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Monday, July 13, 2020

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre seeks online plays for young audiences

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Deadline: July 31, 2020 11:59 CST
Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (OKC Rep), an Actors’ Equity Association Category 1 Small Professional Theatre, is seeking submissions of previously unproduced plays, written explicitly for online communications platforms (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, et al) in the following categories:

1. NEW VOICES: Playwrights between the ages of 18-26
  • 50- to 80-minute plays that are written within the context of online communication;
  • Plays can be two or more characters; each character will occupy a single window on screen. Monologues that exhibit innovative use of the form will be considered.

2. YOUNG AUDIENCES: Material to engage young audiences between the ages of 4-11
  • 40- to 60-minute plays that are written within the context of online communication; 
  • Plays can be two or more characters; each character will occupy a single window on screen. Monologues that exhibit innovative use of the form will be considered.
  • Plays must be suitable and engaging for audiences between the ages of 4-11.

Selected play(s) will be produced as an online reading under the auspices of OKC Rep Theatre, and distributed to our audiences via social media. Plays selected for readings will be awarded a $250 honorarium. Selected plays may be considered for full production in a future season.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Deadline for all submissions is no later than 11:59 CST on July 31, 2020. Please email the following submission requirements to stageathome@cityrep.com:

1. Script(s): must be in .pdf form, with embedded page numbers;

2. A one-page copy of your resume in .pdf format;

3. A one-page cover letter in .pdf format, containing the following information:
1. Full name
2. Professional name (if different)
3. Mailing Address, City, State, ZIP
4. Website, if available
5. Social media handles
6. Connection to Oklahoma*, if relevant;
7. Title of Play, Category & Year Written
8. Brief Synopsis

*While special consideration is given to playwrights native to or living in Oklahoma, all are welcome to apply.

CityRep's mission is to serve Oklahoma's diverse artistic, educational and civic needs by providing dynamic professional theatre.

We entertain, enlighten and inspire!

For more information please visit okcrep.org.

Lanesboro Artist Residency Program

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Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2020 

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program offers two or four week residencies to emerging artists driven to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work.

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, located in Lanesboro, MN (pop. 754), is supported by the Jerome Foundation and aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. The program is unique in that it provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation, with staff working with each resident to create a fully-customized residency experience.

Lanesboro Arts’ goal is to be flexible and accommodating to artists, allowing them access to local resources needed for conceptualizing and realizing their place-based work. Lanesboro Arts recognizes “place-based work” as work that is specifically inspired by and designed for the place in which the work takes place; it can be a new project, or an interpretation of the artist’s current work tailored to engage the community of Lanesboro. The residency program was designed to align with and amplify Lanesboro Arts’ vision for communities–especially rural communities–to embrace artists as economic drivers, culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers. Follow these links for reflective audio interviews with 2018 artists in residence: Erin Lavelle and Rini Yun Keagy.

TO APPLY

The application deadline for the 2021 Lanesboro Artist Residency Program is Friday, July 31, 2020 at 12 p.m. (noon) CST. The application will posted on or around April 1, 2020. Please check back. Jury review will take place in August and applicants will be notified by September 18, 2020 at the latest as to the status of their application. A phone interview process with finalists will take place in late September and selected artist residents and runners-up will be notified by October 5, 2020.

Artists must be legal residents of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible to apply. To be considered, eligible artists must submit their application through the online webform on Lanesboro Arts website. Complete program details are below. Please contact Kara Maloney at 507-467-2446 or kara@lanesboroarts.org with any questions.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

EST/Youngblood is now accepting applications

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Deadline: July 31, 2020
NYC


EST/Youngblood is now accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2020-2021 season. 

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

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

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

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

RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.

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

Application Instructions:

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

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

Upload the PDF file using the Upload link below.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Molecule seeks very short plays for publication

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

Molecule accepts submissions of poetry, prose (fiction & non-fiction) plays, reviews and interviews in 50 words or less (including titles and interview questions). Visual artwork of tiny things like tea bags and toothpicks, or tiny paintings, also wanted: no skyscrapers please!

We have a strict word count. Don’t try and trick us we have tiny minds. All submissions should be previously unpublished work.

