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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Village Open Call seeks CRAZY CHILDHOOD STORY 10-minute plays

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Deadline: September 12, 2020

“It was wrong on so many levels”

As they say: “Doesn’t matter how well your parents did with you, you will always find something to tell to your therapist. “

It’s so true. Doesn’t matter how loving and caring our parents are we all got some crazy childhood story. Funny, sad, disturbing or horrifying, we’ve all got them.

Village is calling for playwrights and storytellers to share their short plays/ stories with us based on this month theme: My Crazy Childhood Story.

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It doesn’t have to be YOUR story. It can be a fictional story, a short play or a monologue. As long as it fits the theme.

5 best stories will be selected and performed by our pool of actors.

We will contact you by Sep 15, if your story is selected. ONLY 5 finalist will be contacted. If you haven’t heard from us, this means unfortunately your story wasn’t selected this time and you can try again next time.

Looking forward to reading your story!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
September 12, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHOSEN SCRIPTS
September 15, 2020

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

SELECTED STORIES' SHOWCASE
October 10, 8.30-10.30pm on Zoom

Register as audience here.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1) Your story must revolve around the theme, "Crazy Childhood".
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 / Crazy Childhood Story”.
4) All pieces must include this phrase at some point, “It was wrong on so many levels”
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, September 2, 2020

Conch Shell Productions seeks short plays from Caribbean writers

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Deadline: September 11, 2020
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At Conch Shell Productions (CSP), our mission is to infuse new Caribbean-American and Caribbean Diaspora voices into the American theater. To do so, we create a space to develop, workshop and produce new plays.

We believe that art can and should provoke social change. Our productions create an opportunity for diverse audiences to explore and celebrate the unique ethnic/cultural diversity of the 28 multi-lingual Caribbean cultures that have immigrated to other nations seeking new opportunities.

Conch Shell Productions is seeking new one-act plays written by American men and women of Caribbean descent, as well as writers of the Caribbean diaspora.

Eligible playwrights:
American men and women of Caribbean heritage; Caribbean diaspora writers.

Format:
Short plays (10-30 minutes) No excerpts.

Cast size:
Minimum:2 Maximum: 4

Genre:
Comedy (satire, farce, dark, parody, travesty, comedy of ideas, mockumentary, surreal).
We will also consider comedy cross-genres (comedy/Afrofuturism; comedy/drama; tragicomedy, comedy/science fiction, etc).

Format:
Scripts written/adapted for Zoom (please review our existing #bluelightseries recordings avail at www.facebook.com/conchshellprod to gain an understanding of the what Zoom format means.

Language:
English (we will consider scripts with some lines in other languages infused in the text, but they most be primarily English)

Choose one writing prompt:
  • Voting/Voters
  • American politics and the average individual
  • Honesty
  • News headlines - reality or fiction
  • Caribbean American & the right to vote
  • Group think
  • Political campaigns

Selected plays will be produced and presented live on Facebook and/or Youtube.

No pay.

One submission per playwright.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION SEPT 11, 2020

#BLUELIGHTSERIES is a co-production between Conch Shell Productions & HB Studio.

Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award

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Deadline: September 15, 2020
$5000
Including $1000 from Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
in memory of Dr. Donna R. Barnes


The Nancy Dean award for Lesbian Playwrights is to honor a woman who was at the forefront of Lesbian, queer, gay, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, trans, intersex and people of color movements. We honor her focus and writing on Lesbian relationships before the time of the Stonewall rebellion. Her writings were the precursor to social change. In that spirit of struggle and often hidden desire we encourage the submission of new plays that address the conflict of lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary women struggling to live and love their best lives. In these times of social definition and refinement the age-old conflict of acceptance and the right to live our true lives as we truly are is still our continuing fight which is refined and embolden by each new generation.

We understand people have their own language for their gender and sexuality. We are open to submission from people who are lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary.

As we are a small family foundation with an all-volunteer board, we must rely on nominations to identify potential recipients. We are asking professors, teachers, artistic directors, directors, literary managers, actors, writers, and others to nominate promising writers. As we want to be inclusive, we will allow people to self-nominate. The following are our guidelines:
  • Writer is lesbian, queer or gay and nonbinary;
  • Writer has written at least one play;
  • Writer is writing plays about lesbians;
  • Writer is committed to writing plays and furthering her/their career; 
  • Writer is interested in receiving the award. 
Please send a letter(pdf) describing why your writer should receive this award and a full-length play (pdf) to openmeadowsfdn@gmail.com. In your letter, please be as detailed as possible in up to 2 pages. Include the writer’s resume and website or other social media links. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2020. We will announce the recipient December 31, 2020.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tucson Ten-Minute Play Festival

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Deadline: September 30, 2020 (or 300 submissions)
Tuscon Arizona

Submissions will be accepted ONLY through the official Eight 10s Submissions Form. Any scripts submitted through any other channels will be rejected without notification.

