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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Woodward International Playwriting Prize Competition

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

The University of New Hampshire is now accepting submissions for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize. 

The Woodward Prize is part of Cultural Stages: The Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative and is given once every four years. 

The aim of this program is to broaden and deepen the understanding of international cultures through a competition for plays addressing relevant themes. Plays submitted for this competition should have a primary focus on cultures from countries other than the US. 

The winning play will be given a fully produced production as part of the University of New Hampshire's 2021-22 Department of Theatre and Dance main stage season. 

The winning Playwright will receive a cash prize of $5,000, plus expenses to travel to the University of New Hampshire and stay for the one week of performances. 

Finalists will be posted on the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance website in October 2020. The winning play will be announced by February 1, 2021. 

A first and second runner up will also be named at that time. Pending funding, readings of the first and second runner up will be presented with travel and expenses provided to the playwrights to attend the readings.

The winning play will be given a fully produced production as part of the University of New Hampshire's 2021-22 Department of Theatre and Dance main stage season. 


MS Word or PDF accepted.

Any restrictions on eligibility:

- Plays must focus on a country/culture other than the US.
- Plays may also focus on the history and/or politics of the country/culture.
- Plays must be in English.
- Plays may be musical or non-musical.
- If the submission is a musical, a recording of the music must be included with the submission.
- Plays cannot have been previously fully produced. (Previous readings or workshop productions are allowed).
- Plays must be at least 50 minutes in length.
- The University of New Hampshire must be allowed to present and be credited for the non-professional premiere of the play or musical as part of the UNH 2021-22 season.
- Unfortunately, feedback cannot be provided.
- Any plays sent in hard copy will not be able to be returned. (Electronic submissions preferred).
- No more than two submissions per playwright.

Finalists will be posted on the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance website in October 2020. The winning play will be announced by February 1, 2021.
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For any questions or additional information contact: David Kaye Chair; Woodward International Playwriting Prize Selection Committee

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Queans Theatre is looking for artists to join REPRESENT: The Digital Performance Fundraiser

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Deadline: July 1, 2020


The Queans Theatre is looking for artists to join REPRESENT: The Digital Performance Fundraiser to help raise money for SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality).

Pieces can be a maximum length of 10 minutes and must be filmed and edited in preparation for the digital fundraiser festival. They are looking for work that challenges, educates or inspires.

All funds raised will be donated to SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality). They provide support for victims of any type of hate crime including racist, faith-based, disablist, homophobic, transphobic, age-based or gender-based.

REPRESENT: The Digital Performance Fundraiser (YouTube) will take place on the 1st August 2020 from 7:30-9:30pm.

You will also be invited to a post-show Q&A and Networking event via Zoom where you will get the chance to talk about your work and the audience will have the opportunity to ask you questions. This will take place on the 13th August 2020 from 7:30-9:30. (Attendance is optional).

To take part you must email thequeanstheatre15@gmail.com for an application form that you need to submit along with your digital project.

Deadline: Application submissions will close at midnight on the 1st July 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Starting This Week: Online Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer 2020 online classes at Primary Stages ESPA are starting this week! Jumpstart your July with one or more of these exciting classes: 

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment to get your ideas on the page.
Instructors:
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy... at Primary Stages) starts June 21
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73) starts June 23
Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement) starts July 1

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River) starts June 23
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: Adam Kraar (Writer, Wild Terrain at EST) starts June 30
Learn to distill a compelling story into the shortest possible dramatic form, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River) starts June 25
Conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Classes begin this week. 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.

Village seeks 10-minute stories

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Deadline: June 23, 2020
VILLAGE in collaboration with PlayCraft Studios is calling out to creatives to share their personal stories.

This month's theme is “Fear of COVID. What if there is no vaccine?”, and we will be showcasing 5 original 10-min stories.

Go wild with your imagination! This is your chance to express yourself and fantasize about a world with no vaccine—how would it look like? Would we have a chance to survive, or would we all be doomed?

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
June 23, 2020

Selected stories will be showcased in front of a live online audience.