How should I send my work?

Send submissions in the body of the email or as an attachment to moleculetinylitmag@gmail.com along with a 3rd person bio of no more than 24 words (including name). Please send no more than 5 pieces.

24 words or less for a whole bio, seems random, where did you come up with that?

There are 24 atoms in a molecule of caffeine. What more do you want from us?

When are you open for submissions and when will I hear back?

We are open for submissions for our Fall 2020 Issue June 1 to July 15. Replies will be sent by August 15.

If your work is accepted we ask for first rights (to publish in our online issue) and non-exclusive electronic rights (so we can leave it up on our website). All rights revert to the author upon publication.

Friday, July 10, 2020

SEEKING 5-MINUTE COMEDIC PLAYS dealing with Quarantine and COVID-19 for possible publication with Smith & Kraus, Inc.

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Deadline: July 15, 2020


SUBMISSIONS OPEN TO ALL PLAYWRIGHTS
NO SUBMISSION FEE.
Smith & Kraus Publishers, Inc.

Submission guidelines:
  • Only comedies or upbeat pieces will be considered.
  • No monologues.
  • Must be previously unpublished. It does not need to have had any type of reading or production.
  • Plays should have 2-4 characters. No more than 4.
  • Plays should be 3-5 pages long (not including title page, character descriptions, etc.)
  • Please submit plays in standard playwrighting format.
  • Please submit your play in Microsoft Word doc only.
  • One submission per writer.
  • Please be sure to include your contact info with your submission.
  • Please submit a 50-100 word bio with your submission in the body of your email.
  • Keep in mind these plays should be written specifically about the Quarantine and Covid-19 in a funny or upbeat manner. The plays should be written to specifically be performed for a virtual audience on a ZOOM (or something similar) platform. 
  • No monetary compensation. If the anthology is published, copies will likely be the form of payment.
Submit your Microsoft Word document to the editor at:

debbielamedman@gmail.com

Theatrefolk Inc. is seeking one-act Middle School play submissions for publication

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No deadline given

Theatrefolk Inc. is seeking one-act Middle School play submissions by 'Black, Indigenous, People of Color' (BIPOC) playwrights for immediate publication.

Our mission is to represent student voices and to let students know they are not alone. It has been made clear where we have succeeded and where we have failed in this pursuit. We want to do better and we want to start with Middle School plays.

It’s crucial that Middle School students know there are playwrights out there speaking directly to them and for them. A call for High School plays will be announced later in the year.

Submission Criteria
  • Plays are between 25 and 35 minutes in length. 
  • The majority of our customers at the Middle School level work on productions during class so the running time should fit within a class period.
  • Plays have a majority of middle-school-aged characters. 
  • We want to feature middle-school-aged voices.
  • Plays are contemporary. 
  • We want Middle School stories that take place today.
  • Plays have simple staging requirements 
  • Many of our customers need to do a lot with a little.
  • Can your play be performed online? 
  • Not a requirement. But we envision that plays that can be performed online or in a social distancing scenario may receive more productions.

  • Playwrights may submit more than one play. 
  • Plays cannot be under contract to another publisher. 
  • Playwrights will be notified immediately about receipt of scripts and within 6 weeks regarding publication.

Please submit your work to submissions@theatrefolk.com with a cover letter and contact information. Tell us about yourself and your play.

We look forward to reading your work.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Notre Dame Performing Arts New Play Festival

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

South Euclid Ohio

Notre Dame College Performing Arts will host its annual National Playwriting Festival in November 2020, showcasing unproduced plays and musicals for young adults and children.

A national search has begun, looking for the best and most promising theatrical works relevant to young audiences today. The two-day festival will consist of 3-5 staged readings of previously unseen theatrical works, and will take place in the Regina Auditorium on the Notre Dame College campus.

A winner will be chosen through committee/audience voting and will receive a $500 prize, as well as the opportunity to present fully-staged production during the subsequent NDC Spring Semester.

The winner of the 2019 Notre Dame Performing Arts New Play Festival, "MIDNITE" by Rory Leahy and Rena Hardy, received its world premiere production February 2020.

