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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

NYCPlaywrights 10 Year Anniversary: Tom Misuraca

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 (sign up here for weekly emails.Do you have a story to share? 

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by Tom Misuraca
Matthew Antonizick & Paul Cieslewicz
Directed by David Ament - Produced by Las Vegas Little Theater

Thanks for sharing Tom!
I don’t know what my playwriting life would be without NYCPlaywrights. I check it every morning. I’m talking Saturday and Sundays, too. I honestly can’t count how many productions have come out of calls I saw posted here. And even if I see a call posted elsewhere, I always cross reference it on NYCPlaywrights. To me, it feels a little more legit if I see it posted here.

Even from Los Angeles, it has helped me make long-lasting connections with theater companies in New York City like The Alternative Theatre Company, Nylon Fusion and Roaring Epiphany Production Company. As well as theater companies in Houston (Theatre Southwest and Cone Man Running Productions) and all over the country.

In this difficult time for playwrights, I’m finding opportunities here that keep me going. Most recently, my play The Rest of the Story, won first place at The Carlow Little Theatre Society’s One-Act Playwriting Competition.

Some highlights from the past ten years thanks to NYCPlaywrights: Twice winning the Las Vegas Little Theatre New Works Competition with my plays Little Black Book and Figments; having plays produced two years in a row at the BoxFest Detroit Festival; attending and having my play, Cocktail Party, win second place audience favorite at The College at Brockport’s Festival of Ten X; having my full-length play, Golden Age, win both the Branch County Community Theatre's Pickering Award and the McKinney Repertory Theatre's New Play Competition within the same year. 

They even promoted my series of free Los Angeles Library readings a few years back.

Happy 10th Anniversary! I look forward to continuing to grow with you.

Congratulations for all your success - glad if we could be helpful! 


Produced by The Carlow Little Theatre Society, Ireland

Starring: John Brady & Paul Dunne

Directed by Richard Doyle

University of Miami Online New Play Festival

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Deadline: December 20, 2020

With a goal to provide online performance opportunities to our Conservatory BFA Theatre majors and our BA Theatre majors while also providing the learning experience for them to interact with new work and playwrights, the University of Miami is seeking short plays to be produced as part of a series of online works in the Spring semester of 2021. The Theatre Arts Department normally produces 4 productions a semester in two on-campus theaters. However, due to the restrictions and health concerns of COVID 19, we hope to expand our students learning opportunities by working on pieces which have been written, conceived, or re-conceived for an online Zoom platform. In return, we hope that writers will see the constraints of the format as a way to tell their stories in a different and unique manner while benefiting from working with the department’s very talented and disciplined students.

The Plays:

* Should run ideally 10 to 30 minutes

* Should require approximately 4 to 10 actors

* Should ideally be performed with limited Zoom production elements

* Will be rehearsed for 1 to 2 weeks and and taped on Zoom or similar platform

* Will be directed by UM Faculty or professional guest directors

* Will be provided with a UM Student Stage Manager

* Will require the online participation of the playwright with rewrites encouraged

* Should be submitted as PDFs with title and author and contact info

Submissions will be accepted thru Dec.20, 2020. Playwrights may make multiple submissions. Making a submission does not guarantee a reply. If we are interested in producing your play we will contact the playwright. A $50 stipend will be awarded to each playwright in the festival.

Questions may be emailed to Michael Bush, Artistic Director of the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami, mxb1530@miami.edu.

All submissions must include a resume and both should be emailed to sandra.palvarez@miami.edu

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

some scripts literary magazine seeks submissions for Issue 4: "Outbreak"!

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Deadline December 31, 2020

Who We Are
Publishing twice a year, some scripts literary magazine seeks to uplift the voices of scriptwriters who have fewer opportunities than fiction, poetry, or nonfiction writers to see their work in print. We believe scripts–whether for the stage, screen, radio, or Zoom–have literary merit and deserve recognition for their writing beyond performance. We desire to be a platform to uplift the voices of new and emerging scriptwriters first and foremost before established scriptwriters.

What We're Looking For
We seek stage plays, screenplays, radio plays, monologues, Zoom plays, essays on theatre/film during the pandemic, and script reviews for possible publication in our upcoming issue. All people, within the US and outside of it, are encouraged to submit! You may submit as many pieces as you'd like, but try to keep it under three per writer. (As a note: at this time we cannot publish full-length stage plays or screenplays.)

There is no restriction on scripts that have been previously produced. If you have a script that has been previously published, we will consider re-publication, but we may ask for proof of previous publication and how best to credit them.

At this time, we regret we cannot compensate contributors. We are, however, working to change this by running a fundraiser to help compensate contributors for Issue 5.

Deadline: tentatively December 31, 2020 (depending on the amount of submissions we receive, we may extend the deadline)

How to Submit
Submit via email to submissions@some-script.com or somescriptslitmag@gmail.com in a Microsoft Word or PDF file. The script must be a blind copy and a separate document with the title page and your contact info must be included.

Also find us at: some-scripts.com, facebook.com/somescripts, instagram.com/somescripts

Call for All the Web's a Stage Monologues

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Are you interested in writing an original monologue for an actor? Follow Black and Brown Theatre on Instagram @bandbtheatre for new videos from our company actors saying what they're looking for in a monologue from December 15-20. 

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 they are writing for in the subject line by Sunday December 27. 

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. SatARTdays are presented by First State Bank. 

Teatro LATEA seeks one-act stage scripts

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Deadline: December 20, 2020

107 Suffolk St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10002

Teatro LATEA is looking for one acts stage scripts by Afro-Latinx playwrights to produce a stage reading during the second week of January 2021 in honor of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

No fee to submit

The theater will produce the staged reading virtually.

