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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Pegasus PlayLab 2022


Deadline: October 15, 2021 11:59 PM


Pegasus PlayLab is a new play festival at the University of Central Florida dedicated to developing new works by MFA Playwriting candidates or emerging playwrights. 

We are seeking four full-length plays, including devised works and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) pieces, which we will rehearse for two weeks in collaboration with the playwright and subsequently present as workshop productions. There is a possibility that one play will be fully mounted into a production.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

To be considered, please complete this form by 11:59pm on October 15, 2021. No late submissions will be accepted. Please limit submissions to ONE play per person. If more than one play is submitted, we will only accept the first submission.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Middlebury Acting Company’s American Dreaming: 2022 New Plays Festival


Deadline: December 1st, 2021
Only the first 100 submissions will be considered, so early submissions are encouraged.

Submit via the Google Form

Questions? Email the new play festival coordinator Gina Stevensen at gina@middleburyactors.org

Through an open submission process, Middlebury Acting Company is looking for three new plays for the American Dreaming: 2022 New Plays Festival. 

This festival aims to amplify three unproduced, unpublished plays that address the question: What does the American Dream mean today? The selected plays will each receive two rehearsals, dramaturgical feedback, and a culminating public staged reading followed by a carefully moderated talkback with the audience.

The goal of this festival is to assist the chosen playwrights in the development of their new plays, and to invite the Middlebury community into the new play development process. Plays of all genres and styles are welcome!

Selected playwrights will receive housing for three nights and a travel stipend of $150 to help defray the costs of getting to Middlebury, Vermont.

The festival will take place over one weekend in mid-August, 2022 in Middlebury, Vermont.

Submission Process & Requirements:
  • We are looking for plays that address the question: What does the American Dream mean today? We are excited to see how you interpret that question, but please do note the theme when considering what to submit.
  • Playwrights living anywhere in the U.S. are welcome to apply. If selected, we are able to offer a $150 travel stipend. Any additional travel costs are the responsibility of the playwright.
  • Playwrights may submit only one play. 
  • Only plays requiring 5 or fewer actors are eligible. 
  • Submissions must not have received a professional production or publication before August of 2022. Plays that have received previous workshops or readings are eligible.
  • We are looking for full-length play submissions. No one-acts or musicals.
  • Playwrights may submit up to 20 pages of one full-length play. You are welcome to submit any 20 pages from your play. If context is required for the sample you submit, you’re welcome to include a brief bit of context (no more than one page) at the beginning of the sample.
  • We will select a small group of finalists by late February, 2022. If selected as a finalist, you will have one week within which to send us the full script of your play.
  • Only the first 100 submissions will be considered, so early submissions are encouraged.
  • There is no fee to submit. 
Submission Materials:
  • Playwright’s contact information
  • A sample of up to 20 pages of your chosen play. Please include a character breakdown.
  • Playwright’s bio and/or resume
  • A brief statement (200 words or less) on how your play fits into the theme of the festival

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Finstrom Festival of New Works seeks never-produced full-length plays.


Deadline: November 8, 2021

Facebook: Zoetic Stage - Instagram: @Zoeticstagemia

In a single email to literary@zoeticstage.org, please send one pdf copy of the play that includes your name, play title, play synopsis, address, email, phone number, and agent information (if applicable). In the subject line, type "Festival Submission - Your Name."

- Opportunity being offered: Three to five finalists will have their plays workshopped and presented as staged readings during the 2nd annual Zoetic Stage Finstrom Festival.Each playwright will receive a stipend of $500, transportation to Miami, and a hotel room for the duration of the workshop.

Playwrights outside of Florida must be represented by an agent.

Playwrights are limited to one submission each. 

You will be notified within days of submitting your script that we have received it. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2022.

Nashville Repertory Theatre Ingram New Works Lab


Deadline: October 26, 2021 11:59PM Central Time

APPLY NOW AT: nashvillerep.org/ingramnewworksapplication

Nashville Rep is now accepting applications for the Ingram New Works Lab. The Ingram New Works Lab is a generative residency and artistic home-away-from-home for playwrights to create and develop a new play while in residence at Nashville Rep.

Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to developing a new play from its earliest stages to a full draft. The Ingram Works Lab does not develop plays that have already received substantial developmental support or production. Lab playwrights commit to all dates including meetings in Nashville and participation in the New Works Festival as a featured playwright.

Nashville Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:
  • A season-long script development lab that meets in Nashville
  • Travel, Housing, and some meals provided for all Lab meetings in Nashville
  • An artist-led development process designed to support the playwright
  • Access to professional actors and directors
  • Access to professional marketing and audience development resources
  • A staged reading presented as part of the Ingram New Works Festival
All participating Lab playwrights must be available for all dates:
Lab Dates: February 26-27, May 14-15 July 17-24, 2022
Ingram New Works Festival: October 28 – November 4, 2022

All applications must include the following material:
  • A Project Proposal. Please include a description of the project, a description of any work you have already begun on the project, and your objectives for working on this play at the Ingram New Works Lab
  • A Resume
  • A full-length play

There is no submission fee.
Deadline October 26, 2021 11:59PM Central Time
Apply now at nashvillerep.org/ingramnewworksapplication

Additional questions can be sent to Nate Eppler, Director of the Ingram New Works Project, at nate@nashvillerep.org

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

4th Annual Theatrical Spooktacular


Deadline: October 8, 2021

Submit to TheatricalSpooktacular@gmail.com

  • We are looking for original short plays (or other theatrical pieces) that are 10 minutes or less.
  • This evening is being produced on Halloween and we encourage any submissions that may resonate thematically, whether they directly relate to Halloween or not.
  • While we will consider anything and everything, we especially want to see submissions that are either comedic or spooky, as this fits best with the tone of the evening.
  • Have something that isn't quite a play, but you think it fits? Send us a video link.
  • Because we are small and have limited tech, eash-to-produce pieces are more likely to be selected. We also recommend submitting plays with a smaller cast size.

  • The event will take place the afternoon of Sunday, October 31 in New York City. Exact time and location TBA.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to submit from anywhere and local playwrights may be as involved in the process as they would like.
  • We work to match plays that need them with directors and actors and help to coordinate rehearsal space.
  • This is an unpaid event, as we are not profiting from it.

The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance Ninth Annual 10-Minute Play Festival 2022

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Deadline: October 18, 2021

The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our ninth annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2022. 

We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on September 10, 2021, and the submission period closes on October 18, 2021. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional. One selected external submission from this call will receive aproduction as a part of this festival.

Scripts will only be accepted between September 10 and October 18, 2021.

Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The winning play will be announced in November.
  • Limit one play per playwright.
  • Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly 10 minutes (page count doesn't includetitle page). Characters should fall between the ages of 16-30 or there should be no specific age requirements.
  • Previously produced plays aren't eligible.
  • Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.
  • Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we don't offer critiques.
  • There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

How to Submit:

Plays must be submitted via email to uh10minuteplayfest@gmail.com. There should be no identifiable information in the script. Your email should include the following:
  • play title
  • your name
  • your mailing address 
  • your phone number 
  • your email address

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Lift Every Voice: Black Women Speak Monologue and Short Play Festival

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Deadline: October 31, 2021 midnight EDT

Fantasy Theatre Factory in Miami, Florida, understands that black female playwrights are underserved when it comes to the production of their work. We are holding a call for black female playwrights from the United States to submit monologues and short plays that reflect their personal experience, their dreams, joys and hopes. 

These monologues and short plays will be presented live by Fantasy Theatre Factory on February 26, 2022 and a filmed version will run on their YouTube channel for a month afterwards. An honorarium will be paid to those playwrights whose scripts are selected.

Submission Guidelines:

-Submissions accepted from female black playwrights who reside in the United States.

-Three submissions per writer maximum.

-The monologue may be part of a larger work or a stand-alone piece.

-The short plays should have all female casts

-Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2021; midnight EDT.

-Monologue should read between 1 and 3 minutes; short plays between 5 and 10 minutes. (Please time your work before submitting.)

-Submit work as a PDF document.


-Cover page - include: name, mailing address, phone and email address.

