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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

DEATHSCRIBE: The International Festival of Horror Radio Plays

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Every year we seek 10-minute audio drama scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. Writers may submit up to two audio drama scripts to Deathscribe in any given year. Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. These five pieces will be performed on stage in front of a live audience. The writer of the winning piece, chosen by a celebrity panel of judges, will receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award, as well as a $100 cash prize.

The submission window for Deathscribe 2019 is now open.

Scripts will be accepted through July 31st.

Guidelines:

PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please.

All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but NO identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document.

Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length, and should follow audio drama format. An example of proper audio drama format can be found here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/bbcradioscene.pdf

The Deathscribe experience includes performing the pieces on stage with Foley artists and a band creating the sound effects and music live. Therefore, scripts must be ready to produce, including direction for sound and music cues. Sorry, but submissions cannot include usage of copyrighted music.

Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year.

NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)


DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.

Submissions accepted online.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Woodside Players of Queens Fall 2019 Play Festival,

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Submissions are now being accepted for the Woodside Players of Queens Fall 2019 Play Festival, to take place in December 2019. Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island only. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome! Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: September 15. 2019. 

Email: woodsideplayersofqueens@gmail.com.

The Gallery Players 23rd Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 23rd Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2020. Each play selected will be given a black box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: POST MARKED BY July 31, 2019.

Submission guidelines:
• Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier
• Length may be from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. No monologues. No period
costume pieces.
• You may submit as many plays as you wish.
• Pages must be numbered
• A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is
required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
• Submit a copy of your resume
• Playwrights cannot direct their own work
• Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215.

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.
We do not accept email submissions.
We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to
protect the copyright.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Rabbit Punch Festival seeking short productions

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Rabbit Punch is a festival of short theatre pieces presented by Poison Apple Initiative at Franky Bradley's in Philadelphia November 14th/15th at 8pm.

We're looking for dark/ funny/ scary/ sad/ infuriated/ playful/ weird/ tricky work. Imagine a dance party in a warehouse where everyone is dancing when the floor collapses. Think about WIle E. Coyote (audience) and how he's running along chasing the RoadRunner (play) and then the Roadrunner takes a sharp turn and Wile E. doesn't notice he's run off the cliff until he looks down. That's the kinda stuff we want.

*Submissions close August 1st at 11.59pm. All applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 15th, and accepted applicants will be sent a contract and detailed tech specs of the space.

*Pieces should be between 10-20 minutes in length with minimal set requirements.

*While not all artists involved in the project must be Philadelphia-based, there should be at least one team member who is. For instance: NYC playwrights with ties to a director or actors in Philly are encouraged to apply.

*Queer, trans, and PoC artists are specifically encouraged to apply.

*A mandatory tech rehearsal will be held November 13th between 3pm and 7pm. Each project will be given between 30 and 45 minutes of tech time depending on need.

*Selected pieces will be presented on both evenings of the festival.

*Participating artists are responsible for all aspects of production including casting, procurement of set pieces/ costumes/ props, and set-up/ tear-down of the piece during production. The festival provides access to a fixed light set-up, sound system, tech director/ board operator, and stage manager.

*Projects with 1-2 artists will be given $100, and projects with 3+ artists will be given $200. Production stipends will be sent via Venmo/ PayPal on November 1st to help defray the cost of production. There is no additional stipend available for travel from NYC.

Submission form can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/rabbitpunchfest
On FaceBook: fb.me/poisonappleinitiative

Please feel free to contact poisonappleinitiative@gmail.com with questions.
We look forward to reading your work.

Urban Stages Opportunities

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HOW TO SUBMIT?

Submit plays to:
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted except for small cast plays (see below)

Full-length plays only:
- Bind plays in 3-ring binders, in presentation folders, with brass fasteners, with paperclips, etc (spiral binding is discouraged)
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 5 actors or less (unless otherwise noted)…doubling is fine

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play.
- A small SASE envelope for a response letter.
  *Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed or produced elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

No limit to the number of submissions, but we do ask you not to submit the same play twice.
Subject matter and character variations are open.

There is no submission fee.

It usually takes up to six months for us to read and process your script.
We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered (an SASE envelope for international submissions is unnecessary. You will be emailed)
BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

We recommend not spending extra money to send your play express, overnight or via other expensive services.  We accept plays year-round and for special deadlines, we accept plays postmarked on the deadline date. For special deadlines, late plays are just entered among our general year-round submissions.


WHAT TO SUBMIT TO & WHEN?


SMALL CAST PLAYS

Due: JULY 22, 2019. 11:59pm.

HOW TO SUBMIT? If your FULL-LENGTH play requires THREE (3) ACTORS or less (doubling accepted), you can submit your play via email: submissions@urbanstages.org

- Send play as PDF attachment (with title page including contact info + a character breakdown page)
- Include brief synopsis and brief bio (or resume) within email.

*Only Small-Cast Plays will be accepted via email. All other play submissions still require you to mail in your play.

*These submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.


WORDS BY WOMEN

Due: AUGUST 19, 2019.

Only a small fraction of new plays produced every year are written by women. To encourage the development and production of plays by female-identified writers, we put out a special call for our Words by Women Reading Series periodically. These plays are given special attention and considered more immediately by our Literary Committee.

To enter, follow instructions above and write WORDS BY WOMEN on the envelope you send your play in.

Plays must be written by women-identified playwrights. While not mandatory, we encourage casts with a majority of women and plays exploring social issues facing women today.

*Words by Women submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.

EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted.

It begins with submitting your play and being selected for step 1 of our process - a staged reading. Out of hundreds of submissions a year, we select 15-20 plays for readings. From these, we select 1-3 plays annually to go on to our workshopping phase. Our workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From our workshops, we select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award).

Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Free Event: THE DOG SHOW by Ivan Faute (Los Angeles)

Join us for readings of new plays about American families confronting their very particular legacies across generations, Sunday July 21, 2019 at 11am.

Summer Playreadings are FREE ~ enjoy refreshments and share your thoughts with the artists involved in the development of the plays.

On Sunday, July 21 at 11am: The Dog Show by Ivan Faute directed by Laura Stribling.

With Cathy Carlton, Conor Murphy, Xochitl Romero, Time Winters & Laura Wineland.

Seen through a dark but often humorous lens, within The Dog Show is a deeply troubled family whose sins can’t be absolved by confession. How high are the stakes in their game of trading secrets for stories? And when piecing together the past, is there any room for the truth?