SELECTED STORIES' SHOWCASE
July 12, 6-8pm on Zoom

Register as an audience here.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1) Your story must deal with the theme, "Fear of COVID. What if there is no vaccine?".
2) Your personal story or a short play must be written by you and should be under 10min.
3) Submit your story in Word document to info@krispproduction.com with the subject: “Village / Fear Of COVID”.
4) All pieces must include this phrase at some point, “What if there is no vaccine?”
5) You will hear from us if your story is selected. We will schedule a 30 min feedback session with our dramaturg.
6) We will help you to connect with actors if you need.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Playwrights, Poets, Novelists, Essayists and more



Are you a playwright who also writes poems, short stories or other literary things?

Check out the NYCPlaywrights sister site BYLINES.org - many opportunities pay.

You can also join the BYLINES mailing list here.

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” One-Act Play Competition

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
Naples FL

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” contest is an annual event designed to give playwrights an opportunity to have their one-act plays presented to an audience in a staged reading.

Eligibility
  • Entries must be one act, non-musical, and no longer than 30 minutes. We suggest that the cast not exceed seven characters.
  • Writers may submit only one play.
Each play must be the writer’s own original work, not an adaptation, and not commercially published or produced, though it may have been work-shopped or presented in staged readings in other locations than Southwest Florida. A submitted play also may have been entered in an earlier “Evening of New Plays” contest one time, so long as it was not an earlier Finalist.

Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2020.

How to Enter
Playwrights must submit three copies of their scripts in standard play format to
An Evening of New Plays 2020,
The Naples Players,
701 5th Ave. S.,
Naples, FL 34102. 
Plays may also be submitted electronically
to: tnpreaderstheatre@gmail.com

Playwrights must follow the instructions for play submission or the play will be rejected.
A title page with the name of the play, synopsis, and list of characters must be attached to each script. A separate page, giving the name of the play, the name of the playwright, and all contact data should accompany the scripts but not be attached to them. This is to help assure anonymity during the judging process. For one copy of the script, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Scripts may not be revised for purposes of this competition once they are submitted.

Judging

Entries may be funny, sad, scary or smart, be about character or ideas; certainly may shock, surprise or amaze, and may be in any genre. Strength of characterization, writing style, dialog, and plot are among judging criteria. Authors retain all rights and give performance rights to The Naples Players for “An Evening of New Plays” and limited readings in other venues, including possible outreach and electronic media. Finalists and other submitters will be notified by October 31, 2020.

Performance/Awards
Finalists will receive staged readings of their plays, presented in the Tobye Studio on January 31, 2021. A reception follows for all in attendance. 

Finalists each may receive a $100 performance royalty, memorial trophy, event poster, and two complimentary tickets. The plays and playwrights will be publicized in The Naples Players’ web pages, social, community and national theatre media, event calendars, flyers, programs, TNP playbills and e-mail “blasts” to select lists.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Shakespeare in Italy seeking short radio dramas

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Deadline: June 26, 2020
£200 prize for the best short play (audio drama)
Email Submissions to: collette@shakespeareinitaly.org.uk

There could not be a more apt time to shine a spotlight on the stories written by Italian author, poet and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio, whose work is thought to be among the classics from Italy which influenced Shakespeare in his writing.

Known as The Decameron the 14th century stories feature 10 young Florentines who flee from the Black Death to live in Naples. In all there are 100 short stories that feature a framing device and range from the erotic to the tragic, the hilarious to the instructional. In the stories individuals tell their stories to - guess what - distract themselves from the Black Death during a period of medieval quarantine.

These stories have also proved inspirational to young writer Rebekah King who has penned her own stories in the Decameron style. Rebekah has teamed up with Shakespeare in Italy on our Sharing Shakespeare platform to devise a competition open to all.

Over the next four weeks we would like you to submit a short play (audio drama) of no longer than 15 minutes - those shortlisted by our panel will be performed over two nights early in July with a director and two actors (max) assigned to each play. Then we will select an overall winner from those performed.

The plays must be written in the style of the Decameron, but must tell an original story set in our own time. 


