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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Nora Salon submission guidelines

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The Nora Salon (TNS), Nora’s Playhouse’s new monthly reading series, is an opportunity for emerging women playwrights from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to hear their work read aloud in a cozy, casual setting.

TNS is also an informal gathering of artists and Nora’s supporters who want an inside look at how plays get from page to stage and the opportunity to participate in the development process.

Since formally launching in January 2017, we are off to a roaring start with every TNS to-date being filled to maximum capacity.

We welcome submissions of any genre and length, provided they:

  • are by women playwrights in the NYC area,
  • centrally feature women’s stories and perspectives,
  • have not yet had a production.
  • Finished pieces and works-in-progress both welcome.

Please email a copy of your submission along with a brief cover letter to Rebecca at submissions@norasplayhouse.org.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

5 Minute Short Play Festival (La Jolla CA)

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Deadline: January 31 2018

San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (SDCJC) Straight From The Page, a staged reading series, is around to announce the 5th Annual 5 Minute Play Festival.

Plays will be performed by professional actors on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Larence Family Jewish Community Center Jacobs Family Campus 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA.

  • The play must speak to Jewish identity, heritage, cultural experiences or values
  • Submission must be five minute original play (approx. 750 words)
  • Play can have 2 or 3 characters - no monologues
  • No musicals - if there is any music it must be sung a cappella.
  • Comedy, drama, historical, political are all welcome.
  • Plays must be submitted as a MS Word document - PDF is not accepted.
  • Play must be created in 12 pt Ariel font
  • Plays will not be returned

Submit plays to jewishplays@lfjcc.org

Finalists will be notified by March 1, 2018.

All plays submitted will be read as "blind readings" by the Straight from the Page committee.

Top scripts will be chosen to be cast and directed for a staged reading.

Casting and directing of the top scripts to be done sole by Straight From The Page producer9s) or their designate - playwrights do not have input in casting or directing decisions.
(Editor's note: the Dramatists Bill of Rights specifies playwrights should have final say in such decisions.)
Selected scripts will be performed at the Lawrence Family JCC as a staged reading immediately following the winning play will be selected by audience hand-written ballots
Top three scripts will be published in L'Chaim Magazine www.lchaimmagazine.com

SDCJC reserves the right to cancel and/or modify the program at any time.

Straight From The Pages is unable to compensate for any travel and accommodation expenses.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Strange Sun Theater is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Greenhouse New Play Development Project

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This year, Strange Sun Theater will select two plays as part of its Greenhouse Project, and we are proud to announce that each of the two playwrights will receive a $500 award, and be a part of our ‘ON BOOK’ series, which explores and develops the plays through a rehearsal process culminating in a public staged reading of the plays in New York City.*

This year Strange Sun Theater invites playwrights to submit their COMIC PLAYS to our Greenhouse Project.  In today’s fraught world, we look to the power of laughter for release, for the off-beat way it allows us to interrogate our society, and for it’s ability to shine a light on human behavior with all its complexities, absurdities, and joys.  Submit your comedies - Satirical, Topical, Farcical, Situational, Dark, Absurd, Odd - anything that makes us laugh!

The submission deadline is February 16th, 2018.

*The $500 award will be awarded only if the playwright agrees to participate in our ON BOOK development process.  Although face-to-face involvement in the process is not strictly necessary, we are hoping the $500 award may help to defray some off the costs of participating in the ON BOOK process.


We are using Google Forms to process our submissions, which requires a Google account to use.  If you do not have a Google account, you may email your script as a .pdf, along with your contact information, to: info@strangesuntheater.com

Click here to submit to this year’s Greenhouse Project – Please read our submission guidelines below before submitting.

  • Plays must be submitted on or before February 16th, 2018 in order to be considered.
  • Please use the form to submit your entire play, along with a brief synopsis and playwright bio.
  • We are accepting submissions of “COMIC PLAYS.”  Although our theme this year is purposefully broad and may include plays of many genres and styles, we will reject any submissions which are not related to the theme of “Comic Plays.”
  • We are looking for playwrights who are interested in actively developing their play in a collaborative environment with Strange Sun Theater artists.
  • Please submit only one play per playwright.
  • Please do not submit plays which have had previous productions, either amateur or professional.
  • Please do not submit a play you have previously submitted to the Greenhouse, even if it has undergone major revisions.
  • If you are submitting a musical, please include links to samples of the music.
  • We are not accepting dance pieces, though plays with a dance component will be considered.
  • We are looking at theatrical pieces which constitute a full evening of theater. At least 70 minutes.
  • Strange Sun encourages submissions from artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences to support our mission of exploring our shared humanity.
  • Due to the large number of submissions, we will only be contacting our finalists.
  • Finalists can expect to be contacted in late February, and our On Book development process scheduled in April of 2018.
  • If any of the guidelines are disregarded, your submission will not be considered.

Heartland Theater Company 2018 10-minute play festival

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2018 10-Minute Play Festival Rules

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2018 as part of our 17th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is MAGIC!

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


1. Your play must fit the theme – MAGIC– or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word or PDF.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title and page numbers appear on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges. If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Sheet (PDF or Word).
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.

All entrants must complete and submit

Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

You must attach your script in MS Word format (preferred) or PDF when you send the entry form.

If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org


Finalists will be notified approximately March 10. Winners will be announced approximately March 31.

2018 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES: June  7, 8, 9 | 14, 15, 16, 17* | 21, 22, 23 | 28, 29, 30* – 2018

For a complete listing of previous 10-Minute Play winners, click here.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Comedy Writing

A solid grasp of the mechanics of comedy writing for the stage is a powerful tool in the hand of any playwright. While comedy is a main element of an over-the-top farce or a burning satire, it is just as essential to delicately lace comic elements into the most serious drama.

