a mosaic of a dozen works by a many writers – are presented by an ensemble of actors and have toured to more than 20 states, worked with over 100 organizations, are a DVD, were Live Streamed worldwide as part of the First Wired Arts Festival by VirtualArts TV, are published in a book (‘Frontlines: Political Plays by American Women), were performed on radio, and are presented at conferences and events(www.wordsofchoice.org).

    We also produced the first Reproductive Justice Walking Tour with live performances and a fair, and created a virtual Reproductive Justice tour on video and a toolkit for other communities. (https://reprojusticetour.wordpress.com/ ) We conduct Creativity Workshops on reproductive rights and maintain a blog, Up the Creativity, of over 320 posts (http://wordsofchoice.blogspot.com/) of creative actions for reproductive freedom.

    Words of Choice has been honored with the Anne E. Fisher Champion of Choice Award by NARAL ProChoice America, the Vision Award from the Abortion Conversations Project, and a proclamation from the City of Providence.

    A nonprofit 501c3 organization, donations are most appreciated. We welcome inquiries from Sponsors for the Reproductive Freedom Festival.

    Some of the writers we have worked with: Judith Arcana, the late Justice Harry Blackmun and Sally Blackmun, Angela Bonavoglia, Esosa Edosomwan, Mo Gaffney, the late June Jordan, Barbara Lindsay, Kathy Najimy, Michael David Quinn, Mary Ann Sorrentino, Kathleen Tolan, Dr. Susan Wicklund, Penny Lane, Jessica Carmona Baez, Maame-Mensima Horne, Gloria Feldt, Joan Lipkin, Emily Lyons, The Onion, Emilie Townes, Sherica White, Alix Olson. See more: http://wordsofchoice.org/the-play/about-the-writers

    Stacey Linnartz is serving as the Artistic Consultant of the Reproductive Freedom Festival. Live Streaming will be produced byVirtualArts TV, the premier arts-streaming entity in the country.

    “….Words are found responsible

    All you can do is choose them

    Or choose

    To remain silent. Or, you never had a choice,

    Which is why the words that do stand

    Are responsible …”

    From ‘North American Time” By Adrienne Rich




    A. Submitter





    Phone: ____________________________

    Email: _____________________________

    B. Title of Work or Works Submitted (five minutes in length, no more than three). PDF preferred; Word doc or dox also accepted. (By submitting you verify that the work is your original creative work and that you have read the information about the Reproductive Freedom Festival and agree to inclusion in it.)




    C. The work falls into this time category (check or circle)

    i-historical time period

    b-contemporary time period

    c-future time period


    D. Name of a Grassroots, Community Group or NonProfit that you wish to promote or support through outreach efforts by the Reproductive Freedom Festival, with a one-sentence description of why, the group’s website or Facebook page, and a contact person if you know it. Please note: we can’t accept political candidates or political campaigns.




    E. Other information you’d like us to have:



    SEND THIS FORM AS A PDF with your SUBMISSION on or before January 15, 2016 to ReproductiveFreedomFestival@gmail.com

    Questions: Cindy Cooper, ReproductiveFreedomFestival@gmail.com

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    Getting it Read at Primary Stages ESPA

    Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA)

    You’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into your new play, and it feels like you’re sitting on a gold mine.  So, what’s next? This 5-week class offers you unprecedented access to the folks on the other side of the submission process. You will have a different instructor for each session, allowing you to get a full range of opinions and guidance from some of our favorite play developers working today. Discover the elements that grab a reader immediately and learn the red flags that turn them off. With potential topics like loglines, 10-page samples, and how to make effective introductions with collaborators, this class will give you the tools you need to get your work produced.
    Instructors subject to change due to scheduling conflicts.

    Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
    April 6: Jill Rafson (Director of New Play Development, Roundabout Theatre Company)
    April 13: Natasha Sinha (LCT3 Associate, Lincoln Center Theater)
    April 20: Annie MacCrae (Associate Artistic Director, Atlantic Theater Company)
    April 27: Adam Greenfield (Associate Artistic Director, Playwrights Horizons)
    May 4: Christopher Burney (Associate Artistic Director, Second Stage Theatre)

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

    MITF: Spring

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    MITF: Spring

    March 7-27, 2016

    Dear Friend in the Theatre,

    MITF: Spring is a combination of 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. 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).
    * No AEA. No exceptions.
    * 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 Theater's JewelBox Theater, 312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Spring runs from March 7-27. The Short Play Lab runs Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13.

