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Sunday, September 10, 2017


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The prize aims to encourage authors in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young audiences.

Rules (summary):

Open to all writers worldwide and there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants. We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer.

The play must be a new, original, unperformed and unpublished previously in any form. The play must cater for a performance time of 60-120 mins (category A), or 30-60 mins (category B).
A collection of short plays may be submitted as it is (A) or (B) play format, taking into account each play must be 15 min. long or more.

Up three entries per person. Each entry must be in a separate portfolio. There is no fee to enter.
Plays can be written in any official European languages.

Contest deadline: 30 September 2017. 

We thank early submissions for plays written in a non-Spanish language.

The authors of the winning scripts will be awarded a cash prize of 3000€, plus the publication of the work and public reading of the play in the category (A), and a cash prize of 1000€, plus the publication of the work in the category (B).

The Jury may award Honourable Mentions without cash prizes to the plays with a recommendation for publishing and/or performance.

The judges will assess each play with the following criteria: a) Quality of dramatic text and audience appeal. b) Promotion of tolerant coexistence among young people and concern with reality and problems of young people. c) Innovative language and plot. d) Factors that affect its feasibility on stage: cast, sets, props, lights, costumes, etc.

Download full competition guidelines.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Hodder Fellowship

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The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2018-2019 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the "studious leisure" to undertake significant new work.

 Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. An $81,000 stipend is provided for this 10-month appointment as a Visiting Fellow. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. 

Applications must be submitted by September 19, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST online. 

Composers, Performing Artists, and Visual Artists: Submit a resume, a project proposal of 500 words, and examples of ten minutes of performance through link(s) to sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Flicker, etc. 

Visual artists should provide up to 20 still images organized into a single PDF file and submit as part of their online application. 

Composers may send 1-2 scores as a PDF file and submit as part of their online application and/or supply a link to a website. 

 Writers: Submit a resume, a 3,000-word writing sample of recent work, and a project proposal of 500 to 750 words. We cannot confirm receipt of applications nor can we accept applications submitted after the deadline. Limits on the statement size (500 words) and sample size (3,000 words) are strict. To learn more (including FAQ, profiles of past fellows, etc.): arts.princeton.edu/fellowships.

7th Annual One Act Play Festival at OLT

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Old Library Theatre (OLT) invites submissions for its 7th Annual One Act Play Festival. Winner of the NJACT Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play in 2015 (and nominated again for our 2017 production!), this festival showcases original one act plays on our main stage!

This year’s festival will kick off our 51st season with performances January 26, 27 & 28, 2018. Auditions will be held in November 2017.

Submission criteria is as follows:

– All plays must be complete, one act works, running 15-30 minutes, with six or fewer characters.
– No musicals, please.
– Plays will be mounted with no budget, though they will be fully staged with necessary sound and lighting.
– Please e-mail submissions or questions to info@oldlibrarytheatre.net by September 15, 2017. Playwrights who have not had plays produced in previous festivals will receive priority in selection.

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

Stage Left Theater (Spokane WA) Playwrights Playground

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Stage Left Theater call for 5 to10 minute play scripts for "Playwrights Playground" to be performed as staged readings on November 10-11-12, 2017 - Free to Submit

*What? 5 to 10 - minute plays

*Two scripts maximum.

*All genres welcome (no children’s plays or musicals)

*Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.

*Standard play format preferred.

*There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more PG-13 fare.

*Cast size, no restrictions

*Deadline: September 15, 2017
Notification: October

Submission procedure:

1. Send the full script with your contact information and character breakdown. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).

2. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to tiajowooley@spokanestageleft.org. The subject line should include "Playground" and the title of the play.

3. Include your name and email address in the body of your email.

Fee? None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.
We will have an audience choice award with an awesome certificate of appreciation at the end of the three day performances.

Questions? Contact Stage Left Managing Director Tia Wooley at tiajowooley@spokanestageleft.org.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work. Please share this, forward it, let any groups you are part of know about it.