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), The Judy Show at DR2 Theatre)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts March 1

This class might be for you if you are:
  • A playwright in any stage of your career interested in the comedic form. 
  • Looking to infuse your playwriting of any genre with smart, well-structured comedic elements.

In this class you will:
  • Study the specialized set of rules for comedy, which are vastly different from the dramatic form. 
  • Complete writing assignments and workshops focused on these unique rules to develop your comedic work over ten weeks. 
  • Shape your ideas, structure your plot, develop believable characters, and write witty dialogue. 
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid understanding of the principles of comedy and how to weave them into any script.

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

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Bridge Award

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The Bridge Award was established in honor of Arts in the Armed Forces upcoming tenth anniversary with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize, and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work. The head judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

In addition to bringing world-class theater to the military, AITAF is committed to supporting and sharing the talents of those who serve. This Award will offer a deserving current military service member or veteran artist important connections with the theater community and access to developmental resources, helping to facilitate a deeper understanding and more active dialogue between military and civilian communities.

  • Submissions will be accepted December 1st 2017 through March 1st 2018.
  • Please submit your play in PDF form with the title: Title of Play.pdf
  • Please include a brief accompanying statement, including a description of your service (dates, military branch, foreign countries served in, if applicable.) This description may be 250 words or fewer.
  • Only finalists will be notified of their status.
  • When the winning playwright is named, finalists will also be announced.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 FailSafe Festival

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FailSafe Festival is a five-day festival of live performance, taking place in the Times Square/Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. FailSafe Festival provides a space for artists to push beyond what they consider "safe" to present, giving them an opportunity to present work that may not have a home elsewhere.

FailSafe Festival submissions are open to live performance projects, including but not limited to theater, performance art, and dance/movement.
  • Submitted projects can be finished, portions of larger/longer works, or works-in-progress.
  • There are no submission fees, participation fees, or festival fees.
  • Submitted projects should be between 30 minutes (minimum) and 60 minutes (maximum) in length. Sorry, submissions that are either shorter or longer in length will not be considered for participation.
  • Sorry, no AEA showcases or AEA readings will be accepted.
  • Live performance submissions only, please. No work that is wholly pre-recorded. For example, a film by itself will not be accepted. Live work with multi-media elements including film may be accepted.
  • Submissions can come from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer. Up to two different projects from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer can be submitted. 
  • A project can consist of one work from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer, or can be multiple works from multiple artists as long as it meets the time length criteria. For example, three playwrights can collectively submit three 20 minute one-acts as one project/submission (maximum time length: 60 minutes). As another example, five performance artists can submit a concert of five 10-minute pieces as one project/submission (time length: 50 minutes).
  • Persons submitting to FailSafe Festival should either have obtained or own all necessary presenting rights for the material submitted.
  • If you have any further questions, please e-mail: failsafefestival[at]gmail.com

PAST PERFECT Benefit Performances

PAST PERFECT by Rita Lewis returns to Manhattan Rep for two benefit performances for The LGBT National Help Center on Saturday January 20 at 8 pm and Sunday January 21 at 3 pm. 100% of the ticket sales for these performances will go to benefit The LGBT National Help Center.

PAST PERFECT by Rita Lewis is a passionate love story between two female childhood best friends who reconnect thirty years later after a childhood incident caused a bitter estrangement. And how one friend's teenage daughter will now fit into this new scenario. It is funny, moving and a testament to the universal truth that love is love is love.

The play features Gerry Glennon, Jennifer Pierro and Erika Yesenia, and is directed by Ken Wolf, Artistic Director of Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

The LGBT National Help Center, an out growth of the New York Gay and Lesbian Switchboard, the oldest and longest running hotline of it’s kind in the world works every day to help end the isolation and fear that many in our community still face.  The LGBT National Help Center runs multiple hotlines and online services to connect highly training peer support volunteers with callers dealing with concerns such as coming out, school bullying, gender identity, relationship concerns, sexual orientation, suicide, fear, depression and so much more.

Ticket reservations for the PAST PERFECT benefit for The LGBT National Help Center can be made online at:


All Tickets are $20.  Please book early for there is limited seating for this event.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre is located at 17-19 West 45th St. (between 5th and 6th Aves) on the Third Floor.
For more information: www.manhattanrep.com

​Living Room Theater New Play Incubator: Immigration

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Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays on the theme “Immigration” for its New Play Incubator.  In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights individually will create a 10 minute play related to immigration. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading.

There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights that have participated in the previous incubator are not eligible to apply at this time. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.

02/04/18 Sun from 1-3pm
02/11/18 Sat  from 1-4pm (First draft due)
02/17/18 Sat from 1-4pm
3/3/18 Sat from 6-10pm Staged reading at the National Opera Center

Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about the theme “Immigration” to lvtnewplays@gmail.com Only selected finalists will be asked to interview the week of 01/22/17.

Submission deadline is January 20, 2018.

Past playwrights include: Nina Ki, Kareem Ayas, Joseph Zaydon, Jue Yang, Sofía Weitz, Olivia Reevell, Ran Xia, Xavier Toby, Kendra Augustin, Alex Rubin, Adam Seidel, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Cayenne Douglass, Corbin Went, Lora Danley, J.Thalia Cunningham and Bingcong Zhu

Living Room Theater has been producing and developing new plays in New York City since 2010. Our mainstage productions include Thicker than Water, The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams, The Procedure, Pretty Little Mouth, 29x/y, Slam Team, Lola and the Planet of Glorious Diversity. Work we have developed through our Writers’ Circle and other readings include Micro Shrimp, Lost at Sea, Flappers In Chains, Frank, The C Word, For Our Own, Apples from Eve, and An Orchid In Winter.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The 16th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts

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Deadline: Monday January 29th, 2018 - Regular Deadline - No Submission Fee!

