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Monday, April 24, 2017

EMOS ~ Ecodrama Playwrights Festival & Symposium ~ 2018

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Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance
At the University of Alaska Anchorage in Spring 2018


First place Award: Cash prize and workshop production
Second place Award: Cash prize and possible workshop production
Honorable mentions: public staged reading

Deadline for Submissions is May 1, 2017.
The Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) Ecodrama Playwrights Festival was founded in 2004 by Theresa May and Larry Fried in order to call forth and foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis, and, as part of that response, to explore new possibilities of being in relationship with the more-than-human world. EMOS calls for new plays that not only focus on current and historic environmental issues, but also looks for plays that enliven and transform our experience of the world around us, that inspire us to listen better, and instill a deeper or more complex sense of our ecological communities.[1] If your play does any of these things, send it to us!

The EMOS Festival includes workshop performance(s) of the winning script(s), readings, talkbacks and discussions of the scripts that are finalists in the Ecodrama Playwrights’ Contest. The concurrent symposium will include speakers, panels, practice-based workshops, and discussions that advance scholarship in the area of arts, ecology and climate change, and help foster development of new works.

Guidelines for Playwrights:

Scripts must be original works which have not been published and have not had an Equity or full professional premiere production. (Readings or informal workshop productions are okay.)

In general, we are looking for plays that do one or more of the following:
- Engage the personal, local, regional and/or global implications of man-made climate change. - Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
- Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
- Explore the relationship between sustainability, community and cultural diversity.
- Interpret community to include our ecological community, and/or give voice or character to the land, or elements of the land.
- Theatrically explore the connection between people and place, human and non-human, and/or between culture and nature.
- Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
- Theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities.
- Celebrate the joy of the ecological world in which humans participate.
- Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
- Critique or satirize patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
- Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

In addition, for this Alaska EMOS Festival, we especially encourage submissions which also:
- Engage with cultural impacts of man-made climate change.
- Are written from an Alaska Native perspective.
- Explore or depict the circumpolar North, the Arctic, or the Antarctic.
- Are set in or are about Alaska.
- Are written by Alaskans AND which engage with the general themes (above).

Submission Process:

We are looking for full-length plays that are written primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in English. Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above. Deadline: May 1, 2017. Early submission is highly encouraged.

Please note: we will NOT consider:
- ten-minute plays
- one-act plays (unless they are longer than 30 minutes in length)
- musicals (though we love them, we cannot financially accommodate their production for this festival)

We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts, as they will not be considered.

Please follow these submission guidelines:

1. Send an email to uaa_emosfestival@alaska.edu with the following in the body of the email:

- Play Title
- Name of Author(s)
- Author’s contact information (email and phone)
- A synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

2. Attach a PDF copy of your script with NO IDENTIFYING MARKS (beyond the play’s title) to the email.
- If you have an especially large file, you may send a link to a Dropbox, Google Drive, or other filesharing site so that we can download the file.

Email all submissions by May 1, 2017 to:



Contact Dr. Brian Cook, 2018 EMOS Chair, at bcook25@alaska.edu or uaa_emosfestival@alaska.edu

The Ypsi THRIVE New Short Play Festival

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Pencilpoint Theatreworks is seeking submissions for the first annual Ypsi THRIVE New Short Play Festival. THRIVE will be held Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, 2017, at Riverside Arts Center in downtown Ypsilanti, Mich. Six to eight short plays will be selected for black box productions.

We are looking for short plays that, to quote Maya Angelou, have “some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” The purpose of THRIVE is to bring people together in the theater to discover a new understanding of ourselves and to explore and celebrate the human experience.

A stipend will be paid to all playwrights whose work is selected for production.

Submission Guidelines:

• There is no entry fee.
• Plays should not exceed 15 minutes in length and technical requirements should be minimal.
• Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces featuring underrepresented characters are encouraged.
• Only one play per playwright.
• All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in Michigan.
• All genres are accepted except for monologues, musicals, children’s plays or one-actor plays.
• Standard play format with numbered pages.
• Include contact information on title page of the script only. Playwright’s name should not appear on any other script pages.

• Submissions should be sent in .pdf format to pencilpointtheatre@gmail.com with “THRIVE Submission” and the play’s title as the subject line. In the body of the email, include a one-paragraph synopsis of the play and a list of brief character descriptions.

Deadline for submission is midnight April 30, 2017. 

Playwrights will be notified by May 15.

We are looking forward to reading your play.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Off With Her Head Productions is accepting submissions of new plays

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Off With Her Head Productions is accepting submissions of new plays for our workshop program, The Uncorseted Series. After our inaugural night of new work was a success, we are excited to branch out and meet new writers to collaborate with.

About Uncarpeted:

This series was founded to accomplish a trifecta of goals - workshop and present the plays of young writers, support local Brooklyn businesses, and raise money/awareness for feminist political and volunteer organizations. For our first series, we presented two one act plays, dealing with themes of women's sexual agency, and donated money for Marie Stopes, an organization that supports female reproductive health in countries around the world. Our partnering Brooklyn business is Cafe Forte, a wonderful gem of a cafe in Crown Heights that serves delicious food, coffee, and adult beverages. We had an excellent turnout in March, and were able to unite and introduce some of our favorite artists to one another, so we are excited to keep the series going.

How and what to submit:

If you're interested in workshopping a new play through our series, please submit a short bio about your work and a 10 page sample from the play to the email address listed. Writers of all genders, races, and backgrounds are encouraged to submit. All we request is that you are excited about the goals of the series, and that your play adheres to the mission statement of our company, listed below.

Inspired by the tragic ends of women like Anne Boleyn and Marie Antoinette, Off With Her Head is named for these women, who were powerful, beautiful, sexual beings eventually beheaded for being anomalies in their communities. The mission of this company is to take stories about women and re-imagine them, whether that be by placing classic stories in a modern setting, or taking stereotypes of women that have pervaded until today, and turning them on their heads. We are also interested in exploring the ways that women have and can break out of social constructs that have been imposed on them. We strive to take stories about women, open them up, and make them new again.

We hope to curate the next few months of the series, so we look forward to reading your work!

Email: offwherhead@gmail.com

Off With Her Head Productions
Brooklyn, NY 11238 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: STAY WOKE (excerpt) by Chloé Duvant

STAY WOKE by  Chloé Duvant is a finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

 Chloé Duvant on her play:
This was written a day after Donald Trump was elected president, where I was trying to figure out what my purpose was within this world, despite the fact I no longer felt welcomed here. In the end, I figured my purpose was to create art, and I should not shy away or be intimidated by what is happening in this country, or in the world; instead, I should use my art to speak on topics, and make myself heard.
Thanks to Chloé Duvant or allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this video excerpt of her play STAY WOKE. And thanks to Keona Welch for her good work.