Beginning March 15 of each year, the Notre Dame College New Play Festival will begin taking digital-copy submissions of new plays and musicals. The Director of Theatre will ensure the submitted materials follow specified criteria (see below) and will pass the play to 7-person panel who will judge the merits of each work.

All playwrights will be notified of the status of their submission in September and promotion about the chosen material will begin thereafter.

The festival will take place in late November.

The productions will be showcased in a reader’s theatre format open to the public. The winner will be chosen by the selection panel, with consideration given to an audience vote, and announced at a reception upon conclusion of the festival.

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

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

Criteria

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

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

- 3-5 finalists will be selected on October 1 of that year and their names will be posted to the Notre Dame College website and social media platforms at that time.

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

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

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

- The play must be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

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

- Only ONE work per author may be submitted each year.

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

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

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

- All plays that are not selected for the festival will be held on file for 2 years.

- All qualifying submissions will be read by five to seven readers.

Be advised that the following are not considered qualifying submissions:

  • Screenplays submitted as theatrical plays
  • Plays with excessive profanity or violence or are inappropriate for youth audience members

Notre Dame College 2020 New Play Festival Timeline

March 15 – Begin accepting submissions

July 15 – Submission deadline

October 15 - Finalists announced

November - Annual Notre Dame New Play Festival

Length: 60-90 minutes
Cast Size: 4–24
Age Appropriateness: all ages
Unproduced Work Only?: Yes

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Playwrights Group - TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ONLINE OFFERINGS


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR 
ONLINE OFFERINGS

Script Consultations

Have a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference. 

Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.

Online One-on-One Courses

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:

       The Art of Playwriting
       Write a Play in 10 Weeks

Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 

Weekly  Workshop

During the current crisis, the weekly workshop has moved online to a Zoom meeting. We read everything from a one page scene to a full length. Plays, musicals, film scripts — whatever it is you’re working on. This is a great opportunity for those not in the NYC area. 

We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST. Check out the website for more details. 


Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 

Little Fish Theatre is accepting scripts for our 19th Annual PICK OF THE VINE

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Deadline: July 31, 2020
San Pedro CA

Little Fish Theatre (San Pedro CA) is accepting scripts for our 19th Annual PICK OF THE VINE short play production to be presented in January-February 2021.

There will be a $75 flat fee royalty payment to playwrights per play produced. (or $25 flat fee royalty if presented virtually)

Submission Guidelines:

1. Submissions accepted starting June 1, 2020. Submission deadline is July 31, 2020.

3. Submissions are only accepted via Google Form at http://bit.ly/POV2021.

5. First Play Submission is FREE.

To submit a 2nd Play - a $5* payment is required via PayPal. Complete second Google Form at : http://bit.ly/POV2021-2nd followed by $5 payment to https://www.paypal.me/SBTSLFT/5.

6. Plays will require no more than 8 actors.

7. Plays will run no more than 15 minutes, no exceptions.

8. Plays will have minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements.

*The $5 fee for 2nd play Submission helps fund the royalty payments for Playwrights as well as cover expenses such as printing, advertising, and supplies.

Timeline for submissions:

1. Semi-finalists will be notified via email by mid-September. Only those playwrights whose pieces have progressed to the semi-final round will be notified.

2. Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for Production will be notified via email in November.

More information on Little Fish Theatre can be found at the links below:

Facebook: Facebook.com/LittleFishTheatre

Instagram: @LittleFishTheatre

Twitter: @lilfishtheatre

Website: littlefishtheatre.org

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2020 Virtual Play Festival seeks short plays & monologues

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Deadline: August 1, 2020
Submissions are still being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2020 Virtual Play Festival, to take place in August 2020 in New York City, via video submissions. 

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! Basic set requirements. One submission per playwright. 

No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! 

No submission fee. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! There will be voting for best play.

Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

www.equitylibrarytheater.info

The Dark Room Zoom readings submission guidelines

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THE DARK ROOM IS NOW TWICE A MONTH AND HELD VIA ZOOM

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Dark Room is a place where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to grow. Held on the second Tuesday of every month, this ongoing event affords emerging and veteran playwrights the space and resources to develop new works. The Dark Room offers a venue to workshop plays, novels, poems, or any other written work in a supportive, yet critical environment.