To submit please email a PDF file to t.ronderos@inbox.teatrolatea.org

The playwright will be notified on January 1st 2021 if their play was selected.

New, never produced plays are encouraged, but not mandatory.

Monday, December 14, 2020

The Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program is accepting applications


The Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program is accepting applications through January 15th! 

Please visit https://www.huntertheatre.net/mfa for more information.

NYCPlaywrights 10 Year Anniversary: Benjamin Peel

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 (sign up here for weekly emails.Do you have a story to share? 

πŸ’ƒ Send it to us at info@nycplaywrights.org - thanks! 

Thanks to Benjamin Peel for sharing his story:

I live in the UK and I came across an opportunity posted on your blog for short plays wanted in a New York Festival and my piece The Interrogator was selected and performed fully rehearsed in March 2019.

By Benjamin Peel
Directed by Eli Schleicher
Patrick Shane, Leigh Anne West

Benjamin also writes:
NYC Playwrights website and FB page have been a great source of submissions info to me as someone living in the UK. I entered the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition last year with a play called Children of God which I came across on the blog. It was in conjunction with the PlayMakers Repertory Company at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. My play reached the semifinals round. 

Also as another point of interest, I visited New York in February 2018 as my Dad Edward Peel was appearing in a play called Farinelli and the King that starred Mark Rylance. It was performed at the magnificent Belasco Theatre where Houdini did his routines. It was my second visit to New York as in 1998 a company I was working with as a stage manager were invited to be part of an international festival held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I had a wonderful time on both trips. 

Best wishes

Congratulations to Benjamin for his success - we're glad NYCPlaywrights was useful.

Theatre In My Pajamas is looking for multi-act plays for serial readings

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Deadline: December 18, 2020

Theatre In My Pajamas is looking for multi-act plays for serial readings on Zoom that will be read over multiple weeks from January through March and maybe beyond.

A group that started out as a dozen theatre geeks has grown to a thriving community of nearly 600 members. Since March, we have had readings and open mics of new plays, unrehearsed, and the results have been powerful. Our readings have been ten-minute plays, and they have featured playwrights from Vermont to New Zealand. But we are now ready to grow. Get your pajamas on and send us your work.

Submission requirements:

Length: No more than 120 minutes.

Cast: No more than six characters (double casting is fine but it should be clear in the dramatis personae, and they don’t need to be in search of an author).

Submissions will be accepted up to December 18.

Please send your submissions to: theatreinmypajamas@gmail.com

TIMP will not accept plays that are culturally insensitive or promote cultural appropriation.


Sunday, December 13, 2020

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival

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Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival honors new American plays that provide dynamic performance opportunities for college-aged actors.

The festival endeavors both to recognize playwrights for their outstanding work and to provide a resource for universities across the country to identify dynamic plays with robust roles for college-aged actors for production at their institutions.

Seeking plays that have:
  • A cast of primarily (or exclusively) characters in their teens and twenties.
  • A mid- to large-sized cast (i.e., at least five actors, preferably at least ten).
  • Significant representation (in both number and quality) of roles for female-identifying actors.
  • Dynamic, fully-drawn roles to challenge student actors.
  • Thematic values that will speak to college-aged artists and audience members.
The festival also places a value on plays that have the potential to provide performance opportunities to actors from under-represented groups.

Plays should not have had a previous full production. Workshops and readings are fine.

Finalists for the festival’s top prize will receive airfare and housing to participate in the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival on the campus of the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University in the summer of 2021. Staged readings of the finalists’ plays will be presented as part of the festival, and the winner of the prize will be announced at the end of the week-long event.

The winning play will receive:
  • A world premiere production in the 2021-2022 Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance theatre season.
  • Consideration of the play for publication by Concord Theatricals, the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.
  • A meeting for the playwright with new play acquisition staff at Concord Theatricals.

Submissions for the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival should be submitted by December 15, 2020, to:

Kitt Lavoie
Artistic Director
The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival


Please include “Lanford Wilson Festival Submission” in the subject line.

Submissions should include .pdf copies of:
  • Complete script
  • Brief synopsis of the play (100-250 words)
  • Character breakdown, including ages
  • Author(s) bio (100-250 words)
  • List of previous readings and workshops (if applicable)

Saturday, December 12, 2020

B3 Theater Fourth Festival of Shorts

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Deadline: December 15, 2020 11:59 PM MST

B3 Theater of Phoenix, Arizona, seeks scripts for their Fourth Festival of Shorts! The Festival will be held in June/July of 2021. The Shorts will be fully rehearsed shows, whether they take place live or virtually.
  • The shortlisted scripts will be judged in performance by the audience, and the winning scriptwriter(s) will receive $50!
  • The subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental and progressive works. There should be minimal setting, prop, and costume requirements. All genres welcome, including monologues, with the exception of musicals. 
  • Entries should be 5-15 pages, including the title and cast page. 
  • One entry per playwright, please.
  • Previous productions are okay.
  • Please refrain from sending material previously submitted to B3.
  • International submissions are welcome, but the text must be in English.
  • Please scrub your submission of your name and personal information. Include that information in the body of your email, along with the title of the play.
  • Please put the following in the subject line of your email: Submission: the name of your play
  • The format may be docx or pdf.
  • There is no fee with this contest.
  • Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM AZ time, December 15, 2020.
  • Entries will be capped at 200. Please check our website at www.b3theater.com for a notice of when the cap has been reached.
Send submissions to: ilanab3productions@gmail.com. If you have any questions, you may also ask Ilana Lydia at this address. 

