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Thursday, November 7, 2019

CTC Playwrights Showcase

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Nelson Hall Theatre is proud to announce its premier self-produced new play festival. We are dedicated to young emerging playwrights in the state of Connecticut and therefore have
organized the “Connecticut College Playwrights Showcase!”

Submissions are open (until November 30, 2019) to all college students living in Connecticut and to those who have graduated college in CT in the past 5 years. Each playwright may submit two plays of 1 hour or less in length. Only the first 100 submissions will be accepted.

If selected your script will get one show night in the month of January as part of our showcase and one tech rehearsal that will be held one week before your premier.

Requirements are below.

-College student in CT, or recent (within 5 years) graduate of a CT college
-Bio in email
-City of residence in email
-PG-13 language
-No pyrotechnics
-Drama/Comedy preferred
-Stage teardown must be done in 2 hours or less
-Suitable for 55+ audience
-Meet organization standards for moral conduct, according to the mission of Nelson Hall/Elim Park
-Self-produced (email us with questions)
-Less than 100 word play synopsis in email
-Tickets sales profit will be split 50/50 between Nelson Hall Theatre and producing playwright
-No sets may be screwed, nailed, or glued to our stage
-We accept QLab
-Plays must not have been professionally produced before (this is your World Premier but past academic productions are okay)
-2 submissions per playwright
-Send a blind script in PDF format
-If selected, you will receive 1 reserved seat for yourself at each show as well as 4 other reserved seats at your own performance
Please research us before submitting.

Email your submission to Tgadomski@elimpark.org

(You will receive a verification email that
may go to junk/spam; accept it or your submission will not be received.)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Theatre of Western Springs (IL) Directors’ Workshop Program One-Act NEW PLAYS WORKSHOP August, 2020

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Submission Deadline: January 9, 2020
Notification of Selected Plays:  June, 2020 (earlier if possible)
Entry Fee: None
  • Plays must not have been previously produced or published.
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a lager work or work-in-progress.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Include two title pages:
One title page should contain 
a) the name of your play, and                                                        
b) your name, address, phone number, and email address.
The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read. The document should contain no identifying information about the author in any way on any page except the one title page, which will not be revealed until the plays are selected.
- Plays should run no less than 15 minutes, or more than 45 minutes in length.
- Plays must be typed in standard play format.
- If you’d like to, please include play’s development history as a separate document.  e.g. had a staged reading at Chicago Dramatist.  If none, not necessary.
- Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.
- Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/ technical support for a 117-seat black box theater. Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay). Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.
- Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
- Playwrights may submit multiple plays and retain full rights to all works submitted.  However, TWS shall be named as “first produced”.
- Selected plays will have a production mounted in August 2020 (exact dates unknown at this time) at The Theatre of Western Springs with at least three performances.
- Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.
- Playwrights are required to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance. If the playwright is unavailable for all performances, his/her play may not be selected.

Submission process:

Preferred:  For direct submissions, please email the two files to: DW@theatrewesternsprings.com with “2020 NEW PLAYS SUBMISSION” in the subject heading.

You may mail your submission to:  2020 New Plays Workshop Submission The Theatre of Western Springs 4384 Hampton Avenue Western Springs, IL  60558

Any Questions should be directed to:   TWSnewplaysworkshop@gmail.com
Please do not call TWS.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2020 one-act plays

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Sundog Theatre in NYC is seeking one-act plays for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2020”

Sundog Theatre’s 18th annual presentation of new and original one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.

  • Original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming it. 
  • 10-30 minutes in length and set on the Staten Island Ferry. 
  • Set in contemporary period. Priority is given to plays with 2 characters, however, 3-character plays will be considered.
  • No special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited/easily accessible props, and no special sound/lighting.
  • Avoid overt/unnecessary sexual/violence situations and language since we cater to a broad audience.
  • No musicals, long monologues, poetry, rants, or verse.
  • Humor is appreciated.

This year’s theme is audience participation. Please write your play so that—before the show begins—we can pre-choose an audience member for each play. S/he will briefly come on stage--entering from the audience--and say no more than 2 lines (that will be memorized, so must be short), and exit into the wings.


4 – 6 plays will be chosen. Writers will receive $100 each
and be produced in our series of five February/March 2020 performances in Staten Island, NY.

