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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Lotus Lee Children’s Play Initiative

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The Children’s Play Initiative aims to highlight new works that inspire and engage children audience. Previously, we have showcased numerous successful productions in the cultural exchange between China and the United States which stands as the basis for the Lotus Lee Foundation. Winning entries will display a distinct understanding of the unlimited possibilities of theatre through compelling and dynamic stories with intriguing plots, fascinating characters and an informed global perspective.

Submission Rules

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

This contest is restricted to only plays written in the English language.

Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations and adaptations are not accepted.

Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Only plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in professional play format.

The Lotus Lee Foundation reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

The Lotus Lee Foundation reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and also reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

Electronic submissions for the 2019 competition must be submitted no later than 11:59PM EST on July 1, 2019. You will receive a confirmation of your successful submission within two business days.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

We will only represent material for which we can be the exclusive licensing agent for the mainland China territory.

Timeline

Submission deadline: 11:59PM, July 1, 2019 EST.

Winner announcement: September 1, 2019

Prize

The winner will be offered a licensing contract for the submitted play to be translated and produced in mainland China.

SUBMISSION FORM ONLINE

THE DENNIS & VICTORIA ROSS FOUNDATION Playwrights Program

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The Playwrights Program is an annual opportunity intended to help new and compelling full-length plays come to the attention of the greater public.

Each year DVRF selects one previously unproduced play to receive an intensive development in New York City. This period is structured in dialogue with the playwright to best accommodate their needs and artistic goals for the piece. The program culminates in presentations to invited audiences featuring producers, directors, and other industry professionals.

Program finalists will be recognized and invited to participate in our Round Table Series.

Previous plays selected for the Playwrights Program:
2018/19 - “Dirty Dirty” by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk | Directed by Sarah Krohn
2017/18 - "The Excavation of Mary Anning" by Ian August | Directed by Sammi Cannold
2016/17 - "Thirst" by C.A. Johnson | Directed by Danya Taymor
2015 - "The Third Rail" by Jacob Perkins | Directed by Mark Schneider

How to Submit
Please read the Rules and Guidelines for Submission below, and then fill out the form on the web site. For more information on opportunities to submit, please join our mailing list.

Rules and Guidelines for Submission
We are seeking full-length plays only. While there is no strict minimum for length we suggest all submissions be at least 30 pages long.

Submissions must be in English.

No play that has previously had a full, public production is eligible for selection. Submissions that have been developed previously or are/were under option must be accompanied by a brief summary of their developmental history.

Please only one submission per playwright/playwriting team.

The play must be original or based on material which the author previously was afforded the rights to.

Playwrights must be residents of the United States and at least 18 years of age.

This program is intended only for playwrights who will be able to attend at least a 1-2 week-long workshop and presentation in New York City in March/April of 2020. DVRF will do its best to schedule according to the selected playwright's availability. The selected playwright must be prepared to bear any lodging and travel expenses incurred while participating in the program. Please note we cannot compensate for time taken off from work.

Submissions are due Monday, June 24th at 11:59PM.

NEWvember Dublin Festival 2019

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We are now pleased to invite submissions of new plays for the 2019 NEWvember Dublin festival:

CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS

  • submitted plays should be previously unproduced (we will consider plays that have had readings before but are still in development)
  • plays should have a cast size of 2-8
  • plays should have a running time of 30 to 120 minutes
  • we will only accept one submission per writer each year
  • we are interested in plays from playwrights based in Ireland, and Irish playwrights around the world
  • we ask that the writers of the chosen plays attend the reading of their play towards its further development and to be present for a post-reading Q&A with the audience
  • there is no fee for submissions
  • while we are open to all styles and subjects, we do have a preference for narrative and character-driven stories. Plays will be selected based on their originality, range, production potential, narrative quality and emotional resonance


PROCESS OF SUBMISSION:

You will be asked to include:
your play as a PDF (without the writer’s name, email or other identifying marks on any page throughout the script – to aid our blind reading process). The script should include a character list. Please ensure the file name of your play matches the name of the play e.g. theweir.pdf
Within the form, you will be asked to include your name, play title and contact details (location, email and phone), which will be kept in a database unseen by the reading panel.

SUBMISSION DATES:

The window for submissions opens Monday June 3rd 2019.
The closing date for submissions is Friday June 28th 2019 (12 midnight GMT).
Please note that these criteria will be applied strictly and any submissions made after the closing date or not following the submission guidelines will not be considered. In addition, our festival’s reading panel will not be able to provide feedback on specific plays or on the status of your application.