    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 JewelBox), 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: Spring," 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 February 22, 2016.
    Submission Deadline For Short Play Lab and Variety is February 27, 2016.

    *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.

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    New Works Festival 2016 Script Submission

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    UPDATE: the deadline has been re-extended to January 15, 2016

    Each year, Kitchen Dog selects six new plays from hundreds of submissions to be part of our New Works Festival. Selected scripts receive 15-20 hours of rehearsal, one public reading in May or June, and a $100 honorarium for the playwright. As Founding Members of the National New Play Network, it is our goal to showcase an exciting, diverse, and inclusive slate of plays that reflect the next phase of new work coming to the fore in the American theater and beyond. This year marks our 18th annual festival of new plays.

    We invite playwrights to submit full-length scripts that have had no more than one production. This is more of a showcase opportunity than a developmental one, so scripts should be close to production-ready, especially since we are unable to provide travel funds. Plays that call for five or fewer actors are ideal, but not mandatory. While there are no limitations on genre or style, we ask that all scripts speak to Kitchen Dog’s mission. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted.

    This year, in a concerted effort to go green, we are accepting submissions through the New Play Exchange. The web-based NPX is the most efficient way to get your work in front of hundreds of new play professionals across the country. This platform allows us to easily receive your plays, and to recommend them to our colleagues in the field. While we are only able to present six plays as part of our Festival, we are committed to writing recommendations in NPX for our top 25 finalists.

    Only electronic submissions will be considered – no hard copies, please.

    If you have questions about submitting your play to us through NPX, please contact jess@kitchendogtheater.org.

    The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico

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    To apply for an artist residency, complete an application form below and submit it along with the required work samples.

    The annual deadline for applications is January 18th to be considered for a residence grant the following calendar year. Online applications must be received, and mailed applications must be postmarked, by January 18th. Grantees will be notified of their fellowship awards by June 1st 2016. For more info read the FAQs below.

    The Foundation offers three sessions a year:
    Session 1 (mid January - mid April)
    Session 2 (June - mid August)
    Session 3 (early September - early December)

    Applications recieved between now and Jan. 18 2016 will be considered for residency grants in 2017.

    Option 1 - Apply Online
    Application FAQs

    What is the length of the residency?
    From 10 to 12 weeks, depending on the session.

    What artistic disciplines are eligible for a residency grant?
    • Visual artists including painters, photographers, sculptors, filmmakers, ceramicists
    • Literary artists, writers, poets, playwrights
    • Composers and songwriters

    May I submit my resumé, a letter of intent, or a project proposal?
    Yes, please submit your resume. A letter of intent or project proposal is not required.

    What format of work samples should be included with my application?
    Literary artists and playwrights must submit hardcopy work samples. Digital work samples are accpeted and encouraged for applications from visual artists and composers. Acceptable file types for images include jpg, gif, pdf and png. Accepted types for audio files are mp3 and m4a. Filmmakers may send DVD's or USB drives with video samples.

    Can both my partner and I be in residence at the same time?
    The casitas are single-occupancy only. Couples who apply must do so separately; if both are awared grants, they will be scheduled for different sessions.

    Can I bring my pet?
    No, we ask you to leave your pets at home during your stay at our campus.

    I'm a playwright. Where do I apply for the Chesley/Bumbalo grant?
    Playwrights applying for the supplemental Chesley/Bumbalo grant must specify this on their application. Online: After you select 'playwright' as your Specialty, check the box above the Comments section specifying your interest in applying for the Chesley/Bumbalo grant. Printed applications: You must write on the form that you are interested in applying for the Chesley/Bumbalo grant.

    Jubilee Theatre submission guidelines

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    Jubilee Theatre creates professional productions which reflect the African-American experience. Jubilee Theatre is committed to producing new works which help further the mission of the theatre. As a result, we do accept play submissions from established and new playwrights.

    Season planning begins in January of each year and is usually concluded around mid-April. The best time to submit scripts is the beginning of each year.

    We ask all playwrights to submit the following in order for Jubilee to consider a script:
    • Letter of intent (no more than 500 words) addressing how the work reflects the African-American experience.
    • Resume, including contact information.
    • The full script.
    • Stamped, self-addressed post card if you want to receive acknowledgment of receipt.

    Your application should include ONLY the above materials and be mailed to:

    Glenda Thompson, Managing Director
    Jubilee Theatre Play Submissions
    506 Main Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76102

    Applicants may be contacted and asked to supply other plays they have written, references, and/or other materials.

