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Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Bridge Award 2020

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The Bridge Award was established with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work. The 2020 final selecting judge will be David Henry Hwang.

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

Submissions for the 2020 Bridge Award will be from December 1, 2019 until February 1, 2020.

The Bridge Award was established with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work. The 2020 final selecting judge will be David Henry Hwang.

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

Submissions Coordinator/Reader Committee Chair
Anna O’Donoghue

AITAF encourages first time playwrights to submit!
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The awarded playwright receives:
$10,000 prize.
An AITAF produced reading of the winning play, in NYC or on base (if the winning playwright is in active duty) with a professional director and cast.
A reception and feedback session following the reading.

Eligibility/Guidelines:

  • Author must currently serve or have served in the United States military. All selected finalists will be required to provide proof of service.
  • All submissions must be full-length, completed plays.
  • Musicals, screenplays, or one-act plays are ineligible.
  • All submissions must be unpublished.
  • The submitted play may not have received a professional, reviewed production.
  • The submitted play may address any subject matter or theme; military settings or content are not given any extra consideration.
  • Each author may submit one play per year; multiple submissions are not allowed.
  • Once a play has been submitted, no further revisions or new drafts may be entered during that judging cycle. Each submitted play is eligible for one re-submission (with or without revision) in a subsequent judging cycle.
  • Plays with a producer, producing organization or theater attached are not eligible.

Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. The AITAF Bridge Award Competition (“Competition”) is held by Arts in the Armed Forces, 220 36th Street, B520, Unit 21, Brooklyn, New York (“Host”).

PARTICIPATION DATES AND PROMOTION STRUCTURE: The Competition will open at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Standard Time on December 1, 2019 and ends on 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on February 1, 2020 (“Submission Period”). One (1) Winner will be selected from among all eligible submissions received during the Submission Period and announced on or approximately on April 15th, 2020.

ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are age 18 or over and currently serve or have previously served in the United States military at the time of entry. Individuals stationed on U.S. military bases overseas are eligible to enter. Employees, representatives, agents, officers, and directors of Host (including competition judges) and all its respective parents, subsidiaries, members, divisions, affiliates, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies (“Host and Promotion Parties”), and those individuals who are immediate family members of Host and Promotion Parties, or persons living in the same household as, or domiciled with, Host and Promotion Parties, are not eligible to participate in the Competition. “Immediate family” means parents, siblings, children and spouse. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

HOW TO ENTER: During the Submission Period, entrants must submit one (1) full-length, completed manuscript of a play meeting the submission requirements below to the following website: https://aitaf.org/the-bridge-award/. Entrants must submit the play as a single PDF file with the title in the following format: “Title of Play.PDF.” Each entrant must also submit at the time of entry a brief statement not exceeding 250 words describing the entrant’s current or prior military service, including dates of service, military branch, and foreign countries served in, if applicable. No other method of entry is accepted. Any entries submitted before or after the Submission Period will be disqualified. Limit one entry per person.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered as eligible, an entry:

  • Must be a full-length, completed play
  • Must not be a musical, screenplay, one act play, children’s play, adaptation, translation, or fan fiction play
  • Must be the entrant’s own original work and cannot be co-authored
  • Must be typed in the English language
  • Must not have been previously produced or published. (Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are permitted).
  • Must not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission
  • Must not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party
  • All entries are considered final; once an entrant submits an entry, no further drafts or revisions to the entry are permitted. By submitting an entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she consents to the submission and use of the entry in the Competition and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. Personal information gathered about entrants will be used solely for the administration of the Competition and will not be sold or distributed to third parties besides Host and Promotion Parties. Entries that do not meet the criteria above may be automatically disqualified. All decisions regarding the submission requirements are made by Host in its sole discretion and are final. Entries will not be returned.


WINNER SELECTION: Three (3) to five (5) Finalists and one (1) Winner will be selected from among all eligible entries. As this is a skill competition, the odds of winning depend on the number of entries received and the relative merit of the entrants as demonstrated through judging by Hosts’s representatives.

Judging for the Finalists and Winner will be conducted by a panel of independent, qualified professional readers designated by Host, with final decisions made by the panel chairperson. The Winning play will be selected by the Head Judge according to the Judge's assessment of the artistic craft demonstrated, the uniqueness of the author's voice, and the power of the play's themes. Plays containing military themes or content will not be afforded any special consideration during judging.

Finalists will be notified on or about April 15th, 2020. Host will set up an interview with each Finalist, which may be conducted in person or by phone, at the mutual convenience of Finalist and Host. One Winner will be selected by Host from among all Finalists. The Winner will be announced publicly on or approximately on May 1, 2020.

The Finalist selected by the Host to be the Winner will be notified in advance of the public announcement. In order to be awarded a prize and declared the Winner, a selected Finalist must pass a background check and sign and complete a General Release of Liability and Nondisclosure Agreement and return it to Host within 10 days of the date of receipt of the Grand Prize Winner notification. Host is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to deliver the notification to selected Finalists. If a selected Finalist is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, fails to successfully pass the background check, or fails to timely return the completed and executed General Release of Liability and Nondisclosure Agreement within 10 days of initial contact, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Finalist. If the selected Finalist has moved to a different address, it is the sole responsibility of the selected Finalist to notify the Host or designated agent of the selected Finalist’s new address. Host is not responsible for any undeliverable prize deliveries due to change of address.

PRIZE: The Winner will receive: (a) a $10,000 prize; (b) a reading of the Winner’s play produced by Host with a professional director and cast, an award presentation, and a reception and feedback session. The reading of the winning play will take place in New York, NY unless the Winner is on active military duty, in which case Host may arrange for the reading to take place on the Winner’s military base, pending location. Active Duty Military personnel mucst be granted approval to receive the prize by their chain of command. No alternative prizes or substitution is permitted, except by Host in its sole discretion in the event of prize unavailability. Prizes are not transferable or convertible to cash. Winner is subject to verification. Taxes of any kind, including all federal, state, provincial and/or local taxes, are the sole responsibility of Winner. Winner will be issued an IRS 1099 form for all prizes above $600 USD, where applicable.