The writers of the plays that have been shortlisted will be contacted in September and will be asked to send any updated version of their play, as this will be the final version considered and the version read at the festival if chosen.

The invited plays will be announced in October.

CASTING: Please note – the chosen plays will be read by an ensemble of actors, each performing roles in multiple plays in the festival. While we will endeavor to provide the best match of cast for each play that is read, in terms of characters’ listed ages/ethnicities, we also need to form an ensemble to best cover the entire range of the festival’s program. We appreciate our playwrights’ understanding of our ensemble-based casting.

NEWvember 2019 Submission Form Online

New Masculinities Festival seeks proposals

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At the New Masculinities Festival, we examine the impact of expectations of masculinity on people's lives and imagine new possibilities for gender expression. We use the power of theatre, dance, poetry, spoken word, performance art, and dialogue to challenge thinking and transport participants to new worlds and perspectives.

We are seeking performances of all kinds that passionately and curiously investigate how expectations of masculinity impact people’s lives, both positively and negatively, overtly and unexpectedly. We seek pieces that have the potential to challenge audience members to experience the world and, in some cases the word masculinity, in a new way.

The festival is open to people of all gender and sexual identities. We strongly encourage proposals from people traditionally underrepresented on stage: People of color, young people, seniors, HIV positive people, disabled people, trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual people—come on out!

Applicants must have a clear vision for their piece and are strongly encouraged to submit a link to a video recording. Follow the link below to get started.

ONLINE FORM

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Green Stories seeks stage plays on building a sustainable society

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This competition is free to enter. There will be prizes and routes to production.

We are looking for Stage Plays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. If you’d prefer to create your story in a different format, click here. We will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.

Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories by clicking here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story (found in the menu on the homepage. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.

The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, could be set in a society that replaces ownership with borrowing and the heroine goes to a clothes library to pick up a posh dress and borrow jewellery for her big date; or the hero in a crime drama could use a carbon credit card and hear the news in the background reporting on the wellbeing index instead of GDP; or the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste.

Our short story competition (deadline April 2018) has resulted in an anthology of the 20 best stories called ‘Resurrection Trust’  which will be published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.

Stage Play Guidelines

Deadline: 30th June 2019

Length: min 1 hour 15 minutes max 2 hours (typically 60-80 pages)

Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission.

Staging of winning play: Live Your Values production company have said they will read all top-rated scripts with a view to putting on a production in 2020 with a community based theatre group.

Full Guidelines

Plays

  • The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
  • Green Stories competitions aim to increase positive views of the future. All plays must contain ideas that solve the environmental, social or economic challenges our world faces today; or be in a world that has moved past environmental damage and extreme economic inequality.
  • Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of 70  – 120 minutes. (full length)
  • By entering the competition, the writer affirms that their entry is original, and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.
  • The authors name and contact details must be removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
  • The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 200 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
  • The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.
  • Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer.


The closing date for all entries is 30th June 2019.

Judging/Prizes

  • Live Your Values Ltd will consider all scripts for production in a community theatre with volunteer performers.
  • If a winning script is produced by the Live Your Values Ltd, the prize money will replace royalties for a three-night run.
  • Judges will consider:
  • Entertainment – is the audience’s attention captured and held?
  • Characters – distinctive characters people can identify with, so they care what happens to them.
  • Message – a clear idea for the future that the audience is likely to understand.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Fundamentals of Playwriting this Summer at Primary Stages ESPA

Ready to go back to the basics? In this 5-week class at Primary Stages ESPA, playwright, director, and dramaturg MĂȘlisa Annis will help you build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your play can be built on a strong foundation.

Instructor: MĂȘlisa Annis
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31

This class might be for you if you:
  • A budding playwright who wants to get down to basics.
  • A theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another and ready to start writing!
  • A novelist or poet searching for a new form.
In this class you will:
  • Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, including discussions of structure, character, and dialogue.
  • Complete writing exercises to gain an understanding of the form and generate ideas for material.
  • Start to write your own play by the end of the semester.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a strong grasp on writing for the stage, armed with the confidence you need to declare yourself a playwright and get to work on your script.
  • Be ready for The First Draft!
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, June 20, 2019

Pint-Sized seeks short plays for October-Fest

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Pint-Sized is looking for entries for October-Fest, our week-long festival of short plays at The Bunker Theatre, London in October 2019.