Monday, June 15, 2020

The Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) NEW WORK SERIES (NWS)

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Deadline: July 1st, 2020

The Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) NEW WORK SERIES (NWS) is a three-week developmental program that provides theater artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one performance of a polished “work-in-progress” with audience feedback. Most pieces selected for NWS will have never before been performed in front of an audience. Some selections will have been performed once or twice but will feature new material. We are not interested in seeing established pieces of theatre. We want to see something brand spanking new hit the stage for the first, or nearly the first time. We like to think of this series as an opportunity for artists to share an early draft of a new piece. There is no submission charge, and no obligation to participate if chosen. Plus participants receive 50% of the box office. Successful Fringe, NYMF, and Off-Broadway shows have been borne out of this series, and Emerging Artists is excited to present a new round of opportunities to local artists for yet another year.

We are now accepting submissions for the following new works:

  • Solo Shows
  • Dance
  • Cabaret
  • Musicals (Short and Long)
  • Short Plays
  • Subway Musicians

HOW TO APPLY

PART ONE: Read this page, our FAQ and  Our TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PART TWO: Fill out the application form . You will be asked to provide information on the following:

  • How you heard about Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series
  • Why you think your show would be a good fit
  • Show title, running time, and production history
  • Show marketing blurb (one sentence) and summary (less than 500 words)
  • Contact information and professional bio(s)

Hit SUBMIT to submit your application

GETTING ACCEPTED

If you are accepted into the New Work Series, there will be an information session/meet-and-greet on a date to be determined. There will be snacks.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Civilian's R&D group workshop

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Deadline: June 22, 2020 11:59 PM EST
NYC

The Civilians’ R&D Group provides writers, directors, composers, and other generative artists with a space to develop their investigative theater projects. The creative process may include research, interviews, engaging with specific communities, or other experimental methods of inquiry.

The group meets about 12 times on a regular basis for nine months to share methodologies and resulting work, facilitated by the R&D Program Director. At meetings, group members participate in supporting the development of each other’s projects, therefore regular attendance is critical and should be considered when applying.

At the end of the season, each project will be given a brief rehearsal process to address development goals culminating in a work-in-progress presentation.

In an effort to prioritize keeping our communities safe during this global health emergency, we remain flexible with shifting circumstances. We therefore anticipate the 2020-2021 R&D Group may meet remotely until safety and circumstances allow us to do otherwise.

Applications are due by June 22, 2020, at 11:59PM EST

Please apply below or via this link
Direct questions to rdgroup@thecivilians.org
Learn more about the current R&D Group HERE

WRITERS - please upload one full-length script that you feel is representative of your work.

APPLY HERE – The Civilians R&D Group 2020-2021 Application

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Philadelphia Artists Collective New Venture Reading Series Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: August 1, 2020
Philadelphia PA

SUBMISSION FORM

To celebrate PAC’s 10th anniversary season and to celebrate the vitality of classical themes in new work, PAC invites playwrights to submit for consideration for our first ever New Venture Reading Series Play Festival.

​The theme for the plays is Transformation.

Five plays of no more than 10 minutes each will be selected for a staged reading during our festival taking place February 14-15, 2021 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake.

​The Festival takes place February 14-15, 2021.

All submissions must be received by 5pm on August 1, 2020. No exceptions. Only the first 100 submissions will be accepted. Once the 100 cap has been reached, the submission window will close. Submissions that do not meet the guidelines below will not be accepted to make room for others. One submission per writer, please. Make sure everyone can have a chance.

The selected plays will be announced November 1, 2020.

HOW?
For inspiration, take a walk through our website. Read through our mission, our past production and reading history and even take a look at the adaptations and scripts we have worked on over the years. You can find a selection of our scripts and adaptations here.

Please be mindful that while the scripts are largely in the public domain, our adaptations are not so please don't use these works for any other purpose without permission.

Create a 10-minute play that responds, resonates or retorts the themes, characters and/or essence of the work you discover. Use Transformation as your guide. It may lead to a new verse form or a new language altogether or it may be a direct rebuttal of the themes you encounter. We are looking for creativity and honesty.

THE DETAILS
  • Based on the theme of Transformation, please submit a play that:
  • Is in response to, conversation with, or inspired by classical work and ties into Transformation;
  • Is a finished piece with a beginning, middle and end;
  • Is no more than 10 minutes in length;
  • An original, never published or previously produced new work
  • SELECTION CRITERIA
  • Each of the 5 chosen plays will be selected based on:
  • Clearly demonstrated excellence of the work;
  • Relevance to the mission of PAC;
  • Incorporation of theme; and
  • Creative use of language/classical themes/conversation with the classics as outlined in the THE DETAILS section above.
  • DEADLINE
  • The submission window will open on June 1, 2020. Please submit by 5PM on Saturday, August 1 OR until the cap has been reached. No exceptions or phone calls, please. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT BEFORE JUNE 1. YOUR SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Thank you.

