Saturday, August 27, 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:


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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

Friday, August 26, 2016

Dionysian seeks short plays

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The Dionysian is constantly looking for new and upcoming playwrights while also presenting established playwrights. Any content is fair-game, as we would like to present a range of styles and themes, whether it be two lines of dialogue or a stream of consciousness monologue. We want to showcase your work.

If you:
Have a completed short play ranging from 1-10 pages

Please send a PDF copy, along with a short bio (not to be published alongside the play), and a quick blurb about the piece to:

The deadline for Issue 001 is Aug 31st. Anything received after that date will be considered for the following Issue.

Please remember Copyright and Performance Rights always remain with the writer and our publication is used only to highlight the Playwright. That being said please ensure that you, the Playwright, has full ownership of the material before submitting.

Sky Cooper New American Play Prize Guidelines

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We will be accepting submissions for the 2017 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize from August 1 - 31, 2016.

We will no longer be accepting submissions via email or standard post. Please complete the application form and upload your materials below.

  • Submissions will be accepted from August 1 – 31, 2016
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays in English in any genre
  • Musicals, translations, one-acts, and any play previously submitted for the prizes are not eligible
  • Plays may not have received or be scheduled for a full-scale, professional production prior to submission 
  • Playwrights must be citizens of the United States
  • One submission per playwright is allowed each year; if you submitted for the 2017 David Calicchio Prize, you must submit the same play for both prizes
  • Playwrights submitting on their own behalf should submit a 10 page dialogue sample; Agents may submit full scripts for consideration. We prefer submissions as PDF of word documents (.pdf or .doc) with last name, first name, (title of the play) as the document title. For example: Wilson, August (Seven Guitars).pdf 
  • For the Sky Cooper prize, the submission is required to include a professional recommendation.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Call for One-Act Comedies

Starlite Players produces a collection of short comedies for one weekend each month in Sarasota’s Starlite Room and has presented over 50 new plays since our debut in July 2015. (See History and Gallery.) We usually stage four plays per month and prefer short comedies that are LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY. We invite submissions at any time from playwrights who live in the Tampa Bay area. We also accept scripts from other playwrights during the dates specified under “Themes.”


Scripts must be production-ready. We strongly discourage first drafts and welcome prior productions. Please include development history but no playwright resume, bio, marketing materials, reviews, etc.

• What we offer you: No submission fee. For chosen plays: full production at no cost to playwright, plus a small royalty. All rights remain with the playwright.

• What we ask of you: Before submitting, invest a few minutes to learn about us at and our Facebook page. Then follow our guidelines.

• Submissions that do not comply with the guidelines cannot be considered.

GUIDELINES (Mandatory)

• Consideration will be limited to the first 50 scripts received that comply with ALL guidelines

• Open to playwrights from the Tampa Bay area at any time and from others at specific times (See “Themes”).

• Comedies only, preferably contemporary.

• Please, no plays requiring guns.

• Length: 11-25 pages. We are not accepting 10-minute plays.

• Cast: up to 4 actors.

• Production requirements: simple.

• Previous productions permitted and even encouraged.

• Original, unpublished work only. Must include a grant of rights if script is an adaptation or requires song lyrics, music, poetry or any other creative input by someone other than the playwright.

• Slightly risqué is OK; raunchy is not.

• Please, no resubmissions.

• Limit: one script per author within a 6-month period so send us your best. EXCEPTION: one submission will be accepted per playwright for each of the four themes listed below.

• Standard script format is REQUIRED: One-inch margins, 12-point type, single-spaced stage directions and dialogue (no space between character name and dialogue), character name centered above dialogue, pages numbered with first page of dialogue as page 1.

• No screenplays, musicals or children's plays.


You may interpret the themes as you understand them. Please don’t send emails requesting a definition or description.

Scripts will be accepted with no geographic restrictions on the dates stated with each theme. Because we’re deluged each time we issue a script call, we must regrettably limit the submission window to just a few days for each theme. We appreciate your understanding.
  • Love, Actually—Aug 25 through midnight Eastern time on Aug 28, 2016.
  • Thanksgiving—Sept 29 through midnight Eastern time on Oct 2, 2016.
  • Looking Back, Looking Ahead—Oct 27 through midnight Eastern time on Oct 30.


Please send email to with two attachments as follows:

1 pdf containing the script with title, cast of characters, set requirements but no information identifying the playwright anywhere in the script. File name should be: “(TITLE OF PLAY), (THEME), Script” (without quotation marks).
1 single-page pdf containing title of play, author name/address/contact information, short synopsis (about 50 words) and play’s development history. File name should be: “(TITLE OF PLAY), (THEME), Cover page” (without quotation marks).

