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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Center for Creative & Performing Arts at Guilford Technical Community College seeks full-length plays

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The Center for Creative & Performing Arts at Guilford Technical Community College is thrilled to announce a call for unproduced full-length plays.

GTCC is piloting a new work initiative for the 2019/2020 academic school year, and the selected play would be the first produced as part of this new direction for the theatre program.

Each play submitted will be read by a committee and the committee will determine which play to produce based on the needs of the program.

GTCC is offering to produce the winning play in the fall of 2019. The selected play will be performed three times over one weekend (to be determined) in our 80-seat studio theatre. In addition to the production, the playwright who writes the winning play will receive a $500 prize.

There is no fee to submit. We are considering full-length plays with a run time between 1 and 2 1/2 hours. Submitted plays should not have had any previous productions (either amateur or professional), and we are looking for cast sizes of 2 to 10 performers.

For full consideration, please submit the following two documents as one PDF:
  • A title page that includes contact information (name, phone and email) for the playwright and a one or two paragraph synopsis of the play
  • The full play script

Please submit your materials no later than midnight on Feb. 15, 2019 to: gtccplaycontest@gmail.com

The playwright who writes the winning play will be notified by May 1, 2019. If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact Dr. George McConnell at gtccplaycontest@gmail.com.

Thank you and we are excited to read your work!

City Theatre of Independence Playwright Festival 2019

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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED- Limit reached as of 2/2/2019

Eight plays shall be selected for production in August 2019.

Guidelines for submission:All submissions must be original, unpublished, one act plays of between 10 and 15 minutes in length. No submission fee required.

Submissions must be received by email between February 1, 2019 12:00 AM and February 10, 2019 11:59 PM.

The first 75 qualifying submissions will be accepted. After this quota of 75 scripts has been received, no additional submissions will be accepted.

Any script selected for production will be presented in its originally submitted form. No post-submission changes will be allowed.

Any submissions not adhering to the following shall be eliminated from consideration.

Subject & Content:

1. Scripts shall contain at least two and not more than five characters.

2. Subject matter of the story must be Survival.

3. The stage will be bare, with no walls, doors, or floor coverings, no breakable props, minimal furniture.

Additional information and guidelines:

1. All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format to: playwrightsubmissionscti@gmail.com

Two copies of script must be submitted One should be Blind (no author information)

2. Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.

3. Scripts must include:

a. A separate cover page with the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and a short biography of the playwright.

b. A cast of characters with descriptions

c. A brief synopsis

d. Numbered pages

4. Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.

5. Playwrights will be notified by May 15, 2019, if their play has been selected for production.

6. Plays selected for production will be listed on our website, www.citytheatreofindependence.org

7. All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

8. City Theatre of Independence shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.

9. Production will be at the discretion of City Theatre of Independence.

10. Only stage plays will be considered. Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.

11. All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not presented or produced prior to June 1, 2019.

12. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.

13. Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.

14. Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.

15. Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent or obscene scripts.

Please Direct Questions to playwrightfest@citytheatreofindependence.org

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

NYCPlaywrights Podcast: Rants & Raves

Check out the latest episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast on the theme of Rants & Raves

In this episode we:
  • hear 17-year-old Judy Garland sing "I'm Just Wild About Harry"
  • listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda at the White House in 2009 tell the skeptical crowd about his crazy idea for a hip hop musical about Alexander Hamilton 
  • discuss what makes a good 10-minute play
  • hear the monologues selected from the "Rants & Raves" call for submissions - they are all rants
  • pay tribute to Carol Channing

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

Monday, January 28, 2019

Laughing Pig Theatre is seeking monologues

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Laughing Pig Theatre is seeking WRITERS and STORYTELLERS to write a personal monologue or story about feelings of “embarrassment.” We are seeking diverse storytellers willing to submit personal pieces that illustrate the full range of emotions part and parcel to the experience: humor, tragedy, everything in between. The only guideline is that it must be your original work. Length and exact theme is up to the writer as long as it is inspired by “embarrassment.”