--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author, and contacts)
and the name of the play on each page to:

Sundog Theatre
“Scenes 2020”
PO Box 183
Staten Island, NY 10301

-- Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, 70-word bio and full resume of the author.
-- DEADLINE: postmarked from now til December 31, 2019.
-- Electronic submissions not accepted.
-- No submission fee.
--Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org.

Susan Fenley, Producer
Writers of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog’s website early in 2020. We look forward to reading your submissions!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Art Garage TGNC Reading Series

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Art Garage, New York’s first non-profit theatre company dedicated to the TGNC community, is seeking submissions for the second installment of the TGNC Reading Series.

This series provides Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming playwrights a chance to hear their work aloud in a comfortable and professional environment. Additionally, cisgendered playwrights may submit work that involves the Transgender+ experience.

Art Garage produces, casts, and caters the reading.

Readings will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Art Garage, in which the playwright may ask questions and receive feedback to help aid the writing process.

The reading series will take place in a rehearsal studio at A.R.T./NY.

Please submit your work and a brief bio or resume to artgaragenyc@gmail.com

If you are a member of the TGNC community and would like to get involved with the Art Garage in another capacity (especially actors who would like to be considered for casting), please email a resume and cover letter to artgaragenyc@gmail.com

HB Rehearsal Space Residency & Reading Series

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Deadline November 8, 2019

HB Rehearsal Space Residencies

HB Studio is dedicated to training and practice for the theater, and seeks to provide a commerce-free environment for the nurturing and growth of theater artists. In pursuit of this goal, HB offers six two-month Rehearsal Space Residencies each year for the development of creative projects. The HB Rehearsal Space Residency is an opportunity for practicing theater artists to collaborate on experimental projects, develop new work, and share workshop presentations among peers and colleagues, for constructive critical feedback and mutual growth. (Please note, the residency’s focus is on rehearsal and development, not production, and we are unlikely to select projects which are primarily intended to “showcase” work). The Rehearsal Space Residency is an open opportunity; you do not have to be affiliated with HB Studio to apply. However we do ask that our resident artists work with us to engage with our community of students and faculty while in residence at HB.


  • Rehearsed workshops or readings of new plays
  • New/exploratory staging or adaptation of existing works
  • Devised or improvised work
  • Musical theater works and theater works incorporating music
  • Movement-based theater work


  • Free rehearsal space, up to 9 hours each week, for two months.
  • During the second month, free presentation space over four weekends (Saturday & Sunday evenings) in the First Floor Studio, which may be used for public presentations, rehearsals, or both.
  • Limited temporary storage during the second month of each residency.
  • An orientation to the space and technical equipment.
  • Announcements of public presentations via HB Studio’s weekly notice and social media postings.
  • An eventbrite.com page created by HB staff for taking ticket reservations.
  • The opportunity to audit classes at HB Studio free of charge (one session per class only).


  • Sharing at least two public presentations at 8pm on the final Saturday & Sunday of the residency. Additional presentations on the prior weekends may be added if desired.
  • Crafting and running all elements of your public presentations, including tech, set up, break down, stage management and front of house.
  • Providing your own technicians to design and run the show, if using tech elements.
  • Providing your own costume, props or set pieces, as needed. Limited props and set pieces are available for use in the First Floor Studio. (Ideal projects will be those that cultivate a “no budget” aesthetic – self-produced, bare bones, etc.)
  • Creating your own publicity materials and promoting your presentations.
  • Gathering and sharing feedback on your work-in-progress from colleagues and audience is encouraged.
  • Completing a survey for HB about your experience at the end of the project period.
  • Note: The format of our residency program does not allow for AEA members to participate under the Showcase Code as the Code now requires performance dates during the week as well as weekends. Please contact the Actors Equity Association for any exceptions.

HB Playwrights Reading Series

Each year, HB Studio produces one week of staged readings of new full-length plays. Six plays each receive one evening for a staged reading in the HB Playwrights Theatre, followed by a talk-back with the audience. The goal is to nurture the development of new plays, and provide a crucial step in the life of a new play that may not yet be ready for full production or performance. It is an opportunity for playwrights to see their work on its feet, collaborate with actors and directors, and share the work among peers and colleagues for feedback, mutual growth, and dialogue. This is an open opportunity; you do not have to be affiliated with HB Studio to apply. All original full-length plays are eligible, with preference given to works that have not received previous opportunities for readings or performance.