Email scripts to: blackfemaleplaywrights@gmail.com

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Submissions sought for an LGBTQ+ anthology

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Deadline: October 15, 2021

Submissions sought for an LGBTQ+ anthology of writing by trans and non binary playwrights of 5-10 minute plays that reflects trans and non binary perspectives for possible publication in a volume edited by Joan Lipkin and Jon Fraser. 

We would accept an excerpt from a longer piece that stands well on its own.

Include a brief bio of the author, where, if applicable the play has been performed, and a synopsis of the play. Various aesthetics are welcomed. We are not only looking for realism.

We only accept pieces for which the artist owns copyrights, if previously published, and can reprint without charge or penalty.

All playwrights will retain the rights to their work.

All submissions will be read multiple times, including by a diverse LGBTQ+ committee.

An honorarium will be provided.

Submissions sent to: Thatuppitytheatrecompany@gmail.com

Friday, October 1, 2021



WED-SAT, OCT 13-16, 2021, 7 pm

312 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018


October 13 -16 at 7pm

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander welcomes you into the world of mystical theatre. Whatever you think it is, it's something else. Chuang Tzu said: "If there is existence, there must have been non-existence. And if there was a time when nothing existed, then there must have been a time before that – when even nothing did not exist." So why does Pizza Rat end up in the middle of everything? Well, at least getting a cameo.

*Please note that this performance will be presented at the Tank's in-person performance space at 312 W 36th St. All attendees and artists will be required to display proof of full covid vaccination before being admitted to the space, either by showing a vaccination record (vaccination card) at least two weeks out from the final dose of an approved vaccine, or by using New York's free Excelsior Pass service, available here. Patrons will also be required to wear masks while indoors at all times and for the time being, no food or beverage will be permitted to be consumed at the theater. 
House size is extremely limited due to Covid-19 protocols

The Playwrights Realm Script Share Lottery


Deadline: October 10, 2021 11:59 PM EDT

Script Share is an opportunity for aspiring writers to engage in a one hour discussion with a theatre professional about a particular script. These conversations are driven by what the writer is hoping to explore, and aim to provide an initial response, perspective, guidance around the craft of playwriting, and further questions, rather than critical feedback.

This program is free to the playwright and is intended for those who have more limited access to the industry, education, and script conversations.

Script Share participants will be selected via lottery for sessions in November and December. Lottery entries will be accepted through October 10th.

This program is intended to serve aspiring playwrights who do not have access to script conversations via other networks; for example, those who are new to playwriting and/or who may not have received opportunities through school or within the industry to develop their writing skills. 

If you are selected for Script Share, you will need to have a script ready to share and discuss with a theater professional. Your script can be in any stage of drafting/development for these conversations, but it must be a full draft (a rough first draft is fine, but it cannot be only scenes or pages)!

Please Note: Script Share is not part of our Open Submissions programs. To have your full length play considered for our Fellowship or Scratchpad opportunities, please see our open submissions page.

The Process
  • Script Share participants are selected via lottery.
  • Selected playwrights are paired with a theater professional based on availability. 
  • The assigned theater professional reads a script draft provided by the playwright and engages in a one-hour discussion with the playwright.
Script Share sessions will be held from November - December 2021. To enter the lottery, please fill out the Script Share application form online

This form will close on October 10th at 11:59pm Eastern.

Still have questions? E-mail us at: scriptshare@playwrightsrealm.org

For more information or enter the lottery, please visit https://playwrightsrealm.org/script-share
Please send questions to scriptshare@playwrightsrealm.org

The Furious Gazelle’s 2021 Halloween writing contest


Deadline: October 1, 2021

Submit your entry as an attachment to submit@thefuriousgazelle.com.

The contest is free to enter.

The first-place winner will receive $50. Runners up will receive publication and a $5 honorarium.

Send us your Halloween-themed poetry, fiction, short plays, and creative non-fiction as an attachment to submit@thefuriousgazelle.com, and put “Halloween contest + [your name]” in your subject line.

Each writer can submit either one short story (max 4,000 words) or up to three shorter pieces (any combination of flash pieces / poems is ok as long as they don’t exceed 3 submissions). Poems shouldn’t exceed one page; flash pieces should be capped at 1,500 words each.