The submission deadline is February 2nd at 11:59pm. 

Our team will select the final pieces that represent the theme. Selected monologues will be performed in our Monologue Cafe on March 22th, 23rd, 29th, & 30th. This event will be public, and video and audio recording is okay. As part of your submission, you give Laughing Pig Theatre the rights to utilize audio, video, and still images from the Monologue Cafe for professional purposes. You will retain all rights to your work. For future reproductions by Laughing Pig Theatre we will request your permission.

Should we select your piece, you will get a digital copy of the performance and a performance as a thank you. You are also welcome to perform your own piece but because of the sensitive nature of what we are asking, we do not require that you read your own work. We will have performers standing by to bring your words to life. If you choose to perform your monologue, you must be available and memorized on March 18th- 21st (7:30pm-10pm) for dress rehearsals and performances March 22nd, 23rd, 29th, & 30th (6:30pm-10pm).

Please contact us at laughing.pig.theatre@gmail.com with questions. Thank you so much! We look forward to reading your story!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Renegade NOW 2019 Now Accepting Submissions

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The Renegade Theatre Festival, held in Lansing, Michigan, is seeking new plays for our annual festival held in August. Going into its 14th year in the festival-rich Old Town district, Renegade is a free, completely volunteer festival that gives theaters and independent producer/writer/directors an opportunity to present works that they might not normally stage. This summer marks the tenth year of the festival featuring new, original works – Renegade N.O.W.!

Selected plays will be seen by as many as 2,000 festival goers as well as professional, community and educational theatre representatives. In previous years, the festival has included a variety of performances by local and mid-Michigan theatres and artists. This year, we are focusing all of our energies on new plays! We hope to foster and build this festival in celebration of playwrights and new work. We’re very excited for this next stage in growing our festival.

Renegade is now accepting plays in two separate categories. We will be accepting new, original works that meet the following guidelines:

New Plays #1:
  • Plays should be no longer than 60 minutes in length. (1 page = 1 minute)
  • May have been produced as a staged reading or in workshop, but not as a fully produced production.
  • Can be any style/genre.

New Plays #2:
  • Plays written on the theme: Breaking Down Barriers
  • Are not longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • Have a cast of no more than three characters.
  • May have been produced as a staged reading or in workshop, but not as a fully produced production.
  • Can be any style/genre.
  • Can be fully produced using minimal setting/props/costumes.
The deadline for new play submissions is February 1, 2019.  We will only be accepting 250 plays this year. Once that number of submissions has been reached, a notice will be posted on this website.

Plays should be sent electronically to Paige Tufford at: ptufford35@gmail.com.  All scripts should be submitted electronically. Only under certain circumstances will hard copies of scripts be accepted through the mail. Please feel free to email Paige with any questions at the above email address.

Please include your name, address, phone and email address with your submission. Playwrights should also include a brief synopsis of their play that can be used in promotional material as well as a short bio. Playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by early spring 2019.

We look forward to reading your new play!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Next Act! seeks full-length plays

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Next Act!, now in its eighth year, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) commitment to the development of new work. At the same time, the weekend-long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. Next Act! New Play Summit 8 will take place June 7-10, 2019 and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

theREP is looking for scripts that use theatre to address injustices, inequities, and cultural collisions, providing a voice for the unheard on stage, in the workplace, the Capital Region and beyond. Scripts that engage art and social justice.
  • Accepting full length plays only.
  • (No Musicals.)
  • Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.
  • Comedy and Drama welcome!


Eligible plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)

Plays previously submitted to Next Act will not be considered.

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Time Frame: January 1 – January 31, 2019
Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Monday, January 31, 2019


Playwrights should submit all materials in one document, either a Microsoft Word document or a PDF file, via email attachment. This document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; the character descriptions and the first 10 pages (and only the first ten pages) of their play. Submission documents must be void of playwright’s name and contact information.

Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines stipulated will not be accepted.

Email your submission to nextact@capitalrep.org with 2019 SUBMISSION in the subject line. (There is a spam filter on this email account to protect it from hackers – it is called spamarrest. First time users please prove that you are human by following the link to ensure your submissions delivery.