A smaller print version of this callout is available here, and an audio version is available here.

DEADLINE: Thursday 27th June, 11pm.

What do we offer?

£150.00 fee paid to writers whose work is selected.​

A mentor to give feedback on your work; previous mentors have included:

  • Timberlake Wertenbaker
  • Simon Stephens
  • James Graham
  • Roy Williams
  • Polly Stenham
  • Alice Birch
  • Tim Crouch
  • Lucy Kirkwood

Your work staged alongside four other pieces for a week at Bunker Theatre, in front of agents and literary departments from major theatres

Regular attendees include Royal Court, Young Vic, Bush, Soho, Curtis Brown and Casarotto. ​
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All access requirements met.

Feedback given to all longlisted writers, and to all writers who apply and identify as:

  • People of colour
  • Working class or under-class
  • LGBTQIA*
  • D/deaf and disabled
  • Learning disabled or neurodivergent.

How to apply:

Email your piece to pintsizedplays@gmail.com by 11pm on June 27th.

Pieces should be 10-15 minutes, either stand-alone shorts or excerpts from longer work.

Only one piece submitted per writer.

No need for pieces to fit a particular theme or genre; if it’s good writing, we’re interested in it.

No need to sell yourself in a cover letter - we read the plays separately from your emails.

Everything we offer is free; if you’re trying to submit and come across a page asking you to pay, you’re looking at Pint-Sized Plays, based in Wales, who are lovely and good people, but aren’t us.

Who should send us work?

You should. No matter who you are, whether you feel like a writer or not, we’d love to read your work.
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Pint-Sized is committed to a more representative industry, and works alongside companies led by artists of colour, and disabled artists, around the country, along with partners like the Young Vic’s Fresh Direction scheme.

​​If you feel like you’re not getting a fair break in the industry, we’d like to be a part of the solution; it doesn’t mean we’ll automatically choose your work, but it does mean we’ll try to support you however we can - always for free, and never with any obligation from you.
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​Feel free to get in touch with any questions; we're happy to lend advice, help or support throughout the process, so do get in touch if you need anything.​

All the best, and have a lovely summer,

JetFest 2020

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Fee will be waived (with hard copy submissions only) for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends).

Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Jewish Ensemble Theatre.” Contact the theatre should you wish to pay by credit card.

For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and will be used to offset printing costs.  The fee may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.

ELIGIBILITY

JET encourages all playwrights over 18 to submit their work. JET's programming generally reflects issues of social conscience and human rights both in drama and comedy. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us at 248-788-2900.

Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been produced prior to the festival in 2020. Cast size of 10 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

ENTRIES ACCEPTED
Submissions will be accepted January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
(checked by postmark or time stamp).

SCRIPTS
Submit a copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like acknowledgement of receipt please attach a self addressed stamped postcard.

CONSENT
The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs.

The finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when the script is published

AWARDS
Each of the four finalists will receive a $250 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.

SELECTION PROCESS
Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are read by the entire committee who then select the finalists.

NOTIFICATION
Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2019.

SUBMIT TO
Mail:   JETheatre
            JETFest
    P. O. Box 252717
            West Bloomfield, MI  48325.

Email:
C.Bremer@jettheatre.org

QUESTIONS
Contact:
Christopher Bremer, Executive Director
248.788.2900

INDEMNIFICATION
The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

BMI Theatre Workshop

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Deadlines
Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2019.

Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2019.

Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.

Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.

Auditions
Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.

Program upon Acceptance
The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.

Schedule
The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.

Fees
There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Fresh Fruit Festival 10-Minute Play Contest

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Open to New York City residents. At our main venue: The Wild Project on Monday July 15. **Please submit in first Email:

  • A 1-paragraph description/synopsis of play, including listing of props you will be bringing in. (No Set Pieces other than what we provide)
  • Number in Cast (must be more than 1)
  • Estimated run-time (must be 10-minutes or less)
  • Performance history if any
  • 7 will be selected on the basis of representing LGBT life; priority is given to new or unperformed work.

All 7 selected will each receive a $25 travel stipend.

Winners will be selected by a) Audience Vote, and b) judges vote.

The 2 winners will each receive a $100 author’s award.