Monday February 26th, 2018 - LATE Submissions Deadline - $35 Late Reading Fee.

The 16th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 9 through 22 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

Categories: Full length plays; One-Act Plays; Choreographed Dance pieces; Thematic new Solo Shows, comedic or dramatic; Musicals; Opera; Cabaret; Unimaginable . . . ? -any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share! We provide:
  • ADA and AEA approved performance venues
  • AEA approved venue insurance
  • Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
  • Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
  • On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
  • Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
  • Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
  • Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
  • Deadline:  Monday, January 29th.
  • Late Submission Deadline:  Monday, February 26th. ($35 Late Reading-Fee due)
Click on the APPLY button below to go to the full Application Form.

The Social Club of Brooklyn seeks plays

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Darlings, thank you so much for joining us!
The Social Club of Brooklyn is calling on all playwrights and storytellers, both in our NYC community and beyond, to submit their shows for a chance to have it produced as part of our opening season starting in Spring 2018! We are open to all material, and will be reading through each piece we get.

All submissions should be sent to thesocialclubofficial@gmail.com.

Please include:

  • A short paragraph introducing yourself and who you are as an artist plus a two sentence or less summary of your play.
  • Your play in PDF format, please include a title page with your name
  • The word "SOCIALITE" somewhere in the subject of the email

Submissions end at 11:59pm on Friday, January 19th.

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company - Can you HEAR Me?

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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 - Making Sense - Festival
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)
Can You HEAR Me?  - January 26, 2018 
Can You SEE Me? - April 1st, 2018
Can you TOUCH Me? July 8th, 2018

Technological advances have always been a part of life from the wheel, loom, and engine to the computer, internet and now virtual reality.  Most of these we can say with certainty aided us in our lives and helped make the world a better place.  But with the increased reliance on (and use of) technology, have we lost a bit of what makes us human and binds us together?  For our 2018 season, we will focus on the human sensory experience in any and all interpretations and perspectives.  We look forward to your submissions.

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: Can You Hear Me? and your name.

NOTE:-- all chosen plays are produced (including casting) by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company.
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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

TELLING TRIFLES, a festival inspired by Susan Glaspell

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In order to honor this auspicious woman, Hunger & Thirst will present TELLING TRIFLES, a festival inspired by Susan Glaspell, American drama’s best-kept secret.  The cornerstone of the festival will be performances of Glaspell’s most recognized work, Trifles (featuring artistic associates Natalie Hegg and Emily Kitchens, directed by artistic director Patricia Lynn).

Along with Trifles performances, Hunger & Thirst is excited to announce that we will be hosting a series of readings, workshops, and/or performances of new short works inspired by Trifles or Susan Glaspell’s life, all of which will be written by current female playwrights and directed by female directors. We feel the best way to honor such a pioneering female theatre artist like Susan Glaspell is to give voice to our current female theatre artists.

If you are a female or female-identifying writer who wishes to submit a piece for us, please view the PDF below for a list of guidelines and submission information. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018. 

If you are a female or female-identifying director who wishes to be involved, please submit a resume to hungerandthirstglaspell@gmail.com  by January 15, 2018. You will be contacted if we wish to interview you.

​If you have any questions about the festival, please contact us at: hungerandthirstglaspell@gmail.com


  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15, 2018 AT 5:00PM EST. No submissions received after that time will be considered. You will be notified by early February if we would like to invite you to participate.
  • All submissions should be sent to hungerandthirstglaspell@gmail.com as a PDF.
  • Presentations/performances would take place April 4-14, 2018 at the West End Theatre on the Upper West Side. Rehearsals would take place in mid/late March and scheduled based on artist availability. Playwrights are welcome to be as involved as they wish in the rehearsal/workshop process.
  • Works will be considered to be presented as a reading, workshop, and/or full performance within the festival. Each work will receive a minimum of 10 hours of rehearsal and have at least one presentation with an invited audience
  • Playwrights may submit multiple submissions, but in order to involve as many artists as possible, only one will be selected.
  • If selected, Hunger & Thirst will take care providing the needed artists (actors, director, designers if need be), necessary materials (scripts, any needed design elements, etc), booking and scheduling rehearsal space, and invite audiences for the event. No additional compensation is being offered at this time.


  • Playwright must be a female or female-identifying artist.
  • Shorts or one-acts are preferred, but will consider any full-lengths you may wish to submit. Please note that full-lengths would not be considered for a full performance.
  • All works must fulfill at least one of the following of the criteria
  • Are clearly inspired by the themes and relationships in Trifles
  • PDF available here: http://www.english.unt.edu/~simpkins/Trifles.pdf
  • Clearly honor or relate to Susan Glaspell’s life

Link to biography written by the International Susan Glaspell Society: http://blogs.shu.edu/glaspellsociety/about-susan-glaspell/

Honor Hunger & Thirst’s mission to bring classic stories to modern audiences. Our definition of a classic story is one that has timeless themes and universal emotional resonance and relevance. Learn more about our mission by visiting www.hungerandthirsttheatre.com

Looking for another prompt to get you started? Feel free to use any of our favorite lines of text from Trifles as a launching point!

  • "I know how things can be--for women...we live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things--it's all just a different kind of same thing."
  • "I never liked this place. Maybe because it's down in a hollow and you don't see the road...it's a lonesome place and always was."
  • "She was kind of like a bird herself--real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and--fluttery."
  • "Wright wouldn't like the bird--a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that, too."