We look forward to discovering exciting new work and genuinely appreciate your interest. However, due to the high volume of scripts and our very small staff, we are unable to enter into correspondence about guidelines or submissions. If we are interested in producing your play, we will contact you.

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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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Seeking plays with Halloween themes

The AlphaNYC Theater Company is seeking plays written with scary, suspense, thriller, or Halloween themes for its Fear Theater Festival (previously announced as the Vampire Festival). Performances will take place the last two weekends of October. There is no charge to participate or submit a play. 

 Plays must be 15 minutes in length or LESS. The AlphaNYC will supply the actors, actresses, and directors. Playwrights receive billing and a bio in the program for shows as well as comp. tickets to a performance of their choice. Performances will take place at the new 60 seat Roebuck Theater in Midtown, New York City. 

 Please submit plays in PDF or Word document format to Previously submitted plays do not have to be resubmitted.

One-Act Play Festival

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays for its one-act play festival in NYC on Nov. 12th, 2016.

Plays should be between 10-15 minutes in length and have no more than four characters. We prefer to have comedy plays and those that are light-hearted. We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted. Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with vulgar language will not be accepted. 

Please include synopsis and contact information. 

Plays will be accepted through Aug. 30, 2016

Submit plays to

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Online Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA

Our online classes are an extension of our time-tested in-studio writing curriculum, designed for writers anywhere in the world! We will help you create or polish a draft of your new play or screenplay through weekly assignments and lectures, providing the necessary structure and deadlines to those outside the New York area or with unpredictable schedules.

This 10-week online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines and constructive feedback that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Section A Instructor: Adam Szymkowicz (Writer, Hearts Like Fists, Clown Bar, and prior member of Primary Stages Writers Group)
Section B Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and online lectures will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with individualized feedback from Jeni.
Instructor: Jeni Mahoney (Writer, Fata Morgana at BCT; Founding Artistic Director, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference)

This 10-week class will be run just like real-life television writing room, interacting with Andrea and your classmates live via the Citrix platform. You will pitch your show and jump into rigorous timed exercises that will help you create character backgrounds and establish a specific and truthful world.
Instructor: Andrea Ciannavei (Screenwriter, "The Path" on Hulu)

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

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 1, 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 

365 Women A Year: a playwriting project

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Plays can be ANY length and you can have ANY number of characters.

PLAYS DUE DECEMBER 31, 2016 (There are no extensions.)
FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about. We are looking for 365 NEW women that our project has not yet covered. We do not accept repeats from previous years yet. You can make sure you don’t claim a repeat by searching through our historical women alphabetically. If you are not sure who to write about, scroll down for a list of available women.

Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the CLAIM FORM. You will be asked to choose at least 3 options, in case your lady has already been claimed.

SECOND STEP: You will receive a confirmation email. You are not officially writing about anyone until you have received this confirmation email from It can take up to two weeks to get a confirmation email depending on the volume of claims we receive.

THIRD STEP: Happy writing. If at any point throughout the year, you get a hankering to write about someone else, simply fill out a new claim form.

Plays can be any length, any number of characters, and the playwriting format you are most comfortable with. PLEASE INCLUDE A LIST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the play.

FOURTH STEP: Submitting your piece. Please follow the directions, as your piece will not be officially submitted otherwise.

You will email your piece to Follow the directions below:

(1) In the subject line you will put: 2016/Name of historical woman/Play Title/Page Number/Your Name. (If you have many historical women in your piece, simply write MANY WOMEN, in place of the name of the historical women in the subject line.)

(2) Include your 100 word bio in the BODY of the email

(3) Getting the information from your piece onto the web site is important. We need you to write it out in a specific format. Here’s an example of what we need from you about your piece and the historical women in it to properly database it.

Historical Women: ***Each historical woman needs to be listed separately, include ANY existing woman who appears in your piece, even if you didn’t specifically claim them.****

Monday, August 22, 2016

Living Room Theater New Play Incubator: Immigration

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Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays about immigration for its New Play Incubator this October/November. Playwrights will be divided into 2 groups and meet 3 times. In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights will create a 10 minute play related to immigration. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading. Playwrights may attend auditions and rehearsals if they like.

There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings of at least one group. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings of at least one group. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.

Group A Meetings

10/15/16 from 1-3pm

10/22/16 from 1-3pm (First draft due)

10/29/16 from 1-3pm

Staged reading on 11/13/16 at 3pm

Group B Meetings

10/16/16 from 4-6pm

10/23/16 from 1-3pm (First draft due)

10/30/16 from 1-3pm

Staged reading on 11/17/16 at 8pm

Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about immigration to Please specify which group you are applying for or if both groups work for you. Only selected finalists will be asked to interview between October 1, 2016 to October 9, 2016. Submission deadline is September 25, 2016.