Friday, December 27, 2019

The Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest



Attention playwrights - The Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest isn't playwriting, but we thought you might be interested anyway:
Since 1982 the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged man, woman, and (very precocious) child to write an atrocious opening sentence to a hypothetical bad novel. We're honored to receive thousands of odious entries from around the world each year.
Learn more at BYLINES

Share Your Theater Story: Sharon Baker

LOVE AND DEATH IN. EDEN AUSTRALIA  presented at South Florida’s Under the Sun Festival
Sharon Baker toasts her theatrical team in Aventura Florida


Thanks to Sharon Baker for sharing her theater story.

Sharon Baker is a new Associate member of The Dramatist’s Guild of America
And The Playwright’s Center, Minneapolis.
Google her travel essays, under Sharon Spence Lieb.
Contact: sharonspencelieb@gmail.com
I wrote a ten-minute play, “Love and Death in Eden, Australia.” A strange tale from a visit to Eden, Australia: about orca killer whales rounding up humpback whales, and delivering them to humans who harpoon them to death. The play is about murder, passion, and a woman’s discovery of her bizarre identity. 
On Monday July 28, my dream of becoming a first time Playwright came true. Sitting in the audience at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center in Aventura Florida, I was thrilled and terrified. My ten minute play was about to go from page to stage as part of “Stages of the Sun,” an evening of 8 new innovative short plays, presented by The South Florida Theatre League.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Share Your Theater Story 2019: Lorna Brown

Back row from left: Bethany Brown, Lorna Brown, Jazmine Cornielle, Yvette Willit 
Front row from left: Senela Lukovic, Brittany Brown

Thanks to Lorna Brown for sharing her theater story.

This summer I participated in The Summerfest @The Hudson Guild Theater.
The name of my production was WHEN THE BOTTOM FALLS OUT.
 
The production was about a woman who became homeless after losing her children in a custody battle with her ex. This had the audience in suspense as they try to figure out why she was homeless and the whereabouts of her children. The end was a shocker and an eye-opener to the plight of the homeless.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Share Your Theater Story 2019: Judith Pratt

Thanks to Judith Pratt for sharing her theater story.

www.judithpratt.com

My play MAIZE was chosen as one of three plays to be part of the Lousiana State University Baton Rouge SciArts Festival. It was a wonderful experience.
We were paid, *and* we were flown to Baton Rouge and put up in very large and comfortable dormitory suites. We were shown around the city, and even invited to a Mardi Gras Krewe party!  Thanks, Vince LiCata! Vince is a plant geneticist and a playwright.
 
Each play got a rehearsed reading. My director, Rachel Aker, not only got a fine cast, which she directed well, but took two of us (all three playwrights were women!) to Sephora because we lacked essential makeup. 
The other playwrights were Jacqueline Bircher, "Another Revolution" and Kristin Idaszak, "The Surest Poison." Both are on the New Play Exchange. Check them out. (I'm there, too!) 
Maize is about real people: Barbara McClintock, a Nobel-winning maize geneticist, her friend Marcus Rhodes, and her protege, Nina Federoff, as well as James Watson of DNA-structure fame. It also includes a young version of Barbara. 
I was especially lucky to get Thomas Eldon Anderson and Cristine Mcmurdo-Wallis as Marcus and Barbara. Cristine has acted at Portland Stage, Seattle Rep, and the Mark Taper Forum, to name a few. Tom went to Ithaca College--in the town where I live--and we know a lot of the same people! Glenn Underwood played Jim, and Victoria Myssik played Young Barbara. 
Kaitlin Kerr played Nina. She did it very well. She did it especially well, because the real Nina Federoff was in the audience. I was terrified, but Dr. Federoff was both genial and fascinating. Vince, Rachel and I met her for coffee on the morning of the performance, and we talked about plant genetics. After the show, Dr. Federoff immediately talked with and congratulated the cast.  
In the talk-back, I learned that I made only one huge error in the script--now fixed!
Dr. F. is a is Senior Science Advisor regarding the use of modern molecular methods for improving agricultural plants, animals and microorganisms. She advised the federal government on these things, while maintaining her lab at Penn State University. If she has time, she will check some of the other science in MAIZE. 
 
Dr. Federoff gave a talk about GMO isssues. If you are opposed to anything GMO, consider this:  
Genetically Modified Banana in Uganda 13 - YouTube
Or consider mosquitoes bearing the Zika virus. Spray for them, killing bees and possibly hurting humans, or release GMO created sterile male mosquitoes and reduce the mosquito population by as much as 90%.
 
Rant over!  I am hoping that the Louisiana State Theatre Department continues. Theatre can do a lot to make science interesting and accessible. 
Judith 
p.s. hmmm, maybe a play about GMO issues?

Neon Cactus Playhouse 2020 Playwrights Festival

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Neon Cactus Playhouse is currently accepting submissions of new one-act and full-length plays or musicals for the Blooming in the Desert New Play Festival, a showcase of staged readings June 15-24, 2020. The purpose of our event is to bring together strong theatrical voices, and to explore new scripts.

The new theater is looking for submissions that tell the story of the people of the LGBTQ community by the LGBTQ community. Selected scripts will be presented to the public as staged readings. The staged readings will have a director and cast assigned from our greater Phoenix theater community.

Submission period will be August 1 - December 31, 2019.

Entrants will be notified in January 2020 regarding their submission.

Submissions should be emailed to playwrights@neoncactusphx.com with "2020 Submission" in the subject line.

RULES OF ENTRY
• The contest is open to playwrights who identify as LGBTQ and is for new one-act or full-length plays or musicals.
• Plays submitted to the contest must not have been previously published or produced.
• Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.
• We are only accepting electronic submissions in Word or PDF format.
• No fee to submit.
• Musicals must send music through a cloud storage service, like Dropbox.