HOW:
Information: (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com/seedlings

TICKETS:
FREE (donations gratefully accepted)

PARKING:
• $7 in lot
• FREE parking on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Botanicum Seedlings program director Jennie Webb is a Los Angeles-based playwright and dramaturg who created the series in 2002.

Audiences are invited to stay after the readings for a moderated discussion with the artists.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is outdoors. In case of inclement weather, please call for alternate performance times.

NAPSeries Festival (NYC)

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In February of 2019, Normal Ave produced its inaugural NAPseries, a brand new festival of new plays, which featured 29-hour workshops of new plays, networking events, and more.

NAPseries continues after last year’s sold-out weekend. NAPseries supports Normal Ave’s mission of supporting new voices and making theatre accessible to audience. All readings will be free and open to the public.

The festival will run from January 3-12, 2020.

The reading series will be led by Normal Ave’s Literary Manager, Kylie Brown (Lifespan of a Fact).
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Make theatre. Make connections. Make it happen. We’ve got you.

Submissions will be open through July 17, 2019.

The festival will feature three parties, four shows, eight readings, tons of artists, and most importantly, you, the playwright.

This week is all about letting you be just the playwright. We'll take care of the rest. Participating playwrights will be provided with rehearsal and reading space, receive support developing the team and cast for their show, as well as access to the entire festival.

We don't tell you how to bloom, but we'll help you grow.

Festival Dates: January 3-12, 2020

Submission Requirements:
-Currently only accepting full length plays (No musicals at this time)
-Must be 18 years or older to participate
-Must be available to be in NYC during the festival dates

Theatre Three 23rd Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 10
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2019.

Each season, THE FESTIVAL receives approximately 400 submissions. To date, THE FESTIVAL has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world. THE FESTIVAL has produced 120 world premieres by 84 different playwrights. THE FESTIVAL presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) Any stage play format is acceptable. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

If playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for nine performances in April 2020 at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. Playwrights will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Plays should be submitted to
THE 23rd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS,
Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE,
PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512

Final selection of plays will be in late 2019.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Blueproject Foundation Residency in Barcelona

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Deadline: July 28, 2019

The BLUEPROJECT FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization based in Barcelona whose main aim is to support and promote national and international artistic creation. This support is offered through a residency programme for exhibitions and performances that provides assistance for artists to promote their work that is both relevant to and a reflection of today's aesthetic, social and intellectual issues.

The participating artists will be chosen according to the conditions established in this OPEN CALL outlined as follows:

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Participants
This call is open to any artist interested as an individual or on behalf of a group or company, regardless their age, nationality or creative discipline.

2. Proposals / projects
From the present open call, it will be chosen 3 projects of exhibition as a final result (with a maximum of eight weeks) and 3 projects of performance (for at least one public presentation).

Priority will be given to new and original projects.

Each participant can submit a maximum of one individual proposal and one collective. The production support and the residency must allow the conception, formalization, production and/or completion of the proposed project, using the facilities of the workshop if needed, with the objective of its following exhibition / presentation at the Sala Project for exhibition projects and at the Off Blue space for performance projects.

Submitted projects may include any artistic-cultural field of any discipline, regardless the format or technique employed.

Each project must be developed or completed in a period of residency of maximum of six weeks previous to its presentation / exhibition, at the usual open hours of the foundation (from Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 7 pm). The period of residency for performance projects may be flexible and to be agreed according its work plan and the foundation calendar.

More information online

Friday, July 12, 2019

Jest Fest Seeks Ten-Minute Comedies by Oregon Playwrights

Oregon Jest Fest seeks ten-minute comedies by Oregon playwrights. Playwrights may submit a total of two plays. There is no fee for submitting. There is no fee for submitting.

Previously produced or published plays are eligible, as long as the submitting playwright owns all rights to the play.

The play must be no longer than ten pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

No monologues, nudity, musicals, or children’s plays.

Plays are restricted to 5 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming.

Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $25 USD cash honorarium. No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Plays should be submitted in standard play format via email only in PDF format with a title page. A short synopsis is appreciated. Please list all casting flexibility.

The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play (e.g., Shakespeare; King Lear). Please include a brief bio and production history in the body of your email.

Blind submissions. The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations. Your name must not appear on the script.

The two PDF files should be titled "Submission [Name of Play]” and "Title Page [Name of Play].”

Submission period opens on July 15, 2019. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Pacific Time, August 31, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems. 

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges, and selection does not guarantee production. The producers may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules.

We will contact you by October 15, 2019 if your play is selected; Oregon Jest Fest will be held from 1/23/2020 through 2/3/2020 (Fri-Sat-Sun only) in Ashland, Oregon.

Entering playwrights grant the producers permission to perform the play as needed during the festival run, and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production. All other rights remain with the playwright.

Please email your submission to: oregonjestfest@gmail.com. Any inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Discount tickets: RINSE, REPEAT

Rinse, Repeat

The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square-Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street (Between 9th & 10th Avenues)

Rachel hasn’t been home in four months. After fighting for her life at Renley, a trial weekend has been agreed upon. At first, Rachel couldn’t be happier to be reunited with her family. But what happens when the people you love most, the ones you believe want the best for you, are the ones causing the most damage without even knowing it? Where do you go when the place you feel you most belong might be the place that almost killed you in the first place? Rinse, Repeat sharply conveys the painful truth about a woman's fight for her life in the face of an eating disorder.

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT - JULY 16 THROUGH AUGUST 17



Performance Schedule:
Tuesday 7:30pm | Wednesday 7:30pm | Thursday 7:30pm | 
Friday 7:30pm | Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 2pm & 7:30pm 

There will be a post-show talkback following every Tuesday performance.

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For more information, visit RinseRepeatPlay.com

*Tickets regularly $50-$65. Offer valid for performances through 8/17/19. Blackout dates may apply. Limit 8 per order. Service fees apply to online/phone orders. Schedule is subject to change. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. 

The Upstage Podcast

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We're working to launch this podcast in September 2019.

Readers: If you live in the Philadelphia area, and want to be a reader, send us an email. Make sure to tell us about yourself.

Playwrights: Submit your play! Send it to us, and tell us about yourself as a human, why you love theatre, or what makes your face light up.

