Sunday, September 25, 2016

Lady Plays Podcast

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Lady Plays Podcast, a monthly podcast dramatizing new plays by women, is accepting submissions for future podcast episodes. Each episode will consist of a "staged" reading of the play and an optional interview with the playwright. Plays that will easily translate to a "radio" medium and that feature 5 characters or less will take priority at first as the podcast logistics get settled. Plays of all length and style will be considered, writers may submit more than one script.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and can be emailed to

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Presents Fourth Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition

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Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our third annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival scheduled for March 31-April 2, 2017 in Middleburg, VA. There is no fee for this competition. The winning play will be performed during the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival.

Please note that you can write in any style you choose; this is not a “Shakespeare” writing competition, so plays in any genre are welcome.

Please bear in mind that your script will be performed for an audience of all ages.

Competition Rules:

Open to all playwrights

Scripts must be original. Musicals, monologues, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible.

Our goal is to produce a one-set show with a small to medium-sized cast, with running times of no less than 25 minutes and no more than one hour. We are all volunteers so no royalties are paid to playwrights and actors and directors are not paid. We do this for the love of theatre and to provide another outlet for playwrights seeking a performance of their work.

No more than one submission per playwright. Give us your best work!

You may email your script to:, and in fact, we prefer emails. In the subject line, please write: Shakespeare in the ‘Burg One-Act Play

If sending a hard copy, please number the pages and staple or paperclip your submission. Send hard copies to Genie Ford, 3803 Bayside Circle, Bradenton, FL 34210. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like confirmation of receipt—or include your email address and I will write to you.

Submissions should include:

Playwright bio.
Contact page with name, address and telephone number of the playwright,
On all pages, please place the title of the play at the top of each numbered page.

The deadline for entries is a postmark or email at end of day, November 1, 2016.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Drama League Residencies

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There are currently six different residencies available at The Drama League.
Note: All applications require the project's director to apply as Lead Artist.

First Stage Residency
Next Stage Residency
Beatrice Terry Residency
Rough Draft
The Impact Residency
The Boris Sagal Fellowship/Drama League Residency



The First Stage Residency gives theater directors and their collaborators in the early-to-mid stage of project development unique, supportive opportunities to develop new plays and musicals. Residencies include stipends, rehearsal space and mentorship.

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday, November 10th, 5:00pm.



The Next Stage Residency gives theater directors and their collaborators in the mid-to-late stages of project development unique, supportive opportunities to develop new plays and musicals. Residencies include stipends, rehearsal space and mentorship.

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday, November 10th, 5:00pm.



A one-day residency to explore one aspect or element of a project in early development stage.

Applications are accepted twice-yearly. Please check back soon for information about the second round of submissions for this season.



A program focused on the development of a new work by an emerging female-identified writer-director, culminating in a writing residency and in-progress showing.

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday, November 10th, 5:00pm.



A partnership of the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and the Drama League of New York, the Impact Residency is a year-long residency for a director-led ensemble group, designed to combat the ever-shrinking theater resource bank of time, space money and creative support.

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday, November 10th, 5:00pm.



A partnership of The Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Drama League Of New York, this program allows a director to create, refine, and present a new play or musical first at the Festival, and then in New York City.

Applications for this program are available via the Williamstown Theatre Festival website.

Survey Results

This past week, NYCPlaywrights visitors were asked to respond to a survey that asked the question was “Have you ever had one of your plays produced?”


4% Yes (self-production)
47% Yes (produced by others)
36% Yes (both self-production and produced by others)
11% Not yet
2% I’m not a playwright

Thanks to everybody who participated. And congratulations on all those productions!

Free theater in Chicago - Artemisia Fall Festival

Pick your next theatrical adventure at Artemisia’s 2016 Fall Festival. For the sixth year in a row, Artemisia stages six cutting-edge and all-new feminist plays. 

Performances are September 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th & October 1st at 7:30pm at the beautiful Edge Theatre, 5451 North Broadway, in Edgewater. 

Admission is Free; reservations and donations are encouraged. For a full performance schedule, including a listing of this year’s plays, go to

M. T. Pockets Theatre 4th Annual One-Act Play Contest

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Must Enter Online Submit Entry

October 1, 2016 Deadline for submissions. All entries MUST be submitted online.

November 14, 2016
Winning submissions announced

November 15-26, 2016
Auditions for all productions and casting

November 30, 2016
Cast Lists Posted

2017 - Specific Production Dates To Be Announced Soon

Sponsorship funding is sought to afford us the ability to make cash prizes to the top 2 productions in the festival. 

Limit TWO entries per playwright.
  • Each entry must:
  • be unpublished, with 3 or less productions
  • (excluding readings, self-productions and/or contest productions);
  • require two to four (2 to 4) characters 
  • be no more than 10 minutes in running time
  • require minimal props and costumes
  • excluding the title and cast pages, be no more than ten (10) pages long.
Six to eight finalists will be chosen for production in our annual One-Act Play Festival to be held in 2017 (dates to be announced).

Winning playwrights agree to permit M. T. Pockets Theatre to produce their play without compensation. Authors will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.
Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for the favorite one act play at the festival.