You will hear from us regarding your submission around March 2021.

NYCPlaywrights 10 Year Anniversary: Aaron Leventman

 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 (sign up here for weekly emails.Do you have a story to share? 

πŸ’ƒ Send it to us at info@nycplaywrights.org - thanks! 

by Aaron Leventman
Kati Rae Cowardin, Justin Sebastyn
Directed by Vanessa Lancellotti, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, NYC, 2012

Aaron Leventman has nice things to say about NYCPlaywrights - thanks Aaron!
I attribute the growth in my career as a playwright to opportunities that have been posted on NYC Playwrights Blog. This has led to over 30 productions and many publications of my works. The highlight for me was in 2019 when my short play Blanche in a Wheelchair was selected from over 800 submissions to be featured in the Samuel French 44th Annual Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival for which it was a finalist. The same play the previous year was a finalist for the Secret Theatre's One Act Factor in LIC, NY.

Justin Sebastyn and Joshua Rowe
Directed by Vanessa Lancellotti, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, NYC, 2012


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Deadline: December 21, 2020

During the month of March, when women are celebrated and honored all around the world, Irondale hosts the On Women Festival, giving female-identifying artists the platform to celebrate their own experiences. Created in 2018, each iteration of this festival has been different and unique, just like the creators and the shows that are part of it.

For next year’s festival, we have the challenge of re-imagining how to offer good theatrical experiences to our audiences, that are relevant to today’s world, and that are safe for everyone involved. And we must do things differently as well, to make sure we’re uplifting and empowering the voices of marginalized artists.

The 2021 edition will be a hybrid format, with in-person performances, live and pre-recorded videos, and Irondale will work closely with a diverse group of artists to help curate the festival and moderate the Artists Exchangepanel discussions.


MAINSTAGE: two different theatrical productions that will be selected with the assistance of a diverse group of curators. The plays will be performed and recorded at The Space at Irondale (with the possibility of a limited live audience for the recordings) and streamed online at specific dates and times, followed by virtual talkbacks with the creative team of each production. Selected Shows will be compensated with a $1,000 fee. (Accessibility: Closed captions)

NEW MEDIA STORYTELLING: this category is open for video submissions of short pieces (between 10-25 minutes) that present elements of theatrical storytelling. All videos will live on an online platform and the audience will vote on their favorites. This category will not be curated but we will offer four money prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd places for Popular Vote, and Curator’s Pick). We want to make sure we’re giving an alternative for people who don’t feel safe leaving their homes, or artists who are developing work using new media, or even artists who are in different places in the world.

ART BUFFET: live online performances that are flexible in style and genre such as, but not limited to, improv, music, performance, scripted monologue. All content must be original (or an original adaptation), and artists may choose to perform solo or with one other person. These performances will be curated and we’ll select up to 10 pieces.

ARTISTS EXCHANGE: lead and moderated by our Guest Curators, each one of the three conversations will have a theme or topic for discussion, and guest panelists. Audience members will be invited to participate by asking questions or sharing opinions.

We are looking for female-identifying artists that show great passion for their work, and that are able to coherently justify why their work is so important now. Irondale makes no distinction based on ethnicity or cultural background.

Do you want to be part of the festival? Read the Submissions Package and submit your work!

If you have any questions, please contact onwomen@irondale.org.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Home Artist Project is looking for Short one act plays

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At Home Artist Project is looking for Short one act plays (10-15 Minutes) for its upcoming New Work Festival.

We are also seeking submissions for all creative team members (Directors, Scenic Designers, Costume Designers, Sound Designers and Stage Managers) along with Performers.

We are looking for performers of All ages; all races/ethnicities; all genders.

All who submit will also be up for any future productions with At Home Artist Project.

At Home Artists Project is a newly formed group of artists with a simple goal in mind: We create compelling live entertainment in order to fill the current cultural vacuum and promote a sense of community in a time of isolation, all while aiming to help support affected artists and philanthropic arts organizations.

For consideration, please email at athomeartistsproject@gmail.com, with the subject line Submission. All New Work Plays, please submit your plays in a PDF, all Performers please send in a Headshot and Resume. All Creative team members please send in just a resume

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Performance AIRspace Residency: 2021-2022

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Deadline: December 13, 2020 1159 PM EST

With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of 4 early career movement-based performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Performance AIRspace Residency.

For this annual residency, Performance AIRspace Residents Receive:
  • $5,000 Commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our 2021-2022 Presenting Season. Performances must be programmed to occur before June 30, 2022 
  • 200 hours of full subsidized studio space in any of our performance studios (excluding Studio G-05) and theaters. Please visit our Rental page to learn more about our studio and theater spaces, as well as our COVID-19 health and safety protocols
  • 1 week Production Residency in the theater prior to premiere
  • Studio visits with curators, artists, and cultural workers
  • Cohort meetings with resident artists
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicant must be based in New York City and living within 5 boroughs at the time of application submission and during the residency period. 
  • Applicants working in movement-based practices that are interdisciplinary in nature are encouraged to apply. Collaborative groups are invited to apply but will receive the same commission fee as an individual artist. Collaboratives can only submit 1 application; Collaboratives that submit more than 1 application for the same project will be disqualified from the review process.
  • Applicants must identify as early career artists. (Please see below for Abrons’ and Jerome Foundation’s criteria for “early career artist.”)
  • Applicants must apply with a project proposal that has not yet premiered in its final form in New York City. Applicants who prefer a Fall 2021 presentation date must apply with a project that is in its final stages of development. Applicants who prefer a Spring 2022 presentation date may apply with a project that is in its earlier stages of development.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in degree-granting programs or be students during the grant period are not eligible to apply. 
  • As a program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. Applicants should closely review the Abrons Arts Center Mission Statement and Declaration of Inclusion before applying for the Residency. 
“Early Career” Artist according to the Jerome Foundation and Abrons Arts Center:
According to the Jerome Foundation, an early career artist “typically has a track record of generating and publicly presenting full work over which they have ultimate creative control in the discipline in which they are applying, but are not yet at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim.” Please note that this category is not contingent on the age of the artist.

