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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship

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The 2019 fellowship is now open for applications. Interviews will be held in the second week of February 2019.

IASH and the Traverse Theatre will commission a play on or inspired by any aspect of the Institute’s current interests. The stipend will be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute’s events, including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the tenure of the Fellowship.  During the period of the fellowship the playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse’s Literary Department. The recipient must be Edinburgh-based for the duration of the residency, as their regular presence at IASH is expected and they will be encouraged to play a part in the artistic life of the theatre.

The tenure of the Fellowship will be between 6 and 10 months, by agreement, with the intention that the playwright will submit a complete play to the Traverse at the end of 2019.

The ideal candidate will be a writer who wants to engage actively with the Traverse and is eager to make the most of the unique environment that IASH provides to further their thinking and develop their work. You can find out more about IASH via the About page.

The application process is now open. Applications are required to be submitted by the deadline of 5pm on Thursday 31st January 2019.

We encourage ideas from writers that want to actively engage with both the Institute's interests and the Traverse Theatre's desire to entertain, excite, provoke and delight audiences alike - whether through a brilliant story, an innovative new form or use of technology, or with a striking new theatrical concept.

Please send a cover letter and CV to iash@ed.ac.uk. Interested applicants are invited to put in writing why they would like to take up this Fellowship and what they would like to explore in their commissioned play.  Applications should demonstrate an awareness of the work and ethos of the Traverse and IASH and a sense of how the writer and their work might fit into this. Applicants should have had a minimum of two professional productions of their work. Interviews will be held in the second week of February 2019 in central Edinburgh.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


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Emerging creators, theatre makers, playwrights, and artists of all disciplines are invited to fill out the submission form and send scripts or pitches for consideration for our mainstage presentation and development streams (progress showings and readings) during Nextfest 2019 (May 30- June 9, 2019).

The Nextfest Arts Company presents Nextfest: an annual arts festival dedicated to the cultivation and presentation of emerging professional artists in the disciplines of music, visual art, dance, poetry, film, theatre, and multi-disciplinary performance.

“Emerging” is defined as any artist in any discipline practicing within the first ten years of their career.

Questions, concerns, or queries about submitting? Have an idea, but not sure how to write about it? Putting together your first pitch and need some guidance? Not too sure which form your should fill out? Hit up our Festival Director Ellen Chorley at ellen@nextfest.ca and she’ll help you out!


Script Submission
Due: January 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

Fill out this submission form and submit a script to be considered for a staged reading, progress showing presentation or full production.

Please send the complete script for consideration in either a Word Document or PDF file to ellen@nextfest.ca (other formats will not be accepted.)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies/University of Mississippi Residency

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The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Mississippi, in partnership with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, seek an emerging, unpublished woman playwright (transgender inclusive) for a 20 day summer residency in Oxford, Mississippi. Participation in the residency does not require the completion of a work but is designed to provide support to advance the creation, production, and presentation of theatrical works by women writers. Our goal is to create an immersive opportunity that provides experiences, connections, and exposure for both the artist and the community to the creative process. We aim to create support for female voices in theatre and aid in the development or creation of new work that may be a play, monologue, devised performance or experimental theatrical work.

For the 20 day summer residency, we will provide a stipend of $4,000, housing, local transportation and some meals. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to take advantage of the opportunity to have immersive experiences within the Oxford community provided by the residency organizers.

Oxford and the surrounding region features cultural, culinary and music resources including Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner, the Southern Foodways Alliance, the University of Mississippi’s Blues Archives, as well as the rich, cultural communities of Clarksdale, Greenwood, Water Valley, and Holly Springs.

The Resident’s work need not reflect, be based on, or cover topics related to the South. However, the selected artist will be encouraged to utilize the resources of the Oxford community in their creative process and to foster engagement that will help build support for this residency and women playwrights.

After completion of the residency in Oxford, we expect the artist to partner (off-site) with students, faculty and community members through the following academic year. These local contributors will offer dramaturgical support in preparation for a production/presentation of the Resident’s work, in Oxford, the following summer or fall. A stipend, travel and housing will be provided for the Resident’s return to Oxford for the presentation of the work.

There is no fee for application. The deadline for submitting an application is March 1, 2019.

