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Monday, January 4, 2021

Reverb Theatre Arts Festival

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Deadline: January 5, 2021 11:59 PM EST

SUBMISSION FORM

Reverb is a space for artists with disabilities ages 16+ to devise and share new works of theatre on a virtual platform.

This application form includes the following sections:
  • Applicant artist information (details about you)
  • Artistic submission (the performance piece or script you are submitting)
  • Acknowledgements (details about the festival and your participation)

Application Requirements:
  • Applicants must be people who identify as artists with disabilities. We seek to include as wide and diverse a range of artists as possible. People of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Applicants must be age 16+. 
  • Applicants must submit a draft piece of theatre based on creative prompts around the theme of Connection: Performance pieces (original monologue, spoken word, dance* or music selection*) must be 5 minutes maximum. Scripts must be 5 pages maximum. 
  • Applicants must be available for Festival and meeting dates, listed below.

*Dance pieces must be performed to original music. Music selections must be original work. Contact reverb@roundabouttheatre.org if you have any questions.

Reverb’s Timeline:
Monday, November 30, 2020 through Thursday, March 25, 2021 
  • Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
  • Announcement of Selected Participants: Friday, January 15, 2021
  • Kick-off Community Meeting for Participants and Collaborating Artists: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST
  • Artistic Collaboration Period: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Thursday, February 11, 2021
  • Mid-Point Community Sharing for Participants and Collaborating Artists: Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST
  • Rehearsal and Recording period: Thursday, February 11, 2021 through Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Recording Submission Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
  • Virtual Festival Screening: Video available from Monday, March 22, 2021 onwards
  • Artist Talkback: EST Evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021 

Please reach out to reverb@roundabouttheatre.org for any accommodations needed for this application form.

Applicants selected to participate in the Festival will receive a stipend of $850.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room Fellowship

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Deadline: January 8, 2021 5PM EST

Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room is a writing fellowship from the creators of Sesame Street. And we’re looking for YOU! Fresh new writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders. Each participant will develop and write a pilot script for their own original kids concept.

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship is an effort to identify and increase the presence of underrepresented voices in children’s media writing. For this specific purpose, underrepresented groups are those who identify as any of the following: Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern, or multiracial.

What Are The Requirements?

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

Application Check List
  • Application form
  • Resume: this can feature your overall work experience, NOT only writing experience
  • Personal statement: tell us about yourself, for example, why you want to write for children's educational media, how your experiences influence the stories you tell, why you value diversity/representation in children's media, etc. (up to 250 words)
  • Original script sample: 11-page maximum, it should NOT contain Sesame Street elements, it can be an excerpt from a larger piece you've written, it must be kid-friendly content for viewers up to age 12...we're looking for great characters and stories that inspire kids to be smarter, stronger and kinder!
  • More info on your script: what's the bigger picture/idea of your script sample? (up to 100 words)
Application must be submitted by January 8, 2021 5PM EST.

All participants must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for the program. For additional questions about eligibility, please visit our FAQ pageor contact us at writersroom@sesame.org


Eligibility Check List
  • Participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Participants must be 21+ years old
  • Must come from an underrepresented racial group
  • No extensive media writing experience, such as having written more than six episodes for a network or cable scripted/narrative series
  • Participants must be able to attend and complete writing assignments for all 8 sessions, which will be held from May to July 2021.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Dream Realm Enterprises seeks audio plays

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Deadline: January 21, 2021

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Submissions to be sent to strangeparadise1980@gmail.com in a pdf format.

The winner will have their audio play. produced and distributed to 2 different sites (that have a very strong audience: mutualaudionetwork.com and moonlightaudiotheatre.ca)

Everyone is eligible to enter and may enter more than one audio play for consideration.

Please submit only unproduced scripts.

Tone: A Twilight Zone/Alfred Hitchcock kind of vibe

Criteria:

1. Original. This means make sure it’s your own story. (ie nothing based in another author’s world or using characters from another story)

2. An audio play. This means free of visual cues.

3. Horror Genre. Think the Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents (the original series, not the new one)

4. Family-Friendly (ie. No profanity of any kind, keep violence to a minimum, etc)

5. 1950s or prior. (My award-winning audio play, “A Tale of Tierney” is set in the 1950s and this anthology is a spin-off within that same world).