Silver Spring Stage is seeking original one-act scripts

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Silver Spring Stage is seeking original one-act scripts for its upcoming annual One-Act Festival.  The Festival will run for two or three weekends, beginning mid-August 2018.

Silver Spring Stage will award Playwrights’ Prizes at the conclusion of the Festival.  Prizes will be $150 for Best One-Act Play and $100 for One-Act Runner-Up.  All plays presented as part of the Festival will be eligible for prizes.

Submission requirements:

  • All submissions must be emailed in Word or .PDF format to oneacts2018@ssstage.org.  Hard copies will not be accepted and will not be returned.
  • Scripts must be submitted blind - all mentions of the author’s name or contact information must be removed from the script. Any scripts that do not meet this requirement will not be considered.
  • Please include the author’s name and contact information including email address, mailing address and phone number in the body of the email.
  • All scripts must be submitted in standard professional play format.
  • There is no minimum length, but plays may not exceed 50 pages.
  • Scripts must be original and unpublished, but may have been previously performed.
  • Playwrights may submit no more than two scripts.
  • Plays that have previously been submitted to Silver Spring Stage may not be submitted again.
  • All submissions must be received by January 31, 2018.
  • Plays will be selected based on artistic merit, technical and casting requirements, adherence to submission rules, length, and originality.  Selected playwrights will be notified by April 1, 2018.

Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer, non-profit community theater located in Silver Spring, Maryland. We offer the best of what you like about theater – an intimate space, top-quality productions of plays that are smart and challenging and affordable prices.

Questions?  Email us at oneacts2018@ssstage.org.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Paragon Journal submission guidelines

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We want to read your play blind, so make sure that you do not include your name on the work or file name, but please make sure to include the title of your play on the first page.
We are not going to reject your play over a few spelling mistakes, but we want you to be sure of what you are writing. If you have any questions on whether or not something will work in your play, please feel free to contact us.

We would only like one play or play excerpt submission per submitter. All manuscripts sent to us should be no longer than 15 pages. If your play is longer than 15 pages that is no problem. Just send us the best 15 pages from your play.

We also ask for this category that you include a brief synopsis (100-150) words that includes a character breakdown in your email.

Manhattan Rep's New Works Short Play Series

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Manhattan Rep's New Works Short Play Series is created to showcase your new work in the heart of the theatrical capital of the world:
Times Square!  And we make it easy.

We supply the technician for lights and sound. We supply the poster and the ticketing pages. We curate, organize and orchestrate the program with 3 or 4 other short plays... And we supply our beautiful new theatre space on West 45th St. right in the middle of Broadway and more!

Seeking never produced before 1 act plays 10 to 25 minutes
(cast, directed and ready to be performed Late January - March 2018)
for Manhattan Rep's
at the New Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.

Each 10 - 25 minute play will be given:
A tech rehearsal with our technician to run your sound and lights,
a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating,
a minimum of 2 performances, (even more if your show is selling well), at the brand new Manhattan Repertory Theatre on 45th St. in Midtown Manhattan!

To submit your 10 - 25 minute play production please email:
The complete script of the play as a .pdf,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the set and lighting requirements,
the play's history (readings etc etc.)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:
manhattanrep@yahoo.com by January 31, 2017.

Please put “NEW WORKS PLAY SERIES” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.
Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before January 31, 2017, if we fill up all available performance slots.

There is no submission fee.
Once accepted, there is a $40 participation fee.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays

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*Deadline Extended Until January 15, 2018*

Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays for  "Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2018"

This is Sundog Theatre's 16th annual presentation of new, original, short one-act plays about our favorite boats that take us from Staten Island to Manhattan and back
--the Staten Island Ferries.


--Submit original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

--Plays should be at least 15 minutes long (max 25) and should be set on the Staten Island Ferry.

--Plays should be contemporary, involve 2-3 characters and require no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, costumes, and no special sound or lighting requirements.

NOTE: This year, please incorporate a science fiction and/or supernatural element.

--Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence/language since we cater to a broad audience.

No musicals or long monologues since plays are memorized by actors in a short time.

--As in life, a little humor is good.

Remuneration: The six authors whose plays are chosen will receive $100 each and their plays presented five dates: April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2018 in Staten Island.


--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission
(removable cover page with title, author, and contacts) to
Sundog Theatre, "Scenes 2018", PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.

For "blind submission" requirements: please do NOT put your name on each page.

Do include the title of your play on each page.

--Include a brief synopsis and 70-word playwright bio.

--No electronic submissions.

--Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org. Susan Fenley, Producer

--There is no fee for submission

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog's website early 2018.

Please do not contact Sundog to see whether or not we are using your play.

Some possible topics to get your creative juices flowing (do not limit to these):
  • Space travel
  • Time travel
  • Superhuman
  • Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic
  • Fantasy 
  • Supernatural Fiction 
  • Superhero Fiction 
  • Ghost Stories 
  • Spirits 
  • Seances 
  • Past Life Stories

Online Playwriting Classes at Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages ESPA offers online classes as an extension of our time-tested writing curriculum! Our online classes help you create or polish a draft of your new play through weekly assignments and written lectures, providing the necessary structure and deadlines to those outside the New York area or with unpredictable schedules.

This 10-week online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines and constructive feedback that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
Begins February 20

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This 10-week online class will guide you through the process of rewriting your play into a stronger draft.
Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Begins February 26

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

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

2018-19 Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

The BPP is accepting submissions for the 2018-19 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2018. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 2018.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.

Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:
 Pay Reader Fee  
Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018

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Would you like to win £2,200 sterling, a trip to London and have your play broadcast across the world on BBC World Service?

If so, the 2018 International Radio Playwriting Competition is now open to entries!

There are three prizes to be won.