Please send:
Resume or CV with a list of references.

Writing sample, does not need to be a completed work but should be appropriate for theatrical presentation, sample may take the form of an outline, a scene, character study, treatment, concept, etc., whatever you feel best represents you as a artist.

A letter of application in which you tell us about yourself, your artistic goals in general and for this residency, and why you would like to spend time in Oxford.

Please submit any questions and your application to:


Rhona Justice-Malloy
Professor of Theatre Arts
Department of Theatre and Film
University of Mississippi

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Persistent & Nasty seeks scripts from women, trans-women and non-binary individuals

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Deadline: January 7, 2019

We are inviting script submissions from women, trans-women and non-binary individuals. The prompt for writers this time around is fairly broad; we are looking for scripts that explore / respond to the phrase hope for the future. Writers are invited to interpret this however they wish.


  • 15-30 minutes in length (approximately 20-30 pages).
  • The script can be written for theatre, film, TV or radio.
  • Priority will be given to scripts that explore themes of gender equality, diversity and representation. 
  • Priority will be given to scripts that have more than one female character.
  • Casting will be age, ethnicity and disability blind (unless clearly justified within the narrative)
  • If the submitted script is an excerpt from a longer piece, the excerpt should be able to stand alone and be understood.
  • Please use as close to industry standard formatting as possible. Minimum requirement is 12pt font size, double line spacing and page numbers.
  • Alongside the script itself, please provide the following:
  • a brief synopsis
  • character descriptions
  • a few words on what inspired you to write this particular piece
  • a short biography

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Twitter: @PersistentNasty

Instagram: @PersistentandNasty


Please send the above information to our script submission inbox at persistentandnasty@gmail.com

B3 Theater Festival of Shorts

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B3 Productions of Phoenix, Arizona, seeks scripts for their Second Festival of Shorts in June 2019.  These will be fully rehearsed shows.  Performance dates are June 7-16.

The audience will vote on their favorite play each night, and the winning scriptwriter will receive $50.
  • The subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental and progressive works. There should be minimal setting, prop, and costume requirements.  All genres welcome, including monologues and musicals.  (If you are submitting a musical, please also attach a link to the audio files on google drive.)
  • Entries should be 5-15 pages, including the title and cast page.
  • One entry per playwright, please.
  • Previous productions are okay.
  • International submissions are welcome, but the text must be in English.
  • Please scrub your submission of your name and personal information. Include that information in the body of your email, along with the title of the play.
  • Please put the following in the subject line of your email: Submission: Name of Play
  • The format may be docx or pdf.
  • There is no fee with this contest.
  • Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM, January 15, 2019.
  • Entries will be capped at 200. Please check our website at b3theater.com for a notice of when the cap has been reached.
  • Send submissions to: b3theater@gmail.com.  If you have any questions, you may also contact Ilana Lydia at this address.

You will hear from us regarding your submission around March 2019.
Good luck, one and all!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

FailSafe Festival 2019

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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

Babes with Blades Seeking Female, Trans or Gender Non-Conforming Playwrights

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(*New for this round)

What We’re Looking For

1. Please email your Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.


Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

a) Your cover page. INCLUDE the play’s title, playwright’s name, and full contact information (name, phone numbers, email, mailing address).

b) Your script. INCLUDE a list of characters, and the page number where the contest’s image is incorporated. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.

2. JS&P submissions are due NO LATER than midnight February 7, 2019.

3. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play in our 2020/2021 Season (dates TBD).

4. All JS&P submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

5. The moment depicted in the inspirational image must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Please include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

Please note: the models in the inspirational images are intended as prompts, to provide an emotional starting point for your reference. You are NOT required to incorporate those specific people, body types, races, ages, etc. into your script – rather, take the moment depicted and make it your own. Bear in mind that Babes With Blades Theatre Company encourages scripts that allow for a diverse world of characters onstage!

Inspirational Images for JS&P 2018-2019 Competition:


Helpful Hints:

  • If your script does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to be a good fit for us.
  • Our roots are in stage combat (Fights are the realization of high narrative stakes).
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Our venues are generally small black box spaces. So is our cashbox.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Seeing Between the Lines Dramaturgy Workshop

The dramaturg's job is to read between the lines and enhance a script with specificity and accuracy. This 1-night workshop will teach you to watch and read a play from the perspective of a dramaturg.