  • Two days of free rehearsal space: a table read the day prior to your reading, and a rehearsal in the theater the day of your reading.
  • An AEA Staged Readings Agreement.
  • Technical and Production support.
  • Marketing, promotion, and ticketing.
  • If needed, help with finding actors, director, and moderator for the talk-back.


  • Creating your own mini-production company: You will be responsible for finding a director and casting your own play. (We’re here to help if needed.)
  • Following the AEA Staged Readings Guidelines
  • Keeping presentations as technically simple as possible: no props, no interior sound cues, no interior light cues.
  • Providing pre- and post-show music
  • Participating in a brief (10 min) talkback after the presentation of your play, and finding a moderator for the talk back.
  • Writing a logline for the play for HB to use in promo and marketing.

Sunday, November 3, 2019


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Editorial DALYA announces the IV International Playwriting Contest, which aims to encourage authors in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young people.

Contest Rules:

1. The competition is open to all writers worldwide and there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants.
a) We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer. Hereafter, ‘author’ means either a single author or a group of authors in a collective work.
b) The participation of an underage author must be authorised by the legal guardian.
2. The competition is restricted to plays for the young audience i .
a) We do not accept plays for children or adult audiences, other literary genres or musicals.
3 The participation of a play is restricted to one of the following options:
a) The play must cater for a performance time of no less than 60 min. and no more than two hours in category A.
b) The play must cater for a performance time of no less than 30 min and no more than one hour in category B.
4. In both categories, the entry may consist of a collection of independent plays, either of the same author or different authors.
a) Hereafter, 'play' means either a single play or a collection of plays.
b) The collection may be submitted as it is a full-length play for the category, taking into account each play must be 15 min. long or more.
5. Plays can be written in any European official languages.ii

6. The play must be a new and original piece of work. The play must not have been published in any form, or awarded, previously and its copyright must be owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable Editorial DALYA to use the work as contemplated by these contest rules.

7. The competition opens on Sunday 15 September 2019, with the deadline for
entry being on Sunday 15 December 2019.

8. Awards. The author of the winning play will be awarded:
a) Category A (5000 € iii): A cash prize of 2400€, plus the translation to
another language, publication and public reading or dramatization of the play
b) Category B (3500 €): A cash prize of 1000€, plus the translation to another
language, publication and public reading or dramatization of the play.
c) Awards cannot be shared or reduced, and the award must be given at least
in one category.
d) The shortlisted plays will be published. Editorial DALYA can publish these
plays in any of the official languages of Europe.
e) The Jury may award Honourable Mentions without cash prizes to any play
of the contest.
9. There is no fee to enter and no hidden costs for the entrants.

10. We do accept up to three plays for authors. Each entry must contain only one

11. The play may be submitted via links provided in ytpwc.edalya.com or in
Editorial DALYA web page: www.edalya.com. (→ Premios→Premio Teatro
a) The document must contain a front page stating:
1) The title of the play.
2) The contest category iv.
3) Contact e-mail.
b) Second and subsequent pages: The play.
c) Include the authorisation of legal guard, if applicable.
d) The author's name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.
12. An updated list of the plays submitted to the competition will be published on
the website of Editorial DALYA.
a) The organization will send an email to confirm the author that the entry has
been accepted.
b) Authors whose plays are not listed or have not received the acceptance of
the entry should notify the organization this by email.
c) The entries with no contact email or this is incorrect will be discarded on
Sunday, 22 December 2019.
13. The judges will assess each play independently and anonymously in
accordance with the following criteria:
a) Quality of dramatic text and audience appeal (characters, dialogue, story
development, style, rhythm…).
b) Promotion of tolerant coexistence among young people and crafting
discussions and problem-solving around their conflict issues.
c) Factors that ease the production: cast, set, technical requirements...
d) Innovative language and plot.
e) The play has not been staged v.
14. Short-list. A short list of 3-6 plays per category will be selected before Tuesday,
31 December 2019. vi
a) The authors of these plays will receive an email after selection.
b) The author must be re-submit the shortlisted play, including in the front
page personal details (name, address, nationality...) and CV.
c) The shortlisted plays and the name of the authors will be announced then.
15. The Jury shall announce the verdict before Wednesday, 31 January 2020.
a) The Jury’s verdict will be announced through the website of Editorial
DALYA (www.edalya.com), its social network and the media.
b) The Jury’s verdict is final.
16. The payment of prize money will be made in the year 2020.

