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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

NEW VISIONS FELLOWSHIP - A YEARLONG RESIDENCY FOR BLACK TRANS AND GENDER NONCONFORMING PLAYWRIGHTS

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Deadline: March 5, 2021 6pm EST

This Spring, National Queer Theater and the Dramatists Guild are launching the New Visions Fellowship, an innovative new program for Black trans and gender nonconforming playwrights. The New Visions Fellowship will select two playwrights for a rigorous year-long professional development initiative aimed at celebrating the brilliance of and uplifting Black TGNC writers in the face of the systemic exclusion that Black TGNC writers have endured within American theater.

We believe the New Visions Fellowship is essential because of its opportunity to create space for the Black and queer imagination, a perspective long and consistently forced to take a backseat to “safer” LGBT stories in American culture, and even American queer culture.

The curriculum of traditional artistic conservatory programs is heavily influenced by a white, cisgender male patriarchal perspective, particularly centering on male-identifying writers from both the classical and modern eras. Our program seeks to help remedy the exclusionary bias that riddles traditional channels of training and mentorship.


ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

The fellows will be paired with a primary mentor and supplemental mentor figures who will guide writers through the development of a play, musical, or performance experience of their design and choosing. Roger Q. Mason, pictured above, will serve as one of the primary mentors. In addition, writers will have the opportunity to participate in professional development sessions covering a wide range of artistic topics. The fellows will also receive access to Dramatists Guild contracts, business advice and career services for the purpose of aiding fellows in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work. These workshops will help writers broker relationships with Off-Broadway or regional theaters. A theater will host a professionally cast and directed reading of their play at the end of the program. Selected fellows will receive $5,000 and a three-year complimentary Guild membership.

APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM

Applications are due on March 5th at 6pm EST. 


This program is specifically for Black playwrights who identify as trans or gender nonconforming.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Central Kentucky Community Theater 10 Minute Play Festival Script Submissions

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Deadline: April 1, 2021 12PM

THEY HAVE MET THEIR SCRIPT CUT-OFF OF 100 - DO NOT SEND

Submission for scripts should adhere to the following guidelines

- Have a run time of 10 minutes

- No more than 3 characters

- Appropriate language and subject matter for all audiences

Submissions need to be submitted no later than

12:00pm April 1st


Submission for scripts should adhere to the following guidelines 
- Have a run time of 10 minutes
- No more than 3 characters 
- Appropriate language and subject matter for all audiences

The top seven submissions will be produced in a readers theatre style. Being recorded and presented virtually throughout the week of May 22-29.

Submissions will be scored in the following areas.

-Originality of concept and story

-Lasting impression and how memorable it is

-Does it make its audience feel some strong emotion

The top seven will then be ranked based on audience response with the top three recieving cash prizes in the following amounts.

First place $100

Second Place $75

Third Place $50

Fourth through seventh will be awarded non monetary prizes. 

All submissions must be sent to  in a .pdf format. Please include "10 minute play" in the subject line of the email.


Good Luck!

The FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL of New LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, and QUEER ARTS and CULTURE

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Deadline: March 8, 2021

A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – NEW YORK CITY* Playwrights

The FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL of New LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, and QUEER ARTS and CULTURE

ALL OUT ARTS is now accepting submissions for the DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY READINGS, an “OUTwrite” Series, a part of the 2020-2021 Fresh Fruit Festival. Application deadline is Monday, March 8, 2021. 3 to 4 plays will be selected for presentation in Spring 2021. Authors are encouraged to submit early; we understand these are drafts, and expect revisions. Jump-To-Submission-Form

Readings will be widely advertised, and hosted on a wide-band virtual Webinar with an audience Q&A following. Authors will receive a $100 stipend toward their expenses.

*New York City regional artists who have temporarily relocated due to the Coronavirus epidemic, or for workshops, jobs, etc., please submit a note of explanation with your submission.

This program is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs & the New York City Council.