    Please note: Due to the large number of scripts that Jubilee receives, we are not able to respond to or provide feedback for playwrights. No phone calls please.

    Monday, January 4, 2016

    Free play reading in Stratford Connecticut

    Readers Theatre Showcase
    Saturday January 23, 2016
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
    A new play  by Stratford playwright Jack Rushen
    Free and open to the public.
    Location: Stratford Library Lovell Room
    Information also available on Facebook

    Two actors, ALLISON and REBECCA, are sharing an apartment in New York City. ALLISON is a stunning young Julliard graduate, well on her way to a career, and REBECCA is the older and the more plain of the two, but is a firestorm of emotion and a much better actor. But beauty trumps talent as ALLISON signs with one of the best agents in the city and the auditions come pouring in while REBECCA, at age 40, breaks her back with a catering company five days a week and can’t get arrested. She is also bipolar and her moods swings quite often. Jealousy builds as ALLISON books a major part in a new film and REBECCA pretends to be happy for her. REBECCA stops taking her medication and turns into a monster at the climax of the play, where all her insecurities flood from suppression into reality. This is a play about a person who suffers constant soul crushing defeat, experiencing the relentless desperation of finding success. How much can she take?

    Lama Theater Company is holding an artistic residency in Laguna Apoyo

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    U.S Playwrights, Musicians and Poets: Due to unexpected changes behind the scene, we are NOW open our residency applications for 32 hours! There are TWO spots available for spontaneous candidates

    Lama Theater Company is holding an artistic residency in Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua January 28th - February 18th, 2016 in collaboration with The Peace Project.

    Lama will offer 14 interdisciplinary artists from anywhere in the USA to live, create, develop their personal project and volunteer in The Peace Project for 20 days! 

    The deadline for applying is Wednesday 1/6 at 10AM (EST.)

    For the submission guidelines and more info: http://www.lamatheatercompany.com/

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

    Free Workshop

    Around The Block Al Doblar La Esquina in collaboration with

    Hamilton Fish Branch invites you to participate in our

    Cyberscripting Theatre Workgroup

    10:15 am - 12:30 pm

    Saturday January 9, 2016

    Free Admission

    Focused on (but not restricted to) the interplay of mathematics, information technology and urban experience, we cover the development and presentation of dramatic literature. All levels of expertise welcome. Improvisation, scene writing, analysis, directing and acting. Bring your own equations, programs, scripts, poems, ideas (if you want to), for reading and/or discussion.

    Current text:

    Robert McKee, Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting ; Regan Books; 1997.

    Bring your own work (if you want to), for reading or improvising.

    To find out more, come to our workgroup:

    10:15 am - 12:30 pm

    Saturday Jan 9, 2016

    Hamilton Fish Library

    415 East Houston Street [corner Columbia St.]

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    The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awards program will be accepting submissions for 2016 awards starting September 8. Each year, the Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilians, to recognize their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history. Individuals will be honored at the Foundation’s annual Awards Ceremony on April 23, 2016.

    All winners receive a $1,000 cash prize, a medallion and a commemorative brick along the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park pathway at the Marine Corps Heritage Center.

    Applicants may self-nominate or nominate another individual for his/her work. If the piece is selected for an award, the awards committee will contact the applicant for any additional information needed to get in touch with the author/creator of the original work.

    Applicants who are nominating someone else´s work must indicate this in the overview that is part of each submission detailed below. Submissions must be submitted electronically in PDF form, by website URL (in the case of blogs/dispatch reporting) or mailed on a DVD. All video submissions should include three copies on DVD format, mailed in a case, along with the category for the submission and the applicant´s name and contact number. All parts of the submission including overview must be sent electronically or by mail together, rather than in multiple parts. Electronic submissions are preferred but the Foundation understands that not all submissions can be sent in electronic format.

    The deadline for this year´s awards submissions is January 8, 2016. Be sure to fill out the Awards Program Submission Form and include it with all submissions.

    Drama - The Bill Broyles Award is given for a distinguished play or screenplay by a playwright or screenwriter, dealing with U.S. Marine Corps heritage or Marine Corps life.
    Submission requirements: Submission must include a brief synopsis of the work, as well as a copy of the play or screenplay.