Friday, January 1, 2021

NYCPlaywrights 10 Year Anniversary: Reggie Jackson

It's the 10 Year Anniversary of the NYCPlaywrights web site and we've asked readers to share their stories of productions, readings etc. they may have found through of our blog and weekly email.



Thanks to Reggie Jackson for sharing - and mutual congratulations:

Congratulations on NYCPlaywrights Tenth Anniversary!

I am so happy that I found NYCPlaywrights. I check on a regular basis to see what I might qualify for.  
In 2019, I submitted to Houston's Fade to Black Play Festival and my 10-minute play, Convictions was selected to be produced as one of ten plays by African American playwrights. It was one of the best experiences I've had seeing my play on the stage then to have it open the festival for those three nights was truly an honor.

I am continuing to find great opportunities that I would not have found without NYCPlaywrights.
Thank you NYCPlaywrights!
~ Reggie Jackson


 

4th Annual TASN Short Play Festival

Deadline: March 1, 2021
or until 200 plays have been received, whichever occurs first.

They have met the 200 play limit and are no longer accepting new plays

The Actors Studio of Newburyport, MA is dedicated to New Play Development and will be holding its fourth annual Short Play Festival in the Fall, 2021. The submission window opens on January 1, 2021 and closes March 1, 2021, or until 200 plays have been received, whichever occurs first.

Length: 5-15 minutes. Send us your best. There is no theme and no restrictions on content.

Workshops, readings, and several previous productions are okay.

Limit: One play per playwright. There is no fee to submit.

As we enter 2021, we are hedging our bets. It’s possible that we’ll be back on the boards by the Fall, producing and performing live theater in front of our wonderful audiences. It’s also possible that live theater will remain elusive, shifting to 2022, and that our offerings will remain virtual for the coming year.

So, your play should be easily adaptable to the Zoom format AND be meant for the stage.

A play with 10 characters, elaborate settings, and a lot of props, isn’t going to work. A play with four or less characters with simple requirements probably will.

Please email to: tasnshortplayfest@gmail.com

A PDF of your script (PDF’s only) which includes all your contact information. No Bios please.

We’d like the work to speak for itself.

In the past, we’ve requested a $5.00 donation per submission. TASN is non-profit and your tax deductible donations have been used to help defray the cost of producing our Festivals which are dedicated to the development of New Work.

If you’d like to male a donation, our mailing address is :(made payable) to The Actors Studio of Newburyport, The Tannery, Mill #1, Suite 5, Newburyport, MA, 01950.

Our judges will participate in multiple rounds of reading and after 24 semi-finalists are chosen, we will hold an All-Day Selection Sunday, putting all semi-finalists on their feet. The winners will be announced in summer, 2021, with the top-scoring play receiving the coveted Clopton Prize.

This Festival is sponsored by our Weekend Writers Workshop whose playwrights have been produced at more than 250 venues around the country. This Festival brought to by playwrights, for playwrights, and will be directed and performed by our amazing TASN talent. Good luck and see you at the show!

Like us on facebook or go to www.newburyportacting.org for more information.

Happy New Year 2021!


Happy New Year playwrights!
Here's hoping things will be very different from 2020!







 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

SOUND BITES 7.0 - 2021

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Deadline: January 12, 2021

SOUND BITES is an Annual 10-Minute Musical Festival, which showcases ten 10-minute musicals, all in one evening. Any 10-minute piece that can be performed, has a beginning, middle, and end story arch, and includes music qualifies! Now in its seventh year, SOUND BITES offers an opportunity for talented musical theatre writers, composers, and lyricists to present their work in front of audiences and industry professionals. We at Theatre Now strive to provide an experience that fosters community, service, growth, innovation, and diversity among the writing teams and musical selections. Through an open submission process, Theatre Now selects the finalists for presentation in New York City each spring. It has become an annual event and continues not only to grow larger each year but past selections have gone on to be part of New York Musical Festival Next Link Project, City Theatre’s Short Play Festival in Miami, FL, and The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.