A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.

Electronic submissions only.


Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified in May 2019

Four plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual summit, which will take place June 7-10, 2019.

Teatru Manoel Education Programme seeks one-act plays

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Happy New Year one and all. We are looking for four new short plays to perform for the first time here in Malta.

Are you a writer with a play you want to see realised?

Want your work performed on an international platform?

Toi Toi, Teatru Manoel’s Education Programme are looking for four new, previously unperformed one act plays which will come together under the umbrella title Breaking the Rules

Submissions are open and playwrights are invited to interpret the umbrella title in any way they wish as Toi Toi develop a brand new platform created to showcase emerging and established theatrical talent both at home and abroad.

See your work staged by passionate up and coming professional theatre-makers, all of whom have worked with the Teatru Manoel Main Stage Crew, mounting theatre productions in one of Europe’s oldest working theatres.


Pieces can be of any genre: comedy, drama, contemporary, period, but must take the form of a theatrical script with dialogue.

Across the four pieces we are looking at casting around twenty young performers
Characters within the piece can be of any gender but must be aged 15 – 30 years

Pieces must be complete as we will not be offering a writers-workshop or re-write period.

Pieces must be between 20 - 25 minutes long.

Keep things technically minimal but feel free to set the piece in any period.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 01 February 2019

The successful submissions will be staged in June 2019 in the Teatru Manoel Studio Theatre.

Submissions in Word Doc format only to Ian Moore (TMYT Director) at ianmoore@live.co.uk

Fishamble submission guidelines

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Submitting a Play to Fishamble

Fishamble offers dramaturgical support and advice to new and developing playwrights. We welcome manuscript submissions of new, original dramatic work and appreciate the time, effort and the act of creation that goes into writing a play.
Guidelines for submitting a play

  • Fishamble does not accept scripts by email. Please send script submissions in hard copy only
  • Fishamble is a new play company, therefore we will only consider plays that have not previously been produced
  • Scripts should be bound – stapled/clipped – and all pages must be numbered
  • Please include contact details on title page
  • Fishamble does not offer a full play response service but if requested, will provide a brief set of comments on the work
  • Fishamble encourages the submission of work which is of particular interest to Irish audiences
  • Writers should limit themselves to sending Fishamble no more than one script in the calendar year
  • Scripts will not be returned unless a SAE is enclosed

Scripts will be acknowledged, read and responded to within a 3 – 6 month period.
Please send scripts to

Gavin Kostick
Literary Officer
Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1

For further queries on Fishamble’s dramaturgical support, please email Gavin at gavin@fishamble.com or call 016704018.

Royal Court submission guidelines

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The Literary Office is dedicated to finding exciting new plays that ask bold questions about the way we live now. We receive over 3000 unsolicited scripts a year from emerging and established playwrights, all of which are assessed and considered for development or production at the Royal Court.

If you are a writer and would like to send us a script for consideration, then the Literary Office is your first port of call. The Royal Court programmes original plays that investigate the problems and possibilities of our time. Occasionally, we also present revivals. We are looking for outstanding plays which are formally or thematically original and are unlikely to be produced elsewhere.

Before you submit a script to us, we suggest you familiarise yourself with the Royal Court; come and see the plays being produced in our Upstairs and Downstairs spaces, and look at the archive and reviews of recent productions. This should give you a better feel for what we are looking for.

We do not accept one act plays or multiple submissions.

Please do not send us screenplays, novels, collections of poems or radio plays as the Royal Court does not programme adaptations from other forms. We will not read historical or biographical plays and we are unlikely to programme new musicals unless these have been commissioned by us. Unfortunately, we cannot consider resubmissions or new drafts of plays we have read and responded to, unless we have specifically requested a new draft.

Please send scripts in hard copy (double-sided if possible with contact details on the first page only), with a brief synopsis and covering letter describing any previous playwriting experience, to: The Literary Office, Royal Court, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS. Unfortunately, we cannot accept scripts by email.

