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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Rainbow Theater Festival

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The AlphaNYC Theater Company is seeking plays written with at least one LGBT character and/or that deals with themes or causes important to the LGBT community, for its first ever Rainbow Theater Festival. There is no charge to participate or submit a play. Plays must be 15 minutes in length or LESS. Performances will take place at the new 60 seat Roebuck Theater for two weekends in September in Midtown, New York City. Deadline for submissions is August 15th.

 The AlphaNYC will supply the actors, actresses, and directors. Playwrights receive billing and a bio in the program for shows as well as comp. tickets to a performance of their choice.

 Please submit plays in PDF or Word document format to adam@everythingadam.com

Saturday, August 6, 2016

EU seeks monologues & short plays

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Call for submissions - Monologues & Short Plays

EU presents an evening of monologues & short plays to benefit the NY Foundling.
Monologues - 2-4 min. max
Short Plays - 10 min. up to 4 characters

The submission deadline is Monday August 8th.

 Once the plays have been selected, casting will take place and there will be a short rehearsal period before the performance on October 20th.

Submissions may be emailed to: 2entertaintheidea@gmail.com

New Play-Reading Festival Submission - The Growing Stage

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2016 Play Submission Information:

This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced non-musical TYA scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.

The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2016/2017 season.

The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families and to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theatre. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.

The initial play readings will take place in November 2016. After the reading of each play, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. The second set of readings will take place, again, in April 2017. After the play readings in April, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2017 – 2018 season!

Please send script submissions for the New Play-Reading Festival by August 12th to the Executive Director of The Growing Stage, Steve Fredericks: newplays@growingstage.com*

Or to:

The Growing Stage Theatre
Attn: Steve Fredericks
P.O. Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

*Please NOTE: If your e-mail bounces back, we ask that you call the theatre at (973) 347-4946 so we can make sure to receive your submission properly.

If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.

If you would like to learn more about the mission of The Growing Stage Theatre, please visit:
http://www.growingstage.com

SULTAN PADAMSEE AWARD FOR PLAYWRITING 2016

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Submissions are now being accepted for the Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting, 2016. The deadline is 31 August, 2016 and entrants should be ‘a person of Indian origin from any country’. The organisers are looking for plays 75 – 120 mins in duration and the works must be in English and be unproduced, unperformed and original.

All entries should be accompanied by a synopsis, writer's biodata, photograph and contact details
Each submission should be sent in both hard and soft copies.

The hard copy with all relevant details should be sent to:

Theatre Group,
c/o Ms Ayesha Sayami
5 Palm Court, 2nd Floor
152 Maharishi Karve Road
Mumbai 400020


A PDF with all relevant details should be sent to theatregroup@shunata.in



Winners will be announced at Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest in November, 2016 and selected scenes from the three successful plays will be read out at the awards ceremony.

Deadline 31 August 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

Special Rates Available for NYCPlaywrights: Robert McKee STORY and TV Day Seminars ~ 15% discount




For over 30 years, successful novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, producers and directors have come to Robert McKee’s seminars to understand how to apply classic story design and elevate their writing. The media may change, but audiences will always want great character and storytelling.

Now is your chance to learn from world-renowned story authority and author, Robert McKee. Be there as McKee delivers a true discourse on story form and all dimensions of writing.

McKee says we are in the midst of some of the most demanding, complex storytelling in history, watching human creativity at a density and scale we’ve not seen before. The TV drama series is fast becoming the premier medium. With characters complex and compelling enough to sustain 100 hours of story, TV recognizes the importance of writers and gives them creative power. Be there as McKee breaks down the complex multi-plot and character design of BREAKING BAD, one of the greatest TV series in history. 

Attend a fall 3-day STORY Seminar or 1-day TV SERIES DAY Seminar in Los Angeles (Oct. 13-16) or New York (October 27-30).

Enter the code NYCP15 when you register to receive a special 15% discount.