Winding Road Theater Ensemble is pleased to announce that we will begin accepting submissions for our third annual Eight 10s in Tucson Ten-Minute Play Festival on September 1, 2020.

Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2020, or until we receive 300 submissions, whichever comes first.

Eight original scripts will be chosen from hundreds of blind submissions from playwrights all over the U.S.. All genres encouraged! The 2021 Eight 10s In Tucson ONLINE festival will run online June – August 2021. Preview the submissions guidelines here.

IMPORTANT
Please review the guidelines below BEFORE you submit your script. Scripts that do not conform to the formatting outlined in the guidelines may be rejected without notification.

GUIDELINES
  • A Title Page that contains only the title of the play is required
  • A character synopsis and logline are required on a separate page that immediately follows the title page
  • Script run-time should be a minimum of eight (8) minutes and a maximum of ten (10) minutes
  • Submissions must be original works
  • All themes/genres encouraged
  • Legal clearance of materials is the full responsibility of the playwright
  • Standard Dramatists Guild play formatting is required--see link below
  • Scripts must be submitted as PDF files (no exceptions)
  • Only one (1) submission per playwright will be permitted
  • ALL SCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED ANONYMOUSLY
  • ALL identifiable playwright information MUST BE REDACTED. All playwright names, addresses, titles, theater names, industry associations, production history, review quotes, endorsements, dedications, etc. may NOT appear anywhere in the script.
To see our current Eight 10s play festival, running until Aug 31, check out our YouTube page.

We encourage participation by female-identifying playwrights and other under-represented groups.

FOREWORD: A New Works Series

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

Prologue Theatre is launching FOREWORD: A New Works Series. We will be selecting 5 new works to be workshopped via Zoom from November 2020-March 2021. All necessary info is listed below.

PROLOGUE THEATRE’S MISSION: “Prologue Theatre understands that it can be difficult, at times, to begin conversations about “certain topics” and focuses on presenting theatre that can serve as that starting point. Through theatrical performance, coupled with community discussion, we strive to challenge our community to examine and discuss their views of the world and those around them. Our focus is on those who are in the process of finding their own voice - whether 15 or 115 years old – and are looking for a place where they can hone those viewpoints by examining world issues within (and with) their community.”

BIPOC AND/OR LGBTQIA+ PLAYWRIGHTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

PROLOGUE THEATRE IS COMMITTED TO A MINIMUM OF 50% BIPOC ARTISTS IN ALL CASTING.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

-Selected works will be workshopped Monday-Friday for 2 weeks.
-Selected playwrights will receive a payment of $500/week.-Selected works will have one closed reading at the end of week 1 for Prologue’s staff, and a public reading at the end of week 2 for a virtual audience.

PLAY REQUIREMENTS:

-Scripts must be original works.
-Must be at least 50 pages long.
-No musicals.
-Must be able to be read with a maximum of 6 actors.
-Must be able to be cast with a minimum of 50% BIPOC artists.
-Must fit Prologue Theatre’s mission.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

-PDF copy of script.
-A synopsis of your play.
-A cover letter telling us a little bit about yourself and why you think your play fits Prologue’s mission.

Send submissions to Submissions@PrologueTheatre.org by Wednesday, September 30th.

If you have any questions, please email us at Info@PrologueTheatre.org

Website: https://www.prologuetheatre.org/submissions.html
Facebook: www.facebook.com/prologuetheatre
Instagram: prologue_theatre

The Strand Theater Company Brown Sugar Bake-Off

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Deadline: September 7, 2020
Baltimore MD

The Strand Theater Company stands in solidarity with our beloved Baltimore community as we seek justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and all people oppressed by systems of racism. In our efforts to learn more and do more to impact social change, we are proud to team up with Two Strikes Theatre Collective for a virtual bake-off playwrighting festival, focused on Black womxn.

Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, our Brown Sugar Bake-Off is an artistic response to the worldwide outcry against systemic racism. Though Black Lives Matter was founded by three Black women, the movement (much like liberation movements before it) has historically erased and undervalued Black women.

How this works:
  • Black womxn playwrights have until September 7, 2020 to write a short play using all the ingredients and following the provided “Recipe” (aka the rules)
  • Led by Two Strikes Theatre Collective and the Strand Theatre Company, our panel of readers will then select a collection of plays that will be presented in a virtual performance Festival that launches Strand Theater Company’s 2020-2021 Season. 
  • Each selected submission will be assigned a director and a cast, and will follow a three-week rehearsal period, leading up to the Festival on October 17, 2020. All performances will be pre-recorded. Playwrights will participate in live Q&As on the day of the Festival.
  • The Festival will be presented free of admission fees to the public. Donations will be encouraged to support the participants. Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants.
Brown Sugar FREE Playwriting Workshop (led by Dr. Nae Phillips and Christen Cromwell): Our Festival is open to the Baltimore community and beyond. We understand that there may be some who would like to participate in the Festival but may not know where to begin. Or, perhaps they want a refresher on how to write a short play. This free workshop is designed for you. Interested in joining the workshop? Please email info@strand-theater.org to sign up.