Due to COVID-19 SOUND BITES 7.0 that was originally scheduled for April 22, 2020 was cancelled and rescheduled for May 3, 2021. Eight of the 10-minute musicals were chosen for the April performance and will appear in the rescheduled May date. We will add an additional 2 musicals for a total of 10. Therefore we are only accepting two musicals from this submission.

When's the deadline to submit and is there a fee to submit?

Deadline is on January 12th, 2021, and there are no fees to submit!

Who chooses the musicals?

A group of diverse industry 12 professional adjudicators that includes producers, literary managers, directors, professional performers, and writers from previous SOUND BITES guided by our Theatre Now staff members. We guide the committee to consider artistic quality, uniqueness and diversity of the pieces so the evening represents a wide range of styles and types of musicals. BIPOC writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and writers with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

When & where is SOUND BITES?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at 7pm at Merkin Hall At Kaufman Music Center in New York City.

What's the time commitment?

From the First meeting on January 24th through the last meeting on May 9th.

Click here for more info.

Do I need to live in the NYC area to participate?

No, however if chosen, as writer, you would need someone to represent you and attend all required meetings if you do not live in the area.

How much does it cost?

As Theatre Now is an artist service organization, and as the Producer of SOUND BITES, we cover the majority of your expenses and costs. We're the only short musical theatre festival that offer artists honorariums and rehearsal reimbursements for each piece. That said, there are some out-of-pocket costs depending on your show's requirements (cast & creative team size, number of rehearsals, size of rehearsal space, etc.) and personal choice. Most of these costs relate to specific set-dressing, props and costumes for your show and additional personnel such as musicians.

Submissions require a letter of recommendation. What should that include?

Your letter should be written by a theatre professional who can talk about the piece itself or you as a theatre artist.

Ready to submit your show?

Submissions are now open for SOUND BITES 7.0. We are looking for two more teams to join the other eight teams already chosen.

Have more questions? Please email us at soundbites@tnny.org

Paramount Theatre TYA Commission

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Deadline: January 5, 2021

Thanks to the support of the NEA’s Arts Work Grant Program, we are proud to announce the commission of a new play with music for young audiences that will tour greater-Aurora area schools. We will spend the winter and spring of 2021 developing the piece with a workshop reading with the hopes to tour the piece during the 2020-2021 school year.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JANUARY 5, 2021

For our inaugural commission, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

Commissions: One proposal will be awarded with a commission of $3,000

TO APPLY, A PLAYWRIGHT MUST DIGITALLY SUBMIT:
  • A one-page play proposal for a new or in progress, 45-60 minute, unwritten theatre for young audiences play with music
  • A one-page resume
  • A 3-5 page sample scene
  • One of your finished plays, for reference only
  • A completed submission application form

All materials can be submitted to: school@paramountarts.com with the subject line: TYA Commission Submission

PROPOSALS FOR NEW PLAYS MUST:
  • Center the story around global majority people (non-white), particularly interested in stories that center around Mexican-American stories (44% of Aurora’s population)
  • Utilize four performers or fewer
  • Explain the use of singular, flexible or representational scenic elements understanding this play will be toured to schools with various kinds of performance spaces
  • Demonstrate how the use of music will play a role in your script
  • Demonstrate how audience members will be engaged in the storytelling (this could be audience participation of some kind, perhaps they assist in creating an environment, or contribute to the music making)
ELIGIBILITY RULES:
  • Playwrights will need to complete the submission form
  • Submissions may only be from playwrights of color
  • Playwrights must reside in the United States
  • One submission per playwright
  • Submissions must be emailed by 11:59PM CST on January 5, 2021

Commission contracts will be offered in February of 2021, and will be announced upon signing.

Questions? Email us at school@paramountarts.com

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting

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Deadline:  January 15, 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting. Submissions of full-length plays and other full-length works for the theater will be accepted; all submissions must address the question "What does it mean to be a human in a computerized, digitized world?" Playwrights with either traditional or experimental theater pieces, including multimedia productions, are encouraged to submit works to the award program.