Since our founding, Abrons Arts Center has proudly supported artists at all stages of their professional development. Through our partnership with the Jerome Foundation, we are able to provide dedicated monetary and production support to early-career artists who are making ambitious performance works.

Important Dates
November 12, 2020, 12:00PM ET: Applications go live

December 13, 2020 at 11:59PM ET: Applications close

Week of January 18, 2021: Finalist Interviews

February 8, 2021: All Applicants notified

Questions?: Email abronsairspace@henrystreet.org

NYCPlaywrights 10 Year Anniversary: Pam Kingsley

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 (sign up here for weekly emails.Do you have a story to share? 

πŸ’ƒ Send it to us at info@nycplaywrights.org - thanks! 

Thanks to Pam Kingsley for her kind words about NYCPlaywrights - so glad if we could help!

with Gail Smith-Reynolds and Jeremy Whittington. Socially Distanced Taped Recording)
streamed online from Stage Left Theatre, Spokane, WA

WOW! Some year, right? If not for nycplaywrights.org, many of us might would have spent the pandemic hunkered down underground writing in bunkers going bonkers! Instead, so many of us found outstanding opportunities to share our work. My plays Boxes, Scars, The Sitting, Roughing It and Finding Mother Courage received virtual readings, taped performances and live Zoom from coast to coast thanks to your listings! From New Haven to Santa Fe and Kansas City to Cleveland; from Spokane, WA to Richmond VA, I made new friends and new theatre! Sometimes it was like doing "guerilla theatre!" The many and varied opportunities you shared buoyed our spirits and kept meaningful THEATRE alive! What a gift you keep giving playwrights, theatres and audiences alike! BRAVA! BRAVO!

Gratefully, Pam Kingsley
Member, Dramatists Guild of America

Congratulations to Pam on her well-deserved success!

]with Hugh Tucker and Mindy Pfeffer (Zoom Taped Performance)
Orange Players, New Haven, CT

with Marguerite Scott and Jane Wilson (Live Zoom Performance)
Almost Adults Theatre in Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, December 8, 2020


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Deadline: December 13, 2020

What is Slackline Sleepover? Six playwrights, six directors, twelve (or so) actors… Six new short plays written, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours. Please read this in its entirety for more- submission details below.

Slackline Productions is now accepting submissions for Slackline Sleepover, our latest Slackline Stories event.

This time it’s overnight and online. We’ll still showcase the best new short plays, written by female playwrights, directed by female directors and featuring at least one strong female character aged 35+, but this time, they will be written, rehearsed and ready to perform online in 24 hours!


Send us a short play (around 10 minute plays or excerpts of plays), that highlights who you are as a playwright or best showcases your style. Please if possible send a script with dialogue/characters interacting. Monologues are lovely, but you will be assigned 2-3 actors and we’d love to know more about how you write characters interacting!

Bonus points for stories that feature a strong female-identifying character aged 35+! * Note, this is for writing style reference only! *

From there we will choose six playwrights to join us on the 13th January to start the 24 hours of madness and fun!

  • Playwrights who identify as female
  • Short plays or excerpts of plays to show us your writing style
  • Someone who likes to work on the fly and has a sense of adventure!
  • Great stories- the plays don’t have to be political (but they can be), nor do they have to be female-only. We love an uplifting story, even if the content is sad/dramatic/difficult. We also love things a bit quirky!

*You MUST be available from the evening of 13th January through to the evening of 14th January to be eligible.*


We will accept submissions until 13th December or until we have 150 submissions, whichever comes first, so don’t delay!

  • Time in the online rehearsal room with actors and a director
  • Your script performed for a friendly audience
  • Written audience feedback to be collected by Slackline
  • A fun way to further challenge yourself as a writer and work with a director and actors on your script
  • The potential to R&D your script further with Slackline to lead to a longer production run
  • At the moment, this is an unpaid opportunity (working on funding, but this is not guaranteed)


Please send to Slackline Sleepover Submissions.
Subject: Slackline Sleepover Submission with your name, but please leave your name off of the actual script.

We can’t wait to read your work!

For more about Slackline Productions, see our home page!

Experimental Theater Writing Workshop - Winter 2021

Seeking female or female-identifying experimental writers for the Winter 2021 Experimental Theater Writing Workshop. This is a series of ten Zoom classes/workshops held every Tuesday evening from 01/12 - 03/23. Classes will consist of discussions of homework material; prompt assignment; readings of work generated in class. The last class will consist of final presentations.

Traditional views of playwriting strategies are rooted in higher-level cognitive functions, i.e., reasoning and empathy. While those strategies can lead the playwright to powerful modes of representation on the stage, is this the sum total of the spectator experience? Are there other methods that can enhance the experience of the theatre spectator? If we are seeking a comprehensive ability to engage spectators, we might continue our search for other techniques that allow us to create comprehensive experiences for those spectators.