WE WILL PROVIDE:
  • Stipends, adjusted accordingly if you also incur Union performing-artist expense.
  • Limited Virtual rehearsal space if you do not have a paid account.
  • Dramaturgical advice upon request for specific problems.
  • Technical Advice and Training on the Webinar format, including free Sound & Video consultations based on your early virtual rehearsals. We expect technical rules to be followed to provide a consistent quality for attendees.
  • A full-color program, both printed and in a free PDF-file format, made available online.
  • Area-wide advertising, with an option for National advertising upon request.

AUTHORS WILL PROVIDE:
  1. A fully-cast, fully rehearsed, “virtual” reading of NEW work in development, dealing with some aspects of LGBTQ life
  2. A Director AND a Stage Manager (important for the high degree of technical awareness needed in the Virtual format).
  3. All Out Arts is a non-discriminatory, equal opportunity presenter. For 20 years we have presented works by artists from all the performing and graphic arts from every known (and a few unknown) corners of the LGBTQ world, regardless of race, ethnicity, or faith. We advise diverse and inclusive casting, and sensitivity to BIPOC origins and cultures.

Please submit a recent draft of the work in progress with a synopsis & full cast breakdown; a basic bio; and if you like, a description of your goals and concerns with this current work.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Capital Theatre seeks submissions from new and established Black playwrights

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SUBMISSION FORM

Capital Theatre in Frankfort, Kentucky is now accepting submissions from new and established Black playwrights and musical writers/composers for the 2021-2022 season and future seasons. Visit www.capitaltheatre.net for more information about submissions. Submissions are open year round.

Capital Theatre is a Black-owned theatre company located in the heart of Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky. Our goal is to tell the stories of the Black experience through live theatre. Our shows will not only feature works of prominent Black playwrights, but of up and coming writers as well. We strive to create a space in which anybody can come and enjoy live theatre.

All Submissions are treated as confidential. Due to the number of submissions we are not able to respond to every submission and will only respond to ones that we are interested in.


Main Street Players New Play Competition

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Deadline: March 1, 2021 at 12 AM EST

MSP's Annual New Play Competition has begun! We are accepting submissions now through March 1.
The winner of the competition will be given a staged reading by MSP at the Main Street Playhouse as part of the South Florida Theatre League's Summer Theatre Fest

Play Submission Requirements:
  • We are accepting One Act or Full Length plays, with one submission per playwright.
  • The competition has an overall 100 play submission cap. 
  • To submit your play for the competition please send a PDF of your play via email to: angelinaesposito3@gmail.com

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Geneva Theatre Guild is now accepting submissions of original one-act play scripts

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Deadline: February 14, 2021

The Geneva Theatre Guild is now accepting submissions of original one-act play scripts with a running time of 30 minutes or less for the annual Playwrights Play Readings event. Last year over 3,000 patrons watched the plays presented over zoom via Facebook LIVE. This year the Play Readings will again be held live online for a series of Thursday evenings beginning April 22nd.

All selected playwrights will be invited to participate in a talk-back session after each performance with the cast and director of each play, giving writers of all ages the chance to not only experience the actors' interpretations of their work but to receive audience feedback in real time.

The deadline for submissions is February 14th. All submissions will be given a blind review by a play selection committee who will choose the works to be presented this season. All playwrights will be notified of the selections by March 17th. This year there is a separate category for college age submissions. One play will be selected from this category.

The guidelines for all submissions are as follows:

Plays should be submitted electronically in PDF format to Geneva Theatre Guild seasonplanninggtg@gmail.com

 If you are unable to submit electronically, mail four copies of your script, unbound in a folder. If you want your scripts returned, please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. Plays can be mailed to the Geneva Theatre Guild, P.O. Box 424, Geneva, NY 14456

Limit - one play, which cannot have been published and has not previously been submitted to the Geneva Theatre Guild’s Playwrights Play Readings.