Find out more by visiting http://mckeestory.com.   

Student and Professional Union Member discounts are also available. Contact Shannon@storylogue.com for more details. 

McKee alumni have earned over 60 Academy Awards200 Emmy Awards, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, and 50 DGA(Directors Guild of America) Awards. At Pixar, McKee’s teachings are “The Law of the Land.”

McKee’s much-anticipated book DIALOGUE THE ART OF VERBAL ACTION FOR PAGE, STAGE, AND SCREEN is out! Order your copy today

NewTown Writers Press seeks short plays


NewTown Writers Press is delighted to announce that our annual print publication, Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing, is now accepting submissions for Volume 20.

Off the Rocks publishes poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) by the GLBT community and its advocates. For this volume we also invite submissions of short plays, and we are seeking photography and artwork to be considered for the anthology's front cover as well.

The theme of this year's anthology is "Coming Out on Stage." Submissions should explore the GLBT community's relationship to the performing arts.

How are we presented and represented onstage, as well as backstage? What role has theatre played in your life? What roles have you played in the theatre? What are the ways in which gays influence and are influenced by the performing arts?

You are welcome to write about all styles of performance: dance, drama, drag, stand-up, musical theatre, you name it. Reminisce about a show that made a lasting impression on you, share the details of a play date, or shine a spotlight on the technical aspects of theatre. It's your call—and possibly your callback.

Fiction and non-fiction submissions should be a maximum of 5,000 words. Short plays should be no longer than 10 pages. Reprints are acceptable. We will consider up to three submissions per person.

Please send your work as an attachment in .doc or .jpg format to Editor Allison Fradkin at allisonfradkin [at] aol [dot] com. All submissions will be acknowledged and everyone will be notified of the Editor's selections.

Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2016.

For more information about Off the Rocks, please visit:
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/BOOK-REVIEW-Off-the-Rocks-Vol-19/54385.html


Labels: LGBT, 10-minute plays

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The First Draft at Primary Stages

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

Monday mornings with A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, House Rules at Ma-Yi Theatre Company; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Tuesday evenings with Annie MacRae (Associate Artistic Director, Atlantic Theater Company)
Wednesday mornings with Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, Julius By Design at Fulcrum Theater, "Kings" on NBC)
Wednesday evenings with Bess Wohl (Writer, Small Mouth Sounds at Ars Nova)
Thursday evenings with Sofia Alvarez (Writer, Friend Art at Second Stage)
Sunday mornings with Michael Walkup (Producing Director, Page 73)

Not in New York? Want more flexibility? This class is also offered online!
With Adam Szymkowicz (Writer, Hearts Like Fists, Clown Bar)
Or Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

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

Relationship-rants seeks monologues, etc.

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Are you a frustrated Writer or Actor? Do you need to “Rant” do you long to have eyes and ears pay attention to you. Join Us Tuesday Nights for “RELATIONSHIP-RANT'S”

If being on stage makes your hair stand on end, bring an actor Friend to perform your piece. (They should be somewhat trained and familiar with the text)

The Relationship Theater is looking for short pieces for its weekly Tuesday night show “Relationship Rants” beginning September 12th, 2016. The pieces can be monologues, stand up snippets, sketches or humorous songs with a theme of the relationships we have with lovers, friends, co-workers, employers, pets and family. All submissions should not exceed 6 minutes. Relationshiptheater.com has a mission to develop new work and allow performers/ writers to do what they crave (be in front of an audience).

We are very excited to host this event at our Lower East Side Venue. (NYC)

No Fee, Note this is an unpaid performance and writing opportunity.