The script must be submitted, along with:
• A statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of June 24, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production nor will it be under such option
• A list of the play's workshop productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
• A title page that includes the playwright's name, playwright's contact details, a brief synopsis of the play, and the character list with any important character details

Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

The long-term goal of Neon Cactus is to grow to become a major force in the local community theater venue, and as a regional theater that serves audiences throughout the Valley and beyond. Neon Cactus Playhouse contributions will be a new, exciting and magical contribution to Phoenician Community Theater.

Neon Cactus mission strives to develop an inclusive environment for artists while creating immersive performances for theatergoers to deepen and enrich the theatrical experience.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Science Fiction Theatre Festival

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THE PLEASANCE THEATRE - Downstairs
19th - 23rd May 2020 London,UK
 7pm, 3:30pm

Submissions for Horatio Productions' Science Fiction Festival 2020 are open!

Submissions open:

We're looking for groundbreaking short science fiction plays, for writers coming from all walks of life, for daring and innovative creators, for new ideas, revolutionary dreams, crazy stories, for the bold, the daring, and the unique. These are the details:

Length: Up to 15 minutes per play.

Cast: Up to 4 performers.

Set restrictions: The stage will be shared with several other companies; time for setting up will be minimal, so don't submit anything that involves complicated set design, or too many props.

Submission limit: Writers can submit as many plays as they want. We will do our best to read all the material sent, and to get back to every applicant in due time.

International entries are welcome. You do not have to be based in the UK, but the play must be in English language.

Deadline: Saturday 1st of February 2020. 

Plays sent after this date won't be considered for the festival.

Selection process:

Once the deadline is closed, we'll read all of the plays submitted. Yes, all of them. From beginning to end. We'll select between 16 and 20 plays, and get back to every writer who has applied.
Unfortunately, we won't be able to provide feedback for all but, if you specifically ask for it, we would try our best to get back to you. Sometimes, if necessary, we will ask writers for edits, but only if there is something that we really need changed in order to program the play. Edits are generally related to length, or number of characters.

What happens next:

The selected plays will be paired with directors and cast, and will be given one or two slots during the festival. This means that, as a writer, once you have submitted your play, and done any necessary edits, your work is done (unless you want to get involved in a different capacity as well). Once the festival is over, we will share any profit between all participants. We have an open books policy.

This project is currently on a profit share basis. We are applying for funding but are not able to confirm if it will come through until a later date.

​How to apply:
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1) Fill in this form

2) Send your script to: scifitheatre@gmail.com

We are aiming to program up to 20 short plays during the festival. Depending on the quality of the material received, and the length of the plays selected, that number could change.

We look forward to reading your science fiction plays!

Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting 2020

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The Neukom Institute, the Dartmouth Department of Theater and Vox Theater have once again joined together for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting.

The award-winning play will receive a workshop and public reading at VoxFest at Dartmouth College (July 5-13 2020) followed by an additional workshop and reading in the 2020/2021 season at Northern Stage, a LORT-D theater in White River Junction, VT.

Plays should be written in response to the prompt: “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized, digital world?”

The award comes with a $5,000 honorarium.

Submissions must include a blind copy of the play, a resume/bio, a production history of the play and a one page statement of purpose that answers the following questions:

1. How does your play address the theme of exploring humanity in our computerized, digital world?
2. What are your goals for this play in its current form?
3. The winning play will receive two readings: one at VoxFest at Dartmouth College and the second in the 2020/2021 season at Northern Stage. How would you use this two-part development process to achieve these goals?

*Note that plays that have received a full production are not eligible for the competition.*

Playwrights can submit here

Deadline
December 31, 2019.

Questions?
Email Kate Mulley at kate@voxtheater.org.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Share Your Theater Story 2019: Crystal Rhodes

The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin performers (left to right) :  
Jemier Jenkins, Shelby Ronae, T.R. Butler, Fanni Green (Director), 
India Davison, Tah-Janay Hayes, and Francis Phimphivong

Thanks to Crystal Rhodes for sharing her theater story.

Crystal Rhodes
http://www.crystalrhodes.com
For me, NYCPlaywrights.org has been the most important resource I have found regarding festival submissions.  I discovered this site a little more than a year ago and since that time I have been fortunate to have won two play festivals for my latest works.   
My Two Act play, The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin, which tells the story of an African American family that hides a Japanese American escapee from a WWII internment camp, won the 2019 American Stage Theatre 21st Century New Voices Play Festival. The play enjoyed a successful stage reading in St. Petersburg, Florida in January 2019.
Recently, I was notified that my One Act play, 1200 Miles from Jerome, was selected as one of the winners of the Annual Women Playwrights Initiative for 2020, sponsored by the Ivoryton Playhouse.  1200 Miles from Jerome is the story of two very different black women who take a treacherous drive from the south to the north in the 1940s.  The play will receive a staged reading in Ivoryton, Connecticut in February 2020.  
I really appreciate this site for its support for playwrights.  I doubt if my work would have received the attention it has if not for NYCPlaywrights.org.  

LVLT’s 2020 ANNUAL NEW WORKS COMPETITION

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1. All plays must be full length (90 minutes or more). No musicals please.
2. Plays must have no more than 8 actors– doubling characters is allowed
3. The set must be simple or representational.
4. Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18 – 30.
5. Seeking new plays that have not been professionally produced or published.
6. Plays will be screened by the competition committee. The top 5 will be submitted to the judges.
7. Prizes – 1st prize = Production of the play in the Fischer Black Box in May plus $150
2nd prize = $75
3rd prize = $50
8. Contestants must sign a release form (application) to authorize production
9. Scripts cannot be returned
10. Materials that are adapted from or otherwise derived from copyrighted source material must also submit permission to use the material at the time of submission.
11. The winning author agrees to the production of his/her play with no royalty payment. The author also agrees to allow LVLT to videotape the production. LVLT cannot provide transportation, lodging or other compensation for the author to travel to Las Vegas for the production.
12. Members of LVLT’s board of directors may not submit for this competition
13. Submissions will be accepted through Dec 31, 2019. The winner will be announced no later than March 30, 2020.
14. Decision of the judges is final. Any disputes will be decided by the LVLT board of directors.
15. Only 2 submissions per person please.   If more than 2 submissions are received from an individual, only the first 2 received will be considered.
16. Each submission will be assigned a number and author’s names will not be provided on judge’s copies of the script to prevent any bias.