The number of submissions accepted will be cut off after the first 150 have been received.

Title page should include the title of the play playwrights name, address, phone number, email address and approximate running time of the play.

Include a brief synopsis of the plot, setting, and a list of characters before the first page of dialogue.

All pages must be numbered starting with the first page of dialogue on page one.

Auditions for Playwrights Play Readings will be held via Zoom on March 31st. Further information about auditions will be released in March. Please contact us at genevatheatreguild.org with any questions.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Joining Sword & Pen Seeking Playwrights of Marginalized Genders

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Deadline: February 18, 2021
Chicago

Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) competition is live and underway! Since 2005, JS&P has challenged playwrights to write a full-length play based on the story they see in our contest image. The winner receives a full production and the Margaret Woolley Martin Award, which carries a cash prize of $1000.

This year’s image and competition rules may be found here:
babeswithblades.org/jsp-how-to-submit/

We’re seeking submissions from playwrights of underrepresented genders. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized based on gender.

What We’re Looking For

1. The moment depicted in the inspirational image at the bottom of this page must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

2. Scripts must be inclusive of the BIPOC community. Whether the script lends itself to characters being played by actors of any race/ethnicity or whether it includes stories that are race-specific, BIPOC characters must not be limited to secondary or background characters.

3. Submissions are due NO LATER than midnight February 18, 2021.

4. All JS&P submissions must be new, full length, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

5. Please email your JS&P submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. The filename must start with the title of the play (ex. “Patchwork Drifter.pdf”). If the title of the play begins with “the,” “a,” or “an,” please place that article at the end of the title (ex. “Last Daughter of Oedipus, The.pdf”).


IMPORTANT: This will be a BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS.

Script submissions for JS&P accepted between August 5, 2020 and February 18, 2021. Want more info? Contact swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

Joining Sword & Pen winners receive full productions with the Babes.

Check out the full list of Joining Sword & Pen winners.

Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

 a) Your cover page. INCLUDE:
  • The play’s title
  • Playwright’s name and full contact information (phone numbers, email, mailing address).

 b) Your script. INCLUDE:
  • The page number on which the contest’s image is incorporated.
  • A synopsis.
  • A character list specifying the gender of each character. “Open gender” is an option. If it’s important that a character is cisgender or transgender, please specify this.
  • If it’s important that a character is of a particular racial/ethnic background (including white), please specify this. Characters of unspecified racial/ethnic background will not be automatically assumed to be white.

DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.


6. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play. Production dates are TBD for Spring 2023 (subject to change).


Things to consider:
  • Our mission statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Both our venues and our budgets tend to be small.
  • If your play does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to fit our mission.
  • If your play does not include stage combat, it does not fit our mission.
  • Characters fight as a realization of high narrative stakes. Scenes of characters training to fight are usually lacking in stakes.
  • If your script includes sexualized violence, consider whether the sexualization is truly necessary to the story. Sometimes it is; often it’s not.
Click here to learn more about Joining Sword & Pen

Our Mission Statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.

We look forward to hearing your stories!!

PLEASE NOTE: The image for the competition can be found on our website. Please do not select your own prompts.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Seeking scripts based on people or events from Quaker history

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No deadline

The 15th Street Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, a prominent Quaker congregation in Manhattan, NYC, is seeking scripts based on people or events from Quaker history. 

We're planning a non-union production in 2022 in our beautiful meetinghouse, a landmark building, in Gramercy.

We’re accepting:
  • scripts of any genre: biography, fictionalized documentary, etc…
  • scripts of any length
  • scripts with any number of characters
  • scripts in any style: epic, naturalistic, etc…
  • scripts addressing any audience: young audiences, young adult, general, etc…
  • Scripts suitable for any venue (except scripts demanding a proscenium): outdoors, large hall, medium-sized room, etc…
We have no deadline (our schedule is open) and we’re interested in anything you’d like to send! There are no restrictions on submissions. What we don’t produce we’ll keep in our library for further reference.