Living Room Theater has been producing and developing new plays in New York City since 2010. Our mainstage productions include Thicker than Water, The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams, The Procedure, Pretty Little Mouth, 29x/y, Slam Team, Lola and the Planet of Glorious Diversity. Work we have developed through our Writers’ Circle and other readings include Micro Shrimp, Lost at Sea, Flappers In Chains, Frank, The C Word, For Our Own, Apples from Eve, and An Orchid In Winter.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

Shakespeare Society Residency

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Calling ACTORS, DIRECTORS, and small theater COMPANIES!
Have a great idea for exploring a Shakespeare play?
Want to spend a week doing it?

We are pleased to announce the opening of applications for our two 2016-17 Shakespeare Works Artist Residencies. These week-long residencies are the cornerstone of our Shakespeare Works program. Residencies offer artists a unique - and rare - opportunity: spend a week asking questions, developing your knowledge, and acting on your creative impulses as you immerse yourself in the Shakespeare play of your choice.

Each Residency provides a director and 6-8 actors with
  • a week's worth of free space (25 to 30 hours); 
  • study materials, including various editions of the Shakespeare play of the artists' choice, dictionaries, etc.; 
  • modest stipends for all participants; 
  • visiting academic, artistic and voice-text advisors; and 
  • the time to think, read aloud, discuss and discover.
  • The week concludes with a public panel discussion reviewing the week's work in front of an audience. The program is designed to give participants the time and space to learn, experiment and explore the plays with a freedom that producing theater companies can rarely provide. The only Residency requirement is that every word of the chosen play be read aloud. 

Complete your application HERE.

Deadline to be considered for an October Residency is Friday, September 2, 2016. Please contact Artistic & Development Associate Jackie Tralies with questions. Email only, no phone calls.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Seeking 1 act play scripts 7 - 15 minutes for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's NEW ARTIST PLAY SERIES

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September 27 and 28, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

In our effort to support new playwrights, we are seeking new short 1 act play scripts 7 - 15 minutes from playwrights that have NEVER had a play produced before in New York City, which we will present on Tuesday September 27, and Wednesday September 28 here at Manhattan Rep as part of our New Artist Play Series. If accepted, we will cast, rehearse and bring your play to life here at Manhattan Rep.

To submit your short play script (7 - 15 minutes) please email:

  • The complete script of your never produced before 1 act play as a .pdf,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • a cover letter with more information about yourself and your work,

your mailing address, and a contact email address to: by Thursday September 1, 2016.

Please put “New Artist Play Series” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, 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 1, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.

Again, this is solely a script submission. We will create a team to present your play here as part of this event.

Once accepted, there is a $30 commitment fee. There are no other production fees or costs to the playwright involved in this event.

For more information, please log on to:

Owl and Cat Season Seeking Scripts

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Melbourne based company, The Owl and Cat Theatre, is currently seeking script submissions to produce for its fourth season of works.



Email to:

-MUST be a World Premiere
(must not have been previously staged, however play readings are acceptable)

-Must explore current themes/ideas.

-Provocative and confrontational works are favoured.

-Musicals are not accepted.

-Must be one act or full length (short plays are not accepted)

-Must be in pdf format.

-Successful playwrights will receive a one off payment of AUD$100.

Happy writing,

The Owl and Cat Theatre

Bindlestiff Studio - LOVE EDITION: TIME AFTER TIME seeks plays 25 minutes and under

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Bindlestiff Studio, the nation's only theater dedicated to showcasing Filipino-American performing arts, is bringing back the LOVE and soliciting short plays to be staged in February 2017 for THE LOVE EDITION : TIME AFTER TIME.
The Love Edition has been one of our most celebrated shows, featuring short plays about Love, Heartache, and the Weirdness in between.

This year’s theme, Time After Time, will spotlight melodramas through the ages. Tales of the star-crossed and lovelorn have captivated generations of audiences across the world through soap operas, teleseryes, telenovelas, Korean dramas and the like. While the call is open to diverse and unique interpretations of love stories, we encourage writers to submit plays that embrace/celebrate/critique/reinvent the emotional spectacle of the melodrama genre.

We will be accepting electronic submissions until
12AM (PST) OCTOBER 7TH, 2016. Bindlestiff Studio does not charge reader's fees. Selected playwrights will receive a minimum of $50 and comp reservations for the run of the show.

To have your script considered for production, your script must follow the Love Edition submission guidelines:

1) Written in stage play format
2) 5-20 pages / 25 minutes or under. 5 powerful pages can impress us just as much (and probably more so) than 20 so-so pages.
2) Written about Love, Heartache, and the Weirdness in between.
4) Formatted as PDF, DOC, or DOCX. Include your contact info (Name, Email, and Phone).
5) Attach and email script to with “SCRIPT SUBMISSION” in the SUBJECT line by midnight October 7th.
Only 2 submissions per writer please.

*Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals encouraged to apply.

We'll send a confirmation email upon receipt of each submission. Because of the amount of scripts received, we will be unable to give feedback on every submission. Selections will be announced in November 2016.

We look forward to reading your scripts. Show us the love!


Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Sept.)
original, never produced before
15 - 40 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's

September 7 & September 8, 2016
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

Each 15 - 40 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 15 - 40 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 Tuesday August 23, 2016.

Please put “SHORT PLAY PROJECT” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, 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 August 23, 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:

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Thistle Dew Reader’s Theatre and Senior Theatre seeks one act and full-length plays.

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Call for submissions: one act and full-length plays for Reader’s Theatre and Senior Theatre.
One weekend engagement: One (1) or two (2) performances.
Compensation: one act, $30.00, full-length $60.00.

Contact Tom: .
Expect immediate response.

Rules for engagement:
  • Your play must be production ready: fully workshopped. 
  • Your play can be either a comedy or a drama for family audiences and any subject matter. 
  • Your play calls for less than six (6) characters. 
  • Your play exhibits freshness, sufficient conflict and engaging text. 
  • Your play is in simple standard format, 12-14pt. Times or Times Roman font. 
  • Your complete play is in .doc format with numbered pages. 
  • Page One: Your Title, contact information and 200 word biography. 
  • Page Two: Your Character(s) breakdown(s) and 300 word synopsis. 
  • The subject line of your email submission to reads “TDDT Play Submission” . 
  • There is no entry fee. 
  • There is no deadline.


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Northern Kentucky University | School of the Arts is once again calling for submissions for its award- winning, 18th Biennial Year End Series Festival of New Plays - THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 20-30, 2017

Submissions will be accepted from May 1 - September 30, 2016. The
two selected playwrights will each receive a cash prize of $250 and an expense-paid (travel and accommodations visit to NKU to see their plays in production. Selected plays will receive a full production.


• Full-length plays are eligible. All rights must be fully owned by the author.

• No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.

• Adaptations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.

• A submitted play may not have had a previous professional or university production.

• In deciding which play to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Plays with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.

• Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.

• Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.


• An entry form must accompany a submitted script (

• Submissions will be accepted from May 1 until September 30, 2016.

• Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to ac- knowledge receipt of your script.

• Scripts are not returnable unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the selected playwrights have been notified.

Submissions, accompanied by an entry form, should be mailed to:
Michael King
NKU School of the Arts
Nunn Drive, FA 205
Highland Heights, KY 41099

• Selections will be made and selected playwrights notified no later than December 31, 2016.
• Selected playwrights must be available to visit the festival about one week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 20-30, 2017. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. The cost of travel and accommodations will be covered by NKU. Selected playwrights will receive a cash prize of $250.
• Playwrights and directors of their plays will participate in one post- show question-and-answer session with the audience.

For additional information:
Corrie Danieley, Co-Project Director | 859.572.5451
Michael King, Co-Project Director | 859.572.5647

Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 1 - September 30 The Landing Theatre Company

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From August 1 - September 30 The Landing Theatre Company accepts ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­full-length plays for ­­­­­­­­­­­­the New American Voices Play Reading Series. Four plays will be selected for staged readings during the Landing Theatre Company's Spring Festival in Houston, Texas. Selected playwrights must attend the readings. A stipend of $100 will be awarded to each winning playwright. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.

Please submit here.

  • There are no fees for submitting.
Submission Deadlines
  • Submissions accepted from August 1 - September 30.

1. Selected playwrights must attend the festival.

2. Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.

3. Director will cast the play prior to the festival.

4. Each production will receive at least two rehearsals prior to the official reading.

5. One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend.

6. The play will then be read in front of an audience, with a moderated discussion of the play afterwards.

Submission Criteria

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

1. Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.

2. Play must not have been produced.

3. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.

4. Submission must be received on or before September 30th.

5. Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.

6. Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format.

7. Plays are given blind reads, so there should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script. Your name and contact information should only be in the email.

8. Only one play per playwright per submission period.

9. No musicals, children's plays, or one-person plays.

10. Original scripts only. No adaptations or works that involve third party rights.

11. Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Casa de Beverly seeking female playwrights

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Join us at the Casa for dinner Saturday 8/20.

Dear Playwrights,

Because community is one of Casa de Beverley's core values, we're inviting you join us for a dinner to share your work and have first shot at being a part of One Acts and Snacks Season Three.