    All award submissions must include the Awards Program Submission Form and should be sent to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Please note:

    Only one submission per category per person
    No submissions accepted which have previously received an award in another category
    Entries from previous years are not eligible
    Please send one submission per email message - subject line must contain applicant's name and the award category
    Each photo submitted must be labeled with the title of the photo, the photographer's name, and the award category
    E-mail: awards@marineheritage.org
    Mail to: Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
    c/o Awards Program
    3800 Fettler Park Drive, #104
    Dumfries, VA 22025

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    City Theatre of Independence Playwrights Festival 2016

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    Playwright Festival 2016

    Each summer, City Theatre of Independence holds a festival featuring eight, original works. This year’s Playwright Festival will be July 28-31, 2016.

    Please carefully review the following guidelines to submit your short play(s):
    1) The theme for 2016 is “The Road Not Taken”
    2) Each play submitted must have no more than 4 characters, and no more than 4 set pieces.
    3) Must run 10-15 minutes in length.
    4) Plays with an excess of offensive language will not be accepted; if you have to ask, assume it’s excessive.
    5) Submissions will only be accepted from January 1 through January 8, 2016.
    6) Only the first 75 plays received will be accepted for consideration.
    7) Please email scripts to playwrightsubmissionscti@gmail.com. IMPORTANT: The script must have no identifying personal information attached to it. A separate cover sheet with all contact information, including the play title must be included. We will only notify playwrights that make the specified cut-off and we will not do any notifications after the quota has been filled. Playwrights that make the final chosen eight will be notified and production information will be sent. A compliance search will be conducted on each script.
    8 ) Plays cannot be published or produced prior to June 1, 2016, nor be subject to any royalties.
    9) No entry fee required
    Plays that do not meet these guidelines will not be considered. Please note that plays will not be returned.
    Thank you for your interest! We look forward to another successful festival!
    You can also view information on last year’s festival here or at Playwright Festival 2015.
    If you would like to submit a full length play for consideration by our season committee, you may do so September through October of any year. CTI plans our season two years out, so in fall of 2015 we choose plays for our 2016/2017 season.

    Royal Court Theatre Submission Guidelines

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    The Literary Office is dedicated to finding exciting new plays that ask bold questions about the way we live now. We receive over 3000 unsolicited scripts a year from emerging and established playwrights, all of which are assessed and considered for development or production at the Royal Court.

    If you are a writer and would like to send us a script for consideration, then the Literary Office is your first port of call.


    The Royal Court programmes original plays that investigate the problems and possibilities of our time. Occasionally, we also present revivals. We are looking for outstanding plays which are formally or thematically original and are unlikely to be produced elsewhere.

    Before you submit a script to us, we suggest you familiarise yourself with the Royal Court; come and see the plays being produced in our Upstairs and Downstairs spaces, and look at the archive and reviews of recent productions. This should give you a better feel for what we are looking for.

    We do not accept one act plays or multiple submissions.

    Please do not send us screenplays, novels, collections of poems or radio plays as the Royal Court does not programme adaptations from other forms. We will not read historical and biographical plays unless these resonate strongly with contemporary life and are unlikely to programme new musicals unless these have been commissioned by us. Unfortunately, we cannot consider resubmissions or new drafts of plays we have read and responded to, unless we have specifically requested a new draft. 


    Please send scripts in hard copy (double-sided if possible), with a brief synopsis and covering letter describing any previous playwriting experience, to: The Literary Office, Royal Court, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS. Unfortunately, we cannot accept scripts by email.

    Scripts sent without return postage will be recycled. We are unable to return scripts sent internationally so please do not send International Postage Coupons. Please use recyclable envelopes when submitting scripts to us.


    All English language scripts submitted to the theatre are booked in and distributed to readers, as appropriate, from the Literary Office. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your script, generally by email. The scripts are then read by a team of professional playwrights and directors, the senior in-house readers and/or the Literary Manager.

    The reader’s report forms the basis of a recommendation to the Literary Manager and, where appropriate, may lead to consideration of the script by the senior Artistic Team at our weekly script meeting and/or additional support for play development through workshops, attachments or readings.

    We read all scripts sent to us and will contact you to let you know whether or not we wish to proceed with the development of your play. The very large number of scripts submitted to the Royal Court means it may take 3 months to respond to you.

    Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide critical feedback or enter into correspondence with playwrights whose work is felt to be unsuitable for further development or production at the Royal Court. However, where appropriate, we strive to secure the interest of other theatres and producers in plays we consider to be of particular merit, but which are not suitable for our own program. 


    Christopher Campbell Literary Manager
    Louise Stephens Deputy Literary Manager
    Zahra Beswick Trainee Administrator (Projects and Literary)

    For further enquiries please contact literary@royalcourttheatre.com or 020 7565 5050.

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