Scripts sent without return postage will be recycled. We are unable to return scripts sent internationally so please do not send International Postage Coupons. Please use recyclable envelopes when submitting scripts to us.

All English language scripts submitted to the theatre are booked in and distributed to readers, as appropriate, from the Literary Office. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your script, generally by email. This can take up to three weeks depending on the current quantity of submissions. The scripts are then read by a team of professional playwrights and directors, the senior in-house readers and/or the Literary Manager.

The reader’s report forms the basis of a recommendation to the Literary Manager and, where appropriate, may lead to consideration of the script by the senior Artistic Team at our weekly script meeting and/or additional support for play development through workshops, attachments or readings.

We read all scripts sent to us and will contact you to let you know whether or not we wish to proceed with the development of your play. We receive a large number of scripts through this submissions process; we aim to let you know the outcome of our reading within three to four months of acknowledging receipt but it can take us longer than this to fully consider plays.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide critical feedback or enter into correspondence with playwrights whose work is felt to be unsuitable for further development or production at the Royal Court. However, where appropriate, we strive to secure the interest of other theatres and producers in plays we consider to be of particular merit, but which are not suitable for our own programme.


Chris Campbell Literary Manager
Ellie Horne Literary Assistant

For further enquiries please contact literary@royalcourttheatre.com or 020 7565 5050.

How we store your data
All details related to your submission are stored securely on our server and will not be shared with third parties. Scripts sent without return postage will be recycled; the covering letter and pages containing personal details will be shredded as confidential waste.

Friday, January 25, 2019

ESPAfest 2019 - FREE theater events

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) is thrilled to announce ESPAfest 2019
Join us for a week of FREE writing and acting workshops, master classes, and performances.

All events are free and open to the public.

RSVP to attend.

SOLO TRAIN: An evening of solo performances
Monday, February 4
5:00pm Doors / 6:00pm Performance at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
Hosted by Judy Gold (Actor/Co-writer, The Judy Show at DR2 Theatre)

Tuesday, February 5
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Free Refining Your Audition Workshop with with Mary Bacon (Actor, Arcadia on Broadway, The Roads to Home at Primary Stages) & Matthew Sullivan (Owner and Manager, Sullivan Talent Group)
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Free Alexander Technique Workshop with Karen Braga (Acting Faculty, NYU Tisch)
6:00pm – 7:00pm: ESPAfest Mixer!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Free Writing Workshop

Wednesday, February 6
4:00pm – 5:00pm
with Geoffrey Owens (Actor, Romeo and Juliet on Broadway, Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots”)

Thursday, February 7
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Personalized feedback for actors, writers, and directors
with Erin Daley (Artistic Associate, Primary Stages) & Amy Harris (Director of Education & Engagement, Primary Stages)

See the full listing of events and RSVP: www.primarystages.org/espa/our-community/espafest

ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x220 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SOUND BITES 6.0 seeks 10-minute musicals

