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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ReOrient 2017: Call for Plays

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Golden Thread Productions is seeking short plays for the ReOrient Festival of Short Plays 2017. The ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco.

  • Playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage writing about any topic
  • Playwrights of all backgrounds writing about the Middle East
  • The plays must be in English.

Submission Guidelines:
Length: 10-30 minutes
One submission only per playwright
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Areas of Interest include:
  • Comedies
  • Plays that experiment with non-realistic forms, non-linear or physically-based storytelling
  • Plays that explore and demonstrate aspects of daily or family life
  • Adaptations of classical texts and or historical figures
  • Exploration of Middle Eastern performance traditions

How to submit:
Email the play and a cover letter, including your and the play’s relationship to the Middle East, to gtpsubmissions@gmail.com with subject line “ReOrient 2017.”

Golden Thread Productions, founded in 1996, is the country’s first theatre company focused on the Middle East. We produce passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. Every play serves as an invitation to discover unexpected connections and engage in deeply moving conversations that last well beyond the life of the play. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their careers. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. goldenthread.org

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival - NYC

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Deadline: 4/26/2016 at 5PM

June 09 - June 26, 2016

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.


Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “NYC - Only in New York”

New York City is like no other place in the world! We are seeking plays that get to the heart of the Big Apple and explore what makes this town tick. Unique New York - it's more than a tongue twister - it is a way of life!

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: March 18, 2016
Submissions close: April 26, 2016 at 5p
Play selection announced on; April 10, 2016

For more festival information visit: www.shortplaynyc.com

Saturday, April 23, 2016

William Shakespeare, Playwright and Poet, Is Dead at 52

“To be or not to be,” said Hamlet, prince of Denmark, “that is the question.” Yesterday, Hamlet’s creator was; today, he is not. Of that there is no question. 
Poet, playwright, actor and theatrical-company shareholder, William Shakespeare (sometimes spelled Shakspeare, or Shagspere, or Shaxpere, or Shaxberd, or any number of blessed ways) died today, April 23, 1616, at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was, more or less, 52. His passing was confirmed by his daughter Judith. 
Over the course of three decades, Mr. Shakespeare rose from working-class obscurity in Warwickshire to become one of England’s foremost playwrights and poets — acclaimed for his penetrating insights into the human character, his eloquent, flexible and infinitely expressive verse and his readiness to burst the bounds of the English language (drawing on a vocabulary of more than 25,000 words).

2nd Act Players playwriting competition

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Enter today for the chance to see your play performed by the 2nd Act Players, the dynamic new theater company in Evanston, Il. Entries should be from emerging authors and deal with 2nd Acts in people’s lives. Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter today. Once you’ve filled out the entry form, e-mail your script to:

johnnfrank@Evanston2ndAct Players.com

Contest basics:
  • Eligibility: open to playwrights who were born, grew up, or now live within 200 miles of Chicago. (New York playwrights with Chicago connections welcome.)
  • Plots: Plays should deal with 2nd acts in people’s lives, key turning points or major life-changing events. Comedies or dramas, or dramadies all welcome.
  • Cast size : 6 or less characters
  • Staging: minimal scenery/stage dressing/sound requirements.
  • Length: 50 pages or less, standard script format
  • No musicals, children’s plays, adaptations to works not in the public domain, or plays involving nudity of any kind.
  • Prizes: $50 honorarium for each of two winning scripts.
  • Entry deadline: May 1, 2016

But wait, there’s more…
  • Plays should be new, unperformed works, or works that have been performed for less than 9 performances.
  • The top two scripts, as judged by the 2nd Act Players board of directors, will become eligible to be produced by the 2nd Act Players in early 2017.
  • 2nd Act Players will retain all performance rights for the winning scripts from the announcement of winners through June 2017.
  • An individual may enter more than one script and win more than one prize in one year.
  • The 2nd Act Players reserves the right to turn down any entry for not following these guidelines.
  • Scripts to be submitted online only, in normal play script format, Word document file format or PDF and will not be returned. Include a one-page overview of the story.
  • 2nd Act Players reserves the right to cancel the competition if no suitable scripts are submitted.