Acadia Theatre MiniFest

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MiniFest is a week-long festival of one-act plays featuring limited cast sizes and scenographic demands. Every year hundreds of plays from around the world are submitted for juried evaluation. A Play Reading Committee creates a short list which is then submitted to an Executive Committee that selects four to six plays for an actor-centered staging by members of the Acadia Theatre Company.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016
  • Anyone may submit up to two original scripts, provided that neither has been professionally performed.
  • All script submissions must be in WORD format and be accompanied by a completed electronic application.
  • Scripts will be chosen for their dramatic quality, but also for their suitability for staging by students in our Theatre program. Scripts with limited number of characters and modest production requirements will be preferred. Running times should not exceed 30 minutes.
  • Minifest may present as many as eight plays over three consecutive nights. Each may may be presented as many as three times.
  • No recording of performances will be permitted.
  • Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • All scripts must be submitted electronically in Word format. No other formats will be accepted.
  • Each playwright may submit only two (2) plays for the competition.
  • The Covering Page of each script should include:
  • the title of the play
  • the playwright's name
  • contact information for the playwright (address, telephone number & email address)
  • All subsequent pages should be numbered and should include the play's title in a running header or footer. As the jury process is anonymouse, plase do NOT include the playwright's name on these pages.
  • Please ensure that all document editing features are unlocked in order to enable removal or manipulation of pages for jury and production purposes. No changes to scripts proper will be made.
Click here to begin your application and submit your script.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Discount tickets: A DAY BY THE SEA

By N.C. Hunter
Directed by Austin Pendleton

The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row – 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues

"There’s so much to like about the Mint Theater Company's revisiting of A Day by the Sea that it’s hard to know what to single out.”
       - The New York Times; Critics’ Pick
"Everything about this staging is as right as the play itself."       -The Wall Street Journal
"A glowing revival!"       - The New Yorker
A Day by the Sea is a warm, human and often humorous depiction of the "crisis" of middle age. Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it’s not too late - he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh - but will the results be any different?


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Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm | Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm

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No Performance: Sunday 9/25 at 2:30pm; Tuesday 9/27 at 7:30pm; Sunday 10/23 at 2:30pm
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Free theater in California: New Works Studio at Scripps Ranch Theatre

The New Works Studio at Scripps Ranch Theatre invites you to readings of four brand-new plays by Southern California playwrights. We want to introduce you to four exciting new plays, and we seek your involvement in the development process. We will hold a talk-back after each play where you can share your creative feedback directly with the playwrights.

There is no cost to attend any of the readings (donations happily accepted). Open to the public.

Monday, September 26 at 7pm
CYBER-O by Thomas J. Misuraca (Los Angeles)
Directed by Sean Paul Boyd
Even online dating apps can’t help Richard land a girlfriend– but his autistic friend with a surprising flair for romance can. A laugh-out-loud modern twist on Cyrano de Bergerac.

Tuesday, September 27 at 7pm
MORNING PEOPLE by Morgan Trant Kinnally (Alpine)
Directed by Jennifer Thorn
After a whirlwind e-Harmony romance leaves them expecting a child, smitten newlyweds Brenda and Luther nest happily in their brand new house. But when the unexpected comes knocking, the couple learns that planning and preparation aren’t all it takes to build a home.

Wednesday, September 28 at 7pm
WALKING DOWN THE CORN by Aleta Barthell (Encinitas)
Directed by: George Ye
When a farm chore goes horribly wrong on an Illinois farm, it forces a family to contend with past grievances and forgive old grudges—before it’s too late. A suspenseful story about what responsibility and accountability mean to a 21st century American family.

Thursday, September 29 at 7pm
REASONS FOR LEAVING by Jennifer Lane (San Diego)
Directed by: Anna Rebek
June’s life in a quiet desert trailer gets upended with her teenage daughter’s pregnancy, the return of her estranged ex-husband, and a box full of unsent letters. She must come to realize that a home on wheels is not a license to leave in this charming, heartfelt play.

Our main goal for NWS is to find homes for these plays where they can be further developed and produced.

More details can be found here:

Pint-Sized seeks 10-15 minute pieces

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Pint-Sized is an eclectic evening comprising shorts from talented new writers. After sell-out shows at Jermyn Street Theatre and The Pleasance, Pint-Sized is now moving to The Bunker Theatre and their first event at this new venue - six pieces of new writing, all wrapped up with a live band playing tailor-made tracks – kicks off on Monday, 14th November, 2016 at 7:30pm.

And here’s the thing. They’re looking for submissions for their new shows.

Now, just to get your work staged is great, but the Pint-Sized team invites agents and literary departments from major theatres to their evenings so this could provide a handy springboard for your writing career.

What are they after? Well, in their own words: ‘We're looking for 10-15 minute pieces, either excerpts from longer pieces, or short stand-alones. One submission per writer please… There's no need for pieces to fit a particular theme or genre; we do tend to favour character-driven stories, and we can't accommodate big sets or vast technical requirements, but we're always happy to be surprised or challenged. We're interested in telling the stories of people who don't always have a voice, but ultimately if we like a piece and it's feasible to stage, there are very few rules.’

The deadline for submissions is 1st October, 2016.
Submissions to

For info on how to apply and to get more of a feel for the whole caboodle, visit Pint-Sized's Facebook account.

New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival Winter 2017

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Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival, to take place in the Winter of 2017 at the new NYPL 53rd street branch auditorium in New York City.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from the Tri State area only. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome.
Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee! Please include name, address, telephone number and email address.

Seeking actors and directors, too. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone.

Deadline: October 1, 2016


Snail mail:
Equity Library Theater Theater Festival
22-73 43rd Street - JC
Astoria NY 11105

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Artistic Statements Workshop With Jill Rafson of Roundabout

Play development labs, summer conferences, MFA programs, grants, fellowships...the list of such career-launching possibilities is as extensive as it is exciting. So you set your sights high and work through each application with confidence intact only to stumble upon those dreaded, required fields: log lines, plot summaries, and artistic statements. Don’t let your career or confidence falter because of those perennial questions.
In this 2-day workshop at Primary Stages ESPA, Jill Rafson (Director of New Play Development at Roundabout, who personally shepherded the original commission, development, Off-Broadway run, and now the Tony-winning run of the Pulitzer-nominated The Humans) will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work. She will share practical tips on how to articulate what makes your work vital and provide a font of knowledge about how to make your statement—and your application as a whole, including log lines and plot synopses—more competitive.