CHLOE DUVANT is the pen name of an aspiring writer, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She is a sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in Narrative Studies, with a minor in Cinematic Arts.

KEONA WELCH recently joining the cast of Netflix's SEVEN SECONDS. Other credits include, And Miles To Go (The Wild Project; Dir. Hal Brooks), Kunstler (Hudson Stage; Dir. Annette O'toole), Moony's Kid Don't Cry (Drama League's DirectorFest 2012; Dir. Christopher Windom), A Raisin in The Sun (Huntington Theatre Company; Dir. Liesl Tommy), Ruined (The Philadelphia Theatre Company). Film: CUSTODY;DIDN'T I ASK FOR TEA?; END OF HOPE; BIRTH REPORT; THE RIOT; CANDY. TV: "Law & Order"; "Law &Order SVU". Training: Duke Ellington School of the Arts & Rutgers University, BFA




Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted







Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.

Arch and Bruce Brown 2017 Playwriting Competition

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The 2017 playwriting competition will be open to submissions from March 1 through April 30, 2017. All manuscripts must be electronically submitted (no hard copies) and received by midnight on April 30. Only the first 150 submissions will be accepted, and we will not consider work previously submitted to this competition.

Only full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) will be considered.

One entry per author, please. Scripts must be original and in English. All must concern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.

There is no entry fee. Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500. Prizewinners will be announced before the end of the year.

To be eligible for the Foundation’s 2017 competition:

Your script must involve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer characters and/or themes.
LGBTQ history must be central, not incidental, to the work. (For more information on the meaning of “historical,” go to the “What Is Historical?” page.)

You must submit a brief statement, no longer than one page, describing how the script fulfills the above requirements. This statement should explain the time period and historical issues involved.

Although submissions on any theme are welcome, this year we are particularly interested in works concerning pornography, sex workers, military service, aging, and education of LGBTQ youth. Also, we especially welcome works by and about women and people of color.
If your work has been produced in any form (workshop, staged reading, or full production), your submission must also include a synopsis of the work’s production history. We will give precedence to works that have never received a full production.

If all of these conditions of eligibility are not met, your submission will not be read.

When submitting:

Manuscripts should be in standard play or screenplay format, using a 12-point or larger font, and saved as a .doc, .docx, or PDF.

The cover page must include the title and your name, as well as your own email address, mailing address, and phone number. Even if you are represented by an agent, please provide your personal contact information.

In the case of musicals, audio segments should be sent separately as MP3 files and limited to a total of 10 minutes. We will request more if necessary.

Email submissions to:jwillis@aabbfoundation.org.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Talk Back Theatre seeks plays for readings in California

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TBT is dedicated to producing staged readings of new work. For our purposes, "new work" means that the play has never been fully produced. Previous readings and workshops do not render the piece ineligible. We are creating a forum for conversation, and as such we are seeking plays that raise questions about pertinent social, political, and/or environmental issues of our time.

Our inaugural call for submissions is OPEN NOW THROUGH MAY 1

Once submissions close on May 1, TBT will commence our play selection process. We will announce the chosen play in early June. The reading will take place in Orange County, California in late September 2017. While we encourage playwrights to attend rehearsals and readings, we understand that it may be impractical in some cases and do not require it. We do not discourage non-local playwrights from submitting.

In addition to a desire to foster conversation within our diverse community, TBT also seeks to support new voices in American theatre and local artists. As such, the playwright of the selected work will receive a writer's fee of $700.00 and will not be responsible for the payment of actors and directors nor the rental of spaces. Please note that TBT cannot provide any additional funds for travel or lodging.

To submit your play for consideration, please fill out the form and follow the instructions for formatting and sending your script. We look forward to reading the wonderful work you are creating!

Renegade Theatre Festival

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The Renegade Theatre Festival, held in Lansing, Michigan, is seeking new plays for our annual festival held in August. Going into its 12th year in the festival-rich Old Town district, Renegade is a free, completely volunteer festival that gives theaters and independent producer/writer/directors an opportunity to present works that they might not normally stage. This summer marks the eighth year of the festival featuring new, original works – Renegade N.O.W.!

We will be accepting plays in two separate categories. We will be accepting new, original works that meet the following guidelines:

New Plays #1:
Plays should be no longer than 90 minutes in length. (45 pages)
Have never been produced.
Can be any style/genre.

New Plays #2:
Plays written on the theme: Alternative Facts: Rogue Reality
Are not longer than 10 minutes in length.
Have a cast of no more than three characters.
Have never been produced.
Can be any style/genre.
Can be fully produced using minimal setting/props/costumes.

The deadline for new play submissions is May 15th, 2017.
Plays should be sent electronically to: ptufford35@gmail.com

All scripts should be submitted electronically. Only under certain circumstances will hard copies of scripts be accepted through the mail. Please feel free to email me with any questions at the above email address.

Please include your name, address, phone and email address with your submission. Playwrights should also include a brief synopsis of their play that can be used in promotional material as well as a short bio. Playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by late June.

Selected plays will be seen by as many as 2,000 festival goers as well as professional, community and educational theatre representatives. Highlights from previous festivals have included performances of comedy, drama, musicals, children’s theatre, performance art, readings of new works by local playwrights, spoken word and improvisation. Past participants have included Williamston Theatre, Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, Ruhala Performing Arts Center, Starlight Dinner Theatre, Lansing Community College Theatre, All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre, Mid-Michigan Family Theatre, Saginaw Valley State University, Holt-Dimondale Community Players, Shakespeare on the Grand, Riverwalk Theatre and Michigan State University.

We look forward to reading your new play!

Check out our festival website at: www.renegadetheatrefestival.org

Thursday, April 20, 2017

LIC One Act Festival 2017

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Call For Submission: Deadline April 24th
There are no participation/application fees

May 8-14, May 22-June 4

We are currently accepting submissions for the LIC One Act Festival 2017, a competition style festival. The Secret Theatre is seeking to promote emerging playwrights and new works for their annual one act festival. Please review the guidelines below before submitting. There are no fees to participate or apply.

All finalist have an option to be included in a non-exclusive play anthology for the festival. Audience votes will decide who makes it into the finals. All plays included in the final will have a chance to win cash prizes. Categories include:

$100: Best Play
$50: Best Director
$50: Best Actor
$50: Best Actress

  • Plays must be between 10-20 minutes in length
  • This is a self-produced festival. The playwright is the producer. As such, you will be responsible for hiring a director and actors. (The Secret Theatre will not do this on your behave) However, a lighting designer and stage manager will be provided for the run of the festival.
  • Props and set must be minimal. The Secret Theatre does not have storage space for large set pieces, props, etc. There are rehearsal cubes, folding tables and single chairs available and suggest that you keep everything minimal. The Secret Theatre will not be responsible for storage of any costumes.
  • If selected, your play will perform at least 3-4 performances over the entire festival run. The number of performances, and program groups, is dependent on the amount of plays accepted and able to participate.