​IF I GET SELECTED…?
​Selected playwrights will receive the following:
  • Two staged readings of their script during the New Ventures Festival on February 14 and 15, 2020 by a core group of incredible Philadelphia-based actors;
  • A dedicated dramaturg and director;
  • A commission fee of $50.00;
  • Final script approval and will be consulted on choices for shared ensemble cast;
  • Submission to National New Play Exchange;
  • The love and admiration of actors, peers, and audiences
​MORE DETAILS
  • Each script must be no longer than 10 pages (excluding title page and character list);
  • Font no smaller than 11 point please;
  • When read aloud, play should not exceed 10 minutes;
  • Please submit in PDF format. Name the file as the exact title of your play.
  • We are new to this so please do not ask for comments on your submission.
  • Please submit only through the submission form
  • ​Please note: We are unable to provide local housing
  • In the event we cannot meet in person, the Festival will be transformed (see what we did there?) to an online format
Still have questions? Please contact Charlotte at: charlotte@philartistscollective.org

Ryga accepts short plays for publication

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Deadline: August 1, 2020


ryga welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poetry, prose and short plays from emerging writers. Writers interested in submitting must have no more than three previous publications in other journals or magazines, and must not have published any book-length works to date.

Our reading period is May 1 – August 1 of each year. Submissions received outside of this timeframe will not be considered.

Submit your work by email to rygaeditor@okanagan.bc.ca. Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

Include a cover letter in the body of the email with your name, email address, date of submission, and the title(s) of your piece(s). You may also include a short bio (no more than 100 words).
Attach your piece(s) as a single document in .doc or .rtf format
Poetry should be single-spaced. Prose and plays should be double-spaced.
A standard, readable font should be used, in 12-point type.
Each page should be numbered and include the author’s name and the title of the piece in the header.
Prose and play manuscripts must not exceed 6,000 words, and should indicate a word count on the first page.

We will strive to respond to your submission within four weeks, but our response time will vary according to the volume of submissions. Please don’t contact us about the status of your submission unless you haven’t heard from us for two months.

If your work is accepted, ryga buys First North American serial rights and non-exclusive WWW rights. Payment is $50.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

THE CLUBBED THUMB BIENNIAL COMMISSION

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Deadline: Saturday, June 20th at 11:59pm
NYC


Every other year Clubbed Thumb invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. The application is open to all, and read blind. The winning proposal(s) receive (or split) a $15,000 award and two years of development support. (CLICK HERE to read commission prompts from past years.)

For this year’s commission consider The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio – but don’t write about the Plague. Consider The Decameron as a piece that came from the ashes of the Plague but is decidedly a piece of the Renaissance. Consider it as a celebration of voice and style, as a compendium of stories from a wide span of sources. Consider it as an opportunity to take a deep research dive, if that’s your thing.

Then do with that what you want, jump off it in form, content, what have you. Feel free to take inspiration from just a little piece.

Your play should have no fewer than three people, and up to ten, and most of them should be female.

Very few of these characters should be blood relatives.

You may only specify three props.

You may have no stage directions longer than twelve words. You may only have seven stage directions.

Time: (of all scenes) night — except for one which can be dawn or dusk.

One very fancy costume.

An insect.

These constraints apply to the whole play.

At some point in the process, look over the Clubbed Thumb submissions guidelines, as well as our production history. We don’t have a lot of restrictions, but we hold to them.

As we are telling you about this at the very beginning of spring, we’ll close the portal on the first day of summer.

Please submit the following through the application below:
(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)

– Completed form below
– A one-page letter of intent telling us about your proposed project
– 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play – your choice)
– A completed play you’ve written in the past (see note below)
– A resume

IMPORTANT NOTES

No names please, on the letter, the 10 page sample or the complete play. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We request a completed play in case our readers need a greater sense of your voice. Please recommend 10 pages to look at for reference, and note any context you wish to give.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So look around our website at our submission guidelines and production history for reference, if they are not familiar to you.