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  • Theatre Now New York (TNNY) will ONLY be accepting online submissions.
  • The submissions will be accepted beginning  SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 until FEBRUARY 1, 2019 at Midnight -- Any request for an extension must be received before the February deadline at soundbites@tnny.org and approval is not guaranteed.
  • There are NO FEES to submit and NO participation FEES if your show is accepted.
  • Please feel free to contact us at soundbites@tnny.org with any questions.
  • There is no limit to the number of musicals that an individual may submit, but each musical must be submitted separately.
  • Scripts must be submitted in Word or PDF format and must have a cover page with the project name, names of all members of the creative team and contact information of one primary contact person. Music file(s) of song(s) should be uploaded at the time of submission. Please also upload bios of all creative team members and a production history of the piece submitted, if any.  Finally, a letter from a theatre professional recommending your work must also accompany your submission.
  • Ten finalists will be chosen to present their musicals.
  • Each entry must be no more than 10 minutes.  It can be either a stand-alone musical or an excerpt from a larger full-scale musical or another performance piece that includes music.  If it is an excerpt, the excerpt is strongly encouraged to have a beginning, middle, and end and able to stand on its own.
  • The top ten finalists will need to be hands-on responsible for producing their own musical with the TNNY staff regardless of whether they live in NYC or not. 
  • Each musical finalist will be responsible for direction and casting of their own piece.  TNNY will help in casting and securing a director, if needed.
  • TNNY will work with you on your production helping you throughout the process. TNNY will provide up to 20 hours of rehearsal time 2 weeks prior to SOUND BITES.  Any additional or prior rehearsals needed will be your responsibility.  TNNY will provide the venue and will run the final rehearsal run-thru of all the pieces and the tech rehearsal on the day of the performance.  TNNY will also provide assorted stage cubes, stage chairs and electric keyboard. Your team, your director, and cast will be responsible for costuming & providing props and any simple scenic elements needed for your show. Your team is responsible for any and all expenses not provided by TNNY as listed here.
  • All actors, dancers, and singers must be off-book.
  • TNNY handles publicity, promotion and ticket sales.
  • Performance dates will be in the SPRING of 2019.  Based on venue availability we expect the performance date to be a Monday evening in late May 2019, subject to change.
  • If you have other questions please look at our F.A.Q. page first.  Please submit any other specific questions not covered to soundbites@tnny.org.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Bridge Award

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AITAF is thrilled to announce that Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Tony Kushner will be the Final Selecting Judge for the 2019 Bridge Award!

Submissions opened on December 1st 2018 and will close on February 1st 2019.

The Bridge Award was established in honor of our tenth anniversary with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize, and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work.

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


  • Author must currently serve or have served in the United States military. All selected finalists will be required to provide proof of service.
  • All submissions must be full-length, completed plays.
  • Musicals, screenplays, or one-act plays are ineligible.
  • All submissions must be unpublished.
  • The submitted play may not have received a professional, reviewed production.
  • The submitted play may address any subject matter or theme; military settings or content are not given any extra consideration.
  • Each author may submit one play per year; multiple submissions are not allowed.
  • Once a play has been submitted, no further revisions or new drafts may be entered.
  • Plays with a producer, producing organization or theater attached are not eligible.
  • Submission Guidelines
  • Submissions will be accepted December 1st 2018 through February 1st 2019.
  • Please submit your play in PDF form with the title: Title of Play.pdf
  • Please include a brief accompanying statement, including a description of your service (dates, military branch, foreign countries served in, if applicable.) This description may be 250 words or fewer.
  • Only finalists will be notified of their status.
  • When the winning playwright is named, finalists will also be announced.

CONTACT US: If you have any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Competition, please contact Host through the “Contact Us” page on Host’s website, https://aitaf.org/contact/, or by mail at 220 36th Street, B520, Unit 21, Brooklyn, NY 11232.

WINNERS’ NAMES: The Winner will be posted to the AITAF website, aitaf.org, on or about May 1, 2019 and available until approximately June 1, 2019.

Global Female Voices and Global Female Arab Voices

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Global Female Voices and Global Female Arab Voices will premiere excerpts of new plays in translation and from the wider English-speaking world.

We are welcoming submissions from all female-identifying playwrights that are based (or previously resided) outside of the UK, or who are part of the international community. We are particularly interested in reading submissions from playwrights from Arab countries and the Arab diaspora.

The performances of rehearsed readings will be taking place on the following dates:
- Global Female Voices, Arcola Theatre: Saturday 23rd February 2019
- Global Female Arab Voices, Rich Mix: Saturday 9th March 2019 (part of the Arab Women Artists Now festival)

We are looking for plays from contexts beyond the Western world; exploring issues and settings that audiences might not otherwise see in London theatres.

Playwrights should be based outside of the UK.

Plays can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters; and must be in, or translated into, English.

If you are submitting a play that has been translated and if the play or translation is still under copyright, you must ensure that both the playwright and the translator (or the relevant rights-holders) give their authorisation for the translation to be submitted and to participate.