Two first prizes – for the best radio plays by writers with either English as their first language or English as their second language. Both winners’ plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service.

In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov prize - for the most promising script, this prize gives the winner a chance to come to London for two weeks and work alongside BBC Radio Drama and with BBC World Service journalists.

Who can enter?

Anyone aged 18 or over and living outside the UK – whether you’re an established writer, completely new or anywhere in between.

How to enter

The competition is open from 3 October 2017 to 31 January 2018.

The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK and are 18 or over.

In order to enter you need to send:

• A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters - we are unable to return these, so make sure you keep a copy

• A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words

• A completed entry form (here), attached to your play and synopsis.

Or you can complete and submit your entry online (here) by uploading your play and synopsis along with your personal details.

We are very happy to run this year’s competition in partnership with the British Council, and our co-producers, The Open University, which has allowed us to offer these three prizes.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition 2018

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The UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of previously unproduced, unpublished scripts highlighting the African-American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Adaptations from books and other forms are not allowed.


A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright.

A staged reading of the winning script on May 12th, 2018, in the Wagner New Play Festival attended by national theatre professionals.

Travel and housing cost to and from UC San Diego to be present for the performance.


Finalists and the eventual winners will be selected by a team comprised of the faculty and staff of UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance and invited judges from other theatre facilities, the professional theatre, local media or the UCSD student body.

The decision of the team of adjudicators is final. The UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance reserves the right to select no winner.


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

Scripts must be 50 pages or longer, typed. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically.

Deadline for entry Friday, April 13th, 2018. 

The winner will be announced by April 27th, 2018.

Please include with your submission your contact details (name, college email, address, and phone number), play title, number of characters, institutional affiliation, and a one-page story summary.


All scripts must be submitted by email to playwritingcompetition@ucsd.edu.

Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative

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Thank you for deciding to submit a script for the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative. We look forward to reading it soon! We hope to keep the process as painless as possible for playwrights. All you need to do is submit your script in the format described below.

Submitted scripts must be in pdf format and include a character list (with potential doubling if necessary), a short synopsis, and a title page which includes the following information:

  • Name, Address, Primary Phone Number
  • Title of Play
  • Previous Productions (if any). Please include theater, location and dates of run.
  • Please also include a short resume or bio as a separate pdf file.
  • You may also include other supporting materials if you desire (reviews, etc).

All playwrights are eligible to submit one script each year.

Scripts must meet the following criteria:

  • The play may not have had more than two productions.
  • The play must be unpublished.
  • The play cannot have had more than 10 performances in New York City.
  • The play must be able to be performed with 8 performers or less.
  • We’re sorry, but no musicals can be accepted at this time (this may change in later years).
  • The play must have no artistic encumbrances (so no individuals contractually attached to the piece).

Please email scripts to Kevin Cochran at kevin@gtc.org.

If you don’t receive a confirmation email within a few days, please follow up to make sure your submission was received.

We will be accepting scripts through January 19, 2018.

GB Shaw on portraying women in plays

Another mistake as to my literary ancestry is made whenever I violate the romantic convention that all women are angels when they are not devils; that they are better looking than men; that their part in courtship is entirely passive; and that the human female form is the most beautiful object in nature...

...At all events, whenever an English playwright represents a young and marriageable woman as being anything but a romantic heroine, he is disposed of without further thought as an echo of Schopenhauer.

~ G. B. Shaw, preface to MAJOR BARBARA

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Lotus Lee Foundation New Work Initiative

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New Deadline: February 18th, 2018
Welcome to the 1st year of our New Work Initiative Playwright Award! And this submission program will be an annual event. Our primary goal is to bring the best theatre from the United States to China and vice versa. And to foster and encourage new voices and share your stories. This is why we’re interested in new works from artists like you.

We have an open submission where you can submit your new work at no cost to you. This open submission will remain open until January 2018 when our panel of esteemed judges will choose 5 works. We'll produce the best one in 2019 with a significant budget for a year-long tour in China with a potential remount in the States. We look forward to reading your work! Thank you!

1st Place Winner:

Lotus Lee Foundation Contract: Fully Produced Tour in China
1st Place Certificate

2nd Place Winner:

Cash Price: $500
Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
2nd Place Certificate

3rd Place Winner:

Cash Price: $300
Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
3rd Place Certificate

2 Honorable Mentions: 

Honorable Mention Certificate
Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
Fully Produced Tour in China (2019):

We will produce the full production in China
Casting help and hiring of creative team as needed
Housing/Transportation for team
VISA/passort help
Paid round-trip for creative team and cast
Paid transport of production elements

  • Must be an original work. 
  • No previous production and publication all around the world. 
  • Has never granted and will not grant other individuals or entities to use the script in anyway before the the choosing outcome is issued. 
  • Play must be a full-length piece. At least an hour long. 
  • Can be a play, performance art, movement piece, physical theatre, dance, musical, etc. 
  • No restriction on plot, content, or themes. Children’s plays accepted. 
  • Submissions will only be accepted in English. The show that is chosen will be translated to mandarin for the Chinese Tour in 2019. 
  • Open to making use of new technology 
  • Projections, holograms, media technology, virtual reality, etc. 

Lotus Lee Foundation reserves the first right negotiation and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

1. Full script in PDF format

Please do not include your name on the script

2. A Separate PDF with following information:
Playwright’s bio
Summary of the play
Character breakdown
Production history, if applicable
Creative team and cast breakdown, if applicable

3. A short explanation, in PDF, of why you think your piece is a good fit for Lotus Lee Foundation

4. Other info: professional website link, production photos or videos, inspirations, etc.

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Edward F. Albee Foundation guidelines

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The Edward F. Albee Foundation exists to serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance.