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DEADLINE: Saturday, June 20th at 11:59pm

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the summer, and the commission(s) awarded in the fall.

The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

UP Theater Call for Scripts That Were Negatively Impacted by the Cornavirus



Deadline: June 30, 2020
NYC

Playwrights! Have you had a reading/production/workshop canceled or indefinitely postponed because of Coronavirus? If so, we want to read your play! We have multiple windows in our 2020-21 season for play readings and we want to fill them with work that was just on the cusp of taking that next step before outside forces intervened.

Please, only full-length plays that have not yet had a NYC-area premiere.

In your submission, please include whether you were expecting a reading, workshop, or production and whether it was canceled or indefinitely posted.

Please also share where it was originally going to take place. There are no restrictions on cast size, subject matter, or genre.

In your email, include a PDF of the full play and a one-page bio/resume.

Email materials to info@uptheater.org with the word "RENEWAL" in the title.

UP Theater Company is celebrating ten years of developing and producing new work in its home base of Northern Manhattan. We like plays that are relevant to this time and place, but that challenge, rather than confirm, our pre-conceived notions.

We look forward to reading your work.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Avant Bard Theatre fifth annual Scripts In Play Festival

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Deadline: June 15, 2020



Avant Bard Theatre in Arlington, VA is now accepting play submissions for the fifth annual Scripts In Play Festival, scheduled to perform during the 2020-21 season. Submissions are accepted now on a rolling basis through June 15, 2020.

About Avant Bard

Avant Bard Theatre is a professional regional company dedicated to producing the best in classics, both time-tested and contemporary. The Scripts In Play Festival is for new plays on classical themes that in some way challenge a contemporary audience’s relationship with history. Past Scripts In Play festivals have included historical dramas, classical adaptations, new translations of historical texts, non-western classics, postmodern adaptations, and more.

About The Opportunity

All submissions will be considered by the Scripts In Play Reading Committee. If selected, plays will be programmed in the festival. Festival plays are assigned a director, who will cast and stage a one-night-only staged reading with free admission.

Playwrights may opt to submit a play for development. Choose this option for plays earlier in their life cycle, or plays seeking substantial changes. Plays for development will be assigned a dramaturg prior to rehearsal, to help produce a new performance draft before Scripts In Play. There is no difference in priority for plays submitted for development.

If selected, playwrights will receive a stipend covering the performance rights for one performance reading.

If not selected, playwrights will receive notice from the reading committee no later than August 30, 2020.

About Scripts In Play 2020-21

Currently, Avant Bard intends to produce Scripts In Play as a live festival. With generous support from the Arlington Commission for the Arts, all Scripts In Play readings would normally take place at Theatre on the Run (3700 S. Four Mile Run). Because of the global coronavirus pandemic, the availability of this venue remains uncertain. Thus, the timeline for production of Scripts In Play is TBD. It is also possible that the Festival will shift to a digitally produced format.

To Submit

Complete this submission form, and email your play as a PDF to scripts@avantbard.org with the subject line “[Your Name] Submission”.

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 2021 Festival of New American Theatre

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Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).

Deadline: June 15, 2020
Phoenix Arizona

Full Length Plays: Both dramatic and comedic.
▪ Plays should be original, un-produced, full-length scripts.

▪ A blind copy of your script should be submitted (no names).

▪ Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible.

▪ No screenplays please.

▪ No Theatre for Young Audience please.

▪ Cast size must be limited to 6 actors or less (actors may play more than one role).

▪ Submission fee: $10.00*
* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).
▪ PDF attachments only! Hard copy (mailed in) or word documents will NOT be accepted.

▪ A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.

▪ Plays selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and two performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. Either a guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance or the play will have a dramaturgical breakout session at the festival. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or one of the coordinators.

▪ If selected, you must be available to be in residence for 6 to 7 days during the festival. Timing will be determined after selections are made.

▪ Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival, as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport not included.


Full Length Musicals: Both dramatic and comedic.

▪ Musicals should be original and un-produced.

▪ A blind copy of your script and score should be submitted (no names).