Please send scripts (MS Word of PDF) - or enquiries for further information - to:
stevecapra@pipeline.com .
https://quaker.org/legacy/15stfriends/

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Apply to Read or Perform for our April 2021 Event: Treat Others as You Wish to be Treated

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Deadline: February 15, 2021

(the deadline might be incorrect on the Submittable form - the deadline is now February 15.)

Be a 1 minute TED Speaker/Performer!

TEDxAsburyPark is seeking Readings and Performances of one minute or less on the topic of “Treat Others as You Wish to be Treated”, aka “The Golden Rule”, which is a cornerstone of most world cultures, religions and creeds.

TEDxAsburyPark will showcase a community production of the best 30 readings/performances for a LIVE virtual audience on April 1, 2021.

Additionally, the playwright will have active involvement in the process. As a lab, our directed and rehearsed productions will involve the playwright, and all sessions, including the final production, will be recorded. Submissions should include a tight summary with character descriptions, a small cast, and a working script. The final production will be offered to a live online audience where we typically host 200-800 attendees to be followed by a panel discussion with the playwright, director and cast. The final production will be hosted on our YouTube channel, which has over 5 million views. 

If selected, the playwright will grant a limited use license of the recorded work to be hosted on Youtube, with links to our social media, and at our option, to be produced for a live audience by TEDxAsburyPark and its affiliates.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Playwrights Group - take advantage of our online offerings


Take advantage of our Online Offerings
There’s Something for everyone @ TPG

 

Script Consultations

 

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

 

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

 

Online One-on-One Courses

 

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

 

       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks

 

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

 

Weekly Zoom Workshop

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

www.theplaywrightsgroup.com

Monday, February 8, 2021

ESPAfest Week of FREE Workshops and Performances!

Primary Stages Off-Broadway Einhorn School of Performing Arts is opening our virtual doors for a week of FREE collaborations and networking opportunities! Whether you’re interested in attending a free workshop or seeing some of our artists perform, join us at ESPAfest this week February 8-13 – and bring your friends!

 

FREE PERFORMANCE - SOLO TRAIN

hosted by Judy Gold

Monday, February 8 at 7:30pm ET

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

Solo Train is an evening of new work by Solo Performers who've been guided by renowned actress and Emmy Award-winning writer Judy Gold. 

 

 

FREE WORKSHOP - Intro to Dramatic Writing

with Mêlisa Annis (Writer, Director, and Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)

Tuesday, February 9 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

What is dramatic writing? Demystify the art form together!

 

 

FREE WORKSHOP - Alexander Technique: How to De-Stress on Zoom

with Karen Braga (Alexander Technique for Performance Teacher)

Tuesday, February 9 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

Learn how to sit for optimum comfort, use breath to release tension, and practice simple exercises to energize and rejuvenate.

 

 

FREE WORKSHOP - Seeing Between the Lines: The Night Watcher

with Erin Daley (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages)

Tuesday, February 9 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm ET

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

Watch and read a play from the perspective of a dramaturg and see what you've been missing.

 

 

FREE WORKSHOP - From "Why" to Website: Websites for Artists

with Kimberly Immanuel (Actor, Website Designer)

Wednesday, February 10 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm ET

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

Get inspired to think outside the screen as you design your website.

 

 

FREE WORKSHOP - RECESS!

with Zachary Fine (Writer, Bewilderness at Playmakers Rep; Actor, China Doll on Broadway)

Wednesday, February 10 from 7:00pm – 7:45pm ET

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

Learn how to invigorate any virtual space with joy, curiosity, and fun.

 

 

HOW WE HEAL – A Discussion with Chesney Snow and Sharon Washington

moderated by Erin Daley

Thursday, February 12 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm ET

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

This discussion between artists Chesney Snow and Sharon Washington, and Primary Stages Associate Artistic Director Erin Daley will explore the role of artists in this extraordinary moment and our responsibility to avoid complacency and cultivate active motion. 