Please direct any questions to submit@thefuriousgazelle.com with “QUESTION” in your subject line.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

5th Floor Theatre Company Groundbreakers Grants


Deadline: October 8, 2021

5th Floor Theatre Company has always been committed to helping the New York City theatre community grow and thrive, a mission that has become especially critical as the arts continue to regain their footing in a post-COVID-19 environment.

Beginning this Fall, 5th Floor Theatre will renew this mission through Groundbreakers, which will award up to five individuals and/or groups to support their development of theatre projects in New York City. Grantees may receive up to $2,500 USD based on the scope of their project.


Submit a proposal to info@5thfloor.org totaling no more than 500 words, describing the project and its potential meaning to the broader New York City theatre community. Feel free to include attachments, links or any additional supporting materials that may be helpful in your submission.

Please also include the grant amount requested and a budget for how the funds will be used. As 5th Floor evaluates proposals, we appreciate efforts that:

Present original work, or bring a new and diverse point of view or representation to traditional material;

Create artistic opportunities for women and/or BIPOC voices; and/or
Amplify voices or stories of historically underrepresented groups and/or communities.

We do not fund:

Individuals or groups that do not pay the artists involved in their project (Can be in the form of transportation benefit or stipend); or

Organizations or groups that have an annual operating budget totaling more than $10,000.


September 13 – October 8, 2021: Application period is open

October 9 – November 7, 2021: 5th Floor Theatre reviews applications

November 8, 2021: 5th Floor Theatre announces grant recipients

August 1, 2022: Submit a one-page report on project status and how funds were usedCYCLE 2:

February 28 – April 1, 2022: Application period is open

April 2 – April 24, 2022: 5th Floor Theatre reviews applications

April 25, 2022: 5th Floor Theatre announces grant recipients

October 1, 2022: Submit a one-page report on project status and how funds were used


In addition to the awarded funds, grant recipients will receive 5th Floor Theatre team resources for guidance on budgeting, fundraising, production, marketing and press. 5th Floor Theatre has a decade-long history of producing theatre in New York City, with a network of established artists to connect with as appropriate. We are here to help all applicants and grantees on theiryou on your artistic development journey.

Grant recipients will agree to the following terms:

5th Floor Theatre will be listed as a supporter of the work on all promotional materials and/or credited as an initial supporter of the work where appropriate

Grantee will provide 5th Floor Theatre a final summary report on expenditure and project impact of award amount

5th Floor Theatre will be offered the opportunity to continue supporting the work through future phases of development and performance

Grant recipients will attend one fundraiser or event for 5th Floor Theatre and may be asked to discuss or present a portion of their project to encourage future support

If you have any questions regarding your application or the application process, please reach out to info@5thfloor.org.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Musicals Now Festival

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Deadline: September 30, 2021 midnight EDT

Piper Theatre Productions yearly festival, Musicals Now is seeking submissions. Our first season, Prospect Hill, featured a new queer musical by Mark A. Galinovsky and Lily Ali-Oschatz.

One show will be selected to be the outdoor main stage show of our July 2022 summer season. We are currently looking for submissions.

One musical will be selected for production.

$3000 honorarium will go to Songwriter / Book Writer team or individual.

One play will be selected for second placement and if the winning play cannot be performed then an offer to the second spot. An honorarium of $300 will be awarded to the second place winner.

What we’re looking for...

The Musicals Now Festival is about development. Selected artists are expected to be part of the team; meeting with director and designers, attending casting sessions and rehearsals, and speaking with our summer youth education members about what it takes to put on a new musical.

We’re looking for vital and urgent stories to share, artists with great passion, and characters that touch hearts and challenge minds.

We’re seeking storytellers & musicians from all walks of life, all racial backgrounds, identities, neurodiversities, sexualities, ages. This festival strives to be open to all and aims to represent Brooklyn.

We’re particularly keen on projects that use strong elements of Physical Theatre that adhere to Jerzy Grotowksi’s Ten Principals as taken from the book 'Towards a Poor Theatre' by Grotowski pages 211 - 218.

Things to Consider...

Productions are budgeted at $35,000 which includes: six performances, a small band, professional sound with lavaliers, a director, a three week rehearsal schedule, full technical and design support.

Piper has worked under Equity Showcase Contract in the past. We’re not sure if Equity Showcases will be permitted next year as they weren’t this year.