▪ Please submit a full libretto and demos of at least three songs (more are recommended and do not need to be fully produced). Sheet music/Score will be asked for after the first round of readings.

▪ No Musical Revues please.

▪ Jukebox Musicals are okay. You must provide proof rights to the song.

▪ No Theatre for Young Audience please.

▪ No more than 3 collaborators (book writer, lyricist and composer) for each work.

▪ Cast size must be limited to 10 actors (actors may play multiple roles).

▪ Submission fee: $10.00*
* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide a link to your DG/WGA page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).
  • PDF attachments only or provide link to Dropbox, Google Drive or other sharable platforms. Hard copies (mailed in) or word documents will NOT be accepted.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Musicals selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and up to three performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. Either a guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance or the musical will have a dramaturgical breakout session at the festival.
  • If your script/musical is selected, all collaborators must be available to be in residence for 6 to 7 days during the festival. Timing will be determined after selection.
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival as well as a small honorarium.
  • Travel to and from your home airport not included.

TO SUBMIT PLEASE CLICK HERE

MIXING IT UP PRODUCTIONS CONTEST

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DEADLINE: June 12, 2020 Midnight (EST)
NYC

Mixing It Up Productions encourages playwrights to take this opportunity to showcase their work to professionals in the theatre industry. Our company is always looking for plays that show potential in the commercial market as well as in the performing arts.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
(Please note that plays that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible for consideration)
Scripts must be original and in English.
Adaptations are ineligible.
Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
No musicals will be accepted.
Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or published are ineligible.
Scripts that have had a workshop or reading are acceptable.
Plays may be in any genre i.e. drama, comedy, youth.
Entries received after the June 12th deadline will not be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
The submission must begin with a cover page that includes the work’s title and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email.
Scripts must be standard sized in PDF format. (Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred).
A character list and scene breakdown, if applicable, should be included in the attachment.
All submissions will be judged with the playwright’s name withheld.
No changes or resubmissions may be made once a script has been submitted.

SELECTION PROCESS:
We will confirm that an initial submission has been received.
A panel of judges will consist of writers, directors, producers, and theater enthusiasts.
Contest winners will be posted on our website.
Each participant will be notified of the results by email.
There will be no written or oral critique given on scripts submitted.
Winners will be announced by July 30, 2020.

PRIZES:
SHORT PLAYS (10 to 15 pages)
Winner will receive a year subscription to Play Submissions Helper where playwrights are given a huge collection of play opportunities.

ONE-ACT (20 to 60 pages)
Winner will receive a year subscription of Broadway HD where theatre enthusiasts can stream their favorite Broadway hits at anytime and anywhere.

FULL-LENGTH (70 to 100 pages)
Winner will receive a 30 minute virtual video meeting with Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer, Tracey Knight Narang plus an award of $100.

Please send the requested materials via email to mixingitupprod@gmail.com with the
subject line: 2020 Contest.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

NYCPlaywrights Statement of Solidarity

NYCPlaywrights believes that black lives matter. Black people were dehumanized in 1619 then struggled against all odds after Emancipation to achieve the American Dream only to have their prosperous communities destroyed by a resentful white majority: the Tulsa massacre happened 99 years ago on June 1, but there were many other violent attacks on black communities that have gone under-reported and unrecognized. And extreme force used by American police departments against black people is not new: it is part of America's shameful tradition.

But now that so many Americans of all ethnicities have recognized how bad things still are, there is reason to hope. We can do better, and we will do better.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Christopher Hewitt Awards 2020

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Deadline:  June 10, 2020

A&U Magazine is currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. 

Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 10, 2020
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Noah Stetzer
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Jay Vithalani
Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle by clicking here

Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.

Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Writers may submit more than one work.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.
We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.
Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

UnDisposables seek short plays for Zoom performance

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Deadline: June 13, 2020

In light of the current, locked down state of the industry, the UnDisposables are bringing their much loved scratch night back, this time to be performed to an online audience via live stream on the evening of Saturday 4th July.

We are opening our arms once again to emerging writers, directors & actors to take part in this cyber event. Interested? Great! Let's explain the details...