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Play Penn 2018 New Play Development Conference

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Playwrights are invited to work with a director, dramaturg, and designers to develop a specific play, which will be chosen through a rigorous selection process. A three-day pre-conference retreat for playwrights, dramaturgs, directors, and designers begins the festivities. Following the retreat, the playwrights then develop their plays through in-depth workshops with directors, dramaturgs, designers, and professional actors. Each of the plays is given two free public readings, one at the conference midpoint and the other at the end of the development period.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Native Voices seeks full-length plays by Native American writers

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For Full-Length Plays

Deadline: September 22, 2017

Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American writers addressing all themes and topics.
2018 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays

The retreat and festival brings artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public presentations of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by September 22, 2017 will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the short list. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in December 2017.

A Note About the Native Voices Distance Dramaturgy Process

Months prior to residencies at the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays, selected playwrights participate in dramaturgical conversations with an assigned director and dramaturg. Workshops with these creative teams and a cast of professional actors commence once the playwright arrives on-site. It is important to note that these conversations and workshops are playwright driven, allowing the writer to shape his/her own developmental path. Selected playwrights should be prepared to dedicate adequate time to this process prior to arriving on-site.
Checklist for All Submissions

Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).

Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address) and a draft or revision date.

Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script.

Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).

Provide a press ready photo of at least 300dpi. Please label attachment as follows: Photo_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Photo_Doe, J.doc).

Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

Where to Send Submissions
We now only accept electronic submission (in Word or PDF format).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Small Fish Radio Theatre Annual Horror Show 2017

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Deadline is midnight, September 15, 2017.

Submissions must be specific to the Horror genre.

Gothic, Supernatural, Non-Supernatural - whatever invokes FEAR and DREAD!


Short Plays - No more than 10 minutes in length.

Five Actors or Less – This does not mean five characters or less, it simply means
your short play, story, or poem must be able to be performed by a maximum of five actors.

NO STAGE DIRECTIONS – While this may seem obvious given our
“radio” format, it is important to remember that your play is
conveyed through the dialogue, music, and sound effects.

Please do not submit recorded radio plays, stories or music.
We are not accepting produced radio plays.

Multiple submissions are acceptable, as long as you follow the guidelines listed above.

Additional playwright submissions resources may be found at http://playsubmissionshelper.com/blog.

Please send your submissions (or questions) to:

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Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium produces portable theatre for the ear. Since 2012 we’ve produced over 30 podcasts featuring the work of over 50 artists from around the world. We’ve recorded live at Chicago Fringe, Chicago Dramatists, The Biograph at Victory Gardens Theatre, and Simon's Tavern in Andersonville.
Small Fish Radio Theatre was a top-featured podcast on Atlanta Fringe Audio for four years running.
Whether recorded before a live audience or in the studio, our podcasts are offered for free here
on iTunes and via our website - smallfishradio.com.

To listen to our latest program, you may download the FREE podcast from iTunes and listen at your leisure, or go to our home page to listen there.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fundamentals of Playwriting at Primary Stages ESPA

If you're just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! Join Primary Stages ESPA for a 10-week crash course in everything you need to know to start your first play and declare yourself a playwright.

Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges, "Kings" on NBC)
Kara Lee Corthron will help you build a toolbox of the fundamentals, including discussions of structure, character, and dialogue, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Flexible, outrageously affordable Payment Plans available.

Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

7th Annual One Act Play Festival at OLT

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Old Library Theatre (OLT) invites submissions for its 7th Annual One Act Play Festival. Winner of the NJACT Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play in 2015 (and nominated again for our 2017 production!), this festival showcases original one act plays on our main stage!

This year’s festival will kick off our 51st season with performances January 26, 27 & 28, 2018. Auditions will be held in November 2017.

Submission criteria is as follows:

– All plays must be complete, one act works, running 15-30 minutes, with six or fewer characters.
– No musicals, please.
– Plays will be mounted with no budget, though they will be fully staged with necessary sound and lighting.
Please e-mail submissions or questions to info@oldlibrarytheatre.net by September 15, 2017. Playwrights who have not had plays produced in previous festivals will receive priority in selection.