Please submit here:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) New Voices event in the 2017 Next Act! New Play Summit 6.

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New Voices Submissions

Capital Repertory, Albany, NY Announces
Next Act! New Voices
Call for Entries

Submissions are now being accepted for one act plays by young writers for Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) New Voices event in the 2017 Next Act! New Play Summit 6.

Next Act! now in its sixth year, is an expansion of theREP’s commitment to the development of new work and directly reflects the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.”

New Voices, which received a pilot run in 2014 summit, reflects the theatre’s dedication to providing theatrical opportunities to students from Elementary School through College. This particular Next Act event is dedicated to new works from the next generation of playwrights, and will include 3-5 readings of one act plays by student playwrights. Next Act! New Play Summit 6 takes place October 20 – 23, 2017.

Accepting 15-Minute one act plays by students ages 13-22. - (must be enrolled in school at the time of submission)

Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.

Comedy and Drama welcome!

Eligible plays must be 15-minutes in length and should have no more than 7 characters.
Plays previously submitted to Next Act will not be considered for this years’ Summit.
Playwrights must be enrolled in school at the time of submission.

Submission Deadline: Friday April 28, 2017.


Playwrights should submit one document, as a Microsoft word or PDF file attachment. This document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; character descriptions and the complete script. Playwrights should include the name of the school they are currently attending – and what year – in the body of the email.

Email your submission to nextact@capitalrep.org with NEW VOICES 2017 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

Electronic submissions preferred.


Three to five plays will be selected to have readings during the annual 4-day summit, which takes place October 20 – 23, 2017.

A limited travel allotment is provided.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

RADD Productions seeks work

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RADD is interested in inviting folks into our working community. Unfortunately we are a small team, and cannot sort through submissions in a mindful way- we just don’t have the time, or manpower. So, we created the“Slushpile”

If you have a project you want to produce, you can send a quick proposal to raddslushies@gmail.com. We are interested in films, plays, and performance art. Every two months we will pick out five of the proposals for an in-person meeting. The deadline for submitting and the time of the next pitch meeting is posted below - this meeting time is inflexible, so if you cannot make it please wait for the next cycle to apply.

Our process for going through these submissions is random, so please know that. If you aren’t contacted, chances are we didn’t read your proposal this time around. Because of this, you are welcome to apply as many times as you like. Feel free to simply by cut and paste your first email if the project hasn’t changed. Hopefully, if it’s meant to be, we find you.


Next Deadline | Saturday, May 6 @ noon
Next Meeting | Sunday, May 13th 11am - 1:30pm

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting new works

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Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects.

If you are submitting to:
1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *
2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.
3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Round’s On Us: The redacted Word

Submission Deadlines:

The L Word - March 8th, 2017 (Show May, 2017)

The C Word - July 12th, 2017 (Show September, 2017)

TBA - September 6th, 2017 (2017)

The ____ Festival -- Redacted Festival What is forbidden? What should be covered up? What do we conceal and what do we reveal? Conspiracies, emails, Wikileaks, Tweet-storms, media bias, and social media rants. What kind of trail of evidence do we want to leave behind? What can’t we express in words? When are we at a loss? When are there too many words? What chokes us before we can say it? What is larger than a sentence? What words contains the Universe? The word need not even be spoken in the play.

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: 1970’s and your name.

Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com
Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Monday, April 17, 2017

Thespian Production seeks short plays

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We’re looking for short plays for our upcoming summer 2017 production. This year’s theme is ‘Silence is the loudest sound’. Plays should be between 10 -20 minutes with a cast size of 4 or less. Plays must include and mention a sycamore tree pendant.

In the subject line, please write: “Summer 2017 short plays production”
Submissions must also include:
  • Playwright bio. 
  • A brief synopsis of the play and the set and tech requirements (Minimal set).
  • Title page with the name, address and telephone number of the playwright, 
  • on all pages, please place the title of the play at the top of each numbered page.
  • Play must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Play must not have already been produced in NYC. (Staged readings are acceptable.)

Playwrights must submit only 1 play for this showcase.

There is no pay and no entry fee.
Email submissions only in either MS Word or PDF format. 

Submission deadline: May 5th 2017.
Please send your submissions to emerald744@yahoo.com
For information about us please visit www.thespianproduction.com

Seeking Summer Shorts 10-Minute Scripts

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We are seeking 8 original ten-minute plays for our Summer Shorts production, which will be presented at the Orlando Shakespeare Center's Santos Dantin Studio Theater.

Please check out the guidelines before submitting. We look forward to seeing your plays!

  1. Submissions will be accepted April 1st through May 1st. Please submit no more than 2 plays per writer. There is no charge to submit a play. Writers WILL receive a small stipend of $25 for being selected, and if possible will be provided video copies and photography of the event for their records.
  2. Plays should be 10 pages long, or approximately 10 minutes. Plays must be original, previously unproduced works. Plays that have been previously workshopped, presented as a staged reading, or have not been locally (Orlando) produced are acceptable.
  3. Scripts should be properly formatted and submitted electronically in .DOC (MS Word 2003), DOCX (Word 2007 and later) or PDF format. Please number the pages. Other file types are acceptable, but we may ask you to convert them to a new file type if we can't open them.
  4. 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. You may also include a resume or CV, in a separate attachment from the play submission. 
  5. The selected plays will be performed in a small 60-seat black box, so please keep your set requirements very simple. Remember that 8 plays will be presented in one evening, so plays that have minimal tech and set requirements are preferred. 
  6. Plays should be emailed to submissions@theprt.com. The deadline for consideration for the script call is 12:00 AM on May 1st. If you experience difficulty e-mailing scripts or attachments to this address, as a backup, please send them to info@theprt.com or charlesrdent@hotmail.com. 
  7. Selected playwrights 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. However, the basic membership is free. If the playwright does not join, the play will be replaced in the lineup. 
These guidelines will also be posted to our main website, www.theprt.com, as well as our Facebook page. If you have further questions regarding this call, please contact us at info@theprt.com.

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

York Theatre Company Developmental Reading Series

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The York Theatre Company is currently accepting scripts for consideration for its
Developmental Reading Series.

Please see the answers to frequently asked questions below:

Who can submit?

Both established and emerging writers. The York Theatre Company is one of the only theatres in the country that accepts unsolicited scripts.

What materials should I submit?

1. A cover letter introducing yourself and the piece, complete with name, address, phone number and email address.
2. A complete script of the piece
3. A demo of the score (as complete as possible)

How long does the evaluation process take?
The process generally takes six to twelve months: our script readers are dedicated but busy, and we're always working through a backlog.