17. Editorial DALYA retains the right to produce any of the awarded plays in years
2020-2021 without payment of royalties.

18. The awarded participants commit making mention of the award in their future
publications or performances of the play.

19. Awarded entrants commit themselves to sign a Publisher-Author agreement vii
with the customary terms of Editorial DALYA.

20. By entering the Prize, the awarded entrants grant non-exclusive permission to
Editorial DALYA, its sponsors and any members of the media to use their name
and CV, and extracts from the submitted work in publicity and reporting.

21. Entrants are bound to inform the organisation about award or publication of
their plays before the announcement of the Jury’s verdict.

22. By entering into the competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by the
contest rules. No communication or correspondence will be entered into
regarding the non-awarded plays.

23. By entering into the competition, entrants warrant their plays will not infringe
any copyright or intellectual property rights, it does not violate any personal
privacy regulations, and it does not violate the rights of any person or entity.

24. The competition is subject to applicable laws and regulations about tax rates.

25. The competition and its rules will be governed by Spanish law.


  • i Suggested: ages 12 -21; at this stage of life a certain kind of freedom or legal right (civil, sexuality, to work…) is obtained, although parental dependence is held. In practice, this coincides with secondary and university studies. However, subjects such as marriage with girls, child prostitution, child soldiers or the like may be acceptable for the contest.
  • ii The spirit of this competition is the participation of any author in terms of equality, regardless of nationality, age, gender or language
  • iii Prize worth is estimated. Style revision of play translation is included. The prize does not count royalties for the author of the publication.
  • iv The Jury may change the category in its sole discretion.
  • v Performed plays can be submitted. In the event of being awarded, this release contest organization of the obligations in 8.a or 8.b
  • vi The awarded participants authorise the Jury and the contest organisation can read their personal details.
  • vii Plays will be published in the book series of theatre, named “Antonio Mesa Ruiz”

Saturday, November 2, 2019


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Electronic submissions only. No fee to submit.
Deadline: Nov 15, 2019

E-mail your short play to:

Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email:
“If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $150 participation fee.”


​The Theater Project will supply the venue, a stage manager and a lighting/sound director.

Individual productions supply the actors, directors and make their own agreements with actors and directors regarding compensation.

​Playwrights will be charge a $150 fee to cover production  expenses for venue, stage manager
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Plays selected will have three (3) performances in Feb 21,22,23.

​At each performance, the audience will vote  for their favorite.

After the Sunday performance, judges will award:
Best Play ($500 prize)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Audience Choice.

​The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration. Plays are accepted in the fall for the March event.

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Playwrights invited to participate must have plays that are ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors.

​Those selected for participation will be charged a $150 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director).


The Theater Project does not charge a submission fee for its THINK FAST one-act festival.

We do, however, charge a production fee to help underwrite the costs of mounting our three performance festival.

Our $150 fee for playwrights invited to participate in the THINK FAST festival will not cover all of our upfront costs.

We do not own our building. The Theater Project rents the Burgdorff Center for the Arts in Maplewood. Everything we produce requires the hiring of front-of-house staff as well as technicians to handle light, sound, etc. We also hire a stage manager for the festival.

And, at the end of the day, the winning play receives a $500 award.

Although we would rather not charge a production fee, the reality is that without help from participating playwrights, we would not be able to offer this showcase for new works.

2020 Inge Festival New Play Lab

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

The 5th Annual New Play Lab seeks to connect 20 playwrights with the national theater community through during the 39th Annual William Inge Theater Festival, May 13-16, 2020.

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

The festival is proud to honor the two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, Lynn Nottage with the 2020 Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award.

Interested playwrights are invited to submit a 10 minute or one-act play (up to 30 minutes, limited to four physical actors) to be included in the New Play Lab, Call for Plays.

Applications due by midnight on Nov. 15, 2019

Notification by Jan. 15, 2020

Selected playwrights receive:

  • A professional staged reading of their play with an audience.
  • Feedback on their play facilitated by national theater professionals.
  • Exclusive playwriting masterclasses taught by Dramatists Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright (TBD) and the Inge Festival Otis Guernsey New Voices in the American Theater Award Winning playwright (TBD).
  • Opportunities to meet with theater professionals from across the country.
  • VIP passes to all festival events
  • Meal vouchers to enjoy William Inge’s Hometown.
  • The submitted plays will be blind reviewed (the playwright’s name will not be revealed) by a nationwide panel of theater professionals.