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
  • Eight pieces of new writing by different writers
  • A team of directors to take on a scene (or two!) each
  • A company of actors to bring these pieces to life
All scenes or monologues must*:

Fit within the theme of independence (this does not mean it literally has to be about Independence Day)

Be no longer than 5 minutes when read aloud (approx. 4-6 pages)

Contain only one or two actors (actors can multirole)

Be suitable for being performed live online (this does not mean it has to be about lock down, be creative with the form!)

Be rehearsed online by the successful actors and directors for at least 5 hours prior to the performance

* Scenes submitted which do not fit the brief will not be considered

All applicants must be available on the 4th July for the full company rehearsal (from 12pm - 3pm) and for the live stream performance (from 6:30pm - 9:30pm).**

** These times may change but the date will not


WHAT WILL YOU GAIN

All successful applicants will receive mentoring from an artist in their field experienced in virtual theatre

All successful applicants will be invited to a live Q&A about their piece following the performance

Every piece will be performed to an online audience via live stream, to get as close as we can to live theatre from a distance

Scratching the Servers is a place for growth, learning and professional experience which you can stick on your CVs and casting profiles. It’s also a great space to meet and work with like-minded creatives, which is especially crucial in these uncertain times.

Writer? Time to get those literary juices flowing and boldly share your work with others.

Director? Why not take on a virtual challenge outside of your usual comfort zone.

Actor? How about you exercise those acting muscles with a brand new character. 

HOW WILL THE SHOW WORK

Online theatre is something which is very new and experimental, we're not going to pretend otherwise. The current plan is to perform every scene live via a Zoom webinar, which we will make available for up to 100 guests (excluding the artists involved). We will also be looking into the practicalities of live-streaming the show on Facebook.

We will be working hard to make this virtual show as close to the real thing as possible. We'll be putting together an e-programme as well as posting the usual casting announcements on our social media, like we normally would.

Tickets for the show will be entirely free, but we will invite anyone who is in the position to do so to donate what they would have spent on a theatre ticket to the UnDisposables. All money raised will go towards funding future opportunities for emerging artists. 

HOW TO APPLY

You can apply for multiple roles (e.g. actor, director and writer if you're a superhuman!) and we will consider you for all you apply for, but you may not be guaranteed all the roles you apply for.

We have created a quick and easy Google form for you to complete. There are two versions of the form so make sure you select the correct one.***

This form is for all applicants who have an existing Google account.

https://forms.gle/Qxo3EL8UER7maNzA9

...and this form is for everyone who can't/doesn't want to create a Google account.

https://forms.gle/soH98keD917G3kwM8

***The reason for the two forms is because the first form requires you to sign into to a Google account to upload the required documents (scripts, CVs, etc). The second form is to allow Google-less people to still apply by sending these documents to us via email. Other than this small difference, the forms are identical, so don't worry about missing anything!

All is explained in the forms so fill them in and get in touch if you have any questions.

You can contact us on creatives@undisposables.co.uk****

****please only use this address for asking questions and submitting documents, not instead of completing the Google Form. If you send your full application to the email and not on the Google form, your submission may not be considered.

Please be aware that this is a voluntary project. Because of this, all rehearsals will therefore be scheduled around everyone's day jobs and other paid commitments. No one involved (including the UnDisposable Core Team) will be receiving any payment or expenses for their input to Scratching the Servers. Any proceeds made will go towards funding the future work of The UnDisposables, allowing us to continue to create opportunities for emerging creatives in the arts. By taking part you are not only helping to create new opportunities and work in the arts, but you'll also be meeting and working with a group of like-minded creatives and challenging yourself to try something new.

So what are you waiting for? Get applying! DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 13 JUNE 2020

Otherworld Theatre Company seeks science fiction and/or fantasy plays

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Deadline: June 20, 2020
Chicago IL

Your play must be within the genres of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, or contain Sci-Fi or fantastical elements.

Your play should be between five and 60 minutes in length.

Your play should be submitted in a PDF format.

The play should unpublished, however we welcome submissions that have been featured in other festivals.

You will retain full rights to the play and the text will not be altered in any way without your explicit permission.

There is no submission fee. You are encouraged to submit multiple plays if you have them!