Food for Thought as you prepare your submission:
  • Read this article: “The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls.”
  • Read this quote: “White women and black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed. Black men may be victimized by racism, but sexism allows them to act as exploiters and oppressors of women. White women may be victimized by sexism, but racism enables them to act as exploiters and oppressors of black people. Both groups have led liberation movements that favor their interests and support the continued oppression of other groups. Black male sexism has undermined struggles to eradicate racism just as white female racism undermines feminist struggle. As long as these two groups or any group defines liberation as gaining social equality with ruling class white men, they have a vested interest in the continued exploitation and oppression of others.” ― bell hooks, AIN'T I A WOMAN: BLACK WOMEN AND FEMINISM (1981)

The Recipe (aka the rules):
  • Playwrights must identify as Black womxn.
  • Submissions can be a short play, choreopoem, monologue, etc. 
  • The play/submission cannot exceed 10 pages (10 minutes or less).
  • Submission must have 5 characters or less
  • All performances will be pre-recorded. If actors are in the same space, the characters must remain six feet apart from one another.
  • Must include all of the following ingredients. 
The Ingredients:
Submissions must include all ingredients, which can be physical/literal or metaphysical/symbolic.
  • a Black womxn protagonist
  • a wig
  • a sign
  • a gathering 
  • brown sugar


Timeline:
Recipe Drop - July 20, 2020
Free Playwrighting Workshop- August 22, 2020
Submission Deadline - September 7, 2020
Selected plays announcement - Late September 2020
Rehearsal Period - 21 Days prior to the Festival
Virtual Festival performances - October 17, 2020

Completed play submissions should be forwarded to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
  • Brown Sugar Bake-Off SUBMISSION [Last Name]
  • The body of the email should contain the playwright’s first and last name, address, and a primary phone number
  • Please attach a character list containing the genders (if needed) and ages of characters if the script calls for them
  • The play should be included as a PDF attachment, with the playwright’s name and contact information removed from the actual script (blind submission)

WE ARE LOOKING FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS interested in taking part in the Festival.
Please e-mail your interest to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
Brown Sugar Bake-Off ACTOR [Last Name]
Brown Sugar Bake-Off DIRECTOR [Last Name]

Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants

Sunday, August 30, 2020

MET ZOOM PLAY FESTIVAL

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Deadline: September 1, 2020 10PM

The plays must be written (or re-written) to work in the medium of Zoom. In other words, incorporating the online nature of the production is key. 

Extra credit for writing a play that feeds into a theme of "Club MET" (vacations, get-aways, beach longings, etc. and/or exploring the idea of Mesa Encore Theatre (MET), or community theatre in general, as a pathway to getting out of ones real life and into a fantasy/better world!).
The plays should be no longer than 20 minutes in running time but can be far shorter (think 10-12 pages). 

Because of the nature of how Zoom plays are presented, it would be difficult to use plays with more than 6 characters. 

Plays must be submitted to David Chorley at davidchorley@gmail.com no later than 10:00PM, Tuesday 9/1/20. 

Plays must be written with the confines of the pandemic in mind – it will be hard to choose a play that uses far-out props or settings that would be difficult to re-create in this environment. 

The extent of playwright involvement during the rehearsal process will be considered on an individual basis by the MET Artistic staff, the Director and the Playwright's preference.

Playwrights of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to submit a play!

If you would like an extra challenge (a la the 24-hour theatre model) we can provide you with a cast of actors so you can create your play specific to them! We will get you the actor information no later than 8/28, which would give you only 4 days to write a Zoom play specifically for those actors. If this appeals to you please let David know at davidchorley@gmail.com asap and we can make these arrangements. This is, of course, optional.

*to involve as many people as possible, we will want separate writers and directors as opposed to having someone write and direct the same show.

** based on turn-out we may be able to do different plays on different nights, but the idea as of now is to organize a festival with the same shows performed live all three days. If we end up with more options, we may look to expand this.

*** there is no compensation being offered to playwrights, directors or actors for this project

New Works Virtual Festival seeks scripts

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Deadline: September 14, 2020

New Works Virtual Festival is an online fundraiser for the Actors Fund presenting 20 new works performed by all-star casts.

NWVF's lineup of 20 plays in 7 days will consist of non-musical pieces; both full length and one-act plays, screenplays, and television pilots. 

To submit a written work for consideration, email your attached script to nwvfsubmission@gmail.com by September 14th. 