As in the past, the award comes with a $5,000 honorarium as well as a support for a two-stage development process with table readings at local arts festivals/organizations. Note that works that have received a full production are NOT eligible for the competition.

The deadline for all submissions is January 15, 2021. The awards will be announced in the spring of 2021.

Submissions must include:
  • An anonymized (blinded) copy of the piece
  • Playwright resume/bio
  • Production history of the piece
  • One-page statement of purpose that answers the following questions:
  • How does your piece address the theme of exploring humanity in our computerized, digital world?"
  • What are your goals for the piece in its current form?
  • How would you use the two-part development process to achieve these goals?

The winning piece will receive two readings, at Dartmouth's VoxFest in July 2021 and at Northern Stage in White River Junction VT, during their 2021/2022 season.

Submissions may be made via THIS GOOGLE FORM.

Questions? Email Emma Orme at vox@voxtheater.org

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Molecule Tiny Art Blog open for submissions

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Deadline: January 15, 2021


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 will be open for submissions for our Spring 2021 Issue from December 1st to January 15th. Replies will be sent by February 15th.

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.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

V INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR YOUNG THEATER WORKS

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Deadline: December 31, 2020


The Contest aims to encourage writers in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young people. The spirit of this competition is the participation of playwrights in terms of equality, regardless of nationality, age, gender or language.

Contest Rules:

ELIGILIBITY

1. The competition is open to all writers worldwide and there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants.

a) We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer. writer or playwright eans either a single writer or a group of writers in a collective work.

b) The participation of an underage writer must be authorised by the legal guardian.

2. The competition is restricted to plays for young audiences.

a) We do not accept plays for children or adult audiences,

b) We do not accept musicals.

3. Writers are asked to submit a play for either:

a) Category A. The play must cater for a performance time of no less than 60 min and no more than two hours.

b) Category B. The play must cater for a performance time of no less than 30 min and no more than one hour.

4. The play can be written in any official language of the world.

5. The play must be a new and original piece of work. The play must not have been

published in any form or awarded previously.

a) The copyright of the play must be owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable Editorial DALYA to use the work as contemplated by these contest rules.

b) Performed plays can be submitted. 

6. There is no fee to enter and no hidden costs for the entrants.

THE PRIZES

7. 10000 in prizes to be won:

a) Category A ( 4800)

A cash prize of 24 for the writer, translation to another European language,

publication and public reading, plus economic aid for performances of the play

within two years after its publication.

b) Category B ( 3200)

A cash prize of 10 for the writer, translation to another European language,

publication and public reading, plus economic aid for the performances of the

play within two years after its publication.

c) Shorlist 2000)

The shortlisted plays will automatically be considered for publication in Editorial DALYA.

d) Awards cannot be shared or reduced, and the prize must be granted at least in one category.

e) The Jury may award Honourable Mentions without cash prizes to any play of the

contest.

HOW TO ENTER

8. The competition opens on Thursday 1 October 2020, with the deadline for entry being on Thursday 31 December 2020.

a) We do accept up to three plays per writers.

b) Each entry must contain just one play.

9. The play may be submitted via links provided in ytpwc.edalya.com or on Editorial DALYA web page: www.edalya.com. (→ Premios→Premio Teatro Joven).

a) The document must contain a front page stating:

1) The title of the play.

2) The contest category (A or B).

3) Contact e-mail.

b) Include the authorisation of the legal guardian, if applicable.

c) The writer's name must be deleted from the entry and document to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

Steven Schwartzberg Grants for Mental Health & Wellness

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Writers are the beating heart of theater, whom we rely upon to take us on journeys and inspire us to think. '

During these unprecedented times, DGF has created the Steven Schwartzberg Grants to provide financial support for mental health and wellness services for writers. To help connect writers to therapists, DGF has partnered with Advekit, an online therapist matching service, to expand access to mental health support that might be out of your reach.

Please complete the online form to receive $1,000 toward therapy through Advekit, courtesy of DGF.

If you already have a therapist or are seeking mental wellness support other than Western talk therapy, DGF is working on ways to support you in your wellness.

Stage to Screen seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: December 31, 2020
Morgan Hill, CA

Calling all Playwrights! Do you have a masterpiece of a full-length play completed? Would you love to see it brought to life on both stage and screen?