Deadline for the first show is August 12, 2016
Submission Process: scripts /video (Video is a plus)
  • Upload your video to your personal YouTube channel
  • Label it with your name and Relationship Theater audition and date
  • And then send the public link to info@ relationshiptheater.com

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Redemption Series - Landing Theater

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The series will feature 16-18 new plays by American writers, presented over 2 weekends. We are asking the writing community to submit play that respond to the current state of tragedies and conflicts in the world. How do we come out of it, and move forward? What perspective has it given us? What place does redemption or hope play in how we come to terms with crisis? What rises from the ashes? We believe that American playwrights have a lot to say right now. The Redemption Series is a collection of voices that reflect on our world and how we move forward.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
  1. Plays must be written by American playwrights
  2. We are seeking original works
  3. Must be between 8-12 minutes long 
  4. The submission deadline is August 15th at 5pm, by email only
  5. One play per playwright
  6. Plays are given blind reads, so no personal identifiers should be in the script
  7. Please send your full name and contact info in the email only
  8. Send submissions to landingtheatresubmissions@gmail.com
  9. Playwrights will be notified only if their play is selected
The Redemption Series will be presented
September 22-September 25, 2016 - Group A Plays
September 29-October 2, 2016 - Group B Plays

Here is a url to our submissions webpage. http://www.landingtheatre.org/#!submissions/c59z

Monday, August 1, 2016

12 Peers Theater seeks full-length plays

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12 Peers Theater is accepting unsolicited submissions of new full-length plays to be recorded and released monthly on a podcast about and featuring new plays. In an effort to maximize exposure for playwrights and assist them in securing full productions, 12 Peers Theater will record and release readings of new plays to be aired on our Modern Myths Podcast throughout 2017.

We understand that there are many forms of theatrical storytelling, but here are a few guidelines that will help you determine if your play is right for us. We will not consider plays that have had a major AEA production; plays that have had productions in smaller professional, semi-professional, community, and educational settings are acceptable.

We will only accept full-length plays; no one-acts, collections of one-acts, or musicals. Due to recording limitations, plays should be able to be performed with no more than 6 actors (doubling permitted). As a company we are drawn to plays with themes of social and cultural identity, plays that are politically, socially, and ethically relevant, and plays with mythic themes. We are also drawn to plays with a clear sense of dramatic action, an excellent use of language, and a creative use of theatrical resources.

If you would like to submit, please send your play, a brief synopsis, and a biography to Matt Henderson, 12 Peers Theater’s Literary Manager, at mhenderson@12peerstheater.org by August 1st, 2016. One submission per playwright, please.

Seminars at the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art

TWO COURSES FOR NEXT SEMESTER AT THE INSTITUTE:
all courses take place at Dixon Place in New York's Lower East Side

Great Books: An exploration of mystical core of all religions
September 19; October 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12 and 19, 2-5 pm.

The great Sufi saint Abu Hamid al-Ghazali said: "You only truly possess that which can't be lost in a shipwreck."  This course concerns the things which cannot be lost in a shipwreck.
Cost: $150, with all reading materials provided as pdf documents

Prophetic Activist Art: A seminar exploring how to build specific activist art projects along the "Prophetic Activist Art" model, as outlined in my manifesto/handbook: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution (Centre for Human Ecology, Glasgow, Scotland 2014)
September 20, 27; October 11, 25; November 15, 29; December 6 and 20, 2-5 pm.      
Cost: $125, includes a copy of the manifesto/handbook: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND HOW TO APPLY: http://propheticiactivistart.blogspot.com/2016/06/great-books-exploration-of-mystical.html

Any questions, please email Tom Block at thomasablock@gmail.com.

Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition

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Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition was developed to support American Playwrights. The competition is not merely a competition of words, but a venue for recognition and a demonstration of appreciation - truly a celebration of the writer's contribution. SFPA and many other theatre companies around the country with similar programs, support playwrights and ensure the future of American Theatre. Without the writers, the actors would have nothing to say.

Submissions are limited to unproduced new American plays and must be postmarked by the first of September of each year

Send play synopsis and character break-down via email office@sfperformingarts.org

or mail to: 
Santa Fe Performing Arts 
P.O. Box 22372 
Santa Fe, N.M. 87502. 

