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Sunday, October 7, 2018

NYCPlaywrights Podcast selection: LOVERBOY by Michael Jalbert

The selection from the next episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast has been made. The selected piece is a 10-minute play by Michael Jalbert called LOVERBOY.

More information about the podcast here: http://www.playwrightspodcast.com.

Stage Right Theatrics seeks plays

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Deadline: October 15, 2018

We are always looking for plays to produce, both full-length plays and short plays for our yearly Conservative Theatre Festival (please see disclaimer below).

Scripts must be electronically submitted to conservativefestivaloh@gmail.com.
Sets/set pieces must be minimal.  No special lighting can be considered.
Word or PDF formats only, please.
Playwrights may submit up to TWO scripts for consideration.
Please have full contact information on the cover of the script.
Each script must be accompanied by a statement from the playwright (s) indicating how the play is a conservative piece of art.  Please refer to the "What is Conservative Theatre" page when developing this statement.  Submissions that do not have this statement cannot be considered for production.

FOR THE CONSERVATIVE THEATRE FESTIVAL: Plays should be no more than 15 minutes in length and have no more than 5-6 characters!


There is no fee to submit a play.

Questions?  Contact me (Robert) at conservativefestival@gmail.com.

Rover Dramawerks fifth annual 10-Minute Play Contest

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We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our Nineteenth Season.

  • Submissions will be accepted from September 24 to October 15.
  • Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
  • No musicals. No dramas. No one-person plays.
  • Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
  • Plays may not be published.
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
  • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
  • Only PDF files will be accepted. Other formats will not be read.
  • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process).
  • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided: https://form.jotform.com/roverdramawerks/5th_annual_10-minutes
  • There is no fee.

Five to nine plays will be chosen to be a part of Rover’s 10-Minute Play Festival, July 25 - August 10, 2019, with all winners receiving a $50 prize. The audience will also vote on the “Best of the Fest,” and that overall winner will receive an additional $100.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 80-100. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. We strongly recommend that you check out our website at www.roverdramawerks.com to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Please note: The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Penn State Abington seeks one-act & full-length plays from local playwrights

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I am the theatre Artist-in-Residence at Penn State Abington. I am creating a new play reading series at the Penn State Abington campus site. I am looking for never-produced plays by local (PA/NJ/DE/NY) playwrights.

Plays can be full length or one-acts.

One play per playwright, please.

Stipend: there will be a stipend paid to each playwright who’s play is produced in this reading series. We are currently working with the school to get an exact amount for playwrights. However, we know that there will be a single stipend and that, if you wish to attend the reading and/or rehearsals, you will need to cover your own transportation.

Selected playwrights are invited and encouraged to be part of the rehearsal process before each reading.

Plays will be read by both professional actors and student actors from Penn State Abington.

Plays about these issues/topics are sought:
  • Indigenous vs Colonial Culture
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Immigration
  • Sustainability
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Educational Equity

Please send a short synopsis and PDFs (only) of your play to: mtp24@psu.edu

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Playwrights will be notified by email of receipt of materials.

Information on Penn State Abington:
1600 Woodland Road
Abington PA 19001

Penn State Abington offers an affordable, accessible, and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st century public higher education within a world-class research university. With nearly 4,000 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 19 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more.

Michelle Pauls
Performance Artist and Educator
Artist-in-Residence @ Penn State Abington
267-979-1753 (cell/text)

Playwrights' Center Core Writer Program

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Core Writer Program 2019-22

Deadline: January 24, 2019

The intent of the Core Writer Program is to support playwrights who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. Created in recognition of the particular needs of emerging and established writers, the program offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career and is available to writers nationally.

Playwrights who have benefited from the Core Writer program include Christina Anderson, Trista Baldwin, Lee Blessing, George Brant, Carlyle Brown, Connie Congdon, Marcus Gardley, Jeffrey Hatcher, Sherry Kramer, Carson Kreitzer, Martyna Majok, Melanie Marnich, Winter Miller, Greg Moss, Qui Nguyen, Kira Obolensky, Jen Silverman and Alice Tuan.