We’re an outdoor theatre company situated in Washington Park, Park Slope at the Old Stone House in front of a reconstructed Dutch Farmhouse which interprets the first Battle of the American Revolution. All performances are performed against its stone backdrop. Make your play revolutionary! It’s a unique and special place.

Design Realities at Piper…

Sets: We usually use levels and set pieces to tell our stories. Shows with heavy set requirements aren’t our bag. We want to put our funds into people first and don’t want to see a huge set put in a dumpster at the end of a season.

Lighting: Our shows start at 8:00 pm and it doesn’t get terribly dark till 9:00 pm, so lighting is rather limited for the first hour. Clean blackouts for the start of our plays can’t happen. Please consider transitions for that first hour.

Costumes: Solid 20 year Costume stock collection.

Sound: This is our biggest production cost. We use lavaliers / professional rented sound system. Our bands are usually no more than four or five musicians.

Before submitting your play, please carefully read the following eligibility, terms & conditions, and entry requirements. To be eligible plays must


1) Playwrights must be over the age of 18.

2) Be at least 90 minutes in length. And no more than 120 minutes. Our shows cannot go past 10:00 pm

3) Not have been previously produced at a production level - previous readings and workshops are okay.

Terms and Conditions

1) Due to the large volume of entries, Musicals Now is unable to give feedback.

2) Plays submitted may be original ideas or adaptations from other forms providing that permission to adapt the material has been obtained from the copyright holder. The rights for all material in the work must be secured by the playwright prior to entry including any songs, poems or quotes.

3) A limit of one entry per Artist.

4) Artists will retain copyright of their works. Piper will not hold further rights to any productions outside of July 2022 performances. We do request that future publications of your work will cite Piper’s role in the play’s development.

Entry Requirements

To submit your entry, please send the following information to FILM FREEWAY


1. Your full name, a bio, address, phone number and confirmation that you are over the age of 18. If more than one person is submitting, please give both names.

2. Attach a PDF version of your play with online LINKS to at least 6 of your songs. Please don’t ask us to download songs.

3. Attach a separate PDF with a one paragraph synopsis of your play & a character breakdown.

Questions: Please contact john@pipertheatre.org

Due Dates

Submissions are due midnight (NYC, EST) Friday September 30th, 2021.

The winner(s) will be announced December 2021.

Skyline Theater Company seeks new musicals

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Deadline: October 1, 2021

Each year, Skyline Theatre Company proudly presents a script-in-hand reading of a new musical in development as part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual state-wide Stages Festival.

For its March 2022 offering, Skyline is seeking unproduced and original script submissions for consideration. The selected piece will be Skyline’s sole production in the 2022 Stages Festival and will be presented live in front of an audience on Skyline’s stage in Bergen County by a cast of professional actors. A post-performance Q&A session with the performers and creative team will also be held to provide feedback for future development of the piece.


In order to be eligible, the submission must have a complete script, a piano score, and no less than 75% of the score available on demo tracks that accurately represent the music and style of the entire show. Any and all underlying rights clearances for any pre-existing material used (music, score, material, etc.) must be secured. Additionally, the script should require no more than 8 actors to perform, and a precise casting plot indicating doubling is required for larger casts. The estimated running time must be between 75 and 150 minutes. Although not required, additional consideration will be given to New Jersey-based creatives and/or New Jersey-relevant subject matter.


Submitters are asked to provide Skyline with the following information and material via email in PDF format and with links to demo recordings (i.e., Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):

1) Title page and full list of creative team of composers, lyricists and book writers (including if there is either a director or a music director already attached to the project)
2) Brief synopsis (less than 1 page)
3) Character breakdown
4) The complete script (all scenes, songs and lyrics on the page, along with demo track numbers
5) Demo tracks of songs
6) Creative team’s story behind the musical’s origination and any additional information the creators wish to share with Skyline (less than 3 pages)
7) Submitter’s email and telephone contact information

Please submit all required information in one email to SkylineScriptSubmissions@gmail.com on or before October 1, 2021 with subject line: SUBMISSION STAGES 2022. For questions about submissions or eligibility, please email the address above with QUESTION STAGES 2022.

Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2021
Decision announced on November 1, 2021

2021 Fair Play Initiative Commission


Deadline: September 27, 2021 11:59 PM

Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University (FAU), is now accepting applications for The 2021 Fair Play Initiative: a commission and development program for LGBTQ+ plays and stories. 

Through generous support from Our Fund Foundation, The 2021 Fair Play Initiative will provide a commission for a new full-length stage play highlighting the stories and issues of the LGBTQ+ community. The commissioned play will receive an in-person, week-long development process culminating in a publicly presented staged reading at Theatre Lab during the 2022 New Play Festival (January 7-9, 2022).

Theatre Lab invites interested playwrights to submit proposals for a commissioned work. Applications are open from September 14, 2021 through 11:59pm on September 27, 2021. Interested playwrights should email a bio (200 words or less), a brief summary of their proposed play (200 words or less), and 3 pages of sample work to theatrelab@fau.edu using the subject line: 2021 FPI STAGE APP.

After reviewing the applications, Theatre Lab will select one playwright to receive the commission no later than October 10, 2021. The playwright will receive an initial stipend of $2000 to begin work with an additional $2000 payable upon completion of the public reading. Selected candidates will demonstrate a lengthy history of supporting and engaging with the LGBTQ+ community and a deep understanding of the issues, stories, and concerns within the community.

The initial drafting process will be completed by November 20. The play will then be scheduled for a week-long development process, receiving no less than 15 hours of rehearsal before a reading for an audience. The playwright will be present for the entire rehearsal process, the reading, and take part in a post-show discussion with the audience about the play and the process. Theatre Lab will then retain “right of first refusal” for a world premiere production during or before the 2023-24 season.

Although not a requirement, Theatre Lab is particularly interested in stories based on or inspired by important events in LGBTQ history. Playwrights who reside in Florida - particularly those in South Florida - are strongly encouraged to submit. If you have any questions please email theatrelab@fau.edu. No phone calls please.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Undiscovered Countries Infinite Festival


Deadline: October 3, 2021
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Submissions wanted: theater, music, puppetry, burlesque, dance, visual art, drag, you name it.  

Undiscovered Countries is a New York City-based incubator of new and developing interdisciplinary art. Our Infinite Festival, founded in 2012, is an ongoing series of new and developing live art performing every other month. 

The festival was founded to create a space for artists to show in-progress work without paying for production, and for audiences to see that work without paying for tickets. The goal of Undiscovered Countries is to foster a diverse, engaged community of artists by uplifting subversive and accessible work lacking conventional support.

For our 2021/2022 season, we will be doing bimonthly shows, split seasonally between in-person, outdoor events in NYC (September, November, May and July) and remote events hosted on Zoom (January and March). In light of the ongoing pandemic, in-person events might be moved to Zoom if cases rise significantly in New York City - we will follow CDC guidelines and be in frequent touch with artists if this needs to happen.

For these shows, you can pitch us a piece according to the guidelines, or volunteer to be part of an artistic "Bake Off", in which you create a piece picking elements from a list of "ingredients" we send you. All pieces should:

- last 3-10 minutes for in-person shows, 3-5 minutes for Zoom shows
- be fully realized for performance
- be new and/or in development
- be personally fun or fulfilling for you to make, and engaging and rewarding for an audience to watch

If you have any questions, please email us at undiscoveredcountriesfestival@gmail.com

Backstage Sounds Stories seeks sound stories

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Deadline: September 28, 2021

Create a narrative project using only sound. Choose your theme, write your story, cast your voice talent and submit your project for a chance to win cash and prizes.

We challenge you to write, cast, record, edit and submit a narrative story using only sound. Your story must involve vocal performance or voice acting by a Backstage actor and must fit one of three themes:
1. What comes next for us
2. Another new beginning
3. Nothing ever stays the same, but nothing changes much
Your project must tell a clear story, so abstract or non-narrative works are not eligible for judging. Posting your casting notice is also free when you register as a creator.

Performers must register and have a Backstage Talent Profile to participate.Qualifying projects will be judged by Backstage and other entertainment industry experts. The winning project and 2 runners up will be announced on Backstage and the winning project will receive cash and prizes.