As a small note: Please consider your privilege before submitting. If you've been successful as a writer, remember that the goal of this podcast is to make room for and hand the mic over to new voices.

Email us at theupstagepodcast@gmail.com.

Deadline: July 15, 2019

Call for original, short “Halloween-themed” plays by playwrights from tri-state area (NJ, NY, PA).

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South Street Players (southstreetplayers.org) is seeking original, short (10 mins preferred,
15 mins maximum) Halloween plays for its Tri-State Theatre Festival: Halloween Edition.
The event will take place October 18-20, 2019 in Spring Lake, NJ.

This event is an offshoot of SSPs popular Tri-State Theater Festival and serves as an
artistic fundraiser. All proceeds go to SSP to support the theatre’s commitment to producing
high-quality, extremely engaging theatrical experiences for the 2019-20 season…
and beyond.

Submission Rules and Process:
  • Seeking original comedic & dramatic Halloween-themed short plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA).
  • Plays must be Halloween-themed, which includes, but is not limited to, plays about ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, headless horsemen… pretty much anything and everything Halloween… however, all plays must be family-friendly, PG-rated.
  • Plays must be 15 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 15 pages will not be considered.
  • Plays must be in standard playscript format.
  • Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.
  • SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.
  • No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.
  • Plays will only be accepted via email: southstreetoneacts@gmail.com
  • Deadline: July 15, 2019, 11:59pm.
  • For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer, at southstreetoneacts@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Newly Added Television Writing Workshop this Summer at Primary Stages ESPA

Writing for television has the potential to be not only artistically satisfying, but lucrative as well—just ask Aaron Sorkin from "The Newsroom", Sarah Treem from "The Affair", or Joshua Allen from "Empire". This 2-day workshop at Primary Stages ESPA is your opportunity to learn the structure and language of television writing so you can work to join the ranks of these distinguished playwrights-turned-television writers.
Instructor: Jonathan Caren (Writer, "The Sinner" Season 3 for USA, "A Million Little Things" for ABC, "Rise" for NBC, and "Gypsy" for Netflix)
Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21
11:00am – 4:00pm both days

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright who wants the tools to transition from stage to screen.
  • Need a stronger grasp of the components of this form and want to start writing.

In this class you will:
  • Discuss the elements of a television script, particularly focusing on structure, form, and language.
  • Do exercises to understand the form and put these elements into practice.
  • Bring in a basic pilot idea that you would like to explore within class, addressing character, story arc, structure, and what a pilot would look like and need to include.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a broad understanding of the components of television writing.
  • Be able to use these tools to develop an idea of your own into a pilot.
  • Be ready to write in our full-length Television Writing class!

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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

South Street Players 9th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival

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Call for original, short plays by playwrights from tri-state area (NJ, NY PA).

South Street Players (southstreetplayers.org) is seeking original, short (10 mins preferred,
15 mins maximum) plays for its 9th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival. The event will take place October 11-13, 2019 in Spring Lake, NJ.

The festival, which receives more than 300 scripts annually, is committed to presenting the
finest and most unique original, short plays written by local playwrights from New Jersey,
New York, and Pennsylvania. The event also serves as an artistic fundraiser, with all proceeds going to SSP to help maintain its commitment to producing high-quality, extremely engaging theatrical experiences for our audiences.

Submission Rules and Process:

  • Seeking original comedic and dramatic short plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA).
  • Plays must be 15 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 15 pages will not be considered.
  • Plays must be in standard playscript format.
  • Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.
  • SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.
  • No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.
  • Plays will only be accepted via email: southstreetoneacts@gmail.com
  • Deadline: July 15, 2019, 11:59pm.
  • For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer, at southstreetoneacts@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

EST/Youngblood

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DEADLINE: MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

EST/Youngblood is currently accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2019-2020 season. Applications are open to New York City metro area resident playwrights under 30 years old. Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings and retreats. There is no set term of membership, and members often stay through the season that includes their 30th birthday. If you have any questions, please contact youngblood@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Application Requirements
Please complete the form online and include the following materials:

WRITING SAMPLE - up to 25 pages. This can be part of a longer piece or a one-act. Send whatever you think best represents where you are as a playwright right now.

LETTER - The "why Youngblood" letter. Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in membership in the group.

RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.

FULL-LENGTH PLAY - A completed full-length play in its entirety. Note: this can be the full play from which the initial 25 pages was excerpted, or an entirely different piece. In most cases, this additional material will only be read if you are selected as a finalist.

Application Instructions:

Combine the above items, in that order (sample, letter, resume, full-length), into a single PDF file.

The file name should be your last name and first initial - i.e., TOLAN_R.pdf.

Upload the PDF file using the Upload link online.

Topanga Actors Company Ten Minute Play Festival

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Topanga Actors Company:  We’re a local not- for-profit theater company based in Greater Los Angeles.  We have a stellar reputation for producing staged readings of contemporary English language plays using local actors working in intimate settings. Our productions are universally FREE of charge.

Currently we are open for submissions for a Ten Minute Play Festival to take place on September 28 and 29. Submissions are open to everyone but plays should be aimed at an English-speaking audience. We are looking for up to twelve plays that will be assigned to directors and given a staged reading in front of a local audience.

Submissions deadline:  July 19.

We will contact you by August 15 if your play is selected.

Submissions guidelines:
*Plays must be roughly ten minutes in length.
* Unpublished plays only
*One submission per playwright.  Collaborations are welcome but please give us all your names so that so we may give appropriate credit.
* Any theme, any genre, except musicals.
* By submitting, the playwright gives permission for Topanga Actors Company to perform the play in its Ten-Minute Play Festival.   The playwright must be free to give this permission and accept licensing terms offered by TAC if the play is selected.
* Plays should be submitted in standard play format via email only in PDF format with a title page.  A short synopsis is appreciated.  Please list all casting flexibility.
* Include a brief bio and contact information

Please email scripts to: topangaactorscompany@theatercompany.org

Take a look at our Facebook page at Topanga Actors Company for more information.  You may contact our producers directly though our email topangaactorscompany@theatercompany.org

Monday, July 8, 2019

Saturday Night Live Submissions

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Deadline: July 15, 2019

Submit 3 – 5 Sketches
– 1 commercial parody
– 1 topical (political or pop culture) sketch
– The remainder should be whatever best represents your unique abilities

Cast the sketches using the first names of active SNL cast members and potential hosts. Combine the sketches into a single PDF file to upload.