TheatreWorks 10 Minute Play Festival 2020

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TheatreWorks is accepting submissions for our SECOND Annual 10 Minute Play Festival, "Tales from the Brookside." Submissions MUST be sent via this form NO LATER THAN FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14th, 2020. Only submissions sent by submission form will be accepted.

The festival will be held at TheatreWorks New Milford Connecticut June 2 through 6, 2019.

A total of twenty 10 minute plays will be selected by our panel of judges from among those submitted.

TW Playwrights Workshop, held each Wednesday at 7:00pm at the theatre, is available to help further development of your play. Our doors are open to everyone.

The twenty selected plays will be presented once on one of the first three performance dates (Tues. June 2nd, Wed. 3rd or Thurs. 4th at 8:00 pm).

Two plays from each night will move into the semi-finals on Friday June 5th at 8:00pm. Four plays will be chosen from the semi-final performances for the finals on Saturday June 6th at 8:00pm.
CASH PRIZES will be awarded to the winners in each category (more to follow as we approach the event)

Playwrights (or their representatives) are responsible for the production of their plays-including casting, rehearsaals, props, etc. TheatreWorks New Milford will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound equipment and the production staff.

Submissions MUST be received NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 14th, 2020 and typed in standard play-script format, and be no more than ten (10) pages in a font size no smaller than 12-point.

Only plays with running times of ten (10) minutes or less will be eligible for prizes. Plays that run beyond 10 minutes may be subject to disqualification.

Submissions MUST include playwright contact info on the title page. Judging is based on audience/panel of judges combination.

Selectees will be notified BY MARCH 20th, 2020. Early submissions may receive early notification.
A maximum of two submissions per playwright will be accepted.

Please note: There will be a mandatory pre-production meeting for ALL playwrights and/or their representatives in mid-May 2020. Exact date to be announced when selections are final and playwrights have been notified.

SUBMISSION FORM

Website - https://theatreworks.us/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theatreworks/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theatreworksnm/

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Sesame Street Fellowship Program

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All applicants will be asked to submit the following items with their application through their profile on the Writers' Room portal. For additional questions about any of the requirements, please visit our FAQ page or contact us at writersroom@sesame.org

Application Check List
  • Application form: 2020 applications are available now!
  • Resume: this can feature your overall work experience, NOT only writing experience
  • Personal statement: tell us about yourself, for example, why you want to write for children's educational media, how your experiences influence the stories you tell, why you value diversity/representation in children's media, etc. (up to 250 words)
  • Original script sample: 11-page maximum, it should NOT contain Sesame Street elements, it can be an excerpt from a larger piece you've written, it must be kid-friendly content for viewers up to age 12...we're looking for great characters and stories that inspire kids to be smarter, stronger and kinder!
  • More info on your script: what's the bigger picture/idea of your script sample? (up to 100 words)
  • Application must be submitted by January 10, 2020 5PM EST.
Am I Eligible?
  • All participants must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for the program. For additional questions about eligibility, please visit our FAQ page or contact us at writersroom@sesame.org
Eligibility Check List
  • Participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Participants must be 21+ years old
  • Must come from an underrepresented racial group
  • The Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship is an effort to identify and increase the presence of underrepresented voices in children’s media writing. For this specific purpose, underrepresented groups are those who identify as any of the following: Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern, or multiracial.
  • No extensive media writing experience, such as having written more than six episodes for a network or cable scripted/narrative series
  • Participants must be able to attend all eight weekly sessions in NYC, which will be held from early May to mid-July. Travel and lodging expenses are the participant's sole responsibility.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Share Your Theater Story 2019: Bara Swain

THE WONDER OF YOU
Olivia Wadsworth and Patrick Spadaccino
directed by Sharon W. Houk

Thanks to Bara Swain for sharing her theater story.
I've been visiting NYCPLAYWRIGHTS for ... well, it seems like, forever.  It has a wealth of submission opportunities, and all of my productions/awards have been the result of submitting blindly (i.e. I don't have an agent).   
In 2019, I had 15 productions, 2 publications, 4 readings, 5 honors, 1 radio play and 3 webisodes as a result of submitting to these opportunities.  If you're not in the game, you can't play!  I can positively identify at least three productions that resulted from the NYCPlaywrights submission calls: The Wonder of You (Warner International Playwrights Festival); Pandemonium (Open Fist Theatre Company), and Planned Obsolescence (Gallery Players).

Thursday, December 19, 2019

2020 Human Rights New Works Festival


NOTE: THEY HAVE INFORMED US THEY ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS.

Beginning March 24, 2019, Red Mountain Theatre Company will be accepting submissions for plays and musicals for the 2020 Human Rights New Works Festival.

Submissions to the Festival must be original full-length work that prominently features at least one Human Rights issue, theme, or topic (no more than 2.5 hours in length; one-acts must be no shorter than 90 minutes). Human Rights topics include, but are not limited to: censorship/free speech, women’s rights, racial discrimination/injustice, genocide/war crimes, children’s rights, religious discrimination, immigration/refugees, criminal justice system/incarceration, poverty, LGBTQ rights.

If the work is based on, or an adaptation of, a pre-existing work (novel, movie, etc.), any and all underlying rights must be obtained and proof must be provided. The author(s) must be entitled to grant performance rights to the work. Any submission that does not adhere to these guidelines may not be considered.

Playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists, and agents will be asked to provide the following materials with their submissions:

  • Synopsis of the work (max 1 page) as a PDF file.
  • First 10 pages of the script/libretto (do not count title page, character description page, etc., as part of the 10 pages) as a PDF file.
  • For musicals, full demo recordings as individual, labeled .mp3 files in a Dropbox folder or Soundcloud playlist (must provide recordings of at least 6 songs from the show).
  • Bio and contact info for each creator of the work (playwright, composer, lyricist, bookwriter/librettist).
  • List of any attached artists, producers, or other parties.
  • For musicals, 1 sheet music sample of a song from the show as a PDF file.
  • Proof that any/ all underlying rights have been legally obtained for works based on, or adaptations of, a pre-existing work (novel, movie, etc.).