The team is currently searching for writers of all backgrounds to add to the already hundreds of offerings in order to present a global, divergent collection of compositions to help support the entertainment industry's valued workers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Short Play & Musical Festival - BOO 2020

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Deadline: September 11, 2020 NYC



DATES & LOCATIONS:
October 15 through November 1, 2020

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012 - 3rd floor
  • 3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),
  • 5 plays featured each week.
ELIGIBILITY:
  • Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.
  • Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.
THEME: “Boo!”
  • Scare us or force us to laugh till we die – horror plays and musicals including a great spoof
  • All plays submitted must be centered on and revolve around this theme.
  • ** Note ** 
  • 1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office
  • 2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required
  • Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 20 pages
  • Submissions open: August 7, 2020
  • Submissions close: September 10, 2020 by 11:00pm
  • Play selection announced soon thereafter...

For more festival information visit: www.shortplaynyc.com

Click Here to download a sample contract for the festival - This is a sample of what you would receive IF your play is accepted - please DO NOT sign & send this sample.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Livermore Shakespeare Festival commission seeks playwright of color

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Up to $6,000 playwright commission (full length play) with Livermore Shakespeare Festival (LSF).

This commission is for a playwright of color to celebrate scientists of color while exploring a current science theme. The selected playwright will be tasked with writing an original play which includes a component about scientific research currently pursued by our local Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL). Many possibilities include using supercomputers to identify a COVID-19 vaccine and treatment candidates. We will partner the selected playwright with advisory support from scientists at the LLNL and/or Sandia National Laboratory.

Here is a link to the request for qualifications (RFQ) as well as the details of the commission. www.Livermoreshakes.org/ScienceAtPlay . There you will see our program called “Science At Play” under which this commission falls. The RFQ goes into much greater detail about the commission. Please know that you MUST follow the submission guidelines. Failure to adhere to submission guidelines will disqualify you from the commission opportunity.

Thank you to all who submit according to the guidelines.

Specific details about this commission: www.Livermoreshakes.org/ScienceAtPlay

Type of Opportunity: Semi-staged reading with possibility of full production

Restrictions: 
  • Person of color, US citizen only, must have a B.A. or B.S. 
  • Must have completed at least one full length script, on any subject, that has been produced in a festival, by a professional theatre, writers foundation or as a series of developmental readings with a professional theatre company or playwright's foundation. Self-production does not fit these guidelines. 
  • If you are in an MFA playwright program, please feel free to email if you have not had a play produced.
Submission guidelines:

1. Playwright must submit a 10 page writing sample in pdf format (Do not send more than 10 pages directing us to pages you wish us to consider).

2. Resume (theatrical) in pdf format

3. Letter of interest (3 page maximum, 11-12 point font, in Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana or Calibri) addressing the following questions 4 questions A - D: (in pdf format)

A. Why are you attracted to a science play? And/or what is your connection to science?

B. Have you had a writing project where you collaborated with a dramaturg or an advisor? If so, describe the process and the value you received from said process.

C. Are you willing to work with a dramaturg and/or science advisors? What do you imagine that process would look like?

D. Would you be comfortable with a remote working situation where interactions will take place over the computer and phone?

4. File naming convention for your 3 documents (in .pdf format) must be as follows:

-YourLastname_10Pages_SAP. (Ex. Williams_ 10Pages_SAP.pdf)

-YourLastName_Resume_SAP (Ex. Williams_Resume_SAP.pdf)

-YourLastName_LOI_SAP (Ex. Williams_LOI_SAP.pdf)

5. Deadline: 9/26/2020 One submission per playwright only. No fee.

6. Submit via email to Michael Wayne Rice, Resident Director: Michael@LivermoreShakes.org

Theatre Viscera seeks podcasts for reading series

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Deadline:  September 25th, 2020 at 5:00pm PT

Our Submission period for plays for the Podcast Readings opens Sunday June 21st, 2020 at 5:00pm PT and will close Friday September 25th, 2020 at 5:00pm PT.

We are only able to accept the first 100 submissions, upon which the submission period will close. If we reach our cap of 100 submissions before the stated close date of Friday September 25th, we will make an announcement on our website and social media that the contest will close the following day at 5:00pm PT.

As the situation with the Coronavirus and COVID-19 continues to develop, we are moving to virtual work for the time being in order to continue our commitment to telling queer stories while focusing on the health and safety of our community. We are therefore accepting submissions for the 2021 Podcast season with Theatre Viscera. We are looking for pieces that will read well in a podcast format, but we are not producing Radio Plays. This is a great opportunity to send us weird work that might be “less producible” because of strange conventions or unique storytelling.

At this time we are accepting only one submission per playwright.