Next Act! New Play Summit 5

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Accepting full length plays only.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.
Comedy and Drama welcome!


Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)

Plays previously submitted to Next Act will not be considered for this years’ Summit.

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Sunday May 1, 2016


Plays: Playwrights should submit, as a single Microsoft Word or single PDF file attachment, a short one-paragraph synopsis that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; character descriptions and the first 10 pages (and only the first ten pages) of their play. Submission documents should be void of playwright’s name and contact information.

Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines stipulated will not be accepted.

Email your submission to nextact@capitalrep.org with 2016 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.

Electronic submissions preferred.


Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified by the end of August.
Three plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 4-day summit, which takes place October 21 – 24, 2016.

For more information go to our website.

Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte

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Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking to build a collaborative writing team for an original immersive experience to be presented as part of the company’s upcoming summer season. Inspired by the work of surrealist painter, Rene Magritte, The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte, will feature performance, installation, and dance set in an 8 room mansion on Governors Island. Six playwrights will come together to create a surreal story; one that will weave audiences in and out of these spectacular rooms. Magritte’s three panel mural, The Enchanted Realm, will serve as our beginning source material. Writers will collaborate June-July. The show will premiere August 6, 2016 and runs through September. Exquisite Corpse Company invites you to join the team for an unforgettable experience!

How to Submit:

1) Pick a section of the mural that inspires you! Writers will be challenged to create a 10 minute playlet from one of the listed sections of Rene Magritte’s mural, The Enchanted Realm. The word “playlet” is crucial in your understanding of your submission, as writers on this project will be asked to collaborate with fellow writers, make edits, etc. However, each submission should have a complete story arc, and able to stand alone as its own piece.

There are six sections noted as follows: A, B, C, D, E, F.

*In your submission you must note which section you are submitting for.*

2) Include at least one of the following characters in your playlet: Rene Magritte, Georgette Berger (his wife), Magritte’s Mother, Father, supposed lover Sheila Legge.

3) Consider the inspirations listed above in your writing especially those of perception, and identity. Magritte’s obsession with the “mystery of the ordinary”.

4) Send all submissions to : Submissions@exquisitecorpsecompany.com

Subject : Magritte Section ____ (insert section you are submitting for)


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Discount tickets: BLOOD AT THE ROOT


the New York City Premiere of the Penn State Centre Stage Production of
Written by Dominique Morisseau and Directed by Steve Broadnax
National Black Theatre Inc., 2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Limited engagement from April 20th through May 15th

Blood at the Root is a bold new drama by award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau (author of NY Times Critics' Pick Skeleton Crew and Sunset Baby) inspired by the events surrounding the "Jena Six", six black teenagers convicted in the beating of a white student at Jena High School on December 4, 2006. It follows a group of high school students desperately trying to define themselves while seeking to persevere amidst the relentless injustice happening in America.

Blood at the Root examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the impasse in gender relations of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of black family life. Using music, dance and poetry, this ensemble driven piece weaves into stunning effect an impactful theatrical experience that asks us to explore the current state of activism in the 21st century.

Special Offer:
$15 tickets from April 20 to April 22- no code needed

$20 (reg. $25) - April 23 to May 8


ONLINE: Visit Ovationtix.com and use code RISE

PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code RISE

Restrictions: Phone and Online Service Fees will be applied at checkout. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.

Discount tickets: VINCENT

by Leonard Nimoy
Theatre at St. Clement’s
423 West 46th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York NY 10036
Limited engagement thru June 5th

The passion, the love, and the tormented beauty of the life of Vincent van Gogh is dramatized in this intimate play, which playwright Leonard Nimoy adapted from the hundreds of letters between Vincent and his closest ally: his brother, Theo. Van Gogh’s story is so much more than that of the misunderstood genius who cut off his own ear. In this play, Vincent’s brother, Theo, movingly reveals Vincent as few knew him. Theo teaches us the meaning and significance of his brother’s life to all humankind: Vincent van Gogh lives on as a symbol of inspiration, courage, passion, and the lust for life that art kindles in all of us. Leonard Nimoy’s VINCENT includes over 100 stunning high-resolution projections of Van Gogh’s artwork. Originally performed by Mr. Nimoy himself, this production stars James Briggs, who has toured the country to popular acclaim for three years.