Will my materials be returned?
While each submission will get a reply, we are unable to return your materials.

What shouldn't I submit?
. Non-musical plays: the York's mission concerns musicals only
. Jukebox musicals: the York is generally not interested in musicals without original scores, except under special circumstances

Where should I send my materials?
If you would like to submit electronically, please send the script and demo to submissions@yorktheatre.org.

If you would prefer to submit a hard copy, please send it to:
York Theatre Company
The Theatre at Saint Peter's
619 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

What if I have other questions that aren't answered here?
Please email our Reading Series Coordinator, Seth Christenfeld at schristenfeld@yorktheatre.org.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival - "only in New York"

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Short Play & Musical Festival – NYC
June 8 – 25, 2017


June 8 – 25, 2017
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre (3rd floor*)
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday)
5 plays and musicals 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 28, 2017
Submissions close: April 21, 2017 at 5pPlay selection announced on: April 29, 2017

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 18th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017
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 (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in October 2017. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2018/2019 season by the Season Planning Committee.


We are proud to announce that for the 18th 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 3 copies of the music on a CD or flash drive.

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 or flash drives for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2017 (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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship

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The Lark is accepting applications for the pilot round of its Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship program, supported by the Time Warner Foundation.

The Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship includes a two-year residency for a Disabled Writer. The selected Fellow will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and develop relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includesa cash award of $40,000, plus a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for project-related expenses, and control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund, to be allocated to a producing theater in support of a full production of one of the Fellow’s plays. The Fellowship also includes access to a wide range of Lark and Apothetae resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support.

Up to 3 Finalists for the award will each receive a $5,000 honorarium.

Applications will be accepted from March 1 to June 15, 2017. All applicants will be notified in early September 2017.

The 2017 Fellowship period begins September 15, 2017 and ends September 14, 2019.


Fellows will:
Work with Lark and Apothetae staff to identify individual artistic goals for the fellowship year, toward generating and developing new plays through a series of Lark programs;
Meet, collaborate, engage and work with a community of other professionals in the field, including playwrights, directors, actors, agents, producers and other industry leaders as appropriate;
Participate in and/or observe a variety of Lark’s play development processes, whether on or offsite, including retreats, workshops, readings, etc.;
Receive support for the advancement of work generated during the Fellowship year, including control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund to be allocated to a producing theater partner in support of a full production of one of Fellow’s plays;
Take an active role in broader aspects of the Apothetae at Lark Initiative, including participation in ongoing Convenings of Disabled Artists and leaders, designed to provide a field-wide, community-based forum for issues of access, awareness and representation;
Receive continued access to Lark development programs beyond the fellowship period.


Fellows will receive:
$40,000 fellowship stipend paid in monthly increments for two years
$5,000 Opportunity Fund
Control over $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund to be allocated as Fellow chooses for the purposes of supporting a full production of a particular play

Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 calendar years and be responsible for their own taxes.

Fellowship applicants must:
Identify as a playwright with a disability;
Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Non-Citizen who possesses valid work authorization (permanent resident status/green card, refugee or asylum status, or temporary protected status);
Make a case for how their work can engage the cultural conversation surrounding Disability;
Make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in The Lark and The Apothetae’s community would promote transformative artistic and professional growth.


Please submit:
A cover sheet, including your name, address, phone number, and email address.
A current artistic bio or resume;
An Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals and a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals; and (3) a statement describing how your work might engage this program’s goal of advancing the cultural conversation surrounding Disability;
A Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright. A full-length play script for the stage is preferred, but samples in other genres and of any length will be accepted. Please include a brief description of the work sample if you feel it would be useful in the committee’s review of your application; and
(Optional) One personal or professional reference (listing the referrer’s title or institutional affiliation, along with their phone number and email address). Referrer may be an artistic collaborator, colleague or educator familiar with you and your work.

Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF to apothetae@larktheatre.org.

The selection committee may request additional information, support material or work samples as part of their adjudication process.

Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship, 311 W. 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. Applications are due June 15, 2017.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and/or for questions about submissions, please email apothetae@larktheatre.org. If you have accessibility questions about the application process please contact Director of Community Relationships Anna Kull at anna@larktheatre.org or (212) 246-2676 x242.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ox-Bow Residency 2017

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Saugatuck Michigan

Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists and writers. Each fall between 25 and 30 artists and writers participate in the residency creating a community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. During the fall season, residents have the opportunity to work in studios not available during the summer session. Three studios are dedicated specifically to writers. The fall is also an ideal time to propose group or collaborative work. Please complete the application below. If you have any questions, contact us at 1.800.318.3019.

Please note, the fall residency is open to all artists not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Deadline is May 1, 2017

Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays

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Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays of any genre (comedy, drama, etc.) that relate to the theme listed below.

We encourage innovative/humorous/surprising scripts that address the following:


Left Coast Theatre Co. returns to its roots with “The Morning After,” an anthology of original LGBTQ shorts. This year we are looking for plays that address big moments we experience in life: weddings, funerals, breakups, proposals, birthdays, coming out. But sometimes it’s the morning after that really changes our lives. We are looking for shorts that showcases the hilarity, the joy, the grief, the angst, and the uncertainty of the morning after the big event. #LCTCmorning

Submission Guidelines:

  • Playwrights may submit no more than two 10- to 15-Minute Plays.
  • Plays may be no longer than 10-15 pages, exclusive of your title and character pages.
  • Plays must include an LGBTQ theme, character, event, etc.
  • Plays must contain no more than 5 characters.
  • Set, props and costume requirements should be minimal.
  • Script should include title page with play title, playwright’s name and contact info as well as a character page that includes a brief summary of the play and how it relates to the theme.
  • Plays must be submitted in PDF format.
  • To submit your Play to the LCTC, please email info@lctc-sf.org with your name and title – which must include “The Morrning After…” – in the subject line (i.e. “Jane Doe – The Morning After I Told My Parents”).

Due: April 30th, 2017 at 5:00pm PST. No late entries. No exceptions.

Playwrights whose scripts have been selected for “The Morning After” will be notified in late May 2017.

$50 stipend is available for selected playwrights.

“The Morning After” runs at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco from November 2-18, 2017.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition 2017

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The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition at UC San Diego, now in its tenth year, awards $1000 to a winning undergraduate author along with travel and lodging to participate in a staged reading of their play.

The University of California San Diego's Theatre and Dance Department seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of scripts highlighting African American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Adaptations from books and other forms not allowed.

Scripts must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Plays which have had staged readings are acceptable.

Scripts must be 50 pages or longer, typed. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically. You must also include your contact information (name, college email, and address); play title, number of characters, institution affiliation and a one page story summary.

