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Monday, December 3, 2018

Spring Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2019 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)
Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Abe Koogler (Writer, Obie-Winning Fulfillment Center at MTC, Kill Floor at LCT3)
Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, God Said This at Primary Stages, Kentucky at EST)

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Over the course of ten weeks, you will work to complete your draft, ideally with some idea of what you’d like to explore or fix and knowing, of course, that everything may change.

This class is for those with complete drafts who are ready to hear the play in full and embark on strategic rewrites.

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), The Judy Show at DR2 Theatre)
A solid grasp of the mechanics of comedy writing for the stage is a powerful tool in the hand of any playwright.

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
The Artistic Statement is a deeply dreaded, but required, field of most playwright development opportunities. This 2-day workshop will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)
Sometimes it’s inevitable: writers just get stuck. This 2-day workshop will inspire you to get cracking on your next play.

Classes begin in February. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

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.

Jane Addams Festival of New Plays

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The Jane Addams Festival of New Plays is seeking submissions from playwrights inspired by the life and work of Jane Addams. The festival will run March 7-9, 2019 and will include four fully produced ten-minute plays in addition to a one-act play. The Jane Addams Festival of New Plays is produced by Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois.

The Playwrights of the selected plays will receive a DVD of the production of their play. The plays will be directed by theatre faculty and experienced community members and the cast will consist of Highland students and local actors.

Jane Addams was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a founding member of the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union. She was a pioneer in the field of modern social work.

Addams was born in 1860 in Cedarville, Illinois located in Stephenson County. Highland Community College is located five miles south of the birthplace of Jane Addams.

The New York Times calls Jane Addams “an incredible role model for our time.”

Theme and Submission Guidelines

Playwrights are encouraged to write on themes related to and inspired by the work of Jane Addams. Biographical plays about Jane Addams are also accepted. Possible themes related to the life and work of Jane Addams include, but are not limited to, peace advocacy, women’s rights, the plight of immigrants and the poor, sociology, settlement homes, community, education, social work, civil rights, and civil liberties. In addition to plays about the life of Jane Addams, we are interested in plays about issues of social change embodied in the life and work of Jane Addams. Playwrights are encouraged to think broadly about these ideas.

The plays must not be more than ten pages long, excluding title pages and character lists. Plays longer than ten pages will not be considered.
Each playwright may submit only one script, so send us your best effort.
Please note that we are unable to offer feedback and commentary on the scripts.
 Submission Procedure

Playwrights should submit their plays in electronic format to playwriting@highland.edu no later than December 10, 2018. Please be sure to include current contact information with your submission.

A committee of readers made up of faculty and community members will evaluate the scripts and playwrights selected for inclusion in the festival will be notified no later than January 15. For more information or questions about the festival, please contact Laura Early, Theatre Arts Instructor and Director of the Theatre Arts Program at Highland Community College laura.early@highland.edu

For more information about the life and work of Jane Addams go to https://www.hullhousemuseum.org/about-jane-addams


Sunday, December 2, 2018

NYCPlaywrights Podcast: Writers & Friends

Check out the latest episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast on the theme of Writers & Friends

In this episode we:
  • talk to Ralph Sevush of the Dramatists Guild about the Guild and lawsuits that dealt with playwrights rights including the one over a production of Terrence McNally's LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION!, the one about the musical RENT, the URINETOWN lawsuit and the lawsuit involving the host of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast
  • hear Neil Simon talk about the third-act problem of his play about friendship THE ODD COUPLE
  • learn about Primary Stages and the National New Play Network via Chelsea Anderson-Long
  • perform the selected play from the call for submissions A NEW PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER by Matthew Weaver - it's super-meta

You can check out the podcast web site at www.playwrightspodcast.com

B Street Theatre Second Annual ​New Comedies Festival​​,

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B Street Theatre is now taking submissions for the Second Annual ​New Comedies Festival​​,​ ​​which will take place from June 16 – 23, 2019 at The Sofia, their new venue on Capitol Avenue.

In the ever-changing landscape of our country and the American theatre, B Street is soliciting submissions of comedies in all shapes and sizes for their inaugural New Comedies Festival.

We encourage local, national and international artists to submit full-length comedic plays during our open submission process. We encourage pieces to include elements of romance, dark comedy, farce, satire, physical comedy, commedia dell’arte, improv, stand-up, audience participation, music, etc. Following the submission process, B Street will select four plays to receive staged readings in the festival.