"the bearded and personable James Briggs with his light and expressive voice and nimble physicality gives a very engaging performance. Mr. Briggs skillfully conveys emotion, humor and pathos. In addition to depicting Theo, he at times portrays Vincent, vividly capturing the essence of both. Over 100 beautiful and haunting images of Van Gogh’s paintings are projected onto a large screen surrounded by a vintage gold frame that serves as the stage’s backdrop during the engrossing 85 minutes of this very well executed production." - TheatreScene.net

BroadwayWorld.com described Briggs' performance as "flawless" and "masterful" and stated, "He is a thoroughly-engaging, eloquent narrator bringing great warmth, genuineness of feeling, and utter conviction to every aspect of his performance."

"a fabulous mix of theater and art." - The Valley Reporter

"Van Gogh Lovers Will Want to See Leonard Nimoy's VINCENT." - The Huffington Post

Special Offer
$32 tickets (Regularly $59)


PHONE: Call 866-811-4111 and mention code VINCENTPROMO

Restrictions: Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. Offer not valid on premium locations.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Discount tickets: OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

A New Comedy by Israel Horovitz
Directed by Barnet Kellman
with Francesca Choy-Kee, Angelina Fiordellisi, Judith Ivey, and Estelle Parsons

Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014
Limited Engagement June 7 – July 17

Four women arrive in Paris for the funeral of a 100 year-old man who loved each of them - at times variously, at times simultaneously. For 24 hours they share his apartment, delicious secrets and a dead cat.

Special Offer:
$39 (reg. $65) – June 7 to June 18

$49 (reg. $65) – June 22 to July 10


ONLINE: Visit CherryLaneTheatre.org and use code BRR39

PHONE: Call 866-811-4111 and mention code BRR39

IN PERSON: Visit the Cherry Lane Theatre Box Office with print out of offer.

Restrictions: $1 facility fee per ticket will be added in addition to Phone and Online Service Fees. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. Not valid June 16th.

Well Played Publishing is currently accepting submissions

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Call for Submissions

Well Played Publishing is currently accepting submissions of full-length scripts written for high school performers (Ages 13 - 18). All scripts submitted will be considered for publication. Please send a 10-page excerpt, preferably in the body of the e-mail, along with a brief bio and your contact information, to wellplayedpub@gmail.com by May 1, 2016.

Please do not submit plays that have been previously published. We are happy to consider works in progress.

Visit our sister company, Mushroom Cloud Press, the leader in publishing for competitive speech & debate since 2000.

Discount tickets: A PERSISTENT MEMORY

by Jackob G. Hofmann

Theatre Row – The Beckett Theatre
410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York NY 10036

Limited engagement May 27th thru June 19th

David Huntington is losing his grip on reality. With every passing moment, his most precious memories are slipping away. But why? In pursuit of answers, David suddenly finds himself preoccupied with a mysterious phenomenon that’s plaguing the world’s elephant population. This fixation soon catapults David into a series of unexpected encounters that will ultimately force him to confront the dark events of his family’s past. A provocative and poetic drama, A Persistent Memory explores the virtues of grief, the impact of childhood memories, and how we mustn’t ever allow our pasts to define who we really are….

Special Offer
$29.50 (Regularly $49.50)


ONLINE: Visit TelechargeOffers.com and use code TRBI29
PHONE: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code TRBI29
IN PERSON: Bring a print out of offer to Theatre Row Box Office (410 West 42nd Street).