Due to the number of submissions, we will only be able to contact you if your play has been selected. Rejection letters will not be sent.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Summer Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer 2020 online 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:

Instructor: MĂȘlisa Annis (Writer, Director, 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: Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Ping Pong at The Public)
Use writing exercises to find your joy in writing, letting the new material they create surprise you.

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment to get your ideas on the page.
Instructors:
MĂȘlisa Annis (Writer, Director, Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch)
Abe Koogler (Obie-winning Writer, Fulfillment Center at MTC)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy... at Primary Stages)
Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)

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 to shape your ideas, structure your plot, develop believable characters, and write witty dialogue.

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, Wild Terrain at EST)
Learn to distill a compelling story into the shortest possible dramatic form, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.

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

Instructor: Kait Kerrigan (Writer, The Mad Ones)
Focus on this main structural component of musicals, developing the tools and framework of a musical theater piece.

Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)
Focus on the core elements of writing for TV—from premise to outline to pilot.

Instructor: Dana Lerner (Tony Award-Nominated Broadway Producer)
Learn to use your social media presence to enhance your own artistic work and establish your brand.

Instructor: Producers from The Business of Broadway
Demystify the process of creating a Broadway show!


Classes begin in June. 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.

Monday, June 1, 2020

ALMOST ADULTS PRODUCTIONS SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR LGBTQ+ SHORT PLAY ONLINE READING SERIES

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No deadline

Almost Adults Productions, an inclusive theatre company based in Santa Fe, NM, is looking for 10-15 minute LGBTQ+ themed plays for a weekly reading series to be presented on Zoom starting this summer. 

 Writers do not have to be LGBTQ+ identified but their material should be thematically relevant to the queer community. There is no requirement for premiere status. 

Writers will be asked to participate in the production on their reading but Almost Adults can help out wherever needed. At least one rehearsal will be required prior to each reading. 

 There is no deadline for submissions as they will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

 Anyone from all over the world is welcome to submit. 

No submission or participation fees are required but donations are always accepted to cover the cost of Zoom membership and other expenses which can be sent via Paypal to greg.watson62@yahoo.com

 Whether or not a donation is made will not impact on the decision to have your play read whatsoever. 

Send plays as Word or PDF documents to writingcoachsf@gmail.com

Questions may be sent to this address as well. 

 Writers may send up to 3 plays and will be notified within one month of submission. 

Click here to read more about us or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/almostadultstheatre.

Mixing It Up Productions seeks plays

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DEADLINE: June 12, 2020 Midnight (EST)

Mixing It Up Productions encourages playwrights to take this opportunity to showcase their work to professionals in the theatre industry. Our company is always looking for plays that show potential in the commercial market as well as in the performing arts.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
(Please note that plays that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible for consideration)
  • Scripts must be original and in English.
  • Adaptations are ineligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • No musicals will be accepted.
  • Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or published are ineligible.
  • Scripts that have had a workshop or reading are acceptable.
  • Plays may be in any genre i.e. drama, comedy, youth.
  • Entries received after the June 12th deadline will not be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
  • The submission must begin with a cover page that includes the work’s title and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email.
  • Scripts must be standard sized in PDF format. (Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred).
  • A character list and scene breakdown, if applicable, should be included in the attachment.
  • All submissions will be judged with the playwright’s name withheld.
  • No changes or resubmissions may be made once a script has been submitted.

SELECTION PROCESS:
  • We will confirm that an initial submission has been received.
  • A panel of judges will consist of writers, directors, producers, and theater enthusiasts.
  • Contest winners will be posted on our website.
  • Each participant will be notified of the results by email.
  • There will be no written or oral critique given on scripts submitted.
  • Winners will be announced by July 30, 2020.

PRIZES:
SHORT PLAYS (10 to 15 pages)
Winner will receive a year subscription to Play Submissions Helper where playwrights are given a huge collection of play opportunities.

ONE-ACT (20 to 60 pages)
Winner will receive a year subscription of Broadway HD where theatre enthusiasts can stream their favorite Broadway hits at anytime and anywhere.

FULL-LENGTH (70 to 100 pages)
Winner will receive a 30 minute virtual video meeting with Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer, Tracey Knight Narang plus an award of $100.

Please send the requested materials via email to mixingitupprod@gmail.com with the
subject line: 2020 Contest.

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