Following the festival, the audience members who attended all four readings will vote to select which script they would like to see fully produced on the B Street Theatre Mainstage. Their selection will be vetted by B Street Artistic Staff and the winning script will receive a full production on the Mainstage within a year of the festival closing.

● The works submitted must meet the following criteria:
o The playwright must be 18 years of age and have the right to work in the United States. o The play must not have had a professional production, or be scheduled to have a
professional production, prior to January 1, 2020. A professional production means that the artists working on the show were compensated for their time, and that all of the theatrical elements one hopes to see in a production were present.
o We are seeking to develop comedies of all shapes and sizes; however, we request that all plays be ​full-length​​. Solo pieces and theatre for young audience pieces will be accepted.
o We accept both original and adapted works, provided that the rights to any material not in the public domain have been granted in writing, and a copy of the release is emailed along with the script.
o The script must meet the script formatting requirements set by B Street Theatre that are listed below.
● Submissions that do not meet the above requirements will not be accepted. Selection Process
● We will solicit the help of volunteer readers to read the submitted scripts. These readers may include but are not limited to the following: B Street Artistic Staff, B Street Company Members, industry playwrights, industry dramaturgs and other industry professionals.
● There will be two rounds of reading for outside readers and each reader will read between 5 and 10 scripts each round. There will be a third, final round of reading for B Street Artistic Staff only in order to choose the finalists from a short-list of scripts that have been evaluated in rounds one and two of reading.
  ● The reading of scripts will take place over a two-month period and the four scripts will be chosen no later than four months prior to the first day of the festival.

Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration in the New Comedies Festival should send the following to B Street Theatre between October 15, 2018 – December 15, 2018.

Email submissions are preferred but playwrights may mail their submissions to the address below.
Attn: New Comedies Festival, B Street Theatre, 2700 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816 or
SUBJECT LINE: New Comedies Festival Submission

In your submission please provide the following:
1. Your contact information – Include First/Last Name, Email, Phone Number
2. A concise paragraph stating your previous playwriting credits. Please also note any previous
experience with B Street Theatre in this section.
3. Title of the play
4. Character breakdown and description
5. Time and place of the play
6. A five sentence synopsis of the play
7. A PDF of your play that does not include the playwright’s name.

Any play that does not meet the above requirements will not be accepted.

Please note that B Street will only be accepting the first 350 submissions.

Spokane Stage Left Theater - Fast & Furious VI seeks play submissions

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Spokane Stage Left proudly continues its ONE PAGE play festival running March 15-17, 2019. We are currently accepting plays for the festival from all over the world. Each play is presented in traditional reader's theater format. It is FREE to submit! We will choose 30-40 plays for the festival and playwrights will be informed by February 1, 2019.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Plays must be ONE page in length (not including title page). 
  2. Plays must be original works and submitted by the playwright or rights holder. 
  3. Plays can be submitted as a Word Document or PDF (Word is preferred when possible). 
  4. Plays must be in traditional script format with font size 12, all character names in all caps & aligned to the left, stage directions in italics (see link below for example). All scripts are put together into book form for the actors, so preference will be given to scripts who follow directions.
  5. The deadline for entries is 11 PM PST, Sunday, December 2, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered. 
  6. Only ONE submission per playwright.
  7.  Plays must be primarily in English.
  8. No Musicals. 

This form must be filled out in its entirety for play to be considered:

Questions can be emailed to festival producer, Rebecca Cook at racook321@gmail.com. 

Friday, November 30, 2018


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PARAGON is a short-play festival dedicated to furthering Otherworld's mission of growing the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy Theatre through the discovery and promotion of new playwrights and works. This annual event began in 2014 and we have presented 40 new science fiction and fantasy plays over this one-weekend festival every year since. 2019 will mark year 5.

PARAGON returns in the fall of 2019 and we are actively seeking playwright and director submissions. If you are interested in submitting your play or applying to direct a play, check out the guidelines below!
  • Your play must be within the genres of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, or contain Sci-Fi or fantastical elements.
  • Your play should be between five and 60 minutes in length.
  • Your play should be submitted in a PDF format.
  • The play should unpublished, however we welcome submissions that have been featured in other festivals.
  • You will retain full rights to the play and the text will not be altered in any way without your explicit permission.
There is no submission fee. You are encouraged to submit multiple plays if you have them!
Due to the number of submissions, we will only be able to contact you if your play has been selected. Rejection letters will not be sent.