All submissions are entered into the Festival’s official activities for annual award consideration, and eligible for our discounts at all major rehearsal studios.

There will be common set pieces available (various stock tables and chairs, some cubes, etc.) There is a very complete rep lighting plot available (we program and run for you). Sound available if run by YOUR stage manager; Please keep sound cues FEW and SIMPLE. You will have a 15-minute “tech” to set cues (and run if time permits!) during: 2:30 – 5 pm on Monday July 15th.  Performance begins at 6 pm. Audience admission $12 cash at the box office. Box Office will also honor all Festival passes and Multi-Ticket season passes.

SEND ENTRIES TO: WORDS@AllOutArts.Net

Include your full contact information: Name, Address, Phone, Email.   Please spread the word to other authors; we reserve the right to cancel the event if fewer than 5 entries.

Amphibian Stage Productions seeks submissions for 2020 season

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Ends on June 30, 2019  

We look forward to reading your script. Please include the following items:
1. Cover letter with playwright biography and production/development history, if applicable.
2. Proof of membership in the Dramatists Guild. (Only Dramatist Guild members are eligible to submit scripts to Amphibian Stage Productions.) 
Due to the high volume of submissions, we can only accept one submission per playwright per calendar year. 

We're looking for full-length plays that...
1.  require 1 to 6 actors
2. allow for diverse casting
3. reflect our mission (https://www.amphibianstage.com/about-us)
4. are imaginative and permit imaginative staging

(You have to create an account to submit)

Monday, June 17, 2019

North Park Playwright Festival 2019

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Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays.  In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October.  The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world.  Over the past twelve years more than 440 new plays have been produced.  We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well.  Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents.  We invite interested playwrights to submit work to the festival.  Please follow the guidelines below.

We are looking for:

1.  Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people.  Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival.  We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival.  We don't have space for large casts.

2.  We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places.  Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3.  We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4.  Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival.  It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense.  The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5.  Most subject matter is OK.  We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6.  We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater.  Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director.  We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email.  Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive.  Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form.  There is no charge to enter.

7.  Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2019.  Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs.  We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8.  Send only one script.  Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play).  We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
www.northparkvaudeville.com

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Urbanite Theatre: Modern Works Festival seeks plays by women

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The submission window is now open.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 28, 2019

Click here to submit your play.
You must have a Google account to submit via Google Forms.

Festival Performance Dates:
October 8-13, 2019
Sarasota, FL

Playwright Eligibility:
Seeking work from emerging and established female and female-identifying playwrights. Playwrights must be available to attend the festival in Sarasota, FL, including rehearsals, to be considered for selection (October 5 - 13) 

Travel and housing is provided.

No Entry Fee
Festival Awards:
Winner $3,000 (1)
Finalist $500 (2)
Travel, housing and per diem provided for all three finalists.

Submission Rules and Requirements:

Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and look at our production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.  Urbanite Theatre will only consider submissions that meet the following criteria:
  • Submissions must be from female or female-identifying playwrights.
  • Playwrights must reside in the United States. 
  • Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development. 
  • No musicals, translations, or adaptations.
  • Full-length plays only (at least 60 minutes)
  • Plays must require five performers or fewer.
  • Quality, female-identifying roles must be well-represented.
  • Plays must include a contact page and character breakdown.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • Any plays that do not follow these requirements will be dismissed.
  • Playwrights must be available to attend festival, including rehearsals, in Sarasota to be considered for selection (October 5 - 13). Housing, transportation and per diem will be provided to finalists.
Festival Rules and Guidelines:
  • Three finalists will be chosen to participate in the Modern Works Festival. 
  • Finalists will be selected by panel of readers and notified by Urbanite Theatre on August 12, 2019. 
  • The volume of submissions will prevent us from providing individual feedback.
  • ONLY finalist playwrights will be contacted. 
  • Plays that have been previously submitted to the Urbanite Theatre or the Modern Works Festival are not eligible to be submitted again.
  • Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director and cast, a table read, 12 rehearsal hours, a staged reading with a total of three public performances, and facilitated post-show talkbacks. 
  • Each finalist play will be assigned a play development mentor to work with before, and during the festival.
  • Finalist playwrights are required to participate, in person, at the festival, if selected. Travel will be provided ($600 transportation limit), and local housing within walking distance to the theatre will be provided. A car is not provided at this time.
  • Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play.  
  • Winner of festival will receive a $3,000 prize. 
  • The two remaining finalists will each receive an award of $500.
  • No other royalties or payments will be issued.
  • Submissions will be capped after the first 300 scripts are received.
  • Winner will be chosen by a group of panelists in conjunction with an audience vote and will be announced October 13, 2019. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Boston Project call for proposals

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The Boston Project is a new works initiative supporting the creation and development of plays set right here in our hometown. Our goal is to create more plays that explore what it means to be in this city at this moment, and tap into the full breadth of experiences and identities that make up life in Boston. We are seeking proposals for currently unwritten full-length scripts set in contemporary Boston.