E-mail submission materials as attachments or Dropbox link to: matt@showshepherd.com.

Please do not call Red Mountain Theatre Company as we are not staffed to handle such inquiries. Upon receiving your complete submissions package, you will be contacted regarding ongoing details and logistics of the selection process. Thank you for your interest in the Human Rights Festival of New Works.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

THE MIRANDA FAMILY FOUNDATION: VOCES LATINX NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

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REQUIREMENTS
*PLEASE READ CAREFULLY*

Plays that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
  • Playwrights may be Latinx or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with and accurately depicts the Latinx/Hispanic experience.
  • Original and un-produced.
  • Full length plays. (At least- 1 hour and 15 minutes)
  • Written in either Spanish or English.
  • Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
  • No screenplays, one-act plays, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
  • Absolutely no changes or resubmissions can be made once a script has been submitted.
  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.
SELECTION PROCESS
  • Winners will be announced 7- 8 months after the deadline.
  • Each participant will be notified of the results by e-mail.
  • We request that participants do not contact the office to inquire about the competition’s results.
PRIZES

Finalists will receive a staged reading at Repertorio to further develop the script.

Grand Prize Winner: $3,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Must follow instructions and fully fill out the form to participate. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted. Do not send any other biographical information or reviews.

Deadline: Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Send all of this information and the requested materials via e-mail to aav@repertorio.org using the subject line “Latinx Voces: Title of –Your- Play”.

Send the following information within the body of the e-mail:
  • Your full name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your cell phone number
  • Your mailing address (street address, city, state, zip code)
  • How did you hear about the competition?
  • 4-6 line synopsis
  • 4 -6 line description of how your play relates to the Latinx / Hispanic American community
Send the following as an attachment:

One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script – WITHOUT your name on it. (PDF ONLY)
Please OMIT your name from the script

Share Your Theater Story 2019: Allie Costa

LOW LIGHT by Allie Costa, directed by Rose Jangmi Cooper,
featuring Muthu Jayatissa and Lekeathon Wilson,
produced by Ixion Theatre Ensemble
at The Robin Theatre in Michigan
Thanks to Allie Costa for sharing her theater story with NYCPlaywrights!
http://www.alliecosta.com
In 2019, I had the honor of having many of my plays produced and read at establishments all over the world.
Two Girls had staged readings in New York, Texas, and New Jersey, a production in New Hampshire, and was taught in a class at West Chester University in Pennsylvania which culminated in a performance. It was also published in an anthology.
  • Low Light had its world premiere production in Michigan.
  • Mindstream had its world premiere production in Hollywood.
  • Heartsong had its world premiere production in Texas.
  • California Here We Come had its world premiere in New York.
  • Drop in the Ocean had its West Coast premiere in Hollywood.
  • Boxes Are Magic was produced in New York, Michigan, and Utah, where it was also part of a new streaming web series. It also had a reading in Hollywood.
  • Faking Glory was produced in Wisconsin and nominated for the Bartell Theatre Awards for Best Script and Best Director.
  • A Taste of the Future was performed in Chicago and London.
  • Do I Know You? was produced in Ontario, Canada.
  • With This Ring had its world premiere in New York, as did my short pieces Heatwave, Someone, Not Just Anyone, and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.
  • In the Heist and Failure to Communicate were both performed in New Jersey.
  • Who She Could Have Been was produced in Minnesota.
  • Did You Floss? had its debut in the UK.
  • Music of the Mind was produced in New York.
  • Can You Keep a Secret? was presented in San Diego.
  • Phantom Pains was seen in Spokane.
  • Little Swan, a Pas de Deux and A Moment of Silence both had readings in New Haven.
  • Safe Distance had staged readings in Denver and Los Angeles.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper and Wolves Change Rivers had staged readings in Hollywood.
  • Still She Lies Dormant had a reading in Hollywood.
  • Tofurkey Day was performed live on the radio.



The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence 2019

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This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Deadline:

Manuscripts must be received by December 31st

Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

Production:

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

National Alliance for Musical Theatre 2020 Festival

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2020 FESTIVAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS, PROCESS AND APPLICATION
Beginning with the 2020 Festival of New Musicals, all writers can submit an application to be considered for the Festival free-of-charge. In keeping with previous years, submissions to the Festival will require an endorsement from an industry professional, but for the first time there will be no cost associated with on-time submissions regardless of who is endorsing the piece. Please review the below for full details on the application process.

Please note: NAMT does not accept submissions outside of this process. Please follow the instructions below to submit a musical for the Festival. Materials received outside of the Festival submission process will not be returned.

Join us for a Q&A session! In-person sessions will take place  January 7 from 5:30-6:30pm. The in-person sessions will take place in Studio C at A.R.T./New York (520 8th Ave, 3rd Floor). The online session will take place on December 19 at 12pm ET. Click here to register for a Q&A session.

Now in its 31st year, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to be a catalyst for nurturing musical theatre development and production. Every year, we feature eight musicals in 45-minute presentations for an audience of over 700 industry professionals. We look for new musicals at all stages of development from the broadest possible range of voices.

In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writers, so that our shows can  extendtheir development trajectory. The long-term goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire and advance the musical theatre art form.

Our 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals will take place on October 22 and 23, 2020 at New World Stages in New York City.

The objectives of the Festival are to:


Monday, December 16, 2019

MFA in Playwriting at Queens College-The City University of New York


The Queens College MFA Program in Playwriting is designed to provide playwrights with classes and performance opportunities that will prepare them for careers in New York and national theatre.

The program is housed within the English Department’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, insuring that student playwrights will benefit from being part of an interdisciplinary community of writers working on poetry, prose, translation and creative nonfiction.

Our program is allied with Manhattan’s renowned and vibrant theatre INTAR, which provides professional staged readings of student plays, as does nearby Queens Theatre. Acting students from the college's Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance contribute their talents to our playwriting workshop classes.