Submission deadline and selection announcement dates are TBD.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

McSweeney's seeks short imagined monologues

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Send your short imagined monologues to websubmissions@mcsweeneys.net.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a comedy site so they are after satirical/humor monologues.

Samples of short imagined monologues at McSweeney's.

Please review their web site first so you understand what McSweeney's is about.

Please read the submissions guidelines before sending:

Submissions should be shortish. By shortish we mean an absolute maximum of 1,200 words, but in truth we veer toward pieces that are under 1,000 words, and snuggle closest to ones that are even shorter than that. Submissions of exactly 742 used to automatically appear on the site, as if by magic, but like so many good things, those days are gone.

Should be on your submission. Put it under the title of your piece. Absolutely all submissions must look like this:

My Funny Experience [story title]*
By William Williams [author’s name]
willywill@internet.com [email address]
@wilywill [twitter handle, if you have one]

The email address listed should be the one you would like to appear linked to your byline should we choose to publish your submission. Same goes for your Twitter handle. If you do not want your email address or Twitter handle linked to your byline, please tell us so.

*- Please do not make a joke by titling your piece “My Funny Experience” because that joke has been told to us a thousand times before.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

OC-Centric Orange County's New Play Festival 2019

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Are you a playwright? Do you live in or hail from Orange County, CA? Monday, December 17 is the deadline to submit scripts for the 2019 OC-centric New Play Festival!

The ninth annual OC-centric New Play Festival is scheduled for August 15-25, 2019 at Chapman University in Orange, CA. As in past years, we are looking for both full-length and one-act plays; we will likely produce 1 full-length and 2-3 one-acts next summer, with each play receiving 6 performances during the festival.

We fully produce new works, rather than just presenting staged readings. You are welcome to submit previously produced work that is new to Orange County, CA. Finalists will be announced in early 2019; the 3-4 plays selected for the festival will be announced shortly thereafter.

Script submission details:
* Submit scripts via email to occentric@gmail.com (either PDF or Microsoft Word format). In your email message, let us know a little about your connection to Orange County, CA. (The criteria for eligibility: you must either have grown up in Orange County, or you currently live in OC at least 6 months out of the year.)
* Submissions accepted through December 17. Submissions after December 17 will not be considered.
* No submission fee.
* Playwrights will receive a small honorarium/royalty.
* No restrictions on language or subject matter, but no nudity.
* Sorry, no musicals.
* Plays should have casts of 12 or less and be producible in a black box theatre space with playing area approximately 20' x 25'.
* Playwrights may submit 1 full-length play and/or 1 one-act play.
> Our definition of full-lengths = plays that run 60 minutes or longer.
> Our definition of one-acts = plays that run 15-60 minutes. (One-acts running between 30-60 minutes are especially welcome.)
* The playwright’s name and contact information must appear on the title page of the script(s).

Questions? Email us occentric@gmail.com
Information about past OC-centrics is at www.oc-centric.com
We look forward to reading your work!

South Simcoe Theatre of Cookstown is currently seeking new plays

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South Simcoe Theatre of Cookstown is currently seeking new plays for the 12th year of our reading series:

MAY 30th – JUNE 2nd

“Every Day A Different Play!”

Audiences will be treated to a showcase of lightly rehearsed “readings” of plays never before seen or heard on the Town Hall stage.


Original sketches, monologues, short or full-length plays accepted for consideration.

While all submissions will be accepted for consideration, please note that preference will be given to submissions from local or Canadian based playwrights.

Additionally, royalties will not be paid for any submission.

For more information on how to become involved or to submit a play, contact fourplay@southsimcoetheatre.com

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize for Women Playwrights

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The submission period for the Prize for Women Playwrights is November 1 - 30, 2018, at this LINK. The Kentucky Women Writers Conference awards a biennial Prize for Women Playwrights to bring more scripts by women to the stage, through a collaboration among our program, partnering director Eric Seale, and a guest judge tba. The winner receives a world premier production for a paying audience in November 2019, with royalties, plus a cash prize of $500. The winning script may be workshopped prior to its production. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly listserv with updates about this contest and our other programming, please send your request to kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com.

Producer and Director

Eric Seale, artistic managing director of Central Kentucky Community Theatre in Springfield, KY, and former director of Actors Guild of Lexington, will independently produce and direct the winning script.