We're looking for 18 female-identifying playwrights to feature. (Guys we love you, and we'd love you to come perform or direct, but this seasons' for the LADIES! Please do forward this message on to your female playwriting peers. Or come and make a connection to be a performer or director!)

What To Bring:
  • Yourself. 
  • Your ten-minute-no-more-than-4-character-finished-OR-work-in-progress script 
Where To Bring it:
Casa de Beverley in Brooklyn (RSVP to for exact address)

6pm, Saturday August 20th

  • To have a fun meal with some great folks
  • To learn more about the Casa and OAS
  • To guarantee your spot in the season lineup.
There is no charge for this event. We want to meet our future season three playwrights, tell you all about how you can be a part of the community, and, together, design season three which starts September 17th and runs every third Saturday of most months thru April. While we may not read your entire script on Saturday, we'll definitely share synopsis' (and food!), learn all about us and have the option of confirming your scheduled performance date during Season 3.

Those who make it in person and want to work with us are guaranteed a spot in the season. If you cannot make it and still want to possibly participate, email your script and we'll get you the info you need to decide if you want in.

Season Three participating playwrights will be notified by August 25th.

IMPORTANT ALLERGY NOTE - Our location for the dinner and future performances is also home to one dog and two cats. They are very loving. Unfortunately their fur is occasionally not so. If you know you are sensitive, please take whatever precautions you need to keep yourself comfortable while here.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Web Series at Primary Stages

“Web Therapy” and “Broad City” are just three hilarious examples of successful web series: short-form programming created especially for the internet and designed with the immediacy of the audience in mind. This digital marriage of screen and television writing is a platform for writers to do what they want, unrestricted by producers or censors and uniquely positioned to go viral for maximum exposure. Over the course of this class, our studios will transform into a TV writer’s room as you develop the first season of your very own dramatic or comedic web series with the creator of “Submissions Only”, Kate Wetherhead. In ten weeks, you’ll pitch, outline, and write an 8-episode series that will be ready to shoot.

Instructor: Kate Wetherhead (Writer, Director, Creator of "Submissions Only"; Actor, Broadway's Legally Blonde and Spelling Bee)
Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts September 20

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. ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email

Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy

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Application Information

Named in honor of Elliott Hayes, the former dramaturg and literary manager at The Stratford Festival and a dual citizen of Canada and the USA, this award recognizes excellence in dramaturgical work on a specific project over the past two years. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, production, season planning and implementation, educational programming, or advocacy for the profession.

The recipient of the 2017 Elliott Hayes Award, presented at the annual LMDA conference, will receive $1000 US.

There is no application fee. Applications will be evaluated through a blind submission process. The application is open to all.

Applications will be accepted from 1 August 2016 through 31 August 2016 at midnight EDT. All applicants will be notified of the panel decision and the winner will be notified by 30 November 2016. However, the public announcement will be embargoed until the presentation of the award at the LMDA Conference in Summer 2017.

Application Guidelines

1. For the purposes of this application, if you self-identify as a dramaturg, you are a dramaturg. If you come from a culture that does not view dramaturgy as separate from other parts of the creative process, or does not have a word for dramaturgy, and you feel your work fits within the rubric above, please contact me at to speak further.

2. All applications must meet the above-mentioned standards for eligibility.

3. Only one application per person.

4. Although we welcome applicants from anywhere in the world, the application must be in English.

5. The application must be a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 4000 words. The will be no reward for brevity nor punishment for length. Within the already stated boundaries, the essay should be exactly as long as it takes for you to make a strong, clear, and cogent argument for the nomination you are putting forth.

6. At this time, we do not have the capability to review secondary materials such as videos or slideshows. Although their inclusion will not disqualify an application, they will not be reviewed. No letters of reference are needed - nor will they be read if sent. As well, please do not include a resume in your application, as we are concerned with only the strength of your proposal and what currently engages you, not your history.

7. In order to facilitate the blind submission process, you must provide two separate documents in.doc or.docx format - the first discussing the work with no identifying information (including the name of the work, your name or the name of the person you are nominating, or the city, state or country in which the event took place. In other words, nothing can be included which is searchable on Google or any other search engine. The phrases "the work”, “the director”, and “the process” are all fine substitutes. The second document will include all of the identifying information not present in the first, including your name and contact info or the name and contact information of the person/work you are proposing. Your application will be reviewed by a panel of dramaturgs who represent the extraordinary talent and diversity found within our profession. As VP of Grants and Awards, I am the only person who will see the identifying information, and the panelists will not know the identity of the winner until after a decision has been reached.

8. Although you are welcome to propose the work of others, that other person must be known to you, you must have had a real-life interaction with said person, and you must be able to provide contact information for them.

9. Any project you propose cannot have been completed on or before 31 December 2015. It is fine if the project is still underway. Ideally, it should be completed by 15 June 2018, though exceptions may be made for extraordinary work.