  • Proposals for unwritten full-length plays meeting the requirements on the following page will be accepted April 15th through June 15th, 2019.
  • From the submitted proposals, SpeakEasy will select two projects, and invite the playwrights to spend the 2019-2020 season writing and developing their plays with us.
  • Once proposals are selected, SpeakEasy will work with the playwrights to build a development schedule that fits their needs. Potential available resources include: regular dramaturgical meetings, research assistance, deadlines, table reads, and feedback sessions with the artistic staff. Each playwright will also be paired with a dedicated, professional dramaturg to assist with their process.
  • The development process will culminate in a two-week workshop and invited staged reading in May/June 2020. SpeakEasy will pair each playwright with a director for this process, and cast the reading with professional actors.
  • The selected playwrights will each be paid a commissioning fee.
  • SpeakEasy will hold an exclusive production option on the proposed play during its development process, and for a period of ninety days following the 2020 workshop.

Application Requirements

To be considered for the Boston Project, please submit by 8pm EST on June 15th, 2019:

  • A 1-2 page proposal for an unwritten full length play (90+ minutes). The play must be set in Boston or its surrounding areas, and take place within ten years, plus or minus, of the present day.
  • 5-10 exploratory pages for the proposed play. These pages need not be a single, polished scene, but should give a clear sense of how the play will ultimately live on stage.
  • A professional biography or writing resume detailing your playwriting experience.
  • A separate full length (90+ minutes) play by you.
  • All materials should be submitted in .pdf format to bostonproject@speakeasystage.com. Please include all materials in a single e-mail.


Proposal Submission Deadline: June 15th, 2019
Selection Announced: September 1st, 2019

Important Information for Applicants

•  This project is designed to support the development of a brand new play. This is not the time to submit a script which you’ve already written; we want to work with you as you explore a fresh idea in its earliest stages.
•  The proposed play need not center on or be inspired by any real event/person. The only requirement is that it be set in contemporary Boston or its surrounding areas.
•  For this project’s purposes, “contemporary” means plus or minus ten years from today.
•  Your 1-2 page proposal should explain the play you intend to create, and may include: a synopsis of the work as best you know it, a potential cast list and/or character breakdown, a statement regarding the inspiration for the work, and any other information about the play you envision. You may also let us know any specific needs you foresee during the development process.
•  There is no hard limit on cast size, but typically the plays that SpeakEasy produces use between four and eight actors.
•  While we love musicals here at SpeakEasy, we will not be considering proposals for new musicals as part of this season’s Boston Project.
•  The intention of The Boston Project is to develop plays over time that legitimize Boston as a beautifully complex setting. It is crucial that playwrights have strong roots in the greater Boston area, consider themselves to be “local” playwrights, and have a deep and thorough understanding of the city and its arts community.
•  SpeakEasy is unable to provide housing or travel reimbursement during the development and workshop process.
•  Part of SpeakEasy’s mission is to reflect the vibrance and diversity of our city. Projects which further that goal will be of particular interest in the selections process.

SpeakEasy’s Mission

SpeakEasy produces intimate, entertaining plays and musicals that are new to Boston and compel thoughtful conversation. We champion new talent and future arts leaders, alongside a diverse community of experienced local theatre professionals who share our devotion to excellence. We treat our artists, audiences and supporters as collaborators, working with us to make Boston a city that is sustainable for artists.

Questions regarding the proposal process or the Project itself can be directed via e-mail to bostonproject@speakeasystage.com.

RELENTLESS AWARD

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The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.
What we are looking for:
• Plays that are challenging.
• Plays that exhibit fearlessness.
• Plays that are not mainstream.
• Plays that exude passion.
• Plays that are relentlessly truthful.