Box Office Hours: Monday – Saturday: Noon – 6PM, Sunday: Noon to curtain

Restrictions: Price includes $1.25 restoration fee. Not valid June 1st. Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. Offer not valid on premium locations.

Cecile’s Writers’ Magazine is Open for Submissions

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Our aim is to create a free digital magazine where intercultural authors can publish their work. Submissions may be sent to us at any time. We accept submissions from intercultural authors:
  • Authors for whom English is their native language but currently reside in a non-English speaking country (or have resided in a non-English speaking country for at least 3 years).
  • Authors whose parents have different cultural backgrounds (either by ethnicity or by nationality)
  • Authors for whom English is not their native language but choose to write in English.
  • Authors who do not fit any of the above categories but still feel they have an intercultural voice are also welcome to submit their story. When submitting please do briefly explain why.
The concept is about the authors and not the subject matter. The stories themselves do not necessarily need to highlight intercultural subject matters.


All genres of fiction are welcome. We prefer character driven stories as opposed to plot driven stories.

In non-fiction, we accept short memoirs, personal essays and literary essays.

The maximum word counts are as follows:
  • Flash Fiction: 1,000 words
  • Short Stories: 7,500 words
  • Novelettes: 21,000 words
  • Novel Excerpts: 6,000 words
  • Plays: 9,000 words
  • Personal Essays / Memoirs: 6,000 words
  • Literary Essays: 6,000 words
  • Poetry: For Limited time only – 1 Jan to 31 March, 2016
  • (see separate submission guidelines for poetryfor more details)

Author’s Rights

Cecile’s Writers retains the exclusive first rights of publication for a period of 6 months after it has been published on the website. The author retains full copyright of any work published.

We do not accept work that has been previously published elsewhere (or is expected to be published elsewhere), this also includes work published on blogs.

Author’s Information

The author’s name and email address should be typed at the top of the first page with the word count of the story. We also ask the author to include a brief biographical note with their submission (max. 200 words) as a separate attachment, mentioning what it is that makes you an intercultural writer.

Response Time

We will do our best to respond to your submission within six weeks. In busy periods (July/August and December) this could take up to 12 weeks.

Simultaneous Submissions

We accept simultaneous submissions since we want an author to have every opportunity to be published. We do ask that an author inform us immediately when his/her work has been accepted elsewhere.


We only accept electronic submissions in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .txt
Manuscripts should be in 12-point type in one of these fonts: Arial, Cambria, Helvetica or Times New Roman
Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 2.5 cm margins
Manuscript pages should be numbered at the bottom of the page
The title of the story and the author’s name should be visible as a header on all pages

Technical Difficulties

If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please contact us at: editors@cecileswriters.com
Ready to submit? Please fill in the submission form.
We look forward to reading your work.

The 2017/18 CartHorse Fellowship Application

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In 2017, Buran Theatre will celebrate ten years. As we approach this milestone, we are proud to unveil the core program for our second decade.

After ten years of producing work generated by the artistic director, Buran Theatre will transition in our second decade to support and produce theatre/performance-based artists through transformative 2-year process-based fellowships. Utilizing the Buran process developed over the past decade by the artistic director and associate artists, CartHorse Fellows will build, produce and present a new theatre work over two rigorous years of development with the support of the company’s resources and talent.

The fellowship will be an immersive experience for artists who are eager to develop their own process; delve deep into a completely new project; gain/build skills in self-production, marketing, development and administration; build a company/family of collaborators under the auspices of Buran Theatre’s creative and organizational capacity; and a means to expand Buran's mission and ethos to pioneering and under-represented artists.


Working closely with the artistic director and associate artists, the CartHorse Fellow will:
-take on artistic role in producing Buran Theatre’s 2017 10th anniversary production;
-partake in administrative, creative, developmental and production meetings and decisions for the 2017 season;
-have access to Buran company resources (space, talent, funding, etc.);
-receive commissioning fee for new work (at least $250 , but could be larger dependent on funding);
-develop a new work throughout 2017/18;
-receive two-week run of production in 2018 in NYC;
-and potentially to tour to Buran satellite system (Albuquerque/Los Angeles/Kansas City/Minneapolis).