Writers – bring your work! Actors – come out and read!

Suggested donation of $5 is welcomed at the door, but not required.

If you are interested in being a featured writer at a future evening of The Dark Room, please send a 20-30 page script along with a short bio, cast requirements, descriptions of the characters, and a synopsis of the piece. Writers wishing to present during the open session portion of The Dark Room may submit shorter works, up to ten pages, in advance of the event or bring them on the night of the event. 

Open session readings are first come, first served until all slots have been filled. All submissions should be e-mailed to Mindy Herman or John Busser.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Call for Submissions: Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance

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Deadline:  July 15, 2020
Boone, North Carolina

We are seeking a full-length play that explores/utilizes/showcases non-western theatre tradition for our 2021-22 mainstage season.

While we continue to work hard to expand the diversity of our university, our student population is predominantly white. We are putting out a call for a play that is castable with our student demographic and performable without cultural appropriation, cultural erasure, or diversity tourism.

Additional considerations:

· Larger cast sizes (10 and up) are preferable.

· Plays that demand extravagant design or numerous set/costume changes may be challenging.

· Age appropriate roles – characters in their late teens – thirties – are preferable.

· We support and encourage submissions from queer writers, writers of color, and women, trans, and non-binary writers.

· We are open to all styles, including plays that require some ensemble input/devising and full-length plays comprising shorter pieces.

· Plays with music/musicals may be considered.

Logistics:

· The play will be included in our 2021-22 season (September – April).

o Pending the lifting of isolation mandates, state and University of North Carolina guidelines pertaining to large gatherings, and budget restrictions.

o Reserving the right to not choose from any submitted plays or to discuss an alternate time with the playwright.

· Playwrights will receive applicable royalties.
We are interested in negotiating the possibility of a campus visit and/or class presentations pending budgetary approval and further playwright discussion.

Please send complete MS (PDF, doc, or docx please) to grandigl@appstate.edu.

Include “Play Submission” in your subject.

Submissions accepted until July 15, 2020.

We will notify playwrights of selection by April 15, 2021.


Questions? Email grandigl@appstate.edu

Friday, July 3, 2020

Theatre Three Offstage/Online seeks short plays

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No deadline given

In an effort to present original content in a unique way, Theatre Three, is seeking short plays to be produced as part of a series of online works. Ideally, the pieces are written or re-conceived for an online platform. We hope that writers will see the constraints of the format as a way to tell stories in a different way.

The Plays:
  • Should run 1 to 10 minutes.
  • Should require no more than 6 actors.
  • Should ideally be able to be performed without stage directions. (The scene may be set at the outset.)
  • Will be rehearsed on Zoom or similar platform.
  • Will be posted on Theatre Three’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
Playwrights may make multiple submissions. This is an open-ended project.

Selected works will received a $25 stipend; playwrights will retain all rights to future productions.

Questions and pdfs of scripts may be emailed to Jeffrey@TheatreThree.com.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Stella Adler Harold Clurman seeking submissions

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Deadline: July 3, 2020
NYC

The Harold Clurman Playwrights Division is now accepting submissions.


ENSEMBLE-PLAYS

Seeking new, full-length ensemble plays with casts that have a majority of female characters or gender neutral characters. Plays must be new, unproduced works and require minimal set, props, costumes. One or more play may be selected for a student production. Please note: this is the only search that corresponds with the studio’s full-time actor-training programs.

SUBMIT

PLAYWRIGHT-IN-RESIDENCE

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is seeking submissions from Black playwrights for the Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence program. This is a collaborative residency that is mutually beneficial to the mission of the studio and the playwright. Please note: this search focuses on professional or aspiring professional writers who work with the studio’s professional acting company (not students). We are seeking playwrights who:

– are in their early careers

– are unpublished

– have not yet had professional productions other than those using the Equity showcase code

– have a vested interest in working with the studio’s community of artists

– are interested in engaging in a discussion about how the studio can support and challenge their work

This is a merit-based residency search. We are particularly interested in diversity – diverse writers, voices, viewpoints, perspectives.

Completed applications must include a required online application form AND a full-length, polished but unpublished play (a full-length play is one that constitutes a full evening of theater; a 90-minute one act play is acceptable).