10. The winner of the award must appear at two conferences, either in person or virtually (using an application such as Skype.) The first appearance would be to accept the award, and the second to present it to the next year’s winner.

11. The winner of the Elliott Hayes Award is required to sit on the next year’s adjudication panel.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me (Brad Rothbart, VP of Grants and Awards) at

We look forward to reading your applications.

To Submit:

Send your essay without identifying information in .doc or .docx format per the instructions here and a separete .doc or .docx with all of the identifying information outlined here to

If you don't receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours, please contact

Proscenium Journal seeks plays

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Proscenium Journal (, a free literary journal for publishing plays, is accepting submissions for its fifth issue. The deadline is August 20th and there is no submission fee.

Submission Procedures:

Proscenium accepts original plays of any length and style, original adaptations (as long as the rights for the adapted work are secured) and musicals.

We accept all submissions via email. Please email your original play or article to with the subject “Submission: [Title], [Author]” Please submit your play as both a Word Document and PDF file (If you cannot convert your play into a Word Document you may submit a PDF file, but we will request a Word Document if your play is accepted for publication). In addition, please submit a brief author bio. If your play has been produced, please feel free to send us information about production history and production photos.

The deadline to be considered for the fifth issue of Proscenium is August 20th, 2016. However, we accept submissions year-round and will consider submissions after the deadline for future issues.

Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot acknowledge all submissions. Proscenium reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason.

More information is at If you have any questions about our submission process, please contact

Monday, August 15, 2016

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's SEPTEMBER PLAY CHALLENGE

Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Late-September)
11- 25 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
$200 prize for best 11 - 25 minute play production.

September 21 - Oct 1, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

Each 11- 25 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances and 2 more performances if your play production goes on to the Finals.

To submit your 11-25 minute 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 Wednesday September 7, 2016.

Please put “SEPTEMBER PLAY CHALLENGE” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, 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 Sept. 7, 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.

Voting will be done by audience ballot with graduated voting of each of the audience members 4 favorite plays. There is NO raising of the hands, or a "Panel of Experts?” like at some other play contests across the country. The voting is solely crowd-sourced and works incredibly well.

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

For more information, please log on to:

Theatre Southwest 12th Annual Readers Theatre

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Theatre Southwest is NOW accepting short plays for its 12th Annual Reader's Theatre Matinee! This year the TSW-RTM will happen on Sunday, Nov. 20th, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. and our new event producers Brian Heaton and Scott McWhirter will be accepting 5-10 minute scripts from NOW until November 7th, 2016 (postmarked by). Selected plays will be read and voted on by the audience in attendance and the Audience Favorite will receive a $100 prize!
Guidelines for this this year's event are as follows:
  • Scripts will be accepted via snail-mail only (no emails, no PDF's).
  • Scripts entered cannot be returned.
  • Limit of 2 entries per playwright.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.
  • ALL scripts should be numbered with title, list of characters, brief synopsis of play and playwright's contact info on title page.
  • ALL scripts should be stapled in the upper left hand corner.
  • No Monologues or one man/woman plays will be accepted.

ALL genres of plays will be accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter content.

ALL plays should be able to be read within 5 to 10 minutes, no longer, no exceptions. If using standard play format a good gauge would be if the play's text is 4 to 11 pages long (excluding title page).

Please make sure the play you are submitting is conducive to Reader's Theatre, simple stage directions, story mostly expressed through dialogue, not action.

Approximately 8-12 plays will be selected to be given a performance level read, and the playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

ALL entries should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063

To learn more about Theatre Southwest's Special Events go to the below link:

Note: At present the section on How to submit a play to the TSW-RTM has not been updated from last year's (2015) guidelines, so please refer to the guidlelines listed HERE when submitting.


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This is the Eleventh year of premiered staged readings of three winning one-act plays in showcase at the Brick Box Theatre housed in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre is in its Twelfth season. The Nor’Eastern Contest winners will receive an intense day and a half’s work on each play, and two evenings of Showcasing as well as three nights lodging. The Nor’Eastern Showcase rehearsal and performance dates for this year will be May 18, 19 & 20, 2017. First, each script goes through a rigorous screening process with panels of readers. The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who selects the three scripts to be showcased.

If you have question you may e-mail us at:

Type of work: one-act plays no longer than 45 mins. Notification: yes

Deadline: November 15, 2016 

This year’s winners will be workshoped and showcased May 18 (workshop), May 19 (workshop & showcase) and May 20 (professional review and discussion & showcase), 2017

Seminars at the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art

all courses take place at Dixon Place in New York's Lower East Side

Great Books: An exploration of mystical core of all religions
September 19; October 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12 and 19, 2-5 pm.