Using only talent and need as the criteria for selection, the Foundation invites any and all artists to apply.

APPLICANTS must prepare:

Visual Arts: 6-12 images and/or 3 media files

Plays/Screenplays: A full manuscript (one act plays count as a full script)

Poetry: Up to 12 poems

Fiction: 1 short story or 2 chapters from a novel

Non-fiction / Memoir / Journalism: 2 essays/articles or 2 chapters from a book

Please note: writers who write in a foreign language should apply with English translations of their work.

You must be able to take full credit for the creation of your work sample. No collaborations unless applying as a team!

ALL APPLICANTS must also include:

An up to date resumé

• Email addresses of 2 professionals familiar with you and your work (your recommenders will be contacted for letters by us)

An artist’s statement explaining your current need for a residency, as well as the details of the proposed project while in residence

Submissions are done entirely online through our Submittable page.  Click here.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 1st, 2018 with a deadline of March 1st, 2018 (11:59pm).

Monday, January 8, 2018


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In honor of Emerging Artists Theatre’s 25th anniversary, the New Work Series is making some significant changes in order to attract highly motivated artists with quality material to present. We are seeking high-quality submissions of new material that is ready to be in front of an audience. Submissions in cabaret, dance, short plays, solo performance, puppetry, and short musicals are now being accepted.

NEW for the 2018 New Work Series:

All artists now get 50% of the Box Office
Participants now will have no required audience guarantee
EAT will provide a projector for those shows using projections
A high quality video camera will be made available if interested in recording the performance
More marketing and press support
Emerging Artists Theatre will provide

  • A 99 seat Off Broadway theater in the heart of Manhattan
  • Professional stage manager and Assistant Stage Manager
  • Piano and music stands
  • Ticketing Services
  • Box Office and House Management
  • Two dressing rooms
  • Curated talkback (where you decide what feedback you need)
  • Safe and supportive environment
  • Nice, friendly staff
  • Simple set pieces available
  • One Technical Rehearsal
  • Rep light plot and sound system
  • Concessions available, including beer and wine
  • Large banners of series shows in lobby
  • Full color program brochures

The Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) New Work Series is a three-week developmental series that provides artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one night of a "work in progress" with audience feedback. Successful FringeNYC, NYMF, Edinburgh Fringe, and Off-Broadway shows have been born out of this series. Emerging Artists Theatre is excited to present a new round of opportunity to local artists.

20th Annual New Work Series : February 26th – March 18th, 2018

Submission deadline: Jan 10, 2018

Informational Meeting (not required): Jan 8, 2018

Please click here to apply to the NWS and get more info on guidelines.

*For those who have a full length play or musical and want to produce it as a workshop or showcase, Emerging Artists can help present their work in our New Work Series for 3 performances a week for 3 weeks during the New Work Series Producers pay $1500(tax deductible donation) per week to the New Work Series and get a 70-30 box office split. EAT provides technical crew (SM and ASM), 99 seat professional theatre, house management, box office, ticketing service, voluntary accident insurance, and free limited rehearsal space subject to availability.

Saturday, January 6, 2018


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Next spring we will be hosting our first major event, a week long theatre festival in the centre of Coventry that will aim to bring unseen stories, ideas, and theatre styles out of peoples blind spot.

With a focus on new writers we aim to create a platform within Coventry's creative community where new artists can develop their skills, expand their network, and see their work performed.

THE PROGRAMME: The final event will be made up of up to seven productions. Cast and crew will be made up of members of the Coventry creative communities, providing diverse opportunities for everyone to be involved.

Writing submissions are now open and will close at midnight on the 15th January 2018. 

As well as these the programme for the festival will include loads of other events: art exhibits, open mic nights, and scratch nights in various spaces throughout the city. There will be opportunities to meet the cast and crew, and the writers, in Q&A's and workshops, and learn more about Blindspot Theatre and how to get involved. It's going to be a jam packed week!

WHO CAN APPLY? Whilst we originally opened submissions to those with some link to Coventry, we've had such interest we've decided to open up! Now anyone from anywhere is free to apply. We think that bringing people from outside Coventry will not only create more diversity in the festival, but also more interest in the city - we are #CityofCulture2021 after all!

One thing we aren't concerned with is whether you got a first in your drama degree or if you haven't set foot in a theatre for years, we'll be judging you on the merit of your submission alone. Even if this is your first venture into writing or theatre, don't be afraid to send it in!

You can apply as an individual, or we'll also accept collaborations and groups! If there is more than one of you then nominate one persons email to use, don't worry if your group doesn't have a name either, if that's the case just list the names of everyone involved, with the nominated contact first.
We do however advise that those with established careers in writing for theatre do not apply, as this festival is aimed at new theatre writers.

DOES MY PIECE NEED TO BE FINISHED? Absolutely not. We'll accept scripts in any stage of development: we have a whole stage of the project set out for developing scripts that aren't complete where we will polish them to performance standard. And if you haven't even written your piece yet (or are afraid you won't have time before the deadline) don't let that put you off either, if this is the case we'll accept a detailed plot summary (minimum one side of A4, to be attached as a file.) Please be aware though that as these kinds of submissions will require significantly more development you will have to be willing to put in the time to work on it with us. If you aren't/can't then this could effect whether or not you make the final shortlist.

HOW LONG SHOULD MY PIECE BE? We say a minimum of ten minutes and a maximum of two hours.