Please note that applicants who advance to the final round of consideration may be asked for a second work sample.

Applicants will be considered for the playwright-in-residence position as well as:

– participation in the First Breath New Play Reading Series

– potential collaboration in student actor-training workshops/productions

SUBMIT

PLEASE NOTE:

– Completed applications must include a required application form and a full-length play.

– All play submissions should be “blind”. The cover page should ONLY include the title of your play. Your name should not be anywhere on the blinded script. This copy will be shared with the committee of play readers who will not know the authors of the plays they are reading.

– Please do not include any of the following anywhere on the script: synopsis, development history, representation. We ask this because we are seeking a play based on artistic merit and we want artistic merit alone to be the influencing factor for a script’s advancement.

– Paper applications will not be accepted.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

RAZE THE SPACE THEATRE ENSEMBLE’s international festival seeks monologues

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Deadline: July 10, 2020 11.59 p.m. PST

Los Angeles based RAZE THE SPACE THEATRE ENSEMBLE’s ten-minute international plays festival will go ahead in 2020. It will NOT be a play festival or reading on Zoom, but feature a series of monologues performed by different actors, filmed in physical theatre spaces, and broadcast at a later date.

RAZE is currently operating within an extremely limited budget, cannot offer remuneration or guarantee your work will be performed.

PANDEMIC is the 2020 festival theme. Put it at the heart of the monologue you submit. Comedy or Drama, we want monologues that excite, surprise, challenge, and move us. Monologue submissions that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered:
  • Submission deadline is 11.59 p.m. PST, Friday, July 10, 2020
  • All entrants must be over 18 years old. 
  • Monologues must be no longer than 10 minutes, no shorter than 5 minutes.
  • ONE SUBMISSION per writer only.
  • The monologue must be original work in English, written specifically for the stage by the person making the submission.
  • · Monologues must not have been previously produced, performed, or published. We want new, original work only. However, if your monologue has previously received a staged reading, that's fine. 
  • Monologue submissions must be in Word or PDF and sent as an email attachment to razethespacetheatre@gmail.com. Include the words ‘Pandemic monologue’ in the subject line of your email and a brief hello in the body of the email.
We will announce a shortlist of plays within two weeks of the submission deadline and invite shortlisted writers to an in-house online workshop featuring the work where we’ll read, discuss, and give feedback on the work. The writer is not obliged to attend the session and it will not affect our decision in the final selection of material, it’s simply part of our rehearsal process.

From the shortlist, we will select around six monologues for performance.

Visit the website www.razethespace.com to learn more about RAZE THE SPACE and its work as well as the featured actors on our NOW PLAYING page who will be some of those taking part in the festival.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY:

By submitting their work to RAZE THE SPACE as part of its 2020 ten-minute international monologue festival PANDEMIC, the playwright agrees that if selected, they give permission for the work to be filmed and made available in video format without royalty through the RAZE THE SPACE website for a duration of no more than one year from the time that the content is first uploaded to the website.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Dramatists Guild Survey on New Media


Interested in Live Streaming Theatre? 
So Are We.

In response to the seismic shift in our industry, the Dramatists Guild leapt into action by creating the New Media Committee. This committee is at the forefront of investigating and researching live streaming practices from at-home DIYs to large non-profit theaters streaming archival performances and you can help. We've created a survey for our members because you are on the front lines and we need your voice.

If you have either put your own work online or have been approached by a theatre to put your work online, we want to hear from you. What did you learn? What do you wish had gone differently? The New Media Committee will collect this information and use it to create a map of industry practices of live streaming theatre. Please answer this survey and pass it along to other dramatists to get their input. It is important that we have all voices represented.

Thank you for taking the time to voice your experience. Your answers will help shape our industry.

Access the New Media Survey

Green Buffalo Productions seeks short plays with a Halloween theme

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
This year will mark the kickoff of Green Buffalo Productions' third season as a WNY theatre company! For the past 2 years, this fundraiser has showcased a variety of new and experienced WNY playwrights, actors, and directors at the University Heights Community Laboratory. Green Buffalo Productions is dedicated to keeping our actors and audiences safe, so this year, we are adapting the Spooky One-Act Play Festival to a Spooky Short Film Festival! This way, we can all enjoy our favorite event of the year from the safety of our own homes.