Playwrights may submit either a 10-minute play or one-act play, limited to a 30 minutes read time (not page count). (Submissions longer than 30 minutes will be disqualified).

Plays must not require more than 4 physical actors. The play may be designed to have actors play multiple roles. If that is the case, doubling must be indicated in the character list.
Character list must include character breakdown as well (age, race and gender for the purpose of casting).

Plays must be submitted in a PDF format.

Plays must not include the author’s name nor contact information anywhere within the script.

Playwrights may only submit one play per festival.

Plays must be submitted through the following online form: https://kansascaic.submittable.com/submit/96278/new-play-labhttp://ingecenter.org/play-lab-call-for-plays/


Playwrights are required to attend the festival.  If you cannot attend, you are ineligible to apply.

Each playwright is required to attend the Dramatists Guild Playwright Masterclass and the New Voices in the American Theater Award Winner Masterclass.

Each playwright is required to attend the reading of their play during the Play Lab. More details will be sent out to those accepted.

Travel, transportation, and lodging.

For pre-planning purposes, selected playwrights should at least plan to attend Wednesday afternoon May 13, through Saturday evening May 16.
Each playwright is responsible for their own travel, transportation, and lodging needs. Local lodging information will be shared with those accepted. (Complementary transportation to and from the Tulsa Airport is available upon prior arrangement.)

Conference Fees.

Selected playwrights conference registration fee is $225. Playwrights are responsible for their own conference registration fees.

Professional Public Reading

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

Exclusive Masterclasses

The Play Lab Playwrights receive at least two exclusive opportunities: attending a Dramatists Guild Playwright Masterclass and the New Voices in the American Theater Award Winner Masterclass.

Festival Celebration

Play Lab Playwrights will have full access to four days of all public and private festival events, including the 2020 award and tribute to the honoree, the other play lab readings, productions, social events, workshops, panels, meals, and more


  • All applications must be submitted online: https://kansascaic.submittble.com/submit/96278/new-play-lab
  • All scripts must be submitted in PDF
  • Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address -- or it will be disqualified.
  • Give your script file the name 2020 + TITLE (for example, 2020 Bus Stop).
  • Limit script length to a 30 minutes read-time - not page count. (Submissions longer than 30 minutes will be disqualified).
  • Character list must include character description as well including age, race and gender relevant for casting.
  • Applicants must enter a short synopsis of their play as it might appear in the Play Lab program. (Maximum 100 words.)
  • Applicants must enter a summary of how they think their play would benefit from a Play Lab reading and panel response. (Maximum 200 words).
  • If you have any questions about the residency program, feel free to email program coordinators directly: info@ingecenter.org 

You can also learn more on the festival website.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Austin Latinx New Play Festival 2019

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Teatro Vivo is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2020 Austin Latinx New Play Festival (ALNPF), presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, to run May 14 to May 16, 2020, Austin TX.

Playwrights are invited to submit original scripts that speak to the diverse Latinx experience.

Plays can be in English, Spanish, Nahuatl, Coahuiltecan, bilingual or multilingual.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 15, 2019 by 11:59 PM CST. 

Plays will then be read and scored by a diverse panel of readers. Four scripts will be selected for presentation at the festival, including one play by a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, and one play for young audiences.

Selected plays will be announced in December.

Eligible plays must be original, full-length works with a minimum 50-minute run time and a max of 10 roles. Additionally, plays must align with the Teatro Vivo mission statement, be focused on Latinx lives, and must not have been produced before the ALNPF or already scheduled for production during 2019-2020.

Preference will be given to plays that utilize more than one language.

Now in its eighth year, the ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original work. The festival brings each playwright together with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience. Additionally, the selected works will receive a preliminary reading in January to give playwrights an opportunity to revise their work before rehearsals begin in May.

Playwrights of the selected pieces will collaborate with a dramaturg and director hired by Teatro Vivo. Playwrights must be available to attend the preliminary reading of their play in January, the public reading in May, and participate in a facilitated talk back with the audience immediately following the public reading. The Austin Latinx New Play Festival will take place at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

Submissions can be sent to teatrovivoaustin@gmail.com

Cascades 10 Festival – Bend Oregon

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Accepting ten-minute play submissions from playwrights in Oregon and Washington for the Third Annual Cascades 10 Festival, sponsored by the Cascades Theatrical Company, Bend Oregon. Submissions accepted Nov 1 – Dec 31, 2019.