Instructor: Ken Cerniglia (Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group)
Wednesday, February 6
6:30pm – 9:30pm

This workshop might be for you if:
  • You would like the ability to translate what you see on stage to your own work. 
  • You are a theater artist seeking to refine your analytical skills when talking about live theater. 
  • You are a theater lover who would like a new perspective on what you see.
In this workshop you will:
  • Watch a performance of the Primary Stages production of God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler prior to the class date. (Tickets will be provided at no additional cost.) 
  • Meet with your class after viewing the production. Ken will facilitate a class discussion about the production, exploring the questions of why this play, in this place, at this time. 
  • Discuss what it means to be a dramaturg, what dramaturgical inquiry is, and how you can incorporate dramaturgical practice into your work no matter your role in a production. 
By the end of this workshop you will:
  • Have a better understanding of the role of a dramaturg and dramaturgy in any play. 
  • Be able to bring dramaturgy into your work as a writer, actor, or director. 
  • Be equipped to see any production with a more discerning eye. 
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.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's SHORT PLAY PROJECT

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Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by February 7)
21 - 40 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
February 7 - March 31, 2019
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. NYC

Each 21 - 40 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances!

To submit your 21-40 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 production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Jan. 23, 2019.

Please put “SHORT PLAY PROJECT” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a couple days, 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 Jan. 23, 2019, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.  NON-EQUITY ONLY.
We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $85 participation fee.

For more information, please log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Short Play & Musical Festival - SEX 2019

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February 7 – February 24, 2019

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY  10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.


Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

 THEME:   “SEX!”

A little bit naughty and slightly steamy but very sexy.  No one under 18 will be admitted to the performance so .....

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: December 21, 2018
Submissions close: January 5, 2019 at 11p
Play selection announced on or about; January 10th

For more festival information visit: www.shortplaynyc.com

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Articulate Theater seeks 10-minute plays

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January 31st, 2019 or 100 submissions, whichever comes first
Location: New York, New York
No Fee
Website: http://www.articulatetheatre.com/ata5-protest-art-images.html

Theme and Submission Guidelines

This installment’s plays for Articulating the Arts will be inspired by protest art. Playwrights are encouraged to compose plays in reaction to the specific images selected and shown on our webpage. Plays can be comedic, dramatic, surreal, historic, political, farce, etc. They can be pro-protest, or against it, or both. They can be contemporary or historic. We encourage you to shy away from the low hanging fruit of pummeling specific politicians. This is more about how artists use their skills to help or hinder issues in our world. Plays do not have to recreate the incident that the artwork is associated with, but there should be creative connective tissue between the artwork and the play. The strength of the connection between the image and the play will be one of the criteria used to select plays for performance.

PLEASE NOTE: Plays MUST be in reaction to one of the images on this PAGE. 

New works based on the images listed on this page.  The overarching sentiment behind this production is the art of story-telling through imagery, we are "articulating" the art of protest imagery via the art of theatre. Take the image and be inspired by it, and let it go where it leads you. The production is not about simply bashing one political party or another, it's about how protest imagry helps/hurts/impacts a protest and subsequently, the issue being protested.

Meat, please! We like plays of substance, plays with something to say. Doesn't mean it can't be comedic or silly, but a bit of heart is much appreciated.

Written with the Articulate acting ensemble in mind. The goal is to only cast from our membership, with few, if any, exceptions. This is a guideline, not a hard rule. You can view headshots and bios of the acting company on this page. Please note that writing with an actor in mind will not guarantee casting of that actor.

Play must be no more than 10 minutes long PRODUCED. Playwrights are strongly encouraged to shoot for 8 minutes written to lessen the need for cutting later in the process.
Ideally, plays will have between 2-4 characters, but this is a guideline not a restriction.
Plays should be in English, though submissions from playwrights outside of the U.S., and plays set in other lands are welcome.

Sets and costumes should be minimal.  These are the basic pieces of furniture we will use: bar, tables, chairs, bench. Plays with other furniture needs will be considered, but simple is best for all involved.
Musical scenes are welcome, but note that resources are slim for rehearsal and accompaniment.
Plays with extreme violence and/or nudity will not be considered.