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New York Theatre Workshop offers a free workshop

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Mind the Gap (MTG) is a FREE program that brings together teens (ages 14-19) and elders (ages 60+) to share their stories and write plays inspired by each other’s lives. The program culminates in a work-in-progress presentation of the plays, read by professional actors. No theatre experience is required!

4:00 – 6:00 PM
October 10th – December 12th

Interested candidates may submit an ONLINE APPLICATION HERE
Applications are due by Sunday, September 24th.
Group interviews will take place the week of September 25th.

Potential candidates can visit the NYTW website as www.NYTW.org.

Email address mindthegap@nytw.org
Or call their Education Department directly at 212-780-9037

Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award 2017

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The Ziegfeld Club, one of New York City’s first performing arts charities to benefit women is proud to announce the second Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award to honor a female composer in musical theatre. The recipient will be honored in November 2017 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, and will receive a prestigious grant of $10,000 plus a year of professional mentorship. The recipient will be selected by an expert panel chosen by The Ziegfeld Club Board of Directors.

The grant which aims to celebrate an emerging female composer, or composer/lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing was inspired by a noticeable lack of female composers being produced on Broadway today. The Ziegfeld Club enables the recipient to put the grant to the best use possible to help further the composer’s creative endeavors.

Download an application form for the 2017 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award here!

Important Dates

The application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be open from July 31st- September 8th 2017. here!

Finalist interviews will be held in person on September 22nd, 2017 in New York City. The recipient of the award will be notified in late September 2017.


Applications for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award must include the following:

1) Demo recordings of 3 contrasting songs from at least two separate works of musical

theater. Professional recordings are appreciated but not necessary. Piano-and-vocals are sufficient. The songs should be sent as individual MP3 files, and labeled with both the candidate’s name and the songs’ titles (Last Name, First Name- Title). Applicants retain all copyright of their work. Please do not submit live recordings.

2) Dramatic context and lyric sheets. Please include piano/vocal music, or scores if available.

3) An Artistic Statement of one page or less (no more than 500 words) describing your work in musical theater, and how the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will aid you in your artistic and professional goals.

4) A current Resume that lists your experience and production history as a musical theater composer. Applicants will be considered eligible as emerging artists if, in the judgment of the committee, they have not already received substantial recognition in American musical theater.

5) A completed Application Form.

Note: If you receive this grant, it will be awarded through Fractured Atlas, pending acceptance into their fiscal sponsorship program. For more information about Fractured Atlas and their fiscal sponsorship program, please visit www.fracturedatlas.org

To submit an application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, please send the required materials to: submissions@theziegfeldclubinc.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

The BBZA is open to an emerging individual female composer, or individual composer- lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing, and who can clearly show how the grant money and mentorship will further her artistic career.

When can I apply?

The application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be open from July 31st- September 8th, 2017.

I’ve applied for the award in the past; can I apply again?


I write with a collaborative team. Can we apply together?

No, the BBZA Award is only open to an individual female composer or individual composer-lyricist.

Can I apply if I am still in school?

The BBZA award is not intended as a scholarship. Ideal candidates should be working professionals.

Are there any age restrictions?

No, although an ideal candidate must classify as emerging, meaning that they have not already received substantial recognition in American musical theater.

What are the criteria for selection?

The ability to show professional initiative, outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing, and who can clearly show how the grant money and mentorship will further your artistic career.

Can the songs I submit be from different works?

Yes, they must be from at least two different works.

Can I still apply if I cannot be in New York City in September for an interview?

Yes, however, in person interviews are encouraged. A Skype interview can be arranged if necessary.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Free Writing Workshop and Pizza

Join Primary Stages ESPA on September 18 for an evening of free workshops and pizza!

Monday, September 18

All events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP to secure your spot.