The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first-time playwrights, playwrights of color, and playwrights of all gender identifications.
Prize:
• The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000.
• The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service.
• The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm.
• The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States.
• When the winning play is selected, Finalists and Semifinalists will also be named. Here's a list of past Relentless Award winners, finalists, and semifinalists.

Deadlines:
2019 submissions open on May 1, 2019. The deadline is June 15, 2019. Please join our mailing list to receive updates once that information is live.

Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:
• Play must be unproduced.
• Authors must have either United States citizenship, possess a green card, or currently reside in the United States and have lived here for at least four years.
• Plays with a producer, producing organization, or theater attached for future production are not eligible.
• One-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible.
• The author must be at least 21 years old.

How to submit your play:
When submissions open, there will be link to Submittable.com at the bottom of this page that you can use to submit your play.

• NOTE: please DO NOT have your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. Please also exclude agent info, development info, and dedications. This will preserve the author's anonymity for the judges.

• Please provide your script file in pdf (rather than Word documents), with the title format: TITLE OF PLAY.pdf. Do not include your name in the file script title.

• You'll receive confirmation that your script has been received. As submissions are processed manually, please allow up to two weeks to receive this confirmation.

For even more information:

Soundwork Monologue Competition

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 To enter the monologue competition, send a monologue of up to ten minutes duration as an attachment to info@soundwork-uk.co.uk by 30th September 2019. The winner wil have the monologue recorded by a professional actor and placed on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website along with a photo. Monologues may have been published elsewhere. The first page should include the writer's name and email address. There is no entry fee and no receipt of submission will be sent.

Friday, June 14, 2019

The LIC ONE ACT Festival 2019

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July 15 - August 29

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Submission Deadline : June 30th 2019 

PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE A ROLLING SUBMISSION POLICY WHICH MEANS WE PICK PLAYS AS THEY ARE SUBMITTED SO WAITING UNTIL THE DEADLINE IS NOT ADVISED.

The LIC One Act Festival is now accepting plays for its 4th annual festival. The Secret Theatre seeks to promote new work and emerging playwrights through our annual One Act Festival. We also promote playwrights through publishing anthologies of the winning plays; all of the final plays, including the festival winner, are offered a non-exclusive publishing agreement. We have currently published 5 volumes of short plays.
No fee to submit or produce.

• $200  Cash Prize for Best Play
• $75    Cash Prize for Best Director
• $75    Cash Prize for Best Actor
• $75    Cash Prize for Best Actress
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Each Play is guaranteed multiple performances [the exact number is decided once our final selection is made. Factors include the length of plays but is not usually less than 4 performances]
• The final selected plays are eligible for publishing in Top Secret Books’ The LIC One Act Festival Vol 5 on a non-exclusive basis.

Guidelines:
• Plays must be between 10 – 20 minutes in length. Preference given to plays that have not been produced before.  Timings must be accurate please overestimate if not sure.


• Playwrights are responsible for selecting director and cast. (We may be able to help you if you do not have a director but preference will be given to playwrights who can provide their own directors and actors.)
• Easy to produce. (If you have a play which for instance includes a swimming pool, a large amount of sets and props, or anything else too elaborate or is impossible to cast we may reject it.)
• Please submit plays in PDF or Word format only.


• We will divide selected plays into three or four programs, selected Playwrights will be informed on a rolling basis.
SUBMIT HERE

Rebel Theater Company WeFest - 10-minute plays

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REBEL THEATER COMPANY is seeking diverse Brooklyn-based playwrights to submit new works for their Inaugural WeFest - 10 Minute Political Play Festival.

The WeFest is built around inclusion and celebrates the rich diversity of Brooklyn, New York. The Festival will present Staged Readings of new plays from twelve diverse Brooklyn-based playwrights who have created pieces that focus on political movements or moments of the last decade. The WeFest is presented by Rebel Theatre and the Equity in the Arts and Culture Committee of the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP and will be presented at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn.   We encourage playwrights to apply with directors as writers will not be allowed to direct their own work. When choosing your director please keep in mind that we are seeking diversity in all creative roles.

If you are selected for the Festival you will be required to pay a $25 entrance fee. You, along with your director will cast the play and rehearse on your own time. You will receive a small tech period the day before the Festival begins. The play will receive two performance opportunities over the weekend of August 2-4, 2019. The “Best Play” will receive a small honorarium, certificate and 3 hours of free rehearsal time at Triskelion Arts.   To submit please follow the link below to fill out the application. We will not take submissions via email, only throught the link.