Limited to one submission per playwright. Entries must be "blind" submissions. Send entries to: ArticulatePlays@gmail.com with the subject "AtA Protest Art” in the subject line.

Submissions must be sent as an attachment in PDF format only; no hard copy submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be formatted as follows:

  • Email must contain the play's title, author's name, phone number, email address, and the name of the story you were inspired by.
  • These are blind submissions: the playwright’s name cannot appear anywhere on the attached script, including the title page, header/footer areas, or within the text.
  • The first page of the script must contain the title, list of characters, name of the story you were inspired by, and basic setting information.
  • The second page will be considered the first page of the script. The other pages of the play follow.
  • Include the title and page numbers in the header of each page of the submission. - All submissions must be in a standard professional play format.

Articulate Theatre Company announces its Request for Submissions for the next iteration of its series "Articulating the Arts" (AtA). The AtA series comprises productions of new plays inspired by works from other artistic disciplines. Our first AtA event had playwrights take "one picture" and give us "A Thousand Words." The second AtA took pictures "Off the Wall" and put them on the stage; the third AtA, "Folk City Scenes," let us riff off of music; and the fourth, "Tales in Time," reconceived folk/fairy tales from around the world. You can learn more about these past productions on our website.

Given the atmosphere these days, Articulate thought now would be a good time to address the artist's role in activism with the Art of Protest. So we found some prime examples of protest images from around the world, and are sharing them with playwrights to request that they write short plays inspired by those images.

The connection between artists and social justice is a long and storied one. Artists have frequently been at the forefront of pointing out problems in society, and pushing, prodding, provoking citizens to effect change. The visual artist, whether professional image-maker or passionate protestor, creates images that stick in our collective minds, nag at our souls, and nudge us toward change. Playwrights, inspired by these images, can create plays that further the provocation – perhaps bringing the topic to the scale of the individual; perhaps magnifying it to affect people across the world.

Are you a playwright? Then we invite you to view these images, become inspired, and write the play that will further inspire our audiences. Deadline for submission is January 31st or when we reach 100 submissions - whichever comes first. Tech/Performance dates will be April 1st-April 6th. To learn more, please visit the Art of Protest page on our website at: http://www.articulatetheatre.com/ata5-protest-art-images.html

Happy New Years NYCPlaywrights ~ here's to a wonderful 2019!

Monday, December 31, 2018

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship 2018/2019 Application Guidelines

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Application Deadline: January 23, 2019 11:59 PM EST
Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional development. NYFA serves individual artists through providing financial and informational assistance across four flagship programs: Fiscal Sponsorship, NYFA Learning, Online Resources, and Awards and Grants.

For over 30 years, in partnership with New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts has awarded Artist Fellowships of $7,000 to individual originating artists living and working in New York State and/or Indian Nations located therein for unrestricted use. The Fellowship award accepts submissions in 15 different disciplines, with 5 disciplines reviewed each year on a rotating three-year cycle. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are awarded to eligible artists of all career levels regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexuality, ability/disability, financial standing, or geographic location.

NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds throughout the state at all stages of their professional careers. In 2018, NYSCA/NYFA awarded 89 Fellowships, totaling an amount of $623,000.

Award Summary
● Unrestricted $7,000 awards
● Awarded to individual originating artists, living in New York State 2+ years, 25+ years old
● NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are not project grants
● Applications are reviewed ​anonymously​ in the preliminary panel review rounds
● Peer-Reviewed panels
● Free to apply

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must meet all of the following requirements ​by the application deadline​:
  • 25 years old or older
  • Current residents of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located in New
  • York State
  • Must have maintained New York State residency, and/or residency in one of the Indian
  • Nations located therein, for at least the last two consecutive years (2017 & 2018)
  • Cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind
  • Are the originators of the work, i.e. choreographers or playwrights; ​not awarded to
  • interpretative artists such as dancers or actors
  • Did not receive a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in any discipline in the past five consecutive years; 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018
  • Cannot submit any work samples that have been previously awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship
  • Are not a NYFA employee, a member of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists' Advisory Committee, immediate family member of any of the above, or an immediate family member of a 2018-2019 panelist
  • Artists that have been awarded five NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships receive Emeritus status and are no longer eligible for the award.