Guest Judge


Eligible Playwrights

The competition is open to all women playwrights living anywhere on Planet Earth. There are no restrictions on age, experience, or residence. Co-authored scripts are eligible if at least 50 percent of co-authors are female.

Eligible Plays

One-act or full-length scripts in English, with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, that have not been published or commercially produced as of the entry deadline or before the release of the KWWC production. We are seeking a new play that can be produced as a world premiere. Many kinds of preliminary productions, even those charging admission, do not disqualify your script, including:

  • an Equity or other showcase
  • a workshop production
  • a script-in-hand staged reading
  • a student lab performance

We place no limitations on subject matter. Scripts may be based on factual events, purely fictional, or adaptations. We are not seeking musicals or children's plays.To ensure an equitable judging process, please submit only a "blind" script, with all personal identifying information removed.  Limitations:

  • Reading time must be in the range of 45-90 minutes.
  • Casts must be limited to 8 actors (1 actor may play multiple roles).
  • The production will be in a small theater. Set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements should be kept to a minimum.
  • Deadline and Timeline

Entries must be electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2018
Winner will be posted on our Web site in January 2019
Winning script may be workshopped.
Production will occur in November 2018 in Lexington, KY, venue tba.

Judging Process and Criteria

All entries will be screened by KWWC staff for completeness and adherence to contest guidelines. Judging will consist of two rounds. In round 1, a diverse panel of theater professionals and educators will choose 5-10 finalists. In round 2 a guest judge will choose 1 winner. Judging will be guided by literary merit and theatrical potential.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Toft Lake Center 10th Annual Emerging Artists Program

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TLC is sponsoring its 10th annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a group of artists to focus on their current work.  This program subsidizes one 2-week residency for 7 emerging artists and/or 2 person creative teams from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and one week-long residency for a group project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Please note that applicants must live in either MN or one of the 5 NYC boroughs to be eligible to apply.

The residencies at TLC are intentionally interdisciplinary in nature. Artists from many disciplines can apply. Disciplines may include: playwriting, poetry, prose writing, painting, music composition, and dance.  We would be happy to accept applicants who sculpt, produce films, are photographers, work with crafts; we are, however, more limited in terms of the materials we can provide.  The underlying philosophy is to provide space and means of support for individual artists wishing to further their creative endeavors in the visual, literary and performing arts. The dramaturgical assistance of TLC director Liz Engelman is available if desired.

Individual Artist/Creative Team Residency: July 15-28, 2019.

Group Project Week: August 12-18, 2019.

How to Apply
Applications for 2019 are open from October 1 through November 30, 2018.

Each Artist Will Receive

Individual/Creative Residency: Each artist from MN will receive an honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,600, and each artist from NYC will receive $2,000.

Group Residency: Each artist will receive an honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,000.


There are 7 sleeping areas in four cabins.  Two cabins are solo cabins, the other five sleeping areas are either bedrooms or lofts in shared cabins.  Each artist will have his/her own room/loft.

Emerging Artists

We define “emerging artists” as those who have not attained name recognition in their profession/field by having a body of critically recognized work (at least 3 major productions, showings, exhibits, books) at major and well-known institutions/publishers.

Please review the definition of “emerging artist” on the application to ensure that you are eligible.

The Yard (UK) seeks scripts

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Thank you for your interest in sending your writing to The Yard! Providing a platform for writers is central to what The Yard does, so we are always thrilled to hear from you.
We’ve changed the way we read your work. Twice a year we’ll open up submissions for scripts, so that we have two focussed periods during which we read your writing.

Submissions for scripts are open now.

The next deadline for sending us your writing is: 3 December 2018


We don’t want your full script in the first instance. Instead, we ask that you send us:

- A one-pager about you script. Things you may want to tell us are:
- What is the story?
- Why is it a story that needs to be told now?
- Is there something interesting that happens with the form?

We’d also like you to include a little about yourself and why you’d like
to start a relationship with The Yard.

- A sample from your script (up to 10 pages)
Send your application to: ​submissions@theyardtheatre.co.uk
With the subject line: SCRIPT SUBMISSION

- Applications will be read by the core team and a small group of trusted readers
- From there we will request full scripts from, whose ideas excite us and whose work we think could be a good fit for The Yard’s programme. ​We will need these sent promptly so please check your emails regularly! You can expect to hear from us in 2-3 weeks after the submissions deadline.
- Full scripts will read by at least two people in the reading team and then will be discussed with everybody.
- Within 6 weeks after the submissions deadline everyone will hear back from us. This may be to set up a meeting to discuss your work, offer dramaturgical notes, request further writing, or to let you know that your writing isn’t quite right for us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Christopher Newport University's College of Arts and Humanities seeks 60-minute scripts

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Christopher Newport University’s College of Arts and Humanities, in partnership with Norfolk State University, seeks 60-minute scripts for the forthcoming conference on the Global Status of Women and Girls to be held at CNU, March 21-23, 2019

Scripts should engage with the theme of the conference (see below).