WHAT SHOULD MY PIECE BE? Anything you want! This festival is about pulling issues out of peoples blind spots, so if there's a social issue, a story, a piece of history, or anything else that you feel isn't talked about enough, then tell people about it through your piece. We're looking for creativity, innovation, and fresh ideas, and of course that are representative and diverse. So surprise us! We're also interested in seeing pieces that are apart from the norm of usual theatre - so if there's a weird and wonderful style you like to write in, go for it! We can't wait to see it! Another thing we're keen to see is a creative use of space in your piece. Don't tie yourself down by thinking you have to have it on a stage with an audience out front...

WHAT SHOULDN'T MY PIECE BE? Though we want to keep things as open as possible, we do ask that you avoid the following unless it can be proven to be integral to character, plot, or as a device for social commentary - that means we don't want to see it used needlessly or in an intentionally negative/derogatory way:
'Alt-right' themes of any kind
Your piece should also not infringe upon any existing copyright laws or royalties, and consider whether or not you are allowed to write about famous persons living or dead.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY PIECE? At the bottom of the page there will be a submission form that you can fill in and send to us. Please make sure of a couple of things before you click send:
1.  That if it's a script it's written in the usual format and pages are portrait.
2.  Your text is written in a clear, legible, black font.
3.  The document is in .doc or .pdf format.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? All submissions will go to the Artistic Director who will handpick the pieces for the shortlist. If you are not selected you may still contact them on the email link at the top of the page to request feedback, which we are always happy to provide. Don't be too disheartened if your piece isn't selected, this doesn't necessarily mean we didn't like it. We keep a record of all submissions and may contact you to say so, and suggest producing your piece separate from the festival in the future.

INSIDER ADVICE: from Georgia Kelly, artistic director: "Be honest about yourself, your piece, where you want to take it and what you're willing to do to develop it. Try to be open about changes and new ideas, challenge yourself to think differently! If you have any questions you want to ask me, don't hesitate to get in touch: use the enquiries box on the 'contact' page to drop me a message. I look forward to reading all the submissions and wish everyone the best of luck!"

Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition

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Playwrights are invited to submit original script to the 7th Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition. The friends and family of Ms. Peter – a playwright, actress and lover of history – established a fund at the Morgan Opera House in Aurora, NY, to honor her memory and encourage the writing and production of theatre art.

Criteria include: the play must be an original work, previously unpublished. It must dramatize an historical event or an historical fiction. It may be no less than 45 minutes in total length, with no limit of form (musical, once actor, etc.). Please see the web site for additional clarification. Please submit both a digital and a hard copy of each script with a cover letter (see web site). The author’s name should appear on the title page only as anonymity eliminates the potential for bias among the judges.

Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 31, 2018. 

The winner of the $500 prize will be announced in late May and the play will be presented at the Morgan Opera House later in the year.

Mail one copy of the work to GABP Playwright Competition, P.O. Box 327, Aurora, NY 13026. Digital copies may be submitted to baumish@gmail.com.

All scripts become the physical property of the Morgan Opera House. However, in accordance with copyright law, the content of the script remains the intellectual property of the author. Both forms of non-winning scripts will be destroyed unless the hard copy includes a SASE for its return.
The MOH prefers to work directly with the author regarding production details, agents notwithstanding.

Direct inquiries to Joanne Baum baumish@gmail.com (607-345-6133)

Friday, January 5, 2018

New York City Children’s Theater’s Middle School Playwriting Competition

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• You must currently be a middle school student (grades 6-8) living in New York City or New Jersey to participate.
• You must submit a permission slip, signed by a parent or guardian, with your play to be considered.
• Your play must be an original work – not an adaptation of a play, book, movie or any work that already exists.
• Your completed script must be no longer than 10 minutes when read aloud.
• Scripts may have up to, but no more than six (6) characters.
• By submitting a play, the playwright and their parent or guardian, are giving NYCCT permission to make the play available online or in print for free. This includes its inclusion in any future print/electronic anthologies.
• By submitting a play, the playwrights and their parent or guardian agree to allow NYCCT to document through all methods and media all stages of the process for educational, publicity, or any other uses.

Friday, 3/9 Final Deadline for submissions

Wednesday, 3/28 Finalists announced

For More Information, please contactNicole Hogsett,
Marketing and Communications Manager
212-573-8791, ext. 18 nhogsett@nycchildrenstheater.org

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fundamentals of Playwriting at Primary Stages ESPA

If you're just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome!

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Class starts February 21

In this 10-week class, Adam Kraar will help you build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

This class might be for you if you are:
  • A budding playwright who wants to get down to basics.
  • A theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another and ready to start writing!
In this class you will:
  • Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, including discussions of structure, character, and dialogue.
  • Complete writing exercises to gain an understanding of the form and generate ideas for material.
  • Start to write your own play by mid-semester.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a strong grasp on writing for the stage, armed with the confidence you need to declare yourself a playwright and get to work on your script.
  • Be ready for The First Draft!

Click here to enroll.

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

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

FailSafe Festival

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FailSafe Festival is a five-day festival of live performance, taking place in the Times Square/Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. FailSafe Festival provides a space for artists to push beyond what they consider "safe" to present, giving them an opportunity to present work that may not have a home elsewhere.