Instructor: Jill Rafson (Director of New Play Development, Roundabout Theater Company)
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13
11:00am – 3:00pm both days

Use code DEPOSIT at checkout to pay just $50 to secure your spot!

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email

Windy City Playhouse is accepting submissions for its Monday evening play reading series

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Windy City Playhouse is accepting submissions for its Monday evening play reading series. All submissions must be full-length comedies aligned with the theater’s mission of presenting contemporary, relevant, approachable plays accessible to audiences of all kinds.

Deadline: October 30, 2016
Only 10 pages from a full-length comedy may be submitted; 
Playwrights must be able to travel to Chicago for reading

Please submit a PDF with the following information:
  • A one-paragraph synopsis of the play 
  • A one-paragraph statement explaining how the play fits into the theatre’s mission. 
  • The playwright’s bio 
  • Production history 
  • A one-line description of each character 
  • Playwright’s contact information 
  • A 10-page scene from the script– do not send the entire play. 
  • Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines cannot be considered. 

  • Readings will take place on Monday nights. 
  • Readings can be rehearsed at Windy City Playhouse for five hours on each of the two days prior to and on the day of the reading. 
  • Playwrights have the option of selecting a director or working with Windy City Playhouse to choose a director. 
  • All actors involved in the reading must be non-equity. 
  • Playwrights have the option of selecting some or all of their actors. Windy City Playhouse can also supply a list of actors and resumes. 
  • Actors and directors will not be compensated by Windy City Playhouse. The reading series will be promoted on Windy City Playhouse’s website and social media

Playwrights will provide the following information:

o Title of the play
o Playwright’s name
o A one to two sentence description of the play
o The names of the director and any actors selected by the playwright

Send submissions to Please include “Play reading application” in the subject line of your email.

Seeking submissions for the Spring 2017 season

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The Bechdel group accept new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts - anything in progress. Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet 'complete'. We typically feature 20 - 35 pages (roughly a half hour) of a script.

Our aim is provide an informal, festive, safe space to hear your work and get feedback from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and theater lovers.

You may submit your script at anytime, but we read and respond in two windows:
For our Fall Workshop Series: we read scripts between March 1 and June 15, and aim to respond to all submissions by the first week of July.

For our Winter/Spring Workshop Series: we read scripts between August 1 and November 15, and aim to respond to all submissions by the first week of December.

We are happy to accept submissions that are being shopped elsewhere, but we ask that you contact us if your script is selected for another workshop, a staged reading, or production.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we regret that we cannot give each submission individual feedback.

Your submission MUST:
  • Be in progress. Our aim is to provide a space that will help you develop your work. If your script or screenplay is 'finished', has had full productions, or is about to be produced, we are not the right organization for you. We are happy to consider work that has had prior workshops or informal/staged readings, if you still consider your script in development.
  • Pass the Bechdel Test. You must have two female characters, with names, who have a full scene/conversation that is not about their romantic relationships.
  • We are constantly discussing the Bechdel Test and the way it serves (or fails to serve) our mission. We know that as a 'test', there are flaws and gaps. We are indeed interested in scripts that push boundaries and raise discussion points - however, this is our baseline. Please do not send us two-handers with one male and one female character or scripts with only one female character.
  • Support our mission of fostering strong, complex, dynamic roles for women.
What we want:
Complex, layered female characters.
Thoughtful consideration of your needs in terms of script development - we look at the questions you're asking about your work carefully.

What we do not want:
Scripts that just manage to pass the Bechdel Test. If your main female character goes 60 pages without interacting with anyone but men, chances are good we will not be interested. If your qualifying scene does not forward your plot, chances are good we will not be interested.

Have you read all this? Are you feeling confident about The Bechdel Group as a good fit for you?
Well, then, click here to submit.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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

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The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our third annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2017. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on August 15, 2016; the submission period closes on October 31, 2016. Nine selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional.

Submission rules:

 Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of August 15 through October 31, 2016. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The list of winning plays will be announced in November.

 We will accept only one play per playwright.

 Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)

 Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30 or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.

 Previously produced plays are not eligible.

 Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.

 Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.

 Nine winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2017.

 There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

How to submit:

Plays must be submitted via email to There should be no identifiable information in the script. Your email should include all of the following information:
  •  play title 
  •  your name 
  •  your mailing address 
  •  your phone number 
  •  your email address 
For any questions contact:

Arkansas Theatre Collective seeks 10-minute plays

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10 Min Play Show in November

Theme: Disability. (That can mean however you feel inspired).

How to submit: Playwrights should send plays to be rachel@arkansastheatrecollective or here by October 1st to be considered. Four to five playwrights will be given a staged reading in Northwest Arkansas.

Plays that have been previously produced are okay but we prefer new work. No resume or cover letter necessary.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rover Dramawerks 10-Minute Play Contest

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Rover Dramawerks announces our third annual 10-Minute Play Contest! We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our Seventeenth Season.
  • Submissions will be accepted from September 20 to October 20.
  • Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
  • No musicals.
  • Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
  • Plays may not be published.
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
  • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
  • Only PDF files will be accepted.
  • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process). 
  • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided:
  • There is no fee.