The great Sufi saint Abu Hamid al-Ghazali said: "You only truly possess that which can't be lost in a shipwreck."  This course concerns the things which cannot be lost in a shipwreck.  The course will involve moderate reading (30-50 pages excerpted from each mystical master's work for each class).
Cost: $150, with all reading materials provided as pdf documents

Prophetic Activist Art: A seminar exploring how to build specific activist art projects along the "Prophetic Activist Art" model, as outlined in my manifesto/handbook: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution (Centre for Human Ecology, Glasgow, Scotland 2014)
September 20, 27; October 11, 25; November 15, 29; December 6 and 20, 2-5 pm.      
Cost: $125, includes a copy of the manifesto/handbook: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution 


Any questions, please email Tom Block at

The Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival – Boo! 2016 Now Accepting Submissions

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October 13-30, 2016
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012 - 3rd floor
3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),
5 plays featured each week.
Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.
Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “Boo!”
Scare us or force us to laugh till we die – horror plays and musicals including great spoofs.
All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.
** Note **
1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office
2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required
Submissions open: June 25, 2016
Submissions close: September 05, 2016 at 5pm

Play selection announced on; September 12, 2016

For more festival information visit:

115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Generations Residency

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2016-17 Residency Competition Guidelines:

BETC is now accepting submissions for our next Generations residency. In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child under 18 years of age as of September 1, 2016.
The winning playwright will receive:
· a week-long workshop residency in Boulder, Colorado, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;
· the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
· reimbursement for travel and lodging;
· a $250 prize; and
· a $250 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.
During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. The residency will take place in May 2017; specific date arrangements will be made directly with the winning playwright.

Competition submissions are due September 1, 2016.
Entry Guidelines:
Plays must be written in the English language. Plays that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop or reading will be considered. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of September 1, 2016. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production. The winning play will be given full consideration for production in an upcoming season.

To enter our 2016-17 competition, please submit the following two files in PDF format by email to

File 1:
Cover sheet, containing within a two-page limit:
1. Contact information: name, phone, email, mailing address, and a paragraph bio for yourself and any other collaborators.
2. A brief synopsis of your play (500 words or less)
3. A brief production history of the work (if applicable)
4. Character descriptions

File 2:
A 20-page dialogue sample. Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. Full-length scripts will not be accepted.

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A shortlist of playwrights will be contacted in early October, and we will request a full-length draft of selected works at that time. Our winning playwright will be notified by December 1, 2016.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

FWD Theatre Project seeks new musicals

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Deadline September 1, 2016
Selected projects will be previewed for Chicago audiences as part of FWD's annual high-profile industry concert produced in February 2017 (date and venue TBD,) then given a week-long 25-hour Equity contract workshop plus public staged reading by leading Chicago actors and directors between May and August 2017.

Selected writers/teams will receive a $200 honorarium for their scheduled reading. NOTE: Only completed projects will be considered and finalists will be asked to submit the full libretto, score, and complete recorded demos (must be unpublished with no prior large-scale production - requires proof of underlying rights if the work is based on copyrighted material.)

FWD does not charge a fee to apply and accepts only electronic submissions. All requested files must be placed in a single folder posted to a drop site such as Dropbox, Mediafire, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. Send the folder link to Michael Gillis, FWD Artistic Director at and please ONLY include these exact requested materials.
  • 100 word synopsis
  • Cast size and character breakdown
  • Writers bio/s
  • The show's development history
  • First 30 pages of libretto only - must start on page 1 and must include title and credits page
  • 6 mp3 demo tracks - must include the show's first two songs
  • Any songs not in the first 30 script pages must include a description including placement in the show and the song's function in the play
  • A list of attached parties if any (director, music director, actors, agent/s, current contracts, etc.)
  • Incomplete submissions or writers not following specified submission guidelines will not be considered
All writers will be contacted by the end of 2016. Projects selected as finalists will be asked to submit the full book, complete score, and all show demos - these must be available at the time of request. FWD's artistic leadership will schedule a short interview with the writers to discuss their project and expectations for inclusion in the 2017 Festival.

Please email questions to

The LIC One Act Festival 2016

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Oct. 27 – Nov. 13

The LIC One Act Festival 2016 is now accepting submissions for this year's festival.
Deadline for submissions is September 12th and acceptances will be awarded from now until September 19th.

The LIC One Act Festival 2016 is a competition style one-act play festival. The plays are divided into three different programs each program will run eight times during the course of the festival.

The Audience will vote for best plays. At least 6 perhaps 8, [depends on the plays length], nominated plays will then compete on November 13th at 8pm for Best Actor, Best Actress, Director and Best Play. Best Actor wins $50, Actress $50, Director $100 and Best Play $200.