We are looking for:
-playwrights/directors/theatre-makers/choreographers/designers/visual artists/composers who have been told their theatrical vision is too wild, wooly, impossible, colorful, and/or unwieldy to produce;
-artists eager for full immersion in Buran Theatre’s process and resources;
-artists prepared to harness administrative and organizational tools to bolster their creative vision;
-artists who want to create work in an environment ripe with Generosity of Spirit;
-artists who are looking for a life in theatre not particularly a career (although the two are not mutually exclusive, ethos is important here);
-ecstatic truths that eschew dramaturgy;
-stories that need new narrative structures to be told;
-and an inclusive stage that challenges, delights, and represents the incredibly deep cultural, racial, generational and gender diversity of the world we live in.

-All submissions will be anonymous. Please do not reference your name or any affiliations, if you do the application will be deemed ineligible.
-Must be in NYC from January 2017 to December 2018***.
-Must be 23 years or older.
-Must not be in school during the 2-year period.
-Knowledge of Buran Theatre’s work and past productions will be helpful in deciding whether this opportunity is right for you. Check out our websites (http://www.burantheatre.com // http://www.adamrburnett.com) and videos (http://www.vimeo.com/burantheatre).

***Artists based in any of our satellites (Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Kansas City, Minneapolis) are encouraged to apply, even if a move to NYC is out of the possibility. As we are building this program, we are eager to explore various options.

Deadline: May 1, 2016
Semi-finalists announced: August 1, 2016
Semi-finalist project description deadline: September 1, 2016
Finalist interviews in NYC/Public project vote: October 2016
Fellowship awarded: November 2016
Fellowship term: January 1, 2017-December 31, 2018

-Initial applications will be adjudicated by a panel of Buran Theatre associate artists (Lara Thomas Ducey, Los Angeles; Adam R. Burnett, NYC; Erin Phillips, Albuquerque; & Val Smith, Kansas City).
-Semi-finalists will be adjudicated by Buran associate artists and other professional artists from a variety of disciplines.
-Finalists will be adjudicated based on their project proposal by Buran associates, other professional artists, and a democratic vote open to the public via our mailing list and social media.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


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The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY recognizes one Black playwright annually whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field and who has chosen playwriting as a career path.

Deadline May 1, 2016
The selected playwright will receive:

A stipend will be provided to the awarded playwright [this amount is pending funding]

Administrative support: Access to office space, and printing

Artistic support: Dramaturgy, in-house readings, one 29-hour workshop

A workshop production in the 2017-2018 season for five (5) public performances

Two (2) Complimentary tickets to National Black Theatre productions, as well as

additional services and opportunities that NBT has to offer.

Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or

Symposium open for the community to participate in.


Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Applicants for the residency may not have had more than two plays produced by professional theaters at the time of application or during the residency. These are defined as productions for which the author and primary artists (actors, directors, and creative collaborators) were compensated and received at least three public performances. Ten-minute or one-act plays and university, college, secondary school, amateur, and Equity showcase/waiver productions are not considered full productions.


The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY is available to Black playwrights, 21 years of age or older, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are not eligible.

The resident playwright commits to spending the 18-month residency period in New York City actively participating in the National Black Theatre community.

The resident playwright commits to completing one full-length work, which will receive a workshop production at the National Black Theatre in the 2017-2018 season.

The residency period begins September 1, 2016 and ends March 31, 2018. All residency requirements must be met during that time.

Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or Symposium open for the community to participate in.

The selected playwright is required to serve on the Selection Committee for the 2016- 2017 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY.

Applicants have to commit to being present and actively participating during the rehearsal process of all workshop opportunities.

Playwrights may not receive more than one residency at NBT through this program.