  • Accepting unproduced works or works that have had one previous production. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible
  • No adaptations or children’s plays
  • Cast size: 6-10 maximum
  • Length: approximately 10 minutes 
  • Plays should have simple set requirements
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted
Plays will be reviewed through a blind panel review process.

The eight selected plays will be produced for a weekend play festival April 23 – 26, 2020 in Bend, Oregon at the Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend Oregon 97703.

We are trying to support new works and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels.

Please submit your play, PDF format to cascades10@cascadestheatrical.org, or mail three printed copies to Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend OR 97703

College of Saint Mary seeks one-act plays

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College of Saint Mary is accepting one act play submissions for the recently established New Works Initiative.

The selected script will be published in the 2020 edition of The Saint Mary’s Review.

The playwright of the selected script will receive a $250 guest lecture stipend, travel/airfare to Omaha in late April or early May 2020 (at this time dates are flexible), 2-3 nights lodging on the CSM campus, and daily meals. While the playwright is on campus, workshop opportunities will be offered over 2-3 days, culminating in a public staged reading.

Spring 2020 – College of Saint Mary – One Act Play Theme:
The College of Saint Mary Library recently received a collection of Cinderella texts. This generous donation is the inspiration for the 2020 One Act Play, Call for Scripts. Depending on the interpretation, the story of Cinderella has a variety of themes and lessons. Please select a theme or lesson from any Cinderella text as a catalyst for your one act.

Guidelines for Submission:
• For full consideration, one act scripts must be submitted before Friday, November 8th, 2019.
• Only one script per playwright is accepted.
• Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the CSM Mission.
• Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the theme of this
   year’s Call for Plays.


Script Parameters:

To best serve College of Saint Mary’s entirely female undergraduate population, we are seeking scripts that can be produced with an all-female cast.
• Only one-act plays are being accepted.
• Estimated production run time should be 90 minutes or less.
 • The script must be written in English.
• The script must provide a character breakdown.
• The script must provide a brief description of the setting.
• The script must be unpublished.
• The script must not have previously received a fully-mounted production.
  • Submissions will be vetted by a small committee of CSM faculty, students, and staff.
• The winner will be announced in January, 2020.
• To be eligible for consideration, the playwright must be willing to travel to Omaha in late April or early
May of 2020 to serve as a guest lecturer and participate with workshops leading to the staged reading of the script. At this time dates are flexible.

How and Where to Submit:
• Script and Title Page must be submitted to: sklocke@csm.edu o SubjectLine(NewWorksInitiative)
o No other forms of submission will be accepted.

• Script:
o Must be in 1 File
o Must include: Play title, cast list, and setting description
o Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the CSM
o Submission must include a 100-300 word description of how the script aligns with the theme of this year’s Call for Plays.
• Title Page:
o Must include: Name, Address, Email and Phone Number
• Please forward all questions to:
Sarah Klocke, MFA
Associate Professor
Program Director for Theatre and Communication College of Saint Mary
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Itinerant Theatre’s “Life Inspired” 5th annual 10-Minute and Short Play Staged Readings Season

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Itinerant Theatre is accepting scripts for our 5th annual 10-Minute and Short Play Staged Readings series “The Play’s the Thing”. The Play’s subject matter should fit this season’s theme of “Life Inspired”.

There will be a $25 flat royalty honorarium to playwrights per play chosen for readings.

Itinerant Theatre is an affordable, professional theatre company that brings new works and the modern classics to artistically underserved communities.

 Itinerant Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company.  People want to tell their story, interpret their times, write and act with truth and beauty…before their peers & for the stage. Itinerant Theatre makes that possible.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Only TWO plays per category may be submitted per playwright. There is no submission fee.
  2. Submission deadline is November 15, 2019.
  3. Submissions via email only. Email submissions (in pdf or Word format only) to joypace@itineranttheatre.com
  4. Plays must include contact info (name, phone number, email address, home city and state, country) on the cover sheet.
  5. Plays will require no more than 6-8 actors.
  6. 10 Minute Plays will run no more than 10 minutes, no exceptions.
  7. Short Plays will run no more than 1 hour, no exceptions.


Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for readings will be notified via phone call and email in Late November to mid December at latest.

At most, twenty to thirty plays will be chosen to be produced as staged readings in in Spring as part of our “The Play’s the Thing: New Play Series” in Itinerant Theatre’s studio.

After the plays have closed, the honorarium will be sent to the playwrights.

Stage Partners seeks 10-minute plays

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Stage Partners wants YOUR best 10-minute play for our next collection. We all want strong women characters for our young actresses to play, and who knows better how to write those women than YOU.

Submit your play below by November 15th, 2019.

If selected to be included in the collection you'll receive:

-A publishing and licensing deal for your play to be included in our newest collection IT’S HER SAY. You'll be a published playwright!

-A free production of a Stage Partners play for your school! (Script Pack and up to 3 performances)

-Recognition and a guest interview on our blog!

 The Rules:

You have to be a theater teacher.

You must identify as a woman (cis/trans/GNC/non-binary).

Your play must about 10 minutes in length (but up to 15 mins is okay) and must feature at least one prominent, dimensional female/ female-identifying role. Sorry, no solo pieces.

Your play must be able to be performed in schools (no foul language, no adult content — you know the drill).

You must own exclusive rights to your play. It’s great if it was already produced, but it can’t already be published.

Otherwise, the sky is the limit! Comedy, drama and everything in between goes. We know you know what works, you're all pros.


Email info@yourstagepartners.com with any questions.

Submit your play using the form below by November 15th, 2019 (midnight EST)


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

St. Paul’s Arts Council 3rd Annual Short Play Festival

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The St. Paul’s Arts Council is showcasing original, never before produced short plays in its 3rd Annual Short Play Festival, February 9, 2020. Plays are to be in one of two categories: 2-Minute or 10-Minute plays. This festival was created to encourage new and upcoming playwrights.

There is no entry fee.

The theme for this year’s festival is “The Time of Our Lives.” Since this is the weekend before Valentine’s Day, the theme is focused around love and is inspired by the song “The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. Plays selected to be a part of the 2020 Short Play Festival will receive rehearsals with professional quality actors and directors, then presented in a staged reading for our audience. The performance is free of charge but donations are accepted with all proceeds supporting an outreach ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.


We are looking for original works which have not been published and have not had a full premiere production. Plays are to be either two minutes or ten minutes in length. We are not accepting musicals and the cast shall be limited to four.


Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above and be submitted by the deadline. Early submission is encouraged. We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts.

Send an email to parishoffice@stpaulna.org with the following in the body of the email: Play Title, Name of Playwright(s), Contact information (email and phone), Synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

Attach a PDF copy of your script with just the title on the cover. As our readers are reading blind we request that you please not include playwright or contact information on the submitted script. Email all submissions by November 4, 2019.

One submission per playwright so we can highlight more playwrights.


All submissions will be screened by a blind panel of readers for appropriateness of topic, theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive scores from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read by additional readers and scored until a short list of plays is determined.

Questions: Contact parishoffice@stpaulna.org

Monday, October 28, 2019

EST/Sloan Project 2019

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2019

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 19th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $3,000,000 to more than 300 artists and theatres. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.


Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.


The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.



Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)

Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)

Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)


Anthropology and Archaeology


Computer Science

Software Development, Computer Development

Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)

Space Research


Science Fiction

Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease

Psychology and Human Behavior



Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A one-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the story you want to put on stage. All the science should be discussed as part of the story, not as a separate section. Focus on plot and character development, as well as the aesthetic style you envision for the piece.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.


Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:

A draft of the script.

A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2018
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2018


Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.

An estimated budget for the project.


We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):

Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.
Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff

Sunday, October 27, 2019


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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Season.

Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.

Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

  • "Full-length" plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission.
  • Each submission should be sent to BPP via email.
    • Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org
  • Your email should include the following:
  • Tell us for which competition you are submitting: Reva Shiner Comedy or the script Woodward Newman Drama
  • Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play
  • Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee
  • Agent submitted scripts require no fee.
  • If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email
  • If you have paid via Paypal on our website indicate your confirmation number and the email address used. Paypal is preferred, but if you can’t pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to “BPP” and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404
Attach a PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:
  • Title page with author name
  • Synopsis (1 page or less)
  • Character list/breakdown
  • Production history for the play—Include readings and productions
  • A brief bio of the playwright,
  • Full Script
  • Submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest.
  • Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  • Two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.