Submit your play to our experienced judges by December 31, 2020

Any selected play will receive a $1000.00 award

Your play will go through an intensive 1 week “read-through” workshop before production begins.

Your play will be professionally staged as a high quality elevated workshop production

This production is filmed and screened for global audiences

Your new play is a hit

RTO Productions, in association with The Hive SJ, presents the following opportunity to revolutionize the way new plays are brought to mass audiences.

We are looking for unproduced plays to feature in our “Stage to Screen” series. These plays should have 6 or fewer actors, and no previous productions. The chosen play(s) will be produced as an elevated workshop production. Additionally, each production will be filmed and a trailer will be made available to the author as a means to assist in promoting the work. The play(s) chosen will be awarded a monetary prize of $1000.00.

Read through workshop:
This will consist of actors (who have read the play in advance) doing a timed read through of your play while you and the director confer either in person, or electronically. This will be done to AFTER the play has been chosen, and will assist us in all aspects of production.

All types of plays will be considered for production. If a musical is submitted, all music must be original, and you must have the rights for use free and clear. RTO Productions and The Hive SJ have a commitment to diversity and to honoring all traditions. As such, all scripts will be “blind read”, given to the readers with no indication of gender or ethnicity. Our one requirement is “Don’t bore us.”

Submit with no entry fee if submitted by December 31, 2020, 5:00 pm PST! If you submit your play after December 31st, there will be a submission fee of $25.00. 

Submission for consideration closes March 15th, 2021. 

Final production choice(s) will be announced on our website at http://stagetoscreen.org the first week of April 2021.

Submission requirements:
Via Email, submit the following:
  • A one page synopsis of your play
  • A character list and description – Due to space considerations, we would prefer a cast of no more than 6 players.
  • A short playwright bio (one or two paragraphs)*
  • The play in its entirety
*Please make this a separate document as we really are doing a blind reading.

NOTE: Scripts must be submitted in PDF format vis e-mail. You may also choose to submit a brief (no longer than one page) explanation of your vision or what you hope to accomplish from the writing and subsequent production of this play. No format other than PDF will be accepted.

EMAIL TO: submissions@stagetoscreen.org

Saturday, December 26, 2020

B8 Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions for original plays

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Deadline: January 15, 2021

B8 Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions for original plays, short stories, poems, and songs of any length to be presented on-line in a “readers’ theatre” format. We hope to develop a monthly one- or two-hour program of readings via Zoom until we are able to present live theatre once again. Most particularly, we are seeking plays with strong potential to become fully staged productions in the future. 

As a small company, B8 appreciates plays suitable for a total of 1-8 actors. Stipends will be provided for playwrights, directors, and actors.

We are seeking works that inspire action, change, speaking out, growth, empowerment, hope, courage, and love. We are strongly committed to producing works by artist of color, LGBTQIA+, anti-racist, feminist, and anti-ableist artists. 

The submission period is open-ended. Submissions received by January 15, 2021 will be considered for our first reading in February.

Please send submissions, comments, and questions to janlee@b8theatre.org

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

NYCPlaywrights 10 Year Anniversary: Rachael Carnes


 It's the 10 Year Anniversary of the NYCPlaywrights web site and we've asked readers to share their stories of productions, readings etc. they may have found through of our blog and weekly email.



MAINTAINING A SPACE CUSHION
by Rachael Carnes
Directed by Janet Bentley
with Mike Roche, Mariel Matero and Randall Rodriguez


Rachael Carnes writes:
I took my first how-to-write-a-10-minute-play class in Fall of 2016, and quickly caught the bug. As a nascent playwright, I was curious about finding places to submit to, and was grateful to find NYC Playwrights and Nancy's carefully-curated weekly list of production, publication and development opportunities. I can't even count the number of doors that this list serve has opened for me!

I'm grateful for the support that NYC Playwrights provides to writers like me, who live... 3,000 miles from NYC. Here's to ten more years! And thanks.