The Core Writer program gives 25-30 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. All Core Writers receive play development workshops at the Center, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. Selected work by Core Writers makes up our formal season of public readings: the PlayLabs festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series. Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters.

Each term is three years; Core Writers may reapply for additional terms.

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

It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career.

Core Writer Application

  • Primary phone number.
  • Current Mailing Address
  • Preferred Pronouns
  • This information assists our evaluators in accurately discussing you and your work.
  • Title of submitted play.
  • How did you hear about the Core Writer Program?
  • Are you eligible to apply for the Core Writer program? Choosing "Yes" confirms that you have read the eligibility requirements.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career.
  • Do you certify that the information contained in this application is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and that the work contained in this application is of your own creation?
  • Evaluators will weight your application materials as follows: Artistic Statement & Goals: 35% Script: 65%

Playwriting resume (PDF or Word doc)
Artistic statement (PDF or Word doc)
Please attach a 1-2 paragraph artistic statement that positions yourself as an artist. Use this statement to contextualize your work sample and help the panel get to know you as an artist. Describe your artistic goals and vision as a theater maker. You're only submitting one play, but this statement is your opportunity to describe the larger landscape of your work and to discuss your reasons for writing plays.

Core Writer goals (PDF or Word doc)
This is a statement explaining how the Core Writer Program would benefit your career as a playwright. You may want to discuss projects you hope to develop as a Core Writer, specific resources you hope to take advantage of, and/or goals you have for your career. This statement should reflect a clear understanding of the program and the Playwrights' Center and explain to the evaluators why you are in the right position to become a Core Writer.

Full-length play script (PDF or Word doc)

Please ensure that your name and the play title are on the cover page. A full-length play generally runs at least one hour. If you are submitting a script for a musical or a play that was written in collaboration with another artist, please clearly indicate your role in the writing of the play.

Please request one letter of recommendation from an individual who is familiar with your work as a playwright. Provide contact information for your recommender, who will be emailed an automatic request from SlideRoom containing a link and simple instructions for electronic submission of a recommendation.

Please communicate with your recommenders so they'll be expecting this request.

Although we encourage a new letter of recommendation each year, letters of recommendation are valid for three years. If you would like to resubmit a past letter of recommendation, please email artistic programs administrator Julia Brown at juliab@pwcenter.org at least two weeks before the application deadline. We try to keep all letters on file, but we cannot guarantee that each letter will be available.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

New Perspectives Short Play Lab

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The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Six members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme. Playwrights receive monthly feedback on their play from the LAB’s group of director/dramaturgs. In a process unique to NPTC, feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on. The process creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy. Scripts are then produced in our annual Women's Work Short Play Festival.


Playwrights should apply by midnight, October 15, 2018 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to contact@nptnyc.org: 
  • a full resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.) and website URL if applicable
  • a 10-15 page writing sample from a playscript 
  • a personal statement explaining why you wish to be a part of the LAB, including goals for your own growth and development if selected. Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).
(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.) 

Directors: A group of four to six directors is also chosen as part of the LAB. Directors commit to reading and commenting on all scripts before each meeting, and to being present at all monthly meetings, where consolidated feedback is given to each playwright. The short plays from the LAB are produced in "minimalist" productions in early August. Casting begins in June, with rehearsals in July. Decisions about who is directing which play are made by the directors as a group in May.
Directors should apply by October 1, 2018, sending as email attachments. Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).
a directing resume including website URL
contact information for three references
a personal statement explaining why they wish to be part of the LAB
to newper37@gmail.com. The email Subject Line should read “WWP-Directors.” 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Keegan Theatre's Boiler Room Series - Search for New Plays

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Please complete the official form to submit your new play or musical for consideration.

The official submission form can be found here.

Keegan Theatre, a professional, non-equity theatre in Washington, DC, is accepting submissions for development during its 2018-2019 Season AND possible inclusion as a full, world premiere production in a future mainstage season. Six pieces will be selected for inclusion in a festival sampling of new works in development at Keegan Theatre. Five pieces will be selected for a workshop process that culminates with a public staged reading.