The script will be presented as a staged reading followed by a response which includes the playwright as well as two additional scholar/artists who can speak to the themes of the work, date TBD.
  • Plays should be complete at no more than 60 minutes. A script may be adapted from a longer play, but must be a complete work as presented.
  • Readers will be local college students. Please keep this in mind if specific character casting is required.
  • Playwright must attend the reading and talkback session. There are no fees associated with the conference, but no travel or housing assistance is available at this time.
  • No restrictions on previous productions or development, but play must be free from performance fees.

Please submit a script in PDF format with complete contact information, history of performance or development, cast of characters, a synopsis of 100-300 words, including how the script engages with the themes of the conference.

Submit scripts here: https://form.jotform.com/82196212984160

Scripts will be read in the order they are received and once a suitable script is chosen, no additional submissions will be accepted. Final deadline of December 1, 2018.

Understanding Women's Lives and Resistance in the Past and Present

This interdisciplinary conference uses tools of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and other fields to address challenges faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. Our 2019 conference theme marks the 30th anniversary of Kimberlé Crenshaw's use of the term "intersectionality" as well as the 400th anniversary of the first Africans arriving in Hampton and the Jamestown Colony in 1619. Given the close proximity to Jamestown and Hampton, this year's conference will especially highlight the ways in which gender intersects race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and other identity markers in complex ways. To this end, we welcome proposals that use an intersectional approach to understand these subjects, as well as the interconnectedness of systems of oppression, power, and privilege.

Topics addressed at the conference may include but are not limited to the past and/or present role of intersectionality in:

• Social Movements
• Women's writing and narratives
• Artistic representations of women
  (film, literature, music etc.)
• Motherhood and family life
• Sexuality and gender identity
• Reproductive Rights
• Politics
• Social media
• Employment
• Poverty
• Education
• Health
• Violence
• Religion
• Law


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Rants & Raves wanted for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast episode

The theme for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast is "rants & raves."
  • A "rant" is generally a negative view of something or someone.
  • A "rave" is generally a positive view of something or someone.
Please send only one - either a rant or a rave. Not both. We will only accept one piece from each writer.

We may select as many as three scripts from the submissions to perform for the podcast.

Please review the web site and listen to at least one podcast to get an idea of what you are submitting to. The web site is http://www.playwrightspodcast.com - the next podcast episode will be out in a couple of days.

These are the submission rules:
  • The deadline is Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There is no fee for submission 
  • The script must be a rant or a rave.
  • The submission can be one monologue. 
  • The monologue can only be one page long, so choose your words carefully and edit edit edit.
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 December 9, 2018.
  • A recording of one (or more) selected monologues will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.

If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist Residency


To apply for an artist residency, submit an application form (below) along with the application fee and required work samples.

The annual deadline for applications is January 18th to be considered for a residence grant the following calendar year. Online applications must be received, and mailed applications must be postmarked, by January 18th. Grantees will be notified of their fellowship awards in June. For more info read the FAQs.

Online applications received between now and 11:59PM MST, Jan. 18 2019 will be considered for residency grants in 2020. Supplemental work samples sent via mail must be postmarked by January 21st!

Friday, November 23, 2018

SciArts Festival of New Plays

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LSU School of Theatre and LSU College of Science invites submissions for consideration for the inaugural season of our reading series exploring the intersection of art and science. Up to three selected scripts will receive readings at LSU and a $1000.00 SciArts at LSU Playwriting Prize.

When To Submit: Submissions are now open with a deadline of November 30, 2018.

Dates of the Festival: April 3-6, 2019

Please read all guidelines below before submitting.