Location: Primary Stages Studios at 307 West 38th Street, Suite 1510

Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Halloween Rondo of Theatre seeks short plays

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The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is currently seeking talented writers / director's / actors with new works for our next Fund Raiser Onomatopoeia's Halloween Rondo of Theatre! We are looking for 4 – 5 pieces to help create two evenings of theatre, poetry, movement & music. Each piece should be about 10 – 20 minutes long. The theme for the evening is obviously Halloween!!! We are looking to create a night that moves at an Allegro tempo!

Oct. 30 & Oct 31
at The Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond St. Manhattan, New York 10012

Look below for more info about what we looking for and what we can provide.

How To Get Involved:
Writers - Please email a copy of your script along with a brief summary of the story to be considered. Scripts should be 10 – 20 minutes. If your piece is from a longer play / production then please indicate where you would like your piece to begin. Scripts can be comedic or dramatic. There should not be a cast larger than 5 people. We are looking for new works or material which would promote an upcoming show. Please note that these scripts do not need to be associated with Onomatopoeia’s upcoming season. We are more than happy to help promote any new script or upcoming piece.
Directors – Please e-mail a copy of your Directing / Acting / Tech resume to be considered.
Actors - For more information about auditions for Onomatopoeia's Halloween Rondo of Theatre please check back after Sept 15!


We Will Provide:
Tech – Directors may use their own SM’s for each piece but they must coordinate with the events tech crew. The evening will be run by a Stage Manager & Assistant Stage Manager hired by Onomatopoeia Theatre. Lights and Sound will be handled by Onomatopoeia though we are willing to accommodate special request as well

Publicity / Audience – Onomatopoeia Theatre will help to provide publicity for this event to help bring in a big new audience! We put an emphasis on inviting professionals who are looking for new shows & new talent.

All Writers, Directors & Actors in Onomatopoeia's Rondo of Theatre will be participating on a volunteer basis. Writers, Directors & Actors participating are not paid.


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PERFORMANCES- JANUARY 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21, 2018

Acme Theater of Maynard, MA is proud to announce that it is now accepting submissions for its 17th annual New Works Winter Festival. The festival will be performed over two weekends in January 2018. Selected plays will be divided into two festival tracks and will be performed three times total over the course of the two weekends. At the conclusion of each festival track, one playwright from each track will be awarded the audience choice award, known as "The Charlie".

Submission Guidelines:

1) Maximum submission limit of ONE (1) play per playwright.

2) Plays must be unpublished works. They may have already been produced elsewhere, but any published works will not be considered.

3) Scripts must be limited to a length of ten (10) pages or less in standard script format and be able to be legitimately performed in 10 minutes. Please keep type sizes at 10 pts or greater, double spaced, and leave some margin space.

4) Any subject matter welcome, comedy or drama. Please no overuse of strong language.

5) Your script will be limited to the use of any/all of the following set pieces provided by Acme:

- 6 standard wooden chairs
- 1 dining room table
- 1 coffee table
- 1 tall table/desk
- 1 end table
- 1 podium
- 1 small love seat
- 1 park bench

Hand props will be allowed, but nothing else.

6) Selected playwrights will be given the option to provide their own director, actors, props, etc., or have Acme provide someone from our pool of eager and capable directors for you and cast the play from our festival auditions in November 2017.

Acme Theater is a 72-seat black box in Maynard, MA with full light and sound equipment. Acme will provide sound and light operators, the stage and a 45 minute tech time the week before we open so that casts can become familiar with our space prior to the festival.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Please email script in .doc or .pdf format to Tom Berry at acmenwwf@gmail.com .

Scripts sent to any other email address will not be accepted. Selected playwrights will be notified by November 2017.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Madison Short Play Festival : Unpresidented

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Broom Street Theater seeks submissions of ten-minute scripts for
The Madison Short Play Festival : Unpresidented

Unpresidented will be performed at Broom Street Theater in Madison, WI in October/November 2018. (Exact dates TBA)

Plays should somehow revolve around the theme of the American Presidency. Authors may feel free to take that as currently/historically/fictionally as they please.