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Share Your Theater Story: Larry Rinkel

L-R my three great actors from the Maplewood production: Steve Shoup (nominated for best actor), Alice Rothman-Hicks, and Jack Turell.

Thanks to Larry Rinkel for sharing his theater success and for his kind acknowledgement of NYCPlaywrights. Glad we can help!

I consult nycplaywrights.org daily for submission opportunities. My short farce "The Fable of January and May," a modern-verse adaptation of "The Merchant's Tale" from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," was originally written for a competition at UrbanStages where it was a semi-finalist. I then directed the play for Long Island City's Secret Theatre 1-Act Festival in May 2017, and later for Maplewood, NJ's ThinkFast Festival in February 2018, where it was nominated for best play. All three opps from nycplaywrights.org.

~ Larry Rinkel
If you would like to share your theater story please do - send your story - and pix if available to story@nycplaywrights.org

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Breaking Through the Box seeks one-acts/full-length plays & musicals

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Breaking Through the Box, a Bordentown, New Jersey based Non-Profit Theater Company, is looking for plays written by up-and-coming playwrights (or new work by published playwrights) for our 2019-2020 season.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm on December 31, 2018. 

The theme of the season is “The Power of Art”, and we are looking for one to two new plays/musicals to showcase. This theme could relate to art within the story of the play, or the specific art form the play is written in (Forensic Theater, Devised Theater, Theater of the Oppressed). This play will not only be produced but also have opportunities for workshopping and feedback on the script once cast and before rehearsals begin.

To Submit: You may either submit a one-act/full-length play/musical that you believe relates to this theme. The plays will be looked at by our Director of Development, Joe Piserchio, who will send the top prospects off to our Artistic Director. The playwright chosen will be contacted in late February/early March, and negotiations over the details of the process will be discussed then.

Please submit all work to  bttb.development@gmail.com

If you have any questions or comments before submitting, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Metropolitan Playhouse accepting submissions for new one-act plays

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Metropolitan Playhouse, New York's OBIE Award-winning explorer of America's Theatrical Heritage, is currently accepting submissions for new one-act plays inspired by the life and history of New York's Lower East Side.

Submissions will be evaluated by Metropolitan's artistic staff, and we will produce up to 10 of the submitted plays in June 2019, as part of our 8th Annual East Village Theater Festival.

Playwrights will receive an honorarium of $100 for their submissions.

Subject - Very Important:

Plays MUST pertain specifically, though not necessarily exclusively, to the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Please DO NOT submit plays that do not conform to this simple guideline.  We are eager not to waste your--and our--time.  Plays that do not in some way illuminate life and/or conditions in that neighborhood--past, present or future--will not be considered.  The subject or theme may well pertain to other places as well, but they must be quite specifically applicable to the East Village/Lower East Side.

As a secondary consideration, and as in prior years, preference will be given to plays that pertain to a chosen theme. For Volume 14, the theme is Perseverance as it relates to life in the East Village of today and in eras past.  (See below for more information.)

Submission Deadline:
Completed scripts must be RECEIVED, by mail or e-mail, by 5:00 pm Sunday, December 30, 2018.

By Mail:
Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009

By e-mail
PLEASE SUBMIT as ".pdf" files to EVC14@metropolitanplayhouse.org

The Festival
East Village Chronicles, Vol. 14 is the 14th seasonal festival of new plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (in all its permutations).  The selected plays may include a variety of styles and tones, unified by their being clearly related to life in the theater's neighborhood.

Metropolitan Playhouse will produce the plays on our 3/4 thrust stage in our 51 seat theater at 220 E 4th Street.

The plays will be directed by a director engaged by Metropolitan to coordinate and rehearse the entire festival.

The plays will be performed by a core company of actors, cast specifically for the festival, each of whom will most likely perform in more than one festival play.  The cast of any given play will be drawn from this core company, and therefore anyone cast must be suitable for more than one play.  Because we are forming a company, while playwrights' input is highly desired, final decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.

The Theme for 2019: Perseverance

The Chronicles plays have been connected each year in that they have focused on a certain topic, theme, or timeline.  Selecting plays that are inspired by some such organizing principle helps to give the festival shape and to enrich the experience for audience members.  (See * below for further discussion of the theme idea.)