Full scripts upon request only.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

T. Schreiber Theatre seeks 10-minute plays

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T. Schreiber Theatre is currently accepting submissions of 10-minute plays that explore the idea of CHALLENGES. 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, religious, and fictional topics. 8 plays will be chosen to receive a 3-week run at T. Schreiber in February 2017.

Script submissions will be accepted from Thursday, June 2, 2016 until Tuesday, August 2, 2016

DEADLINE for submissions is Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

-Plays must be 10 minutes or less in length (substantially longer plays will not be considered)

-Script should be in English, though submissions are accepted from playwrights worldwide

-Theme of “challenges” should be explored in play, though subject matter is open to the playwright’s imagination

-Seeking complete plays, rather than an excerpt from a larger piece – No musicals

-T. Schreiber recognizes the financial burden that multiple submission fees cost budding playwrights. It is part of our mission to encourage aspiring writers and as such, we accept financial responsibility for producing the winning plays. Therefore, the is NO SUBMISSION FEE for this year’s Schreiber Shorts!

If chosen, your play will receive a fully staged production and 3-week run at T. Schreiber’s Gloria Maddox Theatre.

-A director is assigned to each play. Auditions will be held, and a cast consisting largely of T. Schreiber students (both Equity and non-Equity actors) will be assembled.

-Rehearsal period of no less than one month before tech.

-We will supply a Stage Manager and technician to run sound and rights.

-Your play must fit within our theatre performance space. Tech abilities are limited, i.e. no special effects, with minimal required set, props, and costumes.

*We encourage submissions that make creative use of sound and lighting for atmosphere. Live sound (including Foley sound effects) is 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.

-Selected playwright finalists will be contacted no later than Monday, October 3rd.

To submit, please send your plays (as a PDF or word attachment) to schreibershortssubmissions@gmail.com  for review!


FINE PRINT:

Both new and previously produced works will be considered. Please include the production history of your piece. (Please note, T. Schreiber has an additional annual New Works Project specifically for full-length plays that have never been produced.)

By submitting an entry for Schreiber Shorts, you are affirming that 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 T. Schreiber Theatre for up to sixteen performances during its production of Schreiber Shorts 2017. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Crossing Borders Repertory – Fall Reading

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Crossing Borders Repertory is a theater venture showcasing new and emerging writers and new work. Our mission is to explore topics that either directly or indirectly involve the crossing of borders between people: countries, religions, generations or life-stages; class, gender or racial differences—and the walls that must come down to allow the crossing—stereotypes, prejudices, hatred and blindly held customs.

For our fall reading we seek poetry, short prose and one-act or 10-minute plays that explore themes of culture and class. Crossing between cultures, crossing between classes―how does crossing affect how we think, how we live and how we relate to one another?

The submission deadline for the fall Culture and Class production is August 15 2016 but we accept work that fits the Crossing Borders Repertory vision on an on-going basis throughout the year.

See our submission guidelines and online submission at cbrepertory.com.

We also remind actors to make yourselves known at our site for future productions.

Friday, July 29, 2016

DEATHSCRIBE: The Annual International Festival of Horror Radio Plays

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The submission window for DEATHSCRIBE 2016, the Ninth Annual Festival of Horror Radio Plays, is from May 1 to July 31, 2016.

Submissions are accepted via email only at deathscribe2016@gmail.com.

Every year we seek 10-minute radio scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. Writers may submit up to two radio plays to DEATHSCRIBE in any given year. Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. These five pieces will be performed on stage in front of a live audience. The writer of the winning piece, chosen by a celebrity panel of judges, will receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award, as well as a $100 cash prize. Previous winners include:

2008: “Dark & Stormy” by Albert Gerber
2009: “Remembrance” by Christopher Hainsworth
2010: “The Change in Buckett County” by David Schmidt
2011: “Alabama Mermaid” by Jessica Wright Buha
2012: “Fish Story” by Joseph Zettelmaier
2013: “We Apologize for the Inconvenience” by Chelsea Paice
2014: “Fracture Zone” by Christopher M. Walsh
2015: “Earwigs” by Joseph Zettelmaier

Guidelines:

PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please.
All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but no identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document.

Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length, and should follow radio drama format. An example of proper radio drama format can be found here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/bbcradioscene.pdf

The DEATHSCRIBE experience includes performing the pieces on stage with Foley artists and a band creating the sound effects and music live. Therefore, scripts must be ready to produce, including direction for sound and music cues. Sorry, but submissions cannot include usage of copyrighted music.

Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year.
NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)

DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.

All submissions must be made electronically. Please make sure your script is formatted correctly according to the guidelines and submit your script as an attachment to deathscribe2016@gmail.com. Please include the title of your play in the subject line.

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

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

Questions? Email them to literary@wildclawtheatre.com.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Bridge Initiative is accepting new plays and musicals written by women

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The Bridge Initiative is accepting new plays and musicals written by women for this year’s “Playwright of the Year” award. Stipulations are that the work must be in development with a cast limit of eight (8) and that the writer has an understanding of the next stages needed towards the creation of their play. The playwright will be submitting her piece with the intention of committing time, work, and rewriting within a conscious and measured pipeline of development that will be generated with The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre and three other theatre companies committed to the shepherding of the work and writer throughout the process. A panel of professional theatre artists nationwide will adjudicate the submissions.

It is necessary that our winning writer be available for the development process, beginning with a week-long residence in Arizona February 21-26th 2017 with a dedicated director, actors, and supportive artists throughout the week in Arizona, and beyond.

The PLAYWRIGHT OF THE YEAR (winner) will receive:
Promotion of themselves and their play on The Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre website, press releases both locally and nationally, and our social media channels. In addition, similar promoting with our network of three additional supportive theatres: Magnolia Theatre Company, WAMTheatre Company, and InProximity Theatre. These three female-focused theatre companies are joining forces with The Bridge Initiative to help foster the playwright throughout her process.
A week-long developmental workshop that will include a professional director who specializes in development, dramaturg, actors, and other supportive artists for the process that will best serve the play and playwright.

Additional staged readings of the play with Magnolia Theatre Company and WAMTheatre regionally, as well as InProximity Theatre in New York City, that will include the support of producer and artists. 

The writer may attend in person or via Skype or FaceTime.
Travel, housing, and stipend for the week of development in Arizona.

Submission instructions: Female playwrights only. The play must not have been fully produced prior to this contest and there must not be any rights attached to the script. Submit online to bridgeplaywright@gmail.com

Application must include 

1) a separate resume with all contact information, 

2) separate cover letter that addresses your intended vision of process for the development of your play, 

3) a separate list of three theatre work-related references with their contact information, and 

4) a full script in pdf format that is completely scrubbed (no name or contact information) for the blind reading process. 

Musical submissions with artistic teams that are at least 50% female will be accepted and must include recorded samples of at least three songs, in addition to the materials described above. Failure to follow these directions may disqualify your play or musical. If you have any questions, please contact The Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre at info@bridgeinit.com.
Deadline: August 1, 2016.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

NYCPlaywrights readers poll results

Thanks to everybody who voted in the NYCPlaywrights readers poll. We asked readers to describe themselves. Here are the results - voters could pick more than one option so the total is more than 100%.
  • Actor: 28%
  • Designer: 4%
  • Director: 23%
  • Playwrights: 95%
  • Producer: 15%
  • Stage Manager: 2%
  • Theater Lover: 31%
  • Other: 4%

2016 Playwrights and Artists Festival

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It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2016 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous. The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules.

1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.

2. The play must be written between the dates June 13 and August 7 2016

3. The play length needs to be between 15 – 20 minutes

4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.

5. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number people in wider locations we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.

6. Plays must be submitted by midnight of August 7 2016.

There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can’t wait to see the results.

And now here are this years artworks.

Artist: Adam Schultz

Artist: Sungchul Hong 


Artist: Blazo Kovacevic


Submissions must be made to this email address (binghamtoncitystage@gmail.com) with “2016 playwright submission” in the subject line. 

Please send 2 copies of your play, one with your name and information on the title page and one completely blind with only the title and the piece that inspired it. I realize there are no titles with the artwork so a description of the piece is fine. Hopefully I will have titles for the pieces soon. 

Once the deadline hits I will be taking each play and categorizing it by artwork and the plays will be sent to our adjudicators. There will be 2 plays chosen for each artwork. Once they are chosen I will contact all those who submitted. Please allow for at least 3 weeks to adjudicate. 

Again I wish good luck to all those who choose to submit this year!

Happy writing!

Park Playhouse seeking new musicals

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Park Playhouse Inc. in Albany, NY, is seeking submissions for new musicals by unpublished and emerging composers, lyricists and librettists.

Submissions will be considered for possible inclusion in upcoming first annual new musical festival in New York’s Capital Region. 

Submissions may be workshopped through a staged reading or concert production as part of new annual festival, and may be considered for full-scale professional productions in future seasons.

The ideal submissions will be full length (at least 90-minute) musicals of either one or two acts, and will not have been produced in a professional setting to date. All genres and subject matter are welcomed.

Please send brief description of piece, PDF of libretto/score, and any links to examples/recordings of music from the piece. 

Submissions selected for workshop and development will be notified before the fall season. 

Please send materials by email to Owen Smith, Producing Artistic Director of Park Playhouse and Managing Director of the Palace Performing Arts Center, at owen@parkplayhouse.com 

Or send hard copy materials/recordings to: Park Playhouse, Attn: Owen Smith, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12207. Submissions accepted through July 31, 2016.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fall Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Fall 2016 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! We're thrilled to announce this semester’s lineup of opportunities in our writing department:

This 10-week class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Annie MacRae (Associate Artistic Director, Atlantic Theater Company)
Michael Walkup (Producing Director, Page 73)
A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, House Rules; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Sofia Alvarez (Writer, Friend Art at Second Stage)
Bess Wohl (Writer, Small Mouth Sounds at Ars Nova)
Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, Julius By Design at Fulcrum Theater, "Kings" on NBC)

Melissa Ross (Writer, Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)
This new class is for those with complete (or nearly complete!) first drafts who are ready to hear the play in full and embark on strategic rewrites.

Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers

Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at EST)
Developing a strong portfolio of short plays is one of the fastest ways to become a produced or even published playwright. In this class, you’ll learn how not to waste a single word, cut mercilessly for the sake of the story, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.

Kate Cortesi (Screenwriter, New Line Cinema)
In this 10-week class, you will apply the concepts of character development, visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original script. Class time will be devoted to the development and discussion of new stories as well as screenplays-in-progress, with assignments and feedback tailored to the needs of your project.

Ken Urban (Writer, The Happy Sad at The Public)
This class is for playwrights who want the tools to transition from stage to screen. Writing for television has the potential to be not only artistically satisfying, but lucrative as well.

Kate Wetherhead (Writer, Director, Creator of "Submissions Only"; Actor, Broadway's Legally Blonde and ...Spelling Bee)
Over the course of this 10-week class, our studios will transform into a TV writer’s room as you develop the first season of your very own dramatic or comedic web series with the creator of “Submissions Only”, Kate Wetherhead.

Jill Rafson (Director of New Play Development, Roundabout Theater Company)
In this 2-day workshop, Jill Rafson (who personally shepherded the original commission, development, Off-Broadway and Tony-winning run of the Pulitzer-nominated The Humans) will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

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

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

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