Applications are screened for eligibility by the National Black Theatre and evaluated by a selection committee of professional theater artists. From that process the committee selects finalist that National Black Theatre’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Theatre Arts Program will evaluate. The selected finalist get a scheduled interview. Selection is based on artistic potential, commitment and originality. The selection process is guided by the National Black Theatre’s mission statement:

Core Mission:

1. To produce transformational theater that helps to shift the inaccuracy around African Americans' cultural identity by telling authentic stories of Black lifestyle;

2. To use theater arts as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower & inform the national conscience around current social issues impacting our communities;

3. To provide a safe space for artists of color to articulate the complexity, beauty & artistic excellence intrinsic in how we experience the world in the domain of acting, directing, producing, designing, play writing and entrepreneurial autonomy.


Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY email to submit@nationalblacktheatre.org a single document in PDF, containing the following elements, arranged in this sequence:

AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format:

If you are represented by an agent at that time of applying please make us aware and let us know who that agency is.

A WRITING SAMPLE: One full-length play that is at least 50 pages in length and has been written only by the applicant (no co-written submissions will be accepted). Please identify 20 pages that you would like for the panelist to read.. These pages will be read first by the panelist. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting. The submitted play should not have the playwrights name attached to it as the committee reads the plays as a blind submission.

A PLAYWRITING RESUME [listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.]

If Playwright is chosen as a finalist they will be asked to submit a one page single spaced proposal outlining ideas, story and/or subject matter they would want to focus their residency on creating. This must be a NEW play.

Name the application packet file with your last name [Example: application packet sent by Jane Smith = Smith.pdf)

o [lastname].pdf [for PDF files]

Email your application packet by May 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm. No late applications will be accepted.
Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via email.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Dramatists Guild Fellows Program

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Applications for the Fellows Program commencing in Fall, 2016 must be received by DGF no later than 5:30pm on April 29, 2016. Please read all of the instructions carefully.

IMPORTANT CHANGES: We have expanded eligibility to include writers who have had one or more professional productions.


Applicants will be eligible for the program with any of the following qualifications: 1.Participation in a graduate program in theatrical writing within the last five years; or 2. Participation in an organized theatrical workshop within the last ten years; or 3. Comparable experience, such as one or more professional productions, and a recommendation by a theater professional or theater educator; or 4. Pertinent, documented practical experience.

All applicants must be residents of New York or the surrounding metropolitan area for the time of their fellowship. Applicants must also be prepared to meet on alternate Monday evenings of every month, and to make themselves available, if possible, to participate in observerships, assistantships, etc. when those opportunities arise.

For questions about applying to the Fellows Program, email applications@dgfund.org.


Please submit a cover letter answering the following: “Describe an experience in which somebody’s input on your work as a writer affected you”; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; 20 pages of a script you have written. Please name submission as follows: PlayTitle (for example: Ruined.pdf. The document(s) must be uploaded as a PDF.


If you are applying as a Musical Theater Fellow and you write both music and lyrics, you may apply alone as a “self-contained” writer. Members of collaborative teams must apply together. Collaborative teams with composer and lyricist should also consider applying with their librettist partner, or, at the very least, make their librettist partner available whenever that project is being discussed. Unfortunately, we cannot accept people who write only lyrics or only music or only libretti without a writing partner, as we cannot pair collaborators. The cover letter and materials submitted should make it clear whether you and your collaborator(s) are applying as a team or whether you are applying as a self-contained writer.

Please submit a cover letter; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; mp3 files of four (4) songs with lyric sheets; a brief description of each song as to its plot placement, a brief synopsis of the musical, and the complete libretto, if one exists. Musical submissions need not be elaborately produced; piano and voice is sufficient. Please note that we can only accept music in the mp3 format. Please label individual songs as follows: MusicalTitleSong# (for example: Ragtime#1.mp3) The other documents must be uploaded as a PDF.