The Keegan Theatre believes that Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are essential in the open and honest exploration of the human condition. Through a commitment to these tenets in casting, staffing, and the selection of works, Keegan aims to enrich our world through art and action.

All submissions must be full length plays or musicals aligned with the theatre's mission of taking audiences to the vital heart of theatre: extraordinary artists in an intimate setting exploring the human condition.

Submitted work should not have had any significant development or a full production at another theatre. We're looking for truly NEW works here.

Submissions will be assessed by Keegan Theatre's Artistic Development Team and a panel of independent playwrights, directors, and editors. Submissions will remain anonymous to the panel until after they have been selected for further development.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications that do not address the prompts accurately or fully will not be reviewed.

Thank you for your interest in developing your new play or musical with Keegan Theatre. We look forward to reading your piece!

Tree City 2018 Ten-Minute Play Competition

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No submission fee with copy of current Dramatists Guild membership card

Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 12 minutes. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been previously published or submitted to this playwriting competition. There are no restrictions on genre or theme. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language sensitive to the “family-friendly” value of Tree City Playhouse.

Tree City Playhouse will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its 2019 Festival of 10-Minute Plays. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production. All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 15, 2018.

Cash awards of $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented.

Winning plays will be produced by Tree City Playhouse.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:
1. Completed entry form
2. Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less
3. Play synopsis including character descriptions
4. Three copies of the script
5. $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card
 (checks should be made out to SCAC)
Mail to: Keith Ramsdell
Tree City Playhouse
10-Minute Play Competition 5725 Main Street
Sylvania, OH 43560
Competition Rules:

1. The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright, but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.

2. Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 12 minutes. Full-length plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this competition are ineligible.

3. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been previously published or submitted to this playwriting competition.

4. While all reasonable care will be taken, Tree City Playhouse and SCAC do not assume any responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

5. There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

6. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference
will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language sensitive to the “family-friendly” value of Tree City Playhouse. The decisions of the judges are final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

7. Tree City Playhouse will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its 2019 Festival of 10-Minute Plays. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production.
All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

8. The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 15, 2018. Late scripts will not be
accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted.

Formatting Instructions:

1. To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.

2. All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.

3. The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.

More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell at keith@sylvaniaarts.org with any questions you may have. You may also visit us on the web at www.sylvaniaarts.org/treecityplayhouse

If you have any questions contact Keith Ramsdell, Artistic Director, at keith@sylvaniaarts.org

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Call for Unproduced Latin@/x Plays

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Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 14, 2018

The 50 Playwrights Project (#50PP) is currently soliciting unproduced plays by Latin@/x playwrights for our third annual 50PP’s Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays List. We are compiling a list of unproduced plays that theatre companies should be producing. Only plays that will be unproduced as of March 1, 2019 are eligible.

#50PP Script Guidelines:

* The script is a work by a Latin@/x playwright.

* The script is an original full-length work.

* The script can be in English or Spanish.

* The script cannot have been produced before March 1, 2019.

* Playwrights can only submit one script.

Submission Information:

*Playwrights must submit their script in a PDF file via email by Sunday October 14, 2018 before midnight CST, with the submission information requested below. Please include your name on the script. We no longer accept blind submissions.

*In addition to the script, please submit a cover sheet with the following information (in a separate PDF file): Playwright name, email address, phone number, bio (150-words), title of play, synopsis of the play (150-words), character breakdown, and information about any prior development work for this play.

*Selected plays will be announced in late-February 2019.

*Email submissions to: 50Playwrights@gmail.com

*Email subject line: Last Name, First Name (Play Title)

Selection Committee: Will be announced in early October!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Troy Foundry Theatre seeks supernatural plays

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Troy Foundry Theatre, a 501(c) 3 professional theatre company in Troy, NY is currently accepting submissions of new plays for the OCTOBER sessions of the DARK DAY MONDAYS FREE READING SERIES.  The selected plays will be presented in staged reading format with the possibility of being considered for full staging in the 19.20 season. Please see below for details and submission directions.