Five to eight plays will be chosen to be a part of Rover’s 10-Minute Play Festival, July 20-29, 2017, with all winners receiving a $50 prize. The audience will also vote on the “Best of the Fest,” and that overall winner will receive an additional $100.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 80-120. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. We recommend that you check out our website at to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Please note: The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

Edgemar Center for the Arts seeks one-acts and full-length plays

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Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica seeks one-acts and full-length plays of all genres.

Scripts can be sent to Edgemar Center for the Arts 2437 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90066, attn.: Literary Department or by email sent to

Theatre Three 20th Annual Festival of One Acts

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 8
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted. Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2016.
Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) if playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances in March 2017. Playwrights will receive a small stipend. Plays should be submitted to The 19th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512. We do no accept electronic (e-mail) submissions). Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

Final selection of plays will be in late 2016.

Monday, September 19, 2016

MITF seeks short plays and musicals

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MITF: Fall
October 26 - November 20, 2016
We Want Your Short Plays and Musicals

Dear Friend in the Theatre,
MITF is now committed to three Festivals. MITF: Fall is entering its second season. Our Midtown location is safe, clean, convenient, and close to the offices of industry members. It is the Festival of tomorrows' producers today! We set ourselves apart from other festivals because: (1) we are the Festival where new producers work alongside seasoned pros and (2) we have implemented a new Profit Sharing Policy (PSP).* Every play now has the opportunity to earn their piece of the pie!

MITF: Fall is a combination of full-lengths, short plays, and musicals, children's plays, a Variety division (Magic Acts, Improv, Stand-up, Cabaret, Sketch Comedy, etc), the Short Play Lab (maximum 10-minutes), and staged readings. (There is a $250 fee for Staged Readings).
We're looking for any kind of play or musical that fits our guidelines but plays and musicals 30-45 minutes long are really the heart and soul of MITF: Fall and are given the number one priority. Our prioritized list of running times follows:
* Short Subjects and musicals 30-45 min. long.
* Short Subjects and musicals 46 - 60 min. long
* Full-lengths and musicals 61-90 min. long
No matter the length of your play or musical, the following guidelines are applicable:
* Easy to produce in a no-frills festival.
* AEA showcases are welcome.
* Any genre. (Short subjects using guns as props will not be considered; full-lengths can use guns as props).
* Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File.
* Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.**
* The estimated running time of the play must be clearly indicated.

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Fall runs from October 29-November 20, 2016.
The Festival provides the WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), and front-of-house staff. Shows must be off book and provide their own board operator, stage manager, and company manager.

To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Fall," and let us know whether it is a full-length, short subject, a musical, a variety act, a 10-min. play for our Short Play Lab, or a staged reading. We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible. As this year's SPL's are the weekend before Halloween, plays with a "Halloween" or macabre theme are in demand. Please send all playscripts and all Variety submissions (video reels, YouTube, etc.) to:

We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects is September 30, 2016.
Submission Deadline For Variety Acts and the Short Play Lab is October 15, 2016

*Please read the Festival Manual to learn about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP), the participant's options and our requirements. SPL's and Variety Acts are not eligible to participate in the MITF's Profit Sharing Policy.
**12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

John Chatterton

MRT seeks 4 more plays

Manhattan Repertory Theater seeks 4 more plays to participate in its opening weekend (October 8 and 9) in their new theatre on 45th St.

Seeking fully produced,  (cast, directed and ready to be performed)  original, never-produced before,
10 -15 minute 1 act plays  to be performed October 8 and 9, 2016 at the New Manhattan Repertory Theatre on West 45th St.

Each 10 - 15 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances.

To submit a 10 - 15 minute play production please email:
  • The complete script of the play as a .pdf, 
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the character breakdown, 
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your mailing address, 
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to: by ASAP.

Please put "OPENING WEEKEND CELEBRATION" in the subject heading. MRT will contact you in a day, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.
MRT will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.

For more information, please log on to:

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project's Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2017-18 Season. The deadline is October 31, 2016.
  1. "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  2. Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  3. Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  4. Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 
  5. It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
  6. We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  7. The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
  8. Send to: Reva Shiner Comedy Award Bloomington Playwrights Project 107 W. 9th Street Bloomington, IN 47404
  9. Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2016, and received no later than November 10, 2016. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
  10. For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at


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THEATRE ROULETTE is MadLab’s annual shorts festival. In its first year, THEATRE ROULETTE began a tradition of an annual shorts festival that has lasted more than 10 years. The first year was an “invitation-only” festival, from there expanded to taking local submissions to taking submission from across the United States to now, receiving over 1500 scripts every year from every corner of the world.


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

All submissions should be send to
Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

Theatre Roulette is a juried festival.

Submissions must arrive no later than October 1st, 2016

Submission will be chosen and applicants informed if his/her piece was chosen on/or before January 2nd, 2017.


Scripts should be between 5-30 minutes in length. Scripts of greater lengths will be considered, but due to time constraints, it is unlikely that unsolicited full-length plays will be selected for the festival, unless you are a Nobel or Pulitzer winning writer, in which case, your script will automatically be accepted for production as long as you waive your standard royalty, which would probably be more than the budget for the entire festival. If you are not sure whether or not you have won a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize, please find out through the glory of the world wide web and let us know.

You may submit multiple scripts. If you are submitting multiple scripts, please include them all in a single email.

Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the body of your email message.

MadLab will also be accepting full collections of shorts. This would be a group of plays that are meant to be performed together and would constitute a complete night of plays.

You may submit multiple scripts.

Script submissions WILL NOT be returned to the applicant; MadLab will destroy all evidence of your creative instincts upon a funeral pyre at an undisclosed location in order to protect both the innocent and the guilty. Ashes will NOT be returned to you unless you purchase a commemorative urn from MadLab at the bargain basement price of $999.95.