This year, the Chronicles will be devoted to Perseverance.  We believe this theme is especially resonant within the context of our national conversation and the particular history and character of the neighborhood.  In our neighborhood, with its history of promise to newly immigrated Americans, its long defiance of the conventions of mainstream lifestyles, its tradition of political opposition, and its current rapid rise in real estate values, perseverance has always driven its residents' day to day attack on the world.

Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how a play relates to the notion of "Prosperity" is up to the playwright.

Technical Guidelines

We are seeking plays of between 10 minutes and 1.5 hours that can be played by 5 or fewer actors.
The plays may be presented with at least one other in a given evening, and as a consequence, should not require elaborate set or properties.

Performance Dates (subject to change):   June 6  - 23, 2019

Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street

Alex Roe
Artistic Director, Metropolitan Playhouse
212 995 8410

Celtic Calling Play Writing Competition

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Celtic Calling is now accepting submissions of original plays, vignettes, or one-acts, not to exceed thirty minutes, with a Celtic theme, to be performed during the weekend of the Fourth Annual Celtic Calling, March 1-3, 2019, at a location to be determined.

The deadline for submission is December 31, 2018, and the winning submission will be announced no later than January 15, 2018. A $100 stipend will be provided to the writer(s) of the winning entry.

  1. All proposals and scripts must be typewritten and emailed to CelticCallingCopperPintPlay@gmail.com by December 31, 2018, at 5:00pm. PDFs preferred. 
  2. Multiple submissions are permitted, as are collaborations between writers.
  3. The submission must be original, and the entrant must have the rights of performance and broadcast prior to submission. Celtic Calling will be granted exclusive rights of performance from the time of submission through March 31, 2019. Celtic Calling will be granted the right to permit the broadcast of the winning submissions, all or in part, in perpetuity.
  4. The play should not exceed thirty minutes. 
  5. The play must have at least two characters with speaking roles.
  6. Celtic Calling may charge for tickets to the performance, which will go to offset the costs of production of the play(s) and/or festival. 
  7. The submission must have a ‘Celtic’ theme, which is solely up to the interpretation of the reading committee.
  8. The play(s) will be selected by a committee, whose decisions are final, including the decision not to decide, should the entries not meet the requirements or other standards.  

Sandwich Arts Alliance is seeking 10-minute plays

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The Sandwich Arts Alliance is seeking new plays, especially those written by Cape playwrights.

The alliance will present a staged reading of six new, 10-minute plays on the theme “Love Gone Right or Wrong” on February 15. These readings will feature props, costumes, simple sets and audience participation.

Scripts may be submitted for consideration to manganlady@gmail.com by December 30, 2018.

Share Your Theater Story: Jennifer O'Grady

From the production of PERSEPHONE: (left) Kendell Katz and (right) Lynda Rettick

I find your site invaluable. In fact, NYCPlaywights is often the only place I look for submission calls. One of many opps I learned about on NYCPlaywrights that resulted in a reading or production is Heartland Theatre Company's 10-Miinute Play Contest. This year I submitted my play “Persephone” and it was one of eight new plays selected for Heartland’s 2018 10-Minute Play Festival. I’m very grateful to NYCPlaywrights for the generous free listings and for all your support of playwrights. Thank you! 

Thanks to Jennifer for sharing her theater story and for letting us know she has the following productions coming up for 2019:

—World premiere of EMILY’S ROOM @ Rover Dramawerks (Plano TX) 3/28-4/6
—Reading of ELLERY by The Bechdel Group @ The Tank (NYC) 4/1/19

Share Your Theater Story: Mark Rosati

Thank you Mark for sharing and for your kind words! Congratulations on your shows & readings!
NYC Playwrights is an indispensable resource for playwrights. Over the past five years, I'd say that half of my productions and staged readings resulted from NYC Playwrights, including two festivals in NYC during one month last year. So grateful to Nancy for her tireless work sharing these opportunities!
If you would like to share your theater story of any time you've gotten a production thanks to seeing an opportunity at NYCPlaywrights send us your story - and production pix if possible - to story@nycplaywrights.org

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