This session will specifically highlight plays that focus on the supernatural (whatever that means to you). The submitted play needs to be recently written and possibly never staged before. We are not interested in monologues. There are no restrictions on script-length or subject.  To learn more about past DARK DAY MONDAY events, visit www.troyfoundrytheatre.com.


Submissions for the OCTOBER 2018 session will be accepted until 5pm on MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018. To submit your work email to info@troyfoundrytheatre.com with the subject line:

OCTOBER supernatural playwright session_FIRST NAME LAST NAME_ TITLE OF PLAY.

There is NO submission fee. Please include a short playwright’s bio, a production history of the piece, and the play in PDF or WORD doc format. You will only hear back from us if your play is selected for reading. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Queer Scare V

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Queer Scare V,  staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.  


  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes (no more than 10 pages in standard format.) 
  • Plays must about the LGBTQ experience and have a Halloween theme or be scary. 
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand 
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.

Deadline Monday, October 1, 2018, 5 pm.
No fee to submit

Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of plays from women

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Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art from new and emerging writers and artists who identify as women.

Submissions for Issue #1 will be open until October 1, 2018 and should be sent to feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. Please put in your subject line the category to which you're submitting.

The theme for our inaugural online issue is community. Communities and the people in them thrive when we are better connected and we are interested in work that touches on the importance of community, space/place, and connection. Work that isn't specific to our theme is welcome as well, though.

 Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw the work immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.

We will do our best to respond to each submission within 60 days. If 60 days has passed, please send us an inquiry at feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. We will try our best to respond much sooner and strive to provide feedback on each entry.

Short Fiction: Send one story up to 7000 words.

Flash Fiction: Send one story up to 1000 words.

Creative Non-Fiction: Send one personal essay or memoir up to 5000 words.

Plays: Send one one-act play up to 10 pages.

Poetry: Send 3-5 poems. If spoken word, send 1-3 recordings.
Art & Music: We are open to all mediums and genres. For art work, submissions must be adaptable to accommodate the space, so send us your work in a minimum of 300 ppi.

While we won't know exactly what we like until we see it, we do like honest, accessible work. Things that are overly abstract or don't make readers feel something don't do it for us. We want you to make us laugh and/or cry. We want you to challenge us as readers. We want your work to pass the Bechdel Test. We will not tell you which writers we worship, though we will tell you we don't worship Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, or John Updike.

Rights revert to the author upon publication. While we  cannot pay contributors at this time, we hope this changes in the future.


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Deadline: September 30, 2018

Attention playwrights! Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts is once again calling for submissions for its award-winning, 19th Biennial Year End Series Festival of New Plays - THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 4–14, 2019.

  • Full-length plays are eligible. All rights must be fully owned by the author.
  • No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.
  • Adaptations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.
  • A submitted play may not have had a previous professional or university production.
  • In deciding which play to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Plays with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.
  • Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.
  • Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.

  • An entry form must accompany a submitted script (visit nku.edu/theatre for downloadable form or email mking@nku.edu).
  • Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2018.
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script.
  • Scripts are not returnable unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the selected playwrights have been notified.
Submissions, accompanied by an entry form, should be mailed to:
            Michael King
            NKU School of the Arts
            Nunn Drive, FA 205
            Highland Heights, KY 41099


Selections will be made and selected playwrights notified no later than December 31, 2018.

The names of the winning plays will be posted on the Y.E.S. Festival website in late January.

Selected playwrights must be available to visit the festival about one week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 4–14, 2019. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. The cost of travel and accommodations will be covered by NKU. Selected playwrights will receive a cash prize of $400.

Playwrights and directors of their plays will participate in one post-show question-and-answer session with the audience.

2018 Stephanie Lehr Playwriting Competition

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The Guinea Pig Lab literary board would like to invite all playwrights to enter their 2018 search for plays.