The goals of this course are: 1) to gain additional theater writing techniques which expand the writer’s current theatrical repertoire; 2) to investigate writing techniques as a representation of a writer’s response to the world; and 3) to strengthen a connection between theatre and various other arts forms.

  • Only 1 submission per playwright
  • 2 samples—one realistic, one experimental. Each sample is up to 10 pages only. 
  • Title page on each sample (realistic and experimental) should contain:
    • title
    • this text: “Realistic Sample” OR “Experimental Sample”
    • name
    • contact info
  • Second page should contain:
    • Character breakdown
    • setting
    • time
  • • file name of realistic play should read: titleOfPlay_lastname_real.pdf
  • • file name of experimental play should read: titleOfPlay_lastname_exp.pdf
Writers will be selected based on the nature of the work submitted and availability. By realistic, we mean work that abides by traditional modes of realism—i.e., human characters in a psychological drama. By experimental, we mean work that challenges the conventional elements of theater. If selected, the fee is $300. This will cover the cost of actors for the readings.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdm1PsMReYKcwZsYAu92P4Byg9D2T4gHapqvwoL7UAQBDTf0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Deadline: Jan 4th, 2021 5 pm.

Web: www.suzannewillett.com

FB: @etww19

Monday, December 7, 2020

NYCPlaywrights 10 Year Anniversary: Kevin Curley

 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 (sign up here for weekly emails.Do you have a story to share? 

πŸ’ƒ Send it to us at info@nycplaywrights.org - thanks! 

Kevin Curley shared his story, thanks for your kind words Kevin. And NYCPlaywrights would like to take this opportunity to thank Kevin for all the times he's given us a heads-up on opportunities out there that we missed! And congratulations Kevin on your success and your exemplary organizational habits which some of us at NYCPlaywrights could learn from.
KEVIN CURLEY: Congratulations on NYCPlaywrights  Tenth Anniversary! What an accomplishment! You should be proud.

NYCPlaywrights have been a godsent to playwrights like me. I can’t thank you enough. As I think I shared with you once, when I arise each morning I check my email, the digital NY Times and then NYCPlaywrights. Every day including Saturday and Sunday. Any notice that I might qualify for I enter onto that year’s spreadsheet and send it along when it’s due. I have been reading your blog since the beginning and you have saved me an enormous amount of time I would have had to devote to seeking opportunities, which has in turn given me more time to devote to writing. Thank you!

Here are my productions in the last few years: Daddy a ten-minute play produced in a reading by Plays and Pizza at Lucky Jack’s Bar in NYC, April 2017. Things, my one-act play, was selected by The William Inge Festival 2016 (declined, by me, because of expenses involved). Brothers a ten-minute play was produced by Stage Door Theatre in Fredericksburg, VA, April 2014. Improv, a ten-minute play that was broadcast on Spokane Radio Theatre KYRS, October 2013. Friendship, a ten-minute play presented by Lebanon Community Theatre in Lebanon, PA, August 2012. Proposition, a ten-minute play, broadcast on Spokane Radio Theatre KYRS, June 2012. Your Thing: produced in A New York One Minute Play Festival, NYC, September 2010.

All best and looking forward to ten more years,



Objects of Survival: Plays of the Pandemic - 20 DAYS OF 20 PLAY PROMPTS TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF VENUS

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Ongoing now

Every day for 20 days (to celebrate our 20 years of existence!) we will be posting a prompt at VenusTheatreCompany on Instagram.

We invite playwrights to create around these images/suggestions.
Plays may have no more than seven performers and MUST empower women.


Beginning December 15, we will be taking play submissions originating from these prompts. At the beginning of 2021, we will publish five of these plays in our first ever ANTHOLOGY!!!

Objects of Survival: Plays of the Pandemic


Venus is always seeking full length plays. We’d prefer two acts but they are becoming more and more extinct. We are not seeking shorts.


Objects of Survival: Plays of the Pandemic is a collaborative effort with respect to being socially distanced. Venus usually receives about 200 play submissions a year. This year, we are all in it together. Plays need to be written around/inspired by the prompts that we are providing.


You can but it won’t be read. Submissions will begin to be received on December 15th and we will have guidelines posted for you to follow. Please follow those guidelines or understand that the work will be disqualified.


This is a competition for the very first publication of Venus Theatre. An Anthology entitled: “Objects of Survival: Plays of the Pandemic”. Once all submissions are received, between December 15 and January 15, Venus will announce the five chosen plays to be published by Valentines Day. Once published it is our great hope that many companies may choose to produce them. We can only guarantee the quality of our selection process.


This project is set to publish five full length plays. We usually stage four women empowering plays a year, so we added one in the anthology as a bonus.


The first submission is always free. There is a fee beyond the first submission. This has come about because we’ve had playwrights submit 5-10 of their plays at once. We would like to see one piece from you per year.


We are in the midst of a pandemic. Venus is not able to stage at this time so our Anthology project has taken the place of productions. This will go on until it is safe to gather in our small space again. The last thing we want is anyone getting sick on our watch.


The prompts will be posted daily for 20 days. This marks 20 years of producing empowering plays for women. They can be used however the writer prefers. The only rule is to not submit a full length play until December 15. How you get there is your process. And we respect that.


We seek plays that stay true to themselves. Whatever the style or timeline. We would prefer comedies where possible. We’re kind of tired of feeling hopeless and depressed. 



We prefer two acts, if possible, so we can sell things at intermission to pay the bills.