How To Submit

Playwrights should submit two PDF documents:
o Script cover page with name and contact information and a cover letter with a brief description of the play and how it fits the definition of a "science play".
o Script with no playwright information but a complete cast list with brief character descriptions. 
Email your script to sciartsconference@gmail.com

What We're Looking For:
SciArts Festival of New Plays will be part of a conference that is interested in new work that explores the intersection of science and art. Plays should have significant science related content as well as being artistically and theatrically engaging. New perspectives on the intersection of art and science are encouraged, but we are not interested in science fiction or medical dramas. Successful submissions will be viable theatrically with science content, characters and themes that are plausible and integral to the action of the play 
Formatting Requirements: 
Legible, 10-12 point font in a standard professional play format.
This is a BLIND submission process. Please remove author’s name and contact information from the script. DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY/ NO PAPER MAIL 
Include cast list with brief character descriptions at the beginning of the script. 
A minimum run time of 30 minutes for one-act submissions and 60 to 120ish minutes for full length plays. 
Submissions Should Be: 
• Full-length plays (not incomplete drafts or treatments) that stand alone as an evening of theater with a 60 minute minimum running time or one act plays running at least 30 minutes. 
• Plays that have never had a professional AEA production and have never been published; (readings and workshops are fine, but include a brief history of any such previous exploration in your cover letter.)
Submissions Should NOT Be:
• Film or TV Scripts
• Translations
• Children’s Theatre
• One-person shows
• Science Fiction or Medical dramas

What to Expect:

LSU will select up to 3 new plays for concert readings and talkbacks. Plays will be paired with locally based directors, actors, and stage managers and receive several hours of rehearsal time. While no guarantees can be made, plays will be chosen with an eye toward further development and possible production of plays that are successful in our Festival reading series.
Talkbacks with the playwright, the director and the audience will be held immediately following each reading. One-on-one discussions about the play with LSU artistic personnel will be available to playwrights.

Fine Print:

• Submissions are limited to one per author per year.
• Travel to the readings and three nights of housing will be provided for the selected playwrights in addition to a $1,000.00 SciArts at LSU Playwriting Prize.
• LSU Theatre does not ask for any rights to these plays at this time, but requests that any subsequent readings, workshops or productions of our chosen plays contain acknowledgement that the script was developed at the SciArt Festival of New Plays at Louisiana State University.
• Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Blackboard play submission guidelines

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We are looking for new work by Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora that tell stories of the Black experience.

Why Blackboard: With a home in Manhattan’s Chelsea, your featured reading will be in a gorgeous townhouse setting, Nancy Manocherian’s the cell, complete with a mini reception and followed by a 20 minute talk-back.  Additionally, we will record a podcast interview with you.

Please fill out the form before and upload 10 pages.

Thank You for your interest in Blackboard Plays, devoted to the stories of Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora.  Answer the questions below, upload your play and the donate the optional submission fee.

We will contact you regarding your submission within 1 month.

A Note: PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT 10 PAGES of dialogue that best represents your play.  You will also be submitting a synopsis so we will know what the entire play is about.  If interested in moving forward, we will request the entire script.

Any questions: info@blackboardplays.com


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We define “emerging” as a playwright that has not had more than two professional productions or a published script.

"Never been produced" means plays that have had small readings and workshops are fine, but plays that have been previously produced or published are not accepted.

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please email us at contact@campfiretheatrefestival.com with details.

We will accept full length plays that are more than sixty pages, less than one hundred and twenty pages, and may have an intermission.

We currently cannot accept musicals. We can accept children's plays. We will accept plays of any genre. Each playwright may submit ONE play. If you have been selected for Campfire before, please observe a one year hiatus between the year you were selected and the next year you submit.



The Staged Reading Series accepts plays by emerging playwrights and offers them a fully staged reading at our festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2019.


Your play will be assigned a cast and director.

You will receive a prize of $100 for a selected full-length play.

Campfire Theatre Festival is not currently able to provide playwright travel stipends for the Staged Reading Series; however, if a selected playwright can provide their own travel to Boise for the festival, all efforts will be made to assist with housing.

The Spark Program accepts plays by emerging playwrights for a twenty-hour workshop process that culminates in a seated reading at the festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2019.


Your play will be assigned a cast, a dramaturg and director.

You will receive a prize of $100 for a selected full-length play.

You will receive airfare and housing for a week in Boise, Idaho.


The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2018. We will accept the first 300 full-length plays and close submissions when we receive that many, even if it's before the deadline.





Please complete the following Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/qo93kSq0vG9pgN1S2.
There you will be asked to upload a blinded PDF copy of your script (THE TITLE OF THE DOCUMENT SHOULD BE THE NAME OF YOUR PLAY) and a theatrical resume (THE TITLE OF THE DOCUMENT SHOULD BE YOUR NAME).