If you're looking for inspiration this year, Green Buffalo will be releasing Spooky Themed Writing Prompts for our #QuarantineQuarters. The top 6 plays will be chosen by Leyla Gentil, Ellen Scherer, and Madison Sedlor. The production will be co-directed by Leyla Gentil, Zack Hatrick, and Ellen Catherine Scherer.

​SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • All scripts must be screenplays or scripts with a Halloween theme that can be easily adaptable to film.
  • All scripts must be 10-15 pages.
  • All scripts must include no more than 3 characters.
  • All set requirements must be minimal.
  • All scripts must be submitted in PDF format with an author bio, headshot, character descriptions, & script synopsis.
  • All works must be completely original. Feel free to collaborate with others, but be sure to submit original work.
  • There's no limit to how many works you can submit.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

North Park Playwright Festival 2020

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
San Diego CA

Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays. In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October. The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world. Over the past seventeen years more than 600 new plays have been produced. We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well. Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents. We invite interested playwrights to submit work to the festival. Please follow the guidelines below.

We are looking for

1. Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts.

2. We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places. Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3. We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4. Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival. It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5. Most subject matter is OK. We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6. We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater. Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director. We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email. Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive. Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter. No need to go to the post office. You can just staple your play together, put in a business size envelope and drop in the mail. You can print on both sides if you want to save postage.

7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2020. Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8. Send only one script. Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play). We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
www.northparkvaudeville.com

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The New Masculinities Festival

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Deadline: Sunday, June 28, 2020
NYC

THE 2020 NEW MASCULINITIES FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020

New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.

Man Question is seeking performances that investigate how expectations of masculinity impact people’s lives, for the 8th annual New Masculinities Festival! We seek pieces that have the potential to challenge audience members to experience the world and, in some cases the word masculinity, in a new way.

Images from the 2019 New Masculinities Festival. Here’s 2016, 2017, and 2018, too. See 2016 and 2017 performance videos on our youtube channel.

We are open (and eager!) to embrace proposals for performance works that explore masculinity from a wide variety of vantage points. Indeed, our definition of "performance" (as well as masculinity) is broad and open-minded, and we invite works grounded in many different creative practices and/or media. In the past, we have presented theatre works (short plays, scenes, monologues, devised and written work), poetry, dance, performance art, video work, music, and more, by solo artists and groups.

The festival is open to people of all genders and sexual identities. We strongly encourage proposals from people traditionally underrepresented on stage: People of color, young people, seniors, HIV positive people, disabled people, trans, non-binary, gender nonconforming people, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people—come on out!

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

INSTRUCTIONS

Applications consist of written material and supporting documentation. Feel free to review the application questions and requirements by clicking the “Submit a Proposal” link. Tip—don’t use the form to draft your responses. It will not save your progress as you go!

Pieces over 15-20 minutes are only very rarely accepted. We encourage you to limit your piece’s duration to 15 minutes or less.

Artists are responsible for casting, directing, and other aspects of production. We run basic light and sound cues, which we’ll go over at tech rehearsal. Tech rehearsals are scheduled for Wednesday 10/14 and Thursday 10/15.

Proposals are due on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

THE MAXIM MAZUMDAR NEW PLAY COMPETITION

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DEADLINE: June 30, 2020
Buffalo, NY

Entries are accepted in the following categories. Playwrights may submit up to one play to each category per year.

 *New in 2020: there is no submission fee for any category. Submit here: deadline June 30.

Full-Length Play/Musical
— 90 minutes or more, requiring no more than 10 performers
— Finalists will be notified approximately November 1, 2020
— Winning play will be announced approximately December 1, 2020 and will receive its premiere production in the 2021/22 Alleyway season. The playwright will receive an award/royalty prize of $500.

One-Act Play/Musical
— 20 minutes or less, requiring no more than 6 performers
— Finalists will be notified approximately November 1, 2020
— Winning play will be announced approximately December 1, 2020 and will receive its premiere production in the 2020/21 Alleyway production of BUFFALO QUICKIES. The playwright will receive an award/royalty prize of $100.