Due to our environmentally conscious president, you must email your script to us. Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. Scripts should be emailed to Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line. If “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received. All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.

For ROULETTE, MadLab pays $50 to each playwright.

If you’ve made it through all of this, congratulations. At least you’ve got the potential patience to deal with the travails of theatrical production. If you have any questions, please email them to Artistic Director Jim Azelvandre at

Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New Paradigm Theatre's Holiday Show 2016 to Accept Submissions of Short Plays

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Seeking: A 25-35 minute contemporary holiday tale inspired by all or part of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," with an overall message of hope for the holiday season.




• Play should be written to accommodate 3-5 adult and 1-3 child actors. While doubling and non-traditional casting is always an option, the play should be written with these logistics in mind. We encourage diversity in gender, ethnicity, and age in your work.

• Social justice is a big part of the NPT mission; we mentor in-need students alongside our Broadway and other professionals. Locally relevant issues to Fairfield County Connecticut are strongly encouraged.

• Since we typically perform in black box theatres on limited budgets, less is often more. We suggest scripts that require fewer than 10 actors and uncomplicated/limited scenery. Production value will be one step above that of a staged reading.

• Musical numbers are fine, so long as the rights are your own or public domain. We are not interested in a musical but a play with a couple insert carols is fine.

• Advice on script formatting:

• Please take a few moments to peruse our website to familiarize yourself with our mission, our directors, and our history.


Scripts not meeting the following requirements will NOT be considered.

• Please email your submission by October 22 at 8PM in two PDF files to Kristin Huffman, Artistic Director at:

The PDF files should contain:

1 Your cover page. INCLUDE the play's title, playwright's name, and full contact information (name, phone number, email, mailing address)

2 Your script. INCLUDE a list of characters and descriptions. Submissions should be 25-35 minutes only. Longer or shorter submissions, incomplete submissions, excerpts, and synopses will be rejected.

• Please let us know in your email how you heard about NPT.

For any additional questions, please email Kristin:

Due to the volume of submissions accepted, we will only contact playwrights selected for the show. Scripts submitted will be considered the original creations of the authors, not Works for Hire. The author will retain all copyright rights and privileges granted thereto. If the winning script is subsequently published, we ask authors to note "New Paradigm Theatre" as the original producing company. Deadline: October 22, 2016 at 8PM 

Submit to:


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Winterfest Festival 2017
BEST PLAY $2,500
DIRECTOR $500, Singer $500

Winterfest Festival runs from January 2 to March 12, 2017
All genres are welcome, including MUSICALS.


Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival.) Submissions may close before December, 2015, if we reach the maximum number of plays.

Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing.

If your play/musical is accepted in our festival there is a payment of $250 to participate if your play is 50 to 90 minutes long and $150 if your play is between 30 and 50 minutes long. Short plays between 5 and 20 minutes pay $75. If you wish to participate as an Equity show case you will be contacted by the festival and sent a different sets of guidelines.

Submission Accepted from Everywhere in the US. Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.

Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long and 5 to 20 minutes in the Short Play category
How to Submit your work to WinterfestIn order to submit a play please send the following via email:
  • A 100 word synopsis of the play
  • Character breakdown
  • Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact
  • Your bio
  • All genres of shows are welcome to submit to our festivals
  • Shows that have already been staged can also participate as long as the run was BEFORE 2016 and will participate in Winterfest with AN ENTIRELY NEW CAST AND CREW
  • Production’s history of the play submitted and lenght of your play
  • Please tell us where did your hear about the festival


The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for QUEER SCARE III, staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Halloween on Oct 26, 2016 from 8 to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center.

  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes. 
  • Plays must have a LGBTQ and Halloween theme
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.
  • Deadline Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

To Submit:
send your play as an attachment to
your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
put the name of your script on the subject line

For more information call 614-285-2515.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

MRT Comic Book Play Extravaganza

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In honor of a certain Comic Book Convention coming to town we are seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Oct.) original, fully - produced, 7 - 15 minute COMIC BOOK genre based 1 act plays for Manhattan Rep's COMIC BOOK PLAY EXTRAVAGANZA!

Saturday October 8 @ 9 pm and Sunday October 9 @ 7 pm, 2016
(Right after the convention!) at Manhattan Repertory Theatre

Each 7 - 15 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances!

To submit your 7 - 15 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: by September 20, 2016.

Please put “COMIC BOOK PLAY” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a couple days, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before September 20, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.
We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.

For more information, please log on to:

Ten Minute Plays Wanted for Festival

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Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays for its fifth annual Take Ten Festival running April 3-9, 2017. Though this is a self-producing festival, Between Us Productions will provide the performance space, a tech time, a sound and board op, and general festival marketing. The winner willbe awarded monetary and production prizes. There is no application fee, but there is a participation fee of $150. Email submissions to

Last submission date is Saturday, October 15, 2016

Open Call: New Plays from the World

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Milano Playwriting Festival and its producer It’s Time Produzioni Srls are looking for new plays from across the globe. The selected plays will be presented as reading/mise en espace/staging during Milano Playwriting Festival, March 31 – April 2, 2017. If an agreement between the parts is reached, It’s Time Produzioni Srls will also act as literary agent by presenting the plays to Italian and foreign artistic directors / producers.

The submitted play needs to be recently written and possibly never staged before. We are not interested in monologues. There are no script-length, subject or playwright’s age limits.

All applications need to be sent to : with the following subject: “New Play World 2017 – Playwright’s Surname and Name – Play’s Title” (example: “New Play World 2017 – Smith John – The game ”).