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Deadline: November 1, 2019

Maximum of four to five actors and no gratuitous offensive language, sex, etc. 

We are a touring group, so sets need to be simple and the special effects minimal. Selected plays will receive a cash honorarium, a one-time royalty payment, and community engagement opportunities.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Plays, including MUSICALS, approximately 45-75 minutes long that hold appeal for a senior adult audience. One acts will also be accepted.  Maximum of FOUR TO FIVE actors and no gratuitous offensive language, sex, etc.  We are a touring group, so sets need to be simple and the special effects minimal.  From Comedies and musicals play well with our audiences as well as touching dramas with happy endings. 

JUDGES: A panel of local writers & directors affiliated with ATTG. 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU: A cash honorarium, one-time royalty payment, plus the opportunity to see your work performed by professional actors with a live audience. In addition, we schedule a “Meet The Playwright” event, where we feature the writer, giving the opportunity for our audience to meet them and ask questions. 

HOW TO SUBMIT: E-mail scripts to David@atlantatheatretogo.com


Include a brief synopsis, cover sheet along with contact information, production history and running time. 

FORMAT:  Standard Stage Play format but will also accept raw submissions that have:  Script*12 pt., character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions. 

QUESTIONS? Call at 470-239-2210 x 2, e-mail David@atlantatheatretogo.com, or visit our website: www.AtlantaTheatreToGo.com


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Submissions for the 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award are now open. Latinx playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award.

Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

Submission Procedure

We respectfully ask that you adhere to the following application requirements:

  • Submit a single script via U.S. mail.
  • Scripts must be postmarked by November 1, 2019. Please include a title page on the script that includes the play’s title, the author’s name, and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address, and email).
  • Include a cover letter of no more than one page, describing the play’s developmental history, and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career trajectory.

Submit manuscripts to:

National Latinx Playwriting Award
ATTN: Elaine Romero, Playwright-in-Residence
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701


The award is open to all Latino playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. (Spanish-language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.)

Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced, and not currently under option at the time of submission.

Full-length and one-act plays (minimum length: 50 pages) on any subject will be accepted.


The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, “property” means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.

The winner will be notified by Fall 2020.

For more information contact Elaine Romero, ATC Playwright-in Residence: info@arizonatheatre.org.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series

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Deadline for open submissions: November 2, 2019

Playwrights with work on NPX may contact program director Catherine Rust (Catherine.Rust@centenaryuniversity.edu), with name of play to be downloaded for consideration.

NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

The Centenary Stage Company, a professional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2019 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 27th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and under-served voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period of approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the general public as part of the series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing is available for one playwright each season.

The Susan Glaspell Contest
One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Glaspell Contest submission

Submit full-length play, with no prior AEA production
(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contact infor, if applicable.)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.
NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Send submissions to:
Attn: Catherien Rust, WPS Program Director
Centenary Stage Company
400 Jefferson Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Snowdance 2020

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OOHP accepting submissions now through November 1st 2019

Over Our Head Players is accepting submissions for the "2020 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival," now through November 1. "Snowdance®" entry is open to original 10 minute or shorter comedies for the stage. 

Winning entries will be performed together in one theatre presentation by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble at Sixth Street Theatre for five weeks beginning January 31, 2020. The entire Snowdance production will be presented 24 times during the run. At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites will earn cash prizes for the playwright. 

Entries may be sent to 

c/o Sixth Street Theatre, 
318 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403. 

Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com.

Rules for the Snowdance Comedy Competition, which is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction, are relatively simple. In summary, competition is open to unpublished, 10 minute or shorter comedies free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2019. 

The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be included on the title page and only the title page. 

The title page should also include a cast list and a one- to three- sentence synopsis of the play. 

Plays can have a cast of one to five characters; plays should be easily staged, avoiding elaborate set requirements. 

Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
January 31 – March 1, 2020 - Run of festival performances.
March 1, 2020 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of "Best in Snow."

To enter a script, please follow these steps:
Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.

Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.

Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2019.

Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2" x 11" paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)

Plays can have a cast of 1 to 5 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a 'COMEDY FESTIVAL'.

The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.

Submit one (1) copy of your script.
Send scripts to:
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at 262-632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com

Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

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