Thanks for sharing Rachael! For more information about Rachael and her work, check out these resources:

Rachael Carnes, carnes.rachael@gmail.com
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Nonprofit organization founder and consultant, writer/editor/educator, playwright

2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient
Portland/Oregon Regional Representative, Dramatists Guild of America.
Member, League of Professional Theatre Women.
New Writing Development Group Coordinator, KDC Theatre, London
New Play Exchange Page/ Rachael's website/ Playwright FaceBook Page
Learn about the group I founded, #CodeRedPlaywrights, responding to gun violence.

Upcoming Virtual Performances include Soup with Project Y Theatre in NYC; Intermolecular Forces with SLAM Kings Cross in London; Wabi Sabi with Open Door Playhouse; Inertia and Crabs(Dot)Com at Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mt. Hermon, MA; Crossing the Amur at Millersburg University; Creative Little Garden at Chancellor High School, Fredricksburg, VA; Pudding as part of Director's Cut, London; What a Memory Looks Like and The Function of a Pebble in PDX Playwrights’ 2021 Fertile Ground Festival, Portland, OR and a scene from Windberry Creek, as part of the Bechdel Group's Sunday Shortlist, NYC, 2021. Current publications: Egg in Spoon in the Coachella Review, Partner Of— in the Coachella Review, Waterfall in Cascadia Rising Review, Utøya in Some Scripts Literary Magazine, Contrappostoin Feels Blind Literary Magazine, What a Memory Looks Like in Some Scripts Literary Magazine and the Extinction Rebellion, London; , Curbed and Ice Front in the Silk Road Review and 91st & Powell Blvd. in Quince Magazine; Mouse & Owl in the Extinction Rebellion; RELATIONSHIPS, a new collection of oft-produced comic short plays published by Smith Scripts in London and SYZYGY, nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize by the Stonecoast Review. Coming soon: In Training with PanglossianProductions Podcasts.

HELPER
Jason Sofge


Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts (a maximum of 15 minutes) that are geared toward young audiences. Priority will be placed on scripts that are ethnically and culturally diverse, and written by writers of color and/or LGBTQ writers. This is open to playwrights in any geographic area, though writers in the greater Chicago area will receive priority. NO FEE. 

Playwrights will receive $25 per selected script.

Selected plays will be produced in June 2021 as part of the second annual Make/Believe festival of theatre for children under our Nightlight banner. (Learn more about the 2020 festival here.) We are planning for a virtual performance, which means the pieces will be filmed and made available to audiences in any geographic area, but only for a limited time; and tentatively for live performances. A note on virtual performances: After the performance dates, the pieces will not be shown in full again without the playwright’s permission, although Ghostlight reserves the right to use excerpts of the performances in future promotional and marketing videos. 

Please pay close attention to the script requirements. Scripts that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered. 

Requirements
  • A maximum of 3 actors per script. There are no restrictions, however, on the number of characters. Please note, that while some directors have chosen to use child actors in past pieces, the intent of this festival is to perform for children, not with children. 
  • Plays must be adaptable to virtual and live performances.
  • Must fit our mission.
  • Geared toward children 10 and under. Please, NO scripts about high school students.
  • All props, set pieces and costumes must be easily made at home by actors (and children watching who want to stage their own productions at home).
  • Pieces can be previously produced, but cannot have a production running concurrently with Make/Believe. 
Electronic submissions only, please. Submit cover letter with full contact information, short bio, brief synopsis of script including development and production history (if applicable) and full script to Maria Burnham at scripts@ghostlightensemble.com. Please use the following format in the email’s subject line: Nightlight Script Submission: [play name] - [playwright name]

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2020.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Breaking and Entering Theatre Collective PEA FEST 2021

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Deadline: January 7, 2021

Applications and Submissions for PEA FEST 2021 are Officially Open!

Breaking & Entering Theatre Collective is excited to announce that applications for our second Pre-Emerging Artists Festival or PEA Fest are now live! 

PEA Fest is an opportunity for Pre-Emerging theatre artists to collaborate with their artistic peers in meaningful way, in an environment that respects their skills and talents, while financially compensating them with a small stipend. This year the festival will take place online and allow for additional developmental time as we mold performances designed and created for the new medium of digital theatre. 