 

 

FREE WORKSHOP - Write-In

with Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater)

Friday, February 12 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

Come together as a community to reflect and write it out.

 

 

FREE PERFORMANCE - DETENTION #51: Word Have Power

Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 at 7:00pm ET

Click here to see our list of artists for each night and RSVP

 

Detention is an evening of new and original theater pieces written, directed, and performed exclusively by ESPA artists.

 

For more information about ESPAfest and to RSVP for all events, please visit: https://primarystages.org/espa/our-community/espafest

The Basement Theatre seeks plays

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Deadline: February 14, 2021 at midnight CST

The Basement Theatre a student-run theatre company based in St. Charles, Missouri. Committed to bringing cutting-edge, small scale theatre to our community.

The past 12 months have made us all want to scream a collective, 'D@mn, Sh!t, F*ck!"' What better way to shout this frustrations from the rooftops than a play festival centered around the freedom of expressing these feelings?

We welcome any and all play submissions and highly encourage the submission of material involving the expression of feelings about the past year. A scathing commentary on the 2020? Send it. A catharsis on political issues? We love it. A memoir requiring flying expletives every page? You can cuss us out as much as you'd like.

We request that play or excerpt submissions be no longer than 20 minutes. Submissions are due Feb. 14th by Midnight (CST) You must submit these to TheOfficialBasementTheatre@gmail.com

What's in it for you? Fair question. We are offering a cash prize of $200 for our favorite work which will be selected by a panel of four judges. The top four playwrights will have the opportunity to present their work in a public staged reading over Zoom on Feb. 23rd for all participants, friends, and family to view. This will include a rehearsal with our artistic director and a cast of your choosing (more details to follow pending submission).

The Basement Theatre is an independent, self-produced theatre company striving to create a safe space for experimental work. We look forward to reading your submissions! Any comments, questions, or concerns can be directed to our email provided above.
For more info, visit our Instagram: @theofficialbasementtheatre

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Santa Clara Review—Call for Submissions in All Genres

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Deadline: February 19, 2021

Send us your fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art by February 19th for our Spring 2021 issue. We are open to all styles and themes and publish work from around the world. 

We are especially looking to publish writing from Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of color, and LGBTQIA2S+ writers. 

Your best flash nonfiction and fiction works, satires and humorous pieces, and short screenplays and plays will be sure to catch our eye! This is also a call for virtual art. We publish 12 pages of full-color art and photography! For submission guidelines and details, please visit santaclarareview.com.

Please limit your submission to 5,000 words or less. Most pieces we publish are between 2,000-4,000 words. 

Shellscrape Theatre Company Virtual Play Reading

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Deadline: February 12, 2021

Shellscrape Theatre Company seeks New Play Submissions for our upcoming Virtual Play Reading. Our goal for this virtual production is to assist the development of an unproduced work with an emerging playwright. Through this we hope to be able to provide logistical support, facilitate casting and provide exposure to our audience base.

The selected work will be staged virtually to be presented to a live audience in March of 2021 and a stipend of $100 will be paid to the playwright.

Submission Guidelines:

Must be previously unproduced

Stories from historically unheard perspectives including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged

Maximum of 4 actors (doubling allowed if used to further the story)

Comedies, Dramas and Musicals welcome!

Please clearly label your submission email as follows, "Play Submission, Last Name"

Interested parties should email their selected work to shellscrapetheatre@gmail.com no later than February 12th. Unfortunately, any pieces received after this date and that do not adhere to the above guidelines will not be considered.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

MadLab seeks full-length plays

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Submission closes when we receive 500 submissions

THEY HAVE REACHED THEIR MAXIUMUM SUBMISSIONS - DO NOT SEND

To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.

At MadLab, we love reading new full length plays and we desperately want to read yours!