Deadline for entry is 4/21/2016
All scripts must be submitted by email to playwritingcompetition@ucsd.edu.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Red Theater of Chicago offers free tickets

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An important part of Red Theater Chicago’s #FreeTheater Initiative
is our Director of Accessibility, Cheryl Farney

Red Theater Chicago is proud to make all productions accessible
for all audiences and artists alike. We offer Captioned performances and
Touch-Tours for every Red Theater production.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions:

Open Space Arts Summer Playwright's Festival

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Now accepting submissions for our 2017 Summer Playwright's Festival...

This year's theme... Smoke and Mirrors!

Plays must be:
- Family friendly (no overt swearing or violence, or sexual themes)
- Between 10 to 15 minutes in length (around 8 to 13 pages)
- Inspired by the theme Smoke and Mirrors
- Suitable for an outdoor stage (no big special effects or lighting requirements, no musicals)
- Looking for plays that involve younger characters (ages 13 to 35)

Other Guidelines:
- Plays should be submitted in .PDF or .DOC format.
- Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays for consideration
- Plays must have a cover page with the Title, Playwrights Name, City and State, and Email. Plays should also ideally contain a dramatis personae, a one sentence summary, and page numbers.

We love our local playwrights, but you do not have to live in the Maryland region to be considered.

Plays must to be submitted electronically to openspaceartsmd@gmail.com by April 15th, 2017. 

Please feel free to direct questions to that email as well.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: WAIT FOR IT by Lisa Carstens

WAIT FOR IT by Lisa Carstens is a finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

Lisa Carstens on her monologue:

I saw the call for Women in the Age of Trump and wrote this monologue that night. When a playwright friend saw my name on the list of semifinalists, she asked me what my entry was about, and I said it was “a weird and only tangentially relevant monologue that askance expresses the surreal woe of moving backwards in gender equity time.” She replied that she “couldn’t imagine what to write to respond to Trump. I’m stymied, flummoxed, incapacitated by the whole thing.” That’s when I realized that my monologue was about being stymied, flummoxed, and incapacitated by the whole thing.

Thanks to Lisa Carstens for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this video of her monologue WAIT FOR IT. And thanks to Diane Quinn and Bill Fuller for their good work.

LISA CARSTENS is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Pacific University, Oregon. Lisa recently had a short play produced as one of seven winners in The Fusion Theatre’s annual 10-minute playwriting competition, “The Seven” (Albuquerque NM, June 2016). Prior to that, the same play, “Future Perfect,” was a finalist in the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s 2015 National Ten Minute Play Contest.

DIANE QUINN is a professional Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and model who has performed in many regional theatres all over the country, aboard a cruise ship and in Japan. She has also appeared on Sex and the City as Phyllis and Law and Order as Mr. Abbot's Assistant. Some of her favorite performances include Grete in Sight Unseen, Diana in Lend Me A Tenor, Ursula in Sweet Charity and dancing the Dream/Somewhere Ballet in West Side Story. She is an alumna of Atlantic Acting School. You can next see her in Central Park at her 7th Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam https://www.shakespearesonnetslam.com/

BILL FULLER (camera, sound and lighting) Professional Audio Engineer and Composer with 20 years of experience. Some recent Clients include: HBO, Showtime, The Daily Show, ABC World News Tonight, 60 Minutes, Reuters, The Ad Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, McKinsey, PWC, J & J, Verizon, Samsung, Google, Pfizer, Bayer, Coca Cola, Quidsi, BMW and Goldman Sachs. He has a degree from Berklee College of Music in music production and engineering. He is also a singer/songwriter currently completing his next CD and is Producing a soon-to-be launched Podcast.


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Seeking fully produced plays 30 min to 90 min.

So we have found a better way for producers to put up their plays and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work. This is our 5th Spectacular Event and the response has been amazing.
So from JUNE 1 - JUNE 30, we offering our Summer Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

For a $595 fee, you get a 2 hour tech/dress in the theatre (Nights and weekends), and TWO performances, and YOU GET ALL OF THE TICKET SALES! So if you have an inexpensive space to rehearse, a good team, and friends and family that can fill the house, you can actually make money putting up your play.

(And more performances are available for additional fees.)

You also received free ticketing service, a venue manager, reduced rate rehearsal rental space in the theatre if you want, and a brand new beautiful, clean, theatre on West 45th St to present your work.

We are only accepting 8 plays for this event.

To submit your 30 - 90 minute play, please forward,
the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file,
a synopsis of the play,
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by April 25, 2017

Please put "Summer Play Spectacular" in the subject heading.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis so if we fill up all of the 10 available slots we will end submissions before April 25, 2017

Other than added performances or added reduced rate theatre rehearsal rental, there are no additional Manhattan Rep based fees.

The 50th Annual John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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A competition for new full-length plays

Entry Deadline: April 15, 2017 

Winners Announcement: October, 2017

This Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903- 1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board.

A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention in the fall or on another occasion.


 The competition is open to all playwrights.
 Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered.

 Plays submitted to the competition must not have been published as of April 15, 2017,  must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2017,  must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15 2017

 the play must be submitted, along with:
 a statement that the play will not have been published or
professionally produced as of April 15, 2017, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2017.
 a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.

 Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.
 Winners only will be notified.
 Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2017.
 Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.
 Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.
 The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to: mail@netconline.org

The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award 215 Knob Hill Drive
Hamden, CT 06518

Website: www.netconline.org

Email: mail@netconline.org 

Tel: (617) 851-8535


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The 2017 ENGAGING ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP is an artist in residence program for emerging New York City-based artists interested in addressing the intersecting issues of labor, immigration, globalization, and economic justice in their creative practice.

The goal of the 4 month fellowship is to prepare artists for long-term activist and socially-engaged work in partnership with advocacy and social service organizations, coalitions, unions, and groups of neighbors throughout the five boroughs. Ideal candidates must live in New York City and have an interest in or dedication to the interrogation of topics such as: value, wage, debt, livelihood and family life, workers rights, labor, and alternative economies as they relate to the fellow’s respective communities and the larger landscapes of migration, neoliberalism, and/or the economies of the contemporary art market(s).

To Apply:
1. Complete the following application
2. Email portfolio and resume / CV as a single PDF to PJ@moreart.org

Due: Wednesday April, 10th at 12 PM Email subject line: Engaging Artists 2017 Application // [last name]



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Equity Library Theater Summer 2017 Play Festival

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Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater Summer 2017 Play Festival, to take place over two weekends in August at the NYPL Alvin Ailey Theater and the George Bruce Theater in New York City.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from all over the USA. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome!

Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee! 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: April 15, 2017
Email: submissions@pineyforkpress.com

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund

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The Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund was established in 1975 to honor the passing of a fine performer and great friend of puppetry, Rufus Rose. The Endowment Fund makes possible financial grants to active puppeteers for projects that will further the growth and development of the art of puppetry.

Contributions to the fund are invested and every other year awards are made from the interest that has accumulated. Awards generally range from $500 to $1000.

An Endowment Fund contribution is a fitting way to honor a departed friend of puppetry or to express thanks to a consultant, committee or guild. It is also a concrete way to express interest in and dedication to the art of puppetry. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible. As this fund grows, more money will be available for the financing of worthy projects.


The first priority of the Endowment Fund Committee is the allocation of funds to support the development and creation of NEW PROFESSIONAL PUPPET PRODUCTIONS.

These can include:
  • The production of new shows
  • The creation of experimental puppets or techniques
  • The production of puppet-related films, DVDs, videos, slide shows or publications

After production grants have been awarded, and if funds are available, puppetry projects in the field of education will be considered.

Any North American puppet company or individual puppeteer may apply for a grant from the Endowment Fund. Either the person making the application or one member of the applying company must be a current member of Puppeteers of America.

In general the Endowment Fund Committee will not fund transportation, living expenses, tours or performance bookings. Grants for equipment will be considered only if a specialized need can be demonstrated.

Proposals and requests for Endowment Fund grants are judged on the following criteria:

QUALITY: Is the project well developed, is it feasible, is the budget realistic?

CREDIBILITY: Based on your past performances and on recommendations. Visuals and a script outline are important.

IMPACT: Will the project serve as a pilot? Will it stimulate further activity? Will it help develop an artist or group? How large an audience will it reach?
Grant applications are due by: April 15, 2017Awards will be determined by mid-June, 2017
Money award will be available by the PofA National Festival, July 18-22, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

LIVE ART - NEW YORK CITY MAY 2017 Manhattan Repertory Theatre 17-19 West 45th St. NYC

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A Month-long Celebration of Theatre, Dance, Performance Art and Poetry!

What we are looking for:
Short 1 act plays (7 - 30 minutes) - cast, directed, ready for performance by May!
Dance Pieces (3 - 15 minutes) -choreographed - rehearsed, ready to fly!
Performance Art presentation (7 - 15 minutes) - fully produced, ready to roll.
Spoken Word Poetry - (10 Minutes) - Whatever happens come May!

Each play/dance/act/presentation/etc will be given at least 2 performances with a short tech and a full dress rehearsal with the other "acts" performing in a LIVE ART performance series.

We will run the Sound and lights for the Short Plays, Dance pieces, Performance Art, and Poetry.

To submit for this Live Art Event, please email us the following:

For short plays (7 - 30 min) please email:
  • The complete short play as a .pdf file.
  • A synopsis of the short play,
  • the running time of the short play,
  • the set and tech requirements,
  • the plays production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your postal address,
  • and creative team leader email address.

For Dance pieces please email:
  • A synopsis of the Dance piece,
  • The running time of the Dance piece,
  • the set and tech requirements,
  • the dance's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your postal mail address,
  • and creative team leader email address.

For Performance Art pieces please email:
  • A synopsis of the piece,
  • The running time of the piece,
  • the set and tech requirements,
  • the Performance Art's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your postal mail address,
  • and creative team leader email address.

For Poetry please email:
  • A copy of the Poetry,
  • If it has ever been presented before,
  • your postal mail address,
  • and your email address.

Please email all to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com
by May 1, 2017

Please put "LIVE ART NEW YORK CITY" in the subject heading.

Submissions will be accepted on a First-Come, First-Served basis. The earlier you submit the better chance you have of being accepted. If we fill up all the performance slots before May 1, we will end submissions early, so please submit early so that you don't get closed out.

Once accepted there is a $20 commitment fee paid online.
All performances will be at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.
For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com

Please come join us! It is going to be a blast!!



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 spring 1-day TV SERIES DAY or 3-day STORY Seminar in New York (April 20-23).

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 Awards, 200 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! Get your copy today

"McKee teaches what is not yet taught. He shines his unwavering analytical light on the structure and invisible substructure of dialogue. He takes a craft that is often considered instinctual or magical and reveals its chemical secrets."
― Terry Johnson, writer/director, winner of the Olivier Award, Critics' Circle Theater Award, WGA, and BAFTA

LGBTQ Short Play Contest Fresh Fruit Festival New York 2017

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All Out Arts/The Fresh Fruit Festival is pleased to announce that submissions are now open for our 2017 Short Play Competition! The Fresh Fruit Festival is New York’s largest celebration of queer arts, and we work year-round to find the most intriguing, moving, and daring performances on LGBTQ themes.

Deadline: April 14th
Performance: May 16th OR May 23rd

We are looking for plays no longer than 10 minutes, that can be performed with minimal set and tech. The subject matter can be anything on queer themes.

PLEASE NOTE that, if accepted, it will be up to you to produce the piece for the competition*.

Prizes are determined by judges and by audience vote, and include several $25 cash prizes and/or one of six slots in the 15th-Anniversary Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, this July at The Wild Project.

The competition will take place on Tuesday, May 16th and Tuesday, May 23rd, at Nuyorican Poets Café. (Each play will perform on one of these nights, not both).

To submit please Email to liz@freshfruitfestival.com the following 3 things:
-A Script in PDF form
-Résumé or short bio of playwright
-The statement “I am aware that, if accepted, it is my responsibility to produce my play for this competition. All Out Arts/Fresh Fruit will not staff my play or cover production costs.”

The email subject should include your last name and the words “SHORT PLAY COMPETITION.”

Learn more about us at www.freshfruitfestival.com

*Non-Equity productions only. If admitted to the mainstage festival in July, showcase code productions are permitted, but Actors Equity prohibits producing the same show under a showcase code within a 12-month period. We thus cannot accommodate Equity productions at the competition stage.

Athena Project seeks Plays in Progress

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Athena Project—located in Denver, Colorado—is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIP Series). This Series will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2018, as part of a larger arts festival celebrating the voices of female artists. Three to four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and workshop level production during the Festival. One play from the PIP Series 2018 will be awarded a full production in March of 2019 based on a combination of a panel of judges and audience vote.

Scripts are being accepted from March 3 - April 15, 2017.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

1. Playwright must be female or identify as female and may only submit ONE full-length script.

2. The play must not have ever had a fully mounted production. Prior workshop presentations are accepted, but the script must be a new version since the time of the workshop.

3. Submission must include:

a. Full copy of script (without playwright contact info*)

b. Character breakdown (without playwright contact info*)

c. Short synopsis of script (300 word limit, without playwright contact info*)

d. Resume

e. Cover letter addressing what the playwright would like to accomplish with the workshop presentation and how she heard about the call for submissions

*Contact info must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on the script or any other documents (submissions will be read blind). All documents should include the Title of the Play, but no playwright contact information.

4. Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.

5. We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed if selected, and for at least one workshop production performance at their own expense. We will select 3-4 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected.

6. Please submit your play via our website at www.AthenaProjectFestival.org
Please contact us via LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectFestival.org if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

Please read the FAQ’s found on the website for more information and details/restrictions on submissions.


Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2017

Three or four finalists will be selected by September 2017

Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by November 2017

Casting will be between December-January 2017/18

Rehearsals will begin in February 2018

Plays In Progress Series (part of Athena Project’s Arts Festival) opens approximately March 2018


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

BRB Artists Retreat

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The BRB retreat presents an opportunity for artists of all mediums to initiate their own projects, build collaborative relationships, and develop their artistic process. The FGP BRB Retreat, now in its fifth year, has served hundreds of theatre artists, musicians, choreographers, composers, designers, installations artists, authors, and podcasters. Applications are open to artists of all mediums and methods. Established artists trying their hand at a new craft are also welcome to apply.

The BRB Retreat programming presents two opportunities for interested artists.

The first, available to all artists, is a 6-day retreat with a focus on getting a new project started in a community of artists working on similar goals.

The second, is a 6-day retreat, reserved for BRB alumni, with a focus on developing an existing project with the assistance of FGP’s 2017 Summer Apprentices.

The 2017 BRB Retreat will take place in two week-long sessions between August 1st and August 20th.

Resident BRB Artists will pay a subsidized fee of $350 which helps FGP cover lodging, all meals, and travel to and from the retreat space in Pennsylvania.

Applications for the BRB Artist Retreat and Summer Apprenticeship will close April 8th, 2017.
Click here to apply: https://freshgroundpeppernyc.com/submit/

Tenured Son Theatre 2018 Season - full-length plays wanted

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Tenured Son Theatre currently seeking full-length plays for inaugural 2018 season. No restrictions on subject matter however set changes and tech requirements should be kept to a minimum. Looking for great dialogue, excellent character development and a new/unique perspective. Please read the following guidelines before submitting:

1. Play must be new, full-length (preferably 80-120 minutes). One act plays are permitted as long as they meet the preferred time span. Going over or under the preferred time will not exclude your play from consideration. It is merely a suggested length. Plays that have received a production on any scale are not allowed. However, staged readings or workshopped plays are allowed.

2. No musicals, adaptations or plays specifically meant for children. Also, no one-man shows. We prefer a cast size of 3-10, however a cast of any size as long as its 2+ are welcomed!

3. No restrictions on content matter or themes. You write it and we'll read it!

4. While you may include your name and contact information on your script, no other information is required. No resume, headshot, bio, synopsis is needed and we actually prefer just the script in .pdf or .doc format. Please include brief character breakdown.

5. Deadline to submit is midnight April 30th, 2017. Please email your submissions to tenuredsontheatre@gmail.com and place "2018 Submission - TITLE OF PLAY" in the subject line and your contact info in the body of the email. Even if this info is provided in your script please provide this information in the email itself.

The winner will be notified no later than August 1st, 2017. The winning play will be produced as part of our inaugural season. We have produced many shows since 2013 but next year will be our first fully scheduled theatre season. The winning playwright will have travel and lodging paid for as well as a cash stipend to attend the opening weekend of their show which will be in Kansas City, MO. Attendance is not mandatory but is preferred as we will also have a talk back during the opening weekend. Please note, in submitting your play you give Tenured Son Theatre the right to produce your play during the month of April in 2018 without receiving any royalties.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017

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Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017 play submission window will be open from November 1, 2016 to April 10, 2017.

Anybody over the age of 18, regardless of education, country or region may submit a play to the Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017.

Plays must be intended for children and teens
  • Must be unproduced and original
  • We do not accept adaptations or translations
  • Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017 will consider plays written in English only
  • Script length: 20 - 25 play format pages
  • Font type: Courier or Arial 
  • Font size: 12 
  • Cast: Must be up to five characters
  • Setting: One set with no special lighting
Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017 is anonymous. Please DO NOT put the author’s name on the title page. Write ONLY the title of the play.

Running time of the plays after staging must be between 30 and 45 min.
Each author can submit one play only.

Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017 accepts submissions in English. Some exceptions may be admissible.


We accept electronic submissions only!
Send us as separate attachments:
1. A cover page detailing the playwright’s name, gender, country, postal code, city, address,
email address, phone number and the title of the play
2. A playwright’s biography (max 100 words)
If the play is co-written, please submit information for both authors
3. Title, logline (one sentence only) and a brief synopsis (max 100 words) of the play
4. The script in Word or PDF format. Other formats will be ignored.


Our main goal is not just to realize a writing contest. We would like to provoke and stimulate playwrights’ creativity.
A Jury of indie theatre professionals will assess all scripts via a blind-jury process.
None of the Jury members knows each other.
Every Jury member will evaluate each script independently (0 to 10 scores).
A computer program will be used to calculate the final points.
International DramaMarket System will introduce all nominated playwrights


One award (over 90% of the possible total of points) for both categories:
A cash prize of CAD $1 000
A production contract (if it is possible in the region); or script circulation through the international DramaMarket distribution system
A free three-year International Talent Club, Canada and Independent Playwrights Association, Canada subscription
Free participation in all our international projects

Compensations (over 80% of the possible total of points) for both categories:
Cash compensation or script purchase agreement, by decision of the Board
Script circulation through international DramaMarket distribution system
A free two-year International Talent Club, Canada and Independent Playwrights Association, Canada subscription

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Results of the Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017 will be announced after April 25, 2017.
The Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017 contacts nominated authors only.
No information about Contest process should be given.
Incomplete applications will not be assessed.


We accept electronic submissions only. Any paper material that is mailed will be recycled
Scripts and all applications should be emailed to:

Deadline for submissions: April 10, 2017

Do not call. Calls may jeopardize your submission; which could end up being declined
Forward your inquires to info.internationaltalentclub@gmail.com

For further details, please visit our websites http://internationaltalentclub.org

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I AM SOUL Playwright Residency

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The annual I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency program recognizes Black playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend [pending funding], administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and one 29-hour workshop. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season.


Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT’S RESIDENCY, send an email to submit@nationalblacktheatre.org as a single PDF document, 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 panelists to read. Please note that the panelists are only required to read these pages. 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.

Answer these following questions:
a. What inspires you and your work? [250 word max]
b. How important is collaboration within your process? [250 word max]
c. Why this residency now? Incorporate three goals you wish to obtain after going through a process like this. [500 word max]

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 followed by soulapp [Example: application packet sent by Jane Smith = Smithsoulapp.pdf)

Email your application packet by May 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm. No late applications will be accepted.
Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via email.