You do not need to upload a release form. Submitting this form online will create your release form and email you a copy.

By proceeding, you are acknowledging that you are in agreement with the NBC Universal

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Four Quarter Theater accepting 10 minute plays

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Four Quarter Theater, a NYC based theater ensemble, is currently accepting 10 minute plays for our fall season Bent!

Approximately each quarter of the year, and aligning with the seasons, Four Quarter Theater aims to produce a new set of ten-minute plays. Each season is framed around a theme, which relates to the season in which the quarter falls. Each theme is open to artistic interpretation and is provided as a thematic framework to guide the playwright. The format of the performances will be staged readings in New York City.

Four Quarter Theater is currently accepting 10 minute plays for our fall 2019 season Bent.

Below please find our submission requirements and additional guidance to successfully submit your piece to Four Quarter Theater. Please note that playwrights are eligible to submit one play per season only.

We are currently accepting submissions until Monday, July 20, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Submissions, Dana Trottier, at 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com, or view additional information on our website at fourquartertheater.com.

Submission Requirements
§ The play must be presentable in ten minutes (generally between 7 to 12 pages of dialogue).

§ The play should speak to the theme of the season in some capacity: Bent.

§ Cast should not exceed 5 actors.

§ There is a submission limit of one play per theme. The playwright must designate the theme submitted for in the subject line of the email (Bent).

§ Please do not submit first drafts. Due to the number of submissions, Four Quarter Theater can only read any play one time.

§ Original and never before produced plays are highly encouraged.

§ Submissions are accepted electronically only in PDF format at 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com and our current deadline for submissions is July 20, 2019.

Cover Letter in Body of Email
§ Title, author’s name, address, phone number, email address.

§ A brief description of the play—this need not be a summary, but may include description of the play’s world, the characters, the conflict, reason for writing, connection to theme, etc.

Script in PDF Format
§ Title page should include at least the title, cast of characters, time and place.

§ Script should be approximately 7 to 12 pages not including title page and include completed dialogue as plays cannot be edited after submission.

Selection of Plays
The play selection process is conducted by the Play Selection Committee. As many as seven plays are selected for each series (approximately 4 times a year). Only selected playwrights will be contacted. Plays not chosen for this quarter/year may be considered for future series if considered by the company to be theme appropriate.

Four Quarter Theater reserves the sole right to make all production decisions with regard to the plays selected. Four Quarter Theater reserves the right to photograph, audio and video record selected plays to be utilized for promotional materials; promotional video and audio recordings will only include clips of performances and never the full performance of the selected play. Any recordings will be shared with selected playwrights.

Four Quarter Theater is committed to highlighting work of emerging artists. There is no financial compensation for entries, nor is any financial commitment required by the playwright.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries Year Three

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Applications for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries Year Three accepted until July 15, 2019.

This cycle will consider plays inspired by or in conversation with All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, or Twelfth Night.

BEFORE APPLYING, CONFIRM THAT YOUR PLAY MEETS OUR QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The play must be written for a cast of 10-12 actors.
  • The play must be able to be performed with minimal sets.
  • The play must be able to be performed with universal (shared) lighting.
  • The play must be able to be performed with any and all music and sound effects created in real time, unplugged, and by members of the acting troupe.
  • The play must be 2(ish) hours long.
  • The play must be inspired by or in conversation with All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, or Twelfth Night.
  • The play must have not yet had a professional production and preferably would remain unproduced through July 1, 2021.  (Questions about this?  Shoot us an e-mail).


PREPARE YOUR APPLICATION:

To smoothly navigate the process, we encourage you to prepare your materials before beginning the application.  To that end:

  • Remove your name and any contact information from the script.  Remove any agent or representation’s name and contact information from the script.
  • Include a Character Breakdown at the start of the script.  The breakdown must include age and gender and may include any other information you’d like us to know. If your play contains more than 12 characters, please be sure to include information about actor doubling.
  • Title the document with the title of your play.
  • Save your script as a PDF or Word document.


PREPARE THE APPLICATION FORM:

In addition to contact information and basic information about the play, you will also be asked for answers to the following questions.  (Please note: each question has a 4,000 character limit – including spaces):

  • Playwright bio.
  • How does your play respond to Shakespeare’s play?
  • In what ways does your play engage with Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions?
  • Optional: Play History: If your play has had any development or production history, please briefly tell us about it.

APPLY NOW FORM ONLINE

  • If you encounter difficulties with the application form, please navigate back to this page and follow this.
  • Have questions about the application process?  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Feels Blind Issue #2 seeks submissions from women

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

Submissions for Issue #2 will open on January 15, 2019, and should be sent to feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. Submissions will close July 15, 2019. Please put in your subject line the category to which you're submitting.
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Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but immediately withdraw you work if it is accepted elsewhere.
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Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.
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We will do our best to respond to each submission within 90 days. If 90 days has passed, please send us an inquiry at feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. We will try our best to respond much sooner.
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Short Fiction: Send one story up to 7000 words.
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Flash Fiction: Send one story up to 1000 words.
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Creative Non-Fiction: Send one personal essay or memoir up to 5000 words.
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Plays: Send one one-act play up to 15 pages.
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Poetry: Send 3-5 poems. If spoken word, send 1-3 recordings.
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Art & Music: We are open to all mediums and genres. For art work, submissions must be adaptable to accommodate the space, so send us your work in a minimum of 300 ppi.
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While we won't know exactly what we like until we see it, we do like honest, accessible work. Things that are overly abstract or don't make readers feel something don't do it for us. We want you to make us laugh and/or cry. We want you to challenge us as readers. We want your work to pass the Bechdel Test. We will not tell you which writers we worship, though we will tell you we don't worship Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, or John Updike.
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Rights revert to the author upon publication. While we  cannot pay contributors at this time, we hope this changes in the future.

Friday, July 5, 2019

New Dramatists Residency 2019 Application

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DEADLINE: MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019 @ 5PM EDT

Applications for the 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle will be accepted online during the submission window. To begin your application, click the button at the bottom of this page, which will be active on July 1. Once the window closes, we will not accept any more applications. New Dramatists staff reviews submissions for completeness in the order they are received, so it is in your best interest to submit well before the deadline.

All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for residency if they are able to meet the submission requirements, including 2 full-length original plays, a statement of intent, and a biography or resume.