Authors will receive full credit and complimentary admission to the show, plus a DVD of the performance, but unfortunately, we cannot pay royalties. Playwrights retain all rights to their own work. If selected for production, playwrights will be asked to sign a waiver granting Broom Street Theater performance rights to the work, and the right to use the playwright’s name and image in associated publicity.

Previously published/produced work is admissable, provided that the playwright includes a publication/production history with their submission.

As a courtesy, if your play is a world premiere, we ask that any future productions of your play mention Broom Street Theater in the program or publicity.

There is NO FEE for submission, as submission fees are loathsome and befoul the nostrils of the angels.

We will accept no more than two submissions per playwright.

Playwrights from the Madison, WI area – or with ties to the Madison, WI area – will be given precedence. However, we’re suckers for excellence coming from anywhere (especially overseas!) and we love establishing new relationships with playwrights.

The deadline is March 1, 2018, but you don’t want to be that writer whose work is buried under an avalanche of last-minute submissions. Submit early for leisurely consideration!

How to Submit

Email your script in pdf or Microsoft Word format to submissions@bstonline.org. Please make sure your contact information is included in the file with the script.

Use the subject line – “Unpresidented”.

In the body of your email, tell us how your play relates to the theme of the festival. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Tell us what, if any, ties you have to Madison, WI. (It’s okay if you don’t have any.) Include the word Roosevelt somewhere in the body of your email. That’s how we identify people who carefully read the submission instructions.

Your play must fulfill the following restrictions:

Plays must be ten minutes or less in length.

Plays may only feature speaking roles for up to four actors. Four additional actors are available for crowd scenes/background, etc…

That’s it for restrictions. We’re okay with nudity, swearing, entrails… – or naked, swearing entrails.

If you have questions, please email Doug@bstonline.org. (Do not, however, send your submissions to Doug or he will become cross.)

Sunday, September 3, 2017


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Project Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from September 1st 2017 – April 1st 2018. Successful submission of a project does not guarantee a slot in the 2017 – 2018 season’s New Works Initiative.

Plays accepted for an Invited Reading in the 2017 – 2018 season agree to be considered for a Workshop Production in July of 2018. Only full-length stage plays that have not yet been produced on a full scale will be considered, with a few exceptions being made for full length screenplays (preference will be given to theatre pieces.) Projects with an outside director will be considered.

Applications must be fully completed in order to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered to participate in the New Works Initiative. Due to the high volume of play submissions we are unable to provide individual feedback to projects not selected to participate in the Terry Schreiber New Works Initiative.

Plays selected to participate will be notified 30 days before their scheduled Invited Reading, and will be given three days of rehearsal space at the T. Schreiber Studios in Chelsea.


 Please fill out and complete the Application Form.

 Please attach a treatment of your piece. It should include a brief description of the story, theme, and major conflict of the script. It should also include a character breakdown, as well as a scene breakdown. Your treatment should not exceed three pages and should be submitted as a .pdf document.

 Please attach a brief bio (no more than 100 words) and resume of the playwright (and director if applicable) as a .pdf document.

 Please attach your play in the form of a .pdf document. Microsoft Word, Celtx, or Final Draft files will not be accepted.

Email all materials with the subject NEW WORKS INITATIVE SUBMISSION to newworks@tschreiber.org

Friday, September 1, 2017

Strand Theater Annual Short Play Festival

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The Strand, where women take the stage, is the only brick-and-mortar theater in Baltimore, Maryland to present outstanding works written ONLY by women artists in 2016-17! Our theme this season is journeys. For our popular short play festival this year, we’re seeking 10-minute plays that explore the original meaning of a journey, which in Middle English means “the distance traveled in one day.”

We are looking for short plays that are highly inventive, imaginative, and altogether powerful, with heightened language, high stakes, and strong characters. No conventional kitchen-sink or living room dramas, please.

The rules:

· 10-minute plays, maximum.
· Cover Page includes title of play, synopsis, character breakdown, playwright’s name, and contact info.
· PDF only.
· Playwrights must reside in VA, DC, MD, DE, or PA.
· Submit to: submissions@strand-theater.org

Playwrights who are cis or trans women, of any race or country of origin, writing in English, are strongly encouraged to apply, though we are open to everyone.