Sign up to follow the contest. You'll receive submission instructions, casting tips and a free casting promo code.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Abingdon Theatre Company Festival of Short Plays


Deadline: October 8, 2021

Abingdon Theatre Company continues to be committed to creating opportunities for all voices to be heard. With this in mind, the company has announced their Festival of Short Plays. A one-week virtual festival shedding light on stories by people of color. Three new short pieces will be selected which were created and to be performed and directed by people of color. At the conclusion of the festival, a diverse panel of judges, theatre professionals who are BIPOC, will select a winner who will receive a $500 stipend to be used to support further exploration of their work.

Any BIPOC playwrights interested in submitting should meet the following criteria:

- Plays should be no more than 45 pages in length

- Original pieces only

- Only complete, finished pieces will be accepted

- Plays should not have been previously published or performed

- No musicals

Please email your piece along with a headshot and resume to Beatriz Cavalieri, Abingdon’s Associate Director of New Works, at bcavalieri@abingdontheatre.org.

- Rehearsals and recordings will take place from November 1st to November 10th.

- Submission deadline: October 8th.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Eccentric Bear is currently accepting submissions for our upcoming staged reading series: The New Play Cafe


Deadline: September 30, 2021

Staged in local coffee shops throughout the five boroughs, New Play Cafe creates a cozy, come-as-you-are platform for playwrights in NYC and beyond. This round, we're looking for unproduced plays written in the past few years. So if you're an inexperienced writer with a big idea or a seasoned writer who just wants to try something new, we'd love to hear from you!

We are currently looking for unproduced plays written within the last three years (2019 or later). We will not consider plays about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plays should require no more than five actors. Solo plays will be considered.

Playwrights may submit up to two works for consideration. We will only be selecting one play per playwright.

Plays must be no more than 90 minutes in length.

Plays will be read throughout October/November/December (dates TBD). Each selected work will receive one performance.

Each piece will receive up to two 4 hour rehearsal periods prior to their performance date.

Actors will be cast once play selection has been finalized. Please indicate in your submission if there are specific casting requirements.

Writers are welcome to submit works in progress, however all plays will be read as received with no edits accepted between submission and performance.

Playwrights do not need to be local to NYC nor are they required to attend any performance of their work.

EBTC will make available to playwrights (upon request) any photos, media mentions, reviews, or any materials used to publicize their work.

Playwrights will receive a $25 stipend for use of their work.

New Works, New Voices Initiative Syracuse University Department of Drama

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Deadline: October 1, 2021

Seeking New Musical for Developmental Reading in Spring 2022
Submissions Due: October 1, 2021

The Syracuse University Department of Drama is seeking submissions for the inaugural year of its New Works, New Voices (NWNV) initiative. The purpose of NWNV is to support the development of musicals by writers and composers whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented in the musical theater canon.

NWNV is seeking completed musicals or musicals-in-progress from teams who are interested in developing their work with undergraduate BFA students. One musical will be selected, to receive a four-week developmental reading during the Spring 2022 semester, directed and music directed by SU Drama faculty and performed by SU Drama students. The writing team will be in residence during the final two (2) weeks of the rehearsal process (travel and lodging provided by NWNV) and will participate virtually during the first two (2) weeks.

• A brief synopsis of the musical (no more than 1 page);
• A character breakdown, including short descriptions of each character;
• The first 10-15 pages of the libretto (wherever you feel is a good stopping point);
• Audio mp3s of three (3) songs from the musical with sheet music (lead sheets are acceptable);
• Brief descriptions of the dramatic context of each song (1-3 sentences each);
• Bios (250 words max.) for each member of the creative team;
• A short statement (1/2 page) as to why you feel your musical should be included in an initiative aimed at amplifying voices that have gone unheard in the musical theater canon; and
• If Applicable: Copyright clearances or, if under option, a letter from the option holder giving permission for entry.

Submissions are DUE BY OCTOBER 1, 2021, via email to:
Kathleen Wrinn
Assistant Professor, Musical Theater
Assistant Program Coordinator, Musical Theater

Please include “NWNV 2021 Submission” in the email’s subject line. Finalists will be contacted for additional materials in November 2021.

Questions? Please email kawrinn@syr.edu.

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