Download and read the 2019-2020 Guidelines for Resident Company and 2019-2020 Application Information documents at the bottom of this page BEFORE beginning your application. Each year, in an effort to be responsive to recommendations from the selection panel and evolution in the theatre field, New Dramatists staff reviews and makes changes to our admissions process. Please read all materials carefully.

2019-2020 APPLICATION STEP-BY-STEP

THE ONLINE FORM

Click the “Begin Application” button at the bottom of this page. You will be prompted to set up an account. There are 7 tabs to complete, and you may save your work and return to the online form at any time until you click “Submit Your Application”.

Tab 1) Eligibility
You will be asked to verify your citizenship or permanent work status from the USCIS.

Tab 2) Name & Address
Enter your contact information in the form.

Tab 3) Letter of Intent
Enter or Copy-and-Paste a Statement of Intent the equivalent length of up to but no longer than a one-page letter. The Statement of Intent is introduced at the final meeting. At this point in the process, both of your plays have been read by the entire committee, who are tasked with intuiting who you are as a writer through your work. The statement is an opportunity for them to hear directly from you. Questions that are often lingering at this stage include: Why did you choose these plays to submit? How would you benefit from and serve the ND playwright community? Why now? What compels you to write for the theatre?

Tab 4) Playwright/Artistic Bio, Resume or CV
You have the options to upload, enter, or copy-and-paste a professional biography or resume.

GUIDELINES FOR SCRIPTS

Tab 5) Play A
Tab 6) Play B
You will be prompted to upload your “A” play and your “B” play on separate tabs. All “A” plays are read. As applicants advance through the process, their “B” plays are read.

Upload a Stand-Alone Title Page for each play that includes your full name and contact information. Optional: we suggest you include a brief summary of the play in this document to help panelists recall your work, after having read over 100 scripts.

Upload “Blind Copies” of Two Original Full-Length Works (Plays and/or Libretti-i.e., books of musicals). Each submission must be a single work that constitutes a full evening of theatre. For example, a 90-minute play without an intermission is a full-length work.
-Please do not put any identifying information in the script documents. Identifying information includes: your name, contact information, production/development histories, awards, your agent, hyperlinks, actors/production team, etc.
-Please include a character list.
-Every script page must be numbered.
-Every script page must include the play’s title.

Please Do Not Submit:
-Short one-act plays or 10-minute plays, whether collected or alone.
-Recommendation letters.
-Translations of previously published material.
-Screenplays and/or teleplays.
-Plays in hard copy or published formats.

SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION

Tab 7) Submit Application
Read and agree to our privacy policy. Click “Submit Your Application”. After you complete this step, you will no longer be able to make changes to your application. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Your application is submitted by the deadline if you receive this confirmation email by 5pm EDT on July 22, 2018.

Supplemental Music Samples-OPTIONAL: You may submit music samples to accompany a libretto in order to showcase the style and tone of the larger work. Please do not submit music in place of the book, and please note past admissions committees have often found libretti less competitive than plays. Once you submit your completed application, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the new form. You may submit up to five tracks (mp3 or m4a accepted). Please be prepared to upload all files in one session.

Notification Status notifications are sent on a rolling basis: the first round of letters goes out in January/February, the second round of letters goes out in
March/April, and the final round of letters goes out in May.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Ars Nova Play Group Residency 2019

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Play Group is a two year residency in which members become a part of the Ars Nova Resident Artist community. In addition to biweekly meetings where members share new work and receive feedback from their Play Group peers, members also receive dramaturgical support and artistic match-making advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff; invitations to Ars Nova shows, Resident Artists mixers, and to see the work of Play Group alums around the city; two Play Group writing retreats; and the opportunity to further develop and showcase one of their plays in a weeklong workshop that can culminate in a public reading. Click here for a list of Play Group alumni.

APPLICATIONS FOR PLAY GROUP ARE NOW OPEN.
Applications for Play Group 2020 will be accepted beginning June 19th and must be submitted by midnight on July 21st 2019 to be eligible for consideration. Please click here for the application form.  Applications require one full-length play, a playwriting resume, two theater references and a personal statement (written or video).

SELECTION CRITERIA:

All playwrights who identify as emerging are eligible to apply. In selecting new members, we will take into account the strength of the submitted play, how the writer stands to benefit from membership at this point in their career, what they would offer the other writers in the group, and the overall balance of voices and styles in Play Group. Writers of all races, genders, backgrounds and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects

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If you are submitting to:

1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *

2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.

3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Round’s On Us: What's The Big Idea? Festival
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)
FATE Theme - July 8th, 2019
 *REALITY Theme - this is for the FEATURED = Wild Card
                                       

MYTH
What is myth?
What does it mean to you?
Do we need them?
Do they help or hurt?
Bounce off of this word.  Have fun.  Flights of fancy are strongly encouraged!  Don’t limit yourself:  looking at myths from different cultures is fine, but don’t feel that you have to write a play based on a specific.  Although you can if you really feel you want to.

FATE
Are we slaves to Fate?
Does it really exist?
What is it?
Can we change our Fate?
Is Fate more than something we created? How do we know? Are we meant to know?

Feature Play = Wild Card

REALITY
What is reality?
Yeah, we’re going there.
Does reality need Realism?
Is reality a place where artists shop for supplies or can reality itself be art?

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: Myth and your name.

NOTE: accepted plays are produced (including casting) by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company.
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Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com

Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Notre Dame College Performing Arts New Play Festival

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Deadline July 15

Notre Dame College Performing Arts will host an annual National Playwriting Festival, showcasing unproduced plays and musicals for young adults and children, beginning October 2019.

A national search will commence in March of 2019 looking for the best and most promising theatrical works relevant to young audiences today. The weekend-long festival will consist of 4-5 staged readings of previously unseen theatrical works, and will take place in the Regina Auditorium on the Notre Dame College campus. A winner will be chosen through committee/audience voting and will receive a $500 prize, as well as the opportunity to present fully-staged production during the subsequent NDC Spring Semester.

Hosting such a festival allows Notre Dame College Performing Arts to fulfill and enhance its mission of enriching the community and the appreciation of the arts through live performance. By utilizing the talents of the Notre Dame College students, Mercury Theatre Company professional actors, and additional regional artists, the festival furthers our efforts of utilizing the stage as a platform to educate, enlighten and entertain the Greater Cleveland Community.