Comedy, Comedy, Comedy. Are you all okay? Why are you submitting so many depressing plays? We love a good drama but PLEASE submit more comedies. Life is hard enough, we're tired of crying and we'd like to laugh.

The nitty gritty about submitting your brilliant baby to the Lab:
All submissions should be sent to submissions@MadLab.net. Please use “MadLab 2021 Season” as your subject. 
  • We’re not picky about what format your script is in (though the standard Dramatist’s Modern Stage Play format is most welcome), so send us what you got as a Word or PDF attachment. Do not send us links to anything - we’re not going to click them.
  • Please be sure to include your name, address and contact information on your title page.
  • The submission window opens 2/6/20 and closes when we receive 500 submissions. Season decisions will be made by the end of 2020. While we would love to follow up with every playwright individually, we receive too many submissions to make this happen. If you don’t hear from us, we’re sorry and please submit again in the future.
  • We are only accepting 500 submissions with a maximum of 2 plays per playwright.
  • If you are submitting 2 plays, 1 must be a comedy, or at least absurd. 
  • Plays should have a run time no shorter than 70 minutes and no longer than 2 hours 15 minutes. Please do not send us 45 page 1-acts or that 200 page beast you’ve been tinkering on for the last five years. They will not be read.
  • We are currently not accepting Children’s Theatre pieces, Historical or Period pieces, or Musicals. Not that we don’t appreciate them, they’re just not up our alley right now.
  • Please proofread your script before sending it to us. We hate to be “those people”, but nothing will get your script put down faster than a your/you’re or a to/too typo.
  • You will be Paid! MadLab currently pays full length playwrights $200 up front and 10% of net ticket sales payable after close of show.
“But what are you looking for?”
  • What makes a play a “MadLab” play? Like obscenity, it’s hard to define, but we know it and love it when we see it. Here’s a few tips as to what we like to produce and what our audiences have come to expect:
  • Plays with a strong Point of View. Our audiences expect to not only be entertained for an evening, but to leave the theatre with something to think about and remember. We want to read plays from and for the marginalized and forgotten. We love new takes on old problems. We adore speaking Truth to Power.
  • Good Stories with Vibrant Characters. Now, any play can have that strong POV, but the special ones show us that through strong storytelling and equally strong characters. So, mesmerize us with your craft and enchant us with your characters. Bonus points for well written female characters and casts that give an accurate representation of our multiracial society, as well as those that challenge the concept of binary sexuality. We’re not saying we won’t produce your play about 10 white suburban dads and their annual golf outing, but…
  • Plays that are Visual. Ok, we’ll be completely honest – we are on a shoestring budget as far as sets/costumes go, but we’ve been doing this for 25 years and we love an artistic challenge. MadLab is a 75 seat converted garage black box theatre, so plan accordingly. But challenge us. You’d probably be surprised what we’re capable of.
  • Plays that are modern. We definitely respect your historical masterpiece, but if your play involves iambic pentameter or greek gods it’s probably not our speed.
  • Make us Laugh. We’ve been told we have an “offbeat” sense of humor. We’ve also been told we may require psychological counseling. Be bold in your comedy writing, don’t worry about offending us (or our audiences), and never be afraid of being silly.
  • Make us Cry. See above.
  • Heck, do both with the same play. Always the best option to our way of thinking☺
Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

Friday, February 5, 2021

2021 JEROME EMERGING ARTIST RESIDENCY

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Deadline: February 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST
Red Wing Minnesota

Application via Submittable

The Anderson Center’s Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program offers month-long residency-fellowships at Tower View to a cohort of early-career artists from Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City for concentrated, uninterrupted creative time to advance their personal artistic goals and projects.

The program aims to meet the specific needs of emerging artists while welcoming them into a supportive and inspiring residency environment that empowers them to take risks, embrace challenges, and utilize unconventional approaches to problem-solving.

Thanks to support from the Jerome Foundation, selected emerging artists receive $625/week in honoraria, documentation support, art-making resources, facilitation of community connections, lodging & studio space, a travel stipend, groceries, and chef-prepared communal dinners.