The email needs to have attached:
The full play.
  • Logline: 6 lines maximum that summarise the core of the story and highlight its originality.
  • The playwright’s phone number.
  • The playwright’s CV
  • If the play has already received or will received before April 2017 a reading/mise en espace/staging, please let us know where and when.
Deadline to send the play: 9th of October 2017
An answer will be given once the material has been received. In case of interest we will get back to you by the 9th of November 2016.

We take extremely seriously copyright issues: the material received will only be read by Milano Playwriting Festival’s artistic director and not shared with anyone else without the prior consent of the author or his legal representative.

The files (play, information required and CV) need to be sent in English, Italian or French language. Italian playwrights that has already submitted a play for the previous 2017 Open Call (see here) don’t need to send the play twice.

For further information about Milano Playwriting Festival please visit: For all other enquiries please contact us at:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tenth Annual Original One-Act Festival

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Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays shall be selected for production in the spring (March/April/May) of 2017. Of those six selected, one shall win the Grand Prize $150 and one shall win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers. Of the remaining four, one shall will an Audience Favorite Prize $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:

All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less.
Submissions must be received by email between August 1, 2016 and November 1, 2016
Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.
Additional information and guidelines:
  • All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format. Please email
  • All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation.
  • Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.
  • Scripts should include:
  • A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • A cast of characters with descriptions
  • A brief synopsis
  • Numbered pages
  • Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.
  • Playwrights will be notified by February 15, 2017, if their play has been selected for production.
  • Plays selected for production will be listed on our website,
  • All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
  • Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
  • Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.
  • Only stage plays will be considered. Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.
  • All submissions must be original and unpublished.
  • Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.
  • Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.
  • Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.
  • Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.

2017 Jewish Plays Project Season

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Artists can submit projects to be for considered for the Jewish Playwriting Contest, our competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary Jewish themes; for OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y; and other developmental and advocacy opportunities as they arise.

To date, the JPP has advanced 34 new plays, 18 of which have gone on to production in New York, Boston, London, Detroit, Tel Aviv and around the US (see for more). Together with the OPEN Festival, the JPP has featured some of the country’s most exciting next-generation artists (Yehuda Hyman, Daniella Topol, Robert Askins, Brooke Berman, Sarah Gancher, MJ Kaufman, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Lauren Feldman, Jonathan Caren, Marc Bruni, Resident Director Benjamin Kamine, and tons of others).

IMPORTANT NOTE: SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.

CONTENT PREFERENCES: The JPP seeks plays that find the intersection between Jewish identity and global self.

We want to look at the places where Jewish ideas, traditions, stories, myths, culture (and yes, religion) impact, inform, and hopefully improve our lives.

While we value history, we will always lean toward plays that tackle vibrant strands of today’s world: social justice, economic justice, diversity, strong women in Jewish life, LGBTQ inclusion, new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations.

Be bold. Think differently about what Jewish theater can be. Strive for epic size and impact. Embrace the emotional, mystical, the theatrical. Tackle the challenging, the controversial, the provocative. We are unafraid to walk these roads with you.

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by October 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Each submitting playwright must fill out the Project Application form ( Playwrights will upload their play to the form as a PDF with their name removed (all plays are reviewed blind). There is no fee to submit, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length plays that deal with contemporary Jewish themes that have never been produced in New York City. The following must be true of a submitted play:

1. It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.

2. It is not a Holocaust play (stories that deal directly with the history of the Shoah, its survivors and their children, or the World War II period more generally).

3. It does NOT fall into the beloved category of "ethnically stereotypical comedy" (No 'Yiddishemammeh" plays, no "My Afternoon With Bubbe", no "Jewtopia")

4. It is in English. (We welcome translations).

5. It runs at least 75 minutes.

6. It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region, or a major regional theater (LORT C or above).


Every submitted play is reviewed by members of our staff or our 50-member Artist Panel.

Plays submitted to the 6th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest: The Contest strives to engage a broad audience in a discussion of what new Jewish theater should be; more than 500 people in as many as 10 cities will take part in the process. (learn more here:

The Top 10 Finalists will be announced in December, 2016. These Top 10 plays will receive industry and community advocacy through a series of Playwriting Contest Events around the country. At each event, 20-minute sections of 3 of the plays will be read and voted on by taste-making audiences. Plays will be assigned points based on the selection results. At the conclusion of the Contest period, the play with the most points at the end of the Contest period (which ends on Pesach – April 11, 2017), will be crowned the winner.

The winning play will receive a workshop production as part of the JPP’s 6th OPEN Festival of new Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y in June of 2017, including artist travel to New York.

Plays Submitted to OPEN and Other Programs: Senior JPP artistic staff and advisors will review non-Contest project submissions, submissions by agents and managers, and work by recent alumni of major graduate writing programs for consideration for other developmental opportunities, including:

OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y

A limited number of projects, subject to available resources will appear in OPEN along with the Contest Winner.

Renegade Reading Series: a periodic, as-needed in-house reading series for plays that spark the JPP’s interest.

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: The JPP specializes in what we call Jewish Dramaturgy. We base our exploration of the theatrical needs of a play around the central issue of its Jewish content and ideas, continuing to ask the question

“What is the Jewish here?” When possible, we will bring prominent Jewish thought leaders (clergy, scholars, professionals and artists) into the room to join the development process, and extend the Jewish learning. This specific intentionality is what distinguishes the JPP from other high-level new play development houses.

MUSICALS: Because of its format, musicals cannot be directly entered into the Contest, but we are eager to survey the field, and to provide development opportunities in the future. We invite you to submit your musical and select the “Non-Contest Submission” tag. We will contact you when and if future opportunities arise.