The board is looking specifically for scripts written as one-woman plays and plans to select THREE for staged readings in spring 2019 in Wichita, Kansas. The competition, named in honor of Guinea Pig Lab volunteer Stephanie Lehr, is open to all playwrights however, two of the plays will be selected from Kansas playwrights. This allows us to continue in our mission to support Kansas playwrights, but also allows us to bring in new playwrights so the winners can network and share experiences.

Call for Entries
The Guinea Pig Lab is calling for full-length or one-act plays.

Scripts are due September 30, 2018 by midnight.

Winner and runners-up will be notified in mid-January. The winner will also receive a staged reading from the Guinea Pig Lab in the spring of 2019, dates TBA. Winners of the competition are welcome to attend the event and will be acknowledged with certificates and a short ceremony – as we want to ensure the playwright is in attendance so they can fully reap the benefits of a public reading. Prior to the reading, the winner will receive a session with our resident dramaturg, Dr. Dan Bacalzo, a former theatre critic and professor.

For the 2018 Competition:
-submit your play (minimum of 20-minute estimated run-time)
-you are welcome to select your own topic, no restrictions
-NO musicals, please
-please submit play in standard traditional play format, in English
-submissions must be original, unpublished plays
-translations and adaptations are not accepted
-no fee to enter
-one script per playwright each contest, please

KANSAS ENTRANTS: You MUST be either currently living in Kansas or the KC Metro Area to submit or be a former Kansas resident who retains ties to the state. If you are not living in Kansas at the time of submission, please note when you lived in Kansas and why you are no longer in the state in your bio. (i.e. Lived in Kansas from birth to 18, now in Colorado going to CU-Boulder).

Please send your script with a short author’s bio and contact information to theguineapiglab@gmail.com, preferably as a pdf.

Remember, deadline is September 30, 2018.

Brave New World Repertory Theatre seeking full-length plays

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Three to four original, full-length plays (under 120 pages preferred) will be selected and given staged readings. Plays that reflect upon social justice and human rights themes, or that address current socio-political and/or environmental challenges will be given priority.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of our base community last season, BNWorks 2019 will return to private living rooms in Ditmas Park Brooklyn between January 2019 and May 2019. Plays must be un-produced, but previously staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors. Chosen playwrights will receive a small stipend.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. Black, Latinx, Asian/Asian-American, POC, Indigenous, Muslim, immigrant, trans, LGBTQA+, gender non-conforming, differently abled, femme and/or female-identifying playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit. Brooklyn-based playwrights will also be given first consideration.

To submit, please send an electronic copy of your script in PDF format with numbered pages to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org. In a separate document or in the body of your submission email, please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, and a website link (if relevant to your work as a writer/theater artist.) Entry is limited to one play per season.

The deadline for consideration for the 2019 BNW Reading Series is October 1st 2018, however submissions are accepted all year-round, with the potential of being considered for future opportunities. Only playwrights who are selected will be notified.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Stage Door Productions, Inc Twelfth Annual Original One-Act Festival

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Fredericksburg, Va

Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays shall be selected for production in the spring (March/April/May) of 2019. Of those six selected, one shall win the Grand Prize $150 and one shall win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers.  Of the remaining four, one shall will an Audience Favorite Prize $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:

  • All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less. 
  • Submissions must be received by email between September 1, 2018 and November 1, 2018
  • Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.
  • Additional information and guidelines:
  • All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format. Please email roy@stagedoorproductions.org
  • All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation. 
  • Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.
  • Scripts should include:
  • A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • A cast of characters with descriptions
  • A brief synopsis
  • Numbered pages
  • Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.
  • Playwrights will be notified by February 15, 2019, if their play has been selected for production.
  • Plays selected for production will be listed on our website, www.stagedoorproductions.org
  • All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
  • Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
  • Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.
  • Only stage plays will be considered.  Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.
  • All submissions must be original and unpublished.
  • Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.
  • Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.
  • Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.
  • Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

NYCPlaywrights Podcast seeks monologues & 10-minute plays/excerpts on "the supernatural"

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The next NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be around the theme of The Supernatural in honor of Halloween.