Submissions may be full length plays, a collection of one acts totally no more than 100 minutes reading time, or a collection of 10 minute plays totally no more than 100 minutes reading time. Submissions must be between 60-100 minutes of reading time, or about 60-100 pages of formatted script.

For collections of one acts or 10 minute plays, we are accepting collaborations as long as the individual pieces have a through line of plot, theme, or theatrical device.

We are not accepting musicals at this time.

We have a preference for pieces with modest cast lists (8 characters or less.)

We have a preference for pieces that tell stories of trans and GNC characters, as well as stories at the intersections of oppression; disabled queer characters, BIPOC queer characters, etc.

We are looking for plays by queer artists, about queer characters, for queer actors.

For your submission please include:
  • A cover page with a brief synopsis and cast breakdown
  • Your full script as a PDF or Word Doc formatted appropriately
  • Your artist bio and contact information, including your pronouns

Email submissions to theatreviscera@gmail.com and use subject line “Podcast Play Submission”

For more playwriting opportunities, check out https://playsubmissionshelper.com/

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The L.B. Williams Playwriting Contest for BIPOC Writers

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Deadline: November 1, 2020
NYC

In furthering the company’s mission to, in part, “foster diversity and parity,” on August 1, 2020 we announced a new play contest for playwrights of color (including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, etc.) This contest is different from many out there in that we are seeking not so much new plays as potential new members of our company who wish to work with us continuously in the future to develop their new plays.

The contest is named to honor the memory of L.B. Williams, an actor in our company who passed away in 2017. He loved working on new plays, whether as an actor, or in his wise critiques, and regularly attended our Monday night readings to do so.

Our development process includes a reading of new plays at company meetings on Monday nights, followed by a developmental workshop with a director and cast, and finally, an Equity Showcase production of the play in our small theatre space on West 44th St in New York City upon approval of the Leadership team. The goal and focus are to allow the playwright to achieve the best possible version of their script.

For this particular contest, the following rules apply:

1. Plays should be suitable for or even specifically written to be performed over Zoom or equivalent digital technology. (We hope to produce the plays live in our performance space in 2021 should health conditions permit.)

2. Plays should run no longer than 10-minutes.

3. Plays may be on any theme and in any style, but should not rely on complicated production values to make them work.

4. No musicals, children’s shows, or adaptations accepted.

5. New work only that has not been produced (staged-readings okay).

6. Deadline: November 1, 2020. Plays should be sent via email as a PDF only to nctcsubmissions@gmail.com, with the writer’s last name and L.B. Contest in the subject line. (Ex: “Smith L.B. Contest”). Winners will be announced in January.

7. Winning plays selected for production will result in a royalty payment to the writer of $100. Writers maintain full copyright of their work.
8. Winning plays will follow our development process: a Monday night reading, followed by a workshop, followed by production. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that process will be online. By submitting your play, you agree to participate actively in that process.

9. Questions regarding the contest should be sent to the email address in #6 above.

The Breath Project 2020 Virtual Festival

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Deadline: August 31, 2020 5:00 PST


To select, curate and archive work from multidisciplinary theater artists of color who are responding to our current moment in history, and to build relationships between artists of color and producers of live theater in their city, state and/or region.

Phase 1 Call for entries to the Breath Project Archive, and a 2020 presentation of selected works in a virtual festival.

100% of any funds raised in connection with the 2020 virtual festival will be given directly to the curating and presenting artists.

Phase 2 Works produced for live audiences, in association with Partner Theaters across the country (as social safety guidelines allow)

Phase 3 The Breath Project is utilized as a tool for activism and education, as an ongoing and living archive of this time in history.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES​
Submissions must be a recording of a live performance of original work, and must be 8 minutes and 46 seconds in length;
  • Submissions will be accepted from artists of color who reside in the United States (work submitted by artists under the age of 18 will be considered in a youth category);
  • Submissions must include a link to your video submission, artist bio and photo.
  • Deadline for submissions for consideration for the 2020 Virtual Festival will be August 31, 2020, 5:00 PST.  At this time, there is no deadline for submissions to the archive.
  • We strongly recommend that you read the Frequently Asked Questions, and check the list of Partner Theaters to see which theaters are able to offer space and other resources. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

FALL 2020 OBJECT MOVEMENT DIGITAL PUPPETRY LAB

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Deadline: September 15, 2020 5PM

OBJECT MOVEMENT is a residency program for developing new works by puppeteers and object theater artists. Object Movement supports the development new work and advances existing works-in-progress that address eternal human questions and the urgent challenges of our society today through puppetry and object theater, and produces an annual festival of performances. The Fall 2020 Digital Puppetry Lab will focus on the creative opportunities and challenges of making puppetry and object theater for a virtual audience with the tools of modern technology.