Please note that we require a blind copy of the play which should consist only of a Title Page with no author information, Character/Setting Page, the play in 12-pt size font with page numbers on either the top right or bottom right corners. Plays submitted not blindly will be disqualified. Plays that do not deal with political movements or moments of the last decade will not be eligible.     www.RebelTheater.com

TO SUBMIT: https://forms.gle/haSyQKrUZZzv7Tuw8

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New Classes Added this Summer at Primary Stages ESPA

We are so excited to add TWO new sections of classes at Primary Stages ESPA this Summer: First Draft with Crystal Skillman and Rewriting Your Draft with Stefanie Zadravec.

Instructor: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Open (playing now!), Geek, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 19, 26, July 10, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21

This 8-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft. Crystal's section is a class of the IMAGINATION. This class will be very much focused on what you are passionate to write a full-length about and what is theatrical – and what MUST be a play.

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level looking to start the first draft of your new play. 
  • Are starting out in the world of playwriting or want to write your first play. 
  • Want concrete deadlines and constructive feedback to encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
In this class you will:
  • Bring in new pages to hear them read aloud in class. 
  • Strengthen your writing skills with exercises and assignments from your instructor. 
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid start on—or even complete!—a first draft of a full-length play. 
  • Be ready for our Completing Your Draft class!

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Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 29, August 5, 1

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This 8-week class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

This class might be for you if you:
  • Have a fully completed draft of a full-length play and you are ready to begin rewrites. (If you are unsure if your play fits the parameters of this class, please contact us!)
  • Want to be challenged in a classroom environment that is run like a professional playwriting workshop.
  • Are a new or returning Primary Stages ESPA writer.
In this class you will:
  • Start by articulating and addressing your goals for this new draft. 
  • Present longer chunks of text (20-30 pages) every other week. 
  • Receive feedback and response to your work from the group, filtered through a series of prompts given by Stefanie. 
  • Complete writing exercises to inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a stronger draft of your play. 
  • Be adept at giving and receiving useful feedback to work that is in-process. 
  • Have the tools you need to transform any first draft into a more streamlined, compelling work that’s ready to be heard. 
  • Be ready to apply for The Second Draft.


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.

Ingram New Works Lab Application

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Submission Deadline is Sunday June 30 at 11:59PM Central Time

The Ingram New Works Lab is a season-long generative residency and artistic home-away-from-home for playwrights to create and develop a new play while in residence at Nashville Rep. Lab playwrights travel to Nashville approximately once a month to receive transformative support and radical hospitality as they share and develop a new work from the idea stage to a complete draft to be presented at the 2020 Ingram New Works Festival.

Nashville Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:

  • A season-long script development lab that meets in Nashville 
  • Travel, Housing, and Hospitality for all Lab meetings in Nashville
  • An artist-led development process designed to support the playwright
  • Access to professional actors and directors
  • Access to professional marketing and audience development resources
  • A week-long development lab with the Ingram New Works Fellow
  • A staged reading presented as part of the Ingram New Works Festival

Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to developing a new play from its earliest stages to a full draft, participating in monthly Lab meetings, participation in Playwrights week, and participation in the New Works Festival

All participating Lab playwrights must commit to be available for all dates:

Lab Dates: September 19-22; October 24-27; December 5-8; March 5-8; April 16-19

Playwrights Week: January 11-17, 2020

Ingram New Works Festival: May 11-16, 2020 (Playwrights must be in attendance May 6-17, 2020)

Should a playwright-in-residence miss multiple commitments, they may be asked to forgo their place in the New Works Lab.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

All applications must include the following:

·  A one-page letter of intent stating your objectives for working on a new play in the Ingram New Works Lab. The letter must include a description of your proposed project. Please note: the Ingram New Works Project is designed for plays in their earliest stages and does not accept projects that have already received developmental support.

·  A resume

·  A full-length play that best represents your writing skill. Author and contact information must appear on the title page. We do not accept musicals or screenplays.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please use the form below. Upload your letter of intent, resume, and play as separate PDFs. Other file formats will not be accepted.Your application must include all three files. You will receive a confirmation email shortly to verify your submission.

PLEASE VISIT OUR FAQ PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND APPLICATION

FAQ

Additional questions can be sent to Nate Eppler, Director of the Ingram New Works Project at nate@nashvillerep.org

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