The Notre Dame College New Play Festival will join the ranks of Penn State, the University of Iowa and the Yale School of Drama as platforms for unproduced works while maintaining the distinction of hosting the only New Play Festival in the Mid-West solely dedicated to new theatrical works for children and young adult audiences. Finally, utilizing the annual festival as a launch-pad for such unproduced theatrical works will distinguish NDC from other area organizations and promote the programming at Notre Dame College to a nationally recognized level.

Process
On March 1 of each year, the Notre Dame College New Play Festival will begin taking digital-copy submissions of new plays and musicals. The Director of Theatre will ensure the submitted materials follow specified criteria (see below) and will pass the play to 7-person panel who will judge the merits of each work. Panel members will include the NDC Director of Theatre, a member of the NDC Performing Arts Faculty, a member of the NDC English Department, a playwriting scholar, and 3 NDC Theatre Entrepreneurship majors. Through individualized and joint adjudication, the submissions will be narrowed down to a selection of 4-5 plays and musicals deemed ready for a reading. All playwrights will be notified of the status of their submission in September and promotion about the chosen material will begin thereafter.

The festival will take place on a Saturday and Sunday in late October/early November. Three productions will be showcased in a reader’s theatre format open to the public on Saturday and two will play Sunday. The winner will be chosen by the selection panel, with consideration given to an audience vote, and announced at a reception upon conclusion of the festival.

The winner of each season’s new Playwriting Festival will receive a fully-developed and produced show as part of the NDC Spring Semester.

A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner dependent upon funding.

Criteria

- There is no submission fee for the Notre Dame College New Play Festival

- Submission deadline is July 15 of each year. Scripts received after that date will be considered the following year.

- 4-5 finalists will be selected on September 1 of that year and their names will be posted to the Notre Dame College website and social media platforms at that time.

- Must be a full-length play/musical for children or young adults without a prior production

- A brief synopsis must be sent together with a complete digital manuscript. Submission must include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play’s title page. No hard-copy submissions will be accepted.

- The play must be at least 1 hour and no longer than 90 minutes.

- The play must be appropriate for audiences of all ages

- Dramas, comedies and farces (with or without music) are welcome.

- Cast size limited to no less than 4 or more than 22.

- The plays selected will be acted by our student actors with a mix of regional artists where necessary. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.

- Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for the Notre Dame New Play Festival are strongly encouraged to contact Director of Theatre Pierre Brault at theatre@ndc.edu before submitting.

- All plays that are not selected for the festival will be held on file for 2 years.
Contact Information
Pierre Brault
theatre@ndc.edu

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Fred Ebb Award 2019

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Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved significant commercial success.

Application Materials:

A CD, flash drive, or electronic file of up to four songs from one or more musical theatre pieces, with typewritten lyrics and a description of the dramatic context for each song; and
A completed application form.

We will code the applications as they arrive. Because all submissions will be reviewed blind, please do not place name(s) of writer(s) on the CD, flash drive, electronic file names, lyric sheets, or description of dramatic context. Only musical theatre work will be considered. Please do not submit live recordings with any audience sound. The applicant(s) must have written all the songs included in the submission. For example, a composer cannot submit one song with her own lyrics, and a second song with lyrics by another writer. No individual may appear on more than one application. You cannot apply as an individual and again as part of a team, or as part of more than one songwriting team.

Submission Deadline and Award: Applications will be accepted from June 1st – June 30th.

Please mail or deliver applications to:

Fred Ebb Award, Roundabout Theatre
231 West 39th Street, Suite 1200
New York, New York 10018
OR
fredebbfound@gmail.com

Mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than June 30.

The winner will be selected in November and will receive $60,000.

Download the Ebb Foundation Application 2019 from page.

Ivoryton Playhouse Women Playwrights Initiative 2020


Fourth annual Women Playwrights Initiative: PASSION POWER PROSE 2020.
Our mission is to Inspire, Empower, Validate, and Celebrate women playwrights.
Please read the submission policy carefully
Starting June 15, 2019 women playwrights are invited to submit one-act plays written solely by women. Scripts must be in standard Samuel French playwriting format: 12 point font, character name centered, 1” margin all around. Email scripts to Laura Copland laurac@ivorytonplayhouse.org.

We are specifically looking for TWO ten-fifteen minute plays, and TWO longer plays up to one hour—approximately 50 pages. Plays running longer than one hour will not be considered. Each play will have one staged reading on either Saturday afternoon or Saturday evening on February 22, 2020.
No one-person plays or musicals will be accepted.

Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.

Submissions are limited to the first 150 scripts received. No play will be accepted before June 15.

These are blind submissions. The title page must include ONLY the name of the play, the characters, and the setting. DO NOT include a synopsis. A separate file is required with the playwright’s name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, and the name of the submitted play. Please also include a resume as a separate file and NOT included in the PDF file of the play.

The call is open from June 15 to August 15, 2019 OR until we receive 150 plays

Playwrights will be notified if their play was received after receipt of 150 plays or the deadline and thus, not considered.

Submissions will be acknowledged by email. Playwrights will be notified in the fall of 2019 by email if their play is selected. Playwrights whose plays were not selected will also be notified.
All ethnicities and all ages are strongly encouraged to apply.

The four selected playwrights will be invited to stay for the week of workshopping beginning the arrival day, Sunday, February 16, 2020 through to the staged readings on Saturday February 22, (performance inclement weather date and/or departure day on Sunday, February 23, 2020.)

The WPI is a workshop and playwrights are encouraged and should be prepared to work on their play, including rewrites, as needed.

Stipend: PLAYWRIGHTS: $500, plus travel from your nearest airport or train station to Ivoryton, CT on Sunday, February 16, 2020 and from Ivoryton on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Housing is provided.

DIRECTORS: The WPI also seeks resumes from women directors. Stipend: $300 and housing is provided, if needed. All ethnicities and ages strongly encouraged to apply.

READERS: We also seek resumes from male and female readers to evaluate the plays and to email feedback on a form provided. All readers will receive free admission to the staged readings. All ethnicities and ages are strongly encouraged to apply.
To download a pdf copy of these instructions, please follow this link:  WPI 2020 CALL FOR SCRIPTS

Play submissions, and Director and Reader resumes should be emailed to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development, and Founder and Director of the WPI at the Ivoryton Playhouse, laurac@ivorytonplayhouse.org.