  • must empower women
  • MUST HAVE a majority of female characters
  • must be plays (not music or video projects)
  • must have dynamic tension built into each scene
  • are made with the understanding that the playwright will never be the director and vice versa
Online Submissions: Please submit an introductory paragraph, a synopsis and script to: submissionsofvenus@gmail.com

SUBMIT: Open dates. Plays will be read in December.

ROYALTY: If selected playwrights will receive a percentage of box office sales under the Dramatists Guild contractual guidelines.

ELIGIBILITY: Full length plays are preferred. MUST have strong female characters with interesting storylines.

GENRE: Drama or Comedy for adult audiences.

CAST SIZE: Cast size is limited to no more than seven actors. (please do not submit scripts without this breakdown specified in the case of multiple roles)

SPACE: The Venus Theatre Play Shack seats 30 audience members, alley staging, immersion theatre.

TO BE INCLUDED WITH EVERY SUBMISSION: A biography and/or author’s history of the play, character breakdown, and brief description or synopsis of the play.

SUBMISSION FEE: No fee. One submission per reading period.

Invisible Girl Creative Solo-Performance New Works Contest

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Deadline: December 25, 2020

2020 has been a wild ride, to say the least. With theater not returning to “normal” any time soon, IGC is determined to continue to produce throughout this time - specifically, we want to produce works that reflect the time we are living through. And that is where you come in! We are on the hunt for one-person shows, as they are just about the safest option theater has at the moment. We are putting out a nationwide call for one-actor new works that feature a dramatic turn in plot - giving the audience the same kind of “where the hell did this come from?!” feeling we’ve all become so accustomed to this year.

  • Show must only use one actor, but can feature as many characters as you feel fit.
  • The show must be able to be performed in a black box type theater, with no physical set.
  • Play must be a minimum of 25 minutes long, but no longer than 45 minutes.
  • Much like this year, the play must feature a drastic turn of events. A complete non-sequitur - at some point in the play, the plot must switch gears entirely.

All submissions must be received by December 25th. Finalists will be notified in early January, and the top three works will be produced in Los Angeles in January 2021. In addition to having their piece produced, each finalist will receive a percentage of ticket sales.

Please submit works to: submissions.igc@gmail.com

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Samuel French 46th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

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Deadline: December 15, 2020 11:59 PM

While the COVID-19 pandemic still poses questions for our ability to physically host the festival in 2021, this past year has proven that, no matter what, we are committed to short plays. When the top 30 plays/musicals are chosen for the 2021 festival, we will let the 30 playwrights know if the festival will be virtual or physical before they commit to proceeding further in the competition.

Short plays and musicals can be no longer than 15 pages and have a max run time of 15 minutes (ideal run times are between 8-13 minutes). If submitting a musical the page limit should reflect the libretto.

Writers may submit only 1 play, including plays they have co-authored. Producers (writer’s groups, theatre companies, universities, etc.) may submit up to 15 plays accredited to their organization, but can only submit one play by an individual playwright.

Script submissions will be accepted in digital format only, via Submittable.


  • Your OOB Submission must be submitted by the Author[s] of the Play unless you are submitting as the representative of an Organization. 
  • The author is responsible for securing a producing company (or self-producing) their work in the event that the work is selected as a Festival participant. The Producer will present the Play and generally act as producer, and perform its other obligations under this application, all without the knowledge, consent or approval of any third party and without infringing the rights or damaging any third party. The responsibilities of the Producer include, but are not limited to: the casting (note; our 2021 festival will be a non-equity festival); the appointment of the director, designers and technical personnel; rehearsals; transportation; costumes, hand properties and special effects; and all fees and expenses attendant thereto.
  • The author is also required to select a Production Liaison, who is authorized to speak and act for the Producer in all matters concerning the Festival. 
  • Script submissions will be accepted in digital format only, via Submittable. Each submission should be uploaded as a single PDF document. Documents must be labeled as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name.pdf. 
  • All portions of the application must be complete.
  • Concord Theatricals will notify applicants of their admission into the OOB Festival by mid-May 2021.
Each nomination must submit a separate application form. Conglomerate entries on one application are not acceptable.

Plays must be written in English (non-English words or phrases within the context of the play are allowed).

Plays must be typed, and in no less that 10-point type, in conjunction with formatting listed in the Submission Formatting Guidelines. Note that cover pages or additional cast size pages are not required and will not be counted against the 15 page limit.

Playwrights previously published by any Concord Theatricals company, including Concord Theatricals, Samuel French, Inc., Tams-Witmark, Rodgers & Hammerstein, or The Musical Company, are not eligible for submission into the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. This includes winners of previous Samuel French Festivals.

If a play was submitted to the Festival in a previous year but was not chosen for production, it may be resubmitted for the 2021 Festival.

Poetry and short story readings will not be accepted.

Concord Theatricals in its sole and absolute discretion, shall select plays for participation in the 2021 OOB Festival from among all entries, and its decisions are final. Concord Theatricals reserves the right to remove any selected play from participation if the play, its producers, and/or its authors are not in compliance with the Application and/or the Competition Guidelines, and/or if the additional documents are not timely signed and returned. Production of selected plays shall be at the sole cost and expense of the Producer, and no royalties or other payments are or will be owed by Concord Theatricals.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Broadway Kids Auditions seeks new musicals

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Deadline: December 7, 2020

Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA) will be producing an online, process-to-performance workshop series for child and teen musical theatre actors in 2021. We are specifically looking for shows featuring young people that are already written (or in the late stages) and have yet to receive a major performance opportunity. This will be an exciting and unique experience for our casts who have yet to work on this side of the creative process that also provides excellent age appropriate actors for a creative team to continue show development.