Learn more about the Strand Theater at http://www.strand-theater.org/.

Deadline: Sept. 9, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cooperative Performance call for submissions

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Cooperative Performance, an avant-garde theatre/dance collective located in the heart of Milwaukee, is calling for story submissions for ELLIS, to be performed in February 2018 in collaboration with Alverno College.

Directed by Kelly Coffey and Don Russell in collaboration with Alejandra Gonzalez, ELLIS is an original adaptation of your immigration stories from past to present.

ELLIS is a platform for our community to share stories of immigration and cultures. Through this work, Cooperative Performance seeks to humanize and fight ignorance regarding immigration via education and storytelling.

Submissions must involve an interpretation of a personal immigration story, past or present. 

We are interested in all forms of storytelling: text, spoken word, poetry, music (traditional or an original song), visual art, short films, etc. 

Cooperative Performance strongly encourages non-English and bilingual submissions with translation provided. 
All works should be no longer than 7 minutes and applicants must be 18 or older. Please include your name, email, and phone number with submission. All submissions may be sent via email to Kelly Coffey at kcoffey@cooperformke.com

*DEADLINE to submit is OCTOBER 31st, 2017*
Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If selected, you grant permission for directors to respectfully edit work for the final performance piece. *Please note that submissions are not compensated if accepted* 

Selected applicants will be notified of their piece's acceptance no later than December 1, 2017.

Irvington Town Hall (NY) Theater Stage Door Playwrights Festival

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A celebration of artistic expression through staged readings in a magnificent historic theater.  Selected plays will highlight important issues relevant to our times through the power of the written word.

Submission Deadline: September 15th, 2017

The ITHT Stage Door Playwrights Festival celebrates original plays developed by local and NY metro area playwrights. It is dedicated to providing an arena for theatrical exploration of significant historical and modern issues that are relevant to our times. It strives to put a spotlight on the power of words and artistic expression that will enlighten and inspire audiences. It will give playwrights the opportunity to present a one act play or portion of their work in a staged reading or as staged as they prefer as part of a festival setting. It will further enable playwrights to harness the power of audience feedback through audience engagement with writers, casts and notable theatrical professionals in a Q&A session after each theatrical showing. We encourage inclusion of diversity of themes and populations as part of the goals of this festival.

Each play will be a one-act that runs for no longer than one hour. We are looking for family–friendly productions as well as adult productions. The festival will run on Saturday November 11th and Sunday November 12th.

We offer a blank stage, lighting and sound. Each playwright can present as they wish in terms of highly rehearsed, costumes, props etc. Chosen playwrights are in charge of casting and getting their own director. ITHT will provide the stage manager and production manager for the festival.

Guidelines for Submission

Play Prerequisites

Seeking submissions of One Acts 45-60 minutes long or portion of play that are self-contained and can be performed for an audience with their clear understanding of content.

Any genre can be submitted

Play must be an original work

Family Friendly plays, on topics that are appropriate for all audiences are encouraged  for Saturday and Sunday afternoon slots

Pages must be numbered and script should be in standard play script format

Estimated running time must be indicated

Performance Information

Readings/Performances will be performed on blank stage.

Lights and sound are the only technical services provided

The one act should be easy to stage in a no frills environment

Playwright and cast need to be available for Nov. 11 or 12 schedule 

Tech rehearsal (day of) performance and 30 minute talk back session following performance  

Producers of selected shows shall be compensated based on a percentage of net revenue. Exact percentage shall be communicated to selected playwrights. Notification of accepted plays will be at the end of September.

Submission Information

Script may be submitted by email (as a PDF) or by mail (as a hard copy).
Fill out the application form below. There is no application fee.
Earlier submissions are encouraged

Script submission can be sent by mail to:

Irvington Town Hall Theater
Stage Door Playwrights Festival
85 Main Street
Irvington, New York 10533​

E-mail submissions can be sent to:

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