REPEAT SUBMISSIONS: Plays that were submitted to the 2012-2016 Contests ARE eligible (with the exception of the previous year’s winners). We operate on the principle of “passionate advocacy” developed by the Lark – if your play hits the right chord with the right reader, it can go far. Give us a chance to be passionate advocates for your play.

ABOUT THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT: The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their Jewish identity; engages Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays.

David Winitsky, Artistic Director 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition

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Fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild.

Cash awards of $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented.
Winning plays will be produced by Tree City Playhouse.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:

1. Completed entry form
2. Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less
3. Play synopsis including character descriptions
4. Three copies of the script
5. $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card

 (checks should be made out to SCAC)

Mail to: Keith Ramsdell 
Tree City Playhouse  
10-Minute Play Competition
5632 North Main Street 
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:

1. The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright, but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.

2. Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 15 minutes. Full-length plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this competition are ineligible.

3. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been previously published or submitted to this playwriting competition.

4. While all reasonable care will be taken, Tree City Playhouse and SCAC do not assume any responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

5. There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

6. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language sensitive to the “family-friendly” value of Tree City Playhouse. The decisions of the judges are final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

7. Tree City Playhouse will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its 2017 Festival of 10-Minute Plays. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production. All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

8. The deadline for entries is a postmark of November 1, 2016. Late scripts will not be accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted.

Formatting Instructions:

1. To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.

2. All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.

3. The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.

More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell at with any questions you may have.

You may also visit us on the web at

SPOOKTACULAR seeks ten-minute plays

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in MITF:Fall's Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. The rules for submitting to the Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:
  • Deadline is October 15. We would love to see Halloween-themed plays, but all plays that fit the criteria listed below will be considered. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!
  • Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (only means of contact is by email). 
  • Submit scripts in a MS Word document or PDF file. 
  • You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at The WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, 312 W.36th Street, NYC.
  • Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
  • Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight.
  • Scripts requiring the use of guns are not accepted. 
  • Lit cigarettes and herbal cigarettes are not permitted. E-cigarettes are fine.
  • We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
  • There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door. 
  • Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
  • There will be a tech rehearsal in the daytime on Saturday, Oct 29. The production dates are Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, October 30.
  • Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun. 
  • We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up. 
  • THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. Playwrights, directors, and cast cannot vote for their own play. We reserve the right to break ties.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.

The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in a Word document or PDF file, to Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference

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Play submissions are now being accepted for the Play Lab at the 2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference. There are two submission deadlines this year. October 20 is the general date.
Past participants and Alaskan writers may submit as late as November 21. The 25th annual Conference will take place June 11-17, 2017, in Valdez, Alaska.

Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.
Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to present their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival.

Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website, using the on-line form on the Play Lab link.

  • One submission per author.
  • Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
  • They can be of any genre except musical.
  • The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable. Authors should be interested in receiving feedback and developing their submission.

Upstream Artists’ Collective seeks original work for eco-conscious theater company

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(BROOKLYN, NY) Now entering its second season, the Upstream Artists’ Collective of Brooklyn, New York is looking for script solicitations from local, national, and international playwrights.

Season 2: Deception will engage the practice of “greenwashing”: businesses falsely marketing their products and services as sustainable. Upstream seeks writers that can use this as inspiration for exciting and provocative new plays.

Upstream Artists’ Collective is a group of interdisciplinary artists making theater with an environmental conscience, seeking to reexamine what it means to be human on a global scale. Upstream develops new work via conventional and devised processes, and reimages existing work with an eco-arts aesthetic.

Ideal submissions will have a focus on environmental and climate change concerns with a story-driven, rather than didactic approach. Sustainability is a core part of the mission; we appreciate plays with potential for minimalist, resourceful, and beautiful design. Special consideration to: full length plays under 90 minutes, plays with music (not musicals), small casts, and poetic storytelling.

Selected scripts may receive readings, workshops, and full productions in our new venue in the Navy Yard neighborhood in Brooklyn.

The deadline for submission to Season 2: Deception is October 1, 2016, though Upstream will accept general script submissions at any time. All submissions must include a full script, character breakdown and description (including any doubling possibilities), and a brief synopsis. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question

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The Monthly Question, October 2016: WHO CARES?

We are now accepting submissions for Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question! The Monthly Question is a reading series of new and bold writing (short plays/ Monologues/ poems/ Songs) around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at The Kraine Theater, NYC.

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven, nonprofit company that continually raises questions and encourages bold new writing and directing. Lama generates new work that explores theatrical, psychological, political and social questions from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Important dates:

October 1st - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline
October 9th - announcement of chosen works.
October 17th - performance night at 8:00pm. Casting the actors on the spot at 7:30pm. Location: The Kraine Theater, NYC.

  • Scripts must be related to our monthly question. 
  • Our October question is: WHO CARES? 
  • What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations! 
  • When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing. 
  • Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English. 
  • Short plays are limited to 8 pages in standard playwriting formats. (You can submit your 10 pages play but please keep in mind that we might ask you to make a few cuts.) 
  • Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages. 
  • Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes. 
  • Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF. 
  • Submit a BLIND copy of your script (without any personal information on it.) 
  • E-mail your Script/Song/Poem to:
  • The subject line should include the title of the play and the country you are from. 
  • Please fill your contact information and the name of your play at our website:!the-monthly-question-submission-/c15j0
  • Any Questions about Lama's monthly question? Please email us and we’ll help you out! 
  • For updates and more updates about Lama follow us:

Heartland Theater Company 2017 10-Minute Play Festival Rules

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Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2017 as part of our 15th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE GRADUATION PARTY.