The New York New Works Theatre Festival

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The New York New Works Theatre Festival has aggregated  leaders in the television and theatre communities who donate their time to review the leading writers of tomorrow.  Our main objective is to have a fabulous time celebrating the arts.

Performing in the heart of Times Square's celebrated theatre district (2017 took place at the Duke Theatre / 2018 staged on 42nd Street's Theatre Row), NYNW has made a point of selecting  pieces that are considered of the upper echelon of talent that the industry has to offer; participants range from those still in school, to television celebrities, to Broadway stars, to Broadway revivals.  All styles are represented i.e. plays, musicals, and comedies.  Several of our applicants have even adapted screenplays for the stage.

Performance lengths are to be between 10 and 26 minutes as the feedback has been that investors can tell within moments if it is a piece of work that they wish to participate in and appreciate being able to see several investment worthy performances in one evening.  Many past performances are full length in nature however, were abbreviated for this showcase; many are one acts.

Our success page speaks for itself and represents the relationships that have developed.

 We do not make promises, however, several shows have seen success.  Please identify in your application interesting, "story worthy" notes that make your submission special.

Once your application has been submitted please remember to email your script / cover letter / photos to nynwtheatrefestival@gmail.com .

ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

Festival Performances September 4 - September 22, 2018

Thursday, June 27, 2019

USC Bedrosian Center/Red Nation Celebration Institute seeks plays by indigenous authors

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USC Bedrosian Center/Red Nation Celebration Institute is accepting submissions of full length plays written by American Indian/Indigenous authors.

Winners from outside of Los Angeles will receive travel and accommodations to USC in November 2019 to workshop their script with professional actors, director, and dramaturge.

This call for submission supports our mission to give opportunities for Native American and non-Native students to learn, collaborate, study, and amplify the stories of Indigenous peoples. We are offering a call for original scripts from Indigenous playwrights.

The selected play will be featured in the opening ceremonies of the 24th Annual Red National International Film Festival at the USC Bedrosian Center in November 2019. Travel and accommodation will be provided to playwrights outside of the Los Angeles area.

Plays with a message are preferred, though there is no preference of genre. There is no fee to enter a submission, only one submission per person.

Application requirements & instructions:
All materials for application are due July 1, 2019

Email submissions to RNCIMedia@gmail.com

The applicant must identify as American Indian or Indigenous and be over 18.
The front page of the script must list:
title of play
author’s full name
author’s date of birth
author’s home address
author’s email address
author’s phone number

Wordsmyth is now accepting play submissions for the 2020 New Play Reading Series

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Wordsmyth Theater (Houston TX) is now accepting one-act or two-act play submissions for our New Play Reading Series for 2020. Six plays will be selected, with one slot reserved for a Houston, TX playwright and another slot reserved for a bilingual play — any language. Each selected playwright will be paired with a director and cast. The play will then be read in front of an audience and the audience will be invited to stay after for a moderated discussion of the play. We do expect the playwright to be in attendance for the reading.

Submissions must meet the following criteria:
1. Play must not have been produced.
2. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
3. Submission must be received on or before midnight July 2, 2019.
4. Submission must be a minimum of 40 pages long and have a minimum run time of 40 minutes.
5. Submission must be in .pdf format.
6. There should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script. Playwright info should be in a separate file that accompanies the script.
7. Only one play per playwright per submission period.
8. No musicals, children’s plays, or one-person plays.

To submit, please fill out the form below and upload your play.

Although we strive to notify everyone who has submitted a script to us, it doesn’t always happen.  If you do not hear from us before January 1, 2020, you may assume your script was not accepted, and please accept our apologies for not notifying you.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

OBJECT MOVEMENT PUPPETRY RESIDENCY & FESTIVAL

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OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. Object Movement supports the development new work and advances existing works-in-progress that address eternal human questions and the urgent challenges of our society today through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of 15-20 minute performances. Participants meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer peer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings are on Tuesday evenings from September 2019 to March 2019, culminating in a spring festival of performances.

Object Movement is curated by Maiko Kikuchi, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins.

Important Dates

Applications due: Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Applicants notified: Friday, August 9, 2019

First Residency meeting: September 10, 2019

First work-in-progress showing (closed): Tuesday, November 26

Second work-in-progress showing (invited audience): Tuesday, January 28

Object Movement Festival tech and performances: March 23 to April 5 (performances Fri/Sat/Sun at 7:30)

Final residency meeting: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Workshop meetings will take place weekly at 6:30-9:00 PM on Tuesdays at The Center at West Park on the Upper West Side. Participants will be expected to commit to the weekly schedule with a minimal number of absences. All residency meeting dates: September 10, 17, and 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; November 5, 12, 19, and 26; December 3, 10, and 17; January 7, 14, 21, and 28; February 4, 11, 18, and 25; March 3, 10, and 17; April 7.

Festival performances will be in the Center’s Balcony Theater on March 27-29 and April 3-5, 2020. Each participant will have three total performances on one of the two weekends. Each artist will have up 20 minutes to show either a completed short work or a selection of a full-length piece.

Participants will receive up to 40 hours of free rehearsal space at the Center during the residency. Free rehearsal hours may be used in the Chapel between 10am and 6pm, Monday-Saturday and must be reserved in advance.

Artist Stipend

All participants will receive a stipend of $250 at the residency to offset materials costs and other expenses.

Festival Info

The Object Movement 2020 Festival will take place over two weekends, with Program A running Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29 and Program B running Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5. Participants will be scheduled in Program A or B by January 2020 based on performer availability. Each piece in the festival will get one full day in the theater for tech and dress rehearsal.

The Center will provide front of house and technical staff for the festival, including a box office manager, house manager, technical director, and production stage manager. Equipment including a lighting rep plot and PA sound system will also be provided. All tickets will be $20 and sold through the Center’s website.

Print and digital marketing materials, including posters and Facebook pages, will be created by the Center. The Center will host a promo photo shoot in advance of the festival, and provide a photographer for production stills.

Application Information

Artists of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be for a specific project, either a new piece or an existing work in progress to be developed further. Please upload a one-page text description and one-page image/illustration of the project you would like to develop and perform during the residency and festival.