We are looking for generous collaborators who are passionate about their craft and comfortable working with new text that is still in development.

We will be accepting piece submissions, as well as applications for directors, designers and stage managers through January 7th, 2021. Applications can be found at this link https://www.bethtrco.org/festival

Submit an original script, performance piece or choreography sample; or apply to work with us as a Director, Stage Manager or Designer!

Applications and Submissions will close midnight on January 7th, 2021.

Barely Seen Featured Writer of the Month

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Each month, one play will be featured with a special author bio. These writers will always be someone who's submitted their work to Barely Seen. Each month I'll review all of the plays that have been sent to me and choose one play to be featured. I will notify the author of the chosen work by the end of the month, and if necessary, they'll supply me with a short bio about themselves and their writing journey. Make sure to check out the Submission Guidelines before submitting. The next feature is going to be Featured Writer of January, and submissions are due by December 31st. For any questions about Featured Writer of the Month, contact me at barelyseeneditor@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines for Plays

-Submit as many ten-minute or one-act plays as you like, including previously published or produced plays in a Word or PDF file to barelyseeneditor@gmail.com. Make sure to title your email (Last Name)_(Play), and please note that any plays Barely Seen has already published won't be considered for publication a second time.
-Any theme of play is allowed, but plays that deal with inappropriate content won't be published.
-All ages are welcome to submit work. If under 18, please include a note in the body of your email stating your name, age, and a little bit about you. All others please include a note in the body of your email stating your name and a little bit about you.
-If you would like to be published under a pseudonym or nickname instead of your given name, please include your preference in your note.
-I will try to get back to you within two weeks; if I haven't contacted you by then, send me another email checking up on your submission. I might have received your file and just not been able to get to it yet.
-If you want to be considered for Featured Writer of the Month and/or Write Bites, make sure to send in your plays by the end of each month.
-If you have any questions about the submission process, please feel free to reach out to me at barelyseeneditor@gmail.com.


Sincerely,
Barely Seen Editor

Monday, December 21, 2020

NYCPlaywrights 10 Year Anniversary: Steven Carinci

It's the 10 Year Anniversary of the NYCPlaywrights web site and we've asked readers to share their stories of productions, readings etc. they may have found through of our blog and weekly email.



Thanks to Steven Carinci for sharing.



Steven writes:
My play, Coyotes finished in a three-way tie for Best Play in the Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York Virtual Fall Festival 2020 Play Festival. I naturally discovered the link via NYC Playwrights which has over the years been a valuable resource that has allowed my plays to be performed around the U.S.A. I appreciate the opportunities afforded me and look forward to utilizing your website in the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexXFU79QIM

https://www.pineyforkpress.com/

I urge NYC Playwright readers to please feel free to click on the Youtube link to view Coyotes or you may link to it via Piney Fork Press. Enjoy!

 

Thanks Steven, it's great to hear that NYCPlaywrights has helped another playwright find opportunities! 

 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Write a monologue for a Black and Brown Theatre actor

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Deadline: December 27, 2020

Are you interested in submitting an original monologue for our All the Web's a Stage Series? Good news, we've got an all new cast so it's a blank slate on the selection committee!

Follow Black and Brown Theatre on Instagram @bandbtheatre for new videos from our company actors saying what they're looking for in a monologue.

Writers can send a two-minute monologue in the body of an email to BlackandBrownTheatre@gmail.com with the name of the specific Black and Brown Theatre actor (Antoine, Brenda, Ciarah, Harvey, Sebastian, or Tori) they are writing for in the subject line by Sunday December 27. Please follow directions. Submissions that do not follow directions are subject to omission.

***PLEASE MAKE SURE TO WATCH EACH ACTOR'S VIDEO SO YOU CAN BE SURE TO FOLLOW WHAT THEY ARE REQUESTING. MONOLOGUES THAT DO NOT ADDRESS THE ACTOR'S REQUIREMENTS MAY NOT BE SENT TO THE ACTORS. ***

Actors will choose their favorite monologue to perform live via zoom for Anton Art Center's SatARTday presentation of Black and Brown Theatre's All the Web's a Stage Monologue Series on Saturday January 9th at 6pm.

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