Located at the historic Tower View estate, a venerable research-and-development lab for the arts rooted in an expansive natural setting, the program is an ideal fit for early-career artists whose work reveals a significant potential for cultural and community impact, is technically accomplished, engages diverse communities.

The Anderson Center’s goal is for connections participating artists make with one another, as well as connections made with other creatives and community members, to outlast the duration of their residency visit. The organization believes that the environment and resources of Tower View, along with an exchange of ideas across disciplines, can serve as a catalyst for new inspiration and innovative directions for the work emerging artists create while in residence.


TO APPLY

The application deadline for the 2021 Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program is Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Applications must be submitted on or before the deadline in order to be considered in the jury review period. There is no fee for applying to this residency program.

Jury review will take place in late February and early March. Applicants will be notified by March 4 at the latest as to the status of their application. A phone interview process with finalists will take place in late March following a second round of jury review. Selected artist residents, wait-list and runners-up will be notified by April 5, 2021.

Artists must be legal residents of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible to apply. To be considered, eligible artists must submit an application through the Anderson Center’s online form via Submittable. Complete program details are below. Please contact Adam Wiltgen at 651-388-2009 x4 or adam@andersoncenter.org for any questions.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Consequences Commission

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Deadline: February 8, 2021

Harlem9, Harlem Stage, and the Lucille Lortel Theatre are looking to commission pieces, the first of which will be written by York Walker, to be developed and presented online as part of a series in response to the 2020 presidential election. Each piece will focus on how the election affects the writer, their community, or their country.

If selected, writers will receive a commissioning fee. Development of the piece will be led by Harlem9 and each writer will work directly with an assigned Harlem9 member.

Eligibility:
  • Writers can be from anywhere in the United States.
  • Writers must be 18 years or older.
  • Writers must identify as Black/African-American.
  • Female identifying, LGBTQIA+, and gender non-conforming artists are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Pieces should not exceed 15 minutes in length, and can be either a traditional play format or experimental in nature.
  • Pieces should not directly promote specific candidates or policies, but should instead discuss how the writer will be impacted by them.
  • Content must be original, and writers must have all necessary rights.
  • All pieces must able to be digitally showcased online.
  • All applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States
Application Process

The application process is free and open to all who qualify. Please include the following with your application:
  • Your play and/or a detailed description of your concept for this piece
  • Resume and bio.
  • A previous completed writing sample.
  • A history of previous productions of your work, if available. Applicants are not required to have been produced previously.
  • All pieces must able to be digitally showcased online.
All finalists must be available for an interview which will be conducted via Zoom.

For more information and to apply, please go to lortel.org/consequences

NOOSPHERE ARTIST RESIDENCY

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Deadline: February 4, 2021

Dedicated to bringing art from elsewhere to New York, NOoSPHERE Arts’ all-volunteer team of artists & curators keeps seeking new ways to accomplish our goal: to offer the U.S. audience access to current art from other countries and to bring creative people together for artistic cross-pollination and transnational collaborations.

NOoSPHERE Arts’ current presentation platforms include Mothership NYC, a live-work space with a huge outdoor stage in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Also founded and run by NOoSPHERE Arts’ director, this community of international creatives has a complementary mission: “to support and promote artists across multiple disciplines through residencies, public shows and collaborative opportunities; build sustainable transnational artist networks; and help retain creative forces in New York City.”

In collaboration with the Mothership Crew, we are pleased to offer the annual grant program NOoSPHERE Arts Residency Award: Once a year, we provide a month-long residency free of charge to one talented artist or curator of any nationality. Selected by a committee of peers, the award winner will spend their time on board Mothership NYC developing a creative project for presentation to the NYC audience under the aegis of NOoSPHERE Arts.

Disciplines:
The residency program is open to all media, but the private workspace is most suitable for the following disciplines: visual art, painting, drawing, writing, film, theater, dance, performing arts, filmmaking, animation, new media, and curatorial.