Mixed Blood submission guidelines

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Mixed Blood welcomes submissions of contemporary plays that pursue and realize the company’s mission and aesthetic. Mixed Blood uses theatre to address pluralism, usually manifest in race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, affectional orientation, and political worldview. Predictably unpredictable, the theatre particularly invites polyglot plays, scripts from the global stage, and work that advances the art form. We prefer e-submissions. If you think you play might be a good fit for us, please send a query letter, your bio or resume, a brief synopsis, and a 10-page sample of your play to the Mixed Blood Literary Manager.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

dtc radio Season 4

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dtc radio is entering its fourth season of original radio plays, and we are looking for playwrights to help us bring stories to life through audio - could it be you?! 

Feel free to email distilledtheatre@gmail.com with any questions!

*dtc radio is currently located in New York City, San Diego, and Fort Lauderdale. We request applicants only from near these areas so the playwright can be involved in the process.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 17th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2016

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (e.g. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in November 2016. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2017/2018 season by the Season Planning Committee.

We are proud to announce that for the 17th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. If you are submitting a musical, also include three (3) copies of a CD of the music.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combinations. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and CDs for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2016 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
17th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Summer Shorts 2016

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New Script Call for Summer Shorts 2016

It's time for our annual script call for our Summer Shorts production!

PRT is seeking up to 7 new 10-minute plays for the production. We are particularly interested in plays by women and minorities, although scripts from all corners are welcome. The script call runs from March 15th through April 15th.

There is no fee to submit a play; however, if selected, the playwright must become a member of Playwrights' Round Table for a minimum of one season. The baseline membership is free.

Following are the submission guidelines:
  • Please send all submissions to submissions@theprt.com.
  • Scripts should be properly formatted and submitted electronically in .DOC (MS Word 2003), .DOCX (Word 2007 and later) or .PDF format. Other file types are acceptable, but we may ask you to convert them to a new file type if we can't open them.
  • We seek original, previously unproduced works. Plays that have been previously workshopped, or presented as a staged reading, are acceptable. Also, if a play has not been produced in Orlando, we will accept it for consideration.
  • Plays must be approximately 10 minutes long, or roughly 10 pages. 
  • Please send TWO copies of your script - one with full authorship information, and one "blind" copy, which omits the name (this is the copy our readers will see). Please include the following information on the title page of your main submission: name, e-mail address, contact phone number, city/country of residence, and a brief synopsis of the play. Please also include a resume or CV, in a separate attachment from the play submission. 
  • The selected plays will be performed in a small 70-seat black box, so please keep your set requirements very simple. Remember that multiple plays will be presented in one evening, so plays that have minimal tech and set requirements are preferred. 
  • Cast sizes should be manageable. More than 4-5 in a 10-minute play is too many. 
  • The deadline for consideration for the script call is April 15th, 2016. If you experience difficulty e-mailing scripts or attachments to this address, as a backup, please send them to info@theprt.com.
  • The writers of the selected plays will be notified via email, and granted the option of being produced. If the playwright is not currently a PRT Member, they are required to join PRT prior to production for a minimum of one season. If the playwright chooses not to join, the play will be replaced in the lineup. 
  • Please submit no more than 2 plays per writer. There is no charge to submit a play. 

These guidelines will also be posted to our main website, www.theprt.com, as well as our Facebook page, if you need to refer back to them. If you have further questions regarding this call, please contact us at info@theprt.com.

We look forward to your submissions. Good luck, everyone!

Open Space Arts Summer Playwright's Festival

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Open Space Arts (Reisterstown, Maryland) is currently seeking submissions for our 8th annual summer show. Our Summer Playwright's Festival will be August 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th and will feature 6 to 7 original short plays. This year's theme is... TOPSY TURVY. Submissions are open to everyone and there is no limit to the number of plays you can submit.

Plays must be...
- Between 10 to 15 minutes in length (around 8 to 13 pages)
- Inspired by the theme Topsy Turvy
- Suitable for an outdoor stage (no big special effects or lighting requirements)
- Be family friendly
- Looking for plays that involve younger characters (ages 13 to 35)

Plays need to be submitted electronically to openspaceartsmd@gmail.com by April 15th, 2016. Please feel free to direct questions to that email as well.

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