Eight participants will meet weekly on Zoom to share the questions they’re wrestling with and the discoveries they’ve made. Participants will take turns sharing works in progress and offering peer feedback, with moderation and support from the curators. Group meetings are on Tuesday evenings from 8:00pm to 9:30pm starting September 29, culminating in an online festival of “lab experiments” over four evenings, Thursday 11/19 through Sunday 11/22. The final meeting of the lab to reflect on the process will be on Tuesday, November 24.

Thanks to a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation, participants will each receive a performance fee of $100 for participation in the festival, as well as a share of the donations collected from the festival audience.

Artists may apply with a specific project in mind, or with topics and themes they want to explore. All work for the residency will be created for an online audience, and artists will perform a 5 to 10 minute piece developed during the residency at the festival.

Applications for the Fall 2020 Object Movement Digital Puppetry Lab are now open and are due on Friday, September 11 at 5pm. Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 17. Email us at objectmovement@centeratwestpark.org with any questions.

The Company of Fools - the Plague Play Readings

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Deadline: August 30, 2020

To combat woe and create art and community, as well as to keep the metaphorical “stage lights” on during this difficult time, we will be conducting a virtual play reading series via ZOOM.

If you’d like to be involved as a reader, fill out this form!

If you want to tune in, the Zoom conference is here!

The Facebook event, which includes all readings we’ve announced so far, is here!

And if you’re a playwright who wants to submit your original play for us to read, that form is here!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

FWO Libretto Workshop seeks submissions

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Deadline: September 14, 2020 at midnight

Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop is an exciting exploration of operatic storytelling, and the eighth installment of the company’s innovative new works showcase. Led by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell, this two-night online event will be held in front of a live Zoom audience. While the first seven installments of Frontiers highlighted thrilling new unproduced works-in-progress, the company’s latest workshop strips away the musical elements and focusses entirely upon the text of new operas in-the-making. In addition to Mr. Campbell’s presence, FWO’s workshop will feature a distinguished panel of librettists, composers, directors, and artists, including H├ęctor Armienta, Nicole Brooks, Octavio Cardenas, Blythe Gaissert, Alison Moritz, Rachel J. Peters, Kelley Rourke, and Talise Trevigne.

In creating this program, Fort Worth Opera wanted to provide librettists with a platform for dramaturgical development and assure the industry and opera lovers everywhere that the storytellers within this incredible art form would not be neglected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company continues its commitment to supporting the creation of new works, and Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop will provide librettists with an exclusive opportunity to hone their craft. Not only will they experience passages of their libretto performed by professional actors, but they will receive real-time feedback from some of the top creative minds in opera. Librettists will also be able to obtain a recording of the Zoom workshop to assist them further in their compositional process.

This collaborative series is presented free of charge to all participating librettists and auditors. Donations of any amount are encouraged and accepted in support of Fort Worth Opera’s educational programming. Click HERE to learn more.

SUBMISSION INFO (SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED AUGUST 19 - SEPTEMBER 14, 2020)

Librettists from the Americas (citizens or residents of North, Central, and South America, as well as associated territories) are eligible and invited to submit a libretto. All application materials must be submitted electronically through the Frontiers web portal. Six libretti will be selected and showcased. Works not selected will not be automatically reconsidered for future showcases.

Submissions will be accepted through Monday, September 14, 2020, at midnight. On Tuesday, September 29, six librettists will be chosen, and the winning selections will be publicly announced. Only completed libretti will be considered. Due to the online forum of this workshop, libretti must be in English, and submissions must include a synopsis. There is no fee for submissions. Fort Worth Opera retains the right to select fewer than six works for the showcase.

THE HENLEY ROSE PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION FOR WOMEN 2020

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Deadline: August 31, 2020
Knoxville TN

$22 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a scan or photo copy of your current membership card with your script for verification.


The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women was founded by Yellow Rose Productions, with permission of Beth Henley, to encourage and recognize the new works of female playwrights. The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women aims to give voice to the stories of this generation and to bring into the spotlight important works that have been crafted.
The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women seeks to honor both the writings of Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley and those of future winners of the Henley Rose Award.
INFORMATION

Submissions are welcome from July 1st until August 31st and will be read by a committee of writers, theatre artists, and producers.

The first 250 submissions to be received between July 1st until August 31st will be considered.

A small group of finalists will be announced in March, 2021. The First, Second, and Third Place winners will also be announced by the end of March, 2021, and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award. Information on the Henley Rose Staged Reading Series will be announced at a later date.

Please note, we are unable to provide feedback on scripts that are submitted.

GUIDELINES
  • Submissions must be completed, full-length or two-act plays. No one-acts, please.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female playwright.
  • Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged.
  • Submissions are due by August 31st, 2020 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.
  • One script may be submitted per applicant.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS
Completed Registration (Click Here for Registration)
Script
Payment: $22 submission fee. Submission fees will go to create a cash prize for the winner of the Henley Rose Award. ($22 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a scan or photo copy of your current membership card with your script for verification.)