Show Details

- Shows should be appropriate for either a young cast (7-12) and/or a teen cast (13-18).
- Features ideally between 15-20 roles.
- Has a runtime of approximately 45-60 minutes.
- A printed score (before rehearsals start).
- Available rehearsal tracks for personal rehearsal/performance (before the first rehearsal).

* These are guidelines and we are open to discussing exceptions.

Submission Details

Please submit a resume/website, synopsis, a perusal copy of the script and any musical recordings no later than 12/7/2020.

You may submit your materials to: broadwaykidsauditions@gmail.com

Kurt Domoney - Artistic Director/Owner
Brett Teresa - Associate Artistic Director

Acting Naturally is seeking One Act Play submissions

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Deadline: December 12, 2020

Acting Naturally is seeking One Act Play submissions for A Night of One Acts! 

Playwrights, ages teen through adult are encouraged to submit a maximum of two plays. Plays should be no longer than 20 minutes with four characters maximum and simple set requirements. Please include your name, email, phone number and title of play on the cover page. Email your PDF play to wendy@actingnaturally.com. The deadline for submissions is December 12.

Performances take place March 11 through 13, 2021.

NYCPlaywrights 10 Year Anniversary: Allie Costa

 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 (sign up here for weekly emails.Do you have a story to share? 
πŸ’ƒ Send it to us at info@nycplaywrights.org - thanks! 

Best Actress 1962 written by Allie Costa, directed by Libby Mitchell, starring Jennifer Leigh and Sam Aguilar, world premiere produced by Rover Dramawerks at the 365 Women a Year Festival
written by Allie Costa, directed by Libby Mitchell, 
starring Jennifer Leigh and Sam Aguilar,
world premiere produced by Rover Dramawerks
at the 365 Women a Year Festival

ALLIE COSTA: Thanks to notices posted on NYCPlaywrights, I've had productions, workshops, readings, publications, and opportunities I may not have known about otherwise.

Productions from this past year include the world premiere of Almost, the East Coast premiere of Tofurkey Day, and performances and workshops (including lots of streaming/online opportunities) of many other shows, including Boxes Are Magic, She Has Seen the Wolf, How I Knew Her, Quality Assurance, Faking Glory, And Peggy, Clean Slate, Cut and Run, Embracing Change, After the Fact, As You May Be Aware, Yes, And..., Root Down, Dear Neighbor, and A Novel Idea.
To learn more about these and other projects, visit http://www.alliecosta.com and visit Allie's page at New Play Exchange and IMDb.

Thanks to Allie for sharing her accomplishments - and congratulations!

written by Allie Costa, directed by Sophie Goldstein,
world premiere produced by 2Cents Theatre Group for INK Fest

Pictured: Nita Torres, Grace Serrano, and Kevin Herrmann
Photo by Daniel J. Sliwa

written by Allie Costa, directed by Cassandra Giovine,
world premiere produced by Open Hydrant Theater Company

Pictured: Shannon Uphold as Daphne

Tablespoon Theatre Company Potluck Festival

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Deadline: December 10, 2020

Our annual Potluck Festival is a chance for your ideas to take to the stage! Each year we select three 20 minute proposals ranging from fully formed scripts to fledgling ideas to be performed in an evening of fun, food and theatre! We want to provide the facilities and support for you to put on a show you might not have otherwise had the chance to produce. It’s also a chance for performers, directors/co-directors, stage managers, photographers and other creatives to get involved in a professional production subject to requirements. There is no theme, we ask only that you bring us your creativity and enthusiasm, we’ll sort out the rest!

To submit a proposal or enquire about any other role, email us throughout the year at tbspsubmissions@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Center at West Park residency

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Deadline: December 6, 2020 11:59 PM

The Center at West Park nurtures exemplary and boundary-pushing theater, dance, puppetry, opera, multi-, and inter-disciplinary performance artists and companies by providing free rehearsal and performance space with a guaranteed artist fee. We support the creation of new works and the re-working of classic texts (and other source materials) in contemporary contexts in order to diversify and enrich the performing arts community of New York and to attract and challenge enthusiastic and adventurous audiences.

Since 2017, the Center at West Park has provided over 60 residencies serving over 500 individual artists and presented over 200 performances to over 10,000 audience members. 

This year, we have re-imagined our artist residency program to meet the needs of artists and audiences in the time of COVID-19. With our new Virtual Performance Residencies, we are opening our Sanctuary Space to our resident artists to develop and record works of theater, dance, music, opera, and interdisciplinary performance to share with viewers at home, all in accordance with New York State safety guidelines. Check out our Fall 2020 Season of Virtual Performance Residencies here.


In Spring 2021, eight Resident Artists will be offered two weeks in our unique Sanctuary Space to produce and perform their shows. Residencies are available between February 1 and June 6, 2021. Each Resident Artist may perform a work in progress or mount a full production during the residency, including set, costume, and theatrical lighting. The Sanctuary Space comes equipped with a repertory lighting plot and PA sound system.

All residencies will culminate in at least one and up to ten streaming performances for virtual audiences. Performances will be ticketed at $10 each. Artists will receive a 50% split of the next box office proceeds, with the first $500 as a guaranteed artist fee. The Center will provide professional photography and filming services, including a two-camera film of a complete performance, and technical services for streaming the performance video.

While in residence at the Center, artists receive free space and professional marketing and fundraising support, including a dedicated fundraising page for processing tax-deductible donations toward residency project expenses. (The Center at West Park is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. All donations to the Center at West Park for the purposes of supporting artist residency project expenses are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.)