Accommodation:

The resident stays in private living quarters in the Mothership NYC live-work community housing 5-6 artists total.

The private workspace comes with a desk, easel, bare walls to work on and WiFi. Kitchen, lounge, and bathrooms are shared. 

As Mothership NYC is a small community with limited communal indoor space, the residency award is for one person only.

For pictures of the space, please see www.mothership.nyc/artist-residency.

Financial Support:
The award winner receives one month’s free accommodation in private live-work space. We will also cover the reception costs and assistance with logistics for awardee’s final show. Travel costs, art supplies and living expenses are award winner’s own responsibility.

Artist Contribution:
We expect the awardee to give a slide talk about their work at Mothership’s monthly artists’ salon and to present their residency project at a public event towards the end of their month-long stay.

Residency Period:
One month in the year after submission.

Residency Programming:
· For the monthly Mothership salons, we invite fellow artists and other creatives/cultural workers for an open-air art party/intimate indoor
gathering where residents present their work to a very receptive audience of local artist peers and other arts professionals and appreciators.
· We occasionally host artists' dinners for our international and NYC-based creative colleagues
· During the warm months, Mothership’s roof deck serves as a stage for creative productions across several disciplines
· Collaborative productions can potentially also be hosted on Mothership’s sister platform, Last Frontier NYC and/or the KWBS rooftop stage·
· Open studio events may be organized during your stay, including participation in the neighborhood-wide Greenpoint Open Studios weekend



SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
1) Work Samples:
Choose 7 digital images of your best work from the past three years.
Your files must be in jpg format, max 1MB in size, and named as follows:
Your Last Name_Your First Name_Entry Number_Title of Work_Medium_Year of Production, e.g. Picasso_Pablo_1_Guernica_Painting_1937
For applicants submitting video and/or sound works, please provide URL(s). Max 7 min. If longer, we’ll only look at the initial 7 minutes. Hence, trailers are preferred to full-length films.

2) Cover Letter:
In a SINGLE-PAGE PDF-document named Your Last Name_Your First Name_2021/22, please provide the following information:
a) Personal Details:
(Your name; email; nationality; current place of residence; artistic field and website)
b) List of Works:
In the same order as your jpegs, list your 7 works with title, medium, and year.
For applicants submitting video and/or sound works, indicate the relevant URL(s) here.
c) Artist Statement:
In no more than 200 words, explain what your work is about. Please use plain language.
d) Residency Project:
Briefly describe what kind of public presentation you would like to make to the NYC audience at the end of your residency — e.g. performance, exhibition, film screening, reading, concert, etc. Specify which one of the following platforms you believe would be most suited for your project: outdoor deck at Mothership NYC; indoors at Last Frontier NYC and/or on one of the rooftops above. Max. 200 words.
e) Artist Bio:
In one paragraph, please provide a concise summary of your artistic career to date. Max 200 words.
ALL OF THE ABOVE MUST FIT ON ONE SINGLE, LETTER-SIZE PAGE WITHOUT IMAGES — Any content beyond that limit will not be read!

3) Submission:
In an email with the subject line: RA Application 2021/22, attach a Zip folder named Your Last Name_Your First Name_2020-21 containing your 7 jpgs and 1-pg PDF. Your complete Zip folder — no other compression format will be accepted — must be sent as an attachment; we will not open download links. In the body of your message, please copy and paste the same Personal Details appearing in your cover letter, i.e. the data listed under item 2a) above — nothing more, nothing less.

Send your application to residency-award@no-in-nyc.org by February 4.

PLEASE NOTE: ENTRIES THAT ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH GUIDELINES ABOVE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED!

Please note that the above email account is exclusively for complete submissions and not monitored for inquiries.
If you have questions, please contact Captain Sol .

Feel free to spread the word among your artist colleagues.
We are looking forward to receiving your submissions!

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