All applicants may choose to submit scripts and/or payment via snail mail (checks made payable to Yellow Rose Productions):
Henley Rose Competition
1321 Raleigh Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917


All applicants may choose to submit materials via e-mail for an additional $10.00 printing fee. E-mail submission materials may be sent to henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

At the completion of your registration form you will receive a an e-mail confirmation with additional instructions. If you are choosing to submit electronically, please attach your script as a response to this email confirmation. If you are planning to submit via snail mail, please respond to the confirmation e-mail to let us know when your script is on its way.

If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within a few minutes of submitting your application, please check your SPAM folder and make sure to add henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com to your contacts to be sure we are able to reach you!

Please note that your submission is not complete until all submission materials (application, script, and payment – if required) have been received. Submissions via snail mail must be postmarked no later than August 31st, 2020. Should the submission cap be reached before August 31st, 2020, the application will no longer accept new submissions and an announcement will be made. Any accidental payments made past the 250 script cap are fully refundable.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Carlow Little Theatre Society One-Act Playwriting Competition

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Deadline: September 4, 2020
Carlow Ireland

With theatre activities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Carlow Little Theatre Society (CLTS), will be running a new one-act playwriting competition this Autumn to encourage the writing of new play material.

Three finalist plays will be selected from the entries, which will each receive a rehearsed, performed reading by actors from CLTS. An overall winner will then be selected, with a monetary prize of €300 for 1st place, €200 for 2nd place, and €100 for third place kindly sponsored by local marketing and call centre company, Maven TM.

The competition is open to all writers over 18 years old, both members and non-members, local and international. The play submitted must be in English and be an original work of the entrant that has not yet been published, nor performed on stage previously, nor received any awards previously.

The script length / duration of the play should not exceed 20 minutes.

Scripts are to be sent electronically to Carlow Little Theatre Society, by emailing them to carlowlittletheatre@gmail.com with the subject header of ‘Playwriting Competition’, along with fully completed entry form attached to the email. Note that the entrant’s name should appear only on the entry form and not on the scripts.

Deadline: the deadline for entry is midnight of Friday, September 4th 2020.

No entry fee is required.

The 3 finalist plays selected for the performed readings will be announced on Monday September 31st 2020, with the entrants also contacted directly.

The 3 plays are planned to have their performed readings towards the end of October, though the date involved may be subject to change. Each play will be assigned a director and the performed readings will involve rehearsed readings of the plays in advance of the performance.

The overall outright winner of the competition is to be announced on Tuesday, November 17th 2020.

Playwrights are asked to read the guidelines below before submitting their play for consideration:
  • Each play should have a running time of up to 20 minutes. As a guide, use the format: 1 page equals approximately 1 minute of performance time.
  • Script formats are not strict and can take a variety of forms. However, it must be clearly formatted and the recommended format is 12pt, double-spaced, Times New Roman.
  • Plays should be sent as doc (Word) or PDF, via email only. We do not accept hard copy.
  • Each script should be numbered, with the title of the play at the top of each page.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear on the script.
  • All entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The script should not have been published, performed previously or be scheduled for performance or have received any awards previously.
  • The play should not be an excerpt from a longer work.
  • We do not accept adaptations.
  • Closing date for entries is midnight, Friday September 4th 2020.
  • Entries are to be sent by email to carlowlittletheatre@gmail.com with the Subject Header of ‘Playwriting Competition’.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by the fully completed entry form. The entry form can be downloaded directly from HERE.
  • Entry to the competition provides Carlow Little Theatre Society with permission and rights to perform all received plays.
  • Selected finalist writers are asked, but not required, to be available for communications with the director assigned to their play, either via electronic communication, phone or in person meetings.

The Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival seeks 10--minute plays by members of the transgender community

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Deadline: September 5, 2020

The Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival at Ohio University is now accepting submissions of 10 minute plays to be performed digitally as part of our Trans Awareness week. The Festival will take place over three nights during Ohio University's Trans Week of Awareness with performances November 16th, 17th and 20th. Playwrights/poets/performers will be notified which day(s) their play(s) will be performed.

Plays must be written by members of the transgender community—although queer allies are encouraged to contact the festival with questions regarding a play which features trans* characters—and should fit the theme of The Transgender Day of Remembrance. The festival will consists of rehearsed, digital performances directed by trans director, Jo Michael Rezes.

If a playwright/poet/artist would like to perform themselves, that is also acceptable. 2 submissions max per person (but the pieces must be contrasting in theme). International submissions are welcome but must be in English. Cast size: Maximum of 6 characters.

Submission deadline: September 5, 2020. Selected plays/pieces will be announced by October 1, 2020. There is no submission/participation fee.