Our program is both nurturing and rigorous, and we are committed to mentoring our students.

Playwrights who have visited QC in the recent past include: David Henry Hwang, Richard Dresser, John Guare, Kia Corthron, Lisa Kron and Doug Wright.

Applications for entry in fall 2020 will be accepted until February 15.

Joy Night 2020

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Get ready for an unforgettable evening of dancing and storytelling, designed to help audiences shake off those January blues. Each original piece will be performed by actors followed by a mini dance party to the song the piece was inspired by.

Check out the playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5hyDTvvGwp01swUTtrzeJr 

WRITERS: We are looking for original monologues inspired by the songs on this playlist. Pick your favorite song from the playlist: add link here and write a 2 - 3 minute monologue to accompany it. We encourage you to submit as many as you’d like, but they must all be loosely based around the theme of joy… whatever that means to you! You can choose to incorporate the song or have it play after the performance. Get creative!

If you are submitting more than one monologue, *please fill out a separate form for each piece.*

Submit monologue scripts to laura@themidnightfactorynyc.com.

SUBMISSIONS DUE BY MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY DEC 20TH

SUBMISSION FORM

Sunday, December 15, 2019

2020 VINES FESTIVAL VANCOUVER

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Are you passionate about social justice, environmental justice? Are you interested in creating in the outdoors this summer? Do you want to experience perform or create a temporary installation in nature? With a growing community? If so we want to hear from you! Apply to present or create a work for Vines Art Festival 2020.

Vines is inviting artists of all disciplines interested in creating outdoor site-specific works at local Vancouver parks to apply.

Performers and visual artists will be given the opportunity to select a specific “earth-stage”. This year we are looking for textile artists and visual artists to create work that can be hung throughout the space. Collaboration is encouraged; applicants can choose to submit new material, as well as pre-existing works that they wish to present within the framework of Vines.

Interactive art that allows audience participation is also recommended to connect with the community. We love experimental work and both durational and shorter pieces are accepted. In other words—we are very open! The only stipulation is the theme of work should be connected to the earth, community and/or systemic change. We value the intersectionality of social issues with environmental issues, as humans are a part of, not separate from nature, we invite you to explore what that means to your body. There are revolutions and uprising happening on front-lines throughout so-called Canada and throughout the world, we invite you to create with that in mind.'

APPLICATION DUE:
January 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST

RESULTS RELEASED:
February 28, 2020

PAID:
Honorarium, project dependent – if you have questions about fee email heather@vinesartfestival.com

DATES OF FESTIVAL:
August 6-16, 2020

POSSIBLE LOCATIONS:
Trout Lake Park (South end), David Lam Park, Crab Park, Stanley Park, Kits Beach, Strathcona Park, Pandora Park, Creekside Park

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Seeking playwright to respond to OLEANNA

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Motivate Impact, a new theater company seeking to promote social change by analyzing complex issues and real world statistics, is seeking a playwright to write a short play (20-30 minute) response to David Mamet’s 1992 play Oleanna. The format will be the same, a two character play where one is in a position of power over the other, however we are looking to explore how this play would have to evolve to be an accurate reflection of today’s post-#MeToo society. We want something that will inherently have ambiguities in the language of these two people and how potentially sexual situations can turn malicious, benign, romantic, platonic, or any combination of the above.

Our ideal playwright will be someone with a unique perspective who is able to marry the complexity of interpersonal relationships with the excitement of a boxing match in an intellectual conversation.

If you are interested in submitting, please send a relevant writing sample of your work (either the above prompt or something you’ve already finished) and a brief statement of why you are interested and/or connected to this topic. If your writing sample is of another piece, please also include a brief synopsis of your updated Oleanna, including what you would explore, how you would do it, and what makes your piece modern, relevant, and forward-thinking for the conversation around #MeToo politics in corporate environments.

All materials can be sent to TenTen@motivatedesign.com

SLAMinutes (UK) seeks short plays

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Is there any part of 2019 you’d like to investigate further? What part of the raging fireball stands out to you? What is still twisting your melon? Filling you with joy? Let’s kick out 2019 hard and bring in 2020.

Once again they are looking for 30 Writers: playwrights, spoken word artists, comedians, drag artists, singer-songwriters and everything in between.

To give them ONE MINUTE each of their voice, their perspective of 2019.

Deadline for submissions: 18th December 2019

Performance: 26th January 2020 at Shoreditch Town Hall

Please feel free to resubmit if you have done so before also.

Submit your 1 minute piece here


Friday, December 13, 2019

Share Your Theater Story 2019

At the end of last year, NYCPlaywrights asked for those who had found opportunities through NYCPlaywrights to share their theater stories.

This year we are doing it again, except this time it doesn't matter how you found your opportunity - 

- this is a celebration of theater work by anybody who visits this NYCPlaywrights web site and/or members of the weekly mailing list.


SHARE YOUR THEATER STORY

We will be posting them the last week or two of December as a celebration of NYCPlaywrights & friends theater accomplishments.
  • Where was your production? 
  • Tell us about your play. 
  • Do you have any pix of the cast or the set?
Send your story to story@nycplaywrights.org and with your permission we will share it on this web site.

CHECK OUT LAST'S YEAR'S THEATER STORIES

Between the Seas call for projects (Athens Greece)

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Between the Seas invites artists, thinkers, activists and scholars from around the world to submit their projects on the topic of Borders, Borderlands and Crossings to be presented at the 1927 space in Athens in 2020.

Proposed works may include: work in development; visual arts; new plays/translations; scholarly research; lecture-performances; new literary work etc. Selected projects can be submitted either for a one-time presentation or for a week-long residency. Our goal is to create an independent hub of international exchange among thinkers and practitioners around the world, focused on process rather than results, thinking through some of the most pressing issues of our world from a variety of viewpoints and experiences.

International artists receive presentation space and accommodation.

Find all the details and access the application form here. 

Deadline: Dec 15 2019. 