Special Category for 2020: Digital
— Original plays or musicals written specifically for a tech platform such as Zoom. As theatres face the challenge of moving programming online, please consider the following:
— Creativity. We are not looking for plays that could just as easily be performed on stage. We want you to truly embrace the digital/virtual platform. How can you engage with an audience through this distant reality? How can you make this mediated form immediate?
— Technology. We are only at the beginning stages of understanding all the incredible opportunities technology can afford us. Which platform will work best for your play? How will it be done? What “magic” can you employ to use technology to help tell your story in the most successful way? Is it Zoom? Skype? FaceTime? An app? Something else? Is it live? Live to tape? Filmed previously and heavily edited? The winning plays will be specific and creative in this approach, as emphasis should be placed equally on the story and the form.
— Audience. Who is this for? Is it interactive? Passive? Zoom fatigue is real. How long can your production honestly ask an audience to sit at their screen? 10 minutes? 60? 90? Be realistic in your attempts at engaging your target audience.
— Finalists will be notified by early Fall 2020 and the winning play will receive its premiere production via Alleyway online during the 2020/21 season and will be awarded a royalty/prize of $250.
Mazumdar Competition Submission Requirements for All Categories

— Plays must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission (developmental readings and workshops notwithstanding).
— All entries must be withheld from production during the period of the competition, reserving the premiere production for Alleyway Theatre
— A single PDF submission packet must include the following items, in this order. Submissions which do not comply, or fail to meet the following, will not be considered. Each of the first 5 requirements are a single page each. The full script should begin on page 6 of your PDF.

— Page 1: Title page with author name and contact information
— Page 2: Cover Letter. One page maximum, discussing your artistic pov, and detailing why your play fits with the mission and history of Alleyway and should be produced in our season.
— Page 3: One page including a short synopsis of your play, and a character breakdown.
— Page 4: One page listing any developmental history, including readings, workshops, etc.
— Page 5: One page playwright bio
— Page 6+: The script

— Musical submissions must include a link to sample audio files. This URL should be included on Page 1 of the PDF.
— The PDF file must be saved using the following filename format: PlayTitle_LastNameFirstName_Category.pdf, where Category is Short, Full, or Digital

Each year, entries will be accepted during a late-Spring submission window. For 2020, entries are accepted from May 15 through June 30 only. 

*Playwrights who submitted unsolicited work between January 1-May 15, 2020 will be automatically entered into this year’s contest unless you ask otherwise. There is no need to resubmit.

Entry in the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition is understood as an indication of the playwright’s willingness, in the event of winning, to grant first production rights to Alleyway Theatre. Selection as Winner requires the playwright’s prior commitment to grant first production rights under the terms of Alleyway Theatre’s Standard Production Agreement, and additional terms will not be negotiated.

Submit to the 2020 Mazumdar Competition
(please tell them you heard about it via NYCPlaywrights - thanks)

Break A Leg Productions Delicious Comedy Series

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
NYC

Seeking all styles of comedy.

We are looking for plays that have not yet been produced or published. We ideally would like to work with the playwright on developing their play or subsequent future plays going forward giving them an opportunity to see their work on stage in order to develop as an artist.

Please submit your play (no musicals/no one person shows/no child roles under age 15) to the appropriate reading series or One Act Slam during the submissions dates listed. In one email please include the play, a synopsis, a character breakdown, playwright’s bio, playwright’s writing resume, reviews, awards, and social media information if applicable as PDF attachments. In the Subject of the email please put the title of the playand the reading series to which you are submitting.

Please email submissions and literary inquiries ONLY to: breakaleg.plays@gmail.com

For all other questions, please contact us at: thebalproductions@gmail.com

Actors: Submit headshot/resume to Teri Black, Artistic Director at breakalegproductionsnyc@yahoo.com

Due to the number of scripts we receive and the limited size of our staff we are not able to respond personally to every play or to offer feedback. Typically it can take up to 6-9 months for a response if we feel your play may be right for our upcoming season. If you do not hear from us after 9 months you may only resubmit your playif any changes have been made or submit another play for the appropriate series in the following season.

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