All types of short play are considered but please remember to keep the staging simple with minimal set and props. We are ideally looking for plays that are 10 – 20 minutes in length. We will give special consideration to plays that are of the Halloween nature due to the time of year that this festival takes place during.

The LIC One Act Festival 2016 plans to run a rotating schedule of performances beginning Thursday, Oct. 27th through Sunday, Nov. 13th. Each Play is responsible for providing their Director and Actors for their production.

Break a leg! Equity Showcases permitted but acts will obtain their own code, The Secret Theatre will provide Equity compliant Insurance to the productions.

No submission or participation fee

Scripts may be submitted to

Friday, August 12, 2016

New Perspectives - Women's Work Lab

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The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Four to six members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme. Playwrights receive monthly feedback on their play from the LAB’s group of director/dramaturgs. Feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on. The process creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy. Scripts are then produced in our annual Women's Work Short Play Festival.


Playwrights should apply by midnight, September 30, 2016 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to
a resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.)
a 10-15 page writing sample
a personal statement explaining why you wish to be a part of the LAB, including goals for your own growth and development if selected

(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.)

2017 Prize: Submissions Now Open

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We are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2017 Milken Playwriting Prize are now open. Starting this year, both produced and unproduced plays written in the past two years will be accepted. Please review the Submission Policy below and submit your play by Thursday, September 15, 2016.

What is the Milken Playwriting Prize?

The Milken Playwriting Prize is a biennial theatre prize for plays that are written for teen actors to perform. The prize is $2,000, with a play development process culminating in a full production at Milken Community Schools. The goal is to encourage skilled playwrights and authors to write extraordinary plays that are suited to teen actors: shorter plays with large casts and more roles for females. Most playwrights today are focused on writing small cast shows for theatres, even though many opportunities exist for larger high school productions throughout the English-speaking world. The Milken Playwriting Prize winner will be widely publicized.

Submission Policy
  • Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit. There is no fee and produced plays are now also accepted. Plays must:
  • Be written for teens to perform. This does not mean roles must be teenagers.
  • Have a cast size greater than 10 actors, not 10 roles.
  • Have a majority of female roles (both major roles and total roles).
  • Be between 40 and 100 minutes in length.
  • Be plays, not musicals, adaptations, or screenplays.
  • Be nominated by agents, theatres, major play publishing companies, college theatre professors, and recognized regional playwright organizations. NOTE: Plays that are not nominated can still be submitted online with a query letter, brief synopsis, and the full script. Nominations are strongly preferred.
  • Be uploaded as a PDF, in standard stage play format, with information identifying the playwright ONLY on the script’s title page.
  • Use the "Submit Your Play" button on this page.
  • Only one (1) submission per playwright.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

3rd National Winters Playwrights Retreat

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The HBMG Foundation and Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) are welcoming writers to their community in Colorado for the 3rd National Winters Playwrights Retreat.

Last winter, 30 playwrights from throughout the country accepted our invitation for an extraordinary creative retreat. This year, we are extending invitations to dramaturgs and directors as well. We want to share our winter with any playwright or group of artists who seek a place to recharge and create. If you are a playwright, director, dramaturg or producer, we invite you to apply.

Nestled in between the cliffs of this winter Colorado wonderland is a Lord D Theatre boasting some of the best performances in the western United States. HBMG Foundation and CRT want to use the serenity and creative energy of the Rocky Mountains to set the stage for new play development. You’ll stay in CRT housing, meet with artistic staff, enjoy dinner with staff and friends, and potentially have an opportunity to have your play read out loud by equity actors who have stayed the winter.

Details: You are welcome to stay and write for one week (Sunday through Saturday) January 1st –February 18. The retreat is divided into solo weeks and two group weeks. We want you to use this time for writing, networking and recharging. This is not a competition. We want you to create. If you choose, you may elect to have your play read by actors in an intimate salon setting. Afterward, you will receive feedback from the actors, staff and invited guest. We do not expect your work to be completed. In some cases, you may only have a few scenes in development if any. The reading could be at the beginning or end of your stay. Our goal is not to judge your work, but to provide you feedback for its development. Artists whose works are ready, may be encouraged to submit a piece to CRT’s Headwater’s Festival for New Plays. CRT has invited playwrights from the past two years to be a part of CRT’s Headwaters Festival.

If you can get yourself here and get yourself fed, we’ll provide the gorgeous scenery, and accommodations. You are welcome to bring actors, director or co-creators with you – for readings or planning pow wows.

Wanna know more about us? The internet has the answers!

To apply for your “week of writing getaway,” contact Ann at . Introduce yourself professionally and personally, and include details on what you’ll be working on and the dates you would be interested in staying.

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