Our goal is to make it easier for diverse, exemplary, and essential artists to make their work and share it with audiences in this extraordinarily difficult and isolating time.


As part of the Virtual Performance Residency, participants will be required to:

  • Attend a virtual and on-site orientation process.

  • Provide a certificate of Volunteer or Participant Accident Insurance or General Liability Insurance covering all residency participants, with The Center at West Park as additionally insured.

  • Follow New York State's media production guidelines, including but not limited to:

    • Completing and submitting Daily Health Screening Forms

    • Providing a contact list including, names,pronouns, titles, emails and direct lines to everyone entering the building

    • Completing and submitting liability waivers

    • Appointing a safety monitor

  • Hold at least one public performance or presentation for a ticketed audience which may be live-streamed, a streaming pre-recorded video, or other time-specific, ticketed experience.

    • Resident artists are responsible for providing technical production for live-streaming performances.

    • The Center can support up to 10 streaming performances per residency using the Center’s box office (Eventbrite) and viewing platforms (Vimeo, YouTube, Zoom, etc). We are also happy to support auxiliary content for audience engagement, such as public conversations and talkbacks with the artists.


Applications for Spring 2021 Virtual Performance residencies are now open and are due by Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 PM.

Applicants will be notified by end of day on Monday, December 21.

All artists working in the performing arts, including theater, dance, music, opera, puppetry, performance art, and multi- and interdisciplinary performance are eligible to apply. Resident Artists are responsible for their own housing in the New York City area during the residency and any travel expenses related to the residency.

To apply, please submit an application through our online application form. The online form includes the following fields. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

  • Project Title *

  • Artist Name * (May be a group/company name or an individual)

  • Contact Person (If other than above)

  • Contact Email *

  • Contact Phone *

  • Website

  • Team members * (List all creative, technical, and administrative team members committed to this project, including names and roles.)

  • Artist Statement: * Please describe your mission, vision, goals, purpose, and/or artistic intent as an individual artist or company. Why do you make your work? What questions, subjects, or themes are you engaged in? How does your style, subject matter, and/or process make a unique contribution to the performing arts in New York? (max 300 words) *

  • Overcoming Obstacles: * Please describe any obstacles, challenges, or barriers you have overcome and/or are still facing in making your work. Would a residency at The Center at West Park make a difference for you in overcoming any of these obstacles? If so, how? (max 300 words)

  • Body of Work: * Please describe your existing body of work and your creative process. What work have you made and how do you make it? How does the work you make further your mission or artistic goals? (max 300 words)

  • Core Audience: * Please describe your core audience. For whom do you make your work? Why do you make work for this audience and how do you connect with them? What specific marketing and outreach strategies do you employ? How do you judge if you are successfully reaching this audience? Do you work with any under-served or under-represented communities in the way you make and share your work? If so, how does this community engagement inform the work you make? (max 300 words)

  • Project Description: * Please describe the project you will develop and perform during this residency. What discipline(s), subject matter, story, themes, and/or questions will you explore with this project? How will you engage a virtual audience through your piece? How does this project relate to your mission/goals, prior work, and core audience? What is uniquely compelling and exciting about this project for you? How far are you in the creative process, and what progress do you intend to make during the residency? How will this residency make it possible for you to do this project? (max 500 words)

  • Technical Needs: * What will your project need with respect to set, costumes, lighting, sound, projections, materials, and other technical equipment? The Center provides a repertory lighting plot with 32 instruments and a PA sound system, and photography and 2-camera filming services for a single performance. You would be responsible for all other production elements of the project. (max 300 words)

  • Residency Dates: * Residencies will be offered in two-week slots from February 1 through June 6, 2021.

    • Slot 1: Feb 1-14

    • Slot 2: Feb 15-28

    • Slot 3: Mar 1-14

    • Slot 4: Mar 15-28

    • Slot 5: Apr 5-18

    • Slot 6: Apr 19-May 2

    • Slot 7: May 10-23

    • Slot 8: May 24-June 6

  • Project Budget: * Upload a one page budget for your project. Use the budget template provided and fill in the numbers in the highlighted fields only. Please do not make any other changes to the template.

  • Resume / Production History Upload *

    • If applying as an individual artist, upload a PDF copy of your professional resume listing performances and productions to date (2 pages maximum).

    • If applying as a company or ensemble, upload a PDF document listing all productions and public events to date. Include title, author/playwright, venue/location, date(s), number of performance, and total attendance for each production and public events (2 pages maximum).

  • Photo or Text Work Sample Upload: * Upload a work sample from this project or another project that best represents your work. Up to 10 pages of text or 10 images, one image per page. PDF format only.

    • Photo or Text Work Sample Upload Description: Describe this sample of your work. Put it in context for us.

  • Video Work Sample (optional): Link to a video sample of your work. YouTube or Vimeo preferred. If the video is protected by a password, please but it in the description below.

    • Video Work Sample Description: Describe this sample of your work. Put it in context for us. Please provide the password for the video if one is required.


Happy 10-year anniversary NYCPlaywrights web site!

NYCPlaywrights web site is celebrating its 10-year anniversary today.

For most of that time we have posted at least one new playwrights opportunity almost every single day of the year. We've posted 5125 items so far. 

any opportunities in the past 10 years through  NYCPlaywrights that led to a reading, publication, or full production? 

If so, let us know - email us at info@nycplaywrights.org with the details and any photos you can share. 

We will share your information on the NYCPlaywrights web site in the same manner as we shared our readers' accomplishments in the series last year - with Share Your Theater Story 2019 or the year before with Share Your Theater Story.

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