Applications must be received by: Finalists will be notified on: Recipient(s) will be notified on: Residency term:

May 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm
June 10, 2017
July 13, 2017
September 1, 2017 - March 31, 2019


NBT Application Manager submit@nationalblacktheatre.org
CC: kimbra@nationalblacktheatre.org

Artists' Exchange 12th Annual One Act Play Festival (July & August 2017)

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Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays; ideal length 10-15 minutes with 20-minute maximum. Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays. There is no cost to submit work. Comedic, absurd, dramatic, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome and encouraged for review. Selected plays will be performed at Theatre 82 in Cranston, Rhode Island, on two consecutive weekends between July 21 and August 12, 2017 (more performance details below).

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Saturday, April 15, 2017. 

 Any plays received or postmarked past April 15th will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The OAPF Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance by the end of May/early June. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the Festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the Festival for the public’s entertainment and benefit with no performance/royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the One Act Play Festival for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the playbill, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

Festival Performance Information:

July 21 - August 12, 2017

Fridays @ 7:00 PM and Saturdays @ 3:00 & 7:00 PM

Venue: Theatre 82 (82 Rolfe Square, Cranston, RI 02910)

Presented in Two Waves

- Each Wave is separate and features different plays

- Four performance dates per Wave

Wave I: July 21-29

Wave II: August 4-12

About the One Act Play Festival: Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival (OAPF) for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels.

This year marks the 12th annual year and aims to showcase new playwrights mixed in with patron favorites, highlighting the best short plays that were submitted for review.

About Artists’ Exchange: Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. We are operated by Gateways to Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.

Artists' Exchange is home to multiple art studios, a gallery, art boutique and café, along with secondary venue Theatre 82, a multi-use performance, meeting and instructional space. Enriching classes and summer camps are offered year-round in art, ceramics, theater, and music; and a variety of events – including plays, music concerts, birthday parties, and fundraisers – are hosted at our venues.

To Submit: Please send all plays to Artists’ Exchange by physical mail or email and include your contact information and play title(s). Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Send any questions or communications to Jessica Chace, Festival Artistic Director (contact information below).

By Mail:

Attention: One Act Play Festival Submission
Artists’ Exchange
50 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI 02910

By Email: In Subject line, please write “One Act Play Festival Submission: [Your Name]” and send to Jessica Chace at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship

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Deadline: April 2, 2017
Page 73 has two play development programs available to early-career playwrights through this application. Playwrights may apply for either or both programs as they see fit and are eligible (see below).

1. The P73 Playwriting Fellowship
The P73 Playwriting Fellowship provides a year of comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has not received a professional production in New York City (please see eligibility requirements below). Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to this writer as he or she develops one or more new plays of his or her choosing. The P73 Playwriting Fellow receives an unrestricted award of $10,000 and a development budget, managed by Page 73 and the Fellow over the course of the Fellowship year, up to an additional $10,000.

The Fellow is encouraged to think creatively about using Fellowship resources to meet concrete goals that might not otherwise be possible. These goals may include, but are not limited to, development of one or more new plays, assistance in building relationships within the New York City theater community, research, and/or travel. Please note that funds from the P73 Playwriting Fellowship do not cover full-scale productions, nor does Page 73 commit to producing the work of the Fellow.The Fellowship incorporates at least one public presentation by the Fellow. Page 73 also helps the Fellow identify and connect with collaborators, including directors, designers, actors and dramaturgs, for Fellowship projects.

The Fellow is associated with Page 73 for the calendar year, from January 1 to December 31. After being selected, he or she works with Page 73’s staff to develop a plan for the year and establish a timeline for the development work to be done on the new play or plays. The Fellow may also be invited to participate in the Page 73 Summer Residency and, if eligible, Interstate 73 (described below) during the Fellowship year.

If the Fellow is not a New York City resident, he or she must be prepared to travel to New York during the Fellowship year in order to fully engage in the opportunities that the Fellowship provides.

Past P73 Playwriting Fellows are Kirsten Greenidge, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jason Grote, Krista Knight, Tommy Smith, Heidi Schreck, Eliza Clark, Janine Nabers, Max Posner, Caroline V. McGraw, Clare Barron, Nick Gandiello, and Hansol Jung.

2. Interstate 73
Interstate 73 is Page 73’s yearlong writers group. Consisting of six to eight playwrights and led by Page 73’s staff, Interstate 73 meets twice monthly on weeknight evenings at our office in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Each playwright receives a stipend for participating. Participants bring in pages that are read aloud and discussed by the group. Each participating playwright is also given an opportunity for a reading of a completed work, which can be a public or private reading, depending on the playwright’s interests and needs. Page 73's staff works with each playwright to craft the reading to be as useful as possible for the writer.

Interstate 73 begins each year in January, and meetings run through December; sessions are typically suspended for a period in the summer. Please consult the eligibility requirements below. Page 73 selects participants from individuals we meet through this application process as well as from individuals who have become known to the company through other means.

Note: While Page 73's staff may, from time to time, offer a spot in Interstate 73 to a playwright who meets the eligibility requirements but has not completed an application for the program, anyone who wishes to be considered for the 2017 Fellowship must submit this application.

Applicants for both programs:

1. The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation;

2. The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays;

3. The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal;

4. The applicant must have never received a production of his/her work in New York City that was larger than an Actors' Equity Showcase Code presentation;

5. The applicant must not be enrolled in a degree/certificate program at the time of participation.

Interstate 73 applicants:

1. Candidates for this program may not be involved in a similar year-long, institutional writing group concurrently with Interstate 73. If you will be attending regular meetings of such a group in 2018, please do not apply for Interstate 73.

2. As participants must be able to attend meetings regularly without inconvenience, Interstate 73 is offered only to writers who are residents of the greater metropolitan New York City area. Please do not apply for Interstate 73 if you will not be a metropolitan NYC resident in 2018.

3. Attendance at all Interstate 73 sessions is extremely important; please do not apply for Interstate 73 if you will be unable to attend group meetings in New York for a month or more during the period of the program. I73 meetings will be suspended for part of the summer.

We understand this application occurs well in advance of 2018 and appreciate that schedules change. If you are not yet sure about any of the above, you are welcome to apply for Intersate 73 and update us accordingly regarding your eligibility.

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Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam

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April 21, 2017, 1pm

Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, FREE

Where 154 Sonnets are spoken aloud
Produced by Willful Pictures
Created by Melinda Hall

To Register to Read for the Slam

1. Sign up on our site, leads you to create an account with us.

2. Once you have your account, you can access the  Registration page and answer a few questions.

3. We will then see your info & you will get your randomly assigned Sonnet # within a day or two.

Remember: If you SIGN UP, SHOW UP on April 21st.

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