FailSafe Festival submissions are open to live performance projects, including but not limited to theater, performance art, and dance/movement.
  • Submitted projects can be finished, portions of larger/longer works, or works-in-progress.
  • There are no submission fees, participation fees, or festival fees.
  • Submitted projects should be between 30 minutes (minimum) and 60 minutes (maximum) in length. Sorry, submissions that are either shorter or longer in length will not be considered for participation.
  • Sorry, no AEA showcases or AEA readings will be accepted.
  • Live performance submissions only, please. No work that is wholly pre-recorded. For example, a film by itself will not be accepted. Live work with multi-media elements including film may be accepted.
  • Submissions can come from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer. Up to two different projects from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer can be submitted. 
  • A project can consist of one work from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer, or can be multiple works from multiple artists as long as it meets the time length criteria. For example, three playwrights can collectively submit three 20 minute one-acts as one project/submission (maximum time length: 60 minutes). As another example, five performance artists can submit a concert of five 10-minute pieces as one project/submission (time length: 50 minutes).
Persons submitting to FailSafe Festival should either have obtained or own all necessary presenting rights for the material submitted.
If you have any further questions, please e-mail: failsafefestival[at]gmail.com

Chameleon Theatre Company submission guidelines

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Chameleon welcomes new work by women. Please read our mission statement.
If your play fits our mission please submit your bio, a synopsis, character list and
the first 10 pages of the script to Lee Kiszonas at here: hngdwmn@yahoo.com

Mission Statement
Chameleon Theatre Company is a Philadelphia-based company producing theatre from a woman’s perspective, especially plays dealing with issues such as gender, sexuality, feminism, ageism and violence.  We tell stories from underrepresented social and political perspectives and about lesser-known female historical figures whose achievements deserve a wider audience.  Chameleon performs new work and Philadelphia premieres and pursues production opportunities nationally and internationally.

Headwaters New Play Festival in Colorado

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What kind of plays are we looking for? The Headwaters program is the source of new plays of the West. However, our definition of West is extremely broad. It may include plays set in the current, historic, or mythic western United States; plays that reflect the diverse cultures and experiences of the West; plays that examine the American urban/rural divide; and plays that completely re-imagine what “West” means.

To be considered for the Headwaters New Play Festival, a play must never have had a professional production and the playwright must be available to attend the workshop week (typically in late August). 

Since 2015’s festival, our goal has been to more accurately reflect the diversity of human experience by reserving one of our two slots for women and playwrights of color. We are seeking full-length plays, one submission per playwright.

2018 Submission Deadline is February 18, 2018.
Any plays submitted after this date will go into consideration for our 2019 Festival. Plays must be submitted digitally in PDF format. Hard copies will not be considered. Responses will be sent out by May 2018. CRT provides travel, a food stipend, and cozy accommodations for the two finalist playwrights. The scenic mountain beauty of this remote and quaint arts town will provide endless inspiration as you develop your work. Plays read at the festival will be considered for full production in CRT’s 2019 season.

Questions? Contact us at headwaters@creederep.com.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

First Draft! seeks plays for readings (Edmonds, Washington)

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First Draft! is an opportunity for playwrights to “test-drive” their completed play in front of an audience.  Actors present the piece on stage “readers-theater” style.  After the reading there is a moderated Q&A session with the dramatist.  We hope you will join us as we bring yet another exciting live arts experience to the Edmonds community!  Admission is FREE.

First Draft! dates for 2017/18 Season are planned for September 17, February 18, 2018 and June 10, 2018.

Have a finished play that you would like to submit for consideration for a First Draft! staged-reading? Here’s how:

Submission guidelines:
Original, unproduced, un-staged full-length plays. No musicals, shorts or one-acts (unless two one-acts are presented as part of a ‘companion piece’ series). Playwrights are required to be present the evening of the reading.

Please submit the following via email to: firstdraft@edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org
  • A summary of the work
  • An electronic version of the work in PDF format with a cover page that includes playwright contact information.
  • A history of the work’s workshops, previous readings and currently scheduled readings.
  • If a piece is accepted, a full production prior to this reading will void the agreement and a replacement will be chosen.


Yeats on dramatic subject matter

Drama is a means of expression, not a special subject matter, and the dramatist is as free to choose, where he has a mind to, as the poet of ‘Endymion’ or as the painter of Mary Magdalene at the door of Simon the Pharisee.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Rising Circle Theater Collective is accepting applications for INKtank Cycle 9

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Rising Circle Theater Collective is now accepting submissions for INKtank (Cycle 9), an intensive play development lab for playwrights of color.  INKtank is a 12-week lab for 3-4 writers of color who will focus on the rewrites of a new play.  Under the facilitation of INKtank alums, Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness) and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Lilia, Veil'd), INKtank writers will be invested in the revision process of their own work and of their fellow lab writers, with a shared intention of honest feedback and rigorous pursuit of artistic goals.

The final drafts of the INKtank plays will be presented at PlayRISE, a culminating festival event where the selected works receive a public reading.

Applicants must submit the following by Friday, January 12, 2018:

One full-length script that you would like to work on during the lab (Please note: we are not accepting one-character plays or musicals).


A one-page artistic statement explaining your personal rewrite goals, what you feel are the strengths of the script, and what you would like to focus on for the piece during the developmental process.  Please include the developmental history of this piece, including past and/or upcoming readings and presentations of the play.

Finalists will be contacted for an interview in early February.  Applicants MUST live in the tri-state area to be considered.

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

•  In line with Rising Circle's mission statement, plays should give voice to the unheard stories of people of color.

• First drafts of full-length scripts. (We will accept scripts in raw and early stages of development.)

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

• We strongly encourage submission of plays that have an urgency to speak to the current social, political and cultural times.


•    Lab meets for 12-consecutive Sundays, starting Sunday, February 25, 2017.

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


• INKtank playwrights are expected to attend all weekly lab meetings, and participate in post-reading discussions by providing constructive feedback for fellow playwrights.

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

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

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


• A week of public readings of all plays in early June, 2018 (final dates to be determined during INKtank).

• All playwrights will receive an honorarium.

• Playwrights are expected to attend each reading to support their fellow lab members, and participate in any panel events that are scheduled during PlayRISE.

All submissions must be made via Submittable by Friday, January 12, 2018. For further questions, please contact info@risingcircle.org. Visit www.risingcircle.org to learn more about Rising Circle Theater Collective.

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