Please submit your work through the submission page on our website at https://transplaysofremembrance.weebly.com/submission.html. All submissions should be in PDF format. All types of forms (inclusive of poetry) will be considered as long as they can be performed in ten minutes or less.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Ensemble Playwright Lab Residency

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Deadline: August 24, 2020


The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program in which the playwright engages with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work; which will be presented to the public at the end of the residency.

There will be two residencies: Fall & Winter. Two playwrights, one for each residency, will be selected to work with our ensemble once a week, for a total of 21 hours of collaboration and discovery.

And the best part? The EPL is FREE to the playwrights!

Each residency is uniquely tailored to provide playwrights with the opportunity to collaborate closely with LOM’s artistic directors and professional multi-disciplinary ensemble.

This experimental process of creation and development is designed to welcome the playwright into the rehearsal room through active participation in devised and improvisational explorations.
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The goals and outcomes of each residency are mutually determined by both LOM and the playwright

Submission Guidelines
The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program for NYC-based playwrights to engage with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble of actors, musicians, dancers, designers, and dramaturgs to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work. This experimental process of creation and development is designed to welcome the playwright into the rehearsal room through active participation in devised and improvisational explorations. The goals and outcomes of each residency are mutually determined by both LOM and the playwright.

Playwrights are chosen using an anonymous submission process. Each entrant is asked to create an alias so as to mask their identity. Entrants are also required to omit all mentions of names of previous collaborators and the titles of their previous work. The anonymized submissions are then read by a panel consisting of Lynde Rosario (Literary Manager of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Lea Marie Heller (Resident LOM Dramaturg), LOM Co-Artistic Directors Nolan Kennedy and Scarlet Maressa Rivera, and Guest Dramaturg, Myjoycia Cezar. Finalists are scheduled for interviews to determine the participants in this year’s Ensemble Playwright Lab.
This season, LOM will be exploring the theme of action.

This season, for the first time ever, LOM will proudly offer a $500 honorarium to each playwright chosen for a residency.

There will be two residencies: Fall (Oct.-Nov.) and Winter (Feb-March). Each residency will consist of 7 consecutive sessions to develop a work with the LOM ensemble. At the end of each residency, there will be 2 public Zoom showings and a facilitated post-showing talkback with the audience, playwright, and cast.

All meetings, rehearsals, and showings will take place on Zoom. Therefore, playwrights should have a strong interest in working on pieces within this format.

LOM is striving to amplify more BIPoC and LGBTQA+ voices. Playwrights from these communities are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: This is an annonymous submission process.
Do not mention your real name, the names of companies or artists you've worked with, or titles of plays you've written in your submission. Doing so will get you disqualified!

If you have any questions, please email: lomsubmissions@gmail.com to contact a non-adjudicating member of the team.

Eligibilty

The EPL is open to playwrights...
  • -who currently live or have lived in NYC in the past 12 months,
  • who are able to attend all required sessions on Zoom
  • -at any stage of their career
  • -wishing to work on a previously written piece OR wanting to create something new with the LOM ensemble
  • -age 21 or older

If you have submitted to the EPL in the past, please feel free to submit again!

What we are looking for:
The purpose of the Ensemble Playwright Lab is to build a relationship between a playwright and the LOM ensemble, and to explore/allow for/create new ways of collaboration. This program is intended for artists who identify as playwrights and want to improve their craft as well as their work. Yes, there will be public presentations at the end of the residency. However, what gets presented will be based on the interest and goals of the playwright. Letter of Marque’s mission is to spread ensemble culture, through responsive, inclusive, and accessible theater, and to engage individuals in collective success and meaningful dialogue.

What Does It Cost the Playwright:
There is no monetary charge or fee to participate in the Ensemble Playwrights Lab. We ask for their time, dedication, talent, and energy!

Important Dates
Submissions Open: Friday, July 24th, 2020
Submissions Close: Monday, August 24th, 2020
Interviews: September 8th - September 18th, 2020
Finalists Notified: September 25th, 2020

Fall 2020 Section Dates
***Playwrights must be available for all the dates!***
​October 12, 2020, (Indigenous Peoples Day) Mon 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, October 19, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, October 26, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 2, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 9, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 16, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm
Thursday, November 19, 2020 1:30pm-5:00pm & 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #1)
Friday, November 20, 2020 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #2 & talkback)
Monday, November 23,2020 1:30pm-4:30pm (wrap session)

Winter 2021 Section Dates
***Playwrights must be available for all the dates!***
Monday, February 1, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, February 8, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, February 15, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, February 22, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, March 1, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Monday, March 8, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm
Thursday, March 11, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm & 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #1)
Friday, March 12, 2021 1:30pm-5:00pm & 6:00pm-9:30pm (showing #2 & talkback)
Monday, March 15, 2021 1:30pm-4:30pm (wrap session)

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