Questions? Contact: betweentheseasfestival@gmail.com

We invite artists, thinkers and scholars from around the world to submit their work for our 2020 season on the topic of Borders, Borderlands and Crossings. Below we offer some perspectives on what submissions may look like - but we are open to the artists’ innovative approaches and ideas:

  • visual art exhibitions
  • in-progress worscholarly research (articles, papers, seminars); lecture-performances; presentations of new literary work; workshops
  • We invite artists, thinkers and scholars from around the world to submit their work for our 2020 season on the topic of Borders, Borderlands and Crossings. Below we offer some perspectives on what submissions may look like - but we are open to the artists’ innovative approaches and ideas: 
  • visual art exhibitions
  • in-progress works
  • new plays
  • scholarly research (articles, papers, seminars)
  • lecture-performances
  • presentations of new literary work
  • workshops
  • other

Approaches to the topic may include but are not limited to:

  • Borders as historical and cultural constructs
  • Borderlands and the shaping of identities
  • Histories and narratives of border crossings
  • Policy-making in the border and borderlands (may include narratives of security and policing, medical approaches, human rights perspectives etc)
  • What lies beyond the nation state? transnationalism, global capitalism vs. imagining new models for transcending borders


Practicalities:

  • Submissions are accepted from artists and researchers around the world
  • Submissions deadline is December 15 2019. 
  • Approximately 5 projects will be accepted for presentation at 1927 Art Space in Athens in  winter/spring 2020 for either a one-time presentation or a week-long residency. Artists will receive: space to present their work; accommodation (for international artists only). Resident artists will be expected to offer a workshop and/or presentation of their work at the end of their residency. 


Fees:
      Independent artists/scholars: FREE (up to 3 persons)
      Institutionally supported artists/scholars: 150 euros per person per week
      Artists are responsible for the production logistics and costs of their presentation.

Due to the labor intensive nature of reviewing submissions, incomplete or off- topic submissions will not be considered. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Long-distance presentations: for artists who are unable to be physically present in Athens, if we are interested in the project we will undertake to organize a presentation on your behalf.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency (Taos NM)

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To apply for an artist residency, submit an application form (below) along with the application fee and required work samples.

The annual deadline for applications is January 18th to be considered for a residence grant the following calendar year. Online applications must be received, and mailed applications must be postmarked, by January 18th. Grantees will be notified of their fellowship awards in June. For more info read the FAQs online.

Online applications received between now and 11:59PM MST, Jan. 18 2020 will be considered for residency grants in 2021.

Supplemental work samples sent via mail must be postmarked by January 21st!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Spring Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2020 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Instructors:
MĂȘlisa Annis (Writer, Director, Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch)
Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Open, Mary and Max)

Instructors: 
Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River)
Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates (Kilroys Honorable Mention))
As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother)
Study the specialized set of rules for comedy, which are vastly different from the dramatic form. Shape your ideas, structure your plot, develop believable characters, and write witty dialogue.

Instructor: MĂȘlisa Annis (Writer, Director, and Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch)
Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
This online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, letting you get your ideas on the page from anywhere!

Instructor: Allison Robbins (TV/Screenwriting Faculty, NYU Film School and Tisch)
Focus on the core elements of writing a 1-hour dramatic series spec script—based on an existing series—from premise to outline to completed teleplay.

Instructor: Allison Robbins (TV/Screenwriting Faculty, NYU Film School and Tisch)
Focus on the core elements of writing an original 1-hour dramatic series pilot—from premise to outline to completed teleplay.

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River)
Conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Classes begin in January. Start and end dates vary. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

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.

Call for Proposals: McCrae House Backyard Theatre (Guelph Ontario Canada)

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Proposal deadline: Monday, December 16, 2019

Guelph Museums is currently seeking proposals from playwrights, storytellers, and/or musicians to produce a summer theatre production for July 2020.

In 2015, Guelph Museums launched Backyard Theatre at McCrae House with A Night in Flanders, an original one-act play by Don Macrae.  Since then, performances have included Sons of ’17 by Mike Ford, Guelph in Postcards – The McCrae Years 1872-1918 by Jay Wilson, Mary’s Wedding written by Stephen Massicotte and produced by Jay Wilson; and What I Gave, I Have by Catherine Frid.

McCrae House is the birthplace of John McCrae, the doctor, soldier and poet who wrote In Flanders Fields.  Backyard Theatre provides an opportunity for audiences to connect with the legacy of John McCrae in a unique and compelling way.  The intent of this initiative is to attract new and repeat audiences to McCrae House, and to provide memorable visitor experiences.

The show should run 50 to 60 minutes without intermission, and the content should reflect themes consistent with John McCrae’s legacy: military service, medical service, poetry, storytelling, adventure, family, 19th century Guelph. The show need not be a literal telling of McCrae’s story, but it does need to have a significant amount of McCrae-specific content and it needs to be factually-based and accurate.

Guelph Museums reserves the right to review, suggest edits, and approve the final script.

The performances open Wednesday, July 8 and run Wednesdays through Saturdays until July 18 at 7 p.m. There will be Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on July 11 and 18. Performances will take place outdoors, in the backyard of McCrae House.  Staging and props need to be simple and portable.

The project budget is $7000 + HST – inclusive of script, production, costumes, props and artist fees.

Guelph Museums will be responsible for stage, seating, sound, marketing, ticket sales, and front of house operations.

Guelph Museums invites applications from qualified writers and producers.

Please submitted proposals to:

Val Harrison, Supervisor, Visitor Experiences
Guelph Museums
52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, ON N1H 4H8
val.harrison@guelph.ca

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Unidentified Stages seeks 10-minute plays & monologues for readings

UPDATED AS OF 12/9/19: 
Hello everyone! We of Unidentified Stages are so amazed by the number of responses we have received in the last 12 hours. We never believed we could get so many people interested in such a short amount of time. 
However, unfortunately, because of this we will need to close submissions at this time. We want to make sure to give each script we get the time and consideration they deserve because we know the effort it takes to write one. Once we have gone through all the ones we have, we will be sure to open submissions up again.Once again, thank you all and keep checking our social media for when we open submissions again!
Unidentified Stages is a new group of thespians working to help the theater scene grow in the New Jersey area.