The competition is open to all playwrights who wish to submit a play. Eight plays will be selected and performed from among all the submissions


1. Your play must fit the theme – THE GRADUATION PARTY – or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word. Please note that we do not accept pdfs. Because we judge plays blind, we must remove any identifying information contained on the manuscript as well as add a tracking number. That is not possible with a pdf. If this is a problem for you, please contact playfest@heartlandtheatre.orgto discuss your situation.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title appears on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges and depends a great deal on timing. No plays submitted after January 1 will be considered for revisions. If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Sheet (PDFor Word).
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.

All entrants must complete and submit
Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

You must attach your script in MS Word format when you send the entry form.

***Deadline for entries considered for revisions is January 1, 2017. If you want the opportunity to do revisions, your play must be entered by January 1.***

Finalists will be notified approximately March 10.

Winners will be announced approximately March 31.
If you have any questions, please email

For a complete listing of previous 10-Minute Play winners, click here.


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The Initiative seeks to develop new plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Women Playwright’s Initiative will provide a safe, nurturing environment for play development. Our intention is for the Initiative to culminate in a reading workshop/festival.

The Ivoryton Playhouse invites submissions by women playwrights. For this first season, we are seeking one act plays, with a running time of no longer than about an hour.

Interested playwrights should submit a hard copy and email version (for musicals include a script and CD, and email version with audio link), bio/resume, including a telephone number and email address.

Scripts will be returned only if a SASE is included.

The DEADLINE for One Act submissions is September 15, 2016.

Play submissions should be sent to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442. For questions, please email Laura at

Monday, September 12, 2016

Free play reading in California

As part of OCPA PRESENTS there will be a West Coast staged reading of Joni Ravenna's "BLINDED" at STAGES THEATRE IN FULLERTON on Saturday, October 1st at 2:30pm (the first staged reading was at TNC in NYC directed by Broadway Vet, Larry Cahn).

Come one , come all! It's all FREE!

STAGES THEATRE is located at 400 E. Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, California, 92832. Doors close promptly at 2:30


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Call for Plays
Actors Theatre of Louisville
National Ten-Minute Play Contest
Deadline: November 1, 2016

About the National Ten-Minute Play Contest

Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage. We consider all submissions for the Heideman Award—a $1,000 cash prize given out each February—as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

An annual event that takes place in January, the A/I Tens consist of a bill of 8-10 world premiere ten-minute plays, fully produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and performed by our Apprentice Company of young actors.

More information here.

  • Scripts should be submitted between September 1-November 1 (postmark dates).
  • Characters in submitted plays should be in the age range 18-28.
  • Each script must be no more than ten pages long. (We start counting pages after the title page and character list, if applicable.) Title page must include the playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Each manuscript must be typed and individually bound or stapled.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script—send us your best!
  • Previously submitted plays, plays that have received an Equity production, musicals, children’s shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not be returned nor receive a response. Plays that have received Equity waiver showcase productions are eligible. Playwrights must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.
  • We are unable to accept electronic submissions. Please mail submissions to: National Ten-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202-4218.
  • Submissions are limited to the first 500 scripts we receive each year. If your play is received after we’ve hit the 500-script mark, you will be notified. Entries will be acknowledged by postcard in December. Playwrights will be notified of their finalist or non-finalist status the following summer. No scripts will be returned.
  • The volume of scripts submitted hampers our ability to comment individually on each work, so we do not offer criticism.
  • All ten-minute plays will be considered for the Heideman Award ($1000)*, as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

*The Heideman Award was established in 1979. Made possible by the late Ted Heideman, a Louisvillian, the $1,000 cash prize is bestowed annually upon the winner of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest (1990 – present).

National Ten-Minute Play Contest
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4218

Seeking 20 minute plays

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INITIATIVE DESCRIPTION: Durango Lively Arts Company (DLAC) is currently accepting submissions for its “Farm to Stage’ play development initiative for playwrights at all career stages. The initial reading round determines the guidelines have been followed. The second reading provides “notes” to the playwrights remaining and selects works to participate with the DLAC assigned Director and Actors in the staged reading round. The staged reading round is where the participants in the workshop round are selected. Following the workshop round the selected pieces will receive a full production. Playwrights participate in each round their work is included. Personal expenses related to participating in the initiative are the responsibility of the playwright. The playwrights of the pieces selected for production will receive a small royalty for each presentation of their work to a paying audience. Playwrights retain all rights to their work. DLAC does request recognition as a participant in the development of the work in subsequent productions. Participation by Southwest Colorado playwrights is especially encouraged.

THEME: The theme of the 2016 initiative is “Crossroads Café” and material submitted should address a crossroad or life changing event for one or more character. The works will be presented on a set depicting a remote Southwestern United States roadside café.

LENGTH: Twenty-minute or less short plays and excerpts of longer works will be accepted. Maximum number of pages accepted, not including title pages, is eighteen. Note: A word count not exceeding 3,400 should meet the length requirements.

FEE: No submission fee

FORMAT: Please use a standard play format such as the sample presented at “Samuel French Formatting Guide”. Playwright’s name, address, phone number, email address and a brief biography are to be on the title page ONLY.

DEADLINE: Materials due by September 30, 2016.

ELECTRONIC to: in Microsoft Word or .PDF file ONLY. Please indicate “2016 Farm to Stage Initiative Submission” in the heading.

SNAIL MAIL to: “Farm to Stage” Initiative, 1340 Avenida del Sol, Durango, CO 81301.

NOTE: All play submissions will be handled with care. However, DLAC assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts. Scripts not selected will be recycled.

QUESTIONS: Queries regarding this Initiative should be emailed to John Porter, Associate Artistic Director, at