Your text description should include:

a summary of the story you are telling or experience you hope to share

the style of puppetry or object theater used in the project

the social and/or aesthetic questions you hope to explore with the project

why puppetry or object theater is essential to addressing these questions and serving the intention of the project

the length of the completed piece as you envision it

when, where, and how much of the material you have already created and shared

Please upload a document with one-page resumes or narrative biographies for up to three lead artists participating in the project. PDF preferred.

Please upload a document with work samples for up to three lead artist participating in this project. Work samples can be links to video, audio, or image galleries; a series of still images; and/or text. Please keep script samples to no more than 10 pages. PDF preferred.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the application process, the residency, or the festival.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

IATI Theater Cimientos Play Development Program

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(please note, the web site does not work with all browsers - Google Chrome is recommended)

There is no submission fee for Cimientos.
Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered.
  1. Submission will only be accepted through the online form.  See link below (only visible in month of June.)
  2. Submissions must be the author's own work. The piece shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold IATI Theater and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.
  3. The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work.
  4. The playwright must commit to be present on the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) assigned to his/her work.
  5. This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in a New York audience feedback. However, because of the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel), every playwright must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or commit to presenting feedback electronically or in written form on the dates of the PPP's and with no delay.
  6. Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.
  7. Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length.
  8. The play must require 5 actors or less.  Plays that have more than 5 actors and do not provide a clear and stageable doubling explanation will not be reviewed. If doubling is possible, it must be expressed clearly on the online form.
  9. The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced in any setting. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must inform IATI Theater of the specifics on the online form.
  10. The author’s name(s) should be nowhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document.  Scripts will be read ‘blind’.
  11. Submissions for the 2020 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2019.
  12. Please use a standard playwriting format.
  13. Link to submit: https://iatitheater.wufoo.com/forms/qwf5ta0rifdt9/

NuBox theater seeks 10 to 20 minute plays

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Deadline: July 20, 2019

NuBox theater is seeking 10 to 20 minute plays that are centered around the importance of mental health and the reality of coping with a mental illness.

The goal is to bring more awareness to mental health and to educate people on mental illnesses.

This is going to be a full production in New York City.

Playwrights from anywhere can submit, and they can submit more than one if they wish.

Send submissions to Emily DeSotelle: emilyrosamine@gmail.com

Southeast Texas Festival of New Plays

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Beaumont Community Players (BCP) is announcing a festival of new works set for its inaugural presentation in August. The Southeast Texas Festival of New Plays is slated for the week of August 12th through August 18th and will feature staged readings of four previously unpublished plays. Other activities of the festival week will include a Thursday night panel discussion with the authors and other industry professionals and talkbacks with the audience after each reading. Cost for the Festival is $15 for the week or $5 per reading and BCP subscribers’ are admitted to all events free of charge.

Submissions are now being accepted for full-length or one act (non-musical) plays and the four participants will be chosen July 1st. Each play will receive a weeks’ worth of rehearsal with a director, dramaturg and a company of BCP actors culminating in a staged reading of the play over the closing weekend of the festival. Authors are encouraged to attend the week’s rehearsals and a small stipend will be paid to each chosen playwright.

Previously un-produced original plays can be submitted electronically to: John@beaumontcommunityplayers.com

Or sent by mail to the theatre; 4155 Laurel, Beaumont, Texas 77707

John Manfredi BCP Executive Director talked about the new programming.

“We are committed to developing new talent here at BCP; actors, singers, designers, directors and now playwrights. Theatre is only as good as the stories we have to tell and developing new voices is essential to the continued health of theatre as an art form. This new festival not only helps develop the authors’ skill but continues the growth of BCP by giving more opportunities for actors and directors to be involved here. Actors with little or no experience can gain confidence in this supportive format of collaboration and directing a staged reading is great training for directing on one of our stages.”

For more information about the Festival and BCP call 409-833-4664

Beaumont Community Players is a Texas 501 c 3 nonprofit corporation located at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts. 4155 Laurel Ave, Beaumont, TX 77707

The Orange Players Acting Up! 2019 seeks 10-minute plays

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The Orange Players (Orange Connecticut) will be hosting Acting Up! 2019, an evening of 10 ten-minute one act plays for unpublished works on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019. If you are an author of an unpublished one act, we would love to work with you.

Scripts should be sent via email to TheOrangePlayers@gmail.com no later than June 30, 2019 and meet the following criteria:

• Works must be no longer than 10 minutes when performed.
• Works must consist of 2 characters or more.
• Works must be in script format.
• Works must be unpublished.
• Set pieces needed for each work must be relatively small in size – pieces that can be moved by 1 or 2 people at the most.
• Playwright must be 16 years of age or older.
• Each playwright may send up to 3 script submissions, no more than 3.
• Works must be submitted no later than June 30, 2019.

Please be aware of the following information:

PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR MEET AND GREET
• The week of August 26, 2019 a meet and greet for Directors and Playwrights will be scheduled.
• Each author will have an opportunity to speak about their play for a few minutes.
• Copies of the plays will be on hand for directors to read through.
• All names will go into a hat and each director will pull out a selection and assigned to a one act.
• The directors will have 20 minutes (if needed) to swap their assigned one act with another director
            o Each director must agree to the swap
            o Swaps must be completed before the evening is done.
• Assigned directors and authors will have a chance to chat a bit, exchange info.

AUDITIONS
• Open auditions will be held for two nights on Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4 at High Plains Community Center (HPCC). All performances and tech week will be held at HPCC, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT, 06477.
• Playwrights may attend if they wish.
• Playwrights may not audition for their own works.

REHEARSALS
• Orange Players will provide one copy of the script to each actor and director in the one act assigned.

TECHNICAL
• Tech Rehearsal will be held October 21, 22, 23 with Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, October 24, all at 7:00 PM
• Playwrights, directors and cast will provide their own props and costuming.
• Set pieces will be kept to a minimum.
• Set pieces must be relatively small in size – pieces that can be moved by 1 or 2 people at the most.
• There will be no special lighting for individual one acts.
• Overhead hanging microphones will be used during the performances.
• No body mics will be utilized during the performances.

PERFORMANCES
Dates: Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019
Event Location: High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd, Orange, CT 06477
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Seating: Cabaret Style, BYO light adult beverage and food

One Act submissions will be reviewed by The Orange Players One Act Reading Committee and selected playwrights will be contacted no later than July 30, 2019.

For further information, please contact TheOrangePlayers@gmail.com

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