These are the submission rules:

  • The deadline is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There is no fee for submission 
  • The script must have something to do with the supernatural
  • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
  • The monologue can only be one page long. 
  • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
  • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The monologue or play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English
  • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
  • The NYCPlaywrights decisions are final.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologue and/or play on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 7.
  • A recording of the play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.
If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com

NYCPlaywrights Podcast Episode #3: O CANADA

Listen to a reading of the monologue selected from our call for submissions, CONTES DU CAMP CANADIEN by Vivian Lermond; an interview with Vivian; an interview with Michael Rubinoff, the creator of COME FROM AWAY; interviews with Canadian playwrights & composers in French & English, plus a scandal in Canada with Justin Trudeau.

And the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast call for submissions for the next podcast episode on the theme "The Supernatural"


Target Margin Institute 2019 Fellowship

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A year-long fellowship (January – December) that provides five diverse artists space, support and a $1,000 stipend to challenge themselves and their art-making practice. There is no curriculum or “teaching” structure. There is no final result or project. The core goal is rigorously to question our own assumptions about what the theater is, what it could be, and what we would like it to be.

Our 2019 Institute will involve study, practical work, presentation, reflection, and include the following:

Stipends – Each Fellow receives a $1,000 stipend to relieve financial burdens and nurture their artistic practice.

Intensives – Fellows gather quarterly for three-day retreats in throughout the 2019 year (January – December). These are led by Target Margin Artistic Director David Herskovits and Associate Artistic Director Moe Yousuf, and the Fellows themselves. Intensives provide space and time for Fellows to collaboratively play / practice / test existing performance and theatrical frameworks.

Experiments – Each Fellow will engage in an artistic experiment. It might test an idea; question a principle the Fellow becomes interested in; allow the Fellow to change their process or working approach; or challenge the Fellow’s assumptions about collaboration. It has no performance goal or production outcome.

Open Studios – In late fall 2019 we will host a one day event in our space open to our local community and peers in the field. The form of the Open Studios will be shaped by the Fellows and created to highlight their specific ways of working within our Institute throughout the year. It may be an open showing, an invited rehearsal, conversation, facilitated dialogue, or participatory event.

Breakfasts – Fellows and TMT Artistic Staff have breakfast together one morning each month; this is an opportunity for informal sharing, conversation, and reflection. We ask that all Fellows commit to attending as many breakfasts as possible. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day.

Artists who have demonstrated a serious commitment to their practice and an interest in TMT’s principles, and are ready to move in a radical new direction. Fellows should be poised to embrace the open-ended questioning that guides the Institute. Applicants may emerge from any theatrical discipline (actors, designers, writers, directors, producers, stage managers, administrators, etc.). We also accept applications from other artistic fields (music, visual art, literature, etc.) as long as the connection to performance is clearly articulated.

Monday, September 24, 2018

14th Annual Reader's Theatre seeks plays 5-10 minutes long

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produced by Brian Heaton & Scott McWhirter

General guidelines are listed below and are subject to change.

2018 Submission Deadline: October 26, 2018

Approximately 8-12 selected plays will be read and voted on by the attending audience. Two $50 prizes will be awarded, one selected by the event readers and one voted on as audience favorite.

General guidelines

  • Limit of two entries per playwright of an original work that has not been published or produced.
  • Monologues and one person plays are not accepted.
  • All genres are accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter.
  • All plays should be 5 to 10 minutes long, no exceptions. (If using standard play format a good gauge is 4-11 pages, excluding title page).
  • Plays should be conducive to Reader's Theatre with simple stage directions and a story expressed through dialogue, not action.

Submission guidelines

  • Scripts are accepted via mail only (no email, no PDFs) and must be postmarked by (October 26, 2018). Scripts are not returned.
  • Scripts should have a title page that includes the play title and playwright's contact information, as well as a list of characters and a brief synopsis of the play. Script pages should be numbered.
  • ALL scripts should be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.

Playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

Mail entries to:
Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063

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