We are looking for ten minute plays, and will accept pieces under that length (i.e. shorter scenes or monologues) for our monthly reading series.

These plays can be of any genre, style, or a part of a longer work. Submission is free and there is no cost to participate (all we ask is you spread the word and like us on social media.)

Our submissions are on a rolling basis, however to be a part of our next reading, which will take place on January 23rd, your play must be submitted by January 3rd to Unidentifiedstages@gmail.com.

We also will accept a limit of 2 plays from each playwright per monthly reading. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Rising Sun Performance Company seeks plays for young audiences

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Submissions for Plays for Children/ Theatre for Young Audiences for their 2020 season on Governors Island.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 8TH 2019

$150 ROYALTY PAYMENT FOR SELECTED WORK

Rising Sun Performance Company will be curating and presenting a full season of new work in partnership with Governors Island and NYC Parks Department. Our House will be being a flourishing Artist Residency acting as a hub for new work development and artistic creation. Allowing Audiences and Creators to Meet, Merge and Share ideas and dialogue.

Performances will be held in Governors Island, NYC
(Permit Pending)
May through October 2020 (two to three times weekly)
These performances will be presented to the public for Free, (Donations accepted)

We are looking ONLY for Plays that fit the needs and requirements for Theatre for Young Audiences/Family Friendly plays.

Plays will be vetted by Literary Team and Ensemble Members.

Seeking Family Friendly works that meet the following criteria:

  • Material should be intended for and appropriate for young audiences and Family friendly
  • Play should be adaptable to both inside and outdoors performances
  • Cast Age range should be adaptable, understanding our ensemble is 20s-40s
  • Especially looking for plays with strong female characters
  • Especially looking for plays with diverse characters in race, gender identity and age
  • Cast size should be no larger than 4-6 people.
  • Running time should be 30-50 Minutes in length
  • No more than 50 pages in length

We are not seeking musicals at this time, but are open to plays with musical elements

Plays that do not fit this most of these criteria will not be read

Submission Guideline; Please include the following:

Cover Letter, including your contact information
Play Synopsis
Cast breakdown
Script in word or PDF format
Any other pertinent information (Playwright bio, list of previous productions, etc)
Please resubmit even if you have submitted in the past.

Electronic Submissions only. Please No Phone Calls or Direct Mail

To Submit your work: Email Script as attachment to rspliterarymanager@gmail.com

Subject Line should be formatted as: Children’s Play- Title, Author Name
Deadline for Submission is December 8th 2019

Writers retain full rights and credit for all work produced.
A signed rights agreement granting RSP permission to produce is required for selected work.
A One-time Rights/Royalty Fee of $150 will be given to selected Play/Playwright

SITTING SHOTGUN Casual Vacancy Residency

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Project Name:

Lead Artist/Ensemble:

Proposal Abstract

Place an abstract of your proposal here. What should we know at a glance?

I. Project Proposal
II. Statement of Purpose
III. Work Samples
IV. Resume/CV

I. Project Proposal
❖ Project Description
Tell us about your project. Include any inspiration materials here. (Mood boards, source
material, playlists, etc.)
❖ Project Details
This is where you should include things like stages of development, prior workshops/performances, and anything else we might need to know. Please include your ideal length of time in the space with as much detail as possible (without including specific dates), and what you intend to use the space for at these times. (ex. We would like to use the space once a week for a month to train in Suzuki; we would like two consecutive weeks in the space with working hours of 12-5pm to rehearse and host an invited presentation, etc.)
❖ Collaborators
Who are you working with? Please include any links to professional media available for
each collaborator/collaborative group.
❖ Demographics
Who is your target audience? Why is it important to do this project here and now?
❖ Tech/Design Needs
What tech and design needs do you anticipate? Please include ideas about use of space, lighting, set, costume, props, sound, music, special effects with detail. What things do you need to make this happen? Keep in mind that this is not a stipended residency. Casual Vacancy artists will have access to Sitting Shotgun’s in-house resources but will not be allotted a budget/fundraising for this project.

II. Statement of Purpose
Please tell us about the purpose of this residency, any goals to be achieved, and any practice as research/academic intentions. Why do you need to do this work and why is it important to do it in collaboration with Sitting Shotgun? What aspects of our mission statement does your work appeal to?

III. Work Samples
Please provide up to three samples of past work. These can be photos, film, articles/reviews, or any other documentation. If this is the second iteration of a project, please provide any documentation available from the first including scripts and scores.

IV. Resume/CV
Please copy and paste the resume/CV of the lead artist submitting the proposal here or attach as a separate PDF document to the submission email. sittingshotgunco@gmail.com

Monday, December 2, 2019

MFA in Playwriting at Queens College-The City University of New York


The Queens College MFA Program in Playwriting is designed to provide playwrights with classes and performance opportunities that will prepare them for careers in New York and national theatre.

The program is housed within the English Department’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, insuring that student playwrights will benefit from being part of an interdisciplinary community of writers working on poetry, prose, translation and creative nonfiction.

Our program is allied with Manhattan’s renowned and vibrant theatre INTAR, which provides professional staged readings of student plays, as does nearby Queens Theatre. Acting students from the college's Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance contribute their talents to our playwriting workshop classes.

Our program is both nurturing and rigorous, and we are committed to mentoring our students.

Playwrights who have visited QC in the recent past include: David Henry Hwang, Richard Dresser, John Guare, Kia Corthron, Lisa Kron and Doug Wright.

Applications for entry in fall 2020 will be accepted until February 15.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Complete Theatre Company seeks one-act plays

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The Complete Theatre Company is seeking one-act plays for our upcoming festival.  Submit now to get your play produced in the heart of Manhattan.   Performances will take place in one of the larger theatre's at The Producers Club.  

We are accepting scripts between eight and twelve pages of any genre.

Deadline: December 7th

Email one-acts to: annieward@tctheatrecompany.com

For more information about our company visit: www.completetheatre.net

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