Global Female Voices - 12 noon, 24th January 2019
Global Female Arab Voices - 12 noon, 31st January 2019


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Manhattan Rep's Under 15 Short Play Contest

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Seeking fully produced short one act plays  (cast, directed and ready to be performed) 7 minutes to 15 minutes in length for MANHATTAN REP'S
March 1  - March 23, 2019
at Manhattan Rep, 17-19 West 45th St. NYC




(And an additional 3 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS.)

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

To submit your one act play production please email:

The complete play in .pdf file format,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the running time of the play,
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:


by February 18, 2019

Please put “UNDER 15 PLAY CONTEST” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a week 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 February 18, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.


Each play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances, with THREE more performances if the play moves on to the finals.

Once accepted, there will be a $105.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

For more information, logo on to https://manhattanrep.com/


Follows is an overview of how the competition will be run and what will be expected from each creative team participating.

There will be 5 performance series with 6 plays in each series so we are only accepting 30 plays.

Each performance series will consist of 6 play productions in each series. The 1 play from each performance series that scores the highest will go on to the Finals on Thursday March 21 , Friday March 22 and Saturday March 23 at 6:30 pm  So there will be six plays in the Finals. The one play production that scores the highest for the three Finals performances will win the $500 prize which is awarded that night.

The voting here is done by audience ballot where each play production in a performance series is rated from 6 to 1 in order of preference with no duplicates - 6 being the best. The voting is crowd-sourced in a way that prevents the play with the most friends from ALWAYS winning. We like that. It still helps to invite friends but bringing the most friends does not guarantee entrance into the finals. A great play production will!!

Another one of the things that we do that we feel is very important is that we organize and run the tech for the show so that in each performance series of 6 plays everything flows smoothly creating a professional show. We supply a technician and we run all the tech. All the scene changes between shows are orchestrated so that they are 60 seconds or less, so that the audience does not have to go crazy waiting as actors set the set for 10 minutes or more, like in other competitions in town. We create a slick professional show so that all the shows in each performance series can showcase their work in a professional context.

Lastly, we orchestrate the performance times at this competition so that there is MEET and GREET time after your performance, so you are not RUN right out of the theatre which occurs all the time at festivals throughout New York and, yes, this is super important to us too... we keep our theatre, our dressing room and bathroom super CLEAN for audience and actors alike. It is part of our mission to keep our space clean for the artists who are working here. (Some theatres in NYC are downright scary for they have never been dusted in years!)

Over 15,000 theatre artists have shared their craft at Manhattan Rep since September 2005.

Come have some fun with us this March.

With best regards,

Ken Wolf
Artistic Director
Manhattan Repertory Theatre

17th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts,

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Submissions OPEN for the 2019 Main-Stage Festival
The 17th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 8 through 21 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share! We provide:

ADA and AEA approved performance venues
AEA approved venue insurance
Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
Deadline:  Tuesday, January 29th.
Late Submission Deadline:  ($35 Late Reading Donation due) Monday, February 25th. (NO Fee if you are on NY Medicaid)

Click on the APPLY button to go to the full Application Form. Please download a study copy so you can later complete the form in one online session (required).

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Theatre of Western Springs (IL) Directors’ Workshop Program One-Act New Plays Workshop 2019

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Anyone interested in submitting a script for consideration should follow these One Act
Play Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline: January 21, 2019

Notification of Selected Plays: June, 2019 (earlier if possible)

Entry Fee: None
  • Plays must not have been previously produced or published.
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a lager work or work-in-progress.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read. The document should contain no identifying information about the author on any page except the one title page, which will not be revealed until the plays are selected.
  • Plays should run no more than 40 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • Please include play’s development history as a separate document. e.g. had a staged reading at Chicago Dramatist. If none, not necessary.
  • Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.
  • Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/technical support for a 117-seat black box theater.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay). Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, TWS shall be named as “first
  • produced”
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted in August 2019 at The Theatre of Western Springs with at least three performances.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.
  • Playwrights are requested to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance.

Submission process:
You may mail your submission to:
2019 New Plays Workshop Submission
The Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
Email submissions:
Any Questions should be directed to: TWSnewplaysworkshop@gmail.com
Please do not call TWS.