Thank you and we look forward to reading your play! Please direct any questions to our Literary Manager Sam Hamashima at contact@campfiretheatrefestival.com.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Living on the Edge - 10 Minute Playwriting Festival

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Living on the Edge - Actors' Theatre Grand Rapids is now accepting script submissions.

Anyone is welcome to submit a script for a 10-minute play which utilizes this year's unique theme:


The top 10 scripts will receive a public reading and then 5 of these scripts are chosen to receive a full performance.

Script submissions: Due Monday, February 4th by 8am

Public readings: April 6th, at 10am

Full performances: June 5-8 at 8pm, June 8 at 5pm

Living on the Edge - Emergence - Script Submission Form

2019 Inge Festival New Play Lab

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The New Play Lab at the annual William Inge Theater Festival is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College.

The 4th Annual New Play Lab seeks to connect 20 playwrights with the national theater community through during the 38th Annual William Inge Theater Festival,  May 22-25, 2019.

Selected playwrights receive a professional public staged reading of their play, feedback from national theater artists on their script, exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights, and full access to all private and public festival events.

This year the festival will honor playwright Octavio Solis with the 2019 Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award.

Interested playwrights are invited to submit a 10 minute or one-act play (no more than 30 minutes, no more than four actors) to be included in the New Play Lab.

The playwrights receive:

  • A professional staged reading of their play with an audience
  • Feedback on their play facilitated by national theater professionals 
  • Exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights (including festival honoree Octavio Solis and a Dramatist Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright)
  • Opportunities to meet with theater professionals from across the country
  • VIP passes to all festival events

Applications are due by midnight on Nov. 22, 2018, with notification by Jan. 18, 2019.

The submitted plays will be blind reviewed (the playwright’s name will not be revealed) by a panel of national theater professionals.


Submit a play

  • Playwrights may submit either a 10-minute play or one act play, no more than 30 minutes read-time - not page count. (Plays that are longer than 30 minutes will be disqualified).
  • Plays should require no more than 4 actors. The play may be designed to have actors play multiple roles. If that is the case, doubling must be indicated in the character list.
  • Plays must be submitted in a PDF format.
  • Plays may not include the author’s name or contact information anywhere on the script
  • Playwrights may only submit one play per festival. 


Playwrights are required to attend the festival. If you cannot attend, you are ineligible to apply.
Each playwright is required to attend the Playwright Masterclass with honoree Octavio Solis and the masterclass with the Dramatists Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright. The Masterclasses will take place on Thursday and Friday mornings May 23 and 24.

Each playwright is required to attend the reading of their play during the Play Lab. The Play Lab readings will take place on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24.

More details will be sent out to those accepted.

Travel, transportation, and lodging.

Playwrights who are chosen are required to attend the festival in-person starting Thursday morning, May 23rd through Saturday evening, May 25.

Each playwright is responsible for their own travel, transportation, and lodging needs. Subsidized housing on-campus at Independence Community College is available upon request. (Complementary transportation to and from the Tulsa Airport is available upon prior arrangement.)

Conference Fees.

Conference fee is $175 and includes a number of VIP events that are not open to the general audience. Playwrights are responsible for their own conference registration fees.


Professional Public Reading Playwrights will receive a professional public reading of their play, as well as feedback from national theater artists.

Exclusive Seminars and Masterclass The Play Lab Playwrights receive at least two exclusive opportunities to take masterclasses from a master playwright, including a masterclass with the 38th William Inge Festival Honoree Octavio Solis.

Festival Celebration Play Lab Playwrights will have full access to four days of all public and private festival events, including the 2019 award and tribute to the honoree, the other play lab readings, productions, social events, workshops, panels, and much more.

Application Guidelines

All applications must be submitted online: https://kansascaic.submittable.com/submit/96278/new-play-lab

All scripts must be submitted in PDF format.

Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address -- or it will be disqualified.

Give your script file the name 2019 + TITLE (for instance, 2018 Bus Stop.pdf).

The script length should be no longer than 30 minutes of stage time and require a maximum of 4 actors.

Applicants must enter a short synopsis of their play as it might appear in the Play Lab program. (Maximum 100 words.)

Applicants must also enter a summary of how they think their play would benefit from a Play Lab reading and panel response. (Maximum 200 words).

If you have any questions about the residency, feel free to email program coordinators directly: playsubmissions@ingecenter.org  

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