For direct submissions, please email the two files to:
DW@theatrewesternsprings.com with “2019 NEW PLAYS SUBMISSION” in
the subject heading.

Vulcan Theatre Company seeks plays

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We are excited to announce we are starting 2019 off right by accepting new one-act play scripts for our 2nd installment of our fully staged Forge Nights.

Have a new play you want to see on its feet? All you need is a script and a $30 participation fee to help us cover the cost of the one night performance space.

We'll take care of casting, finding directors, and rehearsing the plays. Just bring us your scripts and we'll see you on opening night!

To be considered, please send scripts along with a short synopsis and character breakdown to vulcantheatre@gmail.com.

All scripts must be 20 pages or less to be considered. Deadline for submissions is January 25th. Accepted playwrights will be notified by January 31st.

Interested in directing or auditioning for one of the shows? Be sure to shoot us an email or message us to let us know.

Happy New Year from all of us at Vulcan Theatre Company. Here's to all the great work to come in 2019!

Vines Art Festival

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Vines Art Festival takes place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples in Vancouver Canada.

Are you passionate about social justice, environmental justice? Are you interested in creating in the outdoors this summer? Do you want to experience perform or create an installation in nature? With a growing community? If so we want to hear from you! Apply to present or create a work for Vines Art Festival 2019.

Vines is inviting artists of all disciplines interested in creating outdoor site-specific works at Trout Lake and other local parks to apply. Performers and visual artists will be given the opportunity to select a specific “earth-stage”. Collaboration is encouraged; applicants can choose to submit new material, as well as pre-existing works that they wish to present within the framework of Vines. Interactive art that allows audience participation is also recommended to connect the art with the community. We love experimental work and both durational and shorter pieces are accepted. In other words—we are very open! The only stipulation is the theme of work should be connected to the earth, community and/or systemic change. We value the intersectionality of social issues with environmental issues, as humans are a part of, not separate from nature, we invite you to explore what that means to your body.

January 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST


February 28, 2019

Honorarium, project dependent

August 7-18, 2019 (main event on August 17)

Trout Lake Park (South end), Vanier Park, Crab Park, Stanley Park, Kits Beach, Strathcona Park, Pandora Park

Art reveals the emotive tissues connecting science, data and policy to humankind, welcoming people to connect to a story or idea. There are many campaigns and strategies that could use your voice.
The following are local environmental campaigns that we you may consider when creating a new work:

Friday, January 18, 2019

NYCPlaywrights Podcast seeks 10-minute romantic comedies

The theme for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast is "romantic comedy."
  • The play must be romantic in the sense of romantic love - not only sex.
  • The play doesn't have to be uproariously funny to be a romantic comedy but must have a happy ending - or at least not a downbeat or cynical ending.
  • Romantic comedies involving couples who are not heterosexual are welcome.
  • The Podcast pays actors for their performances - having many characters will count against your play due to the expense. And 10-minute plays usually work best with fewer characters.
These are the submission rules:
  • The deadline is Sunday, January 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There is no fee for submission 
  • The script must be a romantic comedy.
  • The play can be no longer than ten pages (not counting title, list of characters etc.)
  • 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 play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English - non English phrases or words are fine but please include English translation.
  • It's OK if the play has been produced before. But not published.
  • The NYCPlaywrights decision is final.
  • We will notify submitters of the decision and announce the winning play on the NYCPlaywrights Podcast web site by Sunday February 3, 2018.
  • A recording of the selected play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.

We did a staged readings of eight romantic comedies in 2015 for a previous "Take Back the Rom Com" - you can see the web page for that here.

We recommend you listen to a podcast episode before submitting - especially to the segment in the "Rants and Raves" podcast where we talk about what makes a ten-minute play good.

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

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays

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Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2019 as part of our 18th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE LIBRARY.

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


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

All entrants must complete and submit

Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

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

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


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

2019 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES: June 6,7,8 | 13,14,15,16 | 20